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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Look At Pins & Needles

My dear friend, Debbie, works with me on all kinds of stuff, and very often I tap into her piecing talents.  Debbie has been making Pins & Needles, the freebie pattern I designed to go along with both the Pin Money and Prairie Wovens, Dobbies & Chambray collections.  (You can find and download the free pattern from the Marcus Fabrics website.)

Debbie brought the blocks over to the house so we could arrange them on the design wall, and I took a pictures of some of the blocks and thought I'd share them with you.

As you can see, I love pairing the wovens with the cottons, and I think it looks wonderful!  The black woven really makes a striking frame for the lighter colors of the dusty pinks and purples.

There are eight colors in both collections: red, blue, green, black, brown, gold, pink & purple.  I love playing with the color and fabric combinations, and one of my favorites is red, white & blue.  The plaid just really adds an interesting pattern and texture.

I adore the color black.  There was a time I didn't think it belonged anywhere, but black just really makes other colors pop.  Now, I have a lot of black in my home...in furniture, tchotkes, picture frames, and oh yes....quilts.  Lovin' the fabric combo and the gold woven.  Do you like black fabric?

The dobby background fabric is absolutely luscious!!!  Wait until you feel how soft it is.  The simple difference between an ordinary woven and a dobby are the raised threads.  The soft stripe and intermittent threads give so much interest to the block, and make look so good with the brown and red plaid.  

The background plaid for this block is also a dobby.  It provides such a soft backdrop for the bolder blue and green prints in the block.  

Those are just a few of the 42 blocks in the Pins & Needles quilt, but I hope they give you a feel for how the two collections look together.  I will have another single pattern, called Abigail's Pins, using both collections, and I'm making several Journey Five projects from them as well.  Both collections will be in your local quilt shop in early June, and I've heard that many will be kitting projects, so check with your favorite quilt shop!

Time to get back to work.....thanks so much for taking a moment to visit with me!  



  1. Ahhh, I LOVE this quilt. How fun to see the blocks up close and get a feel for the fabrics working together.
    Yes, I love black and probably use it in my quilts too much.
    I've asked my LQS to get these fabrics in. We'll see how much influence I have. : )

  2. This is a beautiful quilt and I love the close up of the gorgeous blocks. Black is my favorite "non" color! LOL it goes everywhere in my house, quilts, wardrobe. There is ALWAYS a place for black!!

  3. Your friend has a great eye for color and fabric placement. It must be such a joy to see fabric you designed come alive in a quilt. I can just imagine the fun the two of you had arranging the blocks on your design wall.

  4. Pam, i LOVE your darling 'pins & needles' quilt pattern, thanks so much for the freebie!! thanks also for the close-up shots of the blocks.. such gorgeous fabrics, i love using blacks & plaids. i'm going to make a mini version of this quilt and i can't wait to get started :))) cheers...Marian

  5. I loved seeing all of your sample blocks. Inspires me to make a few to frame on the wall, if I can't manage to get a whole quilt done. Also, didn't realize that was how you spelled 'tchotkes'! LOL... I'll have to remember that!

  6. The pattern is gorgeous...love the blocks!

  7. Can you talk some time about how you cut the striped fabric used in triangles so, when pieced, they all go in the direction of YOUR choosing? Thank you.

  8. Oh wow, I love this quilt pattern! Your blocks are beautiful!! I went to the Fat Quarter Shop coming soon page and signed up to receive notice when the fabrics come in. I just love them, especially the wovens. I have never combined the two but I will just as soon as the fabric arrives!

  9. Your newest fabric line is right down my alley--as we oldsters say. Can't wait to see and feel all of it. Black is so important in prim or traditional quilting. I "introduced" black to the ladies who came to the fabric shop where I had a parttime job. My Bee pals have shown black in more of their quilts in the last few years.

  10. I absolutely love your new fabric line...and the free pattern. I especially like seeing some of the blocks up close. Keep doing what you are doing...we love it! Thanks for sharing your talents with us.