Little Bits Quilting Bee

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Kathreen put this post together on her travels. I thought it was a wonderful thing to share. – Kate

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Last week I mentioned some exciting news for my family for next year, and we are in the throes of preparation and procrastination at the moment. Towards that end I need to sell some of my beloved quilts, we need to raise some funds and well, there are just so many quilts that I can store and use.

I have listed six beautiful quilts on my etsy shop, five of which are the quilts that appeared in my book — Little Bits Quilting Bee. All the details of each quilt is listed at the etsy store – but if you have questions please email me! Kathreen[at]whipup.net

  • This colourful toddler quilt “Cloud song” features Kona solids and applique textured clouds, as well as softly rounded corners, the binding is hand stitched.

  • This round quilt “Sunny Day Mat” is perfect for baby to play on, it features a textured centre and playful prairie points around the edge.

  • This twin sized pretty girls quilt “Summer Sundae”, is quilted in a playful squiggly free style design, and the bunting ‘popsicles’ around the border make for an interesting feature.

  • This square bed or lounge quilt “Sewing Circle”, is a traditional and tricky curved quilt design, made with Amy Butler fabrics, with a large Amy Butler print on the back, the hand sewn binding finishes it off.

  • This modern twin sized bed quilt “Modern Fortress”, would be perfect for a boy or girls room, and would be equally lovely thrown over a lounge. The backing is a vintage sheet and the charcoal stripes and border is quilting linen.

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Community Garden — a wall hanging or lap quilt, by Kathreen Ricketson

Throughout February I will be featuring quilts from my book Little Bits Quilting Bee (published by Chronicle late last year). Because designer fabric is often only in print for one season it can be difficult for quilt designers and authors to choose fabrics that will be still available when the book or pattern is published; so to help you out I will be offering advice and alternate fabric choices for many of the quilts in my book. 

This fabric is made with some delicious hand screen printed Ink and Spindle fabric, I collected a few different fat quarters and cut them into charm squares myself. That delicious centre panel of fabric is Birch in Saffron.

More suggestions:

  • Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry – Southern fabric does a charm pack of the yellow colourway.
  • Or else you could try some delicious organic fabric from Daisy Janie.
  • Or Julia Rothman’s Miscelaney collection from Cloud9 is pretty special (pictured below).

To make this quilt top you’ll need:

  • 2-3 packs charm squares or 72 squares (that is 6 fat quarters), you’ll also need a solid fabric for the background 3/8 yard (35 cm) of natural linen, plus a bit more 3/8 yard (35 cm) for binding.
  • You’ll also need a copy of my book - and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
  • I have quilted this quilt in a free-style leaf design, mimicked from some of the seed pod and leaf designs in the fabric.
All images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book.

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Constructivist… Wall hanging or cot quilt by Kathreen Ricketson

Throughout February I will be featuring quilts from my book Little Bits Quilting Bee (published by Chronicle late last year). Because designer fabric is often only in print for one season it can be difficult for quilt designers and authors to choose fabrics that will be still available when the book or pattern is published; so to help you out I will be offering advice and alternate fabric choices for many of the quilts in my book. 

Constructivist was inspired by creative kids and their building blocks and was made with Lush by Erin Michael for Moda, sadly I don’t think this fabric is available in online stores anymore – although you might be lucky to find it at your local quilting shop. What I loved about this fabric was that it is a gender neutral and it was a breath of fresh air to find a fabric that doesn’t scream boy or girl. I love that woodsy feel to it, outdoorsy and natural, the green, and blue and brown tones are offset by that occasional pop of colour.

There are woodgrain fabrics available still – they were quite popular last year with several designers (for example Joel Dewberry for Freespirit - if you search on Etsy you will find a few) and, so you could easily find a bunch of woodsy fabrics and combine them with neutrals to recreate this quilt.

If you are looking to use a pre-cut charm pack I made it easy for you by researching current charm pack ranges that would be suitable for this quilt and came up with a few options for you…

  • Or some earth tone solids such as Bella solids in warm pastels (try Fig Tree Olive for the background and Buttercup for the binding)
  • Or try this more feminine woodsy range for a girl: Little Apples Charm Pack Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics (try Pencil leaves for the background and Olive leaves for the binding)
  • I also really like Anna Marie Horner’s LouLouThi collection for Free Spirit Fabrics (charm square packs available from etsy store Sunnyside fabrics)
To make this quilt top you’ll need:
  • 1 pack (40) charm squares, you’ll also need a solid fabric for the background 1 1/3 yard (1.2 m) should do it. You will also need to get some extra yardage of one of the prints from your charm pack or a darker solid fabric for the binding 3/8 yard (35 cm) will be enough.
  • You’ll also need a copy of my book – and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
  • As you can see from the close up image above, the quilting on this quilt is done in a whimsical woodgrain pattern, echoing the woodsy feel of the quilt. I used a variegated thread for the quilting to really make it stand out but a grey thread would otherwise suit perfectly.

All images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book. And special thanks to John Paul’s son who is the lovely model in these photos.

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Summer Sundae: A single bed quilt for a little girl, by Kathreen Ricketson

Throughout February I will be featuring quilts from my book Little Bits Quilting Bee (published by Chronicle late last year). Because designer fabric is often only in print for one season it can be difficult for quilt designers and authors to choose fabrics that will be still available when the book or pattern is published; so to help you out I will be offering advice and alternate fabric choices for many of the quilts in my book. 

Summer Sundae was in part inspired by the fabric that I used for this quilt: the Sweet range from Urban Chiks for Moda. This fabric is no longer available so I searched for fabric that you could substitute, fabric that is sweet without being cloying – here are my choices. (You’ll need a pack of 10 fat quarters plus the background fabric.)

  • Wonderful Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien Fabrics is a sweet mix of aqua, greens and pinks.
  • Circa 52 by Monaluna for Birch Organic Fabrics could be good for a boy or a girl and has a playful mix of gold, aqua and grey.
  • I am also going to suggest a bunch of Lecien fabrics (fat quarter set sold through JamsaBon).

To make this quilt top you’ll need:

  • 10 fat quarters Plus 1 1/2 yards (2.3m) for the background and 3/4 yard (70cm) extra for binding.
  • You’ll also need a copy of my book - and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
  • I machine quilted this in a playful scribble design.
Quilt images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book.

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