Castle Garden Quilt

Castle Garden Quilt

Castle Garden quilt pattern by Sharon Holland

Castle Garden quilt pattern by Sharon Holland

Hi everyone, I’ve got a new PDF pattern release in my SHOP! The beautiful Castle Garden quilt pattern is now available as a PDF download and in addition you can now purchase and download this pattern directly from my website in a secure shopping cart.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be adding my other for purchase PDF patterns to my SHOP page so it’s more convenient for you to make purchases—rather than sending you off-site to a second-party like in the past. My patterns will still remain up on Crafty but now you can shop right from this blog as well.

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My Castle Garden quilt pattern was originally designed for the May 2018 Quilter’s Candy Box as a collaborative project using Maureen Cracknell’s Flower Child fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics and was originally available only as a printed pattern.

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Hidden amongst mother earth’s beauty lives the Flower Child. A world filled with lush meadows, wild bouquets & the spirit of the flower child painted with fuchsia, blush pink & teal.

Maureen always creates magical collections and when she asked me to design a quilt for her Flower Child prints I wanted it to be special and showcase the beautiful Sisterhood print of crowned flower girls.

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The extra-large Castle Garden blocks are perfect for showing off all the prints and framing the Sisterhood print in what I like to think of as an aerial view of a four tower castle complete with Pure Element solid peach flags.

I’m very pleased with how this quilt looks and from a piecing-geek perspective, how I devised and new no-waste method of piecing a tricky patchwork unit used in this design. I do label this quilt as intermediate because there’s a lot of moving parts to the blocks and several different types of units to make before block assembly. But, with that said, the instructions are fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions and I feel confident great results can be achieved even from a confident beginner level maker.

This full-size bed quilt was quilted with Hobb’s Tuscany Silk batting inside and you know by now how much I love that batting. It’s lightweight, drapes beautifully, and handles like a dream. I chose to do a clam-shell type of freeform quilt design with an extra curly flourish in the center. I like how the quilting feels wispy and cloud-like around the castles.

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This pattern is now available in print or PDF format. See SHOP for details and select desired format type when ordering.


Giveaway now closed. Congratulations to: Kathryn Laposata, Anna Brown, and Amy Loar!

To say “Thank you” to my wonderful followers and celebrate me finally getting around to implementing the digital download feature on my commerce page I want to give away PDF versions of my Castle Garden quilt pattern.

I will randomly draw three lucky winners from the comments left on this post. Winners will be sent a Castle Garden PDF pattern via an email address. Please remember to leave some way to get ahold of you—I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to redraw a name because of no contact information.

Note: This giveaway is open to everyone. If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment(s)--you can't win if I can't get a hold of you!

1. Simply leave a comment here under this post telling me what you’re thankful for.

Enter now through Tuesday, November 13th! The winners will be picked at random around 4pm Eastern. I will post the name of the winners on this post once they've been notified and responded to my email.

Thank you!

Sharon




Color Master Designer's Palette Bundles

Color Master Designer’s Palette Bundles

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There’s so many reasons why I love designing fabrics for Art Gallery Fabrics and the NEW Color Master Designer’s Palette bundles are another exciting addition to that long list of AGF awesomeness!

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You’re probably familiar with the Color Master boxes and bundles by color where prints by the different Art Gallery Fabrics designers are curated to build your stash by color, well…

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The new Color Master Designer’s Palette bundles are color palettes curated by designer! It’s like getting a Sharon Holland 10-piece sampler bundle of perfectly coordinating prints from across my different AGF fabric lines all in a pretty bundle or box of fat quarters or half yard pieces of fabric! Both the fat quarter and 1/2 yard bundles contain the same ten beautiful prints.

Learn more about the AGF designers and these new curated bundles HERE on the Art Gallery Fabrics blog.

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I was so excited about these Designer’s Palette bundles that I immediately began work designing a free quilt pattern specifically made for use with the ten prints in my Sharon Holland #1 edition. Yes, there’ll be new Designer’s Palette bundle editions in the future!

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I’m swooning over the gorgeous color palette AGF has put together with prints from my Signature, Coastline, and Sketchbook fabric collections. This is definitely my color palette!

Feathered Nest Quilt

If you know anything about me and my quilt patterns by now, you know I like to make scrap quilts but I also like to be very efficient with cutting and fabric requirements.

The Feathered Nest quilt is a 58-inch square throw quilt that uses every bit of a Sharon Holland Designer’s Palette #1 fat quarter bundle. See PDF download for full materials list.

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With the addition of three Pure Elements solids to the 10-piece fat quarter bundle I’ve come up with easy cutting instructions for a no-fail quilt design. The prints are a beautiful mix of just the right amount of light and dark, large and small scale prints, as well as visual texture. I even used the left-over scraps for a fun, scrappy binding.

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This quilt is beginner-friendly, fun, fast, and rewarding to make! You could easily make this over a weekend. Even though this is a throw-size quilt, I love how it looks on top of a double bed.

I used Hobb’s Tuscany Polyester batting for the first time when making this quilt and OMG, I’m in love!!!! I’ve been so impressed with all the Hobb’s battings I’ve tried so far but honestly wasn’t sure I’d like the synthetic batting until I took it out of the wrapper. It’s the most luxurious poly batting I’ve ever handled and quilted like a dream! The high loft was just perfect for this quilt and gives it an eiderdown-look to the quilt—especially as a bed topper like in this photo.

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Maybe it’s the recent cold snap that made me want something extra warm and snuggly but I’m thrilled with my choice of batting on this project. The wonderful bonus of Hobb’s Tuscany Polyester batting is that one, it doesn’t shrink and two, it can be quilted up to 4” apart which was exactly perfect for the minimal machine quilting I used when following the diagonal lines of the half-square triangles. Easy peasy and oh, so snuggly!

More and more shops will be adding these bundle/boxes to their listings but at the time of writing this blog post I’ve found the following fabric shops carrying the Sharon Holland Designer’s Palette bundles:

Dinkydoo Fabrics

Threaded Lines

Fat Quarter Shop

Red Thread Studio

Needle and Foot

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Download the free Feathered Nest quilt pattern HERE.

If you’re a shop that carries my bundles and would like to use this quilt pattern for a shop sample, please direct your customers to this blog to download a copy of the pattern for use with their Sharon Holland Designer’s Palette fabrics. Additionally, if you’re a shop that carries my bundles and you didn’t see your shop listed above please contact me so I can add you to the Fabrics page on my site.

Happy sewing,

Sharon

Wild Honey Quilt

Wild Honey Quilt

Wild Honey quilt by Sharon Holland

Wild Honey quilt by Sharon Holland

My good friend and sister Art Gallery Fabrics fabric designer, Maureen Cracknell has a new fabric line called Autumn Vibes. Both Maureen and I had collections this spring but my Signature line came out in May at the beginning of the season and Maureen’s Autumn Vibes started shipping in August for the last part of the spring fabric lineup.

Autumn Vibes fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

Autumn Vibes fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

As you know, with each Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) collection, AGF produces a virtual Look Book of sewing inspiration and life-style images of their gorgeous collections in use. I wanted to sew with Maureen’s prints and what better excuse to sew than to make something pretty for her upcoming Look Book.

You know I do like making quilts so I wrote up a beginner-friendly throw quilt pattern to share with you. The hardest part about making this quilt in narrowing the fabric selection down to just eight of Maureen’s pretty prints and one AGF Pure Elements solid! The prints pictured above are the prints I selected from the Autumn Vibes collection and the free PDF pattern has all the information on the print names and stock numbers.

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This is a terrific beginner quilt project because you just cut the pieces and jump right into sewing the blocks. No units to have to make before assembling. The nine blocks and nine fabrics make mixing and matching easy so every block is unique but the entire quilt looks cohesive.

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I chose to stitch an allover freeform leaf design when quilting my throw quilt. I selected a medium-tone cinnamon colored thread to stand out but not dominate over the blocks of pretty fabrics. For batting I used my favorite Hobb’s Tuscany Silk batting and find it the perfect weight for all my quilts and has great stitch definition, too.

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Wouldn’t this also make a great table topper for fall gatherings? I had a lot of fun finding different ways to photograph this quilt—the colors are scrumptious!

Get ready for fall and download this free pattern today from my Free Patterns page.

Reinvent and Recharge

New Quilt Pattern!

Hopewell by Sharon Holland

Hopewell by Sharon Holland

Hooray, there's a new pattern for purchase! Meet Hopewell. You may remember seeing this quilt hanging on the wall in my Art Gallery Fabrics Bountiful booth for Spring Quilt Market. See my Shop Patterns page. Right now this pattern is only available through my Craftsy patterns (see link to Craftsy on Shop Patterns page.)

Bountiful booth Spring Quilt Market 2017

Bountiful booth Spring Quilt Market 2017

I wanted a statement quilt for my booth and I love how this one came together. I don't normally do medallion type quilts but because I wanted something that looked more like an Indian blanket or woven rug design, a medallion was just the thing. Once I started thinking about Indian blankets it made me think of the time my kids and I visited Fort Ancient in Ohio. The earth mounds stuck in my mind and although this quilt design is completely original and uses no Indian culture motifs (that I'm aware of) it has a definite Southwest or Native vibe to it. The central medallion, the colors, and prints I used are really representational of topography and the mounds than any actual references (other than the name for the quilt). 

Mounds at Fort Ancient County Park in Oregonia, Ohio. Photo by Sharon Holland

Mounds at Fort Ancient County Park in Oregonia, Ohio. Photo by Sharon Holland

I know, it's a stretch but I love how I took some basic quilt blocks, moved and flipped them around to come up with this design. My Bountiful fabrics and AGF Smooth Denim made the perfect rustic combination of colors and prints that pulled everything together. See shops that carry my fabrics on my Shop Fabrics page

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Recently, I've done a bit of what I call "bandaid decorating" to my family room. The reason I call it that is because instead of address the hard stuff like repainting the walls, replacing the nasty carpeting, and getting a new sofa and chairs I've instead made some simple quick fixes to spruce up the place and buy myself some more time before I can't stand it any longer. 

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Most of my furniture I've had for years (and it probably shows :). Not many are new and most I picked up thrifting. I just don't have the time to change my decor and since the items I have are for the most part really neutral, I just don't get tired of them either. But, this room was looking a bit sad and needed a little pick-me-up. So, for just a smidge over $400 I got the pouf (upper right corner), the coffee table, and the rug from Target. No affiliates here, it's just really nice stuff, shipped for free to the house and I'm so happy with all of it. The new throw pillows ($15 each) are from HomeGoods. Again, no affiliate just love them, especially the pops of teal that bring out my pottery collection of vintage aqua to teal pieces. I'm kinda mad about the rusty orange and teal combo! That's why when I was working on getting this new quilt pattern prepared as a PDF I could have hit my hand on my forehead with a Dah! moment--the colors were perfect for this room!

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I'm really enjoying my space now and with the chilly evenings it's fun to snuggle under my quilt--now, if there was just something good to watch on TV, I'd be all set. Maybe time to find a good book to read instead!

Speaking of good reads, have you seen the first edition of Curated Quilts

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I was so honored to be asked to write an article for this amazing publication. The entire issue is ad-free and printed with incredible quality. It's more like getting a book than a magazine and definitely one you'll want to reference time and time again. Go explore their website and maybe you'll want to take part in the various quilt challenges!

My article is for the Creative Reset and is a regular feature they will have with issue. 

Photo courtesy of Curated Quilts

Photo courtesy of Curated Quilts

It was an absolute blast writing this article and coming up with a quick project you can try for a creative reset. I especially loved taking the photos for the step outs and think the Curated Quilts team did a tremendous job putting it all together for the article. 

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Fall is my most favorite time of year and I always get a burst of energy as well. Does that happen for you too? These quilt projects are just a drop in the bucket for what I can show you right now. There will be plenty more in the next few weeks so stop back and visit me soon! Till then, I hope you can find ways to reinvent and recharge your world too.