Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hedgehog Love

In the past few years, hedgehogs have completed the transformation from slightly prickly woodland creatures to trendy, lovable rockstars, found on everything from t-shirts to pillows to children's toys. 

And now quilting fabric. 
We're excited to share Judy Hansen's newest collection, Hedgehog Village, with you. Jump into the daily life of these adorable hedgehogs, complete with charming cottages, a watercolor wildflower field, and other cute coordinates. 

Here's Judy to tell us more: 

Q. Why hedgehogs?
JH: I’d previously had an owl fabric collection (Night Owls) and it had done very well, so I wanted to do another critter. I actually researched popular animals and came up with hedgehogs—they’re popular worldwide!

Q. What do you think is so appealing about this collection?
JH: It’s appropriate for all ages. You could make a quilt for a children’s room, a sewing room, or even a travel quilt for the car. Plus the hedgehogs are adorable!

Q. Can you talk to us about the focal print?
JH: The style of this print is based on the work of artist Thomas Kinkaid. His cottage seemed the perfect place to host a little hedgehog. This fabric is hand painted—my take on one of his cottages in the woods.

Q. The little hedgehog print is super cute, too.
JH: I love it. For the hedgehogs, I did about six different paintings—hedgehogs standing, sitting, hugging, with arms extended… they’re such playful little animals.

Q. What about the other coordinates?
JH: They’re all from original artwork. I’m very painterly, and I think that shows in the floral print. It has a whimsical feel.

The pawprints are more fun than a plain tonal—they have character and fit in well with the hedgehogs.

Q. How did you come up with the color palette.
JH: It started out based on the cottage painting, but then I brightened everything up. I wanted warm, springy colors, and I wanted the line to have an outdoor feel. I think the peach (in the hedgehog print) is my favorite color in the collection.

Q. Do you have a favorite print?
JH: Definitely the main fabric with the cottages. It has so much opportunity for different uses! And if you look closely, there’s a lot of detail in it.

Judy also designed a free quilt pattern using the Hedgehog Village fabrics. 
"Hedgehogs on the Run" by Judy Hansen
Find the free quilt pattern here.

See the entire Hedgehog Village collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.
Find the free quilt pattern here.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Kick Off Your Boots!

Your favorite little cowboy or cowgirl will love these prints! Barbara J. Eikmeier's Kick Off Your Boots collection has western flair in a patriotic color palette. We asked Barb to tell us about the inspiration for her new fabric line.

Q. Where did the inspiration for Kick Off Your Boots come from?
BE: I have a huge bag of scrap fabrics, and I found a small piece of a western fabric in there—probably from the 40s or 50s. When I pulled it out, I got this big smile on my face and thought it would be a cute reproduction line.

Q. Tell us about the color palette.
BE: The colors are red and blue so that the fabrics can cross over into patriotic. The idea for the green came from the original western print. I like the addition.

Q. Can you talk to us about the coordinating prints?
BE: Reproduction print collections typically fall into eras, but this one doesn’t. I like to say this collection has three different eras.

The horseshoe print was an indigo print from sometime between 1880 and 1910. The original had a little vine swirling in the background with leaves on it; in this fabric it’s stars instead.

The bandana print is probably from the 1970s.

Stars help with the patriotic feel for the line, but stars always go well in western collections.

The plaid has a little star in it as well, and it’s a second print that brings in the green. The original plaid we looked at was much larger and straight, rather than on the diagonal.

Q. Do you have a favorite print?
BE: I love the paisleys and the handkerchief. And the cowboy print, and the plaid. I guess I really like them all—I think the fabrics are whimsical and fun.

Barb designed a free quilt pattern for this project, The Cowboy Quilt. 
It uses all the SKUs from the collection and measures 78" square. 
Find the free quilt pattern here.

See the entire collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Looking for a BOM?

Barb Eikmeier, designer of the Vintage 30s Ruby's Treasures collection, is hosting a Block of the Month quilt on her blog.
Barb's Month 4 blocks;
the pattern for these is available for FREE during the month of October.
Find the patterns here.

Each month she posts the directions for four pieced blocks made using her Vintage 30s Ruby's Treasures prints. 
The finished quilt will pair the 41 pieced blocks with 40 applique blocks made with the McKim Studios pre-printed embroidery blocks. (Ruby’s Farm Treasures and Ruby’s Flower Garden).

Barb designed the quilt to be made from a fat quarter bundle of the Vintage 30s Ruby's Treasures prints and coordinating solids, plus the two pre-printed embroidery block panels. We're loving following along, and think you will too! 

New blocks are posted at the beginning of each month, and are available for free downloading during that month. After the month ends, they're available for $5 in Barb's online store.

Here's a look at the other blocks she's created so far:
Month 1:

Month 2:

Month 3:
Find the block patterns here.

A little more about her 30s Sampler BOM:
Q. What prompted you to start this BOM quilt?
BE: I wanted to do something that used both the fabric and the panels. I liked the idea of making it entirely from a fat quarter bundle of the 21 prints and 9 solids. To me, that was a fun challenge. 

Q. What resources did you use for the block designs? 
BE: Many of them came from the Electric Quilt software library, but if I found a block I liked in an antique quilt, I'd draw it myself. The embroidery blocks finish at 7-3/4", so I needed to find blocks that finished at 8" that could be trimmed down to 7-3/4" without sacrificing design elements along the edges. 

Q. Tell us about the applique blocks. 
BE: I like to do back basting applique; in fact, I wrote a book about it a few years ago. I realized that with the preprinted embroidery blocks, I could easily use them for applique. You could also embroider the blocks for this quilt if you wanted; some people are even leaving them out and putting in fabric squares instead. 

Q. What was one thing that surprised you as you made the blocks? 
BE: I finished most of the applique blocks before starting the pieced blocks. Because so many of the flower panel blocks have leaves, the applique blocks were looking pretty green. As I chose fabrics for the pieced blocks, I had to be more judicious in where I placed the greens to keep the color balance even.

Q. Can you point out a few of your favorite blocks? 
BE: Yep! I really like the upper left block in Month 2, with the blue four-patch int eh center. It's a neat block that was fun to make. The block next to it--with four V shapes, was also fun to make. It's surprisingly less complicated to make than it looks, and that's something that's true for many of these blocks. I also like the bottom left block in month 4. I really love how the fabric choices work together in that block. 

30s Sampler Quilt details:
The BOM blog posts will run through April 2018; with four blocks per month (plus one month has five). The finished quilt is 80" square. During the month a set of blocks are posted, the pattern will be free to download; after that each month's patterns are available for sale in Barb's online store. 

Follow along with the BOM here.
See the entire Vintage 30s Ruby's Treasures collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New Season, New Pillowcase Patterns!

American Patchwork & Quilting has released its two newest pillowcase designs, and we love how they look in our fabrics! Two weeks ago, the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge held its annual Sew-a-thon, and the pillowcase count is not at 744,000+! We're proud to partner with AP&Q in their quest to provide one million pillowcases to local charities. 

Pillowcase 66: Doubled Up Triangle Square 
featuring the Building 101 collection
Photo: AllPeopleQuilt.com; find the pattern here

Pillowcase 67: Owl Applique 
featuring the Woodland Friends collection by Charlie Zabarte
Photo: AllPeopleQuilt.com; find the pattern here

Find all of the pillowcase patterns here.
Learn more about the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, including how you can get involved, here.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mayfair in Print!

The December 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting just came out and as usual, it's packed full of gorgeous quilts. 

We particularly like the Color Option for the cover quilt--quilt tester Laura Boehnke created this circle stunner using the romantic florals of the Mayfair collection. 

 Based on a design by Wendy Sheppard. 
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
 ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Bright and cheery and beautiful!

See the entire Mayfair collection here and the entire Classique collection here and ask for them at your local quilt shop.
Find American Patchwork & Quilting magazine here

Friday, September 29, 2017

Feels Like Fall!

October is knocking on the door!
Pumpkin spice is everywhere!
Leaves are changing!
Temperatures are dropping!

What says "fall" to you? 

Here are some things that say "fall" to us:

Find the tutorial here.

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Find the tutorial here.

Find the free quilt pattern here.

Find the free quilt pattern here.

Check out our Feels Like Fall Pinterest board for inspiration--quilt, decor, and food related! 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Denim Love

Love the look of denim but don't love sewing with such a heavy-duty material? 
No problem. 
Our new Denim Blues collection has the denim look you love printed on quilting cotton. Perfect for blue jean fans!

Take two different color denims, add in some fun spirals, pebbles and leaves, and you're ready to go!

Here's a closer look at the Denim Blues prints: 

See the entire collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.