Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My 1st Printed Pattern

My "Oh Those X's" printed pattern is here!!!   The excitement level exceeded my expectations!  This is as exciting as the first time I sold a pattern! It's thrilling to think someone wants to make a quilt I designed!  It's very humbling. 

Anyway, let me tell you about the printed pattern....
The cover is a heavier weight but not quite a card stock.  It folds smoothly with the professionally made crease.  The 
instruction pages are a medium weight, satin paper.

I chose satin since it has less glare than glossy, but still has clear crisp text and diagrams.

I tried to think of the user, you, when it came to these choices.

If you like a printed pattern, you will love this pattern!

"Oh Those X's" PDF pattern and printed pattern are now available in my Etsy shop
If you prefer Craftsy, the PDF version is available there.  

Hope you like it!

 I would love to see your finished quilts.  
Tag me on Instagram @tillalili. 

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pattern Testing

Did you know that a quilt pattern is tested by several quilters before it's published?
The testers follow the pattern word for word to be sure all the instructions work, are clear, and all the measurements are correct. 

I went one step further.  Not only did I make a quilt while I was writing the pattern, I made a second quilt with the finished pattern.  By following the finished pattern myself, I am able to insure you are getting an easy-to-follow great pattern, without errors.

For the first quilt I used a Vintage Picnic Charm Pack by Bonnie and Camille for the blocks, white yardage for the background, and Vintage Picnic prints for the border and binding.

For the second quilt I used a Lulu Lane Charm Pack for the blocks, white yardage for the background and borders, and a print from Sundrops for the binding.  Both collections are by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts. 

As you can see, I added a printed border on my first version on the left.
When I saw the quilt (below) made by Lindsey, one of the testers, I loved the way her version looked with a white border.  I changed the pattern and gave directions for the white border.  It can still easily be a printed border if that's what you prefer. 

I give several different options for fabric in the pattern so you can use what you have, and what you like. 

tested quilt by Lindsey of Pen and Paper Patterns
Lindsey used scraps for her blocks and white yardage.

Several talented quilters tested the pattern.  It's always fun to get updates while the pattern is being tested. I'll be showing peeks at the progress photos so check my blog again soon! 

I'll also be posting tips and tricks for easy pattern construction.  You won't want to miss it! 

The collections mentioned in this blog post
are currently available in my Etsy shop.
Vintage Picnic 
Lulu Lane
and more!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Oh Those X's

It's official!  Today I became a published quilt pattern designer!

Oh Those X's is a fun baby size quilt for skilled beginners and above.  

Prior experience and knowledge of squaring HSTs is required. 

The quilt has 9 blocks and finishes at 40" x 40".

Best part, it only takes ONE print Charm Pack, and ONE white Charm Pack.
I also included options for using scraps and yardage. 

The pattern includes: 
-- 6 pages of fully illustrated instructions. 
-- Pressing directions to minimize bulk in seams. 
-- AND, a fun and innovative shortcut to making cornerstones. 
Once you've tried my shortcut, you won't want to cut another individual cornerstone!

Check out "Oh Those X's" on Craftsy.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Wistful Winds Blog Tour Stop

Welcome to my stop on the Wistful Winds Blog Tour!

The blog tour is almost at an end and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of it. I follow an incredibly talented group of Makers! Did you see the great things they made?!  Scroll down for the full list and links. 

The next, and final stop is the designer herself, Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs.  You don't want to miss her heart warming post.  Shari shares her story about the inspiration for her new collection. 

When I saw this fabric collection with all the bright "HAPPY" colors, I knew it would be a perfect match for the "Sunkissed Blossoms" quilt pattern I designed. I added borders to one of the quilt blocks to create this fun pillow. All the bright, vibrant colors are inspiring! I know you will be inspired by them too!

I usually don't bind my pillow covers but this multi colored stripe is the perfect finish to this pillow cover. Don't you agree? 

A simple crosshatch quilting really enhanced the pillow nicely. 
It's my fav type of straight line quilting!

Wistful Winds is so inspiring that I've already planned a mate to this pillow. The yellow is a beautiful shade and such a happy color that I want to make it the star of the pillow.  

If this collection has sparked your creativity like it has mine, it will be in stock in my Etsy shop starting 10/25/16.  Follow me on Instagram for more info. 

To see the full Wistful Winds collection visit Riley Blake Designs

I hope you enjoyed your stop here!  
If you like my Sunkissed Blossoms block, I'm happy to say the quilt pattern is currently in the testing stages and will be ready for purchase soon. (yay!)

Now hop on over to Shari's blog for the last stop on the tour and find out more about this fabulous fabric collection.  

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Monday, October 10, 2016

My Minestrone Soup

It's getting to be that time of year in New England. There's a crispness in the air, the leaves are turning colors, and the nights are getting chilly. 

It's the time of year when I start making home made soups and chili. I love to start with a recipe and make it my own, or make it even better in most cases. My version of Minestrone soup is like Minestrone and Vegetable soup in one. It's easy, fast, and yummy! 

I get so many requests for this recipe that I thought I would share it here. Hope you like it! 

Tip:  Emeril's Organic soup stock is the best I've ever used. It's worth the extra $1 to have a better tasting soup.  Since trying it I won't use anything else.  

Your grocery list:

  • 1 lb of chicken sausage. Cut the casings open and remove sausage. Discard casings. Break up sausage into small pieces. 
  • 1 small sweet onion (Vidalia) - chopped fine
  • 32 oz box Emeril's Organic Beef Stock (you won't be sorry)
  • 1 cup Red Cooking Wine (any brand) 
  • 1 28 oz. can Crushed Tomatoes w/basil
  • 1 15 oz. can Kidney Beans - drain and rinse
  • 1 10 oz package Frozen Corn
  • 1 10 oz package Frozen Mixed Vegetables (or substitute frozen green beans)
  • 1 15 oz can Whole White Potatoes - drain, rinse, and cube
  • 2 small Fresh Zucchini - wash, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups Baby Shells Pasta #46 or your fav soup pasta

Substitute vegetable stock and leave out the sausage. 
Add an extra can of kidney beans or white beans. 

Spices you need:
  • 2 tsp. Dried Basil 
  • 2 tsp. Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

Note:  When is the last time you bought spices?  Most spices have a shelf life of a year or less.  If your spices have been in the cabinet since last Winter, (or longer), do yourself a favor and purchase a new Basil and a Parsley. 

  1. In a Dutch Oven or large pot on medium heat, lightly brown the sausage.
  2. Add chopped onion; cook 2 more minutes (do not brown onion).
  3. Add beef broth, tomatoes, wine, and all the spices. 
  4. Add the kidney beans, frozen corn, frozen veggies, cubed potatoes. 
  5. Bring to a boil. 
  6. Reduce heat to simmer. Add zucchini. 
  7. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours, or until zucchini is translucent and cooked. 

In a separate pot cook pasta al dente per the package directions. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

Add the pasta to the soup just before serving. 

Spoon individual servings into containers and freeze for home made soup any time.

Bon Apetite!

Let me know how you like it. 

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