Wednesday, November 28, 2012

only one more week until Quilt Camp!

I can't believe it, but Quilt Camp starts next week. Where is this year going?? I am so excited to be teaching with Jeni Baker, Faith Jones, and Brenda Ratliff, and I'm also looking forward to meeting lots of you! We still have a few open spots left, so if you'd like to join us, it's not too late. For more information on Quilt Camp and to reserve your tickets, please read all about it here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

making progress

A couple of days ago I shared a photo of the next project that I'm working on. I'm using three of Amy Butler's new prints from her Alchemy line of organic fabrics for Westminster Fibers, and a dark lavender solid. The design I came up with for this quilt is really pretty simple, but it has a strong visual 
impact, which is right up my alley. 

I'm making a series of large hexagons that will be appliqued onto the base of the quilt. The hexagons are 14" and I've created my own template to make them. It's a bit of a slow going process, but I'm piecing the hexagons by machine, instead of by hand, so I'm gaining some speed in that step.
I'm really excited about how this one is turning out and I can't wait to share it with you all when it's done! The pattern will be available as a free download here, as well as on the Coats and Clark website.

Monday, November 12, 2012

on to the next project

Things are so incredibly busy here these days, and I'm working on lots of fun projects that I can't wait to tell you about. Some of those will be soon, but in the mean time here are a few peeks at my latest project. It's another quilt for Coats and Clark and it will be displayed in their booth at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show in January. They asked me to design a quilt that coordinates with a crocheted afghan that they already had made, and they sent me swatches of the yarns used to make it.

The afghan is made out of hot pink, purple, olive green and tan yarns. It's always a fun challenge for me to work on a project like this because these are not necessarily my go to colors, so it pushes me out of my comfort zone when I'm designing. 

I came up with a design that I think will enhance the afghan, and I'm using three prints from Amy Butler's new Alchemy line of organic fabric, Sketchbook in Cream, Imperial Paisley in Blue Sky, and Flora in Coral against a background of FreeSpirit Designer Solids in Lavender. These organic fabrics have such an amazing hand and are so incredibly soft, and I think the prints will really pop against the lavender fabric. This is unlike any quilt I've ever made before, so I'm really excited to put it together. My friend Jill Montgomery of Darling Jill Quilts will be quilting this one for me, using Coats cotton machine quilting thread. I hate that I keep giving Jill all of these projects with tight deadlines, but I'm so pleased with the work she's done so far. I'll be sure to share images of this one, along with the pattern for it, as soon as I can. Meanwhile, I have to get back to work!

Friday, November 9, 2012

the winner of Lisa Lam's "A Bag for All Reasons"

Thank you again to all of you who entered my giveaway of A Bag for All Reasons, the latest book by the amazing Lisa Lam of U-Handbag. Without further adieu, the winner of the book is lucky number...

who said

Congratulations, Plum Leaf!!! I'll email you now so I can get the book out to you ASAP. Thanks again!

Edited to add:: Please email me, Plum Leaf! I'm having trouble finding your contact information. Thank you!

And don't forget, you can still use the discount codes for all of Lisa products in the Martha Pullen store:

  • Save 33% off of A Bag for All Reasons and more on all Lisa Lam products in the Martha Pullen shop with coupon code: “BAGS2012”

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Around the World in the Coats and Clark booth

Since I wasn't able to make it to Quilt Market last week in Houston, the great folks at Coats and Clark sent me some images of my Around the World quilt in their booth. It's so fun to see the quilt itself, as well as the advertising they produced with it.

Here it is hanging on the wall, next to some of Coats' adorable 200 anniversary tins. And if you look closely, you can see that there's also a little bio about me to the left. 

And here are some of the photographs that were used in their fall marketing campaign that featured my quilt. Those photographs were taken by the very talented Tara Molles, a photographer in Concord, North Carolina. 

Don't forget, the pattern for Around the World is available as a free download on the Coats and Clark website. Here's the direct link. This quilt is really simple to construct and is perfect for a beginner or those looking for a fast project. And I think it really makes a great visual impact, especially in these colors, but I'd also love it in other hues as well.

Thanks again, Lynn, for sharing these images with me!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

embroidered corduroy scarf tutorial for Coats and Clark

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for an embroidered corduroy scarf I designed for Coats and Clark. You can find the entire pattern and step-by-step directions with photos on the Coats blog here.

I used two prints from Denyse Schmidt's new line of corduroy from her Chicopee collection for FreeSpirit fabrics. It's a fine wale corduroy and it is amazingly soft with a great hand and drape. The scarf is really simple to construct and if you look closely you can see that I added some hand embroidery stitches, using the design of the print on the fabric as a guide.

I used Coats Dual Duty Craft & Button thread for the embroidery in coordinating colors and I really love the result. The thread is really thick and has a beautiful sheen that gives the finished scarf a lot of texture. And now, of course, I want to make a quilt out of corduroy with some hand stitching with the Craft & Button thread. One day!

The scarf is made with two prints, and you can see the back of it a bit in the photo above, so it's reversible too. And with just two yards of each of the prints, you can make up to seven finished scarves, since the fabrics are cut lengthwise. I think they would make great gifts for the holidays, which as you know are right around the corner!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Creativebug's field report of fall quilt market

Have you had a chance to see Creativebug's field report on Fall Quilt Market yet? It's so, so good, just like everything that they produce. I highly encourage you to take a few moments and watch it.

Creativebug Field Report: Quilt Market 2012 from Creativebug on Vimeo.

I love hearing directly from the designers as they talk about their collections and their creative processes, don't you? I wasn't able to make it to Market this fall, so this was a great little glimpse into some of the things I didn't see. Thanks, Creativebug!
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