Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Double Wide Dresden Series: Beach Ball

It's time for a new pattern featuring the awesome Double Wide Dresden Ruler! The Beach Ball pattern really is SO much fun, and the ruler helps you create that awesome, unique middle starburst! Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs help us quilt along with this easy-to-follow tutorial video!
Purchase your Beach Ball pattern and your Double Wide Dresden Ruler, and let's get to quilting! Don't forget to pick one of our favorite, fun Me and My Sister Designs fabric collections! Today, we picked Brighten Up!
Be sure to share your projects with us on social media! #doublewidedresden.

Tune in at the same time tomorrow for a video tutorial on the Dragon Fly quilt pattern!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Double Wide Dresden Ruler Series: Double Wide Dresden Pattern

Today, Barb and Mary of Me & My Sister Designs are here to show us a pattern featuring the inspiration behind the Double Wide Dresden Ruler itself - the Double Wide Dresden Quilt Pattern!
The bright colors that we see in Me & My Sister Designs collections are perfect for this fun and easy quilt, like the floral fun prints of Rainy Day!

Purchase your Double Wide Dresden Quilt Pattern and your ruler, and let's get to quilting!

Wasn't that so fun? We love how the center star burst looks like applique! There are so many possibilities with this quilt pattern; what colors will you choose? We can't wait to see! Share your photos with us on social media #doublewidedresden.

Tune in at the same time tomorrow for a little video on the Beach Ball pattern!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sweetie Pie Sew Along with Lori Holt

First, Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet stole our hearts with the Sew Cherry collection! Now, we're lusting over the Sew Cherry 2 fabrics! We just can't get enough of those stunning hues and darling prints!
Since we love all-things Sew Cherry, we decided to join in on the quilty fun of Lori Holt's Quilt Along featuring the Sweetie Pie Quilt Kit! The kit includes the Sweetie Pie Quilt Pattern and 23.25 yards of Sew Cherry 2 fabric for the quilt top and binding.

Each month, Lori will be sharing tips and tricks every Monday for 8 weeks, starting today, for all of us to follow along with the Sweetie Pie quilt! We used the awesome Pie Ruler to make the first block!

If you're looking for some tips with this ruler, check out our demonstration video!
We can't wait to see what Lori brings us for the next block! Share your block progress with us on social media and be sure to keep track of your project with your Scrappy Project Planner and accessories!

Double Wide Dresden Ruler Series: Two times the ruler, two times the fun!

Did you catch our behind the scenes videos and photos on Instagram when Barb and Mary of Me & My Sister Designs joined us in the studio? If you've been anxiously awaiting these video surprises, you're in luck! Today, we're kicking off a week of quilty tutorials with these two!
All great projects start with great tools and fabricFor each project this week, you need the Double Wide Dresden Ruler from Me & My Sister Designs. This is the traditional dresden ruler that you know and love - but better!
The Double Wide Dresden Ruler is 36 degrees and has 10 wedges! It's less work and even more fun!
This week, you'll get to see four videos of brand new patterns, each showcasing the Double Wide Dresden Ruler!
So purchase your patterns, grab your ruler, and be sure to tune in! You won't want to miss all of the fun!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Fresh Finds from Fat Quarter Shop

Hey quilty friends! Are you ready for the newest of the new to hit Fat Quarter Shop? We have some darling collections just waiting for you!  Check out our what's new page!

2017 Patchwork Quilt Along KICK-OFF!

The day is finally here! We're so excited to get started on a year full of quilty fun for such a great cause! If you're just joining us, don't worry! Find answers to all those FAQs here, grab your Patchwork Quilt Kit and Backing Set, and let's get started!
Block #1 is called Souvenir of Friendship. Download your free pattern today, and be sure to donate to Make-A-Wish!

Check out our easy-to-follow video for some tips and tricks on this first block!

We have some wonderful quilty friends joining along for this great cause! Be sure to check out their blogs every month to watch their process, and to see what fun fabric collections they have selected!

*Psst! The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Flash Back Friday: Green Calicoes

We're back with Flashback Friday featuring Barbara Brackman! We've talked about oranges, blues, and reds, and today we're going to touch on some green hues! Read on to learn more from the master!

Green Calicoes

Quilt dated 1848

Reproduction print designers know that applique artists looking to create red and green masterpieces are on the lookout for greens. Not just any green. We hope to find a green with a slight yellow cast.

Sunflower quilt from about 1860

That classic look came about more by accident than design. Mid-19th-century green cottons were usually over-dyed -- dyed once with a blue and once with a yellow dye. Results: medium green. But the blue dye was not so colorfast as the yellow and a little laundering could shift that green towards yellow. A little more laundering and the green becomes lime green as the blue dye fades away.

The mills and the customers just called these prints "Green." Quilters sometimes call these Poison Green, but the real poison green was a more minty shade, a single-step green dyed with arsenic -- bad idea!
Well-washed applique - about 1850 

Today's greens aren't over-dyed and they don't fade away. You can go with a medium green to echo the quilt just off the frame or a yellow-green to capture a time-worn look. Check out a few in stock at Fat Quarter Shop that are accurately colored to reflect an old-fashioned look!