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8 Last Minute Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas December 01 2016, 0 Comments

Happy December! With only 25 days until Christmas, we decided to put together a list of projects you can definitely finish in time to give as gifts this year. 

Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

1. Mel's Mats Placemats

These fun woven placemats make perfect teacher or hostess gifts! They are a great way to experiment with stitches and use up scraps or jelly rolls. The Mel's Mats pattern walks you through the entire process and includes instructions for both placemats and a table runner. 

Thomas with the Lion

2. Baby Quilts

This year flew by! Did a close friend or family member have a new little one recently and you missed your chance to make them a quilt? We have some fun, fast and personalizable baby quilt patterns that make amazing gifts! Check out Lullaby Lane, Zoey's Zoo, Park Place and Sammy's Safari

Introducing the Teddy Tote!

3. Teddy Tote Bag

Everyone needs a few reusable tote bags to throw in the car for grocery runs! The Teddy Tote is super fast to sew and comes with multiple design options. Sew up a few for everyone you know. All of my friends and family are getting personalized totes from their favorite "go green" promoter (this girl!). 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

4. Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt

Every tree needs a tree skirt! Kringle Crossing is a fast and modern tree skirt pattern that features diamonds large enough to show off your favorite holiday prints! The pattern includes full-size templates and the complete alphabet reversed and ready to appliqué. Add festive words to the edges or feature your family's names.

One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

5. Quick Bed Quilts

Some of our patterns are little more intricate (ehem, I'm looking at you Empire Place), but a couple of them can be sewn in an afternoon! If you are wanting to make a bed quilt for someone special this year, check out our Wiley Way, Euclid Avenue and One Way patterns. They fly together and will definitely put a smile on that special someone's face.

Cassidy Crossover in Birds of a Feather

6. Cassidy Crossover Purse

Every girl needs a new purse for the New Year! The Cassidy Crossover is quick purse that can adapt to anyone's style! Not to mention, this is the perfect size for everyday outings and extravagant travels! Be sure to grab a hardware kit to avoid hunting for the perfect hardware up and down the aisles of a craft store. 

Sassafras Lane Mini Quilts

7. Mini Quilts

Mini quilts are fun and fast to make a bring a little pop of color to the walls of craft rooms, dorm rooms and nurseries! They also look great on top of tables with a vase centered on top. We have 12 different mini quilt patterns - Mini Diamond Detour, Mini One Way, Mini Firelights Lane and Mini Lantern Lane are some of quickest! I am toying with the idea of making the Mini Diamond Detour in some Christmas colors... maybe this week!  

Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

8. Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

These hexagonal blocks make great last minute gifts! The Arcadia Avenue blocks can be used a table toppers or wall decor. Match the colors to someone's dining area or create a festive topper that they will want to display every year.

If you get any of these made before Christmas, we would love to see it. Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram. Happy Sewing!


Holiday Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers November 27 2016, 2 Comments

We hope everyone had a fun (and food!) filled Thanksgiving celebration! Now, it is officially time to start decking the halls with holiday cheer and handmade decorations. We keep seeing individual Arcadia Avenue blocks pop up in Instagram for various mini quilt exchanges and we can't get enough. Last Spring, Dear Stella sent us some adorable fabric featuring blushing animals faces in black, white and red and we had an idea! We made two individual Arcadia Avenue blocks as holiday table toppers! 

Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

I mean, what better way is there to bring some low key quick holiday spruce to your dining table, coffee table or desk? I have one in the center of my dining table with glass vase filled with small bulb ornaments. It looks very festive and is easy to move when I take over the largest flat surface in my apartment! 

Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

The first block we made was Film Strips, block 9. We placed the white and red backgrounded animals inside the film strips and bordered them with a black heart print. We then places a white dot and red heart print to finish the wedges. The center is a little busy, but the cute little faces in the film strips make me smile! 

Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

I can't get enough of these adorable little faces! If you look closely, you can see little light pink blushes on their cheeks. This print by Wee Gallery is pretty amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on their new Adventure Awaits line. 

Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

The next block we made was Circling Geese, block 6. This is one of my favorite blocks to make because you can feature a specific print inside the triangle. For this one, we featured the red animal print in the triangles and bordered them with a black heart print. To fill out the rest of the block, we used a white dot, red heart print and light grey heart print. The center of this one is pretty empty, so this one has a vase centered on it! 

Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

My Mom quilted both of the table toppers with straight lines approximately 1/2" apart. I love simple modern quilting on small projects. She bound each of the Arcadia Avenue blocks with a black and white pinstripe that ties in perfectly to the fabrics used in the blocks.

Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Straight lines 1/2" apart.
    • Pattern: Arcadia Avenue
    • Fabric: Bundle Me Up and Hearts by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella.
    • Finished Size: 18" tall hexagons
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing
    • Model: Elsie Sweetpea Wolf

Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

The Arcadia Avenue quilt pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!

Don't forget to get in on our Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale! Use code thanks20 on orders over $20, code thanks30 on orders over $50 and code thanks40 on orders over $100 when you place an order. Tomorrow is the last day of the sale, so don't miss out! 


Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale! November 23 2016, 0 Comments

Christmas lights are being hung and Winter is quickly approaching, but we are taking a moment to enjoy the beauty around us and to thank everyone for your support of Sassafras Lane Designs. Without you, our wonderful customers, we would not have a reason to design our patterns! To show our appreciation we would like to wish you a Happy Turkey Day (or just a day filled with friends, family and joy) and share with you an opportunity to save throughout our entire site!

Enjoy your turkey and don't forget to use code thanks20 on orders over $20, code thanks30 on orders over $50 and code thanks40 on orders over $100 when you place an order Friday, Nov 25th through Monday Nov 28th!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Paradox Point Pyramid Pillow Tutorial November 21 2016, 0 Comments

Paradox Point pyramid pillows, try saying that ten times fast! We typically incorporate one of our latest patterns into a fun pillow of some sort for our Quilt Market booth. This Quilt Market we made prism shaped pillows using triangle blocks from our newest book, Paradox Point.

Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

Occasionally our visions don’t always materialize quite like we anticipate, and this was definitely one of those moments! But once they were made and we stared at them for a bit we decided they really were pretty adorable. They look a little bit like hershey kisses which I don’t think is a bad thing! Here is a little info on how to make your own silly pillows.

For each pillow you will need:

1. First, you need to make two Paradox Point blocks up to the point of sewing the four foundations together into a triangle.

2. Next, fuse the lightweight interfacing to the back side of your ½ yard fabric and cut two 12½" triangles using a triangle ruler with a flat top (this is our favorite) and two 15" x 8" rectangles.

3. Now it is time to add the zipper to the bottom! I absolutely loved Sew Katie Did’s tutorial on adding invisible zippers to pillows. Her instructions are great, and she is right – an invisible zipper foot is worth its weight in gold – especially if you make more than one pillow and trust me, you will! I used the Invisible Make-a-Zipper and kept the head off the pillow to one end so it didn’t get in the way. I added the zipper to one of the 16” side, sewing the zipper along the entire length of the 16” side. Add the other side of the pillow bottom. Be sure you have right sides together! Trim pillow bottom to a 14½" square. (Be sure to pull in your zipper head!) You will be able to sew right over the invisible zipper.  

4. Sew one solid triangle to a Paradox triangle along the side stopping ¼" from the bottom of the triangle and backstitch. Make two sets. Now sew the four triangles together, again stopping ¼” from the bottom of the triangles and backstitching. You now have a bottomless pyramid, a very small tent or a very large hat!

5. Unzip the zipper approximately halfway and tack together the open end of the zipper. Pin the four bottoms of your pyramid to the four sides of the bottom of the pillow. (I had the zipper start and finish on the solid triangles rather than the pieced ones) Trim any excess fabric from your top point. Turn pillow out through the half opened zipper.

6. Add fiberfill to your desired fullness. Ours were stuffed just enough to get the rounded pyramid shape. Voilà you have an adorable Paradox Point Pyramid Pillow!

Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

The Paradox Point pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Check in this weekend to hear about Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale!


Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett November 20 2016, 0 Comments

And last but not least, here is the show-stopping version Kristy made in Kaffe Fassett fabrics! One of our favorite things to do with patterns is see how they play with different styles. I think Paradox Point looks great in just about everything! We have 4 very different versions - one rainbow with solids, one featuring a fabric line, one cool colored batik quilt and this warm one with lots of large prints! Each has it's own flare and beauty. 

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

This version gradates through the warm colors of the rainbow, beginning with yellows and ending with magentas. Each block uses a large print for color A, a bright dot for color B and an aqua solid for the accent. For specific skus, refer to our Paradox Point Info page.

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

Here is a little bit from the maker herself. "I was super excited to work with Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make my version of our Paradox Point quilt. I decided on a warm palette of yellows, golds, oranges, reds, pinks and magentas. I went to the opposite side of the color wheel and chose a turquoise for my accent. I love how much contrast it has in my blocks. My background is a solid medium gray. Each block has a medium dot and a large print. Using large prints look amazing in the arrows and give the fabrics a whole different look!" -Kristy

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Serpentining lines, swirls and lines approximately 1" apart. 
    • Pattern: Paradox Point
    • Fabric: Assorted warm Kaffe Fassett prints and Designer Essential solids, all from FreeSpirit Fabrics.
    • Finished Size: Grande 80" x 100"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing and traditional piecing.

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

"Because time was ticking, I kept the quilting simple putting serpentine lines in the arrows and quilting straight lines and swirls in the background. I love how the simplicity of the quilting plays well with the modern vibe of the quilt!" -Kristy

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

I love the photos Kristy took of this quilt! She got out the skinny doors we painted to use as a backdrop, but I have to tell you, this quilt is too big for those! Next she took the quilt up the block and draped it over some construction barriers. The red diagonal stripes play with the warm tones of the quilt really well! 

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

The Paradox Point quilt pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Tomorrow we will share the fun pyramid pillows we made with a few Paradox Point blocks!


Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree November 19 2016, 0 Comments

Happy Saturday! We are kicking the weekend off with this batik beauty sewn by one of our good friends, Gitte Hopkins. This cool color scheme of this Paradox Point makes me swoon and these rich batiks - oh my! Gitte had a blast sewing this quilt and even made some special piped binding as a finishing touch!

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

This quilt was made with two different precut packs from Timeless Treasures' Jamboree collection - one Tonga Treat Quarters and one Tonga Treat 6-pack. Gitte paired two fabrics, one from each pack, with the lime accent to make each arrow block. For specific skus, check out the Paradox Point Info page.

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

I love how the light bounces across this quilt and the lime accent intensifies all the other batiks. Tonga Jamboree contains a variety of prints ranging from lime green to aqua, to teal, to blue, to periwinkle, to violet. 

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

This block is one of my favorites! I love getting design input from my family and when I got a sketch of a triangle containing small arrows from my little sister and mom, I couldn't resist! It really does take a village! The pairing of the lime and the violet prints creates some vibrant arrows!

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

Juli did the same amazing quilting on this quilt as she did on her Moda version and with the lighter and less printed background you can really see it. I love, love, love the quilting technique she did in the background. It adds some movement to the quilt that appears to flow behind the arrow blocks.  

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Gitte Hopkins
    • Quilted by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Serpentining lines, double waves and half circles. 
    • Pattern: Paradox Point
    • Fabric: Tonga Jamboree precuts from Timeless Treasures.
    • Finished Size: Grande 80" x 100"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing and traditional piecing.

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

A big thank you to Gitte for making this beautiful quilt Juli for quilting it! The Paradox Point quilt pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! I will be sharing the Kaffe my mom made tomorrow so stay tuned!


Paradox Point in Desert Bloom November 18 2016, 0 Comments

The next version of Paradox Point we are sharing is this beauty made by Juli Kieny. It is a complete 180 from the cover quilt and I love that! Instead of creating a rainbow or gradating the fabrics in color order, Juli paired two contrasting fabrics from one fabric line for each arrow block. The contrasting blocks plus the dark background makes this quilt a total slam dunk!

Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Let's hear a little bit from Juli about her experience making this quilt. "Paradox Point is my third block of the month that I have made by Sassafras Lane and let me tell you it is by far the fastest! It's so fast, that I plan on doing the quilt-a-long in January. I love paper piecing and the simplicity of the blocks make this stunning quilt look complicated when it's not. It's quick and easy, great for beginners at paper piecing." - Juli

Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Each block features two contrasting fabrics from the Desert Bloom fabric line and the warm white accent fabric. This block is one of my favorites! I love the simplicity of the design and this mustard yellow color has been showing up over and over in my stash purchases recently! 

Folded Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Juli is a talented longarm quilter, so let's hear a little bit about her process of quilting her Paradox Point. "I knew with the printed fabric that the quilting called for an allover pattern. I quilted serpentine lines over the arrows and in the background I did double wavy lines with half circles connecting each wavy line going in opposite directions. Since the fabric is dark the quilting didn't show up as I had hoped, but in just the right light, it does the job perfectly. I'm excited for you to see the next Paradox Point I am going to make in January." - Juli

Folded Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made & Quilted by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Serpentining lines, wavy lines and half circles.
    • Pattern: Paradox Point
    • Fabric: Desert Bloom by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda.
    • Finished Size: Grande 80" x 100"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing and traditional piecing.

Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Juli used our Quick and Easy Quilt Label tutorial to make a bright label for the back of her Paradox Point! The yellow label paired with the aqua binding bring some color to the navy backing. 

For the book, I photographed this quilt on a little bike path bridge near my apartment. The red clay, autumn greenery and sunflowers add a few pops of color to the background. I like how it plays with the colors in the arrows!

Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

A big thank you to Juli for making this gorgeous quilt for us! The Paradox Point quilt pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! I will be sharing a batik and Kaffe version this weekend, then a fun pillow tutorial next Monday!


Introducing Paradox Point! November 17 2016, 0 Comments

Okay, so most of you have already seen this quilt a few times, either on Instagram or in our Quilt Market recap post! But we thought we could have a few posts on Paradox Point this week to answer some questions about the pattern and share some details about each quilt. We have four different versions to share with you, and today we are kicking it all off with this gorgeous cover quilt! 

Here are a few quick facts:

    • The blocks are paper-pieced. If you can sew on a line, you can make this quilt! Check out how easy paper-piecing is here.
    • The book contains full-sized foundations for all 12 unique arrow blocks.
    • The prism pillow pattern is not included in the book, but the tutorial is coming soon, so be sure to stop back by! 
    • There are no special rulers needed to make the blocks. A 60° triangle is recommended for the arrow edges, but not necessary because there are full-size template included. 
    • There are absolutely no Y-seams or any tricky construction!
    • Paradox Point will only be available as a physical book, no PDF versions. 
    • The book includes exact cutting for each section of the foundations.
    • We will not be kitting any of the quilts, but if you know of a store who is, please let us know. We have a Paradox Point info page where we will list all this info!
    • For those without a participating local quilt store, we will be hosting a Quilt-Along starting in January if you would like to sew along with us. Quilt stores are more than welcome to join too! The more the merrier!

Introducing Paradox Point!

Now let me tell you a little bit about my process making this version of Paradox Point. In true Shayla fashion, I originally mocked up the quilt in a rainbow of colors, so when I went to choose fabrics, it was easy pickins!  I chose 24 different Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton Solids to create gradating rainbow through the quilt. For the accent fabric, I used a medium grey Kona Cotton solid. With all the solids, I wanted a little bit of a print for the background, so I chose Ann Kelle's Metallic Remix Dot fabric. For exact skus, check out the Paradox Point info page.

Introducing Paradox Point!

I love foundation piecing. I find it relaxing once I get into the motion. When I get on a roll, I'm pretty quick! And the results you can achieve with paper piecing is amazing! There are so many shapes and perfect points you just can't get without a little paper. So if you are little nervous to get started, check out our tutorial!

Introducing Paradox Point!

Paradox Point is a quick, quick, quick quilt pattern to make. Much faster than both Arcadia Avenue and Empire Place =]. Each arrow point is made up of four triangles to form a larger triangle. Chain piecing the foundations makes the blocks fly together. Each block finishes 26" wide x 14" tall, so each month you feel very accomplished! 

Introducing Paradox Point!

Once I finished the quilt top, I handed it over to the talented Juli Kieny to be quilted. She did an amazing job! This quilt has a lot of open space that gives longarm quilters lots of room to work their magic! Juli divided the quilt with echoing lines that intertwine in the center of the quilt. In the center of the quilt between the lines and on the outside edges, she filled the space with swirls. Behind the arrow blocks, Juli quilted horizontal lines 1/2" apart and custom quilted each block with loops, twists and lines with matching threads.

Introducing Paradox Point!

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Serpentining lines, swirls and straight lines.
    • Pattern: Paradox Point
    • Fabric: 24 Kona Cotton fabrics and metallic dot print from Remix by Ann Kelle, all from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
    • Finished Size: Grande 80" x 100"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing and traditional piecing.

Introducing Paradox Point!

Photographing this large quilt was a challenge. Since my mom moved to Seattle, I was on my own to take photos of the Paradox Point quilts. Knowing it was too tall to drape on anything, I used my photography backdrop stand to hang the quilt in front of a fun graffiti wall in Boulder. It was kind of a busy street, so I had quite a few onlookers while battling this quilt! Entertainment at it's finest!

Introducing Paradox Point!

I like to add a little extra pizazz to my quilts. It usually comes in the form of a pieced back or binding detail. This quilt got a little bit of binding bling! I used little pieces of each of the 12 colors to add a little bit of color to the otherwise grey binding! 

Introducing Paradox Point!

The Paradox Point quilt pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! I will be sharing the next three versions soon! 


Introducing Quadrant Court! November 15 2016, 1 Comment

Today I am introducing a new paper-pieced quilt pattern - Quadrant Court! This fun and fast pattern uses three fabrics to create a visually intriguing quilt. Each block contains three sewing lines, so this quilt flies together! The pattern includes full size foundations, three pattern sizes and complete paper-piecing instructions. This is a great pattern for paper-piecing beginners and experts alike! 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

For the cover quilt, we chose a black and a white print for the X's, each with a subtle tone-on-tone print, and a solid teal for the background. Throw in a black and white diagonal stripe for the binding, and voilà! All of these fabrics from Robert Kaufman turned into a beautiful quilt! 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

Our talented friend, Juli Kieny quilted this Quadrant Court. She quilted serpentining lines in the background, swirls in the white and two straight lines in each black wedge. I love how the contrast of the quilting designs in the black and the white fabrics plays with the design.

Introducing Quadrant Court!

I had lugged my quilt ladder (aka an Ikea towel rack) down the street a block and to a worn down garage. I leaned the ladder up and draped the quilt on the ladder. I love this background! It reminds me of those photography backdrops from the 90s we took family photos in front of! 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

Quick Quilt Stats:

Introducing Quadrant Court!

And knowing us, we can't just make one version of any of our patterns, we had our good friend Juli sew up a Quadrant Court quilt made up in Art Gallery Fabrics. 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

I had a blast shooting this quilt! I was driving around Boulder, CO scouting backdrops for our Paradox Point quilt cover and came across this mural. I knew it was too busy for a cover photo, but couldn't resist draping this version of Quadrant Court in front of it for a few photos! The mural was designed so the window is being picked up by the figure, so I placed the quilt in front of the window and I love how it looks!

Introducing Quadrant Court!

It is always fun to play with different fabrics in designs. I love the contrast of the ditsy floral print with this very geometric design. Juli did an amazing job, as always! She quilted serpentining lines across both the magenta and floral print and a flower that filled the background diamond. 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

Quick Quilt Stats:

Introducing Quadrant Court!

The Quadrant Court pattern is available in both PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Next I will be sharing all 4 versions of our new BOM pattern, Paradox Point


Introducing the Teddy Tote! November 12 2016, 0 Comments

Some designs come from an artistic vision and some come about to fill a need! Say hello to the new perfect everyday tote bag - the Teddy Tote! We both live in bag-free areas, so every trip the grocery store, Target or clothing store requires us to bring our own bag. I wanted something a little cuter than a canvas bag, but something quick and fun to make - that is how we ended up with the Teddy Tote

Introducing the Teddy Tote!

This pattern has multiple design options so each bag you make will have it's own flair and personality! The Teddy Tote takes about 2 hours to make and finishes 13" wide, 14.5" tall and 5" deep.

Introducing the Teddy Tote!

There are so many uses for these bags! I keep a couple in my car for grocery store trips and random outings. The possibilities are endless: grocery bag, kid's car bag, wine or beer bag, dog bag, quilting class bag, library bag, craft bag, gift bag or an overnight bag! There are so many uses for the Teddy Tote! I am making them for all my friends this year for the holidays! 

Introducing the Teddy Tote!

Quick Tote Stats:

    • Pattern: Teddy Tote
    • Finished Size: 13" wide, 14.5" tall and 5" deep
    • Techniques: Straight sewing, boxed bottom (photo tutorial here) and top stitching.
    • Extra Materials Needed: Fusible interfacing of your choice.
    • My Favorite Part: The customizable triangle!

Teddy Tote

The Teddy Tote pattern is available in both PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Up next on the blog is our fun Quadrant Court pattern, so check back in! 


Introducing Piccadilly Circle! November 10 2016, 0 Comments

Piccadilly Circle was one of our inaugural patterns three years ago. It is a fun skill-building pattern that we have republished with a shiny new cover and updated instructions. We are constantly wanting to remake older patterns in new styles and fabrics. I couldn't get the image of a Piccadilly Circle quilt made with rainbow circles and a scrappy low volume background out of my head - so I made it! We fell in love with it and decided to print our next batch of covers featuring this version.

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

I have a box full of low volume prints that I am constantly adding to and pulling from! Some of my favorite fabrics are in this box and with my new philosophy of using those precious fabrics instead of saving them, this quilt came to life! There are about 300 different fabrics in this quilt. I love that a different fabric catches my eye each time I look at the quilt! 

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

Each of the circles is composed of 20 different scraps in a specific coloring. Collecting all the different fabrics was quite a challenge! I had 12 piles on my cutting board stacked with scraps from yellow, orange, coral, red, pink, magenta, purple, blue, aqua, teal, green and lime. It took me awhile to get everything all sorted back into place after making this quilt! 

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

The talented Juli Kieny worked her quilting magic on this Piccadilly Circle quilt! Each wedge of the circles had a fun twisted loop in it and echoing circles fill the background. The solid grey accent was left unquilted creating a fun tension between the center of the blocks and the colorful circles.

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

The week I was photographing this Piccadilly Circle quilt, the weather was less then cooperative. There was a ton of wind, so I took the cover photos in my bedroom! I took the quilt with me to Seattle and we took some fun photos outdoors around the lake!

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Echoing circles in the background and twisting lines in the wedges.
    • Pattern: Piccadilly Circle
    • Fabric: 20 scraps in each of the 12 colors, assorted low volume fabrics for the background and a solid medium grey for the accent.
    • Finished Size: 55" x 70"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing, curves and appliqué.

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

The Piccadilly Circle pattern is available in both PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Up next on the blog is our Teddy Tote pattern, so check back in! 


Quilt Market 2016 Recap - Part 2 November 08 2016, 0 Comments

If you didn't see part 1 of our Quilt Market Recap, check it out! We showed a little bit of our day-to-day activities and now we are going to do a booth tour! We get an empty 10' x 10' booth and transform it into this colorful quilty wonderland!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsHere is the entire booth! We will start our tour from the left and move around the booth to the right.

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsThis was our Teddy Tote display! We made a bunch of different versions of this bag and wanted to show them all off. Behind the quilt on the right is the storage area we made to hide our boxes and extra products!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsBelow the bags is an orange stool topped with a prism pillow. These little hershey kiss shaped pillows show off the blocks from our Paradox Point quilt pattern and are scattered around the booth!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsFeatured along one whole wall is our new BOM pattern, Paradox Point. This quilt was definitely an eye-catcher for our booth this Market!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsWe hung two other versions of our Paradox Point quilts in the corner and below them is another orange stool with a prism pillow atop!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsIn the back corner of the booth, we fashioned a pipe stand to hold two more beautiful versions of our Paradox Point quilts. Also in this photo, you get a glimpse of a Piccadilly Circle quilt, a Quadrant Court quilt and a few mini quilts!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsHere is a closeup of the top of the pipe quilt holder!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsOn the other wall, we displayed our mini quilts, Piccadilly Circle and Quadrant Court. Here is a closeup of the pipe quilt stands we displayed the larger quilts on!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsWe remade all of our mini quilts for this Market. Each mini is made with one color and white. We arranged them in color order to create a little rainbow wall!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsAbove our mini quilt wall, we displayed our woven Sassafras Lane Designs sign! In this photo, you get a peek of our Mini Firelights Lane, Mini One Way, Mini Privet Drive, Mini Lombard Street and Piccadilly Circle quilts!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsWe often get asked how we hang our mini quilts on our walls at home in our studio. We use corsage pins just like we do in our Quilt Market booth!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsHere is a closeup of the gorgeous quilting Juli Kieny did on her Piccadilly Circle quilt! It is just spectacular!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsWe also put together a little Ikea desk to take orders on! We displayed a Quadrant Court quilt and Paradox Point table runner on the outside corner of our booth.

All of our new patterns are now available. I will be sharing loads of closeup photos and introducing them properly soon! Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!


Quilt Market 2016 Recap - Part 1 November 07 2016, 1 Comment

We just got back from Quilt Market in Houston and before it all becomes a blur, I wanted to share a few snippets! This time I will take you through a day-to-day breakdown of Quilt Market through our eyes - and get a peek at our new patterns. We also wore matching shirts everyday that are a little sassy =] There is so much to share, part 1 will contain a day to day breakdown and part 2 will have a booth tour!

Thursday - Setup

We woke up Thursday morning excited to get into the George R. Brown Convention Center and start putting our booth together! This was the first year we flew to Houston instead of driving, so we threw on our "Netflix and Quilt" shirts from Stately Type and showed up to our booth with the boxes containing our materials all ready for us. Here are a few photos of mayhem and shenanigans that is setup day!

Friday - Setup, Schoolhouse and Sample Spree

Because we have a pretty small booth, we had the majority of our booth put together on Thursday. We wore our "Sassafras Squad" shirts and walked around the convention center discussing what to say in our Schoolhouse. I found some awesome superhero props in the Moda booth and snapped a few photos. Next up was our Schoolhouse talk on our new block-of-the-month, Paradox Point book. After that we grabbed an early dinner and a couple margaritas before we setup our Sample Spree booth. 

Saturday - Day 1

Day One of Quilt Market is always an exciting day! We got to our booth a little early and spruced it up! We wore our "Sew with Sass" shirts and orange converse and had a lot of fun meeting new quilt store owners and chatting with old friends! Two of our favorite Kiwis, Donna and Ashleigh Ward of Donna's Quilt Studio, stopped by and Ashleigh was sporting a Cassidy Crossover purse. My favorite photo is the one I snapped of Kristy and Juli working hard (while I stepped back to take a photo)! 

Sunday - Day 2

Day Two we rocked our "Shake Your Sass" shirts and walked around the show before it opened. We found an adorable photo booth in the Monaluna booth and had some fun with props! We also found a quilt Kristy had quilted in show.  

Monday - Day 3

Happy Halloween! We wore some fun "Squad Goals" shirts from Stately Type for the last day of Market. Monday is typically a little slower as far as traffic goes in the booth, so I snuck out and snapped some photos of a few things I loved, like the sloths hanging in Dear Stella's booth, RJR's "Quilt with Love" wall and Carolyn Friedlander's "Make Your Mark" display! We also had the sweetest booth visitor - an adorable golden dressed as a lion! 

Alrighty - that was a lot of photos! Part 2 will have just as many =] so stay tuned for a booth tour. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon! 


Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour November 03 2016, 2 Comments

Hello lovely blog hoppers! Welcome to our little corner of the internet! Today is our day on the Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour. I have always admired Bonnie Christine's designs and when she asked us to make something for her Spring Quilt Market booth back in May, I jumped at the opportunity! 

Arcadia Avenue Pillows in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

Hello, Ollie is a delicate and sweet fabric line chalked full of soft prints featuring florals, swans and geometric shapes. We made a few of our fun 3D hexagon pillows with three different Arcadia Avenue blocks! We mixed 12 of the light backgrounded prints, a rose colored print and a few solids. Throw in some bright coral piping and these pillows have me swooning! 

Arcadia Avenue Pillows in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

Arcadia Avenue Pillows in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

We had a lot of fun taking photos of these pillows on a dock over looking Lake Washington in Kirkland, Washington. The lake makes a fun background that carved wood bench is my new favorite photo prop!

Baker Street in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

We also decided to make a Baker Street quilt with the Hello, Ollie line! We used the light prints for the main fabrics, the rose print for the accent and the Cabernet Pure Element solid for the background. I love how the light blocks appear to float off the quilt! 

Baker Street in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

Baker Street in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

There are loads of amazing projects on this blog tour. I strongly recommend checking them all out including Jenn's amazing Weekender Bag she shared yesterday and the Final Recap that will be posted at Going Home to Roost!

Monday October 10th: Lindsay Conner | Lindsay Sews
Tuesday October 11th: Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates
Wednesday October 12th: Amanda Castor | Material Girl Quilts
Thursday October 13th: Hailey Johnston | Project Free 2 Fly
Friday October 14th: Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine
Monday October 17th: Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost
Tuesday October 18th: Cheri Lehnow | Tinker With This
Wednesday October 19th: Lisa Mabey | Mabey She Made It
Thursday October 20th: Kaitlyn Pallas Howell | Knot and Thread Design
Friday October 21st: Deanne Chambers + Karyn Astleford | Annie & Dot Fabrics
Monday October 24th: Vanessa Hewell | LBG Studio
Tuesday October 25th: Corri Sheff  | The Lions Dandy
Wednesday October 26th: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Thursday October 27th: Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
Friday October 28th: Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest + Walker Quilt Co.
Monday October 31st: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Tuesday November 1st: Jessica Bustos  | Lil Luxe Collection
Wednesday November 2nd: Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna
Thursday November 3rd: Jenn Rossotti | Ginger Peach Studio
Friday November 4th: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane  <-- that's us! 
Final Recap

Explore the collection deeper: the collection | the lookbook | on instagram

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you will stop back in soon to hear all about our new patterns! Enjoy the blog hop! 


Introducing Sammy's Safari! October 23 2016, 2 Comments

I am very excited to officially introduce the last of our Spring 2016 patterns! This is Sammy's Safari, the sequel to our popular baby quilt pattern Zoey’s Zoo. Sammy's Safari is a fun, quick and customizable appliqué pattern for the newest baby in your life! With 4 different animals to choose from (alligator, elephant, giraffe and monkey) you can find a great personality or nursery match! The quilts finish 40” x 54” and the pattern includes all four animals and the entire alphabet, full-sized, reversed and ready to be traced for appliqué.

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Most of you may not know this, but I (Shayla) am a huge superhero fan! When we were picking names to adorn these quilts, we mixed in some Marvel and DC characters. =] Let's meet the newest four characters to join the Sassafras Squad!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Say hello to Mr. Oliver Jonas Queen! This goofy alligator has a slightly mischievous look about him! We had the perfect crocodile print for the border and pulled colors from there! The gold name pops off of the scrappy blue top and bottom borders. Don't let those chompers fool you, he's a big softy! 

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Meet Ms. Lois Lane Laughary! This hopelessly adorable giraffe is dining on a nice twig of leaves! We found a great print featuring colorful giraffes and hearts for the border and a perfect cloud print for the background! I love that her head is in the clouds! We pulled orange and coral scraps for the top and bottom borders and gave her some wonky eyes! 

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Say hello to Ms. Jessica Campbell Jones! This big-eared elephant has a look of wonder in her eyes! We combined a black and white elephant print with an assortment of purple scraps and grey fabrics to create this cutie! My favorite part is the little tuft of hair on her head! 

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Meet Mr. Peter Parker Benjamin! We did a little rearranging on his name to make it fit - we are calling it our creative license =] This little guy is a playful monkey hanging from his tail! We really wanted a large leaf print behind the monkey and pulled a coordinating jungle animal print to accompany it. From there, we added the red-orange colors and the scrappy greens. 

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

My Mom, the amazing talent that is Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted all of these quilts, giving each animal it's own style. My favorite is the bubbles behind the alligator. She used a mixture of serpentine lines, bubbles, stipple, swirls and loops to bring these animals to life!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

The Sammy's Safari pattern is available in paper form and includes the full-size, reversed alphabet ready to appliqué and all four animals! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! 


Introducing Kringle Crossing! October 20 2016, 0 Comments

It is no secret that diamonds are one of our favorite shapes to work with! If Diamond Alley, Diamond Detour and Mini Diamond Detour weren't proof enough, we have a new pattern featuring... you guessed it, diamonds! Kringle Crossing is a fun, fast tree skirt and table topper pattern in one. 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

We love having a tree skirt at Christmas time and wanted to make a custom one featuring our names. Kringle Crossing comes with a full-sized reversed cursive font ready for appliqué that allows you to add your family names or favorite holiday words to the edge of the skirt. 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

To make our cover tree skirt, we chose 6 holiday prints with an aqua background for the diamonds and a white dot for the background. We chose 5 holiday words and a lime solid fabric for the appliqué portion: jolly, dream, love, wish and merry. 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

We made a coordinating table topper in holiday fabrics with white backgrounds on a red dot for the cover. After we made one, we fell in love and decided to make one for each season! Our Spring topper features bright florals, our Summer topper features patriotic prints and our Fall topper features orange fabrics and a spiderweb background. 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

Our friend Juli made a tree skirt featuring her family names (including the pup!) with some adorable Michael Miller holiday fabric. The little foxes on this are my absolute favorite! 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

The Kringle Crossing pattern is available in paper form and includes the full-size, reversed alphabet ready to appliqué and templates for both the tree skirt and table topper. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! 


Introducing Baker Street! October 19 2016, 0 Comments

Ahhhh! Quilt Market is coming soon and I have been a major slacker on the blog front. I can't very well introduce our new upcoming patterns without formally introducing the last bunch, so... up next on the intro train is Baker Street!

This is a traditionally-pieced, modern and fat-quarter friendly quilt! These unique long blocks give this quilt a fun vertical interest. Baker Street looks great paired with your new favorite line or stashed fabrics and finishes 64” x 84”.

Introducing Baker Street!

To make this cover quilt, I collected orange, coral and pink fat-quarters for the blocks and paired them with an aqua accent. I love this combo - it has fresh Spring vibe (of course, we are now heading into Fall). 

Introducing Baker Street!

My Mom worked her quilting magic on this quilt! She quilted horizontal serpentining lines across the colors of the blocks and filled the background in with a double feather and some bubbles. I love the texture created and how the quilting looks in low light! 

Introducing Baker Street!

We had two perfectly painted doors to use as a backdrop for this quilt. We leaned the aqua and orange doors up against our garage door and draped the Baker Street over on an angle. I love how these shots turned out! 

Introducing Baker Street!

I used some of my most treasured and favorite prints in this quilt. This orange floral with bits of aqua, lime and white in it is one of my all time favs! 

Introducing Baker Street!

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Serpentine lines in the colors and bubbles & double feather fill in the background
    • Pattern: Baker Street
    • Fabric: Assorted orange, coral and pink prints paired with an aqua accent on a slightly printed white background. 
    • Finished Size: 64" x 84"
    • Techniques: Traditional piecing

Introducing Baker Street!

The Baker Street pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! 


Elisabeth & Mason's Wedding Quilt September 28 2016, 1 Comment

I have always made a promise to close friends, that will get a quilt when they get married. I have officially hit that age where my friends are beginning to settle down, so the quilt making has begun! The first of my close friends to tie-the-knot was Elisabeth. When she asked me to be a bridesmaid, I concocted a plan to make a guest book quilt.

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

I made a bunch of paper-pieced triangle blocks with white centers surrounded by coral, aqua and orange fabrics. I brought them to the reception and had guests write little notes for the couple as they walked in. I sewed them all together and added a top and bottom border to make it more quilt shaped.

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

I love how this quilt turned out. I hope Mason and Elisabeth seeing enjoy the notes and reread them from time to time! Thank you to Mason and Elisabeth for letting me be a part of their special day! I love you two!


Introducing Privet Drive! August 28 2016, 1 Comment

Happy Monday! Today I am writing to you from a little coffee shop in Midtown Manhattan! I am on a trip with my best friend and we are having a blast, and getting some work done. This week, we are going to continue introducing our new(ish) patterns and next up on the docket is our Privet Drive! This is a fun and visually mind-twisting paper-pieced pattern that includes 3 different sizes.

Privet Drive in AMB Solids

 

The cover quilt was made using over 60 different American Made Brand solid fabrics. Each paper-pieced block was made using one color and the background. The blocks were then arranged in color order to create a cascading rainbow across the quilt. 

Introducing Privet Drive

Privet Drive in AMB Solids

Our good friend and talented quilter, Juli Kieny, made this beauty. She quilted serpentine lines in a clear thread in the colors and using a dark magenta thread, she quilted loop-de-loops and straight echoing lines in the background. Juli bound the quilt using a dark eggplant solid. 

Introducing Privet Drive

Privet Drive in AMB Solids

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Serpentine lines in the colors and loop-de-loops in the background
    • Pattern: Privet Drive
    • Fabric: American Made Brand solids
    • Finished Size: 60" x 72"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing

Introducing Privet Drive

The Privet Drive pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! 

 


Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning August 22 2016, 0 Comments

It is always fun to see digital quilt mockup come to life! This is the Prism Parkway I mocked up for Moda in Basic Grey's latest line, Saturday Morning! It is a fun line with text, florals, triangles and people toting about! I arranged the fabrics gradating in color order from red to black to blue to green to gold, diagonally down the quilt on a light grunge background. They had the quilt made and hung it in their booth at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City! 

Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning

Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning

Quick Quilt Stats:

Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning

    Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning

    The Prism Parkway pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! 


    Introducing Hootsville Row! August 20 2016, 0 Comments

    Hootsville Row originated as a 12" block I designed a few years ago for one of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazines. Hootie, as I called him, was one single owl perched on a branch with a golden full moon behind him. I decided to design a quilt around Hootie and create a whole family of owls. I love how Hootsville Row turned out! My favorite part is their "Brady Bunch" style eyes that are all looking at one another!

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    To make the owls we chose 6 fabrics in 9 different colorways and arranged them from dark to light. This creates a fun gradating effect that makes the owls look dynamic! Play with the eye position when you make the owls - it is fun to give them each their own personality. 

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Peg Spradlin
      • Pattern: Hootsville Row
      • Fabric: Assorted scraps
      • Finished Size: Wall-hanging 27" x 36"
      • Techniques: Appliqué and traditional piecing
      • My favorite part: The "Brady Bunch" eyes!

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    The Hootsville Row pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! 

     


    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood August 18 2016, 0 Comments

    The last post featured Mel's Mats made with scraps. Today I am going to share some placemats made with a precut strip pack by one of our favorite sewists, Juli Kieny! We paired a jelly roll of an adorable fabric line from One Canoe Two (one of my favorite designers!) with two woven solids for the background. Juli made up 4 placemats and we love how they turned out!

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    Juli had a ton of fun playing with the decorative stitches on her machine! I love the alternating sized circles, assorted stars, swirling waves and triangles! The green and blue backgrounds play nicely with the red, pink, blue and white prints from the fabric line. 

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    Quick Placemat Stats:

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    The Mel's Mats pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! 


    Introducing Mel's Mats! August 17 2016, 0 Comments

    We have been making these woven placemats for years as housewarming gifts, children's room decorations and table toppers! We finally turned these into Mel's Mats, a precut or scrap friendly placemat and table runner pattern. These placemats aren't only functional, but will brighten your table! 

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Mel's Mats includes directions for 8 matching placemats or 6 placemats and a table runner! The placemats finish 14" x 19" and the table runner 14" x 42". 

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    I made the cover placemats with assorted scraps in pink, yellow, teal, purple, green, orange, blue and red on a black and white zebra stripe background. We bound them using a solid black to help tone them down a bit! 

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    These little guys are addicting to make! Mel's Mats make for a great teaching opportunity. My favorite part is experimenting with the decorative stitches! It is a great way to get to know your machine.

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Quick Placemat Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilting: Decorative stitches
      • Pattern: Mel's Mats
      • Fabric: Assorted scraps on a zebra stripe background
      • Finished Size: 14" x 19"
      • Techniques: Weaving

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    The Mel's Mats pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Tomorrow we are sharing another set of fun placemats!


    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow Fabrics August 15 2016, 3 Comments

    Occasionally fabulous fabric companies ask us to make a project featuring their new fabric lines. I love looking at fabric, then sorting through our patterns to find the perfect pairing! Ink & Arrow Fabrics sent us a box full of goodies. We sorted through it and picked out 8 fun prints on white backgrounds and a seafoam dot blender to make our Canyon Boulevard quilt pattern.

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    We chose 8 funky prints featuring zooming taxicabs, illustrated cats, old school telephones, a sketched cityscape, feasting pigeons, hotdogs and delicious looking pretzels! My favorite part of this quilt (second of course to the adorable prints) is the contrasting coral zigzagging binding! 

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    What do you think? I have been loving this minty green / coral / low volume combo! 

    The Canyon Boulevard pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group


    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour July 01 2016, 4 Comments

    Today is our stop along the Riley Blake Quilt-it Modern blog tour

    This tour is all about showing off these fun solids and giving you loads of ideas on how to play with them! We originally were just going to make an Empire Place pillow, but couldn't help ourselves and made 2 mini quilts too! Here they are:

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    When the lovely ladies are Riley Blake asked us what colors we would like to work with, our immediate (and typical) reaction was RAINBOW! They sent us pieces of lots of colors and we had a blast making a Mini Diamond Detour, Mini Piccadilly Circle and turning one block from Empire Place into a pillow. 

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    Our latest BOM pattern, Empire Place, has 9 blocks that can make fun projects on their own. This quilted 14" x 14" pillow is one idea! We used 12 different solids to make the pillow - 10 different rainbow colors for the center pieces, white for the background and navy for the accent. We quilted the block and backing and added a hidden zipper to finish it all off. 

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    After this pillow, we just had to make more! We whipped up two mini quilts that also had a rainbow theme and used more colors!

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    The first mini I whipped up was our Mini Diamond Detour quilt. I love how striking these rich solids make the diamonds look! They practically jump off the quilt! We quilted this one with straight vertical lines approximately 1/2" apart with white thread.

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    The second mini we made was our Mini Piccadilly Circle. I love creating color-wheels and these gorgeous solids made a perfect one! We quilted this one with a grid design approximately 1" apart in white thread.

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    Each one of these projects was a blast to create with the amazing Riley Blake Confetti Cottons and Crayola Colors solids. Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour. There are some amazing ideas and creations! 


    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    Thank you for stopping by our little corner of the internet and be sure to check out the rest of the stops along this fun blog tour!


    Sassy & Solid - Part 3 June 22 2016, 0 Comments

    Today is the last of the pretty solid quilts made by our talented friend Juli! But don't worry, there will be more in the future. I can promise you that! We are working our way through these quilts based on the background color. We started Monday with our lightest backgrounds and will be finishing off today with our darkest!

    I love a good sunset - so we paired a warm palette of solids with a dark navy background to create this striking Lantern Lane quilt. We gradated beginning with yellow in the upper left corner down through orange, pink and red, and ended with magenta in the bottom right.

    Lantern Lane in AMB Solids

    Lantern Lane in AMB Solids

    Mini Lantern Lane in AMB Solids

    Making coordinating minis to accompany the big quilts was an absolute blast! I love seeing the two together and this Mini Lantern Lane looks adorable with the large Lantern Lane!

    Privet Drive in AMB Solids

    Last but not least is our Privet Drive quilt. We used (almost) all the different solids American Made Brand had to offer to make this one! We gradated the colors in rainbow order beginning with green and finishing with yellow on a solid black background.

    Privet Drive in AMB Solids

    Privet Drive in AMB Solids

    Another fun coordinating mini that looks absolutely adorable with it's big buddy is this Mini Privet Drive! And just for good measure, here is a photo of Elsie photobombing a mini quilt shoot!

    Mini Quilts

    Big thank you to the talented Juli Kieny who made and quilted all 12 of these amazing quilts! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back in soon for loads more photos of projects! 


    Sassy & Solid - Part 2 June 21 2016, 2 Comments

    Happy Tuesday! Making it past Monday always seems to put me in a good mood! Today we are going to share 2 more large quilts and 2 more minis. Let's dive right in!

    Wynkoop Court in AMB solids

    This is our Wynkoop Court quilt pattern. Everything about this quilt makes me happy - the colors, the gradation, the quilting and of course the pattern! You probably see Wynkoop Court pop up on our blog a lot. It is our most versatile pattern and my favorite to play with! We gradated lime to green to teal to blue to purple to magenta with alternating diagonal rows.

    Wynkoop Court in AMB solids

    Wynkoop Court in AMB solids

    Wynkoop Court in AMB solids

    The Mini Wynkoop Court quilt Juli made makes me swoon! The mini quilt has the same number of triangles and half-hexagons as the Grande large quilt, so this mini is an exact replica of the big one! How cute is that?!

    Diamond Detour in AMB Solids

    Next up is another rainbow gradation! We paired our Diamond Detour pattern with almost every color of solid American Made Brand had to offer! In addition to gradating in color order, we also gradated the values from the lightest on the edges to the darkest in the center. Juli's quilting on this quilt is out-of-this-world! 

    Diamond Detour in AMB Solids

    Diamond Detour in AMB Solids

    Diamond Detour in AMB Solids

    I have been obsessed with miniaturizing our quilts and was super excited about making a Mini Diamond Detour pattern! These little diamonds make me smile and Juli's quilting is phenomenal! 

    Check back tomorrow for two more quilts and two more minis!


    Sassy & Solid - Part 1 June 20 2016, 0 Comments

    We had a fun opportunity to pair American Made Brand solids with our patterns for a presentation at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. Our talented friend Juli Kieny made a whole slew of quilts for us and I can't wait to share some photos of these amazing quilts! I will be sharing 2 large quilts and 2 minis over the next few days - be prepared for lots of colorful quilt photos!

    Stack of Quilts

    I had a ton of fun photographing these quilts. There is something striking about solid quilts and Juli's quilting is something else! 

    Prism Parkway in AMB Solids

    First up is my personal favorite - Prism Parkway. We put together a gradating rainbow from yellow to green on a white solid. Juli quilted this one with wavy lines approximately 1" apart and bound it a bright yellow. 

    Prism Parkway in AMB Solids

    Prism Parkway in AMB Solids

    Mini Prism Parkway in AMB Solids

    For each large quilt we made a coordinating mini quilt! This is our Mini Prism Parkway on the big Prism Parkway quilt to show scale. Juli quilted this one with diagonal straight lines 1/2" apart. 

    Baker Street in AMB solids

    Next up is Baker Street. This quilt has a large vertical elongated block. with an accent sawtooth star inside. We took a part of the rainbow, starting with pink and gradating to turquoise. And check out that quilting - absolutely gorgeous!

    Baker Street in AMB solids

    Baker Street in AMB solids

    We decided to not turn Baker Street into a mini quilt because the pieces in the center of the block got a little too small to manage! And me being me, means I wanted to have to an even number of big and mini quilts, so we had Juli whip up a Mini Piccadilly Circle quilt. 

    Mini Piccadilly Circle

    Mini Piccadilly Circle

    What do you guys think? I love a good rainbow and each of these quilts is based on color and gradations! Tomorrow we will be sharing Wynkoop Court and Diamond Detour, so swing back by for some more lovely colorful quilts! 


    Spring 2016 Quilt Market in Salt Lake City June 01 2016, 0 Comments

    Our long holiday weekend is over and we are finally starting to feel recovered from Quilt Market. We had a lot going on this year and we can’t wait to share some photos with you.

    The weekend started off with our schoolhouse presentations. First, we talked about using solid fabrics with our quilt patterns for an American Made Brand presentation. Our amazing friend and talented quilter, Juli Kieny, made all the quilts for this talk. Here are some action shots - I will share close ups of all the amazing quilts later! Photos by the lovely Dorie Hruska.

    Quilt Market Spring 2016
    Kristy is holding our Mini Diamond Alley quilt.
    Quilt Market Spring 2016
    Gradating Wynkoop Court made with greens, teals, blues and purple.
    Quilt Market Spring 2016
    Kristy holding the Mini Lantern Lane quilt.
    Quilt Market Spring 2016
    Here I am holding the Mini Piccadilly Circle quilt.

    Next was our schoolhouse presentation with Dear Stella. We discussed using their unique lines and basics to create fun a modern quilts with our patterns. Here are some photos Jessica Stern took while we shared our quilts!

    Quilt Market Spring 2016
    This is our Baker Street in Snöfall.
    Quilt Market Spring 2016
    Here is our new Privet Drive quilt made in Shadowbox and sewn by Gitte Hopkins.
    Quilt Market Spring 2016
    Here is our Canyon Boulevard and new Mini Canyon Boulevard made up in Wildwood.
    Quilt Market Spring 2016
    This is our One Way quilt and new Mini One Way quilt in Junebug, both made by Juli Kieny.

    Now to the booth photos! We had 6 new full-size patterns and 6 new mini quilts to display this year, so our booth was definitely filled to the brim. Here are some of our favorite photos.

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    We didn't bring our orange couch this year, but we did bring a new table, pipe displays, a christmas tree and a diagonal bar to display our mini quilts on. 

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    My dad put together the perfect table to display quilts and take orders on. We placed our brochures and business cards on one end and some of our Mel's Mats made by Juli Kieny on the other.

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    We have a brand new tree skirt and table topper pattern - Kringle Crossing - and displayed it with a funky leaning Christmas tree. It was a funny display that caught some attention!

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    On one wall, we had all 4 animals included in our new Sammy's Safari pattern displayed. Those cute little guys made everyone smile!

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    On the other wall, we displayed our new Baker Street, Hootsville Row and Privet Drive quilts under our Sass sign. Along the bottom we displayed alternate versions of Baker Street, Privet Drive and Kringle Crossing. We also rolled up the 4 animal quilts from Zoey's Zoo and a few others in a log holder.

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    We used chalkboard signs to give a little info about each pattern and encourage questions.

    Quilt Market Spring 2016

    The carpet this year was a nice teal color that played nicely with our booth and made it much easier to take photos around the show! This was the view from the main aisle down the show. We love the Salt Lake City Convention Center and really enjoyed this Quilt Market!

    Pattern detail posts will be coming soon! Thanks for stopping by!


    New Spring Patterns! May 25 2016, 0 Comments

    We are back from Quilt Market and eager to share all the fun things we have been working on! All 12 of our new patterns are now available for sale. Below is a quick little overview of the new patterns. 

    Privet Drive
    This fun modern paper-piecing pattern includes three different sizes: Venti (72" x 84"), Grande (60" x 72") and Tall (48" x 60"). Dig into your scrap bins or grab a jelly-roll to make this visually stimulating quilt pattern!

    Mel's Mats 
    Brighten up your table with these functional woven placemats! Perfect for scrap busting and precut strips. Great teaching opportunity! Make 8 matching placemats or 6 placemats and a table runner! Placemats finish 14" x 19" and table runner 14" x 42".

    Hootsville Row
    This fun owl quilt would liven up any wall! Grab your scrap bin and get appliquéing! Move the eyes around to create a fun Brady Bunch family style of owls! Hootsville Row finishes 27" x 36".

    Baker Street
    This is a traditionally-pieced, modern, fat-quarter friendly quilt! These unique long blocks give this quilt a fun vertical interest. Baker Street looks great paired with your new favorite line or stashed fabrics and finishes 64” x 84”.

    Sammy's Safari
    Sammy’s Safari is a fun and quick appliqué pattern you can personalize for the newest baby in your life! With 4 different animals to choose from (An alligator, elephant, giraffe and monkey) you can find the perfect match in personality. The quilts finish 40” x 54” and include full-size reversed animals and alphabet ready for appliqué!

    Kringle Crossing
    Kringle Crossing is a fun modern tree skirt and table topper pattern in one! The tree skirt finishes 51” wide and can be personalized with your family’s names, fun holiday words or your puppies! The table topper finishes 31” wide and is a fun way to liven up your table for each season and holiday! Full-size templates and alphabet included!  

    In addition to these 6 new full-size patterns, we have 6 new mini patterns to add to the batch! Mini Canyon Boulevard, Mini Diamond Detour, Mini Firelights Lane, Mini One Way, Mini Privet Drive and Mini Wynkoop Court! These little guys make me smile! 

    I will share more info and photos about each pattern individually over the next few weeks - so stay tuned! 


    Free Patchwork Pineapple Mini Quilt Pattern April 04 2016, 4 Comments

    Over a year ago, we made a mini pineapple quilt based on a pillow we saw on Instagram and shared the pattern with Dear Stella Fabrics. We reduced the size of the pieces and made a mini quilt that finishes 8-1/2" x 11-1/2". Here is a step-by-step tutorial to make one of your very own!

    Free Pineapple Mini Quilt Pattern

    Materials Needed

      • assorted yellow scraps
      • assorted green scraps
      • 1/8 yard of solid white
      • 1/8 yard of black & white stripe for binding
      • 11” x 14” scrap for backing

    Free Pineapple Mini Quilt Pattern

    Cutting Instructions

    From the assorted yellow scraps, cut:

      • sixteen 1-1/2” squares
      • two 1-7/8” squares
      • one 2-1/4” wide strip (optional for binding)

    From assorted green scraps, cut:

      • four 1-7/8” squares

    From the white background, cut:

      • two 1-1/2” squares
      • four 1-7/8” squares
      • two 2-1/2” x 7-1/2” rectangles
      • two 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles

    From the binding stripe, cut:

      • one 2-1/4” x WOF

    Free Pineapple Mini Quilt Pattern

    Sewing Instructions

    To make the half-square triangles: 1. Layer a 1-7/8” white square and yellow square right sides together. Draw a line down the center. 2. Using a 1/4” seam, sew on both sides of the square. 3. Cut along the drawn line. 4. Press the seam open.

    Make 4 total white/yellow half square triangles, 4 total white/green half-square triangles and 2 total green/green half-square triangles.

    Sew the squares and half-square triangles into 7 rows of 4 squares. Press the seams open. Sew the rows together to form the pineapple. Press the seams open.

    Sew the 2-1/2” x 7-1/2” rectangles to each side of the pineapple. Press towards the white border. Sew the 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles to the top and bottom. Press towards the border.

    Finish the Quilt

    Layer the pineapple, batting and backing fabric. Quilt straight vertical lines approximately 1/2” apart. Sew the binding strip to the 2-1/4” wide yellow strip on the diagonal. Create your binding and sew it to the quilt in your favorite method. Voila!

    Free Pineapple Mini Quilt Pattern

    Free Pineapple Mini Quilt Pattern

    This little pineapple makes us smile and we hope you guys do too! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group.  


    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics March 11 2016, 0 Comments

    We love scrappy quilts! And our new favorite thing is scrappy backgrounds! We have always loved Alison Glass's fabrics and got incredibly excited when she came out with Abacus, a set of low volume prints. We used all the black and white fabrics as the background and assorted bright Sunprints and Handcrafted fabrics for the arrows!

    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

    We created a gradation of color across the quilt beginning with yellow in one corner and ending with orange in the other. Rainbows are my favorite and who doesn't love a good colorful quilt with a scrappy background!?

    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

    We took this and a new pattern (Privet Drive - more info coming soon!) down to the RINO district in Denver. There are tons of wall murals that make wonderful backdrops for quilt photos. Here are a few of my favorite photos and walls =]

    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

    Because the background is a little busier than most, we decided to keep the quilting a little simpler. Kristy quilted vertical straight lines at varying widths apart from 1/4" to 3/4". We then stripped together the extra colorful pieces of fabric to create a fun binding!

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

    The One Way pattern is available in PDF and paper form. Up next are our fun One Way pillows! 

    If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group

     


    One Way in Black & Whites March 09 2016, 2 Comments

    We made a couple different versions of our One Way quilt. I dug into my stash of black and white prints to make this quilt and added a pop with one solid wasabi arrow! Everything about this quilt from the quilting to the binding makes me smile! 

    One Way in Black & Whites

    One Way in Black & Whites

    One Way in Black & Whites

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Pattern: One Way
      • Fabric: Assorted black & white prints and a wasabi solid 
      • Finished Size: Grande - 64" x 76"
      • Techniques: Basic piecing

    One Way in Black & Whites

    One Way in Black & Whites

    One Way in Black & Whites

    The fun quilting texture and striped binding really make this quilt pop! Kristy quilted serpentining lines in opposite directions in the background of the arrows and wavy lines in the arrows. This quilt has the crinkle texture I can't get enough of! You also know how I feel about striped bindings and we had the perfect black and white stripe! Add in a little wasabi corner detail and voila! 

    One Way in Black & Whites

    The One Way pattern is available in PDF and paper form. Stay tuned for a scrappy rainbow quilt made up with Alison Glass fabrics later this week!

    If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group


    Introducing One Way! March 07 2016, 1 Comment

    One Way is one of our newer patterns that we released at Fall Quilt Market in Houston. (Yes, I am just getting around to blogging about it! Sorry!) This modern arrow design was inspired by a wall mural in Japan. We loved the simplicity of the design and immediately wanted to make it into a quilt! 

    Low Volume One Way Quilt

    One Way is the perfect quilt for gals and guys! There are so many options - make it scrappy or pick a color scheme and add a "rogue" arrow for an extra pop! The pattern includes 3 different sizes: Venti (80" x 94"), Grande (64" x 76") and Tall (48" x 60").

    Low Volume One Way Quilt

    For the cover quilt, we used assorted low volume prints for the arrows and a navy solid for the background. We threw one orange block in there to mix things up and add a pop of color. 

    Low Volume One Way Quilt

    The quilting on this quilt is absolutely perfect. Kristy quilted horizontal wavy lines across the quilt in a light thread. We bound the quilt in a perfectly colored ticker-tape stripe fabric. The backing we chose is black and white print with words. 

    Low Volume One Way Quilt

    We took some outdoor photos of this quilt while we were out walking some of our pups, so, of course they decided to pose perfectly. Here is a great shot with the quilt and mountains in the background.

    Low Volume One Way Quilt

    And then of course when I was snapping some closeup photos inside, little Miss Elsie decided she would park it directly on the quilt. I think she secretly knew she would blend in with the low volume arrows!

    Low Volume One Way Quilt

    Low Volume One Way Quilt

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Pattern: One Way
      • Fabric: Assorted low volume and a navy solid 
      • Finished Size: Grande - 64" x 76"
      • Techniques: Good ole fashion sewing

    Low Volume One Way Quilt

    The One Way pattern is available in PDF and paper form. Stay tuned for a couple more One Way quilts this week! 

    If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group


    Graffiti Walls in EaDo Houston February 10 2016, 3 Comments

    One night during Quilt Market, we stumbled upon a beautiful graffiti wall being touched up while walking back from dinner. We decided we would swing by on our way out of town and snap some photos of our mini quilts in front of the wall. We later discovered this wall was part of an entire series of walls in the neighborhood covered in striking art by artists from around the world!

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    When we got out of our van to snap some photos, we noticed a man there checking on the walls. His pants were covered in paint, so we asked if he was one of the artists. Turns out he was! Even more impressive, he is the man who organized this whole area! 

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Meet Gonzo! He is the founder and director of Aerosol Warfare, a street/urban art gallery and artist resource center that shows, sells, and assists street, urban, and graffiti artists from Houston and beyond. The first photo featuring "Houston" is one of his artworks. 

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    This section of the wall had a beautiful speckled texture. We took some photos of our Mini Piccadilly Circle, Mini Euclid Avenue and Mini Lantern Lane quilts on this section. 

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    I matched this Mini Piccadilly Circle quilt in my Sassy when Caffeinated shirt! We had a few shirts made to wear at Quilt Market. It was kind of nice having a uniform so we didn't have to think about what to wear each morning!

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    This is what the wall looks like when you stepped back. Isn't it amazing? I absolutely love the zippers going up the sides! Kristy is in there for scale. This wasn't a small building!

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    I love how striking this One Way quilt looks against this colorful section of the wall! This artist repeated his name over and over in different colors and chunky letters to fill in his space on the wall. It makes a great backdrop!

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    We snapped a photo of our Mini Lantern Lane quilt in front of a section of the wall that had a Wonder Bread color scheme that is challenging it's viewers to wonder about the world we live in.  

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Kristy's shirt and our Mini Prism Parkway quilt looked great on this magenta and periwinkle section of the wall. I love photographing at graffiti walls because you get an abstract chunk of color close up and beautiful artwork further away.

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Here is our rainbow Mini Churndash Court in front of three different sections of the wall. I loved the yellow chunk of wall with the bone popping through and of course, I am a sucker for black and white! We weren't prepared for a photoshoot at all, so Kristy is holding the quilt in each photo! 

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    All the above photos were take in that parking lot! It is fun to step back and match the closeup photos to the section of wall they were taken in. This wall has pieces by 5 different artists from all over the world including Mexico City and New York. 

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Across the street was another parking lot and an alleyway full of more graffiti art. Kristy found a set of wings and is rocking our "I'm all about that Sass, 'bout that sass" shirt!

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    This vertical piece featuring loads of little colorful mischievous creatures made me smile. We snapped some photos of our Mini Lombard Street quilt in front of it. 

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    We paired our color-wheel Mini Piccadilly Circle quilt with a beautifully painted black and white wall. You know I can't resist pairing rainbows with black and white! 

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    Our Mini Churndash Court quilt featuring a red churndash fit in perfectly on this colorful chunk of wall.

    Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

    We had an absolute blast taking these quick photos in EaDo Houston last October and plan to do another little shoot next Quilt Market! We also just had a fun photoshoot in RiNo Denver, so there will be a few more graffiti walls coming soon to this blog! Thank you for stopping by!


    Hannah's Firelights Lane Quilt February 08 2016, 2 Comments

    We love seeing all of our customer quilts and every once in awhile, we strike up a dialogue with a quilt-maker via email. Pat Anderson of Littleton, Colorado sent us a photo of the Firelights Lane quilt top she made for her granddaughter Hannah. It is beautiful in it's own right, but the story behind it and pieces of military uniforms in the quilt make it something incredibly special. 

    Pat is making each of her three grandchildren a quilt with pieces of their Dad's uniforms he wore during his tour in Afghanistan. Hannah requested yellow and grey for her quilt and Pat added some teal.

    "Little did I know when I started these quilts that he would be in the Middle East again when I finished them and gifted them. He wrote a letter to each child which will be in the uniform pockets I have attached to the backing. Hannah recently turned 16 and misses her father terribly." - Pat

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Pat Anderson
      • Quilted by: Elaine MacFarlane
      • Pattern: Firelights Lane
      • Fabric: Yellow, teal and grey tone-on-tones paired with military uniform pieces
      • Finished Size: Grande 45" x 60"
      • Techniques: Basic piecing

    Big thank you to Pat for sharing this amazing quilt and story! The Firelights Lane pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Happy Monday!


    Mini Quilts in Dear Stella Fabrics February 05 2016, 0 Comments

    For Quilt Market in Houston, we teamed up with Dear Stella to introduce our new mini quilt patterns in a Schoolhouse presentation. We made each of the six new patterns in some of the newest lines. Dear Stella fabrics are amazing to work with! Their lines are typically feminine and full of unique and striking color combinations.

    Mini Quilts in Dear Stella Fabrics

    Our good friend Juli Kieny made all of these mini quilts for us and they each turned out amazing! Each is wonderful in it's own right, so let's take a closer look at them all! 

    Mini Churndash Court in Pixie Dust

    We chose the Pixie Dust fabric line to make this Mini Churndash Court. This line is full of pink and white prints featuring fairy tale castles, unicorns, fairies and stripes. We paired all the pink prints with a teal polka dot as the churndash to create a playful contrast. Juli quilted wavy lines a long the scrappy seams and across the churndash to create some fun texture!

    Mini Churndash Court in Pixie Dust

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made & Quilted by: Juli Kieny
      • Quilting: Wavy lines radiating from the center
      • Pattern: Mini Churndash Court
      • Fabric: Pixie Dust from Dear Stella
      • Finished Size: 12" x 12"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Lombard Street in Lilypad

    This Mini Lombard Street quilt was made with the colorful Lilypad fabric line. This line is full of rich magenta, teal, navy and coral floral prints paired coordinating net prints. We used a mint net fabric as the background and absolutely love how it turned out! Juli quilted this mini with serpentine lines running through the background which makes the triangles pop!

    Mini Lombard Street in Lilypad

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made & Quilted by: Juli Kieny
      • Quilting: Serpentining lines in the background between the triangles
      • Pattern: Mini Lombard Street
      • Fabric: Lilypad from Dear Stella
      • Finished Size: 12" x 16"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Lantern Lane in Intermix

    These little hearts are my favorite print right now, and now there are more of them! We chose to pair these Hearts with our Mini Lantern Lane pattern. There weren't quite enough hearts back in September, so we added a lime polka dot for one lantern. We chose the white net fabric for the background. I love this print for backgrounds because it has just enough texture, but still reads almost solid. Juli quilted this mini with serpentining straight lines.

    Mini Lantern Lane in Intermix

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made & Quilted by: Juli Kieny
      • Quilting: Straight lines in the lanterns and serpentine lines in the background
      • Pattern: Mini Lantern Lane
      • Fabric: Hearts by Wee Gallery from Dear Stella
      • Finished Size: 12" x 18"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Prism Parkway in Asuka

    Mustard yellow, blue, orange AND funky flowers!? The Asuka fabric line was made just for me! We paired this colorful line with our Mini Prism Parkway pattern and love how it turned out! We used a solid white for the background to allow the prints to shine and bound it with the navy dash print. Juli quilted echoing hexagons in the quilt where the block come together, showcasing the hexagons.

    Mini Prism Parkway in Asuka

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made & Quilted by: Juli Kieny
      • Quilting: Two echoing hexagons in each hexagon
      • Pattern: Mini Prism Parkway
      • Fabric: Asuka from Dear Stella
      • Finished Size: 12" x 16.25"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Euclid Avenue in Hello Sailor

    The pieces in our Mini Euclid Avenue quilt pattern are pretty small, but we couldn't resist some fussy-cut dancing sailors and girls! Hello Sailor is an adorable patriotic line full of red, white, blue and maritime fun! We paired two red prints, two blue prints (including the fabulous dancing sailors!), two white prints and two navy prints to make this quilt. Juli did an amazing job fussy cutting the little characters to fit into the little pieces!

    Mini Euclid Avenue in Hello Sailor

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Mini Piccadilly Circle in Intermix

    We love making the Mini Piccadilly Circle into a color wheel! Juli chose 10 of the colorful polka dot fabrics from the Intermix line and repeated them in each wedge of the circle. I love the radiating feel created! Pairing the dots with a solid white and navy makes this quilt pop! Juli quilted radiating lines through the wedges and circles in the background strips.

    Mini Piccadilly Circle in Intermix

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made & Quilted by: Juli Kieny
      • Quilting: Radiating lines from the center with bubbles in the background
      • Pattern: Mini Piccadilly Circle
      • Fabric: Intermix from Dear Stella
      • Finished Size: 14" x 14"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Quilts in Dear Stella Fabrics

    It is always a lot of fun to work with specific fabric lines and we really enjoyed seeing how each one of these quilts turned out! Big thank you to Juli for all her amazing work! We would never make it to Quilt Market without her! 

    PDF and paper versions of all these patterns are available here. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Have a wonderful weekend!


    Introducing Mini Piccadilly Circle February 03 2016, 0 Comments

    When Kristy and I decided Piccadilly Circle was the sixth pattern we would turn into a mini quilt, I couldn't repress my urge to make a color wheel! I have loved rainbows from a very early age, and incorporate them into our projects as much as Kristy will let me =] We dug into our scrap bins and found 40 gradating fabrics to make this rainbow-tastic Mini Piccadilly Circle

    Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

    And what goes perfectly with a rainbow color wheel? Why, black and white of course! I have always loved a striped binding and when it came down to picking the binding for this mini, I couldn't resist this amazing black and white stripe! It plays well with the black and white fussy-cut lion in the center and black accent squares! 

    Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Spiral in the circle and serpentine lines in the white background
      • Pattern: Mini Piccadilly Circle
      • Full-size Sidekick Pattern: Piccadilly Circle
      • Fabric: Rainbow scraps on a polkadot white-on-white
      • Finished Size: 14" x 14"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing, curves and appliqué

    Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Here is a photo for scale, so you can see how small the mini is when being compared to the original Piccadilly Circle. Notice that the size of the circle didn't change dramatically, but there are more pieces in each wedge. Because this quilt requires many techniques to construct, we wanted to keep it fairly large and fun!

    Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

    I love how this mini turned out, so much in fact, I made two identical quilts! We used Alison Glass's Handcrafted Indigos and Abacus to create this fun blue wheel. Each wedge of the circle gradates from navy to blue to teal and placed them on a scrappy low-volume background! 

    Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

    This would be a fun pattern to teach and explore color theory with! The Mini Piccadilly Circle pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Happy Hump Day! =]


    Introducing Mini Euclid Avenue February 02 2016, 0 Comments

    Euclid Avenue is one of our patterns that was influenced by some tile we spotted in an old hotel in Boston and one we really wanted to make into a mini quilt when we launched a line of mini quilt patterns. It is a fun design to play with scale, color and contrasts. We decided to make this Mini Euclid Avenue version in the same colors as the original, but without prints, since the pieces are pretty small! 

    Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

    We chose 8 coordinating colors from Marcia Derse's Palette collection from Windham Fabrics. We paired 2 blues, 2 emeralds, 2 teals and 2 limes to achieve the look of shadowing! Kristy quilted a grid on the quilt and bound it with the perfect Alison Glass print! 

    Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Here is a photo for scale, so you can see how small the mini is when being compared to the original Euclid AvenueThis mini quilt has the biggest change in scale and the smallest pieces. To see the pattern, there needed to be a certain number of blocks repeated and to keep the quilt small, so this is size we ended up with. I love how tiny it is!

    Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

    We wanted to make one more version of the Mini Euclid Avenue quilt pattern before Quilt Market. I loved my sister's version of Euclid Avenue and wanted to recreate a quilt in similar colors. I chose 2 greys, 2 oranges, 2 blues and 2 yellows. The yellow is a little different than my sister's color combo, but I think she would approve! 

    Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Angled straight lines
      • Pattern: Mini Euclid Avenue
      • Full-size Sidekick Pattern: Euclid Avenue
      • Fabric: Assorted scraps
      • Finished Size: 10.5" x 13.5"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

    The Mini Euclid Avenue pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Tomorrow we are sharing Mini Piccadilly Circle. Thanks for stopping by!


    Introducing Mini Prism Parkway February 01 2016, 0 Comments

    Prism Parkway combines all my favorite things: quilting, geometry and architecture. When we were making a list of patterns to make into mini quilts first, I immediately thought, "How cute would a Mini Prism Parkway quilt be?" I wanted to make a mini version of the scrappy orange original, so we dug through the orange scrap bin and made this little guy!

    Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Kristy quilted this Mini Prism Parkway just like the original! She quilted the swirls in the hexagons created by the triangles and filled in the edges with a bubble fill. Orange scraps are never something we are lacking and to make this quilt, we used a combination of light, medium and dark prints.

    Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

    To add a little bit of kick to this mini, Kristy bound the quilt in grey and white stripe and a pop of solid turquoise! I love adding a little bit of contrasting "wow" to projects, it adds some character =]

    Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Swirls in each hexagon
      • Pattern: Mini Prism Parkway
      • Full-size Sidekick Pattern: Prism Parkway
      • Fabric: Orange scraps on a solid white background
      • Finished Size: 12" x 16.25"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Here is a photo for scale, so you can see how small the mini is when being compared to the original Prism Parkway. It is even easier to compare the size when the colors are similar! We opted to ax the wavy edges for the mini, because let's be honest, who would want to bind those little waves?

    Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

    This pattern was designed with the architecture of the roaring twenties in mind, so when we received a bundle of Charleston by Revive from Timeless Treasures, I immediately dug into it for this Mini Prism Parkway! I love the elegant floral prints mixed in with pops of gold and geometric shapes. Placing the navy, red and gold prints on a warm white background allows the triangles to pop!

    Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

    The Mini Prism Parkway pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Tomorrow we are sharing Mini Euclid Avenue. Happy February 1st! =]


    Introducing Mini Lantern Lane January 31 2016, 0 Comments

    Lantern Lane is one of our Fall Market pattern releases and we couldn't resist turning it into a mini quilt pattern too! It is a fun and easy-to-construct pattern that looks interesting and complex. We chose 9 different lime, green and aqua prints for the lanterns and placed them on a light teal hatching background to make this Mini Lantern Lane quilt.

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Kristy quilted this mini quilt with straight vertical lines varying in width from 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart. She bound the quilt in a fun green scale fabric with a pop of lime green on the side. We love adding a little interest to bindings! 

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Straight vertical lines
      • Pattern: Mini Lantern Lane
      • Full-size Sidekick Pattern: Lantern Lane
      • Fabric: Blue and green scraps on a light blue background
      • Finished Size: 12" x 18"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Here is a photo for scale, so you can see how small the mini is when being compared to the original Lantern LaneThe strips are about half as thick and there are a few less per lantern than the original, but I think you still get the same lantern look and feel!  

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    When we received a bundle of Rae Ritchie's debut line with Dear Stella, Desert Bloom, we knew we wanted to make it into a mini quilt! We decided to make a Mini Lantern Lane using the 9 light fabrics to create the lanterns and the black scallop print as the background. I love the colors in this line and love how this mini turned out!

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Alison Glass's Handcrafted Indigos are rich beautiful prints and we made a few mini quilts with them! We chose 9 of the light blue and teals for the lanterns and used the excess navy from the center of a border print for the background. Kristy quilted vertical wavy lines in a medium teal and bound it in the same navy. My favorite part is the little bits of prints that show up in the lantern pieces!

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    I love holiday quilts, so when our friend Juli mentioned she was going to make a Christmas version of our Mini Lantern Lane, I couldn't wait to see it! She chose 9 different holiday prints for the lanterns and placed them on a solid bright red background! It is such a festive and happy quilt! 

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and Quilted by: Juli Kieny
      • Quilting: Wavy lines in the lanterns and loop-de-loops between
      • Pattern: Mini Lantern Lane
      • Full-size Sidekick Pattern: Lantern Lane
      • Fabric: Assorted holiday prints on a solid red background
      • Finished Size: 12" x 18"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    It is always fun to see how different the same pattern can look with different fabrics. The Mini Lantern Lane pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Tomorrow we are sharing Mini Prism Parkway. Enjoy your Sunday =]


    Introducing Mini Lombard Street January 30 2016, 0 Comments

    The original Lombard Street cover quilt is still to this day one of my all-time favorite quilts. So, when it came time to making a Mini Lombard Street, I wanted the quilt to have the same feel, but making an entire rainbow gradient on a mini seemed too busy. Kristy and I debated on gradating half the rainbow, and ended up choosing to do the warm side! We dug through our yellow, orange and red scraps bins for little treasures and came up with this!

    Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Kristy had a lot of fun making this one! Even with the triangles being as small as they are, she still managed to hide some fussy-cut details in there! Can you see the fox, flower, #7, apple and hedgehog? 

    Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Kristy quilted this one similarly to the original quilt, by only quilting in the white background. Instead of a bubble fill like the large quilt, she quilted horizontal lines that serpentine down the quilt between the triangles creating an amazing texture!

    Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Serpentine lines in the white background
      • Pattern: Mini Lombard Street
      • Full-size Sidekick Pattern: Lombard Street
      • Fabric: Yellow, orange and red scraps with a solid white
      • Finished Size: 12" x 16"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Here is a photo for scale, so you can see how small the mini is when being compared to the original Lombard Street. The triangles are much smaller, but still plenty large enough to make this a fun, quick and easy paper-piecing project! 

    Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

    We had some leftover pieces of Alison Glass's Abacus line from a One Way quilt we made and we knew we wanted to use it in a mini! We paired it with a Wasabi solid to create this two-toned (or is it three technically?) version of Mini Lombard Street. I love this modern look and feel this one has! Kristy quilted it with an all-over square meander and added a pop of wasabi to the binding.

    Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

    The Mini Lombard Street pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Stop by tomorrow to see our Mini Lantern Lane quilts. Have a wonderful weekend!


    Introducing Mini Churndash Court January 29 2016, 0 Comments

    Mini Churndash Court pattern has been a long time coming. I made a mini version of our original Churndash Court years ago during my two-week churndash obsession state. I had just been introduced to the idea of mini quilts and couldn't get the idea of a mini churndash out of my head! So, I created this rainbow version with a white churndash.

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    I made this quilt while living in California and I really couldn't justify sending a 12" square home to my mom to quilt. So, I elongated my zigzag stitch as much as I could, put some white thread in machine and quilted wavy lines up each seam continuing the lines across the white churndash. I love the texture it created! I finished this quilt with a charcoal/white stripe and a pop of white to make my binding long enough!

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and Quilted by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilting: Radiating wavy lines
      • Pattern: Mini Churndash Court
      • Full-size Sidekick Pattern: Churndash Court
      • Fabric: Rainbow scraps and white tone-on-tone
      • Finished Size: 12" x 12"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Here is a photo for scale, so you can see how small the mini is when being compared to the original Churndash Court. The original is a baby quilt, so it isn't huge, but the mini is about 1/3 of it's height and width. Notice the quilting is almost identical =]

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    I love, love, love this version of the Mini Churndash Court! Our friend Juli Kieny made us two holiday themed minis and who can resist a Halloween churndash? I was sad to send it back to her! Maybe by next Halloween I will make one of my own! I mean, how adorable are the little eyeballs and spiders that pop up?!

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and Quilted by: Juli Kieny
      • Quilting: Echoing inside the churndash
      • Pattern: Mini Churndash Court
      • Full-size Sidekick Pattern: Churndash Court
      • Fabric: Halloween scraps and a black solid
      • Finished Size: 12" x 12"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    We love batiks! We have a nice stash of them and many full scrap bins! So, when MaryEllen Laughary (making us three generations of quilters!) was in town to help us prepare for Quilt Market, we tasked her with making a batik version of the Mini Churndash Court. This is what she came up with and we love it! These colors make me want to spend some time on the Mediterranean! 

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: MaryEllen Laughary
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Spiral beginning in the center
      • Pattern: Mini Churndash Court
      • Full-size Sidekick Pattern: Churndash Court
      • Fabric: Blue, teal, lime and white batik scraps
      • Finished Size: 12" x 12"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    We received the most adorable primary-colored school-themed fabric from Windham Fabrics. The line was called Color and Count and was designed by Jill McDonald. We loved the colors, shapes and stripes in the line and decided to chop it up into little pieces and make one last Mini Churndash Court before Market! I love the red churndash, it really pops!

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

    It is always fun to see how different the same pattern can look with different fabrics. The Mini Churndash Court pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Tomorrow we are sharing Mini Lombard Street. Happy Friday =]


    Mini and Sassy January 28 2016, 0 Comments

    We have finally jumped on the train heading for Mini Quilt-ville. I have always loved mini quilts and have had a gallery wall in every place I've lived, but I dragged my feet on patterning some Sass minis. Why? I am not completely sure, but I knew if I did them, I wanted to make them special. We launched 6 mini patterns at Fall Market. 

    Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

    We miniaturized Lombard Street, Piccadilly Circle, Prism Parkway, Euclid Avenue, Lantern Lane and Churndash Court. Each one of these patterns is paper-pieced. I love mini quilts for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is the unlimited possibilities to play with color stories on such a small scale. If you know me, you know I love color. These little quilts create ample opportunities to experiment and try combinations you might not have wanted to commit to a large quilt.

    Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

    The next 6 days we will introduce each mini quilt and share the different versions we have made. We will also share photos of the mini with the original quilt. I loved seeing the scale between the two quilts. It shows you how mini these minis actually are! 

    Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Are you a shop owner? We developed a Mini-of-the-Month program guide just for you! We put all our best teaching, displaying, product pairing, customer engagement and kitting ideas into one pamphlet! Email us to order wholesale today. 

    Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Here is an example of a mini wall in my room; I used normal sewing pins in the top two corners to secure the minis. They are easy to push into wall and leave a very small hole when done! If the room has a breeze run through it, add two more to the bottom corners! Here is how I design my walls: Lay your minis out on the floor or bed and keep rearranging until you are happy with the design and color placement. Then pin you top most center mini in place on the wall and build your design out from there, keeping the spacing between minis fairly consistent. Voilá! You have a gallery wall of mini quilts!

    Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

    I really believe that mini quilts will not be a passing phase with this current group of quilts. I think it is a fun phenomenon that is here to stay! I hope you stop back by to see the 6 different mini quilt patterns and all the fun versions we have made! Happy Thursday!


    International Quilt Market in Houston January 26 2016, 1 Comment

    I know it has been months since International Quilt Market in Houston, but I still wanted to share photos of our booth! It was a Market of firsts for us. We did a double booth for the first time. We brought helpers for the first time. We had mini quilts for the first time. We had flooring we had to assemble for the first time. It was a blast and I love how this booth turned out. It features a mini wall, a long wood table my father built for my parents living room and of course, our orange couch! It was also the first time I went to Market with only the camera on my phone so please excuse the less-than-perfect photos.

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    Here is a shot of our entire booth! 

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    We put together a foam wall to display our new Mini Quilt patterns and we made a few One Way pillows to liven up our orange couch.

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    We used metal pipes to create quilt holders. We displayed our Arcadia Avenue and Park Place in this corner.

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    Here is a closeup of the table with our One Way quilt on it! 

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    We have found that some Ikea towel racks make great quilt holders! Here are a few more mini quilts!

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    My Dad built a corner wall to hold our Bubba Bowling Bags on one side and drape quilts over the other.

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    Here is a closeup with a Bubba Bowling Bag and Firelights Lane quilt.

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    Here is a step stool holding our brochures and Daily Duffle bag!

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    We took our great friend Juli Kieny and my grandma, MaryEllen Laughary, with us to Houston. Here is a shot of all 4 of us!

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    We hung our Empire Place sample on one entire wall.

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    More brochures in colorful baskets.

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    Mom and I getting ready for the day!

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    One more photo of the whole booth. I really love how this one turned out!

    Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

    Here we are with Giuseppe and Daryl from Andover Fabrics on our orange couch!

    Whew! That was a lot of photos! We had a blast and are already preparing new patterns for Spring Market in Salt Lake City. Thanks for stopping by!


    Lantern Lane Color Option January 13 2016, 0 Comments

    We always make each quilt pattern at least twice. This was the second version of Lantern Lane we made. Nine warm solids ranging from yellow to a dark burgundy form the lanterns and assorted low volume fabrics fill in the background.

    Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

    Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

    Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Vertical wavy lines
      • Pattern: Lantern Lane
      • Fabric: Assorted navy, light grey, silver and lime scraps
      • Finished Size: Tall - 27" x 33"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

    Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

    Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

    I had a bunch of low volume pieces leftover from my Arcadia Avenue quilt and wanted to feature them as a background. Once I had it in my mind, I made this quilt in a day! It is the perfect size to display as a wallhanging. I think it may hang in my new apartment!

    Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

    The Lantern Lane pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group

     


    Introducing Lantern Lane! January 12 2016, 0 Comments

    Lantern Lane was one of the new patterns we introduced at Quilt Market in Houston. I designed this pattern after I was mesmerized by the lanterns hanging in the streets in Chinatown in San Francisco. I loved the way they radiated against the dark night sky. I woke up the next morning, sketched a quick idea and started sewing!

    Introducing Lantern Lane

    The Lantern Lane pattern includes three different sizes: Venti (63" x 77"), Grande (45" x 55") and Tall (27" x 33"), full size foundations, a coloring sheet and cutting sizes for the paper-piecing sections.

    Introducing Lantern Lane

    For the cover quilt, we used assorted navy prints, tone-on-tones and solids for the background and assorted light grey, silver and lime tone-on-tones for the lanterns. We used a lot of different fabrics, but kept the fabrics consistent in each block.

    Introducing Lantern Lane

    The quilting on this quilt is absolutely perfect. Kristy quilted serpentining horizontal lines between the lanterns and wavy lines down each lantern piece. 

    Introducing Lantern Lane

    And of course, when shooting in the front yard, we had a party crasher. Bauer, our 9 year-old Bernese Mountain dog, decided to ham it up in front of the quilt. We actually loved one of the photos so much, we used it on the cover! 

    Introducing Lantern Lane

    Introducing Lantern Lane

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Pattern: Lantern Lane
      • Fabric: Assorted navy, light grey, silver and lime scraps
      • Finished Size: Grande - 45" x 55"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Introducing Lantern Lane

    The Lantern Lane pattern is available in PDF and paper form. Tomorrow I will share another version featuring warm solids and low volumes!

    If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group


    Empire Place in Cotton Couture January 10 2016, 2 Comments

    Last but certainly not least is the Empire Place quilt I made using solids and black & white prints. I used Michael Miller's extensive line of Cotton Couture solids and assorted Black & White prints to make this quilt and I love how it turned out! I may have even fussy-cut some little elephants for the center of the Accent blocks. 

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    I chose a spectrum of 18 solids and paired them with assorted black and white prints to make this quilt. I used a white solid for the main accent and a charcoal grey for the background. I love how the white radiates around the blocks and draws the eye in. My favorite blocks to sew were the scrappy ones! It was fun to mix a bunch of black & white prints; slightly busy, but fun!

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    It was a lot of fun to pair black and white prints with a color to create each block. Typically I paired a white-on-black and black-on-white with each color so there was some contrast in the blocks.

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

    The Empire Place book is available for purchase here! And don't forget an Empire Place Foundation Paper set! That was our last Empire Place quilt to share. We hope you enjoyed them! Did you have a particular favorite? We will be sharing our newer patterns in the upcoming weeks, so check back soon. Happy Sunday!