Paradigm is a Lucky Star

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Sarah (Sari) Thomas, the mastermind behind the brand Sariditty, is having quite a year.  She is releasing her debut fabric collection this June/July 2019 with Hoffman Fabrics and she’s calling it PARADIGM.    This collection is full of bold color as well as soft pastels that really make for a great amount of depth to apply to quilt designs.  Sari also curated a beautiful collection of ME + YOU Indah Batiks from Hoffman Fabrics to compliment and work with her PARADIGM collection.

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I was fortunate to have been asked by Sari to make something with her fabrics as she was developing her collection over the last year.  It is my pleasure to introduce you to my quilt I call LUCKY STAR.  I chose to use both foundation paper piecing (FPP) and traditional piecing to create this pattern.  I wanted to make a fun fussy cutting experience for myself, and eventually YOU, that would make featuring the beautiful designs in Sari’s fabrics easy to do so.

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The digital printing process makes for very straight alignment of the designs on fabric so it’s perfect for FPP.  As I began cutting into PARADIGM I was soooo pleased with the preciseness of which the butterflies and lines were printed.  Things were made even easier for the fussy cutting process with my Daylight Wafer 2 Lightbox.  I printed out an extra copy of all my FPP units and then cut the pieces out of those units where the PARADIGM and directional ME + YOU fabrics would be used and made confident cuts of the fabrics.  Isn’t that the worst part of FPP?  Miss-cutting the fabric or even worse, wasting so many precious pieces of your beautiful fabric as you go through the FPP process.  Well that Wafer 2 Lightbox from Daylight is a game changer for FPP.   *Use code LADYK19 on the Daylight website to save 20% if you like.*

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20190406_002309942_iOS20190403_234737812_iOSAs I designed my LUCKY STAR pattern I loved that the fabrics were going to allow for some great color play.  I don’t usually create designs that create a rainbow color palette but Sarah’s fabrics spoke to me and that was the way it went from the beginning.  I wanted to be sure to showcase the colors but also the absolutely stunning OFF WHITE print in PARADIGM.  Sarah is also a custom longarm quilter and it’s apparent in this print and so many others in the collection.  I wanted to make sure that the OFF WHITE fabric was featured, so I chose to design the layout of my quilt with on-point blocks that would need to have set in triangles and large squares of that fabric.  I love how it all came together and will be developing the pattern for sale later this year.

20190429_173323957_iOSThe quilting was done by Kim Burke of Golden Needle Quilting.  She guided me in my selection of a perfect edge to edge (E2E) design that would compliment the design and the fabrics.  Using a wool batting just accentuated both her work and mine and I’m so pleased with how everything turned out.

You can check out the PARADIGM lookbook HERE.  Like I said, PARADIGM will be available this summer and I hope you love making with it as much as I did.  My LUCKY STAR quilt pattern will also be available for purchase/download later this summer.  Please check out the list of amazingly talented Makers listed below who are all participating in honoring Sari and her beautiful, versatile and useful PARADIGM collection.20190410_001208143_iOS

 

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22 April – Cristy Stuhldreher @loveyousew_
23 April – Rebecca Bryan @bryanhousequilts
24 April – Hilary Jordan @byhilaryjordan
25 April – Tiffany Sepulveda @sewtiffany
26 April – Karie Jewell @kariejewell
27 April – Jen Timko @jentimko
28 April – Cheri Lehnow @tinkerellen
29 April – Karen Miller @redbirdquiltco
30 April – ME! @ladykquilts
1 May – Nicholas Ball @quiltsfromtheattic
2 May – Nicole Daksiewicz @modernhandcraft
3 May – Nichole Vogelsinger @wildboho
4 May – Kate Toney @toughkittencrafts
5 May – Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill @wholecirclestudio
6 May – Karen Tripp @karenthediyaddict
7 May – Isabelle Selak @southbaybella
8 May – Elise Kwon @eliseandemelie
9 May – Jessica Kapitanski @sallietomatopatterns
10 May – Suzy Williams @suzyquilts
11 May – Sarah Thomas @sariditty

#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!!

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.