TOAD-SPO - May '23

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The summer color palette brings together a pretty mix of pink, peach, brown, and yellow, capturing the essence of the season. The delicate pinks and peaches evoke a warm feeling, reminiscent of sun-kissed cheeks and the colors of a sunset. The addition of brown adds a natural and earthy touch, like the warm tones found in sandy beaches and tree trunks. This color palette embraces the warm hues of the color wheel and is making me want to plan a beach trip ASAP! 




For May, we knew we needed to pick a fun, summery pattern to pair with this color palette for the unofficial start of summer month! What better pattern to use than Joplin! This big, medallion-style design allows you to play with bold colors and is full of different techniques making it the perfect skill builder pattern.  

The fabrics we used are Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Solids in the colors Coconut Milk, English Toffee, Gingerbread, Apricot Crepe, Georgia Peach, Coral Reef, and Lemon Tart. All fabrics for this quilt top have been sponsored and provided by Art Gallery Fabrics!

Technique-wise, this pattern has just about a little bit of everything in it! From hour glass blocks to flying geese blocks to triangle-in-a-square blocks, you can experience so many unique piecing techniques throughout making the Joplin Quilt. The only thing missing is curved piecing! But leaving curves out of the design allows the impact of the points and straight line to shine!



Our Toad-Spo sample longarm quilter is Ashley Perkins of Hen House Quilting! We are big fans of Ashley around here - not only because she’s a FANTASTIC quilter but also because is a pretty cool chick too! ;) If you are in need of a longarm quilter, we definitely recommend checking out Ashley for your quilting needs!

To break up all of the points and lines of the Joplin design, we decided to go with the Sunrise Skateland pantograph designed by Julie Hirt! This panto gives the quilt a groovy vibe, which definitely goes with the name of the pattern!



The backing fabric we went with is the Handkerchief print in the color Melon from the Heirloom fabric collection by Alexia Abegg for Ruby Star Society. We were able to snag this fabric from our friend, Linli of Lamb and Loom Fabrics! We finished this Joplin Quilt off by binding it with the AGF Pure Solids fabric in the color Coral Reef. But our favorite little part of this quilt is that fun binding stitch!! We were able to stitch this binding on our Janome Memory Craft 6700p machine. You can check out the settings we used below if you have this machine and want to try your hand at it too.

What do you think of our May Toad-Spo Joplin Quilt sample? Let us know in the comments below! We had so much fun putting this quilt together!


Usually, we have a sale on the featured pattern each month and this month is no exception! BUT we have some news… The Joplin pattern is now available on its own in the shop! The Joplin Quilt has been a part of the collaborative Summer of Love Quilts bundle with the Simone Quilt by Taralee Quiltery until now. And like all GOOD things, this bundle offering has come to an end! The Simone pattern is still available in Tara’s shop in case you haven’t gotten your copy yet - you def want to grab it because it’s fat quarter friendly and so so cute!

So if you’d like to make this quilt, you can now grab the standalone featured quilt pattern! The Joplin Quilt pattern will be on sale in the shop for 20% off using the code JOPLINMAY20 at checkout.

If you’d like to make this quilt a reality, please contact one of these shops!



Our May Toad-Spo maker is Rachel Osterday of @woodsii.mama! Rachel is from Montana and takes a lot of inspiration from the nature around her. She has a hard time picking a favorite fabric line to quilt with because she loves them all! She tends to gravitate toward any fabric collection that has ochre, seafoam, or cedar colors in it though.

When Rachel isn’t homeschooling her kiddos, she is in her sewing room quilting and multitasking by listening to her favorite audiobook. This is what she will be doing when she makes her dream quilts - two special quilts for her littles to have to carry with them into adulthood. And sitting right next to her when she makes them? - two sweet old dogs and her kitties!

You all should follow along on Rachel’s quilting journey by following her on Instagram! It’s hard to believe she’s only been quilting for only a year and is self-taught!

Quick fun facts about Rachel:

  • Her favorite food is morel mushrooms
  • The superpower she’d love to have is to be able to bend time
  • She’s a woman of many hobbies - knitting, spinning, weaving, botanical dying, gardening, sewing clothes and of course quilting!
  • She's a big fan of Eivør













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