Friday, August 17, 2018

Yuletide Fir Pattern Release

Merry Christmas again! And I have a present for you - keep reading!

Yuletide Fir Christmas Tree wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

The Yuletide Fir Christmas Tree, made for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop last month, is now available as a pattern! Made from alternating triangles, the pattern includes detailed instructions, and is suitable for the confident beginner quilter familiar with quilting.

Yuletide Fir Pattern by QuiltFabrication

I received such positive comments on the uniqueness of this 19" x 21" tree wall hanging, 

Yuletide Fir closeup

with over half of you expressing interest in a written pattern, that your request is now reality. Find the Yuletide Fir Christmas Tree pattern at both Craftsy and Etsy.

And as a special thank you for all of your support, use the coupon code 'YULETIDE20' on the Etsy purchase of this pattern. Coupon is good for 1 week, valid today thru August 25, 2018.

Merry Christmas, and may your star shine bright!

Yuletide Fir star and quilting

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Midweek Makers #136

Hello and welcome to Midweek Makers!
My share is all of this yummy fabric - 

fall fabrics

can you tell what I'll be making next? Yep, it has to do with pumpkins.

Since I'm in an improv/creative mood lately, I'm featuring two quilts that display that to the max. Check out this from de Jong Dream House,


and this one from Twiggy and Opal.


Wowsers! Such bright, fun quilts!

Now it's your turn - come share what you're working on!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves visitors, comments, and encouragement!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
  • Please link to on your post.
Have a great time at the party!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Pets on Parade 2018

Warning - cute kitty pictures ahead! 

Winston in the nickel bin

Yep, I'm participating in the 'Pets on Parade 2018' hosted by Lily Pad Quilting.

Above is Winston, my incredibly adorable and oh-so soft kitty - we think he has conditioner in his spit! Oftentimes, he's my fabric analyst,

Winston analyzing fabric

or my block inspector,

Winston inspecting quilt blocks

who wouldn't mind coming with us when we travel.

Winston curled in a suitcase

He's full of sweetness to us, but he can be pesky with his brothers, especially Roscoe.

Roscoe kitty

Poor Roscoe, though older by 5 years, gets picked on by Winston. Some days, he just needs to know he still his Mommy's big guy.

Roscoe love

And then there's Toby. 

Toby lounging on the maple leaves quilt

The one who hides when someone new is in the house, or when there are loud noises. I think he has a mild form of Twitch-Skin syndrome, cause he only likes to be petted around the neck and face.

But he's the one who has the good sense to sleep on a quilt!

Toby on maple leaves

There is one dog I'll share with you, which is Jasper, a quilt I made a year ago.

Jasper by QuiltFabrication

This one was for a special friend's baby, and now is the first time I've shown it. Named for a special dog long ago, this guy was the precursor to Santa's Helper, my Christmas puppy.

Santa's Helper by QuiltFabrication

Isn't he cute?

Santa's Helper I'm so cute

And that's my Pets on Parade for this year! Be sure to hop over to Lily Pad Quilting to see all the other pets!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Saxon Quilt and Block tutorial

Yeah! A fabulous scrap finish!

Saxon quilt by QuiltFabrication

Check out Saxon, a total improv quilt made from scrap circles as part of RSC17 last year.

scrap circle from January RSC17

scrap circle from February RSC17

And these four were all I made, as I gave up on RSC17 after 3 months, and they have been tucked away ever since.

But then the book Stash Statement came along, featuring beautiful quilts made from scraps, and I was inspired again after making the Regatta quilt.

Regatta quilt

Deciding to inset these 8 1/2" unfinished circles into 13" squares (see the Inset Circle tutorial to see how that's done), 

eight inch circles in thirteen inch background block

I really wasn't sure where to go from there. I wasn't about to just sew the blocks together, cause that would be bor-ing.

So, using the block centering marks I had made when insetting the circle, I cut them into quarters on those lines. And for fun, switched the colors around so now each new block would have a part from the original circles. With the addition of a 1 1/4" sashing strip and a black center,

Saxon circle block by QuiltFabrication
I had the start of something interesting. 

Up on the design wall, there was still a bit too much background (sorry, no fore-thought to take a picture!), but little 4" scraps blocks that were made along with the circles came to the rescue. Making them into triangles, and placing them in opposite corners added what I was looking for.

Saxon block by QuiltFabrication

Put those blocks all together, and it makes for a great design!

Saxon circle quilt by QuiltFabrication

I love the lighter value purple inside the square, the combo of the teal and purple circles on the outside, and the teal triangles in the corners. Fantastic finish, if I do say so myself!!

Here's a few more closeups:

the circles,

Saxon circles

the quilting of a star pantograph,

Saxon star quilting

and the ever-so-lucky matching star backing.

Saxon star backing

I may make this again, maybe using solids, and possibly a bigger layout - we'll see, as I have a ton of other projects knocking at the door.

If you give this block a try, send me a picture of your finish - I'd love for everyone to see!

Happy Quilting!

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