Friday, January 23, 2015

Now available: Happy Kelp and Tidal Lace

Happy Kelp Quilt, Photo by Danielle Collins

Some of you may remember this quilt from the Tidal Lace blog hop. We were celebrating the debut fabric collection Tidal Lace by my friend Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics. Well guess what? The fabric and the quilt pattern are now officially available!!!

quilting detail

Now you can make your own version of Happy Kelp! For my sample quilt, I chose the starlight print in aqua for a watery feeling background, then I chose twelve more fabrics from the collection that would pop off that pretty blue color. Here is a breakdown of my fabric palette...

  1. Tide Pool in Ocean
  2. Solid in Blush
  3. Sea Gems in white
  4. Tidal Lace in coral
  5. Starlight in coral
  6. Shimmer in aqua
  7. Solid in Deep Sea
  8. Sea Gems in sand
  9. Tide Pool in seafoam
  10. Starlight in coral
  11. Shimmer in coral
  12. Starlight in seafoam
  13. Starlight in aqua (background)

background fabric

Happy Kelp uses curved piecing to capture the sea in a graphic and playful way. The pattern includes templates, full color diagrams, a coloring page and four additional size options (baby, twin, queen and king).

-Kits and printed patterns available at Keepsake Quilting
-PDF patterns available here

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fall Forest QAL-Finished

My second Fall Forest quilt is finished and hot out of the dryer. Before I show you the big reveal, I wanted to update you on the possible color bleed issue. I used two Shout ColorCatcher sheets in the washing machine as a precaution. The used color catcher sheets had a slight tint to them after the wash cycle, but there was no color bleed on my quilt. The ColorCatchers did their job by catching and holding any loose dye. I don't know if the dye came from the quilt top or the flannel backing. The backing was pre-washed, but it could have come from either.

The dense quilted swirls have such a wonderful texture after they've been washed. They are also very forgiving. The quilting doesn't have to be perfect (mine most definitely is not) and it still looks good. It does use a lot of thread. I opened a brand new spool of Aurifil to start piecing this quilt and after quilting it's almost empty. I think I used about 8 bobbins for the quilting.

Name: Winter Forest
Size: 50" x 70"
Materials: Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman in poppy, watermelon, pickle, wasabi, celestial, capri, azure, pepper, steel, shadow and white. Quilters Linen by Robert Kaufman in chocolate. Kits available at The Intrepid Thread
Quilting: Free motion swirls all over in Aurifil #2024

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Fall Forest QAL: Quilting and Binding

I've been working on the quilting and binding of my winter version of the Fall Forest quilt. I thought swirls could be fun for a winter quilt.

A large square ruler is handy for squaring up the corners of a quilt. Mine is the 15" ruler from Omnigrid.

I plan on washing the quilt soon as I finish stitching down the binding. I have my color catchers at the ready and I'll let you know how it goes.

How is everyone's quilts coming along? Any questions?

Previous blogged about here, here and here
Pattern: Fall Forest

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