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rocket star quilt x fox farm...

why make one rocket star mini quilt, when you can make two?

the rocket star quilt is part of fat quarter shop’s classic and vintage series. they take traditional quilt blocks and give them a modern twist. that’s pretty cool, huh? i love the pattern and just knew it would be perfect for a mini quilt. in case you missed it, check out my first rocket star mini quilt featuring blue birds on roses here.

fox farm, the latest fabric collection from melissa mortenson is the perfect pairing for this mini quilt. melissa, of polka dot chair is a friend and fellow designer at riley Blake designs. she creates the most beautiful collections. fox farm is inspired by the English countryside where melissa said, “i dream all too often of moving to the english countryside, taking up riding and finding a small cottage to spend my days in.” but instead of moving, which would make me sad, she designed this adorable collection. wellies in a row, a pack of friendly dogs, and fun colorful barns are just some of the amazing novelty prints you’ll find in this collection.

in addition to the florals from fox farm, i also used riley blake designs confetti cottons basics. the main rose print is one of my favorites in this collection. i fell in love with the secondary blue colors in the main rose print and decided to use those as for my background piecing. i think it makes the main rose print really sing. and isn’t that ditzy floral print amazing. its just the perfect binding!

for the quilting, i used aurifil’s monofilament thread. it allows the fabric designs and colors to shine through. it’s tough too. a must try!

and the backing? well, i got a bit creative and did a little fussy cutting with the wellies.

check out the hastag, #rocketstarquilt for more inspiration.

melissa is also hosting a quilt along this summer using her fox farm collection. you can find more details on her blog. the quilt is called let’s stay at home. and for those interested, she also designed a quilt panel which you can purchase through FQS too.

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Costume Maker's Ball...

I’m so excited to share another BOO-tiful fabric collection with you. This time from my friend and fellow Riley Blake Designs Designer, Janet Wecker Frisch of Joy Studio.

Costume Maker’s Ball is a spook-tacular collection of slightly creepy, yet fun and modern prints. Inspired by a set of antique sewing patterns from the 1800’s this collection features Janet’s stunning art in her signature style. Some of my favorites include the tape measure, jack-o-lantern balloons, scaredy cat buttons, webs, and tickets. The panels in this collection are to die for!

I fell in love with this collection at Quilt Market. Janet’s booth was amazing, she even won a best booth award.. Every project was gorgeous and inspiring and waiting for the fabric to arrive was tough. I just couldn’t wait to create with it.

I decided to stick with a small range of Janet’s prints, mostly in black and white. I chose to incorporate my favorite RBD basic, Shades into the mix as well. I searched high and low for the perfect quilt pattern and found Charming Lucy by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner to be just what I needed. I knew the pattern would highlight Janet’s beautiful artwork while giving me the chance to explore color and pattern balance. Aren’t those various Shades colors so good? It gives the project so much awesome texture.

Costume Maker’s Ball is in stores now! Don’t wait to buy this collection around Halloween, trust me, it will be sold out! It’s that good!

P.S. I did not make the 2-Fat Quarter Basket. Janet did! We participated in a RBD Designer Swap and she made me one using Costume Maker’s Ball. Isn’t it so cute? She filled it with gummy bears, my favorite. The 2-Fat Quarter Basket is a pattern from our friends at Me and My Sister Designs.

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rocket star quilt x blue birds on roses...

a few weeks ago my friends at fat quarter shop accidentally tagged me in a post on instagram. the quilt: rocket star, stopped me dead in my tracks. an accident lead me to my next project. it was meant to be!

the rocket star quilt is part of their classic and vintage series. they take traditional quilt blocks and give them a modern twist. that’s pretty cool, huh?

bluebirds on roses, the latest fabric collection from elea lutz is the perfect pairing for this quilt. elea, a friend and fellow designer at riley blake designs, creates the most beautiful, vintage-esq collections. her colors are fantastic. her collection coming out later this year is amazing. you’re going to love it. i know i do!

in addition to bluebirds on roses, i also used riley blake designs confetti cottons, shades, and stripes basics. citrus is the name of the shades yellow and it’s just delicious, isn’t it. so bright and cheery.

for the quilting, i used aurifil’s monofilament thread. it allows the fabric designs and colors to shine through. it’s tough too. a must try!

okay, okay, we can talk about the elephant in the room. haha. i didn’t actually make the entire quilt. i had ever intention of making four blocks, but stopped at one. haha. do you want to know why?

i ran out of background fabric and got super impatient waiting for more to arrive, so i added a backing, quilted, and bound one block. you have to admit that it makes a striking mini quilt. haha.

like i always say…mini quilts are a great way to explore new techniques, patterns, and fabric collections.

check out the hastag, #rocketstarquilt for more inspiration.

cut, sew, repeat…

the tattooed quilter

p.s. isn’t that scrappy binding fun?