Pretty Patchwork

It’s Friday! I and some fellow QN staff members are attending Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburg, where we get to take a sneak peek at all the new and exciting things in the wide and wonderful world of quilting. Since we’re there, and you’re here, take a look at some pictures!

Patchwork clothes! Some people might hear the phrase and wince, but there are some interesting things out there. Some are actually made from patchwork, others are fabric printed to look pieced. I’ve compiled a few that I think are really cool. You probably won’t be surprised that I found them on Pinterest.

Patchwork clothing is not a new idea. Here’s some nice patchwork (or patchwork-looking) pieces from past eras.

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Patchwork jacket from Sweden, circa 1770 -1790.

Printed dress Paul Poiret 1924 Pretty Patchwork

Printed dress by Paul Poiret, circa 1926. This looks like the modernest of modern quilt designs. Maybe I should make a quilt just like this.

 

 

Balenciaga patchwork dress 1952 53 178x300 Pretty Patchwork

Balenciaga patchwork dress, 1952.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balmain coat 1968 Pretty Patchwork

Coat by Balmain, 1968. Those black diamonds could be appliqued?

Quilted blanket coat 1970s Pretty Patchwork

Pieced and quilted blanket coat from the 1970s on ebay. I wonder if it’s sold already?

In 1991, a designer named Christian Francis Roth made a bunch of clothes inspired by traditional quilt designs. I had never heard of this designer and I don’t know anything about the clothes, other than these photos, which I love.

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Christian Francis Roth skirt, 1991

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Christian Francis Roth skirt, 1991.

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Christian Francis Roth double wedding ring dress, 1991. The model seems a little sad. She probably wishes there were more rings on her dress.

The Herero people in Namibia make patchwork dresses to wear. You can tell each is one of a kind. The dresses are bright and creative. No idea when they were made or when the photos were taken.

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Herero patchwork dress

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Herero patchwork dresses

Fancy fashion houses are being inspired by patchwork to this day. Here’s some more recent examples. I like to look at the pictures, but I haven’t researched these much further because I’m sure the prices would give me a heart attack.

Alexander McQueen hexagon patchwork skirt 2004 Pretty Patchwork

Hexagon skirt from Alexander McQueen, 2004. I find it interesting that the hem isn’t finished.

Patchwork coat lining Chanel Pretty Patchwork

Patchwork lapel on a coat at Chanel, 2014

Hermes coat runway Pretty Patchwork

Patchwork and quilted coat at Hermes, 2014. This is my favorite!

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Patchwork dress by Lu Flux, a British clothing company

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Flying geese skirt by Lu Flux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You deserve to have interesting things to look at, even if you don’t go to Market. I’m sure these clothes don’t suit everyone’s taste, but I think they’re great and maybe some others will enjoy them too. This is a very heavily edited list. I didn’t even get into all the creative Etsy sellers and bloggers who make all kinds of unique patchwork wearables. Or the clothes that are just quilted. Maybe another time. Have you made patchwork or quilted clothing? I’ve made clothes out of quilting cotton, but I haven’t done any patchwork clothes. Yet.

I mentioned that I found all these images on Pinterest. I like to pin things onto the Quilters Newsletter boards when I get a minute at work, but I love the mobile app and pin stuff – like patchwork dresses and quilted clothes – on my personal boards more regularly in my free time. Here’s a link to my fashion board if you want to see more like the pictures above.

Along with Pinterest, I also love Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and our website. Join us here, there and everywhere! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Flowers and Sailboats and Fairies Oh My!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS SHERRY AND DARLENE!

Our April/May 2014 issue has a lot going for it. From help with bias binding and template-free kaleidoscope blocks to information on new quilting tools to numerous beautiful quilts (and patterns, don’t forget the patterns), Quilters Newsletter April/May 2014 was jam packed full of excitement. And what’s more exciting than the new fabric collections we featured in our Staff Picks section? Oh, that’s right, free fat quarter bundles of the new fabric collections we featured in our Staff Picks section.

First up is 9 fat quarters from the Riddles and Rhymes collection by Tina Givens for FreeSpirit Fabrics. This line is geared towards children or the young at heart, containing all the stuff that fairy-tales are made of.AM14 Riddles Flowers and Sailboats and Fairies Oh My!

Here is a block made from the Riddles and Rhymes collection, and it happens to be the block I made for this issue. When I saw the sailboats, I just had to fussy cut one for the middle of my block to showcase it. Unfortunately for the block pattern I chose, that meant altering several of the patch sizes in order to make it work. Those corner half-rectangle triangles around the sailboat were originally half-square triangles. Were I to do this block again, I may have gone a different direction — but I think it worked.AM14 RiddlesBlock4 Flowers and Sailboats and Fairies Oh My!

The second bundle we’re giving away is from the Pippa collection by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics. It contains opulent golds, rich grays and pretty pinks for all the luxury and romance of springtime right at your fingertips. AM14 Pippa Flowers and Sailboats and Fairies Oh My!

And here’s a block made from the Pippa collection. All those tiny flowers look lovely interwoven together in the small patches of this block, don’t they?AM14 PippaBlock Flowers and Sailboats and Fairies Oh My!

Two random winners will each win a random one of these two bundles. To enter for a chance to be one of those two random winners, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 PM MDT Sunday May 18, 2014, and tell us if you buy fat quarters and whether when you buy them, you buy them in bundles or if you pick them out individually. One comment per person, please. Open to those who haven’t won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the last 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from questions@qnm.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

Are you following us on Facebook? We’re getting awfully close to 100,000 followers, and you know we like to celebrate those milestones with giveaways! We would also love some more followers on TwitterGoogle+InstagramPinterest and YouTube, and there tons of exciting quilting news and inspiration on our website.

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Bits and Pieces

The first thing I want to do today is take you on a tour of my office.

Here’s the window behind my desk. Yes, it is snowing. There are two shelves of the white notebooks that contain the first 398 issues of Quilters Newsletter. I could get lost reading through all those old issues. They are fascinating.

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The Window Behind My Desk

This is to the right of my desk. The two wire files are where I keep my project assignments. Right now, I’m in good shape with those – I’ve done what I need and passed them on to the next person on the team.

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To My Right

And here’s my desk. I have to admit I straightened the piles a bit.

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My Desk

Here you are starting to see what I’m going to talk about today. See all the piles on the top of the lateral file. Most of the bundles of fabric have been partially used. Some of them need to hang around for another step in the magazine’s process; some of them need to hang around for another step in the QN TV – the Quilters’ Community process. There are some things I’m gathering for an upcoming segment on QN TV. But some of the piles are just there because I haven’t dealt with them.

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The Lateral File

And that’s not all. The other file cabinet has more. When we do a project for QN TV, we make multiple steps so we can quickly go from one step to the next. Two of these piles are the multiple steps for a segment of QN TV.

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Another File Cabinet

So when I can grab a few minutes I’ve started working on the bits and pieces that are accumulating. Here’s one little project. I’d written a pattern and was testing the math and the instructions and made several of the units you see here. When I was satisfied that everything worked, those units went to the top of the lateral file.

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This Is What I Started With

And now they’re being put to use. I have a new phone. It’s a bit bigger than my old one and doesn’t fit nicely in my pocket. The QN team is going to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh this week. (It’s a trade-only show, not open to the public.) Anyway, I did NOT want to have to carry a purse just to have a place to put my phone. So I took those units to the studio and started playing with how I could make them work. I’m sorry I didn’t think to take photos along the way but I think I can explain what I did.

I put the units in 3 rows of 2 units each and stitched them together so I had a long, skinny strip. Then I layered the strip right side up, a piece of lining fabric wrong side up and a layer of batting. I stitched around three sides and turned my little pocket right side out. I turned the raw edges of the fourth side in, pressed them and stitched across that end. Then I quilted with just straight lines. I moved the needle position clear to the right and stitched using the edge of my presser foot as a guide. It’s an easy way to get a consistent spacing when you are quilting small projects.

I folded my pocket so it was the right size for my phone with a generous flap and stitched around the three sides. I made a narrow strap from the lining fabric, stitched it in place and I was done. And I can just hang my pocket with my phone around my neck. I’m pleased with it. In fact, maybe I’ll make another in black and white so it goes with everything.

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The Front of the Pocket

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The Back of the Pocket

Now here is the last photo of my office. The rest of the archives are on the third shelf. See that wire basket on the second shelf? There are four things there that need my attention. Three of them have come in since I started writing this so I better switch gears.

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And the Bookcase

Until next week, visit our website, FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestInstagram and YouTube to keep up with the latest happenings and to find inspiration for your next project.

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Practice, Practice, Practice

It won’t get me to Carnegie Hall, but it will get me to free-motion quilting confidence, I hope. Eventually. In my quest to become competent at free-motion quilting, I’ve read a lot of books and listened to experts’ advice. Information is wonderful, but the experts all say that the best way to improve is to sit down and do it.

In the Quiltmaker’s Workshop for our February/March 2014 issue (available at the Quilt and Sew Shop if you missed it), I made a bunch of different versions of the Forever Flowers pattern to show the versatility of the pattern and to demonstrate how fabric choice can drastically affect the outcome. I didn’t quilt all of the versions, like the tree (scroll down for photos if you have no idea what I’m talking about), so I decided it would be the perfect project for practicing my free-motion quilting. The fabrics I chose on that particular top won’t be overshadowed by any quilting, even if it’s terrible.

The tree trunk, leaves and the background can each dictate the quilting style, so I’d try three distinct techniques in each area. The trunk would be the place to practice a dense wood grain pattern, in the leaves I decided to try out a leaf cluster design I made up and in the background I could practice outlining motifs on the fabric. My goals were to avoid marking anything and to make my quilting lines as continuous as possible. It worked, I only stopped once when my bobbin ran out.

First I did the tree trunk. The light and dark areas on the trunk fabric gave me a rough outline on which to base my quilting lines. I didn’t worry about this section too much since brown thread on brown fabric wouldn’t be especially noticeable. You can see the quilting lines much better on the back, funky branches and all.

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Front (close-up) and back (not so close-up) of the tree trunk

Next came the leaves. I knew (mostly) how to do leaves in rows of vines from a previous project, but I wanted to try making leaves in a big cluster rather than rows. Making the leaves large was an odd choice but I’m realistic about my skills and I thought I’d make a big mess of little tiny leaves. Plus it would take much longer. The leaf cluster aspect was a bit of a challenge, even though I tried it on paper before starting on the quilting. Sometimes I’d quilt myself into a corner and I didn’t quilt out of the corner as gracefully as I’d like. Luckily, the busy fabric combined with variegated thread makes it all sort of blend together, since the quilting is not so great. But it was a good puzzle, overall, letting me figure out how to cover the area uniformly while also making what I hope look like believable leaves.

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Front and back of the leaf cluster

The background quilting was pretty straightforward. I outlined the trees and hills, but it was a little trickier with the grass and flowers on the very bottom. Attempting to outline all the little leaves and grasses made for some weird transitions. I still need to work at coordinating the speed of the needle to the speed at which I move the quilt. But I did use a continuous line and I’m OK with the overall effect.

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Front and back showing the quilting on the background.

To complete the piece, I have a number of the wall hanging/pillowcase backs in various stages of completion from when I did the video tutorial about how to make them, so it was easy to finish. Luckily the color of the back was perfect.

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Back of the wall hanging/pillowcase, ready for display!

Now, not only have I covered more ground in my free-motion quilting journey, but I have a new decoration to brighten up my space. Even though the quilting isn’t wonderful, it’s done and I did it. I hope looking at it often inspires me to keep trying and practicing, and therefore improving, my free-motion quilting skills.

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All done and hanging up on the wall.

I hope you’ve been practicing free-motion quilting too! How’s it going? There’s a great article about it by Wendy Butler Berns in our upcoming June/July 2014 issue (available any day now!). In it, she gives lots of great advice and tips that I found very helpful, though one of them is, of course, practice!

We like to share what we’re up to and we also love to know what you’re doing these days! Find out our news and let us know yours on all the popular social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our own website. If you’re practicing your free-motion work this weekend, I’m sending you all my quilting best wishes and if not, well, have a great weekend anyway!

 

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April/May 2014 Tools Giveaway

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS EUGENIA, LORI, & KATHLEEN.

You may have noticed we’ve been featuring a series on Quilting Technology in our issues lately, and the April/May 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter contained Part 2 of that series. Part 2 discusses the impact technology has had on thread, fabric, notions and more. In honor of this installment of the series we’re giving away three Quilter’s FabriCalcs by Calculated Industries, quilt-specific calculators that assist with quilt design, layout and fabric yardage calculations.
8400pkg  April/May 2014 Tools GiveawayEach of the three calculators includes an autographed copy of Quilter’s FabriCalc in a Nutshell by Susan Blades, printed by Nutshell Concepts to help you make the most of your Quilter’s FabriCalc.

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To enter for a chance to win one of these three Quilter’s FabriCalc and autographed workbook sets, leave a comment here on this post before 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time on Sunday, May 11, 2014 and tell us what kinds of things inspire the designs of the quilts you make. One comment per person, please. Open to those who haven’t won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the last 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from questions@qnm.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

Are you looking forward to our next Facebook milestone giveaway? Only a little under 2,000 likes until we hit 100,000 fans (hint hint)! And we’d love some more followers on TwitterGoogle+InstagramPinterest and YouTube (wink wink)! We also post lots of exciting quilting news and inspiration on our website (nudge nudge)!

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4 Days of Best Scrap Quilts Blog Tour — Wrap Up

scrap14 200 4 Days of Best Scrap Quilts Blog Tour    Wrap UpQuilters Newsletter Presents Best Scrap Quilts 2014 is available now at newsstands, quilt shops and bookstores (and also online at QuiltandSewShop.com in both hard copy and digital editions). It’s a tremendously inspiring issue including 28 wonderful projects, 7 helpful designer tips, step-by-step instructions, and a tutorial on how to make scrappy reversed applique. With all that in mind, Quilters Newsletter was very pleased to present this special issue to you with a blog tour which many of you helped to make very successful! All of the randomly selected winners of our fabulous Signature Scrap Bundles have now been selected and contacted (except the one of you who failed to provide an email address, who we’re still hoping to contact).

And here are the winners, congratulations! (How interesting we had two different winners with the same first name!)

Day 1:
From Toby Lishko’s blog: Cecilia
From Janet Jo’s Smith’s blog: Dana
Day 2:
From Nancy Mahoney’s blog: Kathy
From Jen Daly’s blog: Linda
Day 3:
From Carol Ann Waugh’s blog: Iris
From Ginia Forrester’s blog: Barb
Day 4:
From Tracy Souza’s blog: Linda
From Heidi Pridemore’s blog: Roberta
From here on the QN Blog via Kath’s post: Kathy
From here on the QN Blog for Gigi’s quilt: Cynthia

But there are so many more intriguing quilts and designers we didn’t get a chance to share with you on the blog tour in the issue! Let’s take a look at a few of them now:

Bev Getschel contributed Shades of Blue, a pieced and appliqued quilt where cheerful red flowers pop amongst the blues, like spring flowers growing through the snow after a long winter. And hasn’t it been such a long winter that we need this quilt?ShadesofBlue 550 4 Days of Best Scrap Quilts Blog Tour    Wrap Up

At 118″ x 118″, Linen ‘n Logs by ZJ Humbach is the largest pattern in our Best Scrap Quilts 2014 issue. This unusual log cabin quilt is made even more dramatic with the addition of multiple borders, two of them pieced!
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Tina Curran contributed two quilts to this issue, the first being (Who) Ordered Chaos (?), and the second being Sara’s #6 in Stripes(Who) Ordered Chaos (?) uses an enjoyable crazy-piecing technique which helps you keep the focus on the shifting colors in this striking wall hanging.WhoOrderedChaos 550 4 Days of Best Scrap Quilts Blog Tour    Wrap UpSara’s #6 in Stripes was created when Tina Curran sent five design possibilities for a different log cabin quilt to her friend Sara. Sara suggested a sixth option that became this eye-catching quilt and inspired the name.
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Nothing But Time was contributed by Bethany Fuller, a large throw with on-point hourglass blocks and faux zigzag sashings, inspired by an antique quilt Beth saw on the Quilt Index website.NothingButTime 550 4 Days of Best Scrap Quilts Blog Tour    Wrap Up

And the last quilt we’ll share in this post is Lucky Me by Julia LaBauve, a quilt for which you’ll have a blast making your own fabric from strips of the brightest prints in your stash, then showing it off in an on-point setting surrounded by elegant mitered borders — the best of both worlds.LuckyMe 500 4 Days of Best Scrap Quilts Blog Tour    Wrap Up

But that’s not all of the quilts patterned in Best Scrap Quilts 2014, there are many more! Be sure to check it out next time you’re near a newsstand, quilt shop, bookstore, or even online! Then be sure to check out our website, FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestInstagram and YouTube to keep up with the latest happenings and for eve more inspiration for your next project.

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Denver National Quilt Festival IX

The Denver Quilt Festival IX was May 1-4, practically in our backyard. The Quilters Newsletter staff was allowed to view the quilt displays the day before the show opened so we could choose our favorite quilt for the Quilters Newsletter Editors’ Choice ribbon. With so many wonderful quilts to look at, it took us quite a while, and we all agreed on Portlandia by Mary Kay Price of Lake Oswego, Oregon. See Caitlin’s blog post on Thursday, May 1, to read about our decision and to see details of Portlandia.

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Portlandia

I want to show you some of the other quilts as well. As is so often the case, there were so many wonderful quilts and they simply couldn’t give prizes to everyone. I took photos with my new phone so please excuse the imperfections. I’ll get better with my phone, I promise. Some of the photos are a bit blurry, some are not of the whole quilt, but I think you can get the idea.

This is Peach Within Reach by Marilyn Smith of Bakersfield, California. It is machine appliqued. The longarm quilting was done by Gina Perkes. This was one of my favorites.

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Peach Within Reach

Here is Fossil Play, by Kimberly Lacy of Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to the sign, it is machine appliqued, machine pieced and longarm quilted. I think there are more techniques. This quilt really intrigued me.

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Fossil Play

This beautiful whole-cloth quilt is Mother Nature’s Art Studio by Mardi Carter of Colorado.

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Mother Nature’s Art Studio

Joanie Zeier Poole of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, is the quiltmaker of Folk Art Meets Free-motion: 82 Inches of Domestic Freedom. It’s a wonderful combination of patchwork and applique.

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Folk Art Meets Free-Motion

High Country Colors by Kathy McNeil of Marysville, Washington was another staff favorite. Doesn’t this make you want to take a picnic to the mountains?

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High Country Colors

Best Friend is by Barbara Yates Beasley of Boulder, Colorado. Beasley never disappoints with her portraits of animals.

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Best Friend

I’m really disappointed in my photo of this last quilt. It is Tulip Serenade by Barbara Clem of Rockford, Illinois. It’s a wonderful quilt and I only got a portion of it in my photo.

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Tulip Serenade

It is shown with all the other winning quilts on the show’s website. It’s worth a few minutes of your time to go there and look at the photos. You’ll be inspired.

Have a great week. In the meantime, go to our website, FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestInstagram and YouTube to keep up with the latest happenings and for inspiration for your next project.

PS: One of our wonderful readers, Evelyn Al-Misnad, sent us a photo she took of Tulip Serenade Barbara Clem of Rockford, Illinois. See it below:

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Tulip Serenade. Photo provided by Evelyn Al-Misnad.

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4 Days of Best Scrap Quilts Blog Tour — Day 4

In case you haven’t been out to your nearest newsstand, quilt shop or bookstore yet, we’re pleased to get to introduce you to our newest special issue, Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Scrap Quilts 2014, available now (and also online at QuiltandSewShop.com in both hardcopy and digital editions). It has a lot going for it, including 28 inspiring projects, 7 helpful designer tips, step-by-step instructions, and a tutorial on how to make scrappy reversed applique. In honor of this new release, we at Quilters Newsletter are celebrating with a blog tour, and today marks Day 4 of 4. While you’ve been given the opportunity to meet two fabulous designers who contributed to Best Scrap Quilts 2014 each of the three previous days of this tour, today you have the opportunity to meet four, and two of them are on the Quilters Newsletter staff! Not only that, but for each blog you visit, you’ll have the chance to win a fabulous prize. All you have to do is visit the designer’s blog and comment on the post they’ve created for this blog tour!

Our first day 4 featured designer is Tracy Souza, who contributed My Scrap Basket, a scrappy beauty constructed with all neutral fabrics where contrast in values is key. Vintage buttons and hand quilting finish the sweet design with charm.

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Visit Tracy Souza’s blog, Plumcute Designs, and leave a comment there before 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time tonight for a chance to win the Quilters Newsletter Staff’s Signature Scrap Bundle in Neutrals.

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Here’s what the QN Staff had to say about this bundle: “Neutral colors don’t always have to be blenders; they can also make wonderful quilts all on their own. Tone-on-tone quilts are popular in the modern movement while using darks and lights together can make an elegant traditional quilt. This bundle offers a more earth-toned approach which could work well in a variety of styles.”

Our second day 4 featured designer is Heidi Pridemore, who contributed Buttered Cakes, a lively pattern in which the homey churn dash block goes for a spin.

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Visit Heidi Pridemore’s blog, The Whimsical Workshop Studio, and leave a comment there before 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time tonight for a chance to win QN creative editor Lori’s Signature Scrap Bundle.

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Here’s what Lori had to say about this bundle: “Purple is the color of royalty and it is my very favorite color. Just check out my wardrobe if you don’t believe me.”

Our third day 4 featured designer is Quilters Newsletter‘s very own senior designer, Kathryn Wagar Wright, who contributed Daddy’s Poppies, a pretty-in-pink quilt made to remember the blooms her father, an avid gardener, grew specifically to please her. Foundation piecing and an inventive block design will have you enjoying your own special garden all year-round.

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Leave a comment on Kath’s post about Daddy’s Poppies before 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time tonight for a chance to win Kath’s own Signature Scrap Bundle.

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Here’s what Kath had to say about this bundle: “I loved picking this mix of spicy reds, clear pinks, and bright oranges and yellows and bundling them with black and white prints for contrast. I added florals and geometrics, batiks and lots of dots, and a few novelty fabrics just for fun! This bundle will give you a great start on your own version of my Daddy’s Poppies quilt or on any of the other terrific scrap quilts in this issue.”

Our fourth day 4 featured designer is Quilters Newsletter‘s very own associate editor Gigi Khalsa, who contributed Dreamweave, a bargello-style quilt made using scraps which results in a riot of swooping color and print. Look at your scraps in a new way when you let the colors weave in and out of one another in exciting arrangements.

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Leave a comment here on this post before 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time tonight for a chance to win Gigi’s own Signature Scrap Bundle.

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Here’s what Gigi had to say about this bundle: “One of my favorite things about patchwork and quilting is the make-do, catch-as-catch-can attitude that it can entail. While lots of yardage in coordinating fabric collections is wonderful, the way that I built my stash is from hand-me-downs, remnant bins and whatever else I could scrounge. So I have lots of little pieces of fabric! When I started making Dreamweave, I didn’t have yardage to make a real bargello quilt, so I used scrappy strips to make my own version of one. The strips in my signature scrap bundle are a good start in case someone else would like to make a quilt like it. Of course, if they want to cut them up and make something else, that’s great! Whatever is made from the scraps, I’d love to see it.”

(QN would love to see all of your finished quilting projects. Share with us on social media or send to us via submissions@qnm.com for possible future inclusion in an issue of Quilters Newsletter!)

Be sure to check out Tracy’s blog and Heidi’s blog and Kath’s post here on the QN Blog as well as commenting here on this post for four chances to win while heading out the door on your way to the newsstand or quilt shop for Best Scrap Quilts 2014, also available online HERE.

Then be sure to check out all the other wonderful stuff Quilters Newsletter has been up to by visiting us on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

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Daddy’s Poppies

As the only girl growing up in a house full of boys, my mother often dressed me in lots of pinks and reds. I don’t tend to wear those colors very often anymore but I love the vibrancy that they can add to a quilt, especially when paired with black and white prints.

Like most of my quilts, this one evolved slowly, I don’t always think and work in a straight line. I drafted the wedges and started sewing the foundations before I had figured out what fabric to use for the top and bottom borders. Then on a completely unrelated shopping trip I found the perfect piece of black and white linen for the borders.

pin basted Daddys PoppiesAfter I had the quilt pin-basted I became very intimidated about starting the machine quilting. I had never quilted anything this large and had a real hard time getting started. Finally I quilted the grid in the centers of all the blocks with a walking foot. That stabilized the quilt and the edges so that I could do some continuous quilting on the poppies. I experimented with punched freezer paper to ‘mark’ the quilting, but found that really hard to work with. After quilting several blocks I changed to Press-and-Seal and found that it worked very well for me. It sticks without pinning and is easily removable.

quilting Daddys PoppiesWhat a thrill to have Daddy’s Poppies in Quilters Newsletter’s Best Scrap Quilts issue and on the cover, too!

Leave a comment below on this post by 11:59 PM Mountain Daylight Time for a chance to win Kath’s Signature Scrap Bundle (you can see a picture of it HERE).

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Denver National Quilt Festival IX

Mancuso Show Management is presenting Denver National Quilt Festival IX May 1 – 4, 2014 at the Denver Merchandise Mart, and Quilters Newsletter has sponsored a ribbon, the Quilters Newsletter Editors’ Choice Award. Mancuso was generous enough to let the entire Quilters Newsletter staff view the quilts yesterday before the show in order to allow us to pick our favorite. And the ribbon goes to Portlandia by Mary Kay Price.

MancusoRibbon Denver National Quilt Festival IX

It was very hard to choose the ribbon winner. There are so many gorgeous and well-made quilts at the Denver National Quilt Festival this year, and each member of the QN staff had a different favorite quilt. But Portlandia caught the attention of all of us for a number of reasons.

Portlandia Denver National Quilt Festival IX

We love the composition – while it’s clearly an aerial view, it also works very well as an abstract image. The pieced city blocks draw you in and keep you engaged with the quilt as there are always more interesting details to discover in those small areas! We also appreciate that it uses basic constructions techniques – machine piecing and quilting – so it’s made like a traditional quilt though it doesn’t look like one. We also liked that it has a slightly modern aspect to it and loved that it is instantly identifiable as a waterway and city streets. The construction is very nicely done and the colors used are wonderful.

Check out these details!

Portdet1 Denver National Quilt Festival IX

 

Portdet2 Denver National Quilt Festival IX

And here’s the quilt with the ribbon, though it was actually moved towards the front of the quilt section after we took this photograph, and the ribbon is now on the right rather than the left:

PortlandiawRibbon Denver National Quilt Festival IX

Want to learn more about the Denver National Quilt Festival IX? Check out their website HERE.

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