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

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. 😉)

(CLOSED) I call it a “Quilter’s Companion”💖 ➕ a GIVEAWAY

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(THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED. THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED IN A NEW POST.).

Back in May I attended Janome America’s inaugural Education Summit in New Jersey. It was during that fun filled week that I saw Crafter’s Companion Gemini die cutting machine and their new Build-A-Block die cut system in person. At first I was skeptical. I am a very fast and precise cutter with my rotary cutter/ruler/mat. I didn’t need something to help me do what I was already doing successfully. Then I saw it in action and I have to admit I was impressed. There was no hand cranking needed because the Gemini is an electric machine. It uses incredible pressure and it’s that pressure paired with the sandwich combo of plastic plates and metal and plastic shivs along with the Build-A-Block die cut shapes that provides a perfect cut of fabric. My first thought when I saw it in action was that I have arthritis in my hands and a bit of carpal tunnel in my right hand, from years of cutting fabric with a rotary cutter while working in quilt shops. Go figure! I saw a healthier process when it comes to cutting specific shapes that I honestly use in my quilt making in almost every project. Because the BAB system allows for cutting squares, half-square triangles, and quarter-square triangles in six individual sizes per shape, I’m pretty covered in the most common block sizes. That’s a total of eighteen dies and I love that they aren’t sharp. I can actually hold them in my hand without a worry because it’s that pressure system that cuts the fabric, not blades.

Fast forward to later this summer and I was approached by Crafter’s Companion to design a pattern for them in honor of the launch of the Build-A-Block system this week. I said yes within an instant and upon receiving the Gemini and BAB I realized just how valuable they were going to be in my quilt making process.

Not only is the BAB system fun to use and a quick cut, I discovered the best thing it does in my opinion. When it comes to making half-square and Quarter-Square triangles I wasn’t having to draw and cut on the line, or square up those units. Now it takes me a fraction of the time it was taking to sew up HST & QST units, especially since the perfect 1/4″ seam allowance is built into that shape’s die cut size. That is the biggest game changer!!

As I use these tools to make the quilt I’m designing for Crafter’s Companion, I know that using this system won’t stop when this quilt is done. The Gemini and Build-A-Block system are now a staple in my studio and I appreciate what they do for me and my projects. That pattern I’m working on will be debuting in early September so stay tuned! Thanks to Moda Fabrics for making such lush fabrics like Grunge Basics by BasicGrey and Jen Kingwell’s upcoming collection, “Looking Forward“.

If you think this system would be a perfect fit in your crafting and making adventures and are feeling lucky then you’re going to want to enter my giveaway to win your very own Crafter’s Companion Gemini machine and Build-A-Block system (valued at $359.90).

To be eligible you must accomplish the three following tasks:

■ Like Crafter’s Companion on Facebook.

■ Follow Crafter’s Companion on Instagram.

■ Visit the Build-A-Block project page on CraftersCompanion.com and then come back to this blog post and please leave a comment telling us which project is your favorite.

This giveaway contest will be open from Monday, August 20th through Monday, August 27th at Midnight PST. I will announce the lucky winner the following day here and over on my Instagram account, Lady K Quilts.

*Lady K Quilts is happy to be a #brandpartner with Crafter’s Companion. ✂️

Thunderboomers from Eyecandy Quilts is ELECTRIC!

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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

It was an honor. The Designer Duo QAL wrap-up.

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Over the last couple of months I’ve had the great pleasure of sewing along with my friend Nancy Rink and her colleague and fellow designer, Sarah Maxwell. They invited Tiffany Haynes of Needle In A Haystack and me to be “Guest Designers” on their Designer Duo QAL this spring. I had chosen to use Sarah Golden‘s latest collection from Andover Fabrics, “Around Town” in my version of this wonderful sampler quilt. I loved that there were doubles of the sampler blocks and thirteen copies of the set-in blocks in this pattern. It makes for easy and fast block making because your quilt finishes up a tad bit faster when designed this way.

We got started on April 6th and continued making and sharing Instagram, the Designer Duo Facebook group page, and our websites/blogs.  The Facebook Group has 2.2K members and although not everyone in that number shared their progress with us, it was a very active community for those of us that did share.  The support and cheerleading spirit within the group made for fun and exciting Fridays over the next six weeks.

As I got started I found that my layout was going to make for slightly different assembly steps.  I took some time to go over the pattern and make notes to reference as I went.  For example, all my four-patch blocks would use the same fabric, unlike in the pattern where you make the four-patches as you make each block.  That was because the fabrics are of such a variety that it was easier to make those small blocks as you cut your fabrics for each set of blocks so they reflected the fabrics used in them.  I had designed my version to use the same black & white polka dot and background fabrics in all of the four-patch blocks, so I just made them all at once.  However this did result in erasing the optical illusion of large circles in the quilt, but I love how retro my layout feels.

I also found it helpful to use one of my favorite notions, the Alphabitties from It’s Sew Emma.  They make for an easy system of tracking all the pieces and units per block.  I’ve been using them for a few years now and although I could just write numbers or letters on Post-Its, these are much cuter.

My blocks made me so happy and the use of stripes to create interest and movement was so fun for me.  I love using stripes in my quilts because they aren’t as complicated to use when they’re cut into smaller pieces.  They make for striking blocks and much more interesting fabric play.

*Some of the block images below are actually my digital images from the design software.  I had passed the quilt on to my longarm quilter without taking some good progress pictures of the latter blocks.

The Kaleidoscope pattern that Nancy and Sarah produced is full of great tips and tricks, and the blocks are some of my favorites I’ve ever made.  I love a good sampler quilt and I truly enjoyed making this one.

When it came to making the set-in blocks I wanted to fussy cut the cheetahs in my focus fabric for them.  The pattern calls for the Tri-Recs ruler.  I initially placed it over the fabric and using a dry-erase marker, traced the cheetah shape onto it.  This way I could be consistent with placement and cutting of my fabric.  As the need to alternate the direction of the fabric due to block layout directionality, I easily wiped the drawing off and redrew the image after replacing the Tri-Recs ruler on the fabric in a different direction.  I love how these blocks turned on in the quilt.  Don’t hesitate to make the tools in your studio work for you.  I love the Tri-Recs ruler and plan on using it in future designs of my own too.

My friend Tracey Peterson quilted a beautiful edge 2 edge design on my quilt using her Gemmill longarm. I love how it turned out!  Once I got it back it was time to trim up the quilt and get the binding stitched on.  I prefer to machine stitch it on the front and then hand stitch it onto the back.  I need to make a quilt label for it still but I just love how it turned out.

I made the entire quilt using my Janome Skyline S5 and Aurifil 50 weight 100% cotton thread.  These two things are used in everything I create in my studio.

Last weekend I was finally home after a busy two weeks of travel for Quilt Market in Portland, OR and the first Janome Education Summit in New Jersey, so Hubby and I went over to nearby Woodinville, WA where the famous Chateau Ste. Michelle winery is located.  I brought my Designer Duo quilt with me and Hubby held it up for me in front of this gorgeous blooming tree on the grounds of the winery for a photoshoot.  It was a bit breezy but we succeeded in the winning shot eventually.

Thank you so much, Nancy, for inviting me to be a part of your beautiful and fun quilt along.  I look forward to seeing what new designs and fabrics you will have coming down the pipeline.