I can't beleive it was July the last time I wrote a blog post. At that time I was just starting a new job at Riley Blake Designs. I have been there 4 months now and it is going great. I am slowly getting use to traveling and figuring out this new world of mine. We adopted a new dog around the same time. His name is Max. He fits right in with our other dogs. We now have 3 dogs, I know we are crazy. We love them all very much and there is never a dull moment in our home. These are some of the reasons it has taken me so long to release this new pattern.
I created Kenzie over a year ago and had a totally different idea for it when I started. When I went to color it and I saw something totally different and went with it. Kenzie is named after my niece. She is a strong, smart,confident young lady. I love how she can be a girly girl while simultaneously doing pull-ups on the monkey bars. When I look at this pattern, I see all of those things. It has strong, sharp angles with beautiful, bold colors. This pattern is where you can really show off your skills with color.
It is not a technically hard quilt to make. It's made using half square triangles and the magic happens when you play with color and prints. There are three different sizes, baby, small lap and large lap. I made two samples one using Robert Kaufman's pallet pick by Modernly Morgan and the other sample uses Cherrywood Fabrics Medium and Dark Colorwheel bundles. I have two more in the works one that will have some prints in it and another Cherrywood bundle.
Let's chat about the first sample which happens to be the cover quilt. When I created this pattern I knew right away I wanted to use this bundle. I just love the colors and textures in this bundle. Robert Kaufman always does such a great job putting their curated fat quarter bundles together. The pattern gives you direction for using 24 fabrics, 16 fabrics, 12 fabrics, and 8 fabrics. This bundle uses 24 fabrics. The more fabrics you use the more variation you will get.
I was in Detroit Lakes for work earlier this fall and decided to go to the beach one of those days and take some photos. The sun was shinning so bright that day so getting good photos was hard but I got a few good ones. I feel like when I get a good photo its purely by luck cause I know nothing about photography. This might be one of my favorite photos.
I took this one in my back yard. It was another beautiful day. We have been really lucky here in MN with some great weather this fall and winter.
The second sample I made came to be after I had a conversation with Karla owner of Cherrywood Fabrics. She made a few suggestions and what came from it was nothing short of specatular. I love this quilt with the bright colors and great demension. The benefit of having this quilt made of half square triangles is you can really experiment with placement of the colors. I included instructions for making this version of Kenzie in the pattern. If you want to make this version you will need a fat quarter bundle of Medium Colorwheel and Dark Colorwheel from Cherrywood Fabrics.
Stay tuned for more samples of Kenzie. Kenzie is available for purchse on my website. I am very grateful for all of you and your support.