Kaffe Fassett Artisan Quilt

Today is my stop on the Kaffe Fassett Artisan Blog Tour! I'm excited to share this quilt I made with Kaffe's latest fabric collection for Freespirit Fabrics, called Artisan. I used a mix of fabrics from both colorways, Sunny and Blue. I also used a mix of fabric types, including wovens, batiks and quilting cottons, all of which are included in the Artisan Collection.

I was completely inspired by a quilt made recently by my friend Nancy of Owen's Olivia, and knew a similar block design would be perfect for this fabric! I just chopped my favorite 10 prints into wonky strips and pieced them together with bits of white in between. The Freespirit Arctic White gives the eye a bit of a break from all the bold color, but still makes it a bright and happy quilt!

I quilted it with one of my go-to quilting patterns, wavy lines, so it went really quick! I even tried spray basting instead of pinning this time and it worked pretty well. I'm still not a huge fan of the spray though because I can't stand the smell of it!

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The back is just bigger pieces of some of the prints on the front. I really love that big polka dot print!

I got to take photos of the quilt in my studio which was pretty fun! The first time against the white brick, and I love it! Just need to paint those floors and it will finally be time to move in! I can't wait.

Freespirit was kind enough to send me some extra Kaffe Fassett fabric and Coats thread to giveaway as well! To enter, you can sign up for my newsletter! I haven't sent one out yet but I plan on working on that soon, and it would be nice to have some people to send it to! You can subscribe over in the sidebar! I'll choose a random winner from the newsletter subscribers next Friday, Oct 28th!

Make sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour as well for project inspiration and more giveaways!

Simple Simon & Co on 9/23

Craft Sanity on 9/30

One Hundred Billion Stars on 10/7

Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts on 10/21

Confessions of a Fabric Addict on 10/28

Sarah Fielke on 11/4

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The Splendid Sampler

I was honored when Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson asked me earlier this year to be a part of their Splendid Sampler Quilt Along! It's a 100 block sampler quilt, made of 6" blocks, created by 86 different designers. There are so many quilters participating in this project, it's pretty amazing! 

Yesterday my block "Full Circle" was released, and it has been so fun to watch everyone stitch it up! I'm so impressed with how fast everyone is sewing along. There have been some really beautiful blocks made already! You can get the pattern for my block here. I completely forgot to take a photo of the block I sent in for the series, so I made another one with my Brush Strokes collection and it turned out pretty cute! 

If you want to find out more about the series, make sure to check out The Splendid Sampler website! Thanks so much Pat and Jane for including me!

Kaffe Fassett Artisan Blog Tour

I haven't had a lot of free time lately to sew or participate in fun events, but thought I'd make an exception for the Freespirit blog tour for Kaffe Fassett's latest collection, Artisan. I can't show much just yet but here's a sneak peek!

I'll be sharing my project in mid October, but today I wanted to share with you the other talented quilters that will be on the tour as well!

Simple Simon & Co on 9/23

Craft Sanity on 9/30

One Hundred Billion Stars on 10/7

Bijou Lovely on 10/14

Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts on 10/21

Confessions of a Fabric Addict on 10/28

Sarah Fielke on 11/4

Make sure to check out the tour for project inspiration and giveaways!

Patchwork Baby Quilt

I am forever making things at the last minute, and this baby quilt for a friend was no exception! I cut the squares on Thursday night, sewed it together, quilted, and sewed the binding to the front on Friday night, and stitched the binding down by hand on Saturday before the shower. I even had five spare minutes to photograph it before I had to head to the shower on Saturday! I love a good challenge :)

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Since my friends know the baby is a girl, it was the perfect excuse to sew with my Brush Strokes collection. I added in a few Cirrus Solids, some Kona Highlight (the perfect bright yellow!) and a bundle of Cotton & Steel's Checkers, which are the cutest woven gingham prints! I love how it turned out despite being such a simple quilt!

I quilted it with a wide crosshatch pattern through each of the blocks. I can't seem to quit the crosshatch quilting lately!

I backed it with my Flowerfield print and a small strip of the Aqua Trellis. It finished at about 40x50".

Glad to have this project finished and excited to see it in use by my friend's little one very soon! 

Stash Fabrics Design Star

I was so excited when Beth from Stash Fabrics asked me to be a part of her Design Star Monthly Club & Contest! I love putting bundles together and it has been a long time since I've done it for a shop, so putting together a bundle for the month of July was a lot of fun!

The Design Star Club is a monthly subscription club. You can choose between FQ and half yard bundles, and each month you'll receive a bundle from one of the 11 different designers. There is also a contest where you can create a bundle of your own on the Stash Fabrics website before July 31st for a chance to move on to the next round. The winner of the Design Star contest will curate the last bundle for the club and also win all 12 bundles! 

June - Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts
July - Holly @ Bijou Lovely
August - Ashley @ Film in the Fridge
September - Nicole @ Lillyella Stitchery
October - Felice @ Sew Scatterbrained
November - Nicole @ Modern Handcraft
December - Anna @ Noodlehead
January - Giuseppe Ribaudo
February - Jennie @ Clover & Violet
March - Sari @ Sariditty Handmade
April - Jacey @ JaceyCraft
May - Stash Fabrics Design Star Winner - TBD

You can read more about the contest here.

For my bundle, I started with a few of my favorite prints from Brush Strokes, and added in several prints from some of my favorite designers including Leah Duncan, Carolyn Friedlander, Alison Glass and Cotton & Steel. The resulting bundle is very bright and summery, and I'm dying to make something with it! Thanks Beth for the chance to participate in such a fun project! 

Chromatic Quilt

The Chromatic Quilt was the first quilt I sketched out with Brush Strokes in mind, and it was so much fun to make a quilt out of my own fabric! Even on a tight timeline (I think I made this quilt in about four days from start to finish) I really enjoyed putting this one together.

I couldn't help but add in some coordinating Cirrus Solids since they match the fabric so well! Added here are Lilac, Fuchsia, Rain, Sprout, Salmon, and Denim. I'll do another post with a list of all the coordinating Cirrus Solids sometime soon!

I opted to quilt it in a crosshatch pattern, which took forever but I really love how it turned out! My lines are definitely not perfectly straight but you really can't tell that much unless you look closely. I used Aurifil 50 wt thread in white so it would blend in with the background fabric.

I wrote up a pattern for this quilt, which is now available for free on the Cloud9 website! You can find it here. I'd love to see your quilts if you make one, so please tag them with #chromaticquilt on social media so I can see your progress! 

Handmade Pincushions

My friend Deedrie and her husband Andy make the most beautiful hand-turned wooden pincushions. Andy finds the wood and turns the bases, and Deedrie makes them into pincushions! They're such a talented duo! I was thrilled when they asked me to send a few scraps of Brush Strokes to make some custom pincushions for me to display at Quilt Market!

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They chose to use Trellis in Lavender, Facets in Multi and Brush Strokes in Multi to make the pincushions and they all look so pretty set inside those fancy wooden bases!

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You can purchase your own beautiful pincushions in the mybricole shop! They are gorgeous! I'm so grateful to have such talented friends that helped me make my Quilt Market cubby special. Thanks Deedrie and Andy!

New Website!

It was about time for a website update! The Blogger site worked fine for years, but as I transition from a traditional blog to more of a portfolio and shop type of site, it just didn't make sense anymore. Eventually I will move most of the old content over to this site but in the meantime, you can always find the old blog in it's old location, here:

www.bijoulovelydesigns.com

New posts will be going up here from now on, so please update your blog readers to the new address. I hope you like the new look! It should be a lot more functional going forward! Thanks for sticking with me! :)

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