The Wall Street Freaking Journal!!!

I know it's been really quiet around here lately, but trust me when I say that my quilting studio is anything but quiet right now! I'm getting ready to head back to Peoria, IL for a quick visit with my in laws and to run the inaugural Run River City Marathon! I'm really excited to get back to the midwest, even if it's only for a few days. While I'm there, I am going to deliver two custom quilts, one of which I'm still working on. I have faith that I'll get it done, but with race training and quilting that doesn't leave much time to blog!

I wanted to pop on here to share the exciting news that there is a great article in the Wall Street Journal regarding modern quilting! To read the article, search the following text in your search engine of choice:

Modern Quilters Stress Simplicity

You should come up with the WSJ link! (If you attempt to link through the WSJ website, it's a paid subscriber only article - booo!)

There's also a short slide show of quilts from Quilt Con, you can find those here. I'm super excited to share that my quilt is on slide #5! A sweet friend alerted me to the photo this morning, and I've contacted the WSJ so that they can (hopefully) include a photo credit! Either way, my quilt is on the freaking WSJ website!

Puzzle Me Not Quilt

OK, I'm off to shower after my morning run - I've been chatting with my hubby, my mom, and anyone else who will listen ever since I found out that my quilt was online! I have a few older quilts to share, I'll try to post about at least one of them before my trip next weekend!

9-Patch Puzzle Tester Quilts!

I'm so excited to share what my pattern testers came up with for their 9-Patch Puzzle Quilts!

Cindy at Live a Colorful Life tested the the pattern using solid (unpieced) blocks. She was so sweet to squeeze in my pattern testing among all of her other sewing! Cindy used the Quilt Blocks fabric line by Moda, and I really the results! The fabric gives the illusion of being pieced and the large, unpieced blocks really showcase the prints!

Cindy's 9-Patch Puzzle Quilt!

Watch out for more pictures on Cindy's blog soon!

My friend Meaghan from Seattle also pattern tested for me. I'm totally in love with the quilt that she created! Meaghan has a great eye for color, so I guess I shouldn't have been so blown away by her quilt!

Meaghan's 9-Patch Puzzle Quilt!

I think my favorite aspect of Meaghan's quilt is the floral print that she included! Her colors and fabric choices are so great!
Here is a close up of the prints that she used:

Meaghan's 9-Patch Puzzle Quilt!

A huge thank you to Cindy and Meaghan, and the several friends who proofread for me!
If you make a quilt from this pattern, I would love to see it! You can always email me or add your photos to the flickr group.

You can purchase this pattern on Etsy or Craftsy!

And lastly, I hope you'll join in the February Challenge Link Up! Details are here!
Link ups will close at the end of the day on Feb 5th, and one participant will win a copy of this pattern  and set of 42-10" square solids (perfect to use for the pattern!).

9-Patch Puzzle Quilt Pattern - For Sale Now!

I'm so excited to finish my second pattern!

9-patch puzzle pattern! 

You may remember last year when I created this quilt for my good friend's daughter. Since then, I've had several requests for a pattern.

I wrote the pattern using a layer cake and included 2 design options:

Use the layer cakes to create modern 9-match blocks
Trim the layer cakes to size and use as is

I created this first quilt using 21 different solids (mostly Kona) for the blocks, 7 different neutrals for the borders, and the green and white stripe print:
Puzzle Me Not Quilt

Here's a detail shot (binding is Chicopee):
Puzzle Me Not Quilt - Detail
(This lucky quilt is one of the two that will be in the quilt show at QuiltCon in February!!)

This second quilt is an example of how the pattern comes together if you choose not to piece the modern 9-patch blocks, but rather use the layer cake sheets trimmed to size (fabric is Lucy's Crab Shack):
Lucy's Crab Shack Puzzle Quilt

The details:
Lucy's Crab Shack Puzzle Quilt - detail

The layout is deceivingly simple to create, and comes together very quickly!

The pattern includes detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations for cutting, piecing the blocks, and creating the quilt top.

Finished quilt size is 64" x 72"

The pattern is listed for sale here in my Etsy shop and also here on Craftsy!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the pattern!

I'll post more about each of these quilts in a few days. I also want to share the amazing work done by my pattern testers - more to come!