Friday, October 9, 2015

Nature Trail

Bring the outdoors inside with these Nature Trail prints. Beautiful, realistic-looking foliage coordinates with textured tonals in greens, browns and dark blue. 

Use the Nature Trail prints in these easy half-square triangle design by Tammy Silvers:
"Leaf Ripple" by Tammy Silvers; download the free quilt pattern here.

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Pillowcase Patterns!

We've teamed up again with American Patchwork & Quilting in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. The idea is simple: make a pillowcase and donate it to an organization in your community. Add your donation numbers to the online pillowcase counter and watch as the number creeps closer to the 1,000,000 goal. A small amount of fabric and a half hour's worth of sewing can make such a difference in someone's life! 

Here are the latest free patterns on, shown in our fabrics. 

Pattern 52: Simply Squares Band 
featuring Tribal Instincts by Ro Gregg
Photo from; download the pattern here.

Pattern 53: Double Diamond Band
featuring Notting Hill
Photo from; download the pattern here.

Learn more about American Patchwork & Quilting's One Million Pillowcase Challenge here.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Get cozy!

As the nights (and days!) get chilly, flannel starts to sound incredibly appealing. There is nothing more snuggly than a flannel quilt. Our 2015 Cuddle Prints line features a variety of whimsical novelty prints as well as basics that would work for adults and kids alike. 

The novelty prints--pick a theme, and we've got it--something for everyone! 

And the tonals--ideal for pairing with your favorite novelty above, or making a two or three-color quilt using just these dots and paisleys.

What will you cuddle up under when it gets cold? Ask for these flannels at your local quilt shop and get started today! 

See the entire 2015 Cuddle Prints collection here.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn-inspired projects!

With so many gorgeous fall fabrics, you only need one thing--a project to make with them! We've collected a few of our new and old favorites here, and they'll all work just as well in our new autumn lines and rich Marblehead tonals.

"Autumn Splendor" by Tammy Silvers,
featuring Autumn in the Forest
Download the free quilt pattern here.

"Acorn Harvest" by Airborne Heirlooms,
featuring Fall's Canvas
Download the free quilt pattern here.

"Changing Seasons" by Kristi and Rebecca Ryan,
featuring Ro Gregg's Changing Seasons
Download this free quilt pattern from our website.
Find out more about these fabrics here.

"Bright Autumn" by Terry Albers
Download this free quilt pattern from our website
Find more info about these fabrics here.

"Fall Tapestry" by Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar
Download the free quilt pattern from our website.

"In Alignment" by Tony Jacobson;
featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Easy Quilts
 Find more info here.

Find out more about the quilt and where to download the free pattern here.

"Harvest Lone Star" by Betsy Smith:
featured in The Quilter October-November 2012
Find more info here.

"Chocolate Bar" by Tricia Lynn Maloney;
featured in Easy Quilts fall 2013
 Read more here.

Harvest Home by Joan Shay; featured in Quilt Trends Fall 2012
Find more info here.

"Autumn Tapestry" by Pine Tree Country Quilts;
featured in The Quilter October/November 2013
Find more info here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Feels Like Fall

Are the leaves changing in your neck of the woods? 
As Mother Nature paints her brilliant autumn landscapes, we're inspired to share some of our favorite fabric lines and fabrics in those same hues. 

Changing Seasons by Ro Gregg

In addition to the fall-themed lines featured above,
you can find autumn colors in many of our other collections, too. 
We like these:

Marblehead by Ro Gregg

Friday, September 25, 2015

Ro Gregg's Butterflies Are Free

Already this week we've seen Ro Gregg's Changing Seasons and Tribal Instincts collections. Today, we're showing her latest line, Butterflies Are Free. 
Three days; three collections; three very different looks.

Butterflies Are Free has its roots in Ro's Marblehead collections. Rich colors, marble patterns, intriguing texture. (Plus a panel!) See the collection below and then read what Ro has to say about it and the magical creatures it features. 

Q. What inspired Butterflies Are Free?
Ro: Butterflies are my all time favorite creatures and my favorite motif in my fabric lines. I just love their beauty and their vibrant colors. I find them a spiritual sign, almost mystical in the way they flutter in and out of our lives. They are so delicate and beautiful, and their fleeting, fragile appearance has inspired many poets.  Some people say they are messengers for the angels.

Q. Why did you choose to feature butterflies, dragonflies and tulips?
Ro: Perfect trifecta all three are delicate and graceful.  Absolutely earthy delights of nature and perfect symbols of the newness of spring and summer. Butterflies, dragonflies and tulips are symbols of femininity, romance and friendship.

Q. How did you come up with the color palette?
Ro: Most of the motifs are designed with Marblehead and the colors are from the Global Brights and Pleasing Pastels.  These colors are pure and intense, and directly influenced by Mother Nature.

Q. Love the multicolored sunflowers! What inspired you to color them so uniquely?
Ro: Sunflowers look to the sun.....their namesake.  They lift your spirits on a sunny day.  I wanted  to do something different with them, so I took a more decorative and colorful approach using a myriad of tones from Marblehead.

Q. The marbleized prints are gorgeous! Can you talk about them?
Ro: Marblehead's newest pattern is in the border and I am calling it "Italian Marble."  This was designed from authentic marble from a photo I took on my last trip to Italy. This marble pattern comes in 3 colors: layers of serene green, lilac and dreamy blues; vibrant oranges and reds; and multi orchids, greens and blues on white.

Q. Tell us about the panel.
Ro: The panel is a 24" and showcases a myriad of butterflies flying into the light.  Each butterfly is designed from coordinating Marblehead to look pieced. They are featured on the sky Pleasing Pastel marble print. This panel is a masterpiece of color consisting of 17 screens to emulate the various shades and tones of the Marblehead line.  It is very versatile for quilts, jackets and bags.

Q. What’s your favorite print in the collection? 
Ro: The panels is hands down is my favorite due to the challenge of its design and the magnificent effect of the multicolor butterflies in flight. It was very exciting to design these magical wonders of life.

Use the panel and coordinates in this scrappy looking quilt, 
Lattice, designed by Jessica Toye.
Download the free quilt pattern here.

See the entire Butterflies Are Free collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tribal Instincts by Ro Gregg

Color lovers, get ready! These are safari-inspired prints like you've never seen them before. Ro Gregg's Tribal Instincts collection features the classics you'd expect--elephants and zebras, but with a totally unexpected twist. 
Start with animals and add color. Lots of it! 
Coordinating geometric tonals offer restful support for these focal prints, allowing the animals to shine! Tribal Instincts comes in both a bright and an earthtone/teal colorway. Scroll down to see the prints and learn what Ro has to say about them. 

Q. What inspired Tribal Instincts?
Ro: I wanted to take quilters on safari with my new animal motifs and a twist of exotic drama. We are all members of a triple, whether cultural, religious, political, or community affiliations…even quilting classes!

Q.  Love the multicolor elephants! Can you tell us about them?
Ro:The elephants (along with the zebras) are the main focus of the collection. I think the elephants are subtle yet sophisticated; they’re realistic looking but filled with color. We need to embrace these precious animals and keep them safe. 

Q.  Can you talk about the two different types of zebra print?
Ro: I designed the focal zebras with more of a decorative novelty vibe, including filling them with color like the elephants. The zebra skin is more of an abstract pattern, and I think it will work really well as a texture. 

Q.  Can you tell us about the two color palettes you used?
Ro: These are two fantastic color palettes in 2015:
Warm earth colors of kangaroo brown, caramel, curry, cedar, gold tiger’s eye and peacock.
Global bright color ways of scarlet, emerald, tangelo, golden glow yellow and dramatic black. 

Q.  Favorite print in the collection?
Ro: My favorite pattern is the elephant. I love the current geometric background, and the vibrant colors give them personality. Elephants symbolize strength and are leaders are among the jungle animals. They are wise and have such incredible memories.

Want to get started using Tribal Instincts? 
Download the free Tribal Instincts pattern from our website, designed by Pine Tree Country Quilts. It's shown here in the earth tone colorway, but it would be equally fun in the brights! 
Download the free quilt pattern here.

See the entire Tribal Instincts pattern here and look for it in your local quilt shop.