Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
Jennifer and Jessica are the cutest! They love all things vintage, so their blog makes you yearn for years past, but also inspired to bring that history to more modern projects. Showcasing fun custom slipcovers, sewing projects, and quilts, their blog is eye candy for fabric lovers. They even delve into knitting, which is so fun to see for those of us crafting addicts.
Piece N Quilt
We’ve ooh’ed and ahh’ed over Piece N Quilt before on our Instagram account. But if you’ve never seen this blog by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting, you’re missing out! Not only do they feature the most beautiful quilts and quilting (both personal projects and ones they’re doing for others), but they also sell machine embroidery and machine quilting patterns, so you can get your own amazing designs on your home machine.
Heather’s fabric is happy, bright, and full of florals! Her blog offers the same creative, breezy, and infectious vibes. Featuring beautiful photography, free patterns for little projects, great tutorials, and drool-worthy embroidery designs, this blog not only inspires, but educates.
The year is almost half over! I can’t believe it. This is where panic sets in…I feel like I’m running out of time to get everything done that I wanted. May was another busy month (especially with preparing and attending Quilt Market). I came back totally inspired by the new fabric lines and the quilts that designers displayed (see pictures here), but just don’t have enough time to sew. In the magazine world we’re already working on Christmas, which is a busy time of year. Summer just isn’t a time I have to relax and get creative. Time to get my butt in gear and cross some stuff off my list! (In case you missed my resolutions blog, read it here.)
On my to-do list this year:
- Tula Pink‘s City Sampler (See all my blocks here.)
- American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along (Read more about it here.)
- Pat Sloan‘s Globetrotting Block of the Month with Free Quilt Patterns (Get details here.)
- Finish my Passion 48 (See our staff’s Project 48 rules here.)
- Quilts and More Welcome Home wall hanging series (in Quilts and More Spring)
I got 10 more blocks done for the City Sampler quilt. I had so much fun playing with the lighter greens (my favorite color!). Hoping to get the last 30 blocks done soon so I can start playing with block arrangement!
I got a few more of the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along blocks done. I can’t pick a favorite yet! I did all the red centers first, so I’ll start having a bigger variety of colors soon. Only 15 more blocks to go! This one is definitely time-consuming, but so fun to play with color and print placement in these scrappy blocks! Check out everyone’s blocks on Instagram if you need motivation or ideas (search: #apqquiltalong).
Five of the blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month are done! This quilt is my guilty pleasure quilt. I always make the block of the month while drinking a glass of wine and watching a movie. It’s relaxing and I love the sophisticated beachy fabric line I’m using from Moda.
I got all the appliques done for the Welcome Home door decor from Quilts and More Summer. Next is border, buttons, and binding! I still have a few more weeks until summer officially starts, so I’m definitely ahead of the game this time. (For those that don’t remember, I was a month behind on my spring door hanging.)
I have some tips for keeping your motivation going when life gets busy. (See my tips for making your list here.)
1. Schedule it into your day. Work and life get busy. Sometimes the thought of squeezing sewing in after a long day does not sound appealing–especially on days when the weather is nice. This month, I made an effort to go into work 30 minutes earlier each day, so I could use the extra 30 minutes at the end of my day to sew. Making a conscious effort to set my alarm earlier and reward myself with creative time after a productive day was just what I needed to keep my motivation going.
2. Mix it up. It’s hard to keep yourself interested if you’re working on just one project or if you’re only cutting/only sewing. In order to make sure I can make progress on something, whether I have 10 minutes for cutting or a few hours to sew binding on, I keep a variety of projects in different stages, so I can always work on something that fits my time-commitment and mood.
3. Make it (more) fun. I’m a huge fan of combining hobbies when possible. So instead of making time to watch my favorite TV show AND time to cut my fabrics, I do them both at the same time. Or take some applique to the beach so you get some fun in the sun at the same time you’re making progress on a quilt. It’s amazing how time flies (and how much you get done) when you can enjoy all your favorite things at once!
Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to see my progress.
Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Americana meets French General in this quilt. It adds a touch of patriotic flair (and history) to a table or wall for Fourth of July!
Boutique Bones by Julie Hirt of 627handworks
Using six fat quarters, this dog bed cover is so cute (and easy!). And we can’t get over how fun the pieced bones are!
Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
Warmer weather calls for hot colors! And you can’t get much hotter (or trendier) than neon fabrics. Coming in subtle prints, bold designs, and standout solids, neons are perfect for adding a pop of color to your sewing projects — or sew with all neons for an attention-grabbing quilt. No matter what you’re style, neons are taking over for summer.
Neon items for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):
- Neo Dot by Michael Miller Fabrics
- Neon Chevron by Riley Blake Designs
- Neon & On collection by Jacqueline Savage Mcfee for Camelot Fabrics
- Luxury Shag Neon by Shannon Fabrics
- Light Effects Fluorescent collection floss pack by DMC
- Sketch Basic collection by Timeless Treasures Fabrics
Clothworks announced their American Made Brand of solids
Hoffman Fabrics had a cute camping display using new fabrics
We wish we had this cute Michael Miller quilt hanging in our sewing room.
Always the happiest fabrics at the Moda booth for Me & My Sister
A cute owl quilt in the AdornIt booth
Camelot Fabrics displayed a bright neon pop in their booth
Andover had a trendy feather-look quilt from Alison Glass in their booth (Spot the Downton Abbey in the back?)
More brights in the AccuQuilt booth
Beautiful batiks hanging in the Timeless Treasures booth
Tula Pink’s new line Moon Shine for FreeSpirit is on our must-have list
Rich colors were the star in Kansas Troubles Quilters’ booth
Shannon Fabrics debuted their precuts and displayed the softest quilts
Editor Lindsay and designer Elizabeth helped Olfa celebrate 35 years
Quilting Treasures was right on trend with a navy and coral quilt
Fig Tree & Co’s booth for Moda Fabrics was cheerful and cozy
Two of our editors meet with the folks from Camelot Fabrics
A crowd gathered to see designer Tim Holtz work magic with his Sizzix machine
Designer Pam Buda’s booth has some beautiful and scrappy quilts