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Citrus and Mint Baby Quilt + Free Pattern

 

Citrus & Mint: Quick & Easy Baby Quilt + Free Pattern | Craft Buds

Do you love quick baby quilts? One of our most popular posts of all time on Craft Buds is my Quick Triangles Baby Quilt, and I was inspired by that project to design another free baby quilt pattern that’s great for beginners as well as experienced quilters looking for a weekend project!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

The colors of this quilt were inspired by a design seeds color palette my friends picked for their little girl’s nursery. I really loved the citrus and mint colors paired with a soft cream, but you can make this quilt in a variety of colors and it would look beautiful! If you have trouble picking a color palette for your quilt, try choosing two or three colors that work well together and pairing it with a neutral like white or grey. (One of my favorite go-to color combos is yellow, aqua and grey.)

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

The block we’ll be sewing is called a half snowball quilt block. A full snowball quilt block uses the same technique, but with all four corners getting the triangle. This half snowball tutorial will show you how to make this block, which you can use in all kinds of projects! I hope you enjoy this free quilt pattern.

Finished quilt 36 1/2″  x 42 1/2″

Materials:

– 9 to 12 fat eighths (each makes 3 blocks), fat quarters (each makes 6 blocks) or large scraps of colored fabric in three color groups (like yellow, orange, and mint green)

– 1/2 yard of cream or white fabric for the small diamonds

– 1/3 yard of binding fabric

– Crib size batting

– 1 1/2 yards backing fabric

Cutting:

– Cut 42 squares of colored fabric 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

– Cut 84 squares of cream fabric 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

– Cut 4 strips 2 1/2″ x 44″ (width of fabric) for binding

 

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

Directions:

1. Fold each 2 1/2″ square in half diagonally to make a crease, and press with your fingernail. With the right sides of fabric together, place a cream square on two opposite corners of a larger square as pictured. The crease should not touch the corners of the large square.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

2. Stitch along the creased lines.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

3. Use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim off the outside corners 1/4″ outside of your stitch line.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

4. Press the seams toward the center of the colored block.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

5. Tip: You can use chain stitching to speed up the process! Add one corner square to each of the colored squares without cutting your thread. Trim, press, and repeat with the opposite corner of each block.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

6. Arrange the blocks in 6 columns and 7 rows until you get a color placement you like. I use my portable design board to make this process easier! Tip: Once you get your final arrangement, take a picture with your phone. Nothing fancy! Here’s mine that I took with my feet in the bottom. :) You’ll want to refer to this while sewing, so the blocks don’t get mixed up.

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7. Join the blocks in each row with a 1/4″ seam, making sure the cream triangle seams are aligned.

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8. Press the vertical seams of each row in an alternating fashion to make nested seams. To do this, take row one and press all the vertical seams to the right. In row two, press to the left… row three, press to the right… and so on. This will reduce bulk when joining together the rows, allowing the blocks to fit together snugly! I typically press all my seams open, but this type of quilt block, I really think it works better to use the nesting technique.

Once you join the rows, press the long seams between each row OPEN (as pictured above) to avoid too much bulk in the centers.

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

9. Baste the quilt top, batting and backing and quilt as desired. I chose a wide meandering free-motion quilting pattern, stitching through the diamonds and other seams to reinforce them.

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

This is a really quick and easy baby quilt pattern that you can whip up over the weekend! Break it up over 4 days if you’d like so you can spend time cutting squares, sewing the blocks, joining the blocks and rows, and quilting the top!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

I quilted my project on the Baby Lock Tiara II with Madeira Thread and Quilter’s Dream batting. This was my first time using this brand of batting, and I’d have to say I’m in love! The quilt held up great and did not wrinkle during my photo shoot, and it has a really nice weight to it that I think will withstand many years of baby and toddler love!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

I took these photos at our local agricultural park (the same place I photographed my recent Tennessee quilt), and I was giddy that the horses were out. Of course, I was little nervous they would take too much interest in the quilt! Aside from choosing the fabrics, I really think my favorite part of quilting is taking the perfect photo of the finished product, and it helps to have really cute models.

I really hope you give this easy baby quilt pattern a try! If you make something from any of our sewing and quilting tutorials, we’d love for you to leave a comment. Happy quilting!

Berry Peach Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

We know that the Crock-Pot is an essential appliance for many home cooks looking to make soups, roasts, dips, and appetizers. But have you ever tried making desserts in the slow cooker? I’m excited to share my first ever recipe on Craft Buds (see Mary’s great recipe posts here!), and of course it would have to be a dessert!

Crockpot Recipe: Easy Berry Peach Cobbler Recipe in the Slow Cooker
 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 1/2 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes

Fits well in a 6-quart oval slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Peach Berry Crisp Recipe

This won’t be the last time I whip up this easy Berry Peach Apple Crisp in the slow cooker! I love this recipe because it’s adaptable to whatever fruits are in season (or whatever you happen to have in your kitchen). Swap the peaches out entirely in place of apples, or sub in some strawberries for blueberries! Fresh or frozen fruit works great with this recipe, but I’ll give amount for fresh fruit.

Crockpot Recipe for Peach Berry Crisp

The easy dessert recipe serves about 6 to 8. Don’t worry about “slicing” it or trying to make it look pretty. The more syrupy the bottom layer, the better it tastes!

Crockpot Peach Berry Cobbler Recipe

 

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer:

1 cup fresh blueberries *
8 peaches or apples *
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 cup white sugar

* Note: May substitute fresh or frozen strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, for blueberries. I used 5 fresh peaches and 3 apples, but you can sub any fresh fruits you’d like, or about 16 oz. of frozen fruit.

Crumble Topping:

1 stick melted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup oats (old fashioned)
3/4 cup flour

Directions:

1. Sliced and core the peaches/apples. Rinse the berries. Toss them in the bottom of your slow cooker!

2. Stir in the cinnamon and white sugar, tossing it with your fruit.

3. In a separate bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, oats and flour for the crumble topping. Crumble the mixture evenly over top of your fruit.

4. Cover the slow cooker and cook the peach berry crisp on high for 3 1/2 hours. If you don’t have that long, you could get away with as little as 2 hours, but I like the way the fruit melds together with the longer cook time.

5. Serving suggestion: We love it warm with a scoop of whipped topping or vanilla bean ice cream!

Berry Peach Crisp in the Slow Cooker

 

Have you ever tried a Crock-Pot dessert recipe?

Monetize Your Craft Blog with Affiliate Ads

Make Money Blogging with Affiliate Ads

One of the biggest questions I hear from craft bloggers is, “How do I monetize my blog?” For those who want to make money blogging, selling ad space through an ad network like Google Ads or BlogHer is one of the more popular ways to earn income via your blog. Ad networks like Google pay a set amount based on pageviews (the number of visitors to your blog) and click-throughs (the reader clicks a banner). Of course, you can also work out deals where you sell sidebar advertising (on a monthly or yearly basis) to relevant sites, but joining an ad network is a relatively low maintenance way to start earning passive income on your blog.

And then, there are affiliate ads. When you join an affiliate ad network like ShareASale or Commission Junction, you are eligible to earn a percentage of the sales that generated through your blog. For instance, if someone clicks on an affiliate ad link on your blog and spends $100 on fabric, you might earn $10 (on a 10% affiliate agreement).

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One key to a successful affiliate relationship is to promote products that you love and believe in. As a C&T Publishing author, I’ve just joined the new affiliate program to promote the publisher’s books and sewing products. Not only can I earn 15% income from blog readers that buy my book, but I can earn the same commission when a reader makes any purchase at C&T. They also have great sales and free e-books for affiliate bloggers to review. Win-win!

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Make a Baby Onesie Quilt

Onesie Quilt

Recently, I was inspired to make a quilt from my son’s onesies! This is pretty surprising because A) I generally don’t like onesie quilts and B) I’m not wild about the process of making T-shirt quilts.

Onesie Quilt

Although I LOVED the idea of having a keepsake from his first year (let’s face it… I was having a hard time saying “goodbye to all those cute clothes), I just didn’t love the look of most examples I’d seen.

Until I stumbled upon this onesie quilt sewn by Kacia at Coconut Robot!

If you are new to quilting with knit fabrics, her tutorial is excellent. I made a few modifications to make the process quicker for me, which I’ll tell you about below, in this quick and dirty onesie quilt tutorial.

Make a Onesie Quilt

Materials:

– 28 to 42 onesies (sizes ranging from newborn to 12 months). Plan on more if you want a variety, and fewer if you want a more cohesive looking quilt with some repeats

– 3 yards of Pellon SF101 ShapeFlex

– Binding and backing fabric

– 1 1/3 yard backing fabric and batting (should measure at least 40″ x 46″)

– 3/8 yard binding fabric

– Highly recommended: OLFA 6 1/2″ square ruler

Onesie Quilt

Finished Quilt Size: 36 1/2 ” x 42 1/2″

Quilt Assembly:

Onesie Quilt

1. Cut a 6 1/2″ square of ShapeFlex with your square ruler. Since the ShapeFlex comes in a 20″-wide roll, you should be able to cut three squares per row.

Onesie Quilt

2. Use an iron to fuse the rough side of the ShapeFlex to the wrong side of your onesie, centering it on the design if needed. Unless the onesie snaps open like this one, you’ll need to snip your onesie open, usually cutting down one long side seam and sleeve.

Onesie Quilt

3. Once the ShapeFlex is fused to the onesie, use your ruler again to trim around the square. Adding some type of fusible interfacing to the back is very important for getting crisp, clean squares that will not stretch out of shape. You’ll notice that some of my stripes warped, which is due to squeezing too many squares out of a single onesie. However, I didn’t mind this because I REALLY wanted to repeat the majority of my prints for consistency and design.

Generally, you’ll be able to center the cutout and repeat with the front and back of the onesie to get two usable squares from each one. I was able to do this with sizes from newborn to 12 months! In a few cases, I had to include a bit of bulky shoulder seam, but only enough that it would be easily hidden in the seams of the quilt.

4. I used a total of 28 onesies (or baby items) for a quilt with 42 squares. I tried to get at least 2 usable squares out of each onesie (front and back). For the grey with yellow stripes, a 9-month jumper with shorts, I was able to get 3 out of one outfit! I also made creative use of a burp cloth (barely used) and velcro swaddle when I realized I needed a few more light-colored squares.

For some of the appliqued onesies, I needed to cut out the onesie and reapply it to another square. For instance, if a zipper or seam line would be in the way. Be creative!

5. Once you have your squares fused and cut, have fun arranging them. I went with a checkerboard layout (light and dark squares) and faced all of my stripes the same direction. I used a few plain, white blocks to break up the design.

6. Sew your blocks together in each row using a scant 1/4″ seam. Press the seams open and join together the rows. I joined the blocks in each row and then used my “tiny stitches method” to join the rows together and get perfect points! You can also pin, if you wish.

Onesie Quilt

7. Baste your quilt and quilt as desired. I used a free-motion quilting stipple pattern, creatively avoiding the appliques. I made my own 2 1/2″ width quilt binding from solid navy fabric. This was my third try, and it was the winner!

Onesie Quilt

A homemade onesie quilt would make a great gift for a toddler mom . . . don’t you think?

Onesie Quilt

I think Elliot likes it!

Onesie Quilt

Have you ever made a onesie quilt or T-shirt quilt? I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and it that inspires you to try something new!

 

Up & Coming Designer: Colette Moscrop

This post was written by Amy of www.13spools.com as part of our “Up & Coming Designer Program”, where we introduce you to some awesome, small-time fabric designers we’ve found! Read the program announcement here.

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Can you describe what your process looks like and what materials you use in your work?

My hand-printed textiles are designed and screen-printed in small runs in my home studio. My original hand drawn illustrations are translated from my sketch book to screen using a number of methods including traditional hand-cut stenciling. I print using water based inks in rich, bright colours that I mix myself to achieve perfect vibrant shades. It is this combination of colour blends and their juxtaposition in single or over-printed patterns, that creates the depth and space that is distinctive to my finished printed design. The base cloths I use are all natural fabrics – cotton, linen and linen/cotton blends, the textural characteristics of these enhance the quality of the finished piece. The environmental benefits of using 100% natural and sustainable fabrics is an essential consideration in my work.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

With a sketch book and camera close to hand, my inspiration can come from anywhere; crumbling architecture, the colours of nature, the ring left by a coffee cup…. I am drawn to pattern and colour and love to explore and interpret what I find. I don’t always know where the journey will take me, fluid, organic, geometric or abstract – I play around with pattern, scale and layout. I like uncomplicated, simple patterns that may start out as somewhat irregular in my initial rough sketches, but they will then surprise me when they come together perfectly in repeat and I arrive at a design that I love.

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I’ve been developing my own style over the last few years and I’m producing a selection of clean, modern designs that retain my original hand-drawn elements.

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How did you get into fabric design & printing?

My love affair with the creative process has been with me since I was a little girl. I spent many hours fascinated, watching my Mum make clothing for my brother and I. From an early age, I was at my happiest cutting, stitching and playing with fabric.

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I studied Fashion, Textiles and Jewellery at Art College; my first job was an exciting position making couture fashion accessories for a small designer company. My love of screen-printing came about after I attended a workshop by Lu Summers, arranged by the London Modern Quilt Guild. I was completely hooked by the process and started experimenting at home. I’ve received lots of advice and guidance from my brother, who is a long established screen printer (though not on textiles), which enabled me to improve my technique.

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My work is a reflection of my love of design, the screen printing process and my passion for creating handcrafted textiles. I can think of no better compliment than a panel of my fabric being chosen to be lovingly incorporated into another’s creation.

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If you loved these photos of Colette’s work, I encourage you to check her out – and buy her fabrics!! Here’s a fantastic list of places where you can find her:

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And don’t forget that you can look forward to, and follow, my (Amy’s) projects showcasing our up & coming designers’ fabrics in tutorials, pillows, quilts, and more at www.13spools.com!

Toddler Tote Bag + Sleepy-Time Friend

Welcome to visitors from the Busy Girl Sews blog tour!

In celebration of Heidi Staples’s new book, Sew Organized for the Busy Girl: Tips to Make the Most of Your Time & Space (Stash Books), I’ve decided to sew a project from it, and tell you a little bit about my experience.

Sleepy-Time Friend

If you often feel overwhelmed by the list of sewing projects you want to make, Heidi’s book is filled with tips for organizing your sewing space as well as using your time more efficiently. She also shares 23 (count em’!) projects, making this book a great value for the money. As a mom of 4, Heidi (who blogs at Fabric Mutt) shares her own sewing story and invites many bloggers to share their tips for an organized sewing life. I share a few tips in the book as well!

Toddler Boy Tote Bag in Ready Set Go fabric

This is my son’s new little man bag! The fabric I chose is Ann Kelle’s Ready, Set, Go 2 and a coordinating print from her Remix line. Heidi’s tote bag pattern from the book is very easy to follow (even for beginners), and I was able to make the bag with everything I already had in my stash! I especially love the outer pocket and the pop of contrasting fabric prints.

Sleepy-Time Friend Kit from "Sew Organized for the Busy Girl" by Heidi Staples

Photo: C&T Publishing

But that’s not all! I had to sew the adorable “Sleepy Time Friend Kit” project from the book, which includes a little doll (bunny or cat) in pajamas, a pillow, and a mini quilt. Here’s a picture of Heidi’s version (above).

Sleepy Time Friend Kit

Oh my goodness! I had so much fun sewing this stuff. I finished the whole project, bag, quilt, friend, and pillow, in about 3 hours. Since my son takes 2 naps a day, I was able to whip up the tote bag during his morning nap, and the other goodies that afternoon.

Cat Baby Toy and Mini Quilt

The Sleepy Time Friend comes with a little pajama pocket to store its own “sleepy time friend.” Naturally, I used Ann Kelle’s new Urban Zoologie Minis to sew the tiniest blue monkey for the cat’s little pocket. Since Elliot always sleeps with his blue monkey, it only seemed appropriate.

I’ve never sewn a mug rug, so this is indeed my smallest quilt ever at 8″ square! I used more of the Urban Zoologie Minis monkey print, some Remix, and more Ready, Set, Go 2.

Toddler Boy Bag in Ready Set Go fabric

It would absolutely make my day if Elliot decides to carry around his blue monkey in his own little tote! He held onto his little cat for quite a while before bedtime, though I’ve had to hide the little blue monkey so he doesn’t eat it. :)

You can pick up Sew Organized for the Busy Girl now on Amazon!

 

Busy Girl Sews Tour

Follow the blog tour!

March 30 – Lynne of Lily’s Quilts (Tour Kickoff & Book Giveaway!)

April 6 – Jodi of Tales of Cloth & Angela of Cut to Pieces

April 13 – Lindsay of Craft Buds & Debbie of A Quilter’s Table

April 20 – Leanne of She Can Quilt

April 27Fat Quarter Shop

May 4 – Erin of Why Not Sew?

May 11 – Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts

May 18 – Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade

May 25 – Lucy of Charm About You

June 1 – Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade

June 8 – Becca of Bryan House Quilts

June 15 – Beth of Plum & June

June 22 – Jessica of Quilty Habit

June 29 – Caroline of Sew Can She

July 6 – Heidi of Fabric Mutt (Tour Wrap!)

Up & Coming Designer: Kelsey at Lovely and Enough

This post is written by Amy Garro of www.13spools.com as part of our “Up & Coming Designer Program”, where we introduce you to some awesome, small-time fabric designers we’ve found! Read the program announcement here.
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Kelsey at Lovely and Enough stood out to me immediately once I spotted her “Pistachios” print. This is one of those designs that is incredibly versatile because it has both curved and straight lines in it, is a medium scale, and leans feminine and soft on lighter fabrics, yet also masculine on bold on darker fabrics. I mean, seriously genius, right?
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After looking at these prints, I just knew the designer behind them was special. I started checking out her blog, and just loved everything about it, and couldn’t get enough of her fabrics. Her prints are very sophisticated in that they are screen printed, but don’t scream it. It’s common to look at a screen-printed fabric and immediately think to yourself, “oh, those are screen printed”. But when I look at these fabrics, that’s not even on my radar – I just get lost in the design. I reached out to her, and am so excited to introduce her to you today as part of our Up and Coming program.

Kelsey is a recent graduate of Wheaton College, IL in both studio art and chemistry. She is currently pursuing a degree in Textile Chemistry at North Carolina State and told me that she “looks forward to the fresh inspiration that Raleigh and dye studies will bring to [her] work”.
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And now, I thought I’d invite Kelsey to share a little about herself, her process, and how she arrived at her beautiful business name. Take it away, Kelsey!

When I begin to look around and see other people’s beautiful lives with seemingly more time, less stress, cuter clothes, more prolific sewing rooms, I stop and remember. My life is lovely. And my life is enough. I don’t need more than what I have. Close friends. Comfy clothes. A wonderful family. A burgeoning church. And time and space to sew to my heart’s content. Lovely. Enough.
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I work with textiles because they are tactile, meant to be touched. The soft slip of fabric through your fingers, the crisp edge of a perfectly pressed seam, the holes that expose flannel linings. Each speaks of care and process and history. Textiles allow me to explore making emotions and moments tangible. To wrap my arms around my sister from miles away in the cables of an afghan. To capture the lost feeling of big life decisions in angles and juxtaposed stitches. To anchor my dreams for my niece in threads on which she can sit and stand and play. Textiles make the intangibles something that I can grasp.
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Pulling from personally designed and hand-printed fabrics, I carry quilts from conception to final binding stitch, combining traditional quilt patterns with modern colors and stitching. From hand-illustrating the designs to printing swatches, I relish the process. I follow the maxim that every choice can transform a quilt, envisioning how the eye could be directed with a line of stitching or a quilt balanced by the turn of a triangle. My fabric designs are inspired by the organic beauty outside my window and fused with the geometry of architecture and Amish quilts to create unique pieces for home and studio.
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Wow, what a beautiful reflection on the power of creating!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

If you loved these photos of Kelsey’s work, I encourage you to check her out – and buy her fabrics!! Here’s a fantastic list of places where you can find her:

And don’t forget that you can look forward to, and follow, my (Amy’s) projects showcasing Kelsey’s fabrics in tutorials, pillows, quilts, and more at www.13spools.com!

‘Modern Rainbow’ Q&A with Author Rebecca Bryan + Giveaway!

Today, we are so excited to feature creative quilter Rebecca Bryan, author of the new book Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts That Play with Color. (Stash Books). Rebecca blogs at Bryan House Quilts.

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1) Becca, thanks for visiting us at Craft Buds today! Can you tell us a little bit about how you got started writing your book? How did you go about the very first steps of getting your book published?

Thanks for having me! After the initial inspiration to write a book about rainbow quilts, I really had little idea of how exactly one gets a book published. On top of not knowing how to publish a book, I knew it would be a lot of work and take a lot of time. Instead of being discouraged, I just started.

The bulk of the work in a quilting book is the quilts right? So I began by making the quilts I knew I wanted to be in the book. While I was making quilts, I also sketched ideas on graph paper and took notes in my journals. I also researched the whole book publishing process by reading blogs and articles and attending the “getting published” lecture at QuiltCon in 2013. Finally, I began learning graphic design programs (TouchDraw for iPad and Illustrator); each sketch taught me at least one new trick. There was a lot to learn!

At the time, this poem really encouraged me:

Persevere
[Author Unknown]
The fisher who draws in his net too soon,
Won’t have any fish to sell;
The child who shuts up his book too soon,
Won’t learn any lessons well.
If you would have your learning stay,
Be patient – don’t learn too fast;
The man who travels a mile each day,
May get round the world at last.
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“Rainbow Remix” quilt by Rebecca Bryan (Photo C&T Publishing)

 

2) The rainbow quilts in your book are really stunning! Where do you find your design inspiration?

Thanks so much! I’d say that the quilts are a collection of inspiration over the course of that 6 to 9 month period I described above. Knowing I wanted to create quilts that showed off the glow and radiant goodness of the spectrum, I sketched and sketched while I researched how to submit a book proposal. Some of the designs I started making right away – Rainbow Streak, Rainbow Remix, and Invisible Rainbow. After I had 20 or so designs, I choose what I thought were the 15 best designs for the proposal.

Some of my ideas were for improvisational quilts, some were traditionally inspired, and some I felt were modern. But when I started choosing the top 15 quilt designs, I felt it was necessary to choose a genre. But had I chose one genre, some of my best quilt designs would not have made the cut. I found that to be stressful and wrong. Finally, it dawned on me that I didn’t have to choose one genre and maybe multiple genres could be a strength (or at least a unique aspect) of the book. Then I felt better.

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Via Instagram / BryanHouseQuilts

3) With four kids at home, how did you find time to write a book, create and sew?

While I was writing the book, I was able to work only in small bits during the day, and mostly during nap time. Much of the work occurred after bedtime, from 8pm – 2am. So basically I just stayed up until 2 in the morning to meet my weekly deadlines! NO BIG DEAL! <insert slightly crazy giggling> My weekly deadlines were self-imposed and a big part of how I kept myself on track. My goal was to finish a quilt – top and instructions – each week. It was a delirious couple of months!

Now that the kids are a bit older and the big kids are in school, I have more time to work during the day. Of course, I’m not in book writing mode so things are more balanced. I still try to work only while the littles are napping; in the morning we will hang out and play, or run errands, or go to the gym, etc. And then a couple of nights a week I’ll spend sewing. Right now, I’m trying to cap my working hours to 20 hours a week, but that really depends on deadlines.

"Rainbow Streak" quilt by Rebecca Bryan

“Rainbow Streak” quilt by Rebecca Bryan (Photo C&T Publishing)

4) Do you have a favorite quilt in the book? What’s the story behind it?

I have several favorites! I shared about Wavelength, the cover quilt, in the most recent issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting, so I can share about another favorite. Really I have a bunch of favorites – I hope that’s ok!? As an aside, I remember in art class in high school I couldn’t stand my work.

So let me tell you about Rainbow Streak. Rainbow Streak (pictured above) was one of the first quilts I completed for the book and it was the written project sample I submitted in my proposal. The inspiration comes from the traditional Streak of Lightning quilt pattern; I thought it would be fun if each streak was a rainbow. Using enough fabrics, you can capture a nearly seamless transition from color to color. There’s something about that seamless rainbow that makes it just jump off that gray stormy background. Choosing the fabrics for this quilt was fun fun fun. Also, the quilt is unique and a bit challenging, but not overly difficult. So it was fun to make but not a booger to piece. Plus, did you see the binding? Special bindings always add a special touch.

5) What’s next for you?

Apart from the staying up until 2 am, I really enjoyed the whole book writing process so I’d love to write another book. I’ve been publishing a few patterns independently, so I’m working on adding to my pattern business. Also, I’d like to expand my teaching.

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Follow the blog tour!

March 23rd             C&T/ Stash Books
March 24th             Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt
March 25th             Generation Q Magazine
March 26th             Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
March 27th             Sally Keller of Sally’s Angel Works
March 30th            Amy Garro of 13 Spools
March 31st            Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy
April 1st                Rebecca over at Craft Buds
April 2nd               Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness
April 3rd               Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict
April 6th                Janice Zeller Ryan of Better Off Thread
April 7th                Beth Vassalo of Plum and June
April 8th                Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
April 9th                Giuseppe Ribaudo @giucy_giuce
April 9th                Shannon Brinkley of Bottle Tree Quilts
April 10th              Rebecca Bryan at Bryan House Quilts

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Giveaway!

Stash Books would like to offer a copy of Rebecca’s Modern Rainbow book to one lucky winner! To enter the drawing, please leave a comment with one thing you’ve learned from this Q&A (about quilting, Rebecca, or the book publishing process). I’ll choose a random winner one week from the date of this post. If located outside the U.S., the winner will receive an e-copy of the book.
Congrats to the lucky winner, #37, Marilyn S.!

Big Announcement! Up & Coming Designer Program

Today, we are proud to announce a partnership between Craft Buds and 13 Spools to bring you an awesome new program:

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Let’s face it, this industry is tough to get a foothold in, especially for aspiring fabric designers! But luckily, as sewers (and consumers of beautiful fabric), we have the power to lift up those artists who are truly amazing, even if they aren’t “big-time” yet.

For the next year, we’ll be following some awesome fabric designers. We’ll learn about their process, see samples of their fabrics, and what inspires them. Along the way, Amy of www.13spools.com will make some real life projects showcasing the fabric, so you can really get an idea of how they’ll look in your own work.

We encourage you to support these designers in the start of their journeys by using their fabrics, sharing about them with your friends, following them on Instagram, and by commenting on these posts with your feedback. And if you are a textile artist/designer with a unique body of work, but not yet signed with a fabric company, or know of someone who fits that description, please contact us!

Last but not least, we want to know – what part about the fabric design process are you curious about? Please leave a comment telling us what you’d love to hear about from the designers!

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