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This Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern is the brightest most colorful quilt I’ve made and that is what made it so fun make and to photograph!

Ombre gems started out as a scrappy version of itself but it felt too busy.   I had just gotten a jelly roll of Vanessa Christensen’s Ombre fabrics and thought it might look really cool in this new design.   The Ombre tones really surprised me as it went together and gave it so much dimension!   It was one of those quilts that just makes you giddy as it goes together and a case of the end result turning out better than you envisioned ;)

I’m so visual so I have a hard time imagining what something will look like until it’s actually made.

This quilt pattern was first featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting.   You can pick up your copy in their past issue or in my pattern shop.
Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems is not a difficult one to put together but it does have a lot of seams.   It’s a generous throw size and absolutely could be made smaller or even larger.   I’ve added an alternate layout for those of you who would prefer to make less blocks.   (It’s down below)

I used 2 jelly rolls for my version but cutting WOF strips also works and can produce more accurate results.    Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern I quilted my Ombre Gems quilt with diagonal straight lines using my walking foot.   Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern I backed this bright and colorful Ombre quilt with a toned down Carolyn Friedlander print.   I really like the simple black and white backing with such a colorful quilt.  Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern I arranged my blocks in an Ombre effect but rearranging randomly would also look great.   Or keeping similar colors in a line.   I also think this would look great in solids or scrappy same color blocks.   Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern I finished off my Ombre Gems Quilt with a grey ombre binding.   If you have some ombre fabrics sitting around, make up this bright and colorful quilt and wrap yourself in happy :)  Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern

You can find the Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern in my shop.
Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern

Fabrics Used:
Ombre Fabrics by VandCo for Moda Fabrics
Kona White by Robert Kaufman
Backing:   Carolyn Friedlander by Robert Kaufman:  Mismatch Stripe
Batting:   Warm and Plush   (But I don’t recommend it!   Use Warm and White or Warm and Natural)



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Cross Tile Quilt is a brand new quilt pattern for you all!

I’m excited to share this one with you.  It is yet another plus quilt but I think it’s a fun spin on the trendy plus.   I’m not sure that I will ever tire of the plus to be honest!

This quilt pattern is Fat quarter friendly or even Fat Eighth if you just grab a few more than the pattern calls for.   It goes together with simple piecing and includes instructions for a Baby, Throw and Queen size.

This Creative Rockstar version is a Throw size.

Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern For my version, I used Tara of Rad and Happy’s debut fabric line with Riley Blake Designs.   It’s called Creative Rockstar.   This ended up being a soft low volume quilt that I think will be perfect for a little boy.  Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern I went with 3/4in straight(ish) line quilting using my walking foot.  Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern Cross Tile Quilt Pattern I finished off this Cross Tile quilt with black and white striped binding. Cross Tile Quilt Pattern
You can get your Cross Tile pattern in my pattern shop. 

Cross Tile Quilt Pattern
Fabrics Used:

Grey:   Kona by Robert Kaufman in Silver
Creative Rockstar by Riley Blake Designs
Binding:   Black and white stripe by Timeless Treasures
Batting:  Warm and White

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  • Shauna - I love this, the pattern looks like so much fun, and done in the low volume fabrics just makes it perfect.ReplyCancel

Today I’m sharing yet another Plus Squared quilt.   This is the third one I’ve made and each one has been a favorite.   This Plus Squared quilt uses Handmade fabrics by Bonnie and Camille.   I used the new treat size moda precuts for this one.

You can find the Plus Squared quilt pattern in my shop.

quiltylove_emilydennis-8733 I thought the snow was looking kind of pretty on the trees today so I ventured outside for a few photos.   Plus I just got a new lens the other day that I kind of wanted to try out.   quiltylove_emilydennis-8769 I decided to go for free motion quilting on this plus quilt!   I’m not a very confident free motion quilter but know the only way to get better is to do more of it.   My stitches are quite uneven and there are more jagged edges then there should be but when you stand back and look at it overall it’s not bad.   That goes for all quilting!   If you are getting discouraged, look at it from a distance and it’s never as bad as you think.  quiltylove_emilydennis-8778 quiltylove_emilydennis-8747 quiltylove_emilydennis-8773 quiltylove_emilydennis-8754 quiltylove_emilydennis-8755 quiltylove_emilydennis-8764 quiltylove_emilydennis-8776 I do love a subtle backing!   I chose this polka dot print from the Handmade line and absolutely love how it looks.   I want a bolt of this stuff now!   I finished it off with a bias striped binding.  Really into the black and white striped bindings again :)  quiltylove_emilydennis-8777 quiltylove_emilydennis-8779 quiltylove_emilydennis-8762 quiltylove_emilydennis-8742 quiltylove_emilydennis-8737

This a throw size and uses 4 treat precuts.   Pattern is in my shop as a PDF download or a hard copy.

Handmade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
Grey:   Kona in Silver by Robert Kaufman
White:   Kona in White by Robert Kaufman
Batting:   Warm and White


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  • Sophie - I love it Emily ! I think the silver background and white borders add a lot of depth to it ! And yes to embracing quilts imperfections! I really started free motion recently and I love it too ! It is like drawing!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - Love the pattern! Always lovely to see your quilts in it. Might have to give it a try, too. And beautiful photos again :)ReplyCancel

I have yet another Cargo Duffle to share today.   This one brings my total Cargo Duffle makes up to 6!   Apparently I really like making these bags ;)   Or maybe it’s the only one I’m currently brave enough to make.

My retreat friends and I did a Christmas swap so I made this for my friend Brianne.  I knew she was a fan of Liberty fabrics so I thought it would make for a beautiful bag!

You can find this free pattern by Anna of Noodlehead on the Robert Kaufman website.
Anna makes the most beautiful things!   Be sure to check out her website:  Noodlehead

quiltylove_emilydennis-8146 I customized this bag a bit to add some additional fun features ;)   If you are going to tackle this one, I recommend following the pattern exactly the first time and then making your changes once you understand how the bag is constructed.

First off, I made this one a little wider.   I’ve found I really like it about 8 inches wide.   This change is easy to do by just changing the width of the gusset pieces.  The front and back panels stay the same.

I added side pockets which I’m pretty sure I hack in.   I don’t know the proper way to add these pockets to bags but I’ve figured out a way that works.  I’m sorry to say I’ve yet to take photos of this step so I’m sorry I can’t share the how to with you all.

I sew in a lining.   I have a video tutorial to do that in this cargo duffle blog post.

I use soft and stable instead of batting.  I usually buy it from amazon.  It offers a lot more support and keeps the bag a little more sturdy.

quiltylove_emilydennis-8150 quiltylove_emilydennis-8152 quiltylove_emilydennis-8153 quiltylove_emilydennis-8156 quiltylove_emilydennis-8160 I like to add a pocket zipper to the back of my bags for a little extra storage.  I quick google search will pull up tutorials on this. quiltylove_emilydennis-8162 quiltylove_emilydennis-8164 quiltylove_emilydennis-8159 quiltylove_emilydennis-8165 quiltylove_emilydennis-8169 quiltylove_emilydennis-8171 quiltylove_emilydennis-8144

Supplies Used:

Liberty Fabric
Bottom:   Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman in Flax
Soft and Stable
Coverall Metal Zipper
Black Size 24 snaps


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  • Kay - This is absolutely stunning. I love Liberty fabrics and this is one of my all time favourite fabric designs and colours. Your friend is one lucky lady. xReplyCancel

  • Claudia - Your Cargo Bag is so perfect and very pretty! A lovely make! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel