Jul 17, 2008 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Time to make another quilt.

Time to make a quilt. Now that’s always an easy decision.  Then comes the hard part… choosing which size, pattern, fabric, etc.  

Did you ever stop to think how many different kinds of quilts there are? Art, applique, pieced, crazy quilts, quilt-as-you-go, embroidered, cross stitched, T-shirt quilts, photo, BOM, mystery quilts are a few.  Can you think of any others?  And within each of these types, there are so many, many different looks, different patterns.  Have you ever heard of Fraser Smith? He makes quilt sculpture from wood.  His pieces are very colorful and, at least in the photographs, look so real. 

Then there’s all the different sizes… baby blanket, crib, wall hanging, miniature, throw, twin, full, queen, king, quiltlet.  Even an EXTRA LARGE one - a quilt of North Dakota with each of its’ counties.  The quilt measures 85 feet by 134 feet – it’s so big they can’t find a place in North Dakota to put it on display. 

And the different ways to finish the quilt when the top is complete… tie it, hand quilt, machine quilt, random quilt pattern, in-the-ditch, shadow, leaves, flowers, lines… it’s impossible to name all the possibilities!

Now thinkabout the fabric choices, the thread choices, to embellish or not.

It just kind of boggles the mind to think about all the variables.  There’s no end to the experiences to be had with this hobby.  At least there is one other decision to make that really easy… where to go for your pattern.  Quilter’s Warehouse is sure to have what you are looking for even if you’re not yet sure what that is!  Enjoy browsing the quilt patterns.

A sneak peek at new items.

These quilt patterns will be new later this week at Quilters Warehouse.                                  

Card Tricks All Around is a twist on the traditional ‘card trick’ block.  Almost all quilts change with the fabric choices you make, but this one looks like it would change dramatically.   It looks very pleasing with the monochromatic fabrics – even more closely matched fabrics would be interesting.  Wildly different colors would change the look entirely.  How about a wall hanging for a new college student in the school’s colors?

 

Card Tricks All Around

The Blue Cross Quilt will use up your scraps, or it works great with Jelly Rolls.  (mmm, brb, gotta refill the coffee n get a jelly donut)  Wouldn’t it be fun too make this quilt for that same college student with the same college colors.  It would be the perfect throw for the end of the bed, and it’d be great to take along to the football games.  A little piece of home while they are away.

The Blue Cross Quilt

Any new babies expected, or already here?  Baby Elephant Walk would make a great gift.  And no need to choose a pink or blue color scheme.  It’s works for either.  This is a paper pieced pattern – looks like a good one to learn with – you’ll get practice with the same shape.  The warning says it could be addictive!

Baby Elephant Walk

 

Ready to learn a new technique? You’ll learn to thead paint with Painted Wreath.  You can test run all those decorative stitches on your sewing machine that you haven’t tried yet.  You can also add embellishments. Go for it!!  If you like it this pattern could be used to make a wreath for each season.

Painted Wreath

 There’ll be more new items later this week… USB wallet (sounds cute), a Carol Hopkin’s mini- quilt for your scraps, a table runner, and more. Enjoy!

Jul 10, 2008 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Innovations – aptly named

Quilt designer Ruth Powers is the force behind Innovations.  Her quilt designs are anything but usual.  They are very artistic and even when they start with a traditional block they make a surprising finish.  Just as in life, a step at a time is the answer to completing even the most complicated quilts.  And even the simplest of designs doesn’t look simple when it’s done, it has a “wow” factor.  Here’s a sampling…

Goose on the Loose.  A simple block, flying geese, but what a way to fly.  And into the borders too!

Goose on the Loose

The inspiration for this quilt, Starburst was Ruth’s AQS prize winning quilt called “Starmageddon”.  This design went on to become a prize winner too!  You can see the bright stars emerge from the pile at the bottom of the quilt. There are two options to choose from for the background.  This will make a nice quilt for laying under the stars, even on a cloudy night.

Starburst

Traditional Tricks is made with nine patches, log cabin blocks, some squares, some half square triangles.  Back to basics really, but WOW!  Quite a statment for all it’s simplicity. Match the colors to your decor and you will have an outstanding piece of art to hang on your wall (better be a large wall) or turn your bed into the showcase.

Traditional Tricks

Repetitions of one 12″ block make this scrappy beauty, Scrapmajic Stars.  Start with the baby size so you can see the magic happen fast.  You’ll have a gift that will be treasured by mom now and baby later.  Then move on and make one of the bed sizes for yourself.  (That is if you don’t get inundated with requests to make a quilt just like the one you gave the new mom at her shower!)

Scrapmagic Stars

There are so many more projects by Innovations.  Also be sure to check out all the other quilt patterns at QuiltersWarehouse.

The cats are back…

… and there’s an elephant chasing them!

9 Lives is a wild looking quilt designed by Phil & Lisa Girard of Tivoli Quilt Creations. You’ll be able to use up even your tiniest scraps. Make a few single cats and they’d make an interesting grouping on the wall in a child’s room. Make all nine cats and you’ll have a fun lap quilt. Just the kind that a child would love to look at and “explore” when they are having some quiet time or laying down for a nap. It’d be fun to make up names for each of the “crazy cats.”

9 Lives

But look out… here comes the elephant! This wall hanging is done in reverse applique but no need to do any of it by hand. Quite a dramatic looking elephant.

Elephant

Wonder what she’d look like with painted toenails?

Enough with the animals – here’s a Christmas project. Christmas Express is an advent calender. Each car on the train, including the locomotive, is a pocket ready to hold a small surprise for the countdown. If you have any scraps left after making those cats, they’ll be put to good use here.

Christmas Express

Now that your scraps are used up, grab a bunch of fat quarters and here’s a simple quilt… Reversible Lap Quilt should make up quick. There are even quilting designs included so there’ll be no hesitation to finish while you try to figure out what’s the “best” way to quilt the project.

Reversible Lap Quilt

Lots of choices for the two sides: light/dark, winter/summer, spring/fall, bold/muted, cats/dogs… hey, who let the animals back in?!

Next, for a challenge and a stunning finish, try Serpentine. Again, with the scraps. Designers Phil & Lisa Girard say it’s not as hard as it looks, but they agree, it’s stunning.

Serpentine

These should keep you busy for a while, but they are just a few of the many, varied designs by our featured designer, Trivoli Quilt Creations. There are also a few more advent calendars, tote bags, full size quilts, and more. Check out all of their projects and all of the other designer’s quilt patterns at QuiltersWarehouse.

Variety is the Spice of Life

New this week at QuiltersWarehouse is quite a variety of patterns. . . applique, paper foundation, punchneedle, pieced, wallhangings, baby quilts, lap quilts, a table runner, a full size quilt and a book for Moda’s Layer Cakes.

This Stars and Stripes Runner is a paper foundation pattern. Looks great this way, but you could use Christmas fabrics too and make a holiday decoration.

Stars and Stripes Runner

And while you are in a holiday sewing mood, here’s Snow Globe, a needle punch project. It finishes 3″ x 3″ and would make a great gift. Make several! Cools you off just looking at it, doesn’t it?

Snow Globe

Have you sampled any layer cakes yet? They do look delicious and now here’s a book with 8 patterns especially for layer cakes. It’s The Sweet Life from Anka’s Treasures. The patterns were designed by Heather Mulder and sweetness is promised.

The Sweet Life

3 Little Baskets from Quilted Closet is a reverse applique wallhanging. This is a fun, fast and easy project. Use all the same fabrics for the baskets or three different, coordinating fabrics. Do the same with the backgrounds. DIfferents threads, the same… the variations are endless.

3 Little Baskets

And for a pieced pattern… Triple Expresso – Hop, Skip & Jump. It’s just what the name suggests and more! Three blocks, three different layouts for three different looks. Make any size from crib to King.

Triple Expresso

There are lots more new patterns this week. Check them all out at QuiltersWarehouse.com.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty

A  new CD is out for a simply gorgeous quilt pattern by Black Cat Creations… Kathie Southern of StudioKat Designs is our current featured designer at QuiltersWarehouse… and have you seen the new Christmas Kittens by Mary Herschleb?

First, the new CD…

Aunt Bea's Parlor CD

Aunt Bea’s Parlor by Amy Cotham of Black Cat Creations IS gorgeous, isn’t it? And now the CD is available for your machine! If you don’t already have an embroidery machine, it’s enough to make you want to go out and buy one. hmmm. The designs are in full color so you can match the quilt as shown. sooo pretty. Or use the one color designs and contrast the colors you select for the pieced portion of the quilt. Either way you will have a winner when you are finished.

On to our current featured designer, Kathy Southern of Studio Kat Designs… “art you can wear!” Patterns for bags, bags, and more bags. Here’s a few. . .

Mezza Luna is the name of this pattern. It’s suitable for beginners and versatile enough for the more experienced to really add some flair. You can get very creative.

Mezza Luna

This next one is Bellagio Bag pictured with one of the two flap styles. More of a free and easy bag again with plenty of opportunity to embellish, get fancy or just keep it simple.

Studio Kat Designs Bellagio Bag

How about a bag for inside your bag?

Porta Pockets Purse Insert

This handy purse insert pattern comes in two sizes. Use those wild fabrics that you’ve always wanted to use but were afraid to. No one will know but you!

Check out all of Studio Kat Designs‘ patterns for “bags with panache.”

And, finally, the Christmas Kittens

Christmas Kittens

Everyone knows once July gets here it’s time to start sewing for Christmas! You’ll get a nice head start and maybe thinking about Christmas will cool you off. This pattern by Mary Herschleb makes a cute bell pull – it’ll decorate you doorknob nicely. The pattern also includes four ornaments.

That’s enough kitties for now. Time to get your machine purring.

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