Coming Up Roses: Penny in the City

Penny in the City by Kate Brennan

We were thrilled when the amazing team at Penny Rose Fabrics asked if we’d like to join in on Jill Finley‘s Coming Up Roses blog tour. You see, we love Jill. ❤ Not just because she is one of our treasured Aurifil Designers, but because she is an incredibly talented fabric designer, quilter, maker, and generally an all around lovely person. Also, Coming Up Roses, her latest line with Penny Rose, is absolutely stunning. Just look at these feature prints!!

While we don’t have a new thread collection to coordinate with Coming Up Roses, we were happy to see that some of the colors from her Meadow Sweets collection work incredibly well! Take a peek at those colors right here.

To feature Jill’s fabrics, we turned to Aurifil’s own Kate Brennan, based in our Chicago office. Kate is a talented quilter with a keen eye for color and pairing patterns. She focused on Jill’s blue colorway, opting for the Roses Main, Roses Vine, Roses Hexi, and Roses Buds prints and added in a few Riley Blake coordinates with Swiss Dot Tone on Tone White & Confetti Cottons Color Riley Royal Blue. Kate says that she loves working with Riley Blake fabrics and is particularly taken with this collection. It has a lot of flexibility, a good range of scale and color in patterns, featured saturated solids, and is super high quality.

She grabbed a spool of Aurifil 6735 (Plumtastic) in 50wt for piecing and quilting and added in a spool of 2783 (Medium Delft Blue) in 40wt for additional quilting.

While Kate did not use a pattern to make Penny in the City she did use a Mariner’s Compass Ruler from Robin Ruth Design. The ruler allowed her to achieve a stunning Mariner’s compass block by strip-piecing.

We are in LOVE with Kate’s finished wall hanging and had so much fun checking out her photos of the piece around the city of Chicago. 😉 (with a bit of added help from her daughters!)

Coming Up Roses will be available in stores soon!  Make sure to check out the fabulous free Simple Circles Quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton, shared last week and keep an eye on the blogs below for more great projects and patterns to come!
July 6:  Andy Knowlton / A Bright Corner
July 13:  Aurifil / Auribuzz
July 20:  Amy Chappell / Ameroonie Designs
July 27:  Carrie Burnett / Beri Bee Designs
Aug 3:  Kari Steiger / That’s-Sew-Kari
Aug 10:  Kimberly Einmo / Kimbery Einmo Designs

Coming Up Roses Fabric by Jill Finley for Riley Blake Designs
Meadow Sweets by Jill Finley for Aurifil in Large & Small
All about Jill Finley & Jillily Studios
Robin Ruth Design, Mariner’s Compass Rulers

Top Ten Tuesday {Quilt Patterns}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  Last week was a great variety of quilt blocks and this week is full quilt patterns!  We all have those times when we need the math already figured out.  We just want to know what to go out and purchase ( like we really need an excuse to visit our local quilt shop) or look though our stash to create the perfect quilt!  This collection of quilt patterns has something for everyone to create and enjoy!

Top Ten Tuesday quilt patterns

1. Blue Breeze Classic Lap Quilt featured on McCall’s Quilting


2. Arrows Aweigh featured on Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Arrows Aweigh 3

3. Sentimentalities by Bonnie Christine


4. Sprinkled Sweets by Wendy Sheppard for Benartex


5. Amsterdam Quilt by Holly DeGroot for Cloud 9 Fabrics

Amsterdam Quilt-100

6. Diamond Jewel Star Quilt by Felice Regina from Sew Scatterbrained


7.  Sweet Stuff by Penny Rose Fabrics for Riley Blake


8. Hearthside Seasons Mini Quilt by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass & Co.

Hearthside Seasons Mini Winter quilt on wall

9. Super Scrappy Single Irish Chain by Melissa Cory from Happy Quilting


10. Pinwheel Baby Quilt by Jodi Nelson for Moda Bake Shop


Looking forward to seeing you back next Tuesday for more free tutorials!  If you are looking for more inspiration please join the Aurifil Pinterest boards! And please join the Aurifil Facebook page to find out more about our product, see amazing projects for quilters, and find out the news from around the world of quilting!