Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July: Winter Story

It's the middle of July...the sun is shining...flowers are blooming...
So of course it's the perfect time to start planning for Christmas! 

Over the next two weeks, we'll be sharing all things winter holiday related with you. The fabrics are available in stores now, so you can get started on your favorite reindeer, snowflake, or Christmas tree quilt pattern now and be done before the holiday rush begins! 

Crank up the air conditioning, pull out your wool hat, and enjoy our Christmas in July series!



Winter Story from Kanvas Studio tells the story of winter: cardinals, snowflakes, pinecones, and berry covered branches. The line has a touch of holiday cheer (holly), but is perfect for displaying all winter long. The fabrics have a contemporary feel, with graphic motifs, and a cool red, black and gray (or red and beige) color palette. 


Click here to see the entire Winter Story collection. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July: A Moose for Christmas

It's the middle of July...the sun is shining...flowers are blooming...
So of course it's the perfect time to start planning for Christmas! 

Over the next two weeks, we'll be sharing all things winter holiday related with you. The fabrics are available in stores now, so you can get started on your favorite reindeer, snowflake, or Christmas tree quilt pattern now and be done before the holiday rush begins! 

Crank up the air conditioning, pull out your wool hat, and enjoy our Christmas in July series!




Today we're sharing Cheryl Haynes' A Moose for Christmas line. If you loved her Moose on the Loose collection, you'll be happy to see this holiday version! 

We asked Cheryl what inspired her to decorate her popular moose motifs for Christmas. (Who can resist a moose with ornaments on its antlers?!)



What inspired the A Moose for Christmas?
When I did the original moose quilt pattern (that inspired Moose on the Loose), I was working on a cross stitch project at the same time. It was an ornament called ChrisMoose—a moose head with ornaments hanging on the antlers. The moose panel idea came from the cross stitch pattern.

Tell us more about the panel.
I added in the poinsettia sections because I like poinsettias, and they have a holiday feel. The ornaments were a natural fit because they’re also hanging on the moose.

What are a few of your favorite prints from the collection?
I just love the moose heads with the stocking caps. It’s cute, and it makes a great border.


I also really like the other holiday-themed fabrics—the ornaments, the poinsettia, and the holly. What’s fun about these prints (like the moose head print) is that they correspond well with different parts of the panel. They make great border prints for pillows or small quilts made from panel sections.




How did you choose your palette?
I tend to like darker colors. I really wanted to use black as the background (in the panel), and I chose reds, greens and golds that would pop with the black. Many of the prints will also coordinate well with the Moose on the Loose fabrics—the fabric tones are very close.

How do you choose your tonals?
I prefer tone on tones to solids—I like the richness. I’m also a basket maker, and I do my own reed dyeing. I like the way hand dyeing looks; it’s never one solid color, and it looks natural. That extends to fabric as well, so my tonals are checks, swirls, and other small, subtle prints.




  
What do you like best about the collection?
I love it on the black background. I love the way the red and the gold and the green pop on black. It’s very festive and fun! Who knew a moose could be for Christmas? And…you just might see moose again in the future!



Use Cheryl's panel (and coordinates) in a variety of free quilt patterns! 
Merry Moosemas! designed by Heidi Pridemore, features pieced borders around the panel.
Click here to find the free quilt pattern.


 Follow Cheryl's directions to turn the various panel pieces into table runners, pillows, and card holders. 
Click here to find the free patterns.

Cheryl has an additional free pattern on her website--a classic patchwork square quilt that allows the fabric to shine. Click here to find it. 

Click here to see the entire fabric collection.
Click here to find the free quilt patterns.
Click here to see more of Cheryl's work. 


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas in July: Florentine Christmas

It's the middle of July...the sun is shining...flowers are blooming...
So of course it's the perfect time to start planning for Christmas! 

Over the next two weeks, we'll be sharing all things winter holiday related with you. The fabrics are available in stores now, so you can get started on your favorite reindeer, snowflake, or Christmas tree quilt pattern now and be done before the holiday rush begins! 

Crank up the air conditioning, pull out your wool hat, and enjoy our Christmas in July series!

Looking for classic elegance? Look no further than Florentine Christmas, a collection of traditionally beautiful Christmas prints enhanced with metallic gold. From winter vignettes to swirls and filigrees to holly and chickadees, this fabric line is packed with Christmas spirit. 

Find two free quilt patterns on our website using Florentine Christmas: 
"Secret Santa," featuring wrapped packages with applique bows
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

"Buon Natale," simple half-square triangles packed with punch
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.


Click here to see the entire Florentine Christmas collection.
Click here to find the free quilt patterns.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas in July: Nordic Holiday

It's the middle of July...the sun is shining...flowers are blooming...
So of course it's the perfect time to start planning for Christmas! 

Over the next two weeks, we'll be sharing all things winter holiday related with you. The fabrics are available in stores now, so you can get started on your favorite reindeer, snowflake, or Christmas tree quilt pattern now and be done before the holiday rush begins! 

Crank up the air conditioning, pull out your wool hat, and enjoy our Christmas in July series!

We recently shared Amanda Murphy's Folk Art Fantasy collection. Today she's back with Nordic Holiday, a Scandinavian-inspired fabric collection. 



Join us as we talk to Amanda about Nordic Holiday. 

What inspired your Nordic Holiday collection?
That animal print was the inspiration. Nordic Holiday is more winter themed than Christmas. I chose all Nordic animals, starting with ones that turned white in the winter to camouflage. It’s really a clean, Scandinavian design.

I wasn’t sure about it as a feature print because it didn’t have a lot of color. Then I developed the other main reindeer print (with scrolls, stars and snowflakes) to work with the animals.



What is your favorite print?
I love the red snowflake print. It works well for winter without being specifically Christmas. It can function as a blender but also can be fussy cut in so many ways.



We noticed some similarities between this collection and Folk Art Fantasy.
The star print is very similar to Folk Art Fantasy. You think about Northern Stars and folk art, and there’s a connection there. Sometimes things evolve and work in different collections. The colors are similar too, so the fabrics can work together.



Tell us about the color palette.
It includes my favorite blues and greens that I always use. And red, of course. But I wanted a collection that could stand on its own without red, so it would be less Christmas-y.

You have several new patterns designed for Nordic Holiday. Can you tell us about them?
 Absolutely The Nordic Row Sampler is the “ugly sweater” concept. It was the inspirational quilt for that collection. It is beginner quilt—all rectangles—but there’s a lot of piecing! The stripe print in the line was inspired by this quilt.

Here's the sampler in a green/red colorway as well: 


Starry Night is based on 12” squares rearranged. It includes a little bit of applique and a lot of other things as well. I did a different quilting motif in each block. This pattern allows prints to shine on their own since they’re larger scale blocks.



Northern Lights is a trio of freeform applique patterns; the designs could also be pillows.


Amanda also designed a free quilt pattern using Nordic Holiday, Candy Dish.
Click here to find out how to download it.

Click here to see the entire Nordic Holiday collection.
Click here to visit Amanda's website, where you can find her patterns, more inspiration, machine quilting tutorials, and SVG file downloads. 
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Improv Blog Hop: Day 5

Here comes inspiration! You've seen what Amy Friend has made with her new Improv fabric collection; for the rest of the week we have five bloggers sharing what they've made with these fun, modern fabrics. This is the last day of our blog hop; check out the schedule at the bottom of the post to see the other four days and find more projects made with Improv! (And if you missed our original interview with Amy, find it here.)

Today, AnneMarie from Gen X Quilters is here, sharing her version of hoop quilting using Improv. Totally different from Nichole's, and equally beautiful and oh-so-appealing! (Yes, that is a pieced center you see in this sneak peek photo!)


Here's AnneMarie:
"Improv's palette shows such calm and gentleness with modern prints.  It's a contrast from so many modern fabrics that scream at you with intensity.  I love tone-on-tone or tone-and-white prints, they are so versatile in quilting projects.  I've been sewing up a storm of Hoop Quilts this year, and of course, I wanted to make one with Improv."

Head over to her blog to see her entire hoop project!

For a chance to win a bundle of Improv fabric, leave a comment here on the blog telling us if you've ever done hoop embroidery work. Giveaway is open through Monday, July 16th at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Follow along with our Improv Blog Hop:
Friday: Nichole @Wild Boho

Click here to see the entire Improv collection. (Be sure to ask for it at your local quilt shop--it's shipping to shops now!)
Click here to visit Amy's website.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Improv Blog Hop: Day 4

Here comes inspiration! You've seen what Amy Friend has made with her new Improv fabric collection; for the rest of the week we have five bloggers sharing what they've made with these fun, modern fabrics. Be sure to stop by each day to see a new project made with Improv! (And if you missed our original interview with Amy, find it here.)

Today Nichole from Wild Boho is sharing what she made with a selection of lighter prints from Amy's Improv collection. (Hint: It's in a hoop!). Wait until you see the embellishments she added to her piece! 


Nichole says:
"When I saw the delicate colors of these fabrics, my thoughts immediately went to wispiness of hydrangeas in a summer garden. 
I chose to work with several of the white fabrics for my hydrangea flower, with the leaves and background both out of the same print but one in a subtle peach version and the other with an almost electric lime green color! When I finished embroidering my hydrangea, I added clusters of champagne colors sequins, because what would a fabric hydrangea be without sequins?!! This is a beautiful line of fabrics that can work as both neutrals or focal pieces...especially in floral and garden inspired projects!


Head over to Nichole's blog to see her entire project and find out how you can enter to win a bundle of Improv fabrics.


Follow along with our Improv Blog Hop:

Click here to see the entire Improv collection. (Be sure to ask for it at your local quilt shop--it's shipping to shops now!)
Click here to visit Amy's website.




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