It’s an exciting day in my studio as I’m publishing a free quilt pattern I’ve designed for users of Crafter’s Companion’s GEMINI & Build-A-Block die cutting system. I recommend adding it to your sewing arsenal because it is effective, useful, and fun to use. Don’t we all like those things?! To learn more about the Gemini tap HERE, and to learn more about the Build-A-Block tap HERE. Here is my Fresh Picked Pattern.
FRESH PICKED quilt pattern by Karen O’Connor
Thank you to Moda Fabrics for sponsoring this project with Grunge Basics in Aqua and Composition White that I used alongside Jen Kingwell’s upcoming collection release, Looking Forward, also from Moda. The colors in these fabrics are reminiscent of a simpler time, yet like the collection name claims, they bring life and light to the project by “Looking Forward”. This collection will be shipping to shops November 2018 and these wo particular colors of Grunge Basics by BasicGrey are currently available.
Vintage quilt made by my Great Grandma McKinstry.
My inspiration for the Fresh Picked Quilt was a quilt my Great Grandma McKinstry made decades and decades ago. I met her once, pictured below, and I treasure this quilt, pictured above, because it reminds me of where my quilty gene comes from. The Grunge Basics Aqua turned out to be an incredibly perfect match to the minty green fabric my great grandma had used all those years ago. I highly recommend it if you too want to recreate that color and tone but still want a modern vibe in your projects.
Vintage style meets fresh colors of today.
Here are some images of the system in use while I made the Fresh Picked quilt. You’ll also find a video below of me using the Gemini and BAB system. I’m thrilled to be a Brand Partner with Crafter’s Companion and have been given this opportunity to work with the game changing Gemini and Build-A-Block die cutting system. This is not meant to be a total replacement to your traditional rotary cutter/ruler/mat system. It is meant to make some things easier and faster though.
I’m thrilled to be a #brandpartner with Crafter’s Companion. The folks there have been lovely to work with. Thank you for this opportunity!
Months ago my sweet and talented friend, Anneliese, reached out to me asking if I could help her out. She was in need of someone who could make an upcoming Eyecandy Quilts pattern and that she had designed it to be made using different substrates. Well, my interest was piqued and I was game. Anneliese sent over a package full of beautiful yellow, green, cream, and turquoise colored fabrics, including a bunch of lush Nani Iro double gauze. I proceeded in making half square triangles that are the backbone of this quilt. The piecing came together rather quickly, even for such a large quilt.
When working with the double gauze fabric I did feel the need to stabilize it so I used SF101. This gave it that necessary weight and strength needed due to the pull and strength that the pieced triangle units would apply to those very large and delicate squares. It worked out nicely, and makes this quilt a fabulous weight for cold winter nights or even providing a stable hanging quilt for a beautiful, large wall in a home.
I just whipped up this fun wall hanging or table topper size version using some gorgeous prints in various shades of fuchsia and yellow that compliment the focus fabric. That focus fabric is a stunning African print that is very much like a Batik, as there isn’t a front or back to the fabric really, sans the waxy material still on one side. It adds a unique texture to the fabric but didn’t cause any trouble when ironing. I’ll have time later this summer, hopefully, to finish it up but I absolutely LOVE it so far. I just need to quilt and bind it. It’s it’s finished size for what I want it to be. That’s what’s so great about this pattern, Y’all! If you don’t want to make the whole quilt you don’t have to. Just make it the size that you need!
The oh so talented Quilter, Sarah Thomas aka Sari, worked her magic on this quilt and OMG, she elevated its amazingness ten fold. Ten fold!! You can learn more about Sari and her longarm services HERE.
The Thunderboomers pattern will be available from directly from Eyecandy Quilts mid-August, from Cotton Cuts.
Anneliese, thank you for asking me to help you out. Thunderboomers was an EPIC make and worth every moment. XOXO