The Big ‘O’ Quilt, Part II

Here’s a quilt that I’ve never blogged about.

The Big

I blogged about The Big ‘O’ Quilt a few months ago. This is the second quilt in the ‘O’ Series, The Big ‘O’, Part II. Like The Big ‘O’ this quilt uses the Bias Tape Appliqué technique but only on the right half of the quilt.  The other half uses Dale Fleming’s Pinless Piecing (otherwise known as the six-minute circle) technique which you know that I love. And barring managing such large pieces of fabric, it was a quilt that went together quite easily. But, of course both of these techniques are pretty easy.


This quilt was finished to hang at the first QuiltCon in 2013 so many of you may have seen it there or from pictures from the show. It had never been photographed properly though.

The Big "O", Part II

This quilt has so many things that I love in it. Green, in the perfect shade. And another pretty great shade of green. Half circles making up a full circle. Random crosshatch quilting. Binding that blends into the background. Just a hint of a print. Super light Gray background. That perfect blue (I think it’s the same blue on the back of The Big ‘O’)! I also think this super simple quilt has fabric from 4 or 5 different manufacturers which makes me happy too!

I love so many things about this.

Oh, and it is featured in the recently released  Lucky Spool’s Essential Guild to Modern Quilt Making which you should all check out!

Arita - August 12, 2014 - 6:45 pm

I did see it at QuiltCon13 and loved it. I hope to make something similar soon.

Kitty - August 6, 2014 - 10:48 am

I already loved Big O a lot, but maybe I love Big O part II even more! Is it because of the beautiful green you’ve chosen? For me this is a very powerful quilt.

Krista - August 6, 2014 - 7:39 am

You are so amazing! I want to come work with you in your sewing room for a week.

Linda H. - August 6, 2014 - 2:57 am

I’m sorry to say that I didn’t attend QuiltCon 2013, and therefore missed seeing this striking quilt. But I’m terribly impressed with it! The simplicity of the design, and the seemingly random color choices make it really special. You’ve just demonstrated that a stunning design does not need to be complicated to be effective. A perfect example of less being more. Truly wonderrful, Latifah! Thank you for sharing.

Sewtopia Chicago? Here I Come!

I was so happy when the Sewtopia crew invited me to teach at the second Sewtopia event happening April 16, 2015. Then I found out the other teacher was Rita from Red Pepper Quilts. Then I found out it was going to be in Chicago! Then I found out it was going to be at The Drake hotel. This will be so much fun! Registration opens on the 1st of August so just over a week away. It’s a pretty intimate event so there are just 80 spots. If you’re interested, you shouldn’t wait!

Sewtopia 2015

I’ll be teaching a soon to be released Latifah Saafir Studios pattern called Molehills where we’ll explore gentle curved piecing, curved piecing without (or with minimal) pins and a relaxed approach to paper piecing. Even though this pattern goes together easily, this is the perfect opportunity to come work with me to learn how I do curves and possibly overcome your fear of sewing curves.

Molehills is a fun pattern with two variation and so many opportunities for personalization. Here’s a baby quilt that I made that has variation one with paper pieced arcs.

Molehills Picture

And, here is a sort of wild and crazy quilt top that I was playing around with the variation where the arcs are each made of one fabric. I’m working on quilting this baby today so you can get a better view.

Horizontal Detail

Hope to see you in Chicago!

(P.S. If you unfortunately can’t join us at Sewtopia, check here for more info on the pattern SOON!)


Rachel - August 18, 2014 - 11:46 pm

I love this pattern, especially the paper pieced version! I can’t wait for the pattern to be released!

Nancy - August 18, 2014 - 6:35 am

Will be awaiting publication of this pattern- it’s wonderful. As are all of your quilts. Nice work.

Mary Jo - July 28, 2014 - 6:13 pm

I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas -please not that long–I love your new pattern.

Diane - July 25, 2014 - 4:44 pm

I sure hope I can snag a ticket next week

kitty - July 25, 2014 - 7:52 am

That’s two very different teachers at the Sewtopia! Wish I could be there in Chicago when you teach!! Unfortunately me too, I’m too far (the Netherlands) to benefit from your teachings!
Your Molehills is fabulous and I can’t wait for the pattern to be available! Ever so interested in the “wild and crazy top”. Looks great!!

Myrto - July 25, 2014 - 7:36 am

Oh Latifah your work is fantastic!
I will wait to learn more about these patterns through your blog because unfortunately I’m very far to be able to dream about a workshop with you!
Myrto in Athens, Greece

Spicy Sticks – A Quilt for Mom

Do you sometimes make a quilt that is not 100% your style or colors? I do for those I love. My sister decorated my Mom’s living space around colors inspired from a mirror that Mom fell in love with from Pier One. I wanted to make a quick quilt that would coordinate with this already colorful living room. Here’s the result. Stripes – all Kona Cottons – in turquoise, rusts, tans and black. Colors that all coordinate directly with the room.

I didn’t have a flat surface with the right sun outside at her house so it was taken on the fence but, I promise the stripes really are straight. ;)  This quilt is made of eight different Kona Cotton colors – seven on the front and one on the back.


Spicy Sticks

The back is one solid fabric and really shows the quilting lines well.

Spicy Sticks Back

Of course there is a big chunky 1″ binding to tie in the chunky 1″ wide black stripe that unifies the quilt.

Spicy Sticks Folded

This quilt has a lot of saturated colors but, it really goes well with the room.

Living Room

And Mom loves it which is all that matters.

Spicy Sticks Detail

Anja - July 7, 2014 - 8:26 am

Awesome quilt!!! Great job.

Kathryne - July 3, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Love those straight lines!!

barbara woods - July 3, 2014 - 4:36 pm

i did, i won some fabric, orange and green and made one for family member that has cancer

Ruthann - July 3, 2014 - 12:18 pm

I love it! In the photo the colors look very Bauhaus-ish. I’m sure your mom will love it!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge - July 3, 2014 - 5:03 am

Love it! Are those quilting lines a stitch on you machine or did you make them wiggly yourself?

Lynda M Otvos - July 2, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Stunning. Gorgeous. Inventive. Lovely. Solid. Striking.

Can you tell I like it !~!

Lynda M Otvos - July 2, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Stunning. Gorgeous. Inventive. Lovely. Solid. Striking.

Can yo u tell I like it !~!

Play Around the World Quilt

I sorta have a crush on everything that Sarah Jane does. Everything. And, when she had her first line of fabric, I wanted every SKU of it. It is filled with true multicultural children, not just children with different complexions.  And these kids all live in a magical world of individuality and whimsy. Love it.

This quilt was made with fabric from her first line with Micheal Miller called Children At Play that came out in 2011/12. I fell in LOVE with the border print and wanted to find a way to use it effectively in a quilt. (It’s such a great print that you can still find it in stores.) I knew it would be for my niece Nyala and I wanted it to be fun and individual just like her. Also, she’s been a girly girl since birth so I wanted it to be girly without being over the top pink. This fabric has the best colors with peaches, lavenders, turquoises and pinks. So, I went with that for the quilt colors using the peach Gingham (a coordinate in the Children at Play line) as well as a bunch of solids.

Play Around the World Front
The quilt was pieced with a modified Six Minute Circle method. And, this quilt just called for a little hand stitching detail to it. And, of course I had to follow the shape of the curved insert for the quilting.

Play Around the World Quilt - Detail

This fabric was just too good not to put on the back.  It is also from the same line. Also, note the scrappy binding using fabric scraps from the quilt top.

Play Around the World Quilt - Back

This detail view of the backing fabric is just too cute not to post.

Play Around the World Quilt - Back Detail

The label is in the same shape as the front of the quilt and was added with the same method.

Play Around the World Quilt - Label

Love this quilt so much. And, thankfully so does my two almost three year old ballerina girl.

Play Around the World Quilt - Detail

XO, Tia Tifah:)

[…] and make a whole baby quilt out of them. ALSO, I’ve been wanting to remake a version of my Play Around the World Quilt  So, I decided to combine the […]

Agnes - July 4, 2014 - 6:21 am

Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your method!

pennydog - July 4, 2014 - 5:28 am

This is so cool!

Lauren - July 3, 2014 - 9:13 pm

I love everything Sarah Jane does, too. This is a great use of that panel print. So original and the quilting is so impressive! What a lucky niece!

Alli - July 2, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Wow! That is such a cool quilt! I love it! :)

Christine Sherman - July 2, 2014 - 10:02 am

What a wonderful unique design, love it!

Rachel - July 1, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Wow, this is so beautiful! I’ve always loved that line and still have treasured pieces of it. Those curves are amazing, I love how you’ve repeated them throughout the quilt. And now I’m off to google 6 minute circle!!

Nicole - July 1, 2014 - 1:02 pm

That is just brilliant. So well designed. Well done.

Ben - July 1, 2014 - 11:09 am

Love the way you’ve used the panel.

kelly - July 1, 2014 - 9:17 am

Gorgeous Latifah! Love how you’ve customized that 6-minute circle technique – so clever!!!

Irelle B - July 1, 2014 - 8:48 am

Very creative and wonderful use of that border print. I love that fabric!

Mary D - July 1, 2014 - 8:19 am

What a really nice quilt for your niece. I know she will love this.

Melissa - July 1, 2014 - 7:49 am

What a genius way to use that fabric! Beautiful quilt!

Becky M - July 1, 2014 - 6:49 am

This is spectacular! Such a creative use of the technique and the print! Genius! :)

Andres - July 1, 2014 - 5:44 am

Another awesome quilt!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge - July 1, 2014 - 4:56 am

What an amazing quilt. I would never have thought of using that great print in that way. And Six Minute Circles? I’ll be googling that as soon as I finish my comment! :)

Cat - July 1, 2014 - 4:36 am

It’s truly gorgeous, I love it! I love how the child at the front of the parade-line looks to be stepping onto the curve, it’s just so perfect and fun. Your highlight colours are just perfect too – sweet and girly without being over-the-top girly. I love that balloon girl and rabbit print on the back too, I have that in my stash! Your label on the back is such a great idea. I’m going to google the six minute circle too. Thanks so much for sharing. Cat.

Laurelle C - July 1, 2014 - 3:48 am

Wow. Gorgeous quilt. Those curves look amazing. I am off to google six minute circle as I have not heard of that before. Thanks for sharing :)

Think & Wonder Pattern

I never posted these two quilts that I made up for my Think & Wonder pattern. You may remember the first Think & Wonder quilt which featured Dr. Seuss characters. Well, I made two different versions for my pattern artwork. It’s a fun pattern called Think & Wonder of course that is great for newbie quilters and is perfect for highlighting novelty prints without them overtaking the whole quilt.

First up is Think & Wonder – Girlfriends featuring Ann Kelle’s brilliant girlfriends fussy cut. Love this quilt so much! I especially love the Supergirls. The background are all Kona Cottons in various shades of tans and creams. And the pop fabrics are from Ann Kelle’s Remix collection.

Think & Wonder - Girlfriends

Second is Think & Wonder – AMH Edition featuring Anna Maria Horner fabrics in Navy, Cerise and Gold. These fabrics aren’t from one line they are from a couple of her more recent lines. I wanted to present a more mature version of this pattern to show that it’s not just great for novelty fabrics.

Think & Wonder - AMH EditionMany thanks to both Kelly (Ann Kelle) and Anna Maria for allowing me to use their fabrics in my pattern.

Paula@The Sassy Quilter - June 11, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Wow, I really love all of these variations!

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