Thursday, April 19, 2018

On Your Mark Create! Hop - Day 3

Ready for ten full days of On Your Mark inspiration? 


Ten designers received the twelve On Your Mark fat quarters you see below. 
We can't wait to share what these they have made! Each day we'll share a sneak peek here of a designer's project; you can use the links to visit their social media and learn more. You'll also have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of On Your Mark fabrics. If these prints are on your "must-have" list, you can purchase this bundle right here



Why not wear your favorite fabrics? Today's designer on the hop, Stephanie Ruyle (@spontaneousthreads) sewed the Black Clamshell print into a skirt and added some personalized elements that we just love (hello, right hand pocket, contrasting fabric insets!)

Stephanie says, "Simone's fabric is both fun and versatile, suitable for quilts, quilted items and garments. The playful prints are both bold and subtle, and have a range that makes mixing and matching quite easy. I made a garment (cute self drafted skirt) because I'm in a clothing construction mood and was inspired by Simone's own wardrobe at QuiltCon. The skirt I made is suitable for winter/spring in Colorado, when it can be snowing one minute and sunshiny the next. The skirt I made will look equally at home paired with boots or sandals and has construction detailing on both the front and the back, which to me is a very important design feature. (It's all about the details)."
Read through Stephanie's technique for the fun print insets on her blog; follow her on IG here. She also has a FQ On Your Mark bundle to give away.


Need to add On Your Mark to your stash?

Purchase your own 12-fabric FQ bundle here


Catch each day of our On Your Mark Create! Hop: 

Tuesday, April 17: Simone @simone.g.bSimone Bradford
Wednesday, April 18: Elizabeth @occasionalpiecequiltOPQuilt
Thursday, April 19: Stephanie @spontaneousthreadsSpontaneous Threads
Friday, April 20: Linda @quiltlady63
Saturday, April 21: Joan@alaskanquilter
Sunday, April 22: Carol @carolanngillen
Monday, April 23: Sarah @nohatsquilts
Tuesday, April 24: Afton @quiltingmodQuilting Mod
Wednesday, April 25: Alison @quiltstudio62
Thursday, April 26: @pbstudiofabricsInspired by Fabric


Read our interview with Simone here.

See the entire On Your Mark collection here and download Simone's free Gumdrop quilt pattern here

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On Your Mark Create! Hop - Day 2

Ready for ten full days of On Your Mark inspiration? 

Ten designers received the twelve On Your Mark fat quarters you see below. 
We can't wait to share what these they have made! Each day we'll share a sneak peek here of a designer's project; you can use the links to visit their social media and learn more. You'll also have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of On Your Mark fabrics. If these prints are on your "must-have" list, you can purchase this bundle right here




Elizabeth Eastmond (@occasionalpiecequilt) shares today's inspiration. 
Wouldn't you love to see On Your Mark prints every time you sat down at the table? 
We would! 


Learn more about Elizabeth's project here (hint: they're reversible!). She also has a bundle of On Your Mark fabrics to give away. Visit her blog and IG feed to find out how to enter. 

Inspired already? 
Purchase your own 12-fabric FQ bundle here


Catch each day of our On Your Mark Create! Hop: 
Tuesday, April 17: Simone @simone.g.bSimone Bradford
Wednesday, April 18: Elizabeth @occasionalpiecequiltOPQuilt
Thursday, April 19: Stephanie @spontaneousthreadsSpontaneous Threads
Friday, April 20: Linda @quiltlady63
Saturday, April 21: Joan@alaskanquilter
Sunday, April 22: Carol @carolanngillen
Monday, April 23: Sarah @nohatsquilts
Tuesday, April 24: Afton @quiltingmodQuilting Mod
Wednesday, April 25: Alison @quiltstudio62
Thursday, April 26: @pbstudiofabricsInspired by Fabric


Read our interview with Simone here.
See the entire On Your Mark collection here and download Simone's free Gumdrop quilt pattern here

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

On Your Mark Create! Hop - Day 1

Ready for ten full days of On Your Mark inspiration? 

Ten designers received the twelve On Your Mark fat quarters you see below. 
We can't wait to share what these they have made! Each day we'll share a sneak peek here of a designer's project; you can use the links to visit their social media and learn more. You'll also have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of On Your Mark fabrics. If these prints are on your "must-have" list, you can purchase this bundle right here




Today's inspiration comes from the fabric designer herself, Simone Bradford. You'll love what she did with these On Your Mark fabrics--the ultimate recycling project! 
See Simone's full story about her project here--a sad chair gets a makeover! Follow her on IG too. She also has a bundle of On Your Mark fabrics to give away. Visit her blog and IG feed to find out how to enter. 

Inspired already? 
Purchase your own 12-fabric FQ bundle here


Catch each day of our On Your Mark Create! Hop: 
Tuesday, April 17: Simone @simone.g.b; Simone Bradford
Wednesday, April 18: Elizabeth @occasionalpiecequilt; OPQuilt
Thursday, April 19: Stephanie @spontaneousthreads; Spontaneous Threads
Friday, April 20: Linda @quiltlady63
Saturday, April 21: Joan@alaskanquilter
Sunday, April 22: Carol @carolanngillen
Monday, April 23: Sarah @nohatsquilts
Tuesday, April 24: Afton @quiltingmod; Quilting Mod
Wednesday, April 25: Alison @quiltstudio62
Thursday, April 26: @pbstudiofabrics; Inspired by Fabric


Read our interview with Simone here.
See the entire On Your Mark collection here and download Simone's free Gumdrop quilt pattern here


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Introducing On Your Mark by Simone Bradford



You've likely seen sneak peeks of Simone Bradford's first collection, On Your Mark, and we're sure you're eager for more. 

Today we're officially introducing Simone and her gorgeous fabrics; starting next week we'll be sharing what ten different designers have made using a selected palette of these modern prints. Meet Simone below and learn about her designs. 

Here we go!
The brights:


And the low volume prints:


Q. How did you get into quilting?
SB: A friend of mine tricked me into it. She invited me to a retreat at her house, and when I said I didn’t want to come, she suggested I just come for lunch. She showed me quilting magazines, and I didn’t like any of the design. But then I found an apple core quilt done in modern fabrics, and that got me started. A year later, I attended the Road to California show and it opened my eyes to this whole other world of creativity.

Q. Do you have an art background?
SB: Since I was in preschool, I knew I was going to be an artist. I’m a graphic designer. I’ve done a little big of everything—logos, letterhead, t-shirts, brochures. I studied graphic design knowing I could do it staying home with my kids.

Q. Do you have a design philosophy that sets apart your work?
SB: A lot of my design concepts come from asking “what are the rules and how do we break them?” Quilts have squares, blocks, borders. How do we break that? Often good design comes from knowing what the rules are and figuring out how to bend them. 

Q. Was designing a fabric line challenging?
SB: It started with me banging my head against the wall for three weeks. I was designing on the computer with Illustrator and nothing I created looked like me. I woke up one morning and realized that I needed to go back to my life drawing skills. My philosophy is that the computer should be the tool behind what you want to create; it’s not the creative force.

Q. How did On Your Mark begin?
SB: My thought was to create a wide range of different marks on the paper. The collection is  Modern Sketchbook Mix: a series of different shape, weight, thickness, color, and energy marks. It’s also a play on words because “on your mark” is what you say when you begin a race, or start something new.


Q. What was the first print you designed?
SB: Exclamations. I started with Sharpie pens and then switched to Micron pens. When you look at them, I’m not sure you’ll see them as exclamations.


Q. Walk us through the rest of your designs.
SB: I did more marks in a similar vein, called Smidgens. It has more Xs and Os in it, as well as some hidden numbers.


Vowels at Attention: I felt like we needed at least one design with some type of letter in it. I narrowed it down just to vowels, and then added the shadows behind them so they’re standing upright. We can’t live without vowels—there’s no written language without them.


Ink Splats are actually ink splots.I bought India ink and splattered the heck out of some paper. I spent days making splatter marks to get the right shapes, and to get tiny sprays coming off. Then I scanned them and borrowed the scribbled lines from the moons to add interest. It helps this print relate to the others.


Field of Flecks is inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. He had some really beautiful sketches with so much movement.



Scritch Scratch was originally drawn super tiny. I wanted to play with size and volume. I blew it up big when I scanned it.


Scribbled Moons: I saw some circles filled in with lines and liked it. This design has both texture and depth with different colors and layering.


Scribbled Squares are similar to the moons, but it’s more flat. The fabrics need to be related, like brother and sister, but not every design can be the queen mother. You can’t have too many queens living in the same house.


Stamped Clamshells are made of triangles, circles and Xs.




Q. Do you have a favorite print?
SB: I have two favorites: Scribbled Moons and Smidgen.


Thanks Simone!

See the entire collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop. 
Ready to sew? Download Simone's free quilt pattern, Gumdrops, here. Watch for more inspiration here on the blog next week!






3 Portofino Quilts for You

Bring the beauty of Ro Gregg's Portofino into your home! 
We have three color-packed quilt patterns for you:


 1. Portofino designed by Barb Sackel
Highlight Portofino's a large piece of the gorgeous scenic focal print with pieced borders
and sailboats. Quilt measures 38" x 43". 
Pattern available through QuiltWoman.com.
Call or email to order.



2. Harbor View designed by Barb Sackel
Portofino prints go modern with strips and squares. Frame different sized pieces of the scenic print in dramatic black and add interest with pops of colorful coordinates.
Quilt measures 52" x 68".
Pattern available through QuiltWoman.com.
Call or email to order.


3. Portofino designed by Pine Tree Country Quilts
These prints pop on a fresh white background. You'll be surprised at how this easily quilt is assembled--no on-point rows! Quilt measures 58" x 71".
Download the free quilt pattern here.

See Portofino fabric close-ups and read an interview with fabric designer Ro Gregg here.

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Take a trip...

Ready for a virtual vacation?
Head with us to Portofino, a quaint, colorful fishing village on the Italian Riveria.
Inspired by a trip to this charming harbor, Ro Gregg created her vibrant watercolor-style fabric collection, Portofino. We asked Ro to introduce us to her new fabrics.

Q. Why Portofino?
Ro: When you go to a place like this, it stays in your mind. It's so beautiful. Portofino was originally just a fishing village that is now a beautiful resort destination--a gorgeous harbor surrounded by mountains.
Painterly details in the focal print

Q. The palette for these fabrics is so appealing.
Ro: It’s bold and saturated. Sun-kissed orange and yellow, emerald green, regal reds, and of course the cobalt blues from the sea. The colors of the rainbow, really.

  

Q. Tell us about the boats.
Ro: You still see many of the charming wooden fishing boats among the yachts. It’s part of the culture—even the variety of colors. The fishermen have them tied up to the docks.

Q. What is your favorite memory that made it into the fabric?
Ro: The sunset particularly stayed with me. You can take a cruise around the harbor while the sun is setting, and the colors are so vibrant. You just indulge yourself in the colors. This shows up in the fabric with the silhouetted sailboats—my favorite.


Q. And the houses?
Ro: The area is also famous for the colorful houses on the hills. When you get into the harbor, you see them all around.


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

What would you make with Portofino? Come back later this week and we'll share some ideas (including a free quilt pattern).