Tapestry

A Little Blossom, A Little Jam

 

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A little Blossom and a little Jam. I guess I might have been a little bit hungry when I originally named this pattern! But more likely I was thinking of my last trip to London, or more precisely, the Cottswold villages right outside of London. It seems that anytime we sat down for a snack there, we were offered something “with jam”. Mostly “scones with jam” I think, but also other things with jam.

 

Oh, I would really love to be back there now. Or at least have some really good jam :-).

 

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This little project is one of my current favorites. Its kind of funny with the way things work around here, I don’t often get to enjoy the projects during their actual season. We created this little table topper in early Spring, just in time to debut for Quilt Market in May. We finished it and photographed it for the cover and then sent it on its way to visit its share of stores. Then the patterns were actually finished up and printed and they began shipping to the quilt shops and the topper continued to travel.

 

The fabric that it was created with, TAPESTRY, however, did not start to arrive in stores until the last couple of weeks  [for all of those yummy precuts] and the yardage is still to come [later in October].  And suddenly my little topper is back at home.

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And so in a little twist of timing, I get to enjoy my little Blossoms & Jam before she goes off on another adventure to another quilt shop or perhaps to a show or two in the fall. Meanwhile, here she is and more importantly…. She brings kits with her!!

Check it out HERE for more info. Or HERE for just the pattern.

PATTERN INFO:

Name: Blossoms & Jam.

Size: 16” round

Fabric: Cover sample made from TAPESTRY. Back cover samples also made from CALIFORNIA GIRL. Uses (1) charm pack or (2) of the yummy new MODA CANDY PACKS

 

 

 


 

 




Pattern Showcase: Sparkle

Today I wanted to show some of our newest shots of our bestselling SPARKLE quilt. We thought that "sparkle" was such a perfect name for this project because it just twinkles with color even as you are still putting it together

So wonderful done in a variety of colors, I have some customers working on it in a patriotic group, in batiks and in romantic florals. I can't wait to see each and everyone of them!

 

This is one of those great projects that looks like a lot of time and labor went into it when in fact it really is a simple 4 block quilt. Even we were amazed each time we sewed up a new sample as to how quickly each star came together.  Each star can be made with a charm pack or scraps from your stash. The 4 blocks are then put together with a basic sashing, using up all the rest of the scraps or charm pack pieces.

 

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... the quilted wreaths and cross hatches on this quilt are just perfect I think. 

 

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PATTERN INFO:

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NAME: Sparkle

SIZE: 76" x 76" or 70" x 70" [depending on which version you make] or a 36" table topper version shown above. 

FABRIC: Made from our upcoming TAPESTRY collection, due out in stores in October '12. We have also made this pattern from our CALIFORNIA GIRL collection, in stores this past Spring. A great summer quilt from that group. More pictures of the quilt will be on our sidebar to the left by the end of this week.

There is also a striking burgundy background version that we will showcase tomorrow. 

This quilt uses MODA CANDY or charm packs or a Layer Cake. It is basically a perfect way to use up your favorite precuts!

Click here for more info.


Pattern Showcase: Pineapple & Figs

One of my all-time favorite patterns made from one of my all time favorite color palettes, PINEAPPLE & FIGS uses a no ruler, no funky cutting techniques method that makes these blocks come together in such a simple way that you won't believe it. Its just rectangles and squares. Really!

If you have ever wanted to make this classic block but didn't want to deal with templates or bias, then this really is for you. I think. Sewing these blocks is remarkably similar to  making a Log Cabin block and just as simple and basic.

It's perfect in these autumn flavored colors, or in a variety of others, although I am personally biased to this one. Autumn is my favorite time of the year and this color combo just sings to me. I should have put a cream SNUGGLE on the back... but then there would be a fight over who gets to use it every single day!

We have made it in a more summer flavored version out of our California Girl fabrics as well as a darker, more striking version made with a beautiful burgundy background [seen at the end of the post].There are just so many color varieties that I can visualize this pattern in!

 

If all goes according to plan, I will be doing a blog tutorial on this method in October! More info coming soon.

 

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PATTERN INFO:

NAME: Pineapple & Figs

 

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SIZE: 71" x 71"

FABRIC: Made from our TAPESTRY collection on the front and back cover, our CALIFORNIA GIRL collection on the inside pages. More inside shots from both of the above collections as well as the original version shown from the cover of our very first edition of our Fresh Vintage™ magazine.

Click here for more info.

 


They're Heeeeeere!

I know our new pattern release has been unusually delayed given everything going on with my dad and I would like to thank all of you who have been waiting so patiently! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!

The 5 new quilt patterns are here and have started shipping to stores and distributors as of yesterday! Yeah!!

They are also now available on our website as of late last night! Yeah again!! Look under NEWEST DESIGNS for all 8 of the new patterns!

 

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LIBERTY BOY: Perfect for today but you can work on it for Labor Day or next year just as well!

 

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CINDERELLA PUMPKINS: Easily my favorite time of year and its never too early to start on a fall project.

 

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MARIGOLDS: A wonderful way to use up a couple charm packs of your favorite collection. Love, love the feel of circles with nothing but squares and triangles!

 

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SPARKLE: Easily the most simple design in this group, Sparkle is already on its way to being a best seller! Super simple method with no y-seams or anything else difficult. Can't go wrong with this one in either the cream, the plum or the single table topper version!

 

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PINEAPPLE & FIGS: My absolute favorite in this grouping. Have always loved pineapple blocks and just couldn't resist making this one out of our new TAPESTRY fabric. This method will just amaze you with how basic and simple it is. I promise. Each block is literally a set of 5 sizes of square and 5 sizes of rectangle. If you have ever wanted to make a pineapple block, I guarantee that this is it!

 

 

FIG TREE THREADS PATTERNS


The 3 FIG TREE THREAD patterns are about a week behind and are on their way back from the printer as we speak. We will let you know as soon as these arrive in the office! 

 

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ESCARGOT: The newest in our menagerie of animal projects. These cute little snails are fun to make and are just too cute to resist... we think. And the name, well the name just cracks me up to no end. Maybe I'm the only one...

 

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BLOSSOMS & JAM: A great way to play with your favorite charm pack or those brand new MODA CANDY squares if you are lucky enough to get some. These are perfect as table toppers, desk decorators [I have 2 of them on my desk at the moment] or as placemats. Super simple to assemble and then try your hand at a little curved binding. You can do it!

 

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SUNDAY COVER-UPS: A quick and perfect way to dress up any dining room chair before company gets here. At our house these get used any time we want to add something special to a dinner occasion. We have sashes of different colors and for different holidays and change them out often. This is a great beginning sewing project.

 

PATTERN INFORMATION


If you are purchasing patterns from our site, we will start shipping them out starting tomorrow. You can also feel free to purchase the FIG TREE THREADS patterns now if you like and we can either hold your order until complete or ship in 2 batches [let us know in the special instructions section of the order what you would prefer to do. If we don't hear from you, we will hold until complete].

 

GIVEAWAY

TELL US WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE [OKAY, OKAY... YOU CAN CHOOSE 2] AND WE WILL DRAW 3 LUCKY NAMES TO WIN A BUNDLE OF ALL OF THE NEW PATTERNS! We will draw this weekend.

 

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE!


I am off to make some Black Eyed Pea Salad/Dip... otherwise known as Texas Caviar. We love it around here and can consume it by the bowl full. Literally. If you've never tried it, you might wanna [many recipes for it can be found online. I recommend adding in a bunch of fresh veggies along with the canned ones].

We included our favorite recipe for it in our FRESH VINTAGE #12. Just in case you'd like to try it out. That and a bunch of really cool quilt patterns LOL!

Happy Celebrating!


More Market... can you stand it?

I know, I know. It is a bit silly showing Market photos this late in the game. But maybe you have actually managed to start missing some Market posts at this point... maybe?

 

MORE BOOK PROJECTS IN THE BOOTH

Summersoiree

... the Summer Soiree quilt. Mixing some of my favorite Fig Tree fabrics with Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett and other more contemporary designers was so much fun. Always happy to show people that our Fig Tree colors and contemporary colors go so well together!

 

Mannequins

... more book projects in the foreground.

 

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Slippersonbed

... the slipper pattern from the book. Comes in every conceivable children's and women's sizes! 

 

NEW PATTERN: MARIGOLDS

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... both Marigolds and Sparkle.

 

NEW PATTERN: SPARKLE

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... pattern is done in a cream colorway, a plum colorway and even as a single table topper to show you all the different variations that can be done. It is possibly one of the easiest patterns I have done in a while. Each star seems to come together in what seems like an hour.

 

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 TAPESTRY COLLECTION

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... one of our lovely MODA reps showing our collection to a customer.

 

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... don't you just love it when its all laid out like this?

 

A FEW MORE FAVORITES...

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... lunchbags from the book, both quilted and made from laminated fabric. So versatile!

 

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Hope you enjoyed the pics... even if seriously delayed!

Stay tuned for tomorrow for a special little sale.

 

Joanna 

 

 


From Market...

I am sure that some of you remember that I promised booth shots yesterday. But then again I am sure that some others of you remember that I sometimes promise things and can't manage to get them here in time LOL!

Well, today my day aligned and I found a moment to upload a whole LOT of Market pictures... way more than I would guess most of you would ever want to se!. But here are some of my favorites and I promise that tomorrow I will show some more.... promises, promises!

 

A FEW FAVORITE CLOSEUPS FROM MARKET...

Bowlofswatches

... a bowl full of candy goodness. These new mini swatches are called MODA CANDIES and they are good enough to eat. We will have plenty of them available for your snacking pleasure in the fall!

 

Littledressform

... simple little pins from the new book, WITH FABRIC & THREAD.

 

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... a stack of our new brochures for stores.

 

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... my new book in the booth.

 

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... a closeup of the left side of the booth. Where many of the projects from the book resided.

 

NEW PATTERN: PINEAPPLE & FIGS

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MORE BOOTH PRODUCT SHOTS

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... one of my favorite quilts from the book, dressing a mannequin like a jacket.

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... a little booth embellishment.


Meinbooth

... me in the booth. Doesn't it look like I need that chair to hold myself up with?


BOOTH SHOTS

Rightbooth

... right side of the booth.


Leftbooth

... middle of the booth. Table filled with goodies from the book and new patterns too.


Fullbooth
 

... the whole booth.

 

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... center right.


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... the book side or the left side.

 

More shots tomorrow. Not sure you guys could load it all up if I kept going today!

Joanna

 


A little Sneak & a Peek

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You know when you see fabric that just makes your heart skip a beat?  

That is what this is doing for me right now. I know, I know... part of me feels like I can't say that about my own work and I should wait for someone else to say it. But I can't!

I also have to admit that this is not always true of every collection or design I do. Sometimes I really like them and think they are good. Sometimes I love them. Sometimes I wish I could have added something more or expressed my vision a bit differently. Sometimes its a combo of all of the above.

But sometimes, I dream about them before they get here.  This is one of those times.

I have so many more pics to show you but I think it might be best to wait just a bit. It's called TAPESTRY. Hope it adds some loveliness to your day.

 

Stay tuned for another big reveal this week. We are just full of surprises around here.