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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, 0 Comments

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!


Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett November 20 2016, 0 Comments

And last but not least, here is the show-stopping version Kristy made in Kaffe Fassett fabrics! One of our favorite things to do with patterns is see how they play with different styles. I think Paradox Point looks great in just about everything! We have 4 very different versions - one rainbow with solids, one featuring a fabric line, one cool colored batik quilt and this warm one with lots of large prints! Each has it's own flare and beauty. 

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

This version gradates through the warm colors of the rainbow, beginning with yellows and ending with magentas. Each block uses a large print for color A, a bright dot for color B and an aqua solid for the accent. For specific skus, refer to our Paradox Point Info page.

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

Here is a little bit from the maker herself. "I was super excited to work with Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make my version of our Paradox Point quilt. I decided on a warm palette of yellows, golds, oranges, reds, pinks and magentas. I went to the opposite side of the color wheel and chose a turquoise for my accent. I love how much contrast it has in my blocks. My background is a solid medium gray. Each block has a medium dot and a large print. Using large prints look amazing in the arrows and give the fabrics a whole different look!" -Kristy

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made & Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Serpentining lines, swirls and lines approximately 1" apart. 
    • Pattern: Paradox Point
    • Fabric: Assorted warm Kaffe Fassett prints and Designer Essential solids, all from FreeSpirit Fabrics.
    • Finished Size: Grande 80" x 100"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing and traditional piecing.

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

"Because time was ticking, I kept the quilting simple putting serpentine lines in the arrows and quilting straight lines and swirls in the background. I love how the simplicity of the quilting plays well with the modern vibe of the quilt!" -Kristy

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

I love the photos Kristy took of this quilt! She got out the skinny doors we painted to use as a backdrop, but I have to tell you, this quilt is too big for those! Next she took the quilt up the block and draped it over some construction barriers. The red diagonal stripes play with the warm tones of the quilt really well! 

Paradox Point in Kaffe Fassett

The Paradox Point 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! Tomorrow we will share the fun pyramid pillows we made with a few Paradox Point blocks!


Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree November 19 2016, 0 Comments

Happy Saturday! We are kicking the weekend off with this batik beauty sewn by one of our good friends, Gitte Hopkins. This cool color scheme of this Paradox Point makes me swoon and these rich batiks - oh my! Gitte had a blast sewing this quilt and even made some special piped binding as a finishing touch!

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

This quilt was made with two different precut packs from Timeless Treasures' Jamboree collection - one Tonga Treat Quarters and one Tonga Treat 6-pack. Gitte paired two fabrics, one from each pack, with the lime accent to make each arrow block. For specific skus, check out the Paradox Point Info page.

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

I love how the light bounces across this quilt and the lime accent intensifies all the other batiks. Tonga Jamboree contains a variety of prints ranging from lime green to aqua, to teal, to blue, to periwinkle, to violet. 

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

This block is one of my favorites! I love getting design input from my family and when I got a sketch of a triangle containing small arrows from my little sister and mom, I couldn't resist! It really does take a village! The pairing of the lime and the violet prints creates some vibrant arrows!

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

Juli did the same amazing quilting on this quilt as she did on her Moda version and with the lighter and less printed background you can really see it. I love, love, love the quilting technique she did in the background. It adds some movement to the quilt that appears to flow behind the arrow blocks.  

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Gitte Hopkins
    • Quilted by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Serpentining lines, double waves and half circles. 
    • Pattern: Paradox Point
    • Fabric: Tonga Jamboree precuts from Timeless Treasures.
    • Finished Size: Grande 80" x 100"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing and traditional piecing.

Paradox Point in Tonga Jamboree

A big thank you to Gitte for making this beautiful quilt Juli for quilting it! The Paradox Point 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! I will be sharing the Kaffe my mom made tomorrow so stay tuned!


Paradox Point in Desert Bloom November 18 2016, 0 Comments

The next version of Paradox Point we are sharing is this beauty made by Juli Kieny. It is a complete 180 from the cover quilt and I love that! Instead of creating a rainbow or gradating the fabrics in color order, Juli paired two contrasting fabrics from one fabric line for each arrow block. The contrasting blocks plus the dark background makes this quilt a total slam dunk!

Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Let's hear a little bit from Juli about her experience making this quilt. "Paradox Point is my third block of the month that I have made by Sassafras Lane and let me tell you it is by far the fastest! It's so fast, that I plan on doing the quilt-a-long in January. I love paper piecing and the simplicity of the blocks make this stunning quilt look complicated when it's not. It's quick and easy, great for beginners at paper piecing." - Juli

Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Each block features two contrasting fabrics from the Desert Bloom fabric line and the warm white accent fabric. This block is one of my favorites! I love the simplicity of the design and this mustard yellow color has been showing up over and over in my stash purchases recently! 

Folded Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Juli is a talented longarm quilter, so let's hear a little bit about her process of quilting her Paradox Point. "I knew with the printed fabric that the quilting called for an allover pattern. I quilted serpentine lines over the arrows and in the background I did double wavy lines with half circles connecting each wavy line going in opposite directions. Since the fabric is dark the quilting didn't show up as I had hoped, but in just the right light, it does the job perfectly. I'm excited for you to see the next Paradox Point I am going to make in January." - Juli

Folded Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made & Quilted by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Serpentining lines, wavy lines and half circles.
    • Pattern: Paradox Point
    • Fabric: Desert Bloom by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda.
    • Finished Size: Grande 80" x 100"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing and traditional piecing.

Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

Juli used our Quick and Easy Quilt Label tutorial to make a bright label for the back of her Paradox Point! The yellow label paired with the aqua binding bring some color to the navy backing. 

For the book, I photographed this quilt on a little bike path bridge near my apartment. The red clay, autumn greenery and sunflowers add a few pops of color to the background. I like how it plays with the colors in the arrows!

Paradox Point in Desert Bloom

A big thank you to Juli for making this gorgeous quilt for us! The Paradox Point 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! I will be sharing a batik and Kaffe version this weekend, then a fun pillow tutorial next Monday!


Introducing Paradox Point! November 17 2016, 0 Comments

Okay, so most of you have already seen this quilt a few times, either on Instagram or in our Quilt Market recap post! But we thought we could have a few posts on Paradox Point this week to answer some questions about the pattern and share some details about each quilt. We have four different versions to share with you, and today we are kicking it all off with this gorgeous cover quilt! 

Here are a few quick facts:

    • The blocks are paper-pieced. If you can sew on a line, you can make this quilt! Check out how easy paper-piecing is here.
    • The book contains full-sized foundations for all 12 unique arrow blocks.
    • The prism pillow pattern is not included in the book, but the tutorial is coming soon, so be sure to stop back by! 
    • There are no special rulers needed to make the blocks. A 60° triangle is recommended for the arrow edges, but not necessary because there are full-size template included. 
    • There are absolutely no Y-seams or any tricky construction!
    • Paradox Point will only be available as a physical book, no PDF versions. 
    • The book includes exact cutting for each section of the foundations.
    • We will not be kitting any of the quilts, but if you know of a store who is, please let us know. We have a Paradox Point info page where we will list all this info!
    • For those without a participating local quilt store, we will be hosting a Quilt-Along starting in January if you would like to sew along with us. Quilt stores are more than welcome to join too! The more the merrier!

Introducing Paradox Point!

Now let me tell you a little bit about my process making this version of Paradox Point. In true Shayla fashion, I originally mocked up the quilt in a rainbow of colors, so when I went to choose fabrics, it was easy pickins!  I chose 24 different Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton Solids to create gradating rainbow through the quilt. For the accent fabric, I used a medium grey Kona Cotton solid. With all the solids, I wanted a little bit of a print for the background, so I chose Ann Kelle's Metallic Remix Dot fabric. For exact skus, check out the Paradox Point info page.

Introducing Paradox Point!

I love foundation piecing. I find it relaxing once I get into the motion. When I get on a roll, I'm pretty quick! And the results you can achieve with paper piecing is amazing! There are so many shapes and perfect points you just can't get without a little paper. So if you are little nervous to get started, check out our tutorial!

Introducing Paradox Point!

Paradox Point is a quick, quick, quick quilt pattern to make. Much faster than both Arcadia Avenue and Empire Place =]. Each arrow point is made up of four triangles to form a larger triangle. Chain piecing the foundations makes the blocks fly together. Each block finishes 26" wide x 14" tall, so each month you feel very accomplished! 

Introducing Paradox Point!

Once I finished the quilt top, I handed it over to the talented Juli Kieny to be quilted. She did an amazing job! This quilt has a lot of open space that gives longarm quilters lots of room to work their magic! Juli divided the quilt with echoing lines that intertwine in the center of the quilt. In the center of the quilt between the lines and on the outside edges, she filled the space with swirls. Behind the arrow blocks, Juli quilted horizontal lines 1/2" apart and custom quilted each block with loops, twists and lines with matching threads.

Introducing Paradox Point!

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Serpentining lines, swirls and straight lines.
    • Pattern: Paradox Point
    • Fabric: 24 Kona Cotton fabrics and metallic dot print from Remix by Ann Kelle, all from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
    • Finished Size: Grande 80" x 100"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing and traditional piecing.

Introducing Paradox Point!

Photographing this large quilt was a challenge. Since my mom moved to Seattle, I was on my own to take photos of the Paradox Point quilts. Knowing it was too tall to drape on anything, I used my photography backdrop stand to hang the quilt in front of a fun graffiti wall in Boulder. It was kind of a busy street, so I had quite a few onlookers while battling this quilt! Entertainment at it's finest!

Introducing Paradox Point!

I like to add a little extra pizazz to my quilts. It usually comes in the form of a pieced back or binding detail. This quilt got a little bit of binding bling! I used little pieces of each of the 12 colors to add a little bit of color to the otherwise grey binding! 

Introducing Paradox Point!

The Paradox Point 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! I will be sharing the next three versions soon! 


Introducing Quadrant Court! November 15 2016, 1 Comment

Today I am introducing a new paper-pieced quilt pattern - Quadrant Court! This fun and fast pattern uses three fabrics to create a visually intriguing quilt. Each block contains three sewing lines, so this quilt flies together! The pattern includes full size foundations, three pattern sizes and complete paper-piecing instructions. This is a great pattern for paper-piecing beginners and experts alike! 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

For the cover quilt, we chose a black and a white print for the X's, each with a subtle tone-on-tone print, and a solid teal for the background. Throw in a black and white diagonal stripe for the binding, and voilà! All of these fabrics from Robert Kaufman turned into a beautiful quilt! 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

Our talented friend, Juli Kieny quilted this Quadrant Court. She quilted serpentining lines in the background, swirls in the white and two straight lines in each black wedge. I love how the contrast of the quilting designs in the black and the white fabrics plays with the design.

Introducing Quadrant Court!

I had lugged my quilt ladder (aka an Ikea towel rack) down the street a block and to a worn down garage. I leaned the ladder up and draped the quilt on the ladder. I love this background! It reminds me of those photography backdrops from the 90s we took family photos in front of! 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

Quick Quilt Stats:

Introducing Quadrant Court!

And knowing us, we can't just make one version of any of our patterns, we had our good friend Juli sew up a Quadrant Court quilt made up in Art Gallery Fabrics. 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

I had a blast shooting this quilt! I was driving around Boulder, CO scouting backdrops for our Paradox Point quilt cover and came across this mural. I knew it was too busy for a cover photo, but couldn't resist draping this version of Quadrant Court in front of it for a few photos! The mural was designed so the window is being picked up by the figure, so I placed the quilt in front of the window and I love how it looks!

Introducing Quadrant Court!

It is always fun to play with different fabrics in designs. I love the contrast of the ditsy floral print with this very geometric design. Juli did an amazing job, as always! She quilted serpentining lines across both the magenta and floral print and a flower that filled the background diamond. 

Introducing Quadrant Court!

Quick Quilt Stats:

Introducing Quadrant Court!

The Quadrant Court pattern is available in both 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! Next I will be sharing all 4 versions of our new BOM pattern, Paradox Point


Introducing the Teddy Tote! November 12 2016, 0 Comments

Some designs come from an artistic vision and some come about to fill a need! Say hello to the new perfect everyday tote bag - the Teddy Tote! We both live in bag-free areas, so every trip the grocery store, Target or clothing store requires us to bring our own bag. I wanted something a little cuter than a canvas bag, but something quick and fun to make - that is how we ended up with the Teddy Tote

Introducing the Teddy Tote!

This pattern has multiple design options so each bag you make will have it's own flair and personality! The Teddy Tote takes about 2 hours to make and finishes 13" wide, 14.5" tall and 5" deep.

Introducing the Teddy Tote!

There are so many uses for these bags! I keep a couple in my car for grocery store trips and random outings. The possibilities are endless: grocery bag, kid's car bag, wine or beer bag, dog bag, quilting class bag, library bag, craft bag, gift bag or an overnight bag! There are so many uses for the Teddy Tote! I am making them for all my friends this year for the holidays! 

Introducing the Teddy Tote!

Quick Tote Stats:

    • Pattern: Teddy Tote
    • Finished Size: 13" wide, 14.5" tall and 5" deep
    • Techniques: Straight sewing, boxed bottom (photo tutorial here) and top stitching.
    • Extra Materials Needed: Fusible interfacing of your choice.
    • My Favorite Part: The customizable triangle!

Teddy Tote

The Teddy Tote pattern is available in both 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! Up next on the blog is our fun Quadrant Court pattern, so check back in! 


Introducing Piccadilly Circle! November 10 2016, 0 Comments

Piccadilly Circle was one of our inaugural patterns three years ago. It is a fun skill-building pattern that we have republished with a shiny new cover and updated instructions. We are constantly wanting to remake older patterns in new styles and fabrics. I couldn't get the image of a Piccadilly Circle quilt made with rainbow circles and a scrappy low volume background out of my head - so I made it! We fell in love with it and decided to print our next batch of covers featuring this version.

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

I have a box full of low volume prints that I am constantly adding to and pulling from! Some of my favorite fabrics are in this box and with my new philosophy of using those precious fabrics instead of saving them, this quilt came to life! There are about 300 different fabrics in this quilt. I love that a different fabric catches my eye each time I look at the quilt! 

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

Each of the circles is composed of 20 different scraps in a specific coloring. Collecting all the different fabrics was quite a challenge! I had 12 piles on my cutting board stacked with scraps from yellow, orange, coral, red, pink, magenta, purple, blue, aqua, teal, green and lime. It took me awhile to get everything all sorted back into place after making this quilt! 

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

The talented Juli Kieny worked her quilting magic on this Piccadilly Circle quilt! Each wedge of the circles had a fun twisted loop in it and echoing circles fill the background. The solid grey accent was left unquilted creating a fun tension between the center of the blocks and the colorful circles.

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

The week I was photographing this Piccadilly Circle quilt, the weather was less then cooperative. There was a ton of wind, so I took the cover photos in my bedroom! I took the quilt with me to Seattle and we took some fun photos outdoors around the lake!

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Echoing circles in the background and twisting lines in the wedges.
    • Pattern: Piccadilly Circle
    • Fabric: 20 scraps in each of the 12 colors, assorted low volume fabrics for the background and a solid medium grey for the accent.
    • Finished Size: 55" x 70"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing, curves and appliqué.

Low Volume Piccadilly Circle

The Piccadilly Circle pattern is available in both 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! Up next on the blog is our Teddy Tote pattern, so check back in! 


Quilt Market 2016 Recap - Part 2 November 08 2016, 0 Comments

If you didn't see part 1 of our Quilt Market Recap, check it out! We showed a little bit of our day-to-day activities and now we are going to do a booth tour! We get an empty 10' x 10' booth and transform it into this colorful quilty wonderland!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsHere is the entire booth! We will start our tour from the left and move around the booth to the right.

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsThis was our Teddy Tote display! We made a bunch of different versions of this bag and wanted to show them all off. Behind the quilt on the right is the storage area we made to hide our boxes and extra products!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsBelow the bags is an orange stool topped with a prism pillow. These little hershey kiss shaped pillows show off the blocks from our Paradox Point quilt pattern and are scattered around the booth!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsFeatured along one whole wall is our new BOM pattern, Paradox Point. This quilt was definitely an eye-catcher for our booth this Market!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsWe hung two other versions of our Paradox Point quilts in the corner and below them is another orange stool with a prism pillow atop!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsIn the back corner of the booth, we fashioned a pipe stand to hold two more beautiful versions of our Paradox Point quilts. Also in this photo, you get a glimpse of a Piccadilly Circle quilt, a Quadrant Court quilt and a few mini quilts!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsHere is a closeup of the top of the pipe quilt holder!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsOn the other wall, we displayed our mini quilts, Piccadilly Circle and Quadrant Court. Here is a closeup of the pipe quilt stands we displayed the larger quilts on!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsWe remade all of our mini quilts for this Market. Each mini is made with one color and white. We arranged them in color order to create a little rainbow wall!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsAbove our mini quilt wall, we displayed our woven Sassafras Lane Designs sign! In this photo, you get a peek of our Mini Firelights Lane, Mini One Way, Mini Privet Drive, Mini Lombard Street and Piccadilly Circle quilts!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsWe often get asked how we hang our mini quilts on our walls at home in our studio. We use corsage pins just like we do in our Quilt Market booth!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsHere is a closeup of the gorgeous quilting Juli Kieny did on her Piccadilly Circle quilt! It is just spectacular!

Quilt Market Booth Fall 2016 - Sassafras Lane DesignsWe also put together a little Ikea desk to take orders on! We displayed a Quadrant Court quilt and Paradox Point table runner on the outside corner of our booth.

All of our new patterns are now available. I will be sharing loads of closeup photos and introducing them properly soon! Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!


Quilt Market 2016 Recap - Part 1 November 07 2016, 1 Comment

We just got back from Quilt Market in Houston and before it all becomes a blur, I wanted to share a few snippets! This time I will take you through a day-to-day breakdown of Quilt Market through our eyes - and get a peek at our new patterns. We also wore matching shirts everyday that are a little sassy =] There is so much to share, part 1 will contain a day to day breakdown and part 2 will have a booth tour!

Thursday - Setup

We woke up Thursday morning excited to get into the George R. Brown Convention Center and start putting our booth together! This was the first year we flew to Houston instead of driving, so we threw on our "Netflix and Quilt" shirts from Stately Type and showed up to our booth with the boxes containing our materials all ready for us. Here are a few photos of mayhem and shenanigans that is setup day!

Friday - Setup, Schoolhouse and Sample Spree

Because we have a pretty small booth, we had the majority of our booth put together on Thursday. We wore our "Sassafras Squad" shirts and walked around the convention center discussing what to say in our Schoolhouse. I found some awesome superhero props in the Moda booth and snapped a few photos. Next up was our Schoolhouse talk on our new block-of-the-month, Paradox Point book. After that we grabbed an early dinner and a couple margaritas before we setup our Sample Spree booth. 

Saturday - Day 1

Day One of Quilt Market is always an exciting day! We got to our booth a little early and spruced it up! We wore our "Sew with Sass" shirts and orange converse and had a lot of fun meeting new quilt store owners and chatting with old friends! Two of our favorite Kiwis, Donna and Ashleigh Ward of Donna's Quilt Studio, stopped by and Ashleigh was sporting a Cassidy Crossover purse. My favorite photo is the one I snapped of Kristy and Juli working hard (while I stepped back to take a photo)! 

Sunday - Day 2

Day Two we rocked our "Shake Your Sass" shirts and walked around the show before it opened. We found an adorable photo booth in the Monaluna booth and had some fun with props! We also found a quilt Kristy had quilted in show.  

Monday - Day 3

Happy Halloween! We wore some fun "Squad Goals" shirts from Stately Type for the last day of Market. Monday is typically a little slower as far as traffic goes in the booth, so I snuck out and snapped some photos of a few things I loved, like the sloths hanging in Dear Stella's booth, RJR's "Quilt with Love" wall and Carolyn Friedlander's "Make Your Mark" display! We also had the sweetest booth visitor - an adorable golden dressed as a lion! 

Alrighty - that was a lot of photos! Part 2 will have just as many =] so stay tuned for a booth tour. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon! 


Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour November 03 2016, 2 Comments

Hello lovely blog hoppers! Welcome to our little corner of the internet! Today is our day on the Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour. I have always admired Bonnie Christine's designs and when she asked us to make something for her Spring Quilt Market booth back in May, I jumped at the opportunity! 

Arcadia Avenue Pillows in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

Hello, Ollie is a delicate and sweet fabric line chalked full of soft prints featuring florals, swans and geometric shapes. We made a few of our fun 3D hexagon pillows with three different Arcadia Avenue blocks! We mixed 12 of the light backgrounded prints, a rose colored print and a few solids. Throw in some bright coral piping and these pillows have me swooning! 

Arcadia Avenue Pillows in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

Arcadia Avenue Pillows in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

We had a lot of fun taking photos of these pillows on a dock over looking Lake Washington in Kirkland, Washington. The lake makes a fun background that carved wood bench is my new favorite photo prop!

Baker Street in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

We also decided to make a Baker Street quilt with the Hello, Ollie line! We used the light prints for the main fabrics, the rose print for the accent and the Cabernet Pure Element solid for the background. I love how the light blocks appear to float off the quilt! 

Baker Street in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

Baker Street in Hello, Ollie Fabrics

There are loads of amazing projects on this blog tour. I strongly recommend checking them all out including Jenn's amazing Weekender Bag she shared yesterday and the Final Recap that will be posted at Going Home to Roost!

Monday October 10th: Lindsay Conner | Lindsay Sews
Tuesday October 11th: Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates
Wednesday October 12th: Amanda Castor | Material Girl Quilts
Thursday October 13th: Hailey Johnston | Project Free 2 Fly
Friday October 14th: Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine
Monday October 17th: Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost
Tuesday October 18th: Cheri Lehnow | Tinker With This
Wednesday October 19th: Lisa Mabey | Mabey She Made It
Thursday October 20th: Kaitlyn Pallas Howell | Knot and Thread Design
Friday October 21st: Deanne Chambers + Karyn Astleford | Annie & Dot Fabrics
Monday October 24th: Vanessa Hewell | LBG Studio
Tuesday October 25th: Corri Sheff  | The Lions Dandy
Wednesday October 26th: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Thursday October 27th: Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
Friday October 28th: Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest + Walker Quilt Co.
Monday October 31st: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Tuesday November 1st: Jessica Bustos  | Lil Luxe Collection
Wednesday November 2nd: Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna
Thursday November 3rd: Jenn Rossotti | Ginger Peach Studio
Friday November 4th: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane  <-- that's us! 
Final Recap

Explore the collection deeper: the collection | the lookbook | on instagram

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you will stop back in soon to hear all about our new patterns! Enjoy the blog hop! 


Introducing Sammy's Safari! October 23 2016, 3 Comments

I am very excited to officially introduce the last of our Spring 2016 patterns! This is Sammy's Safari, the sequel to our popular baby quilt pattern Zoey’s Zoo. Sammy's Safari is a fun, quick and customizable appliqué pattern for the newest baby in your life! With 4 different animals to choose from (alligator, elephant, giraffe and monkey) you can find a great personality or nursery match! The quilts finish 40” x 54” and the pattern includes all four animals and the entire alphabet, full-sized, reversed and ready to be traced for appliqué.

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Most of you may not know this, but I (Shayla) am a huge superhero fan! When we were picking names to adorn these quilts, we mixed in some Marvel and DC characters. =] Let's meet the newest four characters to join the Sassafras Squad!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Say hello to Mr. Oliver Jonas Queen! This goofy alligator has a slightly mischievous look about him! We had the perfect crocodile print for the border and pulled colors from there! The gold name pops off of the scrappy blue top and bottom borders. Don't let those chompers fool you, he's a big softy! 

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Meet Ms. Lois Lane Laughary! This hopelessly adorable giraffe is dining on a nice twig of leaves! We found a great print featuring colorful giraffes and hearts for the border and a perfect cloud print for the background! I love that her head is in the clouds! We pulled orange and coral scraps for the top and bottom borders and gave her some wonky eyes! 

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Say hello to Ms. Jessica Campbell Jones! This big-eared elephant has a look of wonder in her eyes! We combined a black and white elephant print with an assortment of purple scraps and grey fabrics to create this cutie! My favorite part is the little tuft of hair on her head! 

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Meet Mr. Peter Parker Benjamin! We did a little rearranging on his name to make it fit - we are calling it our creative license =] This little guy is a playful monkey hanging from his tail! We really wanted a large leaf print behind the monkey and pulled a coordinating jungle animal print to accompany it. From there, we added the red-orange colors and the scrappy greens. 

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

My Mom, the amazing talent that is Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted all of these quilts, giving each animal it's own style. My favorite is the bubbles behind the alligator. She used a mixture of serpentine lines, bubbles, stipple, swirls and loops to bring these animals to life!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

Introducing Sammy's Safari!

The Sammy's Safari pattern is available in paper form and includes the full-size, reversed alphabet ready to appliqué and all four animals! 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! 


Introducing Kringle Crossing! October 20 2016, 0 Comments

It is no secret that diamonds are one of our favorite shapes to work with! If Diamond Alley, Diamond Detour and Mini Diamond Detour weren't proof enough, we have a new pattern featuring... you guessed it, diamonds! Kringle Crossing is a fun, fast tree skirt and table topper pattern in one. 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

We love having a tree skirt at Christmas time and wanted to make a custom one featuring our names. Kringle Crossing comes with a full-sized reversed cursive font ready for appliqué that allows you to add your family names or favorite holiday words to the edge of the skirt. 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

To make our cover tree skirt, we chose 6 holiday prints with an aqua background for the diamonds and a white dot for the background. We chose 5 holiday words and a lime solid fabric for the appliqué portion: jolly, dream, love, wish and merry. 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

We made a coordinating table topper in holiday fabrics with white backgrounds on a red dot for the cover. After we made one, we fell in love and decided to make one for each season! Our Spring topper features bright florals, our Summer topper features patriotic prints and our Fall topper features orange fabrics and a spiderweb background. 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

Our friend Juli made a tree skirt featuring her family names (including the pup!) with some adorable Michael Miller holiday fabric. The little foxes on this are my absolute favorite! 

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

Kringle Crossing Tree Skirt & Table Topper Pattern

The Kringle Crossing pattern is available in paper form and includes the full-size, reversed alphabet ready to appliqué and templates for both the tree skirt and table topper. 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! 


Introducing Baker Street! October 19 2016, 0 Comments

Ahhhh! Quilt Market is coming soon and I have been a major slacker on the blog front. I can't very well introduce our new upcoming patterns without formally introducing the last bunch, so... up next on the intro train is Baker Street!

This is a traditionally-pieced, modern and fat-quarter friendly quilt! These unique long blocks give this quilt a fun vertical interest. Baker Street looks great paired with your new favorite line or stashed fabrics and finishes 64” x 84”.

Introducing Baker Street!

To make this cover quilt, I collected orange, coral and pink fat-quarters for the blocks and paired them with an aqua accent. I love this combo - it has fresh Spring vibe (of course, we are now heading into Fall). 

Introducing Baker Street!

My Mom worked her quilting magic on this quilt! She quilted horizontal serpentining lines across the colors of the blocks and filled the background in with a double feather and some bubbles. I love the texture created and how the quilting looks in low light! 

Introducing Baker Street!

We had two perfectly painted doors to use as a backdrop for this quilt. We leaned the aqua and orange doors up against our garage door and draped the Baker Street over on an angle. I love how these shots turned out! 

Introducing Baker Street!

I used some of my most treasured and favorite prints in this quilt. This orange floral with bits of aqua, lime and white in it is one of my all time favs! 

Introducing Baker Street!

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Shayla Wolf
    • Quilted by: Kristy Wolf
    • Quilting: Serpentine lines in the colors and bubbles & double feather fill in the background
    • Pattern: Baker Street
    • Fabric: Assorted orange, coral and pink prints paired with an aqua accent on a slightly printed white background. 
    • Finished Size: 64" x 84"
    • Techniques: Traditional piecing

Introducing Baker Street!

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


Elisabeth & Mason's Wedding Quilt September 28 2016, 1 Comment

I have always made a promise to close friends, that will get a quilt when they get married. I have officially hit that age where my friends are beginning to settle down, so the quilt making has begun! The first of my close friends to tie-the-knot was Elisabeth. When she asked me to be a bridesmaid, I concocted a plan to make a guest book quilt.

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

I made a bunch of paper-pieced triangle blocks with white centers surrounded by coral, aqua and orange fabrics. I brought them to the reception and had guests write little notes for the couple as they walked in. I sewed them all together and added a top and bottom border to make it more quilt shaped.

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

Liz & Mason's Wedding Quilt

I love how this quilt turned out. I hope Mason and Elisabeth seeing enjoy the notes and reread them from time to time! Thank you to Mason and Elisabeth for letting me be a part of their special day! I love you two!


Introducing Privet Drive! August 28 2016, 1 Comment

Happy Monday! Today I am writing to you from a little coffee shop in Midtown Manhattan! I am on a trip with my best friend and we are having a blast, and getting some work done. This week, we are going to continue introducing our new(ish) patterns and next up on the docket is our Privet Drive! This is a fun and visually mind-twisting paper-pieced pattern that includes 3 different sizes.

Privet Drive in AMB Solids

 

The cover quilt was made using over 60 different American Made Brand solid fabrics. Each paper-pieced block was made using one color and the background. The blocks were then arranged in color order to create a cascading rainbow across the quilt. 

Introducing Privet Drive

Privet Drive in AMB Solids

Our good friend and talented quilter, Juli Kieny, made this beauty. She quilted serpentine lines in a clear thread in the colors and using a dark magenta thread, she quilted loop-de-loops and straight echoing lines in the background. Juli bound the quilt using a dark eggplant solid. 

Introducing Privet Drive

Privet Drive in AMB Solids

Quick Quilt Stats:

    • Made by: Juli Kieny
    • Quilting: Serpentine lines in the colors and loop-de-loops in the background
    • Pattern: Privet Drive
    • Fabric: American Made Brand solids
    • Finished Size: 60" x 72"
    • Techniques: Paper-piecing

Introducing Privet Drive

The Privet Drive 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! 

 


Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning August 22 2016, 0 Comments

It is always fun to see digital quilt mockup come to life! This is the Prism Parkway I mocked up for Moda in Basic Grey's latest line, Saturday Morning! It is a fun line with text, florals, triangles and people toting about! I arranged the fabrics gradating in color order from red to black to blue to green to gold, diagonally down the quilt on a light grunge background. They had the quilt made and hung it in their booth at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City! 

Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning

Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning

Quick Quilt Stats:

Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning

    Prism Parkway in Saturday Morning

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


    Introducing Hootsville Row! August 20 2016, 0 Comments

    Hootsville Row originated as a 12" block I designed a few years ago for one of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazines. Hootie, as I called him, was one single owl perched on a branch with a golden full moon behind him. I decided to design a quilt around Hootie and create a whole family of owls. I love how Hootsville Row turned out! My favorite part is their "Brady Bunch" style eyes that are all looking at one another!

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    To make the owls we chose 6 fabrics in 9 different colorways and arranged them from dark to light. This creates a fun gradating effect that makes the owls look dynamic! Play with the eye position when you make the owls - it is fun to give them each their own personality. 

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    Quick Quilt Stats:

      • Made by: Peg Spradlin
      • Pattern: Hootsville Row
      • Fabric: Assorted scraps
      • Finished Size: Wall-hanging 27" x 36"
      • Techniques: Appliqué and traditional piecing
      • My favorite part: The "Brady Bunch" eyes!

    Introducing Hootsville Row

    The Hootsville Row 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! 

     


    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood August 18 2016, 0 Comments

    The last post featured Mel's Mats made with scraps. Today I am going to share some placemats made with a precut strip pack by one of our favorite sewists, Juli Kieny! We paired a jelly roll of an adorable fabric line from One Canoe Two (one of my favorite designers!) with two woven solids for the background. Juli made up 4 placemats and we love how they turned out!

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    Juli had a ton of fun playing with the decorative stitches on her machine! I love the alternating sized circles, assorted stars, swirling waves and triangles! The green and blue backgrounds play nicely with the red, pink, blue and white prints from the fabric line. 

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    Quick Placemat Stats:

    Mel's Mats in Hazelwood

    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! 


    Introducing Mel's Mats! August 17 2016, 0 Comments

    We have been making these woven placemats for years as housewarming gifts, children's room decorations and table toppers! We finally turned these into Mel's Mats, a precut or scrap friendly placemat and table runner pattern. These placemats aren't only functional, but will brighten your table! 

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Mel's Mats includes directions for 8 matching placemats or 6 placemats and a table runner! The placemats finish 14" x 19" and the table runner 14" x 42". 

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    I made the cover placemats with assorted scraps in pink, yellow, teal, purple, green, orange, blue and red on a black and white zebra stripe background. We bound them using a solid black to help tone them down a bit! 

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    These little guys are addicting to make! Mel's Mats make for a great teaching opportunity. My favorite part is experimenting with the decorative stitches! It is a great way to get to know your machine.

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Introducing Mel's Mats

    Quick Placemat Stats:

      • Made by: Shayla Wolf
      • Quilting: Decorative stitches
      • Pattern: Mel's Mats
      • Fabric: Assorted scraps on a zebra stripe background
      • Finished Size: 14" x 19"
      • Techniques: Weaving

    Introducing 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! Tomorrow we are sharing another set of fun placemats!


    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow Fabrics August 15 2016, 3 Comments

    Occasionally fabulous fabric companies ask us to make a project featuring their new fabric lines. I love looking at fabric, then sorting through our patterns to find the perfect pairing! Ink & Arrow Fabrics sent us a box full of goodies. We sorted through it and picked out 8 fun prints on white backgrounds and a seafoam dot blender to make our Canyon Boulevard quilt pattern.

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    We chose 8 funky prints featuring zooming taxicabs, illustrated cats, old school telephones, a sketched cityscape, feasting pigeons, hotdogs and delicious looking pretzels! My favorite part of this quilt (second of course to the adorable prints) is the contrasting coral zigzagging binding! 

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    Quick Quilt Stats:

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    Canyon Boulevard in Ink & Arrow

    What do you think? I have been loving this minty green / coral / low volume combo! 

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