Violet Craft and Palm Canyon

When I saw the latest pattern by Violet Craft was in the top 50 BEFORE it was in stock, a girl just has to sit up and take notice!  Then I saw her new fabric line due to arrive in February and it all made sense!









This stunning quilt is made from Robert Kaufman Palm Canyon – and boy did she capture the essence of the landscape that inspired it!  Just look at some of these prints:















The pattern will be available before the fabric arrives so why not prep your paper-piecing templates and be prepared? Consider ordering the kit and printing the foundations for them. Everyone loves being spoiled!

Elizabeth Hartman Does It Again!

Just in time for Market, Elizabeth Hartman is releasing three new patterns due to arrive the first week in November. Delightful Desert includes nine new animal and plant designs – and could be the basis of your next Block of the Month program!









This pattern is fat quarter friendly – and is available in bundles featuring a new fabric line called Terrarium by Robert Kaufman which is due to arrive in February. The fabrics for this quilt are also available as a kit:






Greenhouse features five new plants and can be made in three different sizes. It is 10-inch square friendly.  The fabric is available in 10-inch squares as well.









The fabrics for this quilt will also be available in kit form:









Lisa the Unicorn is 2 1/2 inch strip friendly and of course, you can order strip packs! The pattern includes instructions for two sizes of quilts as well as a floor pillow.









Just look at the colors in this fabric line – available in warm and cool colors:









The gradations in this line are stunning! Order everything now because you know it will sell out fast!

Patrick Lose brings the Soda Fountain to the Quilt Shop

Patrick Lose is an industry legend and brought us the original tone on tones that absolutely changed the industry!  His latest – Fizz with Robert Kaufman – are the best I have seen in a very long time!  Who can resist polka dots – and who would have thought that they could be made into a tone on tone?  I simply don’t know how he does it!

Patrick is known for “happy” with a capital “H”!  And, Fizz is just that – even the names make you smile!

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But Patrick included other colors that would be perfect for T-Shirt quilts and our winter holidays.  Who could resist this black in a Halloween quilt or the reds at Christmas!  After all, what isn’t fun about Licorice???

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These fabrics are not available until the end of May – but you need to order them now!!!!  They are just too good to resist.  Check out the website ( to see all of the colors – or make a statement and order the whole line.   There are only 17 fabrics in the line – and you will choose them over and over again!

Maxine is Coming to a Quilt Shop and We Will Never be the Same

This fabric line is not due out until May, but by the time you see it at Market I can guarantee it will be too late to get the first run.  That means order this now!!!! Maxine has been one of our favorite characters for years.  Her attitude and moxsy reminds us of half of our post-menopausal friends – they have lost their filters and say exactly what they think.  And on any given day – or hour of the day –  Maxine is me! This particular print is a holiday panel – but that doesn’t mean it is Christmas.  Maxine takes her jabs at Halloween, Christmas, and everything in between!

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“Blah, Blah, Blah” will be the lining of every tote bag this season.  It comes in five different colors – choose one that won’t show the dirt!

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These prints are not conducive for most quilts.  After all, who wants to cut up the punch line??? That means this will make your job easier.  Surround a panel with an inner sashing of the Blah fabric and surround that with an outer border of Maxine bubbles.  Then back it with the sound bites.  Your customers can have a throw done in just a few hours.  With fabric like this, let it speak for itself!

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Or consider designing a kitchen around it.  Demo how easy it would be to make a valance out of one of the fabrics – and use the grommets to hang it.

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Why not take 1 1/4 yards of this print and border it with the Blah fabric – and demo how to miter the corners.  (There is a table topper like this in my book – More Pieced Applique.  It shows a fail safe way to miter corners.  )  What a cute kitchen table topper!

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Complete the look by making an apron out of any of the prints.  You can even fussy cut the fabric for pockets.  This one is a no brainer!  There are only 14 bolts in the whole line – but five of them are the BLAH fabric in five different colors and four are the sound bites.  Pick and choose to make your own fashion statement!  But, remember, when you are designing big, it takes a lot of fabric so you may want to order multiple bolts of your favorite prints. This is definitely a case where a little planning goes a long way!  Take a moment to decide how you are going to use the fabrics before you order.  I quickly designed a kitchen around it but you could just as easily use it to decorate a half bath, sew up some tote bags for your quilting supplies…….you decide.

The perfect project could be the show piece of your Shop Hop this summer!