Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Paisley with Style

We've updated that classic paisley look with a fresh color combination: plum and olive. Four different paisley designs play nicely together in this new collection--Chelsea--supported by texture-rich tonals. Imagine a bedroom with bold plum-colored walls and a quilt made out of these Chelsea prints: luxurious, cozy, and out-of-the box, all in one!

Floral paisleys:

A tonal full of movement:

Lacy paisleys:

A more classic paisley, surrounded by leafy vines:

So much detail in each paisley shape:

Plaid and paisley...a perfect combination! 
Make your own "plaid" throw with this cool (and easy!) quilt pattern:

 "Heather Gem" by the Quilting Hen
Download this free pattern here.
See the entire Chelsea collection here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Get Started! Windsor Woods BOM Quilt

Last fall, we introduced you to the Windsor Woods BOM quilt and suggested that you add it to your "to do" list for 2015. (Read more about it here.) Well, 2015 is here and the BOM program is up and running! This 7-month block-of-the-month design is the perfect way to begin your year. 

Windsor Woods BOM quilt, designed by Pine Tree Country Quilts

Ready to sign up for the Windsor Woods BOM? Ask for it at your local quilt shop or check out these participating quilt shops:

Painted Desert Quilts
Holbrock, AZ

Sun Valley Quilts

Sun City, AZ


Thimble Towne
Visalia, CA


Fabric Expressions
Littleton, CO

Quilts N Creations

Sterling, CO


The Quilt Place
Rockledge, FL


Quilts n Gifts 
Bluffton, IN


Material Girls Quilt Shop
Abilene, KS

Quilted Memories

Overland Park, KS

Quilter's Paradise

Baldwin City, KS


Aunt Nell's Quilt Shop
Pineville, LA

Cottage Creations

St. Gabriel, LA


Abbi May's 
Twin Lake, MI


A Winn-ing Quilt Shop
Jefferson City, MO
Prior's New Generation Fabrics
Imperial, NE

North Carolina

Calla Lily Quilts
Greensboro, NC

The Cotton Quilt

Granite Falls, NC

New Mexico

Busy Bee Quilts
Edgewood, NM

Quilt It Ya Ya

Aztec, NM

Sew What's New

Las Cruces, NM


Stitcher's Garden
Franklin, TN


Cactus Quilts
Texas City, TX

Calico Cats Sewing Center

Lake Jackson, TX

The Fabric Store

Nederland, TX

One Quilt Place

Fredericksburg, TX


Cypress, TX

Richland Sewing Center

Hurst, TX


The Scrappy Apple
Winchester, VA

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's a party and you're invited!

A Jungle Party, that is! 

Check out these safari-themed prints from our new Jungle Party collection:
Wondering what type of quilt pattern to use with these prints? We suggest the disappearing nine-patch block design. You can find a tutorial for how to make this block here (the tute is for a table runner...simply make more blocks for a quilt!).

And while of course we love the animal prints in Jungle Play--realistic looking elephants, zebras, and hippos, but the coordinates in this line have so much possibility as well!

Toile, African savanna style--perfect for a tote bag lining

A variation on "what's black and white and red all over?" Zebra print mixed with lime green for a trendy stripe.

Rows of zebras! We love this print too.

Faux snakeskin--make a dressy clutch without breaking the bank.

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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

As Easy as A, B, C

Inspired by alphabet quilts made by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter, Jean Nolte adapted her design for using pre-cut strips for Quilting Quickly magazine. The result? Twenty-six brightly colored letter blocks, in all your favorite Marblehead Global Brights colors. Perfect for a young child learning and practicing his or her alphabet, this quilt will be well loved for years.
"Alphabet" by Jean Nolte;
featured in Quilting Quickly winter 2014

See the entire Marblehead Global Brights collection by Ro Gregg here.
Download the free pdfs for the letters here.
Watch a free video tutorial for making this quilt here.
Purchase the kit for this quilt here.
Find the winter 2014 issue of Quilting Quickly here.

Friday, January 16, 2015

5 Quilts to Brighten Up a Dreary Winter!

Mid January. The holidays are over. Spring seems FAR away. 
What can you do to keep the winter doldrums away? 
Start a new quilt, of course! 
Here are five of our favorite bright and cheery quilt patterns. The best news? You can download them from our website, easy as 1-2-3! Print out the patterns and head to your local quilt store to stock up on one of these fun fabric lines to get started!

"Calypso Goldfish" by Quilting Hen
featuring Ro Gregg's Calypso Goldfish collection
Download the free pattern here.

"It's a Small World" by Dawn Conery Designs
featuring Ro Gregg's Marblehead Global Brights collection
Download the free pattern here.

"Wonky Zoo Pens" by Tresa McConachie
featuring the Zany Zoo collection
Download the free pattern here.

"Tweet" by the Quilting Hen
featuring the Tweet collection
Download the free pattern here.

"Monkey Wrenches" by Airborne Heirlooms
featuring the Shadows collection
Download the free pattern here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sew Quick with Pre-Cuts!

Combine the ever-popular red, white and blue with pre-cut 2-1/2" wide strips and what do you get? 
A quilt everyone will love to make and love to use!

Jean Nolte used our Old Glory Snack Pack to stitch an easy quilt with graphic impact--simply sew strips together and then cut triangles to create this cool design. The quilt is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Quilting Quickly.
"Freedom Square" by Jean Nolte;
featured in Quilting Quickly Winter 2014

Q. What makes pre-cut strips so great for this quilt? 
Jean: This pattern uses the strips very efficiently – there's very little waste.

Q. What do you like about the Old Glory Snack Pack prints? 
Jean: The patriotic theme is popular with our readers, and if you made this quilt a little larger, it would be perfect for a Quilt of Valor.

Q. Any tips for making this block? 
Jean: Cut carefully so that you get both kinds of triangles (some with blue at the bottom and some with red). 

Q. What do you like best about this quilt? 
Jean: It's quick and easy to make!

Find the Tone on Tone collection which includes the Old Glory Snack Pack here.
Find the kit for Freedom Square here.
Find Quilting Quickly here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Have you hugged a bear today?

What's warm and cuddly and full of love?
A quilt made by you using the Bear Hugs fabric collection!

You and the teddy bear lover in your family will love
these sweet bear prints and  cheerful coordinates.

Want to see that packed bear print close up? Which cuddly friend catches your eye?

And a panel print, ready for fussy cutting!

We love this Cathedral Window-pattern coordinating print!

Ready to bring some Bear Hugs home? Download the free Bear Hugs pattern designed by Pine Tree County Quilts and get sewing!
Find the free quilt pattern here.

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