Urban Landscapes in American Patchwork & Quilting!

Need a fresh and fun project to keep you warm and cozy in this crisp fall weather? Well check out the latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting (December 2010), and turn to page 62, and you will find a color option made up in Urban Landscapes. Quilt tester Laura Boehnke calls the color option the Whimsical Windmills Quilt. Click here to view the free pattern.

Bright, happy, cute, and fun…Happy Sewing!

A Stash Must-Have: Companions

“A fabric collection is an end in itself: a feast for the quilter’s eye and a garden of possibilities. When I shop for fabric, I don’t like to buy all the fabrics for my quilt at one time or from a single fabric line. I prefer to collect kinds of prints and color groups. My stash is wide and deep. The Companions line is intended to help the fabric collector round out certain parts of the fabric palette. As the Staples backgrounds fill a need, so will the Companions prints. They are like Staples (finely etched in two colors) only with a dark ground. The light prints in the group are intentionally tiny to accommodate us crazy quilters who love miniatures.” –Marsha McCloskey

Companions by Marsha McCloskey is now in stores, and I thought instead of trying to describe it to you I’d let Marsh do the describing :). I love this simple and delicate collection, and I love the prints that have a design on each side of the fabric–it’s a two-for-one! So of course I had to share…Companions_2
Aren’t they beautiful? I can hear your stash calling out to be filled in with these lovely Companions! Companions_1Did you know that Marsha has created a special technique to make gorgeous blocks called Feathered Stars? Here is an example of one of Marsha’s Feathered Star blocks. This collection really lends itself well to these complex and intricate blocks.
Marsha even has a special Feathered Star she made in Companions that will be coming out in the next issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!

Maybe you would like to try one of Marsha’s Feathered Stars for yourself! All you have to do is comment here on the blog and we’ll select one lucky winner at random to receive a special prize. Prize includes Marsha’s Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I, Feathered Star Quilt Blocks II, the Feathered Star Ruler, and yardage from the Companions fabric collection. Imagine all of the gorgeous Feathered Stars you could make with this super special prize! Please, only one comment per person. Winner will be announced Monday, 10/25 at 4pm.
If you are looking for a more simple pattern to try with the Companions collection, check out the free pattern.

After you leave your comment, visit Marsha’s website to check out her books and teaching schedule.

Happy Quilting!

February new collections winner!

I thought it would be fun to offer free fat quarters for this most recent new collections blog post in two places…the blog and Facebook, so we have two winners–YAY!

Congrats to Georgianna who chose Feather Your Nest and said, “I love them all, but I have to say Diane Knott is my favorite designer. I love all her stuff.”


Congrats to Bev who said, “Meadowbrook. I love the colour combinations and the pattern is perfect for it.”

February 2011 Collection Preview

Check out these gorgeous new collections due out in a quilt shop near you this coming February…they are sure to bring a little sunshine into those cold winter months!

The first one is lovely Sweet Caroline by Skipping Stones Studio
Here is the free pattern that will be out with the fabric in February…
Feather Your Nest by Diane Knott…a fabulous collection to celebrate your backyard feathered friend!
…and with it will come a free pattern to decorate with–napkins, table runner, and placemats!
Play Day for Peep Squeaks by Leslie Ann Clark…look at these cute little darlings at play!
…and what a fun free pattern!
Meadowbrook by Pamela Mostek; what heavenly colors and unique prints!
…and a fun free pattern!
Well that’s it for now. I bet some of you would like to get your hands on these new fabrics when they come out in February…so comment below about your favorite new collection and be entered to win fat quarters! You can also comment on our Facebook page. We will select 2 winners, one from the blog comments and one from Facebook, and announce them on Tuesday, October 12th at 4pm.