Fun Fact- I used to be an obsessive cross stitcher. Way back in high school. (I think even then I knew that hand stitching brought me comfort.) I use to buy those preprinted pillowcase kits (Aunt Martha’s, maybe?), the ones with the floral patterns printed around the edge of the pillowcase. It was the 1980’s, what can I say.
I still have some of those. In fact, my daughter is probably resting her head on one of them in her college dorm room, right now.
I’m a little late posting Week 3 of our Hold Tight Quilt Petit Sewalong, but hopefully you are working on your quilts and were able to catch my FB Live last week. How is it going? Last week was all about sewing curves. This week is about finishing and quilting. Or, quilt-as-you-go, to be exact.READ MORE
Sharon and I are starting Week 2 of our Hold Tight Quilt Petit Sewalong this week. Have you been following along so far? Last week was all about choosing your colors and fabrics. I was in the Wise Craft Quilts FB Group live to choose my palette for my own quilt. (If you are a member of the group, you can watch the replay any time, just go to “videos” and Look for Hold Tight Quilt Week 1.READ MORE
Let’s kick off the Hold Tight Petit Sew Along!
The Hold Tight quilt is a PDF pattern designed by Sharon Holland, this month’s Ruby Ambassador, and features a bouquet of balloons. We will be making a mini, 6 balloon version of the original quilt. Color value plays heavily in this design heavily, and it;s the perfect design to show how understanding color value and using the Ruby Ruler™ or Ruby Minder™ as a value lens will help you create a successful layout. Because you know what makes the balloons look like some are behind others? Color value! Get that part right and your quilt is successful!
I recently traveled to some very warm areas recently to visit family (North Carolina I’m looking at you!). That is likely the very reason why I started thinking about making a snowball block quilt. This is one of those blocks that’s super easy to make, and endlessly customizable. The corner block colors can be all the same, or all different. Its fun to see how the quilt changes. Its also a great project to keep set up by the sewing machine, at the ready for any time I have an extra half an hour (like while I’m waiting for computer problems to be resolved…).READ MORE
A free quilt pattern for you today!
I created this pattern, called Upstage, to show off the beautiful florals in Bari J’s newest fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics, Virtuosa.
10/5/18- Giveaway is closed and winner has been chosen and notified (see comments below for details). Thank you to all who entered!!