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Sunflower Quilt Kit: Prepared by DCQ for Melinda's Specifications
Kit includes pattern.

Visitors to the Hill City Outdoor Quilt Show September 13, 2009 were welcomed by Sonja Taylor, Melinda Snell, and their exquisite artistry. The talented duo collaborated on this unique project, and everything came together perfectly in time to introduce their work at the show.

Sonja Taylor, a South Dakota watercolor artist, created the original painting, "Sunflower Patterns," as promotional art for the event. Her painting was featured on the poster for the quilt show, and the Prairie Berry winery created a limited label wine, with an image of the painting on the label.

Sonja then collaborated with her friend Melinda Snell, an accomplished quilter. Melinda designed the quilt pattern using a combination of quilting techniques. The patchwork blocks are simple paper piecing. Fusible applique and threadwork result in graceful sunflowers. Finally, trapunto adds definition and depth to the tone-on-tone sunflowers at the top of the stunning wall quilt.

The quilt finishes at 36" x 56", a perfect size for a wall or balcony.

Skill Level: Intermediate

To re-create the feeling of a watercolor painting, Melinda chose to make “Sunflower Patterns” with Hoffman 1895 batiks.

And that's where Dakota Cabin Quilts enters the story. Melinda knew that we stock the complete selection of the Hoffman 1895 hand-painted batiks, and needed to see the entire palette so she could choose her fabrics. Early one morning, she showed up at our shop, sketches in hand, and carefully chose the fabrics she needed to complete her masterpiece.

Our first look at the final result was at the Hill City Quilt show, September 13, 2009. Although it was a chilly, drizzling day, the warm & welcoming duo, with their harmonious projects proudly on display, greeted visitors in style. It was very interesting to see their artistry side by side, and notice the similarities and variances. We were particularly impressed by the way Sonya's painting captured the glow of warm sunshine, and how Melinda's fabrics achieved the same effect. Also, the natural marbling of the hand-painted batik fabrics in the quilt mirrors the brush strokes seen in Sonja's painting.

Melinda had carefully prepared a pattern for her quilt, and they sold dozens of copies to quilters who attended the show that day. But, they approached us to help them with their endeavor, as they knew that our website could reach quilters worldwide. We enthusiastically agreed.

This quilt will be on display in the Hoffman booth at Fall International Quilt Market 2009 in Houston!

Kit includes all necessary fabric for the quilt top, borders, binding, AND backing to make a




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New 2012 Version
Sunflower Quilt Complete Kit

Visitors to the Hill City Outdoor Quilt Show September 13, 2009 were welcomed by Sonja Taylor, Melinda Snell, and their exquisite artistry. However this year Melinda surprised everyone with a recreation of their original artwork/quiltwork in a NEW colorway.

Melinda designed the quilt pattern using a combination of quilting techniques. The patchwork blocks are simple paper piecing. Fusible applique and threadwork result in graceful sunflowers. Finally, trapunto adds definition and depth to the tone-on-tone sunflowers at the top of the stunning wall quilt.

The quilt finishes at 36" x 56", a perfect size for a wall or balcony.

Kit includes the fabric for the top, borders, binding, and backing.

Individual pattern available in a link on the previous page.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Quantity on Hand: 11 each

   
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CoffeeTime Quilt Kit (Original Fabrics)
Kit includes pattern.
Finished Size 24" x 35"
Quilt Designed by Sonja Taylor
Quilt Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell

From the pattern cover,

"I don't know about you; but coffee gets my "motor" running in the morning-come to think of it, I've never been a good morning person and coffee is the fuel that starts my day! If you feel the same way-this quilt needs to be yours.

South Dakota artist Sonja Taylor created the original watercolor painting of "Coffee Time" as tribute to this early morning ritual which stretches into mid-morning, lunchtime, afternoon breaks.... well you get the idea-there's always time to enjoy a good cup of coffee! After completing her watercolor Sonja knew "Coffee Time" had to become a quilt-that's were I come in...

I'm Melinda Snell... the quilter who converts Sonja's beautiful watercolors into quilts and quilting patterns- lucky me! "Coffee Time" is our second pattern which features fusible applique and threadwork. If you like what you see, check out our first pattern called "Sunflower Patterns." It was the inspiration for the promotional art at the 2009 Hill City Quilt Show in South Dakota!

We hope you enjoy creating "Coffee Time" and by the way- isn't it time for COFFEE?!"

At Dakota Cabin Quilts, we are priviledged to supply batik fabric kits for the "Coffee Time" quilt, per Melinda's specifications.

Please note: the fabrics in our quilt kit are the same as those shown in this photo. The pattern cover photo shows a quilt made with newer Hoffman batiks. Both versions are beautiful, and a photo of the first version does appear on the back of the pattern cover. The main difference is the border/binding print.

All fabrics are Hoffman batik. Kit includes fabric for the top, borders, binding, AND backing. Also included, 6 of the black buttons that form the poppy centers.



Quantity on Hand: 1 each

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CoffeeTime Quilt Kit (NEW Fabrics)
Kit includes pattern.
Finished Size 24" x 35"
Quilt Designed by Sonja Taylor
Quilt Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell

From the pattern cover,

"I don't know about you; but coffee gets my "motor" running in the morning-come to think of it, I've never been a good morning person and coffee is the fuel that starts my day! If you feel the same way-this quilt needs to be yours.

South Dakota artist Sonja Taylor created the original watercolor painting of "Coffee Time" as tribute to this early morning ritual which stretches into mid-morning, lunchtime, afternoon breaks.... well you get the idea-there's always time to enjoy a good cup of coffee! After completing her watercolor Sonja knew "Coffee Time" had to become a quilt-that's were I come in...

I'm Melinda Snell... the quilter who converts Sonja's beautiful watercolors into quilts and quilting patterns- lucky me! "Coffee Time" is our second pattern which features fusible applique and threadwork. If you like what you see, check out our first pattern called "Sunflower Patterns." It was the inspiration for the promotional art at the 2009 Hill City Quilt Show in South Dakota!

We hope you enjoy creating "Coffee Time" and by the way- isn't it time for COFFEE?!"

At Dakota Cabin Quilts, we are priviledged to supply batik fabric kits for the "Coffee Time" quilt, per Melinda's specifications.

Please note: the fabrics in our quilt kit are the same as those shown in this photo, which is also on the cover of the pattern. Compared to the original version, this version features newer Hoffman batiks.
All fabrics are Hoffman batik. Kit includes fabric for the top, borders, binding, AND backing. Also included, 6 of the black buttons that form the poppy centers.


Quantity on Hand: 9 each

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Poppy Meadows Small Wall Hanging Complete Quilt Kit
Finished Sizes:
Small Wall Quilt 20"x40"
Complete Quilt includes the pattern.
(This makes a stunning Wall Hanging above the same bed quilt!)


Watercolor Artistry by Sonja Taylor
Quilts and Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell

From the pattern cover:


When Sonja Taylor was asked to paint a watercolor to promote the Hill City Quilt Show in South Dakota...she knew it had to be special...

In 2011, the Hill City Quilt Show falls on September 10th & 11th. For several years Sonja and I have talked of creating a "Tribute Quilt" - once that recognizes the incredible gift of freedom we Americans enjoy. With this in mind, we wanted to design a quilt that is a tribute to the sacrifices made by our soldiers past and present. A quilt that uplifts families, remembers loved ones and is truly beautiful. for all these reasons, it seemed right to create our quilt with poppies of every color floating free on the breeze in a lush green meadow. The beautiful poppy used every Memorial Day to honor, remember and pay respect.

After completing her watercolor, Sonja asked me to turn "Poppy Meadows" into a quilt. How lucky could I get! With the help of my 95 year young father, Herbert Herman, a WWII Veteran, we worked side by side to create these quilts from beautiful Hoffman Batiks sewn in a Monet-like background and scattered with stunning fusible applique poppies. When we finished, Dad's comment was..."to think I had a hand in that...it's beautiful."


All fabrics are Hoffman batik. Kit includes fabric for the top, borders, and binding.

Recommended: Consider Steam a Seam Light II for the fusible applique.



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Summers Beauty Complete Quilt Kit
Debuted at:
International Quilt Market
Fall 2012

Kit includes pattern.
Finished Size: 22" X 42".

Watercolor Artistry by Sonja Taylor
Quilt Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell

From the pattern cover:


Sonja Taylor's paintbrush has been busy painting the design for the first art quilt in the Nature's Jewel Series...called "Summers Beauty".

From the pattern cover Quiltmaker Melinda Snell writes: "Summers Beauty" is created with luscious batik fabrics that mimic Sonja's watercolor painting. The Blue Jays, colorful Butterfly Bushes, Oak Leaves and Grasses are all created using fusible applique techniques.

The quilt's crowing glory is the beautiful Monarch Butterflies that flit across its surface. Their dimensional wings look like the Butterflies have just dropped by to rest on the quilt for a few seconds...a true touch of Summer Beauty!


The quilt is adorned with dimensional fabric snowflakes that are scattered across the quilt.

All fabrics are Hoffman batik. Kit includes fabric for the top, borders, binding and backing.



   

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Winters Beauty Complete Quilt Kit
Debuted at:
International Quilt Market
Spring 2012

Kit includes pattern.
Finished Size: 22" X 42".

Watercolor Artistry by Sonja Taylor
Quilt Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell

From the pattern cover:


Sonja Taylor's paintbrush has been busy painting the design for the first art quilt in the Nature's Jewel Series...called "Winter Beauty".

From the pattern cover Quiltmaker Melinda Snell writes: One late winter morning -- I glanced out my kitchen window to see a scouting party...a dozen red breasted robins and one lone chickadee were dancing in the branches and hopping along the fence in my yard. It was such a wonderful surprise...I couldn't help but smile at the pjromise of spring they brought. As I studied that lone little chickadee - I was delighted to see that he looked just like the little fabric chickadees being created in my sewing room for this "Winters Beauty" quilt!"

The quilt is adorned with dimensional fabric snowflakes that are scattered across the quilt.

All fabrics are Hoffman batik. Kit includes fabric for the top, borders, binding and backing.



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Sunflower Quilt Pattern: Designed by Melinda Snell
Visitors to the Hill City Outdoor Quilt Show September 13, 2009 were welcomed by Sonja Taylor, Melinda Snell, and their exquisite artistry. The talented duo collaborated on this unique project, and everything came together perfectly in time to introduce their work at the show.

Sonja Taylor, a South Dakota watercolor artist, created the original painting, "Sunflower Patterns," as promotional art for the event. Her painting was featured on the poster for the quilt show, and the Prairie Berry winery created a limited label wine, with an image of the painting on the label.

Sonja then collaborated with her friend Melinda Snell, an accomplished quilter. Melinda designed the quilt pattern using a combination of quilting techniques. The patchwork blocks are simple paper piecing. Fusible applique and threadwork result in graceful sunflowers. Finally, trapunto adds definition and depth to the tone-on-tone sunflowers at the top of the stunning wall quilt.

The quilt finishes at 36" x 56", a perfect size for a wall or balcony.

Skill Level: Intermediate

To re-create the feeling of a watercolor painting, Melinda chose to make “Sunflower Patterns” with Hoffman 1895 batiks.

And that's where Dakota Cabin Quilts enters the story. Melinda knew that we stock the complete selection of the Hoffman 1895 hand-painted batiks, and needed to see the entire palette so she could choose her fabrics. Early one morning, she showed up at our shop, sketches in hand, and carefully chose the fabrics she needed to complete her masterpiece.

Our first look at the final result was at the Hill City Quilt show, September 13, 2009. Although it was a chilly, drizzling day, the warm & welcoming duo, with their harmonious projects proudly on display, greeted visitors in style. It was very interesting to see their artistry side by side, and notice the similarities and variances. We were particularly impressed by the way Sonya's painting captured the glow of warm sunshine, and how Melinda's fabrics achieved the same effect. Also, the natural marbling of the hand-painted batik fabrics in the quilt mirrors the brush strokes seen in Sonja's painting.

Melinda had carefully prepared a pattern for her quilt, and they sold dozens of copies to quilters who attended the show that day. But, they approached us to help them with their endeavor, as they knew that our website could reach quilters worldwide. We enthusiastically agreed.

Sonja & Melinda are already planning some accessory items (possibly notecards, bookmarks, or stationary), and their creative minds are also anticipating another painting & quilt for the spring. Accordingly, Sonya and Melinda have copywrited their images, although they generously allowed us to post them on our website & blog.
Quantity on Hand: 30 each

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Wines & Vines Quilt PATTERN
Finished Size 24" x 34"
Quilt Designed by Sonja Taylor
Quilt Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell

From the pattern cover,

"Once again, Sonja Taylor's paintbrush has been busy creating an original watercolor painting to promote the 2010 Quilt Show in Hill City, South Dakota. As you can see from this reproduction of the painting entitled "Wines and Vines"- it's a stunning piece of art that just had to become a quilt..

I'm Sonja's friend, Melinda Snell- I have the fun job of turning Sonja's paintings into quilts! "Wines and Vines" is created using fusible applique and features beautiful Hoffman Batiks. We've included detailed directions for our new quilting idea we call "Fabric Tiling". Now you can have fun making your own beautiful mosaic grape clusters like the ones running through the middle of this amazing quilt.

Sonja and I have been friends for more years than either of us care to count... and through it all, we've enjoyed a few glasses of wine! So, we'd like to dedicate this "Wines and Vines" quilt pattern to "GOOD FRIENDS"... who make our lives so much fun!"




Quantity on Hand: 39 each

   

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Tranquility PATTERN
Finished Size: 35" X 44".

Watercolor Artistry by Sonja Taylor
Quilt Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell

From the pattern cover:

Sonja Taylor's Paint brush has been busy painting this elegant and serene design called "Tranquility" a watercolor to promote the 2012 Hill City Quilt Show in Hill City, South Dakota... From the original watercolor artwork Melinda Snell created this beautiful art quilt.

From the pattern: When a friend's husband saw our "Tranquility" quilt, he thought the Blue Heron looked alive!

All fabrics are Hoffman batik. Kit includes fabric for the top, borders, binding.


Both Pictures on this page are taken of the quilt. The pattern cover does include an inset picture of the matching watercolor artwork.


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Coffee with Friends PATTERN
Finished Size 22" x 32"
Quilt Designed by Sonja Taylor
Quilt Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell

From the pattern cover,


Friendship shared over a fine cup of coffee is one of life's little treasures. It involves taking time for each other ~investing in Friendship~ and enriching your life.

South Dakota artist, Sonja Taylor created the original watercolor painting entitled "Coffee With Friends" as a tribute to this ritual that whe and I have enjoyed most of our lives!

After completing her watercolor, Sonja asked me to turn "Coffee with Friends" into a quilt. Lucky me...I got to create the quilts you on this pattern using fusible applique' and thread work.

We hope you enjoy creating this quilt ~~it's time for "Coffee With Friends"!


All fabrics are Hoffman batik.



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Java Sunshine PATTERN
Finished Size: 9" X 34".

Watercolor Artistry by Sonja Taylor
Quilt Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell


From the pattern cover Quiltmaker Melinda Snell writes:

Melinda used all fabrics are Hoffman batik. But you can certainly use whatever you have.



   

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Coffee Chat PATTERN
Finished Size: 12.25" X 15.75".

Watercolor Artistry by Sonja Taylor
Quilt Pattern Designed by Melinda Snell


From the pattern cover Quiltmaker Melinda Snell writes:

Use your favorite cute coffee fabric and some embellishments, you can have your own masterpiece!!



   

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Sparrows at Cobblestone Court
Sparrows at Cobblestone Court Pattern
by Sonja Taylor & Melinda Snell's Quilted Art

Watercolor Painting by Sonja Taylor.
Quilt and Pattern by Melinda Snell.
Quilt finishes 38" X 46"

3 Border color choices to help coordinate with
your favorite room or office: brown, green or purple.

Here it is . . .
Just unveiled in the fall of 2013 at the Hill City Quilt Show and Sale . . .

From the back of the pattern:

For me a trip to a flower shop is like a candy store visit for a 4 year old! From the second you step through the door -- you are overwhelmed by the color and beauty ... and then there's the smell -- so fresh, so light and so lovely.

I believe Sonja has captured all that in her watercolor painting named "Sparrows at Cobblestone Court". This painting was created to promote the 2013 Quilt Show in Hill City, South Dakota. And I had the privilege of turning Sonja's painting into these wonderful art quilts.

"Sparrows at Cobblestone Court" is created using the fusible applique technique. I designed it to be constructed in layers to keep you intrigued right up to the final stitches!

We wish you bouquets of fun and delight as you create your own "Sparrows at Cobblestone Court". It is a beautiful accent for your home.

Best Wishes!
Sonja & Melinda



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