Posted by: QWBlog on: December 4, 2013
Do you have a flair for vintage quilting? Have you attempted to quilt with vintage fabric, or incorporate family heirlooms such as treasured documents or keepsakes into your quilts? At QuiltWoman.com., we gathered some tips and ideas for creating with vintage finds that may help you with your vintage quilting projects.
1. Purchasing Vintage Fabric- There are hundreds if not thousands of sources for vintage fabrics. Here are some ideas;
2. Prewashing Vintage Fabric. Before you start creating quilting projects using your vintage fabric, you’ll want to clean it. Nothing is worse than spending hours creating a vintage quilt then watching it disintegrate when it’s washed. Wash it gently. If you are not sure about how it should be washed, err on the safe side and wash it by hand. If the fabric is stained, discolored or has odors, soak it in Oxiclean for a couple of days and air dry it on a breezy day outdoors.
4. Cutting vintage fabric. You might find that the process of cutting vintage fabric is a little different than cutting regular fabric. For example, you might have to use a little thought process and creativity if your fabric still has imperfections. You may find yourself having to use creativity with the cutting layout so that you can work around the imperfections.
5. Quilting with Vintage Finds such as treasured family heirlooms. Items not made from fabric, such as cherished documents (i.e. love letters, marriage licenses, report cards and photographs, for example) can be incorporated into vintage quilting. QuiltWoman.com. carries EQ Printables Inkjet fabric Sheets. Simply scan the document into a photo editing software program and print it right out onto the paper backed fabric sheets for an instant fabric version of your heirloom.
Do you have experience with quilting with vintage finds? We would love to hear about it.
Posted by: QWBlog on: December 3, 2013
Here at QuiltWoman.com, we love to highlight quilting trends and show you fun patterns that incorporate those trends. One of the strongest trends we continue to see everywhere…. All Kinds of Hexagons.
Even if you slept through grade school geometry class, you probably still know what a Hexagon is. It is a figure with six straight sides and angles. According to Ask.com. Quilters have been infatuated with hexagons for hundreds of years. The earliest dated hexagon template goes all the way back to 1770 England. By the 1830′s hexagons were one of the most popular quilting patterns around.
Eventually the hexagon pattern made its way to the United States. By the 1920s and 30s many women were hand stitching Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts. As Ask.com notes “It was the perfect quilt pattern of the time. Women hand pieced hexagons that were easily sewn out of scraps and featured bright beautiful colors, reminiscent of a flower garden, in an otherwise dark and difficult time.”
With Elenanor Burns’ Honeycomb quilt pattern, the “buzz” is all about no pivoting, no pinning and no inset seams! The “sting” is taken out with just straight sewing! There are three quilt sizes and a colorful table runner. Don’t want to cut Hexsies yourself? Directions are included for using pre-cut Hexagons or the AccuQuilt GO! A Plexiglass Hexagon Template is included with this pattern.
For beginning quilters, we like Barb Sackel’s delightful wall hanging called ”String of Beads.” Switch out the fabrics with holiday colors and prints to create a nice tablerunner. This pattern is also compatible with the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter and uses applique techniques.
The book features not only hexagon quilts, but pillows, wall hangings, pot holders, and more. Jen shows how to create hexagons without Y-seams or hand sewing. She uses a quick facing technique in lieu of English paper piecing. In this book, you will;
The popular site, Pinterest, is loaded with colorful images of all kinds of hexagons including project ideas and technique tutorials. We would love to feature your hexagon inspired projects here at the QuiltWoman.com blog. Leave us a comment telling us about your latest Hexagon project.
Posted by: QWBlog on: December 2, 2013
Have you ever wondered how designers get inspiration for their quilts? After attending the International Quilt Market, Inspiration for a new AccuQuilt GO? pattern series struck. I was inspired to create a new quilt using the AccuQuilt Go! die cutting machine and AccuQuilt dies.
The idea for this new pattern series which will be 100% GO! die cutter compatible was formed on the plane on the way back from Quilt Market last fall. The show is so inspiring that I often write lots of ideas on the plane ride home.
Step two was to pick a color scheme for the first pattern. I received a Christmas catalog in the mail and the cover picture had such wonderful colors in it that I kept staring at it. I started looking for a line of blenders containing all those colors and I found and ordered a bolt of each.
Next I went through all of the dies available for the AccuQuilt GO! and made a list of all those which would work for my idea. I have several local friends with GO! cutters and we share dies. I had them each send me a list of their dies and made a spreadsheet so I could easily look up who had what and borrow what I needed. I checked to see if among us we had all the needed dies and ordered what we were missing.
Then I borrowed the dies I needed just long enough to make cardstock cutouts from them so I wouldn’t need to keep them for all the months I knew it would take to formulate this design series. I put each set of cutouts in a ziplock bag labeled with the die number.
Now I was ready to get creative. I started cutting rows of background shapes from all the colors of fabric and arranging them. Here you can see my color scheme and the beginning of the background of the first quilt which will be wall hanging size.
Stay tuned as I develop this pattern series – you are going to be very surprised at where I am going with this!
Posted by: QWBlog on: November 25, 2013
If you are an avid fan of the popular British television series “Downton Abbey,” you will love our patterns inspired by the international series. As we eagerly await season 4 (which is about 43 days away as of this writing), let us share with you our Downton Abbey Quilt Patterns.
This pattern was designed by myself, Nancy Dill, using reproduction fabrics created just for the Downton Abbey TV show. The fabric featured has been appropriately named “Downton Queen” by Kathy Hall for Andover Fabrics. The pattern is for intermediate and advanced skill levels. The finished size of this quilt is 84″ x 84.” This pattern can be purchased through Quiltwoman.com and is available in an e-pattern as well. When Andover asked me to see if any of my designers could come up with anything really special for this fabric line, I decided I wanted to take a crack at it myself. I started sketching at the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) while in Vegas. At that time, I had only watched the show once before. I rented seasons 1-3 and watched them as I was making the quilt. Now my husband and I are both completely hooked! We love the history that is intertwined with the plot and Maggie Smith is such a hoot. The technique I used to create the pointy border I created myself. I really enjoyed working on this design. It was very exciting to see the quilt displayed in the huge presentation at Quilt Market and in the Andover booth during the show.
This pattern, designed for the advanced beginner, is the perfect way to decorate your living area. You’ll find yourself “dressing for dinner” once it’s completed! The finished size of this quilt is 48″ x 66.” Barb Sackel, who designed this pattern, used fabrics from the Downton Abbey collection and Dimples by Andover.
So grab a cup of tea, tune into PBS, and make one of these beautiful quilts!
Posted by: QWBlog on: November 24, 2013
We frequently get requests here at Quiltwoman.com for quilts for men or as we like to call it a “Man Quilt.” Defining what a Man Quilt is has always been a conundrum for me. I did a web search and it pretty much confirmed the direction my thinking was headed in. No flowers, no froo-froo frilly, no pink, no bright glorious colors and no need for intricate designs and complicated patterns. It seems that earth tones are the consensus when it comes to color choice. Keeping the design simple makes it easy for the quilter.
Searching for Quilts for Men
I searched the Quiltwoman.com website and came up with a few suggestions. The Quilt shown above is Scenic Outdoors Quilt Pattern RRD-107. Any outdoors man would love the fabric used to create this quilt by Kristy Ball of Rambling Rose Designs. Designed for an Advanced Beginner, this quilt lets you choose your favorite panel fabric with this fun quilt pattern.
Another quilt pattern I found with a masculine feel is Sideways Motion Quilt Pattern CJS-104. With easy assembly featuring strip piecing, this extra long bed quilt is suitable for a college dorm twin bed, perfect to make for a man’s dorm room. This quilt is easy to create. Simply, sew your strips, cut them into triangles, and stitch everything together. You can even use the leftovers from the strip sets (with a bit more fabric) to make a BONUS lap quilt. Featured fabrics are Textured Study by Artisan Batiks for Robert Kaufman.
Check out the Northcott Stonehenge collection and the Marblehead collections by Ro Gregg for Paintbrush studios for great inspiration. These fabric lines have great rugged texture and many earth tones….after all you can’t get earthier than designs based on rocks!!!
If your guy is more contemporary, he might like Modern Pop Two Quilt Pattern SLM-201. This quilt pattern features a modern look with nice clean lines made with “Poppers”, a narrow sashing pieced around each fabric piece. Pattern written for 3 sizes: lap, twin and queen. This pattern was designed by Sharon Mayers of Piecing with Poppers.
A long time ago I adopted the philosophy that not every quilt I make has to be an heirloom. Think about the recipient. If the person you are giving the quilt to will be just as happy with an easily constructed quilt, why make more work for yourself? Then you need to consider the dynamics of how you will feel if the guy lets his dog cuddle up under the quilt too, or on top of it, or if it ends up in the pick up truck! Maybe it would be easier on the relationship if you didn’t give him something you will get upset about if he USES it to death! After all, what could be better?
Whatever you do, the love that is stitched into it will always be felt! A well-chosen quilted gift for your guy from you should reflect his personality. Consider the dreams and desires of your beloved use your quilting skills and quilt the perfect gift!
And one more quilt before I sign off and get ready for a busy holiday season. Anne Marcellis designed the quilt above with a man in mind. Its called “Starshine.”
Posted by: QWBlog on: August 13, 2013
Barb designed Meadow Path using the Stonehenge Meadow fabric collection (don’t you just love ALL the Stonehenge fabrics?).
Using a panel as the focus of the quilt, Barb has brilliantly framed the idyllic meadow scene with the complementary fabrics from the collection. With a skill level of Advanced Beginner, piecing this beautiful quilt can be accomplished by anyone with some quilting experience. The pattern can be purchased as an instant download or be shipping to you as a paper pattern.
Congratulations Barb! How thrilling to be in print unexpectedly between produce and the deli!
Posted by: QWBlog on: July 2, 2013
Quiltwoman.com is soaring to new heights by leaps and bounds. We are adding new patterns, new designers, and new programs at an amazing rate. The sky is the limit! We are always trying to contrive new ways to meet your needs. We are collaborating with fabric companies to create designs for new fabric lines and having the patterns available as the fabric hits the shops! Now you can search for patterns by entering the name of the fabric line in our search bar and any patterns designed specifically to showcase that line will show up! WOW! WHOOPEE! and HIP-HIP-HOORAY! It just got so much easier to decide how to use that irresistible fabric! Here is an example:
Posted by: QWBlog on: June 18, 2013
Are you going to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago? It’s being held June 21 – 23. Keep your eyes open for the official Festival tote bags and other Festival merchandise. They’ll all be sporting this logo.
If it looks familiar to you, there’s a reason. It was designed by Joan Dorsay, one of the QuiltWoman.com designers! This Baltimore Album quilt was displayed at the Houston International Quilt Festival in the Fall of 2012. How cool is that!
If you like Joan’s designs, we have a whole slew of them on QuiltWoman.com.
How about Joan’s Tulips in the Round Quilt Pattern? Nice, eh?
Another favorite of ours is Cockscomb and Currants Quilt Pattern.
See all Joan’s distinctive applique quilt patterns on her designer page at QuiltWoman.com.
Posted by: QWBlog on: October 19, 2012
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I love to go on a journey, whether it’s in my vehicle or in my mind! I saw the barn quilt Hillside Barns and Pasture (ME-108) I love the little doors that open to reveal animals inside.
and the book Quilt Blocks on American Barns from Quilt in a Day (QD-1082) also came up,
There is nothing like an Eleanor Burns book to guide you step by step through the process. For our neighbors here in western New York (our stomping grounds), there are two barns in the book from Kendall, New York.
Traditional quilters will like this Barn Dance Quilt Pattern from the Straight to the Point series, (QW-06)
With apologies to Willie Nelson…
On the road again-
Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is doing quilting with my friends….
Willie Nelson may not have included that line about quilting in his lyrics but its such a good traveling song that it just pops into our heads when we think of a road trip! Have you ever taken any of the quilt barn trails?
We found a lot of information on quilt barn trails at the American Quilt Barns website.
If you have quilt barn trail information or suggestions to share, the QuiltWoman.com staff would love to hear from you. When you set out on your Autumn road trips, check out if there are any quilt barn tours in the area!
Posted by: QWBlog on: October 9, 2012
We love it when we hear from our customers and here’s once such case. Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it seems the appropriate time to share this.
When I first saw this quilt it was done in navy and tan. I loved it. I ordered the pattern and you can imagine my surprise when it (the cover) arrived in black/white and pink. At the time I was dealing with breast cancer. Just the title “Circle of Hope” had a special meaning for me. I found pink fabric with cancer ribbon on it and the pink polka dot online. My search for different blacks and whites began. What fun. I am now hand quilting my assembled quilt and want to have it ready for our quilt show in March. Why am I writing you? I would like your permission to show my quilt with pride at our show.
Of course we said “YES!” Mary also included a picture of herself with her finished quilt top and gave us permission to share it with all of you.
Mary, we wish you nothing but excellent health in the future. The same goes to all cancer survivors. Our hats are off to you!