Saturday, November 7, 2015

Exciting new patterns!

Hello and happy weekend! 

I'm so excited about what I get to share with you today!

I've been happily sewing away over here and now its time to show you what I've been working on.

My friend and Minis and More cohost Sherri McConnell invited me to try out a few of her new patterns and I couldn't say yes fast enough!

Let me introduce you to her new pattern Hope Chest.

Using fat quarters from Sweetwater's Elementary fabric line and some Moda Bella Solids in Ivory for the background, I didn't want to stop making the blocks for this quilt!

It went together so smoothly that I'm already making plans for another!

It's my favorite large quilt that I've made in a long time, I'm not kidding.

Being able to trim up all the half square triangles makes the whole thing so precise and easy to put together.

When I can square up the half square triangles in a pattern I'm always happy about it.

It makes it so easy for all the points to match up.

And for maybe the first time ever, I think mine did, thanks to the trimming!

The half square triangles quickly turned into twelve big blocks and it was done!

If this pattern looks familiar to you, you must have seen Sherri's Hope Chest quilt made with her 'not even out yet' fabric line called Valley that she designed with her daughter Chelsi.

If not, you can see it in her post before Quilt Market.

She used a lighter sashing and it looks so different from the version I made with the black sashing from Elementary.

It's always interesting to me to see the same quilt pattern made with different fabric choices.

Hope Chest would look great in any kind of fabric!

And now on to Oceanside!

My favorite part of making this one was laying out the finished blocks!

I was surprised at how different the quilt pattern looked at different angles.

Until I was finished with the blocks and deciding on what block to put where, I hadn't noticed that!

Are you looking at it as diagonal rows of circles and squares? 

Or do you see each block as a single circle framed in the corners with a single fabric?

To me it depends on which direction I'm viewing it from at the time.

I wonder if the quilting I use on this one will determine what you're focused on?

This quilt uses fat eighths for the main fabrics and I used a Collection For A Cause - Faith fat eighth bundle and I still have lots left over for another project.

The background I used here was another Moda Bella Solids color, Snow.

I'm not sure that my photography here does this quilt pattern justice.

There is a giant live oak tree in our from yard dropping tons of acorns, and when they get wet its a big mess and not the best time to take quilt pictures.

Between that and the wind we had to work fast! My only option was when the sun was out which makes shadows on the beautiful quilt!

Since everyone is new to Sherri's Oceanside pattern she is offering 30% off on Oceanside this weekend in her Etsy shop with the code "happyfall".

Visit Sherri's blog A Quilting Life today and learn more about her new patterns!


Needled Mom said...

Both are really beautiful. That Sweetwater line has always been one of my favorites and it looks stunning in that quilt.

Patty D from NC said...

Beautiful quilts - you did a great job! I've a layer cake of Elementary hanging around my sewing space. I think I need to pull it out and create something!

Hildy said...

Just seen your quilts on Sherri'S blog and they're really truely beautiful love them both! And I love the black sashing you used in your version it let's the blocks really pop:-)

Jackie said...

Beautiful quilts! Love the fabric in Hope Chest. There isn't a ripple anywhere in it. Beautifully pieced!

I'm really interested to see what you're going to do quilting wise on the 2nd one and if that makes a difference in what the eye sees in terms of blocks, etc.

Helen L said...

I really like the quilt you made with the Sweetwater fabric. The black sashing just makes all the other colors pop!! So pretty!!

Izzy said...

You've done an amazing job showcasing these patterns Michele! Your version of each is just beautiful.

Sherri said...

Thank you so much Michele! I love your quilts...I've got plans for a couple more Hope Chest quilts myself!

Lynette said...

These are both really great quilt tops. :)

Thelma said...

Both patterns are great, I love seeing patterns made with different fabric, not exactly like the pattern. I think I'll have to move Hope Chest up to the front of my To Do List! Thanks for sharing!!

Heide said...

Just saw your quilts over at A quilting life, had to stop in and say they are beautiful! My all time Favorite fabric is Elementary by Moda. I have a FQ just waiting to be made into something , maybe Hope chest. Thanks for the inspiration.