Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sisters Forever by It's Sew Emma

To celebrate the "coolest" movie ever to hit the big screen, we're so excited to present our Sisters Forever Quilt Kit and pattern by It's Sew Emma! This adorable panel quilt features the dynamic duo,  Elsa and Anna of Disney's Frozen. The quilt finishes at 60.5" x 72.5", and it's a great addition to any little girl's room!

Want just the pattern? We have them available in paper and PDF format! 

And if your little ones prefer a certain snowman who loves warm hugs? Don't worry, he's on his way! 

Our Sisters Forever quilt kits are flying out the door, so make sure to pre-order your Happy Snowman quilt kit and backing set today!

Coffee Koozie Tutorial with Fat Quarter Shop

Coffee addicts and tea lovers, rejoice! We have an easy DIY Coffee Koozie tutorial for you today. This project is so easy and fun to make! Plus, it adds extra pizzazz to your coffee or tea tumblers. 
This tutorial requires a mini charm pack, thread (Aurifil of course!), a hairband, and a button to make. Kimberly chose to use the Elementary collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. 

We also created koozies from other collections!
Coffee Koozies in the Into The Woods Collection.

Coffee Koozies in Miss Kate and Figures collections.

Don't know which mini charm pack to choose? Well, it's your lucky day! Our mini charm packs are 20% OFF all week long, until August 31st. 2014, at 11:59 PM CST! 
Are you ready to begin your project? Download our FREE Coffee Koozie pattern, pick up your favorite mini charm pack, and watch our video tutorial with Kimberly. 

We have a few coffee and tea lovers joining us today, and they are so excited to show you their Coffee Koozie! Head on over to their blogs to see their creations. 

We're also giving away five Elementary by Sweetwater mini charm packs to five lucky winners! To enter, all you need to do is comment and tell us what projects you like to make with mini charm packs! Don't forget to let us know what you think of the video and project! Be sure to share your creations on our Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram! Happy crafting everyone!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meet our new author!

Happy Monday, everyone!  Jocelyn here, and I get to bring you some wonderful news!

We are so, so, so incredibly pleased to be introducing you to our newest author, Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs, and her upcoming book.  (YES, I know -- we love her too!)  She has been a huge force in the quilting industry for years, and we are beyond blessed to be able to work with her on her new creation.

Why we are so happy to work with her is a no-brainer.  All of her quilts are gorgeous, amazing, stunning, and fresh.  She is charming, intelligent, passionate and a consummate professional.  All of these lovely things have been funneled into her upcoming book with It's Sew Emma, Quilted Living!

Quilted Living

Quilted Living is a mixture of projects that sighs "summertime".  Whenever I hear "summertime", I go straight to Ella Fitzgerald's song... "Summertime, and the living is easy..."  This book creates that awesome, bright, comfortable, casual feeling of the season.
Grab a frosty glass of lemonade and enjoy Quilted Living!

More than just quilts, you'll find tablerunners and cushions, all of which are based on simple blocks anyone can master.  They also feature her next fabric collection, Summer Cottage from Red Rooster Fabrics, and with it she blends in a fun, full-color palette with a classic red, white and blue trio, to include our patriotic summer holidays.

A close-up view of Tumbler and Streamers.
Even MORE than that, Gerri has designed her Americana projects to meld together to create an entirely new sampler quilt.  It is such a neat concept you'll have to see for yourself!

Quilted Living is available for pre-sale at 20% off now, so reserve your copy right away!  Gerri has so many amazing things to share, and this book is chock full of them.

Okay okay -- I know you're desperate for sneak peeks. I have a whole lot of them just ahead from our photoshoot in Austin last week, so get comfy, enjoy, and reserve your copy of Quilted Living today!

Just a few of our summertime beauties

Quilts and a picnic - what could be better?

Bursting Star box cushions, great for tushies while enjoying a parade.

Or create your own patriotic parade with this grouping!

If my happy place were a location, this would be it.

Pretty sunshine and Kimberly's feet to boot.

Chevrons and stars, oh my!

A simple centerpiece for the home of the brave.

Gerri Robinson enjoying the view!

See how these Americana quilts flow together!

Getting the drape just right.

The heat we'll bear for a few pretty pictures!

Ahh... quilts DO grow on trees!

A lovely bouquet of wildflowers accents the X-Ceptional quilt.

Another view of the X-Ceptional quilt.

The Streamers quilt is so simple but matchless.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 Summer Book Club: Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston

We're finally at the end of our 2014 Summer Book Club and we're featuring Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston of A Squared W as our final book pick. This book is filled with twelve geek chic-inspired quilt designs to ignite your intellect and imagination. You'll see scientific disciplines such as chemistry and calculus, transformed into vibrant and quirky quilts. Alexandra also included easy-to-use charts to eliminate those challenging mathematical pattern problems. Take a look at all of the amazing designs she created below!

Aperture Science and Cultured quilt
Echo and States of Matter quillt

All 12 projects from Quilt Lab
Now it's time for our 2014 Summer Book Club giveaway! We are giving away a stash of books to ten lucky winners from now until the end of August. To enter, comment below and let us know what inspires you when creating quilts. One winner will be picked each week and all the winners will be announced August 26th. Good Luck and happy quilting! 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Three Round Up!

Welcome to the Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Three Round Up! We're getting close to end of our book tour and ff you haven't seen last week's round up, don't forget to check them out! Today, we have Lee of Freshly Pieced, Holly of Bijou Lovely Designs, and Ashley of Film in the Fridge joining us!

Our first blogger is Lee of Freshly Pieced. As a lover of any form of star blocks, we thought that the Sparklettes quilt block would be perfect for her! She created the crib-size with fabric from her stash and her recent Kona solid fave in Aloe to complement her patterns.

Next, we have Holly of Bijou Lovely Designs! She created the Primrose quilt block that was inspired by the lovely blooms of spring. We love Holly's version using Jeni Baker's Dreamin' Vintage fabric, which adds a whimsical and retro touch to the block!

Finally, Ashley of Film in the Fridge is here to show off her Circuit quilt. This quilt is great to play up your favorite fabrics! She created the her version using some old fabric from her stash,added in a few Cotton + Steel Basics, and mixed and matched prints and solids in each block! Genius!

Thank you so much to all of our bloggers for joining us in our Fat Quarter Style book tour! Check out their blogs for a chance to win a copy of Fat Quarter Style. Ready for next week's lineup? Here it is...

#10  August 25th : Erin of Why Not Sew?

#11  August 27th Kristyne of Pretty By Hand 

#12  August 29th : Amy of Diary of A Quilter 

Tune in next Saturday for our Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Three Round Up!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Prairie Gathering Block of the Month

Welcome back to the Jolly Jabber! Today, we're going to chit chat with Pam Buda about her newest Block of the Month for Marcus Fabrics, A Prairie Gathering. Pam brings us a wonderful blend of traditional deep reds and beige prints in this BOM, which pays a year-long tribute to women who used needle and thread to affect change. 

Q:  Tell us a little about the A Prairie Gathering Block of the Month. What were you inspired by?

A: My Prairie Gathering quilt was inspired by nineteenth century women, who quite literally had what they themselves called "quilting gatherings". In addition to gathering together for simple companionship and to work on quilting their own work while they visited, they gathered and worked on a quilt for a specific cause; for someone special in their lives, for their community, and for their country. These "simple Prairie women", who were for the most part uneducated and considered lower-class citizens, banded together. With needles and thread, patchwork and perseverance, they made significant and lasting changes in their community and our country. 

The Medallion style quilt was popular then and has been a favorite of mine, and in looking for something unique and different for my first program with Marcus Fabrics, I chose that style and paired it with my favorite color, Red! A two-color quilt is a traditional classic, and I'm all about tradition...but definitely use today's modern rotary and piecing techniques! And, with my passion for early American history, I've included four historic anecdotal stories of how women worked together to make quilts that fund-raised for causes that effected lasting change. 

Q:  What is your design process when beginning the project?

A: In designing the quilt, I began with the center Medallion. I wanted something striking to set the tone and to have angles and points, light areas and dark areas, so it would really stand out. The center would likely be on-point for more drama, but that poses a lot of mathematical problems when adding pieced borders. But, not to worry, I took care of that nicely! 

When I was choosing the pieced borders I felt like a kid in the candy store. With so many possibilities to choose from, I did a lot of playing.  Many candidates were eliminated because the math didn't work, and I wanted to keep the construction of blocks and parts simple enough so even confident beginners could make the quilt.  I knew fabric print and value would play a big part in the design as well. 

Q:  When you designed this fabric, did you have this quilt in mind as you chose your fabrics?

A: When I'm about to design a new fabric collection, I usually have a quilt design in mind too, and set about choosing the fabrics I would like in that quilt. It's kind of like when you choose a pattern you like at the quilt shop, then shop for the fabrics you want for that particular quilt. When designing the fabrics for A Prairie Gathering, I considered not only color value, which plays a big part in this quilt, but also the size of the prints, and especially a great border print. The light background colors range from a light cream with what I call a "prairie dirty" finish (think aged with a 'used patina' on it. Nothing stayed white on the prairie!) to a warm, cozy beige. There are light tone-on-tones, and lights with reds and blacks. The reds range from a sparkling cranberry to deep, almost black/red for a bit of depth and drama. All of the prints in the collection came from my nineteenth century antique quilts and are sweet, traditional, classic prints in my "Prairie style". 

Together, the design team at Marcus Fabrics and I worked to make the very best collection of reproduction red and light prints for this program, and I could not be happier with how they all turned out. I sincerely hope you like them too, and enjoy making A Prairie Gathering as the months go by!

Love what you see? The BOM program starts on January 2015, so sign up today! Thanks for joining us everyone!