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Scott and Regina – wedding quilt pattern

Two friends of mine, Scott and Regina, got engaged … 6 (ish) months ago. They were visiting Seattle, and he called me ahead of time and let me know he was going to propose. We were walking by the water, and I pulled out my camera to, ahem, take a few pictures, started filming, he got on a knee and proposed. It was really cool to be apart of (and always exciting for me to know a secret and keep it!).

For their wedding, Regina asked if I would be willing to make them a guest book quilt (which I had the same idea a few days before and hadn’t gotten around to asking her). Rather than a book that each guest signs, each guest or couple/family signs a quilt square. Then (post-wedding) they get put into a quilt and the couple has something on their bed or guest room or a wall hanging or whatever.

She got me the color palette. It’s a bit… calmer than I’m used to, but I do love the colors.

Pastel wedding color palette pink brown tan wedding quilt guest book quilt

I sent her some examples of signature blocks / quilts and she picked out a rail fence block design. Each block will be 6″, with a 2″ x 6″ in the middle for the guest to sign with a permanent fabric pen. I sketched it up in Inkscape, using her colors. I plan to print a wedding photo onto fabric and have that as the centerpiece.

Pastel wedding color palette pink brown tan wedding quilt guest book quilt  layout  Inkscape Rail Fence signature block blocks photo fabric

For the actual fabric, they will be patterned rather than solids. I’ll take the color swatches into a quilt shop and get some fabrics.

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Black and white quilt

Recently, I purchased these fat quarters from the Sylvia Collection by Lotta Jansdotter. I had 4 white and 4 black and 1 that I was hoping would read as in between. I liked that each of the 4 prints had an inverse, since I’ve been playing with inverses lately.

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters

Some sketching and math later, I came up with this block. I was able to get 16 squares of each FQ which make 16 of those blocks, which is a lovely number in quilt.

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters half square triangle HST HSTs B&W Excel

This design that I sketched using my super fancy software (that may resemble Excel but definitely isn’t… shhh…)

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters half square triangle HST HSTs B&W Excel

When I got the fabric cut and the HSTs sewn and laid out, the fabrics read busier than I was planning on and the design gets lost. The other problem is that the fabric that I wanted to read as in the middle was reading as black.

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters half square triangle HST HSTs B&W

I played with a few other arrangements before deciding on the one with the black on the outside and white in the center.

A few hours later, here’s the finished quilt top! The quilt top is about 48″ square. While I was in Tucson, I donated the quilt at Quilter’s Market.

Lotta Jansdotter Sylvia Collection black and white fat quarters half square triangle HST HSTs B&W

Urban Beads – fabric

About one month ago, I purchased the Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful. This ruler promises to make it easier to cut concave and convex curves that fit perfectly together. I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet but I am incredibly excited and hoping it works as well as it promises!

For my first pattern, I’m going to do the Urban Beads pattern

Urban Beads Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler QCR Pattern Solid colors

I wanted to use a single color of the background. When I initially was shopping for fabric, I was planning to do a light background (a beige was the front runner) with my usual bright, bold colors for the beads. But, I decided to change it up and challenge myself to work outside of my comfort zone. I chose a dark purple for the background and the 5 lighter colors (below) for the beads. In the original pattern, each bead strand is one color – I’m planning to mix them up. These are the American Made Brand solid fabrics which are gorgeous. Every time I walk by them in a quilt shop, I just need to pet them. They’re made near me in Seattle, so that’s a nice bonus to stay local.

Urban Beads Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler QCR Pattern Solid colors Quilt American Made Brand fabric

Doctor Who Aprons

Right now, I’m working on finishing 5 quilts by next Friday (Nov 14) and then 4 more by Christmas. All are close and just need labels sewn in, pictures taken, and washing. More on those later.

But, that means it’s time to start thinking about non-quilt Christmas gifts. I saw the below apron at Whatthecraft.com and decided to make it.

Vintage Style Apron Whatthecraft.com Christmas gifts DIY

I bought custom printed Doctor Who fabric from Spoonflower.com and am eagerly waiting for it to arrive (it shipped today). I just bought the main fabric for each apron (I’m making 2) and will color match the accent at a quilt shop.

Nebula

teal swirls landscape --blue police box landscape (900 dpi)

Stay tuned…