I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about where to find my Free-Motion Fantasy collection.
Here is the list of shops in the U.S. who have ordered the full line from Benartex so far (which means it might not be complete, as some shops order through distributors instead):
Ann Arbor Sewing Center – Ann Arbor, MI
Appletree Quilting Center – Columbia, MO
Aurora Sewing Center – East Aurora, NY
BERNINA Connection – Phoenix, AZ
Bernina Sewing Etc. – Ridgeland, MS
Bernina Sewing & Fabric Center – Billings, MT
Bernina….We’re in Stitches – Greenville, SC
Chestnut Ridge Sewing – Millersburg, OH
Fabric Affair – Troy, MI
High Country Quilts – Colorado Springs, CO
Inspired to Sew – Cedar Rapid,s IA
Lickety Stitch Quilts – Lusk, WY
Linda Z’s Sewing Center – Arlington Heights, IL
Lucy in the Sky Quilts – Kalamazoo, MI
Main Street Quilting Company – Bozeman, MT
Mama’s Log House – Huntington, AR
MJC Acquisition – Fort Wayne, IN
Once Upon A Quilt – Ft.Lauderdale, FL
Bitterroot Enterprises – Hamilton, MT
Quilt ‘N Sew Connection, Prescott AZ
Quilter’s Common – Wakefield, MA
Quilter’s Stash Windsor, CO
Quiltworks – Bend, OR
Remember Me Quilt &Fabric Shop – Mountain Home, AR
Robert’s Sewing Center – Cresthill, IL
Satin Stitches Sw’g & Embr. – Columbia, MO
Sew Original – Winston-Salem, NC
Sew Much Fun! – Lowell, NC
Shabby Fabrics – Coeur D’ Alene, ID
Studio Stitch – Greensboro, NC
I hope this helps people locate the line!
For those who have asked about Jubilee patterns, they have just arrived from the printer this week and I’m working on getting them posted.
Happy summer everyone! It has been awhile since I’ve posted and I have some excited new things that I wanted to share – including my Free-Motion Fantasy line for Contempo of Benartex and patterns that debuted at Spring Quilt Market just a few weeks ago.
Of course, all of these pieces were pieced on the BERNINA 7 Series and quilted on the amazing BERNINA Q24. Even though I’m hard at work on some BERNINA University projects (that have me so excited I can barely breath), I’ve been wanting to share my new work with you and hope that you love it and that it will help you learn to free-motion quilt!
Some of you might remember that awhile back I did some quilting panels for BERNINA where you could follow the lines to quilt some common free-motion motifs.Well, in my Free-Motion Fantasy line I’ve expanded upon that concept to present an entire line of free-motion prints.The feature print comes in four color stories that are inspired by the seasons and features feathers, swirls, cross-hatching, leaves – you name it!
Then there is a supporting cast of a rainbow of prints in a full spectrum of colors, enabling you to create a unique palette no matter what feature print catches your fancy.All of these prints are inspired by free-motion motifs that I like to use, so they are great for practicing shapes commonly used when quilting.
There are also four shades of grey in the collection to serve as a backdrop for these exuberant hues.
The fabric can be ordered by shops from Contempo of Benartex now and will ship in July/August.
I’ve developed four patterns to go with this collection. (They are beautifully printed – the printer really outdid themselves this time!) And guess what? They are ready to ship NOW!
First up is Make It 8.This is a really simple two block design that is perfect for showcasing a feature print.It uses 8 fat quarters (hence the name) plus a little bit of accent fabric and of course a background.I designed it in four color stories.The first is autumn, which is shown on the front of the pattern.
Spring is shown on the inside – the colors are just so clear and vivid.I wish you could see it inperson! Benartex/Contempo did an excellent job with the printing.
I designed two more color stories for the other feature prints.I didn’t make samples of them but the SKU information for all is included in the pattern.
Next up is Technicolor.It was my “showcase quilt” this time round.It is a really a simple wedge quilt that is cut from strip sets.The best part is that when you make this quilt you end up with a second set of strips in opposite colors that can be used for a second quilt!I can’t wait to piece this one up in my fabric that will debut at BERNINA University as well. It will be completely different and I’m excited about it.
Then we have Waterfall.I think that this might be my favorite in terms of the way it showcases the colors of this collection.It is a two-block quilt again that looks more complex due to the way it is laid out.The cool version of Waterfall is shown on the cover.
I also did a warm version of Waterfall, which I quilted by “following the lines on the fabric”.I hope this fabric makes you want to quilt like it did me!
Last but not least is Swirls.This pattern is a fun 5”-square friendly pattern that is very quick to cut out.It actually is a reprise from a Craftsy class on applique.I’ve had so many requests from people who have wanted to purchase this pattern separately that I went ahead and released it that way – Swirls just seemed right for this collection.
So, that’s a wrap!If you are inspired please ask your local shops to order Free-Motion Fantasy and the patterns.This is the perfect time for orders to be placed – while the line is still available in fullI don’t stock fabric so as not to compete with shops (please if you can support your shop!), but if you don’t have a local shop you can find the patterns in my online store.The links in this post are to printed patterns but you will find PDFs up there as well for those in far-away locations.
Later in the summer once the fabric releases I’ll do a giveaway and also post the list of shops that have ordered the collection from Benartex.
Have a happy start to your summer and your summer projects too!
Some of you may remember a few months back I showed you how to use the Cricut Maker to cut fusible applique. (I made you a free pattern in the process and you can see that post here…)
I mentioned that the Cricut Maker (unlike many other digital fabric cutters) can actually also cut unstabilized fabric, which is just amazing!!! I knew the next application I’d want to test it for would be English paper piecing. More on that below… after a quick tour of the Maker.
First of all, this machine can cut everything! From vinyl and iron-on adhesives, to balsa wood, matboard and leather. Even silk gauze would not be a problem in this machine!
That is because it has 3 blades so you can really tailor your tools to suit your project. The Knife Blade can cut chipboard, matboard, and dense things like balsa wood. The rotary blade cuts fabric so naturally is my favorite! And the Bonded Fabric Blade cuts fabric with an iron-on adhesive backing. You don’t have to fiddle with inserting the blades correctly because the Cricut Maker can actually detect the direction of the blade once you insert it into the machine. Isn’t that crazy!
And because it has a place for a pen, you can actually draw on your designs using the markers that are available in a variety of widths and colors. So you can have the machine draw out a card design, score it, and cut it out!
It has a Print-Then-Cut Feature within the software that allows you to print a pattern or design on your printer and then cut it out using the Maker. (The Maker can actually detect the drawn lines!!!)
But the REAL key to my heart, of course, is the sewing tools. They offer everything from a Sewing Tool Kit to Leather in a variety of colors, plus they have a rotary cutting blade that you can use to cut materials AS THIN AS GAUZE! (Be still my beating heart!) When I saw the Washable Fabric Pen shown here I had an idea for how to adapt english paper piecing-style patterns in a large format to machine piecing using the Maker to ensure accuracy. I’ll show you that later.
The Cricut Access software is very easy to use. You can pick a free project to make (there are hundreds of options online), upload your own, or pay a low monthly free to get access to hundreds of more designer projects.
Some of you might remember that I made a fun little applique project the day after I received this machine. I was so excited! You can find the post about how to do this here.
Well, when I realized how well the Cricut Maker cut unbonded/unstabilized fabric, I knew it would be the perfect thing for cutting English paper pieced projects. With those type of projects you want to cut out a shape that is apprximately 3/8” larger on all sides than your template. But you don’t want fusible applied to the fabric so it would be difficult to cut with a knife blade on many of the machines out there. So I drew a hexagon in Cricut Access and scaled it the appropriate amount. (If you had a custom shape not available in the tools you could scan it and import it into Cricut Access and scale it up.) Then I simply cut out my shapes!
So this got me thinking… I’ve always wanted to do English paper piecing-style designs in large format using a sewing machine. What if I could use the washable fabric pen to mark my fabric? (I’d want the lines to be on the wrong side of the fabric so it would be important to place it right-side down.) And the Cricut Maker did this no problem. AMAZING!
I have a hexagon pillow in my future pieced entirely on my sewing machine. I really think making the registration marks on the Cricut Maker would simplify the process.
If you would like to see a video on this process I made one you can view here.
All in all, I can’t recommend this machine enough. I love the features, especially the rotary blade and hope this little tour was helpful to those of you who have wondered how it stands out from its competitors…