Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Into the Woods by Lella Boutique

Hello everyone! We have Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique joining us today to talk about her new Into The Woods collection for Moda Fabrics. This is Vanessa's first fabric collection and we are so excited to have her chat with us. Watch the Spring International Quilt Market video of her debut and read on to learn more about Into The Woods

designer tidbits
Q: Tell us about the Into the Woods collection. What were you inspired by?

A: When I was a little girl, my mother would tuck me in under my favorite quilt and tell me the most wonderful bedtime stories. I'd close my eyes and imagine an enchanting backdrop of pine trees, woodland blooms, and wild roses. When I started designing Into the Woods, it was important to me that it have the sweetness and charm of those childhood tales in it. 
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda
Q: What design trends are you currently exploring? 

A: One of the trends I have found myself drawn to lately is Nordic design. The granny square print from Into the Woods has become a favorite because it has a simple and clean feel to it like so many of the Scandinavian textiles I love. Even some of my children's sewing projects (like the Wolf Bait play cape and Rose Red woodland doll) have a Nordic feel to them.
Into the Woods & matching AurifilRose Red
Q: How would you describe your style?

A: That's a difficult question for me--I am a bit of a mixed bag and lover of many styles. With Into the Woods, I tapped into my love of rustic-made-modern style. 
design board
Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Into the Woods?

A: I found myself making quilts and all sorts of play-things for children, but there are a lot of unexplored possibilities with this line. Recently, I've started playing with the reds and greens for my Christmas sewing projects! I also love sneaking these prints in with the other collections. They are a wonderful addition to any stash and I can't wait to see what others will make using it. 

Cottage Canopy, Twinkle, and Wolf Bait pattern 

Q: What’s next for Lella Boutique? Any upcoming projects in the works? 

A: I've got my next fabric line turned in, and though I don't have specifics, I believe it will release early 2015. I can't reveal too much about it yet except that you can expect a complete departure in color from Into the Woods! While I'm waiting on that, Moda has been keeping me busy designing patterns for some of their upcoming groups. Look for some of these new patterns in early September!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bertie's Winter Block of the Month

It’s Debbie here on the Jolly Jabber to talk a little bit about the new Bertie’s Winter Block of the MonthBertie's Winter has the look of soft wool, and it's applique-heavy, but not difficult. Since I adore Bertie so much, I've decided to create a tutorial for you for the first block, shown above! Let's get started!

Start by tracing all the images onto fusible webbing (I use Heat n Bond Lite). These patterns are already reversed for you, so there's no guesswork!

Number the “stripes” on the candy cane so that placing them on top of the white candy cane is easier.

Cut out each piece 1/8" outside your traced lines. You still need to be able to see your drawn lines! Then iron these pieces onto the back of the flannel, following the manufacturer's instructions on your brand of fusible web. Now it’s time to find your sharpest scissors and cut your shapes directly on the line. 

Following the “layout” pattern, position each piece on your background fabric. Remember that you will be trimming this background piece 1/4" all the way around once all the pieces are fused and top-stitched, so watch your placement. 

Now the top-stitching! The Precentia thread pack is perfectly matched to the flannels, however you can use other threads too! For this project, I hand stitched the applique using the wool applique needle by Fons & Porter that has a larger eye to accommodate the thicker thread and a sharp point to pierce the flannel.  

Always bring your needle up in the background fabric and down to the fused shape. Place your stitches about 1/8” apart.

The thread and bead pack used to embellish the project are the perfect final touch to each piece. It also takes out all the guesswork and running around to try and find just the right color of thread or button.

And we are all finished! It's amazing what one little bird can do with Maywood's Woolies flannel, thread and a button or two.

Have fun sewing and don't forget to sign up for our BOM before we sell out! If you have any questions, call us at our toll-free number at 1-866-826-2069 and ask for Debbie!

2014 Summer Book Club: On the Run Again Quilt Book by Heather Mulder Peterson

We're getting to the end of our 2014 Summer Book Club! Our ninth book pick is On the Run Again by Heather Mulder Peterson. This books is definitely a Fat Quarter Shop favorite and Kimberly's favorite as well. Heather has designed fifteen runners and toppers created with precut fabric and the Triangler ruler from Anka's Treasures. If you don't have a lot of wall space to hang quilts or room to store all of your quilts, small projects are the best thing to make and decorate your home with. These projects are perfect for the busy quilter "on the run."

Spinners Runner
Now it's time for our 2014 Summer Book Club giveaway! We are giving away a stash of books to ten lucky winners from now until the end of August. To enter, comment below and let us know what small projects you love to make. One winner will be picked each week and all the winners will be announced August 26th. Good Luck and happy quilting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jelly Roll Jam II: Free Quilt Pattern with Fat Quarter Shop

The moment you've all been waiting for is finally here! I'm so excited to present the sequel to our MOST popular Shortcut Quilt, Jelly Roll Jam IIThis quilt is super easy and fun, and one jelly roll makes two quilts! Are you ready to see more? 

I chose to create my Jelly Roll Jam II quilt with the Miss Kate collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics. 

We also created Jelly Roll Jam II quilts in the Somerset and Atelier collections. 

Ready to start Jelly Roll Jammin'? First, download our FREE Jelly Roll Jam II quilt pattern, pick up your favorite jelly roll, and watch our video tutorial. I added a special touch to my backing by piecing it with my leftover strips!

If you haven't seen our first Jelly Roll Jam video, you can watch it here!

We've also teamed up with some of your favorite bloggers and designers who are showing off their version of the Jelly Roll Jam II quilt on their blogs. Hop over and get some inspiration for your quilt!

Sherri of A Quilting Life

Melissa of Happy Quilting

Melanie of I Heart Stitching

Natalia of Piece N' Quilt

Heather and Megan of Quilt Story

Stephanie of Quarter Incher

Tammie of CraftyTammie

Kristen of Three In The Nest

John of Quilt Dad

I've got a sweet treat for you  to celebrate our Jelly Roll Jam II quilt with 10% OFF all jelly rolls in our shop until August 24th, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. So what are you waiting for? Pick your favorite jelly rolls today and start Jelly Roll Jammin'! 

Let me know what you think of the video and make sure to share your Jelly Roll Jam II creation with us on Facebook, Flickr or Instagram! Thank you so much everyone for joining me!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Two Round Up!

Welcome to the Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Two Round Up! If you haven't seen last week's round up, don't forget to check them out! Today, we have Caroline of Sew Can She, Jana or Jana Machado, and Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock on the Jolly Jabber. Let's take a look at their quilty creations!

First, we would like to welcome Caroline of Sew Can She. She re-created our Raindrops quilt out of the Cotton + Steel Basics collection and Kona Coal for the background. We love how these fabrics give her quilt top a little sparkle!

Our next blogger is Jana of Jana Machado. She created our Flutter quilt in a small crib size using fabric from her stash that she received from our 12 lbs grab bags! What a great idea! We also love her pieced backing with her leftover fabrics.

Last but not least, we have Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock. She stitched up a block from the Marquee quilt. This block is so simple and it's a great way to show off some of your favorite fabrics. Amy chose to use the Garden Party Tango collection for her quilt top!

Thank you so much to all of our bloggers for joining us in our Fat Quarter Style book tour! Check out their blogs for a chance to win a copy of Fat Quarter Style. Ready for next week's lineup? Here it is...

#7  August 18th : Lee of Freshly Pieced 

#8  August 20th : Holly of Bijou Lovely

#9  August 22nd : Ashley of Film in The Fridge 

#10  August 25th : Erin of Why Not Sew?

#11  August 27th Kristyne of Pretty By Hand 

#12  August 29th : Amy of Diary of A Quilter 

Tune in next Saturday for our Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Three Round Up! Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cozy Critter Heat Pack with Made by Marzipan

Hello everyone! Today, we have an exciting collaboration with Maureen of Made by Marzipan to show you how to create a Cozy Critter Heat Pack! These heat packs are rice filled, microwaveable, and oh, so cute!

Maureen is a mom, crafter, blogger, and YouTube vlogger! She creates many DIY projects with great step-by-step instructions on her blog and YouTube Channel

To create these cute little critters, she chose the Squared Elements Lemon by Art Gallery Fabrics, Carnaby Street Powdery Go-Go London by Art Gallery Fabrics and Hipster Teal Scallop by Riley Blake Designs. You can choose any fabric you like!

Ready to make your own little critter? Download the FREE pattern and watch Maureen's video tutorial to get started! Step-by-step instructions on how to create the heat pack are also available on her blog.

Thank you so much for joining us! Let us know which little critter you would make! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Luke Haynes: Merging Art, Design, and Quilting

Luke Haynes is a well known icon in the world of textile arts. He merges contemporary art, design and quilting into one. Recently, he was featured alongside Tula Pink at the Pattern: Repeat exhibition of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. His works ranges from iconic images, portraits, and pop culture. Luke uses solids and creates dimensional images by sewing them together into different silhouettes. He also likes to use scrapping techniques to create texture and color gradation in his quilts. 

He's taking quilting and sewing to a new form of not just a craft or a popular hobby, but art, with his vivid images and usage of various textiles.We had a spare moment with Luke and asked him a few questions to get to know his design process and inspiration behind his amazing works.

Christina's World
Q: When did you first began sewing/quilting?
A: I started in 8th grade with an elective. 

Q: Why did you choose textiles as a medium to create your works?
A: Quilting has a history of function and aesthetic, as well as a living community tradition. I think just the method of making quilts can imbue the work with an added element of cerebral intrigue along with the tactile and visual interest associated with wall art. 

Q: What inspires you?

A: Architecture and industrial design. 

Q:  How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently?

A: I love it. I find gratification in someone taking the time to internalize my work to the point when they have a different reaction. I make work for exhibition so I have to be willing to let that exist in a dialog with the viewer. I have learned a lot watching people view my work. 
Starting from top left: self portrait, Amelie, American Gothic, Material Girl,
Rags to Riches, self portrait, and Summer Evening 
Q: What’s next for Luke Haynes?
A: I am working on a line of home decor objects and designing a line of fabric. That and making lots of quilts so I can learn how. 

Luke is also a longarm quilter but he does not work with templates, rulers or pantographs. When quilting, he says that he is drawing on top of the surface and uses variety of fabrics. He calls his style conversation of textures. Watch as Luke demonstrates his free-motion style of quilting!