I’m a sucker for bright, bold prints. Grant Haffner‘s Horizon collection for Windham Fabrics, is so inspiring! I loved the linear look of the prints and knew I wanted to create a quilt that showed this lines radiating out from the center of a block. Star blocks are my favorite, and I really enjoy the precision of foundation paper piecing that create the Starry Dreams blocks. I also fell hard for the Windham Artisan Cottons and knew they needed to be a supporting player in this game. Starry Dreams is the quilt that was born out of love for these collection, and there’s a free pattern available from Windham so you can create your own! Since I’m so inspired by these fabrics, I’d love to challenge you to check out the Horizon Challenge!
Now that I’ve gushed about how much I love the Horizon fabrics, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be a guest judge for the Windham Fabrics Horizon Challenge! Check out the rules below and pick up some of your favorite Horizon fabrics (shipping to stores in February 2020). You’ll swoon over the prizes!! The Horizon Challenge wraps up in May 2020, and the winners announced shortly after.
Choose 1 or more Horizon Prints.
Choose a Basic from Windham or Anthology: Artisan Cotton, Bedrock, Palette or Lava Solids.
Make a Horizon Project: Quilt, Apparel, Accessory
Submit a photo of your project by May 26, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can check out the full collection of Horizon fabrics and shop for inspiration from other designer projects. And the sky is the limit, so use that creativity! Best of luck to you, and happy sewing!
You guys! Today is the day for the Moroccan Tiles Quilt Pattern release!!! I don’t know if I’ve ever been as excited about a quilt pattern as I am about this one. I’m hoping to have all the beds in our house decked out with this quilt be the end of the year!
The Moroccan Tiles PDF Quilt Pattern includes these features:
Clear instructions and fabric requirements for baby, throw, twin, queen, and king quilt sizes
Coloring page to help plan your quilt
Step-by-step instructions with pictures to guide you through
Instructional videos for piecing curves and using the templates
Instructions and diagrams for piecing quilt backs for all sizes
Pattern includes printable templates for easy cutting
The option to purchase acrylic templates separately
I designed this quilt when I was pregnant with our little girl, Gemma. It’s been a labor of love for me and I can’t even tell you how many colorways I went through. Sometimes I dream that there are 40 hours in a day so I could make each and every one (hey, I can dream, right?).
Moroccan Tiles is a modern quilt using straight lines and curves to create a tile-work quilt with a big impact. I love how much the quilt changes when you alter the colors, or fussy cut some stripes to play with the pattern. This pattern is for confident beginners to intermediate sewists, due to the curves in the quilt. Okay, I know I might have sent you running for the hills when I threw in that word “curves”, but I hope you won’t let that scare you away from making your own Moroccan Tiles! I’ve made several videos to go with this pattern to help you on your curve-sewing journey (the link to each video is in the pattern). You can take a peek HERE. There are 5 different videos to offer any extra assistance you might need if you’re a beginner (you can still watch them if you’re not a beginner 😉
Since there are curves in this quilt, the pattern includes paper templates you can print with it. If that isn’t your jam, you can purchase acrylic templates for the quilt here (they’ll ship mid-March). If you’ve never used acrylic templates before, I’ve got a video to show you how:
And if you plan on fussy cutting your fabrics for your quilt, it will be easier to do so with the Acrylic Templates. The templates are transparent, so you can easily see where you’re cutting the print you want to stand out. The stripes on the Moroccan Tiles quilt pictured above were fussy cut (fussy cut means to cut the fabric with intention, being mindful of the orientation of the print). I can help with fussy cutting if you’ve never done that before–in this video:
And then I’ve got a couple of other videos to help you with the basics of sewing curves. If you click on the first video in this post, it will link to the entire playlist and show you all 5 videos that accompany this pattern. I think you’ll find them very helpful, and if you still have questions, you can always ask!
I’ve made up a couple of different colorways that I really love, and if you need some extra inspiration, you can check them out:
The Moroccan Tiles quilt pattern and acrylic templates (along with all other quilt patterns in my shop) will be on sale from February 28, 2019 through March 7, 2019, and the acrylic templates will ship mid-March. I can’t wait to see your Moroccan Tiles quilt, and I hope you’ll share with me via email or using the hashtag #moroccantilesquilt
Pattern will be on sale and available for purchase Monday, August 13, 2018.
The Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Pattern is my newest pattern with a fresh color palette. One of the very first quilts I ever made was a traditional churn dash quilt, and I just love that block. My mom and I gave the little churn dash quilt to my Mamaw Florence for her birthday one year, and then I got the quilt back when she passed away. You’d think churn dashes would make me sad, but I smile and think about what an amazing Mamaw I had and how much I miss her. She was such an inspiration to me and was an awesome artist. This quilt is kind of my tribute to her. I really like traditional quilt blocks with a modern spin, so what better way to make a big churn dash made up of other blocks to show off your favorite fabrics?
This pattern was first featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. You can pick up Issue 54 or find the pattern in my Pattern Shop.
Cheeky Churn Dash is a really fun pattern to put together, and by joining in the quilt along, I’ll introduce you to an awesome new way to sew together half-square triangles. You’ll seriously be amazed, and you’ll want to use this method all the time! There are two layout options for making the 81″ square quilt, mini, or pillow, and you can choose the one that you like the best. The quilt is layer cake friendly and the mini and pillow versions are mini charm pack friendly–great for quick piecing. This is a great way to use up your favorite fabrics that you’ve been hoarding for ages! And there is a Quilt Along for this pattern that will start in September. RSVP to the quilt along to sign up for all the details and save your spot!
The Cheeky Churn Dash PDF Pattern in my shop includes coloring diagrams for easy planning, fabric cutting diagrams to make the most of your fabric if you aren’t using precuts, and tons of step by step pictures that will make this quilt a breeze.
I quilted my Cheeky Churn Dash Quilts in a couple of different ways–one of my favorites was just straight line quilting. It’s modern and simple and really shows off the quilt without distraction. I quilted another version with some geometric lines and swirls in the background fabric. There are so many great options for quilting this quilt, the sky is the limit!
Kona Cotton Solids Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Backing and binding: Elizabeth Hartman Pond Flower Dots for Robert Kaufman
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Wool Batting
Do you have a favorite crafting or quilting magazine? There are so many great magazines filled with exciting new patterns, and I have quite a few favorites of my own! I’m so excited to finally be able to share with you the Moroccan Tiles Quilt in Love Patchwork and Quilting Issue 63.
Issue 63 isn’t yet available in the US, but it is on shelves in the UK now. I’m anxiously awaiting my copy in the mail any day now!
I designed the Moroccan Tiles quilt because I have a secret love of traditional quilt blocks–specifically the different variations that can be made from drunkard’s path blocks.
I used to be scared stiff of sewing curves, but there really is nothing to it once you practice a little bit. The shapes I created by rotating and flipping the drunkard’s path blocks reminded me of gorgeous tile work and design shapes.
I chose a gem toned palette from some of my favorite Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids and rather than using the standard go-to white background fabric, I love to use Kona Silver! I like to think it makes the background such a shocking contrast, and gives it a softer glow so the other colors can shine on their own.
For the backing, I was dying to use Robert Kaufman’s Effervescent fabric. It is a beautiful fabric that looks like it has little champagne bubbles overflowing on the entire surface. The color way I chose coordinated exactly with the colors of Kona Cotton I had selected, so it was definitely a match made in heaven!
I hope you’ll grab your very own issue of the magazine and check out all of the awesome projects and all of the great contributors, and maybe try something a little new this week that involves sewing some curves? You might fall head over heels for them, just like I did–so you won’t know if you don’t try! Happy sewing!
If you’ve been looking for a way to use up those super cute jelly rolls you’ve acquired…I have a great jelly roll tutorial for you! It’s free, and you can find it at the American Quilter’s Society Blog, sponsored by Janome.
Free Jelly Roll Quilt tutorial by Joanna Marsh
I whipped up this quick tutorial using L’s Modern Basics (in the warm colors) Sushi Roll. I absolutely love this fabric collection and plan on making one of these in the cool colorway too!
Easy piecing with Janome’s 1/4″ piecing foot
If your quarter inch seams aren’t perfect, you can take your piecing skills to the next level with a 1/4″ piecing foot that will give you perfect seams every time. This foot is everything when it comes to piecing!!!
Up close and personal of the quilting
And then finish your top off with some fun free motion quilting! Have fun with this free tutorial, and use up that fabric you’ve been hoarding for so long 🙂
I am going to talk to you today about Latifah Saafir’s “Glam Clam” quilt pattern and my journey completing the quilt. I’m a member of the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild, and we were fortunate enough to have Latifah Saafir do a trunk show AND teach 2 awesome workshops! I was super excited…the clam shell style quilt has been on my quilting bucket list since I first started sewing, so this was a great excuse to get it done. I immediately signed up for the workshop and picked my fabrics out after I got the pattern and templates. I painstakingly cut out all of the pieces, labeled them, and organized them all into little ziplocs, until I would attend the workshop. I had the finished quilt in mind for a very special friend and was excited to gift her a really cool quilt. About a week from the workshop date, my grandmother’s health was failing. She passed away, and the funeral was scheduled for the same time as the workshop. I missed the workshop and didn’t touch the pieces I’d cut for a few weeks after. Once I started the quilt, I thought about my grandmother often. I’m not crazy about piecing curves, but I must say that it was kind of a healing feeling to sit and sew without really thinking about anything. It gave me a chance to think about relationships and friendships and how much people can impact your life.
Quilting the finished top was even more fun that putting it together. After doing a little bit of research, I found that many of the clam shell quilts are quilted with just an all over design, without much attention paid to the individual blocks. I definitely didn’t want to just do edge-to-edge quilting.
Latifah’s pattern is seriously so simple to follow, and her templates are to die for. They are very mindful of how curved seams should be constructed, and here’s something even more awesome–NO PINS NEEDED!!! I won’t lie…I didn’t believe that at first, but after sewing a couple together, I tried it without pins, and–life changing.
Here is a little more of the quilting–not really anything too difficult, but I felt it gave a better effect than an all over quilting design.
Above is the top with no quilting or binding–I absolutely love how this quilt came together.
And then this was the finished quilt after binding. I shipped this beauty off to my friend in California and hope she uses it until the thing falls apart! I must say, Latifah did an amazing job on the pattern and tutorial and I can’t wait to make my next Glam Clam quilt.
It’s been a little while since my last blog post, but I have been working on some really exciting things in my neck of the woods (and I haven’t even been snowed in by the monster snow storm!) I am SO excited to be releasing my first independent quilt pattern! I absolutely ADORE geometric quilt patterns that pack a lot of punch and created this pattern that is available on Craftsy and in my Etsy shop. The pattern is an instant PDF download, so you can enjoy it immediately 🙂 The pattern comes with instructions for 3 different sizes-a mini quilt, a 64″ x 64″, and a 80″ x 80″ quilt. One of my favorite things about this pattern is that if you aren’t great at combining lots of patterns or colors, all this pattern needs is really 2 contrasting or 2 coordinating fabrics to work well. But if you’re a little more adventurous, go for a scrappy look and be blown away! Here are a few samples of the Dreamer’s Star Quilt Pattern:
Dreamer’s Star Quilt 64″ x 64″ made with Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Midnight and Lime
Dreamer’s Star Mini Quilt made in scrappy blacks and purples
Dreamer’s Star Mini Quilt made with Michael Miller Cotton Couture and Painter’s Canvas
I hope you’ll check out this pattern that really packs a punch and when you make it, please use the hashtag #dreamersstarquilt and tag me on Instagram @kustomkwilts
I SO look forward to what you’ll make with this pattern :))