Saturday, March 12, 2011

January Pattern Review

 Wild Thing by Camille Roskelly of Thimble Blossoms

So here goes my first/second review.  This was supposed to be for January (yes it is now February March, but don't hold it against me...not this month anyway!), but I hit a couple of rough weeks in January and then we had February's review.

So here it is...finally.  January's Review!!! 

I decided to put together this pattern:

I've long been an admirer of Camille's Blog, since I stumbled upon her blog from another blog, and have been following her blog ever since.  
Her blog is beautiful, so definitely check it out!  

I know she likes this pattern a lot from this post and since reading that, I have wanted to put one of these together!  That is why I went ahead and chose this for my first of 12 reviews this year!

Criteria 1:
Organization of Instructions

The instructions were organized very neatly from steps 1 through the end.
Diagrams are in appropriate spots.
Pattern is compact, using only two 8 1/2" x 11" pages and a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" cover sheet, yet it is still thorough and easy to follow.

The traditional quilt pattern layout of this pattern leads to easy storage.  The entire pattern folds down to
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and is enclosed in the 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" sealed plastic bag,

Criteria 2:
Ease of Instructions

The instructions were very easy to follow.  
Steps are simple and to the point.  


Diagrams are drawn clearly and easy to find in regard to their instructions. 

Are Additional Manuals Necessary

This pattern can stand on its' own.
If you have never pieced a quilt before you may want to learn about binding, but the pattern does include basic binding instructions.

Criteria 3:
Level of Experience Required

Beginner, Intermediate or Expert

This is easily a beginner quilt.
There are no extravagant or overly complicated techniques.
There are no corners or seams that need to be perfectly lined up for this pattern to not only work but also look good.
The end design leaves room for error, meaning that you can have a mistake here and there which will be barely noticeable.

Criteria 4:
Amount Of Time

I would say I spent a total of 8 hours putting this together.
That includes, cutting and ironing of course.

I would tack on another 2 hours for the binding.

So, by the time it is completely finished it will be about a 10 hour project for me.
Please keep in mind that does not count the actual quilting which I am thinking I may just hand quilt!!! : )

Criteria 5:

Would I make it Again?

Yes.  I would use this pattern again, 
however now that I know how it works, there are a few speed piecing methods I would implement, just to make it go a little quicker. 

Would I recommend this to family, friends or other quilters?

The pattern was fairly quick, fun and easy.  

Criteria 6:
Final Thoughts and Personal Experience

I really loved the end result of this quilt.
I mean, it still needs to be quilted and then bound, but as far as the piecing goes, the total quilt and the end result was really fun!

I get a little smile whenever I look at this top!

I especially loved combining the Sanctuary print from Patty Young's line with the Fandango prints.  The look it gave was really great!

And now for the giveaway!!

This month I have two Bliss charm packs (Bonnie & Camille's latest, released, fabric line) ...
these are hard to come by, by the way!  

So the winner can make their own Wild Thing quilt, if they want. :) 

To enter:

1.  Leave a comment.  Any comment.  Maybe you would like to suggest other criteria?  Or have a question about this pattern?

2.  For a second chance to win, blog about this giveaway and then come back and leave a link to your blog. 

Winner will be randomly drawn on Friday, March 18th!


Vicki said...

ooh I'd love to win! Thanks for the great review, I've been eyeing this design for a while. :)

Little Creatable said...

I love this and I'm loving Bliss! I hope I win.

Pia said...

What a great pattern - I have put it on my "to-do-list". Hope to win!!!

Linda said...

This is a really cute quilt. I have been enjoying your reviews. I think you cover most everything I would want to know already. Thank you!

Lavender Lane said...

How sweet and simple!! this looks lovely!!

memeenh said...

I have this pattern too, although I haven't created a quilt with it yet. Really love all of her patterns and fabrics.

Lindsay said...

Beautiful quilt and I love the fabric!

Heather A said...

As a beginner quilter and one who finds myself sometimes almost paralyzed with fear when it comes to cutting into beautiful fabric, I am SO lovin' these reviews you're doing! They tell me so much and give me a real, "I CAN do this" sense.

Thank you SO much!

Ellie-CraftSewCreate said...

I have always loved this quilt, but haven't tried it yet. I think I will! I also love Fandango fabric, it looks beautiful!!

Mikia said...

I've done this too and are hand quilting it now. It's really easy and fun to do. Also I wanna do another one soon.

Brenda said...

Beautiful. I love the white in it!

Jennifer Annik Miller said...

Just yesterday I was hanging out with my quilting friends and we were discussing the glut of poorly written quilt patterns. This is a valuable service you're providing. Thank you!

Solange said...

I've seen this pattern before and love it. Thank you for the review.
i also love Camille's Bliss fabric.

Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

Love the quilt.... You did good......I wish that was at my house!

Shannon Margaret
shannon . margaret . brott -at- gmail dot com

Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

Just blogged about your give away:


Shannon Margaret
shannon (dot) margaret (dot) brott AT gmail (dot) com

Lilac Barries said...

I actually have this pattern and haven't done anything with it yet. How much fun it would be to make it with bliss!

Ruth said...

Own this pattern and love it!

Marci Girl said...

Great review, I am "fairly new" quilter, so these reviews are really helpful! Thanks so much!

nicole said...

i love this pattern. i would love to try it and now have the guts...hope i win:)

robin said...

I love Bliss, and this is an awesome pattern. Thanks for the giveaway chance! :)

Donna Becker said...

I really like the pattern. Maybe I'll try it by making the background fabric the focus and quieting down the pinwheel fabric. What do you think?

eileensideways said...

great pattern, very modern, twisting/turning. thanks for the giveaway

Penny Ward said...

I really like the fabric! I would love to win this!

Penny Ward

katie said...

love the fabric!
thanks so much for letting talknt know about the giveaway!

craftytammie said...

what a fun quilt! i love it!

restitcherator said...

I love the close ups, and your comment that the seams don't all have to line up perfectly for the top to still look good. That's important to know! And the ric-rak is super.

LynninMN said...

I like what you chose for this is very fresh!!! You have a really fun website!

~Alicia said...

Very nice pattern. I like the movement in it.

Thanks for that chance to win!

RenegadeQuilter said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!! I have her book but really haven't gotten to look at it much. Now I want to make that quilt. Thaks for the great review I really like the way you did it.

RenegadeQuilter said...

I added your giveaway to my blog

Thanks again for the giveaway!!!!

c-ludwig said...

Thanks for the review. Love the Bliss line of fabrics from Moda.

Ashley G. said...

You mentioned you would piece it differently if you did it again for speed. Care to share how you'd make the process easier/faster? Thanks for the giveaway and I look forward to more pattern reviews!

dkruddell said...

What a great quilt. Thanks for the

Alisa said...

I think that you are spot on with your review. It looks to be fairly easy and quick to put together. I think I may give it a shot when I am in need of something on short notice. Thanks for the review!

sewnheidi said...

Great review, makes me want to start on one right now.
I just found your blog and love it!

Nugglemama said...

Looks like a project I cculd tackle as a beginner.

Lindsay Conner said...

I'll throw in an entry if I'm not too late!

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