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!
The winner of this giveaway is Sharon Krulitz! Congratulations, Sharon! Send me your address and I’ll get your prize on its way!
So a question in my Facebook Group, Quilting with Amanda Murphy, the other day reminded me that there was a Jubilee quilt that I never blogged about. Actually I never even photographed! Whoops! So I’d like to belatedly share Technicolor in the reds and golds of Jubilee!
This one is super simple (in reality is is a huge wedge-quilt) and it just glowed one it was done! It was quilted in Aurifil thread on my BERNINA Q24 but it would actually be just as easy to execute this one on a domestic machine by quilting around the circles and then quilting the liens that radiate out from the center. What really makes the quilting here is the contrast between the straight line quilting and the free-motion. Really the free-motion could be anything from meanders to paisleys to just loosely following the design on the fabric, which is what I did here. It is the CONTRAST with the straight line quilting that creates the energy here.
One of the best things about this pattern is that once you create the wedges for one quilt, you are left with the reverse of those wedges so you can make a second quilt just with the addition of background fabric! In fact, when I made this quilt I was left with a set of wedges that I’m going to give away – details below.
This looks so different from the original Technicolor pattern I made in Free-Motion Fantasy, doesn’t it? It is always amazing what color can do…
If you are lucky enough to have a local quilt shop you can order the pattern through them, because I always like to support them if possible! If you don’t have a local shop you can find the printed pattern here or the PDF pattern here. (PDF patterns are 25% off for CYBER MONDAY in my shop using the code THANKFUL.)
So that is it – now for the giveaway. Just comment below telling me about your favorite quilting notion. The one you can’t live without. A winner will be chosen randomly from the comments. Just to get you started, mine might be my weighted seam ripper. LOL but seriously it is! One entry per person please. This contest will be open until midnight this Saturday, December 1st.
Some secrets are really hard to keep! And professionally I don’t think I have ever had a bigger one than what I have been working on this past year. As many of you now know, it was my honor to design Jubilee, a fabric collection and set of projects designed to commemorate BERNINA’s 125th Anniversary. And now everything is back from the printer so I can share the information with you. But first let me say, “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, BERNINA!”
When BERNINA approached me last summer to do creative work for their 125th campaign I honestly couldn’t believe it. I’m still pinching myself and words cannot adequately describe how honored I was (and am) to be involved with all this. Thank you, BERNINA! It was my goal to design fabric, embroidery, and projects that reflect the elegance, beauty, and innovation of the BERNINA brand. All of the projects debuted just a few weeks ago at BERNINA University and now I get to share them with you here!
The feature print fo the collection was built the BERNINA paisley motif from their 125 Anniversary campaign. Of course, I drew many more motifs to round out the the print.
The metallics are beautifully printed by Benartex and they are set off by some eye-catching pearl prints as well.
I really strove to feature a modern aesthetic, but with a firm grounding in tradition – just like BERNINA itself.
Of course we had to include the BERNINA red!
The first quilt I designed with this collection was the 125th Anniversary quilt itself. We’ll be doing this as a quilt-along this fall on their blog We All Sew and kits will be available at your local BERNINA dealer. I’ll have more information on this as time goes on, but wanted to give you a peek!
I really hope you all love it! Have you heard? The new 125th Anniversary machines are coming with a special bundle that includes the kit for this quilt! You’ll also be able to purchase kits from your local BERNINA dealer.
Since we kept the palette to gold and cream, I wanted to explore other variations in my pattern line. All of the following patterns can be ordered at your local shop. I do have links included in this post as well for those of you who don’t have local shops, but if you are lucky enough to have one please support them!
First up is Diamond Jubilee. After the 125th Anniversary Quilt, this one might be my favorite this time. Normally I am not into paper piecing but this was definitely worth it! (Plus it is an easy pattern by paper-piecing standards since there are just two templates.) The pearlized background fabric is really spectacular. I wish that you could see it in person!
Next up is Platinum Jubilee. This is a pieced quilt, but the piecing is in the sashing rather than the blocks. This pattern is 10”-square friendly, but I chose to use yardage instead because I just wanted to use the golds and creams for the blocks. SKU info is in the pattern, as always.
And of course I needed to do a take-off on a traditional red and white quilt. So Ruby Jubilee HAD to happen.
Some of you may have heard the rulers that I have quilting rulers. I DO and they are with Brewer Sewing and are branded as Good Measure! They will be shipping at the end of summer so more on that in a later post but I wanted to tell you the surprise hit of the show for me was my Hanging Ruler Organizer. This is a really simple pattern – I can’t stress that enough. This is a pattern for people like me who are intimidated by bags and want to basically quilt flat piece of fabric, attach zippers by sewing them right on the fabric, and then just bind. Nothing fancy here but the neat thing is that you can hang it in your studio and you can also fold it up for easy transport to class!
I also have a set of three rulers with BERNINA (dealers – you order these from BERNINA). They are for the 125th Anniversary quilt but I also designed a ruler panel to go with the collection. There is a Jubilee Ruler Panel Guide available to learn how to use the rulers on the panel, and how to use them on your own quilts in the process. The panel makes a great set of pillows, or a runner or bag. There is also a free pattern called Star Jubilee that features a block from the panel in its center.
Ok… on finding the fabrics. Most of you know but I don’t stock fabric so as to not to compete with quilt shops. This fabric is exclusive to BERNINA shops through the summer and into the fall, but many SKUs were sold out at BU, and everything is backordered and being reprinted right now. So check with your shop to be sure it is on order, but be patient with them because it might be September before they get it in. But it is coming if it isn’t there already. Everyone is working in overdrive to make that happen!
There is also a Jubilee BERNINA embroidery collection that is beautifully digitized by OESD, so check that out too. I did a free bolster pillow pattern that is included!
If you made it to the bottom of this post congratulations! I hope you love the Jubilee projects. BERNINA wanted this anniversary to be about you all – so thank you!