A bit of back story:
I had met Jayme Crowe of Bella Nonna Design Studio some years ago because her hometown is Walla Walla, Washington (I lived in the adjacent town at the time) and she often returned to visit with her parents. She graciously agreed to meet for a tea one day after the 2nd guild presentation she had made in a few years to our local quilt guild. After our meeting, there were several takeaways for me, which included some critical insights about how 'market' works. Although I had self-published a few patterns to date, the marketing aspect of getting patterns sold is just not a personal passion of mine and I didn't see myself ever having my own booth at market for a variety of logistical reasons. So I needed to find a better way to get my patterns out there.
In 2014, Sochi Olympics had a logo design that reminded me of Bella Nonna Design Studio's Boondoggle Ruler--at least it would be a representative shape to make a quilt based on that design. Jayme sent me some of her rulers to try and I also designed several patriotic patterns using the same shapes using the Quilted in Honor fabric line from Island Batik. These are currently available as pdf downloads at https://patternspot.com/designers/216-kissed-quilts as individual patterns--the Boondoggle Rulers are required.
Remember this...you might see them again this Fall as a package with my latest design!
Back in 2009, Nine Patch Media's Elizabeth Phillips, was a central part of the Rose of Sharon EQ7 design challenge. One of my blocks was chosen for the book and another for the DVD. There were several occasions through the years that I would run into Elizabeth at various industry functions, including the Quilted in Honor fabric line and initiative with Island Batik.
Many things came together last fall in Houston at the International Quilt Market.
Jayme Crowe and I shared a hotel room and she had just become a new fabric designer for Island Batik. She encouraged me to talk with their team about some of my pattern designs, specifically the ones I had done with her Boondoggle Ruler. A meeting with Island Batik representatives did occur and I learned a bit more about the submission process of pattern design ideas. Island Batik is also now representing/selling patterns that showcase their fabric lines through their sales reps. I was invited to follow up after market. I was given electronic images of the upcoming Spring lines of fabric and asked to submit designs. After careful consideration of the particular collections, I submitted designs and one was accepted -- Woven Braid using the Spring 2015 Meadow collection - specifically using the purple and green hues.
Introducing "Woven Braid" a new pattern with the Island Batik Meadow Collection
How Woven Braid became a reality:
The turn time was quick on getting this stuff ready so it would make it into the Island Batik catalogue for Spring Market...so my Christmas break with my sister and family in California meant I was piecing at the dining room table during any spare time we had. I got towards the bigger logs and wasn't pleased with the coloration steps that were going on. Sometimes the evolution of the process of seeing fabrics only in electronic form and batiks are such a hand process that what you end up with in reality may not be exactly what you anticipated.
and finally the blocks are ready! The fabric was a dream to work with!
A fun almost stained glass effect when it is back lit.
Now to decide on the quilting. There is a secondary design going on here ...the lights and darks going up to the right (vs. green and purple going down to the right). Another border to go....but thinking about the next step already!
Considering threads ....need to get it done quickly so ultimately going with something simpler, probably could have even done it with a single color.
Stitching lights vs. greens and letting the fabric do the purples vs. darks. I wasn't sure part way through if I had actually pixelated the 'greens' stitching perhaps one pixel off, but I kept to whatever I had started with in order to be consistent.
This photo shows the ribbon candy in the dark purple border.
I filled in the background with 1/4" straight line echo just to keep it simple and help the braid to really pop.
Hindsight....consider a smaller 'braid' size and/or another way to stitch the 'braid'. Here is a sample of a 'rope' that I stitched recently on a Tula Pink Anchors Aweigh design. This rope effect is quite easy to stitch out.
That wasn't the end of this drama.....while blocking it I discovered that the backing fabric that I used was a 'bleeder' and came through all the stitching lines on the quilt while it was drying in the blocking process. I had to re-soak it with products to suspend the extra dye and remove it from the quilt. WHEW ...but took a bit of extra work and lots of nerves. At some point, I might learn to TEST all fabric before I get started using it. It is a hard lesson to learn though as this is not the first time I've had this happen to me. I just get too excited and want to get into the piecing process ASAP!
The Meadow collection is scheduled for delivery to quilt shops in August. I hope you'll ask your local shop to order it. I've already got pre-orders for kits of this quilt requested in my own shop, so have put my order in so that I'll be sure to have it as well. If you stop by for Row by Row in the latter part of the summer --you will have the opportunity to get a kit yourself!
Please contact me or request a response in your comment if you'd like one. I'll then work with you privately through paypal to complete your transaction.
This blog hop features other Spring and Summer collections as well. So be sure to check them all out.
These last photos are courtesy of Island Batik and were used in their Spring 2015 catalogue. Ask your local quilt shop about these fabrics and this Woven Braid pattern.
'First Blooms - full size' - made by Julie Tapley. Careful attention in the borders to get the animals all right side up and the corners have fussy cut on point squares. Julie also quilted this using her embroidery machine and putting unique animal designs throughout the quilt.
and 'Stacked Bricks - lap size' pieced by Nancy Goddard, custom quilted by me with three different fills --a woodgrain with lots of knots, pebbles and a bark texture with no knots and in the opposite direction from the woodgrain; each motif changes at each brick. There is a fern design in the inner border and large trees in the outer border. We used a wool batting in this one. This allows the quilting to be much more visible, but doesn't drape as well so hard, especially on a windy day, to get a flat shot of it.
As this is the Summer in the Country blog hop, I'm sharing a wonderful Summer Garden Salad that is really a collaboration with the 'baby size' example maker - Nancy Cargo. I'm so grateful for her wonderful garden proceeds which inspired this particular delight.
1 c mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 c sugar or sweetener alternative
4 tsp vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 t dill weed
1/2 t salt
4 med cucumbers -- peeled and generous dice (about 3 cups)
4 med tomatoes -- generous dice (about 3 cups)
3 green onions chopped -- be generous
Oregano to taste, add basil if you'd like
Feta Cheese (optional)
Combine mayo, sugar, vinegar, herbs and salt if desired; mix well.
Notes: I chose to use Vegenaise -- a mayo alternative. Salad dressings may have their own flavors that will be stronger than the individual herbs added in the recipe. Less amount would also be ok.
I used Agave Nectar for my sweetener (adjust portion accordingly)
The yellow balls on the plate are Lemon Cucumbers. Any cucumber would work.
We had dried dill on hand, but fresh dill would be lovely as well.
I especially loved the feta in this and the fresh garden flavors.
Add cucs, toms, feta and onions; toss. Cover and chill about an hour.
Long term refrigeration will cause water in cucumbers to separate.
Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to your comments below if you'd like to win some Island Batik fabric and a free Woven Braid pattern. Which layout interests you most? (Woven Braid, First Light, First Blooms or Stacked Bricks) Which colorway do you prefer? (purple/green or green/brown). I've put together 4 - four fabric bundles to giveaway. Each bundle recipient will also receive a Woven Braid pattern. Random #s will be drawn on Sept. 7, 2015.
Tomorrow's stop if from Connie at Kauffman Designs.
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Update 9/7 : Giveaways are now closed.
Randomly selected comment winners for my bundles and the Woven Braid Pattern are:
Dolores, Anna, Connie and Sarah -- all 4 of you have been sent emails requesting your mailing address.