QuiltCon Recap – Everybody Loves Wool Penny Crafts!

We’ve barely unpacked from QuiltCon, and suddenly, it’s March 1, also known as the start of National Craft Month, so our next show recap focuses on crafting with wool.  We invited QuiltCon attendees to enjoy a sit-and-stitch break to create a few small, colorful layered embellishments with us.  Wool pennies are traditionally joined together to create pennyrugs, but they also make fun individual embellishments!  QuiltCon - Wool PenniesThey’re also a great way to practice embroidery stitches – just stack a few, then secure and decorate them with blanket stitches, French knots, running stitches and more… Sew one to your garment, quilt, handbag, pillow, make a coin purse or add a pin back for cute wool jewelry! One stitcher plans to make her penny into a luggage tag, while another will be adding a wool penny tea bag pocket to her tea cozy!  Everyone enjoyed the chance to do a bit of handstitching with bright colors, a bit of a Zen moment for those on quilt overload.

Of course, crafting is always a lot more fun with friends, and we’re grateful to our friends at Aurifil for their beautiful threads and 6-strand floss, to Sizzix for their super-handy Big Shot die cutting machine, and to Clover USA for sharing their sight-saving embroidery needles  ; ).

View the Studio 37 Fabrics Wool Collection and download these FREE PROJECTS!

Marcus Fabrics Wool Acorns

WoolNeedlecaseBrights  WoolHandbagDeirdre

#NationalCraftMonth Fun with Susan Cousineau!

March is #NationalCraftMonth and we’re celebrating with some super-fun party favor ideas featuring Susan Cousineau’s enchanting MAGICAL MERMAID, POLKA DOT POND and SO SWEET LOVE  collections… You’ll want to download the 6-page party ideas booklet now, and save it for festive fun all year long!  Thanks, Susan, for sharing your magical ideas with us  ; )

Visit Susan online at Sweet Chic Design.


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Trending: Folkloric Colors for 2015

Judging from this week’s color trend report from Plaid, the Folkloric influence is strong this season: “Encompassing the identity and aesthetic of many cultures, colors and textures, the folk art trend meets people at their roots.”  


IntrigueCOMPThis immediately reminded me not only of Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE collection, but also some of the newest additions to our CENTENNIAL SOLIDS, both shown here.


Any of these fabrics would work flawlessly as tablecloths, runners or placemats with coordinating painted platters or glassware.  Or try Plaid’s Folklore Garden Tray project and stitch up coordinating napkins… We know you’re passionate about your quilting, but how many of you also enjoy other creative pursuits like painting or beading where your favorite color palettes can crossover?

Brother Int’l Tops Trends in Crafting for 2014

If you love quilting and fabric crafts, chances are your artistic interests might also include other crafts, too, so we thought you’d enjoy a sneak-peek at some of the trends unveiled recently at the Craft & Hobby Association’s  2014 Winter trade show…

BrotherScanCutFabricWhile fabrics aren’t quite the main focus of this show, there’s always some cross-over of trends that are worth considering, and we congratulate our friends at Brother International for taking First Place in CHA’s Hot 20 Awards! Brother’s new ScanNCut machine is a revolutionary new home and hobby cutting machine with the convenience of a 300 DPI built-in scanner.  It stands alone, so you don’t have to hook it up to your computer. It cuts fabric beautifully, along with paper, vinyl and other things!  In fact, the die-cutting category in general proved to be one of the top trends.  Other areas of creative interest include:

  • Airbrushing and airbrushed effects – found on everything from T-shirts to wall art to cake tops!
  • Chalkboard Art, which leads to chalky effects, giving an “instant vintage'” effect for home decorating.  NEW AGED MUSLINS provide the look, without the chalky mess!
  • Handwriting
  • Raw Materials & Textures: Cork, Burlap, Canvas, Wood