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WIP Wednesday: Obsessions

You might notice a theme in this week’s WIP Wednesday. That theme is red, white, and knitted. Or at least knitty looking. : )

Yes, my Fair Isle obsession continues, this week in the form of knitted Christmas stockings. Suddenly, I MUST have knitted Nordic Christmas stockings. There’s just one catch: Here in Milwaukee, everybody celebrates St. Nick’s Day by putting out their Christmas stockings on Dec. 6. Think I can finish at least two stockings by then? (Because, one for each girl. There must be either two, or none. One is not an option.)

And of course my other project is my red and white Fair Isle quilt. Zig-zag rows are up next on the Fair Isle Sew-Along! It doesn’t look like much right now, but come back tomorrow for this week’s installment in the sew-along, and I promise there will be more to see!

And just so this week’s post is not excessively one-note, don’t forget that my new Picnic Plaid pattern is now available! Grab the PDF version now!

What are YOU working on this week? Here’s how to link up:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @lee.a.heinrich.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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30 Quilts for 30 Years: My Picnic Plaid Quilt

Welcome to my stop on Robert Kaufman’s 30 Quilts for 30 Years Blog Hop! I’m so happy to be unveiling my Picnic Plaid quilt today—and the Picnic Plaid quilt pattern is on sale for a limited time!

Kaufman recently asked 30 quilt designers (including me!) to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kona Cotton Solids by designing a quilt. I’m a huge supporter of Kona solids—there’s no question that Kona offers one of the best color palettes out there, especially with the addition of 33 new colors for 2014. And I’m just crazy lucky enough to live near a quilt shop that carries all 300+ Kona colors. You heard me. Every. Single. Color. All right there in one little brick-and-mortar shop. (Thank you, Patched Works in Elm Grove!) This all means that Kona is definitely my go-to solids brand.

And so I give you Picnic Plaid! I’ve been loving the speed and ease of strip-piecing lately, and this quilt is ridiculously strip-pieced. Like practically every bit of it. You won’t find a more efficiently-made quilt anywhere, I don’t think. : ) So it comes together quickly.

I used many of my absolute favorite Kona shades in this quilt: Bluegrass, Aloe, Pomegranate, Azalea, Chartreuse, Cactus, Cerise, and White. These are colors that I tend to come back to over and over in my quilting—this quilt is like my own personal library of Kona faves.

Picnic Plaid comes in three sizes: Baby (40″ x 40″), Lap (60″ x 80″), and Twin (80″ x 100″). (Twin size instructions are available in the PDF only—the paper pattern includes only Baby and Lap sizes.) Overall, the piecing is pretty simple, and I think a confident beginner can be very successful with this one. (Shops can purchase my patterns wholesale from Checker, Brewer, or United Notions.)

As always when I release a pattern, I’m offering it on sale for just $4.99 (PDF version only) the first week of release. (The sale is now done.) You can purchase the PDF on sale here, or the paper version of the pattern here. I rarely put my patterns on sale, so take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

Keep following the 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop, since more designers will be unveiling more quilts in the days ahead! You can also see all 30 designs in Kaufman’s 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook, viewable right here. Good luck in the giveaway!

Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko

Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane

Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks

Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations

Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs

Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon

Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny

Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman

Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil

Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts

Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts

Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of Latifah Saafir Studios

Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman

Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting

Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy

Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells

Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments

Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl

Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing

Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine

Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color

Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine

Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy

Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks

Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman

Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

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Terrazzo Quilt

As you might all remember, I spent the past several weeks working on a quilt for Free Spirit Fabric’s “Modern Solids Challenge.” Free Spirit challenged seven bloggers, including myself, to use Denyse Schmidt’s gorgeous Modern Solids to create a quilt that was a modern twist on traditional. Of course, I could hardly sign up fast enough. : )
 My new Terrazzo quilt is the finished result! This is my updated twist on a classic Cathedral Window pattern. I love Cathedral Window quilts, but I don’t love all the fussing with the fabric and sewing curved seams. As I was messing around on my design wall with Free Spirit’s gorgeous solids, I realized that I could get that basic shape—and the illusion of a curve—using triangles. Cathedral Window units are also typically much smaller than my blocks, so I loved the super-sized aspect as well, and felt that modernized the pattern nicely!
I hope by now you’ve all seen the other beautiful entries the challenge bloggers came up with. Visit Free Spirit’s Facebook page to check them all out—I love how we all took the same box of fabric and came up with such wildly different interpretations of “modern traditional.” I am so impressed by every single entry and they look amazing all together.
And of course, as promised, you get to vote on your favorite quilt! So I hope you’ll bounce over there and do that. Just warning you though, it may be difficult for you to decide which one to vote for! (And if you really can’t decide, well then, just go ahead and vote for me. LOL.) You can vote by just commenting on the album of challenge quilts.
 And yes, I am excited to be releasing a pattern for this quilt! It’s relatively easy to piece and comes together quickly with two alternating block types. I’ve included two different options for piecing the long triangles and the neutral diamonds—I’ve got traditional piecing methods for both units (no templates required!), or for you hard-core folks out there (like me!), you can paper-piece for extreme accuracy. : )
As always, I’m offering the PDF pattern on sale for the first week of release for $4.99! (This sale is now over.) Click here to buy it in my pattern shop. Grab it now while it’s hot!
This pattern is a great way to start using your Modern Solids box, if you are lucky enough to have snagged one of those! (And you’ll have plenty left over for more quilts after you’re done!) I also think this quilt would look great with prints as well—it’d be a perfect pattern for large-scale prints by just eliminating the 9-patch blocks and putting one large piece of a print there instead. In fact, I may have to make one like that soon.
Enjoy!
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Fair Isle Christmas Quilt

Are you ready to get started on your holiday sewing? If so, I’ve got a fun new Christmas pattern for you! And it’s even on sale, so you can kick off the season with a bargain.

Buy Fair Isle as a PDF pattern here
Buy Fair Isle as a hard-copy paper pattern here

This quilt was inspired by cozy Nordic sweaters—I saw some Fair Isle knitting patterns on Pinterest a few months back, and I just knew that look had to make its way into a quilt! At first I was just playing around with the design, but eventually I decided it was so cute that it had to get the full pattern treatment. : )

I think this quilt is especially fun to make because it has several different blocks in it—including the pixelated reindeer! But the really nice thing is that it’s almost entirely strip-pieced, which makes it come together so much more quickly than you might think for something this elaborate. It’s all pretty basic piecing. However, I will warn you that there is a lot of cutting and a lot of different pieced units that come together in the end, so it does require some organization. : )

Of course, as is my tradition, this week I’m offering the PDF pattern at its lowest price ever. Pick it up now while it’s a bargain, and get that holiday sewing started!

Oh, and one more fun thing: I have a coordinating bonus pillow tutorial now available on weallsew.com, Bernina USA’s blog. This free tutorial shows you how to make a variation on the Poinsettia block from this quilt—which means the pillow also happens to coordinate very nicely with the quilt! Head over to Bernina’s blog to learn how to make the pillow.


Fair Isle Quilt Pattern
72″ x 77″
$8.99
Purchase via my shop
Purchase via Craftsy

 

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WIP Wednesday: In Technicolor

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Got another round done on my Aviatrix Medallion this week! And it is so, so pretty.

It’s worth noting that I didn’t do any color correcting or color enhancement on this photo whatsoever. That’s just what the Cotton and Steel colors look like. Nicely done, ladies. Nicely done.

With round two done, I’m getting ready to move on to the round of X-and-Plus blocks. Fun!

Hey, don’t forget, my new pattern, Gridlock, is on sale right now! The PDF version is just $4.99. Sale ends Fridayclick here to get yours. (The sale is now done.)

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog.
3. If you are linking to an Instagram photo, please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @lee.a.heinrich. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon in the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL would be www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich).
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!And remember, you can participate only on Instagram (without linking up here) if you prefer. Just hashtag #wipwednesday—and check the hashtag to see what everybody else is working on!
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Gridlock Quilt

Happy Monday! It’s a happy one for me indeed, because I’ve got another pattern to release to you all! And as usual, I’m offering Gridlock as a PDF download on sale for just $4.99 in the first week of release (that’s almost 40% off the normal price). (This sale is now done.)

 

 

This is the third in my continuing series of simple, beginner-friendly paper-piecing patterns (Cartwheels and Wavelength are perfect for beginning paper-piecers as well). So if you’ve tried paper-piecing, but don’t feel quite up to the really intricate patterns yet, you can definitely handle this one! Gridlock is basically a string quilt, although it’s a bit more of a modern, geometric take on that concept.

I did my version of Gridlock in Jungle Ave. by Sara Lawson for Art Gallery Fabrics—and Jungle Ave. is hitting stores in the next week, so you can get exactly what you need to make it! (You can still pre-order Jungle Ave. here, and be sure to visit Sara’s blog, Sew Sweetness, here.)

This quilt would also be amazeballs in solids. Can somebody make this quilt in solids, please? : ) I think it has so much potential for fun color schemes. Other print choices could make a huge impact too.

My version was quilted by the amazing and talented Lisa Sipes—she did a slightly different design in each of the rows, and it turned out really fun. The back is just a solid—Art Gallery Pure Elements in Cozumel Blue, to be exact—but I’m so happy that it is, because it really shows Lisa’s quilting to great advantage. It’s gorgeous!

I can’t wait to see what you all do with this pattern! But grab yours now while it’s on sale. Click here to purchase it in my pattern shop, or click here to purchase it on Craftsy. I don’t put my patterns on sale often, so the first week of a pattern’s release is always your best chance to save! (Follow my blog or my Instagram feed so that you’ll always know about pattern releases when they happen.) Happy sewing!

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Patchwork Napkins

No lie, napkins have been on my to-do list since I got my first sewing machine (that’s, what, three machines ago now?). And it’s so silly that I haven’t made any yet, because they take No. Time. At all. So when I saw AnneMarie’s adorable Patchwork Napkins PDF pattern, and she asked me to take part in her blog hop, I couldn’t sign up fast enough. : )
This pattern really is easy, quick, and fun. And flexible too, which I love. You can choose either of two napkin sizes: Every Day (the size of a paper napkin), and Formal (more generous). I made the Formal size, because that’s how we roll around here. (Kidding—I just have messy eaters!) The pattern also offers four different patchwork blocks to add to the corner of the napkin.

I did the log cabin blocks on both of my napkins. I grabbed a Kona Solids charm pack that I’d had in my sewing room for ages, pulled charms from two color families, and chopped them up for the blocks. A perfect use of that charm pack!

Even though I think the log cabin blocks are probably the most time-consuming of the four block options in the pattern, it still took me only about two hours to make two napkins. I’m definitely planning to make several more, for a complete set!

The self-binding instructions in the pattern are really clear and easy to follow. I wasn’t very confident about self-binding, since I’ve only tried that method one other time, but sure enough, the binding turned out pretty great!

You could probably even use this pattern with only slight modifications to make placemats. Either way, what a great Mother’s Day gift!
Best of all, the Patchwork Napkins pattern is on sale all week! Pick up your copy right here. Or read more about it on Gen X Quilters.
And keep following along with the Patchwork Napkins blog tour, happening all this week!
Mon., April 28   Diane / From Blank Pages
Tues., April 29   Lee / Freshly Pieced
Wed., April 30   Adrianne / Little Bluebell and Amy / Sukie
Thurs., May 1   Kati / From the Blue Chair
Fri., May 2  Debbie / A Quilter’s Table
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Wavelength Quilt

This has been a long time coming, so I’m pleased to tell you that I have a new pattern available today! Wavelength is my twist on the classic Grandmother’s Two-Patch block.

I think Wavelength is my best pattern to date. Here’s why I love it:

You can paper-piece this quilt, or piece it the “regular” way, using templates. I know not everyone shares my love for paper-piecing (although I’m determined to convert all of you eventually!) So this pattern includes both paper-piecing templates and traditional-piecing templates. Choose whichever method you prefer.

You can paper-piece this quilt even if you have zero previous paper-piecing experience. Complete, step-by-step instructions for paper-piecing this very simple block are included, with how-to photos for every step. Just follow the instructions, duplicate what you see in the photos, and you’ll be able to do it! I think it’s pretty foolproof.

The pattern includes two design variations (the “Exploding” version and the “Traditional” version shown below), plus two sizes for each design variation, crib size and lap size. So you can get two very different quilts out of one pattern. Choices are good, right?

And to top it all off, the PDF version of the pattern is on sale, for a limited time, for just $4.99! (This sale is now done.) I don’t put my patterns on sale very often, but I always put them on sale in the first week of release, so don’t miss your chance. Click here to buy it from my shop, or you can purchase it on Craftsy. A hard-copy version is also available, both retail and wholesale, and shop owners can purchase it through my distributors, Brewer and Checker.
My Wavelength was done in scrappy jewel tones, with an even scrappier black-and-white background. I spent months collecting all those black-and-white prints, and then used almost all of them up in one fell swoop for this quilt. But I can’t think of a better way to have used them! I absolutely love the completed quilt and I think it’s now my favorite. (This is the lap size, which finishes at 59″ x 77″.)
It took forever to decide how to quilt this puppy. I would have loved to do concentric circle quilting, radiating out from the orange star, but after my experience with this mini quilt from “Vintage Quilt Revival,” I didn’t think I was up for it on something so large! And every free-motion quilting design that I considered seemed too soft and flowy for this design. So I finished it off with zig-zag line quilting, using my walking foot and the multi-stitch zig zag on my machine. Love it!

And then there’s the Traditional design variation of Wavelength. Isn’t it amazing how different the same unit can look in these two very different layouts? This version is done in Denyse Schmidt’s Florence fabric line for Free Spirit, with Kona Silver for the background. Silver is such a great light gray—perfect when you want something light, but not white. As you can see, I haven’t had time to quilt this one yet, but I have the perfect plan for it and will post it again as soon as I’m done.

And in the interest of keeping it real, there is an oops on my Wavelength quilt that I thought you all would enjoy. : ) This is what happens when your quilt back is about a half an inch too small! That gray polka-dot strip was added after the quilt was basted! It was a make-it-work moment. LOL.

As always, I can’t wait to see what you do with this pattern! If you Instagram it, hashtag #freshlypiecedpatterns or #wavelengthquilt. Enjoy, and have a wonderful springtime week!
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Shooting Star Mini Quilt

Well, here’s kind of a fun little surprise (maybe more surprising to me than to you): I have a new pattern available! The Shooting Star Mini Quilt pattern from my Modern Quilt Guild SewDown Portland class is now available.

Buy Shooting Star Mini Quilt pattern here

I actually wasn’t planning to make this pattern publicly available, but I’ve had so many requests that I decided to go for it. You can purchase this pattern as a PDF download only from my Pattern Shop or from Craftsy. As always, I’m offering the pattern on sale for the first few days of its release, so get it now while it’s a bargain at $4.99! (This sale is now done.) For now, this pattern will be a PDF download only, no paper version available.


This is such a quick, easy little quilt. Many of my SewDown students finished the top during our three-hour class time. Some parts of this quilt are traditionally pieced, while others are foundation paper-pieced.

If you’re interested in giving paper-piecing a try for the first time, this pattern is a fantastic way to get your feet wet, since there are only four paper-pieced units total. That’s minimal paper-piecing time commitment for a finished quilt! (And here’s a great tutorial for piecing one of the very units in the pattern.)

High five-ing myself for remembering all that I learned in @freshlypieced's Shooting Star class at #SewDownPortland - that I made a second one! #signofagreatteacher
Photo courtesy of Monica Solorio-Snow 

I used V and Co.’s gray ombré print from the Simply Style line to create my faded-out shooting star tail. But since that line is becoming hard to find, you could also use a selection of 7 solid colors for the shooting star’s tail. In fact, Monica of The Happy Zombie did exactly that, in her quilt shown above—how cool is this? I think her version is a fabulous example of an alternate color scheme for this quilt! (Thanks, Monica, I heart you!)

Enjoy the Shooting Star Mini pattern! I really appreciate all the interest in it! As always, let me know if you have any questions, and please share your finished quilt with me if you make it! I love to see what people do with my patterns.

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WIP Wednesday: Right On Time

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
It’s Wednesday. And I actually know that it’s Wednesday. Let’s do this thing.

Did I mention I’m making another Crazytown quilt? Well, kind of sort of. I’m getting a pattern ready, and it’s going to have two design variations for you all. So I’m being a good little designer and making both versions.

I don’t make a lot of all-one-fabric-line quilts these days, but I’ll always make an exception for Denyse Schmidt’s collections. For some reason I just can’t break up her lines. The prints are so yummy together—introducing fabric from other designers or other collections never seems to improve them.

I tried adding other prints to this quilt, I really did. But Florence is just so darn awesome all on its own. So this quilt will be Florence and only Florence. Because Florence is the bomb. It reminds me of my grandpa’s old ties or something.

So what are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!