Carol Hopkins Designs – Wallhangings and Smaller

Wallhangings and miniatures are not the only sizes of Carol Hopkins quilt patterns, but she does have a nice selection of these. She designs her reproduction quilts for use with reproduction fabrics. But don’t let that stop you from experimenting! All of these quilts lend themselves to a scrappy look, so dig out your scraps and transform them.

Carol Hopkins is currently our featured designer at Quilters Warehouse, and she has a new quilt pattern called Hooker’s Hat Patch. What a nice wall hanging it would make – a perfect accent for a family room, or as the center of attention in your entryway. Tell your guests the name of the quilt and you have a conversation piece!

Hooker's Hat Patch

For a companion quilt, try Carol Hopkins Grandpap’s Cards. This quilt pattern has the same diamond and triangle theme going that makes up Hooker’s Hat Patch. Use the some of the same fabrics that you used for her new pattern, change those background squares to red, and then won’t those quilts look great hanging together?!

Grandpap's Cards

If you’re feeling ambitious, don’t stop now… make an entire grouping; add Michael’s Victory. This quilt pattern by Carol Hopkins would complement the other two, repeating again the diamond and triangle theme, and be a bit brighter by contrast.

Michael's Victory

For a change of pace, do you want a quick quilt, a quilt pattern with no angles? Emily’s Memories is a very simple, scrappy quilt with squares and rectangles only and measures 18″ X 18″ . The wide borders would nicely showcase large pattern fabrics. It looks great with reproduction fabrics but you might want to try using something whimsical and change the look entirely.

Carol Hopkins has several other small quilt patterns and large ones too. Be sure to check out all the Carol Hopkins Designs Civil War quilt patterns and Vintage Reproduction quilts at her web site. Happy quilting!

Photos from International Quilt Market held in Portland, OR

May 16 through the 18 was International Quilt Market in Portland Oregon. A beautiful city that provided the backdrop for a wonderful Market. 40 QuiltersWarehouse suppliers exhibited at this Spring Market with all there exciting new designs on display.

Suzanne and I attended market and took photos of all the booths of these suppliers. You can pretend to be in attendance as well and view the Spring Quilt market displays each of these designers had by selecting the tab above entitled ‘ quilt market photos’.

The new quilt pattern designs and products that were introduced at market will be featured on the QuiltersWarehouse home page over the next few weeks. Be sure and sign up for our weekly news letter so you don’t miss any of these new introductions.

Apr 17, 2008 - Quilt Patterns    No Comments

Quilted Flash Memory Stick Holders with Fat Quarters

Technology is GREAT, but it can be a little BORING! So why not have fun and personalize yours with a fun holder! These USB Memory Stick/Dongle Holders are a neat idea to protect your data and photos from the rigors of travel and keep it all close at hand. Just pack and go – it’s in the bag, backpack, sewing kit, suitcase, briefcase or wear as a necklace. They’re a cinch to make and fun to give as gifts!

We have had a great response to this pattern. Everyone is making them to store and carry embroidery designs to class – and of course they wanted to make theirs special! During class(es), I encourage my students to make machine-embroidered designs on a fat quarter of fabric and then cut out the USB pieces from the embellished fabric. Everyone is different and it’s so much fun to see the end results. Some students continue to embellish with beads, crystals or sequins; one student, using her embroidery machine, stitched the date/year on the fabric of several she made, claiming that we wanted to scan all her scrap booking pages and store each year’s creations on individual sticks. Another student, a “Mother of the Bride,” made a fantastic holder using white satin covered with beautiful machine-embroidered lace designs, which she then embellished with tiny glass pearls around the top flap using a ribbon rose like a button and a string of tiny glass pearls as the handle. She planned to scan all of her daughter’s wedding pictures, store them on a USB stick and present the collection in the beautiful holder. A month later I ran into her, and she was now making them for everyone in the wedding party plus a few extra to store in safety deposit boxes! I like to store audible books on my USB sticks…so each USB holder is embellished with fabric and items to reflect the book’s content. Don’t forget to store copies of all your favorite family recipes on an USB Stick.

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Once you choose your machine embroidery designs, stitch them out on your background fabric. In this example we stitch out a block of “Blackwork,” large enough to cut two USB Holder pieces, as well as, one lace design large enough for one USB Holder piece.

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If you cut a template from Quilter’s Plastic, you’ll be able to see through the plastic to the design. Arrange template as desired (making sure to include seam allowances), cut all your pieces and follow the pattern instructions.

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Embellish as desired and enjoy!

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If you don’t have a embroidery machine, you can choose theme fabric and embellish with theme buttons, beads or charms. There are hundreds of ways to personalize your holders – just think of all the sportsmen, students, pet lovers in your life and how you could make something special for them.

These are really a lot of fun to make and give as gifts; and like I stated on the back of the pattern cover: technology is GREAT, but it can be a little BORING! So why not have fun and personalize yours. No more cookie-cutters holders for you…now go and have some fun creating your very own designs!

Suzanne Shore
Susie C. Shore Designs

Apr 9, 2008 - Everything Else    No Comments

Birth of a Black Cat Creations Pattern – 2

So, you’ve picked out all your fabrics, drawn a dynamite design and stitched it to perfection. Now what?Our patterns begin with a finished sample. In this case a purse – or a few of them. We like to work on this part first (before getting into the instructions) because it takes weeks to have the covers printed. While those are being printed, then we get into the guts of the pattern.

Let’s start with our newest creation, The ClaudieJo Bag. They were designed by Claudia Atchison and Jody Rosenhauer (hence the name). They’re made using charm squares and each bag is a mini art creation on it’s own. Naming a pattern can be a tricky process in itself. Sometimes you have the name before the sample is started. Other times, it takes hundreds of suggestions to get to the final name.

You need some variety when you have small items like these, plus you really want to show people the many possibilities. The first step is a photo of the sample. No problem, right? Well, not always. The lighting and setting needs to be just right. We tried several different settings – on a cute hall tree, flat on the ground and hung on a wall.

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We thought the hall tree set up was great because you could see all of the purses at once. But, it was too busy, the background didn’t work, and you couldn’t see the purses up close……… What about the purse on the wall? Well, we just didn’t like how the handles looked…. So the winner was, the purse photo on the ground (center). We played around with handle positions and got some good shots.The next step in this process is designing the cover of the pattern using our photos. Our next blog will begin that process. Be sure to check back in next week….

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amy and judy
Amy Cotham & Judy Reynolds
Black Cat Creations

Apr 7, 2008 - Quilting News    No Comments

April Fool’s on the web, how fun is that!!

Well if you missed QuiltersWarehouse.com April Fool’s product this year, you have a second chance.  They have decided to keep all their April Fool’s products active year around now.  So you can see all the year’s past products as well as this years ‘short arm QUILTER’

April Fool's product, 2008

You can view all the QuiltersWarehouse April Fool’s on the web products here.   They are all ficticiously manufactured by a company called AFenterprise and their disclamer at the bottom of the page is worth the read.   Hope you check it out.

Apr 6, 2008 - Designer Profile    No Comments

New Designer: Threaded Pear Studio

Have you seen the quilt patterns from our new designer, Threaded Pear Studio? I absolutely love these patterns. There’s just something about them that strikes my fancy, so I wanted to share them with you. There are far too many great patterns that I want to highlight in this post, but I’ll keep it to a few of my favorites!

Brought to you by designers Stephanie Goudzwaard & Gina Halladay comes Madeline. This quilt is made with fat quarters and the simple design mixed with any color scheme is sure to make it the eye-catcher in any room. Two size options available 50” x 50” or 64” x 78”

Madeline

Use your favorite fabrics to make this quilt. Modern Day Diamonds can be made with any combination of fabrics, even your favorite scraps! Finished quilt size: 48” x 58”

Modern Day Diamonds

On Point! is quite possibly one of my favorite patterns. It’s a quick fat quarter quilt that can be whipped up in a matter of days. Finished quilt size: 62” x 82”

On Point!

Skipping Squares reminds me of one of my favorite quilts of my grandmas. It can be made with fat quarters as well as scraps. Use any of your favorites to put this wonder together. Two size options available: 40” x 50” or 50” x 60”

Skipping Squares

I hope you have enjoyed these patterns as much as I do! Be sure to check out the whole Afternoon Delight Series. Besides, what better way is there to spend a rainy spring afternoon than putting together one of these quilts!?!In addition to these wonderful patterns, Gina Halladay is also the publisher of a wonderful BLOG called QuiltersBuzz. You should definatly check that out!

Christy

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