Monday, January 22, 2018

Painter of Light...on fabric!

Even without the blog post title above, you'll likely recognize the artwork you're about to see. It's the work of Thomas Kinkade, a beloved American artist well known for his idyllic painted scenes. We've been working with Thomas Kinkade Studios to bring some of this famous painter's art to fabric. The Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light collection features four iconic seasonal panel scenes, as well as a few scenic coordinates. Gorgeous! 

What would you do with these panels? 
Stay tuned this week as we share a coordinating collection of mini prints, as well as free quilt patterns featuring these panels. 
Click here to see the entire Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light collection. 
Click here to learn more about Thomas Kinkade, his life, and his work. 
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Pages of inspiration...a new issue of Modern by the Yard

That's right! Our e-zine is back with a new issue and we can't wait for you to see it! The issue features four projects, a revamped Modern with a Twist feature, a fabric gallery, and more, so get ready to be inspired.

Remember, you can click on the marked links throughout the issue, and you can even download the pdf and save it to your computer. (To download, look for the downward pointing arrow in the lower right corner of your browser page.)

Simply click on the button below to start paging through this new issue.

Here's a sneak peek of the projects inside: 
"Confetti" designed by Sarah Goer; featuring the Modern Marks collection by Christa Watson

"Plus Playtime" designed by Sandra Walker featuring the Dot Crazy collection by Modern Quilt Studio

"Icicles" by Chris Dodsley featuring the Color Weave collection

"Frosty Cabins" designed by Alison Vermilya featuring Winter Games by Amanda Murphy

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wildflower Garden

Jackie's Hydrangea Blue collection may just be hitting your local quilt shop now, but if you need a fast flower fix, check out the Wildflower Garden quilt she designed for the latest issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. The quilt is packed with beautiful flowers and features her A Wildflower Meadow collection. 
Wildflower Garden designed by Jackie Robinson; pieced and quilted by Sheri Butkowski;
featured in Love of Quilting January/February 2018

Tell us about this quilt.
Well, it looks like it’s made on point, but it isn’t. It’s made up of a bunch of tiny nine-patches sewn together. It’s an Irish Chain variation—the nine-patches create the diagonal lines running across the quilt.

How did you decide which prints to feature in the big blocks?
I designed the pattern intending to use the medium florals. They show up really well, and the outer floral stripe ties everything together.

What does this quilt remind you of?

The quilt was recently returned to me (after the magazine photoshoot). When I unfolded it, I realized it reminded me of a garden I’d seen on a recent trip to Slovakia. We were at a castle up on a hill, and the gardens were pretty spent because it was the end of October, but the layout looked very much like this quilt. There are formal gardens like this—patchs among areas of different kinds of flowers—at the Bellingrath Gardens in Alabama, or The Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island in British Columbia. That’s what I like most about this quilt—how it reminds me of formal gardens.

Butchart Gardens

Click here to find the quilt pattern.
Click here to find the kit for Wildflower Garden.
Click here to see Jackie's other quilt patterns featuring A Wildflower Meadow.
Click here to find Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hydrangea Blue Virtual Trunk Show

If seeing Jackie Robinson's Hydrangea Blue collection has put you in a spring kind of mood, you'll enjoy her virtual trunk show today. Jackie is featuring her fabric in five quilt patterns and has also designed a free quilt pattern available on our website. 

"Easy Trip Around the World"
This quilt is made up of nine-patch blocks--what we used to call fancy nine-patch blocks. It works really well to make a Trip Around the World quilt. And the stripe border just finishes is nicely. 
Click here to purchase the Easy Trip Around the World pattern.

"Midnight Sky"
This is avariation of a Colorado Log Cabin, with stars in some of the corners. The different values of blues show up really well in this quilt. The center of each block features a fussy-cut hydrangea.
Click here to purchase the Midnight Sky pattern.

"Song Sung Blue" 
This is a Block of the Month quilt. It has five different kinds of blocks, so with assembly, it becomes a six-step BOM. It's a medallion-style quilt that is assembled in an on-point setting. There are little star flowers in the center and near the outside. I like this one alot.
Click here to purchase the Song Sung Blue pattern

"Weaver Four-ver"
This quilt is one of the reasons I like to have four values in my fabric collections. It's one of my favorite quilts. It's made from strip sets, sort of a bargello technique.
Click here to purchase the Weaver Four-ver pattern

"Woven Garden"
This quilt is so simple; it's a stripe flanked by two tonal strips. It looks more complex than it is.
Click here to purchase the Woven Garden pattern.

"Spinning Hydrangeas"

This is a unique quilt block made using snowball corners and half-square triangles. The yellow four-patches create a subtle secondary pattern in the background. There's a lot of spin in this quilt!
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

Click here to see the entire Hydrangea Blue collection.

Click here to read an interview with Jackie about Hydrangea Blue.
Click here to visit Jackie's website and find her patterns.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Hydrangea Blue

We're kicking off another January week with more spring inspiration. Jackie Robinson's new collection, Hydrangea Blue, is arriving in quilt shops now. Warm and fresh golds and blues, beautiful hydrangea balls, and a wide variety of tonal prints. Take a peek:

We asked Jackie to talk about Hydrangea Blue:
Did the hydrangea idea come from your garden?
Nope. We have too many deer to have things blooming. I think I have one tulip two daffodils. But hydrangeas are such a pretty flower with nice shape.

Let’s talk about the palette.
I’ve done a couple blue and yellow collections, and it was time for another really good blue and yellow story. It’s a popular color combination. The blues are pure and clean, as are the yellows. The greens have a tad bit of yellow in it—it’s a green that I can work with almost anything. The navy functions as the “black” in the collection. And because I like to do so many log cabin quilts, there are multiple shades of each color. I need those values.

Do you have a favorite print?
The big allover print with the dark blue background. I love how the flowers pop. Typically, the large focal print gets designed first, and then the stripe, because it uses the flowers from the large focal and makes it vertical.

Can you tell us about a few of the other prints?
The fresco petals have such a nice, soft texture.

The wave print is still a favorite of mine—it has such wonderful non-directional texture. There’s an entire line of different colored wave prints coming out later this spring, so watch for it.

I do like the tonal butterflies too. They have a nice flow and they’re a natural pairing with floral prints.

Click here to see the entire Hydrangea Blue collection.
Watch for a virtual trunk show featuring Jackie's prints this week!
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love those scrappy brights!

We've got another quilt to chase away those dreary winter days! This fun scrappy quilt by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth uses Nancy Halvorsen's Bree collection and was featured in Quilting Quickly magazine. 
"Brianne" designed by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth;
featured in the November/December 2017 issue of Quilting Quickly magazine.
We asked Joanie to tell us about the Brianne quilt. 

Do you love Nancy Halvorsen’s Bree collection as much as we do?
Yes! It’s so bright and cheery; it was really fun to play with.

Do you have a favorite print in the collection?
I am most drawn to the two-color fan print. I like the effect it has.

Tell us about this quilt.
We went for a scrappy look with hourglass blocks. With Nancy’s line, there are so many great prints to use, and they all go together. We paired fabrics and made sets of colors. We wanted the hourglasses to play nicely together, and we wanted each block to have one print that was a little heavier to create contrast.

The stripes look great in the hourglass block.
They do! People are often afraid to chop up stripes, but it can make a really cool effect if you just go for it.

How did you choose border fabrics?
We chose not to use a focal print and instead went with a three border treatment. With such a scrappy quilt, it’s easy to pick out almost any color for the border—the quilt center is such a smorgasboard of color! I’m always drawn to greens and blues, and that makes it a little more gender neutral as well. I think the borders bring all the colors together.

What do you like best about this quilt?

It’s a nostalgic quilt that makes me remember my grandma. I love that about it.

Click here to see the entire Bree collection.
Click here to purchase the quilt pattern.
Click here to find November/December 2017 issue of Quilting Quickly magazine.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sun Burst of Color!

We've got another boost of sunshine to brighten these wintry days! The new Sun Burst collection from Kanvas is packed with color. Cheery dots, flowers, stripes, and a cool diagonal print, available in pinks/oranges/yellows or greens/blues/aquas.

Choose warm or cool colors to make the Little Ray of Sunshine quilt:
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

Click here to see the entire fabric collection.
Click here to find the free quilt pattern.
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