Friends, I am so excited about my most recent collaboration with Missouri Star Quilt Company to create a very special set of projects called the Charm Keys Table Runner and Pillow. We took what we each do best: hand lettering and quilting, and combined them to make some really personal home decor.
In these projects, hand lettering takes center stage! For the sample table runner and pillows, I hand lettered three phrases about gratitude onto white cotton fabric using the MSQC Fabric Markers. Then, we added a patchwork pattern around that center panel. This can then be turned into a pillow, or you can combine all three into a runner.
The complete pattern for this project can be found in the latest issue of BLOCK magazine, along with traceable images for all three of my lettered phrases. This way, if you’re nervous to do the lettering yourself, you can simply place your fabric square on top of the page and trace mine instead! The magazine is available both physically and digitally, and there’s some bonus content in it that I think you’ll enjoy.
There’s a designer feature article that tells you more about my process and art, and even better, there’s a link to a YouTube video where Liz Gubernatis and I will walk you through creating these projects. You can see me teach Liz to letter, and watch as she teaches me how to quilt for the first time! There are also nine other projects/patterns featured in the issue. I’ve got a special discount code for you: save 15% on the magazine (and any other purchases) with the code AmyLatta15.
This pattern is really simple to follow, even for beginners. When I got home from my trip to Missouri to film the video, I put my brand new skills to work and was able to create two variations on the pillow all by myself! I followed the same pattern, but changed the lettered phrase and used different fabrics. First, I made a pillow that shows how much we love our furry friends.
Then, I created a special Christmas pillow for my dad, who loves moose and reindeer, using festive fabrics and a line from his favorite Christmas carol.
There’s no limit to how many different ways you can change the look of this project just by using your own favorite color scheme and quote. These pillow covers are perfectly sized for a 14″ pillow insert (mine are from Fairfield World).
I also tried my hand at the table runner. It was a little intimidating when I was just starting to quilt, but I did it! I definitely made a few mistakes, so don’t look too closely or inspect the back, but I learned a lot and I really do like how it turned out. It was fun to see how a different color scheme totally changed the finished look of the project.
I hope you’ll grab a copy of the issue and check out the patterns, the designer feature, and the video for yourself! This project is really fun, totally doable, and I love how it combines lettering and quilting to make something really personal. Huge thanks to my friends at Missouri Star Quilt Company for partnering with me on this, and for making me your featured designer.
Don’t forget, save 15% on your order by using the code AmyLatta15 at checkout. I’d love to hear what you think, and can’t to see what you create!