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!

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Outside the box

I am a Modern Tratitional Quilter.  I love to play with fabric, design patterns or sew up an already established pattern, create and make quilts and pillows of all shapes and sizes.  My friends know I don’t sew other things.  Well, this past weekend I stepped way outside of my comfort zone and made not one but THREE purses.  And guess what?  I enjoyed it!  

Let me start from the beginning.  My dear friend, Anna @hottnhaller on Instagram, flew out to visit me from Pennsylvania this past weekend.  We originally met on Instagram, then eventually in real life.  She’s inspirational and experienced in the art of quilt, bag and garment making as well as knitting.  She’s a wonderful person and intellegent and fun too.  I trust her so shen she propsed that I make something outside of my comfort zone, I was game.  With that, we went on an epic shop hop of our own, visiting Birch Fabric aka Fabricworm in Paso Robles, CA, Quiltin’ Cousins in Pismo Beach, CA and Picking Daisies in San Luis Obispo, CA and later in the weekend we visited the shop I work at in Fresno, CA, Authorized Vac & Sew.  With our arsenal of fabrics in hand, Anna led me through my patterns.  I had chosen the 241 Tote Bag and Large Envelope Clutch by Noodlehead Designs.  

Noodle-Head Designs‘ patterns are great!  I had never made a bag before and I feel confident that I will be able to make these two bags on my own, without Anna’s guidance.  Of course the most fun part of making anything, in my opinion, is selecting the fabrics for the project.  Honestly, I had only planned on making one of each pattern but I was inspired by one of my fabrics in my stash, the tea colorway of one of the beautiful lady prints from Alexander Henry Fabrics, and I had to make a second 241 Tote.  Sometimes I am surprised how fabrics from different manufactures can compliment each other so beautifully.  I selected a Cotton + Steel Basic, Art Gallery Fabric and an Amy Butler print from Free Spirit/Westminster Fabrics along with that Alexander Henry print.  For the first 241 Tote I used Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen in navy, a print from Carolyn Friendlander’s popular DOE collection and Art Gallery Fabrics’ Prism Elements.  For the Envelope Clutch I used a stunning red and white graphic floral print from Alexander Henry Fabrics paired with the black and white ARCHITECTURES print by Carolyn Friendlander and a cool black and white print from Michael Miller Fabrics.  I love how all three purses turned out.  


I hope that you will step outside your sewing comfort zone and try to make something new to you too.  You might not like doing it int he end but you just might.  You won’t know until you try.  I don’t know that making bags will become a regular part of my sewing project docket but I will make one occassionaly so I don’t forget the different skills and techniques I learned with Anna, like piping, sewing with a 3/8′ seam and basic bag construction.