Friday, July 20, 2018

Fandangle Hop: Day 4


Welcome to Day 4 of our Fandangle hop featuring Christa Watson's new fabric collection. Ready to be inspired? Check out today's designs below. Make sure you click on the link to visit each designer's full post--you'll have a chance to win a FQ bundle of Fandangle prints on each one! And be sure to stop by on Saturday, when we host a virtual trunk show of Christa's Fandangle quilts.


"I loved Fandangle the first time I saw Christa’s unboxing video! The fun designs and the bright colors make these fabrics a joy to sew with. I designed this pattern keeping in mind that I wanted to use several pieces of the collection and to showcase how they work together.  It was a joy to sew with these fabrics!  Congratulations, Christa, on a beautiful line!"
Click here to see Tina's Instagram post. 
(Tip: even if you're not on Instagram yourself, you can still see others' IG posts)


Paige from Quilted Blooms; IG: @quiltedblooms

"I was instantly attracted to Christa's Fandangle line because of the mid-century modern vibe and particularly the cool colorway with the lime green and teal combination.   For me, a successful fabric line includes designs and hues that play well with a variety of fabrics from other fabric lines to solids.  The tone-on-tones are so versatile.  I can see including Confetti Crosshatch in quilts over and over again.  And, Beaded Curtain, makes the perfect low-volume background for, my favorite technique, machine applique using the zig-zag stitch.  This is Cute as a Button applique from the book I co-authored, Modern Plus Sign quilts."


Click here to find Paige's entire post. 


Follow along on each day of our Fandangle hop!
Tuesday
Heather from Quilta-chusetts; IG: @quiltachusetts
Sarah from Sarah Goer Quilts; IG: @sarahmgoer
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting; IG: @masterpiecequilting

Wednesday

Sue from Sue O'Very Designs; IG: @sueoverydesigns
Sylvia from Flying Parrot Quilts; IG: @flyingparrotquilts

Thursday

Annie from By Annie; IG: @PatternsByAnnie
Brenda from Spool and Bobbin Quilting@spoolandbobbinquilting

Friday

Tina: @sashikostyle
Paige from Quilted Blooms; IG: @quiltedblooms

For more Fandangle fun: 


Click here to see the entire Fandangle collection.

Click here to visit Christa's website. Find her on IG here.
Click here to read our interview with Christa.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fandangle Hop: Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of our Fandangle hop featuring Christa Watson's new fabric collection. Ready to be inspired? Check out today's designs below. Make sure you click on the link to visit each designer's full post--you'll have a chance to win a FQ bundle of Fandangle prints on each one!



Annie from By Annie; IG: @PatternsByAnnie
Our friends at By Annie used Fandangle to try out five different bag, box and tote patterns. Each one is cuter than the last!  


Click here to find By Annie's entire post.


Brenda from Spool and Bobbin Quilting@spoolandbobbinquilting

"Christa's Fandangle collection really caught my eye at Quilt Market. I thought it was perfect for one of my designs, Interlaced Blocks."



Click here to find Brenda's entire post. 


Follow along on each day of our Fandangle hop!
Tuesday
Heather from Quilta-chusetts; IG: @quiltachusetts
Sarah from Sarah Goer Quilts; IG: @sarahmgoer
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting; IG: @masterpiecequilting

Wednesday

Sue from Sue O'Very Designs; IG: @sueoverydesigns
Sylvia from Flying Parrot Quilts; IG: @flyingparrotquilts

Thursday

Annie from By Annie; IG: @PatternsByAnnie
Brenda from Spool and Bobbin Quilting; @spoolandbobbinquilting

Friday

Tina: @sashikostyle
Paige from Quilted Blooms; IG: @quiltedblooms

For more Fandangle fun: 


Click here to see the entire Fandangle collection.

Click here to visit Christa's website. Find her on IG here.
Click here to read our interview with Christa.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fandangle Hop: Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of our Fandangle hop featuring Christa Watson's new fabric collection. Ready to be inspired? Check out today's designs below. Make sure you click on the link to visit each designer's full post--you'll have a chance to win a FQ bundle of Fandangle prints on each one!




Sue from Sue O'Very Designs; IG: @sueoverydesigns

"Because I just finished designing a brand new series of patterns, exclusive to shops, and one of the patterns features Christa’s fabric line, I thought it would be fun to share my design process with you for the Marvelous Make-Up Case. This process is a little different than many designers because my projects are all made with an embroidery machine, yep, that’s right, no sewing required!! This technique is called, In the Hoop!"

Click here to find Sue's entire post.


Sylvia from Flying Parrot Quilts; IG: @flyingparrotquilts


"I love cheerful, colorful fabrics that add interest to my quilts without drawing attention away from the piecing, and Christa's fabrics are absolutely perfect in that regard. They're bright, modern, and Fandangle worked perfectly for my new Pinwheel Rings quilt pattern--especially because she included two gray prints! I used one of the leftover blocks to make a matching pillow, too." 

Click here to find Sylvia's entire post. 



Follow along on each day of our Fandangle hop!
Tuesday
Heather from Quilta-chusetts; IG: @quiltachusetts
Sarah from Sarah Goer Quilts; IG: @sarahmgoer
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting; IG: @masterpiecequilting

Wednesday

Sue from Sue O'Very Designs; IG: @sueoverydesigns
Sylvia from Flying Parrot Quilts; IG: @flyingparrotquilts

Thursday

Annie from By Annie; IG: @PatternsByAnnie
Brenda from Spool and Bobbin Quilting@spoolandbobbinquilting

Friday

Tina: @sashikostyle

Paige from Quilted Blooms; IG: @quiltedblooms

For more Fandangle fun: 


Click here to see the entire Fandangle collection.

Click here to visit Christa's website. Find her on IG here.
Click here to read our interview with Christa.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fandangle Hop: Day 1


Welcome to Day 1 of our Fandangle hop featuring Christa Watson's new fabric collection. Ready to be inspired? Check out today's designs below. Make sure you click on the link to visit each designer's full post--you'll have a chance to win a FQ bundle of Fandangle prints on each one!



Heather from Quilta-chusetts; IG: @quiltachusetts
"What better way is there to display a palette of beautiful colors than in a bead necklace?  Beads and Baubles quilt pattern was designed to feature each of the striking colors and patterns included in the Fandangle fabric line by Christa Watson.  The striped background keeps the design light and fresh and make the perfect backdrop to any collection of amazing prints."
Click here to find Heather's entire post.



Sarah from Sarah Goer Quilts; IG: @sarahmgoer
"At first sight I was so excited to see Christa's new Fandangle line. It's full of great, vibrant color in a variety of funky, modern designs. I was especially drawn to the cool color way and enjoyed making a Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares quilt top using the blues and greens. My very favorite print in Fandangle is the Sparkling Squares in Teal."

Click here to find Sarah's entire post.



Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting; IG: @masterpiecequilting

"I love Fandangle's perfect mix of bright colors, spunky prints, and geometric patterns that work well in so many different designs.   I'm showcasing the warm prints in a pillow and the cool prints in a bed runner - both made from block patterns from my The Simple Sampler book." 
Click here to find Nancy's entire post.




Follow along on each day of our Fandangle hop!
Tuesday
Heather from Quilta-chusetts; IG: @quiltachusetts
Sarah from Sarah Goer Quilts; IG: @sarahmgoer
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting; IG: @masterpiecequilting

Wednesday

Sue from Sue O'Very Designs; IG: @sueoverydesigns
Sylvia from Flying Parrot Quilts; IG: @flyingparrotquilts

Thursday

Annie from By Annie; IG: @PatternsByAnnie
Brenda from Spool and Bobbin Quilting@spoolandbobbinquilting

Friday

Tina: @sashikostyle
Paige from Quilted Blooms; IG: @quiltedblooms

For more Fandangle fun: 

Click here to see the entire Fandangle collection.

Click here to visit Christa's website. Find her on IG here.
Click here to read our interview with Christa.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Introducing Christa Watson's Fandangle


If you follow Christa Watson on social media, you're probably aware of Fandangle, her new fabric collection for Contempo, which launched at Spring Quilt Market. The fabrics are now available in quilt shops, and to celebrate, we're hosting a Fandangle-themed week! Learn more about the fabrics today, and then come back each day this week for Fandangle project inspiration. We'll wrap up the week on Saturday with a virtual trunk show of Christa's quilts.
Check out Christa's Fandangle skirt!

Where did the Fandangle name come from?
It means excess ornamentation or embellishment. It’s kind of tongue in cheek—with my quilts, I love creating sparkle and depth with fabric and quilting, but I don’t actually embellish or bling up my quilts. It’s kind of an inside joke to myself—a quilt collection about embellishment.


How did this collection start?
I really put myself into these designs. A lot of my designs are inspired by strong modern geometrics. I’m inspired by machine quilting designs and angular quilting designs. I wanted designs that would add sparkle and texture. Even the pattern names evoke embellishment!
Click here to read Christa’s blog post on designing this fabric.


The Fandangle prints: 


Can you tell us about some of the prints in Fandangle?
Sparkling Squares – I really like this space age starburst design—they’re flourishes set into squares.


Triangle Trinkets – This was definitely inspired by a machine quilting design I do, with depth and texture added in. It’s the 3-D version of one of my favorite designs.


Beaded Curtain – I’m a child of the 70s and 80s, and this looks like a beaded curtain from that era. But the lines are a little wonky and the beads aren’t just beads—they’re ovals and quirky rectangles.


Paper Cuts – This is one of two tone-on-tone prints. The actual design comes from a modern zig-zaggy stipple. It kind of reminds me of little shapes cut out of paper.


Confetti Crosshatch – This is a greatly reduced version of the crosshatch from Modern Marks. It’s the other tonal print in the collection.


Baubles & Bits – I started with the other geometric prints and this one came last. My original idea was to mash it up like in Modern Marks and have something from all the prints in this focal print. It didn’t work—less really is more. I really like the bursts—the baubles. If you look closely, you can see little hints of the other prints in the background.



Tell us about the palette.
There are twenty prints: 10 cool and 10 warm. The cool colors are the teal, green, blue, aqua and light gray, and the warm colors are the opposite – red, orange, yellow, pink, lilac, and the darker gray. They all work together, filling in the rainbow in a more cohesive way, or you can make a quilt using just one palette.


Do you have a favorite print?
As much as I love color, the grays are probably my favorite. Neutrals add so much—they’re such a subtle tonal. Pairing all these colors with gray makes me super happy.

Click here to see the entire Fandangle collection.
Click here to visit Christa's website. Find her on IG here.

Follow along on each day of our Fandangle hop!
Tuesday
Heather from Quilta-chusetts; IG: @quiltachusetts
Sarah from Sarah Goer Quilts; IG: @sarahmgoer
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting; IG: @masterpiecequilting

Wednesday

Sue from Sue O'Very Designs; IG: @sueoverydesigns
Sylvia from Flying Parrot Quilts; IG: @flyingparrotquilts

Thursday
Annie from By Annie; IG: @PatternsByAnnie
Brenda from Spool and Bobbin Quilting

Friday
Tina: @sashikostyle
Paige from Quilted Blooms; IG: @quiltedblooms


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Gloaming Cover Girl!

Have you seen the July-August 2018 issue of Quilty magazine? Check out that cover girl! The Twilight Beads quilt, designed by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton, uses Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming collection. Gorgeous! 

We asked Joanie and Melanie to talk to us about their cover quilt. 

What attracted you to the Gloaming collection?
We loved the color palette. Shelley talks about how the palette came from the gloaming time of day, when these colors show up, and the turquoise, lime and mulberry prints really appealed to us.

How did this design happen?
Melanie really loves flying geese. We challenged ourselves to make a design that is fat quarter friendly, but also contemporary and fun to sew. This quilt is made completely from flying geese.

"Twilight Beads" designed by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton;
pieced by Vicki Swanson and quilted by Sheri Zalar;
featured in Quilty magazine July/August 2018

The quilt looks scrappy, but it still has a color pattern. How do you do that?
The layout is scrappy, but we grouped colors to give it a more pleasing feel. The flying geese are sewn together into sets of three, and you can follow our design to get the same look. Scrappy is fun, but sometimes it takes longer than it needs to. By making specific color sets, the quilt assembles quickly.

So the diamonds are made of flying geese as well?
Yes. Depending on how you turn the sets, you get that diamond.


How do the sashing rows enhance the design?
It creates breathing space around each column and at the top and bottom. As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about the points matching up between rows!

What do you like best?
I like how it’s kind of a little surprise to have the squares mixed in there with the flying geese. It’s a fresh, geometric look without being too blocky. Plus, it’s a really approachable quilt to make.


Click here to see the entire Gloaming collection.
Click here to purchase the kit for Twilight Beads.
Click here to purchase the July/August issue of Quilty magazine.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Little Friends

More fast and fun baby quilt fabric coming your way! The Little Friends collection by Sally Payne features whimsical cats and dogs just waiting to be hugged! The panels make easy quilt centers, or can be cut and stitched into pillows. The collection comes in greens/aquas and pinks/creams. 
These prints are irresistible!

Panels:



Coordinates in green/aqua:






Coordinates in pink/cream:






We have two free quilt patterns featuring Little Friends, both using the panel:
Friendly Faces
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.


Furry Friends
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.


Click here to see the entire Little Friends collection.
Click here to find the free quilt patterns. 
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