Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? It’s been a busy week here with a bit of unexpected work popping up. But I still managed to get this super simple throw quilt done. This type of quilt is ideal for those times when you need a quick gift and can’t work up enthusiasm for repetitive piecing or complicated cutting. You just need a collection with a great feature print–just like Octopus Garden in Heather Bailey’s Hello Love collection for Free Spirit.A series of variously sized borders around the focal print and you have a quilt top ready for quilting. Remember this quilt in Joel Dewberry? Same idea, smaller scale.It took me a few minutes to get back into the swing of quilting on the frame. It’s been a few weeks since the last quilt was on there. And I still have a small stack of tops that need attention. Maybe I’ll get that whittled down in 2017. Or not.Have a Happy Friday and a great weekend ahead!
Hello! Are you ready for some colorful fun? Looking for a simple quilt pattern for some nearly instant gratification? Well, you’re in luck! I have just the thing. Last month I showed you some of the strips of Kaffe in my “To Do” stack. I finished putting them together, loaded it onto the quilting frame and got it done. It’s super simple but full of drama. And, it has a touch of whimsical applique. What could be better?You can add any silhouette applique you like. Do a Google search for “silhouettes” to get started on ideas. But if you like the Stinka applique, it’s included on the pattern. It turns out Aboriginal Dot makes perfect eyes for the kitty. I used Jane Sassaman’s Sew Sassy thread by Superior Threads for the blanket stitching around the eyes.I wish I could tell you exactly which Kaffe Collective design roll I used, but I have no idea which one it was. It was not a 42 piece roll, though. I had to dig into my stash to add some extras, but as always with Kaffe, there’s no problem mixing designs from previous years. You need 42 different strips for this pattern, so be sure to check your design roll before beginning, as all 2 1/2″ design rolls are not equal.My selection has lots of color and moves from dark to light. You’ll find many Kaffe design rolls are more color specific. You can certainly choose your favorite and make a blue one, a green one, a red, etc. Or you could pick two and mix them, possibly having enough for two quilts or a front and back. Blue with green or purple, red with browns, or maybe go for a softer version and choose from Kaffe pastels.There’s no matching of seams for this one which makes it great for beginners. Just two small seams per strip and then sew all those long strips together. Easy peasy. I backed mine with Kaffe wide backing. Have I told you how much I love these wide backings? They’re so soft and they quilt up so nicely. Even Stinka appreciates the quality. I quilted it with some loops using gray Aurifil I had leftover from another project. I bound this with Kaffe’s Roman Glass. I believe the color is Sludge. It goes well with both front and back.You can find the free pattern here. For future reference it’s also in the Freebies section. I hope you like it!
Happy Friday! And welcome to the third stop on the colorful blog tour of Kaffe’s Artisan Collection for Free Spirit. Like everyone else on this blog tour, I was quick to say “Yes!” to a request to participate. How could I pass up this opportunity?! My box arrived from Free Spirit full of gorgeous color and pattern with no restrictions. I was instructed to let the fabric inspire me. My favorite approach to fabric!Blues always seem to speak the loudest to me, so it will come as no surprise to regular readers that I immediately pulled them out and started creating. Fussy cut center squares and large HST’s provided the structure and gave the fabric a chance to show off. In no time at all I had a throw size quilt. I used the quilting cotton prints for the main field and the Checkerboard Plaid Ikat for the border. Kaffe’s wide backing for the back–Circles in green–along with some large meandering quilting and it was ready for a quick wash. Soft and beautiful, it now lies draped over a chair in the living room, ready for cooler weather. I put together a pattern so you can make your own. Just click here for the pdf. (I called this Sands of Time because those brown HST’s around the fussy centers remind me of hourglasses.) In the future, you’ll find this pattern on the Freebies page. The collection ships to stores next month, so get your list ready.
In the meantime, Free Spirit has provided some pre cut Kaffe for a giveaway. (Thank you, Free Spirit!) Random Number Generator will select two winners: one for the design roll and one for the fat quarter bundle. Here are the details:
- Leave a comment here on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me about your holiday sewing plans.
- One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 to enter.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Two winners will be selected by Random Number Generator no later than October 16, 2016. The first winner will receive the fat quarter bundle and the second winner will receive the design roll.
- Winners will be notified by email and will have 7 days to respond. If winners do not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.
Good luck! I won’t have time to reply to each and every one of you who comments. So, to everyone who enters, “Thank you!” I’m looking forward to reading your comments.
Don’t forget to visit the remaining blog stops over the coming weeks!