It’s great to get booth pictures from new sources — it gives us a chance to see what our sales reps, designers and other associates found especially picture-worthy. Here’s what they loved:
Back from another successful and busy Market in Houston, we’ve got some images to show off! Thanks to our designers for sharing them with us. Stay tuned for more…
A recent Quilter’s Newsletter blog post features Faye Burgos’ frighteningly fun Halloween H’Owl panel design, and even offers it in a convenient kit. Check out all of its project picks for Halloween fun! Think it’s a bit late? Not really… Halloween has gradually morphed into an entire season rather than just one day, so it’s become popular to decorate with ghouls & goblins from the first touches of cool weather, right on through the autumn season. (Have you noticed people putting up orange lights and elobarate, spooky displays outdoors now, in advance of the Christmas lights?) Enjoy!
You’ll want to recreate this gorgeous felted wool and cotton print project designed and machine quilted by Deirdre Bond-Abel of Quilted Crow Girls Designs. It uses the Crows’ new POMEGRANATE LANE and THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION fabrics, with piecing, applique and reverse applique techniques. Instructions are in the new Nov/Dec issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.
Hello Sew Along friends! Just a reminder that TOMORROW we bring you the final block in our first designer Sew Along. It’s my own design. But since I can’t show it to you just yet, here’s another look at that fabulous prize basket….
If you’ve just been lurking for the past 9 weeks, it really isn’t too late to sew along with us…this post will give you the details including the blog post dates of each designer. From those posts, you can collect the downloadable PDF instructions for Blocks 1 thru 8.
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic comments about the Quilted Crow Girls’ wool collection and new book by Martingale! We learned that many of you have never tried wool applique on cotton, so we hope you’ll enjoy this new creative endeavor with some help from the Crows, Martingale and Marcus. We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the wool bundle and eBook is Faith Stanton of Trenton, FL! Congratulations, Faith — your autumn-toned FQ pack from THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION and eBook are on the way to you!
All other quilting friends, watch for the full 20-color range of these juicy wools and coordinating POMEGRANATE LANE cotton prints in your local quilts shops now!
As if the excitement from yesterday’s blog post wasn’t enough, several samples of Aurifil Cotton Mako 28wt thread arrived at the office, in colors selected by the Quilted Crow Girls specifically for THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION. Gorgeous, lustrous threads — I had to show them off! Their picks include: 2887 (lighter green) and 5012 (darker green) 2630 (charcoal), 2468 (burgundy-brown), 2460 (pomegranate), 1310 (slate blue), 2975 (a gorgeous gold!) and 2445 (a rose pink). We can see why the Girls prefer this thread for their wool-on-cotton applique projects. Thanks to Aurifil for the samples!
That’s right! We’re again partnering with our friends at Martingale, this time to celebrate the release of the Quilted Crow Girls’ new book, Country Elegance.
With their first hugely popular book Elegant Quilts, Country Charm, design duo Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel won fans around the world. Now these talented Australian designers are back with stunning all-new designs featuring wool appliqué on cotton backgrounds.
Best of all, you’ve got TWO chances to win this free eBook courtesy of Martingale, PLUS a bundle of FQs from the Crow Girls’ gorgeous new group for Marcus, THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION, so leave a comment below, and on the Martingale blog too, to increase your chance of winning…Good Luck!
It seems Australian design influences are big here in the US quilting market, and around the world. Read more about some of the specific elements behind this exciting creative surge!
Take a look at what Pam Buda’s been up to (aside from the Marcus SAL!) Here she talks about one of her latest projects…
“I’m fascinated by creativity. It’s so unique to each person. For some it’s easy and others not so much. And…you never know when or where you might be inspired. When it comes to fabric designing, it’s good to have a vivid imagination…to see possibilities in vintage fabrics and give them new life.
I found this antique “prairie pocket” while shopping an antique show last year. I think it’s a wonderful example of a functional, wearable relic of nineteenth century living. Back then, clothes didn’t have set- in pockets in the seams as they do now. Women would wear the prairie pocket(s) underneath their skirts. There would be a slit opening in the side seam of their skirts allowing access to the pocket underneath, where they would keep necessities of daily life, such as a flint and fuzz for making a fire, eyeglasses, and quite often needle, thread and patchwork scraps.
Closer inspection of the pocket patchwork reveals quite a few wonderful fabric prints. One print made its way into my newest fabric collection, PRAIRIE GATHERING. I changed a few elements from the original piece, which is really cute just the way it is. (It became Style # 5534-0111 in red.)
Mosey over to my blog to read about two more prints I chose for the Prairie Gathering collection that came from a dirty, nasty piece of patchwork that I’m pretty sure was used to wipe a car engine!”
Thanks, Pam… We love to explore the many places where inspiration can be found!
Quilters, where do YOU find the best inspiration for your projects?