Friday, September 20, 2013

In Your Neighborhood - A New Quilt

Okay, I know I always say my newest quilt is my new favorite, but this one really, really, really is.  I am just so thrilled to share this new quilt with you today.  The design was inspired by a lamp I saw in home good store a while back.  It took a little while to get the design to play nice, but I stuck to it and I am so glad I did.  So , here it is . . . In Your Neighborhood, my newest pattern!!   It is available at both my Craftsy and Etsy shops and once again, I listed it on sale since it is all kinds of brand new and I am just so happy about it :)


Oh my, I just can't say how thrilled I am about this finish.  It is just so fun to see a simple little concept take shape into a beautiful quilt.  I love the big blocks and all of the movement they create!!  It really just grabs your attention ;)


The fabric is Road 15 by Sweetwater by Moda.  I just love this fabric, and it has a special little treat for me as well.  When the gals at Sweetwater were designing it they asked for people to submit their street address to add into the design.  And yup, my street address is printed in the texty fabric.  So fun!!!

And a bit about the pattern.  It is suitable for beginners and up.  It really is pretty easy to piece as there are not a whole lot of seams to worry about matching up.  Love that about a floating layout ;)


And yes, there are size options !!!!  In Your Neighborhood has options for a Baby, Picnic, and  Queen.  The quilt I made is the Picnic size :)  


And I am so excited to share some of the quilting detail ;)  I quilted this on the long-arm and I tried out some new things and they turned out so great.  So happy!!  

In all of the print squares, I did a echo repeat rectangle pattern moving inward.  And yup, I used a ruler for the first time on the long-arm.  It was so wonderful.  It really helps to have the right tools for the job. I just love how nice and straight they are and the little diamond effect it creates ;)


In the background, I used a super fun "tile" quilting pattern that I learned from Angela Walter's Machine Quilting Negative Space  Craftsy class.  It worked perfectly with the pattern as it added to the feel of the "neighborhoods".  And more importantly, it was so much fun to quilt!


And lastly, in the "roads"  or at least that's what they seem like to me, I did a little back and forth wiggle.  These were a little harder then they looked for me.  It was difficult to keep my wiggles the same distance apart and the corners were a little tricky.  But they got better the more I practiced :)

  
All in all, super happy with the overall effect the quilting added to the quilt.  It really just finished it off perfectly :)  And now, I get to take this fun quilt and run it down to my LQS, Stiching it Up, as I will be teaching a class on it in October ;)  I also get to teach this quilt to another class at Quilt St. George in January.  I can't wait!!!


  I hope you like In Your Neighborhood.   I get a huge grin every time I walk past it on the table.  It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful it is to see an idea translated into a quilt.  I just love the process!!

And speaking of the process,  Jennifer Overstreet of Gable House & Co. did a wonderful little interview with me on being a pattern designer and it posted this morning.  You can find it here :)

Alright, I will wrap it up now.  Here is one more link to the pattern.   I have listed them on sale for $5.00.  They will be $5.00 until next weekend (or when I remember to change the listing) and then be listed for the original price of $8.50.   They can be found in my Craftsy Shop as well as my Etsy Shop.




Have a Happy Quilting Weekend.  I know I plan to ;)

Linking this  finish  to Amanda's and Sarah's
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25 comments:

  1. Beautiful to say the least. Awesome quilting!

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  2. Wow - LOVED this quilt the minute I saw it!! Loved it so much...I just ordered it and printed off it from your Etsy shop. First time EVER I have bought a pdf pattern! :-) Love it.....I even know what colours I am going to use..can't wait!

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  3. Such a fun quilt! This would be a great boy pattern I think.

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  4. Love! Of course! I agree with the good for a boy assessment.

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  5. Okay. This is most definitely my favorite too! It looks like it might have been a ton of work to design, but I know lots of people will be grateful to you for doing it!

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  6. Congratulations on another terrific pattern, Melissa! You are soooo creative!!

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  7. What a great pattern. It is unlike anything I have seen. Fabulous creativity!

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  8. absolutely love the quilt, it does have great movement, the patterns are really fun, my eye travels all over. love it. Such a talented lady. i can tell you are really enjoying the long arm, i'm jealous. lol

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  9. Such a fun quilt. I rarely by quilt patterns, but this one is going to be an exception for me. There are a couple baby quilts calling my name! Wonderful Job.

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  10. Really cool pattern! I love those fabrics too :)
    Amanda

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  11. Oh my little guys would have fun with this one! It's made for dinky cars! Definitely adding this one to my to make list! Great pattern :)

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  12. Amazing!! I love it. You are so talented. Congrats on a new pattern!!

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  13. Amazing!! I love it. You are so talented. Congrats on a new pattern!!

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  14. Love it! What a fab new pattern.

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  15. Perfect timing for a gorgeous pattern... I just learned that a friend of mine is having a baby and I just started to browse around for patterns that inspire me... I didn't have to look for too long, found it!! ;)

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  16. Great quilt!! Is it pre cut friendly at all??

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  17. It really does grab your attention :) I love this!

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  18. Beautiful! I am really looking forward to getting the straight line quilting ruler.

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  19. I love this pattern! So modern and fresh! You are amazing!!

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  20. Good thing that Etsy is an online store because I'm marching over there right now in my pajamas to get this pattern :-) Great quilt, Melissa! It's going to be fun to go through my stash to figure out what fabrics to mix with the grays.

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  21. Love it! Thanks for the sale price, will need to add it to my cart :)

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  22. This pattern is exactly what I had in mind for some of my Japanese prints. Now I don't have to do all the figuring myself! I'm heading to craftsy to get this right now!
    Thanks!
    www.pinprickedfingers.com

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  23. That is really cool, very modern and unique, great work!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa