Friday, December 14, 2018

FREE Pattern Friday! More Is MORE

We've been sharing Paula Nadelstern's More Is MORE fabric collection and quilts made from it all week. If you're like us, you're ready to make a quilt with these gorgeous prints! 

Download our FREE quilt pattern, "Fusion," designed by Stephanie Sheridan of Stitched Together Studios and start sewing! 
Click here to download the pattern.

Click here to see the entire More Is MORE collection. 
Click here to read Paula's interview about designing More Is MORE.
Click here to visit Paula's website and see more of her work. 
Learn more about her unique design strategies in her book, "Fabricadabra: Simple Quilts, Complex Fabrics" from C&T Publishing.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Paula Nadelstern: Virtual Trunk Show

Seeing quilts made with Paula's fabulous fabrics are a real treat, and this past fall at Quilt Market was no exception. We celebrated 20 years of Paula designing fabric and showcased a gallery of quilts made using both More is MORE and her upcoming Piece & Joy collection. Today we're sharing a closer look at a few of these quilts. 

"Stripe-Adelic" by Paula Nadelstern
"I fell in love with the Stripe-Adelic print the first time I used it in a quilt and a trove of cutting options was revealed more exciting than I’d anticipated. I could cut it randomly from left to right or symmetrically from the center out. I could attach it with fascinating results to a patch from its own colorway or to a different one. Connecting a strip of Stripe-Adelic to another fabric created fascinating results, often softening and camouflaging the seams. The result is a smooth transition from patch to patch and the illusion that there is no seam at all. This quilt is a simple Rail Fence."


"Tivoli" by Ricki Selva
This quilt pairs mandalas with fussy-cut wedges to create a design with incredible depth! 


"More Fabricadabra Butterflies" by Peggy True
Based on a quilt made using Paula's Fabricadabra collection, these butterflies are made using fussy-cut sections of Fusion and Rabbit Hole for the wings, and Stripe-Adelic for the bodies. Little on-point squares of Mosaic make beautiful pieced sashing strips, and the same print is used in the border.


Click here to see more of the quilts displayed at Market made using Paula's More Is MORE and upcoming Piece & Joy collections.
Click here to see the entire More Is MORE collection. 
Click here to read Paula's interview about designing More Is MORE.
Click here to visit Paula's website and see more of her work. 
Learn more about her unique design strategies in her book, "Fabricadabra: Simple Quilts, Complex Fabrics" from C&T Publishing.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Stories behind More Is MORE

Earlier this week, we shared Paula Nadelstern's new More Is MORE collection with you. It's fabulous, isn't it? Today we're sharing the details behind the fabric line with you. Keep reading as Paula walks through the different fabrics, explaining what inspired their design and how she sees them being used. Enjoy!

Where did the More Is MORE name come from?
In 1996 I wrote my first book for C&T titled Kaleidoscopes & Quilts.” That fall I was thrilled to be at Quilt Market in the C&T booth. I sat down with my black, fine-pointed, permanent pen and realized I had to quickly come up with a catchy personal phrase to sign in the book. I wrote: REMEMBER! When it comes to fabric, more is MORE! At the time I didn’t know the phrase would turn into a trademark slogan that I would continue to use for the next twenty-two years, signing over 60,000 copies of six different C&T titles. Or that the sixteenth quilt in my KALEIDOSCOPIC series, titled More is MORE, would be voted among the “100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century” by a national panel of quilt experts in 1999. It is now in the collection of The American Museum of Folk Art.  

How do you vary your kaleidoscope medallions from collection to collection?
The More is MORE Medallions have a different layout than previous collections. Instead of two sizes of Medallions, each 24” paneI yields four 10” mandalas (two each of two different designs), six 7” mandalas (three each of two different designs) and four 4” mandalas (two each of two different designs). I recommend purchasing two panels instead of a single 24” panel so you’ll have more repeats. Please note, cutting the pattern at 36” instead of 24” will cut a Medallion in half.   

Can you talk about the color palette?
Colorwise, my intent was to include more neutral or white or what I call “seam foam” into the palette. The Sea Foam concept is one of my design strategies, a personal favorite. It’s my go-to method to brighten up and energize a design. For some universal reason, the eternal ebb and flow of white frothy swells against a dark shimmering sea is simultaneously stimulating and soothing. I think it’s because the staccato rhythm of foaming whitecaps compels the eyes to move around in a very satisfying way, searching for the next frothy swell. I usually want to introduce this same lively quality my quilts. Don’t assume that using a fabric with a light-colored background will animate a design. Placing a light-colored fabric next to a dark one will cause a blatant line of contrast which may stop the visual motion not increase it. If you want to shed light onto your quilt, let the fabric do it. Choose fabrics with luminous, light-colored motifs that stand out against their darker backgrounds, like these Mandalas.

How did the Rabbit Hole print get its name? 
Designing this pattern was like going down the figurative rabbit hole. Each level of complexity lead to another until it became difficult to stop myself from pursuing an additional detail here, a doodle there, which led to more…and more… patterning. But in the end, this assortment of motifs doesn’t seem nonsensical or confusing. I feel like it will never cease to yield more….and more…possibilities. 

Can you talk about how you envision the stripe being used? 
Stripe-Adelic is elegant and wacky at the same time with its strong sense of movement and playfulness. In each collection, I try to invent a pattern that fits the category I call Directionals. A Directional slides the eye from here to there, forming visual pathways that instill an element of motion. A stripe is an expressive tool because each basic direction has its own personality. Horizontal lines move the eye across the field, imparting calmness and stability, calling to mind both the horizon and our sleeping posture. Vertical lines are more visually active, suggestive of plant life that grows from the ground up. Diagonal lines, slanting from corner to corner or radiating from the center out, are energetic, implying imminent change. Keep this in mind and aim Stripe-Adelic in any direction. 

What makes the Mosaic print so user-friendly? 
Mosaic is an All-over print. All-overs are nondirectional designs with a forgiving temperament that look the same from any angle. There is no implicit top, bottom, left, or right. My litmus test to check for a true All-over is to randomly fold the fabric and look to see if the juncture where the end meets the rest of the fabric is noticeable or disappears. If the juncture is visible, the design might be too directional for the desired purpose. When a true All-over, like Mosaic, is randomly folded on itself, the junction where the two areas meet disappears.

What details do you like best in Fusion?
As soon as I looked up at the Prague Spanish Synagogue Ceiling, I knew I’d found a quilt idea. Here was a glut of architectural designs filled with patterns bumping into each other. I saw the ceiling in 2014 and finished the quilt in 2018, using over 80 different fabrics I’d designed with Benartex in the past 20 twenty years. Click here to see it.

For an approximately 10” x 20” area toward the quilt’s center bottom, I pieced together about 50 patches from 9 different fabrics from different collections. Of course, I’m counting in hindsight and now that’s the quilt is quilted, sometimes I can’t even find the seams.

I got the idea that this section might be the foundation for a brand-new fabric. About fifty tweaks later it turned into FUSION, which is defined as the process of joining things together to form a single entity. 

Click here to see the entire More Is MORE collection. 
Click here to see more photos of More Is More.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

More Is More by Paula Nadelstern

Paula Nadelstern fans, rejoice! Her latest collection, More Is More, is available in quilt shops now! It's packed with medallions, kaleidoscope-inspired prints, and texture. And of course - rich, rich, rich color! 

Take a peek at the fabrics below; we'll be sharing lots of More Is More this week! 

The prints:

 Medallion close-up:

Three different colorways of medallion panels:

Click here to see the entire More Is More collection. 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Shimmer and Shine: Metallic Mixers

Gold and silver metallic blenders? Yes please! Meet the Metallic Mixers from Kanvas! These large collections--36 each silver and gold--shimmer and shine on their own, and add a little sparkle to any fabrics you pair them with. 

Here's a sampling of the collection; each print comes in a cream and a black background. 



Watch for the Sublime Stars FREE quilt pattern, available on our website soon! Make it in either silver or gold. 

Click here to see the entire Metallic Mixers Gold collection.
Click here to see the entire Metallic Mixers Silver collection.
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Monday, December 3, 2018

Dragonfly Dance

The dragonflies are back! Our first dragonfly collection was so popular that we created a follow-up, Dragonfly Dance. The collection features dragonflies (of course!) along with water lilies, swirls, a wavy stripe, and a great textured wing print. It's available in both purple and blue colorways. 

 Purple colorway:

Blue colorway:

Choose your favorite colorway and sew the Dragonfly Pond free quilt pattern. The free pattern will be available on our website soon! 

Click here to see the entire Dragonfly Dance pattern.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Holiday Countdown Bonus: Stocking Tutorial

Ready for one more holiday idea? 

Cherry Guidry used her My Happy Place fabrics to create three adorable stockings. She's shared the tutorial for how to make all three on Bernina's blog, We All Sew.

Click here to find the tutorials.
Click here to see Cherry's My Happy Place collection. 
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