Gorgeous use of Laurel Burch Basics! Free Pattern!

Check out what Laura Boehnke (pattern tester at American Patchwork & Quilting) did with our Laurel Burch Basics!  This table runner is a color option in the June issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, and is also featured on their website as a free download here.

LB-Basics-QuiltI love the colors!  Wouldn’t it make a perfect addition to you Easter dinner table?  It works year round too, for a great splash of color!

Have fun with this one, and be sure to visit the AP&Q website here to download the free pattern!

Free Toy Poodle Swatches!!

I was snooping around the sample room last week and came across some yummy little pieces of leftover Toy Poodle from the capsets we made up, and just couldn’t help myself.  I had to rescue them from the sad little fabric bin they were hiding in and give them new life.  Dozens of little project ideas popped into my head–these little swatches are just too cute!

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I have 9 little stacks of these sweet gems of fabric goodness, so the first 9 people to comment on this blog post will each get their very own little stack of rescued Toy Poodle swatches!

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…and BONUS!!  If you make something out of them, and send us a good photo, we will send you a fat quarter pack of Toy Poodle!!  The swatches are approximately 4″ x 4″, some a bit bigger and some a bit smaller.  What a great challenge–what would you make with them?  I am thinking a little miniature baby quilt wall hanging, or diaper bag, or fabric blocks….oh so many ideas!!

Toy-Poodle7The little cakes are my favorite…

Toy-Poodle-3But I love these little lovelies too…

Toy-Poodle10…and the little puzzle pieces!!  Ok, seriously there is no choosing your favorite, because they are all so cute that you just can’t hardly stand it!  Click here to view the entire Toy Poodle collection–what I am showing you here is just the tip of the iceberg!  The first grouping of the Toy Poodle collection will be in stores in April, and the remainder of the collection will come in July.

The Toy Poodle collection by Kinkame comes from Japan, and is a basic fabric line over there.  Get this, Japanese mothers use these darling fabrics to sew up all kinds of sweet little delights for their children.  That’s right, whole wardrobes, bed quilts, decorations, toys, you name it.  Can you imagine?  I am on cute overload!!!

Ok, I really look forward to hearing from all of you, and sending 9 of you your happy little Toy Poodle swatch kits!  And I REALLY can’t wait to see what creative things you come up with!

Thanks for your thoughts, and Happy Quilting!!

Cherie Pillowcase in Antique Quilts!!

As I was thumbing through my Antique Quilts magazine today I came across our fabric in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge ad.  Check it out–it’s the Cherie collection by Masha D’Yans!

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If you haven’t gotten involved in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge yet, be sure to visit your local shop and see what all the excitement is about.  If you local shop is not participating, you can still get involved.  Click here for more details.  We are really excited to be a sponsor, and have our lovely fabrics featured!!

Antique-QuiltsThe Antique Quilts magazine is brought to you by the editors of American Patchwork & Quilting.  I love this magazine.  It features antique quilts, and then shows an updated version of the quilt in new fabrics.  Check out the AllPeopleQuilt website here for info on where to find the magazine at a quilt shop near you.

Thanks for reading about our moment of glory, and Happy Quilting!

In the Magazines….soon!!

Here’s a sneak peek of upcoming quilt magazine projects using our lovely fabrics…

First is a quilt by Anita Peluso from Bloomin’ Workshop.   The fabric is from the Blue Bouquet collection by Skipping Stones Studio.  Isn’t it gorgeous??

Blue-BouquetThe quilt will be in the July/August issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting on newsstands July 23rd 2010 and the kit will be available for sale on their website here.

The next project is a super cute set of bags from the European Taupe Laminate collection by Kinkame.

European-Taupe-LaminateThe designer and creator for this project was our lovely Design Coordinator, Joyce.  Aren’t these fun?  This project will be featured in the Summer Easy Quilts coming out April 21st 2010.  Kit will be available at www.shopfonsandporter.com.

I hope you are inspired by these wonderful creations…Happy Quilting!

In Full Bloom with Sunflowers!

Check out this fun table runner that Sandy, one of our Graphic Designers made with Sunflowers!  It is from a pattern by Pink Chalk Studio.  Click here to check out the pattern.

SunflowersTR3I just LOVE this fabric!  The fabric is Sunflowers by Leere’ Aldrich.  Sunflowers is in the quilt shops now, so go check it out!

SunflowersTR2What a perfect splash of color to add to the home…you can always use something like this to brighten up a room!

SunflowersTR1If you like Sunflowers, check out our free pattern here.

Well, have a great week filled with all kinds of sewing fun, sunshine, and happiness!  Happy Quilting!

Accessorize with Fabric Bracelets!

Check out these adorable bracelets that Joyce made with leftover fabric scraps from Sunkissed!

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I am always amazed at Joyce’s perfect little stitches in perfect staight lines.  And look at her perfectly gathered little ruffles!

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This is a perfect quick and easy project, so don’t throw away those scraps!  Whip up some super cute bracelets like these ones in an afternoon!

Happy Quilting!

New Collection Winners!

Time to announce the three winners from last week’s New Collections blog post!!  It turns out that two of the randomly selected winners have blogs–YAY!  We’re going to have to start a blogroll going!  Here are the three winners and their favorite new collections:

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Thank you to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for the next batch of new collections in the first week of April.

Sending creative thoughts your way; Happy Quilting!

Grease is the word…

Time to accessorize with our brand new Grease fabric by Paramount Pictures, out in stores now!  Check out our free pattern laptop case all sewn up! Download the free pattern by clicking here.

GreaseBagAnd this fun bracelet!!  All you need are a couple leftover scraps, and you’re set!

Grease-Bracelet-2Both projects designed and made by Joyce (yes, Joyce the Bag Lady!).  With these two accessories, you could be too cool for school!

Have fun, and Happy Quilting!

More NEW Collections and a Fat Quarter Giveaway…YAY!

Is there anything more exciting than new fabric?  Uh, no!  Check out the latest batch…

First up is Funky Kitchen by Barb Tourtillotte…I love it!  My kitchen is in desperate need of some spicing up–perfect timing!  I see some curtain and table runner projects in my future…

Funky-KitchenAnd check out the super cool free pattern, inspired by a vintage kitchen apron.  Look for this collection and pattern out in August 2010.

funkykitchenquiltHey Diddle Diddle by Sue Zipkin.  So sweet!  Have any babies to spoil with all kinds of cute baby projects?  Look no further!

Hey-Diddle-Diddle-2Be sure to stop by Sue’s blog and tell her how much you love her new collection!  Hey Diddle Diddle comes out in August 2010.

Hey-Diddle-Diddle-1Woodland Friends II by Ellen Crimi-Trent.  Yes, the first Woodland Friends was so adorable and beloved that we had to do an encore…don’t you love the little owls??

Woodland-Friends-IIAnd the super fun, cute, and easy free pattern is awesome!  Do you Twitter?  Ellen is a prolific Twitter-er, so get a sneak peak into the life of the artist on Twitter here.  You are sure to have a laugh and a little fun!  Fabric and free pattern out in August 2010.

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Tea Party by Diane Knott.  Simply sweet.  I am actually sipping tea while I am writing this blog post, so I am pretty excited we are going to have a collection that celebrates my new favorite drink!  Coffee had me getting a little to hyped up on caffeine, so I am enjoying the decrease in caffeine and smoother flavor…YAY for Tea Party!

Tea-PartyI love the free pattern, great use of the border stripe!  Tea Party comes out in August 2010.

teapartyquiltAnd last but certainly not least, Hungarian Blue by Sue Zipkin.  Gorgeous, classic…perfect!

Hungarian-BlueReminds me of antique tea cup patterns…love it…don’t you?  Gorgeous free pattern…fabric and pattern due out in July 201o.

hungarianbluequiltAll right, now it’s your turn!  Want to win fat quarters from your favorite new collection of choice (old or new)?  Tell us what you think!  What’s your favorite new collection?  We’ll select 3 winners at random and announce them next Friday, March 12th.  Until then, Happy Quilting!

Masha's Magical Artwork!

For all of you Masha D’Yans fans out there, check out some of Masha’s latest artwork in these cool magazines!  Masha’s artwork was featured on the cover of She Magazine for the February Issue.

She-MagazineMasha also has her artwork in the March issues of Marie Claire and Lucky Magazine in advertisements for Chinese Laundry.

Masha-Ads-1I love these sassy fashion illustrations!  Masha-Ads-2If you loved Masha’s debut collection, Cherie, you’ll love her next one!  Masha’s next collection will be coming out in October 2010, so we’ll be blogging about it soon enough!

Stay tuned, and Happy Quilting!