Enabler Alert! 9 Quilt Projects, Patterns and Products You Need in Your Life
It's January and you know what that means...starting two dozen new quilt projects! The logical side of you says, "I promised myself I would finish all my WIPs before I start a new one." But the wise, creative go-getter in you says, "Just do it, you chicken!"
One of my goals for 2021 was to learn foundation paper piecing (FPP). Little did I know I'd have the opportunity to test not one, but two FPP patterns in January!
Despite my lack of experience, Jemima at Tied With a Ribbon graciously allowed me to give her new pattern, the Graffiti Quilt (#graffitiquilt). It was the perfect excuse, er, opportunity, to buy the new Art Theory fabric by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. High contrast, bright florals... how could I not? Keep an eye out on my Instagram feed for progress pics!
Two minutes after I committed to testing that quilt, I saw a sneak peek of the Bracken Quilt (#brackenquilt) from Julia Wachs Design. Against my better judgement, I asked if I could test this one too. It's also a FPP pattern that is beginner friendly, and I justified it by telling myself I could use the practice! (BTW, I can justify just about anything, it's one of my superpowers.)
The hardest part of this pattern is deciding on colors, because the possibilities are endless. Below are a few others I came up with before settling on the one to the right. See what I mean about choosing colors?
January is a prime time for joining new Block of the Month (BOTM) projects. If you're not familiar with how a BOTM works, here's a quick rundown: Each month a designer will release a new quilt block pattern, either free on their blog or available for purchase. You make that month's block and after 12 months, you have enough blocks to make a quilt top! It's a great way to learn basic block construction if you're a new quilter, or challenge yourself to make more complex blocks if you're a seasoned veteran.
If one is good, three is better, right? Here are the three BOTM projects I'm doing this year, and I hope you'll join me! Click on the title link for each one to follow along!
This free BOTM hosted on Jamie's blog features 12 traditional style blocks with a modern twist, and they're huge! These 18" blocks will make a generous sized quilt for yourself, or 12 unique throw pillows that you could gift at Christmas! The blocks are simple, fast, and new quilter friendly.
Do you prefer color coordinated or scrappy designs? You can do either with this fun quilt!
As a skillbuilder, Corinne's BOTM will walk you thru the very basics, from sewing an accurate 1/4" seam and how to decide on color, to more advanced skills as the year progresses. By the end of the year, you'll have mastered everything from half square triangles to curves! Bonus: You'll also get an overview on how to baste, quilt and bind your quilt top. She's got you covered from beginning to end!
Ever since I discovered Libs Elliott fabric, I've kind been fangirling over here. She's not your grandma's quilter. Tattoos, skull prints, and bright colors, she's my kinda people!
As you can tell from her post (right), this a unique project that includes a few challenging blocks, but I can't wait to learn something new from her!
If choosing colors for this quilt makes your eye twitch, have no fear! Pink Door Fabrics and Picking Daisies have multiple quilt kit options for US shoppers, and Canadian shoppers can visit Purple Katz Quilting.
If you can't wait a year to finish a quilt, here are two new patterns that you can start and finish in much less time.
You know that fat quarter bundle that you've been saving for a special occasion? Well, this is it! (Yardage requirements are also included.) Blocks finish at 20" each, so it's easy to make a big quilt quickly!
Amanda's pattern is on sale through Sunday here.
If you are one of those weird people😉 that loves making half square triangles, this pattern is for you!
The pattern includes FIVE different color versions, from two-color to ombre and SIX different sizes and is also on sale through Sunday here.
The things I'm blowing my allowance on will be featured here each month. 😍
(Left) Heather Black is an incredibly talented modern quilter and author, and her new book, Design Make Quilt Modern, was written to eliminate the intimidation factor of creating your own modern quilt design, and encourage you from start to finish. Not quite ready to strike out on your own yet? That's okay, there are four full size projects included that you can practice with!
(Right) This label was made for me! Ok, not literally, but it couldn't be more perfect for my quilts. Kylie and the Machine has a variety of cheeky, woven lables to customize your quilts. I just used the "Swear Words" label on a recent finish and it was easy peasy to sew in! US readers can get their fix at Great Heron Thread Company, while my lovley Aussie peeps can shop directly from Kylie's website.
If this post didn't give you enough ideas on how to stay out of (or get into) trouble for a bit, email me and I'll help you come up with a new project, or twelve. I'm always just a click away at firstname.lastname@example.org!