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:
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.)
First up, the two quilts in the photo below and made with the fabric are Hexi Cabin and Honeycomb.
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.
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)
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.
The shapes are large and easy to stitch, so I would call it beginner level applique.
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.
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!
Next up, is Honeycomb. (I talked a little about what inspired this design on Part 1 of the new book preview)
I shared a little bit about why I like this pattern on my Instagram the other day. Here are the reasons that I listed:
- I love anything with 60-degree angles (as you can tell). I never tire of them!
- 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!
- 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!
- I like the detail along the bottom border and the angles aren’t as hard to bind as you would think. See my tutorial here
I had fun quilting this one too – just a simple scallop echo on each block, with alternating floral designs and straight lines.
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.
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!
The designs are all done free hand, so they are very simple to do.
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.
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.
This design uses 1 Charm pack (or pack of 5″ squares), some background fabric and about 1 hour, you’ve got this quilt!
There are really easy pieced blocks mixed in with the plain squares to form the hashtag design – see below:
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!