Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Crazy Good

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 
It's been another crazy week, with Quilt Market prep, a new pattern release, and my youngest turned five years old today! I guess the preschool years are just about behind me, and I am entirely unsure how to feel about that.

But at any rate, I've mostly been stitching away on this quilt top in Sara's bomb new line for Art Gallery, Jungle Ave. Looks like an ordinary string block, right? Oh, but it is so much more. Can't wait to show you!

Some other exciting things are happening around here, too—specifically on Friday! I'll give you a hint: It starts with a B and it comes with a stitch regulator. : ) More on that next week.

Today's WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Intrepid Thread, always one of my favorite fabric-buying stops. Dreamin' Vintage by Jeni Baker is coming to Intrepid Thread this week, and there are over 800 new additions to their sale section this week, so check that out too!

Giveaway time! Julie at Intrepid Thread was kind enough to let me pick out a custom bundle based on my new Wavelength quilt pattern! If you'd like to make a Wavelength quilt similar to mine, this bundle will get you started, with two of my favorite background prints and lots of bright jewel-tone colors. Just leave a comment on this post for one chance to win an FQ bundle of these prints, and/or link up below for another chance.

And don't forget, my Wavelength PDF pattern is still on sale for just $4.99, through Friday only. Grab your copy while the getting is good!

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Pattern, and It's On Sale! Introducing Wavelength

This has been a long time coming, so I'm pleased to tell you that I have a new pattern available today! Wavelength is my twist on the classic Grandmother's Two-Patch block.

I think Wavelength is my best pattern to date. Here's why I love it:

You can paper-piece this quilt, or piece it the "regular" way, using templates. I know not everyone shares my love for paper-piecing (although I'm determined to convert all of you eventually!) So this pattern includes both paper-piecing templates and traditional-piecing templates. Choose whichever method you prefer.

You can paper-piece this quilt even if you have zero previous paper-piecing experience. Complete, step-by-step instructions for paper-piecing this very simple block are included, with how-to photos for every step. Just follow the instructions, duplicate what you see in the photos, and you'll be able to do it! I think it's pretty foolproof.

The pattern includes two design variations (the "Exploding" version and the "Traditional" version shown below), plus two sizes for each design variation, crib size and lap size. So you can get two very different quilts out of one pattern. Choices are good, right?

And to top it all off, the PDF version of the pattern is on sale, for a limited time, for just $4.99! I don't put my patterns on sale very often, but I always put them on sale in the first week of release, so don't miss your chance. Click here to buy it from my shop, or you can purchase it on Craftsy. A hard-copy version is also available, both retail and wholesale, and shop owners can purchase it through my distributors, Brewer and Checker, very soon.

My Wavelength was done in scrappy jewel tones, with an even scrappier black-and-white background. I spent months collecting all those black-and-white prints, and then used almost all of them up in one fell swoop for this quilt. But I can't think of a better way to have used them! I absolutely love the completed quilt and I think it's now my favorite. (This is the lap size, which finishes at 59" x 77".)

It took forever to decide how to quilt this puppy. I would have loved to do concentric circle quilting, radiating out from the orange star, but after my experience with this mini quilt from "Vintage Quilt Revival ," I didn't think I was up for it on something so large! And every free-motion quilting design that I considered seemed too soft and flowy for this design. So I finished it off with zig-zag line quilting, using my walking foot and the multi-stitch zig zag on my machine. Love it!

And then there's the Traditional design variation of Wavelength. Isn't it amazing how different the same unit can look in these two very different layouts? This version is done in Denyse Schmidt's Florence fabric line for Free Spirit, with Kona Silver for the background. Silver is such a great light gray—perfect when you want something light, but not white. As you can see, I haven't had time to quilt this one yet, but I have the perfect plan for it and will post it again as soon as I'm done!

And in the interest of keeping it real, there is an oops on my Wavelength quilt that I thought you all would enjoy. : ) This is what happens when your quilt back is about a half an inch too small! That gray polka-dot strip was added after the quilt was basted! It was a make-it-work moment. LOL.

As always, I can't wait to see what you do with this pattern! If you Instagram it, hashtag #freshlypiecedpatterns or #wavelengthquilt. Enjoy, and have a wonderful springtime week!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Two-Patch Two-Step

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Hey! Happy Wednesday! First, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who responded to this post. I just needed to have my say, you know? And the outpouring of response means the world to me, you guys. For real.

Okay, moving right along. I got more done on my Grandmother's Two Patch quilt! It's coming right along.

And this arrived at my house today! It's Sara Lawson's Jungle Ave. line from Art Gallery Fabrics. I heart that Chicago El Map print!

My projects with this fabric just jumped to the head of the line in importance, so expect to see more with these beauties soon.

Today's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Westwood Acres! Go send 'em some love!

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

Have a lovely and productive week!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To "Quilt Fabric Pizazz"

I am sorry to interrupt with this post, but I want to get in touch with the person who goes by the handle "Quilt Fabric Pizazz" and has repeatedly left negative comments on my blog and several other quilt blogs out there.

Quilt Fabric Pizazz: I have no way of getting in touch with you directly because you are a no-reply blogger, but I wanted to let you know that I have a "three strikes and you're out" policy when it comes to pointless negativity on this blog. From now on, I will be deleting all of your comments that are not constructive. In the future, if you don't like one of my quilts, feel free to skip that post and/or unfollow my blog. And if you still feel the need to tell me what you don't like about my work, please email me directly and I will be happy to discuss it with you in a way that is not so one-sided. Thank you.
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