sew cherry 2...

have you been following lori holt's sew cherry 2 sew-along? if not, it's not too late. you can download the pattern here and follow along, making each block, from lori's blog here.  these blocks are so much fun to make. lori's finished quilt features her sew cherry 2 fabric collection for riley blake designs. isn't it delicious?

i haven't met lori in real life (yet!), but i love everything she does. she started her company, bee in my bonnet in the early 90's and hasn't stopped since. she currently has 4 fabric collections and 3 on the way for riley blake designs. her attention to detail and sweet prints melt my heart. i also love her nostalgic view that inspires her work. it feels like home.

in order to complete lori's sew cherry 2 blocks, you'll need her "pie wedge" and a set of her "fruit salad" templates. and if you haven't already, run, jump, and skip to buy her cutting mats and rulers. they're ahhmazing!

i knew i wanted to mix things up a bit and create something in my graphic, bold style. i started curating fabric from my favorite collections:  creative rockstar by rad and happy and when skies are grey from simple simon and co. with a little sprinkle of hashtag and swiss dots, it became the perfect recipe for a dresden, don't you think?

making the dresden block is really easy, especially with lori's fool proof instructions. the hard part--deciding if you want to make a mini from your block or an entire quilt. of course, i made a mini. i machine quilted my mini before adding the dresden. i then added the dresden following her instructions. easy peasy, lemon squeezy (see what i did there? haha!).

next you need to add the fruit to the center of your dresden. using lori's "fruit salad" templates is a piece of cake. you simple follow her instructions and you'll be making your own fruit salad in no time. i added a little face to my lemon, making him extra sour. he's so cute! that personality! i love it.

i hope you'll follow along and make your own version. dresden blocks, while traditional, can be made modern too! i'm excited to see what you make!

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter


book review: modern triangle quilts

i've known rebecca bryan of bryan house quilts for a very long time. in fact, she was one of the first sewlebrities i interviewed for my blog. since then, she's written two books, including the newest, "modern triangle quilts". she also just announced her debut fabric collection, "panache" for robert kaufman.  i couldn't be more excited for her. she's extremely talented and i'm honored to call her a friend.

"modern triangle quilts" is one of new favorites. you'll find nothing like this out there--featuring 70 bold triangle blocks and 11 dynamic samplers, there's something for everyone, including improv. this user friendly book is perfect for the beginner too.

to spice things up, becca asked several of her favorite quilty friends to make a block from the book.  she turned those blocks into the charity quilt, "well wishes" for living waters international. when you purchase the "well wishes" quilt pattern here, you'll be entered for a chance to win the quilt. how rad is that?

and what's better than one giveaway, two giveaways. leave a comment below for your chance to win a copy of "modern triangle quilts" from stash books! i'll chose the lucky winner on april 18th. important: only addresses within the U.S. receive a hard copy of the book. due to the extreme cost of international shipping, international winners receive the e-book version.

make sure you follow along to see what the other designers have made:

Monday April 3rd: Jessee Maloney -

Monday April 3rd: Stash Books -

Tuesday April 4th: Heidi Staples -

Wednesday April 5th: Felice Regina -

Thursday April 6th: Giuseppe Ribaudo - @giucy_giuce

Friday April 7th: Christa Watson -

Saturday April 8th: Christopher Thompson -  (you are here)

Monday April 10th: Karin Jordan -

Tuesday April 11th: Kitty Wilkin -

Wednesday April 12th: Nicole Daksiewicz -

Thursday April 13th: Sarah Thomas -

Friday April 14th: Amy Sinibaldi -

Saturday April 15th: Rebecca Bryan -

hope you enjoy "modern triangle quilts!" i had so much fun making my block. the directions are clear and easy to follow. you won't regret grabbing a copy of becca's new book!

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter