Friday, July 26, 2013

Haze Kilim - Tips to Fabulous!

Haze Kilim is one of my favorites from the Kaffe Fassett & Liza Prior Lucy book, "Simple Shapes; Spectacular Quilts."  I made it one row longer to measure 72" wide and 90" long so it's a nice generous twin quilt or equally generous family room sofa throw.  I found it makes a striking wall hanging for one of those two story stairwells too! 

I like to use strip piecing techniques so I calculated the sizes of the strips needed to make the large half square triangles (HST) with multiple strips (like Kaffe Fassett made his original) and to make the small HST's both using a triangle ruler.  These calculations and tips are included in the kit!

Below are the light triangles for the quilt pictured above.

Below is a photo of the 20 fabrics (each 22" x 44") and heavy weight vinyl project bag included in the kit.
It was quilted with So Fine in Red and a pantograph called "Dizzy" by Clothwerks.
I used Banded Poppy in Carmine for the backing & Shot Cotton - Aegean for the binding.  I think it's spectacular!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rays of Sunshine - All Kaffe Collective Block of the Month!

Has anyone ever done a Block of the Month in all Kaffe Collective fabrics?  I loved fussy cutting the prints and setting them against a light "Spots" background.  Really loved making color-graded setting triangles in a huge array of red and yellow prints!  It just says "happy happy happy!"

Each pattern (MSRP $39.95) comes with all the individual block & finishing patterns printed in full color so they can be shipped a month at a time.  A Shop Pack with cutting instructions can be purchased directly from the designer. 952-471-0131 or
Color My FRESH & MODERN World is a new spin on a traditional pattern.  I used all the bright pastel prints and spots from the Kaffe Fassett collection along with Kona Cotton in "Snow" to make this fresh and fun quilt.  Each block pieces in about half an hour and the real fun is quickly seeing how your fabric choices turn out!

Pick-Up Sticks!

Pick-Up Sticks! is a fun way to use all the big bright prints that you just can't cut up.  I used Kaffe Fassett prints and plain "shot" cottons (yarn dyed, homespun type fabrics) to accent each print.  I love the play of large and small prints in dark and light values.  And it's very fun to piece.
Happy Quilting.......Lori Allison

Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Product: Garden Flags for Quilters!

Announce to your small quilt group which look-alike townhome belongs to you!  Or just show off your quilting hobby in your garden, yard or near the door for friends and family.

Two styles:  The red/burgundy feathered star "Quilter" 12" x 20" garden flag, or the red/yellow "Welcome" 12" x 20" garden flag.  Both flags are made from colorfast outdoor fabric, hemmed on all sides, sleeve on top.  Printed on front; shows through on back.
Wholesale orders [$9.95 ea/min req.] may be made through Checker Distributors or from the designer using the contact information below.  Shipping is free with prepaid (paypal to or by check) orders!

Retail orders [$19.95] may be made directly from the designer via check or paypal to .  Shipping is free with prepaid orders!

Lori Allison/Allison Quilt Designs
PO Box 1019
Prior Lake, MN  55372 (under construction)
Studio: (952) 426-9836
Alt: (952) 471-0131

To see all of the Allison Quilt Designs patterns and products, please visit:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

All-Kaffe Block of the Month!! Who Knew???

Who knew it could be done? With all those big prints? Really....a block of the month!
One of the fun surprises that I had in piecing the setting triangles was the fun VERY LARGE Embroidered Shawl print. I love how it shows up! I think I will use it for backing as well.
Ahhh, the center. Well, you can see in the mock up above that I have an idea. But what about an applique center????
Color gradation using the myriad of Kaffe-designer fabrics in the layout is another aspect that makes this design sparkle!
I like to design in EQ, but then start putting my blocks and setting pieces on the wall -- taking photos at each step and evaluating the use of color, print and value at each stage on the computer. That computer is on the 3rd floor and my sewing studio is on the bottom floor. I make a lot of trips up and down! Probably good for me!
Fussy cutting is one of the techniques that makes these blocks little works of art! After looking at the above photo, I went back downstairs and used my little seam ripper to change the inner circle of each block to a yellow print and an out circle of the taffy dot print. As in the block below.
The pattern will be available to quilt shops at spring quilt market. Quilters can enroll in the Block of the Month program at Does anyone have an idea for a quilt name?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Designer's Delight-ful

Enjoyed spending time with these talented ladies recently.