Next month, Jane Sassaman’s exciting new collection, Spring Fever, will be shipping to stores. I’ve already had a chance to work with it and I can tell you, unequivocally, it’s AWESOME! I made two quilts for Market this time around. The quilt that Stinka is showing off is called Siesta in the Garden and will be available as a free pattern from Free Spirit in the near future.As regular readers know, I never pass up an opportunity to fussy cut, especially when it comes to Jane’s fabulous feature prints. So for this quilt design, I used four 90 degree triangles to create a large block. Then I added simple sashing to highlight some of the other prints. It’s an easy quilt but it does take a lot of yardage. You will end up with some lovely leftovers of the feature print for other projects.I’ll be showing you more of this collection next month. For now, you should go check out the all the prints and colorways. Then, make your list. You’ll want to supplement your stash with some Sassy Stripes and Over The Top Dots at the very least.
Wow! May 1st….how did that happen?! While I wasn’t looking, the days slipped past in a blur. During that time however, I finished up the guide/pattern for the Pretty Kitty quilt. You can find the pdf here. It’s listed in the Freebies too, so you can locate it there in the future.If you’re not keen on EPP, substitute any 14″ finished block of your choice. Preferably using some fussy cut Disco Kitties as a feature. Or if you only want to make one of the EPP blocks, turn it into a pillow cover for a bit of whimsical fun. You have options. Lots and lots of options.
But speaking of EPP, I have another Tabby Road EPP project in the works using the Strawberry Fields colorway. Octagons are the central focus for what it is likely to be a pillow cover.
What’s been filling your days lately? Projects? Life stuff? Adventures? Whatever it is, remember to carve out time to enjoy the simple things.
Happy Friday, my friends! It seems like the week was twice as long as it should have been. And yet, I have half as much to show for it. Isn’t that way of things these days?
Last week, I received an email inquiry about an old free pattern I made for Free Spirit using Valori Wells’ Wrenly fabrics. We’re talking 2012 here. Five years, which in the fabric world is an eon ago. I did manage to find the files but decided to rework them a bit. This is a throw size quilt–not too difficult and a good pattern for fussy cutting a favorite feature print. Click here for the pdf file.This is a virtual quilt to show you how this would look in Tula Pink’s hot new collection, Tabby Road. I chose to keep the triangles out of the same print in each column, which is different from the pattern. Which means slightly different fabric requirements. Specifically, you need 5/8 yard of each of Cat Eyes and Fur Ball to make the triangles. To get the same fussy cuts as I made for this virtual quilt, you will need at least 1 5/8 yards of Disco Kitty.
For any large personality print you choose to feature, you will need to allow for extra yardage. How much extra will depend on the repeat. Even if you error on the side of having way too much, remember that it’s easy to use up those design elements in other projects. It’s always better safe than sorry. And when talking about Tula fabrics, never, ever think you will have a chance to purchase more to make up for it at a later date. Her fabrics become impossible to find very quickly. Just so you know.Stinka and I are wishing you a very happy Friday and a relaxing weekend. Have fun and be creative!