Hi Friends! I’m thrilled, and a bit nervous, about kicking off my very first quilt along (QAL) with my pattern, “Elegant Oasis”. I needed a pattern that would showcase those lovely Outback Wife fabrics by my friend Cathi @GertrudeMade. I opened my Electric Quilt 8 software and starting laying out quilt blocks. I discovered one that if made at a larger size, it would really allow me to make larger cuts of those huge florals and now loose their effect and beauty.
I’m kicking things off over on Instagram @Ladykquilts, and providing you with the pattern via posts and step pics there all for free. Sometimes we just want to make and not worry about anything. Ya know? I will be providing some helpful tips and tricks for piecing these blocks here on my blog.
I had a request from one of my besties to provide a coloring page for this quilt so I’m giving it to you here. It’s a PDF file so feel free to print it out at get coloring and planning your own beautiful version of the Elegant Oasis Quilt. If you are on IG and sewing along with me, I ask that you please use #ElegantOasisQAL so I can see all your beautiful makes. Thanks!!
*Click on the link below and print out your coloring page.
Elegant Oasis Quilt Coloring Page
To say I’m beyond excited about the fact that I designed a block that made it into a magazine would be an understatement. I designed a block and the folks at Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine liked it so much, they put it in Volume 16! It’s hitting newsstands today and that is pretty dang exciting. I had the pleasure of testing blocks for Volume 7 a few years ago, as well as making a quilt to be photographed and published in it. Fast forward to today and other people tested my block! You can find it on page 49 of Volume 16. It’s called “Star Garden”. I love a classic Churn Dash block and the idea of placing another design within the Churn Dash was a cool concept to me . I played around with my EQ7 software drawing tool and placed a traditional Sawtooth Star design in the center. I wanted to fussy cut a favorite fabric, so the center square easily allows for that. *There is one typo; you only need to cut (4) Blue Solid rectangles.
I hope you’ll go pick up your own copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine and make your own version of my block. If you do and you post it on social media, I hope you’ll tag me @ladykquilts on Instagram and use the #stargardenblock so I can see it too. Here are some pics of what I’ve made with my block, as well as the original block you’ll see in the magazine. In the original block I used fabrics from both Kim Kight of Cotton + Steel, Anna Maria Horner of Free Spirit Fabrics, and a Kona Astral.
This second version is a mini quilt (measuring 24″ square) that I made using Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cottons Gotham Grey & Salmon & Aqua, and another Anna Maria Horner fabric. It’s such a different look with the striking contrasts. I love it!
The following versions of Star Garden are mock-ups I designed in Electric Quilts’ EQ7. I wanted to show the versatility of it using solids as well as all prints. The prints are from my friend Maureen Cracknell’s newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, “Love Story“.
I’m excited and so proud to announce that I am an Aurifil Artisan! Aurifil is the only thread I have used for the last 5 years in everything I make. It is 100% Egyptian Mako Cotton Thread and I primarily use their 50 weight thread. My sewing machines love it, my piecing comes together beautifully because of it, and hand stitching bindings is a breeze because of the fine 2 ply strands. There are 270 beautiful colors of Aurifil to choose from so matching thread to your favorite fabrics is easy as pie.
My twelve favorite colors that I constantly find myself using are the following:
2012 – Natural White
6722 – Sea Biscuit
2312 – Ermine
2325 – Linen
5004 – Grey Smoke
2692 – Black
2800 – Mint Ice
2835 – Medium Mint
5007 – Lt Grey Blue
5015 – Gold Yellow
6729 – Tangerine Dream
2245 – Red Orange
I’ll be sharing the pieces I make with Aurifil here on my blog, as well as on my Instagram feed, @LadyKQuilts on Instagram. If you’re on IG yourself, I hope that you’ll follow me there too!
Happy Sewing! – K
Photo by Karen O’Connor
I decided to enter two quilts into the Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival over on Amy’s Creative Side website. If you are visiting my blog from the festival link, thank you so much for your time! The second piece I am submitting to be voted in the Original Design category is a quilt I designed for Fat Quarterly‘s Curved Piecing issue this spring. I named it “A Maker Lives Here” because of how I use the quilt and the fabrics I made it out of. In our family room our large couch has it’s back exposed so I like to cover it with decorative quilts. They aren’t traditional shaped quilts, they’re more like oversized table runners. I love large quilt blocks, and was inspired to design something that would showcase the remarkably beautiful “Maker” collection from Art Gallery Fabrics.. Thanks to Jessica of Sew Many Creations’ “Pathways Ruler” I recently fell in love with curved piecing. The ruler makes cutting the “pie” and “crust” shapes out so much easier, and not to mention much more safely than other templates on the market. .
Selecting fabrics is one of my favorite parts of making projects, and this time around was no exception. I chose to use the low-volume fabrics in the “Maker” collection, and pair them against the pink and peach fabrics in also in the collection as well as white and coral fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics’ Prisma Elements line. I went for a “controlled scrappy” look in my design and I’m pleased with the result. Using an assembly line process to piece the units needed to build the 20″ blocks, made for fairly swift assembly, considering all the pinning I do when making curved pieced units.
Using a 50 weight Aurifil thread, I quilted this on my Janome Skyline s5 using a medium meander design. Because of Art Gallery Fabrics’ luxuriously smooth and soft hand, this quilt feels amazing with the quilting. This quilt measures out to 69.5″ x 29.5″, with three 20″ blocks and perfectly covers the back of our oversized couch perfectly by hanging it over the edge. (The pattern will be available in the “Curved Piecing” issue of Fat Quarterly e-Zine.)
Thank you again for checking out my quilt. I hope you will take a moment to check out my other submission to the festival HERE.
2014 went so fast that I’m still recovering from whiplash. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way though. When I look back at my Instagram posts I am reminded that though the year flew by, I didn’t just sit around and not blog. LOL! I had 62 finishes of quilty goodness in 2014!! There may have been a project here and there that I didn’t record on Instagram, therefore I don’t really remember them, but 62 is impressive enough in my opinion. Hubby couldn’t believe it when I told him and my sister admitted to shedding a tear when she saw my Flipgram of my projects. What I did learn in 2014 is to remember to not just take pics of the progress of making things. I must remember to always take a pic of the finished product and IG it.
So far in 2015, I have made two pillows for my sister, three pillows for my own couches and a table runner for our dining room table. I have also completed the first two months of the “Threads of Time BOM” from Fat Quarter Shop and the last three months of blocks for Stitchery Dickory Dock’s “Sugar Block Club 2014”.
My goals for 2015 are to finish the PhD’s (Projects Half Done) that are haunting me from the corners of my studio, work at designing and developing my own patterns and blog more. If I can do the first two things successfully then I will call that a successful year!
Below are pics of the pillows and table runner I have made this month.