Echinacea Field Quilt Block

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!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Don’t Let Go

Did you know that otters do hold hands while floating in their sleep so they don’t drift away from each other.  Otters are also one of the few animals that mate for life. Once I found those two facts out I knew I had to make my otter quilt themed on never letting go. Which eventually turned into it’s name Don’t Let Go.

I have been working on this quilt and pattern for about 9 months now and I am so excited to say it’s released into the world for you all to make.  It is a straight forward pattern with diagrams for each step, simple construction techniques, and sews up satisfyingly fast.

It started with a sketch on graph paper of a Manatee of all creatures.

I mocked Mr. Manatee up on graph paper after sketching up an inital sketch as shown above. He was relatively easy to piece and figure out until I got to the dreaded bow tie. I’m not a big applique fan, I will do it if a pattern calls for it but I won’t do large amounts of it, and it better be needle turned applique. ;) personal preference you know. So that made me want to piece the bow tie which added a lot of hassle.

While Mr. Manatee turned out super great I stalled in producing a pattern for him because of that darn bow tie. Also this sample measures roughly 36″ tall so not an easy quilt size, so multiple sizes would have to be made and it all seemed daunting. So Mr. Manatee hangs on my wall like this still today waiting for his debut. Which will come.

So I turned back to my sketches, and I had sketched this guy up at the same time. I decided to flesh him out a bit more and I started looking up otters online for a visual and started graphing him out and mocking up the pattern.

Once I had the graph paper version I mocked it up in EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7) and the pattern really came to life and started to look and feel like something.  I am still very much a novice when it comes to EQ7, but it is a great tool. The quilts I have mocked up that are a single block repeated have been so much fun to do and play with. I’m sure once I get better at the program quilts like my otters will also become more enjoyable.  ;)

I made a few otters prior to the finished quilt as I tweaked the paw and feet construction from my initial design to simplify it.  I think my final product turn out so cute and I am thrilled to have it out in the world for others to make. You can purchase the Don’t Let Go Pattern in both my Etsy and Craftsy Shops and download immediately for instant gratification.

I backed my quilt in this most amazing sea otter fabric by Laurie Wisbrun. She designed the cutest Otterific fabric in two colorways and it is just the perfect addition to my quilt.

These two quilts are some gorgeous examples of my quilt made by some great friends who agreed to pattern test for me.

Kayla, StitchKaylaStitch, made this adorable version on a white background that she did a giveaway with on her Instagram.  I love the quilting and seeing it with a non blue background.

This beautiful version was made by Jennifer Johnston, jenjohnston80, and was gifted to her 3 yr old niece who dubbed it her favorite otter quilt. I love seeing a version with matching otters.

 

Purchase your own Downloadable PDF copy of the pattern on Craftsy or Etsy and get started right away. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #dontletgoquilt so I can see your wonderful versions of the quilt.

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Rainbow Order

I made this super simple and bright and fun Rainbow quilt for a swap with some special sewing ladies i get to retreat with a couple times a year.  I cut up 36 different solid fabrics in my stash and put them in rainbow order.  It is such a bright and happy quilt and I want to make 1,000 of them.  I basically followed along with what Elise did when she made this quilt awhile back and I have to say she is a genius. You can check out her post on it here. So I am posting about it here to share the colors I used so you could make your own, because I have had a few requests on Instagram for the colors.

Here was my preliminary pull from my stash and I had to run to Joann Fabrics (my closest open fabric store that day) and pick up a couple purples.  These solid fabrics are a random assortment of fabric brands. Some Joann Fabrics, some so old I don’t know where they are from, a decent amount of KONA Cotton, some RJR Cotton Supreme, and what I think is possibly Michael Miller Cotton Couture…. at this point in the figuring out colors for you guys process I was really wishing that solids had a selvedge with info on it or I had labeled things better.

I ended up Quilting this quilt with giant horizontal loops, two all per 10″ square. I used this delightful cloud minky fabric from Joann Fabrics for the back and was so sad to find out it was discontinued when I went to have it cut so I just bought the rest on the bolt.  The minky and the simple yet relatively dense quilting gives this quilt such a soft hand and I almost kept it for myself. ;) But I gave it away in the swap and the recipient was very happy with it. Luckily I had cut out a second stack of squares when I cut this out so hopefully I will have enough cloud minky to back mine.

Black and White stripe was the perfect choice for binding this quilt and finished off the rainbow with the final two colors in the spectrum.

Okay without further ado, here is an image with all the colors noted in KONA.

I color matched on my KONA color card as close as possible to the actual colors I used. A lot of which was KONA. I also will list below the actual colors I used, and which KONA colors I substituted for those. The Only one I couldn’t get a perfect match for is the neon pink, third from the bottom on the left hand side label azalea. The neon pink is much more visible as neon in the first picture of the quilt in the woods and the most asked for color. That is one of the fabrics I have had in my stash for a looooong time and have no clue where it is from unfortunately. So the KONA Substitute is the best option for color value  in my best opinion.

Actual colors used that weren’t KONA that I now definitively what they are.

Green:

Cotton Supreme Meadowland – Sub KONA Pond

Cotton Supreme Iceberg – Sub KONA Mint

Yellow:

Cotton Supreme Gingko – Sub KONA Zucchini

Orange:

Cotton Supreme Oriole – Sub KONA Flame

Red/Pink:

Cotton Supreme Flamingo – KONA Melon

I cut 10.5″ squares from the 36 colors and with 1/4″ seam allowance the finished size is 60″ square. If you where to make this quilt in the same size you would need 1/3 yard of each of the fabrics.  But hopefully you have a significant solid fabric stash so you don’t have to buy all those colors. ;)

I would love to see if you make a quilt with my colors so please tag me if you do. Oh and if anybody knows of a great neon pink solid fabric PLEASE let me know, I have mere scraps left of my neon pink stash and I can’t handle it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

Custom Quilts

From time to time I do custom Quilts mainly commissioned from friends and family, and others who follow my work via Instagram.

So here are a few that I have made in the past year.

Mega King Quilt.

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I recently finished this mega King Size Quilt for my sister. She and her husband helped select some of the fabrics and I layered in the remaining to make this warm and inviting combination.

The Pictures were taken at night before they had to leave in the wee hours of morning so they are a tad dark. The good news is it’s bright and fun in person and they absolutely loved the quilt.

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I backed it with the Birch Mod dots with some insets of the front blocks.  I quilted it with my favorite loopy free motion.  I’m not sure what this pattern is called but this quilt mimics, per my sisters request, my very first quilt I ever made following along on the Flickr quilt along started by Dana at Old Red Barn Co. 

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Neutral Woodland Themed baby quilt.

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This Baby Quilt is made with over sized flying geese blocks in a bold but neutral print fabric pull. It measures about 36″ square and is straight line quilted to give lots of texture.

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Pumpkin Quilt.

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This quilt was commissioned by a friend after she saw one that I made for myself that was almost identical to this. This is a pattern by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew and is a super fun and quick make.  I used orange fabric pulled from my stash and this amazing background fabric by Dinara Mirtalipova from her line Mischief Night.

The Pumpkin Quilt below is my original one.

Woollypetals Pumpkin QUilt

Woollypetals Pumpkin Quilt back

Gilmore Girls Mini Quilt Swap.

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I joined a Gilmore Girls Mini Quilt Swap last year because Gilmore Girls is the Best Show Ever.  I ended up enlarging a Silver Linings Original Swan pattern to make a good sized Mini, I believe it finished about 18″.  The pattern is all paper Pieced. I finished it off with some free motion quilting and a quote from the movie regarding a swan. :) Do yourself a favor and watch Gilmore Girls if you haven’t. It’s the best show.

 

That’s it for now, I hope to post a few more quilts I’ve made recently soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Quilting + Baby = Happy

Plus Quilt!  Something I’ve had in my head for awhile and a stack prepped for it. The plus blocks come together sooooo quickly! I used this tutorial by Jennifer at Ellison Lane and just changed the measurements to make them bigger. Each block measures about 18 inches square.  The trickiest part was making sure I cut and sewed the directional prints the right way. :)

 

The back had to be a giant plus sign because…. well why not? I am seriously loving the 8 days a week fabric on the back, so much fun. I quilted it in black, white ended up being to stark on the front even though it’s my go to quilting color. Maybe I’m going to switch to black not that I’ve used it twice recently!  I did a free motion loopy quilting which is NOT in my comfort zone at all. I think it turned out pretty good. If I would’ve had the time I would have loved to do straight line quilting on this one like I did on my feather quilt. but that takes far to long.

I bound it in a lovely emerald and white polka dot. For that extra punch of color. Bonus the binding matches my sandals which is a must right?!?!?!!?

Oh my sweet and Spunky 10.5 months old. Where does the time go. She absolutely loved it when I spread the quilt on the ground, kept crawling all over it laughing. Sweetest!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Feathers

Dusting off the old blog here……

 

It’s been awhile since i blogged but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! :) I have actually after counting them up last night have finished 6 quilts this year and am almost done with my 7th! Whoa. I haven’t made that many quilts in one year in a looooong time.

Without further ado here is my favorite quilt I have ever made! I will explain why!

My mom and I found a field to hold it up when we went to the Urban FarmGirl Main Street Market. Seriously check it out next year! It was a little windy. :) She was a good sport. Thanks Mom!

From the Moment I saw this feather quilt in someone’s Instagram feed at Quilt Market maybe Spring 2012? I just knew I HAD to make it, I stalked  Anna Marie Horner’s blog waiting to see if this would be a pattern. While waiting for the pattern to become available, Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee line came out and I snatched that up as fast as possible! Seriously My favorite line of fabric to date. I knew immediately upon seeing it that it would make the most perfect Feather quilt. So it sat for awhile waiting for the pattern and time. The Pattern is Feather Bed Quilt by Anna Marie Horner and is available for free here.

I finally finished it a couple weeks ago and it is MY snuggle quilt. I don’t even like my kids to use it. hehehe

It took me a bit to figure out the perfect background fabric color and I finally bit the bullet and went with my gut even though it was so bold. This yellow is so bright and neon in person, it’s just a random quilting solid I found at Joann’s and never looked at the bolt to see what it actually was.  It’s thick like KONA and is very similar to KONA cactus, although cactus is more green.

The back is almost all the chicopee prints in a patchwork band surrounded by Crosshatch Sketch in Charcoal. I love the darkness of the back! The quilting is roughly 1/2″ straight lines and took FOREVER, but was worth it as it gives it so much more texture. You can see more of my dilemma with the quilting thread color in my Instagram feed. Lets just say there was some unpicking that had to be done.  The Binding is from Rashida Colmann-Hale’s Koi collection, It’s a Plus in gray. Love it, and it’s the perfect binding. I am going to see if I can scrounge up some more for my stash. :)

 

 

The pattern is a great and easy pattern, the worse part is all the cutting! :) It is definitely time consuming but the end result is so worth it! I would highly recommend starting this quilt immediately.

Have YOU made a feather quilt? Leave me a link I would love to check it out. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

Trucks and Tractors

Shortly after Norah was born I was offered some of this super fun Trucks and Tractors fabric from Laurie Wisburn to play with. Of course I couldn’t refuse because I love everything Laurie does!

 

So I set to work figuring out the perfect quilt to make with it for my little munchkin! I have been loving some of the pixelated and word quilts popping up around pinterest, instagram, and flickr lately and went in that direction. This is what I came up with.

 

 

I made it with 6″ finished squares and kept the focus on the awesome trucks and tractors fabric by using it for my word “dig”. I used a mixture of solids mostly Kona to pixelate the background so the fun trucks and tractors fabric would make the word pop. Although ask my husband how long it took him to figure out it was a word! Men! ;)

I quilted each square with a free motion circle! Yikes that was tough. I used a paper circle and pinned it down on each circle and sewed around it! There not perfect but practice will help right? I figured it would go with the trucks and tractors theme and represent wheels.  The Black and white striped binding is the perfect finishing touch.

 

Oh and the back is this super soft green minky! So cozy and cuddly. I was a bit scared to use it as backing since I thought it would shift a lot, but I stretched it super tight while pinning and It actually wasn’t bad to sew at all! I love the way it crinkled up after washing too.

 

So here’s the fun part!  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a fat quarter set of Laurie’s four fabrics in the Trucks and Tractors line, along with two half yards of the blue and red solid shown below from Robert Kaufman! I will choose a winner on Saturday!

 

I have a second giveaway too! After I pick the winner of the fabric I will pick someone else to win this fun zipper pouch! It’s the perfect travel size for your little man, or a friends, to store his cars and trucks. I keep one in my purse with a few little toys for Luke when we are at a restaurant or in the car. It keeps them corralled and I am not fishing around in my giant purse in a moment of dire need of distraction! :)

 

Check out my Instagram feed for a way to have a second entry into the giveaways!

But if you just can’t wait to get your hands on some, Trucks and Tractors is available on the Robert Kaufman site!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and Good Luck!

Giveaway Closed Winners Contacted!

Norah

July 4th arrived and so did our Norah Brave!

She made her appearance via a successful VBAC just before 9pm after 24+ hours of labor.  Weighing in at 7lbs 13oz. 21″ long and screaming her lungs out! :)

We are smitten and enjoying our time at home with the four of us. Big brother Luke is doing great with the transition and I am feeling super good.

 

I snapped this picture yesterday during her photo shoot with her Uncle. :) Can’t wait to see and share those pics.  She is laying on the quilt I finished for her the week she was born. I will share more of it later once I get a full shot.

 

Thank so much for stopping by! I am off to snuggle this babe.

 

baby Trianlges

This sweet little baby quilt was my first attempt at triangles.  It was a From:Me To:You gift for a sweet little baby boy.

 

Lets just say triangles are a little harder than I first thought.  I learned that it’s best to cut them with the notches taken out of the corners for better lining up as I’m sewing. I need to get some templates as I think those would be way easier than winging it. :) After a little trial and error I was able to figure it out. I would definitely recommend taking it slow till you hit your groove.

Since the quilt turned out so cute and I LOVE the look of triangles it was totally worth it and I can’t wait to jump into another triangle quilt. You know inbetween the 20 already in progress quilts, the toddler, the almost here new baby, and general daily stuff. Plenty of time right? ;)

I quilted it with a simple outline on either side of each triangle and around the edges. Simple and sweet.

I’m taking a little maternity leave from From:Me To:You for the summer but stop by and check out the Facebook page. I may have a surprise or two nominations over the summer and as always if anybody is interested in contributing a gift let me know via email woollypetals@gmail.com and we will get that set up. You would ship directly to the nominee.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging in there during the sparse posting. :) T-4 days till my due date and She will be getting evicted late next week if she doesn’t decide to come out sooner. :)

Instagram love

I guess I blog through instagram lately! :)

New Toms for Luke and I (Luke’s first pair) / Finally got Liberty Love (it’s Amazing – go buy it) / Luke offering me his after nap snack

the yummiest sandwich pitas – Brownberry I think – / Luke fell in the mud, all I could do was laugh since we were at the park with no diaper bag ( he got striped down before getting in the car) / relaxing

My single girl quilt is quilted / having an impromptu birthday party / a motor train with friends

Luke posing with his Lego excavtor / My single girl quilt finally finished ( I will blog about it soon along with how much I love my Janome) / Luke and I (mainly I) made our first apple pie

Luke and Daddy at the Circus to watch his Uncles’ perform /  I started Norah’s quilt inspired by this lovely Dear Lizzy arrow paper

Stop by Life Rearranged and check out all the lovely Instagramers. I’m linking up are you?

 

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