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December 7, 2017
Greenhouse Quilt from Pieced Brain

I did say this week would be loaded with fun, right? Since this is the season of giving, how about another free pattern? This is "Greenhouse", my newest quilt pattern featuring the Island Breeze fabric collection designed by Chong-a Hwang for Timeless Treasures. My goal here is to help you dream of a trip to an island somewhere - is it working yet? :-)

Greenhouse measures 74" square (make it rectangular with another row) with 'window panes' allowing you to peek in the greenhouse and let your eyes feast on beautiful flowers. Here are some of the fabrics I used: 

Chong-a Hwang ...

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December 4, 2017
Glass Beads Quilt from Pieced Brain

This week promises to be a fun one! Let's begin with another free pattern, shall we? This is Glass Beads, my pattern featuring Tonga Zing batiks by Timeless Treasures. It measures 66-1/2" x 76-1/2" with one block showcasing the gorgeous fabrics!

Glass Beads makes me happy every time I see it. When you look at it from afar the blocks look like flowers with vibrant-colored petals.

These are some of the fabrics I used. The entire line has bright colors and amazing textures so this pattern is perfect for showing them off. Wouldn't you want to ...

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November 13, 2017
Patriot Inspiration from Gray Barn Designs

Thank you to the Veterans of the United States Military for your service to our country!

My quilt guild held a two day retreat this past weekend.  Since it was Veteran’s Day Weekend, I decided to finish tacking down the binding on my American Flag Quilt.


The flag in the quilt is actually a panel by Timeless Treasures Fabrics that I purchased at Red Rooster Quilts in Dublin, Ohio.  Red Rooster designed the quilt by adding a wide inner border of off white fabric and a wide outer border of Timeless Treasures blue & white stars.  The quilt is finished ...

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November 6, 2017
Free quilt pattern from Pieced Brain

Free pattern alert! This is Nobile, my newest quilt design for Timeless Treasures featuring their recently released line of batiks called Tonga Tuscany. Nobile measures 74-1/2" square using one block with two different fabric groups creating a quilt with an array of textures, colors, and richness reminiscent of the Italian region for which this collection was named.

Here are the fabrics I used on the design:

Aren't they gorgeous? Tonga Tuscany batiks' dreamy textures practically screamed to be used in a design that allowed the colors to shine. I am pleased with how this quilt turned out.

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October 26, 2017
Purple Passion Quilt from Curlicue Creations

 Today I'm showing the Purple Passion quilt.  This quilt features curvy paper pieced blocks with a matching border of squares and triangles.

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Size:  82-1/2" x 94-1/2"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric: Tonga Batiks and Pop, by Timeless Treasures
Batting:  Warm 100, by the Warm Company
Thread:  King Tut, by Superior

These are the beautiful fabrics used in the Purple Passion quilt. The quilt top features four purple batiks and one charcoal fabric.  The second from the bottom is the backing fabric.

The Purple Passion block features paper foundation pieced curved sections alternating with ...

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October 23, 2017
Modern Patchwork from Pieced Brain

Photograph by F+W Media. Used with permission.
"Every Which Way" is my newest pattern published in two magazines simultaneously: Quilt Festival Quilt Scene and Modern Patchwork. It looks cool as they staged it, huh? It measures 66" x 92-1/2" and makes a very striking modern statement.

It was quilted by Sew Shabby Quilting with a circular motif, a perfect contrast to the linear pattern. The fabrics are from the Tonga New Java Blenders line by Timeless Treasures Fabrics:

The texture of these Tonga New Java Blenders batiks is fantastic, adding depth and complexity to the design in a ...

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October 9, 2017
The winner of the Solid-ish bundle is…… from Quilting with Kimberly


Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment about Solid-ish on my last post. If you haven’t heard the news about my new fabric line by Timeless Treasures Fabrics, simply CLICK HERE.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading every comment and I think I’ll tally up your votes for favorite color at some point soon as an unofficial survey. But the front runners for favorite colors are Lagoon, Magenta, Sapphire or Ocean. 

So this pretty bundle is ready to be shipped to a new home. The winner of the Solid-ish giveaway is Jim Smith. Congratulations, Jim! Oh ...

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October 6, 2017
Log Cabin Variations - Quilt 2 from Pieced Brain

This is my second pattern published in the book Log Cabin Variations by Annie's Publishing. It is called Albuquerque for its Southwestern look. The fabrics are from the Timeless Treasures New Java Blenders collection which has 25 beautiful colors. These are the ones I used:

Lucious, right? The marbled texture is amazing on the quilt blocks giving them depth and interest.

My friend Lisa let me quilt it on her long arm machine and I kept the motifs simple. Log cabin blocks are so fun to make with endless design possibilities! By changing the colors on two of the ...

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Quilting the Supernova Quilt from Curlicue Creations

 So, I quilted about half of the Supernova quilt last week.  I'm planning on finishing the quilting today.  I chose this Olde Golde King Tut thread from Superior Threads.  I really like the way it looks against all the bright colors of the Supernova quilt.

 Life has been a little crazy at my house for the past couple of weeks, so I'm just doing a stress-free all over loopy meander design.  Here's how it looks against the black in the border.

And here is how it looks over the pieced blocks.  I'm feeling a little guilty ...

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September 27, 2017
Log Cabin Variations from Pieced Brain

I have just received a copy of Annie's Publishing new book Log Cabin Variations and what was my surprise when I saw my quilt Natural Elegance featured on its cover! I am doing the happy dance! Log Cabin Variations presents 9 log cabin patterns where this traditional block is used in beautiful settings.

Photograph used with permission from Annie's Publishing.
In Natural Elegance the blocks frame the machine applique' butterflies which were inspired by the gorgeous Timeless Treasures Fabrics Dutchess collection designed by Chong-a Hwang. Take a peek at some of the fabrics:

The blues and teals were ...

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September 21, 2017
Supernova Quilt ~ Block Three and Beyond from Curlicue Creations

 This is Block Three for the Supernova quilt.  I love it!  The drama of the bright batiks mixed with the black really packs a punch.

 I sewed four Block Three's for the Supernova quilt.

Here are all of the blocks sewn together.  Just lovely.  See how the light eminates from the center of the quilt?  It really draws the eye, and even though this quilt is a riot of bright colors, when I meditate on it, I get a calm, peaceful, happy feeling.  Do you feel it?

I'm currently working on the borders, and the quilting shall begin ...

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