Saturday, February 17, 2018

FREE Download! Star of the Table Topper

We're swooning over this "Star of the Table" topper shown in our Freeform 2 prints!  

 Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. 
©2018 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 

American Patchwork & Quilting pattern tester Sharon McConnell created this asymmetrical topper as a modern (and smaller) version of the "Star Attraction" quilt featured in the April 2018 issue.

Add this small quilt to your hand-piecing to-do list! You can download the free quilt pattern from AP&Q here.

Love the Freeform 2 prints? 
See them all here and ask for them at your local quilt shop.

See all of the quilts from American Patchwork & Quilting's special 25th Anniversary April 2018 issue here.

What else can you make using Freeform 2? 
Download a FREE lap-size quilt pattern here

Check out our pillow trio tutorials here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Say hello at QuiltCon! Booth #905

February 22-25th, we'll be in sunny Pasadena for QuiltCon 2018.

Fabulous quilted eye candy (including a giant donut!), 168 silky smooth Painter’s Palette Solids colors to touch and a chance to win prizes…what could be better? Stop by Booth #905 to see it all! 

If you haven't met our Painter's Palette Solids yet, come to our booth to feel them and soak in all 168 vibrant colors. We're giving away a free fat eighth to show attendees (while supplies last).

 Pineapple Fabrics is selling Painter's Palette Solids
(and color cards) in booth #517!

Here's what's happening at the show:

We're sponsoring demonstrations on the big stage, so mark your calendars

Saturday, February 24th: 4:15 - 4:45
Sewing Inspiration with Amy Barickman

Learn tips and techniques for both hand sewing and a new sewing machine method. Use Painter’s Palette Solids pre-cuts and showcase your favorite fabrics. Amy will share quick and easy projects for using scraps and treasured textiles and inspire you with ideas for embroidery, bead and button embellishment.

Friday, February 23rd: 2:45 - 3:15 AND Sunday, February 25th: 11:00-11:30
Improv Applique with Elizabeth Eastmond

Carry some creative work around in your purse using Painter's Palette Solids mini-charm packs and improv applique techniques. Elizabeth will teach you how to applique without patterns or paper pieces, and you'll use your imagination and a few folds to create designs. Sewing kit included- just show up and be prepared to stitch.

See our newest fabric collections

On the Mark by Simone Bradford

Sketchbook designs on fabric--exclamation marks, crosshatch circles, clamshells and ink spots--a fabulous new modern collection (take a peek here)! Simone's palette mixes bright fuchsia, sunshine yellow, and blue with a variety of low-volume prints. See her Gumdrop quilt in the booth.

Ring Ring by Hoodie Crescent

Geek out with telephone, text, pencil and ink pen prints in Hoodie’s new collection (take a peek here). These prints have a retro feel in a cool modern palette. Available May 2018. See Hoodie’s Wall Organizer in the booth.

Book signings in the booth

Saturday, February 24th: 12:30 - 1:00 
Jacquie Gering will be signing copies of her latest book, Walk. 
Learn more about Walk here.

Thursday, February 22nd: 10:00 - 12:00
Maria Shell will be signing copies of her book, Improv Patchwork. 
Learn more about Improv Patchwork here.

Grab a giveaway in our booth
Sign up for our email list to receive:
FREE Painter's Palette Solid fat eighth (while supplies last)
A chance to win fabric prizes, books, and more


IG and Win!

Follow us on IG and win! Stop by the booth and snap a selfie in front of Sheri Cifaldi Morrill’s Kona Sunset quilt. 

1. Follow us (@pbstudiofabrics)
2. Follow Sheri (@wholecirclestudio)
3. post your photo with the hashtag #sherisunsetpbs
Entries must be posted by Sunday February 25 at 4 pm. We’ll randomly draw three winners to each receive Sheri's Sun Saluation pattern and a fat quarter bundle of selected colors.

We can't wait to see you in booth #905! 
(And if you're not going to QuiltCon, don't worry! We'll be sharing photos here on the blog, on Facebook, and on Instagram.)

Need all the QuiltCon details? Find them here.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Confetti Heart Valentines Tutorial

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw our confetti picture. It's February 9th, and we're making red, pink and purple confetti. It's no big surprise that it's for a Valentine's Day project! Today we're sharing two different ways to make a confetti heart. Give them as valentines, use them as mug rugs, or hang them as decorations. They're adorable and easy to make! 
And one word of warning...making (and playing with) fabric confetti is addicting! 

You'll need: 
(for both confetti hearts)

Approximately 3" square scraps of  8-12 red/pink/purple/coral solids
(2) 7" squares and (1) 2" x WOF strip of Smoke solid
(3) 8" squares and (1) 2-1/4" x WOF strip of Black solid
(1) 7" square of batting
(1) 8" square of batting
Fusible web
8" square piece of white tulle
Basting spray

Download the heart template page here and print it out. 

Making the Confetti
We started with the wide range of red/pink/purple/coral Painter's Palette Solids shown below. The more colors, the more interest your confetti has. 

Step 1: For most efficient cutting, trim scraps into 3" squares. Stack two squares, and working right to left (for right-handed people!), start cutting 1/4" wide strips. Leave the strips in place as you cut. Cut the entire square into strips. 

Step 2: Rotate your ruler 90 degrees and cut 1/4" wide strips again. This will create tiny 1/4" squares. 

Step 3: Repeat with your remaining squares to make a big pile of confetti. The (11) 3" squares we used made enough confetti to create the two hearts shown. 

Making the Heart on Gray:
Step 1: Trace the small heart onto the paper side of fusible web. Cut out on the drawn line and fuse to the center of  7" Smoke square. Tip: Fold the square in half in both directions and press lightly. Use these lines to center the valentine.

Step 2: Peel off the paper and sprinkle confetti onto the heart. Some of it will spill off the edges; that's okay, but pay attention to your general heart shape. Some confetti will layer on itself; that's okay too, but try to spread it out as much as possible. 

Step 3: *Using a pressing cloth*, press in place. You may need to press longer than normal. Gently shake off excess confetti. If you see background showing through, place individual confetti pieces and press again. 
Step 4: Layer gray square with batting and backing and machine quilt. You'll want quilting lines relatively close together to help secure the confetti. Ours uses 1/4" spacing. 

Step 5: Square up to 6-1/2" and use the 2" x WOF strip to bind the square. 

Making the Heart on Black:
Step 1: Trace the large heart shape onto the center of a black solid square. Layer the marked square with a piece of batting and spray baste in place. 

Step 2: Spray the heart shape with basting spray. Don't worry if the spray goes past the drawn line like ours did; it will be covered up later. 

Step 3: Layer a square of tulle over the heart and pin in place. 

Step 4: Machine quilt over the heart. The quilting doesn't have to be quite as tight here because the tulle is holding the confetti in place. The quilting lines also don't need to extend more than 1/2" or so beyond the heart shape, as they'll be covered as well. 

Step 5: Cut a 7-1/2" square of fusible web. Center and trace the heart onto the square and fuse to the second 8" square. 

Step 6: Cut out the heart center as shown: (we used a pinking shears)
Back side
Front side

Step 7: Remove the paper and center the cut out heart on top of the confetti heart. Adjust as needed to make sure that confetti fills the cut out heart shape. 

Step 8: Layer with the remaining black square. Machine quilt around the cut out heart, making sure to stitch near the cut edges. We chose to echo quilt out from the heart shape. Tip: If you're really bold, try stitching with a contrasting pink or red thread! Square up to 7-1/2"

Step 9: Use the 2-1/4" x WOF black strip to bind. 

See our other heart-themed tutorial featuring Painter's Palette Solids here
See all 168 Painter's Palette Solids here and ask for them at your local quilt shop.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Valentine Mini: Hearts Aplenty

Valentine's Day is around the corner...
are the reds and pinks in your sewing room calling your name? 

Make our Valentine Mini quilt, Hearts Aplenty
We used a variety of red, pink, and purple Painter's Palette Solids for the quilt, along with a warm Honeycomb background. The finished quilt measures 18" square. 

Painter's Palette Solids used: (background) Honeycomb; hearts (top row, from l-r)
Clematis, Claret, Bubblegum; (middle row, l-r): Real Red, Lipstick, Fuchsia;
(bottom row): Pale Pink, Raspberry, Claret

Find the tutorial here

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Are you ready for Sunday?

Sunday is the Super Bowl...and whether you're planning a party or skipping the game and spending time at your sewing machine, we've got you covered!

Our Super Bowl Party Ideas Pinterest board is stuffed with ideas for the big game: themed foods (including stadium snack bars!), cute decorations, and fun games.

Here are some of our favorites:

Our Non-Super Bowl Sunday Pinterest board is filled with everything you need to spend a relaxing Sunday without watching the game. We've pinned a bunch of soup recipes (get it? Soup/Super Bowl) and some of our favorite tutorials. If you want to combine sewing and soup, check out the soup bowl quilt blocks!

However you spend it, we hope you enjoy your Sunday!

Follow us on Pinterest here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Freeform 2: All Angles Pillow tutorial

We made a third pillow using the Freeform 2 prints. The All Angles pillow uses freeform (ha!) piecing--you make four angled strips and sew them together. Fun and easy! 

Making the Fire & Ice Pillow:
You'll Need:
Fat quarter or 1/8 yard cut each of 10-12 assorted gray, orange and brown prints
1/2 yard muslin

1/2 yard of backing fabric
12" x 22" pillow form

From each of the fat quarters or 1/8 yard cuts:
(1) strip varying in width from 2" to 3"

From the muslin:
(4) 7" x 14" pieces

From the backing fabric:
(2) 14" x 18" pieces

Making the Pillow:
Note: You can trim strips to just longer than the muslin strip (14") as you position them for sewing. This is easier than sewing with a long tail! 
Step 1: Lay a strip right side up on one end of a muslin piece, making sure it covers the left end of the muslin. Note the left leaning angle. position a second strip on top, right sides together, aligning long raw edges. 

Step 2: Sew the strips to the muslin using a 1/4" seam allowance and press the second strip open as shown. 

Step 3: In the same way, position and add a third strip. You can vary the angle slightly as you add strips for interest, but make sure they all lean to the left. 

Step 4: Continue adding and pressing trips until the entire muslin piece is covered. Vary fabric strip width and color, and try to maximize contrast between your strip choices. Make a second left-leaning pieced strip. 

Step 5: Make a right leaning pieced strip in the same way, positioning the strips leaning in the opposite direction (toward the right at the top). 

Step 6: Make (2) right-leaning pieced strips. 

Step 7: Trim each pieced strip even with the muslin backing, so each measures 7" x 14". 

Step 8: Trim each pieced strip to measure 6" x 13". Position your pieced strip right side up and choose where to trim based on what looks best--you may choose to cut off more of one strip at one end then the other, for example. 
Step 9: Lay out the (4) trimmed strips into a row, alternating the angles as shown. 

Step 10: Sew the strips into a row and press the seams open to accommodate bulk. 

Step 11: Fold and press a short end of (1) 14" x 18" backing piece under 1/4". Fold and press under another 1/4" to created a finished edge and topstitch. Make a second backing piece. Lay pillow top right side up and position the backing pieces on top with right sides facing, matching raw edges and overlapping the hemmed edges. 

Step 12: Stitch around the outer edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn pillow right side out and insert the pillow form. 

Make all 3 of our Freeform 2 pillows! 
Find the owl pillow here.
Find the Fire & Ice pillow here
Find the All Angles pillow here.

See the entire Freeform 2 collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Feels like flannel season...

It's January...the month when many people are looking for warm and cozy projects. That means it's flannel season! 

Looking for flannel? Our Fluffy Flannels come in so many prints. Polka dots, zebras, construction equipment, bugs, dogs, hearts, and more... ask for them at your local quilt shop!

See our entire Fluffy Flannel collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.
Visit our Flannel! Pinterest board for a collection of tutorials to make with flannels.