Friday, February 12, 2010

New patterns—and a giveaway!

Observant readers may have noticed two new patterns quietly added to my website the other day. Thought it was about time I put a few pictures of them up here! Details about the giveaway are at the end of the post.

Through the Keyhole quilt

Through the Keyhole quilt

This quilt, Through the Keyhole, is an “I Spy”-type blankie. I had tonnes of fun picking out monsters, aliens, farm animals, and other novelty prints I don’t get a chance to use very often. It’d be cool made up with prints all in a particular theme, too—maybe all pirates, or a Halloween version with cobwebs instead of wood grain for the sashing. The keyholes can be appliqu├ęd by hand or machine (the pattern gives instructions for both). Probably best to do it by machine if its juvenile recipient will be dragging it round on their adventures!

 

Slash/Backslash wallhanging quilt (front) Slash/Backslash wallhanging quilt (back)

Slash/Backslash uses a special technique to make the front and back of a reversible quilt at the same time (or two quilt tops). The pattern includes two sizes; the front and back of the wallhanging size are shown above, and the throw size is shown below.

Slash/Backslash throw quilt (front) Slash/Backslash throw quilt (back)

These are just a few of the ways you could arrange the blocks—the pattern shows several other possibilities for each size. I taught a workshop at my quilt guild using the pattern, and they came up with lots of clever settings…

Slash/Backslash guild workshop

Slash/Backslash guild workshop

Slash/Backslash guild workshop

Anne, who made the Christmas quilt at left above, and Snow, in the middle of the previous photo, both used the “back” blocks as a border around the “front” blocks. Great idea! You can see a few more shots from the class on Flickr (dimwit here had the autofocus off and spoiled most of the pictures—drat!). Anne took her quilt to In Between Stitches in Livermore, and they took a photo to include in a “mini quilt show” post on their blog!

By the way, congrats are in order for In Between Stitches on two fronts: first, they’re celebrating eight years in business this weekend (and one year in their bright new space). And second, they’re going to be in the spring issue of Quilt Sampler! A while back, I wondered out loud to shop owner Melissa when Quilt Sampler was going to come knocking—they seemed like a perfect candidate for the magazine—and she sort of evaded the question. Now I know it’s ’cause they already had come knocking but she had to keep her lips zipped! Congratulations, you guys deserve it.

So, giveaway time! Leave a comment on this post, and you could win a free download of one of these new patterns. Just make sure to fill in your e-mail address when leaving the comment (or make sure it’s accessible in your Blogger profile), and mention which pattern, Through the Keyhole or Slash/Backslash,  you’d be most interested in. I’ll pick the winners at random on Friday, February 19, so make sure to comment before then! There might even be a discount in it for those who don’t win…

12 comments:

Liz B. said...

I love the idea of the reversible strategy--I've never tried such a thing before and would love to! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Katie said...

I love the Keyhole pattern! It'd be super cute even without the "I-Spy" aspect. :D

~Michelle~ said...

I'm diggin' the Slash/Backslash - and am laughing at your use of the backslash in the pattern name :) Thanks for the giveaway

Katy said...

Great patterns!

I love the keyhole one best - maybe that's because everyone around seems to be having babies right now?!

katyejones at hotmail dot com

Linda said...

Terrific patterns, I love the slash/backslash and all it's possibilities.

whimzeestitches said...

Fantastic patterns - so modern and lovely - would enjoy creating any one of those!

Shawn said...

This is just the cutest quilt ever! I happened upon your dot to dot in my LQS and had to buy the magazine so I could make it. After looking you up on the web I came across you site. Your so talented. Your quilts are right up my alley. vadermce@comcast.net

Maria McGill said...

All cool patterns! I'd love to do the keyhole one for my kids.

bleuvanille said...

I'm in complete love with the Keyhole pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!
sophie (at) bleuvanille (dot) com

louise r said...

i love slash/backslash!

Silka said...

Awesome patterns. I love the slash/backslash.

Silka
silkaphyllis at gmail.com

knottygnome said...

i really love the reversible pattern. it looks versatile and so cool!