Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ahead of the curve

Sometimes as a designer I have really great ideas....I just don't know it until later.

A few years ago (2011!) I designed a quilt pattern called Clambake. I wanted a giant clam shell quilt and I developed a way that was easy enough to do it (NO CURVED PIECING!). In fact I published a tutorial to show the way. (Sorry, I've taken it down since then)
The next year I debuted my fabric collection Shore Thing at Quilt Market and made a Clambake quilt to show off the prints. I received quite a bit of interest and decided to offer it as a paper pattern.

Last fall my friend and fellow Michael Miller Fabrics designer, Patty Sloniger, released a new fabric collection called Into the Deep. As soon as I saw this collection I knew it had to be CLAMBAKE! Those sea horses! Unfortunately I haven't had the time to actually make one but the fabric is patiently waiting for me. And since I made the digital mock up below it's been calling to me even more.

Clambake has always been one of my favorites. I've seen dozens over the years that people have made and have yet to see one that hasn't turned out stunning. You don't have to use beach or ocean themed fabric for Clambake, it looks great in any fabrics. The quilt on my pattern cover was made with Emily Taylor's Felicity fabric- not coastal at all and it looks fabulous!

The quilt below was made by the gals at SewMod. If you are thinking of making Clambake (and I think you should!) take a moment to read this blog post they wrote about Clambake. They have several tips and tricks they've discovered to help make Clambake even easier. I love it! They are ALL useful tips that I will be implementing when I make my next one. 

My favorite of their tips is to glue baste instead of pin. Glue basting is very popular right now. People use glue for all kinds of things- even to place their binding before stitching it down. I mention in the pattern to use pins on each curve, but gluing them down is GENIUS! You better believe it's going to go so much faster this way without the danger of getting poked and scratched. My favorite quilting glue is Jillily Studios Appli-Glue. It has been formulated for use on fabric with years of testing and is amazing. There's a lot of glues out there to choose from and I've tried a ton of them- Appli-Glue is the best.

You may have noticed a trend on social media this last year. Lots of Clambake style quilts have come out. Some require curved piecing while others are completely pieced. Even die cut companies are making large clam shell dies. This often happens in the quilting community, as soon as the trend hits multiple variations of a similar design come out. On occasion a variation will come out and the designer will have used the same name for her pattern even though the design is different. Although slightly frustrating, it's just part of the industry. 

Regardless of name and technique, my Clambake pattern has been around long before the others. Perhaps if I had waited a few years to design Clambake it might have been more popular. But sometimes I'm just ahead of the curve.

Purchase a Clambake Pattern HERE.


Friday, January 8, 2016

New Year, New Quilts!

Hi friends! I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season and are ready for a new year full of fun and creative projects. I know I am! And I'm super excited to share a new one with you because it is AWESOME!

So, you know my Big Game quilt pattern? Well I have partnered with my friend Emily Taylor from Emily Taylor Designs and Pattern Jam to offer you my Big Game pattern on a pre-printed fabric panel!

I know what you're thinking about the panel prints of the '80's. Ugh!Well those are gone and these are in!This design above was offered at Christmas. Isn't it cute!? These beautifully designed quilt panels are gorgeous. Simply add batting, a back, quilt it and it's done. I LOVE this idea. What is even better is at Pattern Jam you can customize it yourself! If you're not a fan of the design offered, or maybe you just don't like a certain print or color, customize it the way you want and they'll ship it right to you. So cool!

Wait until you see the cute print they designed for Winter/Valentine's day. 

Check out the "Lumberjack Love" panel. All those awesome plaids.  The panel measures 50" x 63" a perfect throw size for the couch, chair or bed. Or even hang it on the wall as shown here. LOVE! Back it with minky and everyone in the family will fight over it.....or not. Because the best part is the price. At only $59.99 you can order one for everyone in the family and customize them each so nobody takes someone else's blanket! Seriously, best idea EVER.

I love this idea. Now I just have to decide whether to customize it or order as is. What the heck- I'll do one of each! I was going to order one for the hubs for Valentine's Day but I just had the best idea- coordinating his and her quilts! LOVE IT!

By the way. this isn't the only design they offer. They have others that are super cute or you can always design you own!

Ok, gotta go order my quilt tops. What are you waiting for!?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Some of you may recognize the quilt pictured above. It's a pattern I designed that was featured as a bonus pattern in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Since the pattern was offered in a bonus booklet attached only to newsstand issues of the magazine, many people weren't able to get their hands on it.

I have received countless emails inquiring about this pattern over the last year. And I understand why. It's one of my favorites, too! This pattern is a great way to use up those smaller pieces of fabric that you just can't bear to get rid of. And you don't have to be a kid to enjoy this quilt (although I'm sure any kid would LOVE it) because I made this one for ME!!!

Are you kicking yourself because you don't have the pattern?

Well I am happy to say that it is FINALLY available to everyone!

You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New SODALICIOUS patterns!

I've been trying to get these patterns out for several weeks now and it's been one things after another but they are finally ready. FINALLY!

Due to popular demand from my market booth I've released "Bottom's UP!"- my Sodalicious logo quilt. This is such a fun and easy quilt that showcases every flavor, um, print in the entire collection.

As soon as my strike off's arrived I knew I had to make "Boomerang" out of the diet colorway. It looks tasty enough to eat!

"Sodalicious" is a take on a simple traditional block done in two ways. I love the look of this quilt when the blocks are randomly pieced. What's great about this quilt is it really would look great in any fabric collection. A must have for your stash.

"Spin the Bottle" was a show stopper at market. Everyone that passed by commented on it and I was glad that they loved it as much as I do. I have to give credit to my Dad for this one since he came up with the basic idea during his last visit. Thanks Dad!

I'll tell you what, people went CRAZY over these placemats at market. I hadn't planned on writing the pattern for them since I usually stick to quilts but how could I not? There are 12 placemats all together divided into two 6-packs: Diet and Regular. 

When I sketched up "Sippin'" I was so excited to start stitching. When it started to come together I was rather giddy. This quilt is fun as a throw and would look adorable in a child's nursery.

"Kegger" is my take on the tumbler design but uses a single piece of fabric for each 'keg'. This pattern is perfect for large scale prints that you want to show off. Thanks to my friend Natalie for the name ;o)

Patterns are shipping this week so ask for them in your local quilt shop and look for them online. 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt from FAT QUARTER SHOP!

Hi, thanks for stopping by!

I was super excited to get to play with this fun new pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. Those ladies are so talented and come up with such fun projects. This was no exception.

The Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt is a gorgeous pattern that goes together quickly and will look adorable in any fabrics.

I put the top together in an afternoon and it's sat that way ever since. You see, I started sewing and my mind started wandering.

  I just made a tree skirt last year so I don't really need another one....

But this fabric is so cute and the style is different from my other one.... 

I could just change them out every other year.... 

Or maybe gift it to a family member or friend.

You know how it is. The thoughts kept coming. And then, in usual Emily fashion I just decided to do something completely different. I'm going to leave my top whole and make a table topper.

The size of the finished skirt is nice and generous and fits my table nicely. Now I just have to figure out how to finish it so I still get a quilty look but it has a nice drape like a table cloth. Any suggestions?

You can get the pattern for Fat Quarter Shop's Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt HERE. They also have kits and backing sets available made from the adorable Jingle collection by Kate Spain  (Love her!)

And in normal Fat Quarter Shop style they have an awesome video tutorial to go along with the pattern on YouTube with all sorts of fun tips and tricks for you as you sew your tree skirt.

If you're wondering about the delicious fabric I chose for my Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt (or table topper) here it is-

The moment I saw this fabric I was itching to sew with it and then Fat Quarter Shop contacted me and I knew it was perfect. Those foxes! And I love the circle and half-square triangle prints. But they're all gorgeous and "festive". Then again, I love everything Tamara Kate designs. Festive Forest is available from Michael Miller Fabrics and is in stores now!

Did you know yesterday marked 6 months until Christmas? So what are you waiting for!?