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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, 2 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!

     


    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks January 09 2016, 0 Comments

    We are 2/3rds of the way through our Empire Place quilts! I hope you are still excited to see the next two! Today we are sharing this jewel-toned beauty! Our good friend Gitte Hopkins made this quilt with Timeless Treasures' Tonga Java Blender batiks. I absolutely love this version, especially the little pop of lime that shows up in each block!

    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

    We chose a variety of jewel tones for the blocks and paired them with a light, medium and grey batiks for the accents. We also threw a (almost neon!) lime green batik in each block to create a fun pop! We chose a dark evergreen batik for the main accent and a light silver for the background. To see a list of the exact skus used, click here. Gradating the blocks in color order down the quilt creates a nice cascade that keeps the eye moving!

    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Gitte Hopkins
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Horizontal serpentining lines and feather fills
      • Pattern: Empire Place
      • Fabric: Tonga B7900 batiks from Timeless Treasures
      • Finished Size: 72" x 90"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

    And you know me, I love to include a behind-the-scenes photo! Here is my Mom adjusting the corner of the quilt when we took photos for the back cover of the Empire Place book.

    Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

    The Empire Place book is available for purchase here! And don't forget an Empire Place Foundation Paper set! We just have one more version of this quilt to share! Stop by tomorrow to see it with rainbow solids and oodles of black and white prints!


    Empire Place in Kaffe January 08 2016, 1 Comment

    We are cruising right along! Next up on our parade of Empire Place quilts is this gorgeous version made up in assorted Kaffe Fassett prints and wovens. We love Kaffe and had the crazy idea to chop up his large scale prints and use them in these little paper-piecing sections. My grandma, MaryEllen Laughary made most of this quilt and Juli Kieny finished it up and quilted it just in time for Quilt Market! 

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    We paired a Kaffe print with a coordinating woven and one of three different pink accent wovens to create each block. We stuck with a cooler color palette for the blocks and added a kick of pink in the form of accents to create some interest. All of this put on a denim colored blue woven background makes for a fun and different version of Empire Place!

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    I worried that the blocks were going to be too busy with all these large prints, but this quilt quickly became one of my favorites! The solid background and accents act as a calming agent to the prints.

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    The Empire Place book is available here! Be sure to check out the Empire Place Foundation Papers too! We have now shared 4 of the 6 Empire Place quilts. We are going to continue into the weekend, so stop back by Saturday and Sunday to see two more versions!


    Empire Place in Me+You Batiks January 07 2016, 1 Comment

    We are well on our way with Empire Place week! Today we are sharing this striking version made with Hoffman California's new branch of modern batiks, Me+You. They are a fresh new take on batiks and they have hand dyed solids! We couldn't resist and Kristy made an Empire Place with them!

    Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

    Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

    The Me+You batiks include both solids and small modern prints. We paired a solid with 1 coordinating colored print and 1 black and white print to create the blocks. We used assorted black and white prints for the accents, a dark green solid for the main accent and a light grey solid for the background.

    Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

    Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

    Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

    Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

    Here is a cute photo of Kristy next to the quilt hanging in Hoffman's booth at International Quilt Market this last October. 

    Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

    The Empire Place book is available here! Be sure to check out the Empire Place Foundation Papers too! We are now half way through our week of Empire Place quilts. Keep checking back to see 3 more versions!


    Empire Place in Intermix January 06 2016, 0 Comments

    It is day 2 of Empire Place week here on the blog. Today we are sharing this soft and fresh version of the pattern made up in Intermix from Dear Stella. We love how this version turned out!

    Here we are with the quilt during our Schoolhouse session at Quilt Market in Houston!

    Warning: Photo heavy blog post ahead =]

    Empire Place in Intermix

    Empire Place in Intermix

    Dear Stella's Intermix line is full of fun colors in subtle prints. We chose 18 of the Polka Dot and Net fabrics for the assorted diamond fabrics. We used a variety of navy and white prints for the accents, including a stripe, which we absolutely love in this quilt! It is hard to see in photos, but the background is actually a white Net print!

    Empire Place in Intermix

    Empire Place in Intermix

    Empire Place in Intermix

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and quilted by: Juli Kieny
      • Quilting: Wavy horizontal lines
      • Pattern: Empire Place
      • Fabric: Intermix from Dear Stella
      • Finished Size: 72" x 90"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Empire Place in Intermix

    Empire Place in Intermix

    I am having a little wall envy, so I borrowed this photo from the lovely ladies at Dear Stella. I may need to move to NYC so I can shoot all my quilts in front of this red brick wall!

    Empire Place in Intermix

    To purchase an Empire Place book, click here! Be sure to add an Empire Place Foundation Paper set to get sewing soon! We have 4 more Empire Place quilts to share with you this week, so be sure to stop back by. Happy Wednesday!


    Introducing Empire Place! January 05 2016, 2 Comments

    Happy 2016! We had a fun year of creating in 2015 and a terrible few months of blogging, (or lack thereof)! So, I am trying my best to get caught up on all the patterns from Fall Market before moving onto our 2016 patterns!

    We are kicking things off with Empire Place

    Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

    Empire Place is our newest pattern book. Like it's predecessor, Arcadia Avenue, this quilt was also designed as a Block-of-the-Month. The quilt has 18 blocks featuring 9 unique paper-pieced diamond blocks. Empire Place was inspired by our favorite time in art and architecture. The Art Deco era is exemplified by the geometric designs of famous buildings we see all over the world, including my personal favorite, the Chrysler Building in New York. Each of the 9 block designs in the book were influenced by the shapes and flare of this fun time in history.

    Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

    This pattern book includes the following:

      • Full paper-piecing directions
      • Swatch list to help keep your fabrics organized
      • Full-size foundations
      • Actual cutting directions for easy foundation piecing
      • Coloring pages
      • Suggested Quilting Ideas
      • And of course, directions for the entire quilt!

    To make your life easier, we have put together Empire Place Foundation Papers to accompany the book. They include all the papers needed to complete one Empire Place quilt! 

    Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

    Our talented friend Juli Kieny made and quilted this Empire Place cover quilt using American Made Brand solids. The 18 colorful solids chosen for the Assorted fabrics against a solid black background with white and gray accents, creates a stunning cover quilt! For a list of the exact skus used, click here

    Here is Juli posing with the quilt in the American Made Brand booth at Quilt Market in Houston.

    Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

    We struggled to find the perfect location to shoot this quilt. I wanted to find a location that had the same pizazz and flair as the Art Deco era. The little suburban town we live in did not prevail with such a location! While driving around we spotted a trail underpass that had some detailed carvings on the concrete walls. We draped the quilt over the edge onto the wall and snapped some photos. I had to climb a little and trudged through some bushes to get the entire quilt. We loved the photo so much, it became our cover! 

    Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

     Here are a few quick facts:

      • Empire Place finishes 72" x 90"
      • The blocks are paper-pieced. If you can sew on a line, you can make this quilt! Check out how easy paper-piecing is.
      • There are absolutely no Y-seams!
      • Empire Place will only be available as a physical book, no PDF versions. 
      • The book includes exact cutting for each section of the foundations.
      • Sassafras Lane will not be kitting any of the quilts, but if you know of a store who is, please let us know. We will add them to our Empire Place Info page!

    Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

    To purchase an Empire Place book, click here! Be sure to add an Empire Place Foundation Paper set to get sewing soon! We have 5 other versions of Empire Place to share with you this week, so swing back by everyday this week to see a different version! Thanks for stopping by!


    Arcadia Avenue QAL Final Reveal - Take 3 December 29 2015, 2 Comments

    I can't believe it has been months since Take 1 and Take 2 of these Arcadia Avenue quilts! I completely fail! Better late than never? Here is my low volume version! I love, love, love how this one turned out! It stretched my comfort zone and I couldn't be happier with the results. 

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    I chose to fill the background in with assorted low volume prints. There isn't quite as much contrast between the blocks and backgrounds like the other quilts, but I like how the eye focuses on the pops of colors that dance around the hexagons.

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    Some of favorite blocks in this quilts (and it was pretty hard to choose!) are Fly Away and Film Strips. I love the fussy-cut details in each block. I mean, little ballerinas twirling around... who wouldn't love that! 

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    My little creative twist on the background was mostly out of necessity! I had a bunch of leftover low volume pieces, but most were not large enough to cut the triangles out. So, I divided the large triangles along the sides, top and bottom into smaller equilateral triangles to form the size needed. It gives the quilt a scrappier look along the sides and I was able to use all the fun pieces I had! 

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    My Sass partner, mom and personal long arm quilter =], Kristy, quilted this Arcadia Avenue with a 1.25" grid and wool batting. I wanted something simple and slightly puffy for future snuggling!

    We used an Ikea duvet cover for the backing of this quilt. It is a fun low-ish volume fabric with the same grey color I used as an accent and little pops of color. I used the cut-offs from the backing to make the binding and love how it looks!

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: 1.25" grid
      • Pattern: Arcadia Avenue
      • Fabric: Scrappy low volume fabrics with pops of colors and grey
      • Finished Size: 72" x 90"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    And of course.... here are some dog / quilt photos for good measure!

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

    What do you think? We kind of love how it turned out! It is so different than the original quilts and the other two we made =] Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks are coming along! We have a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! 

    First time here? No problem! Join in the fun. Grab a book here, read up on the previous posts here and begin when it works for you! Be sure to use the #ArcadiaAvenueQAL hashtag on Instagram and Twitter too! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by to see the next big reveal!


    Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Sale! November 27 2015, 0 Comments

    We have a lot to be thankful for this year: family, friends, love and much more. We are also incredibly thankful for every single one of you! To show our thanks, take 20% off our entire site


    We wish you the happiest of Holidays as you celebrate with your families, friends and lots of food! 


    New Patterns Available!! November 04 2015, 1 Comment

    We are back from Quilt Market (I will share some photos soon!) and somewhat organized! And that means it is time to share our newest patterns! 

    We have two new quilt patterns this season:

    Lantern Lane is a fun paper-piecing pattern that was inspired by some lanterns I saw hanging in Chinatown in San Francisco. The pattern includes foundations for three different sizes: Venti (63" x 77"), Grande (45" x 55") and Tall (27" x 33"). Included are full size foundations, a coloring sheet and cutting sizes for the paper-piecing sections!   

    You will need Letter-Size Foundation Papers to make this quilt. Find them here!

    Paper patterns available here and PDF patterns available here.


     

    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 (63" x 77"), Grande (45" x 55") and Tall (27" x 33"). 

    We suggest using the Triangle Squared and Perfect Rectangle rulers to make this quilt. Find them here!

    Paper patterns available here and PDF patterns available here.

    We also introduced a new paper-pieced BOM this Fall!

    Empire Place is a contemporary paper-pieced quilt inspired by the amazing Art Deco era. Nine different diamond block designs create this modern quilt pattern. The book includes full-size foundation, step-by-step paper piecing instructions, a coloring page and more! The Empire Place quilt finishes 72" x 90" and can be run as a block-of-the-month program.

    We suggest also purchasing an Empire Place Foundation Papers (they are only $12 and eliminate all the copying of foundations!) and an Add-a-Quarter ruler to make this quilt.

    Empire Place pattern books are available here!

    Sassafras Lane Designs also went mini this Fall! We have 6 new mini paper-pieced patterns that each have a full-size counterpart. 

    Mini patterns are available as individual PDF and paper patterns, or we have a set of all 6 for a slightly discounted price! 

    Paper patterns and sets available here and PDFs available here.

    We will share more details of each pattern soon here on the blog, but we just wanted to let you know that everything is now available!

    Happy Wednesday!


    Alayna's Euclid Court Quilt September 16 2015, 1 Comment

    I'd like to introduce my little sister and "the other daughter" as she is commonly called in our quilt world! Alayna is a kindergarden teacher in Issaquah, Washington and just got a new place up there with my brother. When she was in town last, she wanted to make a quilt for the new place and she chose to sew up a Euclid Avenue quilt.

    She had a great time digging through our extensive fabric stash and pulled a collection of blue, grey and orange prints. She definitely has the same love of geometric prints that I do! 

    She claims to be the non-sewing child, but she does know how to sew and sewed most of this quilt herself! I am very proud of her and love her fabric and color combinations.

    My Mom quilted this Euclid Avenue quilt with large wavy lines spaced 1 apart and used wool batting to make the quilt kind of puffy! I hope they take it down during the winter and use it to snuggle! Here are some photos.

    Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

    Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

    Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Alayna Wolf
      • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Wavy vertical lines
      • Pattern: Euclid Avenue
      • Finished Size: Grande - 56" x 72"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

    Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

    And here is the quilt hanging in the dining room of their new place!

    Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

    The 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 or post them to our Flickr group. Thanks for stopping by! 


    Arcadia Avenue QAL Final Reveal - Take 2 September 14 2015, 1 Comment

    Alrighty! I am back in Colorado and finally sharing the finished batik quilt from our Arcadia Avenue QAL! I love how this version turned out. My Mom used assorted teal, blue and purple batiks for the colors, assorted pinks for the accent, a black batik for the dark and a cream batik for the light. 

    Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

    My Mom did a great job documenting the audition process for the background fabrics. We originally picked out some dark fabrics (well honestly, I talked her into it).

      1. Here are the dark fabrics cut and laid out with the blocks. My mom hated it! The blocks blend into the background and she as less than happy.
      2. Here she is auditioning some light fabrics. I got a few different photo messages from here and we decided these are a little too yellow.
      3. She found two grey/blue batiks (shown in 3 & 4) that she ended up using for the background. She wanted the outside triangles and half triangles to be a different darker batik. Here she is trying out a couple and neither are quite right.
      4. Here are a few more auditions. We decided the greens were too green and the teal was too dark.
      5. Here she is auditioning 3 medium teals that have hints of purple and blue in them. We chose the one in the middle and the purple batik shown to border the quilt.

    Fabric Auditioning for the Batik Arcadia Avenue QAL

    Here are a few of our favorite blocks in this quilt. First up (in no particular order) is Find Your Own Way, block 11. She loves the subtle pop of pink in the center and the dark batik print that she added. Next up is Starburst, block 10. This is block where she lost her light batik and had to use a different fabric but you would never know! She used 12 different teals and added little pops of pink in the center and on the edges. Last up is Fly Away, block 1. She made three different versions of this block and settled on this one! It is completely different than the original! 

    Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

    Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

    Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: vertical wavy lines about 3/4" - 1" apart
      • Pattern: Arcadia Avenue
      • Fabric: Assorted blue, purple and teal batiks with pops of pink!
      • Finished Size: 72" x 90"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

    We found a wide batik backing that is a similar blue color to the background fabrics. It has a fun pebbled pattern and works great! She quilted this version with vertical wavy lines across the quilt. We chose a medium teal batik for the binding and it finished it up perfectly! 

    Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

    Bauer crashed this photo shoot too! Anytime I have my camera out, he becomes a little ham! He rarely looks directly at the camera, but he does make sure he is between me and whatever I am taking a photo of - or on my lap! So, here are the best shots of Bubbs.

    Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

    Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

    And here is an adorable shot of Mom and Bauer grinning like goons in front of the quilt! I love these two!

    Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

    What do you think? I think it is quite striking and my Mom loves it now that it is done =] Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks and quilts are coming along! We have a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! 

    First time here? No problem! Join in the fun. Grab a book here, read up on the previous posts here and begin when it works for you! Be sure to use the #ArcadiaAvenueQAL hashtag on Instagram and Twitter too! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by to see the next big reveal!


    Cultivate Blog Tour - Shivaun Place Baby Quilt August 27 2015, 2 Comments

    When Bonnie Christine, of Going Home to Roost, posted a call for designers to participate in her Cultivate Blog Tour, I jumped at the opportunity! I've always loved Bonnie's aesthetic, colors and designs, so I was very excited to participate. When the fabric arrived, I immediately thought of the one block version of Shivaun Place. It is the perfect baby quilt size and these fabrics scream baby girl to me.

    Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

    I have a thing for navy blue these days, so I chose CUL-8679 Floriculture Midnight and CUL-9671 Plotted Farm Autumn for the block and CUL-8671 Plotted Farm Moss for the accent. I used a soft white solid for the background and a navy zigzag for the binding.

    Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

    Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

    And here is a little bit directly from Bonnie about the inspiration behind this gorgeous line: "Cultivate was inspired by my love for gardening. It’s as pure and simple as digging in the dirt! Growing vegetables and cutting fresh flowers from the garden is one of my most favorite pleasures in life. There’s something so special about preparing a meal with food you’ve grown yourself, and arranging a bouquet of flowers fresh from the yard. don’t you think? It’s about the romance of reaping the harvest through and through. It’s filled with floral motifs, garden patches, roots and seeds."

    Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

    My Mom (the talented longarm quilter behind Wolf Creek Quilting) quilted a 1" grid on this quilt and I love it! It has the perfect crinkle texture. We used a piece of CUL-8670 Flower Field Mist and some more warm white for the backing and added a little Sassafras Lane tag.

    Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

    Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

    Here is a little peek of the view of the Flatirons from my new backyard =] 

    Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

    Be sure to check out the great project Maria posted yesterday on Villa Stoff and visit Maureen tomorrow at Maureen Cracknell Handmade to see what she made and her beautiful photography. There have been so many beautiful projects on this blog tour, so I recommend checking them all out! Also, if you are inspired to sew something up in Cultivate, you can get it here! Thanks for stopping by! 


    Arcadia Avenue QAL Final Reveal - Take 1 August 24 2015, 1 Comment

    Drumroll please.... We are revealing the finished Arcadia Avenue quilts this week (and next week) and we are kicking things off with fun rainbow version! I love this version! Each block has it's own color plus a light, medium and dark. It is a fun, colorful and scrappy take on the original.

    Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

    For the two background fabrics, we chose two coordinating white fabrics with silver dots in two sizes. We mixed it up a bit and added a grey half triangles to the sides of the quilt. Please excuse Bubba's tongue =]

    Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

    Our two favorite blocks in this quilt are Fly Away (which we have dubbed the taxi block) and the purple Target Practice block. Who doesn't love fussy-cut taxis and swirling arrows!

    Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

    Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

    My mom (the talented longarm quilter behind Wolf Creek Quilting) quilted a fun grid on this quilt. She quilted three lines a 1/2" apart and then moved 1-1/4" and quilted the three lines again. It creates a fun textured grid! I love grid (the architecture student in me can't help it!) so I am enamored with how this quilting looks =]

    Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

    We used this Ikea duvet cover for the backing. It has bright warm colors with black and white raindrops which goes with the quilt top and adds a little pop of fun to the back! We bound this quilt in a funky black and white stripe that pulls the black and white accents from the blocks out. 

    Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: straight vertical and horizontal lines that create a grid
      • Pattern: Arcadia Avenue
      • Fabric: Scrappy sets of color
      • Finished Size: 72" x 90"
      • Techniques: Foundation paper-piecing

    Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

    What do you think? We kind of love how it turned out! It is so different than the original quilts and the other two we made =] Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks are coming along! We have a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! 

    First time here? No problem! Join in the fun. Grab a book here, read up on the previous posts here and begin when it works for you! Be sure to use the #ArcadiaAvenueQAL hashtag on Instagram and Twitter too! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back by to see the next big reveal!


    Meet the Newest Member of the Sass Team! August 07 2015, 4 Comments

    If you follow us on Instagram, you already know that we have a new addition to the family! This little fur-ball is Elsie! She is a sweet little 12 week old puppy that my Mom rescued 2 weeks ago. She has been so much fun and made us smile and giggle more than we could have imagined. 

    Meet Elsie!

    Here are some fun facts about little Miss Elsie:

      • I called her Sweet Pea until she had an official name (and still do!)
      • She has one blue eye and one brown eye
      • Blowing leaves are the greatest toys in the world
      • She is a Great Pyrenees / Australian Shepherd mix (we think!)
      • She is all white with a few specks of brown & black spots on her face and ears
      • Starch cans and empty spools are close seconds for favorite toys
      • She is on a 2 hour schedule: 2 hours napping then 2 hours of manic playing!
      • She bounds more than she runs
      • She has adorable little white eyelashes
      • Hardwood floors + energy = the most entertaining starch can lid chases

    Meet Elsie!

    Meet Elsie!

    Meet Elsie!

    Meet Elsie!

    Meet Elsie!

    Meet Elsie!

    Here are some photos of Elsie from when we were photographing our arrow blocks. This little miss muffet decided she also had a taste for paper-pieced blocks! 

    Meet Elsie!

    Meet Elsie!

    Meet Elsie!

    Don't worry! We jumped in before her little sharp teeth did too much damage! We will be sure to share more photos as Elsie grows and does more adorable things. Thanks for stopping by!


    Arcadia Avenue - Target Practice (block 12) August 06 2015, 1 Comment

    We are a few days late! Sorry about that. It has been slightly chaotic around here these days. We closed on our new house on Friday and moved all of our belongings on Saturday. I have slowly been unpacking and can now see the floor in my sewing studio and kitchen... my priorities =]. If that wasn't keeping us busy enough, my Mom just got the most adorable new puppy! Her name is Elsie and I will share lots of photos tomorrow! 

    Can you believe this is the last block? And boy is it a doozie! This is my favorite block design, but honestly my least favorite block to sew. There are lots of little pieces and the arrow shaft is quite narrow. We have some tips for you though!

    Arcadia Avenue - Target Practice (block 12)

    Shayla's Block:

    Arcadia Avenue - Target Practice (block 12)

    Here is my low volume Target Practice block! I used my 12 assorted purples (the last color of the rainbow) for the arrows, my 12 low volumes in place of the colors and lights and my grey where the dark goes. I love this block, in fact it might be my favorite design in the bunch. But man it is a little rough to make! There are a lot of pieces and the arrow shafts are very little. That being said, it is incredibly satisfying to finish! One little tip: when sewing the two halves of the triangles together, first finger press the seam, and then iron with as much strength and steam as you can muster! That will help flatten those little pieces out. 

    Kristy's Block:

    Arcadia Avenue - Target Practice (block 12)

    I am so excited that we are on block 12! (not only because it means we are almost done) but because Target Practice is my favorite block! But, I do have a love-hate relationship with this block. It’s one of the more challenging ones to piece and each time I make this block there is a little bit of unsewing =] This time I used each of my 12 different pink batiks in the arrows. I wanted this block lighter, so I put light where the dark was in the book, and dark where the medium was. I love how this turned out - it was a great way to finish up!!

    Shared Block (but really Kristy's second quilt!):

    Arcadia Avenue - Target Practice (block 12)

    Purple was last but not least in our color order quilt. I really wanted to see how black looked in the arrows, so I swapped the black and white fabrics spots. My purples are in the light and medium value so that the dark arrows pop! I didn’t use any dark in this block (except the arrows), instead replacing white in the dark spot.

    Block 11 Design Options:

    Alternate Colorings for Block 12 of Arcadia Avenue

    1. Touch of Color - Make the arrows the colors and the dark as the background for a fun look.
    2. More Color - Place the dark in the arrows and make the dark spots your color for a bright block.
    3. Black & White - Use only a light and dark to create an interesting two-tone block.
    4. Black & Color - Use 12 different colors and a dark to create this striking rainbow version.

    And this week's winner is.... Amy Cotham! She shared this photo of her Circling Geese block on Instagram. Her combination of light, medium and dark purple batiks is absolutely stunning!

    Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! We have a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick one winner with each post for a small giveaway from everyone who participates.

    First time here? No problem! Join in the fun. Grab a book here, read up on the previous posts here and begin when it works for you! Be sure to use the #ArcadiaAvenueQAL hashtag on Instagram and Twitter too! Thanks for stopping by!


    Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2 July 28 2015, 2 Comments

    Today I am sharing the perfect quilt for summer!

    We made this Firelights Lane quilt up in Summer Song 2 by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Designs' Quilt Market booth in Minneapolis this Spring. This fun line is full of bright colors, funky flowers, multicolored stripes and blooming trees. To make our quilt, we used as many different colors and prints as we could! When we narrowed the line down to our 7 featured prints, we chose a yellow solid for the background. There are bits of yellow in about half of the prints we chose, so it was a perfect (and bright!) choice. 

    Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

    Here are some photos of the quilt - everything from a flat shot to a scrunched photo and details shots of the striped binding and quilt label! 

    Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

    This next shot is my favorite of the bunch! There is something wonderful about a scrunched up quilt. The way the light hits the folds, just makes it look super inviting! 

    Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

    Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

    Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

    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 or post them to our Flickr group. Thanks for stopping by! 


    Canyon Boulevard in Haiku July 26 2015, 0 Comments

    When I saw snippets of Monaluna's new fabric line, Haiku, I swooned a little! It has watercolored flowers that give the line a batik look with pops of glitzy gold accents. The color scheme of pale pink, rich eggplant, soft grey-blue and olive green is to die for! We made our Canyon Boulevard with Haiku and it has become one of my favorite quilts! 

    Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

    Using all eight fabrics we created a diagonal design across the quilt. One of my favorite details of this quilt pattern is the zigzag binding on the top and bottom! But if that isn't up your alley there is a design option for straight edges. 

    Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

    I love this shot! You can see the light shining through the quilting holes and you can see the backing print through the natural white solid patches. My Mom quilted the Canyon Boulevard with large funky flowers and swirling feathers. Check out her amazing quilting here

    Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

    I had a lot fun photographing this quilt in my parents front yard. They have an Aspen tree that has a perfect quilt-photographing branch. The green leaves bring out the vibrancy of the fabrics. It makes me miss the crisp Spring air and blooming trees.

    Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

    Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made and quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Large funky flowers and feather fills
      • Pattern: Canyon Boulevard
      • Fabric: Haiku by Jennifer Moore of Monaluna
      • Finished Size: Grande - 48" x 66"
      • Techniques: Basic piecing

    Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

    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. Have a wonderful Sunday!


    Bubba Bowling Bag in Birds & Bees July 24 2015, 1 Comment

    I just realized that I hadn't share all the fun projects we made for last Quilt Market in Minneapolis. Slowly but surely I am going to share all of them with you =]

    We are kicking it of with this fun Bubba Bowling Bag made up in the Birds & Bees fabric line designed by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller Fabrics. The line is full of fabulously funky birds, stars, feathers, butterflies and geometric shapes! We used the charcoal bird print for the bag sides, the charcoal stars for the gusset and bright coral-pink for the piping and handles. We threw in an aqua accent and aqua zipper for some contrast and a little pop! We love how this bag turned out! 

    Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

    Here are some photos of my favorite details! Everything from the zippers to the hardware and the accents and bag feet! There are even some photos of the top stitching, quilting and piping! 

    Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

    Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

    Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

    Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

    Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

    Bag Stats:

      • Pattern: Bubba Bowling Bag
      • Fabric: Birds & Bees by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller Fabrics
      • Finished Size: 12" wide, 12" tall and 4" deep
      • Techniques: Straight sewing and piping (photo tutorial here)
      • My Favorite Part: The large funky print, pops of color and small details including the orange quilting and pink top-stitching.

    Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

    The Bubba Bowling Bag pattern is available in PDF and paper form and the handy-dandy hardware kits are available here. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see them! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more proejcts! 

     


    Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11) July 22 2015, 1 Comment

    Another two weeks has flown by and we are onto the 11th block of our 12 block Arcadia Avenue QAL. Can you believe we only have one more block after this? Where has the time gone?! Both of our lives have changed quite a bit since we have started this quilt along. It has been a wild ride and we are loving every second of it!

    This is the most "traditional" block in the bunch. I uses quotes because they are still over-sized foundation paper-pieced hexagons - not exactly traditional! The block could be considered a Mariner's Compass style block and that is how it got it's name, Find Your Way. I love this block because the design options are endless! Here are our blocks =]

    Shayla's Block:

    Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

    Here is my low volume Find Your Way block! It is a little bit lighter than the other blocks, but I think it will still look great mixed in. In the original block, the points created by the light fabric stand out the most. In my block it is the grey and blues that are the stars of the show. I placed 12 different low volumes where the colors go, a white tone-on-tone in the light, the grey tone-on-tone in the dark and the 12 assorted blues in the medium. From a distance all you see in the center star and the diamond floating around the hexagon.

    Kristy's Block:

    Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

    My batik block follows the original pattern pretty closely this time around! I chose 12 different teal, blue and purple batiks for the colors, the light beige batik for the light and my dark blue-black batiks for the dark. The medium is where I switched things up a bit. I used a swirly dark batik for the medium between the colors and my pop of pink in the center. I love how this block turned out and how the light star catches you eye when you step back.

    Shared Block (but really Kristy's second quilt!):

    Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

    Next up in our trip through the rainbow was blue. Shay's and my blocks are complete opposites, but they both feature blue! I chose 12 medium blue prints for the colors, place my black in the dark, my black and white hatch in the medium and my solid white as the light. 

    Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

    Block 11 Design Options:

    Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

    1. Switch It Up - Reverse the lights and dark placement to make this block have a dark focus star.
    2. Darken It Up - Try placing the dark where the colors are and create colorful funky shaped arrows towards the center.
    3. Less Color - Swap the colors around and place the colors in the dark spots to create a very different look.
    4. B&W Mod - Use 12 different black and white prints with a pop of teal (or your favorite color) for a fun block!
    Progress Arcadia Ave.

    And this week's winner is.... Wendy Eliza! She shared a photo of all her progress on Flickr. I love the blocks all smushed together like this =]

    Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! We have a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick one winner with each post for a small giveaway from everyone who participates.

    First time here? No problem! Join in the fun. Grab a book here, read up on the previous posts here and begin when it works for you! Be sure to use the #ArcadiaAvenueQAL hashtag on Instagram and Twitter too! Thanks for stopping by!