Thank you so much for all the great suggestions on how to work with the vintage quilt top I shared with you last week. You were so helpful! I now have some great ideas on how I’m going to finish the quilt, I just need to add it to the line-up of projects I have going on.
It has been head down, full steam ahead in my sewing room this past week. I’ve had to stop a few times to come out and take care of household stuff, but then it was right back in, shut the door and keep on sewing. Fun stuff! At one point, my mother even called and asked if I was ever going to come see her. Yes, last week I was a bad daughter…. 😉
But the result of all that time in my room was worth it. I finished sewing the top for a new pattern (it’s a pretty speedy one), put the finishing touches on a wall hanging I can’t talk about yet, made labels for a few quilts AND got them sewn on(!), and finished the editing and proofing of my newest pattern.
You guys have seen glimpses of the ‘bubbles’ I have been quilting and all those pretty grunge fabrics. Now it’s time to see the full quilt. I call this one Stack o’ Bubbles.
Look how those grunge fabrics just seem to glow against that black background! I am so pleased with how this turned out – exactly like the sketch in my sketchbook.
I outline quilted all the colorful bubbles, and then filled each one with more bubbles quilted in clear Mono-Poly thread. The sheen of the thread makes those bubbles look wet – exactly how a bubble should look, right?
I love the way the quilt design shows so clearly on the back, which I pieced with leftover pieces of grunge and Carolyn Friedlander’s architextures fabric. I love that stuff and need to buy it by the bolt!
The quilt finishes at 58″ x 68″ and is the perfect size for cuddling up with. The pattern is great for using a fat quarter bundle OR scraps…I think a scrappy version would be beautiful.
The pattern is in full color, with diagrams and illustrations that are easy to read and understand. It also includes a coloring sheet so you can audition your color choices, and fabric labeling worksheets. The key to this pattern is labeling your fabrics so you’ll know which color goes where.
Stack o’ Bubbles will be displayed in the Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop and paper patterns are available at the shop. The Mystery Harvest Quilt Shop Hop starts September 28 and runs through October 1, so it’s a great time to visit the shop and see all the great stuff they have.
In addition to the release of my own new pattern, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is releasing a new pattern today called Check Plus. I was a pattern reviewer for Cheryl and have to say I really like this pattern. It is also fat quarter friendly, the pattern is well written, and includes a coloring diagram to try out different color schemes. You can read more about Cheryl’s new pattern release by clicking here to visit her blog. (Before you do though, keep on reading for the giveaway!)
On to the giveaway!
To celebrate the release of Stack o’ Bubbles and Check Plus, we will be offering two readers a chance to win a PDF copy of one of these patterns. One reader will win a copy of Stack o’ Bubbles and one reader a copy of Check Plus.
I’m doing the happy dance for you… 🙂
All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment. That’s it – easy peasy! I’ll draw for winners and announce them on Friday, Sept. 30th. (If you purchase a copy of Stack o’ Bubbles and are a winner, I will refund your money.)
(And here’s a little hint for you: come back tomorrow for a second giveaway and another pattern release!)
This new pattern is my crush for this week’s Main Crush Monday. It’s time now to check out yours, but first a recap of a few from last week’s MCM party!
Mary from Quilting is in my Blood finished her Terra Australis quilt. I love the soft colors and the quilting, and that binding is spot on!
Stacey of The Farmhouse in the Field made an adorable butterfly mini quilt. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to add this pattern to my list of ‘someday’ projects. Those blue, frosty butterflies are really cute!
Emese of Pale Blue Corner is making a memory quilt for her daughter using many shades of pink from her outgrown t-shirts. Be sure to follow along on her journey as she puts together her quilt:
Okay everyone! Now it’s time to share your crush for this week. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how: