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Windham Wednesdays with the Hand Maker Collection

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Natalie Barnes has created an awesome, modern collection for Windham Fabrics called Hand Maker.  With 23 skus in this group, I hardly knew where to begin. But, they whispered loudly and I grabbed a handful of the colors, setting aside the black and white prints for the time being. The Hand Maker Collectio n by Natalie Barnes for Windham Fabrics I grabbed a tried and true pattern of mine and resized it. It's my Easy  Winding Ways  applique block and you will see how easy this is to make. I wanted to get the most out of a fat quarter, so I cut 8-1/2" background squares that will work with my applique. (You can find this same Winding Ways pattern in a larger, 10" finished block size in my Etsy Store.) I began with my template cut from freezer paper. I ironed it to the right side of an 8" square of my chosen fabric, with the fusible interfacing underneath (the applique can be cut from a smaller piece of fabric than the background square). Then I cut it out.

Updated Double Wedding Ring featured in Modern by the Yard and FREE pattern

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The new magazine is out today: Modern by the Yard (Benartex). You can also preview it at the Sew in Love with Fabric blog site You will find inspiration and updated traditional blocks for today's quilter. My feature is about an updated Double Wedding Ring (DWR). DWR melon shapes ready to create something modern No, I didn't sew these all together. What a lump and sewing challenge that would have been in that center! Here's what I did create. A real modern twist on a traditional Double Wedding Ring (DWR). Find this FREE pattern in the new eMagazine: Modern by the Yard You may find that the link for the pdf containing the melon shape doesn't work. Just send me an email and I'll get that off to you: kratovil@his.com. Benartex is working to fix the glitch. I hope you enjoy the other 4 patterns included, as well as the features on other quilters and a lot of eye candy for new fabric collections.

Modern by the Yard, Fall Edition, released tomorrow!

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The newest edition of Modern by the Yard (by Benartex) is released on Monday, November 28. I was asked to update a traditional pattern and I chose the Double Wedding Ring. It's something I've been doing for almost 15 years and I think you'll like the quilt and the process. Here's a little teaser: Sew in Love with Fabric  will reveal the pattern tomorrow! You will also see one of my "oldie goldie" quilts from long ago, also made with Benartex fabrics. Published in Quick Quilts Magazine, early 2000s. Tomorrow I'll reveal the quilt and a link to get the FREE pattern. Until then, enjoy your weekend!

Windham Wednesdays on the Farm

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Today I want to share two sweet projects made for my little granddaughter using the Farm Collection by Windham Fabrics. She is not yet 3 years old and still enjoys the simple things (ie, she's not a teenager, ok?) Remember this main print I shared the other day? Main print in the Farm Collection  Here is the set of fat quarters Windham sent to me. Aren't they SO CUTE? That is one SAUCY rooster, don't you think? Set of fat quarters from the Farm Collection I struggled. Why? To a quilter, ALL fabric says "quilt!" But I knew that her mom (my daughter) wanted another pillowcase for Eva. She has several quilts already. I selected two fabrics to go with the main print. All I had was fat quarters so I needed to piece the main part of the pillowcase. One for the front and one for the back. Happy little farm animals, smiling at me as they know they're going to get off my fabric shelf and go live with a little child! See how happy these animals a

Dreamscape Fabrics, Free Pattern & Giveaway!

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Contest is over and my winner has been notified. Thanks to EVERY ONE of you for visiting, saying kind words about my block and giving feedback on blenders, paper piecing and anything else quilt-worthy! I appreciate all of you. Today is my day to share a block pattern at the Sew in Love with Fabrics blog (Benartex). We designers were each sent the same fat quarter bundle of 6 fabrics from the Dreamscape Collection . They are what I would classify as blenders. See what you think. Dreamscape Fabrics by Benartex I used all but the dark gray in a pattern I designed about 10 years ago which I call Striped Star. You can read all about it at the Sew in Love with Fabric site today and be entered to win a fat quarter bundle of these very same fabrics. Here's a sneak peek at my process: Fabrics cut for the Striped Star block The contest is over the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25 at midnight. Just leave a message here (after you view the tutorial) about how you l

What's Coming Up Thanksgiving Week

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Seems like I hit the "publish" button too soon this morning on my teaser post about the Tuesday Sew in Love with Fabrics tutorial. (Those who get emails about this blog post know what I'm talking about.) You saw these fabrics and wondered, huh? It's coming on Tuesday, I promise, with a giveaway. Tuesday blog post with a giveaway of the Dreamscape Fabrics Also, I'm finishing up my Jack's Chain block and hope to have a FREE pattern for the large block by Friday. Just in time for Black Friday, when I NEVER, EVER go shopping. But online shopping is ok, right? This block is so large that it's going to be a perfect table topper. And I've simplified it so that if you're very careful with your 1/4" seams, you don't need to resort to y-seams. Good news! Jack's Chain Block I also have a few new collections by Windham that I sort of have an idea about.  One is a sweet novelty print called Farm. Scratching my head for something sweet

What's Under My Needle?

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I love getting inspiration from the vintage/traditional blocks from decades ago. Jack's Chain is one of those. I took an older file from my computer (from when I worked for Quilt Magazine) and tweaked it for use with 2-1/2" strips. I needed to resize the center hexagon and surrounding triangles. So glad I have Adobe Illustrator as my software! So, what does Jack's Chain look like? Here is one block (digital). Jack's Chain Block And the vintage, newspaper pattern? It was first called Rosalia Flower Garden in 1939. Jack's Chain/Rosalia Flower Garden The traditional blocks made for this quilt are never this large. But because I wanted to use 2-1/2" strips, it obviously grew! I used some vintage Kaffe Fassett fabrics (ie, over 10 years old) along with some newer prints for my prototype block. Jack's Chain Block: 23-1/2" x 23-1/2" The light gray is a Windham fabric called Mary's Blenders. The green/purple triangle fabric is an

Revisiting The Laurel Wreath 85 Years Later

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I have always had an affinity for the vintage 1930s patterns. Many appeared in newspapers as series that quilters eagerly anticipated weekly and then cut out and stitched using whatever fabrics they had available. The famous Kansas City Star patterns are usually what comes to mind when today's quilter hears about these vintage blocks. But the Chicago Tribune and other large newspapers also ran a variety of these series. One that recently came to mind is the Laurel Wreath. Do you know that one? Vintage Laurel Wreath quilt This was designed by Florence LaGanke writing as Nancy Page. Each block was accompanied by a detailed description of how to select and arrange the fabrics. The appliqué blocks were given full size for tracing onto template material. I redrafted the blocks in early 2004 and then plunged in thinking I would make the entire quilt. Holy Cow! After 5 blocks (all the birds), I gave up. I made one bird into a small wall quilt and have since gifted it. (Can't