Cabin fever!

We’ve shown you a few customer variations of our One Big Cabin quilt pattern before, today I want to share a few more! When we sold the pattern to the owner of Merry’s Stitchins in Jesup, Iowa (on a visit to the shop, we showed her samples of our quilts and provided patterns for her inventory) she immediately said she wanted to make a shop sample of One Big Cabin without the applique.  She even started choosing the fabrics for it while we looked around her wonderful store… Her’s was the Dr. Seuss version I showed you last week.

Our friend, Wendy, went to a retreat last month at Merry’s Stitchins, saw Merry’s fabulous shop sample and decided to make her own non-applique version for the newborn daughter of one of her coworkers.  This is Wendy’s quilt top:

ONe Big Cabin Non-applique Baby Quilt

The backing for this quilt was the same floral print on the front, only the back was flannel – super cuddly!  Such bright, happy colors for a new baby girl!

Prairie Point Quilts, in Shawnee, Kansas carries our patterns, too, and recently sent us this photo of their shop sample of One Big Cabin:

One Big Cabin baby quilt shop sample from Prairie Point Quilts in Shawnee Kansas

It looks like they used mostly batiks, and I love the soft, earthy look they lend to this quilt…

Nothing gives us fuel to keep creating, quilting, and marketing our work like seeing someone else’s vision for our patterns!!!! NOTHING!  So, keep ’em coming, if you make a quilt from one of our patterns, please email us a photo, send us a link to it online, or upload it to our Flickr group – we look forward to seeing it!

Happy Quilting, 

Doris & Trina

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Festive Foxes

Fox In a Box Quilt Pattern Fox and Geese Quilt Block

This is the version of Fox in a Box that Quilter’s Cupboard in Ankeny, Iowa has kitted up for sale – adorable, no?!

I love the fun, festive look that the primary red and blue and bright green colors give this version – perfect for a generic, non-gender-specific, baby or toddler quilt.

Trina quilted this for the shop owner; I thought you might like to see some of the details:

Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block

On our cover quilt, we used one reddish-brown print for Fox #1 (that little sweetheart above), and a different reddish-brown print for Fox #2 (the cutie-patootie below); in this version the head and bodies of both foxes are made from one print, and the tails from the other brown print (same yardage is used either way you make it, so it is up to you which way you like best!)

Fox in a Box Baby Toddler Quilt Fox and Geese Quilt Block

I apologize, I don’t know off hand what fabric line this is (I believe the geese and binding prints are all from the same line) but I love the print on the binding, chevrons cut on the bias = binding perfection!

Fox in a Box Tree Applique Baby Toddler Quilt Bird in Tree Flying Geese Fox and Geese Quilt Block

Fox and Geese Quilt Block Fox in a Box baby Toddler Quilt

If you have any photos of your version of our quilts, be sure to share them with us via email or add them to the pool on our Flickr page!

Front Cover Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block Modern Baby QuiltAnd if you don’t have your copy of Fox in a Box, yet, you can can purchase it from any of the shops on our SHOP tab, Fat Quarter Shop, Pattern Spot, Craftsy, or our online shop, here.

Dr. Seuss One Big Cabin

One of shops to start carrying our patterns in 2013 is Merry’s Stitchins in Jesup, Iowa. She has bright, open shop and a wonderful retreat area on her property.  She also has an adorable version of our One Big Cabin quilt made up without applique, utilizing the newest Dr. Seuss fabric line from Robert Kaufman.

Merrys Dr Seuss One Big Cabin

One Big Cabin uses half of a jelly roll, and a just a small amount of yardage.  What a cute idea for a baby boy… this would be a quick, cheery gift to whip up for that next baby shower!

Fox in a Box

…is the name of our newest pattern!

Front Cover Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block Modern Baby QuiltWe are enamored with the cute little fox and his friend on our new applique critter quilt!  Instructions for a fun, modern non-applique take on the quilt are included as well!  Available in our shop (PDF or Print).

FIAB FullSHot Quilted2

Fox in a Box made with no applique:

Fox in a Box Quilt

Trina did a wonderful job on the quilting of this one, a combination of straight-line quilting, pebble quilting and shadow spirals…

Fox in a Box Free Motion Quilting

Fox in a Box Free Motion Quilting Detail

Our little fox friend peeking out from his Fox and Geese Block (all of our patterns are based on a traditional quilt block), isn’t he adorable?

Fox in a Box Applique Fox and Geese Quilt Block

And his little friend gazing up at him from another block:

FIAB Fox 1 Detail

The two quilts side-by-side on my (apparently not-so-straight) fence:

FIABonFence2

Mary, a friend of our’s who has tested each one of our patterns made this bright non-applique Fox in a Box quilt at a recent retreat:

MarysFoxlessBoxesforBlog

It’s always so much fun to see someone else’s take on one of our patterns.  The pattern is now available in PDF or Print format from our shop!

Happy Quilting!

Doris & Trina

Spring brings out the critters and the flowers!

Outdoors as well as in our patterns!  Pattern number 4 is on the way to the printer; a second critter appliqué quilt that just might be our favorite design yet!  In addition, we are working on a pattern for the Chrysanthemum quilt Doris is shown holding in the Spring issue of Quilty:

Quilty Magazine 1

a sneak peek of the cover quilt (don’t want to give it away completely, right?!):

Chrysanthemum Sneak Peek1

It’s a beauty, and we hope to have it available very soon…

Thanks for stopping by & happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

To pique your interest…

Some lucky shop owners got a full sneak peek of our finished quilt for the next pattern, but we’re going to tease the rest of you a bit with just a sneak peek:
Row House Critter Sneak Peek
Yes, another critter applique quilt and it’s super cute and has been well-received with several wholesale pre-orders!

Coming in March…

Houston Bound

Next week is International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. Regrettably, we will not be attending even though a few of our quilts did make the trip. You may remember we attended Spring Quilt Market to introduce ourselves to distributors, make contacts with fabric manufacturers, and research the possibility of one day having our own booth at Quilt Market (still a dream at this point!).  It was a very worthwhile trip, and the contacts we made led to some great opportunities and increased pattern sales.

These days, we are tweaking our third pattern for *hopefully* a late October/early November release.  In the meantime, we have made several different examples of both One Big Cabin, and Modern Fortune.  After seeing the pillow Doris made for her niece, using the owl applique from One Big Cabin, we wanted to make a feminine version of the entire quilt.  So, Doris selected these fabrics from her stash:

and made this quilt (not yet quilted when we took this photo):

But, that didn’t really give us the fun, atypically colored critters we were going for, so we made yet another girl-y version:

Final shot of this to come; but Trina quilted it in the eleventh hour last week and shipped these sweet little critters off to be displayed at Market in Houston!

We’ve made several different versions of Modern Fortune over the past 4-6 weeks as well.  This one is very close to our cover quilt, and is available as a kit from Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa (follow the link to contact them to order a kit):

Here it is on the design wall, before it was quilted:

and this one is hanging as shop sample at Quilts and Other Notions, in Creston, Iowa.  It is also available as a kit, made from the collection, Puttin’ on the Ritz by Bunny Hill Designs.  (Again, contact the shop directly to order this kit):

Our baby size of this pattern creates it’s own “scrappy” binding from the fat quarters you use for your blocks–a nice bonus:

The version we made to send to Houston is a completely different look, in bold blues and yellows, it is a vibrant quilt (again, shown here prior to being quilted):

Doris showed you a twin sized version last week, that hung in our guild show at the AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3-6, 2012, here is another shot of it with one of the baby quilts from our pattern cover photo:

While we are looking forward to being able to make some quilts that are not One Big Cabin or Modern Fortune variations, it has been fun to see these quilts come together in different colors, styles and manifestations.  (Secretly, we hope that we are not the only pattern designers making 6-10 versions of every.single.quilt.)  Are we?  If we are, we probably don’t want to know.

This was a fun surprise… it’s One Big Cabin made by our first customer to purchase a pattern, Linda Brandhagen.  She emailed this photo to share with us–isn’t it adorable?  Thanks, Linda!

If you have purchased (or won!) a copy of any of our patterns, and made something from it, please share it with us in our flickr group.  We LOVE seeing them made up by other quilters!

To purchase either pattern online (in print or digital format) visit our shop.