Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cake Slices ++ Pattern Release

I am excited to show off the second of my three patterns I am launching this week...Cake Slices.

Special Introductory Pricing

I will be posting about one pattern per day (Wednesday - Friday) and they will each be available for a special introductory price of $6.50 each for one week (ending 8pm on the 22nd). (note: further coupon codes will not work with these patterns.) 

You can find Cake Slices on Craftsy and Etsy and all of the new patterns in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.


How Cake Slices came to be...

I designed Cake Slices, a layer cake friendly pattern for the very first Quilter's Planner over 2 years ago. 

The quilt was made using a layer cake of Hello Darling by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and Kona Cotton solid by Robert Kaufman in navy. The batting used was Warm & White by the Warm Company and Aurifil thread was used in the piecing and quilting.  

(Side note: if you would like a 2018 version of the Quilter's Planner you can find it right here.)

About the pattern...

I have now updated Cake Slices to be a stand alone pattern with instructions for 3 sizes, baby, lap, and queen. The pattern also contains a coloring diagram of the quilt top to audition possible color schemes.


Additional colorways

I love to play with coloring quilts, so I played around with Cake Slices to see how the quilt would look with a light background instead of the dark blue.



Many, many thanks to Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and Paige @Quilted Blooms for their help with tech editing this pattern!

Remember, you can find Cake Slices on Craftsy and Etsy for only $6.50 through Friday the 22nd.  Thanks!





Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ruby Roads ++ Pattern Release

Hi Everyone, I hope that you are all staying warm, we actually had a snow storm (2 inches!) here in South Carolina on Friday.  We usually get 1-2 snow storms the entire year so to have one so early in December is very unusual.  My kids had a blast playing in the snow and making a snowman.

As we approach the end of the year, I am happy to be able to mark off one of my 2017 goals, releasing patterns for Ruby Roads, Cake Slices, and Yesterday.

Special Introductory Pricing

I will be posting about one pattern per day (Wednesday - Friday) and they will each be available for a special introductory price of $6.50 each for one week (ending 8pm on the 22nd). (note: further coupon codes will not work with these patterns.) 

You can find Ruby Roads on Craftsy and Etsy and all of the new patterns in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.

Today I will be highlighting Ruby Roads...



A little reminder of how Ruby Roads came to be...

My local traditional guild, the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild, hosted an annual quilt challenge back in the spring.  This year, we had to reach into a bucket, pull out a random letter, and make a quilt based on a block starting with that letter.  I picked the letter "R".

I pulled out my favorite quilt block book, "The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters(affiliate link) by Jinny Beyer. From there I just went page by page skimming the blocks starting with the letter R until a block called Ruby Roads caught my eye.  Ruby Roads is an older block dating back to the early 1900's.  I altered the block some and set it on point to give it a different look.

About the pattern...

Ruby Roads is a intermediate level, modern quilt and contains both baby and queen sizes (the layout of the quilts are the same, the blocks and sashing are scaled up for the larger size).

The baby sized version of Ruby Roads is fat eighth friendly and the queen version is fat quarter friendly.
I made the cover quilt (baby sized) using the Les Fleurs collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel on a white fabric background.  I used my favorite soft white (2021) Aurifil in 50 wt for the piecing and quilting and used Warm & White batting by the Warm Company.



When I initially posted about the Ruby Roads finish I asked if there might be interest in a pattern for the design.  I was blown away at the positive response.  I am sorry it took so long to get this pattern finished, I hope that you enjoy it and I would love to see your versions of Ruby Roads (make sure you share them on social media with #RubyRoadsQuilt).


Many, many thanks to Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and Paige @Quilted Blooms for their help with tech editing this pattern!

Remember, you can find Ruby Roads on Craftsy and Etsy for only $6.50 through Friday the 22nd.  Thanks!





Monday, December 11, 2017

Best of 2017 Link Party Coming Soon!

It is no secret that I love blog link parties.  One of the main reasons I started my blog was so that I could take part in the sharing of knowledge and inspiration through the parties and so I am very excited to announce that I am hosting my third annual blog linky party, the Best of 2017 Linky Party!


To take part in the link party, simply write a new blog post highlighting your "best" 5 posts from 2017 and linkup.  There is no set way or rules to pick your best, you can pick and highlight your posts anyway you would like.  Some examples include:
  • Posts with the most views
  • Posts with the most comments
  • Posts that provoked the best discussions
  • Posts showing your favorite 2017 finishes
  • Posts of your best tutorials
  • Posts that are simply your favorites
The link party will open the day after Christmas, Tuesday December 26th and will be open for one week ending on Tuesday, January 2nd.

I hope that you will consider writing a post to highlight your best of 2017 and link up!  Here is a button for your blog if you would like:

grab button for Meadow Mist Designs
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While you are waiting for this linky party to start up, you can take a look through the Best of 2015 and 2016.  Thanks!









Friday, December 8, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Important Dates and FAQ

Yesterday, the quilt top for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt was revealed.  Here is information relating to the prizes and reveal parade...

Important Dates:
  • February 15th - Submissions to the quilt parade due (quilt tops and completed quilts)
  • March 5th-7th - Magnolia Mystery Quilt reveal parade (the parade will be split into multiple days due to the number of quilts)
How to Submit Your Quilt to the Reveal Parade and Be Eligible for Prizes:
  • E-mail a picture of the quilt top or finished quilt by Thursday February 15th. 
  • Address e-mail to MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com
  • Name your photo with your name as the file name, if possible, such as "Cheryl Brickey.jpg". 
  • (optional) Include in your e-mail your location (city, state and/or country) and/or a web address for any related blog posts you would like linked to.
Frequency Asked Questions:
  • Do I need to finish my quilt (quilted and bound) to take part in the parade and be eligible for prizes? No, you can enter pictures of completed quilt tops or finished quilts.
  • I posted my quilt picture to Facebook / Instagram / my blog, am I entered into the parade? - No, you must e-mail your picture to MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com to participate in the parade.
  • I changed up the design (ex. changing up the arrangement of blocks, resizing the quilt, adding border etc), can I still take part in the parade? Yes, all are welcome and we look forward to seeing your take on the design!
  • Do I need to keep my quilt top/finished quilt secret until the reveal parade? No need to keep the quilt tops and finished quilts secret, share any and all pictures of the quilt tops and finished quilts (Facebook, Instagram using #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt, blogs, etc).

Have any other questions?  Leave a comment here or send me an e-mail at MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com.


Prize Reminder:

Many, many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt!  Here is the list of sponsors once more...




I am looking forward to an awesome parade!!





Thursday, December 7, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Blocks and Quilt Top Reveal


Welcome to the December Instructions for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt, this is the last month of instructions! 

You will be getting both the block instructions and the quilt top finishing instructions this month (I joined the two together because once the blocks are made, I felt the design would become obvious).

You will have until February 15th to finish the quilt top or quilt to be entered into the reveal parade and for the giveaways (I will be posting tomorrow more information about this).

You can find all of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt information and posts can be found here.  We are having such fun, please join us!

To download the Magnolia Blocks and Quilt Top Assembly instructions in an easy to print pdf format, click the text below:


The Magnolia Mystery Quilt contains instructions for both Lap and Queen sizes which are both included in this post:


Full Magnolia Blocks

Arrange and sew together the following fabric pieces and units as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each full magnolia block should measure 14 ½” x 14 ½” (lap), 21 ½” x 21 ½” (queen).  Repeat to make a total of 7 full magnolia blocks.

4 full flower units
1 fabric C square: 2 ½” x 2 ½” (lap), 3 ½” x 3 ½” (queen)
4 fabric D rectangles: 2 ½” x 6 ½” (lap), 3 1/2” x 9 ½” (queen) 



Partial Magnolia Blocks

Arrange and sew the following fabric pieces as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each partial magnolia block should measure 14 ½” x 14 ½” (lap), 21 ½” x 21 ½” (queen).  Repeat to make a total of 4 partial magnolia blocks.

1 full flower unit
1 right partial flower unit
1 left partial flower unit
1 fabric C square: 2 ½” x 2 ½” (lap), 3 ½” x 3 ½” (queen)
2 fabric D rectangles: 2 ½” x 6 ½” (lap), 3 ½” x 9 ½” (queen) 






Trimming the Partial Magnolia Blocks

The 4 partial magnolia blocks need to be trimmed leaving a ¼” seam allowance past the seam intersections.  

When you trim the partial magnolia blocks is a personal preference, you can trim them after the partial magnolia blocks are made, after the quilt top is pieced together, or after the quilt is quilted.  My personal preference is to trim the blocks after the quilt top is sewn together but before quilting.

The enlarged view below shows the actual trim line.  Note how the trim line does not go right through the seam intersections but leaves a ¼” seam allowance.  The trimmed partial magnolia block is illustrated without this seam allowance for ease of drawing (even though it is there).




Background Blocks and Setting Triangles

The Magnolia Mystery Quilt is assembled on-point.  Below are listed the exact measurements for the  setting triangles. I prefer to add a full inch to these measurements for my setting triangles then trim to size after the quilt top is sewn together.  If you would like to increase the size of your setting triangles, add about one inch to the measurements with a *.

LAP SIZE - CUTTING REMAINING FABRIC D
Note: if your fabric is at least 42 ½”, then you only need to cut 1 strip of 21 ⅛” x WOF and 3 strips of 14” x WOF.
1.  Cut 2 strips* 21 ⅛” x WOF.  (setting triangles)
         a. Sub-cut 2 squares* 21 ⅛” x 21 ⅛”.  
2. Cut 4 strips 14” x WOF. (border)

QUEEN SIZE - CUTTING REMAINING FABRIC D
1. Cut 2 strips* 31” x WOF. (setting triangles)
         a. Sub-cut 2 squares* 31” x 31”.  
2. Cut 5 strips 18” x WOF. (border)
         a. Sub-cut 1 strip into 2 half strips 18” x 20”.
         b. Reserve remaining 4 strips.  

SETTING TRIANGLES
Cut the squares 21 ⅛” x 21 ⅛” (lap), 31” x 31” (queen) in half twice on the diagonal to form 6 setting triangles (you will have 2 extra triangles).



Quilt Top Assembly


Arrange the blocks as listed and shown below.  Sew blocks into diagonal rows then sew rows together, pressing all seams open.  The quilt top should measure approx. 60” x 40” (lap), 89 ½” x 60” (queen).


7 full magnolia block
4 partial magnolia blocks
6 side setting triangles




Borders




LAP SIZE
1. Sew 2 fabric D strips 14'' x WOF together end-to-end. Repeat to make a total of 2 pieced top/bottom strips. 

Note: if your fabric was at least 42 ½” wide and you cut 3 strips, then cut one of the strips in half and sew 1 full and 1 half strip together end to end. Repeat to make a total of 2 pieced top/bottom strips. 

2. Measure the average width of the quilt top and trim the 2 pieced top/bottom strips to fit (approx. 60'').  Attach the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt top.


QUEEN SIZE
1. Sew 2 fabric D strips 18” x WOF and 1 fabric D strip 18” x 20'' together end-to-end. Repeat to make a total of 2 pieced top/bottom strips. 

2. Measure the average width of the quilt top and trim the 2 pieced top/bottom strips to fit (approx. 89 ½''). Attach the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt top.





Finishing



1.  Make backing:

LAP SIZE
Remove selvages from backing fabric, cut into 2 pieces (approx. 68” x WOF) and sew backing pieces together along the trimmed selvage edges using a ½” seam, pressing the seam open.  Trim backing to approx. 68” x 75”.

QUEEN SIZE
Remove selvages from backing fabric, cut into 3 pieces (approx. 98” x WOF) and sew backing pieces together along the trimmed selvage edges using a ½” seam, pressing seams open.  Trim backing to approx. 98” x 103”.

2.  Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing.   Baste and quilt as desired.

3.  Cut the binding fabric into 7 strips (lap), 10 strips (queen) 2 ½” x WOF.  Trim off selvages and sew together end-to-end to make the binding.  Bind and enjoy your quilt!





Share Your Quilt


You can share your in-progress and finished pictures of your mystery quilt on the Meadow Mist Designs Facebook group and on Instagram and other social media using #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt and #MeadowMistDesigns.

I will be posting instructions for entering the reveal parade and for the giveaways tomorrow :)