Okay, so maybe everything isn’t a song, but why not! I could be singing 🎶because I’m happy, happy, happy 🎶
Yes, I’m happy because it’s July and here’s my reasons why: (1) summer is my fav time of the year (2) it’s my birthday month, in true Karen-fashion I celebrate ALL month, and (3) the real reason for this post ~ I have a quilt coming out in a magazine! Yep, another secret sewing reveal! Ready for a ramble?
It all began long long ago…
Around December 2018 actually… I had just mailed the Spring Market 2019 quilts to Island Batik (more secret sewing) when I received a “call for submissions” for a future publication with The Quilting Company, producers of some of our favorite quilting magazines … I drafted a quilt, filled out the form…and… they said YES
Fast forward to February 2019 when the fabrics arrived from Island Batik and the secret sewing began…and for those of you who just can’t take the suspense … fast forward to this past week when I received advance copies of…..drumroll please… Fons & Porter’s July/August edition of Pre-Cut Patchwork….expected in stores July 9th…
May I draw your attention to pages 44-49 🤓
Everyone Needs A Picnic/Beach/Camping/Play Outside Quilt
And that’s just what I designed. With the upcoming Spring Market fabrics fresh on my mind I thought the blending of two new lines, Enchanted Forest and Quiet Shades, would make a fast to piece quilt (after all that’s the beauty of precuts!) that would be right at home on a bed, a couch, or surely would draw some attention when seen in the wild as a picnic quilt!
I’ve noticed across social media that many of you are teaching young quilters this summer ~ wouldn’t it be fun to help them make a “big” quilt – I can imagine the joy for them (or you) taking this on your next outing – what a conversation starter “why yes, thank you, I made it myself” as you spread your beautiful quilt out to share. Sharing is what it’s all about ~ maybe we should call this “the happy picnic quilt” or “let’s meet a new friend quilt” … Actually, I called it Enchanted Shade in honor of the Island Batik fabrics but the editors are calling it Checking The Boxes which is rather clever, if I do say so myself, since the black and white solid batiks (also from Island Batik) do have a checkerboard effect
I loved combining the two fabric lines together to give just the right contrast in this quilt.
Knowing these fabric collections were going to be released as pre-cuts of 10” squares they would be ideal for my project. I couldn’t wait to piece them together! Plus, the added benefit to you, my dear readers and fellow quilters ~ these fabrics are shipping in September! That’s right! You can visit your local quilt shop and request they place their order now with Island Batik for fall shipment of these beauties as I know you are inspired for future quilts just looking at the line up.
As you plan your quilting adventures this summer you can run right down to that local Barnes & Nobel or Walmart to pick up the magazine with my pattern on your way to your local quilt shop to pick up a couple of 10” square precut packages! And I’d fancy to bet that some of you will be enjoying this quilt before the end of summer! It’s that quick of a quilt to piece ~ You’re welcome😉
Quilts in The Wild
Knowing that this year held a lot of business travel and very little personal travel I am pleased that my quilt will be seeing a lot of action this summer as we have our staycation visiting the beach at Galveston, taking picnics wherever we can, playing with our granddaughter or even just enjoying the shade of my little tent in our backyard. Don’t you agree that everyday life is just better with a quilt!
I can’t wait to see what you will create; the fabric choices are endless ~ won’t you share your quilts with me across social media using the hashtag #checkingtheboxesquilt and #thequiltramblerpattern as well as tag @thequiltrambler or post your photo directly on my Facebook page.
This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, saving the best photo for last (grin)
Yep…quilts shared just make me smile. Happy July y’all.