👻 Boo! It’s a GHOST! 👻🎀

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It’s almost Halloween and we are ready!  At least the couch is.  It’s also October and my first month participating in the Aurifil Artisan Monthly Challenge.  Between now and next spring I will be making six projects using and showcasing my beloved Aurifil Thread.  This month my friends at Aurifil challenged us Artisans to create something using at least five different colors of Aurifil Thread.  I knew instantly what I would make and was excited to finally check out these two patterns.  “Boo!” is a sweet quilt pattern from The Pattern Basket and the other is “The Ghost Quilt” by Then Came June & Pen & Paper Patterns.  

We needed some Halloween pillows, and so did my niece, so I made two of each pattern’s block to make a total of four pillows.  “Boo” and “Ghost” are just too cute and they were both fun to cut out and stitch up.  I finally cut into one of my treasured bundles of Denyse Schmidt fabric, Eastham, and I paired it with some Quilter’s Linen and Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures fabrics from Robert Kaufman.

Once I had pieced the blocks and put borders around them using Aurifil 2326 50wt, it was time to quilt them up.  Using my Janome Skyline S5 I quilted each pillow top with both zigzag and straight line stitches.  The shades of Aurifil I chose are as follows: 4647, 4656, 4660, 4651, 4648, 4670, 4658, 4250, and 3910 in 50 weight, and 4030 in 40 weight.  All but 4030 are variegated threads which make for the prettiest quilting in my opinion. 

Making a quilt sandwich of the top, batting, and pillow lining fabric (a solid light colored fabric or muslin work great for this) I went to town quilting all four pillows up.  My machine loves Aurifil so it makes for an enjoyable, although sometimes boring, quilting session.  Know what I mean?

Anyway, I just love how these pillows turned out and I’m so glad I cut into some beloved fabrics in order to make them.  The purple and orange fabrics are a great way to get that autumnal and festive vibe without being on the nose about it.  This way the ghosts do their jobs of being cute yet festive and go with the home décor.  Now I just have to pick up Halloween candy and try and resist eating it all before Halloween.  Wish me luck!

Designer Duo 2019 – INBOUND • Block 2

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I hope this week was a good one and you had fun starting your MIX IT UP quilt blocks! It’s already Friday again and we’re introducing the second block in this unusual sampler quilt. *Check my earlier posts for information regarding the fabrics I’m using in my version.

These two blocks are literally the same block, the INBOUND block #2 in the Designers Duo 2019 – MIX IT UP pattern book. Again, fabric placement changed up these blocks to look totally different from each other as well as from both Nancy and Sarah’s versions in the book. The negative space that the white fabric creates in the light green version creates a cool center star. I’m honestly torn between which block is my favorite here. The traditional look of the dark green block with that fabulous leaf print is just so pretty and then the boldness light green version is so dang cool looking. Which one do you like best?

Until next week, Happy Making!!

Designer Duo 2019 – OUTBOUND • Block 1

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Happy Friday and welcome to the official start of the Designer Duo 2019 MIX IT UP quilt along!! Today Nancy, Sarah, and guest designers will be sharing our versions of block one “OUTBOUND”, from the MIX IT UP pattern book. Fabric placement is key in creating completely different aesthetics when it comes to this quilt. I love using fabrics like the way I used to color in coloring books when I was a kid. Shading is such a cool way to create bold looks. I used a FQ bundle of Robert Kaufman Fabric’s ON THE LIGHTER SIDE (OTLS) as well as yardage of their KONA Solids. *Visit my blog post detailing how much yardage I suggest HERE. The results are what you see below for OUTBOUND-block one. In the red block I used KONA Tomato and paired it with the Apple print from the OTLS bundle. The blue block uses Blueprint and the flying airplane print. You’ll see if you’re making the MIX IT UP quilt that we are to make two versions of this block. I love how completely different yet slightly similar these blocks appear to be.

Honestly, the only thing giving it away that these technically are the same block are the direction the flying geese are going, in an outbound flight pattern from the center square in a square. Using the solids to create striking patterns that stand out against the low volume fabrics was so fun. When you take away all the color in the original block, which you can do by tracing the block in the book and then applying your own color story to it, it makes it easy to see the block in a whole new perspective. Below you can see my digital mock up of my quilt with the block layout marked by the patch lines. I urge you to try creating a totally fresh look to the blocks and see what you come up with.

Happy Making!

Order your copy of the DD 2019 MIX IT UP pattern booklet from the following retailers. PDFs are not available.

Hancock’s of Paducah

Fabric Essentials

Homestead Hearth

Lady K Quilts Etsy Shoppe

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You read that headline correctly!! Today I’m launching Lady K Quilts PDF pattern shoppe on Etsy with the release of my SUMMER LIGHTS Quilt. I am beyond excited yet nervous about it all because it’s a huge step for me. I understand that the market is flooded with new quilt patterns daily it seems. Between magazines, other Etsy shops and free patterns on blogs, there are a plethora of designs to choose from. I have released patterns in magazines as well as some free ones here on this blog, but I have felt the desire to step into the ring of downloadable patterns for a while now. Today I’m making it a reality.

With the launch of SUMMER LIGHTS, I hope to give you a pattern that will allow you to create your own quilts using the beautiful larger prints in your stash or that you’ve been eyeing to buy, paired with solids or complimentary prints that will showcase those coveted pieces. In my case I showcased the animal prints in Tula Pink’s ALL STARS collection from Free Spirit. Using the ALL STAR COORDINATES and KONA SOLIDS I created a palette that makes for a great secondary design in the alternating blocks around the main blocks using the animal prints, as well as a cool lattice design that runs through the quilt.

The two blocks I used to make this all happen are rooted in traditional design. I believe, like in dance, music, and art, learning the basics in order to create something fresh and new is very important. Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese units make up these blocks. I also believe in enjoying the process. My designs are not going to be weekend makes. They are going to take a little more time but I believe that that time creates a relationship with the project. Putting your heart into something makes for an even more special make. I love every step of making a quilt top. Fabric selection, pressing, cutting, sewing, trimming, borders, assembly, binding, they are all such important steps in the process. I admit I have a longarmer work their magic on the quilting of the quilt but that’s just my personal preference. All that said, you will make something that hopefully will teach you something or at least give you a new idea or a nice reminder of how things are done.

In my patterns you will get well written and sensible instructions, diagrams, a coloring page, and hopefully a finish that you will love. Lady K Quilts patterns are tested by quilters of every level of experience to ensure cohesiveness and clear understanding. In addition to these valuable people, I work with Kerry Bogert of Maker Books for editing, format, and that professional industry eye I want to be sure my product is ready for sale. Grab your PDF download copy of SUMMER LIGHTS here.

Creating original quilt designs is one of my favorite things to do. I have a number of designs in different stages of development to eventually offer as patterns to you as well. Thank you!!

– Lady K❣️

Designer Duo 2019 Launch

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img_3008.jpgWelcome to the DESIGNER DUO 2019!  This year we are making Nancy Rink and Sarah Maxwell’s quilt pattern, MIX IT UP.  These ladies have crafted up a quilt sampler that is not only fun to make but offers some design options that are customizable by you.  Consisting of three block sizes, 18″, 12″ and 6″, the quilt finishes at 78″ x 90″.  This quilt is nice and big and will be a favorite make for sure.  Don’t worry!  This first week is all about gathering your fabrics, pattern booklet, and a game plan.

When it came to making my version I chose to use all the blocks in the book except for two of the 12″ block designs.  It was a personal preference but because I made two of each of the 18″ and the other 12″ blocks but made them look totally different from their pair.  In my last post here I provided the fabric requirements to make my version.  Matching Kona Solid colors to the prints in Robert Kaufman Fabric’s On the Lighter Side collection made for a super fun palette.

So next Friday, May 24th, the first block will be discussed and you will get started on your quilt.  Unless of course you are a typical quilter and you got started as soon as your kit/pattern, pattern book, and your own fabric choices were purchased.  For more information on everything be sure to visit Nancy’s blog HERE, as well the designated Facebook group HERE, if you use FB.

Here is a photo I took of my MIX IT UP quilt while Hubby and I were on vacation a couple of weeks ago in Whistler, B.C.  He’s the best quilt holder EVER and at a towering 6’4″ and a vast wingspan, he makes my quilts look good.  That should give an idea of just how grand this quilt is.  He couldn’t comfortably hold it open!

Mix It Up – Designers Duo 2019

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IMG_3009For the second year in a row I have had the honor of being named Guest Designer in my friend Nancy Rink and Sarah Maxwell‘s Designer Duo quilt pattern and quilt along.  Joining me as Guest Designers are Elisabeth Hardy of Elisabewquilts, Giuseppe Ribaudo, aka Giucy Giuce, Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack, and Dolores Smith of Timeworn Toolbox. I hope you’ll keep an eye out for them too as we have all created something different.

This year Nancy and Sarah designed such a fun, interesting, and customizable pattern.  You’ll see as the QAL/quilt along kicks off this Friday, May 17th that this is a very different quilt in regards to layout.  This happens because of three different sized blocks used throughout the quilt, 18″, 12″, and 6″, making a 78″ x 90″ finished quilt including borders.

What I have so much fun doing is taking Nancy’s direction to “re-color” the original quilt with fabrics of my choice.  In this case she also asked me to redesign the layout of blocks into something new.  The pattern book talks about the idea of designing your own blocks or switching out the 12″ blocks with others of your choice.  I chose to utilize all but I think one of the blocks in the pattern and not replace anything, but I did mix up the layout to create a much different look.  As we all know, fabric placement can change everything and I enjoy doing just that. I did rearrange actual block placement but paired with fabric placement, I was able to make everything look very different from the original two layouts by Nancy and Sarah. IMG_3008

I chose to use a fat quarter bundle of ON THE LIGHTER SIDE from Robert Kaufman Fabrics for the prints in my quilt.  Using a Kona Solids color card, also from Robert Kaufman, I matched Kona fabrics to the colors in the prints.  A HUGE thank you to Robert Kaufman Fabrics for supporting this project, by the way.  I love using Kona Solids because I know I will get any and every color I could possibly need as they have created 343 colors.  Yup!  Three hundred and forty-three colors, People!

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Using the low volume prints of On the Light Side collection and Kona Solids I created bold blocks that were a joy and a fun challenge to make.  Below is the list of Kona Solids that I matched to each print in the collection shown above.

KONA Cotton Solids in yards:
1387 White – 4 ½
1071 Charcoal – 1/6
1470 Pewter – 1/6
848 Blueprint – 1/4
1072 Chartreuse – 1/3
475 Grasshopper – 5/8
865 Pimento – 1/6
496 Nectarine – ½
840 Duckling – ½
419 Azalea – 1/6
233 Celestial – 1/6
7 Tomato – 5/8
410 Kumquat – 1/3
488 Dahlia – 1/6
476 Grellow – 1/3
1383 Violet – 1/6
1541 Deep Blue – 1/3
1049 Bright Pink – 1/3
407 Chestnut – 1/6
1066 Cerise – 1/6
1218 Marine – 1/6
K040-114 Jet Black – 1/6

I hope y’all join us in the QAL this summer! It’s going to be great because not only are we making amazing quilts, but Nancy and Sarah have some fun things planned. If you want to make quilts exactly like Nancy’s or Sarah’s you can order kits from Homestead Hearth, Fabric Essentials, and book only from Hancock’s of Paducah. If you just need a pattern book then you can order them from those shops or from Nancy herself HERE. And last but not least, here’s my version of the Designer Duo 2019 MIX IT UP quilt in all its glory. (Sorry there aren’t kits for my version. That’s why I gave you fabric requirements. 😉)