Cascade Blog Tour + a Tutorial

I’m going to Quilt Market! Well not really, me, but one of my quilts is and that is almost as exciting as being able to actually go to quilt market. Color Block is going to market! Welcome to my stop of the Cascade blog tour! blog tour icon The wonderful, talented Jessica Levitt is releasing her new line of fabric, Cascade, which debuts at Quilt Market later this month and I am thrilled that I was able to make my Color Block quilt to showcase her awesome fabrics. Cascade is Jessica’s third collection with Windham Fabrics. With Art Nouveau references, Cascade is Jessica’s graphic interpretation of water in many of its forms. She used a beautiful palette of shades of blue, gray, green, and other earth tones that are fresh and luxurious to create 19 wonderful prints and four coordinating solids. glacier stack   pond stack

Check out the Cascade Lookbook to see all of the fabrics and the inspiring quilts, bags, and clothing made with the fabric and be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour participants (they are hosting giveaways as well so you have more than one chance to win)!

Monday October 13th – Jessica Levitt – Juicy Bits / Windham Fabrics
Tuesday October 14th – Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts / Jenn Nevitt – knit ’n lit
Wednesday October 15th – Amanda Kattner – What the Bobbin / Andy Knowlton – a bright corner
Thursday October 16th – Marci Debataz – Marci Girl Designs / Jennifer Auh Chon – Sunny in Cal
Friday October 17th – Angela Walters – Quilting is my Therapy / Rachel Gander – Imagine Gnats
Saturday October 18th – Elizabeth Timmons – andpins / Andrea Taddicken – knitty bitties
Sunday October 19th – Erin Erickson – Dog Under my Desk / Jessica Skultety – Quilty Habit
Monday October 20th  – Caroline Press – Trillium Design / Karin Jordan – Leigh Laurel Studios

To celebrate the release of Cascade, Windham has graciously agreed to give away a fat quarter bundle to one lucky andpins reader! Details on how to enter are after the tutorial for Color Block Quilt. Cascade_ColorBlock_andpins

The amazing quilting and photography was done by Jessica Levitt.


I designed Color Block to be a simple, fast baby quilt that lets the fabric shine. The clean, bold aesthetic is fun as well. It has only ten pieces! I’d love to see your version of Color Block, tag me on Instagram @andpins and tag it #andpinscolorblock!

Color Block Quilt

Designed by Elizabeth Timmons,

Finished Size: 33.5” x 41.5”

Fabric Requirements (quantities have very little margin for error, you may want to purchase extra)


IF Directional Fabric (like Cascade)

IF Non-Directional Fabric

A Cascade in Ice

One well cut fat quarter or 1/2 yard

One well cut fat quarter or 1/2 yard

B Splash in Midnight

2/3 yard

1/3 yard

C Drip in Haze

1 yard

1/2 yard

D Splash in Fog 1 ¼ yard

1 yard

Cut All dimensions are listed as height (tall) x width. If you are using directional fabrics, use the diagram and be sure that your pieces follow the directional fabrics.ColorBlockQuilt_diagram_ElizabethTimmons_andpins Fabric A: 17.5” x 15.5” Fabric B: one 21.5” x 4.5” and two 2.5” x 15.5” Fabric C: one 29.5” x 6.5” and two 4.5” x 19.5” Fabric D: one 41.5” x 8.5” and two 6.5” x 25.5”

Sew Sew all fabrics right sides together (RST) with 1/4” seam allowances and press seams to one side. If you are sewing with a directional fabric, pay special attention to how you place the strips before you sew. That extra second or two of thought will save you from ripping stitches. (Ask me how I know!)

  1. Sew 2.5” strips of Fabric B to the top and the bottom of the center rectangle of Fabric A, press seams to one side.
  2. Attach the 21.5” strip of Fabric B to the left side of the panel, press seams to one side.
  3. Repeat process with Fabric C and D, sewing the short strips to the top and bottom of the panel and then the long strip to the left.

Give the entire top a good press and marvel at your new quilt top! How would you like to win a fat quarter bundle of Cascade? Windham would like to send one lucky winner a complete bundle of Cascade by Jessica Levitt. To enter leave a comment telling me what you would make with Cascade – and let me know you commented by using the Rafflecopter link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There are some optional, bonus entry options as well. The giveaway will close on Tuesday, October 21st at 6pm EST and I will announce the winner later that evening. The giveaway is now closed! Thank you for entering. The lucky winner is Must Love Quilts who would love to make a water inspired quilt.

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The Shirt Off of My Back

Exciting things are happening around here this week! My first tutorial goes live on Saturday (eek!) with my stop on Jessica Levitt’s fabric release blog hop and today, just because it’s gloomy, I am doing a giveaway. I’d like to give you the shirt off of my back…well bench. I have been making Shirts for side swaps and this one is an orphan (and honestly, not my style) so I am hoping that one lovely reader will give it a new home. PezShirt_andpins

Congratulations Melissa Quinn! Look for an email from me shortly.

How do you enter? (Giveaway is now closed!) Just leave me a comment and tell me whether you love or hate Halloween. Do you go all out with decorations, costumes, parties, and giving candy to the kids or do you hide upstairs in a back room? In Philadelphia, we were in the hate it camp, but we may give it a shot in our new neighborhood. I’ll be closing the giveaway Friday night and Mr. Random will pick a winner for me. (If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you are a winner!)

While you are checking out blogs, stop by my friend Carrie’s blog, Skyline Quilts, she is doing the Modern Instabee (Hive 15) and is doing some amazing things. Be sure to check back in on Saturday for my debut tutorial and my stop on Jessica Levitt’s Cascade Blog Hop. blog tour icon I was thrilled to be selected to work with Jessica’s new fabric and I cannot wait to share my project with you. The blog hop started on Monday and Windham Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle at every stop. Check out Jessica’s blog for full details and the schedule.

September’s Bee Blocks!

September was a two block month for my Modern InstaBee Hive 13 and the first bee blocks that I have put together in our new home in Maryland. I waited until the last possible second because both Queens requested purple…a color that I was seriously lacking, so I had to check out the local shops and pick up a few purples.

Without further ado, I present to you Trellis Crossroads in purple, orange, gray, and yellow with low volume cream/white with black accents and solid white for the center.


The second September block is the beautiful Triple Star in orange, shades of purple, and black, with a low volume scrappy background. Metallic accents were requested so I dug into my botanics stash for a special center.


This completes the eighth and ninth blocks for the Modern InstaBee Hive 13. This month we work on the Ninja star!


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