Thursday, September 18, 2014

Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration - A Challenge

Remember this yumminess? Denyse Schmidt's Modern Solids from Free Spirit Fabric. I admit, I was reluctant to even take these fat quarters out of the box! They were just too delicious all together like that.

But eventually I did take them out, because you guys, I've got a challenge to win. : )

Free Spirit and Coats and Clark are sponsoring a friendly little throw-down among some of your favorite quilt bloggers: The Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration Challenge. We've been tasked with making a modern 60" x 60" quilt, based on a traditional design. And you blog readers will all get to vote on your favorite quilt at the end! My competitors are:

John of Quilt Dad
Latifah of the Quilt Engineer
Heather of Olive and Ollie
Holly of Bijou Lovely

Ha ha. No pressure, right? : )

Of course, you can't hand me a rainbow box of solids and not expect a color-gradient quilt to come out of it. My plan is kind of what you see above, but it's kind of more than that, too. Stay tuned. ; )

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday: A Solid Plan

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Whew, for the first time in weeks, I'm finally feeling relief from a hundred deadlines breathing down my neck. In fact, I might actually be getting caught up. Maybe. Knock on wood.

This week, I spent some time planning my Modern Solids Challenge quilt, using Denyse Schmidt's Modern Solids for Free Spirit.

After a lot of hemming and hawing about my design, I've finally got a plan and I've started cutting fabric. More on my Modern Solids Challenge quilt tomorrow!

My Flower Power quilt in Heather Ross's Far Far Away 2 fabric line is coming along nicely. This quilt has been promised to my 5-year-old, but as I said on Instagram, I am mighty tempted to steal it away from her! Hop over to my guest post yesterday on Sara's blog, Sew Sweetness, for more details about this quilt, which is from the book A Quilter's Mixology by Angela Pingel.

And finally, I'm thinking about doing a sew-along for my newest pattern, Fair Isle. What say you, blog peeps, any interest? Would that motivate you to finish it in time for Christmas? : ) At any rate, today is the last day the Fair Isle pattern is on sale! Tomorrow it goes up to its usual price of $7.99 for the PDF pattern (hard-copy patterns are coming soon). So if you're interested in a potential sew-along, don't miss out!

Today's WIP Wednesday is sponsored by Cuts of Cotton. Be sure to check out Cuts of Cotton's amazing Bundles page! They've got a super fun Halloween bundle here, Elizabeth Hartman's new seasonal Kona Solids bundles (Summer, Autumn, and Winter—all so yummy), and much more! And did you know that Cuts of Cotton is now on Instagram? Follow them @cutsofcotton.

20% OFF COUPON CODE: Cuts of Cotton owner Emily was kind enough to share a 20% off discount with all my readers, now through Sunday, Sept. 21! Just head over to Cuts of Cotton and enter code "pieced" at checkout to get a bargain on all those fabulous bundles. Now go show Cuts of Cotton the love for helping make WIP Wednesday possible!

And now, 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 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!

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, 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

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