Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Spring Quilt Market Booth Tour - Day 2

We're back from Spring Quilt Market with plenty to show! We'll be splitting the photos into three days of posts. Today you'll see the booth displays and new collections from Ann Lauer, Matthew Pridemore, and Jackie Robinson. 

Here's Ann's booth, featuring her new line, Here Come the Sun (hello, sunflowers!). 

Sunflowers are abloom all over--in both Ann's quilt patterns and bags from Pink Sand Beach Designs.

The showstopper--a free quilt pattern for Here Comes the Sun. 

 Ann's not only showing off her collection, she's also wearing it. Check out her jacket:

Sunflowers peeking through in the back.

Showing off her quilts in a demonstration for shop owners:



Click here for a sneak peek at the Here Comes the Sun collection, available in quilt shops in the fall.

Next up is whimsical fun with Matthew Pridemore's Dino Age collection. 

"Friendly Little Dinosaurs" is a free quilt pattern available on our website.

This quilt uses the Dino Age panel, surrounded by a variety of pieced borders. 

Even Matthew's wife, Heidi, got into the fun, modeling a dress she made using the Dino Age fabrics! 

Click here to see the entire Dino Age collection, available in quilt shops now. 

Our third booth display to show today is from Jackie Robinson, called A Wildflower Meadow. The collection features Jackie's signature stripe, wildflowers, and plenty of coordinates! 

Hello, Jackie!


This quilt looks complex, but all the work is done by the stripe. 

A medallion quilt surrounded by the floral stripe. 

Click here for a sneak peek at the entire A Wildflower Meadow collection, coming to quilt shops late summer.

Did you catch the first day of our Quilt Market booth tour? 
Click here to see fabrics and quilts by Nancy Halvorsen, Rose Ann Cook, and Cheryl Haynes. 

Stop by tomorrow to see more of our Quilt Market booth. 


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring Quilt Market Booth Tour - Day 1

We're back from Spring Quilt Market with plenty to show! We'll be splitting the photos into three days of posts. Today you'll see the booth displays and new collections from Nancy Halvorsen, Rose Ann Cook, and Cheryl Haynes. 

First up, Nancy Halvorsen's display, featuring her bright new collection, Bree

Nancy showing her calendar quilt, which features a different applique block and word for each month. The quilt is featured in her new book.

A closer look at the quilt: 

It feels like summer at this fresh patio set, with cushions covered in Bree fabric and a cute hourglass block quilt top. 

A closer look at the quilt: 

Nancy's blocks can be used individually, as well, such as for a pillow.

Adorable themed banners and small wall hangings for each month: 

We're thrilled to see your new collection, Nancy! We've missed you!

A few more quilts made using the Bree collection (both are available as free patterns on our website).

Click here for a sneak peek at the entire collection, available in shops this summer. 



Next, Rose Ann Cook, with her new collection Modern Antiques.


Rose Ann's collection was inspired by the antique quilt she's holding here. 

A gorgeous classic quilt design with twelve different blocks, made from Modern Antiques.


Simple half-square triangles pack a punch in Rose Ann’s “Cracker Jack” quilt.  “Churn Dash Candy” is folded in front.  The quilt to the right with the fanned top (Hidden Shoo Fly) is available as a free quilt pattern on our website.  These three quilts are SISTERS Quilts, meaning that each one can be made from one half of one fat quarter bundle (plus backgrounds, sashing and borders. Rose Ann introduced her line of SISTERS Quilt Patterns at the show.

Star blocks in a table runner


Rose Ann shows the quilt she made using her fabrics based on the antique version.  This quilt, called “Antique 4-Corners” is also a Sisters Quilt Pattern.  She made Antique 4 Corners and the Cracker Jack quilt from the same fat quarter bundle!! 
SISTERS Quilt Patterns are available from Rose Ann’s shop, Quilter’s Emporium.

Click here for a sneak peek at the Modern Antiques collection, available in quilt shops this fall.

Cheryl Haynes' booth display features her three newest collections, Pumpkin Patch, Liberty Hill and Chicks on the Run


Cheryl used her Liberty Hill collection to create an iconic Americana quilt, the Liberty Hill Collection Quilt. The pattern can be made into three smaller quilts or combined into the quilt Cheryl's holding below. 


Ready for fall? Pumpkin Patch has all the right prints!


Using Liberty Hill coordinates for a beautiful star quilt.

Cheryl's Liberty Hill quilt on its own.

More details from the Liberty Hill Collection Quilt:

Chicks on the Run--so cute!

Sweet bird and chick themed quilts using the Chicks on the Run fabric:


Click here to see the entire Pumpkin Patch collection, available in quilt shops now. 

Click here to see the entire Liberty Hill collection, available in quilt shops this summer.
Click here for a sneak peek at the Chicks on the Run collection, available in quilt shops this fall.

Stop by tomorrow as we continue our booth tour! 
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop: Day 4

We can't wait for summer! To help put us all in a carefree, sunshine-y mindset, this week we're hosting the Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop! Thanks to our talented designer friends, we'll be featuring tutorials to make four different summer-themed mini quilts.


Who doesn't love bright and bold colors in the summer? Today Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation is sharing a tutorial for a modern flying geese mini using a gorgeously textured and cheerful palette from the Patio Splash collection. Check out her tutorial and then head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a bundle of Patio Splash. 

Here's Kelly!
Happy almost summer, friends!  I'm Kelly, and my blog home is My Quilt Infatuation.  I'm super excited to share the tutorial for this little mini, featuring a few fabrics from the Patio Splash collection.  I chose to use the Color Strokes prints from this collection, and I am in love with the fresh, summery palette.


This mini is a fun twist on the timeless flying geese block.  My making geese of several sizes, it creates the fun illusion of sliding right down the quilt.

Materials-
(6) assorted fat quarters, Patio Splash Color Strokes
1/4 yard solid white background fabric
1 fat quarter, Color Strokes fabric for backing
binding fabric (cut from leftovers)

This mini requires cutting your fabrics into several different sizes, and I've tried to make this part as organized as possible so it doesn't get too tedious.

From the pink and purple fabrics, cut-
(1) 2" x 3.5" rectangle
(1) 4.5" x 8.5" rectangle

From the red and turquoise fabrics, cut-
(1) 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle
(1) 4" x 7.5" rectangle

From the Yellow and orange fabrics, cut-
(1) 3" x 5.5"
(1) 3.5" x 6.5"

From the solid white fabric, cut-
(4) 4.5" squares
(4) 4" squares
(4) 3.5" squares
(4) 3" squares
(4) 2.5" squares
(4) 2" squares
(2) 1.5" x 4"rectangles
(2) 2.5" x 3.5"rectangles
(2) 3" x 3.5"rectangles
(2) 2.5" x 4.5"rectangles
(2) 2" x 5.5"rectangles

When working with so many different sizes, I find it easiest to lay everything out for your flying geese units before sewing anything at all.  Arrange them in increasing size order on the left, and decreasing size order on the right.  Then, to keep everything organized, go ahead and lay two white squares of the corresponding size on each rectangle.  These squares will be the corner units needed to create the flying geese units.


To sew the flying geese, we'll use the stitch and flip method.  When making several geese the same size, there are more efficient ways to make more geese at one time, but that doesn't really help when you only need a single unit of each size/color.  To make a single geese unit, align the white square with the edge of the print rectangle, and sew from corner to corner.


To help you sew a straight line, you can either draw a line on the wrong side of your square, or you can use painter's tape.  Keep the corners of your square aligned with the edges of the painter's tape, and you'll have no trouble keeping a straight seam.


Since there are only 12 total flying geese, it is pretty quick to sew the first square to each one, before heading to the ironing board.


Then, just take your scissors and trim each corner to 1/4" seam allowance. Don't worry!  This doesn't have to be perfect.  Just be sure you don't cut too close to the seam.  Then press each corner open!



Then, just repeat this process on the opposite side of each flying geese unit, using the second white square.


When they're all pressed open, lay them back out in order by size, and use your white rectangles to fill in the gaps, making each flying geese unit the length of the longest one.


Pay close attention to the direction of the flying geese.  I've chosen to have one row pointing upward, and the other down, but you can mix them up if you would rather.  Sew each unit to its corresponding strip, and then sew the flying geese strips together to make your mini.


Finish it up by quilting it however you like.  This finished mini measures 16" x 16 1/2" and the bright happy colors would be a cute addition to your favorite summer decor, either inside, or (dare I say it?) your patio!



I'm so excited that I have the opportunity to offer a fun giveaway!  Benartex is graciously offering a bundle of the Patio Splash fabrics I used to a a lucky reader.  Head HERE to my blog home to enter.


Happy summer and happy sewing, y'all!








Head over to Kelly's blog to enter the giveaway! 

Click here to see the entire Patio Splash collection. 

Don't miss the other days of our Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop!

Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop:
Day 1: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts using Liberty Garden
Day 2: Benartex blog design team using Play Ball
Day 3: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts using Anything Goes
Day 4: Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation using Patio Splash
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