Friday, August 1, 2014

Wishes Quilt Along: Mrs. Taft's Choice Block

Welcome back to the Wishes Quilt Along! This program benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation and we are so thankful for all of your donations thus far! Today, we are debuting our eighth block, Mrs. Taft's Choice block! This block was named after Helen Herron Taft, wife of former U.S. president, Howard Taft.

You have helped us reach 60% of our $10,000 goal so far, and we know we can push it all the way to 100% with your help. We and Moda Fabrics will be matching up to $10,000 of your contributions, for a grand total of $20,000! Your donations help kids to have their wish come true!

Kids like these... 
Photos courtesy of Make-A-Wish South and Central Texas

Are you ready to join us as we quilt along to make a difference to the the kids of Make-A-Wish? 
Start by downloading the FREE Mrs. Taft's Choice Block

Once you have the pattern downloaded and your fabric cut, watch this video tutorial for a closer look at piecing the Mrs. Taft's Choice block.

After piecing this block, please head to our Wishes Quilt Along Make-A-Wish Donation Page to contribute to our cause. We are almost to our goal and we appreciate every single donation. 

Post your photos and see what everyone else is sewing on the Wishes Quilt Along Flickr Group or on our Wishes Quilt Along Facebook Group. Tune in next month for our ninth block, Dove in the Window block! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

How to Attach a Quilt Label with Me and My Sister Designs

We love quilt labels! 
Labels add a personal touch to your quilts. Today, Kimberly and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs will show you how to attach a label to your quilts using Stitch Witchery by Dritz. This method gives you an accurate placement of your quilt label to your quilt before you hand stitch the label in place. Check out our video to see how simple it is to use Stitch Witchery

Eyeing the quilt and quilt label? The quilt is Primrose from our brand new Fat Quarter Style book, and we’ve made the label available now through Spoonflower!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simple Whatnots Quilt

Do you love ...

Kim Diehl?

Scrappy quilts?

Small pieces?

Precision piecing?

Then you will love our Simple Whatnots Club that begins this month! Every month you will receive a pattern and fabric to complete a miniature quilt (backing and binding are included). We have limited memberships left, so sign up today and join our Facebook group! 

Check out the first Simple Whatnots project, the Hopscotch Quilt!

How to Mix and Match Batiks and Prints with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is back on the Jolly Jabber to explain her process for mixing and matching cotton and batik fabrics. If you're not familiar with batiks, they are fabrics that are hand-dyed through traditional processes using wax and stamps. Just a glance at any of Edyta's quilts will reveal how she loves to mix and match fabrics when she designs, and the results are riveting. This concept has been around since the 1800s, when women would make crazy quilts by mixing all kinds of textiles such as silks, cottons and even drapery in their quilts.

In this video, Edyta demonstrates mixing fabrics using her fabric collection, Heart's Content, and she also discusses her basic rules for selecting a good variety of prints for your quilt. By following her guidelines, you can blend prints and batiks beautifully and seamlessly.

Have you ever tried mixing batiks and prints together? Let us know in the comments below if you love mixing and matching!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Winged by Bonnie Christine

One of the most anticipated collections for Art Gallery Fabrics is finally here! Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost is here to share more about her Winged Collection. This collection represents a season's fresh beginnings and the dawn of a new day to spread your wings and let your imagination fly free! 

Q: Tell us a little about the Winged collection. What were you inspired by?

A: I have always noticed the first butterfly sighting of each spring and pause to breath in this moment. It's such a magical time, when the flowers begin to bloom, the weather warms and I can hear birds chirping outside my window. Spring also represents fresh beginnings and a dawning of a new season. It evokes a feeling of 'anything is possible'. Winged was inspired by nature, of course, but also this deeper sense of spreading your wings and soaring. I truly believe that all things are possible! 

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?

A: I always begin a collection with a theme in mind. I work pretty far in advance so I'm currently thinking of general theme ideas for the next few years! I then start collecting bits of nature, photographs and sketches that align with my vision. At some point, I create a mood board and sketch for days to round out the idea. Once the sketches are complete, I'm well on my way to having a collection!

Bottom image: In Flight Quilt Kit
Q: How would you describe your style?

A: I hope my style conveys a sense of sweetness that shows my love for nature. 

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Winged?

A: Since Art Gallery Fabrics recently introduce voiles and knits for each collection, I'm really excited to see some clothing and dreamy voile quilts made from Winged!

Monday, July 28, 2014

SideWinder with Me and My Sister Designs

Welcome back to the Jolly Jabber! Today, we're chatting about one of Barb and Mary's favorite notions, the Simplicity Portable SideWinder. This little machine is so easy to use and is a great time saver. It also comes in two sizes, the Simplicity Portable SideWinder for smaller thread spools and Deluxe Simplicity SideWinder for small to large thread cones. Watch our video to learn how Barb and Mary use their Side Winder!

Have you ever used the Simplicity SideWinder? Let us know in the comments below! and head on over to Barb and Mary's blog for a chance to win the Simplicity SideWinder! 

Aurifil Thread Box with Me and My Sister Designs

Hello everyone! We have Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs today to talk about their two NEW Aurifil thread boxes. Barb and Mary created two custom-colored threads that are exclusive to these boxes. 

First, we have the Everyday Color! Large Aurifil Box, which is the "big daddy" version of the two (and Barb's favorite). This box comes with 12 large spools that go perfectly with all of their fabric collections. Mary loves the Everyday Color! Small thread box that comes with ten mini spools which are oh... so... cute! Watch the video to learn more about their colorful spools. 

Barb and Mary have a special surprise for you! head on over to their blog and enter to win a small Aurifil thread box! Let us know which Aurifil thread color is your favorite! Thanks for joining us on the Jolly Jabber!