Discovering New Neutrals

Sunday, May 5, 2019

OK ... I admit it ... I have been kind of boring when it comes to neutrals ...

As a Kona Solids girl, I was kinda stuck on White, Snow and Ash ... I would buy them by the bolt and that was the extent of my neutral quilt wardrobe.

Boy was that limiting!

Rainbow scrap quilts on a design wall in baby sizes

This week I was doing a few scrappy versions of my Connected Squares Quilt Pattern and I didn't really want to do both of them in Kona Ash.  I am kinda adverse to too much white on a baby quilt as they are a bit harder to keep clean.

So I went looking in the cupboard and found some Kona Pewter Solid.  It was perfect!  Putting the quilt's side by side, I am kinda smitten with the depth that you get out of the darker version.

Now I know that it won't work with everything ... but when it comes to rainbows ... I think it was a great choice!

Hope everyone else had an equally productive weekend.


New Pattern Launch -- RetroBlock Quilt Pattern

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hooray Hooray — it's pattern launch day!!!

Super thrilled to announce the 3rd pattern in the Mid-Century Modern quilt line—RetroBlock has launched!

You can purchase it HERE !!!  

A mid-century modern quilt hanging over a railing with water and mountains in the background

RetroBlock quilt is a reimagined mid-century modern design—from an era where sleek lines were juxtaposed with organic shapes, resulting in bold, large-scale patterns.

My first two mid-century modern quilts (blogged here and here) didn't scratch my retro itch, they merely accelerated it, and I see at least 1 or 2 more patterns in my future along these lines.

As with the previous quilts, RetroBlock also meets the essential elements of mid-century modern:
  • — Minimal ornamentation
  • — Form follows function
  • — Uncluttered, sleek lines with both organic and/or geometric shapes
  • — Mixing different, and sometimes, contrasting colors and/or materials.
I have been looking to create THE mid-century modern pattern ever since I had this learning experience.  This may not be the replacement quilt, but it is clearly the quilt that I was meant to design and create.

For me—as with most of my quilting—the nod to the mid-1900's comes with a look to solid fabrics in vibrant colors.  Putting a retro vibe onto the backs of both quilts.

But as I learned from a group of very talented, creative, gracious and committed quilt testers—there's a lot more to mid-century modern than solids baby!

Clockwise from top left:  Janet @patchworkandpaws, Jenn @mountainviewquilts, Julie @jwestin1959, and Brenda @endofthebolt 

Clockwise from top left:  Susan @quiltmod519, Roxane, Janine @lilbeanquilting, and Carolyn @micko_mum

Clockwise from top left:  Cassie @cassie_quilts, Lyn @lyncauwels, and Monica @monicab96

Time to take a minute to acknowledge quilt pattern testers.  They are truly the unsung heroes in a quilt pattern launch.  

Quilt pattern testers give freely of their time, material, knowledge and expertise.  They quickly help you understand if any key dimension are mis-typed, find what spell check missed (or rather mis-corrected), they catch inconsistent hashtags, let you know when you do something right and when you do something wrong.  These talented people provide me, and you, with versions that help get our creative juices flowing and they provide feedback on what level (beginning, intermediate or advanced) the pattern should be targeted to quilters.  

In a nut shell, quilt pattern testers are the ones that ensure that when you purchase a pattern, you are buying something that has been well thought through, revised for clarity and tested for accuracy. 

👏 👏 👏  and 🙏 🙏 🙏 for quilt testers!

Thanks for joining me today to learn about the RetroBlock Quilt Pattern.  It's available in my Etsy shop.

Have a great weekend!


Awnings Awnings Awnings

Monday, April 15, 2019

So, as I shared back in early 2017, John and I purchased a T@b Trailer (it's a small, 13' tear-drop trailer) to travel the western US in.  In 3 short years, we have had some amazing adventures, traveling off to California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alberta and British Columbia.

This year there is a 2 month cross-country journey planned!

As fun as the trailer has been.  Equally fun, has been the small business that I launched as a result.

I make window awnings for T@b Trailers and sell them in my Etsy shop ... over 140 sets so far!

It started out as a way to make a little money to pay for my quilting passion.  And over the past 3 years, it's grown into a fun little business where I get to make a fun accessory for people who are out living their dream and traveling the country.  I call that a win win!


In addition to adding a lot of character to a trailer, these awnings are great at providing shade (while allowing a breeze to move through the trailer) as well as privacy.

The awning design is not mine.  I was able to secure the permission from the creator of the pattern to sell awnings, based on her design, in my Etsy shop.  She was very gracious, granting me permission to do so, and a small business was born.  I've since modified the pattern to make it more robust in wind as well as created new patterns for different size T@b Trailers.

Spring is here ... and campers are getting their gear set up for summer, so it's been a BUSY couple of weeks.  You know, busy in a good way ... but busy!

Hopefully back to a little quilting this week!


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