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!

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.

Explore your Inner Child – Part Three

These newest additions to the Whole Circle Studio line are due to arrive this month – and are a more adult version of some all-time favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine them with her earlier patterns to make a statement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you choose one or all – and decorate the entire room around them, they are sure to brighten your day….every day!

Paper-Piecing with a Little Bit of Whimsey

Super Cute Paper Piecing by Charise Randell is full of charming little projects that provide instant gratification. These little bits of paper-piecing are the perfect foundation for totes, bags, pouches, pillows, and even a small quilt.

In this case, the projects are so cute, you don’t need any commentary from me:

  

What a great way to add paper-piecing to your skill set! And, if you already paper-piece, this book is a no-brainer!

Paper-Piecing for Beginners


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have always loved Judy Niemeyer designs but didn’t have the time to make many of her larger projects.  That is why I am loving these smaller ones that showcase one technique and, in some cases, can be done in an afternoon.

My Two Baby Sisters showcases two six inch blocks and a twelve-inch block which use the exact same technique to create this eight pointed star.  What a great class!  Who doesn’t want to learn how to make these blocks without fussing with inset and Y-seams? Additional papers are available because you know these will become go-to gifts.

This Poinsettia design makes piecing circles simple – and at 30″, is the perfect centerpiece for a round table.  Once again, additional papers are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fractured Star in an 80″ square.  In Judell’s words:  The Fractured Star was designed as a beginner pattern to introduce quilters paper piecing. The project is fast, uses only 1 foundation block, employs simple cutting techniques, and is an affordable and fun way to jump into your first paper piecing project. It is meant to make those new to the process find confidence, understanding, and success.

I can’t say it any better than that so why even try???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These patterns are due to arrive in August so consider them for your Fall series of classes!

Paper-Piecing is Hot

Paper-piecing has become main stream and it is due to designers like Cindi McCracken.  She has shown a new generation of quilters that accuracy and precision are easy to achieve.  Any of her new releases would be great classes to introduce your customers to this technique.

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All of the patterns include the paper-piecing foundations and since they are repetitive designs, your students can actually finish an entire block in class.  Each pattern also features an awe factor.

In the Echo table runner, the blocks can be placed horizontally or vertically to create totally different looks.  Have your students complete a block and run color copies of it so they can play with block placement.

Desert Wildflower is set on point – another opportunity for a teachable moment.  And look at the pieced border on Off Kilter – a two for one learning opportunity.  And look how modern Starlight Pathway looks because she created a secondary pattern with the background fabrics.  These patterns are all due in by the end of the month.

For the Book Nerd in Your Life

There are several pics of “book” quilts showing up on Facebook.  And when I say books – take that literally!  For that book lover in your life, why not make them a throw to cuddle under while they read?

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This quilt is a simple paper-pieced pattern so everyone will be successful.  Make a nice sized throw or add “books” to create a bed-sized quilt.  Wouldn’t this be great in Tim Holtz fabric?  It is designed to be fat quarter friendly.

I love this quilt because it gives you the perfect opportunity to personalize it.  Write the titles of their favorite books on the binding. Or, write a favorite quote on the cover.  What a great gift for a favorite teacher.  Change up the fabrics to make a perfect masculine version!

Sassafras Lane – Their New STUNNING Diamond of the Month Program

Empire Place is designed to work as a nine month paper-pieced diamond of the month program – or complete it all at once!  After all, once you start working on a Sassafras Lane pattern, it is hard to stop!

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Whether you choose A white or a black background, it is stunning!  Suck your customers in – one diamond at a time!

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No need to copy the foundations out of the book – they are available on foundation paper…(Item #SASSLN0030  Retail $12.00).

Modern Paper-Piecing at its Best

I LOVE this book!  This is a new, refreshing approach to paper-piecing.  Paper Pieced Modern has complete illustrated instructions for 13 paper-pieced quilts which will knock your socks off!

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Sometimes I just need to keep my mouth shut and let the pictures speak for themselves – and this is one of those times….

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Does this look like any paper-piecing you have ever seen???  And, look at this one – it would be a great quilt – and a spectacular surprise on the back!

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This book is arriving this week so order it now.

Oh Christmas Tree

These paper-pieced Christmas tress are sure to be a hit – and there is plenty of time to finish them before Christmas.

Cindy Edgerton has created these trees in several sizes.  The original “Tall Tree” is a little over 6 foot tall…

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This pattern includes the foundations for two trees.  Adorn the tree with a button pack so you can add ornaments each day – instant Advent tree!

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The Little Bit Shorter Tree also includes foundations to make two trees that measure 17″ x 41″.  This is the perfect size to hang on a door.  Why not make one for each grandchild so they can decorate their room?

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Need a Tree Skirt?  This one is 48″ and is sure to become a family heirloom!

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Or, make an even smaller version of the original in three sizes (two foundations of each):

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Why not start a new tradition and give Christmas decorations for wedding gifts?  Who wouldn’t love this tree skirt or a wall hanging to commemorate their first Christmas together???