Friday, June 23, 2017

Patriotic Palette Blog Hop: Day 2

We're continuing to embrace everything red, white and blue! 
We sent 8 designers a bundle of red, white and blue Painter's Palette Solids to play with. 

The colors? White, Claret, Crimson, Tomato, Patriot, French Blue and River.
 Between now and July 4th, we'll be sharing a variety of inspiring fabric art made by them--tutorials, show-and-tell with a peek into the design process, and more! 


Today, Jayne from Twiggy and Opal is sharing a gorgeously intricate design called "Atomic Bloom." Check out Jayne's project (both here and in more detail on her blog) and then come back Monday for another red, white and blue design! How fun to have the fireworks theme continue!



She says: "My project features a 'bursting' kaleidoscope of red, white and blue fun!  Think 'Rockets Red Glare'!  This mini quilt will get you in the 4th of July mood to celebrate!"



Visit Jayne's blog here to learn more about her process (and see more photos of this stunning quilt!) You can also enter to win a red, white and blue Painter's Palette Solids bundle on her blog. 

Follow along with all of our Patriotic Palette Hop posts! 
Day 1: Fireworks Mini Quilt


See all 168 of our Painter's Palette Solids collection here
Find a list of shops carrying the solids here

Psst....are you following along with our Summer of Sewing Series? Watch for weekly tutorial posts, resuming after the Patriotic Palette Hop. Click here to see all the tutorials so far. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Patriotic Palette Blog Hop: Day 1

We're continuing to embrace everything red, white and blue! 
We sent 8 designers a bundle of red, white and blue Painter's Palette Solids to play with. 

The colors? White, Claret, Crimson, Tomato, Patriot, French Blue and River.
 Between now and July 4th, we'll be sharing a variety of inspiring fabric art made by them--tutorials, show-and-tell with a peek into the design process, and more! Come back tomorrow for another red, white and blue design!



We've used 7 fat quarters (3 red, 3 blue and 1 white) to create this fun little fireworks mini. Have fun! 

Let's get started!
You'll Need: 
1 fat quarter each: White, Patriot, French Blue, River, Claret, Crimson, and Tomato
Fusible web
1/2 yard backing fabric
12" x 27" piece of batting
How's this for a patriotic bundle?!
(from left: 121-000 White, 121-111 Patriot, 121-131 French Blue, 121-025 River, 121-051 Claret, 121-002 Crimson, and 121-134 Tomato)

Cutting:
From the white:
(3) 7" squares
(4) 2" x 6-1/2" pieces (reserve remaining piece of strip for piecing the long borders)
(2) 2" x 21" strips

From each of the 3 blues and 3 reds:
(1) 2-1/4" x 21" strip for binding
(1) 7" square

From the fusible web:
(6) 7" squares

Make the Quilt: 
Step 1: Adhere a 7" square of fusible web to a 7" Tomato square. Using a thread spool or other small round object, trace a circle slightly off center on the paper side of the fusible web.



Step 2: Using a ruler, draw lines radiating out from the center circle as shown. Note: We marked the rays that would be red with a pencil squiggle to help visualize the negative space the lines will create. Create as many or as few rays as you like, varying widths and angles. 


Step 3: Cut out the negative areas to create a fireworks shape that looks like this: 


Step 4: Repeat with the 7" Patriot square--your center circle and rays will be slightly different from the Tomato shape, and that's good! 

Here's what both your fireworks shapes will look like:


Step 5: Position both fireworks shapes on a 7" white square. Try with both the Patriot and Tomato fireworks shape on top (see photos below), and experiment with rotating one of the shapes until you find the look you like. 



Step 6: When you are satisfied with your block, remove the paper and fuse the fireworks shapes onto the white square. 


Step 7: Trim block to measure 6-1/2" square.


Step 8: In the same way, make 2 additional blocks, pairing the River square with the Claret square and the Crimson square with the French Blue square.

Step 9: Lay out the 3 blocks alternating with (4) 2" x 6-1/2" white pieces. 


Step 10: Sew the blocks and white pieces together. Sew the (2) 2" x 21" white strips and remaining 2" x 14" white strip short ends together into a long strip. Cut (2) 24-1/2" lengths. Sew to the long sides of the quilt. 

Step 11: Layer the backing right side down, batting, and quilt top right side up. Baste layers together and quilt as desired. Use short sections of the (6) 2-1/4" x 21" red and blue strips to bind the quilt. 




Block close-ups: 



Would you like to win a bundle of these seven patriotic solids? Leave a comment below letting us know your favorite kind of fireworks. Giveaway is open through Sunday, June 25th at 11:59 pm CDT. 

See all 168 of our Painter's Palette Solids collection here
Find a list of shops carrying the solids here

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quilts of Valor

If we're talking patriotic quilts, we have to mention Quilts of Valor! If you're not familiar with the organization, it began with Catherine Roberts' dream in 2003. In the ensuing 14 years, this dream has grown into a huge, ongoing undertaking, taking the concepts of "quilts=healing" and presenting patriotic quilts to service members--161,000 quilts have been given to date.

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.



Back in February, the Quilt Lovers' Hangout in North Fort Myers, Florida, hosted a National Sew Day Event for Quilts of Valor. They used patriotic fabrics we donated from the Valor and American Pride collections to create quilts for veterans. What a great team effort! 


According to shop owner Andrea Sensecqua, approximately 20 people participated in the sew day. Andrea had bought the shop the previous year, and customers asked if there would be an event for National Sew Day. After investigating, Andrea said "absolutely" began choosing patterns from around the shop. "We had an overwhelming response and sat in our classroom, sewing all day," Andrea says. Completed quilt tops are quilted free of charge by students learning to machine quilt. The Quilt Lovers' Hangout is now an official Quilts of Valor shop.

"It was really meaningful for both customers and staff to be part of such an important event, allowing us to use our passions and skills to award recipients with quilts," Andrea says. "This even kicked off our relationship with QOV and allowed us to bring a national event to a local level."



Quilt blocks laid out, ready to be assembled:

The shop also participated in its first wrapping ceremony. Quilter Sue Styn is presenting, and wrapping, her husband, Bill in a Quilts of Valor quilt in the shop. 

Thanks to Andrea and the Quilt Lovers' Hangout for sharing the story and photos! Have you made a Quilts of Valor quilt? We'd love to hear about it.

Find out more about Quilts of Valor and how to participate here.
Find out more about the Quilt Lovers' Hangout here.
Read an article about QOV and Quilt Lovers' Hangout here.
Check out our patriotic-themed collections! See American Pride here and here and Valor by Ro Gregg here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Goes Patriotic

When we saw Janie McCombs' pennant quilt on Instragram, we fell in love. She used Barbara J. Eikmeier's Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints collection to make this patriotic quilt--deep reds, light and dark blues, and creams, in rows of triangle pennants. Janie was kind enough to let us share her quilt here as well, so our Inspired by Fabric friends could see it too. 


Q. Tell us about the pattern.
JM: I chose a pennant pattern so I could show off each of the fabrics in the collection. A pennant quilt has triangles that require offset points when you piece them together. Offsetting points is not an easy task, even when you have been a quilter for more than 25 years. My seam ripper was within reach a lot during the piecing of this quilt!

Q. Why did you decide to use the Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints fabrics for this quilt?
JM: The Vintage Shirtings prints have deep colors and light colors that coordinate beautifully with each other. The subtle prints--flowers, swirls, paisleys, and circles—added interest to the pennant shapes. I have been trying to figure out what to do with the collection for a while, and as I was cutting the fabrics for my quilt I knew I had chosen a good pattern. I really had fun creating this quilt!




Q. How are you using this quilt?
JM: For now I have the quilt hanging in my home. I think it looks patriotic so I will leave it up through the 4th of July.

Q. Any advice you’d give other quilters after making this quilt?
JM: Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, try new patterns, and above all else enjoy the process. We are much harder on our work than we really need to be.


See the entire Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints collection by Barbara J. Eikmeier here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.
See more of Janie's work by following her on Instagram.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer of Sewing: Patriotic Star Quilt

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! 


We're in full-on 4th of July mood, and the patriotic fun starts here! We chose two prints from the American Pride collection to create this exploding star quilt, based on a tutorial from Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict. (Head over to see her 72" version using four of these star blocks--she stitched it in solids, and we think it would look fantastic in our Painter's Palette Solids!)
Quilt measures 30-1/2" square

Here are our fabric choices: 

Let's get started!
You'll Need:
1/2 yard of plaid print (includes binding)
3/4 yard of white solid
1/2 yard of blue star print
1 yard of backing fabric (we used Amy Calloway's allover patriotic print. See it here.)
36" square of batting

Cutting: 
From the plain print: 
(1) 4-1/4" square
(4) 2-3/4" squares
(4) 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding

From the white solid:
(4) 2-3/4" squares
(4) 4-3/4" squares
(4) 8-1/2" squares
(4) 8" squares

From the blue star print: 
(4) 8-1/2" squares
(4) 4-3/4" squares
(4) 4-1/4" squares

Make the Quilt:
Step 1: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 2-3/4" white square. Layer right sides together with a 2-3/4" plaid square. 

Step 2: Stitch 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Cut on the line. 

Step 3: Press both units open and trim to 2-3/8" square. Repeat to make a total of (8) HST units. 

Step 4: Lay out the (8) HST units, (1) 4-1/4" plaid square, and (4) 2-3/8" white squares as shown.

Step 5: Sew the HST units into pairs as shown. Sew white squares to both ends of two units. 

Step 6: Sew HST pairs to the sides of the center square. Sew the remaining units to the top and bottom to make the center star unit.

Step 7: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 4-3/4" white square. Layer right sides together with a 4-3/4" plaid square. 

Step 8: Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Cut on the drawn line and press both units open. Trim to measure 4-1/4" square. Repeat to make a total of (8) HST units. 

Step 9: Lay out the (8) HST units, (4) 4-1/4" white squares and center star unit as shown.

Step 10: Sew the HST units into pairs, and add 4-1/4"blue star squares to both ends of (2) units.  Sew HST pairs to the sides of the center square. Sew the remaining units to the top and bottom to make the center star unit.

Step 11: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (1) 8-1/2" white square. Layer right sides together with an 8-1/2" blue star square. 


Step 9: Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Cut on the drawn line and press both units open. Trim to measure 8" square. Repeat to make a total of (8) HST units. 
Step 10: Lay out the (8) HST units, (4) 8" white squares and center star unit as shown.

Step 11: Sew the HST units into pairs, and add 8" white squares to both ends of (2) units. Sew HST pairs to the sides of the center square. Sew the remaining units to the top and bottom to complete the quilt top.

Step 12: Layer the backing right side down, batting and quilt top right side up. Quilt as desired. Trim batting and backing even with the quilt top. Use the (4) 2-1/4" x 42" plaid strips to bind the quilt. 


Would you like to win the fabrics used to make this quilt? Leave a comment below (or on IG) telling us your favorite July 4th tradition. Giveaway is open through Sunday, June 18th at 11:59 PM CDT. 

Find the entire American Pride collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop. 
Visit our Feeling Patriotic Pinterest board here for more red, white and blue ideas. 


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


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