Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
As quilters, we know that handmade is hot! DIY decor, gifts, clothes, and parties are becoming more mainstream…and still continue to let us crafters make lasting and meaningful items to pass down! We’ve seen embroidery pop up, not only as embellishments on quilts, but also on wall art, tea towels, jewelry, and more. Embroidery is perfect for on-the-go-crafters: it’s portable, it’s relaxing, and you can talk while doing it. Even better, it allows us quilters to practice our stitches, get creative, and make something that will be treasured forever! And if you’ve been following along with our 2014 issues of American Patchwork & Quilting, you know that each month we’ve been featuring some of Sue Spargo’s brilliant stitch designs with instructions and video companions. Missed them? Buy back issues here.
See how to add this hot trend to your quilting.
Embroidery items for your shopping list (in order from top to bottom):
- Creative Stitching by Sue Spargo
- Pearl Cotton from Anna Maria Horner
- Hand Embroidery Wall Art Kits from Penguin & Fish
- Ellisimo Gold 2 embroidery and sewing machine from Baby Lock
And now that you have the inspiration, browse our collection of free embroidery patterns. See them here.
See Elizabeth’s first blog about her Round Robin experience here.
Would I do it again? Yes, but I would make sure I had more time for each step. Although the whole thing made me nervous about what other people thought of what I added to their quilt, it was a good experience in all and made me grow as a quilter.
Round 1: Elizabeth
She says: For the design, I was inspired by a fabric that’s a cross between a stripe and curly parentheses. I thought the easiest way would be to do a bargello-style quilt. I sewed together 1-1/2″-wide strips to make a strip set then chopped it into a few different widths of segments. I played around with the placement and width of the segments.
She says: I peek into Elizabeth’s box and see the block she provided is a gorgeous bargello! I did some sketching and decided to grow this piece lengthwise. The original bargello block quit is intricate on its own. I want to provide some visual break between the original block and my additional pattern areas, so I decided to add sashing on the sides and ends. I used a scrappy selection of color on the sashing for a bit of fun. Then I created a section of the original bargello pattern about 1 -1/4 inches wide and attached the pattern perpendicular to the original block.
Round 3: Jill
She says: Elizabeth’s Bargello quilt center is stunning. I looked at her quilt block for days before I felt comfortable auditioning fabrics and ideas for adding another border. I knew I wanted to add three-dimensional pieces of some type without adding busy-ness that would detract from the intricate piecework. I tried prairie points in several colors, finally opting for the ones you see here, adding a total of seven prairie points to each end of the now very rectangular quilt top. I added an extra-wide, dark brown strip as the field for the prairie points.
Round 4: Jody
She says: I was the last one to receive Elizabeth’s center and WOW, I did not expect what I saw when I opened the box. It was very horizontal/rectangular. I struggled at first, trying to make it more square by adding wider borders to the top and bottom. Then I decided that the quilt would look terrific as a table runner. I added half Dresden Plate units to each end. I used the aqua batik as the background and the center half circle so the Dresden units would float and look like handles on a beautiful tray on a table.
In the June 2014 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (get the digital issue here), designer Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio shares remedies for common “problem” fabrics in an article called Stash Rx: Refill One. (This is a follow-up to a popular article Weeks did last June on the same topic; if you’d like to read the original story, click here.) We met Weeks at Pennington Quilt Works in Pennington, New Jersey, where we had an assortment of beautiful fabrics to choose from.
In one of the article’s “prescriptions” (Rx For Working with a Designer Collection), Weeks showed us how to incorporate a mix-and-match stash of one designer’s fabric (in this case, prints from Kaffe Fassett) with other prints for a successful quilt. “I wanted a variety of scales and a warm, golden feel,” Weeks says. “I think that’s just what was accomplished here.” The plan was to tie it all together with an espresso-colored tone-on-tone. Once she got home, Weeks found even more stash fabrics to add to the palette. Weeks and husband/business partner, Bill Kerr, designed their Going Up quilt using the fabric assortment. Buy the pattern here.
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re all about color! With spring in full-swing, we’re looking to add fresh color, standout style, and fun prints to our projects! These books are perfect for adding cool hues to your quilts (and your bookshelf!).
Color Essentials: Crisp & Vibrant Quilts
This book inspires you to play with solids to gain a understanding of how color works. Perfect for both the beginner and skilled intermediate quilter, the 12 modern quilt projects show you how to create fresh combinations, vibrancy, and movement using different hues. To make the projects accessible, affordable, and stunning, Amanda developed a pre-cut package of Robert Kaufman Fabrics that can be used in conjunction with this book.
Patchwork Palette: No-Fail Color Plans for Captivating Quilts
Say good-bye to “muddy” quilts–and let your fabrics shine! Create vibrant designs using three easy methods for choosing fabrics for quilting–the Rainbow, Color Family, and Mixed methods. The book features 13 enticing multi-fabric quilts. Plus, each project is shown in an alternate colorway for a dramatically different look!
Kaffe Quilts Again
See 20 all-new versions of Kaffe’s favorite patterns—each using the latest range of unique and beautiful Rowan fabrics. Photographed in Bulgaria, against a backdrop of splendid painted houses and wedding-cake churches, each quilt and pattern in the book is an inspiration of vivid color and charm. This flawless how-to guide features an array of new fabrics and expanded colors, and provides complete instruction for creating museum-quality quilts that will become family treasures.
I Love Color!
Do happy hues and pretty patterns make your heart beat faster? The color-drenched quilts in this book include a wide variety of quilt-making techniques, such as curved borders, needle-turn or machine applique, and little flanges for a dimensional touch.
Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
You would think a Moda Fabrics designer, Stash Books author, Craftsy teacher, and pattern designer wouldn’t have time to keep a blog. But rockstar Camille Roskelley has a beautiful blog that she keeps up weekly! Her quilts are fresh and gorgeous, her family is adorable, and she writes like she’s your best friend! If you need inspiration, patterns, or even a place to let your eyes relax, this is the community for you!
In Color Order
As Jeni Baker’s blog name suggests, her designs are colorful and happy! Jeni tries to live a creative life each day. Perfect for those that dabble in more than just quilting, this blog features sewing, knitting, and thrifting adventures, too! Her patterns are very accessible and so fresh! And her fabrics for Art Gallery Fabrics make it easy to add color to your quilts!
P.S. I Quilt
Rachel Griffin’s blog is a geometry lovers paradise! Her quilts and sewing projects frequently feature graphic designs, standout fabrics, and simple shapes. They’re big impact quilts without being overwhelming. Her eye for style is something we all are striving for! Her blog is page after page of gorgeous photos–and best of all, if you fall in love with a quilt, you can buy the pattern from her blog!