Monday, March 24, 2014

Tutu Cute with The Quilter Magazine

 Tutu Cute designed by Heidi Pridemore

This month we have a quilt in The Quilter Magazine called Tutu Cute! This is a perfect quilt for the little dancer in your life.

When I saw this fabric collection from Quilting Treasures, I immediately fell in love with bright clean colors used for this group. I also loved the look of the little dancers, they are so sweet and graceful. This was one of those cases when I knew what I wanted the quilt to look like to showcase this fabric. When these ideas pop in my head, I just run with them.

So here is a peek at how this one was designed. I knew I wanted to have appliquéd tutus twirling around the quilt but I had to think about what would go with them. Once I knew I was going to work with this group, I talked to the editors at The Quilter to see if they would like a quilt from this group. This would help me decide how big the appliqués would be and what the second block would look like. Once they were on board with this project, I finally decided the second block should be a heart block. I came up with a simple pieced block to go with the simple appliqué tutu blocks. The hearts could represent the quilter's love for the special person they are making the quilt for or they can represent the little dancer's love for Ballet.

For the colors on this quilt, I made all the tutus with the cooler colors in the collection and saved the pink for the hearts. I love to include yellow in my quilt so I added a splash of yellow for the waistbands, inner border and outer corner blocks. All these bright colors look wonderful against the white backgrounds and borders.

I hope you have enjoyed this story behind the quilt. If you need to make this quilt for the little dancer in your life we have a limited number of fabric kits for this one.

Until Next Time....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cute Hoots with McCall's Quick Quilts

Cute Hoots Designed by Heidi Pridemore
We have quilt in the April/ May issue of McCall's Quick Quilts. I love these sweet owls that are all admiring the girl owl in the center. You know the one with the flower, (thats how you can tell). So here is a quick story of how I came up with this design.

For this project  I was given the fabric and asked to come up with an owl design that had some applique but too not to many templates. The templates also had to fit within the magazine without having to enlarge them. So I designed one owl with templates would fit the magazine page and then played around with the pieces to create different poses for the owls. Then to make the center owl stand out I flipped the colors and added a flower. Once "she" was created, I realized the outer owls could be her admirers hooting at her.

Once I had the owls figured out, I started playing around with the pieced block. I needed to bring some other colors into the center of the quilt to help balance the colors in the outer border. I love using "X" blocks for square quilts to offset the main blocks, so this block was the winner for me. For the borders I made the side inner borders brown to make them look like trees on sides of the quilt and then made the top and bottom borders green to represent grass and leaves. I added corner stones to the outer border to add interest and to be honest to avoid having to do mitered corners.

I hope you like our Cute Hoots. We have a limited number of fabric kits for this one if you would like to have some hoots for your home!

Until next time......


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Downton Abbey and Violet's Quilt

Downton Abbey - Violet's Quilt Designed by Heidi Pridemore
As some of you may know, I design alot of free projects for many of your favorite fabric companies. Every project is an exciting adventure where the fabric tells me their story and I create a quilt that passes that story on to the quilters who make it.

Sometime though a line of fabric comes along that everyone already knows its story and I have to create a quilt that fits that story. It usually involves a bit of research on my part to have a good understanding of what the fabric represents so the quilt pattern I design can fit the story that is already known.

Last summer I was asked to design a quilt using a new line from Andover Fabric and was so surprised and excited to see it was for Downton Abbey, a very very popular TV show that I happen to be a big fan of. So though the fabric already had an established story, I had already been following it and fell in love with the world it was created from.

The group was divided up into subcategories, one for each daughter and one for the Dowager Countess. There were several other designers working on this project as well as myself and Andover was going to select their favorite ones for the official quilts. So I was not sure if any of my designs would be selected. When I heard they had selected my quilt for the Dowager Countess Violet (Maggie Smith's character), I was quite excited. It helped that she is also my favorite character!

So here is how I came up with the design for this quilt. When I started working on the project and knew I was creating a design for each character. I wanted each design to stand on their own but also to tie together to tell a story, so I decided each quilt would have a flower appliqued on it to represent the character the quilt represented. So for the Dowager's quilt, it was an easy choice for me, a violet for her name. My plan for her quilt was to create on a design that would capture the Victorian era. I also wanted to consider the character's personality for the design. Violet is a sharp lady who has complex personality. I wanted to create a quilt that had a complex look but was still approachable for most quilters to make.
I created a complex block but then only used six of them in the quilt. Then I added an applique border to include my flower concept and finished the design with a simple pieced border alternating the lights and darks to frame the quilt. Once I added the fabrics to the design, the result was everything I was hoping for.

When we arrived at Fall Quilt Market, the Downton Abbey fabric was the buzz of the show. Everyone seemed as excited as I was about this group. Then I found out that they used our quilt as the cover quilt for the sales material and as the centerpiece for Andover's presentation with the production and costume designers, whom I was told really liked my quilt design. I am very proud of this quilt and wanted to share the story about how it came to be.

Here is a link to Andover's Downton Abbey presentation at Fall Market 2013
Andover Fabrics Downton Abbey Presentation

Finally we have just received our fabric from Andover for our Fabric Kits. If you would like a small piece of Downton Abby for your home you can order your kit here Click here to order Downton Abbey-Violets Quilt Kit

If you would like to download the pattern for FREE from Andover click here

Until next time....

Monday, March 17, 2014

Gray is the new Black


Fusible Applique is my favorite quilting technique when I design quilts. I love the freedom of designing any shape I can think of. Flowers, characters, circles and swirls. No matter what shape I want this technique lets me create it. You can check out some of my designs on our website, 

When I travel and teach my fusible applique classes around the country, the most popular question I am asked is what kind of thread I use to finish my edges. I love to use 40 or 50 weight Aurifil Black thread most of the time. I love the way the black thread makes the edges of my shapes pop out. Many of our quilts are photographed for magazines and the darker edges add dimension to the quilt .  This is how I finished our Cute Hoots quilt. But this is not the effect I want on all of our designs and sometimes I need the edges to fade away or a black outline is too harsh for the fabric colors.

In these cases it is much better to use Aurifil light gray thread (2600) to finish the edges. I used gray to finish the edges on our Tutu Cute Quilt  (featured in this month's The Quilter) and our Downton Abby Quilt  (designed for Andover) both shown here. Also by using gray thread, I do not need to change the threads to match the fabric colors throughout the quilt.

I hope this little tip helps you next time you have to decide which color thread to use on your next project.

Until Next Time......

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2014 March Designer Profile for Aurifil Thread

This month's Pinup Girl for Aurifil is Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies Quilts. I love her clean and modern quilts.

Check out Pat Sloan's interview with her this month at

Aurifil is having a sew along with a MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of Pat Sloan's  thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!).
EACH MONTH they will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of Pat Sloan's Aurifil thread as the  prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE
Check it out!
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Double Star with the Fabri-Quilt Star Blog Hop

This week I am participating in Fabri-Quilt's Star Blog Hop. We were each asked to design a 12-1/2" star block using Fabri-Quilt's Marblehead Venetian Glass Fabrics designed by Ro Gregg.

Here is my block called Double Star!
Visit for the instructions 
 to make your own elegant star block!

When I was asked to design a star block with these wonderful fabrics, I wanted to make something as elegant as the prints. I decided to go with a double star to showcase the warm and cool color palette of the group.  I love the marbled fabric because it reminds me of interior of old books so I used it for the block center and then surrounded it with the different scroll prints.

You could make a quilt with all the star blocks using the same fabric combo or mix it up by making each star block from a different color combination.

 Make sure to check out the other Star blocks at

Hope you enjoy this pattern and I would love to see what you come up with, using any of the star blocks from this blog hop.

Until Next Time.....