September 27, 2016

Vintage Star Block + GIVEAWAY

I am happy to share with you a quilt block I made while reviewing a new pattern, Vintage Star,  for Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.  The block measures 13" x 13" unfinished and is made from two Bonnie and Camille prints, Red Lollies from Hello Darling and Retro Gray from Ruby.

Vintage Star quilt block, pattern by Cheryl Brickey 
When reviewing patterns for Cheryl, I normally check the math and read through looking at the wording, punctuation, etc.  I just make the blocks and quilts in my head without even touching the rotary cutter but Vintage Star was different.  The trimming of the inner star mid way through the assembly of the block was something that I had not done before and wanted to test it first hand.

Vintage Star quilt block made from two Bonnie and Camille prints
I was very pleased with the sharp points of the inner star.  While I wouldn't consider this a block for a beginner to tackle, Cheryl takes you step by step with easy to follow written instructions.  And her illustrations are the best for you visual learners.

Vintage Star quilt block detail
Vintage star is available in digital format through Etsy and on Craftsy.  The printed version is available on Etsy.

Check Plus is Cheryl's other pattern release this week and you can see the versions made by the pattern testers and find the links where it can be purchased in her blog post here.  Both of patterns are each on sale for $7.50 through Oct. 4th.

This is a Check Plus block I made to go on the back of a baby quilt, Sundae Plus.

Check Plus block to incorporate in the back of Sunday Plus

Vintage Star and Check Plus Pattern Giveaway

I mentioned a giveaway right?  Cheryl has generously allowed my to give away one each of her new patterns.  Two winners will each receive one digital pattern.   The giveaway will be open until Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 8 pm  EST.  Here's how to enter:

1. Leave any comment and tell me which pattern is you favorite if your name is drawn.  The first one drawn gets the first pick.

2.  Followers, old and new alike get a second entry.  Just let me know how you follow, whether it be Bloglovin', Instagram or email.

For more chances to win, enter the giveaways at:
Shauna of Shauna's World
Beth of Cooking Up Quilts
Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Stephanie of Quilt'n Party

September 24, 2016

Evening Stroll Mosaics

Did you see that Rachel at Stitched in Color is hosting another mosaic contest, Dreaming at Dusk?  Her beautiful photograph collages never disappoint and she always has such a way with words to describe them, they almost transport you there.

All you need to do is create a 9-fabric mosaic by shopping at Lark Cottons and add your link(s) to the Dreaming at Dusk collection.

In the two mosaics I created, I thought about the colors found on an evening stroll around the yard.  You would think with fall already here, it would be a little cooler, but not the case.  It's still hot and very dry in South Carolina.

Evening Stroll Mosaic #1

Evening Stroll Mosaic #2

And here are the colors found on my evening stroll...

Hearts a' Bustin' (Euonymus americanus)

Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

Crepe Myrtle, newly transplanted and originally from my grandmother

Fading Phlox

Tall Phlox

Hydrangea also transplanted from my grandmother's

Our pecan tree is finally starting to bear

Leaves of the Sourwood  are starting to turn

I hope you enjoyed the evening stroll around the yard.  My mosaics along with those by others can be seen at Stitched in Color.  You have until Oct 2nd to enter a Dreaming at Dusk mosaic of your own and then voting will commence shortly after.

Happy Fall,

September 21, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival ~ Plus Me + You ~ Fall 2016

Amy at Amy's Creative Side  is, once again, hosting the Fall 2016 edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Bloggers may enter up to two quilts, each with its own newly written post, into different categories.

For my second entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival into the mini category, I've chosen Plus Me + You.  It is definitely small, measuring only 12½" x 12½" and is made from 4 Outlined Plus blocks using Hoffman Me + You Indah batiks.

Plus Me + You, an Outlined Plus mini, by Paige Alexadner

In my original post here, I mention drafting the 6" block in EQ7 so I could achieve sharp points with paper piecing rather than traditional piecing.

Completed Outlined Plus blocks and paper piece sections drafted in EQ7

Three sections of the Outlined Plus blocks partially foundation pieced

The quilting was done with the walking foot on my Bernina 153 Quilters Edition using Aurifil 5022 (Mustard).  I quilted diagonally from corner to corner with the lines crossing.  From there, I echoed from those two starting lines.

Plus Me + You after the quilting was complete

I used one of the Indah batiks for the backing and the binding is ¼" double fold bias sewn down by hand.  Oops!  I still need to make the label!

One of my favorite photographs is one taken on the door of the barn loft.

And another close up of Plus Me + You.

Plus Me + You by Paige Alexander

You can find my original post for Plus Me + You here.  And, I have made some Outlined Plus blocks in their original size from Cotton + Steel fabrics and you can find them here.

Quilt Stats:
  • Finished size:  12½" x 12½"
  • Original pattern:  Outlined Plus by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs, reduced to 6" blocks paper pieced
  • Binding: ¼" double fold bias binding from 2" strips and sewn down by hand
  • Fabrics: Me + You Indah batiks from Hoffman Fabrics
  • Thread: Aurifil black for for piecing and 5022 mustard for quilting
  • Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & Natural by the Warm Company
  • Completed: May 31, 2016

You can read about my other entry in applique category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival, Witco's Daisies, here and my original post can be found here.

I'm so glad you stopped by!  If you're new to Quilted Blooms, you can read more about me here and see some of my finished quilts in the gallery.

Thanks to Amy for hosting the 2016 Fall edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival and to all of the wonderful sponsors.  Below are the 11 categories and links to each so you can see all the fabulous quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.