News from the Orange Studio

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! 


              Introducing Arcadia Avenue! November 04 2014, 6 Comments

              Okay, so most of you have already seen this quilt a few times! But we thought we could have an Arcadia Avenue week to answer some questions about the pattern and share some details about each quilt. We have 5 different versions to share with you, and today we are kicking it all off with this gorgeous version that is on the cover! 

              Here are a few quick facts:

              • The blocks are paper-pieced. If you can sew on a line, you can make this quilt! Check out how easy paper-piecing is.
              • The book contains full-sized foundations for all 12 unique blocks.
              • The pillow pattern is not included in the book, but the tutorial is coming this weekend, so be sure to stop back by! 
              • There are no special rulers needed to make the blocks. A 60° triangle is recommended for the setting triangles, but not necessary. 
              • There are absolutely no Y-seams!
              • Arcadia Avenue will only be available as a physical book, no PDF versions. 
              • The book includes exact cutting for each section of the foundations.
              • We will not be kitting any of the quilts, but if you know of a store who is, please let us know. We have heard from a few people who would love kits!
              • For those without a participating local quilt store, we will be hosting a Quilt-Along starting in January if would like to sew along with us. Quilt stores are more than welcome to join too! The more the merrier!

              Now let me tell you a little bit about my process making this version of Arcadia Avenue. I originally mocked up the quilt in a rainbow of colors, so when I went to choose fabrics, it was easy pickins!  I chose 12 different Dear Stella Mini Confetti Dots to create gradating color. For the three constant fabrics, I used a white Solid for the light, a grey Sunburst Stripe for the medium and a Solid charcoal for the dark. I chose two light background fabrics that blend together: a Sunburst Stripe and a Confetti Dot.

              I love foundation piecing. I find it relaxing once I get into the motion. When I got on a role, I get pretty quick! And the results you can achieve with paper piecing is amazing! There are so many shapes and perfect points you just can't achieve without a little paper. 

              Once I had this quilt top made, I handed it over to my personal quilter, my Mom  (just kidding!). She quilted each block differently and then doodled in the background. There are lots of words quilted in there, like: Sassafras Lane Designs, colorful, inspiring, Arcadia Avenue, limitless, love, peace, sassy, caffeine, coffee, happiness, etc.

              Be sure to check back all week to hear about the rest of the Arcadia Avenue quilts from the makers themselves! Thanks for stopping by!

               


              On the Orange Couch! November 02 2014, 1 Comment

              We started a fun little tradition at our very first Market in Houston, of taking photos on the orange couch we hauled down from Colorado. You can see last year's photos here. If you are in one of these photos, feel free to share them! Warning: there are a LOT of photos!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014Marti Michell stopped by to tell us about her new rulers! We gabbed about our love of geometry.

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014Kristen and Valerie of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine stopped by!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods and Susan Knapp of The Quilt Branch stopped by after a quick video shoot!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Carolyn Beam and Eileen Fowler of Quiltmaker Magazine both stopped by to rest their feet!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Kelsey and Kathy Creach of Simply Sew Boutique stopped by to get a few patterns!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The always entertaining Monica Gonzales of Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations stopped by to say hello!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The amazing Stephanie Adams and Caitlin McIntyre of I Don't Do Dishes stopped by to grab an Arcadia Avenue.

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The adorable Jessica Stern of Dear Stella and Clare Clemz of Timeless Treasures stopped by for a quick photo op! Love these girls!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The talented Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy stopped by briefly to take a photo.

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Martha Branson of Compass Rose Quilting and Jennifer Eubank of Material Matters both stopped by to check out our new patterns!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The super sweet ladies of The Country Sampler stopped by to pick up some of our new patterns!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              These great gals from the Sew Together Quilt Shop came to our schoolhouse and our booth!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Lisa McCarthy of Compass Point Quilts and Carrie Zizza of It's a Zizza both stopped by and brought lots of smiles to our booth!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Cecile Whataman of Unique Stitching in Australia stopped by to pick up some of our new patterns!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Steffani Burton of Country Fabrics and Quilting stopped by to say hello and take a photo!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Cheryl Phillips of Phillips Fiber Art and her daughter Brooke stopped by to say hello!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Nancy Jewell of FreeSpirit Fabrics stopped by to take a picture and chat!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The always adorable ladies of The Presser Foot stopped in to check out our new patterns!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The super sweet Nicole Maroon of The Girl Who Quilts and Wendy Senecal of Sew Many Creations were our neighbors and they stopped in to take a photo!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The adorable mother-daughter duo, Megan and Sharon Richardson of The Hanger, stopped by!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Marsha Cowan and Marsha Brownfield of Bernina Sewing and Design stopped in to check out the new patterns!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Sue Marsh of Whistlepig Creek Productions stopped by the booth to catch up! 

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Susan Guzman, the new Content Director of McCall's Quilting, stopped in for a quick chat and a photo!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The adorable ladies of Piece & Applique Quilt Shop stopped in to get some of the new patterns!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Janet Rae Nesbitt of One Sister Designs stopped in to say hello and tell us about her new company!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Ann Simanskey and Patty Rapanos of the Park Bench Quilt Shop stopped in to see our new stuff!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              These ladies were an absolute delight to hang out with and unfortunately I forgot to grab a photo of their badges! If any one can ID them, please ket us know!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Amy Shade who was there helping out in the Monaluna booth stopped in to say hello! Isn't she adorable!?

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The amazingly talented Gudrun Erla of GE Designs stopped into say hello and tell us about her new ruler!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Julie Marrone and Brian Harsh of the Fabric Shop Network stopped by with their latest issue of FabShop News! 

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Carol Neufeld and Joanne Pelletier of Fleetwood Wholesale Jewellry stopped by the booth and brought lots of giggles with them!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              I finally got to meet Anita Grossman Solomon in person when she stopped by the booth!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              It was great to chat with June Dudley about her new position as Acquisitions Editor over at Craftsy!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Elisabeth Woo of Robert Kaufman Fabrics stopped by to take a picture with the orange pillow on the orange couch!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Pam Hansen of Bear Patch Quilting Co. stopped in to chat and check out the new patterns!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Katja Marek, the author of The New Hexagon and owner of Katja's Quilt Shoppe, stopped in to get our new book, Arcadia Avenue!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The super sweet Kaitlyn Pallas of byannie.com stopped by to stay hi and take a photo on the couch!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              The super cute Chelsea and Charlie of Pink Door Fabrics stopped by to say hello! They live in our town! Such a small world!

              On the Orange Couch - Fall 2014
              Deborah Edwards, the Design Director of Northcott, stopped by the booth to say hello!

              Thank you to everyone for stopping by! We will be there with our couch again next year! Be sure to stop by and get a photo! Next week we will be blogging about our Arcadia Avenue quilts and feature a tutorial on how to make the hexagon pillows. Stay tuned!


              Quilt Market in Houston November 01 2014, 2 Comments

              We are back from Houston and have finally started to sort through photos. We had an absolute blast! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and came to our Schoolhouse =] For those of you who didn't get a chance to come, here are a few photos of our booth!

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Our Arcadia Avenue Block of the Month book is now available here!

              Quilt Market Fall 2014 in Houston

              Big thank you to our friends Stacy, Gitte and Juli, and my grandma, MaryEllen, for helping us sew samples! Stop back by tomorrow to see all the fun people who stopped by to sit on our orange couch! 


              Blogger's Quilt Festival - Original Quilt Design October 29 2014, 12 Comments

              Every year during Quilt Market and Festival, Amy of Amy's Creative Side, hosts an amazing virtual quilt show called the Blogger's Quilt Festival. We are once again sponsoring the Modern Quilts Category this year, so be sure to go enter! We are going to throw our hat into the ring for the Original Quilt Design Category with our new BOM pattern, Arcadia Avenue. Here are a few photos of it:

              Arcadia Avenue - our new BOM quilt pattern!

              Arcadia Avenue - our new BOM quilt pattern!

              Arcadia Avenue - our new BOM quilt pattern!

              Quick Quilt Stats:

                • Made by: Moi!
                • Quilted by:  Kristy Wolf
                • Quilting: Extraordinary Doodling! =]
                • Pattern: Arcadia Avenue (coming soon!)
                • Fabric: Dear Stella Confetti Dots, Sunburst Stripes and Solids
                • Finished Size: 72" x 90"
                • Techniques: Paper-piecing
                • My Favorite Part: The 12 unique blocks!
                • Blogger's Festival Category: Original Quilt Design

              Arcadia Avenue - our new BOM quilt pattern!

              The book will be available through the website this weekend and we do a few more blog spots with lots more information! Thanks for stopping by!


              Off to Quilt Market! October 22 2014, 1 Comment

              Off to Quilt Market

              We are officially on our way to Houston for International Quilt Market! We are toting our booth via a large cargo van and are super excited about what we have been up to! Here are a few peeks into our last few weeks of prep. 

              Off to Quilt Market

              Off to Quilt Market

              We have 3 new patterns and a new book! Diamond Detour, the Daily Duffle, Wynkoop Court and Arcadia Avenue. We are very excited about everything and it has been hard to keep quiet about it all!

              We will be speaking at a Schoolhouse about our new block-of-the-month quilt pattern: Arcadia Avenue! If you will be attending, be sure to stop in to hear all about it! We are speaking on Friday 10/24, at 2:30, in room 371C.

              Off to Quilt Market

              If you aren't visiting us in Houston, we will fill you in on all of shenanigans here when we get back! Thanks for stopping by!


              Pineapple Patchwork Mini Quilt October 03 2014, 0 Comments

              Remember when I shared this little mini pineapple quilt?

              Well the sweet ladies over at Dear Stella fell in love with it, so I made another in all DS fabrics. They are sharing the free pattern to make your own over on their blog today! Go check it out and download the pattern! 

              This pineapple mini quilt was inspired by a pillow made by Amber Crawley. She has an amazingly inspirational instagram full of quilty eye-candy: @amber_crawley

              We are still about knee deep in Market sewing and will share some more new patterns soon! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful pineapple filled weekend =]


              Ben Darby's Lullaby Lane Quilts! September 30 2014, 0 Comments

              I know I have said this, but I can't help saying it again! We LOVE seeing your creations. Everyone has their favorite color schemes and individual styles. Seeing your spin on our patterns keeps us in the studio designing!

              That being said let's check out these two amazing Lullaby Lane quilts Ben Darby made for twin boys! Everything about these quilts makes me swoon! The photography, the retro fabrics, the perfect piecing, the added rocket appliqué and the spiral quilting.

              Quilt Stats:

              Ben writes an amazing (and well photographed) blog about his quilting adventures. I originally stumbled upon his blog when someone pinned this great mini quilt he designed and made! There is some major eye-candy over there, so go check it out!

              All the photos in this post were taken by Ben Darby. There are a lot more amazing shots over at his blog! Thanks for stopping by!


              Jolly Farm Giveaway Winner + Sale! September 27 2014, 0 Comments

              Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

              Lindsey, who's favorite animals are sheep, is our winner of the Jolly Farm fat-quarter bundle and paper Diamond Detour pattern! Thank you to everyone who commented and Andover Fabrics for providing such an adorable bundle! It was fun to see what everyone's favorite animals are! The overwhelming favorites were cats and dogs, but there were some fun surprises in there like otters, chickens and hedgehogs! We are huge animal lovers and it appears we are not alone in this amazing quilting community! =]

              Our Diamond Detour PDF patterns are 25% off this weekend!

              Just a quick reminder, Diamond Detour PDF patterns are 25% off all weekend. Stay tuned for more pattern reveals and some adorable quilts made by some of you! Thanks for stopping by!


              Diamond Detour Sale! September 26 2014, 0 Comments

              Happy Friday Everyone! We are knee deep in Quilt Market sewing, but we didn't forget that today is officially Diamond Detour day! Diamond Detour PDF patterns are 25% off this weekend. No coupon needed, they are already marked down. Head over HERE to snag your copy today! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more of our Fall pattern releases!


              Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm + Giveaway! September 25 2014, 39 Comments

              We fell in love with a new line from Andover Fabrics. Jolly Farm is an adorable line chalked full of cute farm animals, trackers, patterns and foliage. We paired the line with an orange solid background to make a fun crib size Diamond Detour.

              Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

              Our good friend and fellow quilter, Juli Kieny, made and quilted this adorable quilt. She quilted serpentine lines in the background diamonds which gives the solid fabric some texture. I love how it looks!

              Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

              Shelby really wanted to help us take photos! She kept circling my Mom as she held the quilt. We finally got her to sit between her legs for a photo!

              Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

              Quick Quilt Stats:

                • Made and Quilted by: Juli Kieny
                • Quilting: Serpentine lines and diamond echoing.
                • Pattern: Diamond Detour
                • Fabric: Jolly Farm from Andover Fabrics
                • Finished Size: 33" x 45" - Tall size
                • Techniques: Basic piecing
                • My Favorite Part: The quilting texture and adorable fabrics!

              Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

              And now to the giveaway! Andover Fabrics generously donated a fat-quarter bundle of the Jolly Farm prints used in the quilt to give away! So we will be giving away the fat-quarter bundle and a paper Diamond Detour pattern.

              Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

              Diamond Detour in Jolly Farm

              For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post (click the post title and scroll to the bottom) telling us what your favorite animal is, and submit by midnight PST, Friday, September 25. I will choose a lucky and email them!

              We will also be having a sale on the Diamond Detour patterns this weekend, starting tomorrow, so be sure to grab one. Thanks for stopping by!

               

               


              Diamond Detour in Batiks September 24 2014, 1 Comment

              We love batiks. In fact, we have quite a large stash collection of them! So, we decided to make a version of the Diamond Detour in our favorite batik color combination. We pulled lime, purple, blue and turquoise printed batiks for the pieced diamonds and a gorgeous beige bubble print for the background.

              Diamond Detour in Batiks!

              This color combination matches my parents living room perfectly, so my Mom backed the quilt with a minkee-esk blanket. It will be used to snuggle under as the weather starts to cool down! 

              Diamond Detour in Batiks!

              My Mom, the amazing talent behind Wolf Creek Quilting, choose to do some simple quilting on this one. She quilted horizontal straight lines across the quilt at varying widths. The quilting creates an amazing texture!

              Diamond Detour in Batiks!

              My mom bound the quilt in a gorgeous teal batik. Using a blanket on the backing makes the quilt heavier, so my usual rolled photo for binding looks a little squished. 

              Diamond Detour in Batiks!

              Quick Quilt Stats:

                • Made & Quilted by:  Kristy Wolf
                • Quilting: Horizontal straight lines
                • Pattern: Diamond Detour
                • Fabric: Assorted batiks
                • Finished Size: 58" x 77"
                • Techniques: Basic Piecing
                • My Favorite Part: The great texture the quilting and heavy backing gives the quilt. Totally snuggle worthy!

              Diamond Detour in Batiks!

              Diamond Detour in Batiks!

              Now we have shared Diamond Detour quilts in solids, prints and batiks. What is next? Well you will have to stop by tomorrow to find out! There will be another fun version, plus a giveaway sponsored by Andover. Thanks for stopping by!


              Adding Prints to the Diamond Detour September 23 2014, 1 Comment

              The cover quilt of the Diamond Detour is all about solids, so today we are going to focus on adding prints to the quilt. The Diamond Detour is a great way to show off your favorite prints. We have two examples today that are completely different! One features different prints in the pieced diamonds and the other features one busy print as the background. 

              Diamond Detour featuring prints

              The first quilt features assorted black and white prints in the pieced diamonds. We chose a solid golden yellow background so both the dark prints and light prints contrasted with the background. Featuring prints this way allows you to feature multiple prints, but does make the quilt prominently the background color.

              Diamond Detour featuring Black & White Prints

              Quick Quilt Stats:

                • Made by: Shayla Wolf
                • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
                • Quilting: Flowers and Serpentine lines.
                • Pattern: Diamond Detour
                • Fabric: Assorted black and white prints with a yellow solid background.
                • Finished Size: 33" x 45" - Tall size
                • Techniques: Basic piecing
                • My Favorite Part: The egg backing fabric that fits the quilt front perfectly and the pieced label!

              Diamond Detour featuring Black & White Prints

              Diamond Detour featuring Black & White Prints

              Diamond Detour featuring Black & White Prints

              The second quilt features assorted tone-on-tone pieced diamonds with a busy rocket print as the background. For this quilt, we pulled the background first and then choose coordinating fabrics for the diamonds. This is a great way to feature your favorite prints without cutting them up as much. It gives the pattern an entirely different look!

              Diamond Detour featuring one print as background.

              Quick Quilt Stats:

                • Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
                • Quilting: Allover funky oval swirl.
                • Pattern: Diamond Detour
                • Fabric: Assorted tone-on-tones with the Rocket print from Michael Miller Fabrics as the background.
                • Finished Size: 33" x 45" - Tall size
                • Techniques: Basic piecing
                • My Favorite Part: The fun rocket print and the coordinating dinosaur print on the back!

              Diamond Detour featuring one print as background.

              Diamond Detour featuring one print as background.

              Diamond Detour featuring one print as background.

              Now you have seen solid and printed versions of the Diamond Detour. Tomorrow we are sharing a beautiful batik version, Thursday we are having a giveaway and then the new pattern sale starts on Friday! So, be sure to stop back by this week!

              The Diamond Detour pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. Thanks for stopping by!