Little side note before I get into the heart of this post: My hobo bag that's featured on the cover of Tricia Waddell's new book, The Best of Stitch: Bags to Sew, came back to me yesterday and, within minutes of opening the package, I loaded it full of yoga supplies and headed off to class. I'm so happy to have it back!
Anyway, back to my real point or rather points for being here today.
The first image is of a simple quilt I'm calling Baby Barres using the solids from my Simple Marks collection for Moda. For those of you who knit and read the Purl Bee, you might just recognize the inspiration for this baby quilt. It's my sewn and quilted take on the Super Easy Baby Blanket.
I've long been influenced by knitting patterns, though why I knit in Texas remains mysterious to me. Be that as it may, knitted and crocheted designs often inspire me.
It's incredibly easy to make, just seam together 6 full length, quarter yard pieces (9" x 44"), along their long ends and, voila, you have your pieced top.
I remember the first time I saw the knitted version on the Purl Bee. I thought it was so simple and really quite beautiful in its simplicity. Well, I think this version captures that. Also, you can really adjust the basic design to suit your tastes just by selecting different solids. And, for those of you who love the quilting part of quilt making, this design is great place to let your stitching prowess show. So, give it a try and let me know what you think.
As for the second image, well, that there is a pair of charm packs of my Simple Marks Summer line slated to be released this April. This pair is being offered to two of my lovely readers by a terrific sponsor, Marmalade Fabrics. I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Tammy, proprietress of Marmalade Fabrics, at Quilt Con a couple of weeks ago and she's just as fabulous in person as she's been over the phone and via email over the past year or so.
So, if you'd like a chance to win one of these, leave a comment and I'll pick and announce a winner on Friday.