Mar 4, 2013 - Color, Fabric    No Comments

Grey Fabric – Or Do You Say Gray?

Gray is the newest popular background / neutral fabric color. It’s probably normally thought of as a ‘blah’ color but some of the new gray fabrics are so very pretty.

Beyond the Gate Gray Scroll


Beyond the Gate Gray Scroll has a solid gray background with white swirly, curly vines of leaves and buds.



Folio Basic Pale Gray




Pale Grey Folio Vine is a tone on tone with a background of varying shades of grey.  The leaves of the vine are tipped in shades of grey.  All the shading creates a very soft look.



Something Old Something New


As the name suggests, this white background fabric with grey swirls is reminiscent of weddings.   Something Old Something New would make a great border fabric, or even a background, for a wedding quilt.


Granite Beauty Dark Gray quilt fabric



Granite Beauty Dark Gray is a large print.  The 3″ flowers look handpainted.  It’s just a gorgeous fabric!  Pair this with a light blue – beautiful!


Stonehenge Fabric Cement quilt fabric



Great for background, Stonehenge Cement is also a good fabric to have on hand if you do landscape quilt.  Lots of variations in the fabric adds the look of lots of texture to your project.




Quilters Rose Smoke quilt fabric



Subtle rose drawings on a shaded grey background is Quilters Rose Smoke.  It’s a very delicate looking, romantic hinting, grey fabric.




Have you tried any grey in your quilts?  Here’s your chance!  Check out the rest of the grey fabrics – they are found in our White, Black and Gray Fabrics section.

Spring Table Runner Patterns

Spring is going to be here one day.  Though it’s the shortest month, February always seems so loooooong.  Makes me feel like Spring can never come!  But it will!  It does every year – so I’m counting on it!  In the meantime making a Spring table runner just might make the time pass more quickly.  Busy hands, and all that.

Spring Pocket


Briarwood Cottage’s Spring Pocket Table Runner has beautiful, delicate looking applique in the corners, leaving the center open to showcase your quilting. The table runner measures 14″ x 30″.  The pocket pattern (just $5!) includes instructions for matching placemats.

Searching for Direction table topper





What a fresh looking design!  Searching for Direction can be made with normal square edges. Or use the Easy Scallop tool for the scallop edges and add a new technique to your arsenal of talents!

Easy Scallop







All Things Spring

All Things Spring is just packed with projects in a Spring theme.  Many of the projects have instructions for multiple sizes.  Enjoy  piecing and applique as you make wall quilts, table runners, placemats, table toppers and more.


Spring Pickins' Table Runner Towel pattern

This cute Spring Pickins’ table runner by MH Designs features paper pieced tulips.  Never tried paper piecing?  What are you waiting for?!  You might just love the technique.  It give you ‘perfect’ results! And if you do fall in love with paper piecing, Mary Herschleb has several dozen beautiful patterns, all constructed with paper piecing.  Bonus tea towel instructions are included in this pattern.


Spring is on the way . . . . get your table runners ready!

Feb 9, 2013 - Kitchen, Patterns    No Comments

Beverage Mats, Coasters, Mug Rugs . . . .

Lots of names for these cute little quilty pieces of art, but they’ll all hold your beverage.  Some of them are big enough for a bit of a snack, too!

Coffee Club



Modern, trendy coffee cups make great hot pads and cup matts.  Be part of the Coffee Club!


Amazingly Simple Coasters & Hot Pads



Amazingly Simple Coasters & Hot Pads use the backing fabric as an accent – no binding!  From Tiger Lily Press, this pattern comes with instructions for a large hot pad, a small hot pad, and coasters.

Spring Blooms




Spring Blooms beverage mat is number five in a series of 12 mats from 2 Easy Designs – one for each month, all with applique appropriate for the month.  They measure 6″ x 10″ - perfect for a drink and a snack.



Remember Beverage Mat Pattern

Remember is another beverage mat from 2 Easy Designs.  One simple red flower is just the right touch!


Any of these “mug rugs” would make great hostess gifts, or would serve to make your breaks a little more special, while keeping your desk clean.  Have fun making them (and using up your scraps when you do) and then have fun using them or gifting them!


Welcome Quilt Patterns

A quilted Welcome wall hanging is a great way to greet guests as they enter your home.   Let everyone’s first impression of your home be a quilty one!

Flower Welcome Pattern



Flower Welcome by Bloom Creek is 12″ x 28″.  Choose your method: fusible applique or hand applique.  A charm pack would be great for this pattern.


A Fine Welcome



A Fine Welcome pattern offers three projects.  Make a wallhanging for the front entry and one for the back entry.  Plus a bonus pillow.  Each item has a folksy, slightly wonky, cheerful look to it.


Welcome Home


What says Home more than a white picket fence?!  Hang the Welcome sign and change the picket fence gate for each season.  Both pieces together measure 23″ x 32″.






If you are partial to landscape quilts, Welcome with a backdrop of a Rocky Mountain sunrise might be your favorite.  Finished size is 29″ x 16.5″.


Welcome Bunny



And now for something completely different:  Welcome Bunny.  A bold 3-D bunny with carrots and flowers and adorable floppy ears. Your guests will be smiling!

A Quilt for Every Month

Don’t you just love to hang a quilt?!  That good feeling you get from finishing a quilt for yourself can only be topped by hanging it up for display.  Go ahead and spoil yourself – make a quilt a month!  There are several series of mini quilts that have a design for each month . . . .


Calendar Pocket JanuaryThe Calendar Pocket series are little patterns for just $5.00.  Each month has a table runner pattern that feature soft edge applique.  Perfect for decorating.  Make an extra block from each table runner pattern and you will have all the blocks you need for a calendar quilt at the end of the year.  The December pattern includes the instructions for the 50″ x 64″ calendar quilt. Start now and you’ll have that calendar quilt ready just in time for Christmas gift giving!


One Day In The Country



If you like the folk art look, Indygo Junction has a series of monthly little quilts called One Day In The Country.  Make mini quilts or make each month for use in one large quilt…. or do both!



Sunbonnet Sue - April


Love Sunbonnet Sue?  She’s busy all year with scenes in redwork, making this the perfect project for handwork in the evenings.  The finished block for each month is 5.5″ square and can be used in so many different projects.  They are adorable little pieces of art.


Through the Year September




Through the year by Prairiegrove Peddler includes instructions for two projects, plus instructions for a year end sampler quilt.


Little Quilts Squared Again July



Little Quilts Squared Again! are cute appliqued 12″ square blocks.  Bright and cheerful, they have a touch of whimsey, and will be sure to bring a smile to any viewer’s face.



Browse the patterns for the other months and see if you can pick one series that you want to make.  It’ll be hard to pick just one – they are all pretty cute!

Jan 30, 2013 - Bags, Patterns, Purses, Table Runners    No Comments

Welcome, Dragonfly Fiberart!

Susan Michaels of Dragonfly Fiberart has been exploring fibers of some sort since she was a young child.  Although she won’t steer away from unusual materials, Susan considers herself to have more of a traditional aesthetic.  She focuses on “fast and fabulous designs for the creative spirits tight on time”.

Bracket Brigade table runner pattern


The Bracket Brigade table runner would look great on a dining room table.  The lines of the quilt design would frame a centerpiece nicely.  This fat quarter friendly pattern features row construction for a quick finish.


Day Stripper Table Runner Pattern


Day Stripper, a quilt-as-you-go project, will make good use of your favorite strippy scraps.  The pattern finishes at 20″ x 37″ but the size is easily adjusted to fit your needs.




Garden Path table runner pattern



Garden Path will showcase your favorite large scale print.  Another option might be to use a few charms for the center blocks.  Finishing at 19.5″ x 57″, this is another easily adjusted pattern for just the size you want or need.



How Charming to Sew You table runner pattern



And speaking of charms, How Charming To Sew You is a great pattern for charms.  Finished size is 17″ x 40″.


Newporter Tote bag pattern




Dragonfly Fiberart also offers a couple bag patterns.  With five interior pockets and two exterior pockets, Newporter Tote will keep all of your day’s needs organized . . . .no fumbling!




Browse all of Dragonfly Fiberart patterns to find just the right one (or more!) for you.