Monday, September 27, 2010


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ser·en·dip·i·ty (srn-dp-t)

n. pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties

1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.

3. An instance of making such a discovery.

When auditioning names for this quilt and pattern, I fielded suggestions from Steve and Chaney.  Stretchagons was the runner up but in the end I couldn't allow myself to forget how this quilt came to be.

The short of it is that I was having a bad day and fabric, a rotary cutter, and some thread gave me a way to express my feelings.  It's funny how such a cheery quilt could come from such negative emotions isn't it?

With little thought I pulled the fabrics together and with even less thought I started cutting the different fabrics.  I began piecing the blocks and from there the design grew.  The blocks, the colors, the shapes, they all came together from a random non-plan.

Some quilters call that improv; I call it serendipity.   

Now, I did give more than a thought to the quilting and went with straight line quilting outlining the rows of "stretchagons" and tiny triangles.

 I backed it with a vintage sheet that went perfectly with the colors.  This quilt is so soft and I found it refreshing not to stipple the heck out of it and instead let the colors and the pattern speak for themselves {I think they did quite nicely!}.

I bound it with my favorite Hope Valley print that also shows up in the quilt itself.  And BTW, I found those binding clips and I can honestly say that this is the best binding I have ever done; not too tight but not too full either.  Take that, Sewing Circle Ladies! LOL

I received such an encouraging response when I posted my progress of this quilt that I decided to jump in and do what I've been wanting to do for some time now... write my first real pattern.  I think it's pretty obvious that I love to quilt and almost equally, I love to write.  Math, measurements, calculations, and precision are very rewarding for me so with all these things combined I really enjoyed writing this pattern.  I hope other quilters will enjoy making this quilt too!

I have added a pattern shop here on my blog and the pattern is available for instant download.  I'll also be listing it in my Etsy shop but it will be slightly more expensive there because Etsy takes their lovely cut.  You will also be able to find this finished quilt in my Etsy shop.

If you do happen to purchase this pattern you have me at your disposal to answer questions and walk you through the process if you are new to quilting.  Serendipity is perfect for the motivated beginner all the way to the experienced quilter.  You can start and finish this quilt in a weekend and the size is certainly not overwhelming for a new quilter.  And don't let the little triangles scare you... there's a cool little trick to them plus a bonus!

The basics:
  • It measures approximately 48" x 54"
  • It takes 10 Fat Quarters for variety {you could easily make this quilt with scraps}
  • You need 1.5 yards of a solid or neutral fabric
Thanks again for all the encouragement!  This has been a fun process to share with all my blogging friends.


Kate said...

Your quilt looks fantastic all quilted up! I just got my copy, and it looks great. Really clear instructions with heaps of photos. Well done Jennifer!

Elizabeth D. said...

Love it! And those Sewing Circle ladies? Hope they learned their lesson...but somehow I doubt they read crafty, modern blogs online. I just love the way you quilted this, too, I'm thinking of trying quilting straight lines with my next quilt, too! Can't wait to read your new pattern!

AnneMarie said...

Congratulations!! Beautiful quilt and what an exciting new endeavor! Best of luck,

AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

Shelley said...

Congratulations on your first pattern! It's a lovely quilt :)

wishes, true and kind said...

Wonderful pattern! And it made such a lovely quilt! You're a quilting rock star!

Madame Samm said...

The final product Jennifer is delightful... Filled with you all over it...the stitching the colour, you can feel the warmth ..
blessings msamm

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Hi! Stopping by from Quilt story! Love this and the story behind it. I have yet to attempt a quilt let a lone my own pattern. It's really beautiful! I'm now a follower!

Jodi said...

Thanks, Jennifer! I just printed my copy, alas, not in color, though. I love your color combos, so hopefully I can refer to your web site in the future when I'm ready to make it for reference!
And congrats on your pattern!

Kristie said...

This is so pretty. Fantastic design, and my favorite colors :-)

Kera said...

I love these colors together. I also love the Quilt Name. I am terrible with naming things, especially quilts. I still haven't come up with a name for my sewing machine!

John'aLee said...

Darling quilt. Good luck in your new pattern business. There is a site called "Professional Quilter' that has amazing resources out there for any of you wanting to break into the publishing business, longarm business or anything to do with quilting. You can download a pamphlet on successful pattern publishing if you are interested.

live a colorful life said...

Getting my pattern right after I post this comment. I just got fat quarters of the new AMH line and this pattern will be perfect!

Brooke said...

This is such a beautiful quilt and I love that it came to be after/during a negative day. Congrats on starting your own pattern business!

Amy said...

Super cute quilt! Wishing you well with your new pattern.

Marit said...

Congratulations, Jennifer!

Amelia said...

I love the quilt Jennifer and the colours are gorgeous too. I just got my copy and I'm really looking forward to making it :)

AllieKatMom said...

Its beautiful!

annette said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the backing you choose.

Thimbleanna said...

Congratulations Jennifer -- it's beautiful!

Quiltstory said...

Okay did you know that blue and green are my favorite colors for pretty much anything? And did you know that yellow is working it's way up there too?! Cuz it's true, love this. Thanks for linking up last week, hope you'll join us tomorrow!

...Also we'll be featuring this quilt as one of our favorites from this last week!

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