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
This past weekend the staff of American Patchwork & Quilting traveled to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. We met with fabric companies, fabric and quilt designers, book publishers, and product developers to find the very best projects and tools for our magazines! We’re very excited about everything we saw and can’t wait to share it with you in future issues. Get a sneak peek at some photos we took and the trends we’re seeing! See more pictures here.
Our booth at Quilt Market
Past and future Quilt Sampler quilts hanging in our booth
Presenting Quilt Sampler awards and showing off quilts to shop owners
View of the show floor from above
Our Stitches to Savor expert Sue Spargo had beautiful embellished quilts in her booth
Dear Stella showcased their mini polka dot fabrics in a hanging heart quilt
Henry Glass & Co. showed off new fabric lines in a springtime display
Our podcast host Pat Sloan had the cutest sewing machine wall hanging in her booth
A huge line waits for Handi Quilter ambassador Angela Walters to sign her book
We couldn’t get enough of this Michael Miller Fabrics houndstooth print
We can’t wait to get Aurifil thread to match all our favorite fabric lines
Our Quilts and More cover star Kim Christopherson had the cutest quilts for every season
Pat Bravo’s new line for Art Gallery Fabrics is stunning
Darlene Zimmerman’s booth for Robert Kaufman was so cute
Editor Lisa checks out new projects and gorgeous quilt at Coats & Clark
Get all your kitchen essentials patterns in Amy Barickman’s booth for Indygo Junction
Can you spot the deer in Emily Herrick’s booth for Michael Miller Fabrics?
We’re still drooling over these Kona Cotton solids
One of the most talked-about fabric at Quilt Market was the release of RJR Fabrics new division Cotton and Steel
Falling Leaves from Northcott has such rich colors that are perfect for fall
Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
A Quilting Life
If you know Sherri McConnell, you’ll know that she truly does lead a quilting life. As a Moda fabric designer, quilt designer, and author, her blog serves as inspiration to the quilting community. Her blog posts range from current projects and new patterns to blog hops and creative tutorials. Plus, her projects are happy and bright, making it impossible to leave her blog without feeling better!
Ayumi Takahashi is a pattern designer and author with a playful sense of style! Her patchwork patterns are fun and practical–ranging from baby toys to bags. She has a creative eye for putting fabrics together for a unique project. Also, her paper-pieing skills are truly amazing and will motivate you to try her patterns!
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Ashley Newcomb is pretty much the cutest! Her designs (some free!) are hip, surprising, and still last the test of time. Her quilts are airy and work with lighter colors, which makes them easy to imagine in other colorways for anyone exploring for their next project. Plus, her blog posts pack personality, so you feel like you have a quilting friend through the computer!
Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
We don’t know if it’s a sign of spring, but feathers are hot right now. We’ve been seeing them on fabric and in patterns–and we can’t resist. We’re flocking to them! Whether it’s an entire quilt with pieced or applique feathers for a modern twist on blocks, or little peeks of fabrics for a nod to nature, we’re ready to ruffle our feathers and fly with this trend! See how to add this hot trend to your quilting.
Feather items for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):
- Go! Heather Feather #1 by Sarah Vedeler for AccuQuilt
- Feathers quilt pattern by Alison Glass and Nydia Kehnle
- Social Club collection by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda Fabrics
- Winged collection by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
- Feather Bed Quilt by Anna Maria Horner
Happy May! I’ve been working on my quilting to-do list for four months (and a few days) since setting my goals on New Year’s. (In case you missed my resolutions blog, read it here.) April was a busy month for me–lots of traveling, late work days, and beautiful weather. But not as much time sewing as I would’ve liked. I have a hard time keeping up with something that seems like a “extra” activity in my life when all the other duties of life set in. But I did make some real progress on my quilts and have fresh motivation to get things done now that spring is 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 took a little break from my City Sampler quilt. And although the picture above doesn’t look impressive, it’s a stack of the 60 of the 100 blocks I have done and squared off. And I already chose my fabric for the last 40 blocks, so I’m ready to cut and sew when the mood strikes me! Since choosing fabrics was one of my biggest obstacles for this quilt, I’m excited I’m done with this step.
I got three of the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along blocks done. I’m addicted to making these! Lots of little pieces and lots of scrappy goodness, and each block takes around an hour to make, but it’s so fun and rewarding when you get a block done. Check out everyone’s blocks on Instagram if you need motivation or ideas (search: #apqquiltalong). I have a bunch of the strip sets and four-patches made, too, so the next blocks should come a little faster.
I have four blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month done and have all fabric picked out. The May block is on my weekend to-do list. I look forward to this quilt every month. It’s a quick block and is so fun to see how it’s all going together as I add more to the quilt!
All I have left on my Passion 48 is the binding. I’m making a super scrappy binding, since it will really stand out against the black borders. I have a bunch of tiny pieces cut out and am starting to sew them together. It’s a time-consuming project, but I think it will really add something to the finished quilt!
The Welcome Home door decor from Quilts and More Spring is finally done! I still need to buy a few buttons to sew on, but I couldn’t resist the urge to hang it up! The next one in the series, the summer door decor, just hit newsstands, so I’ll be starting on that soon.
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.