Let’s just pretend 2020 never happened, o.k.? I am only looking forward – and to the most exciting thing – a new book release coming in March 2021!
I couldn’t be more excited to share my newest book project with you. It’s bright, it’s beautiful, and every project just makes me smile!
Reinvent wool appliqué with bold projects
Take wool appliqué and make it bright, bold, and modern. Contemporary quilters can now experience the joy and satisfaction of working with wool and traditional quilt blocks and techniques, but with a fresh twist on color combination and design choices. These 12 projects are made with beginners in mind and include helpful step-by-step commentary. Beautiful, forgiving, mobile, satisfying, a few of our favorite things about wool hand appliqué projects.
12 projects each with two colorway options (light and dark backgrounds)
Modern aesthetic for table runners, wall hangings, pillows, needle books, pincushions, and more
Perfect for wool appliqué beginners! Includes tools, techniques, and tips
Modern Wool: 12 Applique Projects to Get You Stitching is being brought into the world with my partners at Stash Books and C&T Publishing and will be available at the end of March 2021. Pre-order information will be available soon!
Hello December! I can hardly believe it! Time to catch up on some new pattern details…and a SALE! First up is Deco Rose, one of my latest patterns just recently introduced this Fall.Deco Rose features wool applique on cotton background – and my favorite – two background options: low volume or dark prints – this time using a mix of 5″ charm squares. Same applique pieces, completely different look! Of course, if scrappy is not your style, pattern includes option for single fabric background. Make it your own!
Deco Rose can be a quick-make – even with hand stitching! – and could easily be made as a gift for someone special for the holidays 🙂 I can’t say that for all of my crazy-scrappy projects but it’s true for this one!
My second new(ish) pattern featuring wool applique is Hungarian Picnic!
This pattern has a special place in my heart because it was inspired by my home-away-from-home country, Hungary, and the wonderful people there. This pattern originally appeared in Quiltmania’s Simply Vintage in Summer 2018 and is now available as an individual pattern.
The image above is the same quilt, just different lighting! Some projects you know you will just keep forever, and for me, it’s this one for sure.
And guess what? For the next 48 hours, I’m having a pattern sale in my shop just in time for Cyber Monday as a small way to say thank you for all of the wonderful support and encouragement you’ve given me this year. All individual print patterns are 25% off and ship for FREE in the U.S. – including Deco Rose and Hungarian Picnic! Just use coupon code “Thankful2019” at checkout. Sale runs through Tuesday, December 3rd.
Summer, sunshine, picnics in the park – what could be better? Well, I would add happy memories to that list and for me, some of those are showcased in “Hungarian Picnic”, my latest project for Quiltmania’s Simply Vintage magazine. I’m happy to share that it’s featured in the Summer 2018 issue!
Now, I don’t usually think of my quilting style as “vintage” and this is my first time in this particular edition by Quiltmania, but I guess if I think of vintage like good old Webster does as “of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality” I’ll go with it! I think the folks at Quiltmania were spot on yet again with the photography and styling of this project. It evokes warm memories for me – and of a very special time in my life when I lived in Hungary.
I don’t have the honor of actually being Hungarian, I’m more of a voluntary adopted daughter! I was there teaching English for a year after college but really spent most of my time soaking in all of the “gulyas leves” that I could, learning about a beautiful, rich European culture, and loving the spirited and generous people I was surrounded by.
One of the simplest things that reminds me of that time of my life are the beautiful motifs found in Hungarian embroidery and pottery. My luggage was full of both when I made my way home and I always find the colors and forms inspiring. This project seemed like the perfect way to feature some of those.
Each region in Hungary is represented by it’s own unique style of embroidery. This design is inspired by and is reminiscent of iconic motifs notably from the area of Kalocsa. See the little red pepper in the border? That’s the tell-tale sign of Kalocsa embroidery and it’s symbolic of Hungary’s probably most famous export – paprika!
Project construction features quick and easy, scrappy nine-patch blocks set with a single “solid-ish” background fabric. I chose to do wool felt applique for a rustic but bright and colorful applique border – stitched by hand during the summer on my front porch, no less! You could, of course, substitute any favorite applique technique, switch out for cotton fabrics, fuse, needle-turn, take your pick!
I am an absolute convert to free-form feather motif quilting featured on this project by Tracey Fisher. I think she was a little skeptical when I said I wanted feathers all over this since she knows traditional feathers aren’t my norm, but fortunately she obliged and added her amazing talent and free-form styling. Now I can’t imagine it any other way! I think the feathered quilting echoes the embroidery forms across the field of grid nine patch blocks in a particularly pleasing way for me.
So, if you already subscribe to the always beautiful and inspiring Quiltmania publications, you’re in luck, you hopefully already have your copy. Or, look for Simply Vintage at your favorite local quilt shop before they sell out – they’d love to see your smiling face 🙂