Monday, May 14, 2018

Feeling Tropical?

Our Mod Tropics collection combines leafy tropical focal fabrics with modern tonal prints. The prints come in blue, orange and gray--mix them all together or pick your favorite color! Use the tropical and tonal prints together for a summery-feeling project, or pair the tonal prints with your favorite Painter's Palette Solids for more modern appeal. 


Cool blues:



Neutral grays:



Hot oranges:


Which color way appeals to you? 

See the entire Mod Tropics collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.
Purchase FQ bundles (blue, orange, gray or a combo) here.
Download the free Tropical Blues quilt pattern here.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hello, spring! Cabins of Carolina quilt

The Cabins of Carolina quilt by Sara Gallegos and Denise Schober is a breath of fresh spring air!
 This quilt, made using our Mayfair collection, was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine, as well as in episode 3102 of the Love of Quilting show.
"Cabins of Carolina" by Sara Gallegos & Denise Schober; quilted by Denise Scholber
Featured in Love of Quilting May/June 2018

Q. How did this quilt begin?
Denise Schober: It was originally created for a mystery quilting event. We wanted a design where students could make one block the first day and one the second day, and then have lots of variations to put the quilt together.
Sara Gallegos: I landed on a log cabin block (because it’s simple) and a Carolina Lily block. The original quilt was made in red, black, green and cream Christmas prints.

Q. What attracted you to the Mayfair collection?
DS: Love of Quilting asked us to remake the quilt in other fabrics (for the tv show and magazine). Sara chose the spring-like Mayfair collection and we worked together to pick specific fabrics.
SG: We liked that each color group had lights and darks, as well as different scale prints. I also loved that there was a large-scale floral to play with in the wings of the flying geese and in the outer border.

Q. How did you choose the soft yellow solid for the background?
SG: I wanted a solid to set off the blocks—something soft, but not stark. This buttery yellow was perfect! It created such a happy, springy quilt.

Q. You mentioned layout options. Tell us how you decided on the final layout.
SG: We played with several different layouts and ultimately decided that the medallion in the center created the most dynamic version. Also, Denise is an accomplished longarm quilter, and this design left a lot of negative space where she could play.


Q. What do you like best about the quilt?
DS: I like the simplicity of the two blocks. This quilt is so springy and bright—it just makes you feel good.
SG: My favorite part was constructing the no-waste flying geese. My favorite thing about the quilt is how two fairly simple blocks came together to create a very special quilt.

Q. Tell us about the machine quilting.
DS: When I teach, one of the things I ask my students is do you want to see the piecing, the stitching, or the depth of quilting? We chose to let the fabric and the piecing do the talking, so this quilt has an edge to edge quilting design.


Follow Sara at sewpositivelysara.com and Denise at www.deniseschober.com/

Find Out More: See the entire Mayfair fabric collection here
Find the kit here.
Find the 3100 series DVD which features Cabins of Carolina here
Find Love of Quilting magazine May/June 2018 issue here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sailing Away: Portofino pillow tutorial

Sail away with us! 
We've used Ro Gregg's rich and colorful Portofino collection 
to sew the Sailing Away Pillow. 
Follow the tutorial below to make your own. 
Pillow measures 20" square

The Portofino prints we used:


You'll Need:
1 fat quarter Painter's Palette White Solid (#120-000)
1 fat quarter each:
    boat print  (#120-99041)
    orange tonal (#120-99052)
    gray tonal (#120-99063)
    blue/black tonal (#120-99051)
    green tonal (#120-99062)
    sailboats at sunset (#120-99011)
1/2 yard scenic print (#120-99001) for pillow back
22" square of batting
Fusible web
20" square pillow form

Cutting:
From the White Solid:
(1) 12-1/2" square
4) 1-1/2" squares

From the orange tonal: 
(4) 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" pieces

From the boat print: 
(2) 3" x 20-1/2" pieces
(2) 3" x 15-1/2" pieces

From the scenic print:
(2) 15" x 20-1/2" pieces 

Print the template pages here

Make the Pillow:

Step 1. Trace each template onto the paper side of fusible web. Cut out each shape 1/4" beyond the lines and fuse onto the wrong side of the indicated fabric. 
Sail #1: sailboats at sunset
Sail #2: orange tonal
Boat: green tonal
Pennant: green tonal
Mast: gray tonal
Wave: blue/black tonal



Step 2. Referring to the photo, position the applique pieces on the 12-1/2" white square and fuse into place.

Step 3: Sew 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" orange tonal pieces to opposite sides of the sailboat square. Sew 1-1/2" white squares to opposite ends of the remaining (2) 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" orange tonal pieces. Sew to the top and bottom of the sailboat square. 

Step 4: Sew 3" x 15-1/2" boat pieces to opposite sides of the center. Sew 3" x 20-1/2" boat pieces to the top and bottom to complete the pieced pillow top. 


Step 5: Layer the pillow top on the 22" square of batting. Machine quilt as desired and trim to measure 20-1/2" square.


Step 6: Press (1) long edge of a 15" x 20-1/2" scenic print piece over 1/4" and then 1/4" again. Topstitch to create a finished edge. Repeat on the second scenic print piece, noting orientation. 


Step 7: Layer the quilted pillow top right side up. Position the (2) backing pieces on top, matching raw edges on all sides and overlapping the finished edge in the center. Sew around all (4) sides and turn the pillow right side out. Insert the pillow form. 

Sail away! 

More Portofino Love! 
Download the FREE Portofino quilt pattern designed by Pine Tree Country Quilts here


See two commercial prints featuring Portofino here
Read an interview with Ro here
See the entire Portofino collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Illusion Quilts: Checkerboard in Modern Patchwork magazine

Painter's Palette Solids fans, have you seen the latest issue of Modern Patchwork magazine? It features the Checkerboard quilt by Lisa Swenson Ruble, an improv log cabin design using Painter's Palette Solids.
"Checkerboard" by Lisa Swenson Ruble; machine quilted by Diane Oakes
Featured in Modern Patchwork May/June 2018

Here's an interview with Lisa about her quilt:
Q. Where did the idea for this design come from? 
LR: I really love making improv Log Cabin blocks. No measuring required! Seriously, though, I love the look of these wonky blocks, as well as how each block looks different from the last. I tried a design that was four rows of three blocks each, but it was just too much. Using one row of three blocks had so much more impact. 


Q. How did you choose the color scheme? 
LR: Deciding on blue and orange was easy--I enjoy working with complementary colors. Choosing the exact fabrics to use in each block was more challenging. I wanted the colors to shift enough in value to be noticeable, but not so much that it didn't create a smooth transition. I auditioned a lot of different choices! 

Colors used (from center): Maize, Pencil, Clementine, Tangerine, Daredevil

Colors used (from center): Midnight, Royal, French Blue, River, Waterfall

Q. Tell us about the quilting. 
LR: Diane Oakes did a fantastic job! She used freehand square spirals in the blocks, mimicking the design, and then straight lines in the upper and lower white and gray sections. The texture created by the quilting really enhances the design without overpowering it.

Q. What do you like best about the Checkerboard quilt?
LR: I admit I love the whole quilt, but I'm especially happy about the illusion of depth created by the color choices in the blocks. 

See all 168 Painter's Palette Solids colors here.
Read more about Lisa's Checkerboard quilt here.
Look for the May/June 2018 issue of Modern Patchwork in your local quilt shop or purchase the digital issue here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

On Your Mark Create! Hop Winners

We had so much fun on the On Your Mark Create! Hop, featuring projects made with Simone Bradford's new On Your Mark fabric collection. We hope you did too!




Here are our bundle winners from the hop: 
Wanda D.
Eleanor P. 
Jill G.
Linda H.
Betty A.
Janie M. 
Janet S.
Nicole S.
Di J. 
Kathy E.


If you didn't win one of the bundles from the hop, you can still get one! 
Order the same 12-print On Your Mark bundle that the designers used here


Let's see the 10 featured designer projects again: 

@simone.g.bSimone Bradford


Thursday, April 26, 2018

On Your Mark Create! Hop - Day 10


Ready for ten full days of On Your Mark inspiration? 

Ten designers received the twelve On Your Mark fat quarters you see below. 
We can't wait to share what these they have made! Each day we'll share a sneak peek here of a designer's project; you can use the links to visit their social media and learn more. You'll also have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of On Your Mark fabrics. If these prints are on your "must-have" list, you can purchase this bundle right here




  
It's the last day of our On Your Mark Create! Hop! We hope you've enjoyed following along and seeing all of these fantastic projects! 

For our day on the hop, we couldn't resist revisiting one of our most popular tutorials from the blog: Tulip Time! Simone's bright, springy prints and low-volume coordinates are perfect for this easy wall hanging. 

Hello, tulips!


Choosing which low-volume print to pair with each bright print was half the fun of sewing this quilt.



We added a scrappy pieced border around the basic tulip and pinwheel center and finished with the Gray Scallop binding print for binding.



Find the Tulip Time tutorial here.

For a chance to win a FQ bundle of On Your Mark prints, leave a comment here letting us know your favorite print in the On Your Mark collection. Head over to IG (@pbstudiofabrics) and leave a comment there as well for a second chance to win. Giveaway is open through Saturday, April 28th at 11:59 pm CDT.

Need to add On Your Mark to your stash?
Purchase your own 12-fabric FQ bundle here


Catch each day of our On Your Mark Create! Hop: 

Tuesday, April 17: Simone @simone.g.bSimone Bradford
Wednesday, April 18: Elizabeth @occasionalpiecequiltOPQuilt
Thursday, April 19: Stephanie @spontaneousthreadsSpontaneous Threads
Friday, April 20: Linda @quiltlady63
Saturday, April 21: Joan@alaskanquilter
Sunday, April 22: Carol @carolanngillen
Monday, April 23: Sarah @nohatsquilts
Tuesday, April 24: Afton @quiltingmodQuilting Mod
Wednesday, April 25: Allison @quiltstudio62 quiltstudio62.blogspot.com
Thursday, April 26: @pbstudiofabricsInspired by Fabric


Read our interview with Simone here.

See the entire On Your Mark collection here and download Simone's free Gumdrop quilt pattern here


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On Your Mark Create! Hop - Day 9

Ready for ten full days of On Your Mark inspiration? 

Ten designers received the twelve On Your Mark fat quarters you see below. 
We can't wait to share what these they have made! Each day we'll share a sneak peek here of a designer's project; you can use the links to visit their social media and learn more. You'll also have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of On Your Mark fabrics. If these prints are on your "must-have" list, you can purchase this bundle right here




Allison (@quiltstudio62) made not one, not two, but FIVE projects! 

Allison says, "It's been a very long winter and when I saw Simone's On Your Mark fabric all I could think of was warm weather and the beach!  The color values are amazing and the prints are so fun that I had a hard time choosing which fabrics to work with for my project.  Then I thought, why choose? Just make more projects!"
  


Visit Allison on IG (@quiltstudio62) and on her blog to see the projects that she made, as well as enter to win a FQ On Your Mark bundle. 

Need to add On Your Mark to your stash?
Purchase your own 12-fabric FQ bundle here


Catch each day of our On Your Mark Create! Hop: 

Tuesday, April 17: Simone @simone.g.bSimone Bradford
Wednesday, April 18: Elizabeth @occasionalpiecequiltOPQuilt
Thursday, April 19: Stephanie @spontaneousthreadsSpontaneous Threads
Friday, April 20: Linda @quiltlady63
Saturday, April 21: Joan@alaskanquilter
Sunday, April 22: Carol @carolanngillen
Monday, April 23: Sarah @nohatsquilts
Tuesday, April 24: Afton @quiltingmodQuilting Mod
Wednesday, April 25: Allison @quiltstudio62 quiltstudio62.blogspot.com
Thursday, April 26: @pbstudiofabricsInspired by Fabric


Read our interview with Simone here.

See the entire On Your Mark collection here and download Simone's free Gumdrop quilt pattern here