Violet Craft

Violet Craft

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Watercolor Heart Block in Wild Carrot

Hello, friends!

Here is a little project I had a great time putting together for Janome. The full instructions can be found at HERE.

Violet Craft: Watercolor Heart Block Tutorial ~ Made with Wild Carrot print from Madrona Road Collection

I love to add a little bit of patchwork to our home every chance I get. This Spring I have been admiring some contemporary watercolor quilts, also referred to as color washing. My style frequently combines a little something classic with a little something modern and for this project I had the idea to use only one modern print and one solid to create a flowering heart pillow.

I had the perfect print in mind and my assistant agreed. Look for areas of loose or solid background when selecting a print to work with. Then select a solid closely matched to the background color. For my example I chose Wild Carrot from my Madrona Road collection matched with white background.

Violet Craft: Wild Carrot fabric from Madrona Road collection

Head over the the Janome blog and check out the rest of the tutorial

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Breeze Blosssoms Quilt Pattern, Kit and Workshop!

Happy New Year, friends!

This is the Breeze Blossom Quilt. I created this floaty little block based on the cherry blossom trees along Waterfront Park here in Portland, OR. The quilts were first introduced in my Spring Quilt Market booth to coordinate with the Breeze print in the Waterfront Park fabric collection. The pattern is now available!

The Breeze Blossoms Block utilizes quarter circle piecing inspired by the traditional Drunkard’s Path block. Although the shape is similar to the Drunkard’s Path and the curved piecing technique is the same, the Breeze Blossom Block is trimmed, pieced and combined in a unique way. Pattern includes a Breeze Blossom template pattern for transfer to template plastic. 

The cover quilts were made using my Waterfront Park fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics. Each quilt utilized one fat quarter pack of 16 different prints, one quilt in each colorway. Both quilts use solid white background fabric. Kits are also available in my shop

The Breeze Blossom blocks were also featured in my Cathedral Park quilt shown below. In this quilt I floated the blocks above an intricate applique of Portland's St. John Bridge.

photo by Mia Craft

The 1/4" fine line applique was hand cut with a craft knife from black fabric on fusible interfacing and secured with a zigzag stitch. I quilted wind like breeze lines floating throughout the entire top two thirds of the quilt with straight lines mimicking the bridge angles throughout the bridge applique and water waves below the bridge. 

The St. John's Bridge is a beautiful piece of inspiration. We took this photo to give you an idea of the true scale of the park and bridge. Look, I'm WAYYYYYYY down there. 

photo by Mia Craft

I will be teaching a workshop on the Breeze Blossom Quilt blocks at the inaugural Quilt! Knit! Stitch! show here in Portland on August 14. 

I'll post more information on the classes as the signup time nears. 


Friday, November 22, 2013

Waterfront Park, Print by Print

All of my collections are a story of sorts. Sometimes the story manifests itself in actual words and sometimes it just sort of floats along in my head as I design.

Waterfront Park starts on the esplanade in the Spring, in the rain of the cherry blossoms that carpet the park and sidewalks all through town. Breeze in Breeze and Iris.


Bridgetown features sketches inspired by the bridges of Portland, OR and the Portland sternwheeler. I took photos of all of the bridges and sketched based off of my photographs. Anyone who has ever photographed the Dragon Boat races finishing under the Hawthorne Bridge during Portland Rose Festival probably has almost the same photo I took.

Top row, left to right: St. John's Bridge, Portland sternwheeler, Broadway Bridge and Hawthorne Bridge
Bottom row, left to right: Burnside Bridge, Fremont Bridge, Ross Island Bridge and Steel Bridge

Bridgetown in Black, Charcoal, Navy, Starfruit and White:


Three prints are reminiscent of the angles and architecture in the bridge design, Half Square Triangles, Shattered and Domino Dots.

Half Square Triangles specifically look like the arch of the Fremont Bridge while gazing up (from the passenger seat, of course) while driving along it. Half Square Triangles in Jewel and Clementine:


Shattered in Berry, Clementine, Luna and Starfruit:

Domino Dots remind me of the rivet work in the beams and were originally inspired by watching people play dominoes in the park. Domino Dots in Black, Geranium, Jewel, Lagoon, Navy, Starfruit, White, Clementine:

Flight is inspired by the peregrine falcons that live on several of the Portland bridges and the swifts that migrate from Chapman school every year. Flight in Black, Charcoal, Clementine, Iris, Luna, Navy and White:

Union Station is a hexagon pattern of vintage tile work. Union Station in Navy and Peony:

Reflection is the glow of the moonlight on the river. The idea for the design of the print was to make your project sparkle like the moonlight or sunlight reflecting off of your project. Reflection in Black, Geranium, Peony, Starfruit and Luna:

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll along Waterfront Park with me!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mason Gets a Big Boy Bed: A Broken Herringbone Quilt

Well, when a baby sister is born, things change. 

Like, your aunt shows up...
 and reminds you that your quilt she originally made for your nursery is now for
And for snuggling. 
And for hiding under from your crying baby sister. 
And she makes you a new big boy bed quilt! 

I used the Fleet Week colorway from Waterfront Park and The Broken Herringbone quilt pattern

I added a couple of extra rows and 4" borders on all sides to fit his twin bed.  

I used the optional pieced back layout and straight line quilted in sets of three lines along each herringbone stripe. 

I loved that the boardwalk looked like the Broken Herringbone pattern :)

This is his "Auntie, I love it so much!" face. Bwahahaaa! Man I love that kid. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Waterfront Park Nursery for Taylor.

For my sweet niece Taylor's nursery I decided to mix up the colorways from Waterfront Park. I combined the purples from Rose Festival and corals from Fleet Week along with the charcoal prints and whites. I used the Patio pattern from Happy Zombie to make the baby quilt. It is bound in Shattered in Clementine. 

For her nursery I made her a crib sheet from the Breeze Blossoms fabric and a sweet pillow with a cherry blossom tree framed by 1/4" white strip and bordered with Reflection in Geranium.

 I think she likes it.