Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Busy summer ...

Sorry it's been so quiet around here lately. Well, it hasn't really been quiet, but I haven't really had a chance to post to the blog much. You know what I mean. Besides dealing with the aftermath of taking our house off of the market (still not happy about that!) and just trying to enjoy a little bit of the summer with the family, I've also been hard at work on my projects the next issue of Fat Quarterly. See this gorgeous stack of fabric?:

Sneak Peek - Issue 2

Well, it's all cuts of Valori Wells' new line for Free Spirit Fabrics, called "Nest". It was one of my favorite new lines (if not the favorite) from market, and I was so lucky to be able to work with it. For those of you who (quite astutely) notice that I rarely make big quilts, stay tuned. Our next issue will be released three weeks from today, on Tuesday, July 27th. Eeeep, I'm so excited!

I haven't been able to do much else, but I did get a chance to play a bit with some of Kate Spain's beautiful Verna line. I made these 8" blocks from a pattern in the latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine called "Linked Together". Sometimes my favorite projects are ones with no end goal in mind -- I saw the pattern and was inspired to combine it with these prints. I considered using it for my Pillow Talk Swap pillow, but wasn't sure if it was a good match with my partner's preferences. At this point I don't know if this will become a full quilt, a mini quilt, a pillow, or something else ... but frankly, it doesn't matter. I'm just going to make more blocks until I either get sick of them or run out of fabric!

Verna blocks

PS. The solids in the blocks are some of Moda's Bella solids, and they coordinate perfectly.

Speaking of Verna ...

I haven't been able to play along in the Year of Schnibbles as much as I had hoped to, but I REALLY want to make the July pattern. It's one of Carrie's new ones called Joy Luck, and here's an image of the version used on the pattern cover. It's also made with the Verna line. Pretty, no?

Have you registered for camp yet? Summer camp, that is. Check out the Castle Peeps Summer camp hosted over on Lizzy House's blog. It'll be full of fun projects featuring Lizzy's new fabric line. The first project is already posted, so head on over and see what it's all about.

And finally, I've had a few more sightings of projects made from my tutorials. Katie of Katie's Corner made this super cute iPad sleeve as a gift for her friend. Don't you love her fabric selections?


One of my oldest online quilting friends, Sequana, made this gorgeous "Off the Grid" quilt from some Basic Grey fabrics.


Want to hear something funny? Sequana was the recipient of my first ever mini swap quilt a little over two years ago. Here is a picture of the quilt I sent. I stressed out about this quilt SO MUCH. And if you flipped it over, you would see that the binding is a hot mess. (I really had no idea how to bind a quilt. I kind of improvised.) Anyway, she assures me that the quilt is loved in its new home and is hanging on her wall!

ALQS Swap Quilt (front)

A trip to Sequana's Flickr stream revealed another amazing quilt that she recently made. This is made from the "Lantern Lounge" pattern by Scott of Blue Nickel Studios, and was featured on the Fons & Porter website. Read more about it on Scott's post (which includes a direct link to the pattern) here.

Wild Life

Isn't it amazing? Anyhow, I am sorry for the rambling post -- I know I was a little bit all over the place. I hope to get back into a more regular posting routine soon but, in the meantime, have a great week!


  1. Totally cool -linked together us great in Verna.

  2. I love your little ALQS quilt! I've been looking for something to inspire me on a design for a Christmas quilt using a Carolers honeybun I picked up - that certainly gives me some good ideas! If anything comes of it, I'll be sure to give you credit for the seed of inspiration..... And I have missed your rambling posts, so keep 'em coming!

  3. You're singing my song...it's so hard to get anything done in summer! I just want to hang out with the kids, play badminton and go swimming. Those blocks you made are beautiful - and so precise!! Can't wait to see what you and the FQ gang have cooked up for the next issue!

  4. I think many of us are right there with you...this summer seems so busy with kids and all their activities and as busy as it is, I know it is going to be very short and I'll be sad when it's over. (Is that a sign that my kids are getting older?)

  5. A Hot Mess...hahahahaaa. Never heard that term before!;) I'll have to use it on my co-worker who is from NC!;)

    We are busy cutting for the Hershey quilt show, I just cut a bunch of Micheal Miller Fairy Frost so I went home with my Stripper Makeup on!;)
    Thanks for all the eye candy!:)

  6. Aw, I missed you around here John! I know, I know I talk to you over Twitter and Gmail Chat but it's not the same as actually getting to see the awesome stuff you're working on!

    That Joy Luck pattern is very cool! I love how fresh and vibrant it is (definitely aided by the use of Verna!). And I absolutely adore your Linked Together blocks - they're definitely my style!

  7. That was a wonderful post filled with all kinds of inspiration...thanks! I also love Nest by Valori Wells and can't wait to get some of it. I am doing my Jelly Roll Sampler of Verna and wish that I had known about the solids...none in the jelly roll. I may order some today...

  8. Sorry the house didn't sell. Hopefully the commute to Chapel Hill won't be that bad.

    Carolyn in Chatham

  9. Well! I wondered why there were suddenly a bunch of hits on my Wild Life quilt. *L* This explains it.

    Yes, the little doll quilt is hanging here proudly. Whenever someone looks at it, I point out that not only was it made by a guy, but that guy is now a rock star in the quilting world. Sort of a I-knew-him-when thing. *S*

    Thx for all the nice press. I guess I'll forgive you for the use of that word "oldest"................:(

  10. Enjoyed your post, and just like having a good yak with a friend quilter...not rambling at all. We can follow it just fine 'cause we all talk that way about quilts/quilting. Thanks.

  11. I enjoyed the eye candy and the sharing! Thanks!

  12. Well, I guess we can forgive the quiet if it means you're just saving up lots of gorgeous projects and photos.

    Re. the Lantern quilt -- just met Laura Gunn last night in Portland. It was great to hear about her design process and see so many projects made from her fabrics.

  13. Hi Mr John.
    I'm Marsita from Malaysia. I'm also amazing about you a man with full-time-job and have an interest in quilt. I have bought my own sewing machine last month and I'm also in my way to have a quilt project.
    I'll add your blog link in my blog.

    Thank you for sharing the amazing designs.

  14. Wow. You're an inspiration!! That is for sure. I'm following you from now on. Where in NC are you located?

  15. LOL. Just answered my own question. I'm located in Summerville, SC. I wish my fiance loved colors like you. :)

  16. The Nest line is adorable! I think I will have to look for it!

  17. John I know the summer song you are singin' . . . I just got my internet back up and running this afternoon and I had like 6 posts. I've overkilled the blogger site. LOL!

    Hello Valori Wells! Love that new line!

    Hugs & stitches,

  18. John,
    I love love your rail fence pillow and have been thinking about making one like it for my daughter's apartment so I'm glad you posted the size. I know she'd love your fabric choices too. Hope I can come up with something as colorful but my stash of fabric runs on the "vintage" style. Is your pillow made so the insert can be removed and the cover laundered?