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Pattern release – Puzzle It Out

I’ve noticed that my interest/obsession with quilting waxes and wanes. I always will appreciate viewing other’s quilts but some days/weeks/months all I want to do is design and quilt and other times, I don’t. When that happens, I take a break and focus on other hobbies or activities. I am coming out of one of those low interest periods with a renewed fervor for quilting.

I designed an intricate twisted star quilt which I’ve been posting pictures of on my Facebook page (if you’re not following me there, you should. There are quilt and adorable cat photos). I plan to write up a pattern for that, once I’m done testing it out.

I also wrote up the pattern for my puzzle quilt – Puzzle It Out. The pattern is available through my Etsy store.

Puzzle 1

I made this quilt years ago and recently, I have had numerous requests for the pattern. All I could provide was an Excel sketch of a piece that made sense to me, but could be confusing for most others. I wrote up the pattern, which includes two variations.

The original design was to have a fully completed puzzle, like so:

Puzzle 3

However, when I first made the quilt, I didn’t sketch out the entire quilt. I sketched a row, did some quick math, and cut the number of pieces based on my quick math. When I went to lay it out, I found out that I was short one large border piece and had an extra small border piece. I also was out of fabric. Rather than having a single random-fabric piece, I chose to applique the wrong piece in the border (and stated that it was a design choice to have the wrong size piece rather than an error). This quilt’s name is “Trying to Fit In”.

Puzzle 2

The pattern includes the 1st variation with a completed quilt (as originally intended) as well as the 2nd variation to match my quilt, where a piece is appliqued in the border. You can do either a small or large piece trying to get into a small or large space.

Puzzle 4

The pattern was also named as “Puzzle It Out” rather than “Trying to Fit In”, since I imagine most people will do the finished quilt rather than the appliqued piece, but we’ll see. I would love to see pictures of any finished quilts!

QAL 2016 – Sponsor announcement

I’m still here! The last month has been crazy. I am currently frantically finishing Christmas gifts (every year, same thing). There will be pictures of those in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Swan and I are putting the finishing touches on the QAL patterns. We received some very exciting news. American Made Brands is going to sponsor the QAL! For those of you who don’t know, AMB is a US based (Seattle, coincidentally) fabric manufacturer who makes the most beautiful solid fabrics that I’ve ever worked with. For the last 2 years, any time solids come up, I mention (gush about) AMB. I have used them in a few quilts: Star Gazing and Meadow Mist Mystery, plus a handful of UFOs.

When we found out about the sponsorship, that meant that I got to choose from their 62 fabrics to pick what I wanted for the quilt. 2 nights ago, I connected my computer to my 47″ television and, using Inkscape, I played with the AMB fabrics to come up with a color scheme. I forbid myself from using white, black, beige, or grey for the background, to get out of my comfort zone. This is what I ended up designing:

StarInTheWest AMB

The fabrics have been requested and are on their way!

Here is a picture of the coloring in progress on my television. Sorry for the lighting: dark room + bright tv = poor lighting for a picture.

Designing on the tv

The QAL kicks off on January 2. There is still plenty of time to sign up via Swan Amity’s website. It is only $24 for the entire year. There will be a Flickr area to share your quilt progress, and AMB will be providing prizes. We don’t know what they will be just yet, but tentatively we’re looking at quarterly prizes.

Happy quilting!

Star Gazing BOM – pattern

Hi everyone! I am back from Asia and ready to get back into quilting.

To kick it off, this is Star Gazing. I’ve mentioned this once or twice but this is the first picture. A few years ago, I worked at a quilt shop and we did sampler after sampler BOMs before we said “I can’t do another sampler quilt!” which was when we (mostly Swan) started designing our own BOM. Typically, Swan designs, Kathie figures out how the heck to construct what Swan came up with, and then I do the graphics on the computer. Here is our newest, Star Gazing.

Star Gazing BOM Block of the Month Solid Solids American Brand Solids Seattle WA Clothworks Blue blues Pink pinks

Right now, we have draft 1 for all of the patterns written up with pictures. While I was gone, Kathie and Swan were testing and editing. Swan’s version is limited to 8 colors since it’s easier to kit a BOM with fewer colors. But since I’m just doing my own for me, I have no color restrictions, so this is mine in all of its 16-ish color glory. I’m primarily using American Made Solids with a few Kona Cottons when I needed a certain color.

Star Gazing BOM Block of the Month Solid Solids American Brand Solids Seattle WA Clothworks Kona Cottons Blue blues Pink pinks

I will be posting pictures of each block. The pattern will be available through either Swan Amity Studios or possibly Quilters Market in Tucson… I’m not sure what the plan is; I just do the technical bits.

QDAD – Week 6

… Hmmm, just realized this somehow posted in December 1969… not sure how I managed that… well, a few days late, here are my QDAD pics

Wow, a month and a half of doing quilt designs every day (*cough* on average).

My favorite this week is the rubber ducky on 1/15. I found the spark (inspiration) picture a little terrifying, which is interesting since giant rubber ducks weren’t on my list of fears, though I’m going to blame this one on Batman Returns. Anyway, I had made the first row of ducks and wanted to line them all up (you know, get my … ducks in a row……. yeah, sorry, had to say it) and I didn’t have the objects grouped right, so the eyes and beaks also went to the bottom of the image. I liked it and felt like it captured my reaction to that picture, so I left one row of my deconstructed ducks.

QDAD – Week 5

I got myself caught up on my QDAD patterns for last week plus stayed current this week. I have one where I did a block rather than a whole quilt, and I wanted to see what the whole quilt would look like, so there is both.


QDAD – Week 4

I’m running a little behind this week, so there are only 5 designs. I’ll have the other 2 with next week’s!

On the Facebook page, every so often the moderator will change the “QDAD” logo to include some of the patterns. I’m the first “D” this month!

Quilt Design A Day QDAD Inkscape Logo Facebook

QDAD – Week 3

Here is week 3 of my Quilt Design A Day patterns. The name of my snowman is “Did I do it right?” Being from the desert, it’s always a joke that I don’t know how snow works.

QDAD – Week 2

Last week, I posted about how I joined a Quilt Design A Day (QDAD) group on facebook. Here are this week’s patterns. I was in a very gradient mood apparently. The 12/20 pattern with the circles is probably my favorite. I learned a bunch of Inkscape techniques and tricks to get the gradient and interlocking circles.

Quilt Design A Day – Week 1

I found a wonderful group on Facebook called Quilt Design A Day or QDAD. The idea is that someone puts up a photo each day with a color palette, and then you design something. It’s open ended, so you can add or remove colors, etc. It’s supposed to get your creative juices flowing and encourage you to draw and design. I started using Inkscape software. Previously, I used Excel and Word (don’t judge) for everything but this was so over the abilities of those that I took their recommendations and installed Inkscape. It’s freeware and open source. It has a bit of a learning curve (in the QDAD group, they made in seem worse than it was for me) but Inkscape has great tutorials and I love it. I called up a few friends and said “quick, give me a hand drawn pattern to draw” and now have a few new projects on my plate.

My first picture was on 12/11, so I’ve now done 3. I plan to post the prior week’s every Sunday (in theory).

The photos on the left are the inspiration. The right is what I came up with.