A quilting story

Trina quilted this for me this week; it’s my entry for the MQG Riley Blake Challenge. Her quilting just keeps getting better! And in case you didn’t know, our patterns include quilting diagrams by Trina (BONUS!)

RBC_QuiltingFor more photos of my rock star partner’s latest quilting accomplishments, follow this link.

Happy quilting!

Doris

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Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 6

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It’s November already–the air has gotten cooler and the days shorter. We just had warm comfort food; meatloaf, baked potatoes and pumpkin pie… and now we’re ready for a nap! But first, Block #6, the Cross Block:

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Cross Block Diagram

Block 6 Cross Block, Farm and Home, Feb 15, 1915

From Jinny Beyer’s Book: “Eight pieces of the dark and 17 of the light goods, compose this block, and when a number of them are put together a very pretty effect of five-square and eight-square crosses is brought out. The order of the colors may be reversed. These blocks should be sewn together without strips of cloth between to produce the intended design.” Farm and Home, Feb 15, 1915

CUTTING:

Background fabric, cut 17 – 2 5/16″ squares.

Accent fabric, cut 8 – 2 5/16″ squares.

ASSEMBLY:

1. Lay out background and accent squares as shown in Cross Block Diagram.

2. Join into rows, join rows to complete block.

TIP: Press seam allowances one direction in rows 1, 3 and 5, and the opposite direction in rows 2 and 4. This will make your seams nest together snugly for better matching corners.

Building Foundations QAL Block 6 Cross Quilt Block

We hope your blocks are coming along, and you like how they look; remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 2

Thanks for all of your interest in our new quilt along!

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One question came up about how much background fabric we recommend. You are probably going to want at least 5 yards; see the bottom of this post for a more detailed answer.

Our latest block is a block known by many names; “Box Quilt Pattern”, Ladies Art Company 1897, “Box Car Patch”, Nancy Cabot, Chicago Tribune, 1934, and “Contrary Husband”, Kansas City Star, Nov 1938. (Jinny Beyer’s book).

Cut 1 – 3 ½” square for the center.

Cut 8 – 3 ⅞” squares from a print and a background fabric, or like Doris’ uses four different fabrics and a background to make 8 half square triangles.

Draw a diagonal line on all background squares.

Sew a scant ¼” on either side of the drawn line (diagram 2). Cut apart on the drawn line (diagram 3) and press to the darker fabric (diagram 4).




 

Layout the half square triangles and center square as shown. Sew the rows together pressing row 1 and 3 to the right, and row 2 to the left. This will make your seams lock together when sewing rows together.

Here are the finished blocks we made:

Remember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

Happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

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

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.

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:

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

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

Thanks for stopping by & happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

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.