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!
March 15 is National Quilting Day! Our friends at Craftsy are sharing this cool infographic with us on the history of quilting + some super fun statistics. Click the image below to enlarge it!
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, hop on over to their blog and check out 5 ideas they have for making the most of this holiday! See the blog here.
I have 20 more blocks done for my Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. After working with only browns and tans for my first 20 blocks, it was so nice to dig through my stash and pull out teals and turquoises. Especially with the long winter we’ve been having, these happy colors were so fun to design with! (See my past blogs here.)
These 20 blocks really taught me about fabric selection! In my first set of brown blocks, I worked with only 10 fabrics (it’s hard to find good browns and creams that blend together). But with teals, I was overwhelmed with options. Teal is such a hot color right now, so I had a very large pile of fabric that I wanted to use! And while I thought the bounty of options would make the design process easier and more varied, it actually made it harder. After scrapping three blocks that didn’t mesh together like I wanted, I reevaluated the fabrics. I noticed what fabric combinations I loved and which I were gravitated to most often. And even though I loved certain fabrics by themselves, I didn’t love how they were playing with others. I got rid of ones that weren’t working–and you’ll never believe this, but I ended up with only 10 fabrics (the same as my first 20 blocks!).
My next set of blocks will be a mix of light and dark blues. I have 15 different fabrics pulled for these blocks, so we’ll see if I naturally narrow my selection down to 10 again. Either way, I’m totally motivated to finish these next set of blocks, so I’ll be more than halfway done! Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.
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Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Scalloped Hand Towel from Fat Quarter Shop
Freshen your home this spring with a simple project. Whip up some cute and quick hand towels with a scalloped edge. They look great in any prints, so you can use your scraps or pull out your new favorite fabric!
This duffle is practical and super cute! It makes the perfect bag for the gym or for traveling. It’s roomy, has pockets and zippers, and is topped with ruffles for a stylish touch.
Your favorite fat quarters can be used to create these pretty baskets! At 7″ wide, they’re perfect for holding small sewing notions, little candies, or for a fun Easter basket.