Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Inchworm baby quilt featuring By Hand fabrics & a giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the By Hand Hop! 

Amy Friend (duringquiettime.com) has a gorgeous new line of fabric out called By Hand from Contempo Studios. When I had the opportunity to sew something from it for this blog hop, how could I say no! I love the hand-drawn textures of these fabrics. It's neat to see something that doesn't look computer generated and in great patterns and colors.  The fabric is lovely to work with because it is a really nice quality--all these strips sewed beautifully.

I love a good textural fabric line like this because it can work for so many types of projects.

I used By Hand to make a neat quilt for one of the baby boys in my life. I included all the teal, green, yellow and orange prints in the line, along with a hunter green solid. I designed this quilt just for these fabrics and it made such a happy and fun top!

I'm calling this sweet quilt Inchworm, because the little asymmetric zig zags look like little inchworms crawling across the quilt. Making the worms irregular adds some fun and unexpected elements.

If you are interested, making the pattern for this is in the works and will be out soon. Keep an eye on here and my instagram page @quiltsforthemaking for the release. Now on to quilting this cute top and wrapping up the instructions... but not until I do a giveaway of a bundle of By Hand fabric for one lucky commenter!


Please leave a comment for an entry. (US only due to shipping costs.) Make sure your name links to your email or you include it because if I can't contact you, I'll have to choose someone else and that would be sad. Comment by midnight (MST) on Friday, October 12. I'll choose a winner on Saturday by random number. I'm so glad that one of you will get a little fabric treat from Benartex!

**Lucky winner is comment number 66. Congrats to the winner! I hope you love the fabrics as much as I do!**

Hop Schedule:


Introducing By Hand


Laura - Slice of Pi Quilts; IG - @sliceofpiquilts
Kari - Craft Happy; IG - @quiltsforthemaking  you are here!


Sheri - Whole Circle Studio; IG - @wholecirclestudio 
Erin - Why Not Sew; IG - @whynotsewquilts 


Rachel - Rachel Rossi: IG - @designsbyrr
Fat Quarterly Sneak Peek


Amy Friend's Virtual Trunk Show

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Patterns!

Popping in to announce that I'm working on a series of seasonal quilted pillow patterns! Spring and Summer are already available on Etsy or Craftsy. My Etsy shop is 30% off through the 14th with code SUMMERFUN. I'm so excited about the different designs of these two sets and can't wait to finish up the fall and winter versions. The fall one is going to use some lovely woven plaids.

Why pillows? I love a big ol' snuggly quilt, of course, but I am busy and want (need!) the satisfaction of finishing something. I know I'm not the only super busy quilter out there! Pillows are a great way to make a manageable quilt project. They come together quickly, don't require a ton of fabric, don't need to be sent out to be quilted, and still add a big punch to living spaces. I feel like we actually use our quilted pillows more than our throws anyway.

It's fun to make little changes with the seasons, without giving everything a full bore holiday look. Pillows are perfect to change out with a removable cover that makes them store flatly and not take up too much space.