Quilts & More

QUILTS & MORE... Meet in the Middle

I love it when I do a project and then completely forget about it until it arrives in the mail or I suddenly see it online! Its like a surprise and a memory all at once. I know it sounds a bit silly, since I did make the project, but it happens to me all the time!

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In this season's QUILTS & MORE magazine [American Patchwork & Quilting, Winter Issue], we have a few fun pillows featured.

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And since I knew you might want to whip up some for your summer or fall decorating, we have some kits!

 

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Kits include enough fabric to make (4) of these yummy little projects, including fabric and buttons kits for all 4. You will need to purchase the QUILTS & MORE magazine for the instructions.

Click HERE for more info on the kits.

Have a great day!

Joanna


Quilts & More: Scrap Lab

I'm sure you have noticed that every 3 months or so another little QUILTS & MORE: SCRAP LAB project shows up the doorstep of our blog. Well, its that time again.

It seems that each time we wrap it all up and think that we are done, its time to work on another scrappy goody for the folks at SCRAP LAB. Who knew, but apparently you guys are a little crazy about the SCRAP LAB feature and keep asking for more stuff. Thanks guys! I sure hope Camille and I [and all our guest friends] don't run out of ideas!

As usual I am not quite "on top of it all" enough to know [or if I did know, then remember] when the magazine hits the newsstands and when I am supposed to talk about it, but when QUILTS & MORE starts tweeting about the issue and I see it for sale online, I guess its safe to assume that I can blog about it. So here goes...

This time around we got to use a bit of my latest collection, California Girl, [you never know what they're going to throw at us, those crazy Quilts & More ladies] so it was super fun for me to whip up a little scrappy project for you out of my own creations! Our challenge this time around was to use a charm pack and a 1/2 yd. ivory solid fabric. Even the binding had to be from the charm pack. I have to tell you that even though you might not know it in the midst of the design process, I am really loving the challenge of using only what I have in front of me. Its kinda liberating in a funny kind of way.

 

So anyway, this is my contribution to this SCRAP LAB feature. As soon as I see any blogs or posts about the other projects [they are super-duper cute btw], I will add them here..... or at least tell you about them. I think you will love our guest this time around. We always love our guests... but kinda especially love this one. She is fabulous.

 

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Topperontable

 

Topperside

 

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So... its super simple and a great beginner project or something that you can literally whip up in an afternoon. Small enough for you to easily practice your quilting on. Bound with scraps of the charm squares.

 

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FAQ's:

The instructions & pattern are all in the latest SUMMER ISSUE '12 of QUILTS & MORE.

The magazine is available now. It is sold at many grocery stores, chain fabric stores and of course most of your local quilt shops. It is also available on-line.

We do not sell the magazine here at Fig Tree.

We do sell the kit for the project here at Fig Tree. If you are interested, CLICK here. The kits contains all the fabric you need for the top including the binding. The backing is not included. We used plain cream solid from our stash.

Have a great day! 


Quilts & More Time

BTW, OUR SITE IS BACK UP & RUNNING SMOOTHLY!

 

Yes! Its that time again. Time again for our quarterly editorial with Quilts & More. Can I just tell you how much I love this gig?!

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This time Camille and I were joined by Jo Morton and her earthy, reproduction style fabrics. Such perfect quilting fabrics for the traditionalist!

The challenge this time around was to use 6 out of 7 fat quarters provided. So I chose our favorite 6 and got to cutting. After a bit of playing with fabric and working with ideas, this is what I came up with. 


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Go here to see Jo's simple, graphic project for her version of the challenge.

Camille also did something lovely but I will have to wait until she posts about it to steal borrrow an image to show!

I have to share that these are the kinds of fabrics I started working with 10 years ago when I worked on my very first quilt. Can you believe it? It was fun to think back over the progression of my design aesthetic! 

I have changed a lot over the years but I know that this is the palette that still appeals to so many of you quilters out there and it was fun to think of you all as I sewed.

As soon as we were done with the challenge, however, we felt the need to make another version, with our upcoming California Girl collection, to see how the design would translate. And translate it did... I think! One of my favorite things ever, is seeing one of my patterns or designs worked out in a completely different color palette and style.

This bag has gotten a lot of use lately as it has become my daughter's favorite school bag. I could barely convince her to go to school without it today so I could snap a few shots. But, you know, we moms have our ways!

 

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For those of you who want to make your own, be sure to go find yourself the latest issue of Quilts & More, gather up 6 fat quarters of your own and get started! 

 If you are particularly interested in these fabrics [California Girl], the precuts are starting to be available now and the yardage will be out in stores shortly, in March 2012.

Happy Sewing,

Joanna