Monday, January 14, 2013

Introducing Loved to Pieces' first pattern ... Sangria

Happy new year! I am excited to announce my first quilt pattern, Sangria, and to introduce my official business name, Loved to Pieces. I chose this name because for me, the heart and soul of quilt making is a quilt that literally is loved to pieces. Despite all the beautiful, inspiring art and competition quilts, I believe the very best quilts are those made for the people we love. And those quilts should be used daily so they become a cherished part of someone’s life. I believe there is no higher calling for a quilt; truly, it is an honor to be the maker.


I designed Sangria for our intermediate quilt making class at the Pine Needle to introduce log cabin blocks, half square triangles (shoo fly and hourglass blocks), mitered borders and foundation piecing (crossed canoe blocks).
Come see these quilts at the Pine Needle open house January 18-19!

It was immensely gratifying to see my fabulous students interpret Sangria in this past fall's class. Here is Susan's quilt as she is sewing the rows together. Susan used a neutral palette of white, creams and beiges; her quilt brings to mind treasured antique linens.

 Susan's Sangria Quilt
Next is Suzanne's quilt, done in batiks and Marcia Derse prints. I love the red and canteloupe with those rich neutrals.

Suzanne's Sangria Quilt

My students receive tons of encouragement and praise when they change up a pattern. My philosophy is that a pattern, much like a recipe, is a place to start ... a suggestion. The quilt you make is your very own statement so I am thrilled when students continue to look and experiment with color and layout as they work.

Kathy chose a palette of Stonehenge fabrics and oriented the log cabin blocks with the darks in the center. Doesn't her quilt have a beautiful circular feeling? And that subtle accent of soft aqua perfectly complements the warm rich red browns.

Kathy's Sangria Quilt

Karlee worked with a neutral palette of cream, beige, sage green and charcoal. I love the texture and movement of the Stonehenge stripe in the log cabin blocks.

Closeup of Log Cabins (Karlee's Sangria Quilt)
Karlee chose a bold, modern print for the inner and outer borders that gives the quilt great energy and excitement! Wow!

Karlee's Sangria Quilt

Liz's soothing palette of blues, beige and creams has a country French mood. The red accent fabric perfectly sets off the quilt and I love that she laid out her log cabin blocks in diagonal rows. The inner border is a tone on tone stripe that looks awesome with the mitered corner seams.

Liz's Sangria Quilt

Elizabeth worked with a palette of teal, cream and burgundy. Here, she auditions border fabrics.

Elizabeth Auditions Borders

After considering several border options, Elizabeth decided against the light-medium-dark teal frame and instead chose the dramatic burgundy from her log cabin blocks which frames her quilt beautifully and allows the white and teal blocks to sparkle.

Elizabeth's Sangria Quilt

Kathy A's palette brings to mind the desert colors of the southwest with burgundy, rust, gold and that beautiful sky blue. Here she is auditioning border fabrics:

Kathy A Auditions Borders
Ultimately, Kathy A rejected the busy print originally intended for the outer border as it pulls the eye away from the beautiful center of her quilt. The burgundy she chose is a rich, dramatic frame that allows that gorgeous blue to sparkle. Kathy A also decided to widen the outer border; I can't wait to see it when it's quilted!

Kathy A's Sangria Quilt

An element of quilting that thrills Lana's heart is selecting fabric and she does a fabulous job. Here she works with batiks in a palette of soothing creams and soft aquas. Drama is not to be denied, however, with the addition of those stunning dark blue/black batiks.

Center of Lana's Quilt

Doesn't her piecing look perfect? (It is!) Stunning!

Lana's Sangria Quilt

Heather's quilt is intended for her daughter, if memory serves. She chose a modern palette of white, gray, chartreuse and orange and combines solids with polka dots and a large scale floral print. Isn't the floral stunning? I love love love the airy feeling of that floral ... a complete surprise! And I think the orange centers of the shoo fly blocks echo just enough of the orange from the floral.

Heather's Sangria Quilt

I am so very proud of my students!

So far, I have made three color stories of Sangria. Here is the inspiration for one of them:

Color Inspiration for Sangria #2
Sandy and Mallory (hiding behind the quilt) are holding up a "work in progress" version of Sangria. Aren't the colors yummy?

Sangria #2 Work in Progress

Best wishes throughout 2013!