Saturday, September 1, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge: September = Red Violet

For August we are celebrating another one of my favorite colors - Red Violet. 

Surprisingly even though I have a lot of this color in my wardrobe, I have very little in my fabric stash!   Maybe I've used it all up :) 


If you are finding this blog post for the first time and aren't sure what we are talking about .... To get all the scoop, be sure to check out Jen's post.


I used Island Batik fabrics for my block.  The color saturation of the batiks is perfect for a block like this where we need lights, mediums and darks of the same color.  I will admit my light is a bit more pink than red-violet but I needed the contrast to make the block work.   Most of my stash was all medium and dark fabrics. 


I'm using Jen's pattern (available on her blog - see link below) and made both the 12" and 6" block this month.  


With only 3 more blocks to make, I'm tempted to work ahead and get started on the final quilt.   I'm still debating between a horizontal or vertical layout. 

I can't wait to see what your block looks like.  On Jen's blog you have an opportunity to share your red violet block or anything made with red violet from September 21 to 30 to be eligible for prizes.  


And speaking of prizes, the sponsor for this month is the Art Gallery Fabrics who are giving away one of their Phat Quarters in Vibrant Violet!  I love Art Gallery Fabrics - don't you? 


Also be sure to visit the other bloggers who are participating this month.  It's so much fun to see what fabrics everyone has selected and how different the same block looks with different fabric choices!


Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen
Jen Strauser of Dizzy Quilter
Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting
Jen Rosin of A Dream and A Stitch
Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting
And if you are playing along with us, make sure to use #2018monthlycolorchallenge on social media! And speaking of social media, be sure to follow me on IG: @Masterpiecequilting and Masterpiece Quilting on FB for sneak peeks and updates!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Island Batik's The Great Outdoors Blog Hop

The Island Batik Ambassadors have been busy this month with The Great Outdoors Blog Hop.  I am totally blown away by the creativity of my fellow ambassadors as well as the beauty of the Island Batik fabrics! 




The collection that I was given to work with is Lavendula and it's a beautiful mix of purples and greens.  Lavendula will be appearing on your local quilt shop's shelves SOON!  Be sure to ask for it at your local quilt shop or request that they talk with an Island Batik rep to order it. 

While I'm typically know for my modern traditional pieced quilts, I opted for some raw edge fusible applique to showcase the fabrics.  I designed this quilt, aptly named Flutter Away.  Since the prints in the collection feature dragonflies, butterflies and birds - all creatures with wings that flutter - the name seemed only appropriate!





Print and PDF patterns will be available soon and I'm giving away 3 patterns as part of the blog hop.  Be sure to leave me a comment with your favorite Island Batik collection to be entered to win.  I will randomly select the lucky winners on Sunday September 9, 2018.


Photo location: Limberlost Covered Bridge Park near Ceylon IN.
Photo Cred: Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting

To see all the Island Batik fabric collections, be sure to check out all the ambassadors and their blogs!


Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts
And we can't have a blog hop without a giveaway .... Be sure to click to enter the giveaway!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Welcome to the Poinsettia Song QuiltALong on Annie's Creative Studio



I'm so excited that I finally get to share the Poinsettia Song quilt with you!  I've been working behind the scenes on it since early 2018 and now it's available as a QuiltALong for you to participate in and make. 


 Poinsettia Song is a 13 week Quilt A Long that I am teaching available on Annie's Creative Studio We cover a block a week for the first 12 weeks and then on the 13th week the episode focuses completely on the assembly instructions and how to quilt the final quilt. 
Poinsettia Song includes a lot of techniques – including Paper-piecing, Fussy Cutting, Y-Seams, Squaring Up Units and Blocks, Template Piecing, Partial Seams, Framed Blocks, Multi-part Cornerstones and Pieced Borders.  I like to call it - "A Little Bit of Everything but Applique" quilt! 
And yes, some of these are more intermediate and advanced level skills – but by learning together as I demonstrate each step in the video, it will give you an opportunity to grow as a quilter.  



The quilt is named based on the fabric collection used to make the sample quilt – Poinsettia Song from HoffmanCalifornia- International.   I want to give a huge Thank You to Hoffman California-International for graciously donating the fabrics for the sample quilt as well as the step outs using during taping. 

While it may look challenging, this is a tremendously rewarding quilt to make. Your confidence and skills as a quilter will grow week by week as you learn and master new techniques. 
If you have been on the fence about joining Annie's Creative Studio, now the time!  You will get access not only to this quilt along but hundreds of other classes not only in quilting and sewing, but also knit, crochet and home décor. 

I sure hope you will join me and participate in the Poinsettia Song QuiltALong.  It was a log of fun to make this quilt and tape the episodes for you to learn new techniques and master quilting skills. If you get started now, you will have a beautiful quilt for your bed by Christmas! 

And to stay up-to-date on all my projects, be sure to like and follow me on Facebook and IG: @masterpiecequilting


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge - August = Yellow Orange


For August's 2018 Monthly Color Challenge we are celebrating Yellow-Orange. 

While I'm not much of an orange person, I was surprised how much of it I had in my stash. I don't remember buying it, but I sure have quite a bit of it!  And, before you say anything, I will be the first to admit some of my yellow-oranges are a bit more orange-red but I needed to have the contrast to get the block to look right. 



If you are finding this blog post for the first time and aren't sure what we are talking about .... To get all the scoop, be sure to check out Jen's post.


I used Island Batik fabrics for my block.  The color saturation of the batiks is perfect for a block like this where we need lights, mediums and darks of the same color. I'm using Jen's pattern (available on her blog - see link below) and made both the 12" and 6" block this month.  


Don't you love the subtle texture of Island Batik fabrics? 

With 8 blocks complete now, I'm still thinking about how I want to do the final layout …. (yep, I'm a thinker!)  In last month's post, I was playing around with on-point and horizontal layouts.  Which one do you like best?  Maybe I will do one for my 12" blocks and the other for my 6" blocks. 

I can't wait to see what your block looks like.  On Jen's blog you have an opportunity to share your yellow-orange block or anything made with yellow-orange from August 21 to 30 to be eligible for prizes.  


And speaking of prizes, the sponsor for this month is the Fat Quarter Shop who are giving away a $25 gift certificate.  What could be more perfect than that? 


Also be sure to visit the other bloggers who are participating this month.  It's so much fun to see what fabrics everyone has selected and how different the same block looks with different fabric choices!




Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen
Jen Strauser of Dizzy Quilter
Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting
Jen Rosin of A Dream and A Stitch
Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting
Joanne Harris of
quiltsbyJoanne




And if you are playing along with us, make sure to use #2018monthlycolorchallenge on social media! And speaking of social media, be sure to follow me on IG: @Masterpiecequilting and Masterpiece Quilting on FB for sneak peeks and updates!



Sunday, July 22, 2018

Summer Sewing 2018

I've been doing a lot of sewing the past few weeks.  Most of the projects are under contract to a publisher or another company, which prohibits me from sharing them publicly until the on-sale date.

But the contracts don't say that I can't share the fabrics with you :) 

For magazines, I'm working on Spring and Summer 2019 right now.  The colors I'm using are fresh, bright - but not too bright, and gray is the new white. 

For one of my designs, I'm using fabrics from Timeless Treasures Fabric Company.  These fabrics are a mix of their Studio Basics blender collection and Solid-ish Basic by Kimberly Einmo.  I love the depth of color saturation.  


I like to use fabrics that are referred to as blenders, basics or tonals in a lot of my designs because that gives the design more longevity.  Even if the specific fabric that I used isn't available a year or two years from now, you can still find another fabric that is very close in the same color and texture.

In another project, I'm using the Garden Club collection by Brenda Ratliff from RJR fabrics.  


I like to design patterns that work well with fat quarter bundles.  After all, who doesn't love to buy fat quarter bundles and we can't keep all of them for studio décor …. or can we? :) 

Here is what the fabric looks like un-bundled and pressed.  Again gray is the new white and I'm using the lightest gray for the background fabric.


Earlier in the week, I shared with you the fun pillow and bed runner I made using Christa Watson's new Fandangle line from Benartex fabrics.   I used layouts from my The Simple Sampler book to make them. 


By now you are probably seeing a trend in the fabrics that I like to use in my designs … and that's a good thing!  Gray is the new neutral - instead of white and bright, fun, fresh, colors with a bit of pattern.  This is Fandangle's collection card and you can sew how much fabric each fabric is. 


As an Ambassador for the Island Batik company, I'm stitching monthly with their fabrics.  Island Batik has some of the most unique designs for their batiks.  I'm totally in love with these Paisley Dots. They are the perfect combination between a blender and a print! 


So this blog post has become much longer than I thought it would!  If you want to keep up with all my stitching, be sure to follow this blog, like me on Facebook at Masterpiece Quilting or on IG: @masterpiecequilting. 

And as a disclaimer...  I am not receiving monetary compensation to write this blog post nor am I receiving affiliate commission on any purchases you make.  The opinions of the fabrics are my own personal opinions.  The fabric companies listed did provide complimentary material for me to use in each of the mentioned projects and those companies will receive full promotional credit in print and in video at the time of publication.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Border Quilt - Quilt Along by Patterns by Jen

I'm excited to be one of the bloggers participating in Patterns by Jen's (PBJ's) Quilt Along for her The Border Quilt pattern.

If we haven't met before, I'm Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting.  You can learn more about me on the About Me page on my blog. 


Today I just wanted to take some time to introduce everyone to the Quilt Along.  You can learn more about it by checking out Jen's introductory post

While we aren't officially starting until September 12th, I'm trying to get a head start and I'm already stuck at the fabric selection stage!  

I am using a pre-printed panel for the center section and I can't decide which one to use.  Actually, I did narrow it down to just these 2!  I figure, since you will be reading / looking at my quilt for the next few months, you can tell me which one you would rather look at :) 

Here are the two panels:  On the left, is the more whimsical option - Well Said by Sandy Gervais for Moda - and on the right, is a Christmas themed panel - Once Upon A Memory by Holly Taylor for Moda.  





I have both of them folded and pinned to my design wall in approximately the same size they will be cut to piece into the quilt.   I will be pulling stash fabrics (of which I have PLENTY !) to coordinate with either panel. 

So let's get the voting started - leave a comment on which one you think I should use.  

And in the meanwhile,  go ahead and get a copy of the pattern (Jen's post has all the purchasing details) so you can figure out your fabrics. 

On the fence about whether you want to participate?  Here's a few things I really like about this pattern.  
#1 - It's a fun quilt and we all like fun!
#2 - You can tailor it to any size your want. If you get tired of making borders, then stop - It will still look great. 
#3 - It has flexibility.  The pattern works for flannels, cottons or batiks! 

I really hope you join us !  It's gonna be a fun time.  

Ps - Don't forget to vote on which panel I should use. 

Pss - Be sure to follow me, so you can see what other fun stuff I'm up to...  I'm Masterpiece Quilting on Facebook or on IG: @masterpiecequilting