I’ve been really enjoying Art Gallery Fabrics, lately. I still haven’t actually quilted with any of them, but one of these days I’ll change that!
This week’s free pattern uses Fiesta Fun fabric by Dana Willard. My favorite fabrics in this line are Mexican Dress Midnight and Zocalo Raspberry. You won’t be surprised to see that they are both highly saturated colors!
The pattern isn’t very complicated – you are cutting squares and adding sashing. It is set on point after you get the whole quilt together and trim the edges to achieve the look. Short and sweet, and much easier than using setting triangles.
Of course I can’t let an opportunity go by to “improve” on the pattern. The squares are 6.5″ before sashing – I would either go with charm squares at 5″ or even better two layer cakes with a jelly roll for the sashing. Why cut when you have such an easy option available to you?
I don’t think that AGF has pre-cuts, so my time saving plan would need to be done in a different fabric line. I have a friend who has GO! dies to make pre-cuts, but it’s a big investment for a small store to buy one bolt of each fabric in a line.
Here are the instructions for the quilt.
Free Pattern Friday, June 9
Somehow another week has come and gone and I hardly have anything to show for it! That seems to be a theme so far for my summertime work ethic. How about you? Does the summer bring you a burst of productivity or do you just go with the flow and say “C’est la vie” when your productive plans don’t come to fruition?
Fortunately, there are plenty of patterns that I don’t feel the need to alter, so I can drift down the productivity curve and still produce Free Pattern Friday!
The pattern is called Arbor and the fabric line is the Abloom collection by AGF Studio.
There are lots of things to love about this quilt – the first thing I notice is that the background isn’t an insipid white. I see so many white backgrounds and most of the time white doesn’t highlight the beauty of the patterned fabric. In this fabric line, I also love the saturated colors – blues, pinks, reds, yellows, oranges. Yum! I also like the petal pattern – I’ve done one petal quilt and hope to do more.
Speaking of petals, have you seen the Playful Petals book by Corey Yoder? It’s been out since 2014, but the style is still current, and I love that it’s pre-cut friendly!
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Free Pattern Friday, June 2
How in the world did it get to be June already? The kids are out of school, vacations on the horizon, select baseball looming… I’m not sure how much quilting will get done over the next few months!
Although you can’t tell by my blog posts, I have been doing some quilting. I finished two cute quilting jobs for a friend, but I’ll show those next week. I’m sure you’re really here for the free pattern!
This beauty is from Katrina Roccella’s new fabric – In Blue. I like the blue, white, and salmon colors, although wish the pink was more pink. Or even more orange! Either way, the quilt is a bit more complex than most I’ve ever constructed, so make sure you read the instructions before you start!
Here’s the full pattern.
Have a great weekend!
Free Pattern Friday, May 26
I’m not too worried about technological singularity being an issue in the future – it’s already in existence for me! This week’s isosceles triangle quilt pattern continues to give me fits!
Last week, I had planned on using a pattern that was based on an isosceles triangle but couldn’t figure out how to make EQ7 dance to my tune. This week I did figure things out but have been stumped by the export image. Normally it works beautifully, but this time there is a missing triangle! I’ve started from scratch, put other colors in… all to no avail. So just put your thumb over the missing triangle and keep reading!
The original pattern features fabric by Malka Dubrawsky. Have you seen her fabric before? It’s very taste specific, so I’m not sure if the original pattern and fabric would speak to a lot of people.
As always, changing the fabric a little makes a big difference in the quilt. In addition to the original placement, I also mocked up a random placement as well as one based on hexagons.
My favorite option is the random placement. I reused the same Art Gallery Fabric from last week – Joyful Fusion. I do love the pinks, blues, and greens together.
But back to Malka Dubrawsky, my favorite product of hers is a book called “Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric”. I haven’t had a chance to read through the entire book, but I plan on trying out a couple of projects over the summer (using the kids as “assistants”) to see how that works. I have a bunch of RIT dyes and really look forward to experimenting to see how it all works. RIT dyes are not as fancy as some dying products but you also don’t need to worry about respiration and mixing, so there are some compensating factors.
Enjoy the pattern!
Free Pattern Friday, May 19
It’s fortunate that I don’t feel the need to alter ALL of the free patterns that I see online! I have been working on an isosceles triangle/hexagon pattern but my EQ7 skills aren’t up to the challenge yet. Art Gallery Fabrics has the perfect solution for my dilemma – lots of fabrics that I love!
Have you ever sewn with Art Gallery Fabrics products? I have to admit that I have not, although I hear nice things about the drape and softness. And I know that I like many of the fresh designers that are part of that team. The trouble for me is getting it at my LQS – Montgomery Quilt Company is interested in stocking these fabrics but hasn’t been able to get in touch with a rep.
Of course, no Free Pattern Friday would be complete without me wanting to make some sort of adjustment. The photo above is exactly the quilt that can be found in the attachment. I would rather have seen some stronger colors instead of the double light fabrics that are around the white-centered squares.
What about the great colonial blue with chalk flowers?
Or this denim – type fabric?
Something to make the quilt a little more bold. I enjoy low volume fabrics in their proper place, but I think that when they are paired with electric pink that they need a little judicious restraint.
Ok, I know what you really want – check out the pattern link below.
Thanks for reading!
Free Pattern Friday, May 12
Today’s FPF is using one of my favorite designers, Brigitte Heitland. Can you believe that she only started her Zen Chic brand in 2010? I love the colors that she has used in some of her older fabric lines, particularly For You. I mean, where else do you find dark gray, pink, orange and blue?
The original pattern fabrics don’t do much for me. I also feel that the colors are close enough in tone that it is difficult to pick up some of the light/dark nuances in the pattern.
I hope you like the new version!
And if you’re interested in the pattern, click below
Welcome to the first Free Pattern Friday!
Have you ever noticed that some new patterns remind you of quilts that you’ve seen before? Or maybe you haven’t. Whether I like the fabric that is used in a quilt/pattern has a lot to do with whether I like or even remember seeing it.
I’ve decided to take some free patterns and run them through EQ7 to update the colors and make them beautiful in my eyes, and hopefully yours too. So don’t freak out when you download the pattern and it doesn’t look like the photo that you liked!
Meet the 1 Charm Plus Quilt. This quilt can be made with a charm pack and a few bits of yardage. I love how easy and quick it is. I did deviate somewhat from the actual pattern, but that’s fairly typical for me. I have a hard time following the rules!
Enjoy this free, easy pattern!