Hello, hello! And welcome to my newly emerging blog and website! Let’s see if I can do this post justice being my first “official” blog post and all. You might want to grab your coffee and a donut…I know I am!
Christmas came early for me in December when I opened my inbox one morning to see an email from “Nina.” Just Nina. At first, I was thinking it was likely spam like all the other random spammy emails that I get from a single name sender. So I opened it cautiously and was greeted by the following: “Hi, Sari! My upcoming Avantgarde fabrics collection makes a nice rainbow, so I thought of you!” Let me tell you…I’m pretty sure I lit up like the Christmas tree that was waiting to be set up in my living room!
And so goes my adventure with Katarina Roccella’s AvantGarde Fabrics Blog Tour!
Have you had a chance to see this fabric collection yet? I can’t begin to describe how beautiful and mesmerizing the colors and prints are! (Nina, you outdid yourself on this collection as far as my opinion goes!) Just as the email stated, the rainbow palette is perfection and SO me!
Then to find out my bestie, Nicole, was also joining the tour was just the glaze to my donut! We right then and there decided that this tour was the time to debut our diabolical duet, SARIELLA, by collaborating on an entire series using this gorgeous collection.
Nicole and I both gravitated toward the Bauhaus Dissection print and knew we needed to draw inspiration from it for our series. Isn’t this an awesome low-volume print?! I think I need a good chunk of this and an entire bolt of Steps Above Prism! Whole cloth quilt with sketchbook quilting?….Yes, please!!
After a LOT of sketching and texting and phone calls and FaceTime and emailing back and forth (and patient husbands), Nicole and I decided that a single pattern just wouldn’t cut it with this beautiful collection. And anything with versatility is always better, right?
With our Neo Quilt Series, we have aimed at giving you a collection of panels, or blocks, that will go together into a beautiful (and customizable) lap quilt, but could each also be used independently to create mini quilts and pillows. Think of it as a create-your-own-adventure pattern! And because we are mild overachievers and can’t contain all our ideas (and are usually hopped up on a sugary donut high), we also created an additional separate mini quilt pattern, too. (Check out #NeoSpherePattern.) If you’ve been following the Blog Tour so far, then you’ve likely seen Nicole’s gorgeous pillows and mini quilts she shared yesterday. Check them out if you haven’t! (www.lillyella.com) I’ve personally laid claim to one mini quilt, NeoSphere, because it’s simply my most favorite thing ever! In fact…I’ve already pointed out the spot on my wall where it will hang once I get my greedy little hands on it! And now let me reveal my part on the tour with our Neoteric Quilt! #NeoQuiltSeries
All the fabrics used in the #NeotericPattern are from AvantGarde with the only additional fabric being the Art Gallery Fabrics coordinating solids in the thin inner border. Once I had the panels pieced and connected, I loaded it on to my HandiQuilter and went to town with a mix of sketchbook quilting and ruler work. I used Quilter’s Dream Dream Cotton batting and a mix of many Superior Threads Fantastico, Magnifico, and King Tut threads.
The center block, NeoVol, is a large appliqué butterfly. #NeoVolPattern
It also creates a beautiful mini quilt that is quick to sew and allows you to showcase a fun print. It doesn’t stop there…it also makes a darling pillow and can be resized to create a variety of different designs.
NeoVol is available as a FREE download now!
The center panels on the quilt’s upper and lower sections are our NeoBurst Pattern. #NeoBurstPattern
Once joined with a panel that we kept referring to as “light rays,” these sections of the quilt came to life for me! Nicole recently shared a 30 second tutorial on How to Paper Piece with Directional Fabrics here. (Is my girl crush obvious yet?!) If this aspect of paper piecing is frustrating for you, then check out her quickie tute.
Remember, we wanted versatile functionality for our Neo Quilt Series patterns, so here is NeoBurst as a pillow thanks to Nicole! I just love how she used the Steps Above Prism fabric along the side too!
The left and right center panels are our NeoDart Pattern. #NeoDartPattern
I just love how this panel has a bit of a tribal vibe to it! They’re like little arrowheads piercing through this menagerie of modern color and texture. I definitely think this 18″ x 20″ block will make a great mini quilt for any one of the numerous quilt swaps out there. And it’s very simple paper piecing, which makes it even better!
Our NeoSphere Pattern is probably my most favorite mini quilt pattern at the moment! You must check out Nicole’s finished piece of the #NeoSpherePattern.
Here’s a fun idea we had for a lap quilt incorporating the NeoSphere Pattern into the panel configuration. Who wants to make this quilt?!
Nicole and I had such a fun time coming up with all sorts of ideas for this blog tour and finally settling on the patterns for the Neo Quilt Series. I really hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the photos and reading along with me. I also can’t wait to hear what you think of this pattern series! Be sure to leave a comment letting me know.
Patterns will be heading out to our testers shortly and will be available in March. Don’t forget your free NeoVol download for fun project right now!
Stay tuned to our personal Instagram feeds (@sariditty and @lillyellasworld), as well as our SARIELLA feed (@sariellastudios) for updates and giveaways, including the NeoVol mini Nicole made and a few bundles of Avantgarde fabric!
You can also check out all the other projects from the tour on @KatarinaRoccella or under the hashtag #avantgardefabricsblogtour.
LIVE IN COLOR!