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From the Vault: Fresh Laundry + Figs & Shirtings

Happy Thursday and welcome to another edition of From the Vault! In this blog series, I’m digging deep into my vault of patterns to find oldies but goodies to update with more recent fabric collections of mine. Today, I’m bringing out Fresh Laundry. I love the vintage look of this quilt, especially when sewn up in soft colors. The original version was made with Fig & Plum, an early collection of mine that featured a softer color palette of dusty mauve, persimmon, stone, pear, and pond. (The pattern also featured a second colorway using just the pond, pear, and cream prints for a soft and sweet wintry version.) Later, we did a two-color red and white version for the Red & White Charity Quilt Show. And a few years ago, Fresh Laundry was the featured pattern for my annual Vintage Halloween limited edition kit. OK, so I…

From the Vault: A Christmas Jelly Girl!

Hi everyone, and happy Friday to you all! Today I’m launching a new series on my blog called “From the Vault.” I’ve been designing sewing & quilting patterns for over 20 years, and I’ve honestly lost count of how many patterns I’ve written over those years—but it must be in the hundreds. These days, it feels like we’re always looking ahead with excitement to the next fabric collection that’s coming out, so I thought it would be a fun change of pace to take a look back at some of my earlier patterns that maybe you haven’t seen before (or not in a long time) and at the same time, freshen them up with a few of my current fabrics. Today’s pattern refresh doubles as a “Christmas in July” project! I decided to pull out Jelly Girl, an old favorite that…

Zigzag Quilting

Recently I made an oversized pillow for my upcoming book, Christmas Figs, with the lovely ladies at FQS and I needed to quilt it. Well my long time friend and quilter, Diana, no longer lives right around the corner from my house so unless I wanted to ship the pillow to her in the Pacific Northwest, I needed to figure out a solution on my own. Plus there was that whole deadline thing happening too. So I had seen some "uneven" straight line quilting that I loved before, something about the lines the moment they became uneven, made the entire thing feel like hand quilting to me. I wasn't sure why it felt so different from regular straight line stitching but I absolutely loved the effect of it. I  experimented with the method a little bit with some pillow props at the last Market and…