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!



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).



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!



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



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.



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).



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 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.



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 🙂



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.



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. yellow_Page_2


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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Hello Again . . .

Hello Friends!

It has been 6 months since my last check in – How did that happen?  It might have something to do with this –

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Yes, that is a stack of new quilts that I have been working!  And it seems whenever I am working on making the quilts for a new book and doing all the writing,  I have little time for anything else or can’t really show anything that I have been working on.  So, over the next couple weeks before Quilt Market, I’m going to do a few posts that share the new quilts.

I always work around a theme for my books and for this one, I am working around Precuts.  I know that’s nothing new, but I continue to collect them and then when I want to use them, I get out all my books and starting trying to find a pattern written for the Precut that I want to use.   That process led me to the thought that it would be nice to have one book that had a couple patterns for each Precut in my stash – kind of a one stop shop, so to speak.  In addition to using Precuts, I wanted the patterns to be fairly quick and simple and versatile enough to work for many occasions.    Those thoughts led to the name “Simple Treasures”, with the tag line – “A Quilt for Every Precut in your Stash”.  See the front cover below –

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And here is the back cover:

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There are a bunch of the quilts that I can’t share yet because the fabrics line haven’t been introduced yet, so I will start with the quilts that I can share.  First up, is the cover quilt Hexi Cabin.  Precut used:  2 1/2″ strips

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This is the first quilt that I designed for the book and I had a lot of fun making it.  You all know that I love 60-degree angles and using the Creative Grids 60-degree triangle ruler.  This block combines those things with my love of log cabin blocks.  I use the lob cabin idea, combined with the partial seam technique (which is very easy), to set the hexagon into the middle of the block without any Y-seams.

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I also like the unique layout of the quilt, which provides the opportunity to add a touch of applique and some fun machine quilting.

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I really had a lot of fun quilting this quilt.  I used this batting to make sure that the quilting really showed!

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As I was working on this twin size quilt, I kept picturing a smaller version that could be used as a wall quilt, throw, or on a toddler bed.  For this version, I only did one round on the log cabin block and scaled down the applique.



These fabrics are from the collection “In the Meadow” by Keera Job for Riley Blake designs.

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I had fun quilting this one too – Doesn’t the echo and filler really make everything pop?

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I also did a runner version – because why stop at only two size options?

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And here are all 3 version together.



Next up, is the Stashbuster Log Cabin quilt.  I already mentioned my love of log cabin quilts, but a while back I saw some wrapping paper that had a log cabin looking block with staggered “sashing”.  I hung that scrap of wrapping paper on my bulletin board with the intention of someday turning it into a quilt.  The result is this quilt using several different strip sizes, lots of prints, a modern feel to the layout and several different block designs  (There are 5 different blocks designs in the quilt).

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I mainly used 2 1/2″ strips for the blocks, but I also used some 1 1/2″ and 1″ strips.  The pattern also gives an option for using Fat Quarters and Fat Eighths.  For the cream sashing, I dug in to my stash of low volume prints – many of them being leftovers from all the the quilts that I have made with cream or white backgrounds.  I cut them all into strips and mixed them in throughout the quilt.  I love looking at the quilt and remembering all of the fun things that I made with those prints!  With the colored prints, there are probably 100 of my favorite fabrics in the quilt.

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When I didn’t have enough of a strip left to complete a full round on the block, I just used two different prints.  See the block in the upper left hand corner of the photo below.  This is how some of the blocks in the wrapping paper inspiration were done, and it was a great way to use up the strips.

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The quilt was great fun to make and it would be fun to do again in a few years with my next batch of scraps or assorted strips.



Another quilt in the book that uses 2 1/2″ strips is the Jewel Box quilt.

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The block is very simple to make, with a little “jewel” connecting the blocks.

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This patterns also comes in lots of sizes.  Since I made the smaller size quilt, I had strips leftover from my blocks, so I used them to make a scrappy binding.  This fabric is from the “Well Said” collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda fabrics.

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You could also use the leftovers to make the table runner size option.  (This block is also 5″ square friendly)

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This runner is made using the fabric line “Serenade” by Cindi Walker for Riley Blake.

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Next up, is the back cover quilt – Easy Peasy Plaid.  It also uses 2 1/2″ strips, but you can  use Fat Eighths too.  The pattern comes in 5 or 6 sizes, is super easy and really quick to make!

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The fabrics are from the “Way Up North” collection by Zippyboro for Riley Blake.



I just love these vintage prints!

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In addition to these fun fabrics, it was also fun to have my boys in a photo again.  They are now 4 and 6. . . .

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and will smile and pose for candy canes!



Speaking of boys, they helped out with a few photos this time around, though they didn’t all make the book – like this picture where the younger one didn’t want to pose but kept darting in and out of the photo!

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This photo was taken in front of our neighbor’s zinnia field.  While we were shooting the photo, one of the neighbors drove by and asked “Are those children being exploited for marketing purposes?”  Why yes they are!

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This quilt was inspired by a Fat Quarter bundle that has been sitting on my shelf for years (it was one of Anna Maria Horner’s first fabric lines) and by one of my all-time favorite books -“The Secret Life of Bees.”  In that book, they talk about what amazing mathematicians bees are.  They can make perfect 60-degree angles without the use of any tools.  It really is an amazing fact – How do they do it?  I am not as talented – I require that handy 60-degree ruler that I mentioned early to make my honeycomb patterns!  Thus, this pattern is called Honeycomb and is meant to show off a fabric collection that includes large florals that you want to display in a “honeycomb” frame.

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And don’t let the binding on this one scare you, I have an easy tutorial for that.

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That is a lot of photos, so I better stop for today.  I will continue with the preview in my next post.  Thanks for stopping by again after my long hiatus!  Please leave a comment and let me know that you are still here  ( I always like to hear which quilt you would make first ;-))

Click here if you are interested in purchasing a book.  You can also ask your local quilt shop to bring it in for you.  We always appreciate our readers that support us and the quilt shops that carry our products!


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Sew Caffeinated Quilt

Today I want to share a version of my Sew Caffeinated pattern from my Trendy Table 2 book.  The original design is for a table runner, as shown below.

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This is a really a fun quilt to pick out fabrics for – Just go through your stash and pick out anything that would make a cute coffee cup!  You only need a 5″ square for each cup.  Then select a small-scale print for the handle.



I have been wanting to make this into a wall quilt for my kitchen, even since I came up with this design.   Even though the pattern in the book is for the runner, I included this diagram in the book to show how it could be turned into a wall quilt.  Since my Photoshop skills aren’t that good, the diagram isn’t very interesting.

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It’s much cuter in actual fabric!



And of course, the machine quilting adds so much.  I was a bit nervous about quilting this one, as all that plain grey really needed something fun!





As you can probably tell from the excessive number of pictures, I had too much fun making this quilt!  If you are interested in making this quilt, you can find the book here.  I used this background fabric.

As a little bonus, all orders placed in my online store during the months of October and November will receive my Mini Harvest Time pattern for free.  You can view that pattern here.

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Color Options for Trendy Table 2

During the testing process when I’m working on a new book, we always end up with a couple different quilts of each design.  I often choose to have the testing done in different colors, just to see how much the designs change with different fabrics.  Today I want to share a couple of the test versions.  The photos were taken in April in Minnesota, so I don’t have any pretty backdrops, but they will have to do as the quilts won’t be back here until January!  The designs are all from my Trendy Table 2 book and those trunk shows are out traveling from shop to shop until January.

The first runner that I want to share is from my Lucky LuLu pattern.

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When we did the test version, I really wanted to see the puppy done up in black.




I based the rest of the colors on this binding fabric, then picked out a few coordinates to provide a pop of color.  The binding print is a Denyse Schmidt fabric and I had just enough left to eek out the binding.  I think the background is Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Charcoal.



The second runner is called Stellar.  The option with the grey background below is the original one shown in the book.

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The original features the fabric line Simply Colorful from V and Co and my favorite background – Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in the graphite colorway.

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My color option uses assorted 5″ squares from my stash and an assortment of leftover background fabrics.


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I would love to make a larger version of this one, either with 5″ squares or 10″ squares for my bed.  Someday  . . . .




The next runner is called Pathways, shown first in the original colors.

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These fabrics are from the Midnight Garden line by One Canoe Two for Moda fabrics.



The test version uses Creekside by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics.  I added in a cream background from my stash and some grey Moda Grunge for the sashing.


The change in background from red to cream really changes the look on this one!




That’s all for today!  I hope you enjoyed seeing these runners in different colorways.  I’m finishing up a larger version of the coffee cup quilt and I will be back to share that soon.

You can find the Trendy Table 2 book here.

You can find the Yarn Dyed Essex linen here and here.

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