Friday, October 20, 2017

Quilt Theory ++ Up the Ladder ++ Pattern Release

I am excited to be able to share some secret sewing and a new project with you today... (and a giveaway at the end of this post :)

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

I would like to introduce Up the Ladder, my quilt pattern for the 3rd pattern collection of Quilt Theory. Up the Ladder was inspired by traditional quilt ladders used to showcase and store quilts and is a lap sized, jelly roll or mini charm pack friendly pattern.  The pattern combines beginner level piecing into a strong geometric design. 

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Many thanks to Michael Miller for providing the beautiful Cotton Couture solids and to Aurifil for supplying the thread for the piecing and quilting.

I quilted Up the Ladder in a topography like design using 50 wt white (color 2024) Aurifil thread.  The 50 wt worked well to create texture but not stand out too much on the darker colored fabrics.

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Our goal at Quilt Theory is to create simple and modern quilt patterns, and we design collections of patterns printed on small cards and one-page PDFs. As a group, we have become a strong team as we worked through writing, testing, editing, and quilting the patterns in our collection.

For our third collection, we picked out a color palette that each of us worked with. We hope you find a lot of inspiration in our collection to make quilts from your favorite bundles in your stash.

Where to Buy
PDF patterns are available now through our website Pattern cards coming soon to a local quilt shop near you!  Let your local quilt shop know you want them to carry Quilt Theory patterns.


Photograph by Yvonne Fuchs

How about a 15 piece neutrals Michael Miller fat quarter bundle and 4 yards of Cotton Couture in Marine?  

There is more than enough fabric to make your own Up the Ladder.  Thanks so much to Yvonne for arranging all of the wonderful prizes we have for this hop.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below (if you are reading this post via e-mail, you may need to click on the link below to enter the giveaway).

The giveaway ends Friday, October 27th, at 8 pm eastern time and a random number generator will select the winner. Giveaway open to participants 18 years or older in the United States (due to shipping costs, other blogs during the hop are having Aurifil giveaways that are open to world wide participants).

Be sure to visit the rest of the Quilt Theory designers this week during our blog hop!

Quilt Theory Release Blog Hop Schedule

Friday 10/13 – Quilt Theory
Saturday 10/14 – Michelle Bartholomew
Monday 10/16 – Lorinda from Laurel Poppy and Pine
Tuesday 10/17 – Kitty from Night Quilter
Wednesday 10/18 – Stephanie from Late Night Quilter
Thursday 10/19 – Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl
Friday 10/20 – Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs  ← me!
Saturday 10/21 – Quilt Theory

I am linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sparkling Stars in Quilts from 100 Blocks

Photo by Quiltmaker

I am super excited to have quilt called Sparkling Stars in the Quilts from 100 Blocks Fall 2017 magazine :)

Back in the spring I had a block called Sizzle Star in the 100 Blocks Magazine Volume 15.  Sizzle Star was a paper pieced block design with some unusual angles and shapes that finished at 12" x 12".  Here is the original block from the 100 Blocks Vol 15 magazine.  

I was so excited when Quiltmaker contacted me and asked I wanted to make a quilt using Sizzle Star  for their special issue Quilts from 100 Blocks!   I was busy at the time making the quilts for my upcoming book, so I designed the quilt, Eileen Fowler pieced the quilt top, and Kim Waite quilted the quilt.

For this design, I increased the block size to 15" square (finished) and set the blocks on point as I think that the stars really pop rotated 45 degrees.  I like how this creates a nice 57" x 72" lap sized quilt using only 7 blocks (as each block is pretty complex and time-consuming to piece).

Photo by Quiltmaker

Sparkling Stars is one of 16 beautiful quilts in the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Fall 2017 magazine.  Magazine copies are now available in both print and digital formats. The Sparking Stars quilt pattern is also available as a stand alone digital quilt pattern.

Thank you so much Quiltmaker for allowing me to be part of your wonderful publication!!  I am linking up to Finish up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ My Half Geese Units

I am so excited to see all of the half geese units for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt popping up in our Facebook group and on social media #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt.

If you want to join in it is not too late!  You can find all of the information about the mystery quilt here (including the instructions, fabric requirements, quilt sizes, Facebook group, sneak peek, etc).

Here are some of my half geese units:

I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Half Geese Units

Welcome to the October Instructions for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt, this month we are sewing some half geese units.

You can find all of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt information and posts can be found here
We are just getting started so please join us!

To download the half geese units instructions in an easy to print pdf format, click the text below:

The Magnolia Mystery Quilt contains instructions for both Lap and Queen sizes which are both included in this post:

Half Geese Units

If using pre-cuts for Fabric B:
      -  Make an even number of left and right facing geese units from each pre-cut (layer cake slice/jelly roll strip/fat quarter) and keep the right and left half geese units from each pre-cut together.

Combine the following fabric squares to form Left and Right Facing Half Geese Units using the method outlined below:

36 Fabric B rectangles (2 ½” x 4 ½”) and 36 Fabric D squares (2 ½” x 2 ½”) to make 36 left facing half geese units (2 ½” x 4 ½”).

36 Fabric B rectangles (2 ½” x 4 ½”) and 36 Fabric D squares (2 ½” x 2 ½”) to make 36 right facing half geese units (2 ½” x 4 ½”).

36 Fabric B rectangles (3 ½” x 6 ½”) and 36 Fabric D squares (3 ½” x 3 ½”) to make 36 left facing half geese units (3 ½” x 6 ½”).

36 Fabric B rectangles (3 ½” x 6 ½”) and 36 Fabric D squares (3 ½” x 3 ½”) to make 36 right facing half geese units (3 ½” x 6 ½”).

      1. Place a Fabric D square on the short side of a Fabric B rectangle right sides together. Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the back of the Fabric D square (shown as the solid line).

The left facing and right facing half geese units are mirror images of each other so be sure to double
check the orientation of the marked line.

      2. Sew along the marked line.

      3. Trim ¼” from the seam line and press open or towards the Fabric D.

      4. Repeat to make a total of 36 left facing half geese units and 36 right facing half geese units.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Five Year Blogiversary, Sale, and Giveaway!

Five years today!  I can't believe that I started this blog half a decade ago.

Back in 2012 when I started this blog Flickr was one of the main ways of connecting with other quilters online, Instagram was still in its infancy (I had did not have a smart phone and had not even heard of it), and I had a toddler and a kindergartner.  I began blogging to have more engagement in the online quilting community and to be able to take part in all of the fun linky parties that were happening around the web.

Fast forward to today, I now have a 2nd and 5th grader and am approaching the big 40.  I now have so many wonderful quilters that I am lucky enough to call friends.  I have published just about 500 posts, have over 2 dozen free tutorials, and posted close to 100 finishes.  I am now hosting my fourth annual mystery quilt and have a book coming out in February.  I look forward to the next 5 years!

I have a bunch of stuff planned to celebrate my 5 year blogiversary...

Five Year Blogiversary Pattern Sale
Meadow Mist Designs Etsy Shop

FREE SHIPPING All printed patterns in my Etsy shop have free shipping.  No coupon code needed, I have set all shipping costs to $0 for 1 week (until midnight Oct 5th).

COUPON CODE Use the coupon code 5YEARS for $10 off your purchase price of $35 or more in my Etsy shop (this will work out to be similar to buying 3 patterns and getting 1 free).  This coupon code will be valid until midnight Oct 5th.  

Want an even better discount?  Subscribers to my Meadow Mist Designs Pattern are getting an even better special coupon code (will be sent out at 7am EST on 9/28), you can sign up here for the newsletter and the coupon code.

(Note: When the launch of the pattern newsletter was sent out last week, the embedded form did not work well with some mail services, I am very sorry for this.  If you tried to sign up but did not receive an e-mail to confirm your desire to sign up or if you did not get a newsletter this morning (about 7am EST) you can resign up right by clicking this link.  Please let me know if you have any problems.)


How about a giveaway to celebrate too?  I am giving away one complete set of my printed patterns, 15 of my best selling patterns! ($150 value). The giveaway is open worldwide, but if the winner is outside the US I will substitute digital patterns due to shipping costs.

To enter, simply use the rafflecopter entry below: (if you are reading this post via e-mail, you may need to click over to the blog for the rafflecopter box to appear below).  To enter the giveaway, you must be a follower (new or existing) of my blog (e-mail, bloglovin, feedly, etc).  For a bonus entry, you can name your favorite Meadow Mist Designs pattern.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**Giveaway now closed, congrats Sandra W!***

Thank you all so much for your support and friendship over the last half a decade!!!