5 Simple Steps for Selecting Fabric

By Diane McGregor

Castilleja Cotton

www.castillejacotton.com

About Castilleja Cotton

  • Diane has been quilting for 20 years.
  • Owner of Castilleja Cotton which has been in business since 1991.
  • Designed over 500 quilt patterns.
  • 70% of the quilt patterns are for the novice quilter.

 Introduction

  • Do you have difficulty selecting fabrics for your quilts?
  • Do you get in the quilt shop and then get confused about which fabrics you should select?
  • This will give you the basic skills to select fabrics to produce the most wonderful quilt regardless of the quilt pattern.
  • Selecting fabric is a learned skill.

 

  Learned Skill

  

First quilt, 3 fabrics, 1991                                     Recent quilt, 20+ fabrics 2012

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No-Sew Pattern Kits

My name is Genevieve Rees, and I started Kits by Kalt in 2010 creating No-Sew patterns and kits. I have always been interested in crafts, sewing, and quilting. I even learned to cross stitch as a Camp Fire Girl. For several years I had been making the Heirloom Balls, Pinecones and Evergreen Trees. I give them away every Christmas to virtually every person I came into contact with. Countless friends and family told me I should be selling the ornaments.  Knowing that I would not be able to keep up with mass demand I decided to market them as patterns and kits, instead of selling the finished product. Over the last few years we have expanded to include year – round holidays, including Valentines Day, Easter, and 4th of July.

    

New Kits

After concentrating on the 12 patterns we carried (both in printed form as well as PDF downloads), this year we are bringing the kits back. We now offer the Heirloom Balls and Pinecones as complete Christmas kits, as well as Easter Kits. Each kit is completely No-Sew, and contains all materials needed to complete 2 ornaments- including fabric, pins, styrofoam, ribbon, and full color 8 page pattern. All of our kits are proudly assembled in the USA. Our kits and patterns are perfect for all ages, a perfect afternoon craft for the family to do over the holidays, each ornament can be completed in about an hour.

                  

 

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Being Mindful

Last year I was introduced to The Great Courses.  For those of you who haven’t heard of this before The Great Courses is a company that produces a series of college-level video courses taught by experts in their fields for people who are life long learners but don’t actually want to go back to school.  Topics range from cooking to history and everything in between.  There is something there for everyone.  As I browsed through their catalog I was enthralled by the offerings.  The cooking course peaked my interest but at the time my life had been a little crazy (we all know how that goes) so in an attempt to slow things down and pay attention I chose my first course to be Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.  I ordered the online version and dove right in.

 

For most people the vision that comes to mind when you say meditation is of the person 
sitting cross legged on the floor, arms gently folded in their lap.  But meditation can be 
practiced in many forms.  This is good news for someone who can’t sit and breathe deeply 
and try to calm her thoughts for even 30 seconds without getting itchy all over, it’s nice to 
have something other than traditional meditation that still feels meditative. 

Coloring Books for Adults

Coloring books for adults have been very popular in the last year.  Even QuiltWoman.com has some great coloring books available.  They have even just came out with coloring note cards that you can purchase, color and mail.
Coloring is meditative.  It slows you down.  You stop and pay attention. How to fill the 
space in, what colors to use, and the repetitive motion all create a focus point around 
which your thoughts can revolve. I think there’s a comfort in the concentration detail 
demands. Coloring in a pattern is a lot like walking a paper labyrinth. There’s nothing to trap you, there’s nothing to solve.  You just quietly wander down the path until you’re done. 
 
                      
Give coloring a try! You won’t regret it. Order your coloring book, or note cards at 
QuiltWoman.com.  Grab those pencils or markers, maybe a glass of wine and create 
something calming and beautiful today.  
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Penny Lane Primitives

My name is Kathryn Hecker and I’m the owner/designer for Penny Lane Primitives.  I’ve had an ongoing love affair with sewing since I was in elementary school.  Over the years I tried pretty much every craft out there. Knitting, crocheting and embroidery have always been my passions, but more than anything, I absolutely love hand stitching!  My desire to find something that I could turn into a profitable business finally blossomed in the form of my whimsical penny rugs. I started selling my completed designs on Ebay, but found it impossible to keep up with the demand. Then after many requests for patterns, I decided to give that a try. That’s when Penny Lane Primitives was born. 

 

Pattern Tip:

Here’s a little tip for you…trace all of your pattern pieces onto freezer paper.  You can then press the freezer paper onto your fabric for a temporary bond.  This makes cutting your pieces a breeze!  Once everything is cut out you just remove the freezer paper and you’re good to go!  I like to pin my pieces in place but stapling works too!

What the Future Holds:

I love creating new designs and have no intention of stopping any time soon! I recently retired from my job working in an elementary school and can now devote all of my free time to my growing business. There is something for every season in my line and they are so easy to create!  My advice to anyone out there with a love of crafting that’s hoping to start a business?  Never ever give up!  It may take some time, but if you have a dream, you can turn it into a reality!

Kathy- Penny Lane Primitives

 

 

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Introducing Brook by Jeanne’s Bags!

 Jeanne’s Bags has come out with a new pattern! This one is named Brook!

Brook is a large-sized purse that has pockets all around inside, including a pen pocket.  There are also pockets on the back that are convenient for those things you need to keep close at hand.  Feet on the bottom give this purse a sophisticated look as well as keeping it up and out of the dirt.  A decorative button on the front adds a bit of panache.

The Brook Purse pattern also includes instructions for three different closure options.    One method uses a zipper closure and it is really simple to do so do not be afraid!  The other two methods use a magnetic snap, one on a closure tab and one just on the inside of the purse body.

No matter which style closure you choose your new purse will require quilting, as usual, and that is totally up to you.  I prefer free-motion quilting and am inspired by the fabric design.  Included in the Brook pattern are lots of color photos to help you step by step through the construction of your new purse.

Jeanne’s Bags has several other quilted purse patterns available through QuiltWoman.com.  They are all originally designed by Jeanne Nivard. Patterns can be downloaded or purchased as a hard copy.

  

Finished purses are available through Jeanne’s Bags website, jeannesbags.com

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Quilt Doodle Designs

Hi!

My name is Cindy and I am the designer behind Quilt Doodle Designs. I love quilting and have been quilting since 1982. It is relaxing for me to sit at a sewing machine and sew. It’s one of the few things that I lose all track of time while doing. I love the feel of the fabric in my hands. Yes, I do ‘pet’ fabric when I go to quilt shops. I just can’t help it. I love seeing all the colors all lined up in a shop. So pretty!  Fabric and quilting just makes me giddy with happiness. Quilt Doodle Designs was started in 2010 as I was working on quilt projects at a quilt retreat. I have been designing ever since. It’s a joy for me to offer my whimsical designs to you and quilt shops across the United States and Canada.

At Spring Quilt Market I was able to have all my new designs on display.  Now you can purchase the patterns through QuiltWoman.com and it’s never to early to work on a snowman or Christmas design. It’s Christmas here every day! Living in Minnesota where it’s only summer a couple months out of the year, it’s always ok to work on a snowman design. You can also follow along with me and my quilting adventures at quiltdoodledesigns.blogspot.com

 

Happy quilting!

~Cindy Staub

Quilt Doodle Designs

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Small Town Shopping Series #1

Medina, NY

My husband and I love to take the scenic route when we travel and discover quaint small towns with Main streets lined with shops to explore. I recently discovered that one in my own back yard just 20 minutes from my home has blossomed into a wonderful place to wander and enjoy. Medina is on Route 31 between Rochester and Buffalo in Western New York.

Two great reasons to visit the area:

Great Shop Hop Adventure June 7th – 10th 2017.  13 shops around Western NY. Receive a spool of thread from each shop!  25% off all bolted fabric.  Hoppers can also enter to win a Janome 2030DC, $75 gift certificates, $25 gift certificates and more.

 

Row by Row Experience starting June 21, 2017. Beginning June 21, 2017, visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling to the stores. Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2017 rows from 8 different 2017 participating RxR shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize!

Here is a list of some of my favorite shops. Click here to link to the Medina website where you can find more. Be sure to check the events calendar.

Many of the shops have a wonderful map showing all the shops and a little info. about each.

A Knitter’s Corner is very small but cozy with a table in the center for customers to just sit and knit or crochet together.

Herbalty Cottage has herbs, teas, oils, vinegars, pasta, and classes

The English Rose Tea Shoppe the name says it all – a lovely Victorian setting with teas, cookies, jams, and more.

Della’s Chocolates creates my favorite sugar free dark chocolates along with a large variety of other handmade goodies.

The Bread Basket features different specialty baked items each day of the week. Just walk in the smell of fresh baking will capture you.

Blue Gill Trading Post is only open Thurs., Fri., Sat. from 10-5 and so much fun to hunt for treasures.

ellen j. goods refurbishes vintage things to make them new again and offers paints and workshops to make your own unique creations.

And don’t miss the Medina Railroad Museum where you can drop off the guys while you shop or stay and enjoy it together. My whole family loved it!

 

 

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Fun Animal Patterns!

Rumpled Quilt Skins

Designer Kathy Barbro is a completely self-taught pattern maker who designs and sews, writes and illustrates all of her patterns.  Kathy first learned how to sew the old-fashioned way, from her mom while living on a farm, making 4-H projects. Later, while attending the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, she got to explore the creative side of things through studying fiber arts. After graduation, her interests in computer graphics created valuable work experience, and allowed her to eventually combine the two by designing her own sewing patterns.

The style of her creations are based on a discovery that she made in art school. She loves to top stitch fabric to a muslin backing and run it through a hot wash and dry cycle to encourage shrinking.  The result is a rumpled texture and the inspiration for the name of my animal patterns: Rumpled Quilt Skins.

Visit us at QuiltWoman.com to see our full selection of Rumpled Quilt Skins patterns.

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It’s Happening This Year!

Dear Friends,

Before telling you about all going on with World of Quilts Travel in the coming year, I want to take a minute to thank you for your friendship and support over the years.

As with all of our cruises and tours, I have spent many hours developing itineraries, workshops and special excursions that are intended not only to be exciting, social and fun, but to help you build memories that will last a lifetime. This year will be our best year yet as we have something to offer everyone who loves to travel and enjoys quilts and quilting.

No matter where we are going, all are welcome to join us! We have had guests joining us from all over the world and have become internationally known as a leader in providing ‘Quilt Inspired’ Travel. You do not need to be a quilter to have fun on our tours, non-quilting spouses are among those who provide the highest praise of our trips!

In March, we were off on our first trip to CUBA. We got to see Cuba as it has been over the last 50 years. Our trip was with Fathom Cruises and was a cultural exchange trip. We were totally immersed in all things Cuba from embarkation on.

Our Ireland tours have been so much fun and successful, we are going again! This 13 day tour will take place from May 22 – June 4, 2017, and will be a circle tour that includes both Ireland and Northern Ireland. We’ve planned our tour to coincide with Ireland’s National Quilt Week when there will be quilt related activities from coast to coast. You may read more here.

Perhaps you’ve already read about our 14 day cruise through the Norwegian Fjords, departing from Amsterdam, July 23-August 6, 2017. Joining us in this beautiful part of the world are teachers Jen Kingwell, Michelle Yeo and Gillian Travis. We are sailing on Holland America’s new ship, the Koningsdam, on one of their most popular itineraries. As a bonus, Holland America is offering complimentary gratuities to everyone in our group.  For all of the cruise information including category prices and all that is included, as well as a link to the workshops Jen, Michelle and Gillian are offering, go here.

Our Bali tour is always popular and this year we will be going from August 22-September 2. With the ability to purchase batik fabrics at $2.00 a meter, several opportunities to print your own batiks, a chance to learn all about the culture and Balinese way of life, as well as our tour to the Hoffman California Fabrics batik factory (exclusive to World of Quilts Travel), spaces on this tour go fast. For anyone who loves batiks, this tour should definitely be on your bucket list. We have had people join us more than once for this adventure as Bali is one of those places that some have a hard time leaving behind. For more information see our BALI website.

We’ve have had so much fun over the years with those joining us in Houston for the International Quilt Festival, we see no reason not to continue this tradition. We have a wonderful quilt filled week planned from October 30-November 5, which includes, The Texas Quilt Museum, quilt shop hops and lots of fun in Galveston before the Houston International Quilt Festival activities begin. For the convenience of our guests, we are able to offer hotel accommodations at the already fully booked Hilton America’s Houston Hotel, directly adjacent to the convention center. Space is extremely limited, you may read about the itinerary and all the details here.

Packing more quilting fun into a visit to Houston, we have partnered with the International Quilt Association (IQA) for a 7 day Caribbean Quilt Cruise, departing November 5, just after their Houston show activities. We are offering 15 workshops with our 5 incredible and fun-loving teachers; Cherry Guidry, Cheryl Lynch, Michelle Muska, Sujata Shah and Helen Stubbings. Some guests on this cruise are participating in our Houston tour and following up with the cruise, some are taking the cruise only and others are selecting the option to enjoy 3 nights on their own to go to Quilt Festival before embarking on the cruise; it’s up to you. IQA has planned so much fun on this sailing, it is one quilt cruise you do not want to miss. For all the information and a link to the workshops, read more here.

Due to its popularity, we are once again offering our Quilter’s European Christmas Market River Cruise. This year from December 1-9, we are cruising on the Rhine River from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland on Viking Cruise Lines. We will be enjoying beautiful scenery and stopping at village Christmas Markets and historic sites along the way. With the cruise ending in Basel, we are offering a 4 day extension that includes Zurich, Switzerland and Mulhouse, France. If an amazing adventure at the fabulous Christmas Markets of Europe has always been on your ‘to-do’ list, do not hesitate as our cruise is already almost sold out and there are just a few cabins left. For our 2016 cruise, we were forced to turn away several disappointed quilters – and would hate to see that happen again! For information, including all of the amazing inclusions on this tour, please see our Christmas Market Cruise website.

For our last tour of 2017, we’ve added something I feel will be very special, the Quilters London Christmas Celebration, from December 12-18. We’ve planned this tour to include the best holiday festivities in one of the world’s most beautiful cities and will be participating in many celebrations. In addition to many of London’s wonderful Christmas markets, we will be shopping for fabrics in an eclectic area of textile merchants and spend a very special time at England’s finest antique quilt emporium. Read all about this special holiday tour here.

As it comes up right after the new year into 2018, I want to mention our full transit Panama Canal Quilting Cruise supporting the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. From January 5-20, 2018, we will be cruising from Fort Lauderdale, FL to San Diego, CA. This Wonders of the World cruise features teachers Joe Cunningham, John Flynn, Luke Haynes, Gloria Loughman and Sue Spargo who have put together exciting workshops for our journey. This is an amazing cruise itinerary and one for the whole family. Sign up before February 25, 2017, for onboard credit in select categories. Click here to read more about this fundraising opportunity.

If you have any questions or are interested in one of our roommate opportunities, please email me at worldofquiltstravel@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for your time and support, I look forward to seeing you soon, somewhere in the World of Quilts!

Deb Roberts

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Something Sew Fine

Cary Flanagan, designer and author is our guest today on the QuiltWoman.com Blog.

I am finally back to sewing and quilt design after many months devoted to fiction writing and planning two new books of quilt designs. My first novel, “After the Storm” (quilt related, of course!), was published last spring. It is a historical novel about a 19th century quilter named Hannah growing up in a small New Hampshire town. It is written as a (fictional) memoir. The story had such a good reception that I began, almost immediately, to work on a sequel that features the next generation of this creative and courageous family. But I have also been missing the design and hands-on sewing experience which has been my mainstay. And anyone who has tried to write AND design knows that each of these endeavors uses entirely different parts of the brain. I thought I could switch back and forth, but apparently not!

At the end of January, I joined members of my quilt guild for our annual four-day quilting retreat. I got a lot accomplished on two projects that I had planned out in detail before I went. Just as I hoped, that intensive, total immersion into sewing with my friends, got me jump-started back into the whole process of designing two completely new projects and getting each of them well under way. I am confident that both of these designs will result in new patterns that are a departure from the patterns I have designed and marketed over the past 12 1/2 years. It certainly feels like it is time for a new direction!. I am excited to be working on something really new for me. I guess my next novel will have to wait a while!

One thing I would love to encourage any of you who are either not part of a quilting guild or have never been part of a quilt retreat, PLEASE “run, don’t walk” to join either or both of these opportunities if you possibly can. You will learn SO much and make lots of new friends. If nothing like that is available where you live, either host a group of quilting friends yourself or join an online group. You will be glad you did.

I have begun a monthly newsletter which will keep subscribers informed of new projects I am working on, quilting tips and suggestions, and surprise give-a-ways now and then.

Sign up with your name and e-mail at:

http://bit.ly/SSFmailinglist

I send out a new issue at the beginning of every month. You never know what you may learn from me!

Best Wishes,

Cary

P.S. I want to thank Nancy Dill of QuiltWoman.com for providing me with support and a marketplace for almost thirteen years!!! I would not be where I am today without her!

 

 

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