Connected Squares Pattern Launch

Friday, February 1, 2019

I am super excited to announce that I will be launching a new quilt pattern, Connected Squares, on February 22 !!!

Connected Squares is the second pattern in my line of mid-century modern quilt patterns, following the first, Geometric Patchwork, which launched in late November.

It's a  quilt I designed back in 2010 and gifted to my husband.  Based on a simple trellis design from the 50's and 60s– I have also seen it echoed in one of Jonathan Adler's throws.

There are some fabulous quilters out there that have been testing the quilt and I am currently finishing up incorporating their feedback into the pattern.  Fun fact:  This quilt has had testers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US ... talk about the power of the web in connecting people in a community!

Keep an eye here and on Instagram (@shinersview or #connectedsquares and #shinersviewpatterns) over the coming weeks to see some of the images of the Connected Squares quilt from the talented pattern testers.

The blog will be a little quieter over the next few weeks as we head off to New Zealand to visit my husbands family as well as spending some time touring an amazingly beautiful place!  I'll do a few posts, but expect more outdoor than indoor shots 😀 .  (Actually, that sounds a lot like my blog these days ;-).

All the best,


Photographing your creations

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I am in the midst of setting up a Shopify account— will be coming soon!

Hoping that it would be as easy as it was to install the template for my new blog ... I decided to give it a go and set it up myself.  How difficult can it be, right?

Truth be told, it's not hard, it's just very time consuming.  

Working on product pages this weekend, it became clear that I did an excellent job branding the photos of many of my products with my Etsy store address 😒which isn't going to work with my Shopify account.  

The sun came out this afternoon, so I made a quick decision to do a photo shoot for my Adirondack Chair Neck Pillows.  

It is kind of interesting to do a photo shoot of a summer product outside, in the middle of winter, when the garden is completely dormant.  

But then I spied John's wood piles.  He stages them.  The 2019 wood is chopped and in the wood shed, ready to be used in our wood-burning stove.  The 2020 wood is still in rounds, and mostly covered up with tarps as it cures.  But a big windstorm a couple of weeks ago resulted in a large tree going across the road.  John and our neighbor got it cut up this week and brought up to the house.  

Doesn't it look kind of artistic?  

OK ... I know that you guys are quilters, not Adirondack Chair Neck Pillow makers.  But I have been doing a little research on photography and came across two outstanding blog posts on photographing quilts that I wanted to share.

Image from QuiltyLove

The first blog post is by Emily Dennis over at QuiltyLove.  She does an outstanding job of showing you different ways to stage your quilt and different techniques to get great shots.  Well worth a read!

Image from Sassafras Lane Designs

The second blog post is by Sassafras Lane Designs.  This one is a little more traditional, but gives some great tips on lighting, background and getting your quilt straight. 

If you're interested in upping your game a little with your quilt photos.  I highly recommend both of these posts.  I believe you'll find that there's a lot of goodness in both these blogs, beyond these posts.  I have also started a board on Pinterest where I am putting links to blogs, articles and resources for photographing your art.  

I am pleased to say that I did get 4 shots of each of the 22 sets of Adirondack Chair Neck Pillows today!

 I hope that you are having a great week out there and, if you're in the mid-West US/Canada staying warm or in the South of Australia staying cool!  Crazy weather!

All the best,


Gender Neutral Baby Quilt ...

Saturday, January 26, 2019

When your 2nd cousin—who you admittedly haven't seen in a while—surprises you with pics of her newbie that she gave birth to the night before and you need to pull a quilt together quick.

You start by determining what fabric you actually have in your stash (ALWAYS a limiting factor for me).  Then, based on that, you decide which pattern you want to use.

I pretty much only use Kona Solids, so it is easier for me to quickly figure out what I have.  Personally, I prefer to play with the color chips (on a white piece of paper) than the pieces of fabric themselves.  It gives me a better idea of how they will work together. 

In this instance, I chose to go with my Richmond Quilt design (I know, I need to get the tutorial written for this one). 

Then came the tough part—which order to put the stripes in.  While I didn't try every permutation available—I did try 4 main ones.  At this point I find it best to take a photo of each,  First, I can compare the 4 photos easily—a big win.  But I also find that photos capture the colors and nuances in a quilt that sometimes the eye can't.  So I actually photograph ALL my quilts on the wall in the process of making them. 

Needless say, the 4th version above won.  From a visual perspective, the purple and Blue strips seemed stronger and bolder and I liked how they separated the lighter coral and green strips.  Quite honestly, this step is really all about personal esthetics.

I chose a straight line cross hatch to quilt it, using the corners of the pieces as guide lines (thought it's hard to see from these images).  I do find it's better to use my walking-foot guide and set it so that it is going on the square NEXT to the one I am quilting, it is easier for me to see this line visually than it is for the squares that are about to get lost under my walking foot. 

The binding photos show the quilting a little bit better. 

Choosing binding was tough for this one.  Eventually settling on a blue for for one side and a coral for the other, echoing the squares in the quilt.  It's pretty obvious I am a machine binder (I have a machine binding tutorial you can see here). 

Quilt by the numbers:

  • —Prewash dimensions = 48" x 47"
  • —Colors = 1/4 yard of 8 different colors
  • —White = 1 3/4 yard
It was a fairly easy pull together and the new momma texted last night that they love it and it is already baby approved!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

All the best,
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