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!
Guess what, Pam Buda fans: she’s started a new continuing series entitled “Quilting Essentials.” Here, she’ll share her expert tips and techniques, prompted in part by your questions and topic suggestions! We think it’s a great idea, and it’s simple to follow along since the’ll be a part of Pam’s regular Heartspun Quilts blog, but these posts will be titled “Quilting Essentials” for easy reference. (Be sure to subscribe to her blog so you won’t miss anything ; ) Check out the first installment here, where Pam discusses the importance of an accurate 1/4″ seam, and how to achieve it.
Speaking of “quilting essentials”, watch the Marcus website in August for Pam’s “Tall Grass” a great new group of greens. If you love her previous color-themed collections as much as we do, you’re sure to love this one, too!
Join us and our friends at Aurifil as we highlight the design talents of Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J. She’s featured on the Aurifil blog today, so we’ve all joined forces to create a fun and easy giveaway for you. The prize pack includes fabric, threads and patterns!
Have you seen Casey York’s new collection for Studio 37 Fabrics yet? It’s called FINE SPUN: Volume One, a gorgeous collection of subtle motifs. These delicate monotone designs give contemporary quilters the perfect backgrounds for her signature contrasting appliqué style, while introducing a subtle hint of color and texture to the overall composition. View the Lookbook for more on Casey’s design inspiration for the line.
For full details on the giveaway, check out Patricia Belyea’s Okan Arts blog post now thru July 31, 2017 (US residents only, please). And or course, for those of you who just can’t wait, know that the collection appears in your favorite quilt shops this month!! “Happy Applique”, everyone!!
It’s “Graduation Season”, which means you’ll have just enough time to turn this quilt around for your favorite graduate during the otherwise-dreaded “Dorm Move-In Season”! Use Sarah Maxwell’s COLOR CRUSH FLANNELSand “Checks Mix” quilt design shown here, and in the August issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine! The group of bright plaids is one of our 100% cotton Primo Plaid Flannel groups, loved for its quality and plush hand.
When summer rolls around, we all love projects that are quick, fun, and practical! Check out Laura Berringer’s oh-sew-easy embelllished towels. She chose prints from Red Brolly’s CHASING WAVES collection to jazz up purchased solid-color towels, with great results! Read on for the quick tutorial…
First, cut strips of your favorite CHASING WAVES prints. Cut the height of the fabric border to measure the section of print you want to highlight, plus 1/4″ seam allowances along the top and bottom. Then cut the length of the fabric border to measure the length of the towel, plus 1/4″ seam allowances at each side.
Turn under the 1/4″ allowances on the sides; press. Turn under the 1/4″ at the top and bottom edges; press. Position the fabric border onto the towel, right sides up.
Pin in place, then top-stitch close to all of the folded edges. OPTIONAL: Quilt around the motifs if desired.
Head for the nearest beach…
And to make the most of your limited summer sewing time, Laura suggests using only white thread! See how well it sinks into the back of the towels for an invisible finish – no need to change bobbin colors! She might be onto something… We love it when the newbie quilters discover their own favorite tips … but pretty soon we’ll have to stop calling Laura a Newbie ; )
Love her project? Be sure to track her quilting progress on Instagram @laurasewmodern.