I’m excited to be participating in Aurifil’s Block-of-the-Month this year. This year’s theme was the rainbow and I was thrilled to get AQUA!!! Do you think I design enough prints with aqua? I’m not sure…
I love using feature prints in my work so I decided to make a block that would allow you to really make use of them! I called the block “Tightrope”, because it looked like all the elements were trapeze artists balancing on a rope!
Want to sew along? You can get the pattern delivered to your inbox by clicking here.
You can find the patterns for prior blocks by visiting Aurifil’s blog.
If you make this block, don’t forget to post to a photo here because they are giving away a large 12 spools thread collection of Pat Sloan’s to a lucky winner who has sewn the block!
I sewed along this year at a inconsistent pace. Some months I had no blocks, other months I had multiple blocks, but such is life… For my version of the quilt, I pulled from all of my collections this year to make the quilt: Folk Art Fantasy, Meadow Dance, and Winter Games. I chose the grey ring fabric from Winter Games for sashing and I just loved how it turned out.
Thanks to Aurifil for including me in their 2017 Block-of-the-Month! I really enjoyed it.
I hope that you enjoy the block pattern. I’ll be back with another special free pattern for my followers before the holidays – so be watching your email!
Note: This giveaway is now closed. The winner, chosen by Rafflecopter, is Jonnie Britton, from South Carolina. Congratulations, Jonnie! Thanks to everyone for entering!
Maybe you remember this past summer when we announced my Meadow Dance Panel, which features a Guide that you can use with two sets of fantastic Westalee rulers? And then it was sold out so quickly you couldn’t find it anywhere? Well, the reorders are in and it is shipping to shops over the next two weeks. To celebrate, Sew Steady, Aurifil, and I decided to do a giveaway! And it is a big one!
(For anyone new to this page specifically for the giveaway, please join my Facebook Group if you’d like to see sneak peeks of my designs and quilting tips before anyone else in the future.)
The winner will get the panel, the guide, a Beautiful Borders set of Westalee Rulers, and my Meadow Dance Collection of fantastically colorful Aurifil threads (which I used for the panel but also for my Meadowsweet applique pattern). Plus I’m throwing in a set of all of my Meadow Dance patterns!
You have three chances to win by entering here, at Sew Steady, and Aurifil. You have until next Thursday the 7th to enter in all three places. Enter in the rafflecopter below!
One more thing… in my Facebook Group I always get inundated with inquiries about where to buy things, so I had Benartex work up a list of shops that were going to be receiving panel orders in the next couple of weeks and I’m pasting it below. This list isn’t comprehensive as many shops order through distributors, but if you are looking for a place in your area to order panels or rulers, this is a great place to start.
Shops who will be receiving Meadow Dance Panels from Benartex shortly:
The French Seam, Stuttgart, AR
Paradise Sewing, Poway, CA
Meissner Sewing and Vacuum, Sacramento, CA
Hi Fashion Sewing Machines, Grand Junction, CO
Quilted Ewe LLC, New Hartford, CT
Stitch Chicks, North Franklin, CT
Once Upon A Quilt, Ft.Lauderdale, FL
Sweet Darling Quilts, Lutz, FL
Tomorrows Treasures Too, Ocala, FL
Augusta Sewing Center, Augusta, GA
Sew Blessed, Hahira, GA
Hermes Auto & Upholstery, Maquoketa, IA
Berninas Best, Tingree, ID
My First Quilt Shop Peoria, IL
Quilting in the Valley, La Salle, IL
Sewing Studio, Normal, IL
Threads of Time, Danville, IL
The Cotton Corner, Shipshewana, IN
Quilt Cottage Co., Hays, KS
Charlton Sewing Center, Charlton, MA
New England Quilt Supply, Pembroke, MA
Capital Quilts, Gaithersburg, MD
Lilies Of The Field, Easton, MD
Spring Water Designs, Columbia, MD
Country Stitches Ltd., East Lansing, MI
Mo’s Needle & Thread, Portland, MI
Stitchin At The Barn, Imlay City, MI
Love To Sew Boutique, Osage Beach, MO
Midwest Embroidery Supplies, Farmington, MO
Quilts & Quilts Country Store, Branson, MO
Sandhills Sewing Center, Miles City, MT
Foam & Fabrics Outlet, Fletcher, NC
Sew Original, Winston-Salem, NC
Sew Much Fun, Lowell, NC
We’re Sew Creative, Concord, NC
Wish Upon a Quilt, Raleigh, NC
Ann Silva’s Bernina Sewing Ctr, Albuquerque, NM
“Quiltique, LLC”, Henderson, NV
Bernina Main Street, Dayton, OH
Old Town Fabric Shop, Chillicotte, OH
Cindy’s Sew Easy Shoppe, Sheffield Village, OH
Seams Sew Easy, Fairfield, OH
Beth’s Quilting Quarters, Blanchard, OK
The Quilted Hart, Newcastle, OK
Aunt Ida’s Country Loveables, Hermiston, OR
Danners Bernina Shoppe, Hanover, PA
Homespun Treasures, Carlton , PA
The Old Country Store, Intercourse, PA
Heirloom Creations, Sioux Falls, SD
Fabric City, Rapid City, SD
Bernina In Stitches, Johnson City, TN
Bernina Swg Ctr of Plano, Plano, TX
Cupcake Quilts, Spring, TX
Tomorrow’s Quilts, Waco, TX
Quilter’s Apprentice, Terrell, TX
Richland Sewing Center, Hurst, TX
Sew it Up Studio, Hurst, TX
Daines Cotton Shop, Murray, UT
Nuttall’s., Salt Lake City, UT
Stitching It Up, Cedar City, UT
Qlt & Sewing Center of Fredricksburg, Fredericksburg, VA
Some of you are just too quick and have noticed my new line – Winter Games – popping up in stores or have written me to ask where you can find it. I’ve been so wrapped up in promoting Meadow Dance (which, incidentally, is pretty much all sold out but is being reprinted and should be back shipping next month) that I haven’t had time to introduce Winter Games properly so I thought I’d do so today.
Since the Winter Olympics are in February of 2018 I decided this fall would be the perfect time to launch a winter sports line! Then we can have lots of fun sewing prior to and during the Olympics! Are you with me? Benartex has some fun fabric giveaways lined this week on their Winter Games blog hop, so make sure to check it out each day!
The feature print Winter Games showcases winter athletes. From skaters to skiers, we’ve got you covered. (For those who ask, no I can’t do any of these sports. I can’t even do them badly on a good day. I can, however, draw others doing these sports, so I guess that is something…)
I added some snowflakes into the mix. I love how the traditional snowflake motifs contrast with the modern athletes!
Athletes need equipment, right? These skis, skates, and boots are laced with silver metallic. Just a touch…
All that activity probably makes the athletes tired. They need sustenance. Hot chocolate and lattes will do in a pinch.
Do you like the text print? I hope so! It is my favorite today.
After drinking hot chocolate, those coordinated athletes need to bundle up and go outside to continue their training. (I, however, plan to watch this on TV while sewing in my cozy house this February. How about you?)
As always, I have some blenders for you. It is important to have blenders that are fun to quilt!
One of my favorite things about this collection are all the shades of grey – it makes for so many design possibilities. This dark grey is all about drama.
When I designed this collection, I had my heart set on an applique project that allowed the athletes to really shine! So my first pattern for this collection is Winter Sports!
There is a download code for SVG files included to use with fabric cutters for all of the accessories so you can dress your athletes quickly.!
Oh my gosh this pattern was fun to quilt! On some blocks I quilted mountains, on others skating rinks…
I sewed my sample with an aqua border but I really like the grey version too!
I have three more Winter Games patterns coming for Market – I’ll be showing you a sneak peek later in the week. (No, they aren’t sewn yet – wish me luck!)
And of course I have a free pattern for you all. This one features simple piecing on a dark grey background, with fussy-cut athletes appliquéd to the center of each block.
Don’t forget to visit Benartex’s blog hop this week for chances to win a bundle of Winter Games and for some great mug rug tutorials!
I hope you love this collection as much as I do! If you do, please ask your local shop to order it from Contempo of Benartex. I’d really appreciate it. If you are a shop who has bought this collection, you are welcome to post that information in my Facebook Group.