Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day and More

 In honor of Memorial Day I put some of my flag quilts out on the line to photograph.  This isn't all of them, but it's what I could get my hands on today.  This is Victory Girls - a Baltimore Album folk style quilt in honor of American women during World War II.
This is Pieceful Journey and is featured in our Quilts and Rugs book. It is a huge Americana Christmas extravaganza.

This is Liberty Road which is an homage to a similar quilt in the V & A  of Union Jacks made up in Liberty of London florals. Mine has Minick and Simpson florals and a folky American flag.
This quilt is out on a trunk show - but it is my newest flag pattern - Four Flags.  Give a thanks to those who serve and enjoy your holiday.

I have also added some mini fat quarter bundles in our Etsy shop of Snowfall.  (we even have 2 Lake Effect kits left if you need a great summer travel/handwork project).  We had some yardage listed too.

Another one of my favorite flag quilts is going on an adventure.  SpazzyCat is doing a Quilt A-Long to make the Spirit of Sacagawea.  You can get more info on his blog post today.  If you need the Spirit of Sacagawea book - we are offering it at 30% off if you use the coupon code SPIRIT when you place your order.  I can't wait to see what you all will do with this quilt.



Monday, May 8, 2017

New Patterns are Here

 We now have our new patterns featuring the Ann's Arbor fabric collection in our Etsy shop.  This one is Lady of Lake Superior (you know, Lady of the Lake pattern with the added "Superior" because we like to use Michigan names).  It makes a happy quilt.  These Ann's Arbor quilts will be heading to International Quilt Market next week in St. Louis.
This is Four Flags (well, because it's 4 flags....) and it also uses Ann's Arbor.  It could use any red, white or blue M & S fabrics you have on hand.  This is an especially fast and easy quilt and if you make Quilts of Valor or Quilts of Honor.
We have also used Ann's Arbor with great effect in one of our tried and true patterns - Chippewa Nine Patch.  We could go on and on about this favorite pattern (I've made it 6 times in different fabric groups). It always looks great - and it looks different every time.

The key to the Chippewa Nine Patch is 25 fat quarters.  5 groups of 5 fat quarters.  Once you get those picked out - its easy peasy.  The one on the left I used these 5 groups: dark blue, light blue, yellow, blue on cream shirtings, cream on cream shirtings. (The groups are arbitrary, but once you cut your strips - keep your strips in the correct pile - and magic happens) The one on the right used these 5 groupings: medium blue, light blue, red, blue on cream shirtings, cream on cream shirtings.  Different background colors set them off and while they have much the same fabrics - they look complimentary, but completely different.



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