Upcoming: Palm Canyon Fabric and Patterns!

As you may have seen recently with Robert Kaufman's August release, I am debuting my newest collection, Palm Canyon which is available for order now and shipping in February 2018!

Palm Canyon reflects the days I spent living in the Coachella Valley, baking in the warm Southern California sun. Palm trees, desert views, mountain backdrops, desert creatures, and midcentury decor. I may be a Kansas girl living in Oregon, but my highlights are all Southern California!

With the release of Palm Canyon come four new patterns which will be available for order at Fall Quilt Market.  

The first, is Atomic Starburst. Speckled with mid century inspired paper pieced stars laid out in a modern diamond pattern. The simple, light background makes the colorful Palm Canyon fabrics and coordinates pop. Ten square friendly, this pattern was constructed with a ten square of Palm Canyon and a ten square of Kona coordinates. 

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Orange Peels and Pinwheels is inspired by desert blooms and wind turbines. Another 10 square friendly pattern, the Orange Peels and Pinwheels were constructed with a ten square of Palm Canyon fabric. 

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The second release in my Elevated Abstractions series, is Elevated Abstractions: Desert Mirage. Modeled after the Transverse Mountain range, it rises up from the "horizon" of the quilt like a shimmery, reflective mirage. Each half of the quilt uses the warm and cool color ways from Palm Canyon and the coordinating fabric bundle. To finish the quilt, elements from my Range print have been been fussy cut and appliquéd onto the quilt. Kits are available for order now from Robert Kaufman Fabrics and will be shipping in February 2018.

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My newest English Paper Pieced project is the Barn Owl. One of the many owls that dwell in the desert and perch atop spiny cacti. Though, this owl prefers to pose in front of a fancy jewel shaped back drop. This owl is constructed with my Palm Canyon Fat Eighth coordinate bundle, which is a mix of Kona Cotton solids and Manchester (Yarn Dyed Cotton). 

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I can't wait to share my newest collection with you this fall, when perhaps we will all be dreaming of the summer sun.

Happy Sewing!

Violet

 

Dreaming of Textures

At Fall Quilt market I debuted the beginning of my Textures palettes, some of my favorite abstraction quilts constructed with variety of Robert Kaufman substrates; Kona Cotton, Manchester (regular and metallic), Essex Linen Cotton Metallics, and Superluxe Poplin. Think of it as my Abstractions quilts in fancy dress clothes. 

Before I began designing my own fabric, I used to sew with a wide variety of different weights and textures. There were no rules. Creating the Texture series was like taking a step back and revisiting my creative roots.   

Below you can find the fabric I used and amounts if you would like to create your own Textures Elephant Abstraction or Textures Elevated Abstractions.  You can purchase the patterns in my shop.  You can also purchase a precut kit, details are located below.

Robert Kaufman is offering Textures kits of both Elephant Abstractions and Elevated Abstractions which will be available to ship in February.

Both kits will be available at the following shops; A Stitch in Time, Christa Quilts, Fabric Square Shop, and Hawthorne Threads.  Textures Elephant Abstractions will be available at Delphine's Quilt Shop, Circa 15 Fabric Studio, Quilts on Plum Lane, and Lollipop's Quilt Shop.

If you are a shop interested in purchasing kits you can check with your RK account manager or order online once logged in. If you are a shop in Canada you can check with Harpers, they will have both kits. 

Jungle Abstractions: The Lion Textures Kit will be coming soon as well! Stay tuned for exciting new products and projects! It will be a beautiful, texture filled year!

Happy Sewing,

Violet

 

 

 

Make a Tree Skirt out of a Quilt - Video!

Do you remember earlier this year when I blogged about my Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge fabric and how I said you could get an insanely early start on your holiday sewing? Did you start your holiday sewing yet? No? Yeah, me neither.

But now, you may have noticed that Christmas decorations are starting to pop up in stores. So now, it's game on, full on Christmas prep! Too much? Ok, we'll ease down the road with a simple tree skirt project that utilizes a forgotten WIP or reuses an old quilt!

Below is a video with Rob Appell, of Man Sewing, using my Mandala Quilt pattern to make an easy, striking tree skirt. WARNING: Due to the graphic use of scissors on a quilt, I feel I should warn the faint of heart. Don't worry, no quilts were harmed...much, and they look fabulous.

 

For this tutorial you will need to finish the edge of the tree skirt with a bias binding. I did a quick tip tutorial with Rob about bias binding as well, so be sure to take a look at that video for tricks on easy bias binding.

Get ready to throw another log on the fire, sip peppermint hot chocolate, and listen to some holiday tunes!

Merry Sewing!

Violet

Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial VIDEO!

Have you ever tuned into Man Sewing with Rob Appell? I know what you're thinking, is it a sewing show just for men? It's a show for all, with Rob, a lovely, caffeine fueled man who loves to sew and share that love with others. Every Manly Monday he has a new tutorial. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Rob for a quick and easy paper pieced tutorial perfect for any level of sewer.

Afraid of paper piecing? So was Rob, but together we made a quick and easy project featuring Rob's needle bolt logo. It's very rock and roll, you could add it to a bag or perhaps sew it onto the back of a jeans jacket. It will be great for your street cred.

Tune into the video below!

You can download the free template here and make your very own needle bolt.

Happy Sewing and Rock On,

Violet

Jungle Abstractions: The Lion, Alternate Colorways

Over the last year since Jungle Abstractions: The Lion was released I have received many emails asking about alternate color ways.

The first, I have put together in honor of all the real life lions in our lives. The Savannah palette features a more natural color similar to a wild lion's coloring. Many people have been touched by personal connections to lions they have encountered and many by the story of Cecil the lion.

 

The Savannah Lion

The replacement list of Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids is as follows, the new colors are in all caps

  • Black - BLACK
  • Charcoal - CAPPUCCINO
  • Clay - PUMPKIN
  • Fog - COIN
  • Brick - CINNAMON
  • Paprika - TOFFEE
  • Clementine - GINGER
  • Coral - MELON
  • Geranium - MANGO
  • Creamsicle - HONEY
  • Wedgewood - GINGER
  • Powder Blue - HONEY
  • White - VANILLA

 

The second colorway, The Tropical Lion was featured in the Michael Miller booth at QuiltCon 2016. With tones of peaches and purples, this lion surely listens to a lot of glam 80's rock and demands attention on the dance floor. This Lion sample was made by Kimberly Lumapas (@perfectionnotincluded).

The Tropical Lion

The replacement list of Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids is as follows, the new colors are in all caps.

  • Black - BERRY
  • Charcoal - BLACKBERRY
  • Clay - WATERMELON
  • Fog - BLUSH
  • Brick - HYACINTH
  • Paprika - SHELL
  • Clementine - LAVENDER
  • Coral - GERANIUM
  • Geranium - IRIS
  • Creamsicle - BLUSH
  • Wedgewood - GERANIUM
  • Powder Blue - IRIS
  • White - SOFT WHITE

 

If anyone out there plans to make either colorway, I'd love to know. Happy sewing!

Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge

Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge is beginning to ship out to stores, cue the Christmas music! Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge pulls some of my favorite prints from previous collections in tones of reds, greens, and gold. Each line I create tells a story and now it feels like my favorite friends (and hopefully yours) are coming home for the holidays!

From the original Brambleberry Ridge line you will see some returning favorites.

Knots and Loops in Red

Knots and Loops in Red

Knots and Loops in Green

Knots and Loops in Green

Brambleberry in Burgundy

Brambleberry in Burgundy

Brambleberry in Evergreen

Brambleberry in Evergreen

Timber in Evergreen

Timber in Evergreen

Timber in Red

Timber in Red

Bow Tie Plaid in Garland

Bow Tie Plaid in Garland

Bow Tie Plaid in Burgundy

Bow Tie Plaid in Burgundy

From Waterfront Park, the birds from Flight soar in a trio of shades. They like to fly in from time to time and you never know when they will make another appearance! Reflection gets fancy with the addition of metallic gold in Shimmer Reflection.

Flight in Cranberry

Flight in Cranberry

Flight in Green

Flight in Green

Flight in Red

Flight in Red

Shimmer Reflection in Green

Shimmer Reflection in Green

Shimmer Reflection in Red

Shimmer Reflection in Red

Perhaps a couple of my favorite prints come from Madrona Road, but don't tell the others, I don't like to play favorites with my fabric. Wild Carrot a lovely, simple floral and Memoir a true fairy tale. Memoir is available in two colors, a beautiful red and a dreamy metallic gold.

Wild Carrot in Red

Wild Carrot in Red

Memoir in Gold

Memoir in Gold

Memoir in Red

Memoir in Red

Just in time for the holidays you can snap up Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge and get way, way ahead on your holiday sewing! I can't wait to see what you will create!

Merry Sewing to you!

Modern Patchwork and the Cardinal

Recently I was featured in Modern Patchwork magazine, Winter 2016. The article tells a little of my background as well as the story of the inception and creation of the The Lion from my Abstractions series. You can purchase the magazine or digital copy here.

In addition to the article there is free project for my cardinal table runner featuring Christmas on Brambleberry Ridge. The cardinal table runner project is a great project if you're new to paper piecing. It's simple, sweet, and you can get a jump on your holiday sewing (Don't laugh, some people really do prepare this far out, a dream for the rest of us.)

The Color Palette for this project:

Cardinal - Brambleberry in burgundy, Bow Tie Plaid in burgundy, Shimmer Reflections in Red, Wild Carrot in red, Cotton Couture solids in Black and Paprika

Background - Memoir in gold, Cotton Couture solid in Paprika

Binding - Bow Tie Plaid in burgundy

Directions for the table runner can be found in Modern Patchwork Winter 2016, the downloadable templates are available online are available here.

Merry sewing,

Violet

 

 

The Forest Abstractions Quilt Along: Final Suprise Block!

It's here! The final installment of the companion blocks to the Forest Abstractions quilt. Thank you for your patience and commitment to the Forest Abstractions Quilt along.

Introducing the Snail!

The Snail joins the worthy ranks of the Field Mouse, Trillium, Wild Carrot, Hummingbird, and Pine Cone.

The color palette used for the Snail (shown above) in order from the top:

  • Michael Miller Cotton Couture Lagoon
  • Michael Miller Cotton Couture  Stone
  • Brambleberry Ridge Knots & Loops in Coral
  • Michael Miller Cotton Couture Luna
  • Michael Miller Cotton Couture Blossom
  • Brambleberry Ridge Shimmer Reflection in Mint
  • Brambleberry Ridge Rosemilk in Sorbet

The color palette used for the Pinecone (shown above) in order from the top:

  • Michael Miller Cotton Couture Taupe
  • Michael Miller Cotton Couture  Shell
  • Brambleberry Ridge Knots & Loops in Fog
  • Michael Miller Cotton Couture Blossom

Each of these free companion blocks make up an entire column that can be added onto your Forest Abstractions Quilt.

The final suggested layout for the expanded Forest Abstractions Quilt. Finished size 56" x 60". 

The final suggested layout for the expanded Forest Abstractions Quilt. Finished size 56" x 60". 

This block is FREE in my shop. Download The Snail here.

Enjoy!

Violet

Crafty Planner Interview

Hello, friends!

Today I have an interview with Sandi Hazelwood on Crafty Planner. Sandi and I have a little chat about my adventure from Kansas through corporate America and finding my home in all things Craft. Find out my opinion on the word "sewlebrity" and how I feel about failure and perfection. I have a lot of FEELS! 

Hop on over to the Crafty Planner blog and listen if you'd like :)

Sister Sampler Quilts Blog Hop

Have you had a chance to check out Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany yet? The book features 25 vibrant blocks that can be made in pairs (sisters) and assembled into 3 different modern sampler quilts. AnneMarie's samplers feature wonderful innovative layouts that break from a traditional grid. With 25 wonderful blocks to choose from, Sister Sampler Quilts provides inspiration that can make dozens of quilts.

I decided to make the Box & Star Frame blocks. As soon as I saw the block design I could immediately imagine using selvages for the center string blocks and for the first time utilized my own selvages! 

Using AnneMarie's technique of foundation paper piecing the string block center, I drew the square on a larger piece of paper so I could see where my selvages were going to land. I'm a fussy cutter, so I wanted the words and kitty faces to be placed just right in my blocks. I also drew a few random lines across the block so that I could see that I was sewing them on straight. 

I continually checked my progress with a ruler to see where my trimming would be and make sure the words fit within my boundaries. Since I was using selvages I top stitched them down flat with right side of the previously sewn selvage to wrong side of the next one going on. 

Next I trimmed up my center blocks. I made one for Waterfront Park and one for The Highlands. 

These blocks were so fun to make! Sister Sampler Quilts has so many great blocks to choose from and the unique layouts of the finished quilts really shine. I think you'll see a lot more blocks to love when you check out all the stops on the Sister Sampler Quilts blog hop!

I'll be giving away a copy of this fabulous book on my Instagram account. Happy Sewing! 

Monday, January 18  

AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Introduction

Sara Lawson / Sew Sweetness

 

Tuesday, January 19

Leah Day / Free Motion Project
Brenda Ratliff / Just A Bit Frayed

 

Wednesday, January 20

Faith Jones / Fresh Lemons Quilts
Angela Pingel / Cut To Pieces

 

Thursday, January 21

Lynne Goldsworthy / Lily's Quilts
Amy Friend / During Quiet Time

 

Friday, January 22

Christa Watson / Christa Quilts
Violet Craft

 

Monday, January 25

Lee Heinrich / Freshly Pieced
Melissa Corry / Happy Quilting

 

Tuesday, January 26

Karen Lewis / Karen Lewis Textiles

Amy Gibson / Stitchery Dickory Dock

 

Wednesday, January 27

Sherri McConnell / A Quilting Life

Melissa Mortensen / Polka Dot Chair

 

Thursday, January 28

Amy Ellis / Amy's Creative Side

Heather Valentine / The Sewing Loft

 

Friday, January 29

Cindy Wiens / Live A Colorful Life

AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Wrap Up


Edited 1/26/16: ConCATulations! to Teri Seal @seeterisew for her comment, "Just kitten!" Her response? "I'm so excited right meow!!" 

Giraffe Abstractions Quilt

The next installment in the large block Abstraction series is here, introducing the Giraffe! You may have seen her at International Quilt Market in the Fall. The Lion, though mighty needed a graceful friend to keep him company. 

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The Giraffe features a bright color saturated palette of Cotton Couture fabrics by Michael Miller. The Giraffe is foundation paper pieced and is made with one striking large scale block. The Giraffe finishes at 44" x 60". 

Below you will see the color chart for The Giraffe quilt. Each one of my foundation paper pieced patterns features a color chart with all the colors organized from dark to light.

In this pattern, The Giraffe colors are on the left and the background colors are on the right. 

You can now purchase The Giraffe in my PDF shop.

The Giraffe has her own hastag on social media. Share your photos and see others with #giraffeabstractions

Happy Sewing!  ~ Violet

 

 

Foundation Paper Piecing - Tricky Angle Tutorial

Perhaps this isn't your first dip in the foundation paper piecing pond, you're more than a beginner, but sometimes a tough angle looms up and you put it off because it's a little intimidating. Or maybe you're using scraps of some precious hoarded fabric and you need to make each little piece fit. This technique utilizes smaller pieces of fabric, so the angles will need to be just so. This method will also come in handy when fussy cutting small designs and pieces for your foundation paper piecing. If you're unsure about foundation paper piecing you can check out a beginner course here, using my Forest Abstractions - The Bunny pattern.


You can see piece A4 has an interesting angled shape and I have the perfect fabric to fit there.

Pieces A1, A2, and A3 are already pieced into place.

I want the Catelope to fit right in the center of the A4 diamond shape with the Catelope antlers positioned into the wider section of A4.


To prepare my templates for piecing this angle perfectly, I first trim the seam allowances of the previously sewn fabric from along the seam I want to sew next. In this case that seam is the line between the A4 section and the previously pieced A1 & A3.

With RIGHT SIDES DOWN against the cutting mat, use any thin cardboard along the seam line to fold a crease in the paper. I use a paint swatch.

Fold the paper back along the line to get a good crease.

Trim 1/4" past the fold in the paper, creating your seam allowance.

I use an Add-A-Quarter ruler to quickly get a perfect 1/4" every time, but any quilting ruler with 1/4" markings will do.


Take a minute to think about this. Trimming the seam allowance in advance shows you exactly where your next piece will need to line up and prepares you to get that A4 piece perfectly fit for sewing. 

I have moved the desired A4 fabric under the paper. The fabric is RIGHT SIDE DOWN towards the cutting mat. This will be the fabric's final home. It fits here and the right side is facing down like all its neighbors. If you are worried about the fabric shifting, this is a good time to pin your A4 fabric to the paper. You will be removing the pin prior to sewing.


Hold the A4 fabric and foundation paper firmly in place and fold the rest of the foundation back again along the seam line.

Repeat the process of trimming 1/4" past the fold in the paper.

The seam allowance you created in the previous section of steps now perfectly matches the seam allowance you just cut.


Let's stop to take a quick minute to think about this again. You have now cut both of your seam allowances and your angle is perfect and ready to seam in. There is one more step in making sure the angle lands exactly where you want it to when you bring the fabric to the correct side of the paper to sew it. 

Use a fabric marking tool or a pin to mark the exact spot the two fabrics meet up at the top and bottom. In this case, the bottom points are coincidentally matched up. 

Bring the A4 fabric back to the top, still RIGHT SIDE DOWN (unpin from the paper, if you did in a prior step). Match the position of the pin or marks to ensure the fabric is still in the desired position.

Holding everything carefully in place (this is a good time to put a pin back into these fabrics through the paper to hold them in place), unfold your paper back out. 


Carefully turn the whole piece over and sew along the seam line. 

Fold the fabric out and roll or press the seam on your perfectly placed piece! 


Hello, kitty! 

Did it work for you? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Sewing!

Violet

It's Here! Jungle Abstractions: The Lion

Hello! 

Today was a day of epic technical difficulty proportions. With my cute pink laptop that is WAY cuter than functional at this point in her life ... I won the battle over bad print drivers, insufficient memory and just plain ancient software to bring you this new pattern that I am ridiculously excited about. 

You can now purchase The Lion in my PDF shop or pre-order paper patterns for your store in our Wholesale ordering section.  If you need a wholesale account, please email us at violet@violetcraft.com and Whitney or I will get you all settled in! 

Brace yourselves. The Lion templates are a whopping 35 pages of 11" x 17" paper piecing goodness. He is SO MUCH FUN to make. I'm starting on my second one this week. 

Forest Abstractions: The Pinecone is also now available as a FREE download in the shop. We are so close to wrapping up those free blocks. The final block is around the corner!

Happy sewing!  

Violet


Hello from Quilt Market!

Hello, friends,

I am writing you from Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis, Minnesota where I am debuting the first project in a new series, Jungle Abstractions. 

Jungle Abstractions: The Lion

The Lion is a foundation paper piece quilt made with one striking large scale block. Finished measurement is 60" x 60". The PDF pattern will be available June 1.

NOTE FOR SHOPS: Shops can pre-order the paper pattern beginning on June 1. Patterns will ship to shops by July 1. If you pre-order before July 1 you will receive a free PDF pattern to make your shop samples ahead of time!  Curriculum for teaching the pattern in your shops will also be included with your shipment in July!

NOTE FOR FOREST ABSTRACTIONS QUILT-A-LONG FRIENDS: The next block is about one work day away from being posted. I plan to complete it and prep the files as soon as I am back in the studio next week... and if you have read this far, you deserve to know what's coming... The Pinecone :) He's such a cute little pinecone. I can't wait for you to see it! Thank you for hanging in there with me!