Sunday, May 13, 2012

Fat Quarterly Issue 9 (+ my Nightshade quilts!)

Hello, and Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms, grandmas, godmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, and caregivers out there.  I hope you're all having a wonderful (and relaxing) day!

Thanks to everyone for all of your nice words about Geared for Guys, and especially for my Urban Decay quilt that's featured in the book.  I'm thrilled to be able to provide one of you with a free copy of the book.  Congratulations to Kathy H., who said:

I am thinking of a quilt for my son when he graduates from college so this book will probably have a few good suggestions. Congratulations on making the cover.


Kathy, please contact me so that I can get your book to you ASAP.

I had a fantastic visit to the Triad Modern Quilt Guild this past week, and want to thank Karen Grey, Angie, Colleen, and the entire group for being such gracious hosts.  Since I was speaking, I didn't take any pictures ... but I'll try to steal a few from the guild members and post more fully about it soon.  (In the meantime, you can read a little more about my visit on Kelly's blog.)

Today, I wanted to make sure that everyone knows that Issue 9 of Fat Quarterly is now available!


Issue 9 is all about sewing for, and with, the children in your lives.  It's full of fantastic patterns and project ideas, including a feature on Project Linus.  For my contribution to the issue, I was VERY excited to have the chance to play with Tula Pink's new line, Nightshade.  Though "officially" a Halloween line, a quick Twitter poll confirmed my belief that this goth-chic line would be totally embraced by tweens and teens (and, I suspect, many of their moms) all year 'round.

Being the dad of twin girls myself, I decided to design a quilt pattern for twins -- that is, a pattern that's easy enough to make 2 in the time it might take to make another, single quilt.  The scale of the prints lent themselves to large blocks, so I focused on making big, easy blocks and then created two complementary layouts.

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble: A quilt pattern for twins!

Here's my version in the Absinthe (green) color way:

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble: A quilt pattern for twins!

And its twin, in the Evening Shade color way:

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble: A quilt pattern for twins!

I call the pattern Double, Double, Toil & Trouble, and I hope you enjoy it!  Of course, if you make a version, I'd LOVE to see it.

9 comments:

  1. Love them...think I am partial to the green which shocks me because I love purple. Great job!!!

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  2. Awesome! I will probably be getting this issue since I have three little girls ages 6 and under. I would love to find something that's geared for making with them. I also have two fat quarter bundles of Full Moon Forest I have been meaning to make coordinating quilts with for each of my daughters. Maybe this pattern?

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  3. I went to order my fabric and they were sold out!! AAAHHHH I have been waiting for MONTSH for this material and now... I waited to long! LOLK! I guess a few more weeks wont kill me! Love your quilts!!

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  4. Your quilts are wonderful.

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  5. Those quilts are awesome John. Even though my two girls are still firmly in the pink stages I may have to have some anyway! I love them!

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  6. That's fantastic. My daughter made her very first quilt over the last three weeks and she's nearing the end. This was exactly what she needed.

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  7. I haven't done many "zakka" projects but I would live to get this book and try some out!

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  8. Ok, so I am a late comer to your blog. Is there a way to get the pattern for this quilt? I LOVE it! And it really does look simple!

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