News from the Orange Studio

Jolly Farm Giveaway Winner + Sale! September 27 2014, 0 Comments

Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

Lindsey, who's favorite animals are sheep, is our winner of the Jolly Farm fat-quarter bundle and paper Diamond Detour pattern! Thank you to everyone who commented and Andover Fabrics for providing such an adorable bundle! It was fun to see what everyone's favorite animals are! The overwhelming favorites were cats and dogs, but there were some fun surprises in there like otters, chickens and hedgehogs! We are huge animal lovers and it appears we are not alone in this amazing quilting community! =]

Our Diamond Detour PDF patterns are 25% off this weekend!

Just a quick reminder, Diamond Detour PDF patterns are 25% off all weekend. Stay tuned for more pattern reveals and some adorable quilts made by some of you! Thanks for stopping by!


Diamond Detour Sale! September 26 2014, 0 Comments

Happy Friday Everyone! We are knee deep in Quilt Market sewing, but we didn't forget that today is officially Diamond Detour day! Diamond Detour PDF patterns are 25% off this weekend. No coupon needed, they are already marked down. Head over HERE to snag your copy today! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more of our Fall pattern releases!


Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm + Giveaway! September 25 2014, 39 Comments

We fell in love with a new line from Andover Fabrics. Jolly Farm is an adorable line chalked full of cute farm animals, trackers, patterns and foliage. We paired the line with an orange solid background to make a fun crib size Diamond Detour.

Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

Our good friend and fellow quilter, Juli Kieny, made and quilted this adorable quilt. She quilted serpentine lines in the background diamonds which gives the solid fabric some texture. I love how it looks!

Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

Shelby really wanted to help us take photos! She kept circling my Mom as she held the quilt. We finally got her to sit between her legs for a photo!

Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made and Quilted by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Serpentine lines and diamond echoing.
    • Pattern: Diamond Detour
    • Fabric: Jolly Farm from Andover Fabrics
    • Finished Size: 33" x 45" - Tall size
    • Techniques: Basic piecing
    • My Favorite Part: The quilting texture and adorable fabrics!

Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

And now to the giveaway! Andover Fabrics generously donated a fat-quarter bundle of the Jolly Farm prints used in the quilt to give away! So we will be giving away the fat-quarter bundle and a paper Diamond Detour pattern.

Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post (click the post title and scroll to the bottom) telling us what your favorite animal is, and submit by midnight PST, Friday, September 25. I will choose a lucky and email them!

We will also be having a sale on the Diamond Detour patterns this weekend, starting tomorrow, so be sure to grab one. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 


Diamond Detour in Batiks September 24 2014, 1 Comment

We love batiks. In fact, we have quite a large stash collection of them! So, we decided to make a version of the Diamond Detour in our favorite batik color combination. We pulled lime, purple, blue and turquoise printed batiks for the pieced diamonds and a gorgeous beige bubble print for the background.

Diamond Detour in Batiks!

This color combination matches my parents living room perfectly, so my Mom backed the quilt with a minkee-esk blanket. It will be used to snuggle under as the weather starts to cool down! 

Diamond Detour in Batiks!

My Mom, the amazing talent behind Wolf Creek Quilting, choose to do some simple quilting on this one. She quilted horizontal straight lines across the quilt at varying widths. The quilting creates an amazing texture!

Diamond Detour in Batiks!

My mom bound the quilt in a gorgeous teal batik. Using a blanket on the backing makes the quilt heavier, so my usual rolled photo for binding looks a little squished. 

Diamond Detour in Batiks!

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made & Quilted by:  Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Horizontal straight lines
    • Pattern: Diamond Detour
    • Fabric: Assorted batiks
    • Finished Size: 58" x 77"
    • Techniques: Basic Piecing
    • My Favorite Part: The great texture the quilting and heavy backing gives the quilt. Totally snuggle worthy!

Diamond Detour in Batiks!

Diamond Detour in Batiks!

Now we have shared Diamond Detour quilts in solids, prints and batiks. What is next? Well you will have to stop by tomorrow to find out! There will be another fun version, plus a giveaway sponsored by Andover. Thanks for stopping by!


Adding Prints to the Diamond Detour September 23 2014, 1 Comment

The cover quilt of the Diamond Detour is all about solids, so today we are going to focus on adding prints to the quilt. The Diamond Detour is a great way to show off your favorite prints. We have two examples today that are completely different! One features different prints in the pieced diamonds and the other features one busy print as the background. 

Diamond Detour featuring prints

The first quilt features assorted black and white prints in the pieced diamonds. We chose a solid golden yellow background so both the dark prints and light prints contrasted with the background. Featuring prints this way allows you to feature multiple prints, but does make the quilt prominently the background color.

Diamond Detour featuring Black & White Prints

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Flowers and Serpentine lines.
    • Pattern: Diamond Detour
    • Fabric: Assorted black and white prints with a yellow solid background.
    • Finished Size: 33" x 45" - Tall size
    • Techniques: Basic piecing
    • My Favorite Part: The egg backing fabric that fits the quilt front perfectly and the pieced label!

Diamond Detour featuring Black & White Prints

Diamond Detour featuring Black & White Prints

Diamond Detour featuring Black & White Prints

The second quilt features assorted tone-on-tone pieced diamonds with a busy rocket print as the background. For this quilt, we pulled the background first and then choose coordinating fabrics for the diamonds. This is a great way to feature your favorite prints without cutting them up as much. It gives the pattern an entirely different look!

Diamond Detour featuring one print as background.

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Allover funky oval swirl.
    • Pattern: Diamond Detour
    • Fabric: Assorted tone-on-tones with the Rocket print from Michael Miller Fabrics as the background.
    • Finished Size: 33" x 45" - Tall size
    • Techniques: Basic piecing
    • My Favorite Part: The fun rocket print and the coordinating dinosaur print on the back!

Diamond Detour featuring one print as background.

Diamond Detour featuring one print as background.

Diamond Detour featuring one print as background.

Now you have seen solid and printed versions of the Diamond Detour. Tomorrow we are sharing a beautiful batik version, Thursday we are having a giveaway and then the new pattern sale starts on Friday! So, be sure to stop back by this week!

The Diamond Detour pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. Thanks for stopping by!


Introducing Diamond Detour! September 22 2014, 1 Comment

Say hello to the newest pattern of the Sassafras Lane bunch, Diamond Detour! This is our fun new take on our popular Diamond Alley quilt pattern. We made the diamonds smaller and ditched the sashing. Show off your favorite prints, create a cascade of color or feature a single print as the background. The pattern included three sizes: Tall (33" x 45"), Grande (58" x 77") and Venti (84" x 99").

New Pattern - Diamond Detour

The Diamond Detour pattern is fat-quarter or 10" square precuts friendly. For the cover quilt we used some luscious Kona Cottons (including some of their newest colors!). In the Diamonds we created a cascade of color using the following Kona Cottons: Cerise, Pomegranate, Honeysuckle, Watermelon, Tangerine, Torch, School Bus, Sunny, Corn Yellow, Citrus, Wasabi, Chartreuse, Parrot, Sour Apple, Cypress, Breakers, Lagoon, Copen, Lavender, Violet and Geranium. We chose the Pepper solid for the background to create a strong background. We love how the diamonds pop of the quilt!

New Pattern - Diamond Detour

My Mom, the amazing quilter behind Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted feathers in the background diamonds and horizontal serpentine lines in the colorful diamonds. She used a rainbow variegated thread that adds a gorgeous texture to the quilt!

New Pattern - Diamond Detour

You know me, I love to make a fancy binding! I added 1 1/2" wide strips of each color to the binding, separated by 3/4" background pieces. When my Mom added the binding she put the fancy piecing along the right side of the quilt. The rest of the binding is made from the Pepper solid used for the background.

New Pattern - Diamond Detour

Quilt Stats:

New Pattern - Diamond Detour

Making fun labels has become a slight obsession of mine and this quilt was definitely a victim! I used our basic Quilt Label Tutorial, but before I folded it in half, I did some super small piecing! I created a little rainbow using small scraps from the quilt top and pieced in a yellow strip to write on. It sure was fun to make =] In he picture just below, you can also see a peek of the backing we used. It is widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. Wide backs are the best!

New Pattern - Diamond Detour

Taking photos of the quilts we make is one of my favorite things to do! I usually drive around and get lost to scout out new locations to take photos, but last time when I was in CO, the tree in my parents front yard was calling my name! It is the perfect height to hang quilts from (with a step stool). I hung the quilt as straight as I could and snapped some shots. 

New Pattern - Diamond Detour

Then, I draped the quilt over the branch and took about 100 more photos. I liked how the quilt draped and looked more natural and at ease floating from one corner. Below is the shot we chose for the cover. What do you think?

Thank you to Robert Kaufman for providing us with such a gorgeous collection of fabrics! This quilt will be hanging in our booth in Houston, so be sure to stop by and see it!

The Diamond Detour pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Be sure to stop by everyday this week for more versions of the Diamond Detour, a giveaway and a sale. It is going to be a fun week! Happy Sewing!


Fall Quilt Market Sneak Peek September 18 2014, 2 Comments

I am writing this blog post from an uncomfortable airplane seat somewhere over Nevada or Utah. You know what that means! The Sass girls will both be back in the Orange Studio getting ready for Quilt Market. We will be previewing 4 new patterns in Houston and can't wait to share them with you! Here is a little sneak peek of what we have been up to!

New Pattern Preview

Top Left: Diamond Detour, Top Right: Wynkoop Court, Bottom Left: Bubba Bag and Bottom Right: Arcadia Avenue. 

Oh! And Kit wanted to say, "Hello!"

Kit Says Hello!

Here comes the drink cart =] Thank you for stopping by and be sure to stop by next week to be officially introduced to Diamond Detour! Happy Sewing!


Say Cheese! + Giveaway September 10 2014, 29 Comments

Here is the second quilt we had featured in the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Fall 2014 issue. Today, I am going to share the quilt I designed for the issue, Say Cheese! I used my most recent 12" appliqué block, Aperature, and built the camera around it! Here is the original block: 

Using basic piecing and a few curves, I created a camera shape background for a large appliqué aperture to be sewn on to. I added some white space and large flying geese to the top and bottom to the make the quilt a square wall-hanging.

Say Cheese Quilt

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Swirls, bubbles, serpentine lines and a swirl.
    • Fabric: Assorted Quilting Treasures basics.
    • Block Number: 816
    • Finished Size: 48" x 48"
    • Techniques: Piecing, curved piecing and appliqué.
    • My Favorite Part: The simplicity of the quilt and great texture the quilting gives.

Say Cheese Quilt

 



 

We have two extra copies of this Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Fall '14 issue and we have decided to give them away! 

For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post (click the post title and scroll to the bottom) telling us what your favorite size quilt to make is, and submit by midnight PST, Friday, September 12. I will choose two winners and email them. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to keep checking back, we have a sneak peek of our new patterns coming up, some show & tells and new pattern coming soon! Happy Sewing!


Cruisin' in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks September 08 2014, 1 Comment

We have two quilts in the new Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Fall 2014 issue. Today I am sharing the amazing quilt my mom made, Cruisin'! She combined two of her previous appliqué blocks: Surfin' and Rollin' Along. Below are the two blocks she used!

Cruisin' Quilt

She put these two blocks together so the VW van is pulling the vintage camper with a simply pieced background. How cute did this wall-hanging turn out?! 

Cruisin' Quilt

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Zig zags, serpentine lines and clouds.
    • Fabric: Assorted Timeless Treasures prints.
    • Block Numbers: 717 and 815.
    • Finished Size: 30" x 18"
    • Techniques: Piecing and appliqué.
    • My Favorite Part: The color scheme and amazing cloud quilting!

Cruisin' Quilt

You can find the pattern for Cruisin' in the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Fall 2014 issue here in digital form and here in paper form! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the other featured quilt and to enter a giveaway. Thanks for stopping by!

     

     


    George the Bear September 04 2014, 0 Comments

    Meet George the bear, one of the newest additions to the Zoey's Zoo bunch! My Mom made and quilted this adorable bear for our neighbor's newest grandson. My mom used two tone-on-tone browns for the bear, a turquoise chevron for the background, a lime for the churndash, a grey dot for the background and assorted lime, aqua and teal scraps for behind the letters. My mom outlined the silver letters in a solid black to make them pop off the scrappy background. How cute is that bear!

    George the Bear

    You can find the Zoey's Zoo quilt pattern here in paper form! If you make this pattern or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, send us an email! (contact@sassafras-lane.com) We would love to feature you and your project on our blog! Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for new patterns coming soon!


    Alayna's Shelby Satchel August 21 2014, 0 Comments

    This Shelby Satchel is one of the first bags we made. We made it with my little sister in mind, and surely enough, she had it claimed before it was finished. We used a fun owl print for the flap, a red print for the bag body and a yellow polkadot for the accent. 

    Alayna's Owl Shelby Satchel

    I love this combination of fabrics. All those bright colors fit my sister's bubbly personality perfectly. She carries this bag around with her daily. She even brought it with her when she came to visit me in San Francisco. Here she is modeling for me on the pier! 

    Alayna's Owl Shelby Satchel

    Love this girl's smile! She is such a cutie =]

    Alayna's Owl Shelby Satchel

    Fast Bag Stats:

      • Made by: Kristy & Shayla Wolf
      • Fabric: Owls by Timeless Treasures & assorted prints
      • Finished Size: 11.5" x 9" x 2"
      • Pattern: Shelby Satchel
      • My Favorite Part: How is looks on my little sis!

    Alayna's Owl Shelby Satchel

    You can find the Shelby Satchel bag pattern here in PDF and paper form! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to share it - just shoot us an email! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Sewing!

    Gitte's Atlantic Avenue August 18 2014, 0 Comments

    The second best part of my business partner / Mom being a longarm quilter, is that she gets Sassafras Lane quilts in her queue from time to time! (The best part being I have my own personal longarm quilter =] ) She recently sent me photos of this gorgeous Atlantic Avenue quilt made by the talented Gitte Hopkins.

    Gitte Hopkin's gorgeous Atlantic Avenue quilt!

    Gitte chose a gorgeous palette of assorted turquoise and violet batiks on a black background. This combination on the dark background is absolutely stunning!

    Gitte Hopkin's gorgeous Atlantic Avenue quilt!

    My Mom's quilting on this one is really something! She quilted a combination of serpentine lines and circular feathers using a contrasting variegated thread that really pops off the black background! There isn't too much I can say about it, just take a look for yourself!

    Gitte Hopkin's gorgeous Atlantic Avenue quilt!

    Quick Quilt Stats:
      • Made by: Gitte Hopkins
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Serpentine lines and circular feathers.
      • Fabric: Assorted teal, turquoise, violet, pink and black batiks.
      • Pattern: Atlantic Avenue
      • Finished Size: 80" x 80"
      • Techniques: Standard piecing
      • My Favorite Part: The color combination and amazing quilting!

    Gitte Hopkin's gorgeous Atlantic Avenue quilt!

    Big huge thank you to Gitte for allowing us to share photos of her quilt! This is her second Atlantic Avenue, you can see photos of her first here!

    The Atlantic Avenue quilt pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. If you make this pattern or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, we would love to feature you and the quilt on here. Thanks for stopping by!


    Happy Birthday Kristy! August 17 2014, 1 Comment

    Today is my Mom's birthday, so I am hijacking the blog to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! My mom is the best friend, role model, business partner and mother a girl could hope for! 

    Love you Mom and have a wonderful birthday! (P.S. Your gift is a running a little late!)


    Project Round-Up! August 12 2014, 0 Comments

    We have said it before and we will ay it again, our all-time favorite thing about being a pattern designer, is seeing your versions of our patterns! Seeing the different color choices and your creative twists makes our job completely worth it! Here are a few projects that have popped on to my radar from Instagram and Facebook

    Kristen and Val's Churndash Court quilt top! (@twoblondesandasewingmachine)
    Lee Jenkins' finished Lexington Lane quilt! (@diddersworld)
    Jenn Thurston's finished Atlantic Avenue quilt top! (@jennthurston)
    Donna Ward's finished Lullaby Lane quilt! (@donna8b)


    Donna Ward quilting her Diamond Alley quilt! (@donna8b)
    Kerrie Porter's finished Shelby Satchel bag! (@theprettyladybaby)
    Jessica Defibaugh's finished Lullaby Lane quilt top! (@sewsweetquiltshop)
    Donna Ward's finished Lexington Lane quilt! (@donna8b)


    Darlene Tice's finished Lullaby Lane quilt!


    Barb's finished Cooper Carry-All tote bag! (Quilt Expressions)


    Jan's finished Churndash Court quilt top! (Ucompleteme)

    If you are working on or have finished a Sassafras Lane pattern we would love to see it and feature it here on the blog. Please send us an email, share it on our Facebook wall or tag us (@sassafraslane) on Instagram. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see some more projects soon! =]


    Sewology Sunday - Machine Appliqué August 10 2014, 0 Comments

    This tutorial originally appeared over on the Timeless Treasures blog and features the fox from our Zoey's Zoo quilt pattern. We have a few patterns that include machine appliqué elements, but Zoey's Zoo is our first appliqué centered pattern. So, we thought we would whip up a little tutorial on how we like to do machine appliqué. Here we go!

     

    STEP 1: Gather what you will need: fusible webbing, fabric, marker, reversed appliqué pattern, matching threads, sharp fabric scissors, sewing machine and iron.

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    STEP 2: Trace the appliqué pattern onto the paper side of the fusible webbing.

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    STEP 3: Cut out the traced pieces leaving at least ¼” around all edges.

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    STEP 4: Iron the traced pieced onto the wrong side of the fabrics that coordinate.

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    STEP 5: Using your sharp fabric scissors, cut out the pieces along the traced lines.

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    STEP 6: Peel the paper off the back of the pieces. Make sure the shiny webbing stays on the fabric.

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    STEP 7: Layer the pieces onto the background fabric. Arrange everything how you want it and fuse it down with a hot iron.

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    STEP 8: Using a blanket stitch or zigzag, sew along the edges of the appliqué, catching the fabric edge. I love the look of a blanket stitch (used here) but if the project will get lots of wear and love, a zigzag will last longer.

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    STEP 9: Switch threads until you’ve stitched down all the appliqué pieces.

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    And Voila! You are done!

    Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

    Here is the finished mini quilt I made with this little appliqué fox!

    Mr. Fox Mini Quilt

    Our other patterns that have a few appliqué elements are the Piccadilly Circle, Lullaby Lane and Cassidy Crossover. Appliqué allows us to add odd shapes and fun elements to quilts. Have some fun with it let us know how it goes! Happy Sewing!

     


    Mulholland Drive in Cockateil August 05 2014, 1 Comment

    We have another fun Quilt Market project to hare with you today! We made this Mulholland Drive quilt to be featured in the Hoffman California Fabrics booth. This quilt features Cockatiel batiks and we absolutely love how it turned out; it is so different from any of our other versions! The quilt finished 52” x 70” - the perfect size to throw over your couch.

    Mulholland Drive in Cockatiel Batiks

    The Cockatiel colorway is full of pastel greens, teals, grays, corals and yellow prints. We used the entire fabric line and used a light beige for the background. Some of the fabrics blend into the background, but I think that adds some interest!

    Mulholland Drive in Cockatiel Batiks

    My Mom, aka Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted this quilt with a combination of serpentine lines and a feather meander. She quilted the paper-pieced diamonds with a feather meander and vertical serpentine lined in the pieced triangles. She left the sashing pieces empty which gives the quilt some extra crinkle!

    Mulholland Drive in Cockatiel Batiks

    We bound the quilt in the same light beige that we used for the background. We like how it turned out, but in all honesty, it was the only fabric we have enough of! We made a label using a few leftover grey and beige scraps and our our Easy Quilt Label tutorial.

    Mulholland Drive in Cockatiel Batiks

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla & Kristy Wolf
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Vertical serpentine lines and feather meander.
      • Fabric: Cockatiel Batiks from Hoffman Fabrics
      • Finished Size: 52" x 70"
      • Pattern: Mulholland Drive
      • Techniques: Triangle piecing and paper piecing.
      • My Favorite Part: The subtle color scheme and gorgeous fabrics!

    Mulholland Drive in Cockatiel Batiks

    Hoffman asked us to mock-up a pattern cover using the photos we took of the quilt. Below is what we came up with! What do you think?

    Mulholland Drive in Cockatiel Batiks

    You can find the Mulholland Drive pattern here in PDF and paper form! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see it - just shoot us an email! Thanks for stopping by!


    Shelby Satchel in Under the Sea August 03 2014, 1 Comment

    Since we our first Quilt Market, we have been pairing up with Jennifer from Monaluna. We have loved her fabrics since she was designing for larger companies, and now she has her own operation! We made a Shelby Satchel in the gorgeous Under the Sea fabrics to be displayed in the Monaluna Quilt Market booth. The bag finishes 11.5 inches wide, 9 inches tall and 2 inches deep and fits an iPad perfectly. This is one of my favorite versions!

    Shelby Satchel in Under the Sea

    Under the Sea is full of bright and fun sea-themed novelty prints! The Sea Life print we used for the flap features whales, lobsters, crabs, mermaids, squids, octopi, dolphins and lots of different fish. The octopus is my favorite! We used the lime Kelp Forest for the accent and the Scallop for the bag body.

    Shelby Satchel in Under the Sea

    I love the combination of limes, aquas, reds, oranges, turquoises and blues! It is the prefect combo and the end result is great!

    Shelby Satchel in Under the Sea

    Fast Bag Stats:

    Shelby Satchel in Under the Sea

    You can find the Shelby Satchel bag pattern here in PDF and paper form! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to share it - just shoot us an email! Stay tuned more projects and fun stuff! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Sewing!

    Collaboration with Robert Kaufman August 01 2014, 1 Comment

    Not too long ago, Nichole from Robert Kaufman Fabrics asked me if I was interested in mocking up some of our quilt patterns in their fabrics. The answer was an astounding yes! So far we have mocked up our Euclid Avenue and Shivaun Place quilt patterns. We love how these turned out, so we thought we should share them!

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    You can find the Euclid Avenue pattern here in PDF and paper form and the Shivaun Place pattern here in PDF and paper form! If you make these or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see it - just shoot us an email! Thanks for stopping by!


    Rocky Mountain Shop Hop Selfie Contest July 31 2014, 0 Comments

    In our neck-of-the-woods (well, my mom's now!) there is a fun Shop Hop about to start! The Rocky Mountain Shop Hop begins tomorrow and goes through Sunday. There are 10 shops on the hop and one of them is featuring a trunk show of Sassafras Lane Designs quilts! We would love to see our quilts hanging, so we are going to hold a little contest! If you find our quilts (hint: Fabric Expressions), or any of the other wonderful shops, take a photo/selfie with them and send it in an email to us! There will be fun prizes for those who enter!

    There are also a few Sassafras Lane patterns up at The Quilt Store. They are not in the Shop Hop but they are having a big sale this weekend, so if you spot one of our projects, take a selfie and enter! Thanks for stopping by and we can't wait to see your Sassy Selfies =]


    Mulholland Drive in Greens, Teals and Blues July 30 2014, 1 Comment

    A few days before we left for Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, we decided to make another version of our Mulholland Drive quilt pattern. We went in a completely opposite direction of the cover quilt and started pulling lime, teal, aqua and blue fabrics and put them on a stark white background.

    Scrappy Mulholland Drive Quilt

    I love scrappy quilts! They are my favorite! Don't get me wrong, I love quilts using a specific fabric line too, but there is something about pulling little pieces fabric together that I can't get enough of! We used pieces of fabrics from most of the quilts we made for Quilt Market.

    Scrappy Mulholland Drive Quilt

    My Mom, the talent behind Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted vertical serpentine lines in the 60 degree triangles and horizontal serpentine lines in the diamonds with a very light blue thread. She left the white sashing empty and this creates a fun slightly puffy spot, giving the quilt some fun texture.

    Scrappy Mulholland Drive Quilt

    Using our Easy Quilt Label tutorial, we made a label with scraps of lime pearl bracelets, parrot zig zags and solid white fabrics. In the picture above you can also see a sneak peek of the backing fabric we used. We chose the wide aqua backing fabric that is available here!

    Scrappy Mulholland Drive Quilt

    We wanted a simple binding because the quilt is a little busier, so we used the emerald pearl bracelets fabric. It was the perfect choice and blends amazingly with the quilt.

    Scrappy Mulholland Drive Quilt

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Horizontal and vertical serpentine lines.
      • Fabric: Scrap-tastic
      • Finished Size: 52" x 70"
      • Pattern: Mulholland Drive
      • Techniques: Triangle piecing and paper piecing.
      • My Favorite Part: The color combination and the way it looks in that tree =]

    Scrappy Mulholland Drive Quilt

    You can find the Mulholland Drive pattern here in PDF and paper form! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see it - just shoot us an email! We have a few more Quilt Market projects to share with you, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by!


    Zoey's Zoo Tutorial & Giveaway with Timeless Treasures Fabrics! July 28 2014, 1 Comment

    Hey Everyone! Sorry I have been MIA for the last few days! My college roommate/great friend got hitched this weekend so I was busy off bridesmaiding! While I was gone, Timeless Treasures Fabrics featured our Zoey's Zoo quilts and a machine appliqué tutorial we put together on their Sew Timeless blog! Go check it out here and see how easy it really is!

    In addition to all of that, Timeless Treasure Fabrics is also giving away a Zoey's Zoo pattern and a fat-quarter pack of their new Jazz Basic to get you started! Enter the giveaway below!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Here are a few close-ups of the great Timeless Treasures fabrics we used for the adorable Zoey's Zoo quilts:

    Zoey's Zoo Bear Close-Up

    Zoey's Zoo Bear Close-Up

    Zoey's Zoo Fox Close-Up

    Zoey's Zoo Fox Close-Up

    Zoey's Zoo Lion Close-Up

    Zoey's Zoo Lion Close-Up

    Zoey's Zoo Penguin Close-Up

    Zoey's Zoo Penguin Close-Up

    We made the labels using our Easy Quilt Label tutorial. It is fun to see them all together!

    Zoey's Zoo Labels

    Big thank you to Timeless Treasures for providing all of the adorable fabrics to create the Zoey's Zoo quilts! If you make this pattern or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, send us an email! (contact@sassafras-lane.com) We would love to feature you and your project on our blog!

    You can find the Zoey's Zoo quilt pattern here in paper form! Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


    Elsie Stone's Diamond Alley Quilt July 24 2014, 0 Comments

    Elsie Stone sent us pictures of her gorgeous Diamond Alley quilt and we had to share them! She used assorted red fabrics for the diamonds, ranging from light pink to dark maroon, and a crisp white for the background. She made the Diamond Alley quilt pattern larger by adding 2 more vertical rows, making a total of 39 diamonds, and large white borders that float the diamonds.

    Elsie quilted a free-motion swirls and scrolls allover the quilt. I love the texture the quilting gives the quilts. It is that perfect crinkle look! Elsie bound the quilt in one of the red fabrics used as a diamond. Below is a photo of Elsie's fabric placing strategy! I love "in the works" photos like these!

    Big thank you to Elise for sending us photos of this beautiful quilt! We love seeing the quilts and projects made by you. If you make this pattern or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, we would love to feature the quilt on here! Just shoot us an email! The Diamond Alley quilt pattern is available here in PDF and paper form! Happy Sewing!


    New Mini Quilt Wall July 20 2014, 4 Comments

    I have a small (and growing) collection of mini quilts. There is a huge satisfaction is designing, sewing, quilting, binding and hanging something all in one day! I have my small collection of six quilts hung behind my sewing machine table. 

    Mini Quilt Wall

    I recently took all my minis down for a show & tell and this gave me the opportunity to rearrange and add a few newbies! I laid them all out on the floor and played with different layouts until I got one I loved and thought I could add new ones to easily. 

    Mini Quilts!

    I hung the quilts using two pins in each of the top corners. Simple, easy and small holes in the walls! This was a great way to add some color to my room without doing irreparable damage to my rental's walls. 

    Mini Quilt Wall

    The pineapple mini is new and was inspired by a pillow Amber Crawley was giving away on Instagram. (click here to see it!) I loved how cute and simple it was. I made my own little version with 1" finished squares and I am in love. The quilt finishes 8.5" x 11.5". It is the size of a piece of paper!

    Pineapple Mini Quilt

    This scrappy churndash is a miniature version of the Churndash Court pattern. I reduced the pattern to 1/3 of the size. The strips finish a little less than 1/2" wide and I had a blast digging through my scrap bucket! This quilt finished 12" x 12".

    Mini Churndash Court Quilt

    The heart quilt is a free pattern we have on Craftsy. It utilizes and 2.5" squares and you can see more photos of it here. This quilt finished 22" x 22" and is my largest on the wall!

    The mini churndash quilt was my entry into the DSTT Modern Traditional Challenge. It is comprised of thirty-six 3" churndash blocks. You can see lots more photos of this quilt here. This quilt is one of my favorites and finished 20" x 20".

    The fox is a brand new addition to my mini quilt family and will be featured on the Timeless Treasures blog this week with an appliqué tutorial. I shrunk Mr. Fox from the Zoey's Zoo quilt pattern down and added orange scraps on the left side. This quilt finished 15" x 11.5".

    Mr. Fox Mini Quilt

    The newest addition to my wall is this letter S mini quilt. I made multiple 1" half square triangles and arranged them as an "S". It was a fun and quick project that filled my "I need to finish something immediately" kick! The quilt finished 8.5" x 9.5".

    S is for Shayla Mini Quilt

    So, what do you think? Should I pattern or make tutorials on any of these? Are there any amazing mini quilts out there I need to make?

    There is still time to enter the Shelby Satchel Giveaway! Be sure to pop back by this week for some fun and exciting projects! Thanks for stopping by!

     


    Shelby Satchel in Pearl Bracelets & Giveaway July 18 2014, 22 Comments

    We have another fun bag made up in Andover Fabrics to share with you! This is our Shelby Satchel crossover purse made up in the tone-on-tone Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics. The bag finishes 11.5 inches wide, 9 inches tall and 2 inches deep and fits an iPad perfectly. This version is fun and full of cool colors!

    Shelby Satchel in Pearl Bracelets

    We used a lime tone-on-tone pearl bracelet for the flap, an aqua tone-on-tone pearl bracelet for the accent and a navy tone-on-tone pearl bracelet for the bag body.

    Shelby Satchel in Pearl Bracelets

    Fast Bag Stats:

      • Made by: Kristy & Shayla Wolf
      • Fabric: Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House for Andover
      • Finished Size: 11.5" x 9" x 2"
      • Pattern: Shelby Satchel
      • My Favorite Part: The cool, crisp colors of the fabrics!

    Shelby Satchel in Pearl Bracelets

    And now to the giveaway! Andover generously sent us enough fabric to make two bags! So... we are giving away a complete pack to make this bag! It include the three Andover Pearl Bracelet fabrics, a Shelby Satchel pattern and a Shelby Satchel Hardware Kit! It is easy to enter, all you have to do is comment on this post telling us your favorite summer activity (ex: eating watermelon, lounging poolside, beach picnics, air-conditioned sewing =] ) by Sunday, July 20th at midnight. We will pick one lucky grand prize winner and maybe a few extra!

    You can find the Shelby Satchel bag pattern here in PDF and paper form! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to share it - just shoot us an email! Good Luck and Happy Sewing!