Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Funny Thing Happened . . .

A funny thing happened when I was ordering my backing fabric for Hook.  I was looking at online stores searching for the best yardage price for Little Black Dress 2 by Basicgrey for Moda when I stumbled across this pattern that was issued along with the fabric.


I was mesmerized and immediately ordered the downloadable pattern.  Since I had just used up the majority of my Little Black Dress 2 fabric on Hook I looked around my sewing studio for some different fabric for my top.

 And I came up with this.   

This pattern provides directions for three sizes, throw, twin, and king.  I went with the twin size.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 131
It finished at 72" x 72"
The majority of the fabric is Happy by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It has approximately 396 pieces.

(Pattern tip - there is an error in the Cutting Directions of the Mesmerize pattern. If you read the pattern start to finish you'll catch it. It's more of a typographical mistake than an error.  Luckily I caught the mistake as I was making my inspiration block and before I had cut all the strips.)

Kathryn won my Quick Curve Ruler and pattern giveaway and chose the Urban 9 Patch for her pattern, great choice, that one is on my To Do List too.

Over 100 folks stopped by and left a comment to win this ruler.  Of the 100 comments a large percentage mentioned how they had yet to try curved piecing.  I think this ruler really gives you a great shot at successfully piecing curved blocks.  I think the patterns are very easy to follow, but if you're still not sure, Jenny has 3 great videos on her blog that will help you use her ruler.  The first video demonstrates how to cut the curves, the second video demonstrates how to piece the curves, and the final video demonstrates how to "square up" the blocks.  

And here's something else to consider, unless your sewing room is different than mine, there's no camera filming your every move, no judges peering over you shoulder, no reason no one but you ever has to know if your first or second attempt are less than perfect.  Be fearless,  there are so many fun patterns out there for curves, why should you miss out?

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  1. Mesmerize is a great pattern. Yours is unique and fresh and happy!

  2. I love how bright and happy your quilt looks. Great pattern.

  3. I absolutely love this quilt it is so happy and fresh great for summer you have a great eye for color.

  4. I just bought the Mesmerize pattern too - and I love, love, love the colourway you chose! I've got a bunch of Little Black Dress 2 for mine, but now I'm rethinking it. Maybe my Ocean Drift fabric from Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics.... Anyway, your quilt is stunning (or should I say - mesmerizing!)

  5. Thelma, your blog post was reposted on another website. I posted details on my blog or check Bitchy Stitchers blog.

    Love the quilt; it's been on my must do list as well

  6. Wow! Not only is it beautiful, but the piecing is perfect!!!! Basic Grey has a pattern update on their site for Mesmerize. It reminds me that any time I make a pattern I should check the designer's web site first just in case there may be a problem. Most designers have testers checking the patterns but mistakes slip through.

  7. Love the sentiment within the last paragraph! Congratulations on another great finish!

  8. your quilt is a stunner!!! wow!!!

  9. Love your choice of fabric for your new quilt. So well named Mesmerized. I am making a quilt for my son and the pattern is very similar to this quilt. (no pictures, it's not camera ready yet.) Anyway, will you put a border on yours? I love it just like that ... just saying.

  10. It's interesting how different fabrics will make a pattern look so different. I love your fabric choice!

  11. I love your quilt. So modern and Spring-like! Would you please let me know where you found the downloadable pattern? I've just been able to find paper patterns (I dislike paying postage, if I don't have to!) Thanks! k(dot)castanette(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. WOW! the original fabrics used in "Mesmerize"? I would have walked on by. it's a cool pattern but really does nothing for me. Now YOUR version?! Hot dog! I love it! What a difference fabric choices make.

  13. I just wanted to add my own $.02 -- this quilt is so amazingly happy and cheery! You do have such an eye for putting designs together.

  14. Oh I love this pattern - how did I miss this? And your version of it is so happy. What a beautiful quilt - perfect for spring!


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