Friday, August 22, 2014

A Prairie Gathering Block of the Month

Welcome back to the Jolly Jabber! Today, we're going to chit chat with Pam Buda about her newest Block of the Month for Marcus Fabrics, A Prairie Gathering. Pam brings us a wonderful blend of traditional deep reds and beige prints in this BOM, which pays a year-long tribute to women who used needle and thread to affect change. 

Q:  Tell us a little about the A Prairie Gathering Block of the Month. What were you inspired by?

A: My Prairie Gathering quilt was inspired by nineteenth century women, who quite literally had what they themselves called "quilting gatherings". In addition to gathering together for simple companionship and to work on quilting their own work while they visited, they gathered and worked on a quilt for a specific cause; for someone special in their lives, for their community, and for their country. These "simple Prairie women", who were for the most part uneducated and considered lower-class citizens, banded together. With needles and thread, patchwork and perseverance, they made significant and lasting changes in their community and our country. 

The Medallion style quilt was popular then and has been a favorite of mine, and in looking for something unique and different for my first program with Marcus Fabrics, I chose that style and paired it with my favorite color, Red! A two-color quilt is a traditional classic, and I'm all about tradition...but definitely use today's modern rotary and piecing techniques! And, with my passion for early American history, I've included four historic anecdotal stories of how women worked together to make quilts that fund-raised for causes that effected lasting change. 

Q:  What is your design process when beginning the project?

A: In designing the quilt, I began with the center Medallion. I wanted something striking to set the tone and to have angles and points, light areas and dark areas, so it would really stand out. The center would likely be on-point for more drama, but that poses a lot of mathematical problems when adding pieced borders. But, not to worry, I took care of that nicely! 

When I was choosing the pieced borders I felt like a kid in the candy store. With so many possibilities to choose from, I did a lot of playing.  Many candidates were eliminated because the math didn't work, and I wanted to keep the construction of blocks and parts simple enough so even confident beginners could make the quilt.  I knew fabric print and value would play a big part in the design as well. 

Q:  When you designed this fabric, did you have this quilt in mind as you chose your fabrics?

A: When I'm about to design a new fabric collection, I usually have a quilt design in mind too, and set about choosing the fabrics I would like in that quilt. It's kind of like when you choose a pattern you like at the quilt shop, then shop for the fabrics you want for that particular quilt. When designing the fabrics for A Prairie Gathering, I considered not only color value, which plays a big part in this quilt, but also the size of the prints, and especially a great border print. The light background colors range from a light cream with what I call a "prairie dirty" finish (think aged with a 'used patina' on it. Nothing stayed white on the prairie!) to a warm, cozy beige. There are light tone-on-tones, and lights with reds and blacks. The reds range from a sparkling cranberry to deep, almost black/red for a bit of depth and drama. All of the prints in the collection came from my nineteenth century antique quilts and are sweet, traditional, classic prints in my "Prairie style". 

Together, the design team at Marcus Fabrics and I worked to make the very best collection of reproduction red and light prints for this program, and I could not be happier with how they all turned out. I sincerely hope you like them too, and enjoy making A Prairie Gathering as the months go by!

Love what you see? The BOM program starts on January 2015, so sign up today! Thanks for joining us everyone!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sweet Scandi Sew Along

We are excited to be a a part of the Sweet Scandi Sew Along and cannot wait to see how much Sherri Falls raises for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Shhhh... I will be bidding on the finished quilt.

I am happy to share some tips on making the Alternate/Side blocks.

First, I always press, steam and starch my fabrics before I start sewing.

I tried the new half-square triangle paper by Primitive Gatherings. Set your stitch length to 1.8, and sewing your half-square triangles will be a snap. Before I cut my triangle paper apart, I press over the paper (without steam) and your paper will rip off easier.

Aren't my half square triangles cute? And my trash? Haha!

Make 20 Alternate/Side corner units

Make 6 half blocks and 2 full blocks.

Sherri, thank you for asking me to sew for the Sweet Scandi Sew Along. Everyone, watch for the quilt auction in the next couple of weeks that benefits the Susan G. Komen foundation. We can bid against each other.

Until next time. . . .

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Into the Woods by Lella Boutique

Hello everyone! We have Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique joining us today to talk about her new Into The Woods collection for Moda Fabrics. This is Vanessa's first fabric collection and we are so excited to have her chat with us. Watch the Spring International Quilt Market video of her debut and read on to learn more about Into The Woods

designer tidbits
Q: Tell us about the Into the Woods collection. What were you inspired by?

A: When I was a little girl, my mother would tuck me in under my favorite quilt and tell me the most wonderful bedtime stories. I'd close my eyes and imagine an enchanting backdrop of pine trees, woodland blooms, and wild roses. When I started designing Into the Woods, it was important to me that it have the sweetness and charm of those childhood tales in it. 
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda
Q: What design trends are you currently exploring? 

A: One of the trends I have found myself drawn to lately is Nordic design. The granny square print from Into the Woods has become a favorite because it has a simple and clean feel to it like so many of the Scandinavian textiles I love. Even some of my children's sewing projects (like the Wolf Bait play cape and Rose Red woodland doll) have a Nordic feel to them.
Into the Woods & matching AurifilRose Red
Q: How would you describe your style?

A: That's a difficult question for me--I am a bit of a mixed bag and lover of many styles. With Into the Woods, I tapped into my love of rustic-made-modern style. 
design board
Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Into the Woods?

A: I found myself making quilts and all sorts of play-things for children, but there are a lot of unexplored possibilities with this line. Recently, I've started playing with the reds and greens for my Christmas sewing projects! I also love sneaking these prints in with the other collections. They are a wonderful addition to any stash and I can't wait to see what others will make using it. 

Cottage Canopy, Twinkle, and Wolf Bait pattern 

Q: What’s next for Lella Boutique? Any upcoming projects in the works? 

A: I've got my next fabric line turned in, and though I don't have specifics, I believe it will release early 2015. I can't reveal too much about it yet except that you can expect a complete departure in color from Into the Woods! While I'm waiting on that, Moda has been keeping me busy designing patterns for some of their upcoming groups. Look for some of these new patterns in early September!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bertie's Winter Block of the Month

It’s Debbie here on the Jolly Jabber to talk a little bit about the new Bertie’s Winter Block of the MonthBertie's Winter has the look of soft wool, and it's applique-heavy, but not difficult. Since I adore Bertie so much, I've decided to create a tutorial for you for the first block, shown above! Let's get started!

Start by tracing all the images onto fusible webbing (I use Heat n Bond Lite). These patterns are already reversed for you, so there's no guesswork!

Number the “stripes” on the candy cane so that placing them on top of the white candy cane is easier.

Cut out each piece 1/8" outside your traced lines. You still need to be able to see your drawn lines! Then iron these pieces onto the back of the flannel, following the manufacturer's instructions on your brand of fusible web. Now it’s time to find your sharpest scissors and cut your shapes directly on the line. 

Following the “layout” pattern, position each piece on your background fabric. Remember that you will be trimming this background piece 1/4" all the way around once all the pieces are fused and top-stitched, so watch your placement. 

Now the top-stitching! The Precentia thread pack is perfectly matched to the flannels, however you can use other threads too! For this project, I hand stitched the applique using the wool applique needle by Fons & Porter that has a larger eye to accommodate the thicker thread and a sharp point to pierce the flannel.  

Always bring your needle up in the background fabric and down to the fused shape. Place your stitches about 1/8” apart.

The thread and bead pack used to embellish the project are the perfect final touch to each piece. It also takes out all the guesswork and running around to try and find just the right color of thread or button.

And we are all finished! It's amazing what one little bird can do with Maywood's Woolies flannel, thread and a button or two.

Have fun sewing and don't forget to sign up for our BOM before we sell out! If you have any questions, call us at our toll-free number at 1-866-826-2069 and ask for Debbie!

2014 Summer Book Club: On the Run Again Quilt Book by Heather Mulder Peterson

We're getting to the end of our 2014 Summer Book Club! Our ninth book pick is On the Run Again by Heather Mulder Peterson. This books is definitely a Fat Quarter Shop favorite and Kimberly's favorite as well. Heather has designed fifteen runners and toppers created with precut fabric and the Triangler ruler from Anka's Treasures. If you don't have a lot of wall space to hang quilts or room to store all of your quilts, small projects are the best thing to make and decorate your home with. These projects are perfect for the busy quilter "on the run."

Spinners Runner
Now it's time for our 2014 Summer Book Club giveaway! We are giving away a stash of books to ten lucky winners from now until the end of August. To enter, comment below and let us know what small projects you love to make. One winner will be picked each week and all the winners will be announced August 26th. Good Luck and happy quilting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jelly Roll Jam II: Free Quilt Pattern with Fat Quarter Shop

The moment you've all been waiting for is finally here! I'm so excited to present the sequel to our MOST popular Shortcut Quilt, Jelly Roll Jam IIThis quilt is super easy and fun, and one jelly roll makes two quilts! Are you ready to see more? 

I chose to create my Jelly Roll Jam II quilt with the Miss Kate collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics. 

We also created Jelly Roll Jam II quilts in the Somerset and Atelier collections. 

Ready to start Jelly Roll Jammin'? First, download our FREE Jelly Roll Jam II quilt pattern, pick up your favorite jelly roll, and watch our video tutorial. I added a special touch to my backing by piecing it with my leftover strips!

If you haven't seen our first Jelly Roll Jam video, you can watch it here!

We've also teamed up with some of your favorite bloggers and designers who are showing off their version of the Jelly Roll Jam II quilt on their blogs. Hop over and get some inspiration for your quilt!

Sherri of A Quilting Life

Melissa of Happy Quilting

Melanie of I Heart Stitching

Natalia of Piece N' Quilt

Heather and Megan of Quilt Story

Stephanie of Quarter Incher

Tammie of CraftyTammie

Kristen of Three In The Nest

John of Quilt Dad

I've got a sweet treat for you  to celebrate our Jelly Roll Jam II quilt with 10% OFF all jelly rolls in our shop until August 24th, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. So what are you waiting for? Pick your favorite jelly rolls today and start Jelly Roll Jammin'! 

Let me know what you think of the video and make sure to share your Jelly Roll Jam II creation with us on Facebook, Flickr or Instagram! Thank you so much everyone for joining me!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Two Round Up!

Welcome to the Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Two Round Up! If you haven't seen last week's round up, don't forget to check them out! Today, we have Caroline of Sew Can She, Jana or Jana Machado, and Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock on the Jolly Jabber. Let's take a look at their quilty creations!

First, we would like to welcome Caroline of Sew Can She. She re-created our Raindrops quilt out of the Cotton + Steel Basics collection and Kona Coal for the background. We love how these fabrics give her quilt top a little sparkle!

Our next blogger is Jana of Jana Machado. She created our Flutter quilt in a small crib size using fabric from her stash that she received from our 12 lbs grab bags! What a great idea! We also love her pieced backing with her leftover fabrics.

Last but not least, we have Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock. She stitched up a block from the Marquee quilt. This block is so simple and it's a great way to show off some of your favorite fabrics. Amy chose to use the Garden Party Tango collection for her quilt top!

Thank you so much to all of our bloggers for joining us in our Fat Quarter Style book tour! Check out their blogs for a chance to win a copy of Fat Quarter Style. Ready for next week's lineup? Here it is...

#7  August 18th : Lee of Freshly Pieced 

#8  August 20th : Holly of Bijou Lovely

#9  August 22nd : Ashley of Film in The Fridge 

#10  August 25th : Erin of Why Not Sew?

#11  August 27th Kristyne of Pretty By Hand 

#12  August 29th : Amy of Diary of A Quilter 

Tune in next Saturday for our Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Three Round Up! Have a great weekend everyone!