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!
  4. I like the detail along the bottom border and the angles aren’t as hard to bind as you would think.  See my tutorial heremay7th 051 adj


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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