Wanna see my next fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics?? Oh good, I was hoping you would say yes! Vivid blues against a backdrop of gold and cream will transport you to the warm mediterranean . Named after the mythical goddess of the arts, Athena combines swirls and curves with the architecture and vivid colors found in Greece. Whether you crave soothing, blending fabrics or bold, graphic prints, Athena will be the perfect basis for all of your creative projects. What do you think?? It will be available in September and I think I am going to have a hard time waiting to get my hands on it!! My favorite part of the collection is the one yard panel…this is going to be so much fun to use….I am thinking about using it for a cute skirt or as a quick and easy quilt! Also, I am going to be joining with HandiQuilter to cohost a webinar on starting a machine quilting business on Thursday at 11:00 MST. If you are interested in joining us, you can register here. If you can’t mak
While speaking at a quilt guild last week, I joked, “One of these days, people are going to figure out that I am just quilting swirls. But until then, I am going to hang on for the ride.” While it was meant as a joke, it’s definitely true! The great thing about machine quilting is that we can use the same designs in so many different ways. Today’s blog post shows how using wavy lines and circles in different ways can result in completely different looks. (Both quilts are patterns in The Modern Applique Workbook by Jenifer Dick). First up is this stunning quilt: When I saw the quilt top, I knew that I wanted to make the appliqué circles “pop”. For that reason, I went with densely quilted pebbles. They are a great background filler and I use them often. Read more… This is a preview of Same Machine Quilting Designs, Different Look. Click here to read the full post…..
Thanks so much for the awesomely sweet compliments for Drift, they really put a grin on my face! Today, I want to show you a free quilt pattern that I designed especially for Drift, called Island Leis. The gals at Art Gallery Fabrics made the quilt and asked me to quilt it…..so fun!! Since the quilt is called “Island Leis”, I quilted each of the flowers differently. As you can see, I was in a feather mood….. But of course, I threw in a few non-feather quilting designs…..just for fun! Since Art Gallery fabrics has a close relationship with Aurifil, they asked me to use Aurifil thread for the quilting. After poring over Aurifil’s thread selection, I picked several different colors that coordinated with the prints in Drift…… It’s well known that I am a poly thread kind of gal, I have never been a huge fan of cotton thread. But Aurifil ran like a dream in my machine…..I loved it!!. (Though I shouldn’t have been surprised, I have heard a lot of
Last week, I had the happiest of mail days! I received yardage from my newest collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Drift! It’s amazing to get to see it all in person….I can’t even begin to describe it! This collection is so special to me because it is directly inspired from a trip that I took to St. John last year. While there, I decided that I would make as few decisions as possible. Instead, I would drift along and see where I ended up. I took pictures of every little thing that caught my interest and those pictures became the basis for the collection. The colors used in the collection were inspired by scenery in St. John as well. The first colorway, Ocean, is reminiscent of the vivid blues and turquoises found in the ocean. The second colorway, Houses, plays on the warm and beautiful colors of the buildings in St. John. I tried to work in a colorway using these adorable guys…… but unfortunately, I had to leave them out. Check out the official Drift page on my website. On i