Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Natural Beauty

Just in time for summer, we've packed the wild blooms, leaves and grasses of an untouched meadow into the Natural Beauty collection for Kanvas. You'll find thistles, wildflowers, ferns, and petals in a classically beautiful black, cream and gold colorway. Metallic gold accents add so much detail and glimmer to the fabrics.


Here's a look at the entire collection:

Use these elegantly natural prints in our free quilt pattern, "Beautiful Reflection" by Benartex Studio
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

Click here to find the entire Natural Beauty collection.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Liberty Hill by Cheryl Haynes

You saw a few sneak peeks in last week's Quilt Market booth tour of Cheryl Haynes' Liberty Hill collection; today we'll show you all of it! On the heels of Memorial Day and looking ahead to the 4th of July, these patriotic and Americana-style prints are perfect for a fun summer project! Keep reading; mixed in with the photos is an interview with Cheryl about these fabrics and quilts. 

How would you describe the style of the Liberty Hill collection?
I think of it as folk art Americana. One panel is folk art and one panel is Americana, a little more patriotic.

What are your favorite parts of the panels?
In the Freedom panel, I love the vase that says “Liberty” with the flag and the flowers.
Freedom panel:

In the Faith panel, well, I’m a flower person, so it’s probably a toss up between the apples and the basket of flowers.
Faith & Family panel:


Let’s talk about the color palette you used.
To me, navy, red, gold and green are folk art colors. Red and navy and even gold are great colors for patriotic quilts, but I love green as well. When I originally designed the fabric, I had the Liberty Hill quilt in mind, which uses a lot of greens.
I like to design the panels so we can cut them apart—keeping a 1” border around each piece.


A sampling of the 19 fabrics in the collection:

Tell us about some of your favorite prints in the collection.
The flags are great for American patriotism, and they’re a fun border fabric, particularly for Quilts of Valor projects. I designed the “Stars for Liberty” quilt with the flag prints in mind.


The stripe is really fun, especially for use in narrow borders.


I really like the new floral print in here as well. It’s subtle with a splash of color. I used it for star points in my “Stars for Liberty” free quilt pattern.


Can you tell us more about the Liberty Hill Quilt Collection?
The fabrics worked really well for these quilts, and I used almost the entire line in these quilts. They can stand alone--one is called Liberty Homestead (mostly blue), the second is Liberty Hill (mostly red) and the third is Liberty Garden (mostly green). You can also sew all three of them together to make one big quilt, measuring 44” x 56”, and directions to do so are on my website.


"Liberty Homestead"

"Liberty Hill"

"Liberty Garden"

Love these close-ups that show the details of Cheryl's quilts: 



Love Liberty Hill? Download these free quilt patterns from our website!

"Americana Folk" by Benartex Studio
Click here to download the free pattern.

Liberty Hill pillows and wall hangings designed by Cheryl Haynes
Click here to download the free quilt patterns.

"Stars for Liberty" designed by Cheryl Haynes
Click here to download the free quilt pattern.

Click here to see the entire Liberty Hill collection.
Click here to visit Cheryl's website and purchase the patterns for the Liberty Hill Quilt Collection.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring Quilt Market Booth Tour - Day 3

We're back from Spring Quilt Market with plenty to show! Today is the third day of our booth tour, offering you sneak peeks at our upcoming fabric lines. We're showing the booth displays and new collections from Amy Friend, Cherry Guidry, Amanda Murphy, and Kanvas.

Amy Friend is a new designer for Contempo and we're so excited to have her on board! Her first collection is called Improv

As you can see, Amy has been busy in the time leading up to Market--look at the quilts and pillows in her booth. 


Flitter quilt pattern:

Amy's Bangles & Beads quilt pattern:

Amy's Improv Paper Piecing book fits in nicely with her fabric line! 

Improv paper pieced pillows--love this owl!

 Close up:

 Great detail on this pillow: 

Amy introduced her line and quilts to quilt shop owners:
Click here for a sneak peek at the entire Improv collection by Amy Friend, available in quilt shops this summer. 



Cherry Guidry's booth display featured her new baby-themed collection, called You Are My Sunshine.


Cherry standing with her boy/girl quilt patterns--so sweet! 

These three small wall quilts were inspired by the name of the collection. Adorable! 

Love the large toy animals! 

Look at the detailed applique on this elephant!

Every nursery needs a rocking chair complete with a quilt and pillows.

A tuffet for a nursery? Yes please! 

Who can resist a diaper bag or changing pad made from these cute fabrics?

And of course bibs! 

During the designer showcase, Cherry showed quilt shop owners her fabric collection and all the different ways it can be used. 

Click here for a sneak peek at the My Little Sunshine collection by Cherry Guidry, available in quilt shops end of summer. 


Amanda Murphy's latest collection, Folk Art Fantasy, brings a modern flair to popular folk art motifs. And as a bonus, this palette coordinates with her Sewing Room collection!

The centerpiece of Amanda's booth display was this impressive quilt, Folklore:

Center detail:

Folk Garden: Small applique quilts use motifs from Amanda's fabrics. 

The All Star quilt design; one pattern done in two colorways:

Folk Art Lane: sew your own town! 

Look at Amanda's gorgeous quilting on the Folk Art Flowers quilt:

A cute romper and fabric baskets:

 Love these fabrics!

Click here for a sneak peek at the entire Folk Art Fantasy collection, available in quilt shops this summer. 

The Kanvas booth showcased the new Floral Impressions collection. The fabric line comes in three colorways: Rose/Plum, Black/Ivory and Turquoise/Blue.


Large hexies on the right and the free quilt pattern, Impressive Grid, to the left. 

Pillows the Black/Ivory colorway: 

Turquoise/Blue: A Pink Sand Beach Designs tote bag and two elegant clutches:

The Impressive Grid quilt in the Turqouise/Blue colorway: 

Click here for a sneak peek at the Floral Impressions collection, available in quilt shops late summer. 

Did you catch the first two days of our Quilt Market booth tour? 
Click here to see fabrics and quilts by Nancy Halvorsen, Rose Ann Cook, and Cheryl Haynes. 
Click here to see fabrics by Ann Lauer, Matthew Pridemore, and Jackie Robinson.


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