Posts Tagged ‘machine piecing’

It’s Tussie Mussie Time!

Friday, May 10th, 2019

It is in the webstore and ready for you to purchase.

And at a special price of just $6 from now until midnight on Sunday, May 12th.

This pattern is 14 pages and jam packed with written and visual instructions, the story behind Tussie Mussie, a full quilt coloring page and fabric palette page. The fabric palette page is a tool I use for myself when sewing so I hope you find it useful too.

It has been a long time in the making for this unique rectangle block and quilt. This block was created probably about 6-7 years ago and was toyed with and tried out in several settings many times. Nothing seemed right until this setting was dreamed up last year.

Then the fabric pulling began and the polka dot fabric you see has lived in my stash for 15+ years. I had a yard. The pattern calls for 1-1/4 yards. So if you ever see this quilt in person you will see 3 or 4 of my squares are pieced. It works, the pattern on the fabric has enough movement that you don’t see the piecing unless you are looking for it. I wanted to use that fabric and nothing was going to stop me as it along with this quilt are very special to me.

note – this picture shows just 2/3rds of the quilt

Enter the floral. YES! screamed my brain. I knew they had enough in common color wise and tone that they could play together in a quilt. The trick is not to have them touch. And fields of calm between them in soft textured monochromatic fabrics. Somewhere for the eyes to rest.

I absolutely love this quilt (don’t tell the others…it is a favorite) but I knew some would need to see it in a softer palette so I made it again featuring pinks, purples and yellow. I love it again.

You can purchase your copy of the Tussie Mussie Pattern by clicking below or head to my webstore thru the STORE tab above and you will find it in the NEW & PDF Patterns section.

This is the pattern I will be teaching at the Mickey ‘n Memphis Retreat next March. So if you are signed up for that please note that Debbie will be sending you a code upon receipt of final payment that will allow you to download the pattern for free.

There is still some space in this small intimate retreat so if you are interested you will find a blog full of info by clicking here.

Enjoy the day everyone! I can’t wait to see your versions of Tussie Mussie….I am so very excited!

HAPPY! – A new/old pattern release

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Now some of you have seen and even made a HAPPY! pattern and are wondering what is exactly going on…new pattern release? 

Here’s the scoop. 

HAPPY! is a quilt I made back in 2014.  It was made out of some polka dot nine patch blocks that I had made several years prior.  Those blocks sat in the studio for a few years.  That’s what I do.  I sometimes will just play and make blocks.  It’s not wasting time.  Sometimes you just need to play. 

So these blocks were made and then they sat until they called to me when a 1.5″ strip set of light & bright strips found its way into my hands.  

I pulled some of my beloved plaids and another great dot print and off I went to play some more.  And HAPPY! happened.  I showed it online and it was well received.

 

And KCStar (my publisher at the time) quickly asked if they could use it as the lead off pattern for a series of stand alone patterns (meaning one quilt) that they were going to begin releasing in early 2015.  The pattern was written, photography happened, printing happened. 

But it was never released.  It was never even advertised as unfortunately KCStar shut their doors soon thereafter.   I was able to buy all copies of the pattern when the situation of closing happened.  And I sold them all pretty quickly.   It has been out of my store for two years now.  

The lightbulb moment of offering the pattern as a PDF download actually happened over a year ago but Border Options and a bunch of other things just kept pushing it down on my to-do list.   Life the last 16 months has really been quite the adventure.  I am happy that it seems to be much calmer now.  

But last month I vowed to myself that it was gonna happen in August.  

So earlier this week Paul and I took HAPPY!  and it’s BIKE HAPPY! version that I have in the house for some beauty shots.   We headed out to Maple Lake East Woods.   This is the area that the movie “The Lake House” starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves was filmed.   Pictures were taken and I put some time into scanning (remember I own all the rights to this pattern)  and loading everything into my webstore. 

It is really a fun quilt.  And so easy with no triangles.   Over the years I have seen so many versions. 

 

 

 

It is a great pattern to showcase a favorite conversation print.  As in the BIKE HAPPY! version.  I made this quilt for Paul!  And I made another version composed of playing cards and backgammon fabrics called GAME HAPPY! that Paul Jr. owns.  

I still owe Em a version…hmmm maybe I will work on another version soon.

So I am having a NEW/OLD Pattern release for HAPPY!  I think it deserves a few more versions in life.   I hope you agree.  And if you would like you can make it part of your pattern collection by clicking below!

 

Enjoy the day,