Welcome to the Charming Acorn Cottage!

Posted by on April 8, 2020, in quilting & sewing,

Thanks for visiting Stitch This! for a close-up look at the new book Acorn Cottage: Quilts with Simple & Sophisticated Style by Brenda Riddle. In addition to being a quilt designer and author, Brenda is also a fabric designer for Moda Fabrics. Her soft, romantic, and soothing style is especially wonderful for spring and summer. Her pastel color palettes, unique spin on traditional and vintage patchwork designs, and clever way with gingham all add up to a book that is perfection. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s hear what Brenda herself has to say about the quilts in Acorn Cottage.

Welcome Brenda!

I’m happy to write a post for Stitch This! and eager to share a few projects from Acorn Cottage, to give you a background story for the designs. The things and places that inspired my designs makes each one of these quilts special. Kick back, relax, and enjoy this virtual trunk show!

Puddin’ Pie ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
This quilt makes me smile every time I look at it. It shows that inspiration can come from anywhere. I was in Norway (which I fell in love with!) a few years ago, and I saw this design on the floor tiles in a tiny little bakery. I took a photo of the floor, and now I can enjoy it in quilt form. And as you know, a quilt is much easier to cuddle with than a tile floor!

Estella ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
When I first saw an Irish Chain quilt, I instantly loved it. Then I discovered variations of the Irish Chain design, and I was utterly fascinated by them. One of the fun things about this design was figuring out a way to make the construction as simple as possible. By the way, Estella is named for my maternal grandmother, Estella Lawson. I credit her with my love of the light, airy feel that I use in so many of my quilt designs. Her quilts all had those characteristics, so it was perfect that I name this quilt after her.

Tulip Crosses ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
Tulip Crosses is based on a simple two-color vintage quilt. The first version I made was a mini. The blocks were so fun to stitch that I had to make a larger version to fit a bed. Doesn’t this bedroom setting inspire you to stitch this quilt and add it to your decor?

Morning Star ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
Morning Star is a quilt design I’ve had in my mind for quite a long time. I’ve always loved Star of Bethlehem quilts—even before I started quilting. Then I got it in my head that I wanted mine to have a gingham effect. (I’ve always had a thing for gingham!!) That was the start—and now Morning Star is on the cover of my book. (For more on why this quilt came to be, see my Journal at Brenda Riddle Designs.)

Pebbles ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
Simple. Classic. Vintage inspired. These are my favorite elements in quilts. Pebbles has a timeless checkerboard pattern that calls for a good snuggle. Sometimes you just want to make a quilt that’s easy to construct but still looks beautiful. Pebbles is that quilt. I remember seeing some vintage quilts that I call “background quilts,” those quilts that aren’t flashy, that are simple in design, and that can work wonderfully and play nicely with other quilts. If you admire that look too, then you should add Pebbles to your must-make list!

Thank you for stopping by today to learn more about my quilts and my new book, Acorn Cottage. I hope it’s a place you’ll love visiting. I encourage you to pull up a comfy chair and stay awhile.

Thanks for joining us at Stitch This! today, Brenda. We’re so glad to learn more about the charming quilts in Acorn Cottage.

Dear Quilting Friends,

In this uncertain time, if you cannot shop or order books from your local quilt shop, please note that while our warehouse is temporarily closed, any book you order directly from ShopMartingale is now 30% off, and you’ll receive an eBook (PDF) version right away so you can spend your staying-at-home time in a creative and productive manner. (Note: eBooks are offered for most books; please check each book listing for availability.) Even if you stitch for just for 15 minutes a day—be sure to take some time to feed your soul! When our warehouse reopens, any books you’ve ordered will be shipped out to you for your home library.


7 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Love the designs and the soft colors of the quilts in the book. They have a peaceful and calm look and feel to them at a time when our lives are so chaotic.

    —LeahK on April 8, 2020
  • Love the vintage charm of these quilts. I’m ready to get cozy with this book and look for the perfect pattern for some retro florals.

    —Mary Smith on April 13, 2020
  • This is one of the most appealing books I’ve seen in years! I enjoyed reading about the inspiration behind these beautiful quilts!

    Amy DeCesare on April 22, 2020
  • I would love to spend the day with Corey Yoder

    —Diane on April 22, 2020
  • These are all so beautiful and charming and have that down-home feel. Love them all.

    —Kim on April 24, 2020
  • These quilts are so delicate looking.

    —Lenny on November 29, 2020
  • The patterns are so clean and sophisticated looking, just what I am missing in my6 patterns – simplicity. Love these quilts

    Sondra Grimes on November 30, 2020

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