QuiltCon 2018, here we come!

Hello! Are you taking one of my classes? Maybe you just want to see what we're going to be up to. If so, you've come to the right place! I am teaching five classes at QuiltCon. Locate your class below and find some tips on how to prepare for class. The supply lists show a number of items, both required and optional. I will be bringing along samples of my favorite thread, Wonderfil DecoBob for everyone to share and try out. 

If you have questions that other might want also want the answers to, ask in the comments below and we will try to answer you ASAP. 

I can't wait to see you all in sunny Pasadena!

UPDATE! All QuiltCon pre-orders have been packed up for our trip to Pasadena! But don't fret, I will have extras of all the supplies for sale in class. Cash and credit cards will both be happily accepted - see you next week!


FDP100/FDP101 - Bite Into English Paper Piecing A or B

EPP Fruit Basket Supply List

The pattern and hexagon templates are required. You can purchase these ahead of time or in class. You will need enough fabric to get started on one fruit block of your choice. There are kits available in my online shop for the entire quilt or you can bring your own with you. This is a great quilt to use up those scraps! You only need to bring enough for one block. I will have all of the supplies available for purchase in class except fabric. The fabric in the online store is all we have and once those kits sell out, we are out. 

 The Fruit Basket EPP pattern

The Fruit Basket EPP pattern

 The Fruit Basket EPP Fabric Kit

The Fruit Basket EPP Fabric Kit


FDP102/FDP203 - New Concepts in EPP:The Barn Owl or The Peacock

EPP New Concepts Supply List

In either class, you can use The Barn Owl, The Lion or The Peacock patterns. The pattern is required. You can purchase ahead of time or in class. Fabric requirements are listed on the back of each pattern shown below. There are kits available in my online shop for The Barn Owl EPP. This is the only one we have kits available for at this time. I will have all of the supplies available for purchase in class except fabric. The fabric in the online store is all we have and once those kits sell out, we are out. 

The Lion EPP

The Peacock EPP

The Barn Owl EPP


FDP200 - Shake Your Foundation Tail Feathers!

Foundation Paper Piecing Supply List

The pattern is required. You can purchase the PDF ahead of time or the paper pattern PLUS templates ahead of time or in class. If you purchase the PDF from me or the pattern from somewhere else, you will need to copy your templates ahead of time or purchase a copied set of templates in class. 

Fabric requirements are listed on the back of the pattern shown below. There are no fabric kits available for this pattern at this time. I will have all of the other supplies available for purchase in class except fabric. 

I am often asked if I precut. For most of my Abstractions patterns, I do not precut anything. For this particular pattern, you can precut the pieces for your feathers as noted in the pattern depending on which view you are making. You will not need to have everything precut for class. 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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 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!!"