July 9, 2015

Offset; Another New Pattern and a Giveaway!


I'm celebrating!


Today, I'm releasing two . . .  yes, I said two . . .  new patterns!!

They've both been a long time (too long) in the works, so I'm thrilled to finally have them published in PDF format for online sales. As a thanks for your patience, I'm putting both new patterns on sale for 20% off. The sale starts today, July 9th and ends Sunday, July 12th at midnight Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the USA. They are available on Craftsy and Etsy. No coupon or code needed.
There's also a giveaway – so please read to the end.
Note: Sale and giveaway are now closed.

This post features Offset. My other post for today features Matrix. I hope you'll read them both.
I'd love to know which pattern is your favorite and why.

So, without further delay, allow me to introduce Offset . . . 



The Offset design came about through play. I took a concept and played with the idea using the computer. Then I made some test blocks and eventually a couple of test quilts. Then I played some more. Can you tell I like to design?

As I worked back and forth between sewing and designing, a whole new idea emerged. While the original impetus for the design was garden trellises, that idea eventually morphed into something entirely different. Overlapping, broken boxes and crosses that are offset from each another. Look at the four blocks in the lower left hand corner below. Can you see how the green forms the outline of a box and the gray forms a double cross? The elements don't quite line up . . . they are offset.



This design evolution also led to a name change. The early test quilts were called Tumbler. You may recall this if you read here regularly. I think the new name, Offset, better reflects the visual concept.

As I said in the Matrix post, I truly believe a great quilt doesn't have to be complicated to be stunning and beautiful. I also believe every quilter should find a way to make it their own even when they are using a pattern. That's why I include these three bonus features in my patterns.
  • A Design Lesson that explains the block, the quilt layout and how it works, and some tips on fabric selection.
  • Design Explorations so you can see how versatile the pattern really is. These include several alternative ways to use the pattern and showcase a variety of looks that can be achieved.
  • A Coloring Page so you can try out your own color scheme.

The Offset Design Explorations start with simple variations like those below which illustrate how a different color emphasis can change the look of the boxes and crosses.



Additional Design Explorations show examples that are far different from the cover quilt. Different ways to use color and different ways to emphasize elements of the design. There are also three options for making a more modern quilt from the pattern. Use of negative space plays a big part in those ideas.



Offset is a great pattern for 2 1/2" strips or fat quarters. Yardage is given for both as well as cut yardage so you can choose what's best for you. It's a good way to use up leftover 2 1/2" strips or do some stash busting. The design would look wonderful in all solids or colorful batiks. Even some large scale prints work well. 

The pattern includes yardage for a 60" x 80" throw sized quilt.  As you can see from the test quilts photos below, the size can be adjusted by making more or less blocks as needed. Keep in mind you will need an even number of blocks across and down for the primary box/cross design but that doesn't mean you can't make it another way. That's what the Design Explorations are for.

It's your quilt . . . I want you to make it your way.

Here are the early test quilts. The first one was this bold colored scrappy quilt. Using my stash of warm colored dots was a great way to play with an idea and work things out.



Next came this one using a jelly roll. This quilt was recently gifted to my sister-in-law
and blogged about here.



Even some large scale prints work well if the colorway reads predominately as one color. Here's a small baby quilt using Kaffe prints.



Offset is available on Craftsy and in my Etsy shop. And as I mentioned earlier, both new patterns are on sale for 20% off through the weekend. No coupon or code needed. The sale ends Sunday,
July 12th at midnight Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the USA.

I'm also having a giveaway! Leave me a comment telling me which pattern, Offset or Matrix
is your favorite and why for a chance to win a PDF copy of your choice. Of course I'd love it if you'd become a blog follower too.   : )   You can also follow me on Instagram @springleafstudios. 
I'll announce a winner in about a week.

Thanks for reading. I hope you feel inspired.

Post is being edited. Giveaway and sale are now over.


52 comments:

  1. Very hard to decide ...like them both.. guess I'd go with Matrix.

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  2. This is like asking us to choose our favourite child!! so I'll just whisper matrix and move on quickly!!

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  3. Beautifully done - the quilts and the pattern!

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  4. I choose Matrix as my favorite, but to be honest, it's a tie! I follow you on Bloglovin and on Instagram. Love your designs and use of color.

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  5. Both patterns are beautiful but I would love to make a quilt with Matrix. Thanks!

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  6. Both are wonderful patterns, Matrix would have to be my favorite though.

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  7. I'm not sure why, but I like Offset best.

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  8. Great Job! I like offset because I think it will be fun to add a prints into the square.

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  9. I want to make BOTH of these but I'd make Matrix first because I have tons of low volume stashed!

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  10. I love the Offset pattern. Love that it uses 2-1/2" strips and the different variations depending on the colors. Thanks

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  11. I truly love them both but I am going to say Matrix is my favorite, having a couple of jelly rolls that need to be used I guess both would work.

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  12. What an explosion of color in both quilt designs! Personally, I like Offset better. It makes me stop and look for a pattern, so my eye just follows all along the quilt. Each example of this quilt is just stunning and one I'd love to try.

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  13. I am a new follower of yours on Bloglovin' and love your designs! I'm glad I found you!

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  14. I admire them both, but Offset is more my style because of less negative space. I was sure that's how I felt, but then I saw your Design Explorations with Matrix, and some of those I absolutely love as well. Too hard to say for sure. Well done!!

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  15. Offset is my favorite! I'm loving the fact that you chose to give fabric requirements for pre_cuts and yardage.

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  16. I think I like Offset best. Thanks for the chance to win

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  17. I like them both but maybe Offset a little more. Nice color chices.

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  18. I love them! I would choose Matrix!

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  19. Both are super, but I would choose Offset - thanks

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  20. Congrats on TWO patterns! Both are very nice. If I had to choose, I think it would be Matrix!

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  21. Just started following on bloglovin and Instagram!

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  22. I like Offset; but, I am loving Matrix! Thank you for a chance to win. :-)

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  23. I'm a follower (bloglovin') :-)

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  24. Congrats on getting two patterns launched at the same time! I can't decide which, but I think I'd opt for Offset as my favorite. But then, tomorrow it might be Matrix. Just depends, lol!

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  25. I love both of your new patterns, but I think Matrix is my favorite.

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  26. I love Matrix...looks like a great stash quilt. Both patterns look so versatile...I love the design explorations! Very helpful.

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  27. I love them equally. I like they are jelly roll friendly. And I love squares.

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  28. They're both great, but I prefer Offset.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  29. I'm loving this quilt in the pinks and yellows! On the other giveaway my answer was Matrix. Although now, I'm loving Offset, hehe. I really like how playing with color there are so many design choices. Great job!

    Awesome giveaway!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I love Offset! I have a Jelly Roll by V and Co. that this would look amazing in!

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  31. I like Matrix best, but both are very cool. I think I like Matrix better because of more negative space.

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  32. I love both, but especially love the rainbow you selected for Matrix. Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  33. Your designs are gorgeous! I love simple to make quilts that look harder to make than they actually are. I think I favour Matrix a little more.

    silverthimble@shaw.ca

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  34. Wow! That's an impossible choice! I saw Matrix first, and LOVED it, but Offset is so versatile! They're really both winners! Thanks for the chance to win! Kathryn.sullivan00@gmail.com

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  35. Wow! That's an impossible choice! I saw Matrix first, and LOVED it, but Offset is so versatile! They're really both winners! Thanks for the chance to win! Kathryn.sullivan00@gmail.com

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  36. Wow! That's an impossible choice! I saw Matrix first, and LOVED it, but Offset is so versatile! They're really both winners! Thanks for the chance to win! Kathryn.sullivan00@gmail.com

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  37. Ohhh, I love them both but I think Matrix sneaks out in front. I know I'd struggle with the colours and placement for Offset. I'm definitely fabric challenged.

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  38. Ohhh, I love them both but I think Matrix sneaks out in front. I know I'd struggle with the colours and placement for Offset. I'm definitely fabric challenged.

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  39. I prefer Offset as I think I'd feel like I was playing when making the quilt. Both are great designs. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  40. Both of these quilt are really cool. Great way to use strips of fabric. I like the way they there are different ways to lay them out to achieve different looks. But I think Matrix is my favorite.

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  41. Both designs are beautiful. I love how versatile Offset is, but I would like to make Matrix first.

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  42. I like Offset - love how many ways you can make it look different

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  43. They are both wonderful but after much back and forth I choose Matrix, but just by hair.

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  44. These patterns are so beautiful! I have started versions of each of them--now to finish them!

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  45. Fantastic patterns, Offset really catches my eye, Love the patterns the blocks make.

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  46. Congratulations! You're hard work in creating these patterns has paid off. They are both fabulous original patterns full of so many great design thoughts. You're patterns are well thought out, clear, and versatile. Good job!! <3

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