PURPLE PIXIE POUCHES AND FAIRIE DUST Posted on 12 Sep 15:43 , 0 comments

0912: together ...

Purple fairy dresses, purple pixie dust pouches, and now a purple fairy quilt. Those are the number one things in Luci's world other than snuggles and cuddles with Mama.


The purple fair quilt is almost ready for going on the machine. As soon as the backing is pieced the loading will begin. The quilt top is made using a fairy print panel by Michael Miller using illustrations from the book by Cicely Mary Barker called The Complete Book of The Flower Fairies. A new quilt and a new book ... what a perfect combination for a little girl, and a perfect combination of fun fabrics for the grandma to play with piecing a special quilt.


FIRST: I fussy cut the illustrations of the flower fairies from the panel a quarter of an inch larger than the dark blue trim line that surrounds each of the pictures. I then measured a sampling of the blocks to determine the size of the alternate blocks.

SECOND: I subtacted 1.5" from the finished size of the fairy panel blocks for the periwinkle fairy  frost sashing I used to surround the fairy print fabric blocks.

THIRD: I pieced the sashing strip set and crosscut the strips to add to the alternating fairy print blocks.

FOURTH: assemble the bocks into rows.

FIFTH: add borders; piece the backing and binding; and it's time for quilting!


 1550 FAIRY FLUTTERINGS seems like it might be the best choice for a quilting pattern. The quilting won't show up much on the front of the quilt, but the backing fabric is a tone on tone so Luci will have fun tracing over the fairy quilting pattern with her finger on the backside of the quilt.

FALL FAVORITES & MUST-HAVES Posted on 4 Sep 00:00 , 0 comments

0914: favorite ... fresh flowers, life favs, and some favorites from the studio ... we all have our favorites: coffee cup, flowers, dessert, people and puppies but then there are also those "work" favorites, those go-to patterns and collections that keep our studio running smoothly. I wanted to highlight some of the gotta-have patterns for me that you may have overlooked. Now when there is such a great sale going on in the studio might be a good time to think about checking these and adding them to your pattern library.

My all-time favorite collection: 1008 SUN COMPASS+  A complete collection packed with all the patterns you need for completing a wholecloth quilt including two large medallion-sized blocks which make designing and stitching quick and easy. (Thankyou Dani Fisk for sending me the photo I used in the collage.)

Let's face it, edge-to-edge quilting is the bread and butter of our longarm business and if you're like me you can on occassion find yourself using the same patterns over and over. Let's spice it up a little by looking as some different files you might like to offer your customers (or piecers reading this blog might like to request of their longarm quilter.)