Welcome back guest blogger, quilt shop owner, and quilt and fabric designer Sarah Maxwell of Homestead Hearth! Sarah’s newest project is designing patterns and fabric under the “Designs by Sarah J” brand for Marcus Fabrics. Sarah’s queen size quilt pattern, Cross It Out, is featured in the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!
I’m so excited to have my Cross it Out quilt featured in the McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July 2016 issue! This marks one of the first publications of my designs under my Designs by Sarah J imprint and it features my fabric, Revved Up Retro.
When I got the go-ahead to design my own line for Marcus Fabrics™, one of the first prints I worked on involved dots. Like so many quilters, I love dots—scattered dots, evenly spaced dots, micro to mega, dots rock! As I started playing, I decided that layered dots in lots of colors really intrigued me. So, “Mar-teeny Bubbles” is one of my favorite pieces of my Revved Up Retro line. Doesn’t it remind you of bubbles floating to the surface of your favorite drink?
While I spent many years working with 1800s reproductions, my friends who know me from the beginning of my quilting career know that I’ve always loved BRIGHTS. I actually spent an entire week at a national show one year collecting only fuchsia and orange prints and batiks because that was my combo interest at the time. (I still have that stack of fabrics in my closet and will make them into something some day.)
Anyway, another favorite combo has always been turquoise and purple. Let’s be honest here—I just flat out love purple—from eggplant to lavender, from dusty mourning purples of the 1800s to cheery orchids of the 1930s to bright, contemporary amethyst—purple calls to me.
So, I focused Cross It Out on purple and the prints and solids that played best with it. The quilt showcases another current interest—large block quilts. Like everyone, I have such limited time and too many ideas vying for attention. Making a quilt from larger-sized blocks means that I can still quickly produce a bed size quilt. Best of all, the large blocks showcase today’s larger, more contemporary prints.
Read about the inspiration for all of the Revved Up Retro prints in my online lookbook.
Thanks so much, Sarah!
Sarah is giving away 3 sumptuous fat quarter packs (right) of her Revved Up Retro prints by Marcus Fabrics to our blog readers. Each prize package includes 10 gorgeous fat quarters. Leave a comment below before midnight May 22, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. Three names will be drawn on May 23 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
We have our winners! Congratulations to Liz Herbst of Middleton, WI, Louann Fisher of Seguin, TX, and Sue Salo of Ann Arbor, MI!
If you’d like to make your own version of the Cross It Out quilt and don’t already have a copy of the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Cross It Out quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. And Cross It Out quilt kits are available in Homestead Hearth’s online shop!