News from the Orange Studio

Mini Mania - Modern Traditional Challenge April 21 2014, 0 Comments

I have only been slightly obsessed with mini quilts this past year... so when Timeless Treasures and Dear Stella announced their Modern Traditional Mini Quilt Challenge, I jumped at the opportunity to make something fun! I made thirty-six 3" assorted churndash blocks and arranged them in color order diagonally across the quilt with the dark backgrounded blocks off-center. I have been wanting to make little mini churndash blocks for awhile, so this was the perfect time! 

My favorite detail is the binding. I used scraps from the top of the quilt and sewed them together in color order. I put the pink through the yellow on the bottom and green through purple on the left side. I also threw in a light blue confetti dot on the bottom right corner for kicks. 

Quilt Stats:

Oooo and the best part about this challenge is the prize! Below is a photo of Jessica holding the grand prize! (photo from Dear Stella's Facebook page) What would you make with sixty 1/2 yards of Timeless Treasure's Sketch and Dear Stella's Mini Confetti Dots?

There is still time to enter! Go read all about the challenge here and join in the fun! Be sure to check out the #DSTTchallenge hashtag on Instagram to see everyone's inspirational project photos!

Have you joined in on the mini mania? If not, you should =] Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see your projects pop up on the Instagram feed soon! 


Lori's Diamond Alley Quilt April 20 2014, 0 Comments

Happy Easter! Today we are sharing this gorgeous Diamond Alley Quilt made by Lori Brewster. Lori made this quilt to give to her mom on her birthday! Isn't that so sweet! Lori used thirty-nine different Kaffe Fassett floral fabrics for the diamonds. She arranged the diamonds to gradate by color across the quilt. I love how it turned out! Lori widened the quilt by adding 7 diamonds to one side making it 82" x 88".

My Mom, the amazing talented quilter behind Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted a feather doodle with a white thread allover the quilt. The most amazing part is the inspirational words quilted into the sashings. Some of the words she used are: Liberty, Explore, Home, Delightful, Confidence, Together, Generous, Freedom, Value, Relax, Passion and Limitless. 

I absolutely love how she arranged the diamonds by color. The diamonds gradate across the quilt in rainbow order and look phenomenal. In the photo below you can spot a few of the inspirational words. Can you see: Dreams, Outstanding, Love, Bloom, Believe and Family?

Big thank you to Lori for sharing her beautiful quilt with us! 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! Thank you for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!


Prism Parkway Sale! April 18 2014, 0 Comments


Today is the day! Prism Parkway is 25% off today only. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more of our Spring releases! Be sure to enter this code at checkout: prism25 or you won't get the discount!

Prism Parkway in Tonga Batiks & Sale Announcement! April 17 2014, 0 Comments

You know us, we can never make just one quilt! This version of Prism Parkway originally appeared in Quiltmaker Magazine's 2014 color issue, (kind of suiting, huh?!)!


This quilt was made entirely with Timeless Treasure Tonga Batiks. They are so rich in color. It was like Christmas morning digging into a generous box of vibrant colored batiks. We used a slightly patterned charcoal for the background and variegated the color across the quilt. It is amazing how different it looks than the Prism Parkway cover quilt. It is a great project to use your stash and scrap piles!


My mom, aka Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted the two quilts exactly the same! The light orange thread on the rainbow on the rainbow threads acts as a neutral looks great! Once again, the spirals draw your attention to the hexagonal pinwheels created from the triangles. 


My mom snapped some photos of this Prism Parkway on our lawn chairs on the front patio. In the photo below you can see the details in the Tonga Batiks we used. I love the brightly colored chevrons! 


And now for the sale announcement! 


To follow tradition (a very new tradition!), Prism Parkway PDF patterns will be on sale tomorrow! For one day only, the Prism Parkway patterns will be 25% off! Be sure to stop by and get yours! Thank you for stopping by!

Introducing Prism Parkway! April 15 2014, 0 Comments


Say hello to the newest Sassafras Lane pattern, Prism Parkway! This pattern was originally published in Quiltmaker Magazine awhile back and will now be available though us! This is a versatile, modern, triangular paper-piecing quilt pattern. The Prism Parkway pattern includes three quilt sizes (Venti [72" x 97"], Grande [54" x 75"] and Tall [36" x 54"]), two design options (one with wavy ends, and one without) and in-depth paper-piecing instructions. 


To make the cover quilt super-duper scrappy, my mom and I split up the foundation papers and each made half of the blocks from our orange stashes. It was so much fun when we put them together. Surprisingly, there were only a handful of repeated fabrics. We each have extensive collections, but I was envious of a few of her fabrics. Good thing she shares pretty well =] 


My mom, the amazing quilter behind Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted a spiral in each of the pinwheels with a light orange thread. Those spirals are perfect for highlighting the points where the triangles come together, plus it adds some amazing texture to the quilt!


For some reason when I was shooting this quilt, I kept thinking about bridges. Luckily for me, there are quite a few in my neck of the woods. Most of the bridges were in direct sunlight, which created some hard shadows and strange back-lighting. I found one bridge that was surrounded by trees. 


The bridge was a little dirty and covered with moss, but a great photo location. I took some flat shots of the quilt on the bridge (above) and then I scrunched the quilt up for a few. I love styling quilts in a thrown and "natural" way.


For the Prism Parkway pattern cover, I chose a scrunched photo on the bridge. I love how it turned out and I hope you do too!


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 the quilt on here!

The Prism Parkway quilt pattern is available here in PDF form. Paper patterns are coming soon! You need foundation papers to complete this pattern and you can find them here. I will be showing you our gorgeous batik version of this pattern and will be announcing a sale this week, so be sure to check back. Thank you for stopping by!


Hex-a-doodle Magazine Feature April 13 2014, 1 Comment

Today I am sharing a quilt that is being featured in Quiltmaker's May/June '14 issue! They coined this quilt Hex-a-doodle! It is made with triangles and half-hexagons, so there are no tricky y-seams! 

This blog seems to feature the same color palette for the last few quilts.... it is one of my favorites! Blue, green, teal, navy and lime scrappy triangles make up the hexagon rings that surround the hexagons. The hexagon centers are Menagerie Onyx from Sarah Watson's Indian Summer fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics

I really dug through all my fabric to pull this quilt. I even fussy cut a few of my favorites to be sure they made it into a triangle. Below you can see two of my favorites: the little mustached men in cars and Lizzy House's constellations. My Mom (Wolf Creek Quilting) quilted large spirals in the animal hexagons and a triangle meander in the surrounding triangles. 

This was the first large quilt I made in my smaller sewing room (read all about it here) and I never saw the whole thing from far away when I finished the top. Up close, the hexagons didn't blend into the triangles as much as they do from further back. =/ I was a little disappointed, but I still like all my little treasures in the triangles. The next one I make will just have a little more contrast! 

Here it is in the issue! I love seeing how they style the quilts. They put the Hex-a-doodle quilt on a bed with a teal sheet and lime pillow. Perfect combination! 

This issue of Quiltmaker is on sale at newsstands now! You can purchase print issues and digital PDF issues through the Quilt and Sew Shop online. I will definitely be making a few more of these quilts; it flew together! 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back to see what else we have cooked up for this Spring! Happy Sewing!


Euclid Avenue Sale! April 11 2014, 0 Comments

Like I mentioned yesterday, to celebrate the launch of each of our new Spring patterns, we will have a one-day sale on each of them! Today only, Euclid Avenue is 25% off. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more of our Spring releases! Be sure to enter this code at checkout: euclid25 or you won't get the discount!

Euclid Avenue in Batiks & Sale Announcement April 10 2014, 0 Comments

It is no secret that we have quite the batik stash. So, when we made a second Euclid Avenue quilt to test the pattern, we dove into our stack of batiks. We chose similar colors to the cover quilt, but rearranged the placement to show how different the quilt can look!

Didn't it turn out pretty!? And now for the Sale Announcement!

To celebrate the launch of each of our new Spring patterns, we will have a one-day sale on each of them! Tomorrow is Euclid Court's day! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow to get your Euclid Court pattern!

Now Carrying Notions! April 08 2014, 0 Comments

We have some exciting news! We are now carrying a few of favorite notions to accompany our patterns. These are the products we use and love! 

            

The handy-dandy 12-1/2" tall 60 degree triangle ruler can be used for any triangle or angled projects! We have used ours to make Diamond Alley, Lexington Lane, Wiley Way and our upcoming Mulholland Drive. 

The 6-1/2" Easy Angle ruler is our favorite method for making fast and accurate half-square triangles. We use this ruler to make all the half-square triangles in our Main Street quilt pattern.

            

This Spring we have lots of new foundation pieced patterns. We are now carrying both Letter-Sized and Legal-Sized foundation papers. The letter-sized foundation paper is the perfect size for Lombard Street, Piccadilly Circle, Bourbon Street, Churndash Court, and our upcoming Prism Parkway and Mulholland Drive patterns. The legal-sized foundation paper accompanies our brand new Euclid Avenue pattern.

            

Our other favorite tool for foundation paper-piecing is the 12" Add-A-Quarter ruler. In fact, we wouldn't paper-piece without it! Here are the following patterns we recommend to accompany the Add-A-Quarter rulerLombard StreetPiccadilly CircleBourbon StreetChurndash Court, Euclid Court, and our upcoming Prism Parkway and Mulholland Drive patterns.

We sometimes have found the need for canvas. One of those times is the flip-and-stitch section of the Cooper CarryAll tote bag. So... we now have a giant bolt of natural colored 60" wide canvas/ duck cloth


Introducing Euclid Avenue! April 07 2014, 0 Comments

Say hello to Euclid Avenue! This is a super quick, easy and fun foundation pieced quilt with endless possibilities! Depending on the fabric placement, Euclid Avenue can take on any personality! The pattern also has three sizes included to make your life easier! Check out our cover quilt:

The Euclid Avenue quilt pattern requires eight fabrics. For our cover quilt we used Art Gallery's Oval Elements and Pure Elements. When choosing fabrics, we recommend choosing two coordinating fabrics from four different colors. We paired an Oval Element fabric with a Solid and it created a fun shadow texture. Don't be afraid of patterned fabrics though! The pieces are fairly large and will show off fabrics nicely!

My Mom, the amazing talent behind Wolf Creek Quilting, kept the quilting on this one simple. She quilted straight lines vertically along the quilt with various widths in a lime green thread. I love the slight crinkles the quilting created! 

I had fun photographing this one! Everything is green here in California, so it wasn't hard to find nice backgrounds. I threw the quilt over my apartment building sign, hooked it to a wall covered in ivy and threw it on a Google lawn chair!

To make Euclid Avenue, you will need legal-size foundation papers (Don't worry! We carry them and so does your local quilt store, most likely.) and starch! We have a trick in this pattern we think you will like and will make putting a paper-pieced quilt together so much easier!

For the cover of the Euclid Court pattern, I chose a photo of the quilt draped over a low branch on a grey tree. There is a plant on the bottom left of the photo that bugged me when I first took it, but now I kind of like it! What do you think?

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 the quilt on here!

The Euclid Avenue quilt pattern is available here in PDF form. Paper patterns are coming soon! Big thank you to Art Gallery Fabrics for providing the perfect fabrics. I will be showing you a few more versions of this quilt soon! Be sure to check back. Thank you for stopping by!


Howard's Bourbon Street Quilt April 04 2014, 1 Comment

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am sharing Howard Killian's country-inspired Bourbon Street Quilt. He took the Bourbon Street Quilt Pattern class from my Mom at the Quilt Store back in January. Howard used red, gold and brown scraps for the block centers, a cream for the accent, a black print for the background and a red tone-on-tone for the outside border. Here he is with a block and then his finished quilt:

Big thank you to Howard for sharing his quilt with us! 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 Bourbon Street quilt pattern is available here in PDF and paper form! Thank you for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!

 


Sew Déjà Vu's Diamond Alley March 30 2014, 0 Comments

We received a fun phone call from Judy, from Sew Deja Vu, a few weeks ago. They had a bright booth at the OSQE show in Atlanta. They hung a Diamond Alley quilt front and center and needed more patterns! Sew Deja Vu is a store in the Hudson, Ohio area. They opened their doors in 2012 and have been providing the quilting community with beautiful fabric, insightful classes and sewing knowledge ever since! Here are a few photos of their booth and the Diamond Alley they made. I love the fabrics they chose: yellows, greys, reds and pinks!

How fun and bright is that booth! I can only imagine their store is as bright and fabulous. If you are ever in their neck of the woods, go stop in and say hello! I hope to get out there someday myself! They have a great website you should check out. Big thank you to Judy and her girls for sharing these with us!

The Diamond Alley quilt pattern is available here in PDF and paper form! We love seeing our patterns made up by you. If you make any of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, we would love to feature the quilt on here! Just shoot us an email! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Churndash Court Sale! March 28 2014, 0 Comments

To celebrate the launch of each of our new Spring patterns, we will have a one-day sale on each of them! Today only, Churndash Court is 25% off. Get it while it is hot! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more of our Spring releases! Be sure to enter this code at checkout: churndash25

Churndash Court in Pop Rox March 26 2014, 1 Comment

We met the lovely and talented Carol Van Zandt at Quilt Market in Houston. Last month she emailed and asked if we wanted to use any of her new fabric line: Pop Rox. We said yes and used it to make an elegant version of our new Churndash Court pattern! 


Pop Rox from Andover Fabrics comes in two color ways. A bright color-way and the one we chose. This color-way is beiges, tans, browns and blacks. I love all the fun shapes Carol designed with sticks and dots. 


My Mom, the amazing talent behind Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted this little churndash quilt with an uneven grid. She quilted the grid with a shiny and slightly variegated brown thread. The thread blends perfectly with the light and dark fabrics. 


To snag some hanging shots of this quilt, I pinned it to a wooden wall. It worked as a perfect backdrop to compliment all the browns. 


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 the quilt on here!

The Churndash Court quilt pattern is available here in PDF form. Paper patterns are coming soon! Big thank you to Carol for sending us your beautiful fabric! Thank you for stopping by!


Introducing Churndash Court! March 24 2014, 0 Comments


Churndash Court is finally available! This a quick and fun foundation-pieced baby quilt or wall-hanging pattern. Perfect to show off your favorite jelly-roll, bali pop or scraps. This 2 1/2" pre-cut strip or scrap friendly quilt is great for baby girls and boys.


I used one of my all time favorite color schemes: limes, teals and blues. I dug through all my scraps and pulled everything larger than 2" wide. I have frogs, constellations, zigzags, hexagons, hippos and sewing pins! Nothing was safe! I backed the quilt in adorable little elephants. This quilt will be sure to make some baby boy very happy someday!


I found a neat location tucked away behind a building with piles of pallets. I used my super handy clip hooks to display the quilt onto two piles of pallets. 


My Mom, the amazing talent behind Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted this little churndash quilt with wavy lines. She quilted the wavy lines through the middle of the strips and along the seams. I love how the quilting adds texture to the solid light grey churndash. 


I used one of the photos from the pile of pallets as the Churndash Court cover shot. I like how the background adds some extra texture, but the quilt still stands out. 


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 the quilt on here!

The Churndash Court quilt pattern is available here in PDF form. Paper patterns are coming soon! I will be showing you a few more versions of this quilt soon! Be sure to check back. Thank you for stopping by!


Happy National Quilting Day! 20% Off All Patterns! March 15 2014, 0 Comments


It’s National Quilting Day! To celebrate, we are having a little sale! All our patterns, both PDF & paper are 20% off today and tomorrow! I am shooting our new pattern covers today! How are you celebrating? Happy National Quilting Day & thank you for stopping by!


Be sure to enter this code at checkout: WWQD14

My New Couch Quilt March 07 2014, 1 Comment

We make a lot of quilts. Almost all of them are Sassafras Lane designs and we don't really use these. We display them, take photos of them and use them at trade shows to help sell the patterns. So, every once in awhile I have the opportunity to make a quilt just for me! The quilt was a color option for The Right Slice quilt pattern in Quiltmaker Nov/Dec '13. I made the quilt top awhile back, and it just recently snuck to the top of my mom's quilting pile.


I used some luscious fabrics from FreeSpirit fabrics. I used the orange and pink fabrics from the Tangier Ikat fabric line and lots of solids and designer basics. I love the scrappy look of this and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! 


I didn't need any fancy quilting on this one, just something simple to get it onto my couch =] My mom did some fantastically fast straight line quilting across the quilt at different widths. The quilting is perfect for how busy the quilt is! 


I threw it into the tree to take some photos. The back light was pretty strong so you can see the seams through the quilt. I also put it on the fence to get some nice images of the entire quilt. I made 30 blocks, so it is a little wider than the pattern in the magazine. Big enough for two people and a cat to cuddle under during a movie! 


Quilt Stats:

It is always a good feeling to get a quilt back and put it to use! It was quickly cat approved. Now, getting the pink and orange quilt approved by the boyfriend will be my next battle! =] Wish me luck! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Friday! 


MaryEllen's Cooper Carry-All tote March 05 2014, 0 Comments

Last week when we were visiting my grandma in Spokane, she asked us to help her pull fabric to make a Cooper Carry-All tote for her friend Nancy. Nancy loves elegant, dark batik fabrics. Anything but orange... which I don't personally understand! But it was easy enough to pull from MaryEllen's (grandma) amazing stash. She sewed this thing together in no time and sent us a few photos! It turned out fabulously and we hear Nancy loved it! 


If you make a Cooper Carry-All tote or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, we would love to feature you and the project on here! Just shoot us an email! Big thank you MaryEllen for letting us share these photo! Thanks for stopping by!


Firelights Quilt & A Giveaway! March 03 2014, 19 Comments

Quiltmaker does this really neat issue twice a year called 'Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks'. I have a quilt featured in this upcoming Spring '14 issue. It is based on my Formation block that was featured in 100 Blocks, Volume 8. Below is the block, and you can read all about it here!

Formation, block #761

I enlarged the foundation pieces of Formation and made 9 rows of elongated geese to create Firelights. Clothworks graciously supplied me with these eye-popping Botanica batik fabrics and voila! 


My Mom (aka Wolf Creek Quilting) did some amazing quilting on this quilt. Unfortunately you can't really see it! Quiltmaker did a nice detailed drawing of the quilting in the issue though, so be sure to check it out! It is pretty stellar. 


 

We have an extra copy of this Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Spring '14 issue and we have decided to give it away! 

For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post (click the post title and scroll to the bottom) telling me what is inspiring your creativity/quilting projects these days, and submit by midnight MST, Wednesday, March 5. I will choose one lucky winner and email them. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to keep checking back, we have more sneak peeks of our new patterns, some show & tells and big new change to our website coming soon! Happy Sewing!


New Pattern Sneak Peek & A Birthday Gift March 01 2014, 5 Comments

So, today is my birthday and 22 years ago I received the best gift you could think of, a little sister. Sharing a birthday had it's rough patches through our middle-school days, but now I couldn't be happier!

My little sister was never bitten by the sewing bug, but she does appreciate handmade things! So when she spotted our newest bag pattern, she requested one with enthusiasm. Little did she know we already had the fabric pulled! 

We chose a fun whimsical owl fabric for the bag flap, a yellow polka-dot for the accent and a red and orange print for the bag body. I love how this one turned out! It was kind of hard to ship it off, but we know she will love it and use it! 

We are calling this new purse pattern Shelby Satchel, after another one of our adorable pups! We are still making a few to get the pattern just perfect, but it will be available soon, along with accompanying hardware kits! I will give you all the details about this one soon. It is pretty nifty =] and I can't wait to share our fun cover bags!

Thanks for stopping by on me and my sister's birthday! (Happy Birthday Bug!) Have a great weekend!


How cute is Ashleigh!? February 26 2014, 0 Comments

Remember the blog post I shared not too long ago about Donna and Ashleigh Ward? Well, if not click here to read it! They are a mother-daugther duo that run Donna's Quilt Studio in Hamilton, New Zealand. We met them at Quilt Market in Houston and decided immediately that we loved them! They just blogged this adorable photo of Ashleigh holding a Cooper Carry-All tote in front of a Wiley Way quilt and it was too cute not to share!

If you make these or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, we would love to feature you and the project on here! Just shoot us an email! Big thank you to Donna and Ashleigh Ward for letting us share this photo! Thanks for stopping by!


Bugsy's Lexington Lane Quilt February 24 2014, 1 Comment


We made this bed size Lexington Lane quilt over a year ago and failed to get any good photos! My little sister quickly claimed this one for her college bed and away it went. We all got together in Spokane this last week and I asked her to bring it to shoot a few photos. This is the Venti size quilt. We used 27 fat-quarters mostly from the Mod-Century fabric line designed by Jenn Ski for Moda. 


Here is my little sister, nicknamed Bugsy, showing off her quilt. We waited until the last day of our trip to take photos, and of course it snowed all day! We found these neat steps near my grandma's house that had some tree cover and snapped a few photos. 


It was a bit chilly! So we wrapped ourselves up on the walk back to the heated house! My Mom quilted this one with an allover modern square meander in a lime green thread. I love this quilt and I love how quickly it goes together! This is a very well-loved and used quilt, as quilts should be! 


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 Lexington Lane quilt pattern is available here in PDF and paper form! Thanks for stopping by and have great week!


Cooper Carry-All in Bali Batiks February 20 2014, 0 Comments

We are big batik fans in this household. Rich color, minimum raveling, gorgeous texture. Oh la la! I could go all day. Hoffman Fabrics graciously sent us a Splash Bali Pop and some matching yardage to make a Cooper Carry-All for our booth at Quilt Market in Houston. 

I love the colors! They are slightly richer than my photos of the finished bag shows. I am especially fond of the turquoise medallion print we used for the body of the bag. This version of Cooper Carry-All will be used by my soon-to-be-teacher/little sister! She can carry everything she needs for the classroom. Over 3 months later, but I think that finally wraps up all the projects for Quilt Market in Houston! We are starting to ramp up for the next one and will have some brand new patterns to show soon! Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!


Pat's Main Street Quilt February 18 2014, 0 Comments

This gorgeous version of Main Street was made by the talented Pat Lyman. She used a brown and blue batik bali pop for the blocks, a blue batik for the accent and light beige printed batik for the background. Her colors are beautiful and so is her piecing! 

My Mom (aka Wolf Creek Quilting) finished quilting this one and took it out into the snow-pocalypse to get a few photos. She quilted an allover feather motif over the entire quilt in a light tan. The thread color blends into the background and plays nicely with the darker browns and blues. 

Big thank you to Pat for sharing her quilt with us! We love seeing our patterns made up 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 Main Street quilt pattern is available here in PDF and paper form! Thank you for stopping by!