Pattern will be on sale and available for purchase Monday, August 13, 2018.
The Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Pattern is my newest pattern with a fresh color palette. One of the very first quilts I ever made was a traditional churn dash quilt, and I just love that block. My mom and I gave the little churn dash quilt to my Mamaw Florence for her birthday one year, and then I got the quilt back when she passed away. You’d think churn dashes would make me sad, but I smile and think about what an amazing Mamaw I had and how much I miss her. She was such an inspiration to me and was an awesome artist. This quilt is kind of my tribute to her. I really like traditional quilt blocks with a modern spin, so what better way to make a big churn dash made up of other blocks to show off your favorite fabrics?
This pattern was first featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. You can pick up Issue 54 or find the pattern in my Pattern Shop.
Cheeky Churn Dash is a really fun pattern to put together, and by joining in the quilt along, I’ll introduce you to an awesome new way to sew together half-square triangles. You’ll seriously be amazed, and you’ll want to use this method all the time! There are two layout options for making the 81″ square quilt, mini, or pillow, and you can choose the one that you like the best. The quilt is layer cake friendly and the mini and pillow versions are mini charm pack friendly–great for quick piecing. This is a great way to use up your favorite fabrics that you’ve been hoarding for ages! And there is a Quilt Along for this pattern that will start in September. RSVP to the quilt along to sign up for all the details and save your spot!
The Cheeky Churn Dash PDF Pattern in my shop includes coloring diagrams for easy planning, fabric cutting diagrams to make the most of your fabric if you aren’t using precuts, and tons of step by step pictures that will make this quilt a breeze.
I quilted my Cheeky Churn Dash Quilts in a couple of different ways–one of my favorites was just straight line quilting. It’s modern and simple and really shows off the quilt without distraction. I quilted another version with some geometric lines and swirls in the background fabric. There are so many great options for quilting this quilt, the sky is the limit!
Kona Cotton Solids Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Backing and binding: Elizabeth Hartman Pond Flower Dots for Robert Kaufman
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Wool Batting
Do you have a favorite crafting or quilting magazine? There are so many great magazines filled with exciting new patterns, and I have quite a few favorites of my own! I’m so excited to finally be able to share with you the Moroccan Tiles Quilt in Love Patchwork and Quilting Issue 63.
Issue 63 isn’t yet available in the US, but it is on shelves in the UK now. I’m anxiously awaiting my copy in the mail any day now!
I designed the Moroccan Tiles quilt because I have a secret love of traditional quilt blocks–specifically the different variations that can be made from drunkard’s path blocks.
I used to be scared stiff of sewing curves, but there really is nothing to it once you practice a little bit. The shapes I created by rotating and flipping the drunkard’s path blocks reminded me of gorgeous tile work and design shapes.
I chose a gem toned palette from some of my favorite Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids and rather than using the standard go-to white background fabric, I love to use Kona Silver! I like to think it makes the background such a shocking contrast, and gives it a softer glow so the other colors can shine on their own.
For the backing, I was dying to use Robert Kaufman’s Effervescent fabric. It is a beautiful fabric that looks like it has little champagne bubbles overflowing on the entire surface. The color way I chose coordinated exactly with the colors of Kona Cotton I had selected, so it was definitely a match made in heaven!
I hope you’ll grab your very own issue of the magazine and check out all of the awesome projects and all of the great contributors, and maybe try something a little new this week that involves sewing some curves? You might fall head over heels for them, just like I did–so you won’t know if you don’t try! Happy sewing!
If you’ve been looking for a way to use up those super cute jelly rolls you’ve acquired…I have a great jelly roll tutorial for you! It’s free, and you can find it at the American Quilter’s Society Blog, sponsored by Janome.
Free Jelly Roll Quilt tutorial by Joanna Marsh
I whipped up this quick tutorial using L’s Modern Basics (in the warm colors) Sushi Roll. I absolutely love this fabric collection and plan on making one of these in the cool colorway too!
Easy piecing with Janome’s 1/4″ piecing foot
If your quarter inch seams aren’t perfect, you can take your piecing skills to the next level with a 1/4″ piecing foot that will give you perfect seams every time. This foot is everything when it comes to piecing!!!
Up close and personal of the quilting
And then finish your top off with some fun free motion quilting! Have fun with this free tutorial, and use up that fabric you’ve been hoarding for so long 🙂
I am going to talk to you today about Latifah Saafir’s “Glam Clam” quilt pattern and my journey completing the quilt. I’m a member of the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild, and we were fortunate enough to have Latifah Saafir do a trunk show AND teach 2 awesome workshops! I was super excited…the clam shell style quilt has been on my quilting bucket list since I first started sewing, so this was a great excuse to get it done. I immediately signed up for the workshop and picked my fabrics out after I got the pattern and templates. I painstakingly cut out all of the pieces, labeled them, and organized them all into little ziplocs, until I would attend the workshop. I had the finished quilt in mind for a very special friend and was excited to gift her a really cool quilt. About a week from the workshop date, my grandmother’s health was failing. She passed away, and the funeral was scheduled for the same time as the workshop. I missed the workshop and didn’t touch the pieces I’d cut for a few weeks after. Once I started the quilt, I thought about my grandmother often. I’m not crazy about piecing curves, but I must say that it was kind of a healing feeling to sit and sew without really thinking about anything. It gave me a chance to think about relationships and friendships and how much people can impact your life.
Quilting the finished top was even more fun that putting it together. After doing a little bit of research, I found that many of the clam shell quilts are quilted with just an all over design, without much attention paid to the individual blocks. I definitely didn’t want to just do edge-to-edge quilting.
Latifah’s pattern is seriously so simple to follow, and her templates are to die for. They are very mindful of how curved seams should be constructed, and here’s something even more awesome–NO PINS NEEDED!!! I won’t lie…I didn’t believe that at first, but after sewing a couple together, I tried it without pins, and–life changing.
Here is a little more of the quilting–not really anything too difficult, but I felt it gave a better effect than an all over quilting design.
Above is the top with no quilting or binding–I absolutely love how this quilt came together.
And then this was the finished quilt after binding. I shipped this beauty off to my friend in California and hope she uses it until the thing falls apart! I must say, Latifah did an amazing job on the pattern and tutorial and I can’t wait to make my next Glam Clam quilt.
It’s been a little while since my last blog post, but I have been working on some really exciting things in my neck of the woods (and I haven’t even been snowed in by the monster snow storm!) I am SO excited to be releasing my first independent quilt pattern! I absolutely ADORE geometric quilt patterns that pack a lot of punch and created this pattern that is available on Craftsy and in my Etsy shop. The pattern is an instant PDF download, so you can enjoy it immediately 🙂 The pattern comes with instructions for 3 different sizes-a mini quilt, a 64″ x 64″, and a 80″ x 80″ quilt. One of my favorite things about this pattern is that if you aren’t great at combining lots of patterns or colors, all this pattern needs is really 2 contrasting or 2 coordinating fabrics to work well. But if you’re a little more adventurous, go for a scrappy look and be blown away! Here are a few samples of the Dreamer’s Star Quilt Pattern:
Dreamer’s Star Quilt 64″ x 64″ made with Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Midnight and Lime
Dreamer’s Star Mini Quilt made in scrappy blacks and purples
Dreamer’s Star Mini Quilt made with Michael Miller Cotton Couture and Painter’s Canvas
I hope you’ll check out this pattern that really packs a punch and when you make it, please use the hashtag #dreamersstarquilt and tag me on Instagram @kustomkwilts
I SO look forward to what you’ll make with this pattern :))