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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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NEW Modern by the Yard issue!

Introducing the latest issue of Modern by the Yard, our e-zine! This issue is packed with colorful inspiration, including 5 projects we think you'll love! 

Click on the blue box to view the magazine. can also download Modern by the Yard to your computer. That means you can save the patterns/pages you like, print them out, and enlarge the pages on your computer to make them easier to read as needed. When you click on the link above, look for the download option that appears below the magazine cover. Enjoy! 

Here's a sneak peek at what you'll find inside:

Debby Kratovil's Modern with a Twist feature, showcasing Sundrenched Balis:

 Alison Vermilya's Stair Step sampler, featuring the Glass House collection by Rose Ann Cook:

Sarah Goer's Summer Splash table topper, featuring the Patio Splash collection:

Stephanie Sheridan's Tropical Pop pillows, featuring the Fossil Fern collection:

Lisa Swenson Ruble's Sew Organized wall hanging, featuring Sew! Sew!:

And a gallery of our newest fabrics with modern flair:


If you missed our first four issues, click here to find the links.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Patio Splash in action!

It's Friday, it's June, and the sun is out (at least where we are!). If that doesn't get you thinking about a weekend at the pool, we don't know what will!

Speaking of pool scenes, we wanted to share this color option quilt from the August 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. Laura Boehnke used our Patio Splash collection (hello, summer!) to create a bold and dramatic version of Toby Lischko's "Point the Way" quilt featured in the magazine. 
So much summer fun! 

Based on a design by Toby Lischko of Gateway Quilts & Stuff. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 

Click here to see the entire Patio Splash collection.
Click here to find two more quilt patterns made with these fabrics.  
Click here to find the quilt on the AP&Q website and find the August issue of the magazine.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Henrietta Hen

Chicken and rooster prints are always popular--they're fun for placemats, aprons, hotpads, and other kitchen-related projects. But you've never seen chicken prints like these! Henrietta Hen by Kanvas is a fresh and updated chicken collection. Done in a classic red, black and white palette (with pops of yellow), the designs mix traditional (checks and pin dots) with whimsy (hen tracks, sweet baby chicks, and our personal favorite--dots that look like fried eggs!) 

The collection includes this fun panel of hen and chick blocks--perfect for fussy cutting! 

A close-up look at a few of our favorites:

Click here to see the entire Henrietta Hen collection.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bumble Bumble!

Mix bees and daisies for plenty of summery fun! This novelty collection has adorable bumblebees buzzing around, and big hand-drawn daisies. Add in cool honeycomb (hexie!) prints, a "bizzy" stripe, a checkerboard, and small florals.  So much fun in black, gray and yellow--bright and cheery and ready for your next sewing project.

Click here to see the entire Bumble Bumble collection.
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Friday, June 2, 2017


It's appropriate that this new music-themed collection from Kanvas is called Encore because fans of The Music in Me fabric collection will be thrilled to hear we have more music prints! Encore features seven additional prints that coordinate beautifully with The Music in Me.

If you're looking for quilt pattern ideas, we've got some!
The "Concerto" quilt, designed by Stephanie Sheridan and Linda Leathersich of Stitched Together Studios, was featured in Quick Quilts magazine. 
Click here to read more about it. 

We also have a free quilt pattern using The Music in Me.
Click here to find it. 

Click here to see the entire Encore collection.
Click here to see the entire The Music in Me collection. 

p.s. Congratulations to our Summer Mini Blog Hop Winners!
Play Ball:
Darrell H.

Liberty Garden:
Angela S.

Patio Splash:
Paige A.

Anything Goes:
Monica R. 

Your bundles are on their way!

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