Free Pattern – Pegasus Moon

How will you spend the Solar Eclipse of 2017?

When the Sun and Moon align with the Earth on Monday, will you have Lunar Fever at your sewing machine?

This week’s Exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern features our own digital printed Pegasus Panel, bordered by our exclusive Moon border print. You can ONLY get these gorgeous fabrics at eQuilter, and this just might be the perfect quilt to commemorate the Lunar and Solar Eclipses happening this month.

Make this simple but stunning 62″ x 74″ quilt as a wall-hanging or bed cover, and you’ll have a conversation piece that will help you to remember the Eclipse for years to come!

… from the ‘Magic Dreams’ collection by the Rubin Design Studio, designed exclusively for eQuilter.

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Creative Nudge – Stitching Mastery

One of the quilting trends I see rising strongly, is dense creative stitching in white negative space. This is happening not just in Modern Quilts, but also in Art Quilts and Traditional Quilts.

It ranges from All-White Whole cloth Quilts, to Abstract Art Quilts, and Modern Geometric Quilts. It is happening not just with white thread on white grounds, but also with solid colored and variegated threads on white grounds.

There are closeup detail shots from 4 quilts above, which I saw at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. You can see the full quilts on my Photo Page now.

The artists who made these quilts are:
(starting at top left, clockwise)

Anne Lillholm Joergensen – Puffing Petals
Maggie Farmer – Mistral
Sandy Chandler – Catherine’s Wheel
Birgit Schuller – The Sprinter

Obviously this kind of precision dense stitching is done on a machine, and these quilts (on my Photo Page) are stitched on longarm and home sewing machines….but they are accomplished on high quality machines with great stitch control and a great deal of mastery on the part of the maker. I personally use a BERNINA 790 to achieve this type of stitch control, and I urge you to try out many machines at your local dealers to see which one gives you the quality stitching you desire.

Are you aspiring to learn this quilting technique? Make several quilt sandwiches in manageable sizes, and start practicing making a variety of freemotion stitch designs on these sample “pages”.

A suggestion would be to make 12″ square quilt sandwiches with white solid fabric, and a fusible quality cotton batting. Practice one type of stitch per page (like a mini-pebble stitch) until you master proficiency. You can bind all these sample stitch pages together to make a record of your stitching practice.

High quality machine needles, thread and batting will give you the best results. Sometimes our customers are surprised to know that we carry ALL of these quilting supplies!

On this visit to Birmingham, I met eQuilter customers from Dubai and Israel, Brazil and Borneo, Copenhagen and Croatia. Many thanks to all of you who told me which products were most important to you! It is important to support your local quilt shop, but we are here for you when you need a specialty product, or a wider variety of choice. It is our honor to serve you, by stocking the supplies you need for your quilting projects.

* The image features a collage with 4 quilt details, and our striped batik products.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Travel Calendar:
Sept 12-13 – Carter Center – Atlanta GA
Sept 14 – Quilting Arts TV – Ohio
Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 1-11 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at New Zealand Quilt Symposium – Christchurch
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour – Limited Spaces
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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Free Pattern – Raccoon Ravine

Nature lovers rejoice! Hoffman’s ‘Call of the Wild’ collection is an eQuilter favorite, and
our Raccoon Ravine pattern captures the essence of winter’s dreamy wilderness.

The calling of geese flying south is muffled by a misty snowfall, while the curious raccoon is superimposed over a mountain landscape, in this week’s Free Winter Quilt Pattern.

Start with the super-detailed artwork in a digital-printed collage panel, then add pieced stars and Hoffman Hand-Dye borders, to make this simple but stunning 43″ x 49″ wall-hanging.

… from the ‘Call of the Wild’ collection by Hoffman Fabrics.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

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A Stitching Revolution

Tonight I am writing to you from Birmingham England, after spending the last couple days at the Festival of Quilts here. It is always fascinating to see how small and large trends develop and evolve, as I travel around the world photographing various quilt exhibits.

I’ve been saying for awhile that the place to watch for new trends is in between 2 established categories, and these days I am watching that fertile bubbling middle ground between Modern Quilts and Contemporary or Art Quilts. Also I have learned that some quilters here have different definitions for the words “Contemporary” verses “Art” quilts. It is different that my understanding of American Contemporary/Art quilts, so I will have to investigate this further!

On trend that cannot be denied is the super-dense machine quilting being used by Modern and Contemporary/Art quilters. It is being used to make incredibly unique trapunto shapes POP out of large areas of white negative space. It is being used in miniature quilts to create a fine texture as a background/contrast to blank/trapunto shapes.

This trend originally showed up in Modern Quilts, with lots of heavy parallel stitch lines, often being created with Ruler work. By the way, if you don’t know about the huge trend of Ruler Work (being used with longarm and freemotion machine quilting)…check it out online!

So now this trend of super-dense background quilting in negative space (often white negative space) is taking off in a new direction, which I will tell you about in the Midweek Creative Nudge on Wednesday. The super-dense miniature stippling is kind of mind-blowing… but when you see it, you will want to try it too! I took lots of photos so when I get back home I will work on posting these images so you can see what I am talking about.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana
 

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Free Pattern – Infinite Expressions

This week’s exclusive Free Quilt Pattern features our spectacular, digitally printed Artisan Spirit Expressions panel, depicting the heavens in a splendid range of cosmic color.

Multicolor nebula squares are alternately set between coordinating chevron blocks, finished with one bold, fiery orange and three cool blue borders. It’s easy to get lost in this magical view of the unfolding universe.

Friends and family will appreciate the mysterious and meditative quality of
this generous 78″ x 78″ space themed quilt.
Order your quilt kit today and explore the Infinite Expression of our universe.

… from the ‘Artisan Spirit Expressions’ collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

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Creative Nudge – Lotus Therapy

As I prepare to fly to England later today, I thought I’d share some images from my day at the Lotus Blossom Festival in the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington DC.

Last month during my trip to Sacred Threads, Donna DeSoto (founder of the National Parks quilt exhibit) turned me onto the annual Lotus bloom at this National Park, which is just 10 minutes east of the Capitol in DC. Thanks Donna!

Everywhere I go, I meet up with part of our big Quilting Tribe…and on this day I was joined by my quilter friend Dara who is also a Buddhist nun and a 2nd grade teacher.

We got there early, just before the crowds hit, and I was in absolute heaven. I took tons of photos and was absolutely enchanted with the huge ponds of gently swaying tall Lotus blooms. Shimmering dragonflies darted in and out of the huge leaves, bees buzzed in the bright yellow centers of the flowers, and butterflies hovered in clouds of orange and black. A long-legged crane waded in the glassy water.

Everywhere we looked, there were happy people snapping photos and appreciating the beautiful expanse of Pink and Green. There was a holiday mood among the crowd, which ranged from families with little kids, to elders with canes and sun hats. We heard so many different languages being spoken, and some people had dressed up in their ethnic garb to have their photos taken with the surreal blooming backdrop.

As the sun climbed to midday, smiling crowds began to stream out of the park. As we all walked together in the shade of the forest, strangers united by beauty, we smiled at each other and sighed.

Back to the Real World, but we all carried a secret pink perfect blossom in our heart
On Saturday I’ll be writing to you from the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham UK.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

* The background fabric for the collage above, is Effervescence by Amelia Caruso.

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Travel Calendar:
Aug 9-14 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
Sept 12-13 – Carter Center – Atlanta GA
Sept 14 – Quilting Arts TV – Ohio
Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 1-11 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at New Zealand Quilt Symposium – Christchurch
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour – Limited Spaces
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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Free Quilt Pattern – Color Flow

Caryl Bryer Fallert is an icon and matriarch of the art quilt movement (and the quilt textile industry) because of her stunning use of design and COLOR.

Her quilts and her fabric designs have been inspiring us for decades,
and this week’s Free Quilt Pattern features her latest collection in
a glowing quilt that highlights her Design Genius.

If you’ve met Caryl in person, you know she is a beautiful person inside and outside. Her new home in Port Townsend Washington has a studio that looks out over the bay, and you have a sense of that spectacular view in the textures and 15 colors in this 71″ x 92″ quilt!

… from the ‘Color Flow’ collection by Caryl Bryer Fallert for Benartex.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

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Ripe Tomatoes & Shakespeare

Every year August seems to come faster, and suddenly we are talking about Back To School tasks and ripening tomatoes. However August also brings the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham UK, which is the biggest annual quilting event in Europe. The quilts on exhibit are so different from what we see here in the US, which is why I am always delighted when it works out that I can go to photograph the show!

eQuilter is the sponsor for the Festival Theater, which is where fashion show and lectures are held. For those of you who would like to connect at the show, please look for me if you are going to the Thursday night dinner (with Stuart Hillard from the Great British Sewing Bee!), the Friday fashion show or SAQA dinner, or the Saturday night Shakespeare outing. (I am the host on a bus to Stratford.) Other than that, I’ll be lurking around the show with my camera, and attending several lectures in the Festival Theater. Please say hello!!!

In addition to quilting, our family has other artistic interests. In addition to classical/jazz/opera music, we are all artists or photographers, Photoshop nerds, and Shakespeare buffs. As a matter of fact Sophie is currently in a teen Shakespeare camp at CU, which runs concurrent with the Boulder CU Shakespeare Festival. Last night was the final night of the music festival up at Chautauqua, and in a few weeks we will have the NEXT exhibit and SAQA conference at our Dairy Arts Center. We feel so fortunate to live in a place with so much creativity and support for the arts!

If you live in the Boulder/Front Range area, please consider attending the opening reception for the NEXT exhibit at the Dairy, Friday Aug 25 from 5-7 pm…or the Artists Gallery Talk on Sun Aug 27, 1-3 pm. If you are a local SAQA member you are probably already signed up for the conference!

We are delighted to be a sponsor for this very special local event, and I hope to see many of you in Birmingham or Boulder in the next few weeks!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

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Travel Calendar:
Aug 9-14 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
Aug 26 – NEXT SAQA Symposium – Boulder CO
Sept 12-13 – Carter Center – Atlanta GA
Sept 14 – Quilting Arts TV – Ohio
Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 1-11
New Zealand Quilt Symposium – Wellington & Christchurch
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 –
Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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Free Quilt Pattern – Holiday Grandeur

What is it about a sparkling snow-covered Christmas Tree that is so magical? Is it the quiet beauty of a winter morning after a storm, or the clean classic beauty of the Blue and White color combination?

This week’s Free Quilt Pattern is a delightful combination of the Winter’s Grandeur and Holiday Flourish collections, with icy pine needles, shimmering blue ornaments, and crystalline combination of Sapphire Blues and Silver Metallic.

Start with a large central panel featuring the decorated Christmas tree, then add layers of jewel-like coordinates to make the pieced border with diamond blocks. This 58″ x 66″ quilt will hang in a place of honor during your holiday celebrations, or will make a treasured gift to be cherished over the Winter season.

… from the ‘Winter’s Grandeur’ collection and Peggy Toole’s Holiday Flourish group
by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

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Creative Nudge – Weekend in the Redwoods

Happy August!

Last night I got home from my quick trip to San Jose in California. Many thanks to all of you who showed up for my lecture – it was great to see you! We all enjoyed the premier of the Quilt Nihon exhibit, and if you live in the area, I urge you to go see this beautiful collection of Japanese quilts at the Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

I took an extra day to visit the Redwoods, and it brought back many memories of my younger childhood in California. Wandering among the groves of silent giants is awe-inspiring and always seems to put the rest of one’s life into perspective.

For those of you who might want to take a similar trip, I’ll share my travel notes:

Based on suggestions from friends in the area, I drove up Bear Creek Road (a winding forest road in the mountains) to Big Basin Redwood State Park, which apparently has a reputation for Sasquatch (Big Foot) sightings. (!) There were lots of families there for camping and hiking. Tiny rustic cabins nestled like dollhouses at the feet of the monumental groves of Sequoia Sempervirens – the California Coastal Redwoods.

Each of these areas have long and short hikes, including an easy loop that can be done in under an hour for those on a tight schedule. I paid a $10 parking/use fee, which is good for any other state park for the rest of the day.

Next I went to Henry Cowell State Park, where the park ranger saw my parking sticker and waved me through. Yay! As I walked the .8 mile loop, I heard a train whistling, and finally deduced that it might be the train depicted in one of our most popular Nature Panels. As I walked further, I saw the wooden trestle bridges depicted in the panel. So those of you who snapped up this collectible panel knew that already, I assume!

My 3rd Redwood Park for the day was Nisene Marks, but after seeing warning signs about Ticks posted at the entrance, I decided to go have an early dinner on Capitola Beach with a view of Monterey Bay. I soaked up that California vibe, recharging my batteries with a little sunshine and sea air.

Hoping to see many of you at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham… I’ll be hosting a bus to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Saturday August 12!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

* The fabrics framing my Redwood Postcard (image above)
are Train, Forest and Camping themes that we have in stock now.

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Travel Calendar:
Aug 9-14 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
Sept 12-13 – Carter Center – Atlanta GA
Sept 14 – Quilting Arts TV – Ohio
Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 1-11 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at New Zealand Quilt Symposium – Christchurch
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour – Limited Spaces
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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