If you are anything like me, the idea of a panel quilt was at some point in time shocking to you. I love to piece quilts and I love being involved in every single decision that goes into a quilt. Fast forward to some of the AMAZING panels that have been put out by Riley Blake Designs lately and I am completely in the opposite camp now. The quality is top notch. The options they have come up with are so wonderful!
When I saw the three different colored panel quilt options for the Warm Wishes fabric line, I knew we needed a pink panel quilt in our house. My Christmas colors are anything but traditional and pink plays a big part in our Christmas decor. Possibly the best part of this panel quilt is the PINK thread that Debbie of Hobble Creek Quilting used! We chose a floral pantograph called Echo Blossom instead of a Christmas pantograph for the quilting and I just love it! Warm Wishes is headed to your favorite local or online quilt shop soon. These panel quilts are the perfect idea for a gift that shows thought, but doesn’t take up all of your life piecing a Christmas quilt!
Bev from Flamingo Toes has come out with a fabulous, new embroidery book. I LOVE hand embroidery. It is one of my favorite ways to use my hands while watching tv or kids sports games or sitting at the airport. It is a great, portable hobby that is relatively inexpensive and once you learn a few basic stitches, you will have confidence to take on practically anything. Bev does a wonderful job of teaching basic embroidery stitches and skills in her book, now widely available wherever you like to purchase books.
When I was looking through her book and trying to decide which project I’d like to make, I was really drawn to her embroidered denim jacket. I wondered how I could modify this to create a cute little jacket for my not-quite-2 year old daughter. I decided to take some of the flowers and leaves from this pattern as well as some from another pattern in her book to create a fun, little floral scene on the back of my daughter’s jacket.
My daughter has loved this little jacket and has wanted to wear it a lot since I’ve finished it. It would make a really fun gift for a baby shower, or a project to make for yourself! Make sure to check out Bev’s book and blog for all of the other projects that have happened!
Have you ever seen a fabric line that you felt like it was designed just for you? I saw Tiny Treaters by Jill Howarth and I just loved the designs. I feel like this is the best Halloween line I have ever seen, as far as prints that can serve multiple functions and be created into many different things. I knew I wanted to make a Suburbs quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew just as soon as I saw this fabric. I NEEDED a Halloween neighborhood quilt in my Halloween quilt collection.
Probably my favorite print from this line is the candy print in this pinkish-purple color. I used it as many times as I felt that I could in my quilt for houses and for doors.
This quilt was also quilted in glow-in-the-dark thread, which plays really well with the glow-in-the-dark prints. The whimsy of this fabric line just constantly makes me smile.
This fabric line is in stores NOW and selling like hot cakes. If it is something you are wanting, I would not wait. Riley Blake has been sharing a bunch of other projects using this fabric line on their blog if you would like some different ideas, or to see it used differently.
We have washed this quilt and have been using it, even though it is not *exactly* a spring quilt. My kids have loved it possibly more than me, but no one can say exactly. Make sure to snag this Tiny Treaters line from your favorite local or online quilt shop before it’s gone.