Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall in Love: Pretty Foxy

Continuing our fall fabric theme for the week, meet the Pretty Foxy collection. 
Ro Gregg's newest fabric line features a gorgeously realistic fox panel. You won't believe the detail on it! Eight coordinating prints round out the line in sage, mellow golds, rusts, and warm reds. Ro says, "Foxes are quite clever and remarkably resourceful. They have always been dear to my heart and are quite popular and spiritual in nature. The Native Americans recognized them as messengers from beyond." 

Let's take a closer look. Here's the entire panel, which includes a patchwork square border. 

So much detail and shading in the fox's fur!

A grass print, available in three different colors:

A houndstooth print, available in two colors (it also shows up as the inner border in the panel):

A cool circle print, available in three colors: 

Wait until you see this! Pine Tree Country Quilts designed this quilt using the panel. The complicated looking design around the panel is actually quite simple--ladder blocks made in different color combinations. The quilt measures 56" x 66".
Find the free quilt pattern here

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall in Love: Bountiful Harvest

Is it feeling like fall in your neck of the woods? 
Are the leaves changing? 
Pumpkins growing? 
Temperatures falling?

Here's a little autumn inspiration for you to fall in love with: our Bountiful Harvest collection. Rich harvest colors, detailed prints, and gorgeous gold metallic accents. Perfect for a fall runner, door quilt, placemats...even a lap quilt! 

A closer look at the three focal prints: 
Leaves in different shapes and colors

Pumpkins, corn, grapes and leaves

A field of golden sunflowers

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Day at the Zoo: Born Free

Bright the great outdoors into your sewing room! Animals will adore these incredibly realistic looking prints. Birds, bears, raccoons, pandas, giraffes and's like walking through the zoo or a forest from the comfort of your own home!

North American animal prints:

 International animal prints:

 These fabrics make fantastic border prints, or you can fussy cut squares of the animals to use in block centers. Pair the prints with coordinating Painter's Palette Solids (black is always a great choice for a dramatic quilt), or try the small print neutrals in our Essentials 2 collection. 

Take a closer look at the incredible detail!

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Summer of Sewing Roundup!

We hope you enjoyed following our Summer of Sewing series as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you! 

Here's a quick look at the projects we featured this summer; check out the tutorials and ask for the fabrics at your local quilt shop!

Polka Dot Pouches featuring the Thoroughly Modern collection by Virginia Robertson

Bargello in Blues featuring the Fleur de Bleu collection

Mayfair Placemats featuring the Mayfair collection

Farm Animals Soft Book featuring the Vintage 30s Ruby's Treasures collection

Walkabout Tote featuring the Walkabout 2 collection

Dino Balls Quilt featuring the Lost World collection

Pet Pillow featuring Love is a Four Legged Word collection

Hold Everything Fabric Boxes featuring the Goanna Walkabout collection

Patriotic Star Quilt featuring the American Pride collection

Pie Pincushions featuring the Farmer John's Garden Party collection

Garden Trivets featuring the Farmer John's Garden Party collection

Which was your favorite? 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

TV Alert!

Have you tuned into Fresh Quilting yet? 

What is Fresh Quilting?
To quote their website:
Fresh Quilting, the new public television show co-produced by the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) and KS Productions, began airing in August 2017 with an all-star lineup of modern designers and quilters. In its second series, innovative modern quilters reinterpret traditional techniques with a fresh, modern aesthetic. 

In each episode, leading designers give a fresh twist on traditional designs and share quilting techniques to create high-impact quilts. By watching the show, viewers will learn design concepts and techniques they can use to create their own compelling modern quilt designs. Each episode also includes a segment on community sewing with tips from MQG members and leaders.

We're thrilled to be a sponsor for this exciting new show (and it's fun to see our Painter's Palette Solids take the stage!). Over the coming months, we'll be showing you clips featuring our fabrics, so stay tuned!

Head over to the Fresh Quilting website to see a preview, find tv listings, or even buy a DVD of the first 13 episodes of Seasons 100 and 200. 

psst....Modern Quilt Guild members can view the episodes online! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ready, set, sew! It's Sew-a-thon time!

American Patchwork & Quilting's 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is still in full swing, and we're ready for some night owl sewing! 

As a sponsor of this worthwhile challenge, we're happy to help spread the word.

So, You're Invited! join American Patchwork & Quilting magazine as we sew pillowcases for charity for the weekend of September 15-16, 2017. Quilt shops, guilds, and groups around the country are hosting events in conjunction with our 24 Hour Sew-a-Thon in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Visit to find an event near you (note: some events are held on alternate dates). No event nearby? Sign up to host one or join in virtually! APQ will be sharing videos and photos on social media throughout the event.

And if you're looking for an idea of a pillowcase to sew, check out the super-adorable new Owl Applique Band pattern on the AllPeopleQuilt website, featuring Charlie Zabarte's Woodland Friends collection. 
Download the pattern here.

Find plenty of pillowcase inspiration and more information on the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge here

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Summer of Sewing: Car Carry-All

During our Summer of Sewing series, we'll be featuring weekly tutorials using our new fabric collections (and giveaways, too!). Join us each week, sit back, relax, and then start sewing! 

This week we're featuring the fun children's collection, Building 101. Plenty of construction equipment and tools for all those future builders! 

We used the Building 101 fabrics to make a Car Carry-All that has four rows of pockets. This helps keep all those toys, books, snacks and who-knows-what-else organized on car trips. Simply attach it to the back of the car's front seat, stuff with supplies, and go!

You'll Need: 
1 fat quarter each patchwork print, blue tool print, blue construction print, cream tool print, and kid print
2/3 yard blue tonal print
1/2 yard medium weight fusible interfacing
1/2 yard Peltex One-Sided Fusible Firm Stabilizer
10" of 1" wide Velcro

From the patchwork print:
(1) 13" x 16-1/2" print (with motifs running lengthwise)

From the blue tool print:
(1) 11" x 16-1/2" print

From the blue construction print:
(1) 11" x 16-1/2" print (with motifs running lengthwise)

From the cream tool print:
(1) 7-1/2" x 16-1/2" piece

From the orange tonal:
(4) 1-3/4" x 16-1/2" strips

From the blue tonal:
(1) 16-1/2" x 19-1/2" piece
(2) 2" x 42" strips
(2) 4" x 9" strips

From the interfacing:
(1) 6-1/4" x 16-1/2" piece
(2) 5-1/2" x 16-1/2" pieces
(1) 3-3/4" x 16-1/2" piece

From the Peltex:
(1) 16" x 19" piece

From the Velcro:
(2) 5" lengths

Make the Carry-All:
Step 1: Fold the 13" x 16-1/2" patchwork print piece in half wrong sides together to it measures 6-1/2" x 16-1/2". Press. Slide the 6-1/4" x 16-1/2" interfacing piece in between and fuse to secure.

Step 2: Fold (1) 1-3/4" x 16-1/2" orange tonal strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Unfold and then fold and press each long edge in to the center fold line. 
Step 3: Tuck the folded edge of the patchwork print piece in to the center fold of the orange strip. Pin in place and topstitch to secure.

Step 4: In the same way, make the (3) remaining pockets. 

Step 5: Center and fuse the Peltex piece to the wrong side of the 16-1/2" x 19-1/2" blue tonal piece. 

Step 6: Measure down 6" from top edge of the background piece and draw a horizontal line. Position the cream tools pocket face down, matching the raw edges to the marked line. Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Step 7: Fold the pocket up and press firmly. Measure and mark a vertical line at the center point of the pocket. Stitch to secure, backstitching several times at the top and bottom of the pocket. This divides the pocket into (2) separate sections.

Step 8: In the same way, measure and draw a line 10" down from the top edge. Position the blue construction pocket along the bottom of the drawn line (Note: Because this is directional fabric, make sure your pocket is oriented so the fabric is right side up.). Stitch. 

Step 9: Press the pocket up and then mark and stitch a center line to divide the pocket into two sections.

Step 10: In the same way, measure 14" down from the top edge and draw a line. Position the blue tool pocket along the bottom of the drawn line. Stitch.

Step 11: Press the pocket up. Mark vertical lines on the pocket 5-1/2" from both outside edges. Stitch to create three pocket sections. 
Step 12: Position the last pocket along the bottom edge of the background fabric and baste the bottom edge to secure. 

Step 13: In the same way as in Step 2, fold each 2" x 42" blue tonal strip and each 4" x 9" blue tonal strip lengthwise in half, and then fold the long edges into the center. Refold along the original line. On each strip, fold and press one short end in to create a finished end. Topstitch each strip to secure the folded edges. Stitch a 3-4" piece of Velcro to the finished end of each strip. (Note: You will need to trim the width of the Velcro for the skinnier strips.)

Step 14: Trim the skinner strips as needed. Note: Ours are trimmed to 22" and fit well on a typical sedan seat. You may want to measure around your seat before trimming. The strap can be tucked into the crack between the back and the base of the seat. 
Step 15: Pin the shorter strips to the top edge of the background piece, approximately 5" in from each side. Position one strap with the Velcro face up and one face down. Pin the longer skinny strips on each side, 2" from the bottom corners. Position the strips with one Velcro piece face up and one face down.

Step 16: Lay the 16-1/2" x 19-1/2" backing piece face down on top and stitch around all four edges, leaving a 14" opening on the bottom for turning. Try to stitch just outside the Peltex edge. Backstitch over the ends of the four strips to add extra security.
Step 17: Turn the piece right side out and press. Press the raw edges of the opening in. Topstitch around the entire carry-all, which will close the opening. Your carry-all is done and ready to use! 

In the car, ready to fill!

Want to win a FQ Bundle of Building 101? Leave a comment below or on IG  and tell us your go-to car snack! Giveaway is open through Monday, September 4th at 11:59 PM CDT. 

See the entire Building 101 collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Follow along with our Summer of Sewing Series! 
Click here to see all the tutorials.

Thoroughly Modern winner: