Hi guys! It’s Week 4 of this little Echinacea Field Block Sew A Long and we are starting to see alot of Echinacea Blocks popping up which is making me very happy. Thank you all for following along and making my pattern. I can’t even express how that makes me feel.
This week we are still sewing. Whatever that means to your project. Sewing more blocks, potentially finishing up a project. We only have a partial week next week, but I want you to keep sewing after the Sew A Long as I am sure you will.
I wanted to highlight a couple more blocks made by some of my friends so you could see some variation from what I make. Also check out the hashtag #echinaceafieldblocksal as there are some great flowers being made by all of you.
This cutie was made by my friend Faith of Sarana Ave. She makes amazing stuff and made the bottom strip of her Echinacea grass as well as made the block feel scrappy without every single piece being scrappy. Love that!
My friend Jen couldn’t help herself and made a tiny little mini from my pattern by FPP the diagram in the pattern. LOVE that!!! It is absolutely adorable and I need to do this. Check out Jen’s lovely Instagram feed @jenniferjohnston
My friend Myrth made this great mini quilt when she tested for me and she hand quilted it. yes!!! I love hand quilting and she accented it so beautifully with hers. Check her other work out and some free tutorials for quilts on her Handmade by Myrth.
I LOVE to see you using and making with my patterns, and I love it even more when I see you putting your own spin on things, whether it be shrinking or enlarging the pattern, coming up with unique fabric placement, selecting colors I didn’t think off, special quilting, all those special details that make it yours.
My goal is to always make the world more beautiful. Through, quilts, decorating, gardening, kind words and actions, and inspiring others to do the same. I hope you find your little part of the world a little more beautiful after making this block.
Our prize on Instagram this week is from Amy at Sewtopia. Amy hosts the most amazing retreats, and has a great online quilt shop, among other things. Check out Instagram for how to enter to win this fun bundle and pouch.
What?!? Can you even believe we are heading in to week 3? Probably since you officially get to start sewing. wink wink. I am sure many of you have tested the sewing waters already. I know when I do a sew a long it is very hard to wait.
Okay so this week we are sewing… probably next week too…. Anyway. Sewing up your block is rather easy. There are a few half square triangles to sew. If you have never sewn those before I would suggested searching google for a good tutorial. I am going to give you the basics here.
First, when I am sewing a block up I like to lay out the block with all the pieces in there place. The diagrams on page 2 (all the variations) and page 3 show you where each piece you have goes in the block and I find if I lay out the block in that way I can just place the diagram near me to reference the piece letters if needed.
Second, I grab all my half square triangle pieces, or HST’s for short, and bring them to the side and mark the diagonal line on the backs of all of them. This way I can piece them all at once with my regular presser foot and then switch to my 1/4″ presser foot when I am piecing the blocks. So the pattern tells you to do the HST’s along the way. Which is a great way to do it for your first shot if your not used to patterns like this. Once you have one under your belt, sewing them all at the beginning is really a time saver.
Third, after I have done all the HST’s I lay them in their spots among all the pieces I have laid out for the block. Then I follow along with the pattern and 1/4″ piece all the pieces together for the final product. TA-DA!
That wasn’t to hard right? I love how quick this block comes together, and if you are making multiple at a time you can just chain piece them all. Yay! Chain piecing can be such a time saver in a crunch or if piecing is not your favorite part. ahem…
Before you know it you are going to have some beautiful Echinacea to keep you company.
Happy Sewing!!! Don’t forget to pop over to Instagram to see how to enter for this weeks prize. The prize was generously donated by Windham Fabrics. and is a sweet Fat Quarter Bundle of (not in stores yet) Pink Lemonade by Tessie Fay. It is such a cute fabric line! Thanks Kait for the awesome Prize.
Week 2 of the Sew A Long is underway. This week is all about cutting. Now I’m sure all of you are pros at cutting out quilts and quilt blocks. I thought I would just share a few tips that help make cutting go quicker for me. First off, templates. You will need to print the templates for the petals from the pattern with NO scaling. That means print at actual size, no fit to size, or fit to page or whatever. Check the 1” square on the printed template page to make sure it has printed correctly. If your petals are to small none of the other pieces will fit. Once you have the printed template page you will need to cut them out. I use an old blade in a rotary cutter (I just have a rotary cutter that is only for paper) and I cut out the paper templates with a ruler and rotary cutter just like I cut out fabric with my fabric rotary cutter. It helps keep those paper edges nice and straight and is quick.
To cut the petals out of fabric I lay the templates on top of my fabric and use the force of the ruler pressing down to hold it in place and cut around the template with the ruler and rotary cutter. You could also trace the template onto the fabric with any writing utensil since any marks would be in the seam. Just remember to try and stay on the inside of your marked lines so you don’t make your pieces to big. Pinning the paper template to the fabric and cutting with scissors works as well but would be the least accurate unless you’re a pro at this technique. The only things I really cut out with scissors are clothing and small curves, otherwise I even use a rotary cutter for curves.
Once the petal templates are all cut out you have to cut all
the pieces on the cut list from the pattern. These are all cut using a ruler
and rotary cutter.
There are a couple extra pieces to cut for the petals. Don’t forget those before you fold and put away your fabric. For the cut list, you can cut multiple pieces at once. Yay! There are two ways to cut multiple pieces. First you may be cutting more than one block in that case cut all the same pieces at once. If your using scrappy fabric for the background just stack the fabrics. If you are using the same background for everything and need to cut 10 pieces size 2” x 7” cut a 7” x width of fabric strip and then cut 2” pieces from the strip.
Second you might only be making 1 block, but you can still cut multiple pieces at once because the pattern has multiple pieces of the same size for just one block. So cut those all at the same time by stacking fabrics for scrappy, or cutting with the strip method above.
Some of you who are making a smaller project may not have much cutting to do. But remember if you are cutting one block it’s basically just as easy to cut two and make something for a friend. Wink wink. Everybody loves getting something handmade right?
My last tip for cutting. (I will update this picture with a better one when I get back in town.) As you cut, lay the pieces out like the pattern. i.e. cut piece A and then place piece A where it will be once sewn. Cut Piece B then place that next to Piece A as it aligns on the pattern. Once your done cutting you will have a laid out block, you can stack multiple blocks on top of each other and chain piece.
Okay guys! This week the give away on Instagram is share your favorite cutting method with a picture of cutting your echinacea blocks you can interpret this anyway you want. The prize is a $20 giftcard to Stitch Supply to use in their store online or if your lucky enough in person. Plus 3 ruby Star Society Charm packs I picked up when I was at Stitch Supply for a retreat last month. YAY! Check out Instgram for how to enter.
Hi All! Welcome to Week 1 of the Echinacea Field Block Sew A Long. I am so excited for you all to start sewing! Yay!
Okay Week 1 is Prep and Planning. First you will need the pattern. ;) Second you get to decide what to make!!! Isn’t that fun? We are going to sew a long together for just over 4 weeks so making a whole quilt might not be in the cards for everyone. I have 3 planning sheets for you to download if you like. A 60″ x 72″ quilt planning sheet. A table runner planning sheet. And a Pillow Planning sheet. Of course these are just suggestions, you could make anything, a mini, a smaller or larger quilt than suggested, curtains, a dog bed…. you get the picture.
Check Instagram for details on what to post for the weekly giveaway and let us know what your planning on making.
Once you have figured out what you are making you get to pick fabrics. Isn’t that the fun part? I just love it. You can really do so many things with the colors and fabric placement. For the background what’s your favorite? Scrappy, low volume, all one fabric, a color, add grass at the bottom…. so many options.
For the stem, leaves, and the petals you can really do anything you choose….. I am working on a quilt and will make the stem and leaves scrappy. I am making the petals scrappy but will do an ombre affect with lighter flowers at the top of the quilt fading into darker flowers at the bottom of the quilt. I am about halfway done and will be sharing progress during the sew a long.
Here’s a peek at the planning for my Echinacea Field quilt of which I have shared before.
I can’t wait to see what you all make with this pattern. It is one of my favorite flowers and seeing it made into beautiful quilt blocks is going to make me so happy. You can still sign up and join in the fun if you would like. The link is below to the sign up post.
I made this thing. it’s a pig. and it’s pretty cute. You can make one too with my new pattern.
I answered the call for help from Dylan Mierzwinski for her new fabric line debuting soon, and through our conversations I decide to make a pig pouch to go with here new line. Dylan’s art is amazing and her first line Mazy with Windham is just stunning. I can’t wait for her to share her next line that inspired this pig pouch.
The Pig Pouch is much like my cat and bear pouches if you have made either of those before. A roomy zippered pocket on the back stores all your chapsticks, or your keys and phone, a ton of hexagons for english paper piecing (ask me how I know) snacks, or even a bunch of crayons for the avid artist. So as you can see this is the perfect pouch to make for yourself or pretty much anybody in your life.
The pattern is a downloadable PDF pattern and is full of 25+ color pictures for easier understanding of the extensive written instructions. It comes with a list of all the materials needed and printable pattern pieces.
The ears are sewn into the seam and are a bit floppy so they add a fun texture that way. The snout, nose, and eyes are all appliqued on and you can play with the placement to add personality. There is also the option of adding a little curly tail to the back. Squeal!
I really hope you will check out this pouch pattern in my etsy shop and make one. If your not a sewists please let me know. I would be happy to make a custom pig pouch or any pouch in my shop if I don’t have any made pig pouches available.
Check out all the adorable versions made by my testers and add your own picture to the hashtag #woollypetalspigpouch on Instagram. I absolutely love to see what you make with my patterns. Stop by my etsy shop to get a copy of your pattern.
Hi All! This is were you can find all the details for the Echinacea Field Quilt Block Sew A Long. Whew, that’s a mouthful. I am so happy you have decided to join in the fun and make a block or 20.
The Sew A Long starts on July 1st. and will run the entire month of July with giveaways on Instagram each week. You can join along by using the hashtag #echinaceafieldblocksal I know, it’s a long one. But the hope is that at the end of month we will have created an online field of Echinacea. whoohoo!
You will need to purchase the Echinacea Field Quilt Block in my etsy shop to join in. It is $5 and a PDF download. It has fabric amounts for 1 block or what you would need to make a full quilt which is 20 blocks. You can find that pattern in my etsy shop here.
Each week I will have a prompt for you to join in and use the hashtag on Instagram and that will enter you into the prize drawing. You will be making a project of your choice with the Echinacea Field Quilt Block during the sew along. One block, a whole quilt, a table runner, a pillow, whatever you can come up with to use the block for. The block is 12.5″ x 18.5″ once completed so keep that in mind when your planning. I will have a few extra downloads to help with planning and other things during the sew a long.
You do NOT have to sign up below to join in the Sew A Long, you can participate and sew a field just for fun. But to be eligible for the giveaways you will need to sign up. So sign up with your email address below.
I hope you will join in the fun and make a Field of your own.
I have really started getting more and more into gardening in the last few years. We have lived in this home for 4.5 years and the gardens were dismal when we moved in. With the addition of a new driveway and patio, and more time with older kids who play independently or with neighbors I have been spending loads of time in the garden. You can follow along with that in my Instagram stories.
One of my gardening goals is to have an area filled with Echinacea flowers, also known as Coneflower. I just love Echinacea and love cutting flowers so in my unsuccessful quest to have a real “field” of Echinacea I made a quilt block to satisfy that longing until I can figure out what I am doing wrong in the garden. Get your pattern here.
This pattern is traditionally pieced. The pattern includes printable templates for the petals, along with a full cut list of all the other pieces. It uses the half square triangle piecing method in a few spots, but other than that is pieced with a scant 1/4″ seam. Instructions include construction of block with several variations. The bud or cone can be a solid piece or pieced with two fabrics to give an ombre look. The leaves can be altered so they are even on both sides or off set with one side being higher than the other. The cutting and sewing instructions give you all the options to make this block come together quickly.
I had a handful of enthusiastic pattern testers and you can check out all the adorable blocks on Instagram under the hashtag #echinaceafieldquiltblock I can not wait for that hashtag to be like a real field of Echinacea with thousands of flower blocks hanging out together.
I hope you will love this pattern as much as I do! It has so much versatility. Make the background scrappy or all one fabric, change the color of the background. I had one tester, Dana, make hers with a dark blue background. Another tester, Faith, made her bottom piece green so it looked like grass. So much fun. You can have all the petals match or be scrappy, and the same with the leaves and stem. So many options.
I plan on making a quilt of these blocks. This is the mock up I came up with. 20 blocks total. I planned it out with ombre colors. So as I’m making blocks I am making different colors variations and once I have 10-12 blocks I will lay it out and see where I need to fill it in. This amount of blocks would produce a 60″ wide x 72″ quilt which is a great throw size.
Because this is just a quilt block pattern it is easily made into a mini quilt or with additional borders on the sides could be made into a pillow. You could also line a view top to bottom for a table runner.
I am planning on hosting a Sew Along for this quilt block in July. I will have sign ups for that soon. We will sew along together and whatever we decide to make it will be a fun time with some tips and tricks I use to make sewing fast and fun.
The Pattern is available in my Etsy Shop as of Today, June 12th 2019.
I hope you love this block and sew a whole field for yourself or everyone!!!!
Hi Guys! I am releasing my new quilt pattern today called Moonrise. Hop over to my etsy shop to purchase.
Moonrise stemmed from my love of Alexia Abegg Moonrise fabric collection. Upon seeing her fabric line I knew I needed to make something special with it and the Moonrise quilt was born. I kept calling it my moonrise quilt so when I decided to pattern it the name stuck around. You can see the first quilt and in Alexia’s Moonrise fabric collection below.
The Moonrise quilt comes with 4 sizes included in the pattern. Starting with a baby size which is the perfect size for a crib or a floor mat. Next up is a throw size and the most made size for quilts in my opinion, the throw gives you the right size to make this a super quick sew along with ending up with a quilt usable by all people to snuggle. The last two size are a twin and a queen. These take a bit more time and fabric but would be the perfect addition to any bed or sofa if you like a little bit of a bigger snuggle quilt.
The pattern has a lot of information included for each size. It gives you the recommended fabric amounts for the suggested fabric combo for each size. Along with fabric requirements for making it all scrappy, or making the different parts of the quilt from the same fabric. Don’t worry even with all that info each size has it’s own page of fabric requirements and cutting amounts so it’s easy to decipher.
I also include, cutting diagrams for fat quarters and yardage along with a coloring sheet, and diagrams for laying out your quilt.
This little baby quilt is smaller than the pattern but you could whip it up from the pattern information easily. I went with the option to make each plus from a separate fabric for this and love the scrappy feel to it.
As you can see from the various options in this post that the pattern works well for all styles and combinations, from using a full fabric line, to selecting your own fabrics, to a scrappy style, or even solids. There is so much flexibility with this pattern.
This is the baby size, perfect for cribs. It was made by my friend Stephanie Thomas who was one of my testers. She used the adorable Little Red into the Woods line by Jill Howarth.
I hope you enjoy this peek at some fun quilts made from this pattern and will make your own and share the process with me on social media or through email.
You can purchase your copy of the Moonrise PDF pattern in my etsy shop today. Oh and a little hint if your looking for a discount code check out my podcast with Stephanie Socha. I shared a full shop discount over there. ;)
It’s a big week here in woollypetals land with podcast releases, fabric design, and a new pattern. So I hope you check one or two of those things out and they can inspire you. Let’s make beautiful things together.
This quilt is made with Tula Pink Freespirit Solids in Taffy, Hibiscus, Tula, Mojito, Aegean, Cerulean, and Iris. The background is Cotton and Steel XOXO basic in Chocolate Chip. Oh and isn’t this backing just about the cutest thing ever? It is all sorts of dollhouses and little girls playing and crafting. Big massive love for it! P.S. it’s called Welcome to my Dollhouse and is an Alexander Henry Print.
What??!!?? You read that title right. I designed some fabric. Now it’s totally self “published” as in it is all available through Spoonflower. For those who don’t know what Spoonflower is they are a company that digitally prints fabric for others on a myriad of substrates. You can simply design and print your own, or make it available to others in your own little store front to buy. There are so many AHmazing fabric designs on Spoonflower I encourage your to go and peruse for a bit and be inspired. You can see my Spoonflower store front here.
You may have noticed if you have been to my blog anytime before January 2019 that I recently updated my logos on this blog and across my woollypetals internet presence so that everything coordinates. I designed my logo to be simple and bold including a shape from my floored pattern. But since it was all solid, albeit bright and bold solids, it wasn’t quite right. Then I discovered I could easily pop little stars onto my background via photoshop and hit the mark with what I was trying to achieve. You may have notice from my quilts and sewing that I am mainly a fabric print user so I needed some of that in my logo. Stars have always been my favorite shape so it was a no brainer.
Back to the woollypetals fabric…. well the background of the logo with the stars was really my thing and it was brought up in a group chat with my sewing ladies that it would make awesome fabric. With much encouragement from them I went down the rabbit hole and figured out how to design swatches and get things set up on Spoonflower. Ordering and receiving samples of fabric I had completely designed myself was some sort of out of body experience. I have been floating ever since. You can check out all the different colors available currently, more coming soon, in my Spoonflower store front and order some for yourself.
My fabric is called Starry Eyed and each of the squares in these images is a separate fabric. The only one with multiple colored stars is the one below with rainbow stars. I currently have 33 of these available with requested swatches for an additional 8 colors which are shown in theses images.
There are 25 options with a colored background and white stars, of which 19 are currently available. Then 8 fabrics have a colored background with the stars in one color, all of these are available now. I have 9 fabrics with a white background and the stars in one color, all but one of the yellows is available currently. Lastly I have a white background with the stars in a rainbow of colors available now.
If you have never ordered from Spoonflower before here are a couple notes:
The colors may vary slightly from your screen. A few of my colors looked different on the screen than in person which is why I have some that aren’t available because I am adding the colors I was trying to achieve. You have to order and approve an actual color swatch before you are able to sell that specific fabric. The best way to double check color if your trying to match something is to order a Spoonflower color sheet.
It’s more expensive than regular quilting cotton. Being that they print digitally on demand.
I prefer the Kona cotton substrate when ordering since I use that a lot normally. But for slightly less money you can get their basic cotton which is very nice just a bit thinner.
They have oodles of substrates. Cotton, guaze, knit, minky, canvas, wallpaper, giftwrap, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
You can order a very inexpensive sample box of all their substrates if you are not sure what to order.
The hand of the fabric is a little stiffer than regular quilting cotton since the ink is printed on top of the fabric. I do find the prints that have a white background with only a bit of color feel soft and pliable from the start. But once you use and wash your fabrics they will soften up a bit.
Washing may fade/full the colors a bit so keep that in mind. Spoonflower sends care instructions with any order.
I hope this helps you think about ordering from Spoonflower. I would love to see if you use my fabric to make something so please tag me and ask any questions you want to know and I will try my best to help you. If you an Instagram user I have a story highlight about my fabric so you can see a video of it.
This is a Fill A Yard from Spoonflower. Anybody can order one and it is a great way to swatch things or to get 42 6″ squares from a myriad of fabrics.
This is not a sponsored post I just want to share with you my new fabric and also help give information about Spoonflower so it’s not a scary endeavor. I am leaning this year that I just need to do the things that in the past were new to me and I would get so bent out of shape worrying about or putting off till it was almost to late when in reality they are so not as bad as I let them loom in my mind.
Guys! My friend Stephanie Socha has a great Podcast called Make and Decorate. Stephanie asked me awhile back if I would like to be on her podcast and between feelings of doubt that I could do it and general scaredness I said yes. 2019 is my year of doing things that scare me and trying new things even if they seem scary (disclaimer: most aren’t).
Well let me tell you Stephanie made it so fun and easy to chat with and we had a blast!!
You can go and listen to my episode, and see the show notes. All her other awesome episodes are such a great listen as well. Plus she has a discount code for my etsy shop in the show notes!