Showing posts with label Lori Allison. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lori Allison. Show all posts

Friday, April 12, 2013

Winner of 'Kaffe Fasset Quilts: Shots and Stripes' !

~The winner of the 2013 book,  Shots and Stripes: 24 New Projects Made with Shot Cottons and Striped Fabrics is Jan Hutchison, who said:  "I'm a long time lover of KF shot cotton - thanks for the chance at winning the book." ~

Our thanks to STC/Melanie Falick Books for generously donating a copy of the book for this giveaway! Here are some images from the book, plus some more Kaffe Fassett quilt inspiration from our archives.

Whereas quilting fabrics are first woven and then printed or dyed with a color and/or pattern, shot cottons are woven using two different colors of hand-dyed cotton thread: one color for the warp, and another color for the weft.  In Shots and Stripes, Kaffe and Liza show how to use these luscious fabrics in 24 different projects that are inspired by ethnic textiles. Here is a beautiful "Swatches" placemat and table runner project:

 The project shown below is a contemporary take on the traditional "Lady of the Lake" pattern.

There are many more intriguing projects in this book, including this fantastic "African Collage" quilt, below.

This book has garnered a five-star (*****) rating at ! Check out the reader reviews at this link: Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots and Stripes.

Say It With Flowers and Stripes by Mary Mashuta in Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance

We featured "Say It With Flowers and Stripes" in a 2010 post called Voices in Cloth 2010 Show.

Garden Rainbow Quilt by Roberta Horton in Kaffe Fassett's Country Garden Quilts

We featured Roberta's "Garden Rainbow Quilt" in a 2010 post called Look to the rainbow.

The Gift Quilt by Brandon Mably in Kaffe Fassett's Country Garden Quilts 

We originally featured Brandon's design in a 2011 post called The Gift Quilt.   In 2011, we also featured designer Lori Allison, in a post called Simple Shapes. Over the years, Lori has created some fantastic quilts with Kaffe Fassett fabrics; a few of our favorites are shown below.

Funky Stripes by Lori Allison, pattern at Quilters Warehouse

Blooming Patchwork by Lori Allison, pattern at Quilters Warehouse

Rays of Sunshine by Lori Allison at Design Tyme

Last but not least, here is a fun block-of-the-month quilt made in all Kaffe Collective fabrics. Lori says:  "I really loved making color-graded setting triangles in a huge array of red and yellow prints!" For more information contact Lori Allison at Design Tyme.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Simple shapes in quilting

Last week we featured top designers whose easy-to-piece quilts feature simple shapes: squares, rectangles and/or triangles. The results are simply beautiful ! The original articles are: Simple dimensional shapes:  Joen Wolfrom Designs; Simple modern shapes: Esch House Quilts; Simple shapes, jelly rolls and i Candy; Simple shapes by Diana and Laura; Simple shapes in fabulous fabrics; and Simple shapes: jelly roll quilts and other confections.  Links to the designers' sites are below the photos.

Row 1: Joen Wolfrom, at JWD PublishingRow 2: Debbie Grifka, at Esch House QuiltsRow 3:  Stephanie Sheffield, Amy Walsh and Janine Burke, at Blue Underground Studios. Row 4: Laura Nownes and Diana McClun, at Laura Nownes. Row 5: Pamela Goecke Dinndorf, at Aardvark QuiltsRow 6: Lori Allison, at Allison Quilt Designs.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Simple shapes: jelly roll quilts and other confections

We have to confess that we aren't always interested in making complex quilts.  Sometimes we yearn for simple shapes - and simple piecing. Of course we want to have our cake and eat it too:  we still want our "quick" quilts to look fabulous. Lori Allison of Minnesota starts with patterns that often use traditional blocks – like the trip around the world block – but she makes it bigger, and applies modern cutting and piecing techniques to make it fast and easy.

Blooming patchwork (queen size), by Lori Allison, at Design Tyme

This one is new !  "Blooming patchwork" is a strip pieced, queen-sized quilt.  Thanks to a few fussy-cut blocks, applique is not required !

Funky Stripes, 3 sizes, by Lori Allison, at Design Tyme

This is a great way to show off large prints like these from Kaffe Fassett.  Also check out a mod chartreuse-and-teal version, which was made by Susie Smidt at Dakota County Star Quilters (at their 2010 quilt show page you can also see  "Color my World", pieced by Jackie Grinde.)

Cinnamon and Ginger, 57 x 71" or 71 x 86", by Lori Allison, at Design Tyme

Lori says, "Who knew this would be a top pattern seller? I certainly didn't because after I designed it, I let it sit in my computer for six months. Finally, two weeks before fall market, I didn't have anything so I looked through my files to see if there was anything at all worth resurrecting." (!) The fussy cut centers create an interesting geometric effect. The fully illustrated color instructions and easy assembly are typical of Allison Quilt Designs.

For a few more bestselling patterns designed for precuts - like jelly rolls and layer cakes -  check out Lori's "Jelly Roll World", "Fruit Cake" and "Candy Queen" patterns.

Image credits:  Images are shown with the generous permission of Lori Allison. 
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