News from the Orange Studio
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.
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.
Arcadia Avenue QAL - Paper Piecing January 19 2015, 7 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 =]
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.
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
- 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, 5 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
The Zoey's Zoo quilt pattern is available here. If you make this pattern or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, send us an email! (email@example.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
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, 10 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, 2 Comments
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 =]
Ben Darby's Lullaby Lane Quilts! September 30 2014, 0 Comments
I know I have said this, but I can't help saying it again! We LOVE seeing your creations. Everyone has their favorite color schemes and individual styles. Seeing your spin on our patterns keeps us in the studio designing!
That being said let's check out these two amazing Lullaby Lane quilts Ben Darby made for twin boys! Everything about these quilts makes me swoon! The photography, the retro fabrics, the perfect piecing, the added rocket appliqué and the spiral quilting.
Ben writes an amazing (and well photographed) blog about his quilting adventures. I originally stumbled upon his blog when someone pinned this great mini quilt he designed and made! There is some major eye-candy over there, so go check it out!
All the photos in this post were taken by Ben Darby. There are a lot more amazing shots over at his blog! Thanks for stopping by!
Jolly Farm Giveaway Winner + Sale! September 27 2014, 0 Comments
Lindsey, who's favorite animals are sheep, is our winner of the Jolly Farm fat-quarter bundle and paper Diamond Detour pattern! Thank you to everyone who commented and Andover Fabrics for providing such an adorable bundle! It was fun to see what everyone's favorite animals are! The overwhelming favorites were cats and dogs, but there were some fun surprises in there like otters, chickens and hedgehogs! We are huge animal lovers and it appears we are not alone in this amazing quilting community! =]
Just a quick reminder, Diamond Detour PDF patterns are 25% off all weekend. Stay tuned for more pattern reveals and some adorable quilts made by some of you! Thanks for stopping by!
Diamond Detour Sale! September 26 2014, 0 Comments
Happy Friday Everyone! We are knee deep in Quilt Market sewing, but we didn't forget that today is officially Diamond Detour day! Diamond Detour PDF patterns are 25% off this weekend. No coupon needed, they are already marked down. Head over HERE to snag your copy today! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more of our Fall pattern releases!
Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm + Giveaway! September 25 2014, 39 Comments
We fell in love with a new line from Andover Fabrics. Jolly Farm is an adorable line chalked full of cute farm animals, trackers, patterns and foliage. We paired the line with an orange solid background to make a fun crib size Diamond Detour.
Our good friend and fellow quilter, Juli Kieny, made and quilted this adorable quilt. She quilted serpentine lines in the background diamonds which gives the solid fabric some texture. I love how it looks!
Shelby really wanted to help us take photos! She kept circling my Mom as she held the quilt. We finally got her to sit between her legs for a photo!
Quick Quilt Stats:
And now to the giveaway! Andover Fabrics generously donated a fat-quarter bundle of the Jolly Farm prints used in the quilt to give away! So we will be giving away the fat-quarter bundle and a paper Diamond Detour pattern.
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 animal is, and submit by midnight PST, Friday, September 25. I will choose a lucky and email them!
We will also be having a sale on the Diamond Detour patterns this weekend, starting tomorrow, so be sure to grab one. Thanks for stopping by!
Diamond Detour in Batiks September 24 2014, 1 Comment
We love batiks. In fact, we have quite a large stash collection of them! So, we decided to make a version of the Diamond Detour in our favorite batik color combination. We pulled lime, purple, blue and turquoise printed batiks for the pieced diamonds and a gorgeous beige bubble print for the background.
This color combination matches my parents living room perfectly, so my Mom backed the quilt with a minkee-esk blanket. It will be used to snuggle under as the weather starts to cool down!
My Mom, the amazing talent behind Wolf Creek Quilting, choose to do some simple quilting on this one. She quilted horizontal straight lines across the quilt at varying widths. The quilting creates an amazing texture!
My mom bound the quilt in a gorgeous teal batik. Using a blanket on the backing makes the quilt heavier, so my usual rolled photo for binding looks a little squished.
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Now we have shared Diamond Detour quilts in solids, prints and batiks. What is next? Well you will have to stop by tomorrow to find out! There will be another fun version, plus a giveaway sponsored by Andover. Thanks for stopping by!
Adding Prints to the Diamond Detour September 23 2014, 1 Comment
The cover quilt of the Diamond Detour is all about solids, so today we are going to focus on adding prints to the quilt. The Diamond Detour is a great way to show off your favorite prints. We have two examples today that are completely different! One features different prints in the pieced diamonds and the other features one busy print as the background.
The first quilt features assorted black and white prints in the pieced diamonds. We chose a solid golden yellow background so both the dark prints and light prints contrasted with the background. Featuring prints this way allows you to feature multiple prints, but does make the quilt prominently the background color.
Quick Quilt Stats:
- Made by: Shayla Wolf
- Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
- Quilting: Flowers and Serpentine lines.
- Pattern: Diamond Detour
- Fabric: Assorted black and white prints with a yellow solid background.
- Finished Size: 33" x 45" - Tall size
- Techniques: Basic piecing
- My Favorite Part: The egg backing fabric that fits the quilt front perfectly and the pieced label!
The second quilt features assorted tone-on-tone pieced diamonds with a busy rocket print as the background. For this quilt, we pulled the background first and then choose coordinating fabrics for the diamonds. This is a great way to feature your favorite prints without cutting them up as much. It gives the pattern an entirely different look!
Quick Quilt Stats:
- Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
- Quilting: Allover funky oval swirl.
- Pattern: Diamond Detour
- Fabric: Assorted tone-on-tones with the Rocket print from Michael Miller Fabrics as the background.
- Finished Size: 33" x 45" - Tall size
- Techniques: Basic piecing
- My Favorite Part: The fun rocket print and the coordinating dinosaur print on the back!
Now you have seen solid and printed versions of the Diamond Detour. Tomorrow we are sharing a beautiful batik version, Thursday we are having a giveaway and then the new pattern sale starts on Friday! So, be sure to stop back by this week!
The Diamond Detour pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. Thanks for stopping by!
Introducing Diamond Detour! September 22 2014, 1 Comment
Say hello to the newest pattern of the Sassafras Lane bunch, Diamond Detour! This is our fun new take on our popular Diamond Alley quilt pattern. We made the diamonds smaller and ditched the sashing. Show off your favorite prints, create a cascade of color or feature a single print as the background. The pattern included three sizes: Tall (33" x 45"), Grande (58" x 77") and Venti (84" x 99").
The Diamond Detour pattern is fat-quarter or 10" square precuts friendly. For the cover quilt we used some luscious Kona Cottons (including some of their newest colors!). In the Diamonds we created a cascade of color using the following Kona Cottons: 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. We chose the Pepper solid for the background to create a strong background. We love how the diamonds pop of the quilt!
My Mom, the amazing quilter behind Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted feathers in the background diamonds and horizontal serpentine lines in the colorful diamonds. She used a rainbow variegated thread that adds a gorgeous texture to the quilt!
You know me, I love to make a fancy binding! I added 1 1/2" wide strips of each color to the binding, separated by 3/4" background pieces. When my Mom added the binding she put the fancy piecing along the right side of the quilt. The rest of the binding is made from the Pepper solid used for the background.
Making fun labels has become a slight obsession of mine and this quilt was definitely a victim! I used our basic Quilt Label Tutorial, but before I folded it in half, I did some super small piecing! I created a little rainbow using small scraps from the quilt top and pieced in a yellow strip to write on. It sure was fun to make =] In he picture just below, you can also see a peek of the backing we used. It is widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. Wide backs are the best!
Taking photos of the quilts we make is one of my favorite things to do! I usually drive around and get lost to scout out new locations to take photos, but last time when I was in CO, the tree in my parents front yard was calling my name! It is the perfect height to hang quilts from (with a step stool). I hung the quilt as straight as I could and snapped some shots.
Then, I draped the quilt over the branch and took about 100 more photos. I liked how the quilt draped and looked more natural and at ease floating from one corner. Below is the shot we chose for the cover. What do you think?
Thank you to Robert Kaufman for providing us with such a gorgeous collection of fabrics! This quilt will be hanging in our booth in Houston, so be sure to stop by and see it!
The Diamond Detour 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 the Diamond Detour, a giveaway and a sale. It is going to be a fun week! Happy Sewing!
Fall Quilt Market Sneak Peek September 18 2014, 2 Comments
I am writing this blog post from an uncomfortable airplane seat somewhere over Nevada or Utah. You know what that means! The Sass girls will both be back in the Orange Studio getting ready for Quilt Market. We will be previewing 4 new patterns in Houston and can't wait to share them with you! Here is a little sneak peek of what we have been up to!
Top Left: Diamond Detour, Top Right: Wynkoop Court, Bottom Left: Bubba Bag and Bottom Right: Arcadia Avenue.
Oh! And Kit wanted to say, "Hello!"
Here comes the drink cart =] Thank you for stopping by and be sure to stop by next week to be officially introduced to Diamond Detour! Happy Sewing!
Say Cheese! + Giveaway September 10 2014, 29 Comments
Here is the second quilt we had featured in the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Fall 2014 issue. Today, I am going to share the quilt I designed for the issue, Say Cheese! I used my most recent 12" appliqué block, Aperature, and built the camera around it! Here is the original block:
Using basic piecing and a few curves, I created a camera shape background for a large appliqué aperture to be sewn on to. I added some white space and large flying geese to the top and bottom to the make the quilt a square wall-hanging.
Quick Quilt Stats:
- Made by: Shayla Wolf
- Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
- Quilting: Swirls, bubbles, serpentine lines and a swirl.
- Fabric: Assorted Quilting Treasures basics.
- Block Number: 816
- Finished Size: 48" x 48"
- Techniques: Piecing, curved piecing and appliqué.
- My Favorite Part: The simplicity of the quilt and great texture the quilting gives.
We have two extra copies of this Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Fall '14 issue and we have decided to give them 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 size quilt to make is, and submit by midnight PST, Friday, September 12. I will choose two winners and email them.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to keep checking back, we have a sneak peek of our new patterns coming up, some show & tells and new pattern coming soon! Happy Sewing!
Cruisin' in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks September 08 2014, 1 Comment
We have two quilts in the new Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Fall 2014 issue. Today I am sharing the amazing quilt my mom made, Cruisin'! She combined two of her previous appliqué blocks: Surfin' and Rollin' Along. Below are the two blocks she used!
She put these two blocks together so the VW van is pulling the vintage camper with a simply pieced background. How cute did this wall-hanging turn out?!
Quick Quilt Stats:
You can find the pattern for Cruisin' in the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Fall 2014 issue here in digital form and here in paper form! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the other featured quilt and to enter a giveaway. Thanks for stopping by!
George the Bear September 04 2014, 0 Comments
Meet George the bear, one of the newest additions to the Zoey's Zoo bunch! My Mom made and quilted this adorable bear for our neighbor's newest grandson. My mom used two tone-on-tone browns for the bear, a turquoise chevron for the background, a lime for the churndash, a grey dot for the background and assorted lime, aqua and teal scraps for behind the letters. My mom outlined the silver letters in a solid black to make them pop off the scrappy background. How cute is that bear!
You can find the Zoey's Zoo quilt pattern here in paper form! If you make this pattern or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, send us an email! (firstname.lastname@example.org) We would love to feature you and your project on our blog! Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for new patterns coming soon!
Alayna's Shelby Satchel August 21 2014, 0 Comments
This Shelby Satchel is one of the first bags we made. We made it with my little sister in mind, and surely enough, she had it claimed before it was finished. We used a fun owl print for the flap, a red print for the bag body and a yellow polkadot for the accent.
I love this combination of fabrics. All those bright colors fit my sister's bubbly personality perfectly. She carries this bag around with her daily. She even brought it with her when she came to visit me in San Francisco. Here she is modeling for me on the pier!
Love this girl's smile! She is such a cutie =]
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Gitte's Atlantic Avenue August 18 2014, 0 Comments
The second best part of my business partner / Mom being a longarm quilter, is that she gets Sassafras Lane quilts in her queue from time to time! (The best part being I have my own personal longarm quilter =] ) She recently sent me photos of this gorgeous Atlantic Avenue quilt made by the talented Gitte Hopkins.
Gitte chose a gorgeous palette of assorted turquoise and violet batiks on a black background. This combination on the dark background is absolutely stunning!
My Mom's quilting on this one is really something! She quilted a combination of serpentine lines and circular feathers using a contrasting variegated thread that really pops off the black background! There isn't too much I can say about it, just take a look for yourself!
- Made by: Gitte Hopkins
- Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
- Quilting: Serpentine lines and circular feathers.
- Fabric: Assorted teal, turquoise, violet, pink and black batiks.
- Pattern: Atlantic Avenue
- Finished Size: 80" x 80"
- Techniques: Standard piecing
- My Favorite Part: The color combination and amazing quilting!
Big huge thank you to Gitte for allowing us to share photos of her quilt! This is her second Atlantic Avenue, you can see photos of her first here!
The Atlantic Avenue quilt pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. If you make this pattern or any other of our Sassafras Lane Designs patterns, we would love to feature you and the quilt on here. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Birthday Kristy! August 17 2014, 1 Comment
Today is my Mom's birthday, so I am hijacking the blog to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! My mom is the best friend, role model, business partner and mother a girl could hope for!
Love you Mom and have a wonderful birthday! (P.S. Your gift is a running a little late!)
Project Round-Up! August 12 2014, 0 Comments
We have said it before and we will ay it again, our all-time favorite thing about being a pattern designer, is seeing your versions of our patterns! Seeing the different color choices and your creative twists makes our job completely worth it! Here are a few projects that have popped on to my radar from Instagram and Facebook.
Sewology Sunday - Machine Appliqué August 10 2014, 0 Comments
STEP 1: Gather what you will need: fusible webbing, fabric, marker, reversed appliqué pattern, matching threads, sharp fabric scissors, sewing machine and iron.
STEP 2: Trace the appliqué pattern onto the paper side of the fusible webbing.
STEP 3: Cut out the traced pieces leaving at least ¼” around all edges.
STEP 4: Iron the traced pieced onto the wrong side of the fabrics that coordinate.
STEP 5: Using your sharp fabric scissors, cut out the pieces along the traced lines.
STEP 6: Peel the paper off the back of the pieces. Make sure the shiny webbing stays on the fabric.
STEP 7: Layer the pieces onto the background fabric. Arrange everything how you want it and fuse it down with a hot iron.
STEP 8: Using a blanket stitch or zigzag, sew along the edges of the appliqué, catching the fabric edge. I love the look of a blanket stitch (used here) but if the project will get lots of wear and love, a zigzag will last longer.
STEP 9: Switch threads until you’ve stitched down all the appliqué pieces.
And Voila! You are done!
Here is the finished mini quilt I made with this little appliqué fox!
Our other patterns that have a few appliqué elements are the Piccadilly Circle, Lullaby Lane and Cassidy Crossover. Appliqué allows us to add odd shapes and fun elements to quilts. Have some fun with it let us know how it goes! Happy Sewing!
Mulholland Drive in Cockateil August 05 2014, 2 Comments
We have another fun Quilt Market project to hare with you today! We made this Mulholland Drive quilt to be featured in the Hoffman California Fabrics booth. This quilt features Cockatiel batiks and we absolutely love how it turned out; it is so different from any of our other versions! The quilt finished 52” x 70” - the perfect size to throw over your couch.
The Cockatiel colorway is full of pastel greens, teals, grays, corals and yellow prints. We used the entire fabric line and used a light beige for the background. Some of the fabrics blend into the background, but I think that adds some interest!
My Mom, aka Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted this quilt with a combination of serpentine lines and a feather meander. She quilted the paper-pieced diamonds with a feather meander and vertical serpentine lined in the pieced triangles. She left the sashing pieces empty which gives the quilt some extra crinkle!
We bound the quilt in the same light beige that we used for the background. We like how it turned out, but in all honesty, it was the only fabric we have enough of! We made a label using a few leftover grey and beige scraps and our our Easy Quilt Label tutorial.
Quick Quilt Stats:
- Made by: Shayla & Kristy Wolf
- Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
- Quilting: Vertical serpentine lines and feather meander.
- Fabric: Cockatiel Batiks from Hoffman Fabrics
- Finished Size: 52" x 70"
- Pattern: Mulholland Drive
- Techniques: Triangle piecing and paper piecing.
- My Favorite Part: The subtle color scheme and gorgeous fabrics!
Hoffman asked us to mock-up a pattern cover using the photos we took of the quilt. Below is what we came up with! What do you think?
Shelby Satchel in Under the Sea August 03 2014, 1 Comment
Since we our first Quilt Market, we have been pairing up with Jennifer from Monaluna. We have loved her fabrics since she was designing for larger companies, and now she has her own operation! We made a Shelby Satchel in the gorgeous Under the Sea fabrics to be displayed in the Monaluna Quilt Market booth. The bag finishes 11.5 inches wide, 9 inches tall and 2 inches deep and fits an iPad perfectly. This is one of my favorite versions!
Under the Sea is full of bright and fun sea-themed novelty prints! The Sea Life print we used for the flap features whales, lobsters, crabs, mermaids, squids, octopi, dolphins and lots of different fish. The octopus is my favorite! We used the lime Kelp Forest for the accent and the Scallop for the bag body.
I love the combination of limes, aquas, reds, oranges, turquoises and blues! It is the prefect combo and the end result is great!
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