KT WinnerCongratulations to Joey for winning last weeks' giveaway of our new Buzzz pattern and Bees 'n Blooms charm pack. Please be patient, as the precuts haven't shipped yet and I used the few I received from Moda to make my quilts. Bees 'n Blooms is coming in March, so you'll have your goodies soon.
Joey Ritenour February 24, 2016 at 4:55 AM - I love the Buzzz pattern! There is a great deal of motion in this quilt--you can feel the hive buzzing. I'm need to put this on my summer "to do" list. It will look great in my classroom--we are the Yellow Jackets!
I love that you're a teacher in a school with the Yellow Jackets as your mascot - too perfect! What a great way to introduce your students to quilting.
Bees 'n Blooms
So, the fabric collection is called Bees 'n Blooms, the book is named Bees 'n Blooms, and the featured quilt is also called Bees 'n Blooms. When you hit on a good thing, why change it up? One of the hardest parts of designing for me is naming everything, from the individual prints of each fabric and colors in the line, to the overall collection, and then each project made with that collection. Geez! One of the quilts in the book is usually the inspiration behind the name, so I'm just gonna go with it.
I'm trying a new format for our fabric collection patterns. We're including 2 or 3 unique ideas in a book with a couple coordinating, smaller projects - all for one price. The book is 8" x 8", a size I really like to work with. It's stapled, so the pages lay flat when you're working on a project and need to see cutting or assembly directions. I think it works better than 2 or 3 "patterns in a bag" with loose pages. And, for only $15.95 for 6 projects, it's a great value, too! I'd love to hear your feedback.
|Bees 'n Blooms lap quilt - JR background with raw edge applique|
Bees 'n Blooms has a pieced background made using a Jelly Roll. So simple. Not alot of math. Easy layout - really. Then, almost all of the appliques are made using our KT Melon Template - red flowers, blue flowers, some leaves, tulips - all easy to cut with a rotary cutter and the template. The purple flowers use the mini melon cutout in the template, so it's easy to draw onto fusible web and cut them out. I like having the fusible on the smaller pieces for easier placement/fusing for stitching, too.
|Even the bees' body & wings use the mini melon template!|
I had a few pieces left over and couldn't let them go to waste, so I whipped up this adorable Mini Table Treat 17" round table topper, too. I think it will make a sunny backdrop for a vase of flowers, a candle or my bowl of M&M's. How would you decorate with it?
|Bees 'n Blooms Mini Table Treat|
Of course, I include the melon shapes in the book so you can make your own template, if you prefer. This week, you can win the Bees 'n Blooms book and the KT Melon Template by commenting here about your love/hate affair with applique. Are you a traditional needle turn gal? Like to simplify with fusible? Tell me all about it.
Indiana Heritage Quilt Show
I'm off the Bloomington, IL to teach at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show along with my quilting buddy, Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts. I'll be teaching classes all three days, so look me up and say "Hi!".