Dutchman’s Dilemma Pattern Release

I am beyond excited to finally release the pattern for my Dutchman’s Dilemma quilt. This has been a long time coming. My husband and I have worked really hard to take something that could have been REALLY confusing and made it consumable. One of the things I heard over and over from my pattern testers was how easy it was to follow, which was music to my ears. There are lots of diagrams for cutting, for piecing, for assembly, basically anything for which we could make a diagram. This quilt has an interesting background story and I think it’s fun to read about these from other designers so I thought I’d share mine here.

This is my original Dutchman’s Dilemma quilt. I doodled the idea out on a piece of graph paper when Moda announced their Bella Solids Challenge in 2017. I wasn’t sure how to make the construction a reality, but I bought the fabric and started trying to make it work. I had SO much fun making this quilt. It was unlike any quilt I had ever made before. It came together in a really different and fun way. I ended up being one of the finalists for the challenge, but I did not win. When this quilt came home from its trip to Dallas for judging, I had my husband put it in the basement in the box. I couldn’t look at it. I called it the quilt of shame. It took me several months to get over my sadness and to start working on different versions for my pattern. This quilt is now one of my most prized quilts, not because it was a finalist in the competition, but because I learned so much about myself through the process. It is on display at the very top of my quilt ladder today and will stay there.

When I remade this quilt for my pattern, I knew I wanted to make one with a darker background and one with a white background. Both look so strikingly different and work so well. I’ve said it several times on instagram, but this quilt pattern is so so so versatile. Any fabric works. The dark background is Robert Kauffman Neon Neppy in charcoal paired with some prints from Alison Glass Sunprints 2018. The white background quilt is Moda Bella 97 white paired with V and Co. Simply Colorful.

You can find this pattern for immediate PDF download in my etsy shop. I have included the fabric requirements below as well as on the Etsy listing for easy access.

 

Candy Cane Christmas

Moda Bake Shop is hosting such a fun holiday quiltalong right now. They post a new block every single day that will turn into a fun Christmas sampler quilt. The instructions for each block are given in 6″ and 12″ sizes, so it is a great resource for blocks for swaps or other things! I designed this present block for the quiltalong. I am not going to lie, I have big plans for this block, once Christmas sewing calms down and I can dive in head first. For the instructions, head on over to Moda Bake Shop blog!

Epic Bow Tie Quilt Pattern

Last year I participated in a quilting bee with some local friends. The premise was that each month there would be 1-2 queen bees who would receive their blocks from the other quilters during that month. We each could choose whatever 12″ block (or equivalent) we would like, set up fabric parameters, and watch as our vision came to life. I chose to have my friends make 4 bow tie blocks that were each 6″, used any low volume fabric they chose, and any color other than brown as the main print. The blocks they made ended up making up about 1/3 of this quilt and helped add so much variety to my quilt. There is not a print that is repeated other than a few low volumes.

The response I received to this quilt was really positive and so I decided to release a pattern. As with all of my creations, there are lots of diagrams, some words, and wonderfully thoughtful design as done by my dear husband. This pattern is fat quarter friendly with minimal waste, or works REALLY well with scraps. Ask me how I know. 🙂

You can get it in my Craftsy shop or in my Etsy shop.

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