Saturday, May 23, 2009

Precious Gems is Pretty In Pink

One of my very first patterns was designed especially for beginners because it teaches all those good beginner skills like rotary cutting, strip piecing, subcutting, chaining, nesting, stitch in the ditch and free motion quilting. It's a one-stop-shop for beginning quilters.

Not long ago, however, I updated Precious Gems into some mod colors -- those young mothers like unbaby baby quilts and this actually makes a good baby quilt. Toss it on the floor and let the infant lie on it and practice using those large muscles. It also makes a wonderful backdrop for a photo or two of a baby. Very artistic.

Enjoy, Lori Allison

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Color My World

These participants learned some valuable pinning techniques that one person said, "your pinning techniques have improved ALL my sewing." Using strips of prescribed sizes -- or even Jelly Rolls, this group of quilters learned a fast, fun way to make the Arbor Window block for the three Allison Quilt Designs patterns that feature this block.
Enjoy, Lori Allison

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Diamond Time

An earlier pattern called "Must Love Diamonds" was very catchy and popular, but having made it three times, I remember how labor intensive it was. I wanted that look, but with a lot less work. "Diamond Time" fits that bill perfectly. It shows off a big print and frames it with with color. What could be better? Oh yeah -- it's super easy to make too.

Above shown in Kaffe Fassett; at right is a twin size version in Free Spirit's "Del Hi" collection. How fun.

Enjoy. Lori Allison