Tag Archives: Bella Solids

What I’m Sewing

It feels like I never get to sew these days but when I look back at my Instagram photos, I’ve gotten quite a few things done. This first quilt that’s ready for binding has been sitting at the longarmer (Urban Spools) for a YEAR. Good thing she’s a friend! Her quilting is amazing and perfectly enhances the piecing. I just need a few Downton Abbeys on the DVR and I’ll have this thing bound in no time. That teaser photo makes it look rather Mardi Gras themed but it’s actually quite a bold color palette. (I started with this stack of Bella Solids.)

City-AviationI also finished a quilt top that’s been on several retreats with me and been the cause of at least two orders from Fat Quarter Shop (replenishing that peacock sashing).  I had a dozen more blocks to cut out and I just decided that it was good as is and sewed what I had together. It’s going in the closet with all the other finished tops where hopefully my quilting Fairy Godmother will finish it with a swish of her wand.Framed

This quilt top is made from American Jane’s latest line Fresh Air. I just love everything Sandy Klop designs. It’s so cheerful. I used the Layer Player pattern from the Moda Bake Shop and honestly whipped this one up in a couple of days. It’s that easy (even with baby and toddler at my feet!). Fresh-AirI also managed to sew the last two borders on my Marmalade Jubilee quilt, which some of you may recognize as the one I used in my Learn to Quilt series. It’s next on my list for basting and quilting so I can finally get to the embarrassingly overdue lesson on binding. MarmaladeThat’s what I’m sewing!

Pattern 1303 – Lucky Strike

Lucky Strike pattern

Today is reveal day for my third quilt pattern. It’s another mod inspired look called Lucky Strike. The blocks are a stylized version of bowling pins.

Lucky Strike pattern

I quilted this one using my new favorite stem quilting design. It takes a bit more effort because you have to mark the quilt top if your piecing isn’t in blocks but it’s worth it. I love the finished product.

This quilt pattern uses templates but don’t let that discourage you. It’s actually the easiest of the three patterns. The templates were designed to allow for a margin of error, which makes it a great pattern for the first-time template user.

Lucky Strike pattern

The pattern calls for half yards to replicate the version on the cover but you can use fat quarters for a great stash-busting project,

Digital download for sale here.

Dimensions: 63″ x  80″

Fabrics:  Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics

Pattern: Lisa Calle/Vintage Modern Quilts Pattern Co. original design

Quilting Thread:  Aurifil #2600, 50 wt

Quilting Design: Mod leaves

Quilting Thread:  Aurifil #2600

Started: October 2013

Completed: October 2013

Pattern 1302 – Midcentury

Midcentury Quilt pattern

Pattern reveal number two today! Midcentury is a graphic quilt that is perfect for highlighting your favorite prints and colors. It can be made with yardage or jelly rolls and the pattern gives details for using both.

Midcentury Quilt pattern

This one was pieced by my friend Sarah Huechteman who does amazing and perfect work! It was quilted  by Michelle Kitto of Urban Spools with a very appropriate mod quilting pattern.

Midcentury Quilt pattern

Digital download for sale here.

Dimensions: 63″ x  74″

Fabrics:  Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics

Pattern: Lisa Calle/Vintage Modern Quilts Pattern Co. original design

Quilting Design: Quilted by Michelle Kitto of Urban Spools

Quilting Thread:  Superior Threads

Started: October 2013

Completed: October 2013

Pattern 1301 – Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight pattern
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You saw a sneak peek of my new patterns earlier this week and now I’m ready to share all the details! First up is Turkish Delight.  This quilt was inspired by Turkish kilim rugs.

Turkish Delight pattern

The color palette came from a vintage (maybe?) paper plate that someone left at the retreat house where I go with my small group. The colors are sort of retro and bright – just what I’d been looking for to make this quilt.

Turkish Delight color palette

Turkish Delight pattern

The pattern is available now as a digital download in my pattern shop or look for it to pop up at your favorite LQS after Quilt Market. In fact, you can ask them to order it! :)

Dimensions: 82″ x  82″

Fabrics:  Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics

Pattern: Lisa Calle/Vintage Modern Quilts Pattern Co. original design

Quilting Thread:  Superior Threads

Quilting Design: Quilted by Michelle Kitto of Urban Spools

Started: September 2013

Completed: October 2013

Fabric Stack: Lucky Strike

You may have noticed a theme of solids lately. I have several all solids quilts in the works at the moment and this stack is for a quilt called Lucky Strike. It’s inspired by a print I saw in a shop. I loved the combination of fun colors with a lot of layered neutrals.

Lucky Strike

From top to bottom:

9900-129 | Weathered Teak
9900-245 | Latte
9900-241 | Flax
9900-12 | Natural
9900-235 | Blue Chill
9900-263 | Spray
9900-51 | Buttercup
9900-209 | Clementine
9900-27 | 30s Pink

Weathered Teak (along with 9900-128 | Stone) is one of my favorite neutrals. It goes with everything and is a nice change from the ever-so-popular gray that’s been a modern quilting staple for years.

Bright and Bold

Today I am celebrating getting my sewing machine back from servicing (in only 2 hours!) with a new stack of beautiful solids. A freshly oiled and cleaned machine is the perfect reason to start a new project! I’m going for an all-solids quilt with a bold color palette:

Bright and Bold

These are all Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics. From top to bottom:

9900-135 | Marine
9900-226 | Bright Turquoise
9900-34 | Aqua
9900-234 | Evergreen
9900-192  |  Leaf
9900-250  | Daffodil
9900-213  | Mustard
9900-255  | Tangerine
9900-27 | 30s Pink
9900-92 | Magenta
9900-106 | Earth
9900-200 | Off White (shown in background)

I had a helper (who should have been napping but refused) on this photo shoot.

VMQ-Ben

He loves tidy stacks of things like fabric. They’re perfect for throwing around the room, putting in the laundry bin, or otherwise creating chaos. I pretended to cry after he pushed this stack on the floor and he giggled and said “little bit more crying, please.” Such a rascal.

Stars and 4-Patches

Stars and 4-Patches

UPDATE: I’ve had a ton of emails and comments about this pattern. It is a Moda Fabrics pattern that is available to all Moda customers (meaning your favorite local quilt shop). They may not be stocking printed versions of the pattern but they can access the digital file from Moda’s customer workstation. So go and ask them for it and be sure to buy your fabric from them, too! (edited 8/1/2013)

This quilt makes me happy! The bright, modern colors juxtaposed against the traditional pattern make my heart go pitter patter. It’s very Vintage Modern, don’t you think? The pattern is from Moda Fabrics and is part of their collection of 12-pack patterns. Each pattern is designed to use 12 fat quarters. The patterns are exclusive to quilt shops so give your local shop a call for more info.

Stars and 4-Patches

I used {this bundle} of Bella Solids for my 12 colors. The white in the background is Feather (9900-127) and I love working with it. It’s got a bit more gray than the other whites. Here’s a shot of the Bella whites together for comparison:

bella solids...whites.

This was quilted for me by Michelle Kitto of Urban  Spools. She did a beautiful job!

Stars and 4-Patches

Stars and 4-Patches

Love it. So. So. Much.

Dimensions: 72″ x  72″

Fabrics: Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics, – Pale Pink | 9900-26, Sisters Pink | 9900-145, Pink | 9900-9900-61, Popsicle | 9900-143, Citrine | 9900-211, Pesto| 9900-233, Gray | 9900-83, Stone | 9900-128, Betty’s Brown | 9900-125, Robin’s Egg | 9900-85, Seafoam | 9900-191, Turquoise | 9900-107, Feather | 9900-127

Quilting Thread: Superior Thread, quilted by Michelle Kitto of Urban  Spools

Started: March 2013

Completed: May 2013

 

Retro Whimsy Bella Solids

Retro Whimsy Bella Solids

Moda Fabrics has a series of free patterns designed for solids called the 12-Pack. I’m working on a pattern from the new set using the lovely stack of Bella Solids above. I like to name my fabric stacks because I’m a nerd like that so this one is called Retro Whimsy. The colors are sort of dreamy and cupcake-like.  I’m seeing strawberry cake and chocolate frosting. Mmmm.

{These are available exclusively for quilt shops so ask your favorite LQS if they stock the pattern.}

The Bella Solids shown (from top to bottom) are:

Pale Pink | 9900-26
Sisters Pink | 9900-145
Pink | 9900-9900-61
Popsicle | 9900-143
Citrine | 9900-211
Pesto| 9900-233
Gray | 9900-83
Stone | 9900-128
Betty’s Brown | 9900-125
Robin’s Egg | 9900-85
Seafoam | 9900-191
Turquoise | 9900-107
(shown twice, one piece is for the binding)

So that’s what I’m working on today. And now I need a cupcake.

WIP Wednesday: Jelly Roll Race

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So for yesterday’s WIP Wednesday project, I tackled a quilt I’d named “Urban Cowgirl Around the World” and it turned into a completely different project. I had a trip around the world quilt in mind, combining an Urban Cowgirl jelly roll with a Bella Solids {warm} jelly roll. The color palettes aren’t an exact match, but they’re close enough to look good together. I’m not into matching anyway…I prefer coordinating palettes.

Instead, I decided to try the Jelly Roll Race (also called Jelly Roll 1600) method.

WIP Wednesday: Jelly Roll Race

It’s a fast and easy method to whip up a lap-sized quilt in about two hours. Some tutorials say one hour, but two hours is more realistic. Still, how many other quilts can be made in two hours?

WIP Wednesday: Jelly Roll Race

I can imagine all sorts of variations with this pattern. Given my considerable stash of jelly rolls, it’s very likely that I will be making one (or several) of these again.

As for this quilt top, I have half of each jelly roll remaining and I will probably use a similar method to create some borders (and save a few strips for a scrappy binding). And I’m going to have to rename the quilt. Jelly Roll Cowgirl? Urban Barrel Race? Urban Jelly Roll sounds like a city dweller’s muffin top, which makes me kinda like it best of all. ;)