Have you seen the latest edition of Quilter’s World? If you haven’t, I have some news to share. Hot off the press is our quilt, Bow Tie Bliss. Well, actually QUILTS…let me explain.
In the Autumn 2021 edition, our Bow Tie Bliss quilt is featured. But…we made two versions. Kelli and I made this quilt some time ago. We made it under wraps and didn’t share anything about it. It’s so long ago that I don’t remember which one of us sewed it. I think Kelli did the large version and I did the small version but don’t hold me to that.
After we made the tops, they just sat. I couldn’t get the courage to tackle the machine quilting. I knew I wanted to submit it to a magazine but also didn’t think my machine quilting abilities weren’t up for the task. We ended up calling on our friend Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations.
Have you seen the latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting? This is the one just about to hit your mailbox or the newsstand. It is issue #170 that says to display until June 4th. The magazines used to have a month listed on the front cover but I couldn’t see a month listed. Anyway…it’s this issue…
We have a quilt featured in the issue…it’s this quilt they named, Fly the Flag. Here’s the picture from the magazine showing it off.
They did a big spread with the quilt. They did an awesome job showing off our quilt.
The quilt is home and I had to take the quilt out to show you more pictures.
The quilt is easy construction…nothing hard. I know many of you like flag-style quilts but hate making triangles. You could make this one…no triangles needed.
The quilt is 68 1/2″ x 90 1/2″. I think many of these will be made as Quilt of Valor quilts.
If you are a long-time reader here at the blog, you might recognize this block as the same one I used in the Brick House quilts. Find them HERE.
If you didn’t guess already, I’ll tell you that the quilt was made of all recycled button-down shirts. The magazine did a piece on how I cut up shirts. They showed a scissor but I often use a rotary cutter. It’s quicker.
I think shirts are perfect for this quilt. I used most of one striped shirt for the binding.
But take a look at the picture below…I used a different striped shirt for the blue part of the binding.
This was so fun to make and really fast.
I’ve been wanting to decorate with quilts a little more so this one is going to be hanging out in my living room over the summer.
I did some not so straight line quilting on this one. The quilt isn’t huge and straight-line quilting looks good on it. Those of you who machine quilt on a domestic machine will appreciate that.
I found a duvet cover at the thrift store and completed the recycled project using that as the backing. I also used Hobbs 80/20 for the batting. It drapes better and adds to the instant vintage feel of the quilt.
I’m so happy to have this one home. I can’t thank the blog reader who originally introduced me to the Brick House block. I’ve loved every project I’ve made using it. So far, I think this is my 5th project!!
One more look before I sign off…
What a fun quilt…I say it all the time and it’s so true. I love working with recycled fabric!!
A big shout out to American Patchwork and Quilting for their great work in making our quilt shine. We just love working with them.
If you missed my video on how I cut up recycled shirts, you can find it HERE.
Check the newsstands if you want to see out the latest quilt. The magazine you’ll want to look for is Quilter’s World, Summer 2021 edition.
Our quilt is called Star Crossed Lovers. The quilt started out several years ago. At the time, Quiltmaker had a magazine that came out Spring and Fall call Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks. They would ask designers to submit 12″ blocks. Well, this is the block we submitted.
That block stayed on my brain and finally I put it together into this quilt…
It doesn’t look like the same block at all, does it?
Now, it looks like there are stars. The original block doesn’t looke like stars at all.
We did a little play on this quilt. Typically when people make a quilt with fat quarters, they have the same background and the fat quarters are used for the colorful part of the quilt…not our quilt. The red and the blue is the same print. The background is where the fat quarters were used. You can see we used a lot of different ones.
We tried to focus on cream to almost goldish fat quarters. We left the white out. LOTS of variety was needed to make this look. Me, I love it.
It was windy when I was trying to get pictures. The true colors are more like the photo above.
…or the photo below.
Can you believe I did the custom quilting on this?? I can’t.
Here is my backing fabric. It’s a leftover from back in the day when Kelli and I bought flat fold fabric for $2.99 a yard.
The snow is gone but our grass hasn’t greened up yet.
The red border and the binding match the red in the blocks.
This was a fun quilt to make. It could easily be modified for a Quilt of Valor.
I’m happy to have this one back home. I’m not sure but this one might be the raffle quilt for the Firemen’s breakfast next year.
Kelli and I were asked to submit something for this issue as it features mother/daughter quilting teams.
You can see that the photographer for the magazine had the same issues I did trying to get the color of the quilt right. So, if you get a copy of the magazine, think of the photo above with the lighter backgrounds…not the peachy/gold you see in some of the pictures.
Kelli and I are happy to be working with Quilter’s World. We love trying new things.
What do you think? It’s totally not my normal quilt at all. This was a big venture for me as I typically don’t make “fussy” quilts and this was a little fussier than I am used to. I do love it and I did have a ton of fun making it.
Here’s the back story:
Back in July the people at Annie’s Publishing contacted me and asked if I would be interested in submitting a design for a book for them. The requirement, the quilt had to have a pieced flower block…no applique. Hmm. That sounded like a fun challenge. I went to Moda to check out what fabric lines they had coming out and immediately fell in love with Maureen McCormick’s A Blooming Bunch line.
I was to keep the quilt under wraps but there was Rosie back in August giving you a sneak peek!!
The book is finished and we got our quilt back. What a fun quilt. I couldn’t wait to show it to you all.
The quilt is made up of four blocks. The Tulip, the Zinnia, the stem, and the cute little bees.
I used a simple loop design for the quilting. Here is my reasoning. The quilting gets lost in the busy background and the loops reminded me of a bussing bee traveling from flower to flower.
You might remember I did a video on the snowballing process in making quilts. I used that process when a made this quilt. I used it A LOT!
HERE is a link to the video if you want to see more of the process.
Although the blocks are pretty detailed, a person could make this quilt fairly quickly.
It would be a great project to break up into weekend work. One weekend, make the bee blocks. The next weekend the stem blocks and so on.
The bees were a bit of a challenge to design but thanks to EQ, I did it.
It was so cold and windy when I took pictures of the quilt.
I think it is the perfect quilt to pull you out of the winter rut and move you on to thinking of summer!!
The quilter is smaller than my usual. It’s made of 9′ blocks with a finished size of 49″ x 67″. I think it’s the perfect size for a granddaughter… the only thing is, I have three so which could I possibly give it to?
The backing is my favorite print from the line. It’s perfectly retro!!
Check out what I did with the binding. I pieced it exactly to change color so the binding around the bottom is green to match the grass the and the rest matches the sky color.
I have a ton of fun making the quilt…If you’re interested in making one of your own, Kelli and I put in an order to purchase copies of the book that the quilt is in.
The book is really more of a magazine only no ads. It has our quilt, along with eight projects designed by others for a total of nine projects.
Here is the cover quilt…
…and you can see the rest of the quilts that are in the book featured on the back cover.
Kelli and I have ordered books and they should be here soon. Books will be available for preorder at a cost of $13.50 for the US or Canada shipping. If anyone else is interested, we’ll deal with those orders individually. Just email me at email@example.com.
I don’t have an exact date to expect books so I can’t guarantee when they will get to you. Just know as soon as they come in, I’ll be shipping them out to you. That’s the nature of mail nowadays and with preordering.