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August Diamonds | Layers of Charm

I am thrilled to be participating in the Layers of Charm blog hop with the Fat Quarter Shop with the debut of August Diamonds – my first big finish of 2015 – and a giveaway! (Giveaway is now closed!)


Layers of Charm is a quick, easy pattern that uses a layer cake and a set of charm squares to create a dynamic & fun quilt. I seriously spent more time debating on which layer cake to use and determining the layout of the fabrics than I did actually sewing the top together! This is the second short cut pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop that I have used. My grandmother’s quilt started with their Jelly Roll Jam pattern.

You can get the free pattern here: Layers of Charm
Make sure you check out their video tutorial!


I finally decided on August by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel and a stack of Navy Bella. The prints are 10″ squares and the diamonds were formed using 5″ charm squares. Do to the timeframe involved in this quilt, I sent it to my friend Tia Curtis to have it quilted. She did custom typography in the prints and geometric lines in the navy diamonds.


I am completely thrilled with how this quilt finished! So much so that it will have permanent residence in my house after the Southern Comforters of Bowie quilt show in March.


The photos were pre-wash since I was running out of daylight, but it crinkled up beautifully!

To celebrate the launch of another awesome pattern, the Fat Quarter Shop has generously agreed to give away a layer cake of Playful by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel to get your creative process started. (Giveaway is now closed!)

To enter to win, check out the Fat Quarter Shop, tell me what combination of layer cake and charm squares you would use to make a Layers of Charm quilt, and use the Rafflecopter below to let me know your details. I will let Mr. Random pick a winner at 9pm EST on Friday, February 13th.
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Congratulations to Lori S. who said that she would use 3 Sisters Favorites Layer Cake and Lorikeet Bali Scraps Charm Pack!

Quilt Details

Title: August Diamonds
Pattern: Layers of Charm by Fat Quarter Shop
Front: August by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel and a stack of Navy Bella charm squares
Back: Gray Widescreen
Binding: Netorious in Toy Boat
Quilting: by Tia Curtis
Finished Size: 57 1/2″ square


January Bee Blocks

January is done! Did you blink and miss it like I feel I did? January was a busy month: new year’s, shipping my Schnitzel & Boo Mini, stalking the mailbox to see if mine has arrived (ps. it hasn’t), and turning 33. January also included some colorful, complicated feathers!

Janet from the Philly MQG selected feathers for her bee blocks. I was so nervous to cut into my pieced strips that I played with some paper first.


Cutting the paper first was a huge stress relief! I went on to successfully piece two feathers, a blue and an aqua one.


Janet provided us with the background and quill fabric with directions to make scrappy, monochromatic feathers. I dipped into my scrap bin and stash to make these two beauties.

andpins_JanBeeBlocks_FeathersBlueI think these blocks were more stressful than my string circle block last summer!

What are you up to, any complicated bee blocks in your life?

Framed Color Hexis | A Schnitzel & Boo Mini


Another mini has left the house and has landed safely in Virginia! This is the mini that I created for Ellen, my partner in the third round of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I knew that Ellen liked Alison Glass and Aneela Hoey fabrics along with a variety of awesome quilters. The common thread among the quilter’s she loves are bold geometric patterns so the triangles were a perfect fit!

I used my Sizzix triangle die to create another Color Hexi quilt and framed it with gray Essex Linen. I used my new Bernina walking foot to trace each color hexagon and mirrored the overall shape of the hexagons in a radiating pattern until I hit the edges of the quilt. The binding was my effort to balance the visual weight of the black hexagon. Once I had the quilt completed, I felt like it was drawing way to much attention, so I countered it with a dark corner of binding. I am really happy with how it turned out.



This was a hard one to put in the mail. Great news though, she loves it!

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Quilt Details

Pattern: My own design using Sizzix Triangles, Isosceles and Right Die
Front: A variety of Alison Glass Sun Prints, Kona Solids, and other color + white prints from my stash
Back: A variety of Aneela Hoey prints, Alison Glass Sunprints, Kona Tomato, and Gray Widescreen
Binding: Netorious in Plummy and black Crosshatch
Quilting: Aurifil 50WT #2024 (white)
Finished Size: Approx 23″ x 20″

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