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Paradox Point QAL - Block 12 August 14 2017, 0 Comments

We took a little break from the Paradox Point QAL, but we are back now with the last block! This last block is a little bit of an illusion. The arrow is made up of four triangles that are made up of triangles inside of triangles! This is a little bit of an inception block! 

Kristy's Block

Paradox Point QAL - Block 12

Black, white and gold are the stars in Kristy's block this time around. The two main prints are a black with white triangles and a white with a tribal design. She paired these with a solid gold for the accent and a light grey dot print for the background.

Juli's Block

Paradox Point QAL - Block 12

You know I love Juli's last block! She paired a large orange-on-orange polka dot with a bright heart print to make a super cheerful block! The oranges really pop off the newsprint background.

MaryEllen's Block

Paradox Point QAL - Block 12

MaryEllen's last low volume block is a stunner! She grouped two low volume prints, one a little creamier than the other, with a blue accent and a dark tone-on-tone background. I love how the blue pops from this block.

Alayna's Block

Paradox Point QAL - Block 12

The up side to me slacking on the blogging front, is that Alayna had time to catch up! She didn't get a flat shot of her block but her she is cheesing it up in the studio. Her bright prints make her block 12 a stunner! She mixed in a wavy pink stripe with a magenta polka dot with her background and accent.

Block 12 Design Options

Paradox Point QAL - Block 12

  1. Color Crazy - This block has a snails trail look to it and can be made completely scrappy with your favorite fabrics!  
  2. Turn Down the Volume - For block 12, if using low volumes, I'd recommend picking ones that have a little more contrast.
  3. Holi-Daze - I am back to Christmas! Switch the locations of the colors in the center triangle to create a whole different look!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Today's winner is Loide Wasmund! She is using the Grunge fabrics from Moda and I can't wait to see how it progresses! Here is her block 3 made up in golds.

 

Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks and quilts turn out. We have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! 

First time here, no problem - it is never too late to join! Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments! We will be sharing the finished quilts in their own individual posts soon, so stay tuned.


Free Patchwork Pear Mini Quilt Pattern August 04 2017, 1 Comment

I have one more mini fruit wallhanging up my sleeve! This little pear looks great with the Mini Pineapple, Mini Orange and Mini Apples. If I ever have wall space in a future kitchen space, I imagine a little wall collage. For now, they are making my mini wall even cuter!

Free Patchwork Pear Pattern

Materials Needed

    • assorted yellow-green scraps
    • one green scrap
    • 1/8 yard of white
    • 1/8 yard of yellow-green for binding
    • 2-1/4" wide black & white scrap for binding
    • 10” x 12” scrap for backing

Free Patchwork Pear Pattern

Cutting Instructions

From the assorted yellow-green scraps, cut:

    • ten 1-1/2” squares
    • three 1-7/8” squares

From the green scrap, cut:

    • one 1-7/8” square

From the white background, cut:

    • four 1-7/8” squares
    • three 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles
    • two 2-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles
    • two 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles

Free Patchwork Pear Pattern

Sewing Instructions

To make the half-square triangles: 1. Layer a 1-7/8” white square and yellow-green square right sides together. 2. Draw a line down the center. 3. Using a 1/4” seam, sew on both sides of the square. 4. Cut along the drawn line. 5. Press the seams open.

Free Patchwork Pear Pattern

Make 6 total white/yellow-green half square triangles and 2 total white/green half-square triangles.

Free Patchwork Pear Pattern

Sew the squares, rectangles and half-square triangles together as shown. Press the seams open. Sew the rows together to form the pear. Press the seams open.

Free Patchwork Pear Pattern

Sew the 2-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles to each side of the pear. Press towards the white border. Sew the 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles to the top and bottom. Press towards the border.

Free Patchwork Pear Pattern

Finish the Quilt

Layer the pear, batting and backing fabric. Quilt a grid of lines 1” apart. Sew the binding strip to the 2-1/4” wide black and white scrap on the diagonal. Create your binding and sew it to the quilt in your favorite method. Voila!

Free Patchwork Pear Pattern

Free Patchwork Pear Pattern

I am collecting quite the collection of fruit mini quilts. Any other fruits you'd like to see turned into patchwork? If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group.


Introducing Focus Freeway! July 15 2017, 0 Comments

Say Cheese! Cameras are a part of our everyday life these days and we love them! I always am snapping photos - everything from my brunch plate to my puppies are victims of my photography. Focus Freeway is a playful camera pattern that is great for everyone - boys and girls, professional photographers and hobbyists, college dorms and kids rooms! 

Focus Freeway

Focus Freeway Pattern Facts

      • Pattern includes one quilt size (48" x 48").
      • Pattern includes a full-size templates for curves and appliqué.
      • You will need fusible web to complete this pattern.
      • Create a colorful aperture with bright fabric scraps, or a whole cloth pieces in your favorite colors.
      • Pattern is available in PDF and paper form.
      • Techniques used: curved piecing, traditional piecing and appliqué.
      • Fun and unique project that flies together! 

Focus Freeway

Our cover Focus Freeway quilt was made straight from my stash! I pulled assorted rainbow scraps for the aperture, a black scallop print for the camera body, two grays for the camera accents and a white polka dot for the background. 

Focus Freeway

We photographed our cover quilt outside of a brewery in Woodinville, WA. The stacked empty kegs were kind of an odd background, but I love how they turned out! The gray with pops of color creates some interest but doesn't distract you from the camera.

Focus Freeway

In true Sassafras Lane fashion, we made a few Focus Freeway quilts. My big brother turned 30 this year and I wanted to make him something special for his condo. Instead of rainbow scraps for the aperture, I used 8 different red-orange prints. 

Focus Freeway

I love how it turned out! This quilt now hangs above his wine fridges in his dining area! Changing out the scrappy center for a single color changes the entire look of the quilt!

Focus Freeway

We made another scrappy spectrum version of Focus Freeway quilt, this time with Rae Ritchie's new Chroma Basics for Dear Stella. These rich colors made a beautiful version.

Focus Freeway

We separated the colors into 8 color ways for the scrappy aperture. The colors sit on the black triangle print and look great!

Focus Freeway

And last but not least is this fun and completely different version we made up in Riley Blake's Yes Please fabric line. This line is full of rose gold fabrics in cute prints with a little shine!

Focus Freeway

The Focus Freeway pattern is available in PDF and paper. If you make this quilt or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!

For 48 hours only we are having a little flash sale on Focus Freeway patterns! Take 25% off the pattern with the code FOCUS25. Sale will be from 7/15 - 7/16 PST.


Introducing Elsie Avenue! July 12 2017, 0 Comments

A is for Alligator Alley, B is for Bugsy Backpack, C is for Clay Court, D is for Darby Road and E is for Elsie Avenue! This adorable hedgehog is an appliqué quilt and pillow pattern that we can't help but smile when we see it. We hope you love her as much as we do!

Elsie Avenue

Elsie Avenue Pattern Facts

      • Pattern includes both a quilt (36" x 44") and pillow (18" x 18").
      • Pattern includes a full-size, reversed hedgehog ready for appliqué.
      • You will need fusible web to complete this pattern.
      • Create a colorful hedgehog with bright scrappy quills, or a classic hedgehog with traditional colors.
      • Pattern is available in PDF and paper form.
      • Techniques used: appliqué.
      • Refer to the tip below to speed up the quill making process! 

Elsie Avenue

We named Elsie Avenue after our newest furry family addition, Elsie! She is absolutely adorable, a little prickly sometimes and completely cute, so it seemed like a perfect fit. We snapped one photo of her in front of the quilt and pillow before she was off to chase a falling leaf!

Elsie Avenue

We made our cover Elsie Avenue quilt with a strip-pieced low volume background and a rainbow hedgehog. I dug into my rainbow scraps and made my quills and then arranged them to create a rainbow around a light brown hedgehog. We also made a pillow in more traditional hedgehog colors. We used assorted brown and gold fabrics for the quills and a light brown hedgehog body on a teal background. 

Elsie Avenue

Elsie Avenue

Now to make your lives easier and the Elsie Avenue pattern quicker, here is a little trick! Instead of tracing all 120+ quills, cut your fusible web into rectangles measuring 3/4" x 2-1/2". Then freehand cut your quills so they are generally the same size. This will save you all the tracing time and give your quills a little originality! 

Elsie Avenue

Elsie Avenue

Here is what they look like from the backside before you press the entire hedgehog down to your background. The quills get layered under one another to create the desired effect.

Elsie Avenue

These little hedgehogs are incredibly addictive! I couldn't stop making them! For Quilt Market, we made a few that we scattered around Quilt Market and some are out and about at trunk shows. First up is one made with all Moda Fabrics scraps with a tan body and grey X'd background - too cute!

Elsie Avenue

We made one more Elsie Avenue quilt, this time with a whole cloth background. It is a scrappy rainbow hedgehog on a great alphabetical light grey print. I love text prints and this one makes a perfect background.

Elsie Avenue

Next up is adorable pillow we made up in Rae Ritchie's new Chroma Basics for Dear Stella. This line is full of beautiful rich colors on two prints - a scallop print and a triangle print. We chose a dark background and arranged the quills a little scrappier! Instead of gradating by color, we arranged them from light to dark away from the hedgehog - it gives the hedgehog a glow!

Elsie Avenue

Now it is time for this cutie-patootie! This colorful hedgehog is made up in Kim Schaefer's Brushline fabric line for Andover Fabrics and we love how it turned out. We couldn't decide between a light and dark background, so we did half and half, and it turned out amazing!

Elsie Avenue

And, last but not least is the Elsie Avenue now living amongst my mini quilts on my sewing room wall. This is another scrappy rainbow version whose body is made with a sweet heart print placed on a navy background. I quilted and bound the pillow, so as soon as I pulled the form out, it made an adorable mini quilt! 

Elsie Avenue

Elsie Avenue

The Elsie Avenue pattern is available in PDF and paper. If you make this quilt or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!

Elsie Avenue

For 48 hours only we are having a little flash sale on Elsie Avenue patterns! Take 25% off the pattern with the code ELSIE25. Sale will be from 7/12 - 7/13 PST.


Introducing Darby Road! July 09 2017, 0 Comments

Now onto our only paper-pieced project for our Spring patterns, Darby Road! This fun take on hexagons is pieced in half-hexagons and sewn together in rows, so there are no y-seams or tricky construction. Darby Road is a fun pattern to experiment with color placement and create a plethora of different looks!

Darby Road

Darby Road Pattern Facts

      • Pattern includes 3 different sizes: Tall (32" x 40"), Grande (46" x 56") and Venti (60" x 72").
      • Blocks are made as half-hexagons and sewn into rows.
      • Letter-size Foundation Papers and the Add-A-Quarter Ruler are recommended.
      • Play with color placement to create a surprise 3D visual effect.
      • Pattern is available in PDF and paper form.
      • Techniques used: paper-piecing.
      • No Y-seams! 

Darby Road

For the cover quilt, we placed a black and white doodle print in the center of the hexagons, surrounded by a black tonal fabric, then by a gray tonal fabric and finally by a solid white. We replaced the gray in 21 hexagons with bright colorful solids and arranged them to create a cascade of color down the quilt diagonally. 

Darby Road

We photographed the Darby Road cover quilt outside of a winery in Woodinville, WA. Kristy climbed the fire escape and held the quilt over the edge as I snapped photos below. This was the perfect location not only because the quilt pops off the brick background, but because we named Darby Road after one of our favorite wineries, Darby.

Darby Road

In true Sass fashion, we made a few versions of Darby Road. The back cover quilt was made using Rae Ritchie's new Chroma Basics for Dear Stella. I pulled four fabrics - three corals and a light blue and made all the hexagons identical.

Darby Road

The tall-size of this pattern is perfect for a crib quilt or wallhanging. Kristy quilted this version with wavy lines that follow the zig-zagging angles of the hexagons.

Darby Road

We made a few more versions that we unfortunately did not snap any photos of! We made a gorgeous batik quilt with Anthology Batiks, a scrappy low volume version that is now hanging in my apartment (pictures will be taken as soon as it is clean!) and a rainbow quilt made up in the Claude Monet line from Robert Kaufman Fabrics (see it here!). Once these quilts are back in our hands, I will snap some photos and share them!

Darby Road

The Darby Road pattern is available in PDF and paper. If you make this quilt or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!

For 48 hours only we are having a little flash sale on Darby Road patterns! Take 25% off the pattern with the code DARBY25. Sale will be from 7/9 - 7/10 PST.


Introducing Clay Court! July 07 2017, 0 Comments

Today is Clay Court's day in the sun! This quilt is incredibly versatile and so much fun to make. The block is comprised of small squares inside of a triangle inside of a square and can be made with scraps or precut 2.5" strips sets!

Clay Court

Clay Court Pattern Facts

      • Pattern includes 4 different sizes: Tall (32" x 40"), Grande (40" x 56"), Venti (48" x 64") and Enorme (64" x 80").
      • Jelly Roll friendly or any 2.5" x WOF strip set precut!
      • The Triangle Squared and Perfect Rectangle rulers will make this quilt fly together. Templates are also included.
      • Perfect as a scrap busting project and for fussy-cutting those adorable novelty fabrics! 
      • Pattern is available in PDF and paper form.
      • Techniques used: basic patchwork and bias edges.
      • Super fast construction! 

Clay Court

For our cover quilt, I dug into my color coordinated scrap bins and got cutting! There are seven rows in the "grande-size" quilt, so I pulled yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, teal and green fabrics. I arranged the blocks in rainbow order to create a beautiful gradation of color.

Clay Court

I fussy-cut cute little critters and prints with the same background color as the triangles to add little fun surprises in each block. I love finding something new every time I look at the quilt!

Clay Court

We photographed the Clay Court cover quilt on the side of a very interestingly painted home in Kirkland, WA. The home was about to torn down, so we pinned directly into the siding and snapped some photos. The house is no longer there, but it sure was fun!

Clay Court

This quilt pattern has endless design options! We included 9 different ideas in the pattern and here are a few additional ideas. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Clay Court

We, of course, made more than one Clay Court quilt. I made a "venti-size" out of my low volume stash. I used all the scraps from previous projects and paired it with Kona wasabi for the background. I used a darker lime green print for three blocks and stacked them in the top left part of the quilt for a little interest!

Clay Court

Kristy's quilting on this Clay Court makes me happy. She separated the pieced triangles into two areas and quilted serpentining lines in the background and inner part of the pieced triangles. This quilt now lives on my couch! It looks great with the low volume Darby Road I will be sharing soon.

Clay Court

We made a square version of Clay Court similar to our cover version for Michael Miller Fabrics' Quilt Market booth. We used Our Yard by Sarah Campbell and basics to create a rainbow quilt. 

Clay Court

I fussy-cut birds, animals and flowers that sit in the blocks with colorful prints and solids. The colorful blocks pop off the gray leafy background.

Clay Court

We made another version of Clay Court using a Me+You Indah pop which is a precut 2.5" strip set of the gorgeous Me+You fabrics. We used the earthier palette on a light mint solid background. 

Clay Court

We arranged this one into alternating horizontal diamonds and snapped some photos on the purple and lime green doors.

Clay Court

Kristy quilted this Clay Court with serpenting lines in the pieced triangles and feathers in the background. Add in a scrappy binding and voila! 

Clay Court

The Clay Court pattern is available in PDF and paper. If you make this quilt or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!

Clay Court

For 48 hours only we are having a little flash sale on Clay Court patterns! Take 25% off the pattern and kit with the code CLAY25. Sale will be from 7/7 - 7/8 PST.


Introducing the Bugsy Backpack! July 05 2017, 0 Comments

The Bugsy Backpack is up today! We have been wanting to make a backpack pattern for awhile, but were waiting on a unique idea to come to mind and this Spring it did! Our Bugsy Backpack is named after my little sister, Alayna's nickname, and has been on my back since the first sample was made. 

Bugsy Backpack

Bugsy Backpack Pattern Facts

      • Backpack finishes 15" wide x 19" tall x 6" deep.
      • Hardware kits are available!
      • Duffle style pack has large outside pockets and adjustable handles.
      • Pattern features quick and easy to follow photos.
      • Backpack is small enough folded down for kids, hiking adventure and an everyday purse - and large enough unhooked for a weekend getaway!
      • Pattern is available in PDF and paper form.
      • Fun pattern to use those heavier fabrics, such as canvas, pleather and cork!
      • Helpful tutorial: Top-stitching 101.
      • Super fast construction! 

Bugsy Backpack

We photographed the Bugsy Backpack cover on our back patio using the aqua door and two backpacks. We wanted to show the bag folded and a little more stuffed! We tried the lime door first, but decided we liked the aqua better! Also, the dog butt hooks from Ikea are adorable!

Bugsy Backpack

These backpacks are addictive to make! We have made several, so we are going to show them all off! Here we go: This Bugsy Backpack is made up in a fun vintage car canvas with a teal canvas accent for the bottom, pockets and handle. 

Bugsy Backpack

Next up, is a backpack made with black, white and grey striped canvas fabric. This one has a Wonder Woman patch on the back. It is my day-to-day backpack that my mom made especially for me!

Bugsy Backpack

This Bugsy Backpack is made up in a solid navy canvas with a metallic pleather bottom and adorable car pockets (fabric from Birch Organic Fabrics).

Bugsy Backpack

Blue is a great neutral for all occasions and this backpack made in assorted Dear Stella fabrics by Juli is absolutely adorable! The pop of floral pockets adds a fun and bright touch.

Bugsy Backpack

We are mad for plaid! This fun version is made up in Midnight Garden by One Canoe Two for Moda Fabrics. The large plaid for the body paired with bright yellow pockets and blue bottom makes for a playful backpack! 

Bugsy Backpack

Monaluna has amazing organic canvas fabrics and we couldn't resist making a couple bags with it! The first Bugsy Backpack is made up in two amazing Simple Life canvas prints. We combined a cute tulip print with a triangle print and pulled it together with a bright red zipper!

Bugsy Backpack

Our second bag made in Monaluna canvas is made up in this adorable lemon print from the Juicy line! We paired the lemons with a fun orange polka dot and lime zipper for a citrusy backpack that both adults and kids love!

Bugsy Backpack

Next up is one of our cover bags! We used a solid charcoal canvas and added a pop of color with an adorable dog print. The bright pink pockets and zipper liven up this Bugsy Backpack!

Bugsy Backpack

Juli made a few bags for us and this one is my favorite! She pieced some strips together to make a fun rainbow backpack. She added in a black polka dot print for the bottom, pockets and handles and voila!

Bugsy Backpack

I made this Bugsy Backpack with hiking in mind! I wanted a water proof bottom that I could easily clean and a sturdy body that I could stuff with water bottles and such. So, I used some black pleather on the bottom and a emerald duck cloth for the bag. I found a fun green textured print for the pockets and I love how the bag turned out! 

Bugsy Backpack

And last but not least, one of my favorites! We dug into our treasured Japanese novelty canvas stash and pulled these adorable animals! It features animals lined up in rows with butts or fronts facing outward on a bright yellow/green background. We pulled the bag together with a cork bottom, pink zipper and teal pockets!

Bugsy Backpack

The Bugsy Backpack pattern is available in PDF and paper pattern and hardware kits are available here. If you make this quilt or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!

Bugsy Backpack

For 48 hours only we are having a little flash sale on the Bugsy Backpack pattern and hardware kit! Take 25% off the pattern and kit with the code BUGSY25. Sale will be from 7/5 - 7/6 PST.


Introducing Alligator Alley! July 03 2017, 0 Comments

Alrighty! It is pattern introduction time! We had six new patterns this Spring - they have been on sale since mid May, but this will kick off the proper introductions! 

Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley is first up! This quilt is going to be my go-to quick quilt pattern! We named this pattern after the resemblance to alligator teeth.

Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley Pattern Facts

      • Pattern includes 4 different sizes: Tall (42" x 52"), Grande (50" x 60"), Venti (60" x 76") and Enorme (78" x 92").
      • Layer Cake friendly or any 10"x 10" square precut!
      • 60 degree Triangle Ruler will make this quilt fly together. Templates are also included.
      • The large triangles are prefect for novelties, florals and large prints! 
      • Pattern is available in PDF and paper form.
      • Techniques used: basic patchwork and bias edges.
      • Super fast construction! 

Alligator Alley

For our cover Alligator Alley quilt, I dug into my novelty stash! I pulled 35 prints ranging from lime green to periwinkle blue and created a gradation of color and adorable prints! I chose a solid cheddar fabric for the accent and it created a perfect accent between the novelties and the white gridded background. 

Alligator Alley

We photographed the Alligator Alley quilt cover on two brightly painted doors in our backyard! The orange and aqua doors make a perfect backdrop for the quilt and sometimes it is easier to stay close to home.

Alligator Alley

In addition to our cover quilt, we made a few other quilts. We made a fun version with Trans-Pacific by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Organic Fabrics. We paired the adorable prints with an orange wink fabric for the accent and blueish-grey solid for the background. We failed to take an overall photo, but there is one here because they are kitting it! 

Alligator Alley

Juli made this adorable tall size quilt with a cute sloth fabric as the focus! The smallest size in the pattern makes for a perfect baby quilt and this sloth fabric from Timeless Treasures called my named! I paired it with a bright lime green for the background and two slightly darker greens for the accents. It turned out adorable and Juli's quilting is amazing! 

<Alligator Alley

The Alligator Alley pattern is available in PDF and paper pattern. If you make this quilt or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!

Alligator Alley

For 48 hours only we are having a little flash sale on the Alligator Alley! Take 25% off the pattern with the code ALLIGATOR25. Sale will be from 7/3 - 7/4 PST. Happy Sewing! 


Paradox Point QAL - Block 11 June 21 2017, 0 Comments

Welp, I've done it again. Every year after Quilt Market my blogging goals deteriorate quickly! But, I am back on it with the second the last block of our Paradox Point QAL. Alayna is still very behind, but maybe next week when she is on summer break, she will catch up! But, the other three ladies have some beautiful blocks to share!

Kristy's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 11

The combination of the black and white prints with the mint solid is swoon worthy! She paired a busier black and white chevron print with a more solid white on black print to tone down the block. Adding the kick of mint and light grey background makes this an absolutely beautiful block. 

Juli's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 11

The color of the week for Juli is fuchsia! This bright block pairs an adorable pink starfish print and a purple star print together. Add in a pop of solid black for the accent and the newsprint background and we have another great block to add to Juli's spectrum.

MaryEllen's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 11

This is my favorite block of MaryEllen's compilation! She combined a light text print and a light speckle print with a bright red. This combination on the dark background makes for an absolutely stunning block! I can't wait to see her blocks come together.

Block 11 Design Options:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 11

  1. Color Crazy - The triangles in triangles in triangles make this a fun block to play with stripes, fussy cutting and prints.  
  2. Turn Down the Volume - This would be the perfect block to explore contrast with low volume prints, testing value and density.
  3. Holi-Daze - I have Halloween on the mind! This block features traditional orange and black with a pop of green and purple!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Today's winner is Michelle Burt! She is just getting started and shared her first two blocks on Instagram. She is using the Grunge fabrics from Moda and I can't wait to see how it progresses! Beautiful work Nancy!

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. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

First time here, no problem - it is never too late to join! Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!


Argyle - Free Summer Block Party Pattern June 15 2017, 1 Comment

Summer, summer, summertime! Welcome to my day on the Summer Block Party hosted by fabric.com

When I originally sketched up my block for this shindig, I wasn't thinking anything to do with argyle. I was thinking mountains, trees and reflection - but then came the color scheme! The more I played with it, the more it resembled argyle, so I embraced it! (But, colored differently, this could definitely look like mountains, trees and such!)

Summer Block Party - Free "Argyle" Block

This color scheme definitely screams summer to me. The pinks remind me of a juicy watermelon slice, the yellows prompt images of sunshine, the aquas resemble the bright blue sky and the greens make me crave avocados! For this block, I chose a darker and lighter Kona solid of aqua, yellow and blue for the larger Argyle pieces. For the center accent I used one solid green. With all these solids, I wanted a print for the background and chose one that makes me think of summer! Below are the fabrics and where to find them!

Summer Block Party - Free "Argyle" Block

Argyle is made entirely with triangles. I used the Triangle Squared ruler from Creative Grids to make cutting easier, but both templates are included for ease.

Summer Block Party - Free "Argyle" Block

Summer Block Party - Free "Argyle" Block

I love how this block looks repeated. The triangles continue across blocks creating dynamic rows. I mocked up a digital quilt! check it out:

Summer Block Party - Free "Argyle" Block

The free pattern for Argyle can be found here! Enjoy and be sure to check out the rest of the fun summer-themed blocks for the great designers below.

Summer Block Party - Free "Argyle" Block

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


Quilt Market Spring 2017 in Saint Louis - Part 2 June 09 2017, 1 Comment

Brace yourselves! There is a whole lot of pretty coming up =] ! We didn't get a chance to see the entire show, but what we did see of Quilt Market blew us away. Here is some of the prettiness we snapped photos of in alphabetical order! 

Quilt Market Spring 2017

These two projects made up in Alison Glass's Handcrafted fabric line are gorgeous! I love feathers, so this large appliqué feather, in rainbow nonetheless, gave me serious heart-eyes. And the micro-stippling in that pillow is absolutely bananas!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Amy Butler's booth is always a favorite of mine and this year was no different. All the details from the sewing machine to the fabric covered lanterns and the large cardboard cutout were amazing.

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Annie Brady is a new designer with Moda and I fell head-over-heals for her debut line. I mean, just look at how adorable those bears are! I am thinking I need a summer tank top made out of bears, what do you think?

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Left: I spy two different Sass quilts in the Anthology Fabrics booth! A Darby Road and an Alligator Alley are hanging out on that quilt ladder. Right: Our Focus Freeway quilt hanging out in the Rose Gold section of the Riley Blake booth!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Every Quilt Market, I want to move into April Rhode's booth! The vintage furniture, framed quilt blocks and detailed projects make her booth so inviting. You could spend hours in there and find so many new things to look at!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Cathy Nordstrom's little corner of Andover Fabrics' booth was pretty darn adorable! We made our Darby Road pattern into a pillow with some of her prints and love how it turned out. Making our larger quilts into pillows is becoming a hobby!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Admittedly, we are much more dog people than cat people. But, Caturday by Felice Regina is too cute! Her cat illustrations are spot on and the color scheme is feminine and fun. I am super impressed by that paper-pieced cat face!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

The Claude Monet booth had a live water fountain, yes, live! How fun is that! Our Darby Road looks right at home draped on that bench next to the bubbling fountain.

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Dear Stella launched a new basic this year and we love it! Chroma by Rae Ritchie looks fabulous in our Hootsville Row, Prism Parkway and Elsie Avenue patterns (top left to right).

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Elizabeth Hartman's booth is always a crowd favorite! She won best booth for creativity and that comes as no surprise to me - the detailing in those reefs is amazing!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Kim Schaefer launched a new line of basics through Andover Fabrics and we made an Elsie Avenue pillow with it! It turned out too cute and fit right in over in the Brushline booth.

Quilt Market Spring 2017

The Michael Miller Fabrics booth is always so bright and inviting! This year they had large appliquéd pets, a wall of fabric flowers and they featured a Clay Court we made out of Our Yard by Sarah Campbell.

Quilt Market Spring 2017

This little Elsie Avenue pillow hung out over in the United Notions / Moda Fabrics booth. We made him up in a bunch of Moda's newest lines and absolutely love how he turned out!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Jennifer of Monaluna is one of the sweetest people ever and her organic fabrics are to die for! We made our Alligator Alley out of her new Cottage Garden fabric line and I can't wait to get my hands on some of her new Haiku 2!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

One S1ster is Janet Nesbitt of Buggy Barn's new adventure, and she is killing it! I have always loved her stuff and I can't wait to make some of those sheep and cows in bright colors!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Sandra Clemmon's new line "Make It Blossom" is adorable and her booth was absolutely stunning! She made all those 3D butterflies that are circling the quilts and I am in awe!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Jessica of Sew Many Creations is one of my favorite human beings! She always has a smile on her face and is a talented designer to boot! If you are in need of some colorful cork fabric to sew with - she's your girl!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Tula Pink is another habitual crowd favorite. Her booth this year was beautiful and inviting - the english paper-pieced on the left wall is absolutely stunning!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Violet Craft's paper-pieced animals are amazing - there is no doubt about that. This Market was all about the peacock. She was selling these colorful peacock enamel pins and we each came home with one!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

And last but not least is the Uppercase 2 corner of the Windham booth. I love the versatility of this line! The primary colors and geometric shapes make this a great line for everyone! That is our One Way pattern on the right.

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Well that is all we have folks! It was a great Market in Saint Louis and we are already working on projects for Fall Market in Houston! We will have a new block-of-the-month and few other fun projects! Stay tuned!


Quilt Market Spring 2017 in Saint Louis - Part 1 June 06 2017, 0 Comments

Quilt Market in Saint Louis

It has been a few weeks since we returned from Quilt Market and I have finally gone through all the photos. This first post is all Sass - our booth, projects, schoolhouse, sample spree and sneak peek! Later this week there will be a post all about the amazing booths, projects and people we saw around Market!

Let's jump right in! The first event of Quilt Market was setting up or Sneak Peek cubby. This was our first year participating, so we were flying by the seat of our pants! We made a low volume Darby Road quilt with pops of Wasabi solid and used magnets to cover the back and bottom of our area. On top of the quilt, we placed one of our Elsie Avenue pillows and a small sign with our booth number on it. 

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Next up is Schoolhouse! This is when we get up and present our newest stuff before Market begins. This year, we teamed up with Dear Stella to show how their new Chroma basics by Rae Ritchie work with our patterns. We made a Bugsy Backpack, Darby Road, Elsie Avenue pillow, Focus Freeway, Prism Parkway and Hootsville Row to present. At the end of the presentation, we gave away a few pattern packs, hardware kits, fabric bundles and measuring tapes in our "Sew with Sass" bags. Here are a few snaps taken during the presentation!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Quilt Market Spring 2017

This night before the first day of Quilt Market is Sample Spree. It is 2 hours of shopping before the big event. Fabric booths are sought after - people literally stampede in and head right to the big tables of fat-quarter bundles. After that, they meander up and down the tables and pick up little project samples, patterns and notions. We were selling a sampler pack of our newest stuff!

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Here is a photo and quick video of our booth. We opted for a simple booth this year. We drove from Colorado to Kansas City to Saint Louis and didn't rent a car, so there were no crazy couches and such. But, we love how it turned out! 

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Starting on the left and working our way around, we have 2 Focus Freeway camera quilts, multiple Bugsy Backpacks, three Clay Court quilts, two Darby Road quilts, two Alligator Alley quilts and one Elsie Avenue quilt and one pillow.

This was our Sassafras Squad this year - we even had shirts to prove it! Left to right: Shayla Wolf, Kristy Wolf and Juli Kieny. 

Quilt Market Spring 2017

We had a little fun this Market. We handed out some Sassy Elsie Avenue hedgehog stickers, danced a little to keep warm and met some of our amazing customers! Be sure to pop back by for some pictures of other booths. 

Quilt Market Spring 2017

Quilt Market Spring 2017


Sewology Sunday - Top Stitching 101 May 21 2017, 0 Comments

Our new Bugsy Backpack pattern has quite a bit of top stitching on it, so we are sharing our favorite tips to get that professional look for your DIY bags! Kristy is definitely the bag maker of the Sass duo, so here are some of her favorite tips and tricks:

Before You Start

I do a lot of feet and thread changes when I make a bag! Before you start, wind a bobbin to match each of your topstitching threads and write down your needle positions for each foot (you will be going back and forth a lot).

Two Rows of Stitching

Doing two rows of top stitching gives the bag that desired "professional look" and is pretty simple to achieve!

When top stitching close to the edge I like to use an edge stitch foot (on my Bernina it is #10). Move the needle to the right or left as needed to make a stitch that is close to the edge, but not so close that your stitches slide off the edge! Each machine is different so you'll have to experiment. Once you find a setting you like jot it down so you are consistent throughout your project. (On my Bernina it is 3 clicks from the center position with my #10 foot)

For the second line of stitching use a quarter inch foot and the same stitch length!

Matching vs Contrasting

Matching your thread to the fabric is more forgiving than contrasting thread - it helps to hide any small inconsistencies. That being said, sometimes you just need to add contrasting thread for a pop of color! Experiment and try some different looks - each project might need something different.

Stitch Length

Lengthening your stitch to a 2.5 to 3.0 gives you a professional look!

Starting & Stopping

Any time you can start and stop your topstitching at a point that will be sewn into a seam later you can hide the little cut threads. If that's not possible, a lock stitch to secure your thread looks better than backstitching. Don't have a lock stitch? Make your stitch length "0" and you will get little stitches in one spot!

Down Needle Position

Sewing with your needle in the "down" position will help keep your stitches straight when you pause or come to a spot to pivot at!

Bugsy Backpack Top Stitching on the Zipper

After you add the zipper to your Bugsy Backpack, you will want to top stitch along the zipper and here is how we recommend doing it! 

First, pull the lining and bag body apart. Using your edge stitching foot, top stitch close to the edge just on the lining first. 

Sewology Sunday - Top Stitching 101

Then tuck the lining into the bag and top stitch along the bag body, going through the bag body, zipper and lining. 

Sewology Sunday - Top Stitching 101

And Voilá - you have professional looking top stitching on your Bugsy Backpack! Have any questions? Drop us a line, we would love to hear from you! Happy Sewing! 


"While We Are At Quilt Market" Pattern Sale! May 19 2017, 0 Comments

We know we post a lot of pictures on social media while we are at Quilt Market - and having been someone who is scrolling through photos on Instagram instead of walking the aisles of inspirations, we know it stinks! So, we are doing what we can to make it stink a little less! We are having a little sale on all our new Spring patterns.

Spring Sale

Spring Quilt Patterns

Take 20% off both paper and PDF versions of Alligator Alley, Bugsy Backpack, Bugsy Backpack Hardware Kits, Clay Court, Darby Road, Elsie Avenue and Focus Freeway. No coupon code needed, just head over to the patterns! This sale goes through Sunday and we will ship the patterns next week when we get home! If you would like to keep up to date on the happenings, head over to Instagram.


Spring 2017 Pattern Launch! May 15 2017, 0 Comments

Today's the day! We are launching our 6 newest patterns today. 

Over the next few weeks, we will do a more in-depth post on each new pattern to get you more familiar with them. But for now, here is a quick little blurb about each to give you an idea!

Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley Quilt Pattern

Chomp, chomp, chomp. This fun triangle quilt resembles alligator teeth (in our minds!) and flies together. Feature assorted novelty prints or your favorite floral fabric in the large triangles. Layer cake (10” square) friendly! Four pattern sizes included in the pattern.

Bugsy Backpack

Bugsy Backpack Quilt Pattern

Versatile backpack great for all occasions. Small enough folded down for kids and hiking adventures and large enough when unhooked for weekend getaways. Finishes 15” wide x 19” tall x 6” deep. Quick and easy to assemble. Best part - we have accompanying HARDWARE KITS!

Clay Court

Clay Court Quilt Pattern

Endless design options in with this fun to make jelly-roll (2.5” x WOF strips) friendly quilt. Have fun fussy-cutting little surprises or feature your favorite fabric line in these scrappy triangles. Four quilt sizes included in the pattern!

Darby Road

Darby Road Quilt Pattern

Fun modern take on a classic shape! These easy to make paper-pieced hexagons can take on any color scheme or fabric. Have fun playing with color placement to create a surprise 3D visual effect. No y-seams! Three pattern sizes included in the pattern.

Elsie Avenue

Elsie Avenue Quilt & Pillow Pattern

This appliquéd hedgehog is cute as a button! Baby quilt and pillow instructions are included, plus full-size ready to appliqué pieces. Create a colorful hedgehog or stick with classic colors - both absolutely adorable!

Focus Freeway

Focus Freeway Quilt Pattern

Say Cheese! This unique camera quilt is great for professional photographers, hobbyists, college students and everyone in between. The quilt finishes 48” x 48” and includes scrappy or whole piece aperture and border options.

We will be having a little sale this weekend while we are at Quilt Market. To be the first to hear about it, sign up for our newsletter!  


Paradox Point QAL - Block 10 May 08 2017, 0 Comments

Block 10 - yowza! That means we are rounding the corner towards the finish line of our Paradox Point QAL. (Sorry for the metaphor but I just watched the Kentucky Derby!) This is a neat block featuring some stacked flying geese. Block 10 is one that can take on multiple looks depending on the contrast in your main colors and fabric placement. Let's take a look at what our talent sewers did!

Kristy's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 10

Kristy used two black and white Me+You batiks for the main colors, a solid teal for the accent and the light grey for the background. Her lightest print is pretty busy, so she paired a more mellow dark print with it! This allows us to see the block details without getting lost in the busier print.

Juli's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 10

Purple is the name of the game this week in Juli's beautiful block 10! She paired a lavender polka dot and a bright purple swirl with a solid black for the accent, all on that amazing newsprint background. There is a ton of contrast in Juli's main fabrics which allows you see those flying geese stack up! 

Mama's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 10

Another stunner from MaryEllen! She chose two low volume prints, one a little whiter and one a little more beige for her main colors, a teal for the accent and that beautiful dark textured print for the background. Her two main prints have just enough contrast to see the pattern, but still keep with her low volume look! 

Block 10 Design Options:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 10

  1. Color Crazy - The triangles in this block scream "fussy cut me" all day at me! Grab your favorite prints and get chopping!  
  2. Turn Down the Volume - This would be the perfect block to explore using more than two main fabrics. Add one more or make all the triangles different!
  3. Holi-Daze - If you look hard enough, the geese kind of look like little trees. Play this up color placement for a fun Christmas version!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

 Today's winner sent us her gorgeous blocks via email! Nancy Lamontagne is making her blocks from her stash of batiks and paired them with a gorgeous eggplant background! Beautiful work Nancy!

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. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!


Free Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt Pattern May 01 2017, 6 Comments

First, there was a pineapple then there was an orange and now we have an apple! Well, two apples. I couldn't resist making a whole apple and an eaten one. This would be a fun quick project for a teacher's gift too! Check out the apple at the bottom I made my little sister who is a kindergarten teacher. Here is a free tutorial on how to make this 13" x 10" mini quilt. 

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

Materials Needed

    • assorted red scraps
    • assorted cream scraps
    • assorted green scraps
    • one brown scrap
    • 1/8 yard of solid white
    • 1/8 yard of red stripe for binding
    • 2-1/4" wide black & white scrap for binding
    • 15” x 12” scrap for backing

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

Cutting Instructions

From the assorted red scraps, cut:

    • sixteen 1-1/2” squares
    • four 1-7/8” squares

From the assorted cream scraps, cut:

    • four 1-1/2” squares
    • two 1-7/8” squares

From the assorted green scraps, cut:

    • two 1-7/8” squares

From the brown scrap, cut:

    • two 3/4” x 1-1/2" rectangles

From the white background, cut:

    • eight 1-7/8” squares
    • two 1-1/2" x 2-1/4" rectangles
    • two 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles
    • one 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle
    • one 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangle
    • two 2-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles
    • two 2-1/2” x 13-1/2” rectangles

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

Sewing Instructions

To make the half-square triangles: 1. Layer a 1-7/8” white square and red square right sides together. 2. Draw a line down the center. 3. Using a 1/4” seam, sew on both sides of the square. 4. Cut along the drawn line. 5. Press the seams open.

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

Make 8 total white/red half square triangles, 4 total white/green half-square triangles, and 4 total white/cream half-square triangles.

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

To make the full apple - sew the squares, rectangles and half-square triangles into 6 rows. Press the seams open. Sew the rows together to form the apple. Press the seams open.

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

To make the eaten apple - sew the squares, rectangles and half-square triangles into rows as shown. Press the seams open. Sew the rows together to form the eaten apple. Press the seams open.

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

Sew the 2-1/2” x 6-1/2” background rectangles to each side and the 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" between the apples. Press towards the white borders. Sew the 2-1/2” x 13-1/2” rectangles to the top and bottom. Press towards the borders.

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

Finish the Quilt

Layer the apples, batting and backing fabric. Quilt straight horizontal lines 1/2” apart between the seams. Sew the binding strip to the 2-1/4” wide black & white scrap strip on the diagonal. Create your binding and sew it to the quilt in your favorite method. Voila!

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

As I mentioned earlier, my little sister is a kindergarten teacher, so after I made one of these mini quilts, I knew I needed another. Creams aren't are in abundance in my scrap bin, so to up the contrast of the eaten low volume scraps, I changed the background to a light blue. I think it turned out adorable. I am hoping it will hang in her classroom next year!

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

Patchwork Apple Mini Quilt

I am collecting quite the collection of mini fruit quilts. Next up is a pear so stay tuned! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group.


Paradox QAL - Block 9 April 28 2017, 0 Comments

I am late. I was so on top of this Paradox Point Quilt Along until Quilt Market prep took over my life! So, I am a few days late getting this post up - sorry! But, there will be some fun new patterns out soon, so get ready! Until then, let's take a look at these gorgeous Paradox Point blocks!

Kristy's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 9

I am feeling the summer vibes of this block! The pop of yellow paired with the two black and white ME+YOU prints on the light grey background is dreamy and is making me wish I had a hammock ( and a yard =] ). This block combines a few of my favorite things - stripes and triangles and turned out great!

Juli's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 9

We all know I am in love with Juli's block! Those oranges are giving me serious heart eyes! She combined a yellow-orange oval print and a fiery orange print with the solid black. The newsprint background is still my favorite current quilt background and I can't wait to see how it looks all put together. 

MaryEllen's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 9

This calligraphy style low volume print MaryEllen used in this block is one of my favorites! It looks great paired with the creamier low volume print, navy accent, and dark background. I love each one of these more than the last!

Block 9 Design Options:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 9

  1. Color Crazy - The little stripes and triangles in this block provide ample opportunities for some fussy cutting!  
  2. Turn Down the Volume - This would be a fun block to make the stripes scrappy and use two contrasting low volumes in the triangles.
  3. Holi-Daze - I am back on a Christmas again and I would love to see this block made up with reds and greens with a pop of aqua for the accent!

Your Creations:

We shared Kari's fabric pull in a previous Paradox Point QAL post and we are loving how the blocks are turning out! Keep up the amazing work Kari!

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. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!

 


Paradox Point QAL - Block 8 April 10 2017, 0 Comments

I am heading up to Seattle at sunrise tomorrow morning so we will have loads of sneak peeks of our Spring patterns once my Mom and I are in the same state! Until then, we are still cruising along on our Paradox Point Quilt Along. These amazing sewers are on their 8th blocks which means they are 2/3rds of the way through! The 8th block has arrows inside of an arrow - it is the quilting version of inception!

Kristy's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 8

This combo makes me smile! I love the black on white polka dot, white on black chevron print and fuchsia solid together. The bright pink/purple solid fabric that highlights the black arrow shapes in the block looks amazing - It makes me want to make an entire quilt with these colors.

Juli's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 8

The value swap from Kristy's to Juli's block is great. Her solid black accent solidifies the light teal arrows and her dark teal print is just perfect! Teal is one of my favorite colors and paired with the black and newsprint background, it really pops!

MaryEllen's Block:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 8

MaryEllen is cruising along with her blocks and this one is a stunner just like the rest! She combined two low volumes with a blue tone-on-tone and it looks great! The blue highlights the lighter low volume and brings the block some contrast.

When I get up to Seattle, I will try to get Alayna into the sewing room while she is on Spring Break!

Block 8 Design Options:

Paradox Point QAL - Block 8

  1. Color Crazy - The arrows in this block allow for ample opportunities for color placement. Go a little crazy and have some fun! 
  2. Turn Down the Volume - If using low volumes, the arrow gets divided up perfectly for the accent to provide some contrast - just like MaryEllen's block! 
  3. Holi-Daze - When the arrows come together inside this block, it reminds me a bit of a flag. I popped some red, white and blue in there for a festive block.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 

We have another gorgeous teal block to share today! This beautiful block 5 was made by @julesajamn and shared on Instagram! Keep sharing your pictures! We love to see them!

Now your turn - keep sharing those photos folks! We want to see how your blocks turn out. We have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!

 

 


Free Patchwork Orange Mini Quilt Pattern April 07 2017, 1 Comment

Our free Patchwork Pineapple mini quilt still makes me smile every time I see it on my wall. While making one for my friend's birthday this week, (Happy Birthday Betty!) I imagined what other fruits I could make out of patchwork! I made up an orange, apple and pear. Today, I am sharing a tutorial to make this fun little orange 8" x 10" mini quilt! (The apple and pear will come later!)

Free Patchwork Orange Mini Quilt Pattern

Materials Needed

    • assorted orange scraps
    • one green scrap
    • 1/8 yard of solid white
    • 1/8 yard of orange print for binding
    • 2-1/4" wide black & white scrap (optional for binding)
    • 11” x 13” scrap for backing

Free Patchwork Orange Mini Quilt Pattern

Cutting Instructions

From the assorted orange scraps, cut:

    • twelve 1-1/2” squares
    • two 1-7/8” squares
    • one 2-1/4” x WOF strip for binding

From the green scrap, cut:

    • one 1-7/8” square

From the white background, cut:

    • three 1-7/8” squares
    • one 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangle
    • one 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square
    • two 2-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles
    • two 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles

    Free Patchwork Orange Mini Quilt Pattern

    Sewing Instructions

    To make the half-square triangles: 1. Layer a 1-7/8” white square and orange square right sides together. 2. Draw a line down the center. 3. Using a 1/4” seam, sew on both sides of the square. 4. Cut along the drawn line. 5. Press the seams open.

    Orange Mini Quilt Construction

    Make 4 total white/orange half square triangles and 2 total white/green half-square triangles.

    Orange Mini Quilt Construction

    Sew the squares and half-square triangles into 6 rows of 4 squares. Press the seams open. Sew the rows together to form the orange. Press the seams open.

    Orange Mini Quilt Construction

    Sew the 2-1/2” x 6-1/2” background rectangles to each side of the orange. Press towards the white border. Sew the 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles to the top and bottom. Press towards the border.

    Orange Mini Quilt Construction

    Finish the Quilt

    Layer the orange, batting and backing fabric. Quilt straight diagonal lines approximately 3/4” apart. Sew the binding strip to the 2-1/4” wide black & white strip on the diagonal. Create your binding and sew it to the quilt in your favorite method. Voila!

    Free Patchwork Orange Mini Quilt Pattern

    Free Patchwork Orange Mini Quilt Pattern

    This little orange is going to look great next to our Mini Patchwork Pineapple quilt! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group.

     


    Paradox Point QAL - Block 7 March 27 2017, 0 Comments

    Spring has sprung! This is one of my favorite times of the year. It is finally warm enough to dust off those shorts and frolic outdoors before it gets hot! I just spent the weekend camping and hiking around Moab, so I am feeling refreshed and invigorated creatively. This week is pattern writing week, so stay tuned for some new projects on the horizon. But, until then, let's catch up with the beautiful Paradox Point QAL blocks!

    Kristy's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 7

    Blue seems to be a theme among the beautiful block 7s! Kristy combined a black triangle print and a chevron white on black print with a bright blue accent. This blue Me+You solid is one of my favorite colors - it is so rich and striking. All these prints and colors of course look great on the light grey background!

    Juli's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 7

    Juli's block is super Springy! She combined two blue prints that scream Spring. One print features little bunnies and flowers! These prints paired with the solid black on the news print background makes for another adorable block! I can't wait to see all of her blocks together. 

    MaryEllen's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 7

    Low volume quilts hold a special place in my heart and MaryEllen's is helping the cause! She combined two ditzy light prints with a light blue tone-on-tone to create a stunning block 7! She is cruising along and I can't wait to see how the rest of the blocks turn out. 

    Alayna is still out and about, but next time I visit, I will wrangle her into the sewing room! 

    Block 7 Design Options:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 7

    1. Color Crazy - The stripes in this block opens the door for all sorts of opportunities. Fussy cut your favorite fabrics and dig into those stripes. 
    2. Turn Down the Volume - Low volume stripes always add a little extra va va voom to blocks and they would look great in a block 7.
    3. Holi-Daze - The stripes in this block reminded me of bumblebees, so I made a Spring block with yellow and black colors with a honeycomb background.

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

    Keeping up with our blue Block 7 theme, we have a new winner this week who is cruising through their Paradox Point blocks! Jenny Vogel & Kathy Fictorie of stitchstudiooc, are making the Paradox Point quilt and have kits available in their store! 

    Now your turn - keep sharing those photos folks! We want to see how your blocks turn out. We have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

    First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!

     


    'Tis the Season for Baby Quilts March 24 2017, 0 Comments

    It is officially Spring! I know some of you just had a major snowfall out on the east coast, but Spring is starting to pop up in subtle ways. For us, it is in full swing. We've already had some 80 degree days - yikes! This season for me is always accompanied with new babies. Everywhere I look there are freshies in strollers and big baby bumps! Baby quilts are my favorite to make - they are bright, quick and use fun novelty fabrics! Here are a few crib-size quilts for the newest baby in your life!

    Lullaby Lane Quilt

    Lullaby Lane

    Have an adorable novelty print you can't bear to cut into? I have a few and that is how the Lullaby Lane pattern came about! This is a fun and fast quilt project that is customizable to boot!

    Shivaun Place Quilt

    Shivaun Place

    The "tall" size in our Shivaun Place pattern makes a great play-time quilt! It finishes as a 38" x 38" square and features two fat-quarters. I love the bright fresh look this patchwork pattern makes.

    Zoey's Zoo Quilt

    Zoey's Zoo

    A lion, a bear, a fox and a penguin - oh my! Zoey's Zoo is our first set of large appliqué animals. The pattern contains all four animals and a full alphabet, reversed and ready to go! Each animal has a personality that will make your new baby smile!

    Churndash Court Quilt

    Churndash Court

    Finishing as a 36" square, the Churndash Court quilt is the perfect size for a baby quilt! Grab an adorable jelly-roll set or dive into your scrap bin to start making this fun, fast and modern take on a traditional quilt block!  

    Euclid Avenue Quilt

    Euclid Avenue

    The smallest size of our Euclid Avenue pattern makes an adorable baby quilt! We love to combine novelty prints and bright coordinates to create fun and interesting designs. These large paper-pieced blocks fly together!

    Park Place Quilt

    Park Place

    Customizable baby quilts are fun keepsakes for babies as they grow up! Park Place is a jelly-roll friendly quilt pattern that includes a full alphabet reversed and ready for appliqué. This fun modern design looks adorable in bright novelty prints. 

    Diamond Detour Quilt

    Diamond Detour

    The "tall" size in our Diamond Detour pattern finishes at 33" x 45" and makes a great baby quilt! This pattern is either fat-quarter or 10" square friendly and super fast to piece. Add in a striped binding and you have yourself a fun baby quilt!

    Sammy's Safari Quilt

    Sammy's Safari

    Our second set of large appliqué animals includes a monkey, elephant, giraffe and alligator. Sammy's Safari includes all four full-size animals and the entire alphabet reversed and ready to appliqué!

    Lullaby Lane baby quilt

    Spring is the season for making baby quilts. I know I will whipping up a few soon for expecting friends! And to recap why making baby quilts is fun, I made a list!

      1.  They are bright and novelty fabrics are the cutest!
      2.  They are fast - we are talking a weekend project with time to spare!
      3.  They will make the baby and parents very happy campers. To prove it, here is a happy little camper hanging out on his personal quilt!

    All of these patterns are available for purchase. We would love to see any baby quilts you are creating this season! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Happy Sewing!


    Reversible One Way Pillows March 21 2017, 0 Comments

    Pillows are fun and are popping up everywhere, I mean who doesn’t need a good throw pillow or two or 6 on their couch or bed!? 

    We have a habit of turning our patterns into pillows to give you another fun idea of what to do with a design, like our Arcadia Avenue Hexagon Pillows and Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows. Now we have taken our popular One Way quilt pattern and made some fun quilted pillows. This pattern is very geometric driven, simple, yet very striking, and it makes great pillows!

    We made the pillows using two arrow blocks and added an invisible zipper at the bottom so they are truly reversible!

    Reversible One Way Pillows

    To make one pillow, you will need:

      • One Way quilt pattern
      • Enough fabric to make two arrow blocks plus three 3" x WOF strips (we are fans of using scraps to make the background)
      • One 12" x 16” pillow form
      • Invisible zipper 18" or longer
      • Light weight batting or fusible fleece
      • Muslin or fabric as lining

    Reversible One Way Pillows

    Pillow Instructions:

    Make two arrow blocks. Add 3" strips to all 4 sides of each block. Layer the arrow block, batting or fleece and lining fabric and quilt as desired. We kept with the geometric style and quilted straight lines in varying widths. Once quilted, trim the blocks to 12½" x 16½". We like our pillow and little fuller, so we cut ours down to 12" x 16". 

    I absolutely loved Sew Katie Did’s tutorial on adding invisible zippers to pillows. Her instructions are great, and she is right – an invisible zipper foot is worth its weight in gold – especially if you make more than one pillow, and trust us, they are addictive! I used the invisible zipper-by-the-foot and kept the zipper head off the pillow to one end so it doesn't get in the way. I added the zipper to one of the 16” sides of the arrow block sewing the zipper along the entire length of the 16" side. Add the other side of the pillow, be sure you have right sides together! Once you have added the zipper, sew right sides together the remaining three sides, making sure to pull the zipper head inside. You can sew right over the invisible zipper. Trim corners diagonally and turn right side out. Push out the corners and add pillow form. Tada! 

    Reversible One Way Pillows

    We have made a few different sets of these bad boys. The first bunch were made with Alison Glass prints and displayed in our Quilt Market booth on our favorite orange couch! 

    Reversible One Way Pillows

    The next set of pillows were Christmas gifts for my Nick and Alayna. They spruce up and bring a little color their new condo! Shelby, the pup, is also a big fan!

    Reversible One Way Pillows

    The last few were made as gifts for my sweet little cousins. They each got an arrow pillow with their names paper-pieced into the back-side and a coordinating Mini Churndash Court pillow or scrappy panel pillow! 

    Reversible One Way Pillows

    The One Way pattern is available in PDF and paper pattern. If you make these fun pillows, the whole quilt or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!


    Paradox Point QAL - Block 6 March 13 2017, 0 Comments

    Today marks the half-way point of our Paradox Point Quilt Along! We are on our 6th block and we love seeing your creations! If anyone was at QuiltCon a couple weekends ago, they may have seen the Paradox Point quilt Kristy made hanging up in the Hoffman California Fabrics booth! I will see if I can hunt down some photos. Until then, here are our block 6's! 

    Kristy's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 6

    Is there a more classic color combination than black, white and red? Possibly, but this is a beautiful block made with a triangular black print on a white background, a blobby white grid on a black background and a solid red accent. I love how many different black and white prints Me+You offers! 

    Juli's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 6

    We have another amazingly sunny block from Juli! She combined two softer yellow prints with a solid black accent and newsprint background to make this block 6. This block is very fitting for the super warm weather we are having here in CO. East coast friends stay warm in that snow storm!

    MaryEllen's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 6

    And yet another stunning and warm block from MaryEllen! Her block 6 features two light prints for the main prints, a white fabric and a taupe fabric. These have some great contrast and look great with the dark accent and textured background. She is cruising along and I can't wait to see more! 

    Alayna Update:

    Alayna came out to visit me this last weekend so she is a little behind on her block, but when she gets caught up, I will be sure to post it!

    Block 6 Design Options:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 6

    1. Color Crazy - There are some larger pieces in this block that would make for some fun fussy-cut fabrics.
    2. Turn Down the Volume - Can you imagine adorable little critters on low volume backgrounds popping out in this block!
    3. Holi-Daze - The chevrons in this block are screaming "Use your holiday stripes" and that would be a fun twist. 

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

    Our winner this week is 20 year-old 

    Haley Schober who learned to paper piece using our Paradox Point pattern! I can't wait to see if she turns them into a full block! 

    Now your turn - keep sharing those photos folks! We want to see how your blocks turn out. We have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

    First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!


    12 Different Ways to Cut a Fat-Quarter March 09 2017, 1 Comment

    If you are like me, you collect fat-quarters of your favorite fabric lines. I can't always justify buying multiple yards of an entire line, but a fat-quarter bundle, I can usually manage! These are usually my favorite pieces of fabric and I hoard them until the perfect project comes around. When that project comes around, I want to make sure I can get exactly what I need from my 18" x 21" fat-quarter, so I put together a handy visual. Below are 12 different ways to cut a fat-quarter! 

    12 Different Ways to cut a Fat-Quarter

    Feel free to pin this to your Pinterest board or print out a copy to keep by your sewing machine. I have one pinned to the cork board next to my computer where I can reference it while writing patterns! Please let us know if there are other charts and info we can put together for you in the comments below. Happy sewing and fat-quarter cutting! 


    Andover Mini Quilts March 02 2017, 0 Comments

    You all know that we have caught the mini quilt fever that has been going around for the last few years! These minis are almost a year old - I am working on this timely blogging thing still! But, hey, better late then never. Andover sent us a cultivated bundle of beautiful warm Alison Glass and Lizzy House fabrics. We then created these two minis!

    Mini Arcadia Avenue

    After seeing all the Arcadia Avenue single block mini quilts popping up in mini quilt swaps on Instagram, we wanted to make our own! We arranged the fabrics in a gradating fashion, starting with a chartreuse and blending to a red. We added in pops of white and grey prints to brighten up the quilt.

    Mini Arcadia Avenue

    Quick Mini Quilt Stats:

    Mini Arcadia Avenue

    This bright hexagonal quilt will look fabulous in the center of a dining table all year long - but these bright colors are having me dreaming of warm weather and Spring blooms. Kristy quilted this mini quilt with straight lines varying 1/8" to 1/2" apart in a white thread. 

    Mini Firelights Lane

    For our second mini quilt, we made up a Mini Firelights Lane. It is an ideal pattern for gradating color schemes. We arranged seven of the fabrics to create a fun "fire" effect. We started with the chartreuse at the bottom and added yellow, orange, coral and reds. We used a white print for the background and a grey for the binding. 

    Mini Firelights Lane

    Quick Mini Quilt Stats:

    Mini Firelights Lane

    This is one of my favorite projects to make. There are so many beautiful combinations that would look amazing in this pattern. Kristy quilted this mini at the same time as the other, so the vertical lines are approximately 1/8" to 1/2" apart as well! 

    Mini Firelights Lane & Mini Arcadia Avenue

    If you make either of these or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!


    Paradox Point QAL - Block 5 February 27 2017, 0 Comments

    I can't believe we are already almost through February. 2017 has been a fun year so far. I usually hibernate and create all winter long, but our weather has been a giant tease and we have had a couple weeks of 60-70 degree days. I have been working on some secret sewing and I can't wait to share it with you. Until then, the Paradox Point QAL is rolling along - before we dive into the blocks, we have a little announcement.

    Birthday Sale

    I could think of no better way to celebrate my birthday than by celebrating with all of you - so we are having a little Birthday Sale all this week! All patterns are 20% off, this includes paper patterns, pdf patterns, mini patterns and books! Be sure to use the discount code BIRTHDAY2017 from 2/27 to 3/3. Now it is time for the beautiful blocks!

    Kristy's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 5

    This block has me day dreaming about my favorite holiday, Halloween! The combination of a black print with white triangle dots, a white print with black hatching and a vibrant orange has me swooning. Plus, the block pattern looks a little like teeth when you get in the Halloween spirit! =]

    Juli's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 5

    From Halloween to Summer. Juli's block 5 features two summery yellow prints that have me wanting my 70 degree days back! (I am currently watching it snow while writing this post - weather whiplash.) The yellows combined with the black accent and newsprint background look fabulous!

    MaryEllen's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 5

    This warm block fits my current weather mood perfectly. It is super cozy and I can't wait to see this quilt all put together. MaryEllen combined two low volume prints with a burgundy accent and it is stunning. I love this combo on her dark tone-on-tone background.

    Alayna's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 5

    Luckily, Alayna's school has a mid-winter break. So, she was able to whip up her latest block while hanging out with my mom this week! This is another sunny block made up with two yellow prints, a charcoal accent, and light grey sketch background. I absolutely love the yellow plaid Alayna used! 

    Block 5 Design Options:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 5

    1. Color Crazy - This block can create a few different focuses depending on where you place your fabrics and which ones you choose.
    2. Turn Down the Volume - Finding two volumes prints that contrast enough but still qualify as low volume can be tricky. Don't shy away from pastels!
    3. Holi-Daze - I am in full Halloween mode these days - odd for February - but this block makes a fun spooky block! Grab those spider webs and have some fun. 

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

    I love seeing our designs in different color schemes and this blue version my friend Kristen of @twoblondesandasewingmachine is making has me swooning. This is her second block and I can't wait to see more!

    Now your turn - keep sharing those photos folks! We want to see how your blocks turn out. We have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

    First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!

     


    Hootsville Row Pattern Hack Pillow February 24 2017, 0 Comments

    Hootsville Row is a fun wall-hanging pattern that features 9 adorable owls with big peering eyes! These little guys take a little bit to trace, cut, fuse and appliqué down. So, for a quicker and still adorable option, make one owl and turn it into a pillow! That is exactly what my Mom did as a gift for her niece's birthday. 

    Hootsville Row Pillow

    To make your own 16" owl pillow, elongate the branch across the entire width of the background. Place the owl on the branch and appliqué it down. For a little flair, freehand some green leaves or add the recipient's name along the bottom.

    Hootsville Row Pillow

    I adore these little cross-eyed eyes! Purple is Micah's favorite color, so Kristy dug into her purple scrap bin and created a gradating owl. She pulled the aqua color from one of the purple prints and used it for the owl's flaps. Add a punch of yellow for the nose and feet and voilá!

    Hootsville Row Pillow

    Quick Pillow Stats:

      • Made by: Kristy Wolf
      • Pattern: Hootsville Row
      • Fabric: Kate Spain prints for the background and backing and assorted scraps
      • Finished Size: 16" x 16"
      • Techniques: Appliqué

    Hootsville Row Pillow

    The Hootsville Row pattern is available here in paper and PDF form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!


    Paradox Point QAL - Block 4 February 13 2017, 0 Comments

    Happy (almost) Valentine's Day everyone! We are kicking off this week with a few more Paradox Point blocks. These blocks are fun, bright and perfect for a little Monday quilty inspiration boost. Let's get started!

    Kristy's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 4

    Kristy's block 4 features a white fabric with small black triangles, a black fabric with white geometric prints and a solid green for the accent. This green color is dreamy and looks great paired up with the black and white Me+You prints!

    Juli's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 4

    Juli's block 4 is the perfect Valentine's Day block! She paired two pink prints, one small floral and one polka dot, with her solid black accent. Her newsprint background with the bright colors is still making me swoon!

    MaryEllen's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 4

    MaryEllen is slaying her blocks and this week's features two low volume prints for fabrics A and B, and a bright yellow for the accent. This combo jumps off this dark tone-on-tone background!

    Alayna's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 4

    Alayna has a block 4 for us today too! I absolutely love her fabric selections for this one. She used one pink and one lilac Alison Glass print for fabrics A and B with a charcoal accent and light grey sketch background.

    Kristy's Quick Tip:

    When sewing the arrow edges to the triangle, pin the top, bottom, and middle. If one of them is larger than the other, put the larger triangle on bottom so the bias eases in.

    Block 4 Design Options:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 4

    1. Color Crazy - This is a fun block to use all those thin strips of your favorite fabrics you have squirreled away for the perfect project!
    2. Turn Down the Volume - I am still loving the idea of a low volume Paradox Point. Who is going to make one so I don't have to!
    3. Holi-Daze - I was thinking of all those bright, fun and modern Christmas fabrics when designing this one. I see a table runner in my future! 

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

    This week's winner is the amazing over-achiever @withclubsauce516! She shared this photo of all 12 of her completed blocks and we are absolutely in love with her fabric choices!

    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. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

    First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!


    Unraveling the Mysteries of Interfacing February 06 2017, 2 Comments

    So, you've purchased a new bag pattern and it calls for interfacing, now what? Interfacing is used to add body to your project - clothes and bags alike! For the most part interfacing is a matter of personal preference. Do you want your bag to have structure and stand up on its own? Or, do you want it to be soft and drapable? There are fusible and non-fusible choices, woven and non-woven options and light weight fleece - all great for bag patterns! There is also a new-ish foam interfacing that now comes in fusible and sew-in options too! Did we scare you yet? =]

    Fusible interfacings are generally our go-to choice.

    PROS

      • They stay in place!
      • You can interface a large piece of fabric and cut pieces to save the time of interfacing them individually.
      • Woven interfacings drape well. (You do need to keep the grain straight as you would with your fabric).

    CONS

      • Sometimes they just don’t stick as well as you'd like
      • Sometimes they can leave a bumpy look on the front of your fabrics.

    To avoid these cons, when applying, I like to iron first on the interfacing side lightly just enough to get it sticking, then flip the piece over and iron on the fabric side until it is firmly stuck. Be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions on the heat settings!

    FAVORITES

    This is what we used to make our bag patterns:

    Shelby Satchel - Sassafras Lane Designs

    Shelby Satchel

    We used both Fusible Hair Canvas by Pellon and Fusible Fleece by Pellon to make our favorite iPad friendly travel satchel. 

    Cooper CarryAll - Sassafras Lane Designs

    Cooper Carry-All

    This scrap and precut friendly tote bag uses both Fusible Face It Firm by Sew Lazy and Fusible Fleece by Pellon. The perfect amount of padding to lug around a laptop or school books!

    Cassidy Crossover - Sassafras Lane Designs

    Cassidy Crossover

    This crossover purse uses Shape Flex Woven Cotton by Pellon to get a little bit of structure needed for everyday adventures.

    Bubba Bowling Bag - Sassafras Lane Designs

    The Daily Duffle

    My favorite weekend getaway bag uses both Fusible Hair Canvas by Pellon and Fusible Fleece by Pellon to obtain it's round shape!

    Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

    Bubba Bowling Bag

    To make this quilted, structured bowling style bag we used Fusible Hair Canvas by Pellon, Fusible Face It Firm by Sew Lazy, Fusible Fleece by Pellon and Peltex for a stable base.

    Teddy Tote - Sassafras Lane Designs

    Teddy Tote

    Fusible Face It Firm by Sew Lazy brings these grocery totes to life and reinforces them so you can stuff them full of goods!

    These of course are just our suggestions based on our personal experience. We have worked with each of these interfacing and have had good consistent results, but there are lots and lots of options! Let us know what your favorites and go-tos are - it’s always good to have options! Thanks for stopping in!


    Baker Street in Handcrafted February 02 2017, 2 Comments

    Who else out there are Sherlock Holmes fans? We love the mystery solving duo and happily named one of patterns after their famous 221 Baker Street abode. This particular version of our Baker Street pattern is made up in Handcrafted Patchwork by Alison Glass. This fun line from Andover Fabrics has a batik feel with modern fresh designs. Baker Street is traditionally pieced and the large blocks make this quilt go together in a snap!

    Baker Street in Handcrafted

    Baker Street in Handcrafted

    Baker Street in Handcrafted

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Baker Street in Handcrafted

    Baker Street in Handcrafted

    The Baker Street pattern is available here in paper and PDF form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!


    Paradox Point QAL - Block 3 January 30 2017, 12 Comments

    It is that time again! We have a few more blocks to share with you today with the Paradox Point QAL. Personally, block 3 is my favorite of the bunch! It reminds me of the diamonds on my favorite playing cards. I think the simplicity of the diamonds and triangles is enticing! Keep scrolling for some amazing Block 3 arrows.

    Kristy's Block: 

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 3

    Black, white and periwinkle blue, oh la la. The black print features a stitch-like grid and the white print features brushed lines and crosses. These two prints combined with this beautiful blue color on the light grey background makes a great arrow block. 

    Juli's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 3

    Okay, I am completely in love with this block! The combo of the large aqua dot and and teal tone-on-tone makes me swoon. Once again the bright colors and solid black on the newsprint background, makes for a killer block 3. 

    Alayna's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 3

    We all know orange is my favorite, so Alayna's block is making me smile! I love this combination of light orange and red-orange prints with the charcoal dot on the grey sketch background. Keep up the good work, Alayna!

    MaryEllen's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 3

    MaryEllen is also cruising along with the QAL and we are loving her block 3. She paired two new low volume prints with a vibrant lime for the accent. This arrow block pops right off the dark tone-on-tone background.

    Kristy's Quick Tip:

    I like to starch the fabrics ahead of time, that way I can tear the paper off the triangles before I sew them together. This also eliminates pulling paper out of the seams when you sew the triangles together! 

    Block 3 Design Options:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 3

    1. Color Crazy - The larger pieces in this block could feature your favorite scraps you have beenhoarding!
    2. Turn Down the Volume - I have been digging through my low volumes for other projects recently and I can't get enough!
    3. Holi-Daze - With Valentine's Day around the corner, we made up a pink and red version of block 3. These would make an adorable table runner! 

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

    We are loving this fabric pull that Kari (@quiltingczarina) shared on her Instagram. A Paradox Point made up with Elizabeth Hartman prints has us incredibly interested - can't wait to see how it turns out!

    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. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

    First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!


    How to Stick with your 2017 Sewing Goals! January 26 2017, 2 Comments

    We are almost a month into 2017 and I am double checking my Sewing Goals list to evaluate how I am doing. I always start the new year overzealous about what I would like to get done, but this year I am taking a different approach to my sewing time that will allow for a little bit more creativity and fun. I have put together a few tips on how to stick with your 2017 sewing goals, so here we go!

    Planner

    1. Planners

    Quilter's Planners seem to be all the rage this year, and I will fully admit, I am using one! I have used physical planners in the past, but usually give up on them in about March. On New Years, I sat down and wrote in all the big deadlines, self proclaimed and industry wise. Now, every Sunday I make myself a cup of tea and write out my goals for the week for everything - and I mean everything - blogging, workouts, sewing, even Taco Tuesdays! Enough about me, but I do think writing out your goals and having a plan, even if it is just a little one, can help you keep your goals. 

    Lists

    2. Make Lists

    Much like number one, writing down your to-dos helps a ton! There is something about making a handwritten list that puts your goals in the front of your mind. Plus, crossing things off lists has to be the most satisfying thing the world - am I right? I suggest making a small list each month for what you would like to achieve. And be honest with yourself - if it is a busy month, don't go crazy! I find that having less on my list allows more time for creative, fun, impromptu projects. 

    Mini Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

    3. Scheduling Time

    When I really want to get some quality time on a project, I schedule in time. Whether it is a couple hours every day, once or twice a week or an entire day set aside, having designated time allows me to sit and focus. I worked the time into my schedule so I don't feel guilty about all the other things I am not doing, like laundry or dishes! 

    BOMs

    4. Block-of-the-Months

    BOMs and quilt alongs are great ways to accomplish a little piece of a large projects each month. There are a great abundance of amazing Block-of-the-Months out there, (insert shameless plug here) in fact, we are hosting a Paradox Point QAL right now! For more BOM programs, check out your local quilt store, favorite Instagram accounts and QuiltAlong.net.

    Quilt-It Modern Blog Tour Projects

    5. Social Media

    Fair warning, this can also be a bit of a trap! But posting your goals, ideas, progress photos and finished projects on social media sites can keep your sewing mojo going. We are also luckily a part of an amazing crafting community that is very very forgiving if we don't finish or follow through with all of our goals! There are some great hashtags on Instagram where you can share your work with others working on similar things and create a fun community and dialogue. 

    SewForLove

    6. Remember Why You Sew

    This is one I struggle with pretty often. I sew for work, so sometimes I lose my love of it. I have to step back and remember that creating is fun and I truly do love it. If you stuck on a track or project that is becoming less and less fun or your start to dread working on it, there are no rules, drop it! Create, sew, quilt and make things you love because it is a hobby you love. 

    Empire Place in Kaffe

    7. Stay Inspired 

    I have been debating on whether to write an entire post on this topic. Staying inspired can be tough. I find it especially difficult during winter, when I don't get outside as often. But if we aren't feeling inspired, we don't create or we don't enjoy the creation process and neither of those is fun! So, stay inspired - go for a short walk, try a new route home from work, eat at a new restaurant, reread a favorite old book or volunteer at the dog shelter. If you are feeling blocked, get out and do something new for a bit and see what comes to you!

    We hope this inspires you to keep energize and we can't wait to see what you all create this year! We have a feeling it is going to be an epically creative year.


    Paradox Point Table Runner January 23 2017, 0 Comments

    We just shared our second Paradox Point blocks for the quilt along and now feels like the perfect time to share this amazing table runner. Juli Kieny whipped up this table runner in a few hours using two of the Paradox Point blocks. We wanted to share a fun and easy project you can make without having to make the entire large quilt! I think these would be fun to make some festive fabrics and displayed on a table during the holidays. 

    Paradox Point Table Runner

    Juli made the blocks with some bright Kate Spain fabrics, a solid white for the accent and a solid periwinkle for the background. She used a 4" wide piece of fabric between the two blocks and bordered the entire runner with a 1.5" border. Juli quilted a great diamond crosshatch to finish the runner and it turned out great!

    Paradox Point Table Runner

    Paradox Point Table Runner

    Table Runner Stats:

      • Made & Quilted by: Juli Kieny
      • Quilting: Angled crosshatch
      • Pattern: Paradox Point
      • Fabric: Assorted Kate Spain prints from Moda
      • Finished Size: Grande 60" long x 16" wide
      • Techniques: Paper-piecing

    Paradox Point Table Runner

    The Paradox Point pattern is available in book form here. Big thank you to Juli for making this beautiful runner! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!


    Free Patchwork Heart Mini Quilt Pattern January 20 2017, 3 Comments

    Love is in the air.... well, heart-shaped candy is the grocery stores at least! We are one month away from Valentine's Day, so we decided to make a little something. In 2014, we published this "Pieces of my Heart" wall-hanging as a free pattern. I loved this project, but wanted to update it a bit, so I reduced the size of the pieces in half, made the background scrappy and made a mini quilt that finishes 12" x 12". Here is a step-by-step tutorial to make one of your very own!

    Free Patchwork Heart Mini Quilt Pattern

    Materials Needed

      • assorted pink and red scraps
      • assorted low volume scraps
      • 1/8 yard of stripe for binding
      • 16” x 16” square for backing

    Free Patchwork Heart Mini Quilt Pattern

    Cutting Instructions

    From the assorted pink and red scraps, cut:

      • forty 1-1/2” squares
      • six 1-7/8” squares
      • one 2-1/4” wide strip (optional for binding)

    From the assorted low volume scraps, cut:

      • ninety-two 1-1/2” squares
      • six 1-7/8" squares

    From the binding stripe, cut:

      • two 2-1/4” x WOF strips

    Free Patchwork Heart Mini Quilt Pattern

    Sewing Instructions

    To make the half-square triangles:

    1. Layer a 1-7/8” low volume square and pink/red square right sides together.
    2. Draw a line down the center.
    3. Using a 1/4” seam, sew on both sides of the square.
    4. Cut along the drawn line.
    5. Press the seams open. Tada! You have two identical half-square triangles.

    Make a total of 12 half pink/red and half low volume half-square triangles. 

    Sew the squares and half-square triangles into 12 rows of 12 squares. Press the seams of each row in every other direction. Sew the rows together to form the heart. Press the row seams open.

    Finish the Quilt

    Layer the heart, batting and backing fabric. Quilt straight vertical and horizontal lines through the centers of the squares (I find it easiest to avoid seams while quilting =] ). Sew the binding strip to the 2-1/4” wide pink/red strip on the diagonal. Create your binding and sew it to the quilt in your favorite method. Voila!

    Free Patchwork Heart Mini Quilt Pattern

    I loved making this little guy so much, I made two! This little mini quilt is a fun and reasonably quick project to add a little decoration to Valentine's Day or any wall! I personally will be putting one of these up on my mini wall and maybe sending the other to a special someone... okay you caught me, my Mom!

    Free Patchwork Heart Mini Quilt Pattern

    Free Patchwork Heart Mini Quilt Pattern

    Free Patchwork Heart Mini Quilt Pattern

    This little heart makes us smile and we hope you guys do too! If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos or post them to our Flickr group


    Paradox Point QAL - Block 2 January 16 2017, 0 Comments

    Happy Martin Luther Jr. Day. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend - wow, two weeks have flown by! It is time for Block 2 of the Paradox Point QAL. We have beautiful blocks from Kristy, Juli and Alayna to share, plus MaryEllen's first two blocks! Let's get down to business and start sharing the blocks. 

    Kristy's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 2

    Black, white and lime - another killer color combination! The black print features small white arrowheads and the white print features larger black markings. These two prints combined with the lime green accent looks great on the light grey background.

    Juli's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 2

    Think pink! Juli's feature color for week 2 is pink! She used two fun pink dots for colors A and B. The light pink features white and bright pink dots and the bright pink features lighter pink bubbles. I am falling in love with the solid back accent and newsprint background!

    Alayna's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 2

    Sometimes getting photos of a quilty project is difficult with a pup around! Elsie has a habit of using quilts as beds and pillows! Alayna was super excited to make this block, it was her favorite fabric combination she pulled. She paired a minty dot print with a colorful checked print. It turned out fantastic!

    MaryEllen's Blocks:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 1

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 2

    MaryEllen has caught up with us and has two beautiful blocks to share. She chose a dark tonal print for the background and assorted low volume prints for the colors with changing accent colors. Her first block features a lime accent and her second a navy accent. I can't wait to see how this quilt comes together! 

    Kristy's Quick Tip:

    While paper-piecing, if you are not worried about being conservative with your fabric, cut everything from the widest strip to save time - and some brain cells!

    Block 2 Design Options:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 2

    1. Color Crazy - Use your favorite colors and scraps of your most treasured fabrics to create a fun and funky block. 
    2. Turn Down the Volume - I can't get enough of low volume quilts. They look great in almost any room!
    3. Holi-Daze - Halloween is my favorite holiday. Making a couple blocks and turning them into a table runner would be a fun and fast project for your table in October!

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

    I am loving this sunny version of block 1 Tori Manzi shared on her Instagram and our Flickr group. That Alison Glass background is going to be fun! Thanks for sharing Tori!

    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. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

    First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!


    Privet Drive in Sun Prints January 13 2017, 2 Comments

    I have already shared a few photos of this Privet Drive quilt on Instagram, but I have failed to blog about it, so here goes! This beautiful quilt is made up in Sun Prints and Abacus, fabrics both by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. We gradated the colors through the quilt to create a stunning rainbow effect and used several white fabrics with black prints to create a low volume background. The Privet Drive is a simple paper-piecing pattern that includes 3 sizes. It is a perfect pattern for using up your scraps or your favorite fabric line as in this version. This is one of my favorite quilts!

    Privet Drive in Sun Prints

    Privet Drive in Sun Prints

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Privet Drive in Sun Prints

    Privet Drive in Sun Prints

    The Privet Drive pattern is available in PDF and paper form here. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!


    Jazz Up Your Binding! January 09 2017, 2 Comments

    Binding is either your favorite or least favorite part of a quilt. For me, it is my least favorite! I am usually over the project by the time it gets back from the quilter. I've developed a fun little trick to get myself excited about this last and dreaded step of quilting making - add a little pizzazz to the binding!

    Chunky Stripes

    Thick stripes are one of my favorite go-tos for bindings. I particularly love this black and white stripe on this Diamond Detour quilt featuring black and white prints with a solid gold-yellow background. (Label tutorial here!)

    Diamond Detour featuring Black & White Prints

    Thin Stripes

    Much like chunky stripes, I love me some thin stripes for bindings, especially on smaller projects like this Arcadia Avenue table topper. We used a thin black and white stripe that mimics the black and white in the project.

    Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    Contrasting Color

    Pull a color from the opposite side of the color wheel to use as a pop on the edge of your quilt. This Canyon Boulevard quilt featured a minty aqua background, so we added a coral binding to add some contrast. 

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    Colored Corner

    Throwing in a pop of color to wrap a corner is a fun way to add some movement to a quilt. The addition of a chartreuse solid on the corner of this One Way quilt, draws the eye through the entire quilt. 

    One Way in Black & Whites

    Scrap It Up

    I love using the leftover scraps from a project to create a binding and add a little something to the backing. This Churndash Court features extra strips pieced together to create a dynamic scrappy binding. 

    Churndash Court in Miss Kate

    Focus Fabrics

    Occasionally a pattern will have a distinctly beautiful set of fabrics and it can be fun to pull them back into the binding. This Diamond Detour features small snippets of the colors used with the background separating them. 

    New Pattern - Diamond Detour

    Add an Accent

    Pulling a color that is used briefly in the quilt is a fun way to add a little something extra to the binding. This Mini Lantern Lane has a little lime chunk on the side that draws your eye to the lime throughout the quilt.

    Mini Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs

    Do the Unexpected

    Sometimes adding a little corner of a black and white stripe like on this Patchwork Pineapple is the perfect way to give your quilt the little bit of attitude it needs!

    Free Pineapple Mini Quilt Pattern

    Well, we hope we inspired you to add a little something extra to your next binding to take your quilt to the next level! Now we need to get back to sewing our block 2's for the Paradox Point QAL. Happy Monday!


    Paradox Point QAL - Block 1 January 02 2017, 1 Comment

    Happy New Year everyone! We are kicking off our Paradox Point QAL today and sharing our first blocks. We have beautiful blocks from Kristy and Juli, and a special appearance from my little sister! It is always fun when we can get her excited about sewing, so when she started pulling fabrics for this quilt, we were ecstatic. She is a kindergarten teacher in the Seattle area, so we might not get a block every 2 weeks, but I will post one when she does!

    Kristy's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 1

    We arranged the blocks in Paradox Point so the difficulty progresses with the blocks. So block one is pretty easy! There are no tricky intersections, thick points or funny business in this block - just fun simple straight lines. Kristy's first block features a striking white-on-black print for color A, a tribal black-on-white print for color B and a solid red for the accent. Red, black and white is a classic color combination and makes for a beautiful block. I would love to see an entire quilt made with these colors! 

    Juli's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 1

    Juli is loving making these blocks! She told me yesterday she is making each block in about 1 hour. We are going to start calling her speedy! Juli's block one is featuring two amazing leprechaun green fabrics for color A and B, which are perfect against her newsprint background. The solid black accent looks striking in the stripes going across the triangles. 

    Alayna's Block:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 1

    Alayna chose fabrics from my mom's stash and pulled a very printed rainbow version. Her block one is starring a dark print polka dot for color A, a light pink floral print for color B and a charcoal grey accent print. She chose the light grey crosshatch print by Carolyn Friedlander for the background. It is going to be a beautiful quilt!

    Kristy's Quick Tips:

    Before you get sewing, Kristy has a few tips for you!

      1. Check out our paper-piecing tutorial if you are feeling a little iffy on the technique.
      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. 
      3. It may be easier to cut all the background fabric from section 1 on page 5 at the beginning. 
      4. If you are like me, don't forget your readers when you start sewing =]

    Block 1 Design Options:

    Paradox Point QAL - Block 1

    1. Color Crazy - Get scrappy and use your favorite colors and fabrics to create a fabulously colorful block.
    2. Turn Down the Volume - After my Arcadia Avenue, I am dying to make another low volume BOM. Pick your favorite color for the background, because there will be a lot of it! 
    3. Holi-Daze - We are Christmas quilt fanatics here in the Wolf casa, so here is a fun holiday version.
    Paradox Point Fabrics

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

    And last but not least, we picked a winner for a small little prize! We chose Kathy Holscher for sharing this photo of her fabric pull. We are loving the mix of sketch and polka dots! Keep sharing your photos for a chance to win with the next post!

    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. You can also tag photos on Instagram with #ParadoxPointQAL! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. 

    First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here, grab a book and begin when it works for you. Thanks for stopping by and don't be shy with any questions and comments!


    2016 Recap December 30 2016, 0 Comments

    As 2016 quickly comes to a close, I find myself thinking not only about what we achieved this year, but also what we have coming up in 2017. This year was full of creativity, changes and community. I am happy 2016 is almost over because it was a tough year for many reasons I don't typically divulge  here (and I am going to keep it that way), but I am even more excited for what is to come next year. I can't tell our secrets yet, but this Paradox Point QAL has me excited to be creating again and has motivated some new ideas! 

    Instead of a typical recap of the entire year, I thought I would break down the year with some numbers and then share a few of your beautiful projects from 2016. Here we go!

    In 2016

      • we published 15 new patterns
      • we published 1 new BOM book
      • we attended 2 Quilt Market trade shows
      • our quilts traveled to 13 countries 
      • our amazing team of sewers made 60+ quilts and bags

    We hope you stick with us again in 2017 and continue to share all of your amazing projects with us. Here are some of your projects that have popped up on social media over the course of 2016.

    Recap 1

    Hootsville Row by Ashleigh Ward | Wynkoop Court by Juli Kieny | Diamond Alley by Donna Ward | Bubba Bowling Bag by Pauline Simpson | Mini Churndash Court by SewSurprising | Arcadia Avenue blocks by Kimz Sewing & Patchwork Centre | Arcadia Avenue by Kimberly Sandberg | Teddy Tote by Donna Ward | Empire Place by Catriona Haggart

    Recap 2

    Sammy's Safari by Kim | Cassidy Crossover by Wenonah Dodd | Mini Firelights Lane by Sew Yeah | Shelby Satchel by Village Quilts | Arcadia Avenue Pillow by Tama Trussoni | Baker Street by mtweedel | Patchwork Pineapple by Ginger | Zoey's Zoo by Kim Sessions | Cassidy Crossover by Donna Ward

    Recap 3

    Lombard Street by Gary's Sewing Center | Mini Churndash Court by Donna Ward | Wynkoop Court by Sister's Quilt Shop | Mini Privet Drive by Phat Quarters | Zoey's Zoo by Juli Kieny | Arcadia Avenue by Lydia Cheney | Daily Duffle by Sew Yeah | Bourbon Street by Cindy | One Way by Greenbaum's Quilted Forest

    Recap 4

    Bourbon Street by Amy | Shivaun Place by Jennifer Lee | Shelby Satchel by Art Gallery | Daily Duffle by Terri Seal | Atlantic Avenue by Angie Carney | Firelights Lane by Sally | Zoey's Zoo by Kathy James | Empire Place by Kristen Wright | Park Place by Joyce Beenes 

    Recap 5

    Wiley Way by deborahdawnt | One Way by Petra | Shelby Satchel by Stacey Scherer | Mini Lantern Lane by longarm_of_the_lah | Arcadia Avenue by Amanda Carriere | Wiley Way by Cynthia Strickland | Arcadia Avenue by My Sister's Quilts | Wiley Way by Angie Carney | Mini One Way by Tami Pugmire 

    And here are some beautiful projects that have appeared in our inbox this year!

    Recap 6

    Shelby Satchel by Larry Wolfe | Wiley Way by MaryEllen Laughary | Arcadia Avenue by Lisa McCarthy | Arcadia Avenue by Conni Thor | Cooper Carry-All by Courtenay Hughes | Firelights Lane by Peggy Seccomb | Firelights Lane by Pat Anderson | Arcadia Avenue by Heike Raulf | Zoey's Zoo by MaryEllen Laughary

    Thank you to everyone who made a Sass project this year! We love seeing how you use our patterns to create unique projects. Happy New Year!


    Paradox Point QAL - Basic Info & Choosing Fabric December 19 2016, 0 Comments

    Hi Everyone! Welcome to the first post of our Paradox Point Quilt Along. Today we are going to discuss the basic info needed to make the quilt and choose fabric! Choosing fabrics is one of my favorite parts of quilting. I try to picture a pattern in as many different color combos as possible! This post is chalk full of information, so stick with it!

    PaperPiecing

    Paper-Piecing 101

    First, 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. Also, this is the easiest (and quickest!) BOM quilt we have designed. The arrow points are constructed with 4 matching triangle blocks that can be chain pieced in a short amount of time. 

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

    Choosing

    Materials Needed

    Paradox Point calls for 24 coordinating fabrics, an accent and a background. Each block is made with 1 color A, 1 color B, the accent and the background. When choosing the block fabrics, make sure the A and B fabrics contrast with the accent and background.

    In addition to the Paradox Point book, you will need the fabric amounts listed below.

      • ¼ yards of 12 Assorted Fabrics for the Color A's
      • ¼ yards of 12 Coordinating Fabrics for the Color B's
      • 5½ yards of Background Fabric
      • 1¾ yards of Accent Fabric (includes binding)
      • 6 yards of Backing Fabric 

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

    Swatches

    Getting Organized

    You will use two fabrics and the accent to make each block design. You can pair two fabrics of the same color range together like the Rainbow Solid and the Kaffe Fassett versions -or- you can pair two contrasting colors together for each block like the Desert Bloom and Tonga Batik quilts. 

    I suggest using small swatches of fabric and a gluestick to arrange your Color A and Color B Fabrics in the order you would like the colors to gradate through your quilt on the squares to the Introduction page of the book.

    Paradox Point QAL Fabric Choice

    Juli's Fabric Choice

    Juli is making a colorful version from her stash! She pulled 24 fabrics in rainbow order and paired the colorful bunch with a solid black accent and a black and white collaged newsprint fabric for the background. She is making this quilt for her daughter's bed and her philosophy is "the brighter, the better!" This will look amazing in Chelsea's pink bedroom.

    Paradox Point QAL Fabric Choice

    Kristy's Fabric Choice

    Kristy and Juli choose almost complete opposite approaches for this quilt along! She is using assorted black and white prints for the blocks, rainbow solids for the accents and a medium grey for the background - all Me + You Indah batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics. Each block will have white-on-black and black-on-white prints for the Color A's and Color B's -and- a different rainbow solid for the accent. I think it is going to a fun twist to the pattern!

    MaryEllen's Fabric Choice

    We have a treat for you! My grandma is also going to sew along with us and make her very first Paradox Point. She chose a dark background print and assorted low volume fabrics for the Color A's and B's. For the accent, she is taking a page from Kristy and using a different color for each block! I can't wait to see her progress! 

    I can't wait to see what color combinations and fabric lines you all decide to use! Be sure to snap a photo and share it on Instagram (tagged with #ParadoxPointQAL) or in our Flickr group for a chance to win a prize. I will announce the winner with the Block 1 post on January 2nd. Every have a wonderful holiday season and we will see you next year! 


    Happy Free Shipping Friday! December 16 2016, 0 Comments

    Today only, everything ships free (to the US only)! Be sure to use the code: shipfree for 12/16/16 PST. Happy Shopping! 

    Pssst... if your husband needs a good gift idea, send them the link here!


    Paradox Point Quilt Along December 12 2016, 2 Comments

    Hello Everyone! We are planning a Paradox Point Quilt Along for 2017. We had so much fun making the first few quilts, both Kristy and Juli wanted to make another! So, we are going to sew along with you =] We would love to have the quilts done this summer before we start working on our super secret Fall projects, so we are going to make a block every 2 weeks. But feel free to go at your own pace and join in whenever you would like! We will post a new block every other Monday until we run out!

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

    January 2nd - Block 1
    January 16th - Block 2
    January 30th - Block 3
    February 13th - Block 4
    February 27th - Block 5
    March 13th - Block 6
    March 27th - Block 7
    April 10th - Block 8
    April 24th - Block 9
    May 8th - Block 10
    May 24th - Block 11
    June 5th - Block 12
    June 19th - Finishing the Quilts

     

    Each post will show a block from each of the versions Kristy and Juli are making. We will share some tips and have a small giveaway with each post for those who share their progress photos on Instagram (#ParadoxPointQAL) and Flickr! We will be sharing tips on choosing fabrics next week and sharing the fabric Juli and Kristy pulled for their quilts! Check out the Paradox Point QAL page to grab a button for your blog if you'd like!

    If you missed our other versions of Paradox Point, check them out below.

    Rainbow Solid Quilt • Desert Bloom QuiltTonga Batik QuiltKaffe Fassett QuiltPyramid Pillows

    See you next week when we share our fabric choices!


    Deck Your Table with Holiday Placemats December 03 2016, 0 Comments

    I collect Christmas fabric like a squirrel stashes nuts! With my new self-proclaimed "Must use the fabric on my shelves instead of sit and stare at it" attitude, I decided to cut into some of it! I made one, yes only one for now, Mel's Mats placemat. I love, love, love how it turned out and you can bet I will be making an entire set this week for my table. 

    Holiday Mel's Mats

    Holiday Mel's Mats

    I dug through my Christmas stashed and pulled a bunch of green and red prints for the strips and paired them with one of favorite gnome prints! I used my favorite decorative stitch to quilt both directions and I love how it turned out. The little gnomes pop out from behind the scrappy strips in a playful way.

    Holiday Mel's Mats

    Holiday Mel's Mats

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilting: Wavy decorative stitch
      • Pattern: Mel's Mats
      • Fabric: Assorted holiday prints
      • Finished Size: 14" x 19"
      • Techniques: Weaving
      • My Favorite Part: The red and white striped binding!

    Holiday Mel's Mats

    Holiday Mel's Mats

    The Mel's Mats pattern is available in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! 


    8 Last Minute Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas December 01 2016, 0 Comments

    Happy December! With only 25 days until Christmas, we decided to put together a list of projects you can definitely finish in time to give as gifts this year. 

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    1. Mel's Mats Placemats

    These fun woven placemats make perfect teacher or hostess gifts! They are a great way to experiment with stitches and use up scraps or jelly rolls. The Mel's Mats pattern walks you through the entire process and includes instructions for both placemats and a table runner. 

    Thomas with the Lion

    2. Baby Quilts

    This year flew by! Did a close friend or family member have a new little one recently and you missed your chance to make them a quilt? We have some fun, fast and personalizable baby quilt patterns that make amazing gifts! Check out Lullaby Lane, Zoey's Zoo, Park Place and Sammy's Safari

    Introducing the Teddy Tote!

    3. Teddy Tote Bag

    Everyone needs a few reusable tote bags to throw in the car for grocery runs! The Teddy Tote is super fast to sew and comes with multiple design options. Sew up a few for everyone you know. All of my friends and family are getting personalized totes from their favorite "go green" promoter (this girl!). 

    Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

    4. Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt

    Every tree needs a tree skirt! Kringle Crossing is a fast and modern tree skirt pattern that features diamonds large enough to show off your favorite holiday prints! The pattern includes full-size templates and the complete alphabet reversed and ready to appliqué. Add festive words to the edges or feature your family's names.

    One Way in Alison Glass Fabrics

    5. Quick Bed Quilts

    Some of our patterns are little more intricate (ehem, I'm looking at you Empire Place), but a couple of them can be sewn in an afternoon! If you are wanting to make a bed quilt for someone special this year, check out our Wiley Way, Euclid Avenue and One Way patterns. They fly together and will definitely put a smile on that special someone's face.

    Cassidy Crossover in Birds of a Feather

    6. Cassidy Crossover Purse

    Every girl needs a new purse for the New Year! The Cassidy Crossover is quick purse that can adapt to anyone's style! Not to mention, this is the perfect size for everyday outings and extravagant travels! Be sure to grab a hardware kit to avoid hunting for the perfect hardware up and down the aisles of a craft store. 

    Sassafras Lane Mini Quilts

    7. Mini Quilts

    Mini quilts are fun and fast to make a bring a little pop of color to the walls of craft rooms, dorm rooms and nurseries! They also look great on top of tables with a vase centered on top. We have 12 different mini quilt patterns - Mini Diamond Detour, Mini One Way, Mini Firelights Lane and Mini Lantern Lane are some of quickest! I am toying with the idea of making the Mini Diamond Detour in some Christmas colors... maybe this week!  

    Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    8. Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    These hexagonal blocks make great last minute gifts! The Arcadia Avenue blocks can be used a table toppers or wall decor. Match the colors to someone's dining area or create a festive topper that they will want to display every year.

    If you get any of these made before Christmas, we would love to see it. Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram. Happy Sewing!


    Holiday Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers November 27 2016, 2 Comments

    We hope everyone had a fun (and food!) filled Thanksgiving celebration! Now, it is officially time to start decking the halls with holiday cheer and handmade decorations. We keep seeing individual Arcadia Avenue blocks pop up in Instagram for various mini quilt exchanges and we can't get enough. Last Spring, Dear Stella sent us some adorable fabric featuring blushing animals faces in black, white and red and we had an idea! We made two individual Arcadia Avenue blocks as holiday table toppers! 

    Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    I mean, what better way is there to bring some low key quick holiday spruce to your dining table, coffee table or desk? I have one in the center of my dining table with glass vase filled with small bulb ornaments. It looks very festive and is easy to move when I take over the largest flat surface in my apartment! 

    Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    The first block we made was Film Strips, block 9. We placed the white and red backgrounded animals inside the film strips and bordered them with a black heart print. We then places a white dot and red heart print to finish the wedges. The center is a little busy, but the cute little faces in the film strips make me smile! 

    Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    I can't get enough of these adorable little faces! If you look closely, you can see little light pink blushes on their cheeks. This print by Wee Gallery is pretty amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on their new Adventure Awaits line. 

    Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    The next block we made was Circling Geese, block 6. This is one of my favorite blocks to make because you can feature a specific print inside the triangle. For this one, we featured the red animal print in the triangles and bordered them with a black heart print. To fill out the rest of the block, we used a white dot, red heart print and light grey heart print. The center of this one is pretty empty, so this one has a vase centered on it! 

    Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    My Mom quilted both of the table toppers with straight lines approximately 1/2" apart. I love simple modern quilting on small projects. She bound each of the Arcadia Avenue blocks with a black and white pinstripe that ties in perfectly to the fabrics used in the blocks.

    Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
      • Quilting: Straight lines 1/2" apart.
      • Pattern: Arcadia Avenue
      • Fabric: Bundle Me Up and Hearts by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella.
      • Finished Size: 18" tall hexagons
      • Techniques: Paper-piecing
      • Model: Elsie Sweetpea Wolf

    Arcadia Avenue Table Toppers

    The Arcadia Avenue quilt pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram!

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    Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale! November 23 2016, 0 Comments

    Christmas lights are being hung and Winter is quickly approaching, but we are taking a moment to enjoy the beauty around us and to thank everyone for your support of Sassafras Lane Designs. Without you, our wonderful customers, we would not have a reason to design our patterns! To show our appreciation we would like to wish you a Happy Turkey Day (or just a day filled with friends, family and joy) and share with you an opportunity to save throughout our entire site!

    Enjoy your turkey and don't forget to use code thanks20 on orders over $20, code thanks30 on orders over $50 and code thanks40 on orders over $100 when you place an order Friday, Nov 25th through Monday Nov 28th!

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    Paradox Point Pyramid Pillow Tutorial November 21 2016, 0 Comments

    Paradox Point pyramid pillows, try saying that ten times fast! We typically incorporate one of our latest patterns into a fun pillow of some sort for our Quilt Market booth. This Quilt Market we made prism shaped pillows using triangle blocks from our newest book, Paradox Point.

    Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

    Occasionally our visions don’t always materialize quite like we anticipate, and this was definitely one of those moments! But once they were made and we stared at them for a bit we decided they really were pretty adorable. They look a little bit like hershey kisses which I don’t think is a bad thing! Here is a little info on how to make your own silly pillows.

    For each pillow you will need:

    1. First, you need to make two Paradox Point blocks up to the point of sewing the four foundations together into a triangle.

    2. Next, fuse the lightweight interfacing to the back side of your ½ yard fabric and cut two 12½" triangles using a triangle ruler with a flat top (this is our favorite) and two 15" x 8" rectangles.

    3. Now it is time to add the zipper to the bottom! I absolutely loved Sew Katie Did’s tutorial on adding invisible zippers to pillows. Her instructions are great, and she is right – an invisible zipper foot is worth its weight in gold – especially if you make more than one pillow and trust me, you will! I used the Invisible Make-a-Zipper and kept the head off the pillow to one end so it didn’t get in the way. I added the zipper to one of the 16” side, sewing the zipper along the entire length of the 16” side. Add the other side of the pillow bottom. Be sure you have right sides together! Trim pillow bottom to a 14½" square. (Be sure to pull in your zipper head!) You will be able to sew right over the invisible zipper.  

    4. Sew one solid triangle to a Paradox triangle along the side stopping ¼" from the bottom of the triangle and backstitch. Make two sets. Now sew the four triangles together, again stopping ¼” from the bottom of the triangles and backstitching. You now have a bottomless pyramid, a very small tent or a very large hat!

    5. Unzip the zipper approximately halfway and tack together the open end of the zipper. Pin the four bottoms of your pyramid to the four sides of the bottom of the pillow. (I had the zipper start and finish on the solid triangles rather than the pieced ones) Trim any excess fabric from your top point. Turn pillow out through the half opened zipper.

    6. Add fiberfill to your desired fullness. Ours were stuffed just enough to get the rounded pyramid shape. Voilà you have an adorable Paradox Point Pyramid Pillow!

    Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

    Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

    Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

    Paradox Point Pyramid Pillows

    The Paradox Point pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! Check in this weekend to hear about Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale!