Odori QAL with Fat Quarter Shop & AGF

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I’ve been looking forward to showing y’all my Odori quilt I made for the Fat Quarter Shop/Art Gallery Fabric quilt along!  You can download and print out your own copy of the FREE PATTERN here. I was extremely flattered when FQ Shop & AGF came calling to invite me to participate.  I chose to use a collection that has had my heart all this past year.  Just because a collection isn’t brand spanking new doesn’t mean it isn’t as good anymore.  Katarina Roccella’s “InBlue” fabrics are simply stunning and I knew it would work beautifully in the Odori quilt pattern.  I paired it with two fabrics from AGF’s Capsules Collection, #RaiseTheVolumeFabrics, Pure Elements Crystal Pink, and Solid Smooth Denim in Infused Hydrangia & Afternoon Sail.  The combination quickly became one of my all-time favorites!

The Odori quilt looks like it may have to be foundation paper pieced but it isn’t.  Using Creative Grids’ Spider Web Ruler, the effect is easily achieved and quickly too.  The way the Odori quilt blocks are assembled is so clever that I was smiling while I pieced them together, and then laid out the quilt on my design wall.  The quilt finishes up at 50″ square, which is a perfect size for a small couch quilt or even a generous baby quilt.  It can easily be expanded on with more blocks, making a larger quilt.  I think the square shape is wonderful and is most definitely my favorite for quilts.

This pattern is very reliable and made for a quick make, in my opinion.  Honestly I was nervous about piecing the units together but this was an easy assembly.  Lining things up worked amazingly well, and pinning was implemented every step of the way.  I will say that watching Kimberly Jolly’s step by step video on the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube channel was extremely insightful.  I love FQ Shop’s YouTube Channel and have been watching regularly for years now.  Thanks for all the hard work y’all put into your videos!

I hope that a lot of you will make your own beautiful versions of the Odori quilt too.  I promise it is easy peasy!  Be sure to check out The Jolly Jabber Blog by Fat Quarter Shop for more information and to see how the other guest bloggers stitched up their own wonderful versions of the Odori quilt.  By the way, Rocky has already claimed my version for himself.

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#ElegantOasisQAL Tips & Tricks

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Welcome to my quilt along and some tips and tricks that hopefully will help you make these blocks a little more easily.  They aren’t challenging to make, but sometimes there’s a little tip or trick that can make things that much easier, and who doesn’t like that?!

20171101_203852088_iOSFirst I want to talk about the fabrics I am using in my quilt.  They are what inspired me to design a pattern that allowed large florals to be showcased and wouldn’t need to be cut up too much.  They’re the gorgeous Barkcloth fabrics by Gertrude Made called “Outback Wife”.  They are rich, lush, beautiful, and a bit thicker than quilting weight cottons.  I wanted to use a background fabric that had a bit more substance so it would play nicely with the barkcloth, so I chose Robert Kaufman Fabrics gorgeous Essex Linen Homespun.  The particular color I’m using is Silver, but I know for a fact that every shade these fabrics come in are wonderful for so many projects.  I have extensive experience using Essex Linens alongside quilting weight cottons in both quilts and bags, and I can honestly say they bring a special quality to every project.

I am stitching up my blocks with a Janome Skyline S5.  I love this machine, but because of the dense layers of barkcloth and Homespun Essex Linen, I discovered that the factory setting of “5” on the pressure setting for the presser foot is a bit tight.  I found that moving the knob to “3” makes stitching those two layers as smooth as stitching quilting weight cottons on level “5”.  Check your machine, as all machines are different, and do a test run with the fabrics you’re using if they are new to you and aren’t traditional quilting weight fabrics.  It will make for smoother sewing, nicer seams, minimal to no shifting of your fabrics, and a more enjoyable assembly all together.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram for even a hot minute, you know that I am an Aurifil Artisan.  I have been a lover and exclusive user of Aurifil Thread since 2012, but only an Artisan since last year.  I believe in the quality of Aurifil and I use it in every project that I stitch up.  Quilts, bags, pillows, and I never have an issue with it in my machine, in the projects when they are machine washed and dried, and used and loved.  I stitch everything with their 50 weight thread and I’m using that thread weight in this quilt and a stitch length on my machine of 1.8.  That’s generally the stitch length I use when piecing.  It makes for tight stitches that aren’t too hard to rip out if needed.  Yup!  I rip out seams!  I’m not perfect and I don’t usually mind those moments where things don’t work out perfectly.  I learn and move on.  So, there’s my little preach about Aurifil.

IMG_0317Now to the pattern tips.  I upped the size of the squares that are used to make the Half Square Triangles (HSTs).  I wanted to make sure that even the most novice of quilters could get a precise size after trimming.  I can’t emphasize pinning enough.  I’m a very experienced quilter and I still pin.  It doesn’t really take that much additional time, and when things turn out perfectly the first time, isn’t it worth it if it does? IMG_0322

 

Remember to measure twice and cut once.  I did make a HUGE mistake when making one of my blocks using that precious Outback Wife fabric.  I was not paying attention to the print on my cutting table and I cut the accent squares instead of focus fabric rectangles out of a big, beautiful floral.  Omgoodness, I was sooo mad at myself!  In the end I’ve decided to make that my center of the nine blocks in my quilt layout, because I had to use the intended accent print (a small floral) as the focus print instead.  Oh well!  That’s the way it goes sometime when you don’t have more of one particular fabric.

I’ll have some more tips and tricks for the assembly of these blocks later today.  I hope you’ll reference these throughout your #ElegantOasisQAL no matter when you make your quilt.

 

 

 

Elegant Oasis Quilt Fabric Requirements

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Tomorrow, February 19th, I’ll be kicking off my new pattern as a free quilt along over on Instagram @LadyKQuilts. I provided fabric requirements for three sizes on Friday on Insta but want to record it here too. I hope you will join me and make your own beautiful version of my Elegant Oasis Quilt!!

Elegant Oasis QAL…Coloring Page

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img_0121.jpgHi 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

I designed a block!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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“.

Spring 2015  Blogger’s Quilt Festival ~ “A Maker Lives Here”

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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.