Pineapp-O-Lantern Pillow

Aloha y’all. It’s October and that means one thing, and one thing only. Halloween. If I still lived on the mainland, I’d probably be sewing pumpkins right now, but I’m in Hawaii so…

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The pineapp-o-lantern is a beginner project – nothing more than squares, half-square triangles and a couple of quarter-square triangles. I’ll be adding the full pattern in the next couple of days but here’s the layout for now. Grab a stack of 2.5″ squares, click on the link below and get started. 🙂

Pineapp-O-Lantern

Some Tools I used

  • Electric Quilt 7 (pattern design)
  • Accuquilt Go (cutting)
    • Value die included with machine (Square and half-square triangle)(2″ finished square)
    • Quarter square triangle (2″ finished square)
  • Brother Innovis VQ 2400
    • MuVit Digital Feed walking foot (for spiral quilting)
    • Zipper foot (for cording)
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Winning Color Combinations

Red and Brown

File_001Quilting inspiration comes from many places: a photograph, a shape, an emotion even. For me, it almost always begins with color. One of the reasons I love fabric so much is all the lovely colors. It’s like a painting you can cuddle.

In this series, we’re going to discuss awesome color combinations, and we’re going to begin with one of my all-time favorites, red and brown.

All the Feels…Color always sparks some emotion. Blue is calming, yellow, uplifting. Red on it’s own can be angry or passionate, but pair it with brown and it becomes cozy, warm, (sometimes) rustic. And who doesn’t love being warm and cozy? That’s why it’s the perfect combination for a quilt.

Famous Fabrics… 

 
I hopped over to Missouri Star Quilt Company to see what fabric lines they had in red/brown and found the lovely Simply Red collection by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics. These are classic prints that would look great in a traditional quilt.

 

Inspiration from around the Web… 

—Photo credits: 1) fiberonthewall.com/jean-jurgenson/gallery/ | 2) takingonsewmuch.blogspot.com | 3) SarahMikk on flickr.com

What I’m doing with Red and Brown…

This is basically a fence-rail block with a pinwheel in the middle. It’s a UFO from several years back. Maybe, probably, hopefully — no, dammit — I WILL finish it one day. I think this would have been just fine without the orange, but I ran out of my reds and browns so being the innovator that I am… haha.

How do you feel about red and brown? Have you ever used it in a quilt? I’d love to see it.

Mahalo, y’all, for stopping by.

My, How Time Flies…

Aloha y’all. It’s been a whole year since my last blog post. Wtf??? I suck. In my defense, I’ve

  • moved into a new house
  • started a new job
  • had one kid move in
  • had two kids move out
  • got a new puppy
  • yada, yada.

 

Say hi to Teddy, then let’s get back to quilting.

I am STILL working on Chaos Theory, but I have new motivation and determination. That’s because I finally bought EQ7, so I should have my first published pattern soon. Yay. Here’s what my old design process looks like…

IMG_0232And here’s a section I designed in EQ7.

chaos theory baby quilt

Its SO much easier. I love it. Now I just need to finish sewing this monster. I can’t wait to show you the finished product.