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Wonderland

I was so happy when I got Katarina Roccella’s new line in the mail. As soon as it was released I went out and bought 1/2 yards of the whole line.

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I knew immediately I wanted to use one of my Quilt Design a Day patterns, to make something for one of my niece’s for Christmas. Those girls are just so adorable.

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I am running a little behind in finishing this mini, for this post, unfortunately. All the pieces have been trimmed and are all ready to be sewn together.
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In total, the pieces you will need:

  • Sixty-four (64) Half Square Triangles
  • Twenty-four (24) 2.5″ Squares (for the plus block)
  • Twelve (12) 6.5″ x 2.5″ Rectangles (for the pkus block)
  • Six (6) 4.5″ Squares
  • Four (4) 4.5″ x 2.5″ Rectangles

This top is made up of three distinct blocks that are replicated with the individual rows.

  1. The plus block (where the measurements are with seam allowance) in the first column.  You will need to make Four (4) of these for each of the Plus Rows. I alternated a dark and light plus in each row. The Half Square Triangles used in each of the corners of the plus blocks, are also 2.5″ and you can use this tutorial to make them the HST.PlusBlock_04Jan2015
    The Half Square Triangles used in each of the corners of the plus blocks, are also 2.5″ and you can use this tutorial to make them the HST. Take care on the placement of the HST’s when making up the blocks.
  2. Column 2, uses a Flying Geese Block made from two 2.5″ Half Square Triangles. You will need 8 HST to make 4 flying geese that are used between each of the focus squares (#3).
  3. A 4.5″ (includes seam allowance) Square –  is used in column 2. I recommend fussy cutting and using these blocks as focus blocks. You will need three (3) full squares and two (2) 1/2 squares (4.5 x 2.5″) per column.

There are so many great projects using Katarina’s new line. Take a look. I hope you enjoy the other projects.

ERICA TOOLE – October 5th
LAURA SCARAMELLA of SIMPLE LIFE COMPANY – October 6th
DANA BOLYARD – October 7th
RACHAEL GANDER – October 8th
HEATHER and MEG of QUILT STORY – October 9th
JOELLEN KEMPER of SEW ILLUMINATED – October 10th
STACY BARRETT of a VINTAGE FAIRYTALE – October 11th
ERICA JACKMAN – October 12th
KATHLEEN RIGGINS – October 13th
MARIJA VUJČIĆ – October 14th
SVETLANA SOTAK – October 15th
KYLIE KELSHEIMER of SEW KYLIE – October 16th
ALEXIS WRIGHT of MY SWEET SUNSHINE – October 17th
MICHELLE WILKIE – October 18th
HEMAMALINI – October 19th
LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY – October 20th

In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle

Last year, I won the design contest that Sara Lawson @sewsweetness held for her Jungle Ave Quilt. I couldn’t believe it!! The design was inspired from Tapa cloths that I had picked up in the Pacific Islands, hence the name of my quilt “Jungle Ave Tapa”.

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The prize included all the fabric to make the quilt and a chance to be published in Quilt Now. The fabric arrived and my first thought was OH NO (well actually sh*t) as I realized I now need to make it.
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It was a long process for me to make this one as I had to work out how to turn it into reality, after a grueling 4 months it was complete. The whole secret sewing thing is like torture for me. I decided to get it quilted by Angela Walters as I wanted her style of FMQ to highlight and bring out the shapes. I love the quilting, Angela did a fantastic job on the first quilt I have ever sent out!!
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For the big reveal, almost a year later, the quilt and the pattern is in this month’s Quilt Now magazine (picture from the magazine). (Happy Dance emoticons here!!).
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We actually took it on vacation with us and had our own photo shot (the assistants maybe not have been always co-operative….but we got it done ;-)). This is my favorite sequence of photos;  my son, who was suppose to be posing for me and decided to hide instead.
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The Hatteras Lighthouse grounds/backdrop made it a perfect location. It was purely by chance that the black, white and pink/red of the lighthouse correlated to the colors in the quilt.
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The back re-uses the ladder shape amongst the city jungle of elephants and of course the hubby did a great job climbing in the shrubs for me!! (Ashley, if you read this…this could be us doing each others photo shoots…the hubby’s will be so happy).
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By the time we got to do close-ups, I lost my models/assistants….but the porch chair made a great prop.

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Details

Name: Jungle Ave Tapa
Dimensions: 60″ x 70″
Design: Michelle Wilkie (does include paper-piecing the center strip.

Fabric:
Jungle Ave, Sara Lawson for Art Gallery Fabrics; Pure Elements Snow
Quilted: By Angela Walters

Anyway, that was so hard to keep a secret….only 1 more of the 5 secret sewing projects to go. Linking up with Alyce @ Blossom Heart  Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday (see button on the right) and Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Linking up with  Adrienne for 2015 Finish along, as this was a long time coming as it was one of my goals for Q4 2014 to finish.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Moorish Pyramids Pattern Release + Giveaway

I am so excited to announce that I have a new pattern – Moorish Pyramids available via my Craftsy store. It will be free for a limited time during the month of July.

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Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Lisbon, is one of the most inspiring architectural buildings, I have ever seen. This quilt was inspired by the pyramid shapes and how the shadows are cast on the entrance way.

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Originally, this is one of my quilt design a day designs. Art Gallery Fabrics provided me the opportunity to make this using the new line Imprint by Katarina Roccella. Moorish_Pyramids

The quilt measures 60 x 60″ finished. There are a lot of options to make this quilt your own by using different color palettes, color placement and your own quilt design. This finished quilt used straight line quilting with some angled lines, highlighting the pyramid shapes using Aurifil 50wt.

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The quilt pattern can easily be modified to make a smaller or larger quilt by reducing the overall block size.

You can see other projects using Imprint, including this one, in the Look book that came out today.
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[Photo Credit: Art Gallery Fabrics]

Give-away – CLOSED

WINNER: #7 Janet Moilanen – Congratulations Janet, I will send you an email shortly.

To celebrate the pattern release, I am giving away one Fat Quarter Shop Tokyo FQ Bundle featuring Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics (I might sneak in some other AGF scraps that I have).
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Open until July 19th 6pm EST, to enter just leave a comment:

  • Letting me know what colors you would like to make the quilt in
  • If you are a follower, leave another comment letting me know how you follow.

Good Luck, enjoy the pattern.

Sunday Stash #8 -2014: A splash of spring

My latest purchase from Hawthorne Threads, reminded me today of Spring. Yes, you know that season that hasn’t quite arrived yet. It is actually teasing us. It was here today, gone tomorrow (snow/sleet is back).

So, to share with all those that desperately need a glimpse of Spring, here are a selected few prints from the line Meadow by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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Linking up for Sunday Stash @ Molli Sparkles (see button on the right).