Free Pattern – Harmony Garden Star

Hydrangeas abound in this week’s Free eQuilter pattern. The soft colors of the large scale center panel are echoed in the paisleys and coordinates, along with favorite Viola velvet tonal accents.

The luscious outside border frames the quilt and harmonizes perfectly with the delicate violet and sky blue garden star blocks.

This generous 53″ x 69″ quilt is just right for a twin size bed or generous nap quilt. Get started today and let the soft Hydrangea colors of this quilt design add calm and Harmony to your home.

…from the ‘Harmony’ collection by Chong-A Hwang for Timeless Treasures.

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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Happy Summertime!

Today we are home, sharing a quiet birthday celebration with our daughter Sophie who is turning 15 today. Her birthday request is to go see Wonder Woman!

My summer vegetable garden is in, and the heat is pushing my tomatoes and basil to grow rapidly. We’ll have some fresh basil for Sophie’s other birthday request tomorrow – Mason is coming home to make fresh pasta for her family party.

This is the time of year when so many of the fantastic collections ordered at Spring Quilt Market, are starting to pour into the warehouse. Our cutting team is keeping cool with air conditioning and fans while they process your orders. They get excited too! – when all these beautiful new fabrics start flowing into the cutting department.

We love to keep you up-to-date on the trends, which is why we made a special category for Llamas and Succulents. If you are looking for some patriotic prints for a last minute Fourth of July project, check out our Americana category.

My recent trips to Toronto and Cleveland were truly wonderful, mostly because of the special people who hosted me there. Thank you Elaine and Kathryn! I am looking forward to being home and in my studio for awhile, but next month I’ll be inVirginia and Wash DC for Sacred Threads, and then giving my ‘International Quilting Trends’ power point lecture at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

The last time I was in San Jose was in 2012 to sponsor and honor Yvonne Porcella’s retrospective exhibit. I really don’t feel like Yvonne is gone, because her influence on contemporary quilting is still with us…everywhere I go. Bonnie McCaffery and I did a video interview with Yvonne at the 2014 SAQA conference, and when I miss her, I watch this video.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Paris Prism

Celebrate the City of Light with this stunning tribute to PARIS:
This week’s exclusive eQuilter FREE Quilt Pattern.

If you’ve been to Paris, you know that the Eiffel Tower and the city itself are sparkling with a magic and sophistication that cannot be matched. We’ve combined our exclusive Eiffel panel with the shimmering fireworks of another one-of-a-kind – Paula Nadelstern’s ‘Kismet’ Mandalas, which glitter in the sky above our Tour Eiffel.

Mandala blocks are set on point, with a starry night background, for an absolutely stunning 63″ x 77″ quilt design. This is one of our favorite quilt designs EVER …what do you think?

‘Kismet Mandalas’ are from the ‘Kismet’ collection by Paula Nadelstern for Benartex,
and the Rainbow Eiffel Tower panel is designed exclusively for eQuilter.

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 – On Pegasus Wings

Hello from Cleveland!

Today I was in the studio to film a couple more segments for the PBS show “Fresh Quilting” for Modern Quilters. My first 2 segments on the current season are on our video page here. I watched 3 other quilters taping their segments for the upcoming season, and it is always fun to see what the Modern Quilters are up to!

My “baby” Sophie is turning 15 this weekend – can you believe it? Many of you followed my adoption journey to China 14 years ago, so I know you share my feelings…she is growing up too fast! She is excited to finally be in the high school level orchestra at music camp this week, and she is going to Shakespeare camp later this summer. Sophie just finished her freshman year in high school, and she’s been invited to be part of a peer counseling program to support other students. She’s been going back to her middle school orchestra as a teacher’s assistant, and this summer she is a CIT (counselor in training) at a summer mountain camp. I’m a proud mama!

Please take a look at the batch of photos I’ve posted, from Quilt Canada. I’ve added more since last week. Now we know what those quilters do over the long Canadian winter….

And the fabric collage above? These are mostly eQuilter exclusive digital prints, for those of you who are in an escapist mood. The world may be going crazy outside, but we have our fabrics and our quilting friends to keep us sane and de-stressed. So hop on Pegasus and take a ride into that starry sky with me!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

Enjoy artist interviews, tutorials, and quilt festival tours, on our eQuilter Video Page.

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Travel Calendar:
July 13-17 – Sacred Threads & Not Fade Away
July 30 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Aug 12 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
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

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Free Pattern – Woodland Echoes

Your Free Quilt Pattern has a dreamy quality, with a cool winter landscape that evokes the silence of the forest after a snowfall. The quilt features a mystic selvedge-to-selvedge tree and leaves ombre panel, while silver metallic dusts the trees and coordinate prints, evoking a walk in the woods at dawn.

This 56″ x 76″ design is perfect for a twin size bed or a generous nap quilt, shimmering with the beauty of the moonlight on a Winter’s Eve…bringing dreams of ice fairies and sparkling snowflakes.

If you are headed into the heat of Summer, you might not need an air conditioner
while you are sewing this cool beauty!

… from the ‘Sound of the Woods 3’ collection by James Wiens for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

And last week’s top seller ‘Night Owls’ has been restocked, so get yours today!

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 Star is Born

Many thanks to our friends in Toronto who gave me such a warm welcome at the Quilt Canada Festival this week!

My main reasons for attending were to be at the award ceremony (we sponsor the top Modern Quilt prize) and to photograph the quilts.

During the award ceremony, we gasped when we saw the winning quilt for “First Time Entrant” – a large complicated quilt with tons of intricate embroidery and applique by Colette Dumont. “Wow, that’s her first time in this show – amazing!” we whispered to each other.

Then at the end of the awards when the Best of Show was announced – it was Colette Dumont again! I don’t know how the judges chose between her two quilts for the Best of Show. They were both absolutely stunning.

I had lunch with Colette on my last day there, and I told her she better get ready for the quilting world to be knocking at her door. She didn’t exactly come from out of nowhere, although it might seem like it because she and her husband run a dairy farm in the countryside Quebec. (Her first language is French.)

This evening I am posting photos of Colette and her quilts on my photo page, so I want to try to answer the inevitable question: How did she do it?

Colette sews on a BERNINA 830, and she designed her own embroideries with the Bernina Designer Plus Embroidery Software. (Which I am trying to learn right now.) She took the basic class on the embroidery software, and figured out the rest on her own. (Impressive!!!) She has a background in industrial sewing, and grew up in a household where her mom was always sewing, so she was always sewing clothes for her dolls…and the rest is history.

I also fell in love with several other pieces, including “Mother Earth” by Galyna Grotto. This piece reminds me of the Icon paintings in Russian churches, but is dedicated to our planet under siege. I had a delightful coffee chat with Galyna, who is a Russian artist who moved to the Ukraine for more artistic freedom, but then moved to France with her husband because of the unrest in Ukraine. She sent her quilt to Canada, creating quite an international quilting story!

Quilt Canada will be in Vancouver BC next year, and I plan to be there!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Night Owls

This very special eQuilter Free Pattern celebrates the beauty and grace of
our wise owl friends and their haunting nighttime calls.

Our exclusive quilt design combines the exquisitely detailed Wise Owls panel by
the Rubin Design Studio with Hoffman’s popular ‘Nocturne’ twilight Owls.

Whether you are a Harry Potter fan, or a serious birder with a love of wizardly owls,
this 62″ x 79″ quilt is sure to be a favorite!

… from the ‘Nocturne’ collection by Hoffman Fabrics, and
from the World Wildlife collection by the Rubin Design Studio.

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 – Havana Sunset

Hello from Toronto!

I am here for the Quilt Canada Festival, planning to photograph the quilts tomorrow. Tonight was the award ceremony (I gave the award for best Modern Quilt) and I can’t wait to share photos of some of these beautiful works of quilt art!

Lately I’ve been really missing Cuba, so I’ve been playing Cuban jazz (Buena Vista Social Club, etc.) in my studio while I work on my next quilt project. For those of you who traveled with me on one of my Cuba tours in the last couple years, I know you can relate the magic of that moment when you are watching your first Havana Sunset reflected on the Caribbean waters, with a fresh minty Mojito in hand, and a Cuban Salsa band playing live music in the background.

Our Cuban Retro Cars are back in stock, and we have some stunning digital beach sunset panels now too, so I thought I’d have fun with a Cuban-themed fabric collage tonight.

Next week I am going to film a couple more segments for the PBS show “Fresh Quilting” for Modern Quilters. In case you missed my first couple clips, here is a segment from the show where I talk about Cuban Colors and Cuban Retro Cars.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

Enjoy artist interviews, tutorials, and quilt festival tours, on our eQuilter Video Page.

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Travel Calendar:
June 19-21 – Cleveland – Fresh Quilting
July 13-17 – Sacred Threads & Not Fade Away
July 30 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Aug 12 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
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

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Free Pattern – Magic Forest

One of our specialties here at eQuilter is a large selection of Baby Zoo & Jungle prints, and
this fun FREE quilt pattern is a great use of a wild animal panel with happy, friendly creatures.

Enter a magical forest full of woodland animals bringing happy thoughts and phrases like ‘Find the Magic in each day’, ‘Follow your Dreams’, and ‘Always be a friend’ … sure to brighten baby or child’s room.

This adorable 42″ x 52″ quilt uses panels with 6 different blocks featuring Hedgehogs, Raccoons, Foxes, Bears, Wolves, & Fawns. Bright coordinates are used for sashing, with more tossed animals in the border.

Makes a great Crib Quilt or Playmat for that special little animal lover in your life!

… from the ‘Magic Forest’ collection by Jennifer Nilsson for Elizabeth’s Studio.

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.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

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Summertime…and the Livin’ is Easy….

We’re hitting our first round of 90+ degree weather here in Boulder this weekend. The Ironman Triathlon is here tomorrow, so it is a good day to stay home and work in my studio and my garden. (roadblocks all over town for the event.) Sophie took a cooking class last week so now she is all excited about planting basil, squash and heirloom tomatoes. I am brewing up big batches of Earl Grey and Bing Cherry iced tea (my current fav combo) for those long summer afternoons. You may recall we live next to the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory …if you come to our classroom for a quilt retreat in the future, you will want to go check out their huge variety of flavors which don’t seem to make it into the grocery stores.

This week I booked my flights to Tanzania for New Years. (Great Migration on the Plains of the Serengeti) I plan to take lots of photos that will eventually turn into digital fabric designs. It will take me 33 hours to get there, so I am arriving a day early and doing a local textile tour. We still have a couple openings in case you want to join me!

Also we’ve had some queries about future Polar Bear tours. Since I am going to New Zealand and Africa later this year, I am doing the next Polar Bear tour in 2018. It will be the week before Thanksgiving.

Ocean Conservancy is one of our 7 designated charities. Perhaps some of you donate directly to this environmental organization. If you got their newsletter this last week, be sure to look for an article about eQuilter!

Our oldest son Mason got a new job with a music non-profit, and will be traveling more than me! If you see the Rockley Music Foundation having an event in your town, he is their new business manager and you can drop by and say hello. He is in Milwaukee this weekend, and will be in Dallas in a couple weeks. They sell all kinds of donated musical instruments to raise money for music scholarships…feel free to donate unused instruments to the cause! *smile*

Canadian quilter friends – I hope to see you at the Award Ceremony next Tues June 13 at 7 pm, and will also be at the show all day Weds June 14. Hope to see many of you there!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…

Luana and Paul

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Travel Calendar:

June 13-14 – Quilt Canada Festival in Toronto

June 19-21 – Cleveland – Fresh Quilting

July 13-17 – Sacred Threads & Not Fade Away

July 30 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Aug 12 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK

Aug 26 – NEXT SAQA Symposium – Boulder CO

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

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