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Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning December 18 2014, 3 Comments
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Introducing Wynkoop Court! December 15 2014, 1 Comment
We have one pattern from Quilt Market in Houston to officially introduce -- meet Wynkoop Court! Wynkoop Court is a unique and modern mashup of hexagons and triangle created with no Y-seams. This is the perfect pattern for fat-quarters or can be a scrappy as you want! Showcase your quilting or your favorite fabric in the large hexagons! The pattern included three sizes: Tall (47" x 54"), Grande (56" x 72") and Venti (77" x 95").
My mom did some great quilting on this quilt that really emphasizes the pattern. She quilted spirals in the white center hexagons and greek key triangles in the orange triangles. We bound the quilt in a fun orange and white stripe -- it was a perfect finish to this scrappy quilt!
We had a lot of fun photographing this scrappy orange quilt! We first found a neat brick wall with a wood panel across the top on a country road outside of Boulder. It was a nice serene backdrop that looked great with this busy modern quilt. We then found a fun graffiti wall in Boulder that allows aspiring artists to practice their art form! It was painted with lots of shades of blues and greens and was a great contrast for the orange quilt. The locations were complete opposites, but both fun in their own way!
- Made by: Shayla Wolf (moi)
- Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
- Pattern: Wynkoop Court
- Fabric: assorted orange scraps and a solid white background
- Finished Size: 77" x 95" - Venti
- Techniques: easy-peasy triangle piecing!
- My Favorite Part: The amazing quilting and the fact that I used practically every orange in my stash =]
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 everyday this week for more versions of Wynkoop Court. Tomorrow we are going to share a version that doubles as an I-spy quilt =] It is going to be a fun week! Happy Sewing!
The Daily Duffle in Shaman December 13 2014, 0 Comments
Today we are going to share our 'manly' version of the Daily Duffle bag that made an appearance in the Westminster Fibers booth at Quilt Market in Houston. We made this duffle with Parson Gray's new Shaman fabric line for FreeSpirit Fabrics.
We made this version with a Designer Bundle of 2 1/2" wide precut strips for the outside of the bag, a blue arrow print for the bag body and the green rippling print for the accent and lining.
I love the large prints and tone-on-tones in this line! It has everything - rippling circles, geometric hexagons, stars, rectangles, arrows and more. The combination of olive greens, burnt oranges and gray blues is perfect men and women. We found gray zippers that blend nicely with the fabrics.
Thank you to FreeSpirit for sending us fabric to play with! The Daily Duffle pattern is available here 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! Monday we will be officially introducing our Wynkoop Court pattern, so pop back over. Thanks for stopping by =] Happy Sewing!
Scrappy Orange Daily Duffle December 12 2014, 0 Comments
We have another Daily Duffle bag we want to share with you! We coined this bag the Sassafras Lane duffle. We made it from our large stash of orange scraps. We cut them into 2 1/2" strips and pretended they were a jelly-roll, a very orange jelly-roll! We paired the orange scraps with a black and white zigzag and I absolutely LOVE the result!
We found the perfect colored zipper for the bag top. We like to call this the Sass Orange =] It matches the orange walls of our studio. Isn't it pretty!
The green grass covered with yellow leaves scattered about made a great backdrop for this bright bag. Unfortunately I am not tall enough to not be in the photo. Please ignore me stepping on my tippy toes!
Here is a close up of the handles -- I fussy cut the zigzag fabric so the points would go down the center of the handles. We used 18 different orange fabrics... because 9 just wasn't enough and one great orange diamond print for the lining!
I can't wait to use this bag for my weekend trips! The Daily Duffle pattern is available here 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! Be sure to stop back by this weekend another version of the Daily Duffle. Thanks for stopping by =] Happy Sewing!
Introducing the Daily Duffle December 11 2014, 0 Comments
I have been completely failing on the blog front! I apologize! Between Quilt Market, moving (again) and the holidays, I have been slacking a little! We still have tons of Quilt Market projects to share, but first we still need to officially introduce two more patterns! The first one is the Daily Duffle, our modern take on the classic duffle bag! Plenty of room for that weekend getaway with a roomy inside and lots of exterior pockets. With a zippered enclosure and two zippered end pockets your treasures stay safe! The Daily Duffle finishes 18" wide, 10" tall and 10" deep. Super easy piping gives this bag a professional finished look. Can be worn as an over-the shoulder or carried by the handles.
The bag can feature one fabric on the outside, 2 1/2" strips or scraps! We have versions in all three styles, but today we are sharing the cover bag made with an adorable weekday fabric, a black and white crosshatch and a solid lime green. We made this one from our stash and love how it turned out! This fabric is also how the bag was named... days of the week = The Daily Duffle!
The Daily Duffle pattern has zippers, faux binding and piping. These elements give the bag a nice professional look, and we make them super easy on you!
- Made by: Kristy Wolf
- Pattern: The Daily Duffle
- Fabric: Days of the Week fabric, Widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander and a Lime Solid
- Finished Size: 18" wide, 10" tall and 10" deep
- Techniques: Straight sewing and piping (photo tutorial here)
- My Favorite Part: The pops of color on the black and white fabrics!
The Daily Duffle pattern is available here 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! Be sure to stop back by this weekend for more versions of the Daily Duffle. Thanks for stopping by =] Happy Sewing!
Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along December 09 2014, 2 Comments
Hello Everyone! We are planning an Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along for 2015. We had so much fun making the first few quilts, we both wanted to make another one! So, we are going to sew along with you =] We would love to have the quilts done by Christmas 2016, so we are going to make 2 blocks a month starting in February. But feel free to go at your own pace and join in whenever you would like!
Here is the schedule we are going to try to stick to:
We will share with you our personal fabric selections for the upcoming quilts on the 5th and give some tips for choosing fabrics. Every two weeks we will be showing you our blocks and a few creative ways to make the block your own! There will be a link up on the post and an on going Flickr page to add your photos to. We will have a small giveaway with each step open to anyone participating!
I even made a little button! Go ahead and grab one from the sidebar for your blog =]
This is our first QAL, so please let us know if we are missing something! Thank you for stopping by and we look forward to sewing along with you in 2015 =]
Cyber Monday Sale! November 30 2014, 0 Comments
I know it is not quite Monday, but we are starting a little early! All PDF patterns are 25% off today and tomorrow. No coupon code needed, they are already marked down! That makes the patterns $7.13, so get em while they are hot!
We hope you enjoyed your long holiday weekend. We had a lot of fun, did very little work, and made some big and wonderful life changes! (More on that soon!) Thank you for stopping by =]
Happy Thanksgiving! November 27 2014, 1 Comment
We have a lot to be thankful for this year! Thanks to all of you who support Sassafras Lane and make it worth all the hard work! We wouldn't be here without you! We hope you are enjoying lots of food, watching football and spending time with family today! We will not be participating in Black Friday this year, but we will have a sale on Cyber Monday! So, be sure to stop back by to get 25% off all PDF patterns!
Thank you! Enjoy the holiday and the long weekend! Gobble Gobble!
Digital Quilts in Timeless Treasures Fabrics November 24 2014, 1 Comment
One of the fun parts of designing quilt patterns is mocking them up in lots of different options! Timeless Treasures send their new lines out to designers to get a few quilt mockups made. It is a great way to get an idea of how the fabric looks in use! They have a great Projects tab on their website with a plethora projects to peruse. Below are a few that currently on their website:
Here are a few more mockups that aren't on the Timeless website, but I had to share because I love how they turned out!
Bourbon Street in Tonga Zen Batiks
Wiley Way in Tonga Boysenberry Batiks
Mulholland Drive in Tonga Reef Batiks
Not quite the same as a physical quilt, but maybe they inspire one! Thanks for stopping by!
30 Quilts for 30 Years - Bloghop & Giveaway November 22 2014, 91 Comments
Robert Kaufman is celebrating it's Kona Cotton 30th Anniversary the entire month of November with 30 different designers, 30 quilts and a 30 day blog hop. Each day, one of the 30 quilt designers featured in the 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook, will share their Kona quilt and today is our day! We will share some fun details of our Diamond Detour quilt and have a giveaway!
We were really excited when Nichole from Robert Kaufman contacted us early this summer to see if we would like to design a quilt for the Kona Cotton Lookbook. We love deadlines, and this was the perfect motivation to get a quilt pattern finished before the week of Quilt Market!
These smaller diamonds were the perfect way to display a plethora of our favorite Kona Cotton colors. Choosing from 303 colors was not any easy feat, but we finally settled on bright saturated colors on a dark background. We used Cerise, Pomegranate, Honeysuckle, Watermelon, Tangerine, Torch, School Bus, Sunny, Corn Yellow, Citrus, Wasabi, Chartreuse, Parrot, Sour Apple, Cypress, Breakers, Lagoon, Copen, Lavender, Violet and Geranium for the diamonds and Pepper for the background.
The Diamond Detour quilt pattern is available here in PDF and paper formats.
There are so many gorgeous quilts in this group, but one of my favorites is North and South designed by Nichole Ramirez! The combination of triangles, zigzags and colors is to die for!
Now for the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a Diamond Detour pattern and a Summer '13 charm pack! To enter, just leave a comment on this post with your favorite Kona color to be entered to win! My favorite is Wasabi! Entry is open for 24 hours and will close tomorrow at 12:00 AM US mountain standard time.
Don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the hop to see some beautiful quilts! Below is a list of all the blogs =]
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs - that's us!
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!
Thanks for stopping by!
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 10 Blog Tour November 18 2014, 180 Comments
Welcome blog hoppers! It is that time of year again. The air is crisp, the trees are bare and there is a new issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks! This is Vol. 10... which means 1000 original blocks! That is pretty crazy. We have been participating for a few volumes nows, check out our past blocks in Vol. 7, Vol. 8 and Vol. 9. Okay, now on to our new blocks!
My Mom's block, keeping with her old car theme, is an adorable woodie. She dug through her stash and scrap bin for this block! She used two different woodgrain prints and an orange tone-on-tone for the car body, assorted scraps for the wheels, bumpers and presents, a light blue swirl for the sky and a grey print for the ground. I love the presents on top of the car! And that detailed stitching =] Isn't it just the cutest thing!
My is kind of a modge-podge of scraps. I knew which fabrics I wanted to use and what general shape I wanted to achieve and just started sewing. If you know me, you know this is not normal behavior! I am planner. Once I had my block made, I started playing with some quilt layouts. I am currently sewing on a project that will appear in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Spring '15 issue featuring this quilt and Doe, Carolyn Friedlander's new line!
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 you are sewing for the upcoming holidays, and submit by midnight MST, Wednesday, November 19. I will pick four lucky winners and email them. =] This issue goes on sale today, 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 Pillow Tutorial! November 09 2014, 4 Comments
Right before Quilt Market, the great girls over at Dear Stella asked us to make a few pillows to show off the blocks of our Arcadia Avenue pattern. We decided to make some 3D hexagon pillows. We made a total of 11 extra blocks that we turned into pillows! (We only had 8 here to photograph) And, boy did we fall in love with them! It was the perfect way to show different ways of coloring the blocks and a whole different project to make with the Arcadia Avenue pattern. They were a hit at Quilt Market, so we had to hurry home to write a tutorial on how we made them! So, here we go!
To make these pillows you need the Arcadia Avenue book. For this tutorial, we used the “Half Triangle Templates” for the pillow front, instead of a paper-pieced block.
- 1 Block from Arcadia Avenue
- 2 yards of fusible interfacing at 20” wide
- 1 zipper 22” or longer
- 4 yards of 1/4” cording
- 2/3 yard for backing and sides
- Fabric to create 132” of bias strips 2” wide
- 2” wide foam at least 18” x 21” (we found ours at Joanns)
- High loft poly batting
- Freezer paper
- Optional: Large coverable button & Fishing line or floss
Making the Back:
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the back and side fabric. Cut 1 piece 10 ½” x 22”, 1 piece 9 ½” x 22” and 6 pieces 3 ½” x 11” (save for pillow sides). Sew the 10 ½” x 22” piece to the zipper, right sides together, moving the zipper head out of the way as needed.
Press the seam away from zipper. Beware that the nylon zipper will melt - covering your zipper with a pressing cloth or piece of fabric will protect it.
Sew the 9 ½” x 22” piece along the other side of the zipper, moving the zipper head as need. Press the seam away from the zipper.
Top stitch close to the edge on each side of the zipper.
Make a freezer paper hexagon template the same size as your Arcadia Avenue block. Lay the template on the pillow back with the hexagon points below the zipper. Iron the template onto the back, shiny side down avoiding the zipper.
Trim the pillow back to the same size as the hexagon template.
Making the Piping:
Refer to our "Sewology Saturday - Making Piping" tutorial to make the piping.
Adding the Piping:
Using the freezer paper template, cut out a fusible interfacing hexagon. Fuse to the wrong side of the pillow front (your block).
Starting the in the middle of a hexagon side with the end of the piping off the edge, sew the piping to the Arcadia Avenue block.
Be sure to keep the raw edges even.
When you reach a corner, stop with your needle down and snip the piping to the stitches. (Don’t cut the stitches!!)
Pivot and continue sewing. (We slightly curved the corners of the hexagons, this made everything go a little smoother!)
When you have sewn around the entire pillow, overlap the piping ends (see photo) and sew straight over the piping to secure it.
Trim off the excess piping.
Add piping to the back of the pillow in the same manner.
Making the sides:
Sew the pillow side pieces together along the short ends, stopping ¼” from each end. Back stitch at each end.
Sew all 6 pieces together to create a loop.
Iron the seams open.
Pin (or clip) the pillow sides to the block right sides together, lining up the seams of the sides with the hexagon corners.
Sew together with the block on top, sewing along the stitching line formed from adding the piping. Pin the back of the pillow to the sides, lining up the hexagon corners with the side seams. Sew with the pillow back on top, moving the front of the pillow out of the way.
You now have your pillow!
Stuffing the Pillow:
Flip the pillow right sides out through the zippered back. Push out the corners and the piping until they look good. Make another hexagon freezer paper template ¼” smaller all the way around than the previous one. Using this new template, cut out 12 layers of batting. Layer 6 batting pieces into the pillow along the front. If you are not adding a button, skip to the foam instructions. Using the fishing line or floss, add your button to the front of the pillow stitching through the layers of batting.
Secure the button with a few knots.
Using the new freezer paper template, carve your 2” thick foam into a hexagon using a bread knife or an electric knife.
Push the foam through the top half of the pillow.
Roll the foam and shove it into the bottom half.
You may need to adjust and move the foam around to get it centered. The batting sticks to it though, so be patient!
Once the foam is in a good place, layer the last 6 pieces of batting into the back of the pillow.
Close the zipper and Voila! You may find easier ways of stuffing the pillows, this is just what worked best for us! We would love to see the pillows you make, so please send us photos when you get them made up!
Beware... these pillows are additive! You may end up with a whole pile like we did!
Well that's all folks! It was a long post, but hopefully a helpful one! We can't wait to see your Arcadia Avenue quilts and pillows. Don't forget, we will be hosting a Quilt Along in January if you want to join us!
Sewology Saturday - Making Piping November 08 2014, 1 Comment
Tomorrow we will be posting a tutorial on making the Arcadia Avenue Pillows, so today we thought we should have a quick tutorial on how to make piping. We use piping not only in those awesome pillows, but also in our Daily Duffle bag pattern. Piping gives home dec projects and bags a nice completed and professional look and it is pretty easy to make!
Step 1: Cut strips on the 45 degree bias. (When making the Arcadia Avenue pillows with the 1/4" cording, cut your strips 2” wide. When making the Daily Duffle bag with the 3/16" cording, cut your strips 1.5" wide.) Cut a 45 degree corner off the the piping fabric. Fold the fabric in half along the new cut edge and cut the strips.
Step 2: Sew the fabric strips together end-to-end with a diagonal seam. Iron the seams open.
Step 3: Place the cording on the wrong side of the fabric strip in the center. Fold the fabric over the cording making sure it is snug.
Step 4: Sew close to the cording without sewing on it. We suggest using a “stitch-in-the-ditch” foot (shown in the photo) with the needle position in the center. (You can also use a zipper foot and move the needle position towards the cording.)
Step 5: Once you have sewn the entire length of your fabric, trim the excess fabric to a ¼”. We use the Piping Wizard to make this step much simpler.
Refer to the Arcadia Avenue tutorial for instructions on how to attach the piping to your projects!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop back in tomorrow for a tutorial on how to make the Arcadia Avenue pillows! Now that we have the piping made, they will be easy-peasy!
Arcadia Avenue in American Made Brand Solids November 07 2014, 0 Comments
Today we are sharing this stunning version of our Arcadia Avenue made by our good friend, Juli Kieny, with American Made Brand solids. Now let's hear from the talented lady who made and quilted this great quilt:
"First off, let me say how much I love sewing for Sassafras Lane! These ladies are just so talented and fun. When I saw a picture of the Arcadia Avenue BOM, I couldn't wait to get started. I love what you can create with paper piecing and once you've learned how, something that looks so complicated, just isn't."
"A tip for this pattern: there will be a lot of bulk in the center of each block, so after sewing, trim some of the seam allowance towards the tip of the triangle, your seams will match up more accurately."
"Since my quilt was made with all solids, I knew it needed to be custom quilted. To add some softness to all the angles, I quilted a lot of curves, loops and swirls. The back of the quilt is just as fun as the front!"
"Kristy and Shayla are so creative, I can't wait to see what they come up with next!"
Ahh! Thank you Juli! You are too sweet! And a huge thank you for making and quilting this stunner! Juli made a few other projects for Quilt Market and we will be sharing them soon!"
For Juli's quilt, we chose 12 warm colors ranging from yellow to maroon and a light, medium and dark pink for the light, medium and dark. For the background we chose two dark fabrics, one navy and one purple. The dark backgrounds really make the blocks pop!
Arcadia Avenue in Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons & Stripes November 06 2014, 1 Comment
Today we are going to share the beautiful version of Arcadia Avenue that my grandma, MaryEllen Laughary, made! She used her bountiful stash of Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, plaids and stripes to paper-piece the blocks. Boy it is pretty! Now, let's hear from MaryEllen:
"When Shayla asked me to make a sample of Arcadia Avenue and suggested I use my collection of Kaffe Fassett stripes, plaids and shot cottons, I was really excited! There are few blocks I would have changed some of the placement for better contrast, but still love how it turned out."
"Shay's tip about starching is important. Some of my fabrics didn't get starched enough and got a little wonky." (The book includes little tips and tricks, like starching before paper-piecing. If using a looser woven fabric, you will definitely want to throughly starch your fabrics!).
"I couldn't pick a favorite block. Each one became my favorite as I finished it!"
I can't pick a favorite block either, but I love the one below. Something about those perfectly placed stripes and color combination make me smile!
Big thank you to Mama for making this quilt. It is absolutely gorgeous and a perfect example of how to use your stash in the quilt. We are going to be hosting a Quilt Along in the new year and we will be using our stashes to make two very different versions of Arcadia Avenue!
Oh... and Kaffe himself got to see this beauty at Quilt Market! Pretty fun to see him admire my grandma's quilt!
Arcadia Avenue in Hoffman 1895 Batiks November 05 2014, 1 Comment
As promised, there are going to be some new voices on the blog! Today, you are going to hear from the other half of Sassafras Lane, my Mom, Kristy!
"When Shayla and I started thinking about fabrics for our new Arcadia Avenue, (then unnamed), I knew I wanted to use batiks - I absolutely LOVE the ease of batik fabrics. So, of course we turned to Hoffman! For my Arcadia Avenue version I used Hoffman California’s 1895 batiks. If you’ve never seen their 1895 swatch card – the only thing I can say is that it is AMAZING! Its about 7 feet long by a foot tall! – so only picking 17 fabrics was a challenge! I picked a rainbow color scheme for my 12 block colors and a black for my dark, a medium gray for my medium and a very light gray for my light. I ended up picking two navy fabrics, one with a print for my backgrounds."
"I love paper-piecing so this quilt is right up my alley! I started with block #1, which took me a little longer than I liked (4 days), then I got a bit obsessive and cranked out the rest of the blocks in record time! The reason I love to paper-piece with batiks is that I can use either side! My colors are in the same rainbow order in each block, and my light, medium and dark fabrics are consistent throughout the quilt. The blocks are all great, but my favorite is the arrow block aka Target Practice."
"I quilted the blocks with a wide large spiral in orange thread. In some of the blocks I filled in the spiral with a design, and some I left some open. On the edge of the spirals in the outer hexagon, I quilted a feather or a fern to fill the hexagon. In the background I quilted the triangles in straight serpentine lines changing direction in every other triangle, matching a navy thread to the fabric."
"I love all aspects of this quilt – the fabric choosing, the piecing and the quilting!" - Kristy
Me again! Isn't she cute?! I love that photo of her head popping up from behind the quilt! We had so much fun photographing these quilts. It was an amazing coincidence when we stumbled upon this bright yellow Studebaker truck! Below is the entire scene.
Get your own copy of Arcadia Avenue here. Tomorrow you will hear from my Grandma and see her beautiful quilt! Thanks for stopping by!
Introducing Arcadia Avenue! November 04 2014, 6 Comments
Okay, so most of you have already seen this quilt a few times! But we thought we could have an Arcadia Avenue week to answer some questions about the pattern and share some details about each quilt. We have 5 different versions to share with you, and today we are kicking it all off with this gorgeous version that is on the cover!
Here are a few quick facts:
- The blocks are paper-pieced. If you can sew on a line, you can make this quilt! Check out how easy paper-piecing is.
- The book contains full-sized foundations for all 12 unique blocks.
- The pillow pattern is not included in the book, but the tutorial is coming this weekend, so be sure to stop back by!
- There are no special rulers needed to make the blocks. A 60° triangle is recommended for the setting triangles, but not necessary.
- There are absolutely no Y-seams!
- Arcadia Avenue will only be available as a physical book, no PDF versions.
- The book includes exact cutting for each section of the foundations.
- We will not be kitting any of the quilts, but if you know of a store who is, please let us know. We have heard from a few people who would love kits!
- For those without a participating local quilt store, we will be hosting a Quilt-Along starting in January if would like to sew along with us. Quilt stores are more than welcome to join too! The more the merrier!
Now let me tell you a little bit about my process making this version of Arcadia Avenue. I originally mocked up the quilt in a rainbow of colors, so when I went to choose fabrics, it was easy pickins! I chose 12 different Dear Stella Mini Confetti Dots to create gradating color. For the three constant fabrics, I used a white Solid for the light, a grey Sunburst Stripe for the medium and a Solid charcoal for the dark. I chose two light background fabrics that blend together: a Sunburst Stripe and a Confetti Dot.
I love foundation piecing. I find it relaxing once I get into the motion. When I got on a role, I get pretty quick! And the results you can achieve with paper piecing is amazing! There are so many shapes and perfect points you just can't achieve without a little paper.
Once I had this quilt top made, I handed it over to my personal quilter, my Mom (just kidding!). She quilted each block differently and then doodled in the background. There are lots of words quilted in there, like: Sassafras Lane Designs, colorful, inspiring, Arcadia Avenue, limitless, love, peace, sassy, caffeine, coffee, happiness, etc.
Be sure to check back all week to hear about the rest of the Arcadia Avenue quilts from the makers themselves! Thanks for stopping by!
On the Orange Couch! November 02 2014, 1 Comment
We started a fun little tradition at our very first Market in Houston, of taking photos on the orange couch we hauled down from Colorado. You can see last year's photos here. If you are in one of these photos, feel free to share them! Warning: there are a LOT of photos!
Marti Michell stopped by to tell us about her new rulers! We gabbed about our love of geometry.
Kristen and Valerie of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine stopped by!
Carolyn Beam and Eileen Fowler of Quiltmaker Magazine both stopped by to rest their feet!
Kelsey and Kathy Creach of Simply Sew Boutique stopped by to get a few patterns!
The always entertaining Monica Gonzales of Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations stopped by to say hello!
The talented Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy stopped by briefly to take a photo.
The super sweet ladies of The Country Sampler stopped by to pick up some of our new patterns!
These great gals from the Sew Together Quilt Shop came to our schoolhouse and our booth!
Cecile Whataman of Unique Stitching in Australia stopped by to pick up some of our new patterns!
Steffani Burton of Country Fabrics and Quilting stopped by to say hello and take a photo!
Cheryl Phillips of Phillips Fiber Art and her daughter Brooke stopped by to say hello!
Nancy Jewell of FreeSpirit Fabrics stopped by to take a picture and chat!
The always adorable ladies of The Presser Foot stopped in to check out our new patterns!
The adorable mother-daughter duo, Megan and Sharon Richardson of The Hanger, stopped by!
Marsha Cowan and Marsha Brownfield of Bernina Sewing and Design stopped in to check out the new patterns!
Sue Marsh of Whistlepig Creek Productions stopped by the booth to catch up!
Susan Guzman, the new Content Director of McCall's Quilting, stopped in for a quick chat and a photo!
The adorable ladies of Piece & Applique Quilt Shop stopped in to get some of the new patterns!
Janet Rae Nesbitt of One Sister Designs stopped in to say hello and tell us about her new company!
Ann Simanskey and Patty Rapanos of the Park Bench Quilt Shop stopped in to see our new stuff!
These ladies were an absolute delight to hang out with and unfortunately I forgot to grab a photo of their badges! If any one can ID them, please ket us know!
Amy Shade who was there helping out in the Monaluna booth stopped in to say hello! Isn't she adorable!?
The amazingly talented Gudrun Erla of GE Designs stopped into say hello and tell us about her new ruler!
Julie Marrone and Brian Harsh of the Fabric Shop Network stopped by with their latest issue of FabShop News!
Carol Neufeld and Joanne Pelletier of Fleetwood Wholesale Jewellry stopped by the booth and brought lots of giggles with them!
I finally got to meet Anita Grossman Solomon in person when she stopped by the booth!
It was great to chat with June Dudley about her new position as Acquisitions Editor over at Craftsy!
Elisabeth Woo of Robert Kaufman Fabrics stopped by to take a picture with the orange pillow on the orange couch!
Pam Hansen of Bear Patch Quilting Co. stopped in to chat and check out the new patterns!
The super sweet Kaitlyn Pallas of byannie.com stopped by to stay hi and take a photo on the couch!
The super cute Chelsea and Charlie of Pink Door Fabrics stopped by to say hello! They live in our town! Such a small world!
Deborah Edwards, the Design Director of Northcott, stopped by the booth to say hello!
Thank you to everyone for stopping by! We will be there with our couch again next year! Be sure to stop by and get a photo! Next week we will be blogging about our Arcadia Avenue quilts and feature a tutorial on how to make the hexagon pillows. Stay tuned!
Quilt Market in Houston November 01 2014, 2 Comments
We are back from Houston and have finally started to sort through photos. We had an absolute blast! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and came to our Schoolhouse =] For those of you who didn't get a chance to come, here are a few photos of our booth!
Our Arcadia Avenue Block of the Month book is now available here!
Big thank you to our friends Stacy, Gitte and Juli, and my grandma, MaryEllen, for helping us sew samples! Stop back by tomorrow to see all the fun people who stopped by to sit on our orange couch!
Blogger's Quilt Festival - Original Quilt Design October 29 2014, 12 Comments
Every year during Quilt Market and Festival, Amy of Amy's Creative Side, hosts an amazing virtual quilt show called the Blogger's Quilt Festival. We are once again sponsoring the Modern Quilts Category this year, so be sure to go enter! We are going to throw our hat into the ring for the Original Quilt Design Category with our new BOM pattern, Arcadia Avenue. Here are a few photos of it:
Quick Quilt Stats:
- Made by: Moi!
- Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
- Quilting: Extraordinary Doodling! =]
- Pattern: Arcadia Avenue (coming soon!)
- Fabric: Dear Stella Confetti Dots, Sunburst Stripes and Solids
- Finished Size: 72" x 90"
- Techniques: Paper-piecing
- My Favorite Part: The 12 unique blocks!
- Blogger's Festival Category: Original Quilt Design
The book will be available through the website this weekend and we do a few more blog spots with lots more information! Thanks for stopping by!
Off to Quilt Market! October 22 2014, 1 Comment
We are officially on our way to Houston for International Quilt Market! We are toting our booth via a large cargo van and are super excited about what we have been up to! Here are a few peeks into our last few weeks of prep.
We have 3 new patterns and a new book! Diamond Detour, the Daily Duffle, Wynkoop Court and Arcadia Avenue. We are very excited about everything and it has been hard to keep quiet about it all!
We will be speaking at a Schoolhouse about our new block-of-the-month quilt pattern: Arcadia Avenue! If you will be attending, be sure to stop in to hear all about it! We are speaking on Friday 10/24, at 2:30, in room 371C.
If you aren't visiting us in Houston, we will fill you in on all of shenanigans here when we get back! Thanks for stopping by!
Pineapple Patchwork Mini Quilt October 03 2014, 0 Comments
Remember when I shared this little mini pineapple quilt?
Well the sweet ladies over at Dear Stella fell in love with it, so I made another in all DS fabrics. They are sharing the free pattern to make your own over on their blog today! Go check it out and download the pattern!
This pineapple mini quilt was inspired by a pillow made by Amber Crawley. She has an amazingly inspirational instagram full of quilty eye-candy: @amber_crawley!
We are still about knee deep in Market sewing and will share some more new patterns soon! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful pineapple filled weekend =]
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