Christmas in July: Hoffman California Fabrics

Please note: This contest is for U.S. readers.

Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July contest is in full swing! There will be eight lucky winners who will each receive a holiday quilt top from our July/August issue along with lots of fabric and more quilty goodness!

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Each prize package, valued at $558, is made possible by generous industry sponsors. In the days to come we’ll be spotlighting the sponsors one by one. We hope you’ll support these businesses at your local quilt stores.

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Today’s featured sponsor is Hoffman California Fabrics. We used the Irish Stars pattern from our July/August issue to make the quilt top above.

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The fabrics are Holiday Shimmer, Woodsy Winter and Pear Tree Greetings. See the fabrics in Hoffman’s online fabric catalog—you can get lost in there!

Here is the original quilt, designed and made by Jo and Kelli Kramer.

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Irish Stars was designed and made by Jo and Kelli Kramer in fabrics by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics.

I hope you’ll take a few moments to enter Christmas in July. Lots of quilty pleasures will be awarded to lucky winners. One could be YOU!

Quiltmaker is pleased to partner with Hoffman California Fabrics and we’re grateful for their sponsorship.

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Quiltmaker and the Christmas in July Contest

(Please note: The Christmas in July contest is for U.S. readers only.)

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Our annual Christmas in July contest is open and you could be one of the eight lucky winners.

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Eight winners! Each prize package is worth over $558.

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Each winner will receive one of these holiday-themed quilt tops (plus backing and binding to finish), as seen in our July/August issue, and beautiful fabric from:

Clothworks
Hoffman California Fabrics
Moda Fabrics
Northcott
P&B Fabrics
Quilting Treasures
Robert Kaufman
Timeless Treasures

Winners will also receive the following prizes:

• Three pattern book set from AccuQuilt
• Variegated thread set from Connecting Threads
• Quilt Ruler Upgrade Kit from Guidelines4Quilting
• Free-Motion Machine Quilting for Beginners DVD featuring Helen Godden
from Handi Quilter
• 18 spool box of Cotona thread from Madeira
• Handwork Sampler: Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy and six popular colors of
Sulky 12-wt. Cotton Petites 50-yd spools from Sulky

Correctly answer questions about our sponsors’ products in the scavenger hunt for a chance to win one Christmas in July quilt top and a fantastic prize package. The contest is open until 11:59 pm MST on August 5, 2014.

(Please note: The Christmas in July contest is for U.S. readers only.)

Why is this contest open only to U.S. residents?
We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications and you will find that many contests are only valid in the country where they originate. This article gives a good explanation: howstuffworks.com/question541.htm

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emily’s Pup Tents

The Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is a select group of six QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions of it to inspire others. You can see slideshows of past Scrap Squad projects.

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The featured design from the July/August issue of Quiltmaker is called Pup Tents. This issue is on newsstands now.

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Pup Tents was designed by Janice Averill from West Haven, Connecticut. The pink version below was made using fabrics from our preferred partners Quilting Treasures.

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Today we’re featuring a version by Emily Bailey from Centerville, Utah, who blogs regularly at Em’s Scrapbag. You’ll hear from Emily in her own words below.

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When I saw Pup Tents I knew I wanted to use colors you’d find in a basic set of crayons minus the purple, brown and black. I don’t have purple in my stash, therefore it’s not in my scraps; brown and black are just not as bright and happy as the rest.

I sorted my scraps by value into darks, mediums…

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…and a variety of lights for a low volume* background.

DSCN0329 300x225 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emilys Pup Tents* Editor’s note: “Low volume” is a phrase that quilters have started using in the past few years to describe fabrics that have a lot of white or very light areas. The first person we heard use the term was Malka Dubrawsky.

Like Margaret, I did not use the flip and sew method.

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Instead I cut 2 1/2″ strips and then used my half-square and quarter-square rulers to cut all the pieces.

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I decided to keep the values in a similar order as the pattern. For the top row I used a dark “goose,” a medium-value side for the pup tent, and then the low volume background.

I chain pieced the low volume sky to the left side of the geese. After I added the medium-value side piece, I followed with a trapezoid piece containing the same fabric.

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I followed a similar process with the units in the next row of the block, substituting the half-square triangle for the trapezoid. I added the square to the left side once they were all sewn together. I used a medium tent for these with a dark pup tent side piece.

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I repeated the process with the next two rows, just changing the value placement. Row three used dark and dark, row four used medium and medium.

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Then I sewed the rows together to make the block.

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I knew that using the original layout was too busy for my blocks so I tried letting geese just snake down the quilt. First I tried alternating the way the geese traveled. I felt it was still too busy.

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This layout was still too busy for my taste.

So I laid them out all going the same way. Much better!

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I liked this a lot more!

For borders I auditioned several but I finally decided on a green “stop” border and a fun red print with blue flowers.

It turned out that I didn’t have enough fabric to make it all the way around. I loved the red so much I decided to find a way to make it work. I tried several pieced cornerstones but finally settled on a blue print.

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I pieced the back with low volume prints I had in my stash. My low volume bin was quite full—in fact I couldn’t put the lid on it—so I thought I would kill two birds with one stone.

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I quilted organic lines running down my quilt.

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I bound it with a American Jane print I had in my stash. I photographed it outside on a pretty day!

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Emily’s completed Pup Tents

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Start sewing immediately! Get the Pup Tents pattern from Quiltmaker.

Get Quiltmaker’s July/August issue: 11 great patterns including five star quilts!

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Crazy Quilts: I’m on Board

I have never been interested in crazy quilts, but this book changed my mind.

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Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited by Janice Vaine

I walked into a booth at International Quilt Market and saw the fan quilt below—and nearly hyperventilated.

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Fan Favorite by Natalie Tomola, Jo Ann Cridge and Janice Vaine

I’m not usually attracted to crazy-type quilts but this was a horse of a different color. It was fabulous!

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Each fan is a miniature work of art.

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I couldn’t stop looking at it! All of the fabrics in Fan Favorite are by Jo Morton for Andover.

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The book was displayed with it, so I tracked down the publisher’s booth and was eagerly handed a review copy of Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited by the folks at Landauer. The author is Janice Vaine.

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A Quilt to Dream Under by Janice Vaine

The cover quilt is just as spectacular as Fan Favorite. It’s called A Quilt to Dream Under, and was inspired by an antique. Jan Vaine owns that antique quilt (she says she “has guardianship”) and it’s what inspired the book, which is subtitled An Illustrated Guide to Hand Stitching.

In addition to these two quilts, inside the book you’ll find illustrated instructions for 19 embroidery stitches and several pages of ideas for combining the stitches. There are also patterns for an etui, a tote bag and another small quilt. A wealth of information is given on embroidery techniques in general, which include marking designs on fabric, needles and threads.

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If handwork is your thing, or if you think it might be, you’ll want your own copy of Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited. I recommend it. And beware: This kind of stitching is addictive!

See Landauer’s video with more information on this title.

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Hand Embroidery: pocket-sized reference guide with 29 stitches

You might also be interested in Landauer’s carry-along reference guide called Hand Embroidery: Stitches at-a-glance, also by Jan Vaine. It’s a pocket-sized illustrated handbook of 30 favorite stitches, a steal at just $8.50.

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Visit quiltandsewshop.com for lots of great creative products to get you sewing!

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100 Blocks Mug Giveaway! Three Up for Grabs!

We rarely give away the coveted 100 Blocks coffee mugs but this is your chance.

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We’re beginning a slow buildup leading to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 this fall, which will put us at 1,000 blocks published. Volume 9 is available now at quilt shops and newsstands, or from quiltandsewshop.com in print or digital versions.

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Allison Harris, who blogs at Cluck Cluck Sew, highlighted her block on this mug from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 4.

We’ve had such a good time sharing these designs with you! The designers never disappoint us—they just keep coming up with great ideas.

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Over the weekend I ran across a photo of Kimberly Jolly, proprietress of Fat Quarter Shop, and her friends Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs, enjoying something in their 100 Blocks mugs.

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Kimberly Jolly (center) with Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs. Check out the 100 Blocks mugs, as well as the “Precut Fabric Dictionary” video by clicking on the photo.

By the way, take a look at their Precut Fabric Dictionary video, done in the style of Jimmy Fallon. Good for a two minute chuckle and you might learn something! There’s also a “Notion Talk” video in the post with a lot of great info.

Okay, let’s have a giveaway! For your chance to win a 100 Blocks mug, leave a comment here before midnight Saturday, June 28. We’ll choose three winners and announce them here.

The winner’s of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Mug Giveaway are: Ruth Harms, Sandra Hadley and Earleen. Winners have been notified by email!

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See and order any volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, a valuable resource for any quilter!

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Scrap Quilts: Exploding Sewing Room by Buff

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Tune-Up on Twenty

Tomorrow is the 20th of June.

That means it’s time for Tune-Up on Twenty!

This is a friendly reminder:

• Open up your sewing machine’s innards and gently clean out all the lint, dirt and debris.

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• Oil your machine as instructed in your user’s manual

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• Change out the machine needle (general rule of thumb is after eight hours, or after a quilt project)

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• Put a new blade in your rotary cutter

I take good care of my sewing machines, but I always procrastinate when it comes to rotary blades. And so when I do change it, and it’s nice and sharp and cuts like anything, I think, “Why did I wait so long?”

Now you’re all set for some serious sewing! Enjoy!

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EQ, Creative Spark and Quiltmaker

If you use Electric Quilt design software or if you’ve thought about getting it (it’s recently become available for Mac, too), this post contains important information for you. And even if you don’t fall into those groups, your creativity might be sparked by reading on.

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Quiltmaker has partnered with Electric Quilt Company to create Creative Spark, a way to introduce you to features in EQ you might not be aware of.

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Patriot Stars by Carolyn McCormick appears in Quiltmaker’s July/August issue.

We choose one pattern in each regular issue and the folks at Electric Quilt Company use the design software to have a little fun with it.

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In the process they come up with interesting variations on the design, and they write a tutorial on the EQ features they used. We publish a brief tutorial “teaser” in the magazine and we publish the complete tutorial online. I always learn something in the tutorials and many times it’s something invaluable!

Learn to use the Serendipity tools in the most recent tutorial—so much fun!

You can read all of the past tutorials on our Creative Spark page. There is so much to learn.

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The most valuable thing I ever learned in Creative Spark was this: You can add shades and tints, grades, and tones of any color to your palette. For a quilt designer, this is like striking gold! Here’s how: Select a solid color in your palette. Right-click the color to display a menu. Here you can choose to add shades and tints, grades, or tones of the selected color. This feature makes the solid colors palette almost infinite. Read the complete tutorial.

We’re grateful for the partnership of Electric Quilt Company. Do check out their quilt design software, the wide variety of lessons, tips and tutorials and other fine products, including EQ Printables, which in my opinion are among the best available printer-ready fabrics on the market.

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Amanda Murphy’s Garden Spot, Giveaway

The July/August issue of Quiltmaker features an easy but oh-so-attractive throw quilt pattern called Garden Spot.

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Garden Spot by Amanda Murphy appears in Quiltmaker’s July/August issue.

It was designed and made by Amanda Murphy, and it features Amanda’s own fabrics for Blend. The fabric collection is Topiary—isn’t it pretty?

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I had a chance to chat with Amanda on email and I asked for her thoughts on a variety of topics. I wanted to share them with you today.

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Tell me about the process of designing fabric. What are the steps? 

Well, first comes the idea for the collection. I usually think about that for a couple months before even putting pencil to paper. I do sketch – but my sketches are very rough – more notes to myself than anything else.

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One of the feature prints that made its way into the “Topiary” collection

I begin with the feature prints because they are what the rest of the collection is centered upon. I might design three or four feature prints before settling on one. I do take my initial sketches and scan them in but most of the real design is done on a graphics tablet.

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A second feature print that made its way into the “Topiary” collection

When designing fabric I am constantly going back and forth between fabric design and quilt design to ensure that I have a wide variety of scale and value in the fabric.

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My “Lovebirds” pattern using Topiary fabric

The medium scale Topiary print below inspired “Lovebirds,” shown above.

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This medium scale Topiary print inspired “Lovebirds,” shown above.

Sometimes the quilt designs influence the fabrics and vice versa.

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My “Forever” pattern using Topiary fabric

 

The blender shown below has motifs borrowed from “Forever,” above.

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A blender from Topiary, with motifs borrowed from “Forever”

 

The next thing I do is to experiment with color. A lot of shops are looking for really tight collections so they can afford to buy the entire set, so I like to make sure that my color stories coordinate with each other.

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Strike-offs from my “Modern Lace” collection for Blend Fabrics that will ship in August.

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Strike-offs from my “Modern Lace” collection for Blend Fabrics that will ship in August.

My final step is putting the fabrics into repeat. I send the designs to Blend and they give me their feedback. Anna and the design director, Kate, have great editing eyes!

Often the end result varies a lot from my original sketches, but the initial inspiration is still there. A main theme in my work is contrasting the modern and traditional – the old and the new. This came through particularly well in my Modern Lace feature print so I’m really excited about the quilts I’m designing for this collection.

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Modern Lace feature print

What is your sewing/quilting background? 

I have sewn since I was a little girl. I made my mother a pink lace dress as a surprise when I was about ten – which she recently admitted she wore “only once.” Haha. I also made an angel tree skirt and decorated the angels’ faces with real makeup. I didn’t get into quilting until later – after I had kids. Quilting is great because it marries my love of graphic design with my love of sewing! I love quilting and quilters – they are the best!

Please visit Amanda’s website: amandamurphydesign.com

And have a peek at Amanda’s blog, too: amandamurphydesign.blogspot.com

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Now it’s giveaway time. This giveaway is for U.S. readers only. Amanda is providing (generous lady!) a fat quarter bundle of Topiary plus the Forever and Lovebirds patterns shown above. She’s having a giveaway on her blog too, so you’ll want to follow the instructions in both spots. For your chance to win here, please leave a comment by midnight Saturday, June 14. We’ll choose a random winner and announce it here next week.

Sylvia E. Anderson is the winner of the Amanda Murphy Garden Spot Giveaway! Sylvia had been notified by email.

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Buy just the pattern for Garden Spot, an easy throw quilt, for $7.99.

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Get just this pattern, or get the entire July/August issue–your choice!

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Quilt Market Potpourri

These were some of my favorite things at International Quilt Market last month. I hope you enjoy them.

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Aware by Trisch Price from her book, Accentuate the Negative

Adored this amazing ribbon quilt called Aware by Trisch Price, which appears in her book Accentuate the Negative for My Stars, part of Kansas City Star Quilts. It’s a fabulous quilt, and it’s an amazing book full of terrific projects. Highly recommended.

qmp2 Quilt Market PotpourriLusted after this vintage green Singer seen in the Moda booth.

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Kathy Doughty shows an original quilt top with 2.5″ hexagons.

Wowed by Australian shopowner, teacher and designer Kathy Doughty at every turn. She has to be one of the most creative people on the planet, but says she only started putting fabric together in unusual ways because she didn’t know any better.

qmp4 Quilt Market PotpourriAgape at this unusual Baltimore-album-type quilt in the Quilts, Inc. exhibit. It’s entitled Yumemi and was made by Maiko Ogawa from Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, Japan. I have detail photos for another blog post. Truly inspiring in every way.

qmp5 Quilt Market PotpourriExcited to have a review copy of Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited by Janice Vaine from the folks at Landauer Publishing. I’ll have a complete review upcoming—get your needle ready.

qmp6 Quilt Market PotpourriLoved this display to promote the new American Made Brand fabrics. See my post with more details on this totally-made-in-the-USA cotton!

qmp7 Quilt Market PotpourriPleased to see what’s new in the creative space of Lori Holt, blogger at Bee in My Bonnet. Can hardly wait to make her new patterns! Shown in the Riley Blake booth.

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Ann Weber and Joanne Rowicki of Gingham Girls

Happy to see friends and 100 Blocks designers Ann Weber and Joanne Rowicki of Gingham Girls. Their booth was adorable as always.

qmp9 Quilt Market PotpourriProud to be part of F+W Media. Quiltmaker became part of the F+W family a few months ago and we couldn’t be more pleased.

qmp10 Quilt Market PotpourriLaughed at this lady proudly sporting a F.A.R.T. shirt, which of course stands for

Fabric Acquisition Road Trip.

 

qmp11 Quilt Market PotpourriEnvied this British flag made entirely of red, white and blue buttons. So stinkin’ cute.

There was lots more but that’s enough for now. Have a great day!

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