Monthly Archives: February 2014

Playing Cards Quilt in Safari Moon Fabrics

Playing Cards Quilt

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Safari Moon Blog Hop! I am so happy to share my latest quilty finish, which I made from a new line from designer Frances Newcombe and Art Gallery Fabrics.

Frances Newcombe: Safari Moon

Before I dive in, I have to say that Frances Newcombe is a lovely person, and I had the privilege to meet her at Quilt Market in October. I fell in love with her Safari Moon booth, where we chatted a bit about fabric and babies (I was very pregnant at the time). She is a mom to an adorable little guy and we’ve become Instagram friends since!

Playing Cards Quilt

The quilt pattern I used is called “Playing Cards” and it was designed by Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts for my book, Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends. I chose this pattern because it has large blocks, which I thought would be perfect for showing off the variety of prints. I also chose it because it’s goes together fairly quickly and is a manageable size to quilt on my home machine.

Playing Cards Quilt

When it came time to quilt this project, I ran into some issues with my free-motion foot. Breaking thread, tension issues . . . it wasn’t pretty. Time to visit the sewing machine doctor! I compromised by switching to my walking foot and quilting organic wavy lines. I’m really happy with the texture that resulted (and can’t wait to see how crinkly it looks coming out of the washer/dryer).

Playing Cards Quilt

When I saw this collection at Quilt Market, I immediately fell in love with the rich, saturated colors. I tend to stick with very dull colors in my own home and wardrobe, but when it comes to quilting fabric . . . the brighter, the better!

Playing Cards Quilt

I joined four different fabrics together to sew a scrappy binding. It’s actually, my first binding made from multiple fabrics. I tend to use a single solid fabric for my bindings, but I’m really happy with how this scrappy version turned out!

Playing Cards Quilt

My favorite print in the collection is the stamped leaf motif, shown in both green and blue. I could see this print as a really cute summer dress or bag.

Playing Cards Quilt

The background fabric is FreeSpirit Designer Solids Cream. For the quilt back, I used a Parson Gray print I’ve been holding onto from a huge fabric sale. I bought 4 yards, so I may have enough for another small quilt back!

Playing Cards Quilt

Thank you Frances for including me on the Safari Moon Blog Hop!

For your chance to win a fat quarter bundle of
Safari Moon, head over to the giveaway post!


Follow along with the rest of the blog hop to see more projects made with this stunning fabric!

2/24  Faith Jones  Fresh Lemons Quilts

2/25    Lindsay Conner   Lindsay Sews / Craft Buds

2/26   Sarah Lawson  Sew Sweetness

2/27  Cristy Fincher   Sew Much Like Mom

2/28   Amy Smart  Diary of a Quilter

3/3  Lee Heinrich Freshly Pieced

3/4  Teri Harlan Sew Fantastic

3/5  Jane Davidson Quilt Jane

3/6  Lynne Goldsworthy Lily’s Quilts

3/7  Sandy Whitelaw  Upstairs Hobby Room

3/10  Katy Jones  Imagingermonkey

3/11  Victoria Findlay Wolfe  Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts

3/12  Megan Bohr Canoe Ridge Creations


Winners! Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Our lovely guest judges have chosen their favorite entries in the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along. Judges were asked to choose their five favorite projects, which were assigned 1-5 points. It was a very close race between several entries, and we were so inspired by your creativity!

Without further ado . . .

First Place

Katy’s (Lethargic Lass) and her Teeny, Tiny Mosaic Tiles Pillow!


Second Place

The Two in One Tote by Marci Girl Designs


Third Place

Katie’s Alternate Layout


Honorable Mentions

Marni’s Table Runner * January’s Baby Quilt * Keizer Quilts: Mini Mosaic Tiles

iPad Mini Case * Spring Garden by S.Novitch * Tisha’s Reverse Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic Tiles 2014 * Lisa D.’s Quilt * Rita G.’s Quilt


Thank you to our amazing quilt along sponsors: Aurifil, OLFA, Pellon, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Simplicity Creative Group and Stash Books!

Mosaic Tiles Sponsors

We are thrilled to see all of your amazing entries! For many of you, this was your first quilt, or first online quilt along. I encourage you to celebrate the year by continuing to push forward and experience a number of “firsts.”

And how about joining your first quilting bee?

If you’d like to keep the quilt along fun going, you can join the Modern InstaBee (#moderninstabee2014) on Instagram. There are currently 14 “hives” (groups of 12 quilters who trade blocks via postal mail) based out of the U.S./Canada and 4 hives out of Australia! For more details, e-mail lindsay.conner(at)gmail(dot)com!

Swedish Fish Valentine Printables


Happy Almost Valentines Day! I designed these cute and quick valentines for my son earlier this week and thought I’d share. I’ve seen other variations of this idea, but they tend to use candy fish that have been opened and repackaged in clear bags. Of course you can do that with this printable, or if your school requires original unopened packaging for food use the mini bags of Swedish fish like I did.

To get started, download the free printable here: Swedish Fish Valentine The file is a pdf that will open in a new web browser window and you can save or print it using the buttons in the lower right corner of the page.


Next, use the back of a butter knife to score along the dotted lines on the sides.


Then cut along the solid black lines.



Fold along your score lines, then wrap the paper around the Swedish fish bag so the Swedish Fish logo is showing. Attach with clear packing tape.



Have your child write the “To” and “From” and names and you’re done!




Imagine Gnats Sewing Patterns + Giveaway!

Every so often at Craft Buds, we like to feature an indie pattern designer who is working toward making their crafty dream a reality. When I met Rachael Gander, I immediately knew that she had both the talent and the drive to turn her hobbies of sewing, blogging and graphic design into an actual business.

It gives me great joy to share the news that Rachael is expanding her successful PDF pattern business into a run of print patterns! Read more below about how you can support Rachael’s handmade business while also scoring some great goodies for yourself.
Here’s what Rachael had to say about her indiegogo campaign!

Imagine gnats started as a little etsy shop, selling small sewn items to help support my family and also to give me a creative outlet in a corporate world. It’s come a long way in just five years… from a hobby to a full-time job. My love of sewing and design has grown as well, and now my own sewing patterns help and inspire others to create.

bess tops1

I am proud to have created patterns for garments that are easy to sew and easy to wear. Imagine gnats patterns feature classic silhouettes with a modern twist that incorporate clever details and practical techniques.

Currently, my patterns are all offered as printable PDFs. the money raised on indiegogo will help cover the costs of an initial run of paper patterns, which means sharing my designs with even more sewists and inspiring more people.

For the cost of one pattern, you can help me reach my goal AND be one of the first to get the printed pattern of your choice. for a little bit more, you can get a full set of imagine gnats printed patterns. plus, early bird specials offer even better deals for the first contributors!

meridian for kids imagine gnats

My initial print run will include 500 each of my existing five garment patterns. all of the money raised will go directly to that effort. once patterns are printed, i begin the selling and distribution phase.

I would love for you to tweet, share on Facebook, e-mail your friends and family… anything that will get the word out. Every share helps and is so appreciated.

i heart imagine gnats

Let’s rally around Rachael and make sure her handmade dreams come true!



Would you like to win a set of 5 imagine gnats garment PDF patterns, including the Tumble Tee, Roly-Poly, Meridian for Kids, Meridian for Women, and Bess Top?

1. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a complete set.

2. If you donate to Rachael’s campaign at any level, please leave a second comment for another chance to win!

International entries welcome, and we’ll choose one winner on February 28 (through the end of the fundraising campaign)!

Congrats to commenter #58, Dana!

Book Review + Giveaway! Quilting with a Modern Slant


Today we’re excited to be a part of the Quilting with a Modern Slant blog book tour! This book was just released on January 28 by Storey publishing. It was authored by Rachel May and is 224 pages long. That includes 7 chapters covering different aspects of modern quilting including techniques, color, scale, pattern, improv designs and more.


Whether you’re a beginning quilter or one with years of experience, this book is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about the modern quilting movement. On every spread in the book you’ll find beautiful color photographs of quilts and techniques. It’s inspiring to look at just the photos alone.


Inside you’ll find 9 projects with patterns and instructions and 13 tutorials. There is helpful information for new quilters like supply lists and quilt binding techniques. There’s more advanced patterns for experienced quilters and new techniques like making natural fabric dye with avocado pits.


While the patterns and tutorials are interesting, the real strength of this book is in the stories and contributions of over 70 modern quilters. There were some names that were familiar to me (Rashide Coleman-Hale, Angela Walters, Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner and more) and some new ones. I’ve seen many pattern books but this is one of the few quilting books I’ve read that focuses less on patterns and more on the people behind them. 


It’s fascinating to read their stories, how they became involved in quilting, their tips and tricks and more. The stories touch on other areas of quilting like creating fabric or opening a shop. While those sections are brief, they are interesting and may help you find a new area of interest to pursue.


Overall, this book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the makers of quilts. The patterns and tutorials are a bonus but the personal stories from modern quilters are what really make this book shine and bring the modern quilting community to life.


If you’d like to purchase a copy of the book, visit the Quilting With a Modern Slant website for a list of online sellers.




Just leave a comment below telling us what you’d like to learn about quilting (one comment per person please) to be entered to win your own copy of the book. Contest is open through Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11:59 pm EST to US and Canada residents. The winner will receive a copy of Quilting with a Modern Slant from Storey Publishing.

The winner chosen by was #24, Fenna from Fabulous Home Sewn Products! Fenna, I’ve sent you an e-mail with more information!

Disclaimer: Storey publishing sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


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