NEW PATTERN RELEASE: Diamond Dust is hot off the press!!

The wait is over, Diamond Dust is now available in PRINTED or PDF versions in our Etsy Shop, on Craftsy, Patternspot, and from your LQS (Shop owners: you can order wholesale directly from us or through United Notions and Checker Distributors).

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This is a multi-sized quilt pattern to make a table runner, throw quilt, or Queen size quilt. All half-square triangles and rectangles!

This quilt won the MQG 2014 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge and also won Best Modern Quilt at AQS Des Moines Show.

Half-square triangles with two background fabrics, lots of negative space for fun, innovative quilting!

Happy Quilting,

Trina & Doris

NEW PATTERN Pinafore is Here!!!

Another pattern that has been a long time in the making; but the wait is over, we have it ready! Available in PRINTED or PDF versions in our Etsy Shop, on Craftsy, Patternspot, and from your LQS (Shop owners: you can order wholesale directly from us or through United Notions, Checker Distributors, Petersen-Arne, and Quilt Craft Distributors in Canada). Pinafore_FrontCover copy The block is 18.5″ — and the pattern is written for Twin (12 blocks), Queen (16 blocks) and King (25 blocks) sizes. We tested A LOT of block sizes before settling on the 18.5″ size… PinaforeTestBlocks Pinafore Block for BlogThe secondary pattern created by the corner triangles and the sashing cornerstones can change the look of the quilt completely based on fabric placement… Pinafore Close-Up Pinafore Style Shot 1Here is the Queen size layout, just 16 blocks: FlatShot_for Blog PinaforeEven a novice quilter could make this quilt; it is just pinwheels, half-square triangles and simple sashing and borders. We hope you love it as much as we do! Pinafore Style Shot 2WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOUR PINAFORE QUILT!

Happy Quilting,

Trina & Doris

Mums for Melissa – Our Chrysanthemum quilt pattern is HERE!

As many of our followers know, this pattern has been a long time coming.  I first made this quilt for a friend’s 40th Birthday, in April 2010.  I chose this block because the Chrysanthemum is a symbol of love and friendship.  Then it was featured again on my blog and in Quilty Magazine, Jan/Feb 2013 issue:

Quilty Magazine Meet a Modern Quilter Doris Chrysanthemum Quilt

Well the wait is over, we have it ready!  It is hot off the presses and available in the shop!

Mums For Melissa Chrystanthemum Quilt Front CoverFINAL copy

I wanted to make this a pattern back in 2010, when I made this first version… which is based on the Chrysanthemum block, first published via mail-order in the 1930s:

chrysanthemum quilt

But the on-point strips in the block held me up.  I couldn’t come up with a non-paper-pieced way of showing how to easily construct the block.  Eventually it was moved to the back burner, where it stayed until earlier this year.  After a LOT of requests for the pattern following the release of the Quilty feature, Trina and I decided to revisit it.  We were playing around in my studio one Saturday and Trina kept fussing with the Chrysanthemum block while I was chain piecing, and all the sudden a light bulb struck — we had it!  Perseverance paid off!

Mums for Melissa Chrysanthemum Quilt on Lake Superior

chrysanthemum quilt detail Mums for Melissa

After we had it made, and the instructions close to complete, we had to name it.  All of our patterns to date have retained part of the traditional block’s name in the pattern name.  We just couldn’t commit to the name Chrysanthemum, because it’s tough word that is for some people a tongue twister.

Chrysanthemum Mums for Melissa Quilting Detail Modern Quilting

The friend I first made it for, Tonya, seemed natural to use, but it didn’t quite fit with the name variations we tried out.  In 2010, the same year I made this quilt for Tonya, Trina lost one of her dear sisters, Melissa. When one of us suggested Mums for Melissa, we knew immediately we had the name!

Melissa died far too young; her memory lives on with her family, especially among her tight-knit sisters.  She will always be loved and missed by her family; and this quilt is dedicated to her memory.

Chrysanthemum Mums for Melissa Modern Quilt

Cover “Girl” Retakes

Well, Cover Quilts, anyway.

At this point in our business we are still doing our own photography (and accounting, and bag-stuffing, and pattern layout, etc. — we do use a professional printer!) and it takes time, and patience.  Working with the Iowa weather is always a challenge…   This weekend we had nice enough weather to get some outdoor shots, retakes of our new release, Fox in a BoxFront Cover Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Quilt Block Modern Baby QuiltOur fancy photography studio (aka Trina’s front porch):

Quilt Pattern Cover Photography

Waiting for the right combination of the sun going behind a cloud just as the breeze stopped for a few moments made getting two good flat shots quite a challenge!

Fox in a Box Quilt Fox and Geese Quilt Block

But we got the shots we needed, including some photos of the “cover girl” for our next pattern, coming soon:

Feather quilting free-motion

free motion quilting straight line orange peel

Some lucky shoppers and retreaters in Ames, Iowa this weekend got the pleasure of seeing this quilt “in the flesh”… and if you follow us, you’ve seen this quilt before in another colorway (hint, hint).  Any guesses?

Rope Chain Quilting free-motion

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…

ONE BIG CABIN is here!

We are excited to announce the release of our first quilt pattern!

One Big Cabin Owl Racoon Squirrel Applique Modern baby Quilt

The tagline of our company is “Built Upon Classic Foundations”; our designs all start with a traditional quilt block (this time, a half log cabin block) interpreted with a modern quilting aesthetic…

Trina has 12 years of long arm quilting experience; Quilting guidelines for all of our cover quilts will be provided as an added bonus! No more mind block when it comes to deciding how you should quilt your quilt! Together we have 9 years of quilt shop management and service experience, and 22+ years of sewing and quilting experience! Knowing what quilters want, and anticipating solutions to problems are strengths that come from our experience! Our patterns are written with those qualities in mind.

One Big Cabin uses a very simple raw-edge applique technique that anyone can do! One jelly roll, or Bali Pop, as we used, will yield enough strips to make two quilts from this pattern.
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