These include the amazing Hex N More template from JayBird Quilts. I've been stalking Julie Herman's beautiful quilts for a while now and can't wait to have a go at trying out some of her seemingly easy blocks thanks to this multi-purpose ruler. I also look forward to creating some of my own blocks featuring hexies, triangles and particularly the jewel shape. For so much more on this ruler and Julie's patterns check out her website.
I was over the moon at being able to purchase a colour chart for Kaufman's Kona Solids range, I can now start developing my first set of quilt kits, which will probably be based on pre-cuts made from this truly immense range of plain cottons - 303 in total I have you know! Robert Kaufman are currently celebrating 30 years of Kona Solids and put together this lovely little booklet featuring 30 quilts made by some of today's most inspiring quilters. I love them all, but the few below are particular favourites...
I do love the quilts of Faith Jones of Fresh Lemon Quilts, she has a fantastic website that I have spent hours devouring, her patterns are so yummy and her free tutorials inspiring. Go and have a look, you will not be disappointed!
Elizabeth Hartman has another of my fav blogs to follow, Oh Fransson! The quilt above left is called Metro Area and is a very modern take on the Sampler Quilt - I love it! Her adorable Fox and Hedgehog block patterns are also on my to-do list, check out her blog for patterns and so much more!
The quilt above right is by Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio - Shea is new to me, but I do love her half-hexie quilt Parallels - time to get that Hex N More template out!
The Modblock book is from a favourite US business of mine, Missouri Star Quilt Co. Their YouTube tutorials are absolutely everywhere I look these days, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, and offer short intuitive films on different quilting techniques and quilt designs. This is their first edition of Modblock which aims to encourage those new to quilting to develop their skills, whether it's in choosing colour and tone - Molli Sparkles' article is very funny and also clearly explains how a variety of tone in your quilt can really bring it to life - to providing inspiration for your next project.
As well as interesting articles, there are plenty of quilt patterns, including, yes again, another half-hexie quilt - I can see an obsession coming on! This one is by Lisa Hirsch and uses fusible applique, a definite must try!
I also bought that cute "Mini Wacky Web" template from Missouri, I had no idea what to do with it, it just caught my eye! However... I have now found this tutorial on Missouri's YouTube page, and I'm so pleased I bought it! You must watch the film, the foundation method is amazing! Yet another thing to add to the 'must try' list!
My last item of stash for this week is the book Shape by Shape by the truly inspiring Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy. Now I know I may have mentioned this lady before, but I do truly find her quilting amazing, and having now bought her book I can't wait to improve my free-motion quilting... if only I had a longarm to work on.... I can dream can't I?!
While creating these quilted patterns would be much quicker and probably a little easier on a longarm, I do feel that, with a little patience, most of them could be accomplished on a domestic machine.. I will let you know how I get on!
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