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Friday, December 19, 2014

11 Batik Quilts You'll Love

Batiks...so many colors, so many designs! You've fallen in love with our new batik collections, and now it's time to fall in love with a quilt pattern to use them in. Check out some of our favorites below!


Color Block by Carolina Squirrel
Purchase the quilt pattern here.


Cotton Candy by Janet Page Kessler
Download the free quilt pattern here.



Bali Boxes by Janet Page Kessler
Download the free quilt pattern here.



Parrot Haven by Janet Page Kessler
Download the free quilt pattern here.





Purple Daze by Cheryl Brown, featured in her book "Quilt Batik!" from Martingale.

Find out how to download this free pattern from the book here.



Holiday Stars in Bali by Audrey Page
Download the free quilt pattern here.



Jewel of the Nile by Janet Page Kessler
Download the free quilt pattern here.





Those Charming Hexagons by Gourmet Quilter

Purchase the quilt pattern on Craftsy here.






4, 3, 2, 1 by Audrey Page

Download the free quilt pattern here. 



Baliwood by Janet Page Kessler
Download the free quilt pattern here.




Indigo Tide by Janet Page Kessler
Download the free quilt pattern here



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tempting you with Balis...

Most quilters would agree that Balis make the best eye candy. With that in mind, in the midst of this holiday season, we bring you some tasty indulgences for your sewing room, not your stomach! 

Below is a small sampling of our huge variety of new Balis. These rich, layered designs mix and match in so many ways for so many different looks--they're truly irresistible!
We bet you can't pick just one (or two, or twelve) that you'd love to add to your stash!

Bali Whispers
Click here to see the entire Bali Whispers collection.


Confections Balis
Click here to see the entire Confections Balis collection.


Dark Secrets Balis
Click here to see the entire Dark Secrets Balis collection.


Gradations Balis

Click here to see the entire Gradations Balis collection.


Parrot Cove Balis
Click here to see the entire Parrot Cove Balis collection.


Sedona Balis
Click here to see the entire Sedona Balis collection.


Tie-Dye Balis
Click here to see the entire Tie-Dye Balis collection.


Wild Garden Balis
Click here to see the entire Wild Garden Balis collection.

We'll be back later this week to inspire you further with some gorgeous quilt designs that are perfect for Balis!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Gift Blog Hop Winners

Thanks to everyone who followed along with our Holiday Gift Blog Hop! we hope you enjoyed the tutorials--either for last-minute Christmas gifts, or to put on your to-do list for after the holidays.
Here are the winners' names and comments:

Day 1:
(fat quarter bundle of Safari Playground)



Day 2:
(fat quarter bundle of Made with Love)



Day 3:
(fat quarter bundle of Origins)




Day 4:
(fat quarter bundle of Boy Meets Girl)



Day 5:
(fat quarter bundle of Zoey)




Day 6:
(fat quarter bundle of On the Green)


Congratulations!
Winners, please email us at sewinlovewithfabric (@) gmail.com with your mailing address so we can get your bundle shipped out to you!

And if you missed any of the tutorials, check them out here:
Day 1Baby blocks using Safari Playground
Day 2: Travel sewing kit using Made with Love
Day 3: Berry basket of coasters using Origins
Day 4: Mitered napkin set using Boy Meets Girl 
Day 5: Bow banner using Zoey
Day 6: Handy golf bag using On the Green

Friday, December 12, 2014

Lady of Guadalupe


Lady of Guadalupe is one of the most beloved images in Hispanic culture and is very well-known within the Catholic faith as well. In the Catholic faith, the feast day for Our Lady of Guadalupe is today, December 12th. 

The Lady of Guadalupe collection from Kanvas celebrates this religious and cultural icon in fabric, along with coordinating prints of artistically rendered packed roses and decorated crosses.


A little more information: 
"Our Lady of Guadalupe (SpanishNuestra Señora de Guadalupe), also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (SpanishVirgen de Guadalupe), is a title of the Virgin Mary associated with a celebrated pictorial image housed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in México City. The basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most visited Catholic site in the world, and the third-most visited sacred site in the world." (source)


Want to know more about the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe? Click here.

Click here to see the entire Lady of Guadalupe collection from Kanvas.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Guys' Week Fabrics


It's no secret that quilting and sewing are female-dominated art forms. From "girly" floral fabrics to the stereotype of grandmas making quilts, it can seem like there's not much out there for the guys to embrace. That's why it's been fun to see more guys get in on the fun over the past few years. It's also been fun to find more and more fabric designs with a "manly" appeal. 

Today we're celebrating several new collections from Kanvas made with boys and guys in mind. Take note of these prints and ask for them in your local quilt shop--they might just be perfect for that next quilt or pillowcase for your husband, son-in-law, or grandson, or even your favorite (aspiring or actual) firefighter or policeman! We're sharing a few prints from each collection here; be sure to head over to our Facebook page to see the entire collections.

Boys in Blue from Kanvas:

And a free quilt pattern you can download:

On Patrol by Tailormade by Design
Click here for the free pattern.

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Firefighters Rock from Kanvas:
And a free quilt pattern you can download:

Five Alarm by Tailormade by Design
Click here for the free pattern.

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I Luv My Handyman from Kanvas:

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Law Library from Kanvas:

Click here to see the entire Boys in Blue collection.
Click here to see the entire Firefighters Rock collection.
Click here to see the entire I Love My Handyman collection.
Click here to see the entire Law Library collection.




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Gift Blog Hop: Day 6

Christmas countdown: 16 days!
Are you ready?

We've been sharing tutorials for last-minute homemade gift ideas. Skip the stores (well, except your local quilt shop!) and spend time at your sewing machine instead. 


Today we're sharing a tutorial for a handy sack for golfers, using the On the Green collection. These golf-themed prints are so much fun--and if you have any golf lovers on your holiday list, we think you'll love this gift idea. Sure, you can store golf balls and tees in one of the zippered pockets on your golf bag, but this fun drawstring bag will hold all those golf accessories in one spot--no digging around inside the golf bag to find what you need. Check out our tutorial and and at the end you'll see how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the On the Green prints.



And the back side:

Here's a quick look at the On the Green fabrics we used--so much fun to work with, and great for fussy cutting!

For this project, you'll need:
1 fat quarter blue argyle
1 fat quarter golf balls on green
1 fat quarter golf stripe
1-1/3 yards green craft cording
2" x 9" piece of fusible stabilizer
Chalk pencil

Cutting:
From the blue argyle:
Cut two 9" x 10" pieces
Cut one 2" x 12" strip
Reserve remainder for optional pocket lining

From the golf balls on green:
Cut one 9" x 10" piece

From the golf stripe:
Fussy cut one 9" wide  x 10" tall piece, positioning the ruler 1/4" above the red stripe as shown below

1. Fold the 2" x 12" blue argyle strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Unfold and then refold each long edge in to the center fold and press. Refold on original pressed line, which will encase all raw edges. Stitch down the center of the strip to secure. Strip should measure approximately 1/2" x 12".

2. Measure 3-1/2" up from the bottom edge of the 9" wide x 10" tall golf balls on green piece and draw a line with chalk. Measure 2" in from the left edge and mark. Measure 2" in from the right edge and mark. Make marks every 5/8" between the left and right marks. (You'll have 9 marks total.)

3. Flip this piece over to the back side and fuse the 2" x 9" stabilizer piece to the wrong side, with the bottom edge 3" above the bottom edge of the fabric. The stabilizer should be behind the chalk marks. 

4. Align the stitched blue strip on the chalk line. Stitch the blue strip to the green fabric vertically on the first chalk line, backstitching at both ends. At this point you may want to test the tee holder to make sure it holds the tee snugly. Stitch the blue strip to the green fabric on the second chalk line, backstitching at both ends. Repeat on remaining chalk marks to make the tee holders. On both side edges, stitch horizontally from the end vertical stitch mark to the fabric edge to secure the remainder of the blue strip in place. Trim blue strip even with green fabric.

5. We added an inner pocket--great for ball markers, keys, etc. Our inner pocket was fussy cut from this fabric and measured approximately 4-1/2" square: You can also fussy-cut a pocket from the leftover golf stripe fabric, or simply from the lining fabric.

6. Cut a blue argyle piece the same size as the fussy-cut pocket piece.

7. Layer pocket pieces right sides together and stitch around all four sides, leaving an opening along the bottom edge for turning (shown with red arrows). 

8. Turn the pocket right side out, push out corners, and press open edges in. Measure up 3" from the bottom of a lining piece and pin the pocket in place. Topstitch around the sides and bottom to secure the pocket in place.

9. Layer the two lining pieces right sides together and stitch around both long sides and the bottom edge, leaving an opening along the bottom for turning. 
10. Layer the fussy cut 9" x 10" golf stripe piece and the 9" x 10" golf balls on green piece right sides together and stitch around both long edges and the bottom edge. (Note: the tee holders should be positioned toward the bottom half of the bag.) Using the motifs on the fabric as a guide, pick open 1/2" of the stitching on each side, starting just below the brown stripe (approximately 5/8" down from the top fabric edge). This will create the holes for the casing.


11. Turn the outer bag right side out and insert inside the lining as shown, right sides together. If you made the inside pocket, make sure it is opposite the tee holders. Match the side seams and pin the raw edges along the top. 

12. Stitch along the top edge of the bag and turn right side out through the opening in the lining. Slipstitch the opening closed and tuck the lining into the outer bag. 
13. Now it's time to mark the lines to create the casing. Mark a line on the green side of the bag that is aligned with the bottom of the brown stripe. This is your top casing line. Measure down 1/2" and mark a second line all the way around the bag. See chalk lines and red arrows below.

14. Stitch all the way around the bag on each marked casing line, making sure to only sew through the outer bag and lining layers you intend to (in other words, don't accidentally stitch through the outer bag and lining layers on both sides of the bag!).

15. Cut two 24" lengths of craft cording. Tie a knot on one end of one length, insert a safety pin into the knot, and feed through the entire casing, exiting out the hole you began in. Tie the ends into a knot and trim excess. Repeat with the second length of cord, starting and ending in the opposite hole. 

You're done! Fill with golf balls and tees, and wrap up for Christmas! 

A peek at the inner pocket:

Tees all loaded up!

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of On the Green, make sure you're signed up to follow our blog either by email or through a blog reader (see both options in the right hand sidebar). Leave a comment letting us know you are, and leave a second comment letting us know that you follow us on Facebook. In your comment, let us know--what's your favorite edible holiday treat? The giveaway will remain open through Friday, December 12th at 11:59 pm EST. 


Check out our other quick and easy holiday gift tutorials!
Day 1Baby blocks using Safari Playground
Day 2: Travel sewing kit using Made with Love
Day 3: Berry basket of coasters using Origins
Day 4: Mitered napkin set using Boy Meets Girl 
Day 5: Bow banner using Zoey