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Black & White Blog Hop

In her new fabric collection, designer Jennifer Sampou takes a classic color combination and makes it new again. In the beautiful Black & White collection by Jennifer for Robert Kaufman (see the fabrics here), Jennifer explores a timeless palette and expands it with trending motifs, such as feathers and ombre. By pairing the black-and-white prints with rich grays and taupes, she gives us the freedom to make this color work for both modern and traditional designs.

 

We’re so happy we had the chance to work with this fabric for the Black & White Blog Hop. As you can see in the picture below, Jennifer’s fabric mixes both large-scale prints, small-scale prints, tone-on-tones, and pretty ombre prints. With such a variety of fabrics to work with, we wanted to choose a quilt pattern that featured them all!

We decided on the Quilts and More Winter 2014 cover quilt, On the Plus Side by Pat Bravo. The original quilt, shown below, used solid backgrounds and scrappy squares in both light and dark to make fun plus signs. (Buy the original pattern here.) We thought this quilt would be perfect for showing off all the prints in this fabric collection, as well as allow us to play with the three color ways easily.

 

We first sorted our fabrics in order from darkest to lightest, then pulled the polka dot prints to use as the background of the plus signs. The darkest fabrics were featured in the top and bottom of the plus signs. The grays were featured on the left and right sides, and the lightest taupes were showcased in the middle. Although the color placement of all the squares was the same, different parts of the ombre or the larger prints were featured for a scrappier look!

 

The result was a beautiful classic with a modern twist. The fabric provides amazing depth and interest! We loved working with this fabric line and have loved seeing all the different ways people have used it on this blog hop. Check out all the blogs below and see details on how to win your own fat quarter bundle of this collection!

 

 

 

BLOG HOP SCHEDULE:

January 23: JenniferSampou.com, Robert Kaufman Blog

January 24: Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson-Sew Kind of Wonderful blog

January 25: Teresa Coates- Fabric Depot

January 26: Amy Gibson- Stitchery Dickory Dock

January 27: AnneMarie Chany- Gen X Quilters

January 28: Casey York- The Studiolo

January 29: C&T Publishing – Stash Books

January 30: APQ- All People Quilt

January 31: Angela Pingel

February 1: Angela Walters / Janice Zeller Ryan

February 2: Sarah Sharp

February 3: Dritz- Make Something

February 4: Nicole Daksiewicz- Modern Handcraft

February 5: Liesel Gibson- Oliver + S

February 6: Christopher Thompson / Natalie Barnes

February 7: Jennifer Sampou Wrap-Up

February 9: Jennifer Sampou Announce Winner. Must have comment in by February 9th on my 1/23 opening blog post.

 

GRAND PRIZE: Sign up for Jennifer’s mailing list AND leave a comment on her page by February 8th about which projects inspire you and what you would make if you won fabric. See her blog and more details here. Drawing for a fat quarter bundle is February 9th.

 

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY: Taquito FQ rollup and Elephant and I Pattern giveaway on Jan 30 and Feb 6. Enter to win by re-posting any blog hop projects and hashtag #blackandwhitefabrics and #jennifersampou in your post.

 

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Piece & Play: April

In the April 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, designer Jean Wells teaches us how to expand our piecing horizons with a new technique — itty bitty piecing — and shows us how to play with color. The editors were so excited to learn this technique and create their own projects. See what they made below and share your own creations inspired by Piece & Play using the hashtag #apqlearnalong on Facebook and Instagam. And follow along with new projects and inspiration at www.allpeoplequilt.com/learnalong.

 

Elizabeth Tisinger Beese, editor of American Patchwork & Quilting

 

Elizabeth says: “I used more of the intense colors from my palette box in the February Piece & Play pillow I made, so this issue, I decided to go with some of the more subtle fabrics and include just a few pops of more intense color. I did the Itty Bitty Piecing in Log Cabin style for my pincushion and used greens, corals/oranges, pinks, and browns/tans for the four sides of the Log Cabin.”

 

Jill Abeloe Mead, editor

Jill says: “The Kaffe Fassett stripe used in the first round of the Log Cabin-style block inspired the palette for my pincushion. Four of the solids used in the block are shot cottons. (FYI: Shot cottons are fabrics woven of two slightly different colors. The subtle contrast in colors of warp and weft add light play and depth to the fabric.) To make these more loosely woven, lightweight fabrics easier to work with, I spray each with a light coat of sizing while pressing the yardage before cutting and sewing pieces.”

 

 

 

Lindsay Fullington, assistant multimedia editor

 

Lindsay says: “I fear little pieces, so this Log Cabin piecing project was a challenge. Instead of cutting pieces small, I pieced two or three fabrics together, then cut the fabric strip thinner or cut the ends off. This allowed me to get the look of small pieces without having to work with tiny fabric. I fussy-cut a beautiful flower for the center of the Log Cabin (fabrics from the Hadley collection from Dear Stella) and built out my colors from there, making sure to balance the prints and colors. Brown is my favorite color, so I love the unexpected look it gives against the bright colors.”

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Trend Talk: Paper-Piecing

Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!

Paper-piecing is hot right now! From beautiful and intricate quilt patterns to helpful products and books to get you started with this technique, we’re seeing paper-piecing across the quilting world!

 

 

Paper-piecing products for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):

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Blogs We <3 This Month

Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!

 

Hyacinth Quilt Designs

Designer Cindy Lammon shares her creative designs, fun tutorials (including that quilt shown above), and her works in progress! She’s inspiring, has fresh color and design ideas, and features beautiful photography!

Read her blog here.

 

 

 

Material Girl

Designer Amanda Castor features easy how-tos (we love her “how to hang a mini quilt” blog shown here), pretty pictures, and frequent posts, that always give new ideas and fresh inspiration. She frequently does smaller projects, which is a great reminder that new techniques and projects can easily be achieved in small steps!

Read her blog here.

My Quilt Diet
Designer Marion McClellan has a great mix of both traditional and modern quilts. From classic piecing to appliqué to foundation piecing, Marion experiments with it all and showcases her beautiful designs and inspiration on her blog. Plus, she’s hosting a super-fun Blocks From the Past Quiltalong right now on her blog.

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Perfect Your Skills: Adding Labels

 

Preserve the heritage of your quilts for future generations while expressing your creativity with labels.

 

Here are some ideas for what to include on the label:

  • who made the quilt
  • the quilt pattern name
  • date and place where it was completed.
  • whom the quilt was given to
  • the occasion, such as a graduation, retirement, or anniversary, that prompted the making of the quilt
  • care instructions

 

Here are some ideas for making a quilt label your own:

  • Draw or embroider the words and add embellishments, such as vines, flowers, or French knots.
  • Incorporate one or more extra blocks from the quilt top into the label.
  • For a framed finish, bind the label edges like a mini quilt. Sew leftover binding from the quilt around the label edges, then turn the binding over the edge to the wrong side. Hand-stitch the bound label to the backing, taking care not to stitch through to the top.
  • To ensure a label can’t easily be removed from the quilt, stitch the label to the backing fabric and quilt through it.
Here are 8 tips for writing on fabric:
1. Choose a smooth-surface, 100%-cotton fabric. Permanent ink pens perform better on all-cotton fabrics than on blends.

2. Select fabric in a color that allows the ink to show. Avoid white-on-white prints because the pattern is painted on the fabric rather than dyed into it.

3. Prewash your fabric (cotton fabrics usually contain sizing, which acts as a barrier to ink penetration).

4. Purchase pens that have permanent ink and are made for use on fabric. A fine point (size 01, .25 millimeter) writes delicately and is less likely to bleed as it writes. Lines can be made thicker by going over them more than once. For larger letters or numbers, a size 05 (.45 millimeter) pen works well.

5. Test the pen on a fabric sample, then follow the manufacturer’s directions for setting the ink. Wait 24 hours for the ink to set, then wash the sample as you would the quilt. The extra time it takes to run such a test will pay off in years of durability.

6. If you don’t care to use your handwriting or just want to ensure nicely spaced letters, type your words using computer software. Adjust the size and spacing to fit your label size; space out letters a little more than normal to allow for the width of the marker tip. Print out the words onto paper and trace.

7. Practice on fabric scraps first. Write slowly and with a lighter touch than you would normally use when writing on paper. This allows time for the ink to flow into the fabric and lets you control the letters.

8. Stabilize the fabric and create guidelines for words with freezer paper. To do so, cut a piece of freezer paper bigger than the label. Use a ruler and a thick black marker to draw evenly spaced lines on the freezer paper’s dull side. Press the shiny side of the freezer paper to the fabric’s wrong side with a hot dry iron. After marking on the fabric, peel off the freezer-paper guide.

 

 

Printing By Computer

1. To print a quilt label directly onto fabric using your computer, look for printer fabric sheets, which feed into an ink jet printer, in fabric and quilt stores. Or prepare your own fabric using a fixative, such as Bubble Jet Set 2000, to ensure the printing will be permanent.

2. First print the label on paper to ensure the design and words appear as desired and there is room for seam allowances. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for printing, peeling off the paper backing, and setting, then trim the label to the desired size.

3. To create a custom label design, use word processing, desktop publishing, scrapbooking, or label-making software to combine text, photos, and clip art.

 

Tracing By Hand

1. Make sure the design you want to trace is dark enough to show through your fabric, or locate a light box or sunny window on which to work.

2. Lay a piece of fabric over a paper printout of the label. With masking tape, anchor the fabric and the paper to your writing surface so they won’t shift.

3. Using a fabric marking pen, trace slowly, drawing a steady line. Darken the lines by drawing over them again, or add color with permanent-ink pens or brushes.