Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Bumble Beans Inc. is am amazing quilt designer that has been featured in our magazines multiple times. She’s also an author and teacher, traveling the country to teach workshops. With an art background, her quilts are fresh, modern, and playful. Her blog (which she updates almost every day) is full of great tutorials, photos of her current projects, and pictures of her really cute dogs! Victoria has such an eye for color and design. Just looking at her quilts and they way she plans blocks is sure to be inspiring and thought-provoking!
This blog belongs to machine-quilting rockstar Angela Walters. For anyone who loves to drool over beautiful and intricate quilting designs, this blog is for you! Not only does Angela share photos of the quilts she’s quilted, but she also gives great tips and techniques for anyone looking to improve their own quilting. Plus, she has an amazing new fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics that she’s using in new projects. Angela makes quilting seem easy, but also completely attainable for all those that want to take their quilts to the next level!
There’s one word that describes what Rachel Hauser’s Stitched In Color blog makes us feel: happy. Rachel has only been sewing for four years, but you can tell the passion and talent she has for quilting! The fabrics she uses are bright and colorful, and her designs range from classic blocks to improvisational piecing. Her blog has something for everyone! She features free tutorials for projects, sells her great patterns, and even hosts quilt-alongs and giveaways. And best of all, she’s using her talents to help others. Many of her quilts, like the one pictured above, are donated to charities.
Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
We LOVE hexagons! And if you’ve seen our Fall issue of Quilts and More, you’ll know that they’re a very versatile shape. (Buy the latest issue here.) Stumped at how to use this shape in your quilts? We chose some of our favorite products and patterns that will make it a snap to add this six-sided shape to your quilting.
Four hexagon books for your must-read list:
- Quick & Easy Hexie Quilts (top left) by Dr. Peggy G. Rhodes and Julia C. Wood, AQS Publishing
- Hexagons Made Easy (top right) by Jen Eskridge, Martingale
- Hexa Go-Go (bottom left) by Tacha Bruecher, Stash Books
- Pieced Hexies: A New Tradition in English Paper Piecing by Mickey Depre, Kansas City Star Books
And now that you have all the tools, browse our collection of free quilt patterns that feature hexagons! See them here.
Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Rub-a-Dub-Dub Baby Wash Cloth from Shannon Fabrics
Made for Shannon Fabrics by Veronica from sewVery, this wash cloth is super easy to whip up! It’s made with terry cloth and Cuddle fabrics for an oh-so-soft finish.Go back to their blogs to see a tutorial for a matching burp cloth and baby bib!
Sunnyside Diamond Zig-Zag Quilt from Moda Bake Shop
We’re in love with the chevron look in the office, and this quilt is perfect for whetting our appetite! Made by Janice Ryan from Better Off Thread using Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics, this quilt is breezy and beautiful!
Zipped Up Selvage Pouch from Bernina’s We All Sew
We’re all for using up our scraps! Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. sewed her selvages together for the most fun zippered pouch we’ve seen in awhile–perfect for holding extra thread and needles or to make as a back-to-school gift for the kids!
Disappearing Nine-Patch Table Runner Tutorial from Fabri-Quilt
Using a modern fall color scheme from Marblehead by Ro Gregg for Fabri-Quilt, this table runner will last the entire season! They show you how to make the one required block for this runner, but give you four different ways to arrange them. Choose the one you like best!
Back-to-School Nap Mat from Timeless Treasures designer Samarra Khaja
Primary colors and simple shapes are perfect for a kid’s quilt featuring Samarra’s school-inspired fabric lines. We may be big dorks in the office, but we’re dying to make this quilt as a standout wall hanging.
Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
Vanessa Christenson is a Moda Fabrics designer, an author, and owner of her own design and pattern company. She’s the mom of four beautiful children (and yes, they show up in the cutest pictures on her blog!) She’s also been blogging a lot lately about two of our favorite things: hexagons and Dresden plates. Her blog showcases colorful pictures of her latest projects, step-by-step instructions for some creative techniques, interesting stories of her day-to-day life, and even an occasional recipe! She has a hip and trendy style with such an eye for color, that her blog is total eye candy!
This blog is a creative outlet for Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio. She’s an author, teacher, and fabric and pattern designer. She’s also quite the world traveler. Her and her husband Bill travel around the country teaching inspiring classes (trust us, they’ve given us quite a few “Aha!” moments). Weeks writes fascinating posts showcasing where they’re traveling, the amazing sights they’re experiencing, and how quilting and the creative process is being shared among their friends and followers.
Carrie Nelson from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. has been quilting for more than 25 years. She’s accomplished so much in her time in the industry: as an author, teacher, fabric and pattern designer. She’s still designing the most beautiful quilts (we have featured several in our magazines!) and her use of scraps is both mesmerizing and inspiring. Her blog is a mix of her current projects, everyday musings, and tips and tricks that she’s learned through the years, Whether you’re just starting to sew or you’ve been quilting as long as Carrie, her blog is entertaining and educational!
My quilt is back from machine quilter Nancy Sharr. She used King Tut Jewel of the Nile thread by Superior Threads on the front and in the bobbin. Unlike some people in the office, (you know who you are…), binding is NOT my favorite thing to do. However, using the Wonder Clips from Clover make it a much more enjoyable task.
The quilting design is a stylized tulip called Bellflower. I think the softer curves complement the hard edges of the rectangles. (View of the back).
The quilt is bed-size, so it’ll take me couple nights in front of the TV to get the binding turned and tacked down.
Since there are 24 weeks left in the year, I’m going to start another project. I have selected the pattern and started pulling circa 1890 blue and white shirtings from my stash. Check back in August to see the progress on my Passion 48/2013 Quilt #2.