Gigi's Quilt: A New Pattern

Saturday, July 13, 2024

 Hello, hello!  Today I have a fun new pattern I want to share with you!  It's a sentimental one for me.
It's called Gigi's Quilt and was inspired by one of my grandmother's quits.

This is my grandmother, Delma Baldridge (circa 1960).

She taught me how to quilt; we had a special bond.  She had a Churn Dash quilt that I always admired.  I loved the classic block, the scrappy red and blue color palette, and the Baptist Fan hand quilting.  

Several months ago, I wanted to design a quilt pattern in honor of my grandma.  So I took the Churn Dash block but I flipped it on it's head.  I designed this block with the same construction but different color placement and some 9-Patches added in.  It looks so different don't you think?  (That's the beauty of quilting!  With a few small changes you can completely change a design.)  

I ended up using the above block as a test block and started over with this color palette:

I used blues, purples, dark greens, and browns.  Several of the fabrics are wovens.  

Jen Ostler in Highland, Utah quilted it for me with the Gemma 3 pantograph.

I made the throw-size quilt but the pattern includes instructions for 5 different sizes.

I love the secondary designs this pattern makes.  Stars, Half-Square Triangles, 9-Patches...
everything that makes my quilter's heart happy!

I even made up this red and blue block to try to make one that more closely resembled my grandmother's quilt.  I'm not sure if I'll make a quilt with it?  Or maybe a pillow?  I think it's super cute and the red striped fabric was my grandmother's so I'm loving that!

I can't stop making these Gigi's blocks.  I have another quilt in the works as we speak.
I'd love to hear what you think about this pattern.  What colorway would you make it in?

You can grab the paper pattern HERE or the PDF pattern HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Welcome Wreath: a 2-Color Quilt

Sunday, July 7, 2024

 Hi there! This past month has been a whirlwind with my nephew's wedding in Montana, kids home from college, and out-of-towners staying with us here and there. It's been fun and I've loved every minute!  But now things are slowing down and I want to share a quilt I finished a little while ago.

Back in May, I had the idea to make my new pattern, Welcome Wreath in a 2-color version.
You can check out the original, colorful version HERE.

I mocked up a few samples of 2-color Welcome Wreath quits and liked them!  So I looked in my stash for a pretty fabric that wasn't too busy but had just the right amount of print on it to be interesting.  I ended up using this pretty, blue-gray floral print for the main fabric and a white solid fabric for the background.

I made the lap-size version this time but Welcome Wreath comes with instructions
for three different quilt sizes - lap, throw, and full.  

It comes together pretty quickly because you use the 4-at-a-time method for making Flying Geese.
Oh, and by the way, I made a video tutorial with Riley Blake Designs for this block!
Use THIS link to check it out!  I shared all of my tips and tricks for getting nice points!

The original version of Welcome Wreath is fat-eighth or fat-quarter friendly 
(depending on which size quilt you make).  

If you'd like to make a 2-color version, you'll need the following fabric amounts:

LAP: 2-1/2 yards for the main fabric and 7/8 yard for the background fabric.
THROW: 4-3/4 yards for the main fabric and 2-1/3 yards for the background fabric.
FULL: 6-1/2 yards for the main fabric and 3-1/4 yards for the background fabric.

Note: The "main fabric" is the blue-gray fabric in my quilt and includes the binding.  
The "background fabric" is the white fabric.

I had my friend Jen Ostler in Highland, Utah long arm quilt this for me using the Goose Down pantograph.  I thought the feather design complemented the timeless look of this quilt.

This quilt is so soft and serene.  It makes me so happy!
I think it would make a really sweet baby quilt.

If you'd like to make this pattern, you can grab the paper pattern HERE or the PDF pattern HERE.

I think 2-color quilts are so classic and vintagy at the same time!
I need more of them in my life.  What about you?  Have YOU made a 2-color quilt?
Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy quilting!

Feels Like Home Quilt-Along

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

 Good morning!  I have some exciting news!  Later this summer, I will be hosting a quilt-along 
for this pattern, Feels Like Home and I'd love for you to join the fun!

Dates: August 7th - October 16th (11 weeks)

The quilt finishes at 92-1/2" x 92-1/2".  It's big but oh so cozy!

You can use your stash and scraps for a great scrap-buster quilt!

OR, you can get a kit for the exact quilt shown in the pattern from The Quilter's Crossing, HERE.
The kits are on pre-order right now.  Limited quantities will be available.  The fabrics in the kit are from my new collection with Riley Blake Designs called Feels Like Home (which is what I'm using for my quilt).

There is a little bit of paper piecing for the roof units but everything else is traditionally pieced.
If you haven't paper pieced before, don't be intimidated!  There are only 13 roof units with only 5 pieces in each unit.  I have a really awesome video coming out with Riley Blake Designs at the end of the month that will show you exactly how to do it!  This is a great time to learn and master the art of paper piecing.  You can do it!

The materials/supplies needed are: 

1 yard of light leaf print fabric for blocks & inner border
½ yard each of 9 light print fabrics for blocks
1¾ yards of pink floral fabric for blocks & outer border
1 yard of navy floral stripe for blocks & binding
1⅜ yards of brown print fabric for blocks & roofs
½ yard of yellow floral fabric for blocks & chimneys
⅜ yard each of 10 dark print fabrics for blocks
100” x 100” piece of batting
8⅜ yards of backing fabric
7 copies of roof foundation paper pattern (14 roofs total, one is extra)
Elmer’s Washable Glue Stick

The schedule is as follows:

Aug. 7th: Get fabric & make copies of roof unit FPP pattern
Aug. 14th: Do all the cutting
Aug. 21st: Make 13 Roof units
Aug. 28th: Make 25 Heart units
Sept. 4th: Make 6 House blocks
Sept. 11th: Make 7 House blocks
Sept. 18th: Make 6 Courthouse Steps A blocks
Sept. 25th: Make 6 Courthouse Steps B blocks
Oct. 2nd: Make the quilt center
Oct. 9th: Add the borders
Oct. 16th: Show the quilt top

If you'd like to quilt-along with me, please sign up HERE.  
It's free and you'll only receive emails about the quilt-along.  
You can unsubscribe from the emails at any time.

You can snag the PAPER pattern HERE
and the PDF pattern HERE.

Annnd, if you write "sticker" in the message to buyer at checkout the first 50 people will get a free sticker with their Feels Like Home pattern purchase (paper patterns only)!

And finally, HERE is a PDF with all the quilt-along details including boxes you can check when you complete each weeks' assignment.  I hope you'll join me for this quilt along!  Please let me know in the comment section below if you have any questions!

Happy quilting!

Feels Like Home Patterns

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

 Hi!  Did you see my last blog post with my big announcement?  I have a new fabric collection with Riley Blake Designs!  It should be shipping to stores at the beginning of June!

It's called Feels Like Home and it's full of warm browns, deep pinks, navy blue, forest green, teal, and gold.  Plus 10 different low-volume prints.  It's so scrappy and I hope you love it!

Today I want to share more about the 4 new patterns I designed to go along with the collection:
Star Tiles, Welcome Wreath, Feels Like Home, and Family Ties.

First up is Star Tiles:

It's full of itty bitty 4" stars that are framed and set with some simple sashing that creates a fun secondary design.

It comes with instructions for 3 quilt sizes: crib, throw, and queen.
The skill level is "confident beginner".

This is the throw-size quilt and Jen Ostler in Highland, UT quilted it for me with the Plaid Stars panto.
This was a new-to-me panto and I think it's really fun!  

Next up, is Welcome Wreath!

It's a fun Flying-Geese pattern that comes with instructions for 3 different quilt sizes: lap, throw, and full.  I made the throw-size.  The skill level is "confident beginner".

I just love the quilting on this one.  Jen Ostler quilted it with the Lovely Loops panto.  It reminds me of meandering eucalyptus leaves which is perfect for these "wreaths"!

The quilting shows up so well on the back.  I used Riley Blake Confetti Cottons in Chive for this one.

As per usual, Jen quilted a hidden object into the quilting.  Do you see the little house with a heart inside (below)?  Isn't it the cutest!?!  Totally matches the Feels Like Home logo, selvages, etc.!

The third pattern I designed is called Feels Like Home.  I haven't made this one yet because I am doing a quilt-along for it this summer!  I'm so excited!  It starts in August and hope you'll join me.  Check out THIS blog post for all the details.

This pattern finishes at 92" x 92".  It's big!  The roof units are paper-pieced and the rest of it is traditionally pieced.  It will be a fun, scrappy make!  The skill level is "intermediate" (I have a video tutorial for the house blocks that will available later this month.)  You can grab the pattern HERE.  You probably don't know this but the first quilt I ever made was a scrappy courthouse steps pattern.  So this is my little homage to my first quilt!

And finally, the last pattern I designed for this fabric collection is called Family Ties.

It's a free pattern on the Riley Blake website.  You can find it HERE.  The skill level is "beginner".

This pattern is so simple and quick to make but I loooove it!  It really shows off the fabrics and quilting!  It uses 5" and 10" Stackers.  I'm kind of dying to make another one soon.

Jen Ostler quilted it with another new-to-me pantograph called Madi Rose.  Jen has such awesome pantos and is so awesome to work with.  She is the best!!!  The tiny heart is the hidden object on that quilt.

Oh, and I added one of my favorite labels from Ever Emblem.  They're so easy to sew into the binding so I don't have an excuse to not label my quilts!  I get the 2" cotton, fold-over, sew-in labels.  If you want to get some for yourself, you will just have to pick one of their basic cotton labels and customize it from there. you have a favorite of the new patterns I shared today?
I love them all and can't decide!  

For more information about my fabric line, Feels Like Home, you can check out THIS blog post.
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Thank you for stopping by today and please let me know if you have any questions!
Happy quilting!

Feels Like Home Fabric and Patterns

 Well, I think I am overdue for a little announcement on here...
I have a new fabric collection coming out with Riley Blake Designs and it's shipping to stores any day now!  I have talked a lot about it on Facebook and Instagram but if you're hearing about this for the first time, I apologize!  It's something that's been in the works for over a year so to say "I'm excited" is an understatement!  So without further ado, I'd like to introduce...

The prints in Feels Like Home were inspired by peaceful walks through my beautiful hometown of Alpine, Utah, hikes in the nearby majestic Wasatch mountains, and my home - my favorite place to be!  I tried to make this collection have a cozy, curated, scrappy feel.  I hope the prints and colors will feel right at home in your home like they do in mine!

The collection includes 14 vibrant prints and 10 low-volume prints.
PLUS, one cheater print that I haven't shared yet!  Any guesses on what kind of cheater print it might be?  Stay tuned, I will share more info on that soon!

I had so much fun naming the prints.
For instance, "Alpine Meadow" was named after my city and the meadows on some of my favorite hikes.  "Peonies" are my favorite flower and I finally planted some in my yard a few years ago.  "Albion Basin" is a beautiful hiking area in a nearby canyon.  "Scrub Oak" is a native tree here in Alpine - I have so many in my yard!  "Around the Block" is a geometric print that reminds me of the awesome neighbors I've had for over 20 years!   

There are 14 different prints in total; each one comes in 2 different colors ways (plus the cheater print).  So this is a very scrappy collection!  Fat Quarter bundles, 1-yard bundles, 2-1/2" Rolie Polie's, 5-inch Stackers, and 10-inch Stackers are available!  Here is a list of stores carrying the whole collection (they should be receiving it in the next week or so!):

Handmade is Heartmade
Cute Little Bugs
Corn Wagon Quilt Co
Quilt Etc
The Quilter's Block, LLC
Fabric Mill Orem
Pine Needles - Gardner Village
Checker Notions Company Inc
The Quilter's Crossing - UT
Dianne’s Quilted Square
Stitchers Garden LLC
A Clean Stitch INC
Mended Hearts Quilting & Boutique
Checker Notions Company Inc
A Quilters Oasis
Checker Notions Company Inc
Sew Yeah Quilt

There will also be stores carrying individual/random bolts, but I don't have a list of those stores, unfortunately.  But you can google "Feels Like Home Fabric" (and the name of the print if you know it).

I've also designed 4 patterns to go along with Feels Like Home:

Star Tiles, Welcome Wreath, and Feels Like Home are now available in my Etsy shop.
Click HERE to check them out.  And just a heads up, I will be hosting a quilt along for the pattern, Feels Like Home this August!  I'm so excited; this is the only one of these patterns that I haven't made yet.  Check out this post for more details (I hope you'll join me!!)  

The 4th pattern that I designed to go along with this collection is a free pattern that will be available on the Riley Blake Designs website soon!  It's called Family Ties.  It requires a 5" Stacker, a 10" Stacker and it's a really quick make!

I know this will be one of my go-to patterns when I need a quick, yet really cute quilt!

To see the samples I made of Star Tiles, Welcome Wreath, and Family Ties check out THIS blog post.  
Lots of details and photos are there for you to enjoy.

I'd love to hear what you think about Feels Like Home.  And, I can't wait to see what you make with it!
Please, please tag me on Instagram (@gigis_thimble) if you get some of the fabric or make something with it.  I know it will make my day!

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