Friday, March 28, 2014

It's Miss Kate's Big Day

I am so excited to show you my NEW Miss Kate patterns!
 It always gets a little crazy each time we design a new fabric collection and start the 
pattern design process.
It's so much fun and at the same time, lots of hard work to get to this point. 
 Finally, today is the day I get to introduce them to you. 

 The first project I started designing the minute Miss Kate arrived at my door, was this 
Double Wedding Ring quilt, 
Kate's Big Day.  

You can just imagine Miss Kate and her sister, Ruby, 
chatting about Kate's wedding day and stitching for hours together.

  I have always wanted to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt and was hesitant to start, not knowing if I would ever really finish it.  

SO I decided to make a very SIMPLE version with big pieces that would be 
easy enough for a beginner. 
Yes, it has curved piecing, but the pattern comes with actual color photos of step by step instructions.  It has a simple square block construction 
and was so much fun make!

You will notice on the cover, the pattern includes the Petal Quilt as well. 
 It has a bit more of a modern feel with different colored centers and 
the petals are all facing the same way.

Camille and I were brainstorming one night and came up with this quilt together.  
More on that story coming soon

Get yourself a fat eight bundle and get started.  
You can do it, I promise!
This could be a great stash buster quilt as well.

 I think this might be my favorite quilt I have ever designed!
Miss Kate is our 10th line of fabric, so I am already planning to make another wedding ring quilt
 using at least one piece of fabric from each of our lines. 
After the last few weeks of designing and sewing,
 I think I might need to take a couple of days off before I start that project, 
or maybe, just take a really, really long nap first.


My Sunday Bows quilt has two of the things I thought of right away when we designed the 
Miss Kate fabric collection, an aqua and red color pallet and dainty bows. 
The 4 patch of bows has a vintage feel and is certainly a quilt Miss Kate would have loved 
on the foot of her bed. 

So sweet and pretty.

Have you got a little girl at your house that would like this quilt at the foot of her bed?

Next up, Cozy.

In case you haven't heard, our Miss Kate collection has 20 flannel pieces as well, 
SO soft and cozy!  

 (I think I will wrap up in this for my long nap) 

The center star really shines in the large red floral.

Thanks LeAnn for the beautiful quilting!
This is a queen size quilt with large blocks, so it goes together fast. 
 The inspiration for this quilt was the yummy flannel layer cake.

 This collection has Fat Quarters, Fat Eights and Charm packs in flannel too!  

If you haven't started following me on Instagram, bonniecottonway, 
please join me.  I posted this picture a few weeks ago when I just had two of my 
quilts ready for binding.

   I couldn't resist putting the Sundae scallop binding
 on all 3 of my new quilts.


 I just couldn't help myself,
It finishes them off perfectly.

I always love to have some small project patterns and love handmade gifts, 
so these last two patterns are fun for both.  

A little closer look.

This pieced courtyard steps bag would be so much fun 
to make for your quilt friends.

A bag for your special Valentine.


and Christmas.

The gift bags are 8" - 14" tall and can be filled with all kinds of goodies!

I made some star ornaments for some very special friends for Christmas last year 
and had several requests for the pattern, so
 I decided to print the pattern and design a couple of 
other ornaments to go with it.  
I don't know about you, but it just isn't Christmas unless I make some handmade gifts 
and it's never to early to start. 
This is a sweet way to use those little 2 1/2" Moda Candy squares 
you have all been collecting.

I hand quilted around some of them with red thread to make the stitches stand out,
and like I said, I just had to use that Sundae scallop on everything. 

It's always so fun to show you my new patterns.
They are all in my shop as PDF's or Paper. 

I would love to hear which one is your favorite.
 Miss Kate and I have become close friends and I think she is pretty sweet. 

She will be visiting a quilt shop near you in August, 
you might want to say hello!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Our Star, Feisty Phyllis

Camille and I are happy to be part of the Fat Quarter Shop 2014 Designer Block of the Month.

What a beautiful Quilt!

The fabric is called Snowbird and was designed by the talented 
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket.

We were all asked to design a star block and name it after a star in our lives. It's
 a mystery, so we can't show you our block, but they are all so pretty.
We named our block Feisty Phyllis after my Mom and of course, Camilles' Grandmother.
She is definitely a very bright star in our lives.

This year my mom will turn 88. She is one amazing woman! 

It got me thinking about all that she has accomplished in her life. She has been through some pretty tough challenges, but is a great example of someone that truly enjoys life,
 has a great attitude and does everything with such grace.
She raised 10 children, has 42 grandchildren and even more great grandchildren. 
 She is all about her family.

  It makes me tired just thinking about it, but I always think "If she can do it, I can do it!
 She is such a saint! One example of her many accomplishments is shown in this picture of her a few years ago at Christmas. 
   She pieced and hand quilted, yes hand quilted, 10 quilts all in one year for her ten children. Amazing, simply amazing!

I'm so thankful that she shared her love of quilting with me, and taught me everything I know,

so I could, in turn, pass it on to my 3 wonderful daughters,
and hopefully they will pass it on to theirs. 

I am so grateful for her

and so proud of all that these hands have accomplished in just 88 years.
So there she is, our Feisty Phyllis! 
 We love her so much and are happy to name our block after her.

Thank you so much Fat Quarter Shop for giving us this opportunity to participate in the 2014  Designer Mystery Block of the Month and also for allowing us to share a little bit about one of our very favorite stars!
(and Camille)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Miss Kate

Miss Kate just arrived.  We hope you think she is just as pretty and sweet as we do.

Pattern designing is in full swing, please send Chocolate!