hello there.

I disappeared off the face of the blog for awhile. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you probably have a better picture of what in the world we have been up to. 

The Craft Family unexpectedly bought a house and moved our home and studio and four people and four fur babies across the river right back in time to 1969. Well, our home and neighborhood feel like we moved right back there anyway. I am in love with this house. 

We did this right smack in the middle of the holidays and upended any grand plans of staying on schedule. Our girls started new schools and the oldest is attending a true middle school for the first time... and in the middle of the school year. Transition has gone really well, but it's still been, well, transition. And it's certainly not over. 

We are all settled into our new home though. The beautiful Janome longarm I received right as we were making an offer on our new house is STILL IN ITS BOX. Oh my goodness, if I didn't have so much to get us all back on track with the quilt-along, I would go unpack that baby right now... but I'll worry about that when we are done with this quilt, alright? Alright! 

So.. on to the Stag! Stag instructions post coming Monday with the next surprise block right on its heels next week. 

Thanks for hanging in there with me! I have so many fun projects and fabrics launching this year and I can't wait to share them with you. More "Abstractions" are coming as well as more free projects and blocks. 

Let's do this 2015! 



Not the real key, but it worked for a sneaky selfie before we had the real ones :)

Fur baby approved. 

FAQAL Surprise Block #3: Wild Carrot

Our third addition to the Forest Abstractions Quilt is the Wild Carrot block!

Wild Carrot is also commonly known as Queen Anne's Lace which was introduced from Europe. The carrots we eat today originated from this plant and the root at the bottom of the Queen Anne's Lace is actually an edible carrot although the leaves are toxic.

Wild Carrot is a print in my Madrona Road collection and is the inspiration for this block. 



wild Carrot: Pink

wild Carrot: Blue

wild Carrot: Straw

wild Carrot: Tangerine

In this example I have reused my modern watercolor technique from this previous project: Watercolor Heart Block

Brambleberry in Quartz

To achieve this look, use a loose print on a solid ground and choose a background fabric that matches as closely as possible to the ground from your print.

I have used the Brambleberry print from Brambleberry Ridge in Quartz paired with Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Iris.

For the center flower, a distinguishing characteristic of wild carrot plants, I have used MM Cotton Couture in Eggplant and Toffee for the stem. 

The white leaves in the Brambleberry print serve as the individual flowers in the wild carrot bloom. 


Fabric guide in original color palette. 

In your Fabric Selection Guide you will see the Wild Carrot Block is designed to be used in a more straight forward way with two prints alternating to achieve a more abstract look. These prints are distinguished with light stripes and light dots in the guide and templates. 

As shown in the photo of my example guide, I have used the same Brambleberry print in both sections. 

Next week I will show an additional sample block, not in the watercolor style, with two prints used. 








This block is FREE in my shop. You do not have to enter payment information. As long as your cart is $0 just proceed to checkout and the cart will email the link to the file. Download the Templates, Piecing Order, Fabric Palettes and Diagram here. 

Happy Sewing!


Forest Abstractions Quilt Along - Fixing A Block Tutorial

Last week when I posted the Falcon with it's little broken wing problem, Katie posted a great question that I thought would benefit many readers:

"How are you going to fix the wing? Will you have to re sew all the seams in sequence that follow the wing fix? Is there a good way to go back in and fix one segment in the middle of the block if you don't see the error until all the pieces numbered after the error are sewn? I finished the doe and then saw that I left a hole in one of the hoofs where the fabric wasn't big enough to fully cover the section. All the seams around it are sewn and look fine. Thank you."

 Let's start with my wing fix and then I'll specifically point out what my plan would be to fix Katie's little problem with her Doe. 

Here's our broken wing. You can see where piece D4 was just completely missed, which left the brown fabric from D1 left there making the wing look like it's sticking out below where it should be. I gathered my tools: seam ripper, small scissors and the replacement piece of fabric. 

Looking at the pieces, I found the path of least resistance to get to the piece that needed to go in. I seam ripped the G section on the right away from the CDEF group on the left, only about 1/2" past the next seam I need to take out. 

I then ripped the seam that connects the CD group from the EF group, again only about 1/2" past the seam I need to fix. 

The final seam ripping separated C and D, again just about 1/2" from where I need to sew the missed piece on, fully exposing the area we need to sew on the new piece. Fold back any pieces that are in your way and secure them with pins. 

Place the new piece of fabric in the same way you would if you were just getting to this step for the first time. Sew the seam and trim the allowance, then press forward as normal.

Trim the outside edge seam allowances. 

Now re-sew the groups back together, starting with re-sewing section C to section D. Next, re-sew the section connecting CD to EF. Finally, re-sew CDEF to G. 

Complete! Total time was about 30 minutes to fix and well worth it. 

Below we can see Katie's litte doe hoof is missing a tiny corner. 

From another photo I found I know that this is the farthest right hoof. I would begin by ripping the horizontal seam from the right side of the block to at least 1/2" past the last seam we need to work with as pointed out by the white arrow below. 

Next, I would rip the seams on the right and left side of the leg to at least 1/2" above the hoof seam. 

Third, remove the small background piece under the hoof. 

Finally, remove the hoof fabric that doesn't fit. 

The final steps would be to replace the hoof fabric with a piece that fits, re-sew the background piece on, re-sew the seams on the right and left of the leg and finally re-sew the horizontal piece under the hoof. 


I hope this is helpful information. Good luck and happy sewing!

Sometimes.... I make mistakes.

If you currently have a Broken Herringbone pattern, please check the BACK COVER. The Sashing Fabric section should match all of the interior instructions and read : 1 yard white solid fabric, divided into (20) 1 1/2" strips. MOST of them say this. Somehow between printings I changed the back cover to read 2 1/2" strips. I have NO IDEA how I did this, but alas, it was definitely me who did it. If you have one of these copies of this pattern, please change this on the back cover of your pattern. All information on the inside of the pattern is correct. I apologize for any problems this might have caused! 

Forest Abstractions Quilt Along - The Falcon

Yay, it's Falcon time!  

Falcon, with one background piece missing and in the wrong background color. Mistakes happen! 

If you are looking closely you might notice a couple of issues with this Falcon. I had someone help me out and make the block. Without a color chart, a couple things went awry. I am traveling for the next week so since I don't have time to fix it right now, I had planned to Photoshop them out and make it all perfect-like for you... then I realized that's just plain silly. I make mistakes. We all make mistakes. I always say that your seam ripper is as important of a tool as your sewing machine when paper-piecing and here is a perfect example. Also - if this happened here, it could most certainly happen to you too, so let's figure this out!

First of all, there is a background piece missing in the left wing. See that brown part that is sticking out, it's not supposed to be there. I'll be pulling that wing apart to fix that. 

Second, the background color is the wrong one and so is the brown used in the wings. If you are using a kit or the fabrics used in the original quilt, you might run into this same problem. 

Below is the chart for the Falcon in the original layout with the Cotton Couture color card. There are three light purple/pink colors of Cotton Couture in the quilt and one dark. If your solids are not marked with the color name, you should be able to use the chart below to figure out which one is which. Iris is the lightest and is used as the background in the Falcon block. Primrose is the middle shade and is what was accidentally used in the block below. Mauve is the darker of the three fabrics. Eggplant is also a purple in the quilt and is the deep background for the stag block. 

Iris, Primrose, Mauve and Eggplant, oh my!

The browns contained in the original quilt are Taupe and Toffee. Taupe is shown below and is a rich, but lighter muddy brown. Taupe is the correct color used in the original quilt. Toffee has a golden hue and is used in the block above, but is NOT the correct color. That said, I won't be "fixing" these colors. I think they look great together and I also think I will still have enough left of the solid fabrics to complete the rest of the quilt as expected. It's possible I even like them more as it softens the look of the Falcon a bit. I'm undecided how I will feel about the overall color change with the rest of the blocks. We shall see! 

I find the Falcon to be a fun block to put together. Each of the sections are pretty quick and it pops together pretty fast. I'm in the middle of the mint/yellow version and will post it next week. 

Keep showing us all those blocks on Instagram! #forestabstractionsqal

Happy sewing! 


P.S. Individual block PDFs coming next week! 

Forest Abstractions Quilt Along - Questions Answered!

Hello, friends of the Forest!

I have had a couple of questions in comments and on Instagram that I thought might be helpful to everyone. Please find those below. Also - NEW SURPRISE BLOCK COMING WEDNESDAY!!! It will be posted as a guest post at Sew, Mama, Sew!  as well as here. Falcon will be right here on Monday the 22nd, then we are back on schedule with Mr. Squirrel on October 1st! 

The final layout.

Although I'm not going to ruin the surprise of the "surprise blocks" yet, or even tell you which space we are going to fill each month, this is the proposed final quilt layout if you plan to make all six additional surprise blocks and use them on the front of your quilt. I'm so excited to unveil them all! We are going to need some extra background solids and I will keep you updated on those supplies as we go. You can see that the surprise blocks will repeat backgrounds to give the final quilt a more cohesive look. 

Suggested layout using the six additional free SURPRISE BLOCKS. Final top size with additional blocks:  56" wide x 60" tall. 

Paper pattern templates: press those creases! 

The paper patterns come with the pattern templates printed front and back on 11" x 17" paper. These are the patterns, not the pieces to be used for creating your blocks. The very first step in foundation paper piecing is to trace or photo copy your templates into a set to be destroyed in the making of your block. Some people prefer to trace or copy onto newsprint or special paper and others are fine with standard copy paper. The choice is yours! 

The pattern pages are not unlike a commercial dress or other apparel pattern and come folded inside the pattern envelope. The pattern pieces must be smoothed flat before tracing or copying to ensure accuracy. For the easiest and smoothest finish, press the pages on a low setting with an iron with NO STEAM. 

Individual blocks?

So, you only want to make the bunny. I get it. I will be breaking out the pattern into individual blocks for sale in the coming month. The PDFs will be priced individually and available in my shop. 


As always, keep those questions coming and I will try to answer them! If you have a question, chances are that someone else does too!

Happy sewing!    


The FAQAL: First Surprise Block! The Field Mouse!

Hello Quilt Along friends! With all due apologies, let's get this party back on track! My husband is amazing and swept me and our girls away on a two plus week camping adventure that found us rafting the North Umpqua River, sleeping in a different campground every night (except the two night stop at the Michael Miller design studio!!!), eating and drinking at one new brewery every day, taking photos at every tourist trap between Portland and San Francisco and back again and just two and a half weeks of all around family style nonsense. It was fabulous and we love him to pieces and I will post vacation pics soon too... but now, back to the Forest Abstractions Quilt Along!

Everything should get back on schedule this month. I will be posting more Bunny examples including the original from the Brambleberry Ridge kit and my Christmas version!!! Field Mouse examples will be added this weekend and then I'll get the Falcon up ASAP. Whew! We are going to be busy. Yay!

Original Brambleberry Ridge palette.

Original palette.

Sweet yellow & mint version. He's wearing footy pajamas!

Yellow & mint palette. 

The Forest Abstractions Quilt Along - The Bunny - Mint & Yellow

Basement lighting setup = weird :)

Welcome to my workspace. On the left I have a 14" rotating cutting mat, an Add-A-Quarter ruler and rotary cutter. Right behind the mat is a large glass jar that I use for my trimming scraps. My sewing machine, the Janome 1600P, is set with a short stitch length to help notch the paper and strengthen the seams for easier paper pulling.  

Please notice my seam ripper front and center on the sewing machine. For me, the seam ripper is a main tool in foundation paper piecing. Fabric placement changes WILL happen. The seam ripper shouldn't be viewed as something you get out for mistakes - it's a part of the process and I use mine frequently to change the placement of fabrics while I work.


Mint & Yellow Palette

On my left is my handy lightbox sitting on a small table. My husband made this giant beauty for me as a gift several years ago using an Instructables tutorial. My Fabric Palette is taped up above my lightbox and I have each fabric lined up in front of the Palette & Piecing Guide. 

Not pictured: My iron and pressing board are at my right also on a tray table, a paper bag is at my feet ready for paper scraps and my templates are all cut and lying in order with A on top of the stack. 


My first piece of fabric for A1 selected and ready to go.

Here is my filled Fabric Palette for this block. I have chosen a fresh, light and bright palette of mint and yellow. I am using a more scrappy look and have picked more than one fabric for a few of the slots.

Background: solid white

Black: In place of black for Bunny's eye and nose, I have used the gray from the background of Waterfront Park Flight in charcoal.

White dot on gray ground: I have two fabrics on my palette. These two prints, Brambleberry in Aqua and Shimmer Reflection in Mint read as a very similar color and saturation and I want to use them interchangeably as I go along. 

White triangles on gray space: I have a lighter mint fabric than the earlier prints, Flight in Mint.

Gray lines on white: Memoir in White

Gray dot on white: I have placed three different fabrics. These three yellows, Wild Carrot in Straw, solid straw and Reflection in Starfruit, I planned to use interchangeable throughout the block. You will see that as I went, I ended up removing Reflection in Starfruit from the block.

White: In the final slot I have two solids as I wasn't sure which one I wanted to use until I got going. I chose the fog gray.  


First piece is always right side down, away from the template. 

I have taken my first piece of fabric and placed it underneath the template, under the A1 position. The template is right side up and the fabric placed under the template is right side down. Notice that the fabric piece extends at least 1/4" beyond all of the A1 edges. Since the A1 position is along the edge of the A template piece, the fabric also extends all the way out to cover the 1/4" seam allowance dotted line. 


This fabric piece was fitting almost perfectly... almost too perfectly. I was worried it would slip as I was sewing on the second piece, so I carefully lifted up the paper and used a small piece of double stick tape to hold it in place. I love this tape (Duck brand Easy Stick Double Stick Adhesive Roller) and I've never had any problems with it. The main reason it works so well for foundation paper piecing is that it barely sticks to the fabric. It loves to stick to the paper. It holds well enough to keep my fabric from shifting, but when it comes time to pull paper, in my experience the tape has always stayed with the paper. 


Take a good look at the space you are about to fill, A2. Notice the line between A1 and A2, this is your stitching line. The piece of fabric you use to fill the space needs to be large enough to cover A2 and at least a 1/4" seam allowance on all sides. Place a piece of fabric under A2 with the right side down and ensure it covers these seam allowances.

Holding all the layers in place, carefully flip everything over so that the fabric is lying right side up.


Focus on where the line between A1 and A2 lies. You should not be able to actually see it right now, because it is covered by the fabric. The fabrics should both be lying right sides up covering the places they will be once they are sewn down.

Flip the A2 fabric back across the line between A1 and A2 so that right sides are together and there is at least 1/4" of fabric crossing the stitch line on the A2 side of the line. 


Again, holding all the layers in place, carefully flip everything back over so that the template is right side up and transfer the layers to your sewing machine.

Place the layers under your presser foot. Put your needle in about 1/8" before the A1/A2 line. Sew along the line and beyond the 1/4" dotted seam allowance line. 


From here, you can see that the fabrics both extend at least 1/4" across the A1/A2 line and the seam extends through the dotted seam allowance line. 

With the template face up, fold back the template paper along the A1/A2 seam line. 


Trim off the excess fabric from the seam allowance. I use an Add-A-Quarter ruler as it makes this step quicker, but any ruler with 1/4" line will do. 


Smooth out the fold you made in your template. Place your template on your work surface so that the fabrics are facing up and the template is facing down and examine your work. Make sure the fabric covers the A2 space as well as extends 1/4" into all adjoining areas and extends across the 1/4" dotted seam allowance line. 

Using a dry iron or a seam roller, press the seam in place!

Yay! You did it! 


Seam Allowance "Shadows"

So, what happens when you run into a light fabric that goes on after a dark fabric and creates a "shadow" in your seam allowance? Most people will probably not even notice this. I'm not convinced that I would notice it after the project was completed, but while it's right up in my face, it bugs the heck out of me. My solution is ever-so-slightly trim back the dark seam allowance. 

Shadow in my seam allowance.

Trim it away. 

Pretty, crisp seam allowance.

With the template lying on the work surface, fold back the light seam allowance and the template and hold it back under your ruler so that it will not be trimmed. Place your ruler so that about 1/16" of an inch of the dark seam allowance is sticking out and trim it away. 


Odd Angle Seams

This pattern has a LOT of them... okay, mostly ALL of them. Let's take a look at one.  In this example I have pieced D1 through D4 and am trying to fit the white fabric D5 triangle shaped piece. The D5 triangle does not have a 90 degree corner angle, which is going to make your fabric shift in an odd direction when you sew it on and press it in place. Here is how to get a perfect flip in the expected direction. 

With the template face up on your work surface, place the fabric piece on top of your template where you want it to be positioned after it is sewn, ensuring all seam allowances are covered. You can see that my fabric fits well on the top of the D5 triangle space, but has some weird jagged edges on the bottom edge by the seam. 

Place your ruler so that the flat edge extends 1/4" across the seam line with a little extra room. Using a chalk pencil or other marking tool, mark the seam allowance line where you will trim away the excess fabric. 

Place the fabric on your cutting mat and trim. Now you have the correct angle on your fabric and it should align when sewn on. 


Sewing Together Template Pieces & Aligning Points

With all of the angles in this pattern, it is sometimes difficult to see exactly where the end points should match to get perfect alignment. As you complete each template use the piecing guide to lay them out on your work surface with fabric right side up. 

When you are ready to sew two template pieces together, align them along the seam with fabric right sides together. Take a pin and put it through the top seam end point. Poke the pin through until it goes perfectly through the bottom template seam end point. 

Transfer to your sewing machine and secure the pieces under your presser foot. Remove the pin and sew the seam. 


The Bunny!

More posts coming with the original and alternate pallets for the bunny. Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or where you would like to see more information or detail. 




Where to Buy

Hello! I have had a lot of questions regarding where to buy Violet Craft paper patterns and kits for The Forest Abstractions Quilt. I created a new page with all known shops carrying the paper patterns found here:

Where to Buy

At this time the only confirmed sighting of Forest Abstractions kits are at: www.intrepidthread.com

If you know of another store carrying kits, please let us know in the comments below!


To build your own kit:

To download or print these lists, PDF kit lists can be found here:

Forest Abstractions Quilt Kit List, Complete Quilt Kit List

Forest Abstractions Quilt Kit List, Individual Blocks List

We are getting so close to BUNNY TIME! See you very soon, right here!


The Forest Abstractions Quilt - Quilt Along - Introduction


I am so pleased to introduce you to my little foundation paper-pieced friends. The Forest Abstractions Quilt pattern consists of a full color booklet with fabric selection guide, fabric palette and piecing order for six different blocks as well as a hefty set of 20 ledger sized pages of templates for The Falcon Block, The Bunny Block, The Squirrel Block, The Coyote Block, The Doe & Bird Block, and The Stag Block.

July 15 - Quilt Along - Getting Started
August 1 - Quilt Along - The Bunny 
September 1 - Quilt Along - The Falcon 
October 1 - Quilt Along - The Squirrel 
November 1 - Quilt Along - The Coyote 
December 1 - Quilt Along - The Doe & Bird 
January 1 - Quilt Along - The Stag
February 1 - Quilt Along - Quilting and Binding

Beginning August 1, I will host a Quilt-Along right here on my blog with tips and tricks for each block and step by step instructions on how to foundation paper-piece. There are also six little surprise blocks that I will be giving away to add to your quilt if you choose to. These will be hosted here and at a few fun, surprise places to be announced along our Quilt-Along journey. 

The Forest Abstractions Quilt has her very own page where you can find links to all of the Quilt Along posts as they come out, , Instagram photos, kit guides and more, found here:


The paper pattern and Brambleberry Ridge fabric and kits are available from many of your favorite online and local quilt shops. The PDF is now available in my PDF shop

So gather up your supplies and I'll meet you right back here very soon! 

My precut Brambleberry Ridge kit available at several online shops and my supplies, all ready to go!

Suggested Supplies:

  • The Forest Abstractions pattern
  • Fabric
  • Scissors for cutting paper 
  • Pencil
  • Tape 
  • Double Sided Tape - I use Duck brand Easy Stick Double Stick Adhesive Roller
  • Cutting Mat - I have a 13" spinning mat directly to the left of my machine
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Ruler - I use a 12" Add-A-Quarter ruler
  • Seam Ripper - this is a MUST, not a maybe :)
  • Water Soluble Fabric Marker or Chaco Liner
  • Sewing Machine with stitch length adjustment
  • Iron 
  • Hard Pressing Board
  • Light Box


A little note about light boxes... they are great. I have it on my suggested list as they make paper piecing so much easier, but they aren't entirely necessary. Any bright light source will do the same thing, just not quite as easily, including holding the pieces up in the air in front of any light. My awesome husband made my large lightbox for me as a gift a few years ago using a tutorial he found online. When I travel however, I use a little light box that came in a $20 fashion drawing set my daughter received as a gift when she was about 6. It is smaller, but just as effective. I have also seen some ingenious ways to lay rope lighting inside of a plastic tub for a similar effect. 

Brambleberry Ridge - Available July 2014

Brambleberry Ridge is my newest collection with Michael Miller fabrics. It has begun shipping to stores and is now available in many online and brick and mortar shops. 

Brambleberry Ridge evolved from a love of my great-grandmother Adeline's 1950's home in Dodge City, Kansas and my own current 1950's home on a little tucked away, hidden gem of a ridge line in the middle of the city of Portland, Oregon where coyotes, squirrels, rabbits and falcons are often present amid the blackberry bushes and trees. 

 The Bridgetown Dress in Rosemilk. Pattern available August 2014.

The Bridgetown Dress in Rosemilk. Pattern available August 2014.

 Rosemilk in Mint

Rosemilk in Mint

 Knots & Loops in Coral

Knots & Loops in Coral

 Bow Tie Plaid in Cameo

Bow Tie Plaid in Cameo

 Brambleberry in Aqua

Brambleberry in Aqua

Taking my great-grandmother's love of Rosemilk hand lotion, my love of her gloriously shiny costume jewelry and combining that with gold rimmed wine glasses and snack plate sets from the cupboards, a little mid-century gold gilt wallpaper, mirrored wall tiles, wood paneling and the always present hand tatted doilies on every wood surface from my various childhood homes, I wove all of this inspiration into a sophisticated, yet rustic collection of quilting cottons. 

 Knots and Loops in Bark

Knots and Loops in Bark

 Rosemilk in Opal

Rosemilk in Opal

 Flight in Orchid

Flight in Orchid

 Trading Post in Quartz

Trading Post in Quartz

All in all, this collection comes from my love and appreciation of the delicate sophistication of that era and brings it full circle into a modern collection brimming with joy.

 Mrs. Catterson working in the studio.

Mrs. Catterson working in the studio.

New paper patterns to coordinate with the collection are shipping to stores this week and will be available as PDF downloads July 15th. 

 Broken Herringbone Quilt

Broken Herringbone Quilt

 Breeze Blossoms Quilt

Breeze Blossoms Quilt

 Forest Abstractions Quilt

Forest Abstractions Quilt

 Flying Falcons Quilt

Flying Falcons Quilt

To see the full collection, visit the Design Gallery. 

 Brambleberry in Blossom

Brambleberry in Blossom

 Timber Valley in Teal

Timber Valley in Teal

Watercolor Heart Block in Wild Carrot

Hello, friends!

Here is a little project I had a great time putting together for Janome. The full instructions can be found at



Violet Craft: Watercolor Heart Block Tutorial ~ Made with Wild Carrot print from Madrona Road Collection

I love to add a little bit of patchwork to our home every chance I get. This Spring I have been admiring some contemporary watercolor quilts, also referred to as color washing. My style frequently combines a little something classic with a little something modern and for this project I had the idea to use only one modern print and one solid to create a flowering heart pillow.

I had the perfect print in mind and my assistant agreed. Look for areas of loose or solid background when selecting a print to work with. Then select a solid closely matched to the background color. For my example I chose Wild Carrot from my Madrona Road collection matched with white background.

Violet Craft: Wild Carrot fabric from Madrona Road collection

Head over the the Janome blog and

check out the rest of the tutorial

The Breeze Blosssoms Quilt Pattern, Kit and Workshop!

Happy New Year, friends!

This is the Breeze Blossom Quilt. I created this floaty little block based on the cherry blossom trees along Waterfront Park here in Portland, OR. The quilts were first introduced in my Spring Quilt Market booth to coordinate with the Breeze print in the Waterfront Park fabric collection. The pattern is

now available!

The Breeze Blossoms Block utilizes quarter circle piecing inspired by the traditional Drunkard’s Path block. Although the shape is similar to the Drunkard’s Path and the curved piecing technique is the same, the Breeze Blossom Block is trimmed, pieced and combined in a unique way. Pattern includes a Breeze Blossom template pattern for transfer to template plastic. 

The cover quilts were made using my Waterfront Park fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics. Each quilt utilized one fat quarter pack of 16 different prints, one quilt in each colorway. Both quilts use solid white background fabric. Kits are also available in

my shop

The Breeze Blossom blocks were also featured in my Cathedral Park quilt shown below. In this quilt I floated the blocks above an intricate applique of Portland's St. John Bridge.

photo by Mia Craft

The 1/4" fine line applique was hand cut with a craft knife from black fabric on fusible interfacing and secured with a zigzag stitch. I quilted wind like breeze lines floating throughout the entire top two thirds of the quilt with straight lines mimicking the bridge angles throughout the bridge applique and water waves below the bridge. 

The St. John's Bridge is a beautiful piece of inspiration. We took this photo to give you an idea of the true scale of the park and bridge. Look, I'm WAYYYYYYY down there. 

photo by Mia Craft

I will be teaching a workshop on the Breeze Blossom Quilt blocks at the inaugural Quilt! Knit! Stitch! show here in Portland on August 14. 

I'll post more information on the classes as the signup time nears. 


Waterfront Park, Print by Print

All of my collections are a story of sorts. Sometimes the story manifests itself in actual words and sometimes it just sort of floats along in my head as I design.

Waterfront Park starts on the esplanade in the Spring, in the rain of the cherry blossoms that carpet the park and sidewalks all through town. Breeze in Breeze and Iris.

Bridgetown features sketches inspired by the bridges of Portland, OR and the Portland sternwheeler. I took photos of all of the bridges and sketched based off of my photographs. Anyone who has ever photographed the Dragon Boat races finishing under the Hawthorne Bridge during Portland Rose Festival probably has almost the same photo I took.

Top row, left to right: St. John's Bridge, Portland sternwheeler, Broadway Bridge and Hawthorne Bridge

Bottom row, left to right: Burnside Bridge, Fremont Bridge, Ross Island Bridge and Steel Bridge

Bridgetown in Black, Charcoal, Navy, Starfruit and White:

Three prints are reminiscent of the angles and architecture in the bridge design, Half Square Triangles, Shattered and Domino Dots.

Half Square Triangles specifically look like the arch of the Fremont Bridge while gazing up (from the passenger seat, of course) while driving along it. Half Square Triangles in Jewel and Clementine:

Shattered in Berry, Clementine, Luna and Starfruit:

Domino Dots remind me of the rivet work in the beams and were originally inspired by watching people play dominoes in the park. Domino Dots in Black, Geranium, Jewel, Lagoon, Navy, Starfruit, White, Clementine:

Flight is inspired by the peregrine falcons that live on several of the Portland bridges and the swifts that migrate from Chapman school every year. Flight in Black, Charcoal, Clementine, Iris, Luna, Navy and White:

Union Station is a hexagon pattern of vintage tile work. Union Station in Navy and Peony:

Reflection is the glow of the moonlight on the river. The idea for the design of the print was to make your project sparkle like the moonlight or sunlight reflecting off of your project. Reflection in Black, Geranium, Peony, Starfruit and Luna:

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll along Waterfront Park with me!

Mason Gets a Big Boy Bed: A Broken Herringbone Quilt

Well, when a baby sister is born, things change. 

Like, your aunt shows up...

 and reminds you that your quilt she originally made for your nursery is now for


And for snuggling. 

And for hiding under from your crying baby sister. 

And she makes you a new big boy bed quilt! 

I used the Fleet Week colorway from Waterfront Park and

The Broken Herringbone quilt pattern

I added a couple of extra rows and 4" borders on all sides to fit his twin bed.  

I used the optional pieced back layout and straight line quilted in sets of three lines along each herringbone stripe. 

I loved that the boardwalk looked like the Broken Herringbone pattern :)

This is his "Auntie, I love it so much!" face. Bwahahaaa! Man I love that kid. 

A Waterfront Park Nursery for Taylor.

For my sweet niece Taylor's nursery I decided to mix up the colorways from Waterfront Park. I combined the purples from Rose Festival and corals from Fleet Week along with the charcoal prints and whites. I used the

Patio pattern


Happy Zombie

 to make the baby quilt. It is bound in Shattered in Clementine. 

For her nursery I made her a crib sheet from the Breeze Blossoms fabric and a sweet pillow with a cherry blossom tree framed by 1/4" white strip and bordered with Reflection in Geranium.

 I think she likes it. 

An Introduction to Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is my most recent collection for Michael Miller Fabrics. Although Waterfront Park is highly inspired by Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park, it is also inspired by all the beautiful bridges and city parks I have had the pleasure of visiting across the country. In my eclectic compilation style Waterfront Park combines abstract monochromatic prints of birds in FLIGHT, hexagon shaped REFLECTION of light on the water, architectural line sketches in BRIDGETOWN and floating petals in BREEZE.

Waterfront Park was released in June 2013 and is available for wholesale order directly from

Michael Miller Fabrics.

To find Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon visit your local sewing shops 

Modern Domestic




Cool Cottons


Pine Needle


Fabric Depot

. (hopefully I haven't missed anyone!!)

Here is the promotional brochure for Waterfront Park featuring some of my inspiration photos and all 35 of the prints.

Cheers! xoxo,