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Graffiti Walls in EaDo Houston February 10 2016, 1 Comment

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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

Graffiti Wall Photo Shoot in Houston

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


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

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

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

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

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

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


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

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

Mini Quilts in Dear Stella Fabrics

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

Mini Churndash Court in Pixie Dust

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

Mini Churndash Court in Pixie Dust

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Lombard Street in Lilypad

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

Mini Lombard Street in Lilypad

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Lantern Lane in Intermix

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

Mini Lantern Lane in Intermix

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Prism Parkway in Asuka

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

Mini Prism Parkway in Asuka

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Euclid Avenue in Hello Sailor

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

Mini Euclid Avenue in Hello Sailor

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Mini Piccadilly Circle in Intermix

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

Mini Piccadilly Circle in Intermix

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Quilts in Dear Stella Fabrics

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

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


Introducing Mini Piccadilly Circle February 03 2016, 0 Comments

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

Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

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Mini Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane Designs

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


Introducing Mini Euclid Avenue February 02 2016, 0 Comments

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

Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Euclid Avenue by Sassafras Lane Designs

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


Introducing Mini Prism Parkway February 01 2016, 0 Comments

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

Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

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


Introducing Mini Lantern Lane January 31 2016, 0 Comments

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

Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

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Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

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


Introducing Mini Lombard Street January 30 2016, 0 Comments

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

Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

Mini Lombard Street by Sassafras Lane Designs

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


Introducing Mini Churndash Court January 29 2016, 0 Comments

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

Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

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Mini Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs

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


Mini and Sassy January 28 2016, 0 Comments

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

Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Mini Quilts by Sassafras Lane Designs

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


International Quilt Market in Houston January 26 2016, 1 Comment

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

Here is a shot of our entire booth! 

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

We hung our Empire Place sample on one entire wall.

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

More brochures in colorful baskets.

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

Mom and I getting ready for the day!

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

Sassafras Lane Designs booth at Quilt Market Fall 2015

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

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


Lantern Lane Color Option January 13 2016, 0 Comments

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

Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

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

Lantern Lane in Solids & Low Volumes

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

 


Introducing Lantern Lane! January 12 2016, 0 Comments

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

Introducing Lantern Lane

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

Introducing Lantern Lane

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

Introducing Lantern Lane

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

Introducing Lantern Lane

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

Introducing Lantern Lane

Introducing Lantern Lane

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Introducing Lantern Lane

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

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


Empire Place in Cotton Couture January 10 2016, 2 Comments

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

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

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

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

Quick Quilt Stats:

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

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

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

Empire Place in Cotton Coutures

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

 


Empire Place in Tonga Batiks January 09 2016, 0 Comments

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

Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

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

Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

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

Empire Place in Tonga Batiks

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


Empire Place in Kaffe January 08 2016, 0 Comments

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

Empire Place in Kaffe

Empire Place in Kaffe

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

Empire Place in Kaffe

Empire Place in Kaffe

Empire Place in Kaffe

Quick Quilt Stats:

Empire Place in Kaffe

Empire Place in Kaffe

Empire Place in Kaffe

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

Empire Place in Kaffe

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


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

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

Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

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

Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

Quick Quilt Stats:

Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

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

Empire Place in Me+You Batiks

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


Empire Place in Intermix January 06 2016, 0 Comments

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

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

Warning: Photo heavy blog post ahead =]

Empire Place in Intermix

Empire Place in Intermix

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

Empire Place in Intermix

Empire Place in Intermix

Empire Place in Intermix

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Empire Place in Intermix

Empire Place in Intermix

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

Empire Place in Intermix

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


Introducing Empire Place! January 05 2016, 2 Comments

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

We are kicking things off with Empire Place

Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

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

Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

This pattern book includes the following:

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

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

Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

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

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

Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

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

Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

 Here are a few quick facts:

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

Empire Place Quilt in Clothworks

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


Arcadia Avenue QAL Final Reveal - Take 3 December 29 2015, 1 Comment

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

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

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

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

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

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

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

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

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

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

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

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

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

Low Volume Arcadia Avenue

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

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


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

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


New Patterns Available!! November 04 2015, 1 Comment

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

We have two new quilt patterns this season:

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

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

Paper patterns available here and PDF patterns available here.


 

One Way is the perfect quilt for gals and guys! There are so many options - make it scrappy or pick a color scheme and add a "rogue" arrow for an extra pop! The pattern includes 3 different sizes: Venti (63" x 77"), Grande (45" x 55") and Tall (27" x 33"). 

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

Paper patterns available here and PDF patterns available here.

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

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

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

Empire Place pattern books are available here!

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

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

Paper patterns and sets available here and PDFs available here.

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

Happy Wednesday!


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

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

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

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

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

Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

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

Alayna's Euclid Avenue Quilt

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


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

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

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

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

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

Fabric Auditioning for the Batik Arcadia Avenue QAL

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

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

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

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

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

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

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

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Final Reveal

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

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


Cultivate Blog Tour - Shivaun Place Baby Quilt August 28 2015, 2 Comments

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

Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

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

Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

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

Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

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

Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

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

Shivaun Place in Cultivate Fabrics

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


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

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

Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

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

Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

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

Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

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

Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

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

Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Arcadia Avenue Final Reveal - Take 1

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

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


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

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

Meet Elsie!

Here are some fun facts about little Miss Elsie:

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

Meet Elsie!

Meet Elsie!

Meet Elsie!

Meet Elsie!

Meet Elsie!

Meet Elsie!

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

Meet Elsie!

Meet Elsie!

Meet Elsie!

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


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

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

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

Arcadia Avenue - Target Practice (block 12)

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Target Practice (block 12)

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

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Target Practice (block 12)

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

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

Arcadia Avenue - Target Practice (block 12)

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

Block 11 Design Options:

Alternate Colorings for Block 12 of Arcadia Avenue

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

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

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

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


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

Today I am sharing the perfect quilt for summer!

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

Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

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

Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

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

Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

Quick Quilt Stats:

Firelights Lane in Summer Song 2

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


Canyon Boulevard in Haiku July 26 2015, 0 Comments

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

Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

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

Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

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

Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

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

Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Canyon Boulevard in Haiku

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


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

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

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

Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

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

Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

Bag Stats:

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

Bubba Bowling Bag made in Birds & Bees

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

 


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

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

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

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

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

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

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

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

Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

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

Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

Block 11 Design Options:

Arcadia Avenue - Find Your Way (block 11)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Lexington Lane in Charleston

Lexington Lane in Charleston

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

Prism Parkway in Charleston

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

Diamond Alley in Charleston

Diamond Alley in Charleston

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

Arcadia Avenue in Charleston

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 22:
Rebecca Silbaugh, Ruby Blue Quilts

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

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

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


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

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

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

Baby Rex on his Lullaby Lane quilt

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


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

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

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

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

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

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

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

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

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

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

Block 10 Design Options:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 10

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Film Strips (block 9)

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

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Film Strips (block 9)

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

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Film Strips (block 9)

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

Block 9 Fussy-cutting Ideas:

Arcadia Avenue - Film Strips (block 9)

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

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

image

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

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

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

 


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

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

Our conversation went something like this:

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

Take 1:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

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

Take 2:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

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

Take 3:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

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

Take 4:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

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

Take 5:

Getting Help Photographing Quilt Blocks

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

 


New Exciting Chapter June 12 2015, 3 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Sewing,
Shayla

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


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

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

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

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

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 8

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

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 8

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

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 8

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

Block 8 Design Options:

Arcadia Avenue - Block 8

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

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

Arcadia Avenue Block #9

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

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


New Pattern Sale! June 06 2015, 1 Comment

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

 

 


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

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

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

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

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

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

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

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

Cover Bag Stats:

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

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

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

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

 


Introducing Canyon Boulevard June 03 2015, 0 Comments

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

Canyon Boulevard

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

Canyon Boulevard

String-Pieced Quilt Stats:

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

Canyon Boulevard

Scrappy Quilt Stats:

Canyon Boulevard

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

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

Canyon Boulevard

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

If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group. Next, we will be sharing our Bubba Bowling Bag pattern, so be sure to stop back by! Happy Hump Day!


Introducing Firelights Lane June 01 2015, 0 Comments

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

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

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

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

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

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

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

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

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

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

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

Cover Quilt Stats:

Firelights Lane Cover Quilt

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

If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group. Next, we will be sharing our Canyon Boulevard pattern, so be sure to stop back by! Happy Monday!


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

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

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

 

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Constellation (block 7)

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

Kristy's Block: 

Arcadia Avenue - Constellation (block 7)

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

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue - Constellation (block 7)

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

Block 7 Design Options:

Alternate Colorings of Block 7 - Arcadia Avenue

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

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

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

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


Quilt Market in Minneapolis May 14 2015, 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

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


How to Fussy Cut Fabric May 13 2015, 1 Comment

Fussy Cut Fox

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

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

Fussy Cut Taxi

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

Fussy Cut Chicks

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

What You Will Need:

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

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

Fussy Cut Ballerinas

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


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

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

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

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

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

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

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

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

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

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

Block 5 Fussy Cutting Ideas

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Notions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fabric Giveaway

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

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

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

We are having a little Mother's Day Sale! 

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

Click Here to Start Shopping!

Be sure to enter this code at checkout: welovemoms