Staff Blog - Part 3

Modern Elegance Blog Hop

As quilters, we love playing with color, fabric, pattern, and design, so it’s no wonder that coloring books for adults are something we LOVE! Not only does it give us a chance to unwind and de-stress, but it also opens our creative minds and allows us to experiment with color and designs that we might not normally use in our quilts.
The coloring book Modern Elegance: 45+ Romantic Designs to Color for Fun and Relaxation by designer, author, and quilter Amanda Murphy is a must-have book for anyone looking to explore color (and have tons of fun doing it!). The book, from C&T Publishing, features romantic florals, classical motifs, hypnotic watches and gears, and decorative patterns with a vintage vibe.

Some features about the book we love:

  • The illustrations are printed on high-quality, heavyweight paper, which means you can use colored pencils, fine tip markers, and even watercolors.
  • Amanda explores basic color theory, so you can easily create masterpieces and apply lessons to your quilting.
  • Perforated edges make it easy to pull out pages and display them for a fun gallery wall of 8×10″ frames.
  • The designs are based off of Amanda’s favorite fabric patterns (including her new Carina line for Benartex), so it’s like you’re coloring your own fabric.

Best of all?

Every day C&T Publishing will be giving away a copy of Modern Elegance!  (U.S. winners will be a hard copy of the book and international winners will get an eBook, but all are eligible to enter!) To enter for today, head on over to Amanda Murphy’s blog and leave a comment! Don’t forget to follow along with the other blogs for more changes to win!

Modern Elegance Coloring Book Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, November 30 
Tuesday, December 1st
Wednesday, December 2nd
Thursday, December 3rd
Friday, December 4th
Monday, December 7th
Tuesday, December 8th
Wednesday, December 9th
Thursday, December 10th
Friday, December 11th 

An Experiment in Coloring:


Just like quilts, a coloring page can take on a completely different look when you use different colors. (If you want to see something really cool, take a look at the video Amanda made showing coloring possibilities of one of her coloring pages.)


We played along in the office and made two versions of a finished coloring page showcased in the book.


Amanda’s design from the book:



Emily’s design (she couldn’t stop at just one and colored two pages!):


Amy’s design:

Play along with us! Post pics of your own coloring book pages from Modern Elegance on Instagram using #modernelegance so we can see!
Happy coloring!
–The Staff of American Patchwork & Quilting

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Enter The Craftys Today!

Have you voted in The Crafty’s competition yet? You’ve only go until October 25 (THIS SUNDAY) to enter or vote. The Crafty’s, launched by, is a way to show off your original work and gain online recognition.


With so many categories (including Best Pinterest Board or Instagram Account) and and so many creative folks out there, it’s no surprise that competition is fierce. Last year’s best of show winner was a stunning knit lace bridal gown.


Who and what will the finalists in each category be this year? And who will be the Best of Show Winner?


I found a few more favorites as I perused the site:


Neither Snow Nor Rain Bar 


Santa’s Workshop


Gold Drusy Cuff Bracelet


And I love Julie Kelley’s story about her Share the Warmth Scarf.


So click over to The Craftys Awards site to enter and vote! And tune in on November 6 for the livestreamed awards event at

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The Craftys Update

So I was cruising through The Craftys nominees and found some fun submissions. Have you entered? Have you voted for your favorites yet? Have you seen these?


The Retro Rotary Phone Purse


Well-Suited Tote


Crocodile Stitched Owl Backpack


The. Best. Collection.



Pepsi Cola Bench


Little Red Riding Hood

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Enter The Craftys


Looking for a fun way to show off your best work? Enter photos of your items in The Craftys! The Craftys is an award program that celebrates the best in DIY and craft across the U.S. There are categories from quilting to craft blogging, and there’s even a Young Crafter category that nets the winner in the category and his or her school a cash prize! (See The Craftys 2014 Best in Show winner here.)


Makers enter photos of their best work online at and fans can vote for their favorites. Each category will have an award, with one Best of Show award presented for the 2015 competition. A team of judges chooses the category and Best of Show winner.


Entry categories include:

  • Craft Blogger
  • Crochet
  • Decorative Painting/Mixed Media
  • DIY Pinterest Board or Instagram Account
  • Edible Crafts
  • Fashion Sewing
  • Felt Crafts
  • General Crafts
  • Home Decor/DIY
  • Jewelry
  • Knitting
  • Online Store
  • Paper Crafts/Scrapbooking
  • Quilting
  • Sticker Art
  • Young Crafter


Whether you choose to enter or just want to see the projects, you can learn more by going to The Crafty’s site, signing up, and checking out this fun new online competition. But don’t delay. Entries must be posted online by October 25, 2015, and the winners will be announced at a livestreamed event hosted by on November 6, 2015, from Chronicle Books headquarters in San Francisco. For official rules, visit The Craftys rules page.

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Happy Anniversary, Jaftex!

Co-sponosored by: Aurifil ThreadsSchmetz Needles, and Janome

We’re so excited to help kick off the blog hop to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Jaftex! It’s an amazing accomplishment to be involved in the fabric world that long (we’re nearing our 25th anniversary, which we thought was impressive!), and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate a company that has been putting out quality fabrics, cultivating amazing designers, and producing beautiful patterns for 85 years! Congrats!


On our blog today, we’re hosting Henry Glass fabric designer and author (and a personal fave of American Patchwork & Quilting), Kim Diehl.

  • Kim says: “I’ve been so blessed to be in the family of designers for both American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and Henry Glass Fabrics, so I’m beyond excited that we can come together today in celebration of Henry Glass’s 85th birthday.  What a huge milestone! In honor of this event, I stitched up this sweet little “Color Me Happy” wall hanging using the beautiful jewel-toned prints in the Folio collection of quilting fabrics, and treated myself to some quality hand-quilting time. A step outside of my “normal” box when it came to choosing a color scheme, which made this project even more fun to make. I’m so proud to be  a small part of two such amazing forces in the quilting world, and I’m looking forward to many more years of creativity together!”
  •  We say: Prepare for MAJOR Kim Diehl eye candy.





Follow along with the blog hop here! There will be fun giveaways along the way, so make sure you visit every day!

September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 - Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
September 3 - Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
September 4 - Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
September 5 - Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 - Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
September 7 - Heather @ Trends and Traditions
September 7 - Martha @ Wagons West Designs
September 8 - Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
September 9 - Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
September 10 - Jill @ Jillily Studios
September 10 - Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
September 11 - Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
September 12 - Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
September 13 - Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
September 14 - Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 - Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
September 16 - Amy @ Kati Cupcake
September 16 - Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
September 17 - Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
September 18 - Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
September 19 - Margot @ The Pattern Basket
September 20 - Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
September 21 - Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
September 22 - Kim @ Aurifil Threads
September 23 - Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
September 24 - Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
September 25 - Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
September 25 - Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
September 26 - Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 - Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 - Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 - Jenny @ Martingale& Co.
September 30 - Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts
Win Prizes Here: 85th Anniversary Giveaway
There are 13 ways to enter! Prizes include a Janome S5 valued at $1500, an Aurifil thread box valued at $300, a Schmetz needle anniversary tin filled with needles valued at $75, fat quarter bundles, and bolts of fabric for your favorite quilt store!
About Jaftex: Jaftex Corp. was founded in the 1930’s when Jacob A. Fortunoff started selling fabric on the streets of New York.  At that time, the mainstay of the business was women’s sleepwear and lingerie.  In the ’80’s, Jacob’s grandson, Robert, dramatically changed the business of the company.  The business focus was transferred to the over the counter quilt industry when Robert purchased companies like A.E. Nathan, Henry Glass, Stylemaker, Chanteclaire, Fabric Editions/Studioe and more recently The Blank Quilting Corp.  Robert is now joined by his two sons, Scott and Greg.  Scott currently is the President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. & A.E. Nathan Co., Inc.  Greg just joined the business in late 2014 and has successfully spearheaded the company’s foray in to precut fabrics among other contributions.

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