We appreciate the major role our talented DESIGNERS obviously play in the twice-yearly production known as Quilt Market! You can find them stitching on their last-minute quilt bindings, demonstrating new techniques, making presentations to shop owners or sales reps, greeting fans at book signings, and more. In general, their schedules stay pretty packed throughout the show, both behind the scenes and on the show floor…
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!!
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!