Friday, March 1, 2019

2019 Monthly Color Challenge

After an amazing time being part of Jen's Monthly Color Challenge in 2018, I'm participating in March and April of this year. 


I had a lot of fun making this month's Love in a Mist block and I learned a lot about my stash too!  Apparently navy is a color that I don't have much of. 

Maybe it's because I really like blue and I tend to use a lot of blue, but I really struggled to find a dark navy.  Or it could be a sign that my studio needs cleaning and reorganizing.  (yep - it's the latter, but don't tell anyone!)

Anyway, my lighter color could have been darker but I think these two colors make a pretty dashing block! 



For those of you who are new to my page, Welcome!  I'm Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting and you can read more about me here.  I would love to have you follow my blog by entering your email on the rightside column.  I'm also active on Facebook or IG: @masterpiecequilting. 


I invite you to visit all of the bloggers this month and take a look at the blocks they have made. 

Jen Shaffer - Patterns by Jen 

Katie Bock - Sewing with Katie

Joanne Hubbard - Everyone Deserves a Quilt


Kathy Bruckman - Kathy's Kwilts and more

Sheila Oxley - So This is Kentucky


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Home Grown Collection by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex

I'm super excited to be part of this blog hop showcasing Nancy Halvorsen's new collection Home Grown for Benartex.  I've been a Nancy Halvorsen fan for a long time and it's an honor to get to design with her fabrics. 


The Home Grown collection includes a panel grouping with beautiful messages and some lovely coordinating fabrics. 





I love working with panels.  I love buying panels.  
I love collecting panels.  And I love designing with panels. 

As I designed this quilt, I wanted to showcase each section of the panel as well as the other fabrics in the collection.  If you have never worked with panels, check out my online video class Learn to Quilt with Panels to alleviate any fears.  

My first project can do double duty as either a wall hanging or a throw quilt.  It measures 48" x 54"  and is quilted with the "Tread" edge-to-edge pattern by TK Quilting & Design and contains Warm 80/20 batting from The Warm Company


I planned to take some really cute lifestyle photos of the quilt on our couch, but my photo assistant, aka Miss Lilly, kept photo bombing my efforts!  



The fabrics in the collection lend themselves to some amazing design options.  I love stripe fabrics.  If I would have had enough, a stripe would have been used for the binding for a fun candy-stripe effect.  Instead I alternately used two shades of red which I finished with a machine-binding.  If you haven't started to machine-bind your quilts, my online video class Learn to Machine-Bind Your Quilts gives you three easy options for time-saving machine-binding. 


Instead I used the stripe as an accent on each corner of the center panel.  By changing the orientation of the striped squares, I was able to create a focal point in each corner. 



My second project is an 18" x 18" pillow.  I needed a "Springy" pillow for our couch and these fabrics worked perfectly in our decor.  The pillow features one of the blocks from my The Simple Sampler book which is available on Amazon.  By selecting some of the "softer" prints in the collection, it's amazing how much different this pillow looks than the full quilt. 


My book also includes finishing instructions to make an envelope pillow back.  I had some fun and used leftover strips to piece the backing! 



And what would be a blog hop without a giveaway?  I'm giving away a bundle of 8 - 10 Home Grown fat quarters to U.S. residents.  Please let me know how you would use the panel in the comments to be entered to win.  Please remember, if you have your account set to "no-reply" then enter your email in the comments so I can contact you if you win.  I will select a winner on Monday March 4th, so everyone has time to enter. 

Be sure to join the other bloggers and be sure to enter to win some fabric at each stop! 

Monday
Introducing Home Grown @ Sew in Love with Fabric

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday
Nancy's Virtual Trunk Show @ Sew in Love with Fabric

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

My Continuing Adventure in Surface Pattern Design

I was totally blown away by all the kind comments and words of encouragement from my blog post earlier this month about my Adventures in Surface Pattern Design.  If you missed the post, you can catch it here.  

A lot of you asked more about the class that I took.  It is the Surface Design Immersion with Bonnie Christine.  It is an online-only course that lasts 8 weeks but once you enroll, you can watch the classes over and over.  Yep - I have watched some of them at least 4 or 5 times, if not more. 



The important detail is that enrollment happens only ONCE A YEAR and it is going on RIGHT NOW.... February 19 - February 26 .... so you need to ACT NOW.  Click here to be taken directly to the course page, where you can enroll and see more details about the course modules. 

The class includes a comprehensive section on Adobe Illustrator - which I knew nothing about a year ago and trust me, if I can figure out Illustrator, then you can too!  Learning Illustrator was the primary reason I signed up for the class, but I learned so, so much more. 

So in my earlier post, I shared that I had been doing my homework and then deleting it.  Well I do want to share a couple quick cell phone photos (so ignore the bad lighting and camera angle) of a sketch I did at retreat and the repeating pattern that I created from it.   Much of my sketching relates to patterns that I free motion quilt, so lots of feathers, flowers and fauna.   So this is my original sketch of a curly feather with cross-hatch fill inside each feather that I drew last fall during the Immersion Retreat for class members. 


And this is what it looked like after I manually turned it into a repeating pattern.  I carried the cross-hatch design to the background and added a small curly feather in the center.   Is it perfect?  Heaven's no .....  but I am proud of it in a very "first step" type of way.


The class covers more than just Adobe Illustrator.  Pattern design and the business of how to become a licensed artist is also extensively covered - which was important to me, because I needed to see the big picture of how surface pattern design could fit into my income streams.  




I am blocking time during March and April to retake much of the course again this year.  Yes, it is that important to me!  I hope you join me in the class. 

Remember, enrollment is open until February 26th and then it closes for the year - so don't delay in enrolling.  See you in class! 


Sidestep Quilt in Quilter's World Spring 2019 issue

I am super excited to share one of my latest designs with you - the Sidestep quilt!  The pattern in the Spring 2019 issue of Quilter's World magazine.  Swing by your favorite news stand or local quilt shop to pick up a hard copy or order a digital copy online.  



I made Sidestep with a fat quarter bundle of Brenda Ratliff's Garden Club fabric collection for RJR Fabrics and added yardage of two of the prints in the collection for the "step" and the binding.  Huge thanks to RJR Fabrics for providing the fabric as well as thanks to The Warm Company for the Warm 80/20 batting, Aurifil for the thread and Tammy Oberlin of TK Quilting and Design for the Tread digital quilting pattern.   It truly takes a village to make a quilt and I'm grateful to work with such great companies who provide products which allow my designs to come to fruition. 




Sidestep uses square-in-a-square units that "step" side to side to create a visual zigzag running vertically down the quilt top. The steps are large enough to show off larger-scale prints as well as small prints. 


Sidestep isn't my only quilt in Quilter's World Spring 2019. In case you missed it, here is link to the blog post about my Hearty Blooms quilt.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

$2500 Craft Supply Mega Giveaway - Celebrating Annie's Creative Studio's 1st Birthday

As many of you know, I'm a quilting and sewing instructor for Annie's Creative Studio and I've been instructing a few of the Creative Living episodes too.  You can check out my first post about Annie's Creative Studio to capture my excitement!   



Since Annie's Creative Studio is celebrating it's 1st birthday, we decided a birthday bash was in order with a mega giveaway worth over $2500 USD. 

Check out all that you can win! 


The important date to remember is February 28, 2019.  That is when entries are due.  To enter, go to the Annie's Creative Studio page and click on the "Giveaways" tab.  No purchase is necessary, and you do not need to be a member to win. Giveaways are open to members and non-members of Annie's Creative Studio.

My mind is spinning with everything I could make if I won!   Leave me a comment about what you would make if you won! 

And of course, huge thanks to all of these sponsors who provided items for the Annie's Creative Studio Birthday Bash Mega Giveaway. 


While it's impossible to pick a favorite, here are a few of my classes for you to check out. 

The Poinsettia Song Quilt A Long was a super fun time where we made this stunning quilt. Everyone learned a lot of new techniques including fussy-cutting, paper-piecing and sewing y-seams without stress!  


It's no secret that I'm an antique junkie and avid auction go-er.  So one of my favorite ways to give an old piece a fresh look is with chalk-paint.  In this Chalk Painting Tips & Pointers episode, I'm giving some broken-bottom cane chairs a new life for holding flower planters. 


I adore a good table-scape and this paper-pieced Star Table Topper is the perfect center piece for your table.  In the episode, we cover the basics of paper piecing and the assembly of this beauty.  



If you aren't already a member of Annie's Creative Studio, now is the perfect time to join us!  Sign up for the free trial and be amazed at what all you can learn! 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hearty Blooms in Quilter's World Spring 2019 issue

With Valentine's Day fast approaching that means Spring can't be too far away! 

I think I finally have all of our Christmas decorations put away and have transitioned to a Winter / Early Spring decor.  (You realize that I will now find the elusive Christmas decoration that I forgot to put away!)

Anyway, my Hearty Blooms topper which is in the Spring 2019 issue of Quilter's World magazine, will bring a lot of Spring cheer to your table.  If you don't subscribe to Quilter's World, you can pick up a copy on your favorite news stand or purchase a digital download.


With the hearts, the quilt can make its appearance in time for Valentine's Day, and with the floral blooms, it can stay out all Spring.  The style is a bit folk art-ish and the colors bright and well saturated, but not too bold.  

For Hearty Blooms, I selected fabrics from Timeless Treasures fabric company and feel they really make the design stand out.  Huge thanks to Treasures graciously providing the fabric.  

To make the quilt, I also used complimentary Warm 80/20 batting and Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible from The Warm Company and thread from Aurifil

Hearty Blooms can do double or even triple duty in your decor.  It is just the right size that it could be used a stunning wall hanging or across a bed as a decorative throw that is sure to brighten up the room.  

Hearty Blooms isn't my only quilt in Quilter's World Spring 2019 - I will be blogging about my Side Step quilt soon!

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

My Adventure in Surface Pattern Design

A few months ago I blogged about my trip to Texas where I attended Fall Quilt Market and Bonnie's Christine's Immersion Retreat for Surface Pattern Designers.   Today I just want to share a little more about my surface pattern design adventure.  

While I still don't know where this journey will lead me - I am continuing to learn, sketch and grow.  In January, Bonnie announced a monthly challenge in her Flourish Surface Design Dig group. We all know I love a challenge!  And it was great motivation for me to stop drawing and deleting my work.  And yes, that is what I had been doing ... for the last 11 months ... going through the class assignments and then deleting what I made.  

So I faced a whole bunch of fears last week and submitted one of my designs to the challenge group.   It's called Stars N Swirls.   



I view it as my starting point and I've now made it public for everyone to see and critique (please be kind).   I'm a firm believer that "It's not where you start, but where you finish, that counts" ... so who knows where I will finish!  





Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Tour of the Winter Quilts at Masterpiece Quilting

In December I shared my traditional red & green Christmas quilts that I had hanging in my studio.  If you missed the post, you can catch it here.  

I've taken those quilts down and with the help of hubby, have a few of my blue and white Winter quilts hanging.  I know I shouldn't admit this, but there were a few of these quilts that I had forgotten about making.  It's good to get them off the shelves and out where they can be seen.  

Most of these quilts are larger, so I don't have as many to share and I discovered that I have no ... none, zero, zilch .... blue and white table runners or wall hangings!  I think I may have to rectify that and design a few :) 

So here are the photos - I'm working from Left to Right as I describe each one.  And I'm skipping the video this month, so I will share more about the quilting as I describe each quilt. 



On the left is Fractured - which is one of my Masterpiece Quilting brand patterns.  To learn the back story on Fractured, check out the blog post I wrote about it last year.  The pattern is available for purchase as a PDF download on Bluprint.  The white background fabric has a bit of silver metallic for a winter-y touch and it is quilted with a snowflake edge-to-edge pattern. 

Fractured is the same base pattern I used to make the Oh Deer quilt for Island Batik's new Oh Deer Collection which was shown at Quilt Market last Fall & is shipping to stores now.  That modified pattern is available in my Etsy store

On the right is Baubles which was just in the Winter 2018 issue of Quilter's World Magazine.  It is also made with Island Batik fabrics and Warm 80/20 batting from The Warm Company.  Baubles might seem like an unusual name for a quilt, but when you read the back story, it will make perfect sense. 

And please forgive the computer cords running through the middle of the photo .... with me, it's real life every day and these things happen ....  





From Left to Right:  On the Left is the Grecian Squares & Swags Bed Quilt.  This quilt was just my 3rd quilt design to appear in a publication!  It was published in 2013 in Annie's Applique Techniques Made Easy Book - which is no longer in print :(   The blocks create a secondary pattern in the center of the quilt and were quilted with individual block patterns and the appliqued swag border was custom quilted with straight line quilting. 

In the middle is Nine-Patch Beauty which was in the Winter 2015 issue of Quilter's World Magazine.  This traditional patchwork quilt uses gray as the background and is paired with blue and white nine-patches.  It was quilted with an all-over pattern for texture. 

On the right is Checkerboard Beauty which was Annie's Quilts with Unique Borders Book which was published back in 2014.  I really feel old when I think about how long ago that was and how much my design style has evolved over the years.  Sadly, Quilts with Unique Borders is no longer in print either.  Again this quilt was quilted with individual block patterns and custom quilted in the borders. 



On the very left you can see a bit of the custom quilting in the border of Grecian Squares & Swags. 

Next is Nine-Patch Beauty and Checkerboard Beauty and then finally on the right is Orange Peel.  

Orange Peel is one of three quilts that I teach how to make in my Learn to Restyle Vintage Quilts video class and was inspired by an antique quilt of my Grandma Scott's.  You can read more on the back story in a previous blog post
This quilt was full-custom quilted with lots of feathers - my favorite! 

Well that concludes our tour!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my quilts.  Stay tuned for a Spring Quilt tour coming sometime in March.  I've got lots of Spring quilts I can't wait to share with you! 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Farewell as an Island Batik Ambassador

As many of you know, I have spent the last two years as an Island Batik Brand Ambassador.  It's been an amazing fun and rewarding time as I have had an opportunity to represent a great company, work with beautiful fabrics, have my designs included in their Quilt Market displays and last, but not least, to meet and work with some of the most talented designers I know.

But I've got some other projects I want to work on and my schedule will only permit so much, so I did not reapply to be an Ambassador for 2019.  

As a final farewell, I want to showcase some of the quilts I've made over the last two years using Island Batik fabrics.  The quilts aren't in any particular order and I've included a quick description to make it easy for you to find the patterns.  By no means is this all of them - it's only about half! 

This is Modern Chain.  A remake of the pattern using solid fabrics was in Make Modern Magazine in 2018.  I was so excited for my first international magazine appearance. 



The Holly Table Topper is one of my favorites.  Simple, Elegant yet Festive!  The pattern is available in my Masterpiece Quilting's 2018 Christmas Collection book available on Amazon


I used Island Batik's Sakura collection to make this beautiful quilt for the Back to School blog hop in 2017.  The design was my Black & White Express pattern available as a pdf download on Bluprint.  Isn't it amazing how different fabrics totally change the look of a quilt?  Take a look at the pattern and then this photo. 


Charming Stars & Pinwheels was first published by Annie's as a lap quilt.  The larger version featured Island Batik fabrics and is on the pattern cover.  This pattern will be available very soon too! 


This paper-pieced beauty brought a lot of joy to our table at the time of my Mother-in-Law's passing in 2018.  Some cut flowers we received matched perfectly for the photo shoot. 



Plum Delicious, aptly named for the fabric collection it featured was made for a Blog Hop in 2018. The PDF pattern for this customer favorite is available and stay-tuned for this quilt in a different colorway in the next few months! 


Valentine's Day is right around the corner and this oversized mug rug will make a great gift!  If you are like me, my desktop tends to serve a lot of functions including breakfast nook and lunch station - so a mug rug is a necessity.   A pdf pattern is available for download on Bluprint. 


The monthly challenges for the Ambassadors always kept me on my toes. In this challenge we needed to use a new technique - so I used Ricky Tims' Covergence method to make this stunning wall hanging.  



My Spinning Wheels design was inspired by a vintage quilt I purchased at an auction.  Another design which will have a pattern available soon ... I think I need to get busy releasing new patterns! 


This quilt features Island Batik fabrics in my Star Bright pattern.  I made a smaller version here and again, am blown away by how much the look changes with different fabrics.  If you don't believe me, take a look at the original Star Bright pattern


I will be totally honest, I was never a fan of paper-piecing.  I can tell you horror stories of fabric sewn to both sides of the paper.  Well, I'm starting to embrace the method... slowly but surely.  There would have been no way I could have made this beautiful pumpkin using traditional patchwork. 


Earlier I mentioned that being a Brand Ambassor gave my quilts an opportunity to be displayed in the Island Batik booth at Quilt Market.  Here, I used the Oh Deer collection and my Fractured Quilt pattern to create this stunning quilt.  I caught up with the quilt in Houston last fall for a quick visit.  It's on the road traveling to quilt shops and trunk shows until 2020!  While it's traveling, you can still make the quilt - here's a direct link to the pattern. 


Stepping Out is one of my new favorite quilts ... okay, so I have lots of favorites!  I love this impromptu photo shoot with some barn wood beams.  The pattern will be coming soon for Stepping Out!  (p.s. remember I mentioned earlier that I need some time to get some things done - I'm majorly behind on new pattern releases!) 


Oh Christmas Tree is one of the patterns in my Masterpiece Quilting's 2018 Christmas Collection book available on Amazon.  It makes a beautiful wall hanging that is deceiving easier to make than it appears. 


Baubles was in the Winter 2018 issue of Quilter's World Magazine.  I love the softness of this design and how it showcases the fabrics so well. 

Dots & Dashes is the last quilt I made as an Ambassdor for the Getaway Blog Hop.   It's a fun and spirited quilt.  The PDF version of the pattern is available for purchase in my Etsy store



And finally, one of our Charity projects was making Kennel Quilts.  Miss Zoey and Miss Lilly gave their "paw of approval" before the quilts went off to pets in need.  You can learn more about the Kennel Quilt program here.  Won't you participate with me? 




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Sunday, January 27, 2019

NEW PATTERN RELEASE: Dots & Dashes

I just wanted to share my latest pattern release.  

This fun and spirited quilt is called Dots & Dashes and is made using Island Batik fabrics,  Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 and Warm 80/20 batting from The Warm Co. and Aurifil thread.   I'm extremely grateful to each of these companies for providing the materials to make the cover quilt. 


I made this version of the quilt for the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop.  You can read my blog hop post here.    I'm already playing around with other fabrics and color combinations for the quilt in my design software - what colors do you think it would look good in?  

The circles were cut with using a 5" die cutter which made them fast and easy!  I was worried if I had enough shades of Aurifil thread to blend with each of the circle fabrics, but the thread blended nicely with so many fabric colors. 

After fusing, I finished each appliqued circle with a machine blanket stitch. 


The pattern for Dots & Dashes is available in my Etsy store as a PDF download.  Print patterns will be available shortly.  If you prefer a print pattern, please let me know.  

Sized at 63" x 63", Dots & Dashes makes the perfect throw or works nicely as the top quilt on a child's bed with its fun and whimsical style. 



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