I love this! In fact, I love this so much that I am teaching it this weekend!
This is a Karla Alexander design – and is SO her! A little wacky, a little wonky, and a whole lot of fun! This combines every aspect of a great pattern:
It looks hard but is so easy and so forgiving – anyone can do it!
It takes just eight 10 inch squares and eight 11″ x 14″ rectangles of background so it is easy to kit.
It makes a great demo.
AND, it is a Cut Loose Press™ pattern so it is affordable. Crazy Christmas Trees #CLPKAL009
It uses her ruler. Creative Grids® Spider Web Quilt Ruler #CGRKA6
Saturday I am making this in Fall colors – but kitting it for Christmas as well. After all, who can stop at just one! An added bonus? This runner is 17 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ so if I make four of these, I have a great throw!
Deb Heatherly and I are not only Creative Grids® designers, we are also friends. She has designed four of our most popular tools – Cat’s Cradle; Strippy Star, Turbo Four-Patch and the Ultimate Flying Geese.
We both travel and teach – and love to demonstrate Creative Grids®. My latest Cut Loose Press™ pattern, Log Cabin Nights, was inspired by one of her quilts – Steps to the Stars.
Here is the story. I was working on a king sized quilt and needed a final border. I loved the way Deb combined Strippy Stars and Courthouse Steps blocks in her pattern. As a border, however, I needed a darker look that would frame the quilt and be striking when it was hanging off the side of a bed.
I completed the quilt – and loved the border. There was a long dresser in the room that was scratched on the top. What is a quilter to do? Make a dresser scarf of course – and Log Cabin Nights was born. Look at your patterns as inspiration and see what happens!
I just noticed a white spot on the top of the buffet….back to the sewing room.
Just in time for the holidays, Kathy Brown of Teacher’s Pet is releasing several new patterns that can be made in a day or two. What sets these apart from other designs? The clever and unusual ways she chooses to display them! Check out this Halloween scene displayed on a dust pan!
God Bless the Ewe S A is displayed on a grater – and can be created with wool or needle punch – either version will add that awe factor to any decor.
Apple Cider is a penny rug that is made with two different sizes of pennies and measures eight inches across – the perfect size to display your favorite battery operated candle. Autumn Mist is stitched on a gorgeous plaid background that adds a subtle depth to the piece.
These patterns are so reasonably priced that your customers will want ALL of them so order accordingly! They are all due to arrive later this month so you still have time to make samples.
Gerri Robinson’s “Charming” line by Penny Rose Fabrics is due to arrive this month. Her combination of navy, blue, and taupe is striking. Check out a sampling of the colors and prints.
And the support for this line is amazing! Each pattern includes two different quilts that compliment each other in style and substance.
Blooming Baskets includes seven different appliques showcased in a beautiful star setting and a star version. The border would add interest to any quilt. Not a fan of applique? No problem – make the entire quilt in stars.
Hidden Shoofly and Flutter look totally different buy both settings actually highlight star blocks. Why not offer a class and give your students a choice of settings?
Blossom provides impressive negative space to showcase elaborate quilting. Flower Patch Blossoms fulls that space with additional flowers.
Garden Rows and Scattered Seeds are reminiscent of Irish Chain quilts. Wow!
Last but not least is Windmills – a fast and easy quilt made from 2 1/2″ strips.
Be sure to order the patterns now so you can display them with the fabric when it arrives. The hardest part is going to be deciding which quilt to make!
This new Honey Hive by Kathy Schmitz is simply stunning! It is a five-inch square and could be the perfect wrapping for a special gift. The ribbon is laced through beads to close. Tweedy Bird is a charming needle case.
The handwork includes a variety of stitches so they would make a great class. You still have time to make one or both for your quilting friends. The patterns are due to arrive this month so order them now.
Helen Stubbings adds a sense of whimsy to all of her designs and the designs in her award winning book are sure to become classics.
Look at these purses and totes! The all over daisy design blew me away!
This is just a small sampling of the 19 projects that are in the book. Many can be completed in an evening. Helen includes clear instructions and stitch guides which can be learned in a matter of minutes.
Add Karla Alexander’s sense of style and color sense – and classes will sell out immediately! I am one of those people who came from an applique background so sewing curves on a machine wasn’t a part of my skill set until now! Look how gorgeous…
These are Cut Loose Press™ patterns that are stunning. Leaves is a perfect class. They can actually finish this in an afternoon. Then demo the Clam shell quilt and Capiz Lanterns. The lantern quilt would be a perfect Christmas quilt.
Enchanted will have everyone anticipating the holiday seasons. Trading Places and Spin Cycle actually make me think I could make art quilts – and you could too!
You need to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone – and I guarantee you will be successful and love every minute of it!