Friday, May 31, 2013

The Quest for 1 Million

American Patchwork & Quilting's 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is still going strong, and they're so close to the halfway point! You can find out more about the Challenge here.

Their website has patterns for more than 30 different pillowcase designs, and we thought we'd show you a few of our favorites, made with our fabrics. We've included the links for each featured pattern below the photo so you can pop over to the All People Quilt website, download the pdf, and get sewing!

The Bubbles Applique Band, featuring Calypso Frogs:
 Find the pattern here.

The Spools Pillowcase, featuring Lady in Red:
 Find the pattern here

A cute Appliqued Train pillowcase pattern, done up here in Calypso Frogs.
Find the pattern here

A Log Cabin Band done in Marblehead prints.
Find the pattern here.

A Four-patch band featuring Peggy Sue:
 Find the pattern here.

A Cottage in the Forest applique, done in Garden Whimsy.
Find the pattern here.

A Churn Dash Band, also featuring Garden Whimsy:
Find the pattern here.

Have you made a pillowcase for the Challenge? Let us know!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Friends of Fabri-Quilt: Shortcuts with Marblehead

Are you thinking about what do sew for the Marblehead Challenge? Today we're serving up some more inspiration, courtesy of Will Simpson from the quilt shop Quilting Around in Weatherford, TX. 

Will used the "Walk About" pattern by Ann Lauer of Grizzly Gulch Gallery to showcase the pre-printed Marblehead blocks, and then used one of the smaller Marblehead prints in the border. Quick work with great results!  

Will says: "The pre-printed tile squares add interest without the 'trouble' of applique. Picking the red to contrast was easy--it matches the tiles perfectly. I just love this pattern for the ease; I'm all about easy quilts that have nice visual impact!"

The two main prints Will used:

And a few close-ups of the quilt, machine quilted with a Celtic Knot design:

Here are a couple more Marblehead quilts Will has made, both using pre-printed strip yardage. 

Red, black and white, using the Marblehead stripe featured in the Fashionista collection.

The pre-printed stripe:

Pieced blocks with minimal piecing!

And the earth-tone pre-printed stripe from the original Marblehead collection. 

Made from this:

Thanks so much to Will for sharing his quilts!
What could you do with Marblehead? 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Shimmering Bouquets

One constant around here at Fabri-Quilt/Paintbrush Studio is our love of Asian-themed collections, and we think Shimmering Bouquets is a beauty!

What sets it apart? 
For one, the use of gray as the neutral color. It creates a fresh, clean palette base the compliments the reds, greens and golds.

Look at the "swirl" that winds through several of the prints--beautiful!

The layering of the colors and patterns in this print makes it look almost like a batik. 

Quite possibly the neatest print in the collection! It has a crazy quilt or stained glass look with swirly dividers. Perfect for a quilt back or pillowcases--how could you bear to cut it up?!

Some great texture, again keeping in the swirl style.

Ask for Shimmering Bouquets in your local quilt shop! 
You'll also find it featured in a unique wall hanging in a summer issue of a quilting magazine; we'll keep you posted when it comes out!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It started with an elephant...

Designing the booth for Quilt Market is one of the really fun parts of the job. 

Last week, we offered a sneak peek at one of our new fabric lines debuting at Market, Mystic Forest, and some of the decorations for the booth that it inspired. Today, we'll give you the whole booth tour.

The booth featured Mystic Forest in its three different colorways/themes:
  • Elephants in orange, magenta, pink and lime
  • Monkeys in blue, pink, purple and lime
  • Bears in blue, yellow, orange and lime
As well as some fun quilts and projects featuring Marblehead Global Brights and Pleasing Pastels.

Now on to your tour!

The front of the booth, with a cool purple tree growing circular Marblehead "leaves," and plenty of projects made from the bear colorway of Mystic Forest. Do you recognize Jessica Toye's Sunset Boulevard Marblehead quilt hanging from a branch? 

A closer look--check out that beehive! We love the huge flower floor pillow too.

On to the elephant corner:

"Pinwheels and Pachyderms" designed by Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar of Pine Tree Country Quilts, accompanied by a coordinated painted elephant.  

"Elephant Parade," also by Sue and Sandy

  Don't you love how these fabrics look in children's clothes and accessories?

Two quilts from the monkey colorway:

"Block Party Chenille" by Judy Hansen
We'll have more on this quilt later in the year...mod chenille...

Did you have (or make) a yo-yo clown when you were a child? We had a few Marblehead Global Brights yo-yo figures in the booth.

And there's our booth! Please leave a comment if you have a question about any of the patterns you see in these photos. You'll definitely be seeing some of them again, and we'll let you know where and when!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tutorial: Oversized Beach Tote

Rebecca from Our Busy Little Bunch is back today with another Blogging Design Ring tutorial--a huge tote, perfect for summer! Check out her tutorial and then at the bottom, see how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Belle of the South, the collection Rebecca used here. 

Here's a fun tutorial for you - just in time for trips to the beach, the park, and all those other fun summer outings that require a lot of STUFF to be packed.  And don't let the size intimidate you - this bag can be sewed up in no time!  But if you like the look of a smaller bag, just decrease the cutting sizes, and these simple instructions are easy to use for any size bag. The fabrics are from the Belle of the South collection.

  • 2/3 yard main outer fabric
  • 1 yard fabric for side panels and exterior zippered pocket
  • 1 yard fabric for straps and binding at top of bag
  • 1 yard fabric for lining
  • 1/2 yard fabric for bottom of bag
  • Interfacings (these are my recommendations, but there are lots of options out there: a heavyweight fusible interfacing for exterior bag pieces, a fusible fleece for interior bag pieces, and a thick fusible interfacing for base of bag.
  • One 10" zipper (or larger, cut down to size later)

  • Main panels 20" (h) x 20" (w) - cut 2 from main fabric and 2 from lining
  • Side panels 20" (h) x 12" (w) - cut 2 from side panel fabric and 2 from lining
  • Bottom 20" (w) x 12" (depth of bag) - cut 2 from fabric selected for bottom of bag
  • Binding for top of bag - 2.5" x 70" (two strips pieced together)
  • Exterior zipper pocket - cut two pieces 10" x 10" and one piece 10" x 6"
  • Straps 60" x 8" (cut 2)

Before beginning, fuse interfacings to main panels, side panels, and bottom piece.

* please note: all seam allowance are 1/2"*

  • Take your 10" x 6" piece of fabric, and place zipper on one long edge.

  • Fold fabric over top of zipper, so zipper is sandwiched between the two right sides of the fabric. Pin in place.
  • Using zipper foot, sew top edge.  Be sure to stop and move zipper tab out of your way as you sew so you get a nice straight stitch line.

  • Turn piece of fabric right side out.

  •  Press in half, and make sure zipper opens and closes easily.

  • Take your two 10" square pieces of fabric and layer unfinished zipper edge between the right sides of fabric.  Pin and sew edge just like you did for other half of zipper.  Press fabric away from zipper.

  • Center finished zipper pocket on one of the main exterior panels. Baste unfinished side edges to hold in place.  Set piece aside.

  • Take straps, and iron in half.  Then iron halves again to center, creating 2" wide straps.

  • Sew close to each long edge, and approx every 1/4" beside that, creating nice strong straps with lots of stitch lines.

  •  Pin straps to main panels of bag, completely covering raw edges of zippered pocket, and using your ruler to pin them on nice and straight.  Stitch on top of stitch lines on both long edges of straps, stopping 1" from top of bag.

  • Sew your main panels to your side panels, right sides together.  BUT, stop your stitch line and backstitch 1/2" from bottom of bag.

  •  Pin one of your bag bases to your exterior pieces, right sides together. On corners, fold back seam allowances as shown below and pin in place.  When stitching over corners, reinforce them by backstitching on either side of corner pivot. 

  • Turn bag right-side out.

  • Using the same method as bag exterior, sew main and side panels together, and attach bag base.
  • Do NOT turn right-side out.

  • Place bag lining inside of bag exterior, making sure to push corners in place and line up seams.
  • Pin upper edge of bag, and baste close to raw edge.

  • Press your binding in half, and then edges to centers, creating a narrow binding.  

  • Use your favorite method of attaching binding to sew it to top of bag - you can do this by machine, or a combination of machine and finishing it off by hand.  I prefer to use lots of pin and pin it to top of bag, and then machine stitch it. Make sure to conceal your unfinished edges or start and stop sewing with 6" of binding left on either end - sew those ends together and cut off excess, and then sew down last section.  


And there you have it - an oversized beach tote.  This will fit all our towels, sunscreen, sand toys, and snacks.  And the exterior pocket is great for my wallet and phone.  I'm looking forward to toting one bag for everything this summer!

And wouldn't you know, the first thing my little guy asked when he saw this bag was if he could climb in.


Thanks, Rebecca! Head over to Rebecca's blog to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Belle of the South. The giveaway is open through Monday, May 27th.