Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Quilter's Mixology: My Flower Power Quilt

Hey there! I'm posting over at Sew Sweetness today as part of the Quilter's Mixology Sew Along. Yes, I've been sewing curves! And I even liked it! Head over to Sara's blog to read all about my "Flower Power" quilt from Angela Pingel's book, A Quilter's Mixology.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fair Isle Christmas Quilt - My New Pattern

Are you ready to get started on your holiday sewing? If so, I've got a fun new Christmas pattern for you! And it's even on sale, so you can kick off the season with a bargain.

This quilt was inspired by cozy Nordic sweaters—I saw some Fair Isle knitting patterns on Pinterest a few months back, and I just knew that look had to make its way into a quilt! At first I was just playing around with the design, but eventually I decided it was so cute that it had to get the full pattern treatment. : )

I think this quilt is especially fun to make because it has several different blocks in it—including the pixelated reindeer! But the really nice thing is that it's almost entirely strip-pieced, which makes it come together so much more quickly than you might think for something this elaborate. It's all pretty basic piecing. However, I will warn you that there is a lot of cutting and a lot of different pieced units that come together in the end, so it does require some organization. : )

Of course, as is my tradition, this week I'm offering the PDF pattern at its lowest price ever. Pick it up now while it's a bargain, and get that holiday sewing started! I'm currently offering this pattern as a PDF only, but the hard-copy version will be coming in the next 2-3 weeks.

Oh, and one more fun thing: I have a coordinating bonus pillow tutorial now available on weallsew.com, Bernina USA's blog. This free tutorial shows you how to make a variation on the Poinsettia block from this quilt—which means the pillow also happens to coordinate very nicely with the quilt! Head over to Bernina's blog to learn how to make the pillow.

Fair Isle Quilt Pattern
72" x 77"
$4.99 (currently on sale - will increase to $7.99 on Sept. 17)
Purchase via my shop
Purchase via Craftsy




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Christmas In September

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
I feel like I'm juggling about a hundred balls in the air right now, so let's get right to it, shall we? : )

By the time you read this, my Nordic Christmas quilt will be D-O-N-E. Pattern coming very soon!

And I really love how my Quilter's Mixology quilt is coming together. A certain member of my family is going to freak when she sees this.

This WIP Wednesday is brought to you by LiMaSews. LiMaSews offers fabric and long-arm quilting services. It's one-stop shopping, you guys! Owner Linh is so sweet, and does beautiful long-arm work—she's ready to help you with all of your quilting needs.

GIVEAWAY: Linh is generously offering a $50 gift certificate to one of my WIP readers, good for either long-arm services or fabric in Linh's Etsy shop! Just link up your own WIPs below for one chance to win, and/or like LiMaSews on Facebook and comment here that you've done so for second chance to win.

COUPON CODE FOR 15% OFF: But wait, that's not all! Linh is also offering you all 15% off any purchase in the fabric shop, through Monday! Just enter code FRESH2014 at checkout. She's got Heather Ross's Far Far Away 2 and one of my recent favorites, Grey Abbey by Cloud 9. If you like WIP Wednesday, so give Linh's shop some love! : )

What are you working on this week? Here's how to link up:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Settling In To the New Studio

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Well, now that the new studio is done, my kids are in school, and I can actually find all of my various fabric and supplies, my efficiency should increase tenfold, right? Watch this space and see!

I didn't sew at all this week up until yesterday, since I was working on the studio the whole time, but here is yesterday's WIP line-up:

My Nordic-inspired "Christmas Sweater" quilt pattern. It may not look like it, but the top is almost finished!

And here's what I'm cutting into next—Flower Power from Angela Pingel's book A Quilter's Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. I LOVE this book! Can't wait to make this one in Heather Ross's Far Far Away II line. It's for my sweet purple-loving kindergartner. She deserves something special.

Today's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by The Intrepid Thread! The big news at The Intrepid Thread is that they are now offering $5 flat-rate shipping to anywhere in the U.S., for any amount of fabric! And owner Julie misses all of her international customers since shipping rates went up a few years ago, so Intrepid is now also offering 1/2 price international shipping on quilting cotton purchases over $70. Great deals on shipping all around!

Giveaway: How aboute a bundle of Tula Pink's new line, Moonshine, courtesy of The Intrepid Thread? Julie is offering a free Moonshine fat-quarter bundle to one of my readers! Woot! Just link up below for one chance to win, and/or comment on this post for another chance.

What are you working on this week? Here's how to link up:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


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Can I make a quilt that looks just like one of yours? Of course! You don't need my permission for that. But remember, it's polite (and helpful to others) to credit your source of inspiration.

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