Asuka // Bon Voyage Duffel Bag

In addition to Enchanted, our Asuka collection is beginning to ship to stores now! We love the movement of the patterns in this group and the vivid, unexpected color palette.

For some project inspiration, check out the bag we made using Asuka! The pattern is a *free* tutorial on our sister company, Timeless Treasure’s blog: the Bon Voyage Duffel Bag. Click on that link for the instructions.

We love how the main print from the collection, Asuka in Multi, is featured on the sides and bottom of the bag, allowing you to see the full beauty of the pattern. Dash in Blue and Pop Floral in Mustard make for a gorgeous combination on the main exterior and straps. It’s hard to resist blue and yellow!

Here’s a photo of the proud maker of this bag, Hayden. After these photos were taken, she jetted off to Florida – dutifully giving the duffel a test-run.

Keep your eyes out for Asuka, popping up in your local quilt shop and online very soon!

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Sneak Peek at Hello Sailor!

We have a fun sneak peek for you today! This collection will be debuting in full later this year. Stay tuned for more!

Hello Sailor! is a spirited mix of dancing sailors, classic nautical motifs, and silly slogans. Paired with our popular Net basic, you can’t go wrong with this playful yet timeless collection.

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QuiltCon 2015 – Charity Quilt Reveal!

Hi guys! We’re back with an update on the quilts that we worked on together at QuiltCon 2015!

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Back in February we shared an exhibitor booth with our sister company, Timeless Treasures, for all four days of QuiltCon, hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild in Austin, TX. In addition to the stunning quilt show, there were a bunch of demos, lectures, and classes – it was so much fun!

At our booth, attendees were invited to embellish 10″ squares of our popular Wee Gallery “Dress Me” fabric with clothes, using appliqué and embroidery. Our plan was to piece the squares into fun quilts and donate them to a worthy cause.

The Linus Connection, based in Austin, works to make and deliver handmade blankets for children in crisis situations. They deliver to hospitals, foster homes, battered women’s shelters, and to other children in need. We wanted to give back to the community that hosted QuiltCon, so we thought The Linus Connection would make a great choice. Our generous friend Osie Lebowitz, who also lives in Austin, is a longtime volunteer for the organization and offered to help us out with our project!

By the end of QuiltCon, we had received over 200 finished blocks and were so thrilled by the turnout. In case you missed the full recap of our time at QuiltCon, click here to see some fun photos from the event. The blocks below were made by leaders of the first-ever Junior Modern Quilt Guild!

Today we have a final count of the quilts made from all the blocks we received, which were sent out to Osie along with colorful Dear Stella and Timeless Treasures fabrics to coordinate. The goal was to have eight quilts completed and ready to turn into The Linus Connection on July 18th, and the volunteers went above and beyond to exceed this goal.

We are proud to announce that *nine* quilts were completed by the amazing women pictured below. They believe that every child should have a quilt, and we couldn’t agree more. Awesome job ladies!! You can read about this project and see more photos on The Linus Connection blog here.

Volunteers (left to right): Osie Lebowitz, Marge Lentricchia, Maggie McGraw, Shirley Berry, Margorie Pyle, Julia Wenzel, Becky Rodier

Some behind the scenes action!

And here are the NINE finished quilts! (click photo to see larger image)

We are so grateful to everyone who joined us at this year’s QuiltCon to support such a worthy cause. You can click here to see the names of all the attendees who stopped by to stitch at our booth! (If you contributed a block but don’t see your name on this list, contact us!)

Amazing work everyone! Thank you so, so much!

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Free Pattern // Spin Quilt

Enchanted will be arriving in shops in the next couple weeks, and it’s time to share our latest *free* pattern that features this collection!

Meet the Spin Quilt (47″ x 47″). Designed by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts, this design showcases the prints from Enchanted in gorgeous wedges that create a kaleidoscopic effect. This pattern uses paper-piecing. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried it before – we walk you through the steps! Paper-piecing is a super-fun technique that allows you to make complicated blocks with ease and precision. We hope you’ll try it, if you haven’t already!

Download the Spin Quilt pattern HERE.

How gorgeous is this quilting, by the way? This was made and quilted by our friend Shelly Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts. So lovely!

We’re swooning over the antlers and fireflies… And we couldn’t resist this close-up shot of the deer from Stella-428 Multi!

We hope you’ll give this quilt pattern a “spin”! Download the Spin Quilt pattern here and look for Enchanted in shops and online very soon.

 

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Mount Snow // Merry & Mod Quilt

As makers, many of us are consumed with the idea of sewing gifts for e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e, and over the holidays it can be pretty overwhelming. For those of you who are already looking ahead to those winter months, we’re sharing one more project to inspire (and maybe kick-start!) some holiday sewing: the Merry & Mod quilt by beyond the reef patterns.

(See the other projects we’ve shared this month here and here.)

Designed by Natalie Barnes of beyond the reef, this is a playful, graphic quilt design that can work for any type of celebration, but is particularly perfect for the holidays when used with our Mount Snow collection.

Natalie included additional Net in bright colors, which lends a cheerful feeling to this quilt. The pebble quilting over the background fabric (Net in Smoke, a lovely low-volume color!) gives a gorgeous texture and allows the shapes to pop.

It’s hard to resist this combination of quilt pattern + fabric – they work so well together!

You can purchase the Merry & Mod pattern from your local quilt shop (or online here), and you can find Mount Snow in shops now.

Are you planning on starting your holiday sewing early? Or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants maker?

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