Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AccuQuilt Block Contest!

Imagine seeing a quilt block you designed as a 17-foot square sign in Nebraska...
Pretty amazing to think about, isn't it?!

And that's just part of the Grand Prize from AccuQuilt's Quilt Block Design can see the remainder of the prizes here. (Pretty impressive!)

We're one of the sponsors of this fantastic contest, so we wanted to make sure that all our Fabri-Quilt friends new about it and had the chance to enter! 

If you don't have an AccuQuilt cutter, don't worry--block designs can be submitted without using die-cut shapes. (And if you do have one, lucky you--they sure are fun!)

You can find all of the entry requirements and details here
but we'll give you a brief overview:
  • Block designs must be submitted digitally. (In other words, you don't actually have to sew the block.)
  • If you don't have block design capabilities on your computer, don't worry--you can even use graph paper and colored pencils (download a printable graph design tool from AccuQuilt here).
  • Winning design will be featured in Quiltmaker magazine, as well as winning a Grand Prize worth over $22,000.
  • Entries will be accepted now through May 27, and voting runs May 1-27. Winners will be chosen by popular vote. (So the sooner you enter your block, the more time people will have to vote for it, starting May 1.)

Again, find all the details you need here!
Let us know if you enter...we'd love to see your block! (See blocks that have already been entered here.)
Good luck!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Let your imagination run wild...

...with the new Running Wild collection.
Horse lovers, this is for you! 

Painterly, realistic-looking horses gallop through grassy green fields with wide open sky behind them, available in two prints that can easily be fussy cut--instant blocks for an equestrian's dream quilt! 

Cut the squares for quilt blocks and use the running border as sashing or as a border for the entire quilt.

And don't forget great tonal prints with texture that  will create that oh-so-important contrast. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Totally Topaz

When you hear the word "topaz," what do you think of first? November's birthstone?
Photo credit

A gorgeous gem, certainly, but we'd like the idea of topaz to bring something different to mind, namely our new fabric line.

Introducing the Topaz collection, done in richly colored reds, browns, golds, and corals, with just a touch of gilded metallic. This on-trend palette is perfect for a bedroom makeover (if you don't believe us, just check out these similarly colored bedding ensembles from Pottery Barn)!

A close-up look at a few favorites:

Find out more about the Topaz mineral here and November's birthstone here.

See the entire Topaz fabric collection here. Available in shops now!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Want to make a pillowcase?

We really enjoy following along with American Patchwork & Quilting's 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge! Each quarter, their team creates two new designs and makes up sample pillowcases featuring new fabrics. Here are the two most recent designs:

Tumbler Band Pillowcase
featuring Ro Gregg's Calypso Goldfish collection
Find the free pattern for the tumbler band pillowcase here.

Honeycomb Band Pillowcase
featuring the Coral Sea collection and Ro Gregg's Marblehead fabrics

Find the free pattern for the honeycomb band pillowcase here.

You can find these two pillowcase patterns, as well as 39 others, here.
Find more details about the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge (they're up to 541,184 cases donated!) here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

March Madness Wrapped Up

After starting with all those colors (64 college teams in the March Madness tournament, translated into the closest-matching Marblehead print), the Championship game ends up as blue on blue (UConn vs. Kentucky). 
And in the end, the darker navy (UConn) prevails!
Thanks for following along as we filled in our Marblehead March Madness bracket! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

What do you see?

Four-petal flowers or black and white stars?

We love how Monique Dillard used the Hannah collection to create a brighter version of Diane Nagle's "Out of the Blue" quilt featured in the June 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine! Monique's version was included as the Color Option in the magazine. Bright colors mixed with black and white and packed with flower!

*Original quilt designed by Diane Nagle of Peddlecar Quilts. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Copyright 2014 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Find this brand new issue  (featuring the pattern for this quilt) here.

Like what you see? Find the entire Hannah collection here.
See a tutorial for making a puff pillow featuring Hannah here.