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Our friends at Indygo Junctionhave a really fun giveaway going on right now! If you’re good at guessing weights, check out their blog post and make your best guess on the weight of this pumpkin (the real one, not the fabric ones ; )
You could win Indygo Junction’s Pumpkin Trio Pattern and a bundle of their fall favorites! You’ll also pick up a few fall crafting tips, and see how they’ve used some of their favorite PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS. Like many of you, they’ve used our Primo Plaid Flannels for years, enjoying its plush hand, yarn-dyed quality and ever-growing variety of colors and designs. Hurry…the contest ends on October 15! BE SURE TO ENTER YOUR GUESS ON INDYGO’S BLOG POST! We don’t want you to miss your chance to win ; )
If so, you’ll enjoy these ideas featuring our Holiday 2017 collections, starting with Laura Berringer’s FROSTY FLAMINGO. Laura’s a longtime fabric designer, and though she’s relatively to sewing and quilting, she’s quickly moving beyond her “Newbie” status ; ) We love her tropically festive holiday stockings with contrast cuffs!
Then Brandy Browner took the “tropically festive” theme to another level with her imaginative interpretation – check out her realistic yet whimsical wing and beak accents – she drafted her own pattern pieces to achieve the look.
And Miriam Rawson found table runner inspiration in Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s GREEN AND RED prints! This pattern is called “Checkmate” by Lella Boutique, is actually for a 16-block quilt, but Miriam adapted the pattern using just four blocks…
And or course, we love Victoria’s own take on her GREEN AND RED collection, in her signature Double Wedding Ring design!
Be sure to also mix in PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS, the WOOL COLLECTION and other basics for easy Holiday style. Whatever you celebrate, whatever you make — and whenever you start — Happy Holiday Stitching to All!!
Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by the recent natural disasters around the country, and the world. And because so many of us turn to our quilting to help and heal in times like this, we want to share the news that our friends at Fat Quarter Shop will be releasing a new, exclusive PDF pattern called Healing Hearts, and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the JJ Watt Foundation Houston Flood Relief Fund.
This PDF pattern retails for just $9.00, and every cent of the proceeds will go to the Foundation. It will be available here until October 31. Fat Quarter Shop will also be auctioning a sample quilt made from this pattern, and those proceeds will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund.
In addition, Quarter Shop prepared the same beautiful quilt design above in an alternate colorway, using prints from Pam Buda’s PRAIRIE BASICS collection. Whichever you choose, be sure to share your healing with #healingheartsquilt. Thanks for everything you do!
We just received a beautiful Thank You gift from the ALS Hopes & Dreams team, and because so many of you contributed to our “Come Together” raffle quilt project with Victoria Findlay Wolfe in various ways (raising over $5500!), we wanted to share their acknowledgement with everyone.
The book recaps the work of Hopes & Dreams, including the quilts it collects and distributes to ALS patients, and the funds raised for ALS research.
Check out the details of the current SIZZIX Maker Challenge, featuring the dies and fabrics of our own Victoria Findlay Wolfe!
Grab your favorite Victoria Findlay Wolfe fabric from Studio 37 /Marcus Fabrics and choose at least one of Victoria’s dies, specified in the Challenge rules. Create a quilt that is greater than 16″ but smaller than 60″ square. Post it online at Sizzix by October 8th, when she’ll choose the winner! This lucky quilter will win not just one but TWO of Victoria’s brand new quilting dies (they’re a surprise!) She explains it all in this video… Good Luck to All!
We love their mix of prints and colors to create the diagonal stretched stars motif across the 48″ square quilt. It’s the perfect size for a baby quilt or chair throw. This is a timeless look that epitomizes the current 1930s Vintage decorating trends, and it works beautifully in traditional and modern room settings alike.
And as we begin September as National Sewing Month, there’s no better time than to start your own Aunt Grace quilt!
Be sure to check out Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy, as she breaks down our AUNT GRACE quilt with her own great tips and techniques! The video is titled “How to Sew a Quilt with Diagonal Rows.” One great thing about quilting is that there’s always something new to learn, and Laura offers quick and easy variations you’ll want to incorporate into other projects, too!
Judie Rothermel’s AUNT GRACE prints give the quilt a vintage feel, with classic Nine-Patch and Snowball blocks arranged for an updated look. Of course, prints from Judie’s newest AUNT GRACE BASKETS OF SCRAPS would work equally well. We’re working on a few more projects with Laura for Fall 2017, so stay tuned, and until then, subscribe to Sew Very Easy for lots of great projects and inspiration!
We love to see people enjoying our wools, and it looks like the excitement has already begun for Patricia Belyea at Okan Arts! Just check out her fun photos pairing our Wool Collection brights with Lana Wool threads from Aurifil. And at this point, she hasn’t even made anything yet ; ) But we know you’ll be inspired to enter her August giveaway for the chance to win one of FOUR gift packs! Check out the blog post now for details and even a few of Patricia’s wool tips, and comment there for the chance to win.
And whether you’re one of the Chosen Four or not, you’ll find lots more inspiration, tips, and the complete wool collection on our We’ve Got the WOOL page.
Enjoy, and Good Luck to everyone…
Thanks to Okan Arts and Aurifil for partnering with us once again!
REMINDER: We LOVE and invite your comments here, but remember that only those comments on the Okan Arts blog will be entered into the giveaway!