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Tempted by the Fruit of Another . . . Quilt Pattern Designer Carrie Payne + A Giveaway

Now how can I possibly connect the pirated lyrics of a 1980’s era British band* to a quilt-themed blog post? Where there is a will, most certainly there is a way. Check out these charming patterns from designer Carrie Payne and let me explain.

Patterns of Carrie Payne @ believemagic.com

Carrie Payne patterns displayed at Scottsdale Quilts in Scottsdale, AZ.

Just one look . . . yes, another stolen lyric . . . and I was seduced. I’m not typically drawn to figurative patterns, but there is something so charming about Carrie Payne’s style that I couldn’t resist. Luckily, my eldest son was about to throw a surprise engagement party, which gave me the perfect excuse to make a gift for his fiance. See that bride on the blue background above? That’s my launching point.

Scottsdale Quilts owner Evan Duke got me totally committed to the project when she told me how popular the little quilt has been as an engagement/bridal shower gift, especially when family and friends contribute charms for the bride’s tiered skirt. Perfect! What a cool way to bring together two families who’ve never met and celebrate the engagement. It also helped that Evan the shopkeeper has a weakness for vintage lace and pretty doodads to add to the project supplies–check out that lace snippet below.

Test 1 of Hannah's bride

First draft of my bride on a composed background from a digital print.

I took a look at Carrie Payne’s website Believe Magic before I started the project and was transported by the diversity and wealth of her ideas. She has an aesthetic that’s easy and fun to tweak. That design-on-the-fly approach is reflected in her pattern which comes with multiple hairstyles, bodices, and sizes. I opted for the side bun and the V-neck bodice as I knew my son’s fiance’s taste in hairstyles and I also knew she wasn’t one for strapless fashions.

Test Hannah's bride

Next draft: more festive with the batik floral, but my son asked me to reorder their initials to something less like a famous Swedish clothing outlet.

I didn’t get my son too involved in the project, but I did get feedback about the monogramming–he banned the H&M draft as ridiculous, even though I figured the bride should get top billing in this era of female empowerment. Oh well, M&H it would be.

Detail of Hannah's bride

Charms from my mother and sisters as well as local friends.

If you’ve followed my adventures on my past blog See How We Sew, you’ll know I’ve a fondness for bead shops and embellishments. I must admit, that’s probably another motivator for this engagement gift, but beyond the glitz and sparkle, it’s emotionally uplifting to collect charms from the women important to the bride-to-be. I even teared up as I stitched them in place!

The finished engagement quilt with embellished with charms from women on both sides of the family.

The finished engagement quilt with embellishments from family on both sides as well as friends.

One item to mention is that I followed Darra Williamson’s approach to making postcard quilts when I assembled my little quilt. Carrie uses the classic quilt sandwich and binds the edges, whereas in Darra’s scheme, the quilt top, batting and backing are fused together and the slightly longer/wider edges of the quilt top are folded over to the backing and stitched in place. It was quicker and easier for me to take that road and I like the end result.

Giveaway Details!

Carrie is generously donating several patterns for you to enjoy. I’ll be doing a coordinated post here and at See How We Sew to spread the word to crafters and sewists.

Leave your comment here at Chasing Bright Shiny Objects by Monday, November 14,¬† to be entered for the giveaway. Here’s your challenge:¬† Please give me quick Do or Don’t advice for my future as a mother-in-law. I suspect “Say nothing” will be the most common suggestion!

Narrowed signature*Tempted by the Fruit of Another by Squeeze.

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Mission Accomplished: 2 Baby Quilts + 1 Scrap Throw Quilt

Carrie Bloomston fabric line

Carrie Bloomston’s fabric line available at Modern Quilting, Paradise Valley, AZ

Just back from the post office where I mailed the last of my trio of quilt projects. I won’t make Father’s Day with the delivery, but my dad knows his is on the way. So, would you like to see what I’ve accomplished this month (with the help of the talented long-arm quilter Renee Miller and the creative input of Heather Ripley at Modern Quilting in Paradise Valley, AZ)?

Ta-da! Three Quilts Conquered & Delivered!

Boy Baby Quilt front

The blue version¬† is for my niece’s newborn son.

Boy Baby Quilt detail front, back, & faced binding

A two-fer photo: quilting detail, backing, and faced binding.

Girl Baby Quilt Front--Carrie Bloomston fabric + others

The white version is for my nephew’s baby who will make her debut in a month or so. Hey, I was able to get one of my original quilt holders involved in the photo shoot. You can see the battered legs of my youngest son who used to make himself scarce when I needed a quilt holder. Got him this time!

Girl baby quilt back--Carrie Bloomston fabric

This Carrie Bloomston print was the inspiration for my fabric selection. Once I spotted this happy print, the notion of a quilt made of mini blocks of solid fabrics flew out the window.

Girl Baby Quilt front detail

Close-up of the quilting pattern. I selected the same design for all three quilts, although Renee kindly tightened up the gauge of the quilting design for my father’s quilt.

Dad's scrap throw quilt

I absolutely adore the simplicity of the design for my father’s quilt. I had a big pile of 3-inch squares left over from the baby quilts and opted to cut each in half in order to create a band of colorful slices. Love it!

Label for dad's scrap quilt

I made variant of this label for all three quilts. A little raw, a little handmade and referential to the fabrics used in the quilts.

What Happens After Conquering Three Quilts?

If you’ve read the news you’ll know that the Western U.S. is hot, hot, hot. So, what does a quilter do to avoid a furnace blast of heat? This quilt maker decided to tackle the leftover’s stash from the quilt trio in air-conditioned comfort. Yes, there was more fabric, but now there is much less. I’ve got to say this fourth quilt just might be my favorite so far. I got some interesting finishing details in the works . . . I’ll share soon!

Narrowed signatureQuilt #4 in the works

Stay tuned for further developments!

 

 

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