In honor of QuiltCon this week – and all things contemporary – it’s the perfect time to share a few recent projects by Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts.
“I have always been a Reproduction, “muddy” person, so people are fairly amazed at what I am doing with the brights but so far they all like it, we might turn some of them around to the bright side, it is nice to have a change after all.” We love Deirdre’s cheery mix of RADIANT REFLECTIONS batiks by Sarah Maxwell and the solid Marcus WOOLS.
Tell us if you’ve been “turned around to the bright side” in your quilting, too, even if only to experiment. You’ll find that traditional techniques you’re familiar with can often translate beautifully into more modern fabrics. Want more inspiration? Follow Deirdre on Instagram and Facebook @hatcreekquilts or visit www.hatcreekquilts.com.au
Welcome back from the Holidays, everyone!! Now, get ready for lots of inspiration by the yard in January — can you believe we’re debuting 11 new collections, plus 2 new BOM programs you’ll absolutely LOVE — add these to your 2016 quilting calendar now.
Like more contemporary style? Visit Studio 37 Fabrics for the latest on our plans for QuiltCon in February, new projects and more!
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming soon to your favorite quilt shop, but you’ll have to see the rest online!
Whichever one you choose, you will LOVE the fact that these BOM programs are created with 36 different 10″ x 10″ PRE-CUTS! And Sarah Maxwell’s detailed design is equally dramatic in neutral tones (RIVER ROCK batiks) or bold brights (RADIANT REFLECTIONS batiks). We thought that this particular photo by Sue Loring of The Quilted Crow in Bolton, MA was particularly striking – thanks, Sue! These were recently featured at the shop for the grand opening of its new location.
Look for these block-of-the-month programs at your local quilt shops beginning January, and you can have your own completed masterpeice in just 9 months!
In our first Schoolhouse session, Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J shared ways for quilt shop owners to update their offerings, while attendees got a closeup look at her new “Hashtag” quilt design, done up in her new REVVED UP RETRO collection for Studio 37 Fabrics.
It’s coming in just a few days! We had sooo much great stuff to share (in the midst of last-minute Quilt Market prep), that we’re just taking a few extra days to complete it. We’re relaunching our Studio 37 website, with contemporary looks from Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Nancy Rink, Sarah Maxwell, Susan Cousineau, Irene Chan and Laura Berringer for starters! And on the Marcus side, we’ve got new looks from Pam Buda, flannel sewing tips, and a preview from Rachel Pellman, the newest addition to our design team. It’ll all be unveiled in just a few days, but for now, enjoy this little sneak peek…
If you’re one of those quilters who can’t wait for fall, here’s a great project to set your quilting season in motion: Cozy Constellation by Sarah Maxwell is featured in the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. She chose a mix of PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: Harvest II fabrics. The four blocks, each 36” square, are sure to go together fast. Plus, a kit is available! Quilt instructions and kit ordering details are in the magazine.
Pick up your copy of the August / September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts today! It features this easy-to-sew creation by Dolores Smith (left) and Sarah Maxwell, done in HINT OF PRINT and CLASSIC WOVEN YARN DYES by Molly B’s Studio for Marcus.
Strip piecing speeds construction of this big, handsome quilt. The Lake Itasca king size quilt pattern (102″ x 126″) includes blocks in 2 different fabric combinations, which create a chain-like secondary pattern when set together.
The new June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts includes this quilt project from Homestead Hearth, in trendy grey and yellow coordinates from Faye Burgos’ GREY SKIES collection. We like the mix of a contemporary palette, the paisley, floral and texture motifs, and classic block styling.
Subscription issues began shipping April 21, 2015. By May 5, 2015, the issue will be available on newsstands, as well as in print or digital download format at QuiltandSewShop.com. Homestead Hearth also offers a kit for the project.
Do you love it as much as we do? We’d like to thank everyone who has participated for the past nine weeks, block by block, and, as I promised, the end result is beautiful. Congratulations to everyone who kept up, and if you were not able to, we’re sure that this image of the finished quilt will inspire you to catch up in the completion phase.
And thanks to all of our talented and generous designers for taking time to participate, including the gorgeous finishing design by Paula Barnes and piecing by Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts with quilting and binding by Gloria Parsons of Olde Green Cupboard Designs.
Complete instructions for the finishing are available on the Red Crinoline Quilts blog, but if you still need to catch up on the nine blocks first, here are the links to the blog posts: