Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blue Monterrey Medallions

It is no secret here at the shop that I just love the Monterrey Medallions Pattern by Atkinson Designs.  I have made it several times.  As you can see from the previous posts.

Monterrey Medallions - 1930's
Monterrey Medallions - Black Civil War

But I woke up early one morning and thought - How stunning would a Monterrey Medallions in Blue with a scrappy background be?





I used some wonderful blues.  Mostly civil war prints, but a few that had the right tones and blended with the civil war era made its way in there too.  I used a scrappy off white background in 12 prints to give it variety and texture.








The red in the quilt was Moda Marbles.  I just love the deep texture it gives compared to a solid red.

I knew the print that I wanted to use on the back of the quilt.  But, the quilt is a 90" x 90" and I just couldn't bring myself to getting 3 widths for just a few inches.  Since the quilt doesn't have a border, I couldn't trim a little off, so  I decided to make a row with the floating stars from the pattern and alternate it with a solid block.









It really makes a striking back and I got to use the fabric that I was really wanting to use.  I quilted with a basic meander pattern using Permacore Mother Goose thread.

Thanks for letting me share.  It is currently on display at the shop, so if you live close, come visit it in person.  We had it on display in our booth at the Elizabethtown, KY quilt show this past weekend and it was definitely an eye catcher.

Cathy

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fancy Forest


So I have been seeing the Fancy Forest Pattern everywhere and decided that I needed to make it.            



So I spent two day at the shop just trying to get the colors right for my forest friends.  The pattern calls for 40 Fat Quarters.  So it took a while to get the colors just right for me.

But now it is hanging on our back wall at the shop.  And it makes me smile to see it finished.
  
 

I didn't have a large window of time to get it finished and didn't want to start it and have to put it away.  So I was a girl on a mission.  I started on Monday after work and made all the Foxes and Bunnies.  I might have spoiled myself because they were the easy ones.  Tuesday night I made the Owls, Wednesday night the Hedgehogs, Thursday night the Thistle and finally Friday I made the Firefly.  Saturday night I pieced all the blocks together to finished the top and Sunday I go up early to put it in my machine and quilt it.


Finished in one week.  I think the pattern is very well written.  I love the organization for cutting the pieces.  I used ziplock bags to keep each animal together and to keep it together for my piecing. The pattern also give directions for just doing one of the 4 color quadrants for a baby quilt size. 


On Friday night my daughter asked me to make her one just like it when I got finished making the shop sample.  I think the second one might have to wait a few weeks.


I quilted with a simple meander and backed the quilt with a grey and teal/green wave print.

Thanks for letting me share.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Website Changes



Hello Friends,

It has been a long time since I have blogged.  I am sorry to taken so long to get back in the blogging seat.  I usually blog about the shop sample we have added or new things in the shop.  But this blog is going to be about the changes to our website.


We were contacted last fall that the host and developer of our website had sold their business and our website (as well as may others) were being aquired by a different company that also specialized in the online fabric industry.  However, it has been a hard several months with the changes and there was the feeling of a ticking time bomb of finding our website the right home.



We tried several different companies, every tutorial and trial we could find.  The challenge is being able to find a platform that can allow fractional quantities.  So that our customers can order in increments less than 1 and fractions over 1.  I think we have found a good fit.  I am still learning about different features or how things might work differently.

Shop by Collection like we alway have.


Our website allows you to shop by Collection like our previous website set everything up.

We still like that feature it you are wanting to see everything just in that specific collection.




















Our new website allows you to also shop by all fabrics:  It is great because you can see just about everything from one page.






You can adjust the quantity of yardage still with a half yard minimum from the product page or in the shopping cart.



Gift Certificates are also available electronically so that they will instantly be sent.



We are still offering a flat rate $6.00 Domestic Shipping.

We have also been able to add PayPal payment option to our website.


I want to thank all of you for hanging in there and not shaming me about being a bad blogger.  Here at Whittles, we all wear many hats.  We are a team of 5.  So the same person that creates shop samples and kits is the same person who makes them and quilts them.  The same people that take care of our customers in store are the same people who pack and fill each online order.  Unfortunetly, blogging just fell down on the list.

But I am so glad to be at a place where I can take some time to get a blog post in.  I think we are back at a place where it can be more of a part of our process and I look forward to sharing more with you.

 I look forward to catching up on all my projects that we have finished here at the shop.

Cathy


Friday, October 16, 2015

No Diamonds In the Sky - Calico Carriage Quilt Designs

I have finished my No Diamonds In the Sky quilt.  Pattern by Calico Carriage Quilt Designs.  I just love how it resembles an old fashioned broken star quilt.  It makes a large 92" x 92".


Photo of the Center of the quilt.  



I quilted a feather design in the background and crosshatching in the borders.  I didn't want to quilt over the star, so I stitched the diamond shape in the ditch.  





I used a piece of 108" Civil War for the backing.


Thanks for letting me share.
Cathy


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Migration - Red and Black


 We have several shop samples hanging at the shop.  As many may know I am a big fan of the Calico Carriage Quilt Designs Patterns.  I have made the Migration in the Past in earth tones.



But I found this wonderful Black with Red Roses and it just felt like a Migration fabric.  Here is an overall photo of the quilt.


Close up of the center.  I just love this pattern.  It is one that many people look at and think that it will be difficult, but with the directions it is very simple and everything fits together. 


Photo of the side.


I chose a red and tan plaid backing for the shop sample.  And quilted in a whirlwind pattern.  



Thanks for letting me share.

Cathy


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hanover Stars

I have finished my version of the Hanover Stars by Red Crinoline Quilt. 

I used several Civil War fabrics. The pattern calls for 70 different fabrics.  



I used a solid Moda Bella sashing and made my corner stones from a very small scale black print.  


I just love how the solid star points just pop in the scrappy civil war print for backgrounds.



I used a tan Civil War Backing  and Tan thread.  I quilted using a damask pattern.  I used a Bamboo/Cotton Blended Batting for the first time.   It was so soft and nice.  I must say I LIKED IT.  


Just another close up of the star blocks.

Thanks for letting me share.
Cathy

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Medallion Muse - Big & Bold Pattern

I have been wanting to sew with the Medallion Muse fabrics since we got them in.  I had tried a couple of patterns, but it was just not doing the fabric justice.  So I decided to try simple.  I have made the Big & Bold by Cozy Quilt Designs before.  In the Bold and Beautiful Fabrics.



I just love how this patten is simple and really just lets the fabrics be the focus of the quilt.  It is a nice easy quilt to make.  Great for after some more intense sewing that I have been working on.



I think the black strip really let the bright jewel tones stand out.


I quilted it in black thread with a black swirl backing.  I used a dragonfly quilting pattern.

Thanks for letting me share.

Cathy