Sultan’s Garden by Mary McGuire

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A visit to Istanbul left me with lasting impressions begging to be interpreted into a fabric collection. The Sultan’s Garden is reminiscent of a magical time; the time of the sultans, an era of ornate palaces, bazaars piled high with silk carpets, intricate mosaic patterns covering harem walls, and glimpses of swirling colored fabrics hidden behind marble screens. The elements in the line are adapted from the iconic imagery I extracted from the Turkish culture, then added a bit of my aesthetic, and infused into my patterns. The focal is a tulip, a symbol of the Ottoman Renaissance. Amulet is inspired by the ‘evil eye’ a popular good-luck charm made to ward off jealous eyes.

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The Sultan’s Garden is offered in two colorful palettes. Sunny apricot and watery turquoise hues define one color combination. A second color story features berry inspired lavenders set on a backdrop of subdued natural greens.

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Leave a comment below about a trip that inspired a quilt project for a chance to win fabric cuts of Mary McGuire’s latest fabric collection, Sultan’s Garden, hitting stores now!

Redwork Meets Bluework by Legacy Patterns

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“I have always been drawn to two-colored quilts and embroidered projects. I love doing handwork, stitchery, handquilting, embroidery and punch needle. This is really what inspired me to create this next line. The prints are adapted from vintage swatches circa 1880s. There is a mix of ground shades. The crisper whiter grounds represent my interpretation of what the fabrics would have been in their original state. The tea stained grounds are how the grounds appear now in the original vintage swatches. I wanted to give people the option of ground shades, a newer look or a vintage look. Quilters can also choose to combine the ground shades to give more depth in their projects. If you look at a vintage quilt you will notice that there is a lot of variation in the background because of how fabrics age differently over time.”

“This collection is not limited to traditional Redwork and Bluework and two-color quilts. The original concept was to design two distinct color groupings, however, they can be mixed and matched to create wonderful Americana themed, Quilts of Valor and other patriotic projects.”

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Here Audrey Wright, designer of Legacy Patterns, shows us a few of the blocks from her Anna’s Runner pattern.

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Kits and fabrics are shipping now. Make sure to ask for the collection, Redwork Meets Bluework, at your local, independent quilt shop!

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Lynette-Anderson

#quiltwithlove with Lynette Anderson

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Lynette Anderson got into quilting when she worked on her baby quilt for her first born. She has the quilt still and used it as an inspiration for her new pattern, which will be available on her website soon. She has recently reworked her design to incorporate fabrics from her fabrics lines with RJR; Bread and Butter and Pocket Full of Daisies. I love the crib size baby quilt, the stitchery is lovely.

SKU’s used are: Floral 2002-003, Stripe 2007-001, and Grey 2407-001.

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Share with us your first quilt design and #quilwithlove story to be entered in to win a fat quarter bundle of some of her Bread and Butter collection.

Second entry is if you sign-up for Lynette Anderson’s newsletter and leave a comment here.

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Fun with Boutique Brights

Sue Marsh, of Whislepig Creek Designs, creates fun, whimsical patterns. The fun kid patterns that she designs with Boutique Brights only adds to the creative nature of the patterns.

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This fun pattern, Woodland and Stuft Napper, is a fun sleeper for any child sleepover.

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With schools starting now or at least very soon, Sue has some fun backpack patterns. The start of Kindergarten couldn’t be more exciting.

Apple Hill Farm by Kids Quilts

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Rachael’s home near Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island is neighbored by a farm, which is what inspired the mother-daughter duo to choose apples as their theme for their next line. Christine’s daily foraging for wild apples with her grandchildren inspired her to infuse the line with apple trees and apples, and she spared no design.

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The quilt is a kit project, designed by Kids Quilts, Fun On The Farm (9653-38) – designed for boys and girls alike. Fun on the Farm captures the spirit of Apple Hill Farm in vibrant colors and crisp white borders. This crib quilt is easy to finish and perfect for a beginning quilter wanting to learn raw edge appliqué. It finishes at 44 by 53 inches.

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Greetings from Patrick Lose from the Iowa State Fair

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One of my quilt designs featuring my “White Christmas” collection displayed at the Iowa State Fair. I knew the sledding snowmen print would be great as a fussy-cut fabric and from what I’ve seen from those using it, we all had the same idea smile emoticon Quilted by the insanely talented Jessica Gamez. Please visit Jessica’s Quilting Studio on Facebook.

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Thread the Needle Day

Today is National Thread the Needle Day. It is either a day of celebrating sewing, or can metaphorically mean working through two opposing viewpoints and attempting to work through issues together.

Today will be spent going through scraps at home and making a few projects. Share with us how you will be celebrating #ThreadTheNeedleDay for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Alex Anderson’s Red Collection.

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Ink Blossom II designed by Sue Marsh

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“I wanted to do a follow-up collection to Ink Blossoms with new motifs and colors that were richer and more versatile. This is my favorite collection to date. It allowed me to create in the same manner I create my character drawings, but with a more sophisticated result.

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“I feel the colors are classic and sophisticated, updated for a more modern effect. The grays can be combined with aqua and oranges to appeal to the modern quilter. The teal and purples are classic colors and create a rich more traditional look. Combine the teals and plums with olive tones and create a wine country look. The prints will work well in quilts, home decor, bags, and garments, making it a very versatile line.”

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Here is Sue Marsh holding her beautiful tote bag that she designed to go with her collection, Ink Blossom II. The fabric line is delivering to stores in August 2015! Make sure to go and ask for it at your local independent quilt store.

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Little Sister Tote (9653- 103 black, 101 purple, 102 teal) – This is a great bag that’s the perfect size for every day. It has lots of pockets inside and outside. A zippered top keep the contents in, so it is perfect for airplane travel. This bag looks amazing when it has been quilted, though quilting is not required! It has easy to sew and forgiving curved sides that may be new to some sewers. Practice your binding skills as this bag has lots of it! While this bag is not difficult to construct, the binding require some skills, but a confident beginner can accomplish it with a little patience.

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Ink Blossom Wall (9653-48 black, 49 purple, and 47 teal) – This project conveys a classic yet modern look. The pattern offers an easy to construct method for the block that eliminates “Y” seams. The top center is constructed of a single large block but is colored laid out in such a manner that a secondary pattern appears! The quilt is basic piecing. We use “stitch and flip” to create the corners and angled blocks creating an intricate look without the intricate piecing. Fabric color and block placement bring out a secondary pattern, making the quilt look much harder than it is. A confident beginner can easily accomplish this 54-inch wall hanging.

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The collection also comes in a fat quarter bundle.

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Fox and Friends by Lynette Anderson

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Starring the sly Mr. Fox and the crows watchfully residing over the pumpkin patch, Fox & Friends features a delightful mix of Lynette’s favorite fall imagery. The appliqué is framed by scrappy log cabin blocks and finished with a simple scrappy outer border. The quilt finishes at 52 by 56 inches. RJR is offering laser-cut kits on Fox & Friends. Make sure to ask for them at your local, independent Quilt Store. The fabrics are from Lynette’s recent fabric line, Spiced Pumpkin.

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Lynette used a charcoal embroidery floss for the blanket stitch throughout the project, but you can match the threads to the appliqué colors, as well.

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All appliqué elements come laser-cut and pre-fused on Soft Fuse Premium, making the appliqué come together in a snap. The log cabins, background, outer border and binding come as running yardage. Each kit includes 1 pattern. Additional patterns can be purchased from Lynette Anderson Designs.

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