Quiltmaker’s 2015 Treasure Hunt contest is in full swing! We’re giving away more than $17,000 in quilting prizes to 27 different winners during this year’s contest. To enter, you’ll need to find this Treasure Hunt button on the websites of contest sponsors. Start with a copy of Quiltmaker’s Nov/Dec ’15 issue. The advertisements from our Treasure Hunt sponsors contain clues to help you find the buttons. Each button found will take you to a new entry form in the contest. You can enter a total of 17 times – once on each sponsor’s website and once here on Quiltmaker.com. You can learn more about the Treasure Hunt and the prizes up for grabs on our main Treasure Hunt page.
First up we have P&B Textiles. One of their new fabric collections is the lovely Soft Dreams. This delicate summery line includes a collection of soft green, blue, pink, yellow and peach pastels in a compilation of medallions, butterflies and ombre stripes. I love how beautifully the colors and patterns in the Soft Dreams line come together on the Candy Apple quilt designed by Stacey Day, which is available to download as a free PDF on the Free Patterns section on the P&B website (along with lots of other great patterns!)
I’m a big fan of pretty floral prints, so another line that caught my eye on the P&B Textiles site is Garden Gate. This soft feminine collection features delightfully vintage-inspired birdcages and blooms in soft colors. When you’re checking out their free patterns, be sure to take a look at Kate Colleran’s Garden Spiral quilt made using fabrics from this line!
Next we have Northcott fabrics. Their new line Winter Frost highlights the work of renowned artist Lynnea Washburn. The updated lodge-look of the featured wilderness-inspired prints feature beautifully illustrated deer, bear, caribou and moose set against birch trees in a snowy forest, with complementing textures, plaids and snowflake prints.
I was also excited to see the preview of Stonehenge Old Glory, the fourth collection in Northcott’s Stars & Stripes line. Coming to stores in March 2016, these perfectly patriotic fabrics were designed by Linda Ludovico and Deborah Edwards in support of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Check out Northcott’s pattern page for some great quilt patterns, including the free One Stamp, which uses fabrics from the Stars & Stripes collections.
Last but not least today, we’re featuring Accuquilt. They have an awesome new fabric cutter that is fast, easy and fully automatic. The GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter takes the pain out of fabric cutting and is 90 percent faster than rotary cutting. In fact, after an arm injury, quilting expert Eleanor Burns found a new way to pursue her passion with help from this machine. Watch the video above to see this fabric cutter in action and visit this page to learn more AND download a free quilts pattern booklet by Eleanor Burns.
While you’re on Accuquilt’s site, be sure to take a look at their blog! They have lots of quilting tips, tutorials and free patterns like this fun and festive T’was the Night machine appliqué table runner designed by Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop.
Happy Treasure Hunting,