Friday, June 11, 2021

Twilight Terrific Tulips

 Terrific Tulip Blocks with scrappy dark blue background fabrics!

It's funny how one creative idea leads to another.  Years ago, I sketched up a tulip quilt block that I later turned into a pattern (the terrific tulip) for sewing a 12" block.  I sewed up a few versions of my block and tucked them away, with the thought that one day I would love to sew a quilt using this block.  Each Spring, I would look at those blocks and feel a bit guilty that I still hadn't taken the time to work out a quilt design featuring them, but kept putting it off. 

Intrigued, I kept playing with the block design, eventually settling on a mini quilt design, showcasing a smaller scale (slightly modified - with multiple sizes) version and released the Tiny Terrific Tulips Mini Quilt pattern in April of this year.  My pattern testing lead to lots of tulip block sewing with various fabric combinations.  I have always been drawn to scrappy quilting, so no surprise that the versions I loved most from my experimenting, were the scrappiest ones.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Rainbow Scrappy Star Blocks Quilt Top!

The Scrappy Star Block (click here for Jennie's tutorial) is such a fun design for using whimsical low volume fabrics for the background and happy colours for the stars!  I received two blocks from nine rainbow quilt bee participants and I decided I wanted to make a quilt with 25 blocks, so I enjoyed sewing up the remaining blocks needed to finish.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tiny Terrific Tulips Spring Bunting

Love tulips?  Want to sew a "bouquet" that will last?

Tiny Terrific Tulip blocks in pinks, yellows and reds make for a happy Spring palette of blooms!

Following up on the release of my newest pattern, the Tiny Terrific Tulips Mini Quilt, I want to share ideas for creating other projects using the blocks from my pattern.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Tiny Terrific Tulip Blocks for Spring!

 One week away from pattern release day!

My earliest prototype for this mini quilt using my tiny terrific tulip blocks.

This winter I made a pledge to myself to focus on taking designs I've created and turn them into sewing patterns.  Writing a sewing pattern is something I've done before, but I've let excuses get in the way of consistently pursuing this.  Deciding that action is the best way to deal with those issues, I have been steadily working away on a pattern that I plan to release by April 1st.

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