Friday, March 9, 2018

Pave the Way - A New Quilt and Pattern!!!

So do you remember my Pave the Way baby size quilt that I managed to piece in a week, but then got sick and it all slowed down???    Well, it has been sitting on the "To Be Quilted" pile for a little over a month now, but on Wednesday I decided it was time to finish it up!!!  And I just love, love, love it!!!!

I am so glad I decided to go with the black background, thanks all for your help with that!!!  It really makes these Tula Pink Spirit Animals bundle  just pop, and especially with that white inner border on the blocks :)   This was just the perfect fabric combo for this quilt, so fun!!!

I just love the way this design takes two blocks that are so similar, you have to look twice to realize they really aren't the same block.  It creates a lot of whimsy in the design that I just love.   And I absolutely love the secondary design created in the background space between the blocks, such a fun space and a wonderful little pop of the colorful diamonds in the center ;)

And when it came time to quilt this, I knew because of the black background and white centers, that I was going to have to do some thread changing and custom quilting.   So I did small little swirls in black thread in the background, tiny pebbles in the white borders with white thread. And finally, in the prints I used a wonderful grey to blend and quilted some echoed paisleys (tutorial here) and double arches.   It took a little while longer than usual because of the changing threads and tiny designs, but ya, it was so worth the time ;)

And it made for some amazing texture!!!   I am so glad that I decided to remake this Pave the Way quilt, especially with the black background.   I can't believe how much of a different look it gives the design, and that is what I love to show with all of my designs.   You really can make it your own with your favorite fabric combinations ;) 

And now, I am super excited to announce, that with the completion of this baby size Pave the Way, I did the math for a few other sizes as well, including the original, and am happy to add Pave the Way into the Happy Quilting Pattern line!!!  The pattern can be found in my Craftsy Shop or in my Etsy Shop,  and like all my new Pattern Releases, it is on Special!!!!  This week Pave the Way will be marked down to $5.50!!! Next week, it will return to it's regular pattern price of $8.50 :)

The original Pave the Way quilt was made back in 2015 and is an altered version of the lap size.  It was made in Farmhouse by Fig Tree Quilts.     I have wanted to turn this quilt into a pattern for a while now, and I am so excited to finally get to say that it is done!!!

Like all my patterns, Pave the Way has size options so you can make the quilt size that fits you ;)  You will find 4 size options, a Baby, Lap, Picnic, and a Queen size.  The blocks  really do go  together fast and it is beginner and expert friendly alike, perfect for anyone who just wants to have some fun sewing time  :)

And just like all my patterns, this is a full color pattern that can be printed in either page format or book format.  It is filled with lots of wonderful illustrations to guide you along each step of the way.   You are going to have so much fun putting this together ;)  And of course,  if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email me ;)  

And that is the new Pave the Way quilt and pattern and I am so excited to release it !!!!  Again, the pattern can be found  found in my Craftsy Shop or in my Etsy Shop and will be on special for $5.50 all this week ;)

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up my new Pave the Way Quilt finish to Amanda's and Sarah's and Myra's :)
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  1. I love this quilt! I'm afraid to cut into my Spirit Animals so it's great to see other people make quilts with them ;) And that quilting is divine! All that thread changing was worth it, it is just stunning but doesn't take away from the pattern.

  2. What a great quilt. I love how you quilted it.

  3. Great pattern for the fabric line! Don't you just it when that happens? Liz in Houston

  4. I love your quilt! I like the original and the baby size. Your quilting looks superb and perfect. I tend to stick to straight line quilting as I am not very confident doing stippling or pebbles. Your quilting inspires me to practice more. Nadine in N.Cali

  5. Your quilt really looks great, Melissa! No wonder you are so pleased with it. It's neat to see it remade with a black background.

  6. pretty cool. I really like quilts with black. I am partial to the black backgrounds for some reason. white is all the rage in Modern now, but I do so like that black, I buy it by the bolt!

  7. That is gorgeous with the black background, totally makes the colours sparkle. Great work!

  8. Couldn't resist at that price! ;-) I love the dark background and now I just have to decide what to make it in! Thanks for the great price: Have a great weekend Melissa!! Hugs, H


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