Friday, July 20, 2018

Ring Ring FREE Quilt Pattern!

What will you make with the fabulous retro prints from
Hoodie Crescent's Ring Ring collection? 

How about the Linked Up Ring Ring quilt?
This modern quilt uses the dots and pencils in pink, green, blue and orange linked blocks, surrounded by alternating cool gray backgrounds.
Linked Up designed by Lisa Swenson Ruble

Download the FREE Linked Up Ring Ring quilt pattern here.
Ready to make it? Purchase the kit for the Linked Up Ring Ring quilt here.


Hoodie used her Ring Ring fabrics to make this hanging studio organizer, complete with pockets to hold pens and pencils, rulers, rotary cutters, mail, and more. 


Plan your project and find Ring Ring at a store near you. Use our Store Locator form here.
See the entire collection here.
Read Hoodie's interview about Ring Ring here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hello, Retro! Ring Ring by Hoodie Crescent


If you fall in love with one fabric line this year, we predict it will be Hoodie Crescent's
Ring Ring collection. A little bit retro, a little bit contemporary, this fresh take on nostalgia is so much fun! The fabrics are available in pink, blue, green, orange, tan and gray. 

We asked Hoodie to introduce us to her Ring Ring prints.




Q. What inspired your Ring Ring collection?
HC: I started with the telephone print. I have a phone that came with a my house—a retro design. I love vintage things that create nostalgia. But I wanted to create a new type of retro—more contemporary.



Q. Tell us about the palette.
HC: The colors are slightly vintage, but still colorful. Each print is featured in several different colors, so you can choose the color combo for your mood.




Q. We love the coordinates for the collection!
HC: Me too. I really love pencils. They’re the best tool for anything—even just doodling. I wanted the pencil print to be checked or striped, and striped worked better.



I’m a dots person. These are ring dots—like the name of the collection. We added in the numbers and it feels like typewriter keys.



I had the fountain pen idea, and we added ink splotches and the grid background to give it more of a retro feel.



The phone book print—I wanted a print that read pretty solid, but had more interest to it. I looked on eBay at Yellow Pages from around when I was born, because I wanted it to be authentic. I think it works well with the vintage look of the other prints.

Thanks Hoodie! 


Which print and which color do you like best?

See the entire collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.
Can't wait? Purchase a fat quarter bundle here to get you started! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

5 Summer Quick-Sew Tutorials

Take a few hours to sew a useful summer-inspired project! 
We're sharing some of our favorites below, as well as fabric recommendations.
Check out the tutorials by clicking on the project name, head to your local fabric shop, and start sewing!


Fabric to use: the fresh veggies in our Market Medley collection


Fabric to use: playful bug prints from the Frolicking Fields collection


Fabric to use: Cool modern prints from Simone Bradford's On Your Mark collection


Fabric to use: Blue or orange geometric tonal prints from the Mod Tropics collection


Fabric to use: Choose your favorite red and green shades from the Painter's Palette Solids collection





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Pillowcase Designs!

American Patchwork & Quilting has updated the pillowcase designs they offer as part of the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. The current official count is over 772,000 pillowcases made and donated to local charities! We're proud to be a sponsor of this worthy endeavor and love seeing our fabrics transformed into pillowcases given to those in need. 

Here are the newest designs: 

Pillowcase 74: Bowtie Band
featuring My Pet Family fabrics
Photo courtesy AllPeopleQuilt.com



Pillowcase 75: Elephant Band
featuring Frolicking Fields fabrics
Photo courtesy AllPeopleQuilt.com


Learn more about the One Million Pillowcase Challenge, including how you can get involved, here

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summer and Dear Friends

This week, many of us have celebrated the 4th of July with the 3 F's: 
Family, Friends and Fun
(And maybe some fireworks too?). 

It seems like the perfect time to introduce our Dear Friends fabric collection. Colored with nostalgia for handwritten letters, travel stamps, and destination sign posts, these fabrics will conjure memories of vacations and far-off locations. 


Love that airmail stripe and the diagonal handwriting prints! 
These fabric designs have a layered, scrapbook-style look, which will add depth to your quilts.

We are offering two FREE downloadable quilt patterns featuring the Dear Friends prints. 

The Dear Friends quilt by Barbara J. Eikmeier features multicolored pieced envelopes. The lost art of letter writing! 
Download the FREE Dear Friends quilt pattern here.

The Dear Friends Suitcase Quilt by Lisa Swenson Ruble will inspire you to start packing your bags! Is your suitcase this cute? 
Download the FREE Dear Friends Suitcase quilt pattern here.


See the entire Dear Friends collection here

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cool Summer Place Mats

Hot July weather calls for a refreshing antidote, and these Accordion Place Mats featured in the July/August issue of Modern Patchwork are just that! Cool hues from our Painter's Palette Solids collection are perfect for a summery table. Scroll down to learn more.
Accordion Place Mats by Lisa Swenson Ruble;
featured in Modern Patchwork magazine July/August 2018

Q. How did you come up with the design for these place mats? 
LR: When I work with solids, I love to use the idea of transparency and depth by using different shades of the same color. These colors were borrowed from my Diamond Drama quilt--they're some of my favorites!

Q. Why do you call them Accordion Place Mats?
LR: Because of the shading, I think each placemat looks like it recedes and then pops out, similar to an accordion. I paired the darker shade of each color with the Silver to enhance this illusion. 



Q. Tell us something unexpected about this project.
LR: As I started to sew it, I realized just how many pieces each place mat contained! 82, to be exact. That's a lot of sewing, but it's worth it for the final look. I am looking forward to using these place mats all summer long!

Q. We love the faux-flange binding! 
LR: I do too! I think it finishes the place mats beautifully and brings the color out to the edges. It's actually an easy technique with stellar results. 

Painter's Palette Solids used (dark/light):
Silver/White
Gulf Stream/Pale Aqua
Carrot/Clementine
Jolly/Island
Violet/Orchid

See all 168 Painter's Palette Solids colors here and ask for them at your local quilt shop.
Find Modern Patchwork here.



Friday, June 29, 2018

My Pet Family Gallery

Last week we shared My Pet Family and ask pet lovers to share photos of their furry friends on quilts. One thing's for sure--pets certainly make themselves at home on our fabric! 
Here's a look at our three randomly chosen winners' pets, as well as a few other favorites. 

Meet our winners' pets! 
Sandra's dog Buster: He looks quite cozy on this double churn dash block quilt! 



@lesleyg209's dog is chasing the bright orange fabric cats on her quilt.



Mary Bailey's cat Logan is relaxing in a box of cut quilt pieces



And a few other photos we loved: 
Jacquie Gering's dog Sideways--color coordinated with the quilt!




Janie McCombs's cat sprawls out comfortably on a patchwork star quilt top



@havplenty99's cat guards the scrap quilt! 



And one of our all-time favorites, @iamgingerq's cat Dewey, posed perfectly on the center of the donut quilt! 

Thanks for sharing your pet love with us! 

If you missed it, see the entire My Pet Family collection here.