Category Archives: Country Girl Modern

Back to the Pumpkin Patch

Here’s something fun….have you watched this show before?  I haven’t but I’m going to…at least for one episode.

Here’s the back story….

Remember back when Kelli and I were working on getting our book published?  This one?  Read about our book HERE.

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Well we drove all of our quilts to the location where they were going to be photographed.  Read the blog post about that HERE.

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The owner of the place puts on a pumpkin patch event for kids every fall.  Kelli and I didn’t get to meet the owner but we did get a chance to check out his farm.

Every outdoor picture of a quilt that is in the book was taken at the same farm.

Well I recently got this message from Jenifer Dick our editor: Continue reading

Bohemian Rhapsody from a Reader

I got a note in the mail from a blog reader Christy Mercer.

She writes:

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I made this for our babysitter who recently graduated form nursing school.  She is at our house so much, I had to fib to her the whole time that I was making it for someone else.  When she saw me working on it, she just oohed and ahhed over it.  She screamed with joy when I gave it to her!  

I am a teacher in southeast Kansas, and follow your blog.  We live on a cattle ranch and also raise show goats.

Thank you for your time in creating these patterns!

WOW… I love the quilt.  The gray is wonderful!  I am a little frustrated that I can’t get the photo to turn but the quilt…WOW!

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If you don’t recognize the pattern, it’s one from me and Kelli.  You can find it in our book Country Girl Modern.

Kelli and I have made the quilt twice…

Here’s the original

and here’s the second one I made. Continue reading

Bohemian Rhapsody

Each day for the next 11 days I’ll be featuring one of our quilts from our book Country Girl Modern.  We’ll tell you the back story on each of the quilts over the course of a few days. If you are interested in pre-ordering our book, you can find that information here.

Today’s feature quilt is Bohemian Rhapsody.  I have to say, this one ranks up there high on the list of my favorite quilts from the book.

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In fact, I would really like to make this one bigger and have it on my bed.  It’s not my typical style but honestly…I love, love, love it!

Kelli and I have been long time fans of Kaffe Fassett and Kathy Doughty.  We love their use of large scale prints.  We have longed to try making one of their quilts but just haven’t found the time or the fabric in our stash.  We have also noticed that the fabric trends are showing very visually graphic fabrics.  We wanted to be part of  that trend and design something using that style of fabric.

Like with the two previous quilts we showed you, we wanted a simple easy to construct quilt…but we wanted something fun.  That can be a hard combination…simple but fun.

Sitting at the computer to design this I started playing with half square triangle…that was a little too simple.  What could I do to “jazz” up those half square triangles…hmmm.  That’s when I thought to add another triangle on the turquoise part of the half square triangle.  What a fun way to add a step to the construction without adding much difficulty!!

I started playing with layouts and again….my old tried and true barn raising setting won out.  Now it was time for fabric selection.  As I said before, large scale prints aren’t something we have very in our stash.  Well it was Free Spirit Fabrics to the rescue.  They provided the fabric for this quilt.

Kelli cut the quilt out…I sewed it and did the machine quilting.  We had this quilt from start to finish in less than a week.

If you’re working with a beginning quilter or are a beginning quilt this would be a great quilt for you to give a try.  Most of the time the sewing is done by simply sewing on a line.

This is just one of the eleven quilts in our book.  If you’d like to order an autographed copy of our book check out this link to learn how to order it.  Stop back tomorrow and we’ll feature another quilt from the book.