Friday, June 15, 2018

Red White and Blue Round Up - Day 2

Our Painter's Palette Solids collection has plenty of red, white and blue choices! 
We chose three blues, three reds, and white for designers to create these eight Patriotic Palette projects. See them below and click on the links to learn more--there's still time to make your own before July 4th! 

Our patriotic palette: 

(from left: 121-000 White, 121-111 Patriot, 121-131 French Blue, 121-025 River,
121-051 Claret, 121-002 Crimson, and 121-134 Tomato)

Fireworks Mini Quilt
Find the tutorial here.

Streamers by Cindy @ Live a Colorful Life
Learn more here.

Red, White and Blue Star Quilt by Elizabeth @ Occasional Piece Quilt
Find it here.

Atomic Blooms by Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Learn more here.

Patriotic Pinwheel by Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Learn more here.

Patriotic Pineapple by Shelley @A Pigeon in Pungo
Learn more here.

A Salute to Red, White and Blue by Stephanie from Spontaneous Threads 
Learn more here.

Modern Flag by Stephanie @ Peas in a Pod
Learn more here.

See all 168 Painter's Palette Solids colors here and ask for them at your local quilt shop. 
Feeling patriotic? Find more red, white and blue projects here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Red, White and Blue Round Up!

Summer is in full swing and the 4th of July is right around the corner! We're sharing some of our favorite red, white and blue tutorials that have been featured here at Inspired by Fabric. 
Which one of these 5 patriotic projects do you want to make? 

1. Patriotic Star Quilt tutorial
Find the tutorial here.

2. Striped Mini quilt tutorial
Find the tutorial here.

3. Land that I Love quilt tutorial
Find the tutorial here.

4. Summer Tote tutorial
Find the tutorial here.

5. Patriotic Pennants
Find the tutorial here.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Who knew veggies could be so fun?!

Even if you haven't jumped on the clean eating bandwagon, you can embrace the veggie prints of our Market Medley collection! 

Fall in love with the rippled eggplant slices, translucent cucumbers, creamy avocados, and juicy tomatoes. Play with the cool textures of the lotus root, red cabbage, and corn cob slices. All we need is a good veggie dip! 

Download our FREE Market Medley quilt pattern!
Use the Market Medley prints to make the "Small Plates" quilt pattern, designed by Lisa Swenson Ruble. This graphic quilt is easy to make--fusible applique circles layer to create each block.

Download the pattern here.

See the entire Market Medley collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.
Find the free Small Plates quilt pattern here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Color Cards Now Available!

Great news! 
We are now offering Painter's Palette Solids color cards for sale. Grab yours today! Use it to choose solids to match your favorite prints, or create your own solids palette for your next quilt design. 

Keep this handy guide in your sewing room so you can use the actual fabric swatches of all 168 colors for matching. No more guessing--you'll be able to pick your colors with confidence!  
The hardest part will be not ordering them all!

The folded six-panel cards are 8.5" x 4" and unfold to a maximum size of 8.5"x22.5".

Order your color card here!
See all 168 Painter's Palette Solids colors here.
Find a list of shops carrying our Painter's Palette Solids here

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Good Life

What does "The Good Life" mean to you? 

Kicking back, hanging out with friends, enjoying fresh air...

Our new collection has a sense of humor; 
it takes a country look at "The Good Life" and celebrates the best parts. 

What would you make with these fabrics? 
Curtains for the cabin? Chair cushions? Can coozies? 
So many possibilities for these fun prints! 

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

One Block Deconstructed: Stars Aligned

When you first look at the Stars Aligned quilt, you probably see a star block made with a lot of quick corner piecing. Take a closer look at the pattern, however, and you won't believe how quickly and easily this block goes together! Colleen Tauke transformed the traditional Broken Dishes block into this sparkling Stars Aligned quilt using Walkabout 2 and Leather prints. The pattern is featured in Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Summer 2018 issue.

"Stars Aligned" by Colleen Tauke and machine quilted by Laura Brenner;
featured in Easy Quilts Summer 2018

Q. Walkabout 2 has so many fun, bold prints. How did you select which one to use?
CT: This was the print that I really loved. The green and the blue popped out. I saw this one and said, “ooh, that’s my dark print!”

Q. And how did you choose the green to go with it?
CT: I looked through the Leather tonal collection to find a color that popped against the navy. I tried green and blue, and green won.

Q. Tell us about the block design.
CT: I wanted to take the Broken Dishes block, cut it up and make it into something completely different. The block is cut into a nine-patch, and it can be arranged so many different ways. I really wanted to make a two-color quilt because I knew it would create a secondary design as well.

Q. What’s so appealing about this design?
CT: It’s a perfect project if you don’t want to think too hard about what you’re making—for example, if you’re at a retreat, or an open sew with friends. You can enjoy the gathering but still be really productive. It becomes addicting. You take a super simple block and cut it up to make something more intricate.

Q. How did you choose the layout for the blocks?
CT: I laid out the blocks in a few different options and took photos. Arranging them in circular fashion creates an explosion from the center out.

Q. Tell us about the machine quilting.
CT: It was done by a friend of mine—Laura Brenner. We chose an overall pantograph because  of the arrangement of blocks. It creates curves and shadows but doesn’t detract from blocks. We chose a medium blue quilting thread, which adds to the depth.

See the entire Walkabout 2 collection here and the Leather collection here
Find the Summer 2018 issue of Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts here.

Love the Walkabout 2 prints?
Find a tote bag tutorial here.

Download our free quilt pattern here

Friday, May 25, 2018

See the quilts! Spring Quilt Market Virtual Tour

We're back from Spring Quilt Market at photo with photos to share! Take a virtual tour of our booth--plenty of quilty goodness to see, inspiration for your next project, and new collections to look for at your local quilt shop!

We shared a few favorite Painter's Palette Solids quilts from our QuiltCon booth:
(l to r): Sun Salutation by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill  (@wholecirclestudio)
The Donut Quilt by Tania Denyer (@iamgingerq)
Hudson Bay My Way by Stephanie Ruyle (@spontaneousthreads)

That gorgeous rainbow on the far left is Elizabeth Eastmond's Annularity II quilt (@occasionalpiecequilt). In the foreground, you see our pop-up shop. Plenty of quilt shops went home with fabric bundles--ask if your local store bought some! 

More bundles ready for a new home: Mad for Solids Final Four palettes, On Your Mark, Hoodie Crescent's Ring Ring, Portofino, Mod Tropics and batiks! 

This fabulous quilt is from M.J. Kinman's The Birthstone Series. Amazingly detailed and dimensional jewels, all using Painter's Palette Solids. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but we'll take an amethyst, topaz and ruby as well! Wow! 

Here's your first look at Barbara J. Eikmeier's Manzanita Grove BOM quilt, featuring her Manzanita Grove collection. We introduced Barb's new line at Quilt Market; ask your local quilt shop about participating in the BOM program (starting in September 2018) to make this stunning quilt.

Hoodie Crescent's Ring Ring collection, featuring retro telephones, ink pens, pencils and more, was a huge hit! This wall organizer showcases the unique prints in the fabric line.

Maria Shell's (@mariashellart) Mosh Pit at the Golden. There's so much fun going on in this quilt! 

A little close-up eye candy:

Warp and Weft quilt by Donna Lynn Thomas, from her book Teeny-Tiny Quilts. Love the colors and the quilting! 

Have you downloaded the free pattern for On Your Mark by Simone Bradford (@simone.g.b.)? Here's a close-up of the quilting--beautiful! 

We'll be sharing more about the new collections featured at Quilt Market in the coming months! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hello, Summer: New Frolicking Fields fabrics

We're feeling the summer vibe with our Frolicking Fields fabric collection! Gorgeously detailed butterflies, wildflowers and ladybugs, plus a spring green tonal coordinate....warm and sunny days, here we come! 

We used these feminine prints to make a few travel necessities. The Clearly Cute Beauty Cases pattern from Indygo Junction includes instructions to make an insulated Hot Iron Holder and two sizes of vinyl cases. So fun with butterflies! Purchase the pattern here.

Wildflowers and butterflies on a Hot Iron Holder:

This cool vinyl case lets you see what's inside. Perfect for makeup, hair accessories, or even a small sewing project! 
Frolicking Fields isn't all butterflies and ladybugs. it's filled with creepy crawlies as well: crickets, lightning bugs, caterpillars, frogs and bees. 

What can you make with bug prints? Make a drawstring backpack for your favorite explorer, a comfy I-spy quilt for car trips or a pillowcase. Our recommendation: Sew this twist on the classic bugs-in-a-jar quilt by Maria Pate. 
Bugs in a Bottle by Maria Pate; pattern available from The Quilting Company 

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