Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Building 101

If the Home Depot is your child's favorite store, we've got the perfect fabric collection for your next quilt. Tools and construction prints in a bright palette of blues, oranges and yellows. These prints are so much fun, and with both tonal and wood grain blenders, you can use them in so many ways! 

Take a closer look: 
All the must-have tools--saw, drill, tape measure, pliers, bolts, screws, nails and more!

 Construction vehicles and a fun patchwork print that combines tools and trucks. What a great option for a quilt back!

Construction kids!

Woodgrains are perfect for sashing strips

Bright blenders keep everything together! 

Find the entire Building 101 collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hello, spring!

Spring has sprung and it's time for a Quilt Along! Sandra Walker of MMM Quilts is hosting one starting today on her blog, using our Freeform fabrics. We asked Sandra to tell us about her design and her decision to use the Freeform prints. Read her answers and then head over to her blog to join the fun (there are prizes, too!)!

Q. Tell us about your original Windfall quilt.
SW: I made the first shadow quilt, called Windfall, for the Autumn Abundance blog hop sponsored by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, and hosted by Bernie of Needle and Foot. I fell in love with the Windfall fabrics even from seeing them on my computer screen, and they were even richer in person, much like the rich colours of the Fall that I now experience living in southern Ontario with the wide variety of trees and slow gentle Fall weather there compared to my prairie roots. (See Sandra's first quilt here.)

Q. What attracted you to the Freeform fabrics?
SW: The Freeform fabric looks hand-dyed, much like a batik to me. It speaks of soft spring-like weather and days, new foliage, and warmer days ahead.

Q. What is your favorite fabric in the collection? 
SW: Oh it’s too hard to pick as I love them all!  If I had to pick, it would probably be the soft brick mottled background I used, or the one with sort of polka-dots, again a soft mottled multi-colour one. 

Q. How did you choose which fabrics to use where in your design?
SW: I knew I wanted a light for a background and a green leaf this time, being spring.  I like the brightness and diamond shape, of the green I chose for the leaf, much like sun-dappled leaves, and the softness and contrast in print of the brick I chose for the background.  After that I looked for contrast in colour and in value when deciding where to place the various coloured leaves.  I used every single fabric in the line as each one is so pretty!

Q. How did you come up with your design?
SW: The design is based on two quilts in the book Shadow Quilts by Patricia Maixner Magret and Donna Ingram Slusser.  One has a pattern but a slightly different leaf, the other is in the gallery.  I’ve had the book since 2000. I made a shadow trees quilt based on one of the gallery quilts (so again I used that quilt as a jumping-off point and had to draft my own pattern) for a guild challenge and always have loved layering in quilt design.
Q. What is your favorite thing about this quilt? 

SW: My favourite thing about the quilt is the one ghost leaf, and probably that I think I got the wind-blown effect I was looking for with the quilted swirls in the background.

Find the Freeform fabrics here and ask for them at your local quilt shop. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

FourPatch Parade Tutorial

One of our demonstrations at QuiltCon showed how to use the 2-1/2" precut squares (called Paint Chips) from our Painter's Palette Solids to make the Fourpatch Parade tutorial, using wonky four-patches. Today we're sharing the information from the demonstration with you, as a tutorial.

Finished quilt measures 28-1/2" x 37"

The hardest part of this quilt is choosing which colors to use from the Paint Chip pack! Each Paint Chip pack includes 84 different 2-1/2" squares. 

Fourpatch Parade
Note: This tutorial will give specific cutting for the quilt shown. However, we encourage you to use the techniques we demonstrate and choose your own fabric widths, row arrangement, etc. 

1 Paint Chip Pack
1 yard each White and Silver
1/3 yard Blush (for binding)
1/3 yard Turquoise (for binding)
1 yard backing fabric
35" x 43" piece of batting

Again, the number and width of strips listed here will make the quilt shown; feel free to experiment with your own number of strips, width of strips, and four-patch placement.

From the White:
One 2-1/2" x 42" strip
Two 2" x 42" strips
Eight 1-3/4" x 42" strips
Two 1-1/2" x 42" strips

From the Silver:
One 3-3/4" x 42" strip
One 2-1/2" x 42" strip
One 2-1/4" x 42" strip
Two 2" x 42" strips
Eight 1-3/4" x 42" strips

From the Blush: 
Four 1-1/2" x 42" strips

From the Turquoise:
Four 1-3/4" x 42" strips

Make the Four-Patches:
1. Choose two four-patches and layer them together. Using a ruler to create a straight line, cut the four-patches approximately in half and slightly on an angle.

2. Pair the left-hand yellow piece with the right-hang purple piece and vice versa.

3. Fold one piece over the other so the cut edges align.

4. Stitch on the cut lines and press the units open. Press the seam allowance on both units toward the same color (this allows them to nest in the next step).

5. Layer the two units together, with colors opposite, so the seams touch. The seam allowances should nest. Lay a ruler on the two pieces and mark a line approximately in the middle, again on a slight angle.

6. Sew 1/4" on either side of the marked line. Note: You can pin these units if you prefer, but the nested seams will help keep the pieces together.

7. Press both units open.

8. Trim wonky four-patch to measure 1-3/4" square. You may need to rotate the ruler slightly to make it fit.

9. Your finished four-patches:

10. Make as many four-patches as you like. Our quilt uses 32.

Make the Quilt:
1. Lay out the White and Silver strips as desired and play around with the positioning of the four-patches on the 1-3/4" wide strips. When placing the four-patches, consider spacing along the strip, color placement between strips, and spacing between rows. Solid strips of the same colors positioned around four-patches will create the illusion of floating.

Here's our strip order: White 2-1/4", White 1-3/4", Silver 2", Silver 1-3/4", Silver 1-3/4", White 1-3/4", White 1-1/2", Silver 1-3/4", Silver 1-3/4", White 1-3/4", Silver 1-3/4", Silver 2-1/2", White 1-3/4", Silver 2", White 1-3/4", White 2", White 1-3/4", Silver 1-3/4", Silver 1-3/4", White 1-1/2", White 1-3/4", Silver 3-3/4", White 1-3/4", White 2", Silver 1-3/4", Silver 2-1/4".

2. Once you're happy with the design layout, pick up one 1-3/4" strip at a time, cut it approximately where you'd like to insert the four-patch, and stitch the strip pieces to opposite sides of the four-patch. Replace the pieced strip in your design and repeat with each remaining four-patch strip.

3. Sew the strips together lengthwise. The strip ends will not match up perfectly. That's okay! After the strips have been joined, trim the sides to the desired width (ours measures 28-1/2" wide).

4. Layer the quilt top with backing and batting and quilt as desired. Ours has primarily straight-line quilting, with some fun quilted four-patches (see bottom left in the photo below)

5. Use the Blush and Turquoise strips to create and stitch on a flange binding. (Find a tutorial here.)

You're done! Enjoy!

p.s. Make this quilt in different sizes--this technique would be fun to use for a table runner or even a mug rug.

See all 168 of our Painter's Palette Solids colors here and ask for them (and Paint Chips!) at your local quilt shop!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FREE Hashtag Quilt pattern!

Remember the Hashtag quilt hanging front and center in our booth at QuiltCon? 

If you've been hoping that we'd share the pattern for it, you're in luck! This pattern uses eighteen colors from our Painter's Palette Solids collection--four shades of each of four colors, and then white and a gray. The quilt measures 48-1/2" square.
 "Hashtag" by Lisa Swenson Ruble

Find the downloadable pdf pattern here

And just for fun, we've colored it in teals, purples, limes and oranges as well. 

Here are the Painter's Palette Solids colors for this version:
Tangerine #121-054
Daredevil #121-146
Carrot #121-124
Paprika #121-053

Paradise #121-165
Mint #121-033
Apple Green #121-076
Island #121-089

Orchid #121-024
Clematis #121-152
Violet #121-149
Grape #121-151

Gulfstream #121-138
Bright Aqua #121-040
Pale Aqua #121-062
Aruba #121-100

Download the Hashtag pattern here
See the entire Painter's Palette Solids collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop. Find a shop near you that carries our solids here
Read more about the Hashtag design here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pillowcase Time!

We are a sponsor of American Patchwork & Quilting's One Million Pillowcase Challenge in 2017, so we'll be sharing the Challenge's new designs with you quarterly. 
The goal of the Pillowcase Challenge is for 1 million pillowcases to be donated to local charities. You can make a pillowcase, donate it in your community, and then enter your donation quantity online. The current count is 711,000 and counting, so the Challenge is making progress! 

Here are the two newest designs from, 
featuring our newest fabric collections.

Pattern #62: Ninepatch Band
featuring the Freeform collection
Photo from; find the pattern here.

Pattern #63: Basic King Size
featuring the Goanna Walkabout collection
Photo from; find the pattern here.

Find more information about the Pillowcase Challenge here.

p.s. Speaking of pillowcases, AP&Q is hosting a Pillowcase March Madness throughout the month of March. Find each day's giveaway on their Facebook page. (Our prizes are on March 15, 23 and 26, so make sure you enter on those days!)

Monday, March 6, 2017

QuiltCon: Demo Central

Continuing our QuiltCon recap: 
Besides eye candy and shopping, plenty of learning goes on at QuiltCon! 

We were thrilled to have the lovely Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction in our booth, demonstrating how to make her Fabri Flair technique. Find her ornament pattern here and dimensional star pattern here.

We had one of her Dimensional Star samples in the booth, and it generated a lot of attention!

Amy used our Painter's Palette Solids to get started on a new ornament:

 Handstitching edges together: 

Lisa Ruble shared two demonstrations using our Painter's Palette Solids as well. The first was Mod Illusions: The 3Ds of Quilts Made with Solids. 

Lisa's Diamond Drama quilt, made with shades of gray, orange, lime, teal and purple:

More illusion quilts displayed in our booth:

A close-up of the In & Out Log Cabin quilt, demonstrating dimension:

Mod Tumbler--a modern take on the classic tumbling block design:

Lisa's second demo was Making Wonky Mini Four-Patches, using our pre-cut 2-1/2" square Paint Chips. 

Such cute four-patches!

Missed our earlier posts about QuiltCon?
Find part 1 here and part 2 here.

Friday, March 3, 2017

QuiltCon with Jacquie Gering

We really enjoyed spending time with Modern Quilt Guild chairman Jacquie Gering at QuiltCon. A fellow Kansas City resident, Jacquie has become a huge fan or our Painter's Palette Solids. She created this fabulous art wall for our booth--different stitching motifs using her walking foot. 

We know you want to look closer! Here are some close ups:

Jacquie also offered a demo: Beyond Lines: Quilting Innovative Designs with the Walking Foot (still using our solids!) and held a book signing in our booth. 

Here's Jacquie talking up our 168 Painter's Palette Solids colors during the demo: 

Showing her tulip quilt:

Demonstrating some walking foot quilting, using dots to guide her stitch lines:

Jacquie's demo was hugely popular, and much of the crowd then shifted to our booth for her book signing. Everyone waiting in line got to touch our Painter's Palette Solids while they waited. 

Jacquie is as wonderful in person as she appears in her books, videos, and lectures.

Thanks, Jacquie, for spending time with us at QuiltCon! We're glad you love our Painter's Palette Solids as much as we do! 

See more images from QuiltCon here.
Learn more about Jacquie (including how to buy an autographed copy of her book) here.