Happy spring! Even though the temperatures are warming up I’m excited that First Frost will be shipping to shops next month. Now is the time to check with your local shop to see if they’ve ordered and ask them to kit anything you might be interested in. Your requests are what gets fabric into shops!
I’ve posted a First Frost PDF bundle and printed pattern bundle (both at a discount!) in my shop to help you plan. The patterns list the SKUs I used for all the quilts in detail. You can also find the individual patterns sold separately and, as always, if you are lucky enough to have a local shop it is great to support them!
We’ll be piecing Woodland Sampler together in my Facebook Group starting in June. So stay tuned for information on that because I have a bunch of great prizes lined up!
Also, in addition to the patterns showed above, my Hometown pattern, originally designed for Celestial Lights on a navy background, looks great in First Frost on white! I had a lot of fun piecing this one and you can find the modified yardage chart here.
I hope you are as excited as I am about these projects! Have a wonderful week and happy quilting!
I hope you and your families are having a happy holiday season! Like everyone else we are very busy over here – I haven’t even started decorating and getting ready for Christmas but at least I’m finally home after weeks on the road! (Which is good also because I have fabric lines to draw too and that is impossible to do in a hotel room!) My studio is overflowing with projects and I’ve put some in my online store – as hard as they are to part with I’m hoping they can make other people’s homes a little brighter this holiday season! Many are magazine projects that I made but don’t remember the specifics of – it all sort of runs together, you know? So if you are interested please take a look here.
Secondly, I wanted to drop in with a report Benartex sent me of shops who ordered Nightingale. As a reminder, there are three patterns designed specifically for this line: Night Garden, Salt Water Taffy, and Sunrise.
This is not a complete list because if they were sold through a distributor (like all international orders and many domestic are) I don’t have access to those records, but this should help those in the US looking for this fabric. (As usual, if you are a shop not listed here or you are listed but under something other than your store name, please contact me and I’ll add you to the list.)
Shops who ordered Nightingale directly from Benartex:
The Bernina Connection – Phoenix AZ
Sun Valley Quilts – Sun City AZ
Honey Run Quilters – Chico CA
Meissner Sewing Machine – Sacramento CA
Quilt In A Day – San Marcos CA
The SewNSew – Glendora CA
eQuilter.com – Boulder CO
Once Upon A Quilt – Ft.Lauderdale FL
The Stitchers Quest – Maryj Esther FL
Fabric.com – Kennesaw GA
Georgia Sewing & Quilting – Buford GA
Sew Much More – Garden City GA
Sew Blessed – Hahira GA
Lin-Rik Flowers – Ellerslie GA
Illinois Quilting in the Valley – LaSalle IL
The Sewing Source – Lake Villa IL
Calico Point – Goshen IN
Rossville Quilts – Rossville IN
Kentucky Fabric World & Quilting – Corbin KY
All About Quilts – Walpole MA
Ann Arbor Sewing Center – Ann Arbor MI
Country Stitches Ltd. East – Lansing MI
Fabric Affair, LLC – Troy MI
Merrily We Quilt Along – Springfield MO
O Sew Personal – O’Fallon MO
White Flower Quilt Shop – Clinton MO
Calla Lily Quilts – Greensboro NC
Creative Sewing Machines – Mt.Airy NC
Sew Much Fun! – Lowell NC
Sherry’s Sew What? – Henrico NC
Are you excited for some summer sewing? It has been SOOOO hard to keep secrets these last few months so thank goodness I can finally show what I have been working on. My newest fabric lines for Benartex and Contempo or Benartex were just featured at BERNINA University a week ago and I’m so excited to show you!
If you’d rather watch a video showing all the patterns and fabrics you can find one here:
Pictures speak louder than words so let’s get started! The new line inspired by the features of my favorite BERNINA machines is called “Celestial Lights”. It will start shipping in July and is beautifully printed by Benartex with details delineated in pearl inks.
There are a variety of shot-cotton prints perfect for embroidered embellishment, including a pearl-on-white not pictured here.
The first Celestial Lights pattern is called Stardust. It features twelve star embroideries – each with a different blackwork pattern – from the coordinating BERNINA-Exclusive Celestial Lights Collection.The Embroidery Collection also features the quilting files for this quilt digitized for both longarms and domestic embroidery machines.There are directions for both a blue and ared color story.We’ll be giving tips and tricks for sewing this over on BERNINA’s blog this fall!
Again with red and blue options, is my new piecing pattern – Constellations!It uses a half yard of twelve fabrics.Lots of pieces but I REALLY love this one!
And super-fun to piece is Hometown, in a combination of red and blue!
Next up is Floret, a fun appliqué pattern that includes a download code for SVG files.There is going to be an Aurifil thread box for this one, so you’ll have an easy way to locate the 28 wt. thread I like to use for the blanket stitch and the 12 wt. thread I like to use for the triple-stitched vines.Also a July ship date.
The fabric collection features five different panels: two ruler panels, two quilting panels, and one embroidery panel.
The Celestial Lights Embroidery Panel Project Guide shows you how to make that panel into a pillow, table runner, wall hanging, and quilt!
The Celestial Lights Ruler Panel Guide in conjunction with the ruler panels show you how to use my new Good Measure Every Oval Ruler set in a myriad of different ways. You’ll love this set I promise and guess what?Hot on its heels will come another new ruler set – RIBBON CANDY!
Next up are my Market lines. With all the BERNINA University prep I never wrote a blog post for them so I apologize for this being a bit late.The patterns for the patterns below one will be ready in a few weeks.
Silver Jubilee is an elegant sophisticated line in silvers and charcoals, accented with a rich plum.
Because of the traditional nature of the paisley feature print, with patterns I went more modern in feel.Here is my favorite… Amethyst Jubilee!(And yes, it is paper-pieced but with just one block and its mirror image.)
Following on its heels in the modern category is Linked.It is fat-quarter friendly so is super easy to kit!
Then we have Mirror, Mirror.My goal here was to develop a 10’’ square-friendly pattern that was dynamic and different.
Since Silver Jubilee was modeled after the original gold Jubilee line, I had time to draw another collection.This one is close to my heart as it arrived in my head pretty much fully formed and that hardly ever happens.I just love the rich tones in this collection and the birds… even though I’m scared of birds in real life.Nightingale is very subtly detailed in just a little bit of pearl.
For patterns we have a large-block quilt called Salt Water Taffy…
And Sunrise, which is such fun to quilt with a straight line ruler and simple loops. (I have a video of the quilting somewhere that I’ll have to dig up to show.)You can use quarter yard cuts or fat quarters for this one.
And then we have my favorite to make because each block was such fun – Night Garden!This is fat-quarter friendly too.
All patterns include SKU information and will ship in late July; I’ll let you know as soon as they are available.In the meantime if you love any or all of these lines please ask your local shop to order them through Benartex! Thanks so much and happy quilting!