Ideas for Wildflower Boutique Fabrics

My newest fabric line, Wildflower Boutique arrived in stores about a month ago and I am behind in telling you about it.  I meant to let you all know sooner, but with the new booklet coming out, getting ready for market, attending Garden of Quilts, etc, I am finally catching up on my to-do list!

In the meantime, the main prints from the line sold out quickly, followed by the rest of the line – But the good news is it is being reprinted!  The next printing will arrive about a month from now.  And just to explain that a little better – You can still find the fabric in stores, but some shops are sold out of some of the prints.  If you are a shop owner, Riley Blake is sold out of the prints, but you can reorder now for shipment next month.  I’m so grateful Riley Blake was willing to reprint so that shops and quilters have a second chance to get some!

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Today, I want to share some ideas for what to do with the fabrics.  In some cases, I will link to kits you can get and at the end of this post, I will list shops that are carrying the fabric if you want to support your local shop.

The photo below shows every piece in the line.  The Fat Quarters arranged in a circle to the right are all of the prints that you can get yardage of and are the prints that are included in the Precuts.  The pieces shown to the left are from the Fat Quarter panels.  In each 1 yard panel, you get 4 Fat Quarters, which adds another 12 prints to the collection.   You can find this pack here.

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The following are all quilts that I have made from the line – many of which you have already seen, but it’s nice to see them all in one place.

 

The Wildflower Sampler – Booklet available here and kit available here.

 

This design uses almost every print from the collection, including the fat quarter panels.

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A smaller version of the Wildflower Sampler (also included in the booklet linked above).  Kit available here.

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The Super Star quilt.  Book available here and kit available here.  This photo will also be available as a puzzle next year.  Click here to view the puzzle.  It’s a great gift idea for your quilter friends!

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The pattern is also available in a smaller size, using the 5″ stacker.  Kit available here.

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The Big Easy.   Booklet Available here and kit here.  (this pattern uses every print from the collection)

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Honeycomb and Hexi Cabin.  Book available here.

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Honeycomb kit available here.

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Hexi Cabin kit available here.

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Desert Rose – Found in out Wildflower Sampler booklet.  Kit Available here.

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Jewel Box – Found in our Simple Treasures book.  I don’t have a kit put together on this one, but you could start with the 5″ stacker and add the Navy Fat Quarter bundle.

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Hashtag – Also found in our Simple Treasures book.  This one uses the 5″ stacker and this print for the background.

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The Big Easy Runner – Also from our Simple Treasures book.

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Lastly, the Spinning Stars pattern, also from the Simple Treasures book and uses the 10″ stacker.

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You find my other Precuts here and yardage here.

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That takes care of everything that I have made out of the fabric so far (and BTW – I didn’t make all of them, my Mom helped too!)  Below are the shops that I have talked to that are carrying the fabric.  I’m sure there are more, so if you are a shop that wants to be added to the list, just leave me a note in the comments.

Affinity for Quilts, MN

We’re Sew Creative, NC

My Material Matters in WI.

The Hickory Stick, MO

Lori’s Pins and Needles, IL

Bearly Square, MT

My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shop, UT

JK Quilts, ID

Sew Deja Vu, OH

Orange Bee Quilts  here.

The Quilt Spot – click here for their website.  I also saw they were offering this kit on their Instagram

Abbi Mays Fabrics – Click here

Fat Quarter Shop

Missouri Star

Pine Needles, UT

Jordan Fabrics

The Fabric Bin, SD

Quilt In a Day, CA

 

 

 

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Wildflower Sampler Preview – Part 2

First of all, thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway for the newest booklet, Wildflower Sampler.  The randomly selected winner is:

Sheri Zaugg

Please email your shipping info to me at hmulder@wecnet.com and I will get it shipped out right away.

Next, I wanted to answer a couple of questions that people had from the last post.  Several of you asked about the construction – if everything was pieced or if anything was appliqued.  Everything is pretty easy to assemble and is made with straight seams and lots of folded corners.  There is no applique and there are no templates or difficult angles.  Yeah!

 

Now, onto the other projects from the book that use the blocks from the sampler.  The first 3 are table runners, which – as you know – are always a favorite of mine to make!

The top runner from the photo is Coneflowers.  It is made with 5″ squares, along with 2/3 yard of background and a little extra green for stems.

Aren’t they happy little flowers?  I’m guessing that you have a 5″ stacker or charm pack in your stash that would like to become happy little flowers too! 😉

The fabric line is called All Weather Friend by April Rosenthal and the background fabric is Yarn dyed Essex Linen in the color graphite (my favorite, go-to grey background).

The next runner is called Olivia’s Garden.

This one is made from assorted 10″ squares in my stash.  The background is made with one of Christopher Thompson’s Blossom prints – which is from Riley Blake Design’s basics collection.  (This print comes in lots of other great colors too.)

I already have plans to make a bigger version of this.  I will just use 1 – 10″ stacker or Layer Cake, make 3 runners minus a couple sashing strips and sew them together in a cheery little wall quilt.

Next up is the Dessert Rose Runner.  This runner has a fun shape, due to some unique border construction.  (You can see the shape the best in the first photo at the top of the page).

As you can see, I couldn’t resist making a couple versions of this one – a spring version and a summer version.  The summer version is made with my Wildflower Boutique fabric and you can find a kit here.  I’m currently working on this one with a cream background and will have that one posted shortly.

The spring version is made using Lori Holt’s Granny Chic collection for Riley Blake Designs.

Next up, are two bigger quilts.  The first one is called Sunflowers and is made using a 10″ stacker of the fabric line Golden Days, plus some greens, some background and border fabric.  It was designed by Amber Labau for Riley Blake Designs.  It matched this field of Black Eyed Susan’s perfectly!

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Lastly, we have Stargazers.  This one is also 10″ square friendly or Fat Eighth Friendly.  This was made using the fabric line Azure Skies by Simple Simon and Co for Riley Blake Designs.  I really wish I would have had time to make this quilt bigger, since there were lots more prints in my 10″ stacker that I would have loved to use!  In the future, I plan to post some size options for these quilts, so stay tuned.

I really love the border fabric on this one.  I know you’ve heard that before, but a good floral border is what sells the collection for me!

So that’s everything from the booklet.  Thanks for following along through all of those photos!  If you didn’t see the Samplers from the book, please see my previous post.  If you are interested in the book, please ask for it at your local quilt shop!  You can also find it here.

 

 

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Introducing the Wildflower Sampler Booklet

Happy Tuesday!  Today I get to preview a new booklet that I’ve been working on for the past year.   It all began with my love of sampler quilts.

My first quilt was a sampler, and I have loved them ever since.  I also love flowers so it was natural for me to combine them both to make the cover quilt for this booklet.  I ended up making the sampler in 2 sizes for the book, so you have two options.  When I finished the samplers, I could envision the blocks from the sampler in their own quilts and the result is 5 bonus projects.  In today’s post, I’m going to show you the samplers.  In my next post, I will show you the remaining projects.

 

Here is the cover:

This sampler is made with my Wildflower Boutique fabric line.  It has just hit stores in the last two weeks, so I wanted to time the release of this book with the fabric.  It’s been a while since I have made a special project with my own fabric, so this quilt fits the bill!

 

Here are some close-ups of the blocks and fabrics:

The quilt is made up of 8 different blocks.  To make this large size sampler, you make each of them 4 times and sew them into four quadrants.

 

To make the small sampler, you make each of those blocks just once.  I have two versions of the small sampler in the book.  The first one is also made with my Wildflower Boutique fabric, but this time with a light background instead of the grey.

 

 

You can find kits for both of these on my website here.

 

The other version that I made uses the Sew Retro fabric line by Sarah Davies, also for Riley Blake Designs.  I just love the outer border fabric from this fun line!

And a few more close-ups for you:

 

 

 

If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can ask at your local quilt shop or find it in my online store here.  Again, kits for the two samplers using my fabric are here.

 

If you are interested in getting a copy of the book, I will draw a name from the people commenting on this post!  I will announce the winner in my next post.

 

This sampler can be used as a Block of the Month, so if you are interested in joining a block of the month, you can contact these shops.  The book just came out, so I will be adding to this list as I find out others that are offering it.

 

Orange Bee Quilts at (714) 639-3245.  Or you can find their website here.

The Quilt Spot – click here for their website

Abbi Mays Fabrics – Click here for their website.

 

If you are a shop and would like to be added to this list, drop me an email at hmulder@wecnet.com.  I also have a BOM cutting guide for making kits if you are doing this as a monthly program.

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Summer Sewing

It’s been a busy summer, with kids activities, playing in the lake, entertaining and some travel for work, so I haven’t had time to share anything with you for a couple months.  So – let’s get up to date!  Here’s a favorite photos sharing 2 of those things that have been keeping me busy. . .  Finally – After a rainy and cold June, we’ve had some beautiful lake days!

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But despite having so many things going on, I have managed to finish up some quilts and I realized that there are a few things from my last book that I haven’t shared here yet.   The first quilt is below – called “The Big Easy”.

The featured fabrics are from a new line from Riley Blake called Rhapsody, by Sedef Imer.

It’s a very cute line and I think it pairs well with this pattern – There is nice contrast and it shows off some of the florals.

The background is a new favorite called Blossom.  It’s part of Riley Blake’s basic collection and was designed by Christopher Thompson.

The next couple that I wanted to share are made using the Hashtag pattern, also from the new book “Simple Treasures”.  This photo shows all 4 versions from the book.

This pattern is super quick to make – as you can tell by how many versions I got done for the book.  It takes me about an hour to sew and just 1 charm pack, so you can’t beat that!

 

I tried a new quilting design on this one – It was fun!

Next up is the little girl version – which makes a great baby quilt.  This fabric line is Serenade by Cyndi Walker, also for Riley Blake Designs.

And how about this cute little boy version?  It features the line “Joey” by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake.  Click here to see more of the fabric, with it’s charming koala bears and sloths 🙂

The next 2 also use Charm packs or 5″ squares and feature my fabric line, Wildflower Boutique (coming in September).

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The first one is Super Star.  It’s just a cell phone picture, so please forgive the greens looking yellowish and the grey looking purplish!

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Next up is Jewel Box.  This one is also a cell phone photo, but at least the quilting really shows!

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I think I’m up to date on what I have finished.  If you like the projects that I’ve shared, you can find the book here.   Thanks for stopping by!

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Part 3 of the Simple Treasures Preview

Now that Quilt Market is passed and my new fabric line has been announced, I can start sharing some of the quilts from the new book that had to stay under wraps until market.  I will start with the quilts made from my fabric and my next post will be quilts made from other new lines announced at market.

So, just to review, the new fabric line is called Wildflower Boutique.  Here are the prints in the line:

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The line will also have 3 Fat Quarter panels, for those that want a scrappier quilt.  You can see the prints from the Fat Quarter panel to the left in the photo below.  (You can also see more about the line in my previous post.)

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First up, the two quilts in the photo below and made with the fabric are Hexi Cabin and Honeycomb.

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This one is called Hexi Cabin because you kind of  log-cabin your way around a hexagon.  It uses a simple technique called the partial seam technique to set the hexagon inside of of the block.  The strips around are cut from 2 1/2″ strips so it is Jelly Roll or Rollie Pollie friendly.

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This quilt seemed to be a favorite of my customers at market, as it got more attention than anything else in my booth (you can see a tour of my booth on my Instagram – see the right sidebar)

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I’ve included a bit of raw edge applique – not too much, but just enough to add some interested to the center panel of the quilt and make it more unique.

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The shapes are large and easy to stitch, so I would call it beginner level applique.

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This design comes in 3 size options.  You’ve already seen the other two sizes, either a large wall/twin size or a runner.  Here it is for scale against the twin size.

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I also wanted to let you all know that I am teaching the Hexi Cabin class at Gruber’s this Saturday, June 1st.  In the class you will learn how to quickly cut Hexagons, how to use the Creative Grids 60-degree triangle ruler,  how to sew these angles together, how I do the machine applique and other tips on machine quilting, etc.  If you are local or live near the St. Cloud area, you could join us!  Contact Gruber’s at (320) 259-4360 or find them on their Facebook page here.  (The post about the class is on May 11th).  I’m also giving a trunk show that day at 11:00, so you can come for just that or both the class and trunk show.

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For those of you who aren’t local,  I’m also teaching this pattern (along with a few other classes) at Garden of Quilts in September.  You can find out more about this beautiful local and show celebrating Riley Blake Designs 10 year anniversary here.  The location looks just gorgeous and the teaching line-up is packed full of great designers!

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Next up, is Honeycomb.  (I talked a little about what inspired this design on Part 1 of the new book preview)

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I shared a little bit about why I like this pattern on my Instagram the other day.  Here are the reasons that I listed:

  1.  I love anything with 60-degree angles (as you can tell).  I never tire of them!
  2.  This design is perfect for that Fat Eighth or Fat Quarter pack on your shelf because it doesn’t require any coordinates.  No looking for borders or background fabric, just start cutting!
  3.  It’s a good pattern for large scale prints and florals.  I’m always looking for a pattern to show off my collection of florals!
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I had fun quilting this one too – just a simple scallop echo on each block, with alternating floral designs and straight lines.

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Next up is The Big Easy.  This design comes from one of those books with hundreds of block designs.  Anyone else have a stash of books like that?   I scaled my block up in size and put the emphasis of color in a different location, just to give it an updated look.  What I was really going for, was a simple block with large enough pieces that it showed off my fabric in the right way.

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The block is large enough that it shows off the large floral and some of the floral prints in the line at just the right scale.  I added the solid cream from my stash, because the line doesn’t actually have a cream background fabric in it (since they are easy enough to find).

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I used the Tuscany wool batting that I mentioned in my last post, and it really shows off the quilting!

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The designs are all done free hand, so they are very simple to do.

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There are several size options for this pattern and they all use Fat Quarters or Fat Eighths.  The runner options is shown below,  with a navy background instead of the cream.

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Next up is the Hashtag quilt.  You guys remember that my theme for the book was EASY and uses Precuts right?  The one is the perfect example of that.

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This design uses 1 Charm pack (or pack of 5″ squares), some background fabric and about 1 hour, you’ve got this quilt!

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There are really easy pieced blocks mixed in with the plain squares to form the hashtag design – see below:

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This is going to be my go-to baby quilt pattern because it’s so quick, easy to make, easy to collect fabrics for, and the Hashtag is something that young moms will recognize.  Done up in my fabrics, it doesn’t really look like a baby quilt and does not have to be used as a baby quilt.  In my next post I will share the ones done with baby fabric, so you can see what I mean.

I’m out of time for today, so I will be back to share more later.  In the meantime, you can find the book here.  Also, would anyone be interested in kits of any of the quilts that I am showing or ones that I have shown in a previous post  that are done with my fabric?  (like the Super Star one shown below).  The fabric is coming out in September, so they wouldn’t be available until then.   If you are, just let me know in the comments so I can decide if I should offer some.  Thanks!

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Wildflower Boutique

Reveal time!   Today I get to share more about my new fabric line, Wildflower Boutique.  But before I do that, I need to announce the winners of the new book.

The first winner is Kristi Castanette

The second winner is Kay McCaffery

Please contact me at hmulder@wecnet.com with your shipping information and I will get them sent off right away.  For those of you that didn’t win, please ask for the book at your local quilt shop or you can order it from us here.

 

Back to my new fabric preview –

I’m happy to announce that I am a new fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs.  I have done quite a few fabric lines in the past, but this is my first with Riley Blake and they have been such a pleasure to work with!  I just spent last weekend at Quilt Market with the Riley Blake team and got a chance to meet everyone.  Everyone was so nice and their booth looked great!  I’m looking forward to working with the team in the future!

As I mentioned,  the line is called Wildflower Boutique and it will be in stores in September.  Here is a look at the Fat Quarter Pack, so you can see all the colors and prints from the line.

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Here are some close-ups of the prints in each colorway:

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If you are wondering about the inspiration from the line, you can read about it in my Look Book here or here.  You can also read about it below and see some of the pages from the Lookbook that I made.

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I’m also including the pages from the sales catalog that show all the prints.  There are 21 different skus – including 3 that are Fat Quarter panels (see the bottom of the second photo below).

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There you have it!  Any thoughts on what color or print was your favorite?  Mine is the large floral – but it always is, so no surprise there!

If you like the fabric line, please help us spread the word by asking your local quilt shop to carry it.  Riley Blake is taking pre-orders now, and it will be in our online shop and quilt shop starting in September.

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Part 2 of the Simple Treasures Preview

Thank you to all who stopped by for my last post and left comments!  It was so fun to “see” so many familiar faces again after my long break!  I have read all your comments, even if I haven’t had time to respond to them.  Life is really busy right now, with Quilt Market being a week away.  Yikes!

Today I would like to continue with introducing the designs in the new book, Simple Treasures.  You can see the first set of quilts in my previous post here.  Below are a few more quilts that I can share, along with a book giveaway at the end of the post.

First up, Spinning Stars.

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This lovely young lady (yes – how did she get so grown up?), is my niece Addi.  She’s been a willing poser since she was a baby and let her lick the frosting off the props (cupcakes) and now she does it just to help me out 🙂

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My goal with this pattern was to come up with a design that would use every print in a layer cake or 10″ square pack.  So often I end up leaving out the cream prints or coming up with a design where you have to add a contrast fabric.  In this case, there is no waste because the design works with all of the prints in the pack.

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The instructions also include an option to use Fat Quarters, with a cutting diagram included for both Precuts.

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The fabric is from the “In the Meadow” line by Keera Job for Riley Blake Designs.

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And as you can see, there was a lot of snow on the ground when we shot this, so she needed a little warm up after the photo shoot 🙂

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There are several size options for this design in the book, including this runner that uses solid fabric for stars to really make them pop.

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Second, we have the Super Star quilt.  This design was inspired by my love of barn quilts.  They are so popular right now, so I’m sure I’m not the only one that loves them!  This design is simple, fairly quick to sew and uses one 5″ charm pack, a background, and a contrast print.

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This fabric is called Moving on Lawns by Jen Kingwell for Moda Fabrics.  I added the black solid and the Moda black Crossweave for the background.

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The close-up of the quilting design – Just an all over feather and swirl.

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My readers know that I love seeing the same quilt in different color combinations, so I’ve also included a version with a light background in the book.  This fabric is called Rhapsody by Sedef Imer for Riley Blake fabrics.  I loved this line so I have another quilt that I will be showing in a future post with these beautiful prints.

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Another shot of this quilt that made the book is this one – photographed with the Easy Peasy Plaid quilt.  It’s the same quilt that I show on the back cover of the book (see my last post and the photos with my boys), but it looks so different with a teal background.

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These fun prints are from Lori Holt’s new fabric line called Granny Chic, also for Riley Blake fabrics.

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As I mentioned in my last post, this pattern is Jelly Roll and Fat Eighth friendly.  It comes in 6 sizes from crib to queen.  This will easily become my new go-to Jelly Roll pattern – It’s quick to make, easy to sew, and just takes a jelly roll and background fabric.  This version also includes an optional border.

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Back to the Super Star Quilt that I was showing when I got side tracked with the group shot of the Super Star and the Easy Peasy Plaid quilt together . . . . I’ve also included a bigger version of the Super Star quilt, made with 10″ squares or Fat Eighths.

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The fabric is a sneak peek of my new line, Wildflower Boutique, which I will be sharing more about in my next post.

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A few close ups of the quilting –

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So, in case you hadn’t already guessed it, my new fabric line with be showing with a new company, Riley Blake Designs.  I had previously been designing for Henry Glass Fabrics, where I had done over 20 collections during the past 15 years.  I am grateful for my time there and will miss working with Karen, my design director.  After a peaceful parting, I am happy to be back to doing my florals.  So, stop back soon to see more!   In the meantime, here is a closer look at the main floral.

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Lastly,  I would like to give away two copies of the new book.   It’s available for shipping now, so just leave me a comment to be entered to win.  I will announce the winners in my next post.

Thanks again for stopping by and have a great day!

 

 

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