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Heather's Favorite Bundle/Jubilee Quilt

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Last year I was asked by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics to partner with them and curate a custom fat quarter bundle, Heather's Favorites , with a free quilt pattern, Jubilee.   This bundle is full of colors I use in my quilt designs and truly are my favorite colors. Heather's Favorites Bundle I really love Painter's Palette solids.  They are a great quality-soft 100% cotton solid and even more exciting they are made not to fray as much as a typical quilter's solid.  This is a great benefit especial when using a color palette that mixes light and dark colors.   Heather's Favorites Bundle   There are 16 different colors in varying values perfect for adding depth and movement to any project.  This bright cheery palette was perfect for my Jubilee quilt.  This design mixes half square triangles and quarter circles to create a party atmosphere or a feeling of celebration. Jubilee Quilt by Heather Black My Jubilee quilt is 56'' x 63'' and makes a great throw or

Book Release - Design Make Quilt Modern

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My second book with C&T Publishing , Design Make Quilt Modern , is now available in my shop and ready to ship over a month before the official release date!  I wanted to share my excitement, as well as, a summary of what you can find in the book.  Along with sharing my own insight into quilt design in easy to understand language I also tested my own photography skills and took many of the pictures in the book.   Design Make Quilt Modern by Heather Black I'm really excited about this book because it focuses on what I enjoy the most, talking about principles of design in everyday terms.  I've taken art electives here and there but most of what I know about design I picked up in my everyday life.  I wanted to encourage makers to use their God given creative talents to be on the look out for design tips and tricks that exist all around them.  In the book I break down the design process form inspiration to binding into separate sections so that each can be read on it's own

Merry Christmas! - Ornament Hooks Quilt

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Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season full of joy, family traditions and the remembrance of the greatest gift of all, the Son of God, Jesus.   I wrapped homeschooling on Friday and spent the last few days working on a Christmas design for the December Aurifil Artisan challenge.  I wanted to do some experimental curve piecing, my favorite, so I grabbed my Papper Sax Sten double drunkards path templates, some green, red and cream linen fabrics and started cutting.   I didn't have a purpose in mind when I designed this, it was more about testing my piecing problem solving skills, so I really had several options of how to style this quilt, 18'' x 24 1/2''.  I've done several wall hangings this year, two of which are up and on display in my home, so I didn't want another on of those but thought it made a great table topper.     I initially wanted to quilt this on my longarm but something odd happened today, while trying to qui

Sketchbook Quilts

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If you follow me on Instagram, @quiltachusetts , you've seen that I've been posting a series of quilts made with my first fabric line , Sketchbook .  I've recently finished my Sketchbook Sampler, Topsy-Turvy and Office Daydreams quilts.  This took longer than I anticipated, for many reasons both in and out of my control, but I'm happy they are all done now and I can finally share them all together.  Keep reading until the end for a couple of surprises. SKETCHBOOK SAMPLER Sketchbook Sampler is a free pattern on Paintbrush Studios' website, pbsfabrics.com , and is fat quarter friendly.   This quilt has 6 different large scale blocks with varying prints, orientation and layout.  This quilt came together quickly but I stalled on how to quilt it.  I wanted to try an all over or edge to edge design since I'm not very good at them and thought this would be a great quilt to get some practice in. I chose two inch circles to tie together all the blocks and even though I l

Simply Moderne Issue No. 23 Featuring Linked

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I have another behind the scenes project that I can finally share.  I made my Linked quilt this summer and  immediately shipped it off to France to be featured in the current issue of Simply Moderne !  I love how they styled my quilt in this picture.  It makes me wish I had a little nook in my house to setup this exact scene.     I am shocked and honored that not only is Linked a pattern in the magazine but it is also on the cover!  I really enjoy Simply Moderne magazine and couldn't be more thrilled to have a quilt on the cover of the magazine. When I began designing this quilt I really started with the idea of using black and white stripes to transition between different colors and then came up with the chain link shape.  I used one of my favorite color palettes, a mix of soft pastels and more saturated colors to add interest and depth to the design.  When I quilted the top I didn't want to do anything to disrupt the look of stripes and color transitions so I quilted vertical

Awaning Quilt by Meadow Mist Designs

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 My friend Cheryl, Meadow Mist Design , is an amazing quilt designer and it was so exciting to see the design she came up with for my Sketchbook fabric line .  Her Awning quilt pattern is now available in her shop.   I love how Cheryl used the shapes in the prints to inspire her design.  She written a great blog post all bout her design process and quilting choices that can be read on her site, Meadow Mist Designs .  She colored matched the prints to different Aurifil thread, which is my favorite of course.   I hadn't thought of it myself, but I love the use of the wedge print for the binding.  The wedges look like a stripe when folded around the edge of the quilt but less structure, especially as the print moves around the quilt.  It's a great "lived in" feel. I love horizontal quilting and I really love the texture Cheryl added using horizontal quilting for the background.  It really brings the scallops of the awnings come forward and stand out.  I also like the f