Sunday, December 9, 2018

Simply Dashing by Highway 10 Designs

I am excited to introduce the newest quilt pattern from Highway 10 Designs - Simply Dashing.  Two fabrics in a unique layout make for a simple to make, but eye catching quilt.  The pattern comes with instructions for 5 sizes from a generously sized baby to king sizes.  We love this pattern so much that we have already made it in three totally different colorways that I will share.  It is available as a PDF download or in paper format in the Highway 10 Designs Etsy Store.


Kathy pieced our cover quilt in classic black and white.  It is so crisp and really brings out the geometric nature of the quilt.  Kathy took awhile to decide how she wanted to quilt it as she she loved the pieced top just as it was, and didn't want to detract from the graphic design.  In the end gently flowing vertical lines using an invisible thread was just the right finish.

The first quilt that I pieced to test drive the pattern was this pink and grey version in the baby size.

I quilted this version with a pantograph called Sweet Pea that compliments the motif in the pink fabric.  It was quilted using a grey So Fine thread that blended nicely into the background fabric so the quilting just added some texture but didn't distract from the design of the quilt.

And now my favorite version of Simply Dashing- our teal and navy one that I pieced and quilted.

And here you can see how great the design looks on a bed.

The Moda Grunge Dot fabric inspired me to quilt more circles all over the quilt.  I love how it turned out! 

I wasn't 100% sure my idea would translate to the quilt the way it looked in my head, but after taking a step back and looking at my first pass I was feeling much more confident.

I am a hand guided quilter, no computer to quilt perfect circles here, so I used circle templates to create the design.  I settled on 4 different sizes,  a 2", 3", 4" and 5".  My hands were tiring quite quickly trying to hold on to the slippery templates,  so I cut small pieces of shelf liner and slipped them under the templates and it really made a huge difference.  I didn't attach the shelf liner to the template, simply placing it underneath was sufficient.

I randomly grabbed the different size circles and stitched around them. I would double stitch around part of the template to travel to where the starting point for the next template needed to be.  The first little bit took quite a bit of thinking to achieve the look I was after, but after not too long I found my groove and the quilting progressed at a reasonable pace.

 I hope you enjoyed seeing Simply Dashing in its 3 versions.  I left out one part of the story - how this quilt got its name.  Head on over to visit Kathy's post at to read all about it!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Advent Mini Stocking Calendar Tutorial

When my oldest daughter went away to University three years ago, I handled it fairly well.  Even though I missed her at our house, I was excited for the chapter of her life she was embarking on.  When it came time to put out our family advent calendar with little pockets that I filled with treats for my two daughters, I was really bothered that she wouldn't be around to share in the fun.  I decided I needed to do something else for the following year so that both my girls could enjoy our advent tradition even though in different cities.  I decided to make two sets of mini stockings that would be used as their new advent calendars. I was so pleased with the end result that I decided to write up a tutorial and include the necessary templates that you can download here.

Last year the girls both received a box containing 25 stockings filled with treats and a note saying that if it was returned to mom, it would be filled again every year.  Along with twine and mini clothespins for hanging, there was another note saying that they could choose a more elaborate hanging set up of their choice and approach the parent with the appropriate skill set, depending on what they wanted.  Last year Kyla was in a small semi private dorm room so she kept her stocking in the box and retrieved her treat each day.  This year she is in her own apartment so she hung her set up with the twine and mini clothespins that were originally included.

Kendra is still at home and requested what both girls thought my be really neat - a tree shape fashioned out of birch logs.... that was Nolan's territory so I was off the hook!

If you are curious Nolan cut the birch into 12", 15", 18", 21" and 24" lengths and left approximately 7" in between the levels.

When coming up with a plan, I knew I wanted to create something that would be long lasting.   I designed the stockings to finish at about 7" in height.  For now they have room for extra treats like a hot chocolate pouch, mascara or lip gloss.  In the future they will have enough room for treats for their significant others and maybe even some future grand kids!

Above is just a peak at how they went together, I detail everything in the tutorial which you can always find on my Tutorials and Freebies page that you can see at the top of the blog.

.  The fabric I used was a Moda collection from a few years ago that I didn't have a plan for, but couldn't leave in the store called "JOL."  Making two sets at once was a bit of an undertaking, but well worth it  The back of my Innova longarm proves to be an invaluable workshop again and again!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Lug Nuts Raffle Quilt

My good friend (and prolific client) Reneta and I joined forces to make this version of the the Highway 10 Designs Lug Nuts pattern.  We are donating the quilt to the senior band at our local high school (that both of our babies belong to) for a fundraising raffle. 
Want a $2 ticket to win this beauty? - I can hook you up!

This quilt was truly a team effort.  Reneta provided the top fabric, and I the backing and batting.  I cut the strips, she sewed strips sets, I cut again, she made the  half hexagons, we laid it out together with the "help" of her cats and a glass of wine.  She finished the top, I quilted it.  I made and attached the bias binding, she hand stitched to the back.  

We added the two spare hexagons to the back for a little fun.  It was quilted with the Fascination pantograph and a shiny charcoal grey Maginifico thread.

Lug Nuts is fun and easy to make - this was Reneta's third!  Check out #1 here and #2 here.  The pattern is available in the Highway 10 Designs Etsy shop or contact your favorite quilt store.  Wholesale inquiries welcome to 

Again, I can hook you up with tickets - draw date is January 26th, 2019!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Roundabout by Highway 10 Designs

Today Highway 10 Designs is excited to launch our newest offering - Roundabout.  This pattern includes instructions for place mats and two table runners.  The really exciting part of this pattern is that the shapes of the items fit nicely on round and oval tables, not just ones with square corners!

Above you can see the three items.  They are strip pieced and go together really easily, so you could still get a set together before Christmas!  
Below you can see the colorway that I made for my daughter for her first apartment.

Another unique feature of this pattern is that the place mats and the simple runner can be adjusted to any length you require for your table with the instructions we have provided in the pattern.

The table that I used for these photos is quite a large one - the round one is 47" in diameter.  When the table is oval you can see how you could have lots of guests and more place mats would fit in at the ends.

The place mats in the following photos use the standard size we include in the pattern and you can see how they fit on 36", 42" or 45" round tables.  With the included instructions you can adjust the size of the place mats to perfectly fit your own round table, no matter what size it is!

The pattern is available as a PDF download or through the mail in paper format in our Highway 10 Designs Etsy Store.

I love this pattern so much that I couldn't help but start another set after I gave the ones I made to my daughter.  Here is a peak at the colors I chose.  We hope that you love Roundabout as much as we do! Head on over to and read Kathy's story of how Roundabout came to be.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Blueberry Flavored Detour Place Mats and Runner

Reneta made this fun runner and place mats our of some awesome blueberry fabric she picked up in Newfoundland in the summer.  The pattern she used is Detour by Highway 10 Designs

 I don't usually get to quilt small items like this, so these were a fun change of pace.  Reneta left the quilting design up to me but did mention that she like the look of the curls.  I like place mats to have enough quilting so that they come out of the wash and require the least care possible so I did a lot of stitching in the ditch around the elements of the design.


If you want to whip up a set of these for a great Christmas gift the pattern is available as a PDF download (or by mail) from our Etsy shop.