Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reason to Celebrate

From Melissa Peda - 100billionstars.com

September was National Sewing Month. If your month was anything like mine, you barely noticed it was September, let alone a month long national celebration of sewing.

For most of us, sewing is not an occasional or seasonal activity. We can come up with any excuse to sew, or in the absence of time or motivation, at least buy fabric in hopes of one day finding that time and motivation. Our stashes are proof of this simple fact--filled to overflowing, crammed into hidey holes or simply set out in plain sight. We spend a lot of time dreaming and drooling about one aspect or another of sewing. Celebrating sewing is our way of life.

If I had to pick just one thing to celebrate, it would be this: options! This is an amazing time for fabric lovers and sewists. We're spoiled for choice. With so many designers putting out beautiful, unique prints, there truly is something for everyone. No matter what your style, finding the right fabric is just a click away. With the right pattern, your favorite prints and a few stolen hours at the sewing machine, you're ready to show the world who you are. And if that changes from time to time, you can always sew up something new.

If you're feeling a little boho chic, grab a bit of Zandra Rhodes' Lace Mountain collection and download our free pattern for this floppybag. There's plenty of room for a change of clothes, groceries or whatever else you need to carry. Yet when it's empty, it takes up very little space. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014


Congratulations to Quilt Dad - John Adams for the winning quilt in our Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration Challenge!!! Thank you to all of the amazing bloggers who participated in our challenge!‪#‎modernsolidschallenge‬
If you will be at Fall Quilt Market this weekend, stop by our booth #1502 & 1602 to see the quilt in person.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Iznik Collection from Snow Leopard Designs

The Iznik Collection is inspired by the decorative pottery and tiles that were produced in the town of Iznik in Anatolia, Turkey, between the 15th and 17th century. Iznik pottery is known throughout the world for its vivid cobalt and turquoise blue glazes and simple swirling patterns inspired by natural forms. The pottery was originally inspired by the Chinese blue and white Ming dynasty porcelain that was being brought along the Silk Road during the 15th century and had such a profound influence on the Ottoman court at that time.  The collection itself has been developed from a select group of glazed tiles and plates. As well as simple floral and geometric motifs, it includes such elements as the tree of life. This new collection from Snow Leopard continues to give a contemporary form to these great artistic traditions from the past, while allowing them to be enjoyed in our homes today.

Visit the Discover section of www.makeitcoats.com to find projects and information 
about the Iznik Collection

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

It's time to vote... Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration Challenge!!!

It's time to cast your vote for your favorite quilt from the Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration Challenge!!  We can not thank Denyse Schmidt and the talented bloggers for making our first Modern Solids challenge a great success. 

Visit our Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration Pinterest board to see more pictures of these amazing quilts!

Please cast your vote by commenting on this post no later than Tuesday, October 14th!  Also make sure to check out each quilters blogs about the challenge.  #modernsolidschallenge

Fresh Lemons Quilt - Faith Jones

Freshly Pieced - Lee Heinrich

Quilt Dad - John Adams

The Quilt Engineer - Latifah Saafir

Olive and Ollie - Heather Jones

Bijou Lovely Designs Woodland Quilt- Holly DeGroot

Canoe Ridge Creations - Megan Bohr

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Inspiration from Verna Mosquera

I am always amazed by the inspiration that daily life brings. My newest collection, Snapshot, grew from a simple moment in time when I looked across the table and realized that my one time little boy had grown into a young man. How did those years go by so quickly? I couldn’t stop looking. In that moment completely unnoticed by him I took a mental Snapshot of him that will live in my mind forever. When he left for school I moved into my studio and began my newest collection. It began with sepia as it is so representative of an old photograph. Then I added pink, such a natural companion. Next came aqua, green and a hint of yellow, all colors used in days gone by. As I worked the color palette images of vintage photographs came to mind. Those images then sparked other delicate ideas - roses, small birds and more. Bit by bit Snapshot grew into something both lovely and nostalgic. Of course being the true romantic that I am it will always remind me of my son.

Snapshot Quilt – Raspberry Parfait Quilt, Vintage Spool pattern, PTVM06
Snapshot Pillows – Pillow Parade, Vintage Spool pattern, PTVM09

Visit the Discover section of www.makeitcoats.com to find projects and information 

about Verna Mosquera and Snapshot

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Free Project - Momentum Voile Tunic

We love this easy to make Tunic top made with Voile's from Heather Bailey's Momentum collection!  It's the perfect edition to any wardrobe

Are you mad for mod? Take your personal style to the next level. Go bold with striking fashion prints from Heather Bailey. Designed with clothing in mind, the Momentum collection evokes a vintage vibe with modern colors and prints that combine for easy, confident style. Make a blouse, make a skirt, make a dress—make a statement. Think 60s advertising agency.

Visit the Discover section of www.makeitcoats.com to find projects and information 
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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Off Kilter - A Quilt Finish and Tutorial

Our good friend Melissa at Happy Quilting has shared this AMAZING tutorial for her Off Kilter Quilt and we are even more excited to share it with you!

Off Kilter - A Quilt Finish and Tutorial

I am so excited to get to share my newest quilt and tutorial. So let me just get right to it because I can't wait. I am calling this quilt, Off Kilter and I am so loving it!!!

Back at Spring Quilt Market I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with some of the ladies at Free Spirit Fabrics about doing some tutorials using their lovely fabrics. Thank you to FreeSpirit Fabrics for providing the fabrics for this tutorial!! I was instantly drawn to their new Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids. I mean, who wouldn't be when you see this box of yummy solid goodness. I really wanted to design something that highlighted the beautiful array of colors.

And that is how Off Kilter came to be. So, do you want to make your own Off Kilter quilt?? Let's get to that. The tutorial is written with the option of 2 sizes. A Lap that measures 59" x 70" or a Twin that measures 72" x 86". This quilt is so much fun to make and goes together so easy. You are going to have so much fun!!! So pick a size and let's get to it ;)

Visit Happy Quilting to see the complete tutorial

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