Sunday, May 29, 2011
RED ROSE and MIDNIGHT BLUE are great quilts for Community Service. I put together loads of kits for my guilds using their donated fabrics, and this one is the easiest to cut and kit. If I have a good border fabric, I kit RED ROSE with borders. Otherwise, the 12 block quilt is still a nice size without borders. And if I have enough colors that go together, I do the 20 block without border MIDNIGHT BLUE. Also, 9 blocks makes a great quick baby quilt.
Working from a 5" strip or half strips or scraps is so easy for this quilt. Usually I start with a center fabric to set the color theme. A fat quarter will yield 12 5" squares for the centers. Then it is whatever I like with that center. One of my guilds has a huge closet full of fabric, which the members have sorted into laundry baskets by color--makes my job easy and fun!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The border is cut 5"-- larger than the RoseCard patterns suggested 3 1/2". I think that on the next printing, I will change the fabric requirements and the border size to 5" cuts. The two quilts that I've made so far have that size, and I like it.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
This variation uses 14 "dark" strips and 14 Background strips. The background can be cut from a single fabric or different fabrics. The fabrics can be high contrast or low contrast/blending. With borders it finishes 63"x 77".
The cover quilt is very busy, because I like lots of pattern and print. Can't wait to make it in something softer, as well as something with more contrast. And next time I will be more careful with my 1/4" seam allowance. I did just about everything wrong--sewed at different times, used different machines. It turned out to be a good thing that this is a busy one.
Friday, May 6, 2011
I just got a call from Cathy at Candelite Quilts in Chelmsford Mass. She needed more Freedom patterns quickly for a very successful Mother's Day promotion. Go to the website candlelitequilts.com to get the details. She is giving away a free pattern with a fabric pack purchase, which also includes a seed packet. They have a discount on backing and a tie-in with a quilter for special pricing on quilting these projects. I love that they have a plan in place to get them done! Cathy reports that they have sold dozens of packs just in the first day! Obviously a great idea--thanks, Cathy--and have a great Mother's Day.