Thursday, February 25, 2016

MidMod Starburst Quilt Block - new pattern!

I'm happy to share my MidMod Starburst quilt block today!

I love the mid-century modern aesthetic. I've been reading Retro Renovation and dreaming of restoring our 1950s rambler, and scouring craigslist posts and thrift stores for the perfect set of 1950s/1960s dining chairs. This winter I visited an amazing time-capsule church to hear Larry Millet's talk on his new book Minnesota Modern. I'm a longtime fan of Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing.

All this exposure to mid-century design has crept into my quilting. I created the MidMod Starburst inadvertently, while doodling stars for a separate project (more on that soon). I think the design, particularly the blue+grey version, would look at home on a set of vintage highball glasses. Or a fondue pot. Or anywhere on the set of Mad Men, which I just finished watching and already miss.

I've created paper-piecing diagrams for four block sizes: 4", 6", 9" and 12". The pattern includes assembly instructions, but assumes that you know the basics of paper-piecing. The pattern also includes ideas for block colorways, a few sample layouts, and a coloring sheet so you can experiment with your own colorways.

The MidMod Starburst pattern is for sale on Craftsy and Etsy for $2.50.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Valentine's recap

I finished a couple projects in time for Valentine's Day. The first is this set of heart pot holders, using a Martha Stewart tutorial. I used pre-made bias tape and scraps from my stash. They were kinda bulky to sew, but are great pot holders. I'm a fan of the pockets - cute and practical.

The second is this little cross stitch robot that I purchased on a whim as an "add-on" item from Amazon. I made it as a surprise for Isaac. He wants to leave it up all year :)

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