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
Rogers Sewing Center – Rogers, AR
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!
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