Did you know that Robert Kaufman has been making Kona Cotton Solids for 30 years?! Readers of my blog obviously know how much I love Kona, and I was excited to make a quilt for the Look Book Robert Kaufman put together to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Because I get so many questions about my machine, I thought I would use Sew, Mama, Sew's sewing machine review meme from a few years ago to post a little more information about it. This review is unsolicited by anyone. I just really like this machine, get a lot of questions about it, and feel like sharing.
I use a Janome 1600p for piecing and quilting but, since it's a straight stitch machine, I can't use it for things like machine applique, zigzag stitching, buttonholes, and other non-quilting projects. That means that I need to keep a secondary/backup machine on hand.
A couple of months ago, Janome sent me a sample of their newest model, the Skyline, which I've been using as a backup machine. As part of this arrangement, Janome has asked me to write a review of the Skyline, which appears below.
I've been working hard on several projects that I can't show you yet, which means that I haven't had anything very exciting to put up on my blog. But, since it's October now, I thought I would link to a couple of past projects and tutorials that are perfect for Halloween sewing.
My Patchwork City Kona Solids precuts are shipping to stores this month! If you haven't already seen them, you can check out the colors of the Summer, Autumn, and Winter bundles on Robert Kaufman's site. I selected these bundles in connection with my new book (more on that later in the year) but, because they have the same number of pieces, they're also perfect for the Aviatrix Medallion!
One Patchwork City fat quarter bundle can be used to make the quilt.
One Patchwork City charm pack can be used to make a 24" block.
The rest of this post shows approximately what the quilts and blocks would look like.
Thank you so much to everyone who entered my giveaways last week! I truly appreciate all of your kind words about my work.
Kathy K. is the winner of the Preppy the Whale pattern and 3 Kona Charm Packs.
Taryn is the winner of the Solar Eclipse pattern and a Kona Roll-Up.
April Sodoski is the winner of the Hazel Hedgehog pattern and a Kona Charm Pack and roll of Skinny Strips.
Mary on Lake Pulaski is the winner of the Pointy pattern a Kona Charm Pack and roll of Skinny Strips.
Congratulations to the winners!
The four new patterns are now available in my shop. Through Friday, August 8, take 25% off your entire order of two or more patterns by entering the discount code 4ONTHEFOURTH at checkout.
In the giveaway comments, many of you asked where you can buy my Kona precuts. I'm working on a post about that which, along with the free Pixel Hearts pattern will go up on Wednesday. In the meantime, I can tell you that my Designer Palette (used in Aviatrix Medallion and Pointy) is currently available and I recommend looking in the shops that also stock my paper patterns. The three Patchwork City palettes will be available this Fall.
Thank you, all! I look forward to sharing the Pixel Heart pattern on Wednesday.