Friday, March 1, 2019

Celebrate Quilt all Finished!!!

 I am happy to share my quilt, Celebrate, with you today.  You may have seen sneak peeks of this darling top on Social Media, but today is the final reveal.  I mentioned a few months ago that I design for a new company, Honest Fabric, and this is one of those designs. Right now, until tomorrow, you can get all of my designs at 25% off by using the code, ILOVEJM25 during checkout at Honest Fabric.

I talked a lot about how I feel quilting with polyester fabric in this post and this one, so check those out and then come back and finish reading about my Celebrate quilt

I really spent time marking out this beautiful quilt top using my QuickMark Assist ruler - I had fun coming up with several designs and the borders turned out to be my favorite part of the quilt. I measured out 4 inches from the edge of the rows of squares to make the border even, my QuickMark ruler was perfect for that measurement. 
The quilt that I quilted is the Celebrate Fall White, the one that isn't quilted is the Summer White panel.  Both colorways are totally fun and there are 9 colors to choose from.  Which one will you quilt? 


The quilting is free-motion with a little ruler work and a whole lot of fun! I used MicroQuilter thread for the top, I love the thinness of this thread

Minky as backing for the win!  This quilt top is so darling and with the minky, it is super soft - even with all my quilting. 

This is my current project, my Magic Windmill Orange panel, just a little sneak peek for you.  I am absolutely loving it so far! Stay tuned for updates and don't forget to go and get a quilt panel and start quilting! I cannot wait to see what you create!

I have also added all my Green Fairy Quilts patterns in PDF form on my website, check them out here and use the code DIGITAL to get 20% off your order until March 4th.  

Friday, February 1, 2019

All New Patterns!!!

I am so excited to share with you 2 new quilt patterns!  These 2 designs have been in the works for a while, ever since Gypsy was first designed. The first one, Mama Gypsy is a fabulous quilt.  This design takes the Gypsy block and makes it the focal point of the quilt.  I used yardage for this particular quilt, but it could easily be a stash buster/fat quarter quilt.  The large pieces could also be used with fabric with large prints, making the fabric a showcase within the pattern itself. Oooo, that makes me want to make another quilt!

This pattern makes for a striking quilt and that border, wow! It really finishes off the quilt perfectly. With my directions, anyone could make this darling quilt.  All my patterns are full color and written well - so be sure to try them out! 

I tried something a little different with the quilting on this quilt.  I digitized the Gypsy block - so you can see the darling block stitched on-point in this quilt top.  The digital quilting design is available here. On sale for a limited time. 

The back is fun to see with the sun shining through, it almost looks like a negative of a picture. You can see that all the seams are pressed to one side, those instructions are also in the pattern.

The best thing about Mama Gypsy is that there are bonus instructions for a second quilt included.  There are some triangles left over from piecing the quilt top, which make for the perfect HST (half-square triangle) quilt. Mama Gypsy is available in Paper or PDF version at an introductory price of $5. Paper patterns will ship next week.

Okay, so my next pattern is Patchwork Gypsy - and it's just that - patchwork! This quilt was so much fun to design and to piece and completes my Gypsy series. I used fat quarters from Well Said and Woodland Secrets for the majority of the fabric of this quilt top. The background fabrics were also from different Moda lines, I just grabbed what was in my stash.

This quilt has a lot of squares and HST, but the assembly is really fun and the instructions are easy to follow. I thought it would be fun to share my process and lack of design wall.  The floor works great, right?

I absolutely love how this quilt top came together.  I have to admit, this was a difficult quilt for me.  Only because I am used to using very specific colors, so adding random fabrics together was a new stretch for me.  I couldn't be happier with the results though.

One of my favorite elements of this design is the star in the center - that just makes the quilt.  Seriously.

I used a simple Orange Peel by Karlee Porter for the quilting on this quilt. I think it looks great with the pattern.  I didn't want to go too crazy with the quilting - which would have taken away from the design itself. 

I had a lot of leftover pieces from cutting this design out.  When I am designing, I cut the fabric pieces out before I count out the actually pieces required in a quilt top.  So, you won't have the extra pieces in your own top like me. However, it would be fun to cut out extra pieces to make this fabulous binding.  The pieces are 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles sewn end to end with seams pressed open. It did take a bit of time to do this, lol.

Here she is in all her glory!  AH, isn't she beautiful?

I really hope you enjoy making this quilt top as I did. 
Seriously, it was so much fun to make.

Now let's talk about the backing.  Oh, I think I like it, a lot!  This is a custom printed panel called Gypsy - available on my website here in three different color options. The panel is 100% polyester and so soft to the touch.  It pairs beautifully with my cotton pieced top and I absolutely love this backing fabric.

Okay! I hope you enjoyed seeing my new designs.  Now is the time to buy them!  I have both Mama Gypsy and Patchwork Gypsy available on sale for $5 for a limited time. The paper patterns will ship next week. However, the PDF versions are available right away!  

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

All New Ruler! The QuickMarkAssist! Available for PRE-ORDER

Hi Everyone!  I am excited to share with you my QuickMarkAssist Ruler which is designed to compliment - or assist, the QuickMarkRuler.  The difference between this ruler and the QuickMark ruler is that there are 1/2" cut outs, the ruler is 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 1/8" - so it is for marking only.  It is not to be used with the quilting, but will help you tremendously when you are marking your quilts.  This is a time saver for me, you know how I love marking my quilt tops.

I have been working on my Celebrate quilt panel, using both the QuickMarkAssist and the QuickMarkRuler. I have been having a lot of fun using the 1/2" lines in the QuickMarkAssist to come up with some fun and modern quilting designs. 

I have been using my favorite purple marker with the QuickMarkAssist to draw out my designs on the quilt.  I cannot wait to get this one finished!  It really is so great to have more lines to be able to mark everything at once - plus the neon green color of the ruler helps so much!

The quilting is turning out so beautifully!  I cannot wait to share the entire quilt when I'm finished.  In the meantime, be sure to pre-order your own QuickMarkAssist - they will start to ship after the Christmas Holiday. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ticky Tack revealed!!

Okay, so I am happy to finally reveal my Ticky Tack quilt - another custom printed panel design that was designed and quilted by me.  This was the first time for me using a printed panel for custom quilting and the fabric is 100% polyester, so it has a new feel for me. The fabric has a soft feel to it and because it is printed on a tight weave fabric, I needed to use a smaller needle (90/14) while quilting, and I used a 60wt glide thread to stitch. 
This quilt design, Ticky Tack, comes in 4 different colorways.  Surely there is a colorway that works for you.

There was a little bit of a learning curve for me using this fabric, because it is so different from a pieced 100% cotton quilt and the movement is different.  However, different isn't bad, it's just something that needs to be tried and tested.  I will definitely be quilting up my other design tops as well, I am looking forward to it - I mean, check out that texture!  The quilt seriously feels like's so nice. 

What I loved most about this quilt is that every color is a separate part of the design and I didn't have to worry about seams taking away from the quilting.  I was able to really play with the quilting design and not have to worry about the distraction of the seams used in traditional piecing.

I used my Quickmark Ruler for the straight line quilting as well as the marking.  It was really nice to have the 1 inch slots to work the lines into the design.  I had the 1 inch cross-hatch in the yellow areas, the diagonal lines in the yellow and green areas, and the rest of the straight line quilting.  It truly is a great ruler to work with during custom quilting and designing. Also, I didn't have any issues with marking this quilt top - I used a purple disappearing marker, which worked on all the colors of the quilt, including the dark blue.  The lines came out with a little water and the fabric does not bleed AT ALL - hooray!!

I had a lot of fun with the free-motion quilting as well.  

This was the quilting design I used for the majority of the blocks, and it definitely took the longest amount of time.  It was worth it though, ahh - that texture!!

The center yellow block was fun because I like to change things up in my quilting designs.  It still works with all the other designs, but has its own little flare - and because it is the center of the quilt, it draws your attention to that, which creates a nice balance. 

This was the easiest block to quilt up because I quilted the free-motion swirls with a 1/2 inch break line to show off the shape of the Ticky Tack block. The quilting in the white area creates a nice secondary design.

Close up!  So gorgeous! 

It's hard to not just jump up and down with excitement when looking at this picture!  Seriously!  I love it, the texture is just amazing and it really brings this quilt top to life. 

Of course the back is just as amazing. 


I hope you enjoyed reading about this darling quilt top.  I hope you quilt up your own! When you do, please share it with me and on social media using the hashtags #tickytackquilt #judimadsen and #honestfabric. You can purchase your own quilt top here.

I am so looking forward to your own design stamp on my quilt top designs