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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 somethings 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, 0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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


How to Fussy Cut Fabric May 13 2015, 0 Comments

Fussy Cut Fox

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

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

Fussy Cut Taxi

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

Fussy Cut Chicks

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

What You Will Need:

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

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

How to Fussy Cut Fabric

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

Fussy Cut Ballerinas

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


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

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

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

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

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

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

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

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

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

Arcadia Avenue QAL - Block 6

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

Block 5 Fussy Cutting Ideas

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Notions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fabric Giveaway

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

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

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

We are having a little Mother's Day Sale! 

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

Click Here to Start Shopping!

Be sure to enter this code at checkout: welovemoms


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

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

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

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

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

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

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Diamond Detour in Lizzy House Basics

Fabric Giveaway

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Quilt Market Prep

Thank you for stopping by!


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

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

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

Beth Corteville's Daily Duffle

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


Park Place in Bright Batiks April 09 2015, 1 Comment

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

Park Place in Batiks

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Park Place in Batiks

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

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


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

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

Shayla's Block Parts:

Arcadia Avenue Block 5 - Blooming

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

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 5 - Blooming

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

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 5 - Blooming

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

Block 5 Design Options

Arcadia Avenue Block 5 - Blooming

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

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

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

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


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

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

Park Place

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

Park Place

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

Park Place

Quick Quilt Stats:

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

Park Place

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

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


Photographing Quilts March 31 2015, 0 Comments

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


New Main Street Pattern Cover March 24 2015, 1 Comment

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

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

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

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

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

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

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

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

Quick Quilt Stats:

Main Street made up in Timeless Treasures precuts!

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


New Wide Backing Fabrics March 22 2015, 0 Comments

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

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


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

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

Shayla's Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

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

Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

Kristy's Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

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

Shared Block:

Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

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

      Here are a few different design options for block 4.

      Arcadia Avenue Block 4 - Spiderweb

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

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

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

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


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

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

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

      Shayla's Block:

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

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

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

      Kristy's Block:

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

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

      Shared Block:

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

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

          Here are a few different design options for block 3.

          Block 3 - Northern Lights

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

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

          Block 1 - Fly Away - front

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

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


          Birthday Sale! February 28 2015, 0 Comments

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

          BirthdaySale

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

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


          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters February 23 2015, 0 Comments

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

          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters

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

          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters

          Quick Quilt Stats:

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

          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters

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

          Diamond Detour in Little Monsters

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


          Quilt Con Signs February 21 2015, 4 Comments

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

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

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

          Dear Stella / Timeless Treasures Quilt Con booth signs

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


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

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

          Shayla's Block:

          Shay's Peacock Feathers Block

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

          Shay's Peacock Feathers Block - close up

          Kristy's Block:

          Kristy's Peacock Feathers Block

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

          Shared Block:

          Red Peacock Feathers Block

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

          Before you get sewing, we have one little correction.

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

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

              Block 2 Alternate Colorings

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

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

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

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


              Arcadia Avenue - Fly Away (block 1) February 02 2015, 7 Comments

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

              Shayla's Block:

              Shay's Fly Away Block

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

              Fussy Cut detail of Shay's block

              Kristy's Blocks:

              Mom's Fly Away Blocks

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

              Mom's Fly Away Close-up

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

              Shared Block:

              Pink Fly Away Block

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

              Before you get sewing, we have a few tips!

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

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

              Block 1 Alternate Colorings

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

              How to Get Perfect Centers

              Let's Begin!

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

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


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

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

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

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

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

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

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

              Quick Quilt Stats:

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

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

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

              Diamond Detour in On Our Way

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


              Shivaun Place in Peapods January 28 2015, 0 Comments

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

              Shivaun Place in Peapods

              Quilt Stats:

              Shivaun Place in Peapods

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

              Shivaun Place in Peapods

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


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

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

              Paper Piecing

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

              Paper Piecing

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  

              Thanks for stopping by! 


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

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

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

              Quilt Stats:

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

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


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

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

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

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

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

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

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

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

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

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Choices

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

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

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

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

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

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

              Arcadia Avenue Fabric Options

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

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


              Hello 2015! January 01 2015, 0 Comments

              2015

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

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

               


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

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

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

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

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

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

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

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

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

              Quilt Stats:

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

              Zoey's Zoo in Bright Batiks

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


              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning December 18 2014, 4 Comments

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

              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning

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

              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning

              Quilt Stats:

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

              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning

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

              Wynkoop Court in Sunday Morning

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


              Wynkoop Court in Mika December 17 2014, 1 Comment

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

              Wynkoop Court in Mika

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

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

              Wynkoop Court in Mika

              Quilt Stats:

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

              Wynkoop Court in Mika

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

              Wynkoop Court in Mika

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


              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie December 16 2014, 1 Comment

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

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

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

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

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

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

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

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

              Quilt Stats:

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

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

              Wynkoop Court in Urban Zoologie

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


              Introducing Wynkoop Court! December 15 2014, 1 Comment

              We have one pattern from Quilt Market in Houston to officially introduce -- meet Wynkoop Court! Wynkoop Court is a unique and modern mashup of hexagons and triangle created with no Y-seams. This is the perfect pattern for fat-quarters or can be a scrappy as you want! Showcase your quilting or your favorite fabric in the large hexagons! The pattern included three sizes: Tall (47" x 54"), Grande (56" x 72") and Venti (77" x 95").

              Wynkoop Court Cover Quilt

              My mom did some great quilting on this quilt that really emphasizes the pattern. She quilted spirals in the white center hexagons and greek key triangles in the orange triangles. We bound the quilt in a fun orange and white stripe -- it was a perfect finish to this scrappy quilt!

              Wynkoop Court Cover Quilt

              We had a lot of fun photographing this scrappy orange quilt! We first found a neat brick wall with a wood panel across the top on a country road outside of Boulder. It was a nice serene backdrop that looked great with this busy modern quilt. We then found a fun graffiti wall in Boulder that allows aspiring artists to practice their art form! It was painted with lots of shades of blues and greens and was a great contrast for the orange quilt. The locations were complete opposites, but both fun in their own way!

              Wynkoop Court Cover Quilt

              Quilt Stats:

                • Made by: Shayla Wolf (moi)
                • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
                • Pattern: Wynkoop Court
                • Fabric: assorted orange scraps and a solid white background
                • Finished Size: 77" x 95" - Venti
                • Techniques: easy-peasy triangle piecing!
                • My Favorite Part: The amazing quilting and the fact that I used practically every orange in my stash =]

              Wynkoop Court Cover Quilt

              The Wynkoop Court pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Be sure to stop by everyday this week for more versions of Wynkoop Court. Tomorrow we are going to share a version that doubles as an I-spy quilt =] It is going to be a fun week! Happy Sewing! 


              The Daily Duffle in Shaman December 13 2014, 0 Comments

              Today we are going to share our 'manly' version of the Daily Duffle bag that made an appearance in the Westminster Fibers booth at Quilt Market in Houston. We made this duffle with Parson Gray's new Shaman fabric line for FreeSpirit Fabrics.

              Daily Duffle in Parson Gray Fabric

              We made this version with a Designer Bundle of 2 1/2" wide precut strips for the outside of the bag, a blue arrow print for the bag body and the green rippling print for the accent and lining.

              Daily Duffle in Parson Gray Fabric

              I love the large prints and tone-on-tones in this line! It has everything - rippling circles, geometric hexagons, stars, rectangles, arrows and more. The combination of olive greens, burnt oranges and gray blues is perfect men and women. We found gray zippers that blend nicely with the fabrics.

              Daily Duffle in Parson Gray Fabric

              Duffle Stats:

              Daily Duffle in Parson Gray Fabric

              Thank you to FreeSpirit for sending us fabric to play with! The Daily Duffle pattern is available here in PDF and paper form and hardware kits are available here. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Monday we will be officially introducing our Wynkoop Court pattern, so pop back over. Thanks for stopping by =] Happy Sewing!


              Scrappy Orange Daily Duffle December 12 2014, 0 Comments

              We have another Daily Duffle bag we want to share with you! We coined this bag the Sassafras Lane duffle. We made it from our large stash of orange scraps. We cut them into 2 1/2" strips and pretended they were a jelly-roll, a very orange jelly-roll! We paired the orange scraps with a black and white zigzag and I absolutely LOVE the result! 

              Scrappy Orange Daily Duffle

              We found the perfect colored zipper for the bag top. We like to call this the Sass Orange =] It matches the orange walls of our studio. Isn't it pretty!

              Scrappy Orange Daily Duffle

              The green grass covered with yellow leaves scattered about made a great backdrop for this bright bag. Unfortunately I am not tall enough to not be in the photo. Please ignore me stepping on my tippy toes!

              Scrappy Orange Daily Duffle

              Here is a close up of the handles -- I fussy cut the zigzag fabric so the points would go down the center of the handles. We used 18 different orange fabrics... because 9 just wasn't enough and one great orange diamond print for the lining! 

              Scrappy Orange Daily Duffle

              Duffle Stats:

                • Pattern: The Daily Duffle
                • Fabric: Orange-tastic scraps!
                • Finished Size: 18" wide, 10" tall and 10" deep
                • Techniques: Straight sewing and piping (photo tutorial here)
                • My Favorite Part: The contrast of the black and white zigzag against the oranges.

              Scrappy Orange Daily Duffle

              I can't wait to use this bag for my weekend trips! The Daily Duffle pattern is available here in PDF and paper form and hardware kits are available here. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Be sure to stop back by this weekend another version of the Daily Duffle. Thanks for stopping by =] Happy Sewing!


              Introducing the Daily Duffle December 11 2014, 0 Comments

              I have been completely failing on the blog front! I apologize! Between Quilt Market, moving (again) and the holidays, I have been slacking a little! We still have tons of Quilt Market projects to share, but first we still need to officially introduce two more patterns! The first one is the Daily Duffle, our modern take on the classic duffle bag! Plenty of room for that weekend getaway with a roomy inside and lots of exterior pockets. With a zippered enclosure and two zippered end pockets your treasures stay safe! The Daily Duffle finishes 18" wide, 10" tall and 10" deep. Super easy piping gives this bag a professional finished look. Can be worn as an over-the shoulder or carried by the handles.

              The Daily Duffle bag pattern

              The bag can feature one fabric on the outside, 2 1/2" strips or scraps! We have versions in all three styles, but today we are sharing the cover bag made with an adorable weekday fabric, a black and white crosshatch and a solid lime green. We made this one from our stash and love how it turned out! This fabric is also how the bag was named... days of the week = The Daily Duffle

              The Daily Duffle bag pattern

              The Daily Duffle pattern has zippers, faux binding and piping. These elements give the bag a nice professional look, and we make them super easy on you! 

              We also provide handy dandy hardware kits to accompany the patterns. The Daily Duffle Hardware Kit includes two 1-1/4" wide Gate Hooks, one 1-1/4" Handle Slide and 2 yards of 3/16 Cording.

              The Daily Duffle bag pattern

              Duffle Stats:

                • Made by: Kristy Wolf
                • Pattern: The Daily Duffle
                • Fabric: Days of the Week fabric, Widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander and a Lime Solid
                • Finished Size: 18" wide, 10" tall and 10" deep
                • Techniques: Straight sewing and piping (photo tutorial here)
                • My Favorite Part: The pops of color on the black and white fabrics!

              The Daily Duffle pattern is available here in PDF and paper form and hardware kits are available here. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Be sure to stop back by this weekend for more versions of the Daily Duffle. Thanks for stopping by =] Happy Sewing!


              Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along December 09 2014, 16 Comments

              Hello Everyone! We are planning an Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along for 2015. We had so much fun making the first few quilts, we both wanted to make another one! So, we are going to sew along with you =] We would love to have the quilts done by Christmas 2016, so we are going to make 2 blocks a month starting in February. But feel free to go at your own pace and join in whenever you would like!

              Here is the schedule we are going to try to stick to:

              January 5th: Choosing Fabrics
              January 19th: Paper-piecing Refresher
              February 2nd: Block #1
              February 16th: Block #2
              March 2nd: Block #3
              March 16th: Block #4
              April 6th: Block #5
              April 20th: Block #6
              May 4th: Block #7
              May 18th: Block #8
              June 1st: Block #9
              June 15th: Block #10
              July 6th: Block #11
              July 20th: Block #12
              August 3rd: Quilt Setting
              September 7th: Quilting & Finishing
              New Year's 2016: Arcadia Avenue Gallery (Your finished quilts!)

              We will share with you our personal fabric selections for the upcoming quilts on the 5th and give some tips for choosing fabrics. Every two weeks we will be showing you our blocks and a few creative ways to make the block your own! There will be a link up on the post and an on going Flickr page to add your photos to. We will have a small giveaway with each step open to anyone participating! 

              I even made a little button! Go ahead and grab one from the sidebar for your blog =]

              This is our first QAL, so please let us know if we are missing something! Thank you for stopping by and we look forward to sewing along with you in 2015 =]


              Cyber Monday Sale! November 30 2014, 0 Comments

              Cyber Monday Sale

              I know it is not quite Monday, but we are starting a little early! All PDF patterns are 25% off today and tomorrow. No coupon code needed, they are already marked down! That makes the patterns $7.13, so get em while they are hot!

              We hope you enjoyed your long holiday weekend. We had a lot of fun, did very little work, and made some big and wonderful life changes! (More on that soon!) Thank you for stopping by =]


              Happy Thanksgiving! November 27 2014, 1 Comment

              We have a lot to be thankful for this year! Thanks to all of you who support Sassafras Lane and make it worth all the hard work! We wouldn't be here without you! We hope you are enjoying lots of food, watching football and spending time with family today! We will not be participating in Black Friday this year, but we will have a sale on Cyber Monday! So, be sure to stop back by to get 25% off all PDF patterns! 

              Thank you! Enjoy the holiday and the long weekend! Gobble Gobble!

               


              Digital Quilts in Timeless Treasures Fabrics November 24 2014, 1 Comment

              One of the fun parts of designing quilt patterns is mocking them up in lots of different options! Timeless Treasures send their new lines out to designers to get a few quilt mockups made. It is a great way to get an idea of how the fabric looks in use! They have a great Projects tab on their website with a plethora projects to peruse. Below are a few that currently on their website:

              Prism Parkway in Tonga Carnival batiks

              Prism Parkway in Tonga Carnivale Batiks

              Lexington Lane in Modern Calico

              Lexington Lane in Modern Calico

              Diamond Alley in Tonga Sea Breeze batiks

              Diamond Alley in Tonga Sea Breeze Batiks

              Here are a few more mockups that aren't on the Timeless website, but I had to share because I love how they turned out!

              Bourbon Street in Tonga Zen batiks

              Bourbon Street in Tonga Zen Batiks

              Wiley Way in Tonga Boysenberry batiks

              Wiley Way in Tonga Boysenberry Batiks

              Mulholland Drive in Tonga Reef batiks

              Mulholland Drive in Tonga Reef Batiks

              Not quite the same as a physical quilt, but maybe they inspire one! Thanks for stopping by!


              30 Quilts for 30 Years - Bloghop & Giveaway November 22 2014, 91 Comments

              Robert Kaufman is celebrating it's Kona Cotton 30th Anniversary the entire month of November with 30 different designers, 30 quilts and a 30 day blog hop. Each day, one of the 30 quilt designers featured in the 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook, will share their Kona quilt and today is our day! We will share some fun details of our Diamond Detour quilt and have a giveaway!

              New Pattern - Diamond Detour

              We were really excited when Nichole from Robert Kaufman contacted us early this summer to see if we would like to design a quilt for the Kona Cotton Lookbook. We love deadlines, and this was the perfect motivation to get a quilt pattern finished before the week of Quilt Market!

              Robert Kaufman's 30 Quilts for 30 Years

              These smaller diamonds were the perfect way to display a plethora of our favorite Kona Cotton colors. Choosing from 303 colors was not any easy feat, but we finally settled on bright saturated colors on a dark background. We used Cerise, Pomegranate, Honeysuckle, Watermelon, Tangerine, Torch, School Bus, Sunny, Corn Yellow, Citrus, Wasabi, Chartreuse, Parrot, Sour Apple, Cypress, Breakers, Lagoon, Copen, Lavender, Violet and Geranium for the diamonds and Pepper for the background.

              Robert Kaufman's 30 Quilts for 30 Years

              The Diamond Detour quilt pattern is available here in PDF and paper formats.

              New Pattern - Diamond Detour

              There are so many gorgeous quilts in this group, but one of my favorites is North and South designed by Nichole Ramirez! The combination of triangles, zigzags and colors is to die for!

              Now for the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a Diamond Detour pattern and a Summer '13 charm pack! To enter, just leave a comment on this post with your favorite Kona color to be entered to win! My favorite is Wasabi! Entry is open for 24 hours and will close tomorrow at 12:00 AM US mountain standard time.

              Robert Kaufman's 30 Quilts for 30 Years

              Don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the hop to see some beautiful quilts! Below is a list of all the blogs =]

              Week 1:
              Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
              Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
              Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
              Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
              Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
              Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
              Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
              Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

              Week 2:
              Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
              Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
              Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez
              Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
              Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
              Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
              Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

              Week 3:
              Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
              Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
              Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
              Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
              Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
              Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
              Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs - that's us!

              Week 4:
              Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
              Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
              Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
              Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
              Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

              Week 5:
              Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
              Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
              Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
              Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale! 

              Thanks for stopping by!


              Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 10 Blog Tour November 18 2014, 180 Comments

              Welcome blog hoppers! It is that time of year again. The air is crisp, the trees are bare and there is a new issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks! This is Vol. 10... which means 1000 original blocks! That is pretty crazy. We have been participating for a few volumes nows, check out our past blocks in Vol. 7, Vol. 8 and Vol. 9. Okay, now on to our new blocks!

              My Mom's block, keeping with her old car theme, is an adorable woodie. She dug through her stash and scrap bin for this block! She used two different woodgrain prints and an orange tone-on-tone for the car body, assorted scraps for the wheels, bumpers and presents, a light blue swirl for the sky and a grey print for the ground. I love the presents on top of the car! And that detailed stitching =] Isn't it just the cutest thing!

              Block Size: 12"
              Block Number: 919
              Block Name: Travelin' in Style
              Designer: Kristy Wolf
              Technique: Fusible Appliqué

               

              My is kind of a modge-podge of scraps. I knew which fabrics I wanted to use and what general shape I wanted to achieve and just started sewing. If you know me, you know this is not normal behavior! I am planner. Once I had my block made, I started playing with some quilt layouts. I am currently sewing on a project that will appear in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Spring '15 issue featuring this quilt and Doe, Carolyn Friedlander's new line! 

              Block Size: 12"
              Block Number: 998
              Block Name: Glee
              Designer: Shayla Wolf
              Technique: Pieced

               

               And now for the goods! We have a few extra magazines, so we will be giving 4 away! For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post (click the post title and scroll to the bottom) telling us what you are sewing for the upcoming holidays, and submit by midnight MST, Wednesday, November 19. I will pick four lucky winners and email them. =] This issue goes on sale today, so be sure to pick one up if you don't win! Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the tour!


              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial! November 09 2014, 7 Comments

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow

              Right before Quilt Market, the great girls over at Dear Stella asked us to make a few pillows to show off the blocks of our Arcadia Avenue pattern. We decided to make some 3D hexagon pillows. We made a total of 11 extra blocks that we turned into pillows! (We only had 8 here to photograph) And, boy did we fall in love with them! It was the perfect way to show different ways of coloring the blocks and a whole different project to make with the Arcadia Avenue pattern. They were a hit at Quilt Market, so we had to hurry home to write a tutorial on how we made them! So, here we go!

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow

              To make these pillows you need the Arcadia Avenue book. For this tutorial, we used the “Half Triangle Templates” for the pillow front, instead of a paper-pieced block.

              Materials Needed:

              • 1 Block from Arcadia Avenue
              • 2 yards of fusible interfacing at 20” wide
              • 1 zipper 22” or longer
              • 4 yards of 1/4” cording
              • 2/3 yard for backing and sides
              • Fabric to create 132” of bias strips 2” wide
              • 2” wide foam at least 18” x 21” (we found ours at Joanns)
              • High loft poly batting
              • Freezer paper
              • Optional: Large coverable button & Fishing line or floss

              Making the Back:

              Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the back and side fabric. Cut 1 piece 10 ½” x 22”, 1 piece 9 ½” x 22” and 6 pieces 3 ½” x 11” (save for pillow sides). Sew the 10 ½” x 22” piece to the zipper, right sides together, moving the zipper head out of the way as needed.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Press the seam away from zipper. Beware that the nylon zipper will melt - covering your zipper with a pressing cloth or piece of fabric will protect it.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Sew the 9 ½” x 22” piece along the other side of the zipper, moving the zipper head as need. Press the seam away from the zipper.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Top stitch close to the edge on each side of the zipper. 

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Make a freezer paper hexagon template the same size as your Arcadia Avenue block. Lay the template on the pillow back with the hexagon points below the zipper. Iron the template onto the back, shiny side down avoiding the zipper.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Trim the pillow back to the same size as the hexagon template.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Making the Piping:

              Refer to our "Sewology Saturday - Making Piping" tutorial to make the piping.

              Piping Tutorial

              Adding the Piping:

              Using the freezer paper template, cut out a fusible interfacing hexagon. Fuse to the wrong side of the pillow front (your block).

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Starting the in the middle of a hexagon side with the end of the piping off the edge, sew the piping to the Arcadia Avenue block.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Be sure to keep the raw edges even.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              When you reach a corner, stop with your needle down and snip the piping to the stitches. (Don’t cut the stitches!!)

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Pivot and continue sewing. (We slightly curved the corners of the hexagons, this made everything go a little smoother!)

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              When you have sewn around the entire pillow, overlap the piping ends (see photo) and sew straight over the piping to secure it.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Trim off the excess piping.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Add piping to the back of the pillow in the same manner.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Making the sides:

              Sew the pillow side pieces together along the short ends, stopping ¼” from each end. Back stitch at each end.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Sew all 6 pieces together to create a loop.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Iron the seams open.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Pin (or clip) the pillow sides to the block right sides together, lining up the seams of the sides with the hexagon corners.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Sew together with the block on top, sewing along the stitching line formed from adding the piping. Pin the back of the pillow to the sides, lining up the hexagon corners with the side seams. Sew with the pillow back on top, moving the front of the pillow out of the way.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              You now have your pillow!

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Stuffing the Pillow:

              Flip the pillow right sides out through the zippered back. Push out the corners and the piping until they look good. Make another hexagon freezer paper template ¼” smaller all the way around than the previous one. Using this new template, cut out 12 layers of batting. Layer 6 batting pieces into the pillow along the front. If you are not adding a button, skip to the foam instructions. Using the fishing line or floss, add your button to the front of the pillow stitching through the layers of batting.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Secure the button with a few knots.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Using the new freezer paper template, carve your 2” thick foam into a hexagon using a bread knife or an electric knife.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Push the foam through the top half of the pillow.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Roll the foam and shove it into the bottom half.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              You may need to adjust and move the foam around to get it centered. The batting sticks to it though, so be patient!

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Once the foam is in a good place, layer the last 6 pieces of batting into the back of the pillow.

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Close the zipper and Voila! You may find easier ways of stuffing the pillows, this is just what worked best for us! We would love to see the pillows you make, so please send us photos when you get them made up!

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow Tutorial

              Beware... these pillows are additive! You may end up with a whole pile like we did! 

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow

              Arcadia Avenue Pillow

              Well that's all folks! It was a long post, but hopefully a helpful one! We can't wait to see your Arcadia Avenue quilts and pillows. Don't forget, we will be hosting a Quilt Along in January if you want to join us! 


              Sewology Saturday - Making Piping November 08 2014, 1 Comment

              Tomorrow we will be posting a tutorial on making the Arcadia Avenue Pillows, so today we thought we should have a quick tutorial on how to make piping. We use piping not only in those awesome pillows, but also in our Daily Duffle bag pattern. Piping gives home dec projects and bags a nice completed and professional look and it is pretty easy to make!

              Step 1: Cut strips on the 45 degree bias. (When making the Arcadia Avenue pillows with the 1/4" cording, cut your strips 2” wide. When making the Daily Duffle bag with the 3/16" cording, cut your strips 1.5" wide.) Cut a 45 degree corner off the the piping fabric. Fold the fabric in half along the new cut edge and cut the strips.

              Piping Tutorial

              Piping Tutorial

              Piping Tutorial

              Step 2: Sew the fabric strips together end-to-end with a diagonal seam. Iron the seams open.

              Piping Tutorial

              Piping Tutorial

              Step 3: Place the cording on the wrong side of the fabric strip in the center. Fold the fabric over the cording making sure it is snug.

              Piping Tutorial

              Piping Tutorial

              Step 4: Sew close to the cording without sewing on it. We suggest using a “stitch-in-the-ditch” foot (shown in the photo) with the needle position in the center. (You can also use a zipper foot and move the needle position towards the cording.)

              Piping Tutorial

              Piping Tutorial

              Step 5: Once you have sewn the entire length of your fabric, trim the excess fabric to a ¼”. We use the Piping Wizard to make this step much simpler.

              Piping Tutorial

              Piping Tutorial

              Refer to the Arcadia Avenue tutorial for instructions on how to attach the piping to your projects!

              Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop back in tomorrow for a tutorial on how to make the Arcadia Avenue pillows! Now that we have the piping made, they will be easy-peasy!


              Arcadia Avenue in American Made Brand Solids November 07 2014, 0 Comments

              Today we are sharing this stunning version of our Arcadia Avenue made by our good friend, Juli Kieny, with American Made Brand solids. Now let's hear from the talented lady who made and quilted this great quilt:

              Arcadia Avenue in AMB Solids

              "First off, let me say how much I love sewing for Sassafras Lane! These ladies are just so talented and fun. When I saw a picture of the Arcadia Avenue BOM, I couldn't wait to get started. I love what you can create with paper piecing and once you've learned how, something that looks so complicated, just isn't."

              Arcadia Avenue in AMB Solids

              "A tip for this pattern: there will be a lot of bulk in the center of each block, so after sewing, trim some of the seam allowance towards the tip of the triangle, your seams will match up more accurately."

              Arcadia Avenue in AMB Solids

              "Since my quilt was made with all solids, I knew it needed to be custom quilted. To add some softness to all the angles, I quilted a lot of curves, loops and swirls. The back of the quilt is just as fun as the front!"

              Arcadia Avenue in AMB Solids

              "Kristy and Shayla are so creative, I can't wait to see what they come up with next!"

              Ahh! Thank you Juli! You are too sweet! And a huge thank you for making and quilting this stunner! Juli made a few other projects for Quilt Market and we will be sharing them soon!"

              Arcadia Avenue in AMB Solids

              For Juli's quilt, we chose 12 warm colors ranging from yellow to maroon and a light, medium and dark pink for the light, medium and dark. For the background we chose two dark fabrics, one navy and one purple. The dark backgrounds really make the blocks pop! 

              You can purchase the Arcadia Avenue book hereThis weekend we will posting a tutorial for making the Arcadia Avenue Hexagon Pillows, so be sure to stop back by! Happy Friday!


              Arcadia Avenue in Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons & Stripes November 06 2014, 1 Comment

              Today we are going to share the beautiful version of Arcadia Avenue that my grandma, MaryEllen Laughary, made! She used her bountiful stash of Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, plaids and stripes to paper-piece the blocks. Boy it is pretty! Now, let's hear from MaryEllen:

              MaryEllen's Arcadia Avenue

              "When Shayla asked me to make a sample of Arcadia Avenue and suggested I use my collection of Kaffe Fassett stripes, plaids and shot cottons, I was really excited! There are few blocks I would have changed some of the placement for better contrast, but still love how it turned out."

              MaryEllen's Arcadia Avenue

              "Shay's tip about starching is important. Some of my fabrics didn't get starched enough and got a little wonky." (The book includes little tips and tricks, like starching before paper-piecing. If using a looser woven fabric, you will definitely want to throughly starch your fabrics!). 

              MaryEllen's Arcadia Avenue

              "I couldn't pick a favorite block. Each one became my favorite as I finished it!"

              I can't pick a favorite block either, but I love the one below. Something about those perfectly placed stripes and color combination make me smile!

              MaryEllen's Arcadia Avenue

              Big thank you to Mama for making this quilt. It is absolutely gorgeous and a perfect example of how to use your stash in the quilt. We are going to be hosting a Quilt Along in the new year and we will be using our stashes to make two very different versions of Arcadia Avenue

              MaryEllen's Arcadia Avenue

              Oh... and Kaffe himself got to see this beauty at Quilt Market! Pretty fun to see him admire my grandma's quilt! 

              Kaffe Fassett and I

              You can purchase the Arcadia Avenue book here. Be sure to stop back by tomorrow to see another stunning version of Arcadia Avenue! Thanks for stopping by =]


              Arcadia Avenue in Hoffman 1895 Batiks November 05 2014, 2 Comments

              As promised, there are going to be some new voices on the blog! Today, you are going to hear from the other half of Sassafras Lane, my Mom, Kristy!

              Arcadia Avenue in Hoffman Batiks

              "When Shayla and I started thinking about fabrics for our new Arcadia Avenue, (then unnamed), I knew I wanted to use batiks - I absolutely LOVE the ease of batik fabrics. So, of course we turned to Hoffman! For my Arcadia Avenue version I used Hoffman California’s 1895 batiks. If you’ve never seen their 1895 swatch card – the only thing I can say is that it is AMAZING! Its about 7 feet long by a foot tall! – so only picking 17 fabrics was a challenge! I picked a rainbow color scheme for my 12 block colors and a black for my dark, a medium gray for my medium and a very light gray for my light. I ended up picking two navy fabrics, one with a print for my backgrounds."

              Arcadia Avenue in Hoffman Batiks

              "I love paper-piecing so this quilt is right up my alley! I started with block #1, which took me a little longer than I liked (4 days), then I got a bit obsessive and cranked out the rest of the blocks in record time! The reason I love to paper-piece with batiks is that I can use either side! My colors are in the same rainbow order in each block, and my light, medium and dark fabrics are consistent throughout the quilt. The blocks are all great, but my favorite is the arrow block aka Target Practice."

              Arcadia Avenue in Hoffman Batiks

              "I quilted the blocks with a wide large spiral in orange thread. In some of the blocks I filled in the spiral with a design, and some I left some open. On the edge of the spirals in the outer hexagon, I quilted a feather or a fern to fill the hexagon. In the background I quilted the triangles in straight serpentine lines changing direction in every other triangle, matching a navy thread to the fabric."

              Arcadia Avenue in Hoffman Batiks

              "I love all aspects of this quilt – the fabric choosing, the piecing and the quilting!" - Kristy

              Me again! Isn't she cute?! I love that photo of her head popping up from behind the quilt! We had so much fun photographing these quilts. It was an amazing coincidence when we stumbled upon this bright yellow Studebaker truck! Below is the entire scene.

              Arcadia Avenue in Hoffman Batiks

              Get your own copy of Arcadia Avenue here. Tomorrow you will hear from my Grandma and see her beautiful quilt! Thanks for stopping by!