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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!


Charleston by Revive - Blog Tour July 20 2015, 28 Comments

Welcome Blog Hoppers! Timeless Treasures has a neat new division that is breathing new life into the textile designs of our past, called Revive. Their debut collection is inspired by all the sass and geometry of the lively Art Deco era. When I studied architecture my favorite time period was the 1920's and 1930's, so this line really is a knockout for me! It was a time of bold colors, lavish ornamentation and fabulous flapper dresses. All these characteristics and more are reflected in a new fabric line named Charleston. The line has a great mix of small and large prints, bold and subtle colors, geometric patterns and large florals.

Now let's show you how that fabric looks in some quilts! We didn't have time to get anything sewn, but we mocked up some digital quilts that show how versatile this fabric line is. I was originally a little worried about incorporating this line into some of our more modern quilt patterns, but boy was I wrong! Here are few of my favorite designs:

We mocked up our Lexington Lane quilt with both color ways of Charleston and used Hatch-Night for the backgrounds. The first color combo contains more gold and navy with a pop of red and the second is a beautiful mix of blues, reds and beiges. 

Lexington Lane in Charleston

Lexington Lane in Charleston

Next up, I mocked up our Prism Parkway pattern with the Charleston line. I loved the little bits of gold/cheddar in the line and wanted to try it as a background. I think it is pretty fun! I was a little unsure about cutting the large prints into these smaller pieces but I think they add some great texture!

Prism Parkway in Charleston

With that in mind, I mocked up our Diamond Alley quilt pattern next. This one has large pieces that allow the fabric to shine and a modern kick that plays nicely with this sophisticated yet sassy line. There are two Diamond Alley quilts. The first contains the gold and navy color way and uses the red "pop" as the background. The second features the blues, reds and beiges on the Night Hatch.

Diamond Alley in Charleston

Diamond Alley in Charleston

I couldn't stop thinking about how beautiful an Arcadia Avenue 3D hexagon pillow would have looked with these prints, so I mocked up two versions of our Blooming block. I love how these look and will definitely make a few if I get my hands on some of this fabric!

Arcadia Avenue in Charleston

Pretty amazing how versatile the Charleston by Revive fabric line is, huh!? I absolutely love it and bet you do too! Luckily, there are a couple giveaways to enter!

  • To win 1 yard of your favorite Charleston print, leave a comment on this post (click the post title and scroll to the bottom) telling us which is your favorite print, and submit by midnight MST, Wednesday, July 22nd. For a full list of prints, check out this post.
  • To enter the Grand Prize Giveaway of a fat quarter bundle containing the entire Charleston collection (28 FQ'sworth approximately $90), go to the kickoff post over at Sew Timeless and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

I don't know about you, but I am pretty excited to see what the other amazing designers came up with. Here is a list of the other stops on the Charleston by Revive Blog Hop this week. Be sure to check them out! 

Monday, July 20:
Shayla Wolf, Sassafras Lane Designs (you are here!)

Tuesday, July 21:
Leslie Meltzer, 50 Sq Ft Studios
Kim Buffington, Make Something/Dritz

Wednesday, July 22:
Rebecca Silbaugh, Ruby Blue Quilts

Thursday, July 23:
Kim Brackett, Magnolia Bay Quilts
Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell

Friday, July 24
Jessica VanDenburgh, Sew Many Creations/The Straight Stitch Blog

Thank you for stopping by! We hope you enjoyed the quilts and the lovely fabric. I am off to read the Great Gatsby for the 12th time and work on our Art Deco inspired BOM quilt pattern coming this Fall. It must be making a comeback =] Happy Monday! 


Rex's Lullaby Lane Quilt July 17 2015, 0 Comments

We all love an adorable baby quilt photo and they don't get much cuter than this one! This is Aaron Hoffman's (of Hoffman California Fabrics) newest little man, Rex, looking all kinds of precious on his Lullaby Lane quilt. 

This Lullaby Lane quilt is made up in Forest Friends by Connie Haley for Hoffman California Fabrics. It is a fun line featuring goofy animal illustrations in bright colors. The line mixes amazingly with their saturated 1895 batiks. 

Baby Rex on his Lullaby Lane quilt

Happy Friday from us and little Rex! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop back over on Monday for a special blog hop we are participating in =]


Arcadia Avenue - Starburst (block 10) July 06 2015, 0 Comments

Happy belated 4th of July! I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. I stayed up with my parents this weekend for a little mini vacation. We worked on some home projects, did some sewing, dreamed about puppies, watched fireworks and ate some yummy barbecued foods! It was a much needed relaxing weekend! Our lives are going to get a little hectic as soon as we close on the house! (follow our IG account for more info on our first house!)

We are on block 10! Where did the time go? Not going to lie, I am getting a little project ADD. We are going to start on our next BOM pattern as soon as we have this quilt done, so we are chopping at the bit! Block 10 is named Starburst, well because it kind of looks like a star bursting! At least in our minds =]

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

You might have noticed that my block is slightly different than the original. I didn't want to add to much of this block's color (aqua) so it coordinated with the others. For the life of me, I could not figure out how to do that without changing the block! So I added two 1/4" sections between the low volumes, so there is just a little pop of aqua. I love how it turned out =]

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

My batik version of the Starburst block is very similar to the rainbow one! I love teals, so instead of adding purple, blue or green, I only used teals! The small secondary star in the center is my accent, pink, as well as the little bit in the outer edge. The dark center star and outer edge stayed the same as the pattern. I had a short OMG momentary lapse of memory and could not find any more of my light fabric... so I improvised and used a very similar light colored batik...and when I was completely finished with my block I found it! So, this is my rogue block!!

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

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

Next up in our trip through the rainbow was aqua - the slightly teal blue. This is one of our favorite and most used colors! Each of the twelve parts has a different aqua. The center star is our black, as is the outer edge and the sketch gray stayed as our medium. The block turned out so pretty and really radiates!

Block 10 Design Options:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

  1. Lighten It Up - Reverse the lights and dark placement to make this block read much more light than dark.
  2. Patriotic - To fit the mood of this last weekend, we mocked up a very patriotic firework looking block!
  3. Less Color - Swap the light and colors to have just a pop of color and create a very different look.
  4. Grayscale - Use 4 different grays from a very light to a very dark to create this modern and sophisticated look!

And this week's winner is.... Courtney Nesom! She shared this beautiful version of our Blooming Block on her Instagram account with the #arcadiaavenue hashtag. 

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!

 


Arcadia Avenue - Film Strips (block 9) June 22 2015, 1 Comment

Last week was a super fun week here in Boulder. Todd's family came out for a visit and got to meet my parents and sister. We went hiking, went to a Rockies game, ate good food and got spend some quality family time. It was great! 

I can't believe we are already to block 9! We are already starting to work on our next BOM (coming this October =] ) so it makes sense that this QAL is winding down. But at the same time, it has been so much fun to see everyone's blocks! 

We named block 9 Film Strips. We went back and forth between Film Strips and Paint Chips. We ultimately chose Film Strips because we loved the idea of featuring fabrics in the squares that looked like images. Now, let's take a look at our blocks!

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Film Strips (block 9)

This has turned out to be one of my favorite blocks! I used 12 different low volumes for the colors. There are some very cute pigs, bugs, ghosts, skeletons and raindrops hanging out in those squares. Teal is the next accent color, so I placed 12 different teals as where the light is. They surround the low volume fabrics and make your eye settle on the cute fabrics! Next to the teal, I placed my grey tone-on-tone. The last two patches were filled with one of the featured low volume fabrics and then another light teal low volume. How I placed the light teal, they form little triangles when the wedges get sewn together. 

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Film Strips (block 9)

Kristy followed the original pattern for this block with one small twist. She chose 12 different teal, blue and purple batiks for the colors, placed her cream batik in the light places and her pink in the medium. Her twist on this block is the two different darks. She used her typical dark for the A wedges and the dark purple swirling batik for the B wedges. It adds a little fun interest to the edges of the hexagon.

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Film Strips (block 9)

I love, love, love this block! Teal was the next color up in color order. Kristy followed the pattern for this block once again. The teals radiate from the center. It looks like a beautiful teal flower! 

Block 9 Fussy-cutting Ideas:

Arcadia Avenue - Film Strips (block 9)

Instead of color options, I thought it might be fun to brainstorm some fussy-cutting ideas! 

  1. Novelty Prints - My block is filled with cute little novelty prints and I love how it looks! =]
  2. Stripes - Bright and fun stripes radiating from the center would be a neat twist. 
  3. Large Florals - I would love to get a rainbow of Kaffe Fassett fabrics to feature in the colors going around the hexagon.
  4. Photos - Print your favorite photos onto fabric and make a beautiful memory block.

image

And this week's winner is.... Cathy Luff! She shared this beautiful version of our Circling Geese Block. Believe it or not, this is her first paper piecing project! Isn't that amazing? Her rainbow batiks mixed with the multi-print and solid black makes an absolutely stunning block!

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!

 


Not-so-helpful Help June 17 2015, 1 Comment

Some times I need help getting photos of sewn projects. Last week was one of those times. I had just finished my Arcadia Avenue block 8, the sun was about to set and I needed a photo to put in the blog post (going up the next morning, yes I procrastinated!). I asked Todd to hold the block for me while I snapped a few shots. Here is a progression of the photos I ended up with.

Our conversation went something like this:

Me: "Hey hun, can you come hold this block for me. I'd like the grey wall as the background"

Take 1:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

Me: "Umm hun, I can't really see the block."

Take 2:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

Todd: "How about now?"
Me: "Well.... your arm is now through the middle of the block."

Take 3:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

Todd: "......"
Me: "Can you please hold the block up in front of you?"

Take 4:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

Todd: "Like this?"
Me: "Perfect, don't move!"

Take 5:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

Well, lesson learned. He will always frustrate me when I am rushing, but he will also make me smile. I have since named this not-so-helpful help: man help. Next time I will find the tape and take the time to attach it to the wall! No man help needed.

 


New Exciting Chapter June 12 2015, 3 Comments

Today is officially my last day as a staff member of the Quiltmaker team. It was a tough and yet exciting decision to leave the team and commit myself fully to Sassafras Lane Designs.

This was my second stint with Quiltmaker. I was first an editorial assistant before my brief time in California, and for the last 9 months an associate editor. I have made many treasured friends and plan to keep working with them in other capacities. It will be hard to no longer work in an office full of like-minded people where the printers are named Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, but I am looking forward to having more creative energy (and time!) to put into Sass. 

Now, what to expect! I am hoping to put out more patterns! Possibly beginning with a mini quilts line... more on that coming very, very soon! In addition to more patterns, I am planning to blog more. Not just about our patterns, but also about relevant content, trends, new techniques and tools, tutorials and such things. We are also planning to publish another Block-of-the-Month book!! We are super excited about that! 

I would love to hear what you would like to see. Are there particular tutorials you'd be interested in seeing? Should we bring back Sewology Sunday posts? Let us know =]

Thank you for your continued support. It is because of all of you that I can do this. I am very excited for this next chapter. Now, I will just have to make a big effort to not work in my PJs everyday!

Happy Sewing,
Shayla

P.S. Bauer is excited too despite his tongue sticking out =]


Arcadia Avenue - Boomerangs (block 8) June 08 2015, 1 Comment

Well last week was an exciting week here at Sass. We introduced all our new Spring patterns! Firelights Lane, Bubba Bowling Bag and Canyon Boulevard patterns are now up in the store. 

Block 8 of Arcadia Avenue is named Boomerangs. In the cover quilt, the light pieces form a triangular shape that looks like a boomerang going around the hexagon and coming back. Or at least in my head! Naming 12 blocks was a challenge! 

Alright, now to the goods =] Here are our blocks!

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 8

For my low volume block I placed 12 different low volumes where the colors originally were placed, the color (this time green) where the light was placed, my grey tone-on-tone where the dark was placed and chose a different low volume for the grey. I like how this on turned out! I had a hard time finding 12 greens that didn't lean towards lime, must be a preference of mine =]. But I managed and this one is much more green than my lime block was lime! They look nice together though and that's all that matters! 

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 8

For this block I pulled 12 different teals and greens. The flying boomerangs are alternating light and 6 different pinks. I was a little challenged on what to do for the two outer spots – I didn’t think I wanted more pink or light out there, so…I introduced a new fabric, I know, a little crazy, but anyway its done – and I like it! My new fabric is similar in value to my dark with a fun swirly prints – it’s a fabric I’ve had (and used a lot) in my stash for along time! I’ll need to add that to some of the last blocks so it doesn’t scream look at me!

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 8

In rainbow order, next up is – green. So, right after orange, teal, and lime, green could be the favorite color! For the colors, we chose 12 greens from the scrap bin that went together and didn’t try to crawl to the lime side. We left the dark and medium where they belonged, because really why mess with a good thing? In one block there is an adorable spider fabric that we only use sparingly because its older and almost gone!

Block 8 Design Options:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 8

  1. Lighten It Up - Reverse the lights and dark placement to make this block read much more light than dark.
  2. Blooming Flower - Place the colors where the light and dark were originally placed and light where the colors were for a colorful change.
  3. Changing Values - Swap the light and colors to have just a pop of color and create a very different look.
  4. Optical Illusion - Make all the A and B foundations opposites with only two different contrasting colors to create an interesting illusion!

And this week's prize winner is Annette De La Croix for sharing this photo of her Block 9 on Flickr!

Arcadia Avenue Block #9

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!


New Pattern Sale! June 06 2015, 1 Comment

We are having a little sale this weekend on our three new patterns! Firelights Lane, Canyon Boulevard and Bubba Bowling Bag PDF patterns are all 20% off this weekend. No coupon code needed! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 


Introducing the Bubba Bowling Bag & New Pattern Sale June 05 2015, 0 Comments

And last but not least... meet the Bubba Bowling Bag! This bag was inspired by my great grandma, Helen Faulkner's, retro bowling bag. We found it a few months ago while digging through storage for something or other and fell in love with it's funky trapezoidal shape. Now I feel like I should put a disclaimer on here: a real bowling ball will not fit into this bag, but it has the same shape and retro style! We have made a bunch of these and I equally love them all. But today we are sharing the two cover bags!

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

Both bags are made with Alison Glass fabrics for Andover. I love how different they look, but coordinate at the same time! The pattern includes two versions of the Bubba Bowling Bag: a whole cloth version and a stripped version. 

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

The Bubba Bowling Bag has quilted sides and finishes 12" wide, 12" tall and 4" deep. Super easy piping and simple hardware give this bag a professional finished look without complicated construction. 

We also provide handy dandy hardware kits to accompany the patterns. The Bubba Bowling Bag Hardware Kit includes four Bag Feet, four 1-1/4" Handle Oblongs and 3 yards of 3/16 Cording.

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

Some of my favorite details in this pattern are the triangle accent zipper ends that add a little pizazz to the bag sides, the two zipper heads that can open the bag from the center, the hardware and top stitching on the handle tabs and the fun Sass tag. Not pictured, but another favorite feature are the bag feet. They keep the bag off the ground and give the bag an oversized classic handbag feel. 

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

Cover Bag Stats:

    • Pattern: Bubba Bowling Bag
    • Fabric: Ex Libris and Sun Print by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
    • Finished Size: 12" wide, 12" tall and 4" deep
    • Techniques: Quilting, straight sewing and piping (photo tutorial here)
    • My Favorite Part: There are too many to choose just one, but definitely the fabrics and trapezoidal shape!

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

The Bubba Bowling Bag pattern is available in PDF and paper form and hardware kits are available here. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it!

We are having a sale on the three new Spring patterns this weekend! Firelights Lane, Canyon Boulevard and Bubba Bowling Bag PDF patterns are 20% off until Monday, June 8th. There is no coupon code needed, I have already reduced the prices. Start shopping here! Thanks for stopping by =] Happy Sewing!

 


Introducing Canyon Boulevard June 03 2015, 0 Comments

Our next new Spring pattern is Canyon Boulevard. This is a super versatile pattern that is fast and fun. The pattern includes two different styles, one with string-piecing and two contrasting fabrics and one with a background and assorted scraps. Both versions are pictured below. Also included are 3 different quilt sizes - Venti 66" x 84", Grande 48" x 66" and Tall 36" x 48". 

Canyon Boulevard

I love string piecing, but I thought making an entire quilt with those little strings would be too much! So, I opted for a line off-center vertically down the quilt. When I sat down to make this quilt, I couldn't help but want to make it with a ton of fun fabrics! So, we made two versions of this pattern.

Canyon Boulevard

String-Pieced Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Straight vertical lines
    • Pattern: Canyon Boulevard
    • Fabric: Kona Solids and Remix from Robert Kaufman and assorted scraps
    • Finished Size: Venti - 66" x 84"
    • Techniques: Basic piecing

Canyon Boulevard

Scrappy Quilt Stats:

Canyon Boulevard

This is a fun pattern to take and evolve into something more. Below are some different design options Canyon Boulevard can become. There is a blank coloring page included in the pattern so you can play and experiment. 

This blog post brought to you by Bauer and Shelby =] Aren't they cute? They were also incredibly muddy and complete attention hogs. We got many perplexed looks like, "Why are you taking pictures of that thing hung over the fence and not me?" 

Canyon Boulevard

The Canyon Boulevard pattern is available in PDF and paper form. (Psst! There will be a sale this weekend on all the new Spring patterns =] )

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. Next, we will be sharing our Bubba Bowling Bag pattern, so be sure to stop back by! Happy Hump Day!


Introducing Firelights Lane June 01 2015, 0 Comments

It is finally time to start introducing our new Spring patterns! Today we are going to talk all about Firelights Lane. This pattern is a new and fresh take on the popular chevron design. We all have those fabric collections we love and don’t want to chop up into tiny little pieces. This pattern was designed with that in mind. Using large triangles, we created a modern design that is quick to sew, looks great and let’s your favorite fabrics shine!

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

We recommend the Triangle-Squared ruler from Creative Grids for this quilt. It is not the same as a 60 degree triangle ruler (another one of our favorites!). We included full-size templates into the pattern, so the ruler is not necessary, but it does make the cutting much simpler and faster!

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

We used the Cycles of Life fabric collection from Maywood Studio. It is great combination of oranges, blues, yellows, bicycles, bike chains and more. We really wanted to show off the versatility of this quilt. This quilt is a quick weekend project and the graphic geometric design is great for kids, women and men! To get started all you need is 7 fabrics and a background!

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

This pattern includes 4 different sizes: Trenta 63” x 84”, Venti 54” x 72”, Grande 45” x 60” and Tall 36” x 48”. Instead of making multiple sizes by adding and subtracting rows, we scaled the blocks! That means, no matter which size you make, you are making the same amount of blocks, they will just be a different sizes and you keep the fun design.

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

My Mom, Kristy of Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted this beauty! She quilted every other block with swirling pebbles or serpentine lines and carried the design out into the background. It really adds some extra pizazz =] We used a bike chain stripe fabric for the binding and it is the perfect finishing touch! 

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

We had a fun time photographing this quilt. I was gifted the most perfect orange cruiser for Christmas and we couldn't resist using it as a prop! 

Cover Quilt Stats:

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

The Firelights Lane pattern is available in PDF and paper form. (Psst! There will be a sale this weekend on all the new Spring patterns =] )

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. Next, we will be sharing our Canyon Boulevard pattern, so be sure to stop back by! Happy Monday!


Arcadia Avenue - Constellation (block 7) May 26 2015, 0 Comments

We are a day late but not a dollar short today! I hope everyone enjoyed their long holiday weekend. We sure did! Caught up on some things around the house, did a little sewing and cooked lots of summery food. 

Constellation is the 7th block of our Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along and that means we are over the half-way hump! For some reason this block reminds me of all the tech and shape in the Tron movie. And I am talking the 1982 version! But my Mom suggested it looks like a constellation and thought that would be a more relatable name! She is probably right. Now, let's get to the fun stuff... our blocks!

 

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Constellation (block 7)

Following our color wheel round and round made this week's color lime. When digging through fabric for this block, I noticed there are two very different colors of lime: a yellow-green and a bright green. I used both in my block and further into the post, my Mom only used the bright greens. In this block I placed 12 different low-volume fabrics where the colors were, my grey tone-on-tone where the dark was and my greens in between the low volumes. The center on this one took some thought (what is it with me and centers?). I chose a lighter lime and an adorable alligator print for the centers and alternated them around the hexagon. I am pretty happy with how it turned out!

Kristy's Block: 

Arcadia Avenue - Constellation (block 7)

Block 7 was perfect to just use a tiny bit of pink! I found 12 different teal and blue batiks for the colors. I used more light fabric in this block, putting it in the outside and inside positions. I made the center all dark and surrounded it with light.

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Constellation (block 7)

Lime is one my favorite colors - so this one was easy! I used 12 different lime fabrics, swapped the medium and light fabrics and left the dark in it's place. My limes are much greener than Shay's, but I love how bright and fun the block is. 

Block 7 Design Options:

Alternate Colorings of Block 7 - Arcadia Avenue

  1. Lighten It Up - Adding the lightest fabric to the outside of the block will make the block appear to be floating.
  2. Blooming Flower - Use warm tones and gradate the colors outward to make a flower or a bursting star.
  3. Changing Values - Move the colors to the back and put the medium and dark fabrics as the focus to create a very different look.
  4. Optical Illusion - Make all the A and B foundations opposites with only two different contrasting colors to create an interesting illusion!

And it wouldn't be a QAL without a little giveaway! This week we chose Jeri Fontenot Duncan for sharing this photo of her Peacock Feathers block on Instagram

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!


Quilt Market in Minneapolis May 14 2015, 1 Comment

As many pattern and fabric companies begin their journeys to International Quilt Market in Minneapolis, we are staying put. This will be the first time since we began Sassafras Lane Designs that we will not be attending and I am having mixed feelings about it. On one hand I am sad and feel left out. I am going to miss all my quilty friends and miss out on interactions with the individual quilt shop owners. It sounds silly, especially since it was our idea, but I will be stalking the overflowing social media coverage of all the fun happening in Minneapolis (without me!). On the other hand, I am feeling relieved. We chose to not attend because this week marks the 30th anniversary of my parents (and lack of vacation days) and we plan to celebrate this weekend with pedicures, champagne, the Avengers movie and some pattern writing. Much more relaxing than toting a booth across state lines, setting up, standing for 3 days and taking down. So, even though I will miss it, I am going to enjoy this little bit of down time and use it to create some more patterns!

And just because we won’t be there… doesn’t mean we won’t be represented! We have 4 new patterns that are debuting this Spring and they will be sprinkled all over the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Park Place is already available in paper and PDF form. Firelights Lane, Canyon Boulevard and the Bubba Bowling Bag patterns will be available very soon! We are putting the final touches on them =]

We have projects in the following booths: Andover Fabrics, Checker Distributors, Clothworks, Dear Stella, Hoffman California Fabrics, Maywood Studio, Michael Miller Fabrics, Monaluna, Riley Blake Designs and Timeless Treasures. I can’t wait to share more photos of these projects! Sharing this little bit has already made me feel better! Thanks for swinging by and be sure to drop back in for more projects very soon!

P.S. We will definitely be at International Quilt Market in Houston this Fall, with lots of new patterns in tow!


How to Fussy Cut Fabric May 13 2015, 0 Comments

Fussy Cut Fox

I love fussy-cutting! This might be because of my long term love affair with novelty prints! I have quite a hoard of them stashed away and only cut into them when their full cuteness can shine! One way to do that is by fussy-cutting. Just in case you are sitting at home thinking, “What the heck is fussy-cutting?”

Fussy-cutting is cutting specific pieces of the fabric repeat out to feature in your quilt or quilt block.

Fussy Cut Taxi

I love to fussy cut little characters to add some interest to quilts. I have been adding little pieces and parts to my Arcadia Avenue blocks for the Quilt Along. I love looking through the blocks trying to spot all the different fussy-cut pieces.

Fussy Cut Chicks

When the shape you are trying to cover is not a square, fussy cutting can be a little more complicated. But I am going to share my super simple (and cheap) method! I make template to the cut size of the shape and then cut out a window to view the fabric through.

What You Will Need:

    • thick paper, cardboard or template plastic
    • pen or marker
    • scissors
    • removable marking pen
    • fabulous fabric for cutting

1. Trace the shape onto your thick paper with a pen. This will work with all shapes! 

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

2. Add a ¼” around the shape for your seam allowance.

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

3. Cut out the shape with sharp scissors on the outside line.

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

4. Cut out the inside to create a window. I fold the template in half to cut into the center and then trim from there. If you are using clear plastic, there is no need to cut out the center because you will be able to see through it!

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

5. Now you can lay your template on top of the fabric and mark where you will cut. I like to mark all the pieces I will need before cutting to make sure it will work! Look how perfect that little dachshund fits into the triangle! 

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

6. Using your rotary cutter or scissors, cut out the shapes and you are good to go! 

Fussy Cut Ballerinas

See! I told you it was easy-peasy =] Try this with your next project and let us know how it goes. I would love to see your fussy-cutting adventures, so send us photos or post them to our Flickr group. Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Hump Day! 


Arcadia Avenue - Circling Geese (block 6) May 11 2015, 1 Comment

The Arcadia Avenue QAL is back! Sorry about the brief hiatus. We have officially sent all the Quilt Market projects off and are currently touching up our next few patterns... more on that later!

Circling Geese is the 6th block of our Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along and that means we are half way there! This is my absolute favorite block for fussy-cutting. The large triangles in the center are perfect to feature your favorite little fabric.

And I still don't have my block 5 sewn together. I can't decide if I should add something to tone it down or not. But when it is finished, I will share!

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

Yellow was the next color and I had just obtained a small piece of Heather Ross's new fabric featuring these adorable little ballerinas. I fussy cut 12 tiny dancers for the center of the triangles and bordered them in 12 different yellows. I pulled 12 assorted low volumes, my grey and a yellow low volume for the rest of the pieces. I love how this one turned out! Later this week I will share my technique for fussy-cutting!

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

I love how this block has a place to feature a fabric. I pulled one of my favorite purple batiks for the triangle and surrounded it with black. I used 12 different blue/teal batiks, my light and a new pink for the rest of the patches. The circular motion of this block is really fun!

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

More fussy-cutting! This block's color is yellow and what is more yellow than a good ole' taxi cab! Kristy fussy-cut these adorable cabs in the centers of the triangles and added the black and white hatch fabric, a solid white and 12 assorted yellows. Isn't it just perfect! It seems she has a little something for cabs these days =]

Block 5 Fussy Cutting Ideas

Instead of color options, I thought it might be fun to brainstorm some fussy-cutting ideas! 

  1. Novelty Prints - Duh! We both did it and love how it looks! 
  2. Stripes - Wouldn't a chunky stripe look amazing swirling around the block?
  3. Large Florals - Fussy-cutting the centers of large flowers would be a fun twist!
  4. Photos - Print your favorite photos onto fabric and make a memory block.

And it wouldn't be a QAL without little prizes! This week we chose Rochelle S. for sharing this photo of her Blooming block in our Flickr group.

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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!


Favorite Notions, Giveaway Winners & A Mother's Day Sale! May 09 2015, 2 Comments

We polled blog hoppers about their favorite quilting notions this past week and here are our results! We all have notions we wouldn't quilt without and I will share my favorites a little further down in this post. At the bottom of the post are this week's winners and information about the Mother's Day Sale!


The top notion you wouldn't live without is a rotary cutter. This is a notion I completely take for granted. They have been around since I have been quilting, so I was never privy to the days of scissor cutting individual pieces. But I can imagine it and will definitely start appreciating my rotary cutter more! 

The next favorite was the biggest surprise of all! Seam rippers - of all things! There were a lot of jokes and comments like: "My seam ripper is my best friend? Lol!" "My most used notion is definitely the seam ripper." "I have to say that my seam ripper and I have a very intimate relationship. I can’t live without it!" and "My seam ripper because it always has my back and makes me look good…..eventually! ;)" I do think a good sharp seam ripper is important, but man do I hate to have to use it! 

A newer notion was next in line. Wonder Clips from Clover are one our favorites as well. I refuse to bind anything without them and my Mom loves them for constructing bags. They are easier to get on and off than pins and can hold more layers easier. 

Next up were a handful of specialty rulers, thread and scissor - all very important to the process of quiltmaking! Some less mentioned notions, but ones I may have to invest in are rotating cutting mats and stilettos. Apparently using your seam ripper in place of a stiletto is a giant no no. Who knew!? Thanks to everyone who commented and participated in the poll. It was fun to collect information!

Now, let's take a look at my Top 10 Favorite Notions!

Favorite Notions

In no particular order (and not including my sewing machine!):

1. Self Healing Cutting Mat - My Mom has a large orange one and I am completely envious of it! I have a few different sizes. A large one that covers my cutting table and a small one I keep by my sewing machine.

2. Rotary Cutter - I am already learning to appreciate them more! I have three different sizes. A 60mm for cutting multiple layers, a 45mm for everyday sewing and a 28mm for paper-piecing.

3. Acrylic Rulers - I have way too many of these! My favorites are my 12" 60 degree triangle ruler, 8.5" x 24.5" long ruler and my 6.5" and 9.5" squares. My personal favorite are Creative Grid rulers. I like their clear markings and extra 1/2" on the sides. I also never paper-piece without my Add-A-Quarter ruler!

4. Scissors - I have lots of pairs, but I always keep a pair by my machine ready for trimming threads and cutting out appliqué patches.

5. Thread - I keep an assortment of neutrals on hand for piecing and several colors for appliqué. My favorite threads for piecing are Aurifil and Presencia. 

6. Starch - We do a lot of designing with triangles and bias edges, so starch is one of our best friends. We usually buy out a store when we are stocking up!

7. Iron and Ironing Board - Another must have! We made our own ironing boards (if anyone is interested in a tutorial, we will make one!) and love our Oliso irons. 

8. Seam Ripper - I have gone through multiple seam rippers. I don't have a favorite or nemesis. As long as they are sharp, they work for me!

9. Pins and Magnetic Pin Cushion - I will be the first to admit I don't pin as much as I should, but when I do my pins are right there next to my machine ready to be used! I have a varied assortment of pins that have been collected and lost over many years of sewing.

10. Clover Wonder Clips - This is a newer tool in my notions belt, but I love them! Making bags and binding quilts has been easier ever since then.

We had a couple giveaways this week, here are the winners, winners, chicken dinners! 

The 4 issues of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 11 go to:

♥  Nancysue who's favorite notion is a pincushion from her great grandmother.
♥  Crafty Gramma who's favorite notions are wonder clips and a 4" x 14" ruler.
♥  Bonnie Smith who's favorite notion is a 28mm rotary cutter.
♥  Nicole Sender who's favorite notion is her mother's thimble.
♥  Delaine who's favorite notion is her adhesive spray.

We also picked a few extra winners for their incredibly unique favorite notions! 

♥  Karen's favorite sewing notion is her porcupine quill she uses as a stylus.
♥  Lisa Marie's favorite notion is a wooden wallpaper seam roller for “finger pressing” and flattening seams.
♥  Annie's favorite notion is a Godiva chocolate box under my acrylic table to hold scissors, feet, seam reaper, thread, etc.

Fabric Giveaway

The winner of the 11 Butterflies fat-quarters from Andover and Diamond Detour pattern is:

♥  Sandy A in St. Louis who is loving 60 degree angles!

Wow, this blog post is getting long! Just one more thing!

We are having a little Mother's Day Sale! 

To show our LOVE and appreciation for all Moms, we are having a little sale! All our PDF patterns are 30% off today through the weekend! Happy Mother's Day!

Click Here to Start Shopping!

Be sure to enter this code at checkout: welovemoms


Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Fabrics May 06 2015, 36 Comments

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

It is always fun to see a digital mockup come to life! Last Market, Andover was sneak peeking these gorgeous new basics from Lizzy House. We dropped images of the Mini Pearl Bracelets and Butterflies into a digital version of our Diamond Detour pattern for their sales sheets. 

The fabric is now printed and will be shipping to stores soon, so we got the opportunity to make a real life quilt! Digital quilts don't have the same amazing texture of the fabric and quilting that brings a quilt to life. 

Digital quilt to the left. Lots of photos of the real quilt below! 

Our good friend and fabulous quilter, Juli Kieny, made and quilted this beauty! Juli quilted each pieced and setting diamond with a swirling cloud filler. It gives the quilt that amazing texture we all love! Beware - this post is photo heavy!

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Fabric Giveaway

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Andover sent some extra Butterflies, so we are going to share! For a chance to win 11 fat-quarters and a Diamond Detour pattern, leave a comment on this post (click the post title and scroll to the bottom), telling us what your favorite shape to quilt with is (triangles, hexagons, circle, etc.) by midnight MST, Friday, May 8th. I will pick a lucky winner and email them for a mailing address. =]

Thank you Juli for your amazing work! The Diamond Detour pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see them! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group. Thanks for stopping by!

 


Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 11 May 04 2015, 131 Comments

It is that time again! Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 11 is on sale tomorrow and we are super excited to share our blocks, Hailin' and Free Hugs with you!

Both of our blocks for this issue have some unique elements! First let's take a closer look at that adorable cab my Mom, Kristy, designed. She pieced three pieces of fabric to create the background and appliquéd on top. She created a fun whimsical cab with a very tall top! To create the look of glass in the windows, Kristy diluted some white fabric paint and applied it evenly between the stitches. Isn't it adorable? It makes me want to be in NYC hailing a cab! 

Block Size: 12"
Block Number: 1019
Block Name: Hailin'
Designer: Kristy Wolf
Techniques: Piecing & Fusible Appliqué

 

My little rainbow hedgehog was inspired by the scrap bins I was organizing awhile back. When I moved, all my little scrap fabrics were dumped into one large (incredibly large) bag. While sorting them by color I pictured a fat and happy hedgehog with colorful spikes. Each of the 130 spikes is a different fabric, but boy was it fun to cut all those pieces out! I used a satin stitch to sew around all the body, cheeks, nose and sign. Instead of sewing around each spike, I used a straight stitch to create extra spikes on top of the fused spikes to hold them down. 

Block Size: 12"
Block Number: 1020
Block Name: Free Hugs
Designer: Shayla Wolf
Technique: Fusible Appliqué

 

Both of these blocks make me smile! We even share a page this issue! How fun is that?

And now for the goods! We have a few extra magazines, so we will be giving 4 away! For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post (click the post title and scroll to the bottom) telling us what your favorite sewing notion is, and submit by midnight MST, Wednesday, May 6th. I will pick four lucky winners and email them. =]

This issue goes on sale tomorrow, so be sure to pick one up if you don't win! Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the tour!


Arcadia Avenue QAL vs. Quilt Market Prep April 20 2015, 2 Comments

Hi Everyone! I know most of you stopped by today with the intention of seeing our next Arcadia Avenue blocks. Unfortunately, we have not been able to work on them the last few weeks.

Silly us! We assumed since we are not attending Quilt Market in Minneapolis, we would have extra time to keep up with the quilt along. We were wrong! We have been working our batooties off trying to get our next patterns ready and lots of projects completed! We aren't going to Market, but our quilts and bags are! 

I have updated the QAL schedule on our Arcadia page and we will resume it in a few weeks when our Quilt Market prep has died down. We hope you understand! If you are a little behind (like me!) this would be a great time to get a few blocks cranked out and feel free to keep working on the next ones. 

Now, since we don't have blocks to show you, we will share a few sneak peeks of what we have been working on. =]

Quilt Market Prep

Thank you for stopping by!


Beth Corteville's Daily Duffle! April 16 2015, 0 Comments

Beth Corteville kindly shared an image of her finished Daily Duffle bag! Didn't it turn out great! I love the Melody Miller record fabric Beth used for the outside bag body. It gives the bag a fun vintage feel!

Our communications with Beth gave us a few more helpful hints for this bag! When sewing the pieces together and trying to stay near the piping, try using a stitch-in-the-ditch foot. Also, use a heavier needle, such as a jeans or leather needle. That will make sewing through all those layers much easier!

Beth Corteville's Daily Duffle

Big thank you Beth for sharing her Daily Duffle with us! The Daily Duffle pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr groupThanks for stopping by!


Park Place in Bright Batiks April 09 2015, 1 Comment

My grandma, MaryEllen, is the one who got both my Mom and I into quilting. She is one of the biggest supporters of Sassafras Lane and a constant inspiration. She tests our patterns for us and always comes up uniquely amazing color combinations and quilts. Today I want to share the fun version of Park Place she made for a family friend's new baby-to-be.

Park Place in Batiks

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: MaryEllen Laughary
    • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Straight horizontal lines
    • Pattern: Park Place
    • Fabric: Assorted earthy and bright batiks
    • Finished Size: 40" x 52"
    • Techniques: Basic piecing & appliqué

Park Place in Batiks

Thank you Mama for testing the pattern and letting us borrow the quilt =]

The Park Place pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see them! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group. Thanks for stopping by!


Arcadia Avenue - Blooming (block 5) April 06 2015, 0 Comments

Blooming is the 5th block of our Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along! We are now over a 1/3 of the way through the blocks. Time has really flown by - I can't believe it is already April! 

Shayla's Block Parts:

Arcadia Avenue Block 5 - Blooming

Following color order, gold is up next! With taxes, the holiday weekend and my procrastination, I don't have a block to share today. Sorry! I will post it later this week when it is all finished. I like where it is headed so far though! Unlike me, my mom is on her game. Below are the two blocks she sewed!

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 5 - Blooming

I really love this block - its one of my favorites! I used purples, blues and teals that were all pretty similar in value for my 12 colors. I just used one pink fabric this time and put it where the dark would have been and left the light in place. The dark fabric went where the medium originally was. The light fabric paired with the pink makes the center of this block awesome!!

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 5 - Blooming

This was the gold block in our color order Arcadia! We left the light as it is in the pattern but switched the medium and dark fabrics - this really accentuated the center "bloom" going around. We found 12 fun golds, one with bees and another with cacti!

Block 5 Design Options

Arcadia Avenue Block 5 - Blooming

  1. Changing Values - Swap the colors with the lights and dark to create an interesting illusion.
  2. Blooming Flower - Use warm tones to create a beautiful blooming flower.
  3. Changing Values - Use light fabrics for the colors and put the colors where the medium or light fabrics go for a subtle block.
  4. Optical Illusion - Make all the A and B foundations opposites with only two different contrasting colors to create an interesting illusion!

And last but not least, we picked another winner for a small little prize! We chose Amber Rorher for sharing this photo of her Target Practice block on Instagram.

Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! We have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick another winner 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!


Introducing Park Place & PDF Sale! April 03 2015, 1 Comment

We are very excited to officially share our first Spring 2015 with you today! Meet Park Place - a fun, quick, modern, pre-cut friendly and customizable baby quilt pattern. Simple techniques like half-square triangles and fusible appliqué make this crib-size quilt a perfect last minute baby shower gift. Add the baby's name or a cute phrase to personalize the quilt for the little one. 

Park Place

We made two versions of this quilt. One little boy version with bright primary fabrics featuring cars, trucks and shapes. And one little girl version with pink, purple and aqua fabrics featuring princesses, crowns, sunglasses, ballet slippers and more! All the fabrics are by the talented Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Park Place

To make the quilt, all you need is 27 strips for the patches and binding, 1 fat-quarter for the letters and a background fabric. That's it! 

Park Place

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Kristy and Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Straight lines and pebbles
    • Pattern: Park Place
    • Fabric: Assorted Ann Kelle prints from Robert Kaufman
    • Finished Size: 40" x 52"
    • Techniques: Basic piecing & appliqué

Park Place

The Park Place pattern is available in PDF and paper form. Park Place PDF patterns are on sale this weekend (4/3 to 4/5) for 20% off. No coupon code needed! 

If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see them! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr groupI had so much fun making this pattern, We have a few more Park Place quilts up our sleeves, including two I made for the two new little men in my life! I will share those with you next week, so stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by!


Photographing Quilts March 31 2015, 0 Comments

I shared all my best tips and tricks for photographing quilts over on Quiltmaker's blog today! Stop by and take a peek! There are lots of example photos too =] Thanks for stopping by!


New Main Street Pattern Cover March 24 2015, 1 Comment

We had a great opportunity to make our Main Street pattern in Timeless Treasures new precuts! We used the Sketch Colorplay 2.5" Strips for the colors, a light grey for the accent and a solid white for the background. We loved how this quilt turned out so much, we decided to reshoot our Main Street pattern covers!

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

We took this quilt to a graffiti wall down the street from me. The wall is always changing and we thought this silver/purple color scheme was a perfect backdrop for this bright quilt. 

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

My Mom quilted vertical lines across the quilt at varying widths from 1/4" to 5/8". It is a very modern quilting design and gives the quilt that perfect crinkle look we all know I love =]

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

Here is my adorable Mom in front of the quilt! Isn't she cute!? She rigged an awesome pulley system to hold the quilt over the wall. 

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

Quick Quilt Stats:

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

The Main Street pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see them! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group. Thanks for stopping by!


New Wide Backing Fabrics March 22 2015, 0 Comments

Our selection of 108" wide backing fabrics has grown! We are now offering 6 colors of Spot On from Robert Kaufman, 3 colors of Widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman and 2 colorways of Writing Words by Whistler Studios from Windham. They don't all fit into our bin anymore =]

Click here to shop all the wide backs! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for the next Sassafras Lane pattern coming soon. Happy Sewing!


Arcadia Avenue - Spiderweb (block 4) March 16 2015, 0 Comments

Welcome to post 6 of the Arcadia Avenue QAL! Today we are sharing our Spiderweb blocks! This block has a secondary hexagon that goes in an opposite direction of the block. Our weather has warmed up so we finally took some photos outside!

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

Block 4 means orange! My favorite =] I placed my 12 low volume fabrics where the colors go, my 12 oranges where the medium fabric goes and my grey tone-on-tone where the light fabric is placed. I didn't do a ton of fussy-cutting for this block, but one wedge does have fussy-cut horseshoes! 

Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

For my batik Spiderweb block, I used just one pink where the light would have been, I then used the light in place of the medium. Each wedge has a different teal or turquoise fabric, no purple this time - I think this is my favorite batik block so far!!

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

This version of block five is one of my favorites! And its orange =] We kept the light and medium fabrics in the same place and used five different oranges, one in each color spot in each wedge - this makes the same orange go around the block, instead of each wedge being different! - I really love this one!!

      Here are a few different design options for block 4.

      Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

      1. Changing Values - Swap the light and dark fabric every other wedge to create a fun effect!
      2. Radiating - Try radiating color out from the center and make each wedge with the same colors.
      3. Changing Values - Use light fabrics for the colors and put the colors where the medium fabric goes for a subtle block.
      4. Optical Illusion - Make all the A and B foundations opposites with only two different contrasting colors to create an interesting illusion! 

      And last but not least, we picked another winner for a small little prize! We chose Jennifer Eubank for sharing this photo of her Northern Lights block in our Flickr group.

      Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! We have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick another winner 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!


      Arcadia Avenue - Northern Lights (block 3) March 02 2015, 0 Comments

      Welcome to post 5 of the Arcadia Avenue QAL! Today we are sharing our Northern Lights blocks! This block has a fun square-in-square piece that is perfect for some fussy cutting. It has been pretty snowy here, so taking photos was a chilly affair!

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

      Shayla's Block:

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

      For block 3, I mixed up the color placement quite a bit! I placed the my accent color, coral, in place of the white, the medium grey around my fussy-cut chicks and my 12 low volume fabrics as the colors. I also added an extra fabric in this time: a white tone-on-tone to make the center star. I really like how blocks 2 and 3 only have a tiny bit of color in them... I may have to remake block 1! 

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

      Kristy's Block:

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

      For my Northern Lights, I picked 12 different scrappy teals, purples and blues and one pink for my accent. I left the colors in their original coordinating spots and love how the light star outlines the black and pink in the center of the block!

      Shared Block:

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

      Going in color order - coral was next up, so block three, Northern Lights, was made with 12 scrappy corals. We switched the medium and dark locations which creates a bright layered star in the center!

          Here are a few different design options for block 3.

          Block 3 - Northern Lights

          1. Changing Values - Try moving the light, medium and dark fabric locations for a completely different look. 
          2. Bursting Star - Use yellows and oranges to create the look of a bursting star.
          3. Light Backgrounds - Remove the dark and medium colors and replace them with another light fabric to create a soft block.
          4. Optical Illusion - Make all the A and B foundations opposites with only two different contrasting colors to create an interesting illusion! 

          And last but not least, we picked another winner for a small little prize! We chose Wendy Kirk for sharing this photo of her Fly Away block in our Flickr group.

          Block 1 - Fly Away - front

          Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! We have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick another winner 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!


          Birthday Sale! February 28 2015, 0 Comments

          "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" - Dr. Suess

          BirthdaySale

          My birthday is tomorrow, so why not celebrate with a sale this weekend! All PDF patterns are 20% off, all you have to do is enter the coupon code: birthday26.

          Thank you for celebrating with us! Now, I think it is time to cash in on my birthday wish - an entire day of uninterrupted sewing =]


          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters February 23 2015, 0 Comments

          We made this fun scrappy version Diamond Detour with Andover Fabrics Little Monsters line. The line had lots of fun little critters like frogs, monsters, robots, numbers, snails, soccer balls, skulls and a neat stripe! We wanted to feature all the fabrics, so we changed up the pattern a little. We used the main prints as the background and put them into diagonal rows. Each diagonal row also had a different colored star print for the diamonds. It is a little bit busier than our other quilts, but we still love it! This quilt hung the Andover Fabrics booth at Quilt Market in Houston. 

          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters

          There is one diamond that is facing the wrong direction.... whoops! Can you spot it? The prints were arranged from light to dark which helps give the quilt a little bit of continuity with all the busy prints! 

          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters

          Quick Quilt Stats:

            • Made by: Shayla Wolf
            • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
            • Quilting: vertical straight lines
            • Pattern: Diamond Detour
            • Fabric: Little Monsters by Andover Fabrics
            • Finished Size: 58" x 77" - Grande size
            • Techniques: Basic piecing
            • My Favorite Part: The funky combination of colors and prints!

          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters

          In true Sass fashion, we made a quilt label using our "easy no hand-sewing technique". We used a couple scraps from the quilt top and a solid white. We bound the quilt in the light grey star fabric and it has a slightly calming effect. 

          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters

          We love how this quilt turned out - even if it is a little busy. The Diamond Detour pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see them! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group. Thanks for stopping by!


          Quilt Con Signs February 21 2015, 4 Comments

          QuiltCon took place in Austin, TX over last few days and to be honest I've been stalking the #quiltcon hashtag on Instagram a little too much! People are having a blast! We are thinking about attending or having a booth at the Pasadena show next year. 

          Dear Stella and Timeless Treasures teamed up and had a fun booth with live demos and hand stitching all day! They asked me to make a couple signs for their booth featuring the phrases "Stitch Here" and "Unwind Here". We had a blast putting these together. Sometimes it is extra fun to sew on something you don't need to write instructions for =] Here are some photos of the signs:

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          I love how the two signs look next to each other! Did you attend QuiltCon? Let us know your thoughts - we are trying to decide whether or not to go to QuiltCon 2016. Thanks for stopping by! 


          Arcadia Avenue - Peacock Feathers (block 2) February 16 2015, 2 Comments

          Happy Presidents Day and welcome to post 4 of the Arcadia Avenue QAL - where we share our Peacock Feathers blocks! We named this block Peacock Feathers because when you sew two wedges together, they resemble a close up of those pretty feathers! 

          Shayla's Block:

          Shay's Peacock Feathers Block

          For block 2, my accent color is red so I used 12 different red prints in place of the medium, 12 new low volume fabrics for the colors and a medium gray for the light. I love how this block turned out. I love the little bit red compared to the larger amount of pink in my first block. It is a nice subtle pop of color. I had some fun fussy cutting again! If you look close, you can see mustaches, hearts, mushrooms, foxes and little houses =]

          Shay's Peacock Feathers Block - close up

          Kristy's Block:

          Kristy's Peacock Feathers Block

          For my Peacock Feathers, I picked 12 different scrappy teals, purples and blues and one pink for my accent. I left the light in it's original spot and swapped the medium and dark so that the stars formed in the center are black! I really love how this one turned out!

          Shared Block:

          Red Peacock Feathers Block

          Going in color order - red was next up, so block two, Peacock Feathers, was made with 12 scrappy reds. We switched the medium to light (solid white), which really made the stars in the center pop! The light was replaced with dark and the dark became medium for a little different look!

          Before you get sewing, we have one little correction.

            • On Foundation B, the line between 3 (light) and 5 (color) should continue all the way to the seam allowance. Sorry about that! The newest books have this fixed.

              And you know me, so here are a few different design options for block 2.

              Block 2 Alternate Colorings

              1. Value Reverse - Try placing the dark where the colors are located and putting the colors in the medium and dark locations for a completely different look. 
              2. Peacock Colors - Use green, teal, blue and purple fabrics to make your block look even more like peacock feathers.
              3. Light Background - Much like mockup 1, but with two coordinating light fabrics in the background and pops of color as the medium and dark.
              4. Optical Illusion - Create a trippy block with two contrasting fabrics by making all the A and B foundations opposites. (I may need to make a B&W quilt =] )

              And last but not least, we picked another winner for a small little prize! We chose Terry Maimone for sharing her story on her blog with some great photos. We are incredibly sorry for your loss Terry.

              Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! If you have a blog please link up with us using the link-up tool below any time before the next post on 3/2/15. If you don't, we have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick another winner 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!


              Arcadia Avenue - Fly Away (block 1) February 02 2015, 8 Comments

              Welcome to post 3 of the Arcadia Avenue QAL - where the fun really begins! We have a lot in this post, so keep scrolling! First up, we are dying to share our first blocks with you!

              Shayla's Block:

              Shay's Fly Away Block

              As you know, a low volume quilt is pretty far outside of my comfort zone, but I absolutely love how this block turned out! I used 12 different low volume fabrics for the colors, 12 different pinks as the darks and a medium grey thumbprint tone-on-tone for the light. My low volume prints varied quite a bit and a few of them lend themselves to fussy cutting! I am pretty excited to get started on block two!

              Fussy Cut detail of Shay's block

              Kristy's Blocks:

              Mom's Fly Away Blocks

              I wanted to make my quilt completely from my stash- so I pretty much stayed within my comfort zone! Instead of 12 different colors, I have pulled a bunch of yummy teal, blue, purple and a few green batiks from my scrap bins to keep this version super scrappy! My dark is one fabric, a navy batik, that has a hint of green and my light is an off white batik with a faint leaf print. I wanted a pop of color, so I chose hot pink as my medium - and I have about 12 of them to keep that scrappy too! The pink is a little outside my usual go-to color palette so we shall see how much of it shows up in my blocks. =]  

              Mom's Fly Away Close-up

              All that being said, I ended up making block one twice. My first attempt had way too much pink (although it has grown on me a little...). I used the pink in place of the dark and just couldn't live with it, so in my second attempt I place the light and dark as it is in the pattern, I then had my colors going around the hexagon instead of straight down. I added just a tiny bit of pink putting it in section 7 to make a ring of pink near the center of the block. I'm not positive I'm 100% sold on my fabric placement choices for this block, but I'm also not sure I can make myself sew it again...We'll see how ambitious I am as the quilt progresses! Which block do you like better?

              Shared Block:

              Pink Fly Away Block

              We liked the idea of each of the 12 blocks having it's own focus color, so we just couldn't resist making another quilt! Here is our Fly Away block made up with pink as the focus color. It is kind of fun to compare it to Shayla's block. Same pink fabrics, just a different use - one as the main focus and one as an accent! Next block's color will be red.

              Before you get sewing, we have a few tips!

                1. Check out our tutorial for some pointers on getting a perfect (and flat) center.
                2. Don't layer your foundations on top of one another when you are ironing! Sometimes ink will transfer to the fabric below the paper. 

              We also couldn't resist trying out a few alternate colorings on this block! It lends itself to some fun and different design options.

              Block 1 Alternate Colorings

                1. Snailing Around - Try snailing the colors around the block and using 2 darks fabrics for the light and dark positions. 
                2. Flower Power - Create a flower (or sun) by placing fabrics to gradate from dark to light and using the same fabric for 3 pieces in a row.
                3. Value Reverse - Try reversing the values by placing the colors in the background and the light/dark fabrics in the flying geese.
                4. Optical Illusion - Create a trippy block with two contrasting fabrics by making all the A and B foundations opposites.

              There are a few overachievers (it is a term of endearment! =] ) that have already made or are pretty far into their Fly Away blocks. They are looking good ladies!

              And last but not least, we picked another winner for a small little prize! We chose Samantha Rosin for sharing this photo of her little one with her swatch sheet:

              Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! If you have a blog please link up with us using the link-up tool below any time before the next post on 2/16/15. If you don't, we have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. This is one of the tougher blocks, so don't give up after this one!

              First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. 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!


              Sewology Sunday - Getting Perfect Centers February 01 2015, 3 Comments

              Before the football and eating begins we are squeezing in a little Sewology Sunday post to accompany the Arcadia Avenue QAL post tomorrow. We thought it might be nice to share how to get perfect centers on your Arcadia Avenue hexagon blocks before most of you start sewing! With all those points and paper coming into one place, the centers can get bulky and not lay flat. We had quite a few less than perfect centers before we finally figured out a system that worked for us. 

              How to Get Perfect Centers

              Let's Begin!

                1. Once you have all 12 wedges paper-pieced and trimmed it is time to make the hexagons! Lay the pieces out and in the order you would like.
                2. Pair the foundations into 6 sets of 2 and sew them into triangles.
                3. Carefully remove the paper from the seam on both sides.
                4. Press the seam open.
                5. Trim the point of the seam to approximately 1/8".
                6. When you sew the triangles into rows, remove the paper from and press open each seam.
                7. Now that you have two rows of three, the center seams should look like this.
                8. Before you sew the two halves together, pin them in place. The centers will be a little thick, so here is my little trick! Stick a pin through the center of each half, then pin on each side of the bulk.
                9. Sew the two halves together and remove the paper from the seam.
                10. Press the seam open and Voila!

              Well that's all folks! Give it ago and see how it works for you. We will be sharing our Fly Away blocks tomorrow, so be sure to stop by! Now, back to football, food and family =] Happy Super Bowl Sunday!


              Diamond Detour in On Our Way January 31 2015, 2 Comments

              Primary colors, cars, trucks, race checkers and chunky stripes! Those are the elements that make this Diamond Detour quilt perfect for any little boy's (or girl's) first big kid bed! We originally planned to make the small quilt size, but wanted to include every fabric in the On Our Way fabric line from Riley Blake Designs. We decided to make the grande size and never looked back! This quilt hung in Riley Blake's booth at Quilt Market in Houston. 

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

              Instead of the typical neutral background fabric, we decided to let the bright orange, aqua, yellow, green and gray prints sit on a vibrant red tone-on-tone. It gives the quilt an extra kick in the pants! 

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

              To continue with the playfulness of the quilt, Kristy quilted this Diamond Detour with a fun all over swirl design. She used a pale yellow thread that blends nicely on all the different fabrics. We bound the quilt in one of the multicolor chunky stripes and it is the perfect finishing touch!

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

              Quick Quilt Stats:

                • Made by: Shayla Wolf
                • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
                • Quilting: funky oblong swirls
                • Pattern: Diamond Detour
                • Fabric: On Our Way by Riley Blake Designs
                • Finished Size: 58" x 77" - Grande size
                • Techniques: Basic piecing
                • My Favorite Part: The little dump trucks that look like popcorn bowls!

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

              We backed the quilt in the aqua main car toss fabric. There are whimsical firetrucks, dump trucks, police cars, race cars, taxicabs, ambulances and street signs! We also made a label with leftover scraps using our simple technique

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

              I love how this quilt turned out. It may never be gifted to a little boy... and end up on my quilt ladder =] The Diamond Detour pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see them! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group. Thanks for stopping by!


              Shivaun Place in Peapods January 28 2015, 0 Comments

              When I saw this adorable Peapods fabric from Dear Stella, I knew we had to make a baby quilt with it! We combined the peapods with a yellow-green fabric, a lime green fabric and a white solid to make this crib size quilt of our Shivaun Place pattern. Our smallest size (tall) of Shivaun Place is the perfect size for a baby quilt and only calls for two fat-quarters, an accent and a background.

              Shivaun Place in Peapods

              Quilt Stats:

              Shivaun Place in Peapods

              My Mom, better known as Kristy of Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted this quilt with random straight lines ranging from 1/8" to 1/2" apart in a white thread. It has the perfect crinkle! in true Sass fashion, we used the scraps to make a label in the bottom corner on the back of the quilt. 

              Shivaun Place in Peapods

              The Shivaun Place pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane projects, we would love to see them! Thanks for stopping by! 


              Arcadia Avenue QAL - Paper Piecing January 19 2015, 8 Comments

              Hey Everyone! It has been a blast seeing all the different fabric pulls you are coming up with. If you haven't shared your fabrics yet, don't fret! We still would love to see them, so add them to our Flickr group. Today is more of an information day, but then next time the sewing begins =]

              Paper Piecing

              Let's talk paper-piecing. People either seem to love it, hate it or fear it! This is a sewing technique that comes with a list of pros and cons. For us, the pros outweigh the cons. We love the precision of the points and the creativity a foundation allows. 

              Paper Piecing

              New to paper-piecing? Think about it as sewing by numbers. It really is that easy! We have a photo tutorial here for reference. 

              We have had quite a few requests for the yardage amounts for Arcadia Avenue. Below is the fabric amounts you need. The two backgrounds, binding and backing you will not need until the blocks are finished. We will show you how we audition backgrounds down the road. 

                • ½ yards of 12 Assorted Fabrics
                • 2¾ yards of a Light Fabric
                • 1¾ yards of a Medium Fabric
                • 2¼ yards of a Dark Fabric
                • 1½ yards of 2 Coordinating Background Fabrics
                • ⅝ yard of Binding Fabric
                • 5½ yards of Backing Fabric

              We also have a few recommended products (not necessary, but will make life much easier!).

              We would love to hear your thoughts on paper-piecing. Are there any products you absolutely love that we need to hear about?

              There is no link up on today's post, but if you have progress photos please add them to our Flickr group for your chance to win a fun little prize. Our first winner is Dana (aka the Crafty Minx) for sharing this fun fabric selection:

                  

              Thanks for stopping by! 


              Susan Kistler's Atlantic Avenue Quilt! January 17 2015, 0 Comments

              Sew and Tell time! We love seeing your projects! It is the best part of designing patterns. When you make a Sass project, you can email us photos, share them on our Facebook wall or share photos in our Flickr group. Now, let's all oh and ah over Susan's colorful Atlantic Avenue quilt!

              "I really love it! I used miscellaneous fat quarters that i got at the Machine Quilters Expo in Springfield this past fall and I quilted it with patterns from Sharon Perry (House of Creations). I went a little haywire with the quilt patterns but couldn't stop myself! My favorite part is the center star!" - Susan

              Quilt Stats:

                • Made by: Susan Kistler
                • Pattern: Atlantic Avenue
                • Fabric: assorted colorful batiks and black & white prints
                • Finished Size: 80" x 80"
                • Techniques: Simple piecing
                • My Favorite Part: The amazing quilting, it really brings the quilt to life!

              All the photos in this post were taken by Susan Kistler. Big thank you Susan for sharing her quilt with us! The Atlantic Avenue pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Thanks for stopping by!


              Arcadia Avenue QAL - Choosing Fabrics January 05 2015, 6 Comments

              Hi Everyone! Welcome to the first post of our Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along. Today we are going to choose fabric! This is one of my favorite parts of quilting. I try to picture a pattern in as many different color combos as possible!

              Arcadia Avenue calls for 12 coordinating fabrics, a light, a medium and a dark for the blocks. When choosing the block fabrics, make sure the 12 coordinating fabrics contrast with the light medium and dark. Below are a few examples of color selections for the Arcadia Avenue quilts we have previously made.

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

              Our cover Arcadia Avenue quilt blocks had a rainbow color scheme created from Dear Stella fabrics. We used 12 colorful mini confetti dots to create a rainbow, a solid white for the light, a light grey stripe for the medium and a solid charcoal for the dark.

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

              We made another rainbow themed quilt - this time with bright and colorful batiks from Hoffman California. We used twelve bright 1895 batiks to create a gradation of color, a light grey batik for the light, a medium grey batik for the medium and a black batik for the dark.

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

              The other quilt we made with Hoffman batiks used a Gemstone fabric pack full of pinks, purple, teals and blues. This quilt is much scrappier than the other two. We used a Bali Snap pack for the 12 colors, a pale green batik for the light, a lime green batik for the medium and a black batik for the dark.

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Choices

              This version of Arcadia Avenue has a sunset color scheme using American Made Brand solids. Juli used an assortment of yellow, orange, red and purple solids for the 12 colors, a pale solid pink for the light, a bright solid pink for the medium and a solid magenta for the dark.

              Now that we have made a few Arcadias, we are going to mix it up a bit! Here is a little bit about our fabric choices for the Quilt Along and a little preview of what our blocks will look like.

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

              Kristy (my Mom) is digging into her healthy stash of batiks to make her quilt! She is using teal, blue and purple batik scraps for the 12 colors, a light beige leafy batik for the light, pink batiks for the medium and a mottled black batik for the dark. Pink is a little outside her comfort zone so she is going to use it sparingly throughout the blocks. 

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

              I am going completely outside of my comfort zone and making a quilt with very little color.... I know! Hold the phone =] I have been loving all the low volume quilts that are popping up on my Instagram feed, so I dug through my (and my Mom's) stash. I am using assorted low volume fabrics for my 12 fabrics (there will be some fussy cutting!) and a grey tone-on-tone for the medium and/or light. Each block is going to have a color theme for the dark. Block #1 will be pink, so I chose 12 different pink scraps. 

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

              My Mom and liked the idea of each block having a scrappy color scheme so much.... that we are tag-teaming a 3rd quilt! This one will use a different pink (red, orange, yellow, etc.) for the 12 colors, a solid white for the light, a black-on-white hatch for the medium and a black thumbprint tonal for the the dark. 

              Now your turn! We want to see what fabrics you are going to use for your blocks! If you have a blog please link up with us using the link-up tool below any time before the next post on 1/19/15. If you don't, we have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick a winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. Thanks for stopping by!


              Hello 2015! January 01 2015, 0 Comments

              2015

              Happy 2015 Everyone! Thank you for all of you support this last year! Each year we are in business keeps getting better and better! We have big plans for 2015 =] Have a wonderfully creative year! 

              Here is a little video of most of our 2014 projects. It is the slowed down version of our Instagram video!

               


              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks December 20 2014, 0 Comments

              Hello little lion! One of our family traditions is to make all our family and friends a baby quilt to welcome their new ones into the world. My Mom made this Zoey's Zoo quilt for our family friend's new baby girl, Rowan! 

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

              My Mom used assorted bright batiks (mostly from Timeless Treasures) to make this quilt! The combination of oranges, pinks, aquas and lime is cheerful and will surely put a smile on little Miss Rowan's face!

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

              My mom backed the quilt in orange Minky so it will be extra warm and snuggly! She quilted simple straight horizontal lines across the quilt. The combination of straight line quilting and Minky backing gives this quilt the wonderful crinkly texture I love! 

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

              My Mom appliquéd the baby's name using a lime green batik and a black blanket stitch. The contrasting thread helps distinguish the name from the busy background. 

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

              Quilt Stats:

                • Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
                • Pattern: Zoey's Zoo
                • Fabric: assorted bright batiks
                • Finished Size: 40" x 54"
                • Techniques: simple appliqué and easy piecing
                • My Favorite Part: The bright colors and goofy eyes! 

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

              The Zoey's Zoo quilt pattern is available hereIf you make this pattern or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, send us an email! (contact@sassafras-lane.com) We would love to feature you and your project on our blog. Thank you for stopping by!


              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning December 18 2014, 4 Comments

              Today we are sharing another version of our Wynkoop Court made with Dear Stella fabrics. This one screams Spring time and was made up in Sunday Morning fabrics. 

              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning

              This quilt was more planned than the rest. We featured the large floral print in the hexagons and surrounded them with matching calico triangles. The colors create stars that nest into one another. There is a paisley print in the triangles between the stars. 

              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning

              Quilt Stats:

                • Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
                • Pattern: Wynkoop Court
                • Fabric: Sunday Morning from Dear Stella
                • Finished Size: 61" x 72" - Grande
                • Techniques: easy-peasy triangle piecing!
                • My Favorite Part: How the matching triangles create stars around the hexagons. 

              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning

              My mom quilted spirals in the  hexagons and greek key triangles in the triangles. She bound the quilt with a subtle color changing stripe and backed the quilt in the light grey calico print. The quilting really pops on the back! 

              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning

              The Wynkoop Court pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Sewing!


              Wynkoop Court in Mika December 17 2014, 1 Comment

              We have another version of Wynkoop Court to share with you today. I absolutely love this quilt! It will definitely be hanging around in our living room next Fall.

              Wynkoop Court in Mika

              Our neighbor's tree was turning orange a few days before Quilt Market, so we went out to snap a few photos! It was the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous quilt made up in Dear Stella's Mika fabric line. 

              My Mom quilted swirls in the beige hexagons and and freeform feather through the triangles. The subtle beige stripe in the hexagons really lets the quilting shine!

              Wynkoop Court in Mika

              Quilt Stats:

                • Made by: Shayla Wolf (moi)
                • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
                • Pattern: Wynkoop Court
                • Fabric: Mika from Dear Stella Design
                • Finished Size: 61" x 72" - Grande
                • Techniques: easy-peasy triangle piecing!
                • My Favorite Part: The color combination for oranges, mustards, turquoises and beige.

              Wynkoop Court in Mika

              We bound the quilt with the orange Net fabric. I love how it frames the quilt but isn't overpowering! I made a label with a few scraps from the top and Voila!

              Wynkoop Court in Mika

              The Wynkoop Court pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Be sure to stop by tomorrow for another Wynkoop Court made with Dear Stella fabrics. Thanks for stopping by! 


              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie December 16 2014, 1 Comment

              Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! -- Just kidding! Although there are lions =] There are also cows, flamingos, monkeys, giraffes, owls, alligators, ladybugs, frogs, pigs, turtles, bunnies, whales, elephants, hippos and foxes!

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

              I love novelty prints and Ann Kelle's Urban Zoologie prints are some of the most adorable animal prints out there! We combined the animals with some fun bright geometric fabrics to create an i-spy version of our Wynkoop Court!

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

              It is a little busier than our other Wynkoop Court quilts we have made, but it is fun! We used animals and geometric prints that had bright colors and light backgrounds for the triangles and a dark grey with white dots for the hexagons. They have enough contrast that you can still see the pattern.

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

              My mom quilted vertical straight lines across the quilt at varying widths in a light orange thread. I love how it turned out! It is the perfect amount of wrinkle! I threw it into a tree in the front yard for a few photos before Quilt Market. We still had some pretty Fall leaves! 

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

              Quilt Stats:

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

              We bound the quilt in a grey and white chevron print. It was the perfect colors and adds to the whimsy of the quilt! I pieced a few leftover animals together to make a cute little label (it might be my favorite label ever!) and using our Easy Peasy Label Tutorial, I put it in the corner of the quilt.

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

              The Wynkoop Court pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! We have more versions of Wynkoop Court to share, so be sure to stop back by. Happy Sewing!