Urban Oasis in QUILTER’S WORLD (Spring 2014)


Hello Friends – this is a terribly overdue post.  Due to various reasons, I wasn’t able to take pictures of my Urban Oasis quilt till a few days ago.  Urban Oasis was featured in Quilter’s World Spring 2014 issue.


[image source: Quilter’s World]

Urban Oasis is one of my gray quilts, as you can see. :)


The design concept is based on making a quilt with a minimal number of pieced blocks, sort of like the orphan block treatment, with the finished size being enlarged by adding strips and borders.  So, if you have a few pieced blocks that you have made before, but don’t have enough to complete a full quilt, try adding strips here and there to add to the finished size  for a quick way to finish up a good sized quilt top.

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Here you see the template-pieced blocks.



And here you see the strips.


Urban Oasis uses fabrics from Benartex’s Urban Oasis fabric collection.  Click here to view the entire fabric range.


You might recall I had designed for Benartex a free to use pattern, Silver Lining, using the same fabric range.  Click here for information on downloading the free pattern instructions.

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Back to Urban Oasis the quilt… quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread in lime green over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  The lime green, I hope you can see it, gives a nice contrast to the gray in the quilt.


The quilting motif is my allover Jester’s Hat motif that I talked about in my online “Learn to Machine Quilt” class.



I hope you have like my “chic” Urban Oasis quilt.  I am really interested to know if you have other ways of treating orphan blocks and making them into bigger quilts!


Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends!  I hope you have a lovely and a most blessed weekend!


Click here to view the exhaustive list of my featured designs and projects.

My 2014 lineup to date —

Editorial features:

Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom

Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall

McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching

Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up

The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail

The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View

Free to use designs:

January: Midori’s Place using Gramercy by Benartex

January: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures

February: Verde (Banner/Runner) by Quilting Treasures

March: Hot Topic by Quilting Treasures

March: Poseidon’s Adventure using Neptune’s Dream by Benartex

March: My Cozy Sweater using Palm Springs by Benartex

March: Wild Kingdom using Sew Rousseau by Benartex

April: Fun with Frosty (Quilt & Runner) by Quilting Treasures

April: The First Thanksgiving (Quilt & Runner & Placemat) by Quilting Treasures

May: Party Poppers using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Sprinkled Sweets using Paintbox/Shadows by Benartex

May: Dino Craze using 10,000 B.C. by Benartex

June: Monster Mash by Quilting Treasures

Overcast: Sneak Peek #1

The weather has been overcast/rainy where I am at.  I am calling my current quilt “Overcast”.  Here is a sneaky peek for you, and you will see how I have used the gray:


I template-pieced my Overcast blocks, and I am thrilled that the points came together satisfactorily.  These blocks can also be paper-pieced.  I wonder if you were making these blocks, would you template or paper piece them?  Do tell!

By the time you read this post, the actual quilt will just be ready to ship.  It’s been busy at my end the last couple of days.  But I can’t complain…

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Monday to you all!  My goal this week is to share another magazine featured quilt with you.  So stay tuned!

Fabric Preview: Just call me…

… Gandalf-ette the Gray for now!  I couldn’t help but laughing out loud when I opened a package from Benartex and saw the fabrics for my next quilt.  Those of you who have followed my blog in the last few weeks are rolling your eyes right about now…. “MORE GRAY” is what just flashed through your mind, ha!


Please believe me – I so didn’t plan this.  I wasn’t on a gray crusade or anything of that nature when I designed my recent quilts.  Anyhow, this new round of fabrics are from Benartex’s Urbana Oasis collection.  You may have already seen the free-to-use pattern I did (Silver Lining) for Benartex using the same collection.  If you haven’t, click here for more information on where to download the pattern.

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So far, we have had…

1.  Gray & Green,


2.  Gray & Red,


3.  Gray & Yellow,


… and now, Gray & Green & Aqua!  Stay tuned for sneak peeks!!

Which of these is your combination of choice?

Thanks for visiting and suffering through my “rolling your eyes/gray” post!  Love and hugs to you all.

FREE PATTERN: Silver Lining

Hello Friends!  Let’s start off the week with a newly released FREE PATTERN, shall we?   I am excited to share with you my Silver Lining pattern, designed with Benartex’s Urban Oasis fabric collection.  Click here to view the full fabric range.

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I like that the floral prints in Urban Oasis have a metropolitan and contemporary feel to them.  It was tremendous fun playing with the fabrics.   Click here to download the pattern instructions in pdf format.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will enjoy making the quilt.  I will chat with you again tomorrow!  Hugs to you all.

*** Check out my other 2013 free downloadable patterns:

January: Mediterranean Dream (Quilting Treasures)
February: Butterfly Kisses (Quilting Treasures)
March: Pumpkin Patch using Autumn Fauna (Benartex)
March: Floral Linda using Catalina (Benartex)
April: Forest Floor using Wildflower Wood (Lecien/Lynette Anderson)
April: Nature’s Harmony using Silent Harmony (RJR Fabrics)
June: Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle (Quilting Treasures)
June: Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet (Benartex)