How is your summer going? Yesterday was pretty warm here- up over 90 degrees, which depending on where you are, may seem hot, or may seem NOT hot as it is even hotter where you are … still, it felt pretty warm to me!
Probably it felt warm because I like to sit outside on the deck when I can and get work done. I love being outside; while air conditioning is great for cooling off, I feel like I am trapped. So there I was, sitting at the table on the deck with Miss Lily hanging out with me in her favorite chair. I think she was covering her eyes from the sun with her paw!
So, what’s new?
A bunch of stuff!
First off, my class on Craft University goes live in less than 2 weeks. Wow! Seems like I just taped the class the other day.
If you would like to take the class, click here to sign up and use the code: HOMEDECOR20 to get 20% off the price of the class. A good deal! The class opens July 11th.
In the class, I show you how to make some really fun pillows, a table runner, placemats… Easy fun projects to spruce up your living space! We cover different piecing techniques and they are all fun and easy to do.
So hurry on over to Craft U and sign up!
Second, I have a new pattern out! This one has a great backstory. You have heard me mention my friend Crystal who is a very talented long arm quilter. A few years ago, she was in a quilt bee. They had a challenge; everyone had to pick a theme. She picked “Brights and Solids” as her theme. Then they exchanged fat quarters. So you were supposed to give everyone a fat quarter that went with their theme and then they had to make a quilt with their fat quarters.
Crystal mostly got brights, but she got this one pale lavender fat quarter. Almost lavender, a little gray… not bright. Not a solid either. So she was not sure what she was going to do! She debated, she procrastinated, she debated some more and then suddenly it was time! All the challenge quilts were due to shown at the local guild meeting in a few days!
So she embraced the lavender, bought more, made HSTs as big as she could to piece a top quickly and then did some AMAZING free motion quilting all over the quilt. It was a hit!
She and I have now been to several quilt shows where we have the quilt draped over the table and everyone wants the pattern. So I finally convince Crystal to let me write the pattern. I added 2 sizes and they are each Fat Quarter friendly!
And here is the pattern: Zig ZagNoli!
Crystal’s last name is Zagnoli and since the design goes zig and then zag… what better name could we have for it?
Her quilt is a nice bed size at 84″ x 98″.
Here is my version – a lap size at 56″ x 70″. I used some really fun fat quarters from a line called Blush and Bloom by Melissa Ybarra of Iza Pearl for Windham Fabrics.
For my version, I had Crystal do some straight line quilting in alternating intervals. I love the look.
And here is a crib sized quilt that Crystal made- 36″ x 45″.
Look at that quilting! Wow!
The best part of the pattern? We have figured out all the math for you- so all you have to do is pick some really fun Fat Quarters and get going! Color options are really endless.
If you would like to get your own copy of our new pattern, Zig Zagnoli, click here to go to the shop page. Put in the code ZiggyFun1 and I will take $1.00 off the price. Offer good until July 10th, 2016.
Next week I am helping Crystal at the Castle Rock Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival (AKA Rocky Mountain Sew Expo) at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado. The ZigZagNoli quilts will be on display there and the pattern available (discount will be automatic at the show).
The show runs from Thursday July 7th- Saturday July 9th. (Click on the picture to go to their site for more information.)
I hope to see you soon- maybe in class, or maybe at the show! Come say hi!
p.s. Do you need a speaker for your guild next year? I am already booked for some months but still have a few openings. I would love to come visit, chat and share my quilts!