Our newest quilt booklet is finished and is available now. The booklet is inspired by the colors and shades of late summer/early autumn, and these two quilts are our favorites. Although one is pieced and the other is appliquéd, they look smashing together.
Barb and I made this quilt this summer for our local homeless organization, Community Link. It was quilted by Lori Kukuk from Lawrence, KS. Didn't she do a fabulous job? It is going to be auctioned off this October 1 to benefit homeless families. Everyone needs a home and I thought this quilt from our book Home Sweet Home was the perfect one to make for this benefit. Please e-mail Leah at email@example.com if you are interested in making a bid. We would love for it to go to a good home!!!
Thank youEddie Landreth for taking me down memory land and giving me a morning's pleasure! Eddie sent these pictures of his latest quilt to me and gave permission to share them.
Eddie used the featured pattern from our book Garden Club to make his quilt. I went back through my files and took a look at our pattern again to compare his to mine. His use of the dark background really makes his applique elements shine. Makes me want to do this pattern again using his color way. His fabric choice is so appealing. Take a look at his quilting too, as he has a long arm machine and does his own quilting.
The theme of the book featured a group of women who had formed a garden club in Polk, Nebraska. My grandmother was one of them. Each block was named for a woman in the club. Above is a picture of some of the women and their meeting notes. I had forgotten I had so many of these pictures in my file. After finishing a book, I'm on to the next project. So it was nice to revisit the theme of this book and the patterns.
Many thanks Eddie!
I haven't posted the most recent Garden Club patterns. Below are pictures of number 3, 4 and 5 in the series. We are having lots of fun with this series and hope you are too!
This one is Honey Bee and is number 3. The two linens are stitched together for the pincushion too.
Above are the first three patterns sewn together.
This one is Sweet Home, number 4 in the series. Error alert in the chart. The open circle on the graph is Gentle Arts Toasted Barley. I'm sorry I left this information out of the pattern!
This one is Butterfly Garden, pattern number 5, and should arrive at the distributors today. It will be in the shops next week.
Instead of stitching these two pieces together and making one pincushion Barb made two smaller ones.
Pattern number 6 will show all six of the Garden Club patterns sewn together. Should be fun!
Barb and I are busy getting ready for cross stitch market. It's always a scramble during this time of the year....but we love the madness. We can hardly wait to drive the van out of the driveway and on the road to Nashville!
Hope you are all beginning to enjoy a bit of spring weather. It won't be long.
Let's get going!
What you need:
2 Hyde Park Jellyrolls
1/2 yd. each of three green prints
1 1/4 yd. of another green print (Use for sashing rectangles, binding and one 2 1/2" strip.)
Instructions for the 16 blocks:
Grab a purple, pink or blue strip and cut 16 - 2 1/2" squares.
Grab a light strip and cut 21 - 2 1/2" squares. (I stack my strips and cut a couple of them at a time.)
Make 4 nine-patch blocks. If you have a 1/4" guide on your pressure foot, use it! It really helps make the piecing accurate.
Pick up a green strip from the jellyroll pack, and cut 4 - 2 1/2" x
6 1/2" lengths. Sew the block together as illustrated below.
Repeat for 16 blocks. Use the pink, purple and blue fabrics for these blocks. Each block is a 14" square. (finished) Save the brown prints for later.
Instructions for the Sashing:
Cut 24 rectangles 6 1/2" x 14 1/2" from an assortment of your green prints.
Cut 96 - 2 1/2" squares from the brown prints in your jellyroll strips. Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of each square for the seam line. Align the square, right sides together, in a corner of the green print rectangle. Sew on the drawn line. Trim the excess leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat for all four corners.
Sew all 24 rectangles using the same method as explained above.
Grab your assorted brown strips and cut 36 - 2 1/2" squares.
Cut 45 - 2 1/2" squares from your light strips. Piece 9 nine-patch blocks. These are sewn into three strips with the sashing rectangles.
Refer to the very first picture and piece your quilt together!
Hyde Park, our newest fabric line with Moda Fabrics, is on it's way to your local quilt shop!
Every time we do a fabric line I find some favorites. These sweet cross stitch borders are arranged on this print as a stripe. It's so reminiscent of those antique samplers we love.
Hyde Park also has a sampler print done in several colorways. My favorite is this sweet pink print. I use these reproduction sampler prints over and over in my applique quilts. The letters add a great textural background to applique shapes, and remind me of the school work done by young women. (I did iron this...but doesn't look like I did a very good job.)
Barb and I got together and made this quilt from our Hyde Park fabric line right before quilt market. It only takes 2 jelly rolls, 1/2 yd. each of three green prints and 1 1/4 yd. of another green print which is used for the binding. The diagonal pattern movement of this scrappy quilt really captures your eye! The pattern is so easy and quick to sew, just 16 blocks plus the sashing. Look here, on the blog for the pattern this weekend.
We have three new patterns. These will be shipped out on Monday and/or Tuesday to distributors. The first two are Reward of Merit patterns.
The third pattern pictured below begins our new Garden Club series.
Basket of Cherries Welcome to our Garden Club! You’re going to love belonging to our little sewing circle. There are no offices to fill, and no elections to hold. So you will be able to sit back, stitch and enjoy yourself.
In the next 12 months, our Garden Club series will reflect a cherished aspect of gardening. It might be a lovely basket of flowers, bees buzzing from flower to flower, or, like this month, an abundant harvest of cherries. In any case, you won’t have to worry about getting your hands dirty!
On the back cover, you will find our Basket of Cherries made up as a pincushion. But if you’d rather, you can wait and stitch all 12 projects into one large sampler.
One pattern will be released each month for a year. The picture above shows the frontand
back cover of the first pattern. All 12 pieces are stitched on 32ct. Weeks Dye Works linen. Each pattern uses a different color of
linen. Basket of Cherries was stitched on 32ct. Cocoa. Each piece in the
series is a 4" square.
On the back of the pattern cover you can note the first three
samplers of the series sewn together.
We've used different linens and sewn them together in some of our patterns before. Above is "Flea Market Souvenir". (This one is sold out.) After piecing quilts, I thought, why not do the same with linen?
"Flea Market Souvenir" was a fun experiment. I embellished each seam with embroidery stitches that I hadn't done before.
The piece above is the bonus patterns from a past Loose Feather's series. (This is sold out also.)
Each bonus pattern was sewn together to form a long sampler. We love the added texture and design of different linen colors.
We are stitching all of the Garden Club pieces together to form one large sampler.
The picture above shows Basket of Cherries sewn to the next two patterns in the series.
Rather frame each individually? Certainly can do that too! They would be sweet grouped together on a wall.
Need a new pincushion? The pattern has instructions for this too!
The pincushion backing is pieced to add a bit of whimsy.
I'm sorry for the lack of posting this summer. I wish I had a good excuse.....but alas there is none. I've been visiting my daughter in Denver, riding my bike, playing the piano and visiting the beach. Hope you all have had a wonderful summer too!
Blackbird Designs is 17 years old this year. Barb Adams and Alma Allen began this company in 1999 to share our love of color, pattern and fiber. Our books and patterns are available at your local quilt and cross stitch shops. Blackbird Designs also has a line of fabric with Moda. Our fabric may be found at your local quilt shop. Join us here on our blog for our latest bird-brained ideas.