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,





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
  • 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!

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. 


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



It's Here! Jungle Abstractions: The Lion


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!  


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!