Quilts of Valor – an Inspiration

What an inspirational story!

In their own words: When the Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003, its mission was to cover our nation’s military touched by war—that is, to cover them with quilts and honor their service. A volunteer team donate their time and materials to make a quilt collaboratively. Since its beginning, this all-volunteer organization with close to 8,000 members nationwide has awarded more than 200,000 Quilts of Valor. This book explains the history of military quilts since our nation’s beginning, and features a Quilt of Valor to represent each of our 50 states. Also included are 16 quilt patterns to choose from, to inspire you to make your own Quilt of Valor. The organization’s Under Our Wings project, which brings young people into Quilts of Valor and encourages them to learn to sew, is featured, too.

Quilters are truly amazing! Pat yourselves on the back – and order a copy for everyone one of those volunteers who participate!

Five Yard Patterns

When I see three of the A-OK five yard patterns in the top 100, it is time to take notice! Simply bundle five coordinating prints and let your customers choose the pattern! What a concept – and a way to use short bolts!

These are the newest additions to the line and are due to arrive any day.

The covers are all done in grayscale so you aren’t influenced by color choice. There are loads to choose from – including babies, which use four 1/2 yard cuts. Check out Quiltin’ Tia Quiltworks to see all of the possibilities!

Splendid Sampler 2

In their own words: More than 28,000 quilters have joined the Splendid Sampler online quilt-along–and now Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson return with 100 all-new block patterns to inspire quilters all over the world, all over again!

Along with blocks from Pat and Jane, quilters will find beautiful designs from superstar quilters including Lissa Alexander, Carrie Nelson, Jenny Doan, Susan Ache, Betsy Chutchian, Rob Appell, and more. Patchwork, appliquéd, embroidered, and foundation-pieced blocks provide plenty of opportunities to try new techniques, while a quilt gallery offers fun ideas for arranging blocks. Quilters can share their progress online and experience the joys of quilting with this very special community of quilters.

In case you need to catch up, here is the original 100 blocks:

     

What a great way to learn! Join the online group and you have a multitude of experts to help and provide inspiration!

Perfect Ten

You asked for it so we delivered! Not only did we deliver, but we also partnered with one of the top pre-cut designers – It’s Sew Emma!

Our motto? Keep it simple! The square is a true 10″ square – not 10 1/2″. There are additional markings for five inch and two and a half inch squares, as well as the most popular strip widths. Trim half square triangles by placing the diagonal on the seam line. The black and white markings show up on both light and dark fabrics.

Grab a layer cake – or cut your own – and start one of these quilts today.

Square One and Acadia are both Cut Loose Press patterns – a perfect combination.

These creative and colorful It Sew Emma Patterns include yardage requirements for multiple sizes.

Perfect 10 Quilts is due to arrive next month and includes 16 quilts cut from ten-inch squares. If the cover is any indication, this is going to be a best seller!

Mary Poppins Playmates

The new Little Poppins bag is due to arrive next month. It is doubly cute because you can make it in two sizes: 13 x 9 x 6 or 13 x 12 x 6. Who doesn’t love the proportions and style with a classic touch? The pattern includes high quality stays. (Additional stays can be purchased separately).

Achieve professional quality by using a great stabilizer for the sides and bottom.

Now, don’t you want a set of all three???

Gamers Delight!

Toni Smith is a self-proclaimed gamer and has been selling her quilts at conventions for years. She was asked so many times for patterns that she finally bit the bullet and produced her own pattern line.

These patterns are done with a form of paper piecing. Two and three and a half inch strips are sewn together and sub cut to create the characters. The seams are pressed in opposite directions so everything nests perfectly.
These patterns are fairly simple and a great way to introduce children to quilting!
To see the full line of Toni’s patterns, visit our website. How fun would it be to do a series of these quilts to decorate a rec room or children’s room? Or add borders to turn any of them into a quilt!
All of these patterns are expected to arrive this week so place your order now!
“A self-proclaimed gamer and geek, I have been selling my original Comic Book and Video Game quilts at comic, video game and pop culture conventions for years. After being repeatedly asked by cos-players to sell my patterns, we decided to start the pattern line.  I also travel to teach classes, lecture and give trunk shows.” Tori Smith.

Crazy Christmas Tree Farm

I love the Crazy Christmas Tree! It has three of my favorite things – it is fast, fun, and the perfect gift! I have made and taught this multiple times in a multitude of fabrics. Use two backgrounds, two tree colors, the same tree color, or eight different colors. The truth is I never saw a tree that I didn’t like!

Therefore, I was thrilled to see that Karla Alexander has expanded on this technique to make an entire quilt! The Tree Farm uses groups of color to create a stunning quilt. The backgrounds of one tree create a tree in another block! The lights and darks are simply stunning!

This quilt measures 52″ x 66″ so a Shannon Cuddle at 60″ wide is the perfect backing!

Both patterns take the Creative Grids Spiderweb tool so you get more bang for your buck! Order them now so you can start your quilt as soon as the pattern arrives and have it done in plenty of time for Christmas! The really is a day project!

New Collages!

For all of those uptown girls, this Pink Pump is for you! Who doesn’t love a good shoe?

But if you like things that go bump in the night and Halloween is your favorite holiday, Black Cat is the perfect choice! And the threadwork on this could be a class in itself!

Both of these new releases by Laura Heine are due to arrive any day so order them now!

Block of the Month or a Weekend

I love everything this gal does! Krista Moser has so much talent and personality – she is destined to be a rock star in our industry! Just look at what she has created with her new Creative Grids®  60 Degree Diamond Ruler!

This quilt combines the techniques that are featured in many of her patterns and removes the intimidation factor. Each diamond pattern is repeated twice and takes just a few hours.

Why not feature this at your next retreat? Share a technique, give them a few hours to sew….repeat! Better yet – invite Krista to teach at your shop or guild. Contact her at The Quilted Life. Her personality lights up a room. And, she loves to share her knowledge of quilting and longarming. What a combination! The pattern is due to arrive in September so order now!

Sew in Love with Edyta

Edyta Sitar’s of Laundry Basket Quilts has just released her latest book from It’s Sew Emma. Reds and creams have never been lovelier.

The book features a gorgeous quilt that includes her signature appliques as well as a pieced version. Choose your favorite techniques and begin your journey.

The book also includes several smaller projects and quilts based on the blocks in the signature quilt. In this case, pictures are worth a thousand words…

There are thread sets, stencils, and appliques as well. Visit our website to see all of the companions. The books are now in stock. Order now and choose your first love!