Friday, July 25, 2014

Milk Cow Kitchen Towel

We have a brand new project for you to jazz up your kitchen! It's called the Milk Cow Kitchen Towel featuring the Milk Cow Kitchen collection by Mary Jane Butters for Moda Fabrics.

Ready to jazz up your kitchen? Download our template and watch our video to see a step-by-step guide on how to create your own hanging hand towel for your kitchen! This tutorial is so simple, and it's a quick and easy project with minimal sewing.

BONUS: Since we love our kitchen towel so much, we created a project to complement it. Introducing our Milk Cow Kitchen reversible refrigerator handle tutorial! 

Don't forget to share our video and pin our bonus tutorial on pinterest! Thank you so much for joining us and let us know how much you love these projects in the comments! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fat Quarter Style Quilt Book is Now in Stock!

The long-awaited sequel to our bestselling book is here! Fat Quarter Style is finally available! We were so excited to open up the boxes and see our books for the first time in print. We want to thank all of our readers for the support, encouragement, and love you've given us since we decided to create our second book. We had lots of fun publishing Fat Quarter Style and cannot wait for you to see the beautiful quilts we designed.

Here are some of our beautiful quilts in the book. 

Stay tuned on August 2nd for our Fat Quarter Style Blog tour! We have an awesome lineup of bloggers and they can't wait to show you their creations. We've given them one block from our 12 quilts in the book and asked them to recreate it with their own fabric choice. You'll get to see a fresh perspective on our Fat Quarter Style quilts, plus giveaways!

Fun-Size Quilts Blog Hop

Hi guys! Today is a great day. Why? We get to talk about the first compilation book we've ever been a part of! The fabulous Martingale crew have put together this wonderful book full of adorable little quilts that are no bigger than a fat quarter. Fun-Size Quilts has 19 projects that require just a little bit of fabric and time = lots of fun fun fun!

Flipping through the book is such a joy; it’s clean, light, bright and to-the-point! The projects vary from what I call easy-peasy piecing to more intensive (but well worth it) applique. Kimberly and Jocelyn have three quilts in this book – “A Banner Day”, “Sunshine”, and “Hi!” – that we hope you’re going to love!

Notice that “Sunshine” is on the COVER!!

Here are some other quilts that caught our eye!

Melissa Corry’s “Quiltalicious” – I love quilts that make you scratch your head and think, “How’d she do that?” Plus, Melissa herself is just so darn lovable!

“Hedgehog Heyday” by Cheri Leffler is friggin’ cute. Just. So. Cute. Can’t. Look. Away. I have a friend who is obsessed with hedgehogs, and this would be the perfect gift for her!

Vickie Eapen’s “Particularly Joyful” is so scrappily lovely! I admit to not having tried English paper piecing before, but her project has just a few hexagons and would be a great place to start.

There are definitely other quilts in here with cool techniques to try – head over Martingale’s blog today for a chance to win one of 16 copies of the Fun-Size Quilts e-book and ....

We are also giving away five paper copies of Fun-Size Quilts to five lucky winners, so you have double the chances for winning! All you have to do is comment below and let us know how would you display a mini quilt? The winners will be announced on July 31st through email. Thank you so much and happy quilting!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Gleeful by Sew Caroline

Hello everyone! Our special guest today is Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline. She's here at the Jolly Jabber to tell you all about her first fabric collection, Gleeful for Art Gallery Fabrics. This collection is a feminine depiction of all things happy and sweet. We're loving the dots, stripes, and floral patterns that give this collection a modern twist. Read on to find out what inspired Caroline!

Q: Tell us a little about the Gleeful collection. What were you inspired by?
A: For Gleeful, I was inspired by bright colors, and feminine floral motifs. I love cheerful things, so the simple prints paired with highly saturated colors is the bright look I was going for.

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A: This was my first collection of fabric, and I was completely overwhelmed at first! (Next time, I’ll know how to start!) I began by designing process by deciding on a color palette and then sketching up/doodling different designs. From paper I moved to the computer and the rest is history!
Q: What design trends are you currently exploring?
A: Currently I am working on designs that mimic ready-to-wear garments and things I see in stores like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. I want my designs to look authentic, yet sophisticated chic.

Fabric Banner by Sew Caroline
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is all over the board. BUT, I’d say my roots are always based in a classics. I love color, so I like to express my “wilder” side through lots of color!

Piper Misses pattern in Gleeful 
Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Gleeful?
A: I love sewing clothing, so I, of course, hope other people sew clothes. BUT, I can also see bags, quilts, toys, headbands, etc. sewn out of the fabrics!
Date Night Clutch  courtesy of Sew Mama Sew 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 Summer Book Club: American Homestead Quilts by Ellen Murphy

From sea to shining sea, the United States is filled with a mix of American Homesteads. Ellen Murphy is long-time lover of house tours, garden tours, and historic tours. Her book, American Homestead Quilts was inspired by the United States' eclectic mix of cultures and diversity that reflects their home décor and style.

In this book, there are nine quilt projects that are inspired by iconic house styles from Brownstone and Saltbox to Craftsman and Farmhouses. Along with each quilt, Ellen also included some inspirational photographs featuring iconic American homes. These traditional and classic quilts are great for building your sewing skills, beginning with simple squares and working your way to more challenging diamond patterns. We absolutely love these traditionally pieced quilts that are perfect for any décor. 

Inspirational photographs of American Homestead Quilts

Here are a few examples of quilts in the book. 
Garden Cottage and Vintage Bungalow quilts

Craftsman Home and City Brownstone quilts
It's time for our 2014 Summer Book Club giveaway! We are giving away a stash of books to ten lucky winners from now until the end of August. To enter, comment below and let us know what iconic American Homestead are you most inspired by when quilting. One winner will be picked each week and all the winners will be announced August 26th. Good Luck and happy quilting! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

All About Applique with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

Hello happy quilters! Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is back on the Jolly Jabber to show us some tips and tricks when using fusible applique. If you're new to applique, like Kimberly, these tutorials are so helpful.

First, Edyta shows us how to use stencils to draw applique shapes. Quilting stencils make tracing foolproof, especially when you’re creating multiple blocks. Watch as Edyta show us her step-by-step process

Next, we are going to prepare our block for fusible applique. In this video, she has chosen to use her Dancing Umbrella stencil to show us a step-step process from tracing to fusing.

When you're all done fusing your applique, it's time to stitch them into place. In this video, Edyta will show you various ways to stitch your applique.

Thank you so much for joining us on the Jolly Jabber! If you want to receive our videos as soon as they’re out, subscribe to our YouTube channel! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cotton + Steel Collection: August by Sarah Watts

Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! Sarah Watts is an illustrator and surface/textile designer. She makes up the fifth member of the Cotton + Steel dream team! Sarah has worked with companies such as Carters, Hallmark Cards, and Simon & Schuster to name a few! Her new fabric collection, August is a representation of power and strength. Read on to find out more about her collection! 

Q: Tell us about your Collection. What were you inspired by?
A: I love animals and nature. I wanted my first collection with Cotton+Steel to be one that represented power and strength. That's where the lion comes in! August is about making wishes, going after your dreams, and being resilient through the journey. It's also about all the fun along the way. It was a lot of work to get to this point and meet this amazing team and I feel that August is a good representation of that.  
Q: What is your background in textile design? 
A:  I got my start in textile design working at Carter's/Osh Kosh designing artwork and prints for children's clothing. I learned a lot about the apparel side of textile design. After Carter's I went to work at International Greetings. There I designed stationery and gift wrap and learned design processes on paper goods. I feel that these jobs were an invaluable extension to my education in Illustration.  

Q: What projects do hope to see made with your collection?  
A: Everything! A quilted helicopter that works. A quilted parachute that hopefully works. A miniature city made of soft blocks. A life-size Godzilla stuffed animal. Cute outfits for lions. A dust cover for a house. A giant hair bow for an elephant. But seriously, anything made from my fabric would be cool. :)

Q: How do you describe your style?
A: A lot of people say that my work looks like woodblock prints. I love that! I work in pen and ink, and I tend to draw from a narrative perspective. My work is inspired by antiques and vintage treasures. Nature is a continuous theme. There is something so mystical about the woods and all the little worlds you find in a forest.  

Q: What does Cotton + Steel mean to you?
A: C+S is a group of friends to work obsessively with, while also calling them my sisters. I have so much fun with these girls, and respect them so much. I admire everyone's strength and motivation. It is a blessing to be a part of it and be able to bounce ideas and grow stronger as an artist.  

SURPRISE! RJR and Cotton+Steel have graciously donated fat quarter bundles for us to giveaway! Today, we are giving away Sarah Watts' August Fat Quarter Bundle to one lucky winner. Just enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below! The more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win.