New Quilt Patterns – Whimsy and Modern

I have returned from the International Quilt Market held in Houston. Eye candy everywhere! Such a fusion of colors with all the quilts and fabrics throughout the show! So much to see and treasure!

With quilts on my mind, I want to show you some of the quilts I have designed recently. These patterns are all available in my Craftsy and Etsy stores.

I love the influence of modern quilting and the effects created with negative space. No matter how complex the design, you still have a feeling of simplicity and space.

This quilt pattern, Bohemian Travels, features some traditional blocks in varying sizes and in an asymmetrical arrangement. The overall size is 68″ W x 76″ H.

Bohemian Modern quilt pattern

There is still plenty of time to sew a quilt for fall or Thanksgiving with this Pumpkin Time quilt pattern.  This pattern features appliqué pumpkins, stems, vines and leaves.  Use an assortment of fabrics or precuts for more texture. This pattern is 50 1/2″ X x 60 1/2″ H.

Pumpkin Time Quilt Pattern

Windmill is an on point design with a pinwheel center block. The size is great for a wall hanging or lap quilt at 42 1/2″ W x 50 1/2″ H.

Windmill Quilt Pattern

I hope that you will visit one of these stores – you will find a lot more quilt patterns in addition to apron and other sewing pattern and maybe something you can sew as a Christmas gift.

I plan to show some of my photos from Quilt Market shortly so please check back!

Phyllis

Bird on Limb For a Scrap Quilt

I love how the bird population increases with the warmer weather of spring. The birds chirping outside inspired this new pieced scrap quilt pattern “Bird on a Limb”.

Bird on a Limb Quilt Pattern

The pattern is designed to use your scraps or precut fabrics and fat quarters for the blocks to give it a scrappy look. You can customize to make it all one color if you prefer. The birds have just landed on a limb with these pieced blocks. The size as shown is 64″ w x 76″ h. It’s easy to adjust your quilt to make a larger or smaller by adding or decreasing the blocks or rows. It’s also easy to customize for a table runner, placemat, table topper or wallhanging to give you lots of uses.

Embellish by adding buttons or beads for eyes, or a mix of both for additional scrappiness.

This pattern is available on Craftsy VibrantQuilts and Etsy WhimsiColor for instant download.

I hope this spring finds you outside listening to the bird chirping with a beautiful day and with plenty of time to quilt.

Phyllis

Sew a Bunny Apron for Easter

If you are stuck in the kitchen cooking for Easter, why not make it fun wearing this bunny apron? This apron will delight kids of all ages with the bunny pocket.

Easter Bunny apron pattern

This half apron made with this Bunny Apron Pattern is 33″ W and 21″ H and can easily be adjusted to another size. Buttons and embroidery floss embellishments are used for the bunny face. It can quickly be sewn for Easter or for everyday use in a couple of hours. The bunny pocket can be made without the bunny adornments.

Aprons are so trendy, you can wear it as a fashion statement while hiding the Easter eggs!

This apron pattern is first in a coming series of Special Occasion apron patterns and is priced so low you can easily buy one for each occasion.

Happy Sewing and Happy Easter!

Phyllis

Add Pizazz in the Kitchen with Retro Double Skirt Apron

Aprons are so much fun to wear when cooking in addition to being stylish and trendy.  This double skirted apron pattern is stylish with a retro feel.

Double skir apron pattern by Phyllis Dobbs

This apron pattern is medium sized and is easy to adjust if you want it smaller or larger.  The skirt is made with two layers with an underskirt and a second apron skirt on top and is completed with a handy pocket.

The bodice is topped with a ruched band across the top edge.  The apron has both neck ties and ties at the waist.   An option of 3 choices is given for fabric arrangement.

This double skirt apron pattern is available in my new VibrantQuilts Craftsy store.  I would love for you to visit and look through all the other patterns available including a wide assortment of quilt and quilt block patterns.

I hope that you get your apron on!

Phyllis

Haunted House Quilt with Ghosts Galore!

All haunted houses need ghosts! This quilt has plenty of ghosts flying out and around. And you have plenty of time to create this quilt for a wall hanging, table topper or to use for cuddling for your favorite little goblin or goblins.

Haunted House Quilt with ghosts

This quilt is free September 15 – 30, 2015, by joining the Quilt Dash, a free online game where you dash through online quilt shops.

The quilt is 46″ x 62″ and is easy to adjust in both size and in how many ghosts you want flying around.  Its constructed by piecing 6 blocks and appliqué. Easy embellishment adds to the quilt with buttons for the door knobs and beads for the ghosts eyes to create a fun quilt to use for many future Halloweens!

I hope you join us in the Quilt Dash!

Happy Quilting!

Phyllis

Show Love with this Valentine Love Quilt.

Love will be in the air shortly – Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching! Instead of giving a gift that contains calories (chocolate) or will wilt (flowers), give a gift of love with a quilt of hearts that will continue to express love for many years to come!

Valentine Love Quilt Pattern

This “Valentine Love” quilt pattern with hearts is available for purchase through Craftsy and Phyllis’ Etsy WhimsyColor store.

The finished quilt size is 45″ x 55″ and is made with pieced blocks and appliqué hearts in two sizes.  Three fabrics were used in this quilt (these were from Quilting Treasures). Although this pattern may look complicated, its easy enough for a beginner.

Happy Valentine’s Day and show your love with a quilt of hearts! Or create this quilt as a gift of a wedding quilt for newlyweds.

Phyllis

 

Sweetheart Quilt to Show your Heart!

Although Valentine’s Day has passed, you can show affection all year with this Sweetheart Quilt made with hearts.  Its easy to make with pieced blocks and appliqué hearts.  This pattern was designed for the Quilt Dash, February 2014.  Its now available through the WhimsyColor Store.

Sweetheart Quilt pattern by Phyllis Dobbs

 

This quilt has one heart block that is different from all the others.  I placed it at the end of a row but you can place it anywhere in your quilt.  This looks like an on-point pattern but it is made with straight horizontal rows, which makes the construction go a little faster.  It also make it easier to resize for your quilt if you want it larger or smaller than this quilt with 20 blocks. The size is 45″ x 55″ which is a good size for a lap quilt.

I hope you are staying warm.  Quilting is a great therapy for cold days.

Stay warm and hope to see you Dashing!

Phyllis

Free Quilt, Tote Bag and Placemat Patterns -Wild Flowers!

I love bright colors as you can see here with my new fabric collection “Wild Flowers”! And to go with the fabrics, I designed this quilt pattern for a free download from Quilting Treasures. (You will most likely find many other free patterns on the Quilting Treasures website that you would like to give a try.)

Free quilt Pattern - zebra print and flowers

 

The “Wild Flower” fabric collection combines zebra skin print with flowers and several coordinating fabrics to give a wide choice for your sewing and quilt projects. I love to combine pink and orange with a splash of yellow. This quilt is 71″ inches square, a great size for a throw quilt. In addition to the quilt pattern, there are free patterns for a tote bag and placemats in this download. The tote bag is a roomy 18″ x 16 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. The placemats are 18 1/4″ x 15″.

Free pattern for tote bag and placemats

You can see the fabric selection for this collecion in my prior Wild Flower post. Another post shows a different Wild Flower quilt pattern that illustrates how different combinations of the same fabric can yield a variety of looks, based on the dominant color used. These two quilts use the same fabrics but are so completely different.

To go with the Wild Flower fabrics, I created a wide selection of products in my online store with some variations of this art. These items can customized with your name, monogram or other information and are available in several (13 to 14)  color combinations and have a little leopard/cheeta skin art combined with the zebra skin. With these designs, you have a choice between an emblem to customize with your name or monogram initials or with a bright colored flower. (If  you buy anything from a Zazzle store, I recommend purchasing Zazzle Black shipping – you its only $9.95 and you can buy all year long in any quantity or weight without a shipping charge, which is a fabulous deal – many times its hard to buy something considering the cost of shipping and this solves that problem.) I love the cell phone cases and have bought and customized several. Another favorite product of mine, among many, are the luggage tags made with a thick lucite type material. 

Black & White Zebra & Cheetah Skin & Pink Flower Computer Sleeves
Black & White Zebra & Cheetah Skin & Pink Flower Computer Sleeves by phyllisdobbs

Black White Green & Turquoise Zebra & Cheetah Skin Mugs
Orange & Pink Zebra & Cheetah Personalized Travel Bag Tags
Orange & Pink Zebra & Cheetah Personalized Travel Bag Tags by phyllisdobbs

Pink & White Zebra & Cheeta Skin Album 3 Ring Binder
Pink & White Zebra & Cheeta Skin Album 3 Ring Binder by phyllisdobbs

I hope that you will enjoy using some of these free patterns. December is a busy month, but when January gets here, it will be fun sewing with bright colors to make a spring quilt, tote bag or placemats.

Stay warm, stay safe and enjoy the holiday festivities with family and friends.  Hug your loved ones!

Phyllis

Dash for a Free Quilt Pattern – a Splash of Color

I love color and this quilt pattern gives lots of it, which is why I named it “Splash of Color”. This pattern was designed the Quilt Dash and is now available from the WhimsyColor Shop.

Splash of Color quilt pattern

 

This pattern is easier than it looks and you can customize it with your own favorite colors. The finished quilt size is 56 1/2″ W x 80 1/2″ H. Its easy to customize for a smaller or larger quilt by doing it in 4 block increments so that you can have a small wall hanging quilt or a full bed sized quilt. The quilt is made with 24 identical blocks. You can also use your scraps to make this a scrappy quilt. Oh, the possibilities! And I know that each quilt made with this pattern will be uniquely your own, with each quilt having a different look and emphasis from this pattern.

The Quilt Dash starts on August 15 and goes on for 2 weeks, during which time you can receive this pattern free.  You can enter at any time during the 2 weeks and its also free to participate in the Quilt Dash. You can find some great sales and other products in the quilt stores that you visit. In addition, you will be entered into a drawing for a prize from each shop.

Shops, you can still sign up to participate to get new quilters and fabric lovers to Dash through your online stores.

I hope you will join us in the Quilt Dash for this  “Splash of Color” quilt pattern. I would love to see the quilt that you make from it.

This pattern is now available in my Craftsy store.

Happy Dashing!

Phyllis

International Quilt Market (Houston) – Part 1

As I think all quilters know, Quilt Market and Quilt Festival were just held in Houston the end of October through early November. I attended Quilt Market, which is open to the trade only, although I wish I had the time to stay over for Festival. I will give you some of Market from from my viewpoint now and will show some of the gorgeous and spectacular quilts exhibited in Part 2.

Bee Yourself Quilt and Table runner by Phyllis Dobbs for Quilting Treasures

I was really excited at market at the debut of my new fabric collection with Quilting Treasures, “Bee Yourself” (you can see pictures of the fabrics in my earlier post). This “Bee Yourself” Quilt and Tablerunner were displayed in Quilting Treasures booth. (The fabrics will be available December 2012).

In addition, a preview of my next fabric collection “Tricks and Treats” was also shown in Quilting Treasures’ booth.  I know we just had fun with Halloween since Market, but its never too soon to start planning for the next one. This fabric will ship early next year so that it can be in the stores in time for your Halloween sewing.

Halloween fabric Trick or Treat

Market started for me with a Schoolhouse presentation held Friday before Market opened. I discussed and showed wonderful projects that you can create with printed fabric blocks, whether they are “leftover” from your quilt project or bought just to make some of these projects. They all make great gifts. Since “Bee Yourself” has 12 blocks, I created several models using them.

Schoolhouse Quilt Market Bee Yourself Tablerunner

Andrea Rekrut of Quilting Treasures was my lovely assistant in helping show the models. This project is a tablerunner using 4 blocks.

Schoolhouse Quilt Market Bee Yourself Placemat

A placemat uses 2 blocks.

Schoolhouse Pillowcase Hide and Seek with Buddy Dinosaur Train

A pillowcase uses fabric and blocks from Quilting Treasures’ Dinosaur Train fabric, which is in fabulous colors.

The patterns for all of these projects, including the quilt, will be available on either Quilting Treasures website or here on my blog sometime in December when the fabric ships to stores. I will announce when they are available and will provide links.

I was in Gutermann of America’s booth during part of the show. Some of my Schoolhouse projects decorated the booth walls.  In addition, other quilts and projects I made were also on the walls. The quilt above the thread cabinet is from the “Celebrate” fabrics that I also designed for Quilting Treasures that debuted in May. They are great to create projects for birthday celebrations for both boys and girls, young and mature (I don’t like the word old).

Bee Yourself projects at Quilt Market

 

After Schoolhouse, I attended a meet and greet, Fabric 2.0.  It was packed. I was standing in the middle and this is the view from one direction. Melissa Schulz of Kathy Davis Studios is standing at the front of the picture in the orange dress.

As I walked the show, I saw some fabulous new products that I want to share with you.

I can always count on June Tailor to have some great new products and that held true again this year. The Creative Covers come in 3 style shapes and can be used to create stand along blocks or use for applique.  I love the look of an open block quilt like these.

June Tailor Creative Covers at Quilt Market

Another new cutting ruler from June Tailor is great for centering designs for cutting for tee shirt quilts. I have a bunch of tee shirts that I want to make into an quilt and this ruler will be a great aid. Also, a lot of fabrics have designs that you may want to center when cutting. I do.

June Tailor Centering Cutting Ruler at Quilt Market

Gutermann of America has some wonderful new treads, recycled polyester from water bottles.  It amazes me how you can take a water bottle and recycle it into something wonderful. It’s really treasures from trash and a great way to recycle and eliminate all the water bottle waste. 10 spools of thread can be created from one water bottle. I sewed with it and love the way it sews.

Gutermann Recycled Polyester thread at Houston Quilt Market

Expo International is always a fun and fabulous booth to visit with all their trims and embellishments. It would be so boring if we didn’t have trims to embellish our projects with. I was extra happy this year as they used some of my quilts to decorate their booth.

Expo International booth at Houston Quilt Market

Before I leave you, I want to show off another fabric collection that will be out early 2013. “Letters to Santa” is by Janet Wecker Frisch of Tidings of Great Joy for Quilting Treasures. Its pure vintage Santa and is beautiful!

Letters to Santa Christmas fabric by J Wecker Frisch for Quilting Treasures

Quilt Market is always such an inspirational show and this year was no exception. As you can see, exciting colors of fabrics, threads, buttons, trim, etc were everywhere. Check back as I’m working on another post to show you some really beautiful and amazing quilts in the exhibits.  They were just spectacular!!

And, there will be a “Bee Yourself” fat quarter giveaway shortly, so be sure to check back and enter!

Have a colorful day!

Phyllis

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