Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lyn King, of Scribbly Gum Quilting, sent me an email yesterday and attached a photo of a quilt she'd just finished.
Hi Keryn,
I have just completed a wholecloth for my son ( had to do the quilt in a hurry so piecing was out) in flannette and I used the designs from the May Club.
 The quilt measured 84"x 84" and took 6 hours to quilt.. I  was pleased with the result and have attached a photo. Regards, Lyn.
The background of the wholecloth is the Celtic Scroll panto, which is an all-time favourite for guy's quilts.  Great texture and no girly stuff to object to.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Carol Detloff of Rocking Chair Quilts sent me these photos of a quilt she quilted using the May Club designs.  She wrote;
"Hi Keryn,

I have attached some photos of a quilt with your designs on it,
I had some fun with a few of the May club designs. I used the fan p2p, the Uneven Feather Border and Corner on this little quilt with 30's reproduction fabrics.
This quilt had some fullness issues in the setting triangles as well as the narrow outer green border,
 
your designs aided my efforts to tame that fullness, along with some faux trapunto to help your quilting motifs stand out. "
 
I love what Carol has done, the quilt looks fabulous.  I love how she used that triangle fan around the corner blocks, that's a great idea.
 
I love seeing examples of my designs stitched out, it's so good to know that people are finding them useful! I have a lovely wholecloth to show you tomorrow.
 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

There are a lot of designs in the May Club; 52 in fact, which is awfully good value for $30.  And new members get their choice of panto as a freebie for joining.  Just mention the panto you'd like in the Comments section when ordering.

You can join the club here; patterns are sent out automatically each month.  The patterns for April are now available as a set for $50.  Remember, if you stay a member of the club for 12 months you will earn 5 free pantos of your choice.


I concentrated on triangles and P2P patterns this time.  It can be hard to find small, simple designs for triangles, and the ones I have included are suitable for most sizes of setting triangles.

The ones that are just lines or circles seem to go with any sort of quilt theme, so they are especially useful.

And even more useful are P2P triangle designs, so easy to place them with just 2 clicks.


 I use P2P all the time, it's such an easy way to place a border and corner. See that Simple Swag pattern below?  The little connecting lines along the base of the pattern are supposed to go in the binding area of a border, so they disappear when the quilt is quilted.
The Diamond P2P is an interesting pattern; if you make the height slightly less that the diagonal measurement of a setting square you can place it in alternate blocks by clicking two opposite corners.

And you can click across the quilt and fill in several rows at once.  I used a plain curve as a P2P in the pieced squares, and then added the Diamond in the setting squares; it makes a great overall pattern.
I used the 16 Petal block design on an 1800's reproduction quilt; I didn't want to ditch stitch the blocks, so I used this pattern over 2 blocks and 2 setting squares. 

I love how the back looks like wineglass quilting patterns.
Here are a few borders I've used several times. They aren't very complicated, and it's easy to fit the corners onto them.
 
 

And the Victorian Shell panto is easy to place, and gives a complex shell effect.


The French Forest set of designs are from one of my earliest pattern packs; I'm gradually getting them tidied up and released.


These designs are flowing and balanced; there's a simple block, triangle and border, and a more complex one as well.  There's sure to be something in this set that will suit.