Note: The winner of this giveaway by random number is Judy Vaughn. Thanks to everyone who entered! We’ll have more giveaways in the next couple of months.
A couple of months ago my quilting friend Mandy Leins approached me with an offer to review her new book Inspired Free-Motion Quilting, which she wrote in collaboration with the well-known quilt collector Bill Volckening. Well, of course I said, “YES!” Who could resist a book with the byline, “Antique Quilts Reinterpreted for Today’s Quilter!” Not me, certainly.
In this book Bill has chosen some antique quilts from his collection that he finds especially compelling. This tonal one took my breath away!
Pretty spectacular, huh?
Mandy then takes the designs in those quilts and reinterprets them for the modern quilter. But the best thing is how she breaks them down into step-by-step illustrations to walk you through the process!
Fun, right? Mixing modern with traditional designs is my favorite! For a chance to win an electronic copy of the book, comment below telling me what was your favorite project that you completed in 2018. I’ll choose the winner this Sunday the 13th.
For more chances to win, stop by the other websites on the Inspired Free-Motion Quilting Blog Hop.
I’ve been busy drawing new fabric and getting new patterns sent to the printer in the midst of cookie baking and present wrapping. I thought it would be fun to take a moment and show you my holiday collection for next year! (Note that some PDFs for patterns are available now, but printed patterns will start shipping the first week in January, so you can ask your local shop to order!)
Some of you might remember pictures of my booth at Fall Market.
I already introduced “Thankful”, my fall collection shipping in March, in this post, but I haven’t showed you the holiday goodies in store for next year so here it goes…
My new holiday collection is called Christmas Magic. It ships in April from Contempo of Benartex and I’m so excited about it! The project that best encapsulates this collection is my favorite new pattern. It is styled in the vein of Sewing Room Sampler and is called Christmas Magic Sampler. Can I even say how much fun this one is to sew? The pattern will start shipping the first week of January. There will be extra finishing instructions on my website for smaller items.
Christmas Magic Sampler is just available as a printed pattern because of its many pages and full-color illustrations. My website just can’t accommodate a file of this size unfortunately, but I do have very reasonable shipping rates for patterns for international customers who don’t have local shops so I hope this helps.
Ok, so I got so carried away showing you the sampler I forgot to talk about the fabrics themselves! Christmas Magic has just 19 SKUs, making it really do-able for quilt shops. It is sort of a “gingerbread meets stained glass” look and the prints are exuberant and happy!
When I design large quilts I also like to give people options for smaller projects. Gingerbread Star is a small applique table topper perfect for gift-giving. (I actually am hoping someone who is better at finishing than myself is inspired to make a box-edged pillow out of it.) And it includes a download code for SVG files for digital fabric cutters of course. I had so much fun playing with the color combinations with this pattern and hope that you do too!
My final pattern for this collection is the quick and easy Christmas Magic Tree Skirt. This one is 2-1/2” strip friendly so you can make it scrappy out of strips or you can make a more planned version out of yardage.
I also sewed Christmas Magic Tree Skirt in Jubilee Holiday. And oh my goodness speaking of which, did you know that Jubilee holiday ships next month???
Here are just a few prints from my Jubilee Holiday collection for Benartex. (Since we already had red prints we could not resist having green!) Also… I can’t even express how beautifully Benartex printed this, and with all the pearls and metallics, that isn’t an easy feat!
I hope you love this one too! You might be thinking that January is pretty early in the year for a Christmas collection, but guess what you can do with it?
If you have made it to the bottom of this post thanks so much for staying with me – I know it was long, but I have a ton of new product next year! The printed patterns for all of the above patterns, plus the new Thankful patterns, will ship around the first week of January. I hope that you are excited about these projects for next year and that you thoroughly enjoy the holiday season in this one!
Best wishes and happy quilting. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.
You might have noticed my Good Measure Quilting Rulers popping up in shops! There are 8 different sets, and all feature a non-skid backing and two colors of markings. Here are some videos to show you more…
You can ask your local shop to order these rulers from Brewer Sewing. I always support local shops because they are the lifeline of our industry. If you don’t have a local shop I have a limited number in my store, but if you have a local shop, you can save on shipping.
Later in the week I’ll show you a preview of my holiday collection for next year – can’t wait! There is a sampler that is similar in feel to Sewing Room Sampler that is such fun to sew – I hope you’ll love it!
And speaking of holidays – hope yours are merry and bright!