Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas in July: Mulberry Lane

 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!
Take a trip to Mulberry Lane today, Cherry Guidry's new holiday collection. These scenic fabrics are so adorable that you'll want to move right in! We asked Cherry to tell us about Mulberry Lane. 



What inspired the Mulberry Lane collection?
When my children were young, we lived in a town with a quaint little street called Mulberry Lane. These homes were decked out to the max for the holidays, and it was one of our favorite roads to visit around Christmas.

Tell us about a few of your favorite prints.
There’s the little street scene with all the cars. I love the street, the movement going on, and all the snowflakes.



I also love the holiday fun print—it has the little bubbles with scenes in them.



I really love what happened with the blenders in this collection. There are six different colors, and they works so well for applique. Plus, these can stretch into the entire winter season, not just Christmas.


How did you come up with your palette?
Of course we had to bring the aqua back—I started with a deeper turquoise that you see in the snowflakes. There’s also a darker blue in here. I love the non traditional holiday colors, but I still wanted to include red and green. I love the way the lime works with the bright red.

Can you talk about the patterns you’ve designed using Mulberry Lane?
First there’s the Mulberry Lane quilt, a good sized throw. It’s all applique; blown up versions of the houses, cars and scenes in the fabric. I especially love the little row of cars at the bottom. All my patterns are available with SVG files, so if anyone wants to cut the applique pieces that way, they can.


Snow Crystal—I love stylized shapes, and this snowflake is no exception. It could be Christmas-y, but depending on the palette, it can work all through the winter. I love the open space ready for fabulous free motion quilting.


With Winter Star, I wanted to include more piecing. In the center of each block is an appliqued snowflake. There are two sizes—one bed-sized, and the other more of a throw.
I have the vintage ornament quilt along on we all sew.


I’m also doing a quilt along on Bernina’s Blog, We All Sew. It’s called the Vintage Ornament Quilt. The idea came from playing with an Irish Chain design. I wanted to see how I could include applique in with some type of simple chain. I have four more blocks to post (one each month), so there’s plenty of time to join in. At the end, I’ll talk about how to quilt it.

Thanks, Cherry! Cherry has offered to give away three free patterns (Mulberry Lane, Snow Crystal, and Winter Star). For a chance to win one of these patterns, leave a comment below letting us know which fabric you like best in her collection and why. Giveaway open through Monday, July 24th at 11:50 pm EDT. 

We also have a free quilt pattern available on our website, Snowy Village, using the panel from Cherry's collection. 
Click here to download the free pattern.

Click here to see the entire Mulberry Lane collection.
Click here to find the free quilt pattern. 
Click here to visit Cherry's website, and find her patterns and blog. 
Love It? Share It! Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Email

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. 

Love It? Share It! Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Email

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. 


Love It? Share It! Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Email

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.
Love It? Share It! Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Email