Fox in a Box

Trina and I designed this quilt in 2013, published the pattern, and it’s been a best seller! I’m sharing it here again as my entry in the Spring 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival.

There is an applique and a non-applique version. I’m kind of partial to those cute little foxes on the applique version…

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Fox in a Box made with no applique:

Fox in a Box Quilt

Trina did a wonderful job on the quilting of this one, a combination of straight-line quilting, pebble quilting and shadow spirals…

Fox in a Box Free Motion Quilting

Fox in a Box Free Motion Quilting Detail

In designing this pattern, we worked out two methods of making no-waste (or LOW-waste) flying geese; through trial and error, but the methods in the pattern work our lickety-split!

Our little fox friend peeking out from his Fox and Geese Block, isn’t he adorable?

Fox in a Box Applique Fox and Geese Quilt Block

And his little friend gazing up at him from another block:

FIAB Fox 1 Detail

The two quilts side-by-side on my (apparently not-so-straight) fence:

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The pattern is available here.

Happy Quilting! …and do come visit again

Doris (& Trina)

Merry Christmas (and a free pattern!)

Merry Christmas (or Happy Holiday wishes for whatever holiday you celebrate this year!) from me; thanks for continuing to read along and inspire me to keep creating!

I originally designed this table runner in 2008; Today you can download a FREE PDF PATTERN for this Holly Leaf version (and a bonus Snowflake design) over at the Row House Creations website!

Jolly Holly Free Christmas Table Runner Quilt Pattern

A super quick pattern to whip up for a last minute Hostess gift or to spruce up your home for the Winter!  Enjoy,

Happy Quilting,

Doris

Peace, Love and Understanding

(I couldn’t resist, I’m a bit of an Elvis fanatic).

It’s my day to share my version of Rene’s Peace Quilt Pattern!

Peace Quilt Pattern Cover

Rene is one of my Grubers Retreat buddies, she lives in Florida, and spends time in the Montana mountains, where I suspect she travels to just to get awesome quilt photo backdrops.  Seriously, though, she is a genuine and generous friend ~ and as it turns out, a pretty good pattern writer!

Rene showed her first Peace Sign quilt in April 2010 when she revealed the finish of Feeling Groovy:

Feeling Groovy Peace Sign Quilt

I love how the purple background fabric sets off the spectrum of pinwheel colors!

The pattern is written for three sizes, with the pinwheel blocks adding another design option.  I made the Baby size (30″ x 30″) and decided to make my background the stand-out fabric (“Peace Flowers” by Michael Miller), which in turn, makes the aqua blue Kona Cotton peace sign POP!  (sorry, we still have Winter grey skies in Iowa, so these are the best photos I could get with my Ott-Lite straining to provide some “sun light”).

Peace Quilt 1

I added two borders, the first one a 2 1/2″ border of the background fabric, and a border of aqua blue.  The verse is a Walt Whitman quote, I was inspired to add it after seeing this:

peace is beautiful

from here.

Eventually, I think this quilt top needs some utility quilting, perle cotton style; and I know a girl who would love this, so I may add some blocks and make it into a twin size quilt.  Stay tuned, it remains to be seen.

PeaceFlower

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The pattern is laid out in vertical strips, and provides very clear, easy-to-follow diagrams for piecing it together.  I cut it out and pieced it together in one day.

Rene has generously offered to give a PDF copy of the Peace Quilt Pattern to one of you lovely readers!  Just leave me a comment before Friday, February 1st ~ if you were to make a Peace Sign Quilt, what fabrics or colors would you use?

UPDATE:  The winner of the pattern is comment #3, MarthaB!  

Don’t forget to visit the other blogs celebrating this Pattern Party:

Monday, January 21 –  Katie at KT Quilts
Tuesday, January 22 – Michele at  Nostalgic Cafe
Wednesday, January 23 – Cindy at  Live a Colorful Life
Thursday, January 24 – Michelle at  Frustrated Quilter
Friday, January 25 – Stephanie at Peas in a Pod
Monday, January 28 – Terri at Terri’s Notebook
Today – Me–here at Made by a Brunnette
Wednesday, January 30 – Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski
Thursday, January 31 – Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts
Friday, February 1 – Visit Rene’ at Rene’ Creates (http://www.renecreates.com for a give away!
*one more note: All of the fabrics came from my stash and scrap basket:
Stash Stats year-to-date:
Acquired — .75 yards
Used — 8.49 yards
-7.74 yards

Spring 2012 Bloggers’ Quilt Festival

A little late throwing my hat in the ring (what’s new?!) but here is my entry into the Spring 2012 Bloggers’ Quilt Festival:

One Big Cabin

In mid April, I announced here that my friend Trina and I had published our first pattern.  It was a long time coming.  As quilt shop employees, we travelled to Spring 2010 Quilt Market together, and we got along so famously, as we always had, we spent the four hour drive home brainstorming ideas for a new business venture together.

It took us a year to actually form Row House Creations, LLP, and another nearly 8 months to actually get that first pattern printed, but it was worth the wait.  We designed this quilt together, brainstorming the layout over iced coffees at Caribou Coffee, I went home and drew the critters, and eventually transformed my sketches into this applique pattern drawing:

I’ve always loved drawing, and this pattern venture is one of the first times I’ve utilized that love and that talent for professional purposes.  I’m so proud when I show people my artwork on this new pattern cover:

One Big Cabin is made using a very simple raw-edge applique technique that anyone can do!

We are both so fortunate to have found such a like-minded business partner.  And, she’s an awesome friend, too!  Trina went to the Machine Quilters Showcase in Kansas City last week, I was travelling with another friend.  She went to Angela Walter’s book signing, and was second-to-the-last person to receive a copy of Angela’s book, for free, signed by Angela.  She texted me this pic of her with Angela Walters (notice the book under her left arm):

When I saw Trina that evening, she gave me the book!  It’s inscribed “To Doris”!!!  Love that girl!

 Visit the rest of the Festival Quilts at Amy’s–Enjoy!
For a chance to win a copy of our pattern, visit the Row House Creations blog before Friday.