July 22, 2016

Miss Kate Rag Quilts + Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!}

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Welcome to Finished or Not Friday - where we share our fabric, thread, and yard creations from this week - finished or not!!


My finish this week is two Miss Kate flannel rag quilts!  One of my lovely, loyal custom quilt customers began a rag quilt as a gift and the person decided they didn't want it after all.  I was the lucky recipient of the blocks!  They were quick to sew together, and the clipping went faster than I thought it would.  The two quilts I made are really weird sizes {the larger being 28" x 64"} but are made to fit to my easy chair and ottoman.  The dog loves this chair but hadn't jumped on it after I put a Mexican striped blanket on it recently.  She still hasn't jumped on it since I put this quilt on it!  I think it's too visual and scary still.  :)  Thanks, Andrea, for the blocks!!  They match my living room perfectly!

Craftsy is having a Christmas in July sale this weekend!  Save up to 60% off Kits and Supplies!


It's your turn!  Link up any fabric, thread, or yarn creation that you worked on this week!  Adding a link back to the party in your post is friendly, so be friendly and share!
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July 18, 2016

I'm Hosting To-Do Tuesday {a Linky Party!}

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Stitch ALL The Things


My to-do list this week centers around my second son's graduation party which we are hosting this Saturday.  It's dinner and dessert for approximately 60 people.  Fortunately my mom and sisters will be here ahead of time to help keep me on track and do most of the work.  LOL!  I thought I'd post my list here, but it's pretty boring, and you really don't want to see it.  

Be back here Friday for the Finished or Not Friday link-up party!  I'm planning on sharing a finish if all goes as planned!
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And in case you're wondering what that pump truck is all about - every blog post needs a picture, and I didn't have one to share.  We had the septic tanks pumped today, so you get a picture of the pumper!




July 15, 2016

Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!}

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Welcome to the first edition of Finished or Not Friday where you can share what you've worked on this week, finished or not!  Creations with fabric, thread, or yarn are welcome.

My FINISH for the week is the gelato rainbow bargello quilt I made as part of the Bargello QAL over at Elm Street Quilts which ended in March!  My original attempt at quilting with flowing lines that followed the curve of the bargello was dismal, so I took it all out and quilted it with straight lines in a starburst design.  Much better!  The Gelato ombre fabric is very difficult to find but is similar to Benartex Gradations.



Elm Street Quilts

Each week I will feature an entry from the previous week's link-up, but since there are no entries from last week {LOL!}, I will enter my own.  Here's Brick Cottage Lane {2}, a pattern I released this week!  The pattern includes instructions for strip piecing as well as traditional piecing in 5 sizes from baby to king, using yardage or scraps.  You can purchase your copy in my shop.


It's your turn!  Link up any fabric, thread, or yarn creation that you worked on this week!  Adding a link back to the party in your post is friendly, so be friendly and share!
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts



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July 13, 2016

Brick Cottage Lane {2} {a New Pattern!}

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Meet Brick Cottage Lane {2} - an eye-catching quilt that's easier than it looks with strip piecing!  The pattern includes instructions for 5 sizes from baby to king, using yardage as well as scraps.  If you prefer traditional piecing rather than strip piecing, you'll find instructions just for you, too!


The quilt above is a king size in Bonnie & Camille lines Vintage Picnic, Miss Kate, and a few Daysail prints with Kona Snow.  The backing and binding are the extra-wide dark navy check from the Vintage Picnic line.

Brick Cottage Lane {2} replaces Brick Cottage Lane after a claim of plagiarism of the design.  In addition to the obvious design differences, there are a few other differences between Brick Cottage Lane and Brick Cottage Lane {2}.  {Here's a pic of Brick Cottage Lane below.}  In the new pattern, the bricks are placed vertically, and the bricks are a different size.  These changes were required in order to create normal-sized quilts that actually fit a bed.  There is also a lot less waste of fabric in strip piecing in the new pattern as compared to the first pattern.


Shannon of The Flemings Nine edited and tested the pattern for me.  I would never be able to write coherent patterns without her help, so thanks a bundle, Shannon!  Her quilt is a twin in Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille with a few other prints added.  Shannon sells quilts in her Etsy shop.


Alycia of Alycia Quilts tested the pattern in patriotic fabrics in lap size.  I ♥ the scrappy background fabrics and the bold red and cool blues!  I would never have thought to use more than one fabric for the background, and I must do this one day!  Alycia is a long-arm quilter in Colorado.

Inspiration!

Where did I get my inspiration for Brick Cottage Lane {2}?  I was playing around in EQ7 and created it on my own.  But, wait!  Here is an antique quilt that is similar!  This one is called Sunshine and Shadow, sometimes known as Trip Around the World.  So does that make Brick Cottage Lane {2} original?  Yes, even though this antique quilt existed before mine, Brick Cottage Lane {2} is original because it is not exactly the same and would be considered a variation of another design, although my quilt was created without knowledge of this antique quilt. Antique quilts in the public domain are not copyrightable, so it's all a moot point anyway.  However, the written pattern and all graphics in it are copyrightable.  And no, this is not legal advice; seek your own legal counsel for your situation as I did.


Brick Cottage Lane {2} is available in my Craftsy shop and my Etsy shop.  Please purchase from my Etsy shop if you are in the European Union.  Thank you for your support!

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