I’ve had a lot of emails about where people can locate my new line of basics – Cotton Shot! Cotton Shot has the look of a shot cotton weave, but it is printed on a tight quilting cotton, so it is the perfect choice for embroiderers and quilters who are looking for a bit of texture, but nothing too overpowering.
There are 50 beautiful colors in this line, only some of which as shown above.
Although it is still early days and I’ll have a lot to add to this line in the future, I asked Benartex to send me a list of shops that ordered Cotton Shot directly this month. Keep in mind it isn’t a complete list as I do not have access to distributor information which means that I don’t have access to the names of shops who might have ordered the collection from U.S. distributors or any international orders. It is also early days for this new basics line but at least this is a place to start:
35th Avenue Sew & Vac
Quilt n’ Sew Connection
Creative Sewing Machines
If you are a shop, or you know of a shop, that is stocking this line, please let me know so I can add that information! I really appreciate it as I want to support all the shops who are kind enough to support me!
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.
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.
In the meantime – happy quilting!
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