24 January 2015

APQ Quilt-Along

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APQCoverDo you remember last year when American Patchwork & Quilting started their first ever quilt-along featuring Lissa Alexander's Tone it Down quilt? It was so much fun to follow the #apqquiltalong hashtag on Instagram and see so many different versions of one quilt! (See how mine turned out here.)
A couple months ago I was invited to participate in the APQ Quilt-Along for 2015. The theme is "Go Four It!" and features THREE fantastic designs showcasing four-patches. 
To join along, just grab your April 2015 copy of American Patchwork & Quilting and choose from Rainbow Rows by Lissa Alexander, Buried Treasure by April Rosenthal, or Scraptacular by Edyta Sitar. (Officially hits newsstands Feb 2.)
I'm making April Rosenthal's Buried Treasure quilt. 
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Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
 I've decided to mix some of the lighter mints and reds from Into the Woods with Kate & Birdie's new Winterberry line. I ADORE these colors together. Follow along @lellaboutique on Instagram to see how it all comes together.
Fabrics picked and gathered! I'm mixing Into the Woods with @kateandbirdie's Winterberry collection for a scrappy Christmas quilt. So happy to marry these two together. #intothewoodsfabric #winterberryfabric #apqquiltalong #quilting
Check out all the other quilt bloggers participating:
  • Camille Roskelley, Simplify thimbleblossoms
Which quilt would you like to make? 

09 December 2014

Christmas Goodies

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My Christmas shopping is done, but the sewing? That is another matter. I'm busting my behind to get a few remaining projects finished before we go home to Utah for the holidays. I am LOVING this quilt for my brother-in-law--just finished it last night! The pattern ("Soiree") and fabric ("Modern Neutrals") are both designed by my lovely friend Amy Ellis for Moda.
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I think it makes a great man-quilt and I hope my brother-in-law likes it. I noticed my hubby checking it out and methinks he wants one also...
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I'm not sure when I'll be checking in next so I want to leave you with a couple of my favorite holiday recipes. The first is for my favorite soft gingerbread cookies. This is something I used to make with my mom and I love carrying on this tradition with Olive and Lorenzo.

I love this recipe because they look just as good as they taste.

My other favorite holiday go-to recipe is this yummy wassail recipe! Perfect for a large group.
I hope you are having as much fun as we are over here. Hope you all have a great holiday and safe travels if you are doing so. XO

30 November 2014

Cyber Monday Specials

I've been busier than normal, but I wanted to stop in and say hello. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving full of family, food, and blessings. I feel especially grateful to be doing what I love every single day so I'm offering a crazy-awesome sale tomorrow in my shop, Cyber Monday 12/1/14. Most patterns will be discounted at least 50% off. In the past, I've offered discounts on PDFs only, but this sale will include paper as well. These special prices will be available Cyber Monday ONLY for a limited quantity. No coupon code needed!
LB130 Hot Cross Buns LB129 The North Wind 117 coverrgb
LB127 Rose Red Woodland Doll pattern Twinkle Cottage Canopy
I've also got a special door prize...
At 9:00 AM CST, I am listing my Moda Love quilt for $25 in the shop. It was quilted by the amazing Abby Latimer of Latimer Lane Quilting (you can see some of the quilting detail over on my instagram account) which makes it even more of a treasure. Some lucky person is getting this quilt for $25 (shipping not included, US only). Crazy, I know. I'm just feeling extra grateful and hope this will brighten someone's day. Ya'll are such sweethearts. Good luck and thanks again for your support.
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20 October 2014

Oh Baby

I'm going out of town with the family for a couple of days but wanted to check in with what I've been doing--trying to make lots of baby quilts! One of my favorites lately was this super girly version of Hot Cross Buns using a jelly toll of Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. It was a really difficult one to unwrap the jelly roll and cut into as the fabric has been out of print for a long time. But what else is fabric for?!
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I love the bright, happy colors and I think this little babe will love looking at it for some snuggles and tummy time!
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I think I would like a full sized girl version for myself and will be adding it to my "to do" list.

10 October 2014

a Spooky quilt

Awwwww, October. I heart your face. So glad you're here. To pay my true devotion, I've finally made you a quilt. You're welcome. 
Camille Roskelley's "Starlight" pattern using Witch Hazel fabric from Riley Blakc + Michael Miller Ta Dots = the perfect Halloween quilt to snuggle under.
I bought Camille's Starlight pattern about a year ago, and have been saving it until I could figure out the perfect fabrics to use with it. When I  bought some of Riley Blake's Witch Hazel fabric, suddenly it all made sense! Add some Michael Miller "Ta Dots," and we have the perfect Halloween quilt. YES!!!! When I look at my Halloween quilt, I see spider webs, candy corn, and witch hats! 
(Sidebar: Be sure to check Camille's pattern corrections before beginning...I should have waited to cut the big triangles to double-check that the smaller triangle units would be the same size. Whoops!)
Camille Roskelley's "Starlight" pattern using Witch Hazel fabric from Riley Blakc + Michael Miller Ta Dots = the perfect Halloween quilt to snuggle under.
We've already dragged this thing around through a corn maze, on a hay ride, and to the pumpkin patch.
Camille Roskelley's "Starlight" pattern using Witch Hazel fabric from Riley Blakc + Michael Miller Ta Dots = the perfect Halloween quilt to snuggle under.
Another great discovery in making this quilt? The "Cozy Stitches" print from Into the Woods was a perfect match for the back!
Camille Roskelley's "Starlight" pattern using Witch Hazel fabric from Riley Blakc + Michael Miller Ta Dots = the perfect Halloween quilt to snuggle under.
Aw, yeah. Check one more thing off my Halloween bucket list.

07 October 2014

Tone it Down

This is Olive. She is happy that her mama has finished her quilt, at last!
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Ever since she was a baby, Olive always clung to her pink blankie. I mean literally. That thing even managed to sneak its way into her 2-year birthday pictures.
Photo taken by Katie Moss of Peekaboo Photography
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Back in January, after YEARS of dirt and slobber, Olive and I had a little talk about saying goodbye to dear (nasty) blankie. I told her I would make her a new one and she was very happy with this idea.
I didn't get started on it right away, I wasn't even sure what I wanted to make her or which fabrics to use. A few months ago, I started working on Lissa Alexander's "Tone it Down" quilt (February 2014 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting) using in my Into the Woods fabric. Olive came in and saw me working on the first block. 
"Oooooo!" she said excitedly, "my quilt!!!" 
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Alrighty, then!
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I really had fun making this one special for her, even using some of the Into the Woods strike offs that didn't make the final cut. One of a kind, just like my sweet girl.

30 September 2014

By the Chimney with Care

YAAAAYYYY! The day is finally here!
I'm totally excited to finally show you some sweet rustic stockings I made in June for American Patchwork & Quilting. If you know me well, you know that I absolutely adore making stockings and love an excuse to make more every year. When I designed Into the Woods, I imagined a woodland set of stockings. Never did I imagine I'd get to make them for such an amazing publication!
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
I suppose the reds/mints from my collection would have been an obvious choice for Christmas stockings, but I just couldn't help myself with the brown and pinks.
Look for this stocking pattern in the newly released December 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting:
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
A big thanks to everyone at American Patchwork & Quilting for being so wonderful to work with! I have been a fan of this publication for a very long time and it is a dream to be a part of it at last.
One more thing--don't forget about the 20% discount in my shop using the promo code MODALOVE at checkout--today (9/30/14) is the last day it will be valid.

13 September 2014

The Prize

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by for the Moda Love Blog Tour! I love hearing about your favorite bedtime stories. The winner of the FQ bundle of Into the Woods is KrisD who said her favorite story is "Katie the Kitten." Send me an e-mail and let me know where to send the loot!
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda
I'm also extending the 20% discount in the shop until the end of September. Just use the promo code MODALOVE at checkout to get the discount.
Cottage CanopyCartwheelTwinkleLB128 Wolf Bait (Nordic play cape)117 coverrgbLB127 Rose Red Woodland Doll pattern
And don't forget about my new (free!) pattern, Figgy Pudding
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Have a great weekend!