Friday, June 23, 2017

Rainbow Friday

Happy Friday! We're bringing a little rainbow action to celebrate the end of the week! The beauty below, Staggered Strips, is a gorgeous and easy-to-piece quilt by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton, and it was recently featured in Quilts and More magazine. 

 "Designed by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton. 
Used with permission from Quilts and More® magazine.
©2017 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.” 

 We asked Joanie to tell us about the Staggered Strips quilt. 

Tell us about working with the Zentastic fabrics.
The colors appealed to us, definitely. They’re not your typical colors—it’s a very contemporary palette, so it was a challenge to make them work together without a focal print to tie them together. We viewed the whole line as the focus and worked to put them together.  

How did you develop the design?
We wanted to keep it simple—a beginner quilt, but with a contemporary feel. As we started working with the prints, it became more about getting a cool design without a lot of piecing. We created that with the color wave concept that moves from side to side.

As the design was coming together, we decided there needed to be something to break up the rows. My son Zack, sat down with me and together we started moving colors for the horizontal bands. It was his first quilt designing experience! The bars in the center rows create a visual break.

How does the quilting enhance your design?
Our quilter, Naomi Polzin, quilted each color grouping differently. She followed the curve of the colors, changing the design in each band, which helped enhance the purposefulness of the design.

What do you like best about the quilt?
I like the way it all came together. And that it’s got a very contemporary feel to it.

Tell us about the skinny blue rectangle on the left.
It really adds a pop of color that works in the design! We originally tried the gray-blue over there (which would have continued the ordered pattern), but it just mushed—it didn’t work. The blue really pops against the greens.

p.s. Wouldn't this quilt be fabulous in some of the Bali collections we've featured on the blog this week?!?!

Click here to see the Zentastic collection.
Click here to visit Melanie and Joanie's website.
Click here to find the Summer 2017 issue of Quilts and More.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bali Week: Water Garden

Bali Week ends today!
We have one more gorgeous Bali collection to show you, Water Garden. These flora-inspired prints are paired with rich variegated stripes in a wide array of colors. Mouth-watering! 

Watch our website for the "Mystic Valley" free quilt pattern, featuring the Water Garden Balis! The pattern will be available for download in July. 

Click here to see the entire Water Garden Balis collection.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bali Week: Sunrise-Sunset

Bali Week continues! 
The Sunrise-Sunset Balis collection features all the vibrant hues seen at both the break and end of day. With the exception of the floral print, the designs created in these fabrics come from the dyeing process, creating beautiful streaks and fantastic texture.

Here's another look at the fabrics:

Watch for our "Color Ladder" free quilt pattern on the website, featuring Sunrise Sunset and Nature's Palette Balis, in July. 

Click here to see the entire Sunrise-Sunset Balis collection.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Bali Week: Gelato

Bali Week continues! 
The refreshing prints of the Gelato Balis collection bring to mind this sweet Italian treat--fruity, delicious, and full of summer fun!

Here's a closer look at the various prints in the collection: 
Click here to see the entire Gelato collection.
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Bali Week: Mountain Pass and Sunset Valley

It's Bali Week! We have two collections to share with you today--one cool and one warm, but both equally gorgeous. 

First up is Mountain Pass. Cool blues, purples, greens and browns in dramatic striated designs--so much color, so much movement! 

A closer look at a few favorites: 

Look for this free quilt pattern--"Mountain Waterfall"--on our website in July!

Our warm palette fabrics today come from the aptly named Sunset Valley collection. You'll find every color of a sunset (plus a few more) in these rich balis. 

A few close-ups (you might need sunglasses to view these!)

Watch for the free "Golden Hour" pattern featuring these fabrics on our website in July.

Click here to see the entire Mountain Pass collection.
Click here to see the entire Sunset Valley collection.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bali Week: Nature's Palette

This collection is perfectly named! The colors in it are exactly what you'll find on a hike through the woods. The patterns are wood grain and marble, with a pretty floral thrown in for a little sparkle. 

Wood grain:


Click here to see the entire Nature's Palette collection. 
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bali Week: Colorama!

These linear batiks are so cool, and we're excited to share them with you. 
We call them Colorama because the palette is crayon-color bright! The patterns and colors will really pop in your next quilt design--pair them with a white solid for added contrast. 

Pinks, oranges, yellows, and greens: 

A couple close-ups:

Blues and purples: 

A couple close-ups:

Click here to see the entire Colorama Balis collection.
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