Be on the lookout this month for "Palette", a 40 sku collection of suede-like solids and "Mosaic", a textured collection of 24 skus based on hand-dyes by renowned textile designer Marcia Derse at a LQS near you.
Two FREE patterns are featured on the Windham Fabrics website:
Designed by Marcia Derse
Interpreted by Sally Keller of Sally's Angelworks
by Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie
Accompanying Marcia's amazing fabrics are also quilts by several very talented quilt pattern designers. Information on ordering their quilt patterns can be found in the collection catalog, on the Windham Fabrics website, and on the designer websites linked below.
"Rock Candy" by Kenna Ogg of
"Grammy Patches" by Rebecca Silbaugh of
"Turnstile" by Debbie Grifka of
"Confetti" by Laura Blanchard of
Which of these delicious quilts inspire you? Do you have your own ideas of what to do with "Palette" and "Mosaic"? Let us know by adding your photos our WF Flickr pool.
We recently sent off a bundle of fat quarters of our recent collection "Downtown" by LB Krueger to sewing teacher and quilter, Debby Kratovil and she came up with an inspired project to warm your holiday table. Read on to find out more!
Q: Debby, what do you like about these fabrics?
A: They have a wide range of prints in a variety of scale, with the addition of "tonals" (fabrics that read solid, but are a single color print). The challenge was in putting them all together into a project that wouldn't scream BUSY, but modern and traditional at the same time.
Q: How did you come up with your design?
A. I am in the midst of working with 60 degree shapes these days and making a lot of hexagon projects. In fact, I've lined these up for a possible future quilt book called: Turning 60 - The Joys of Sex (this will be G-Rated, I promise). I saw hexagons. I also made a project with the Rebecca Collection this past Spring and wanted to make it again with this collection. Here is a picture of what I did with those fabrics:
Q: But Debby, that looks like a lot of inset seams (y-seams). This has got to be an intermediate project, right?
A: Not so! This is ALL straight seam sewing (no kidding). It's just that the rows are sewn along the diagonal, as you will see in the following pictures. We start with two simple shapes which can be cut from one 60 degree ruler.
Q: You can't cut a hexagon from a 60 degree ruler, can you?
A: Well, let me show you!
Debby's Hexagon Cutting Method
1. I chose 16 of the 21 fat quarters and cut a 6-1/2" x 18" strip. I folded each strip in half lengthwise and lined up the 3" horizontal line of my 60 degree ruler with the RAW EDGES. This is because the hexagon will finish to 6" and 3" is half of 6. The widest part of the triangle ruler is at the FOLD.
Align the 3" horizontal line with the RAW EDGES
Full hexagon unfolded. Cut a total of 16 hexagons in various prints.
I was able to get two complete hexagons from the 6-1/2" x 18" strip. See, I told you we could cut hexagons - and easily, at that - from a 60 degree ruler! How easy was that?!
Now we cut the small, cream setting triangles. I used a fabric from the Collage Collection. These triangles are HALF the finished height of the hexagons (6") plus 1/2" for seams, so we align the 3-1/2" horizontal line on the multi-size ruler and cut out the triangles. Note that we can flip-flop the ruler after each cut (you can't do that with the hexagon cutting above).
Cut a total of 30 triangles. Yes, you can cut two triangles at a time.
First, it's important to lay out the 16 hexagons as you wish. I kept the orange hexies on the inside row because I am using orange for the inner border. There are five hexagons in the two outside rows and six hexagons in the center. All the open space on my design wall is where the cream triangles will go.
Here is how we join the cream triangles to the hexagons. Note the placement of the triangles at the very top and bottom of the rows; not all hexies get two triangles and not all get two triangles in the same place. That's why it's crucial to put all your hexagons on a design surface (or a floor or bed).
Join the cream triangles with the hexies
Add triangles and sew units together.
What do the rows look like? We have been sewing ONLY straight seams and then diagonal seams. Note that the three-row center is ready for joining.
Three finished rows with orange inner border (cut 1-1/2") on two sides.
Sew and trim the 1-1/2" inner borders at the top and bottom.
Sew and trim for the naturally pointed ends formed by that center hexagon on the end.
Going Downtown Table Runner: 29" x 54".
The inner borders are cut 1.5" (you will need 1/4 yard) and the outer borders are cut 5" (you will need four strips for a 5/8 yard piece of fabric).
Now you can see why I have made this table runner more than once. And you have to know this is not the last time, either. It is my new "go to" pattern and I love, love, love it in these Downtown fabrics.
A warm thank you to Debby Kratovil for this awesome tutorial!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OUR FRIENDLY SEWERS!!
When you hear "Steam Punk" do you say, "What??" or "Bring it on!!"?
Whatever you say, this post is for you! If you don't know what Steam Punk is, here are some images to familiarize you with this trendy movement. If you LOVE Steam Punk and can't get enough, here is a fabric collection that you can use to indulge your wildest "Steam Punk" fantasies...
ON TIME by Whister Studios
With a classic feature of "Steam Punk"---the clockface---as its main pattern, supported by number and word patterns as well as lush gray, charcoal and tan chalkstripes, this collection is here to satisfy your inner modern-Victorian just waiting to get out!
Use this FREE pattern from It' Sew Emma (soon to be available for download on the Windham Fabrics website) or design your own. Show us what you make on the WF Flickr site.
And a great time was had by all...
Our amazing designer booths:
Dress by Green Bee Patterns.
Here's Melissa, right, with Erin Schlosser, designer of this gorgeous quilt.
Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer of Ampersand Design
These amazing women flew in for one day to film a tutorial on the Fat Quarter Shop's YouTube channel! So keep your eyes peeled for that!
And more smiling faces at Market...
Quilt designer Amy Gibson stopped by the Garden Party Tango booth
Quilter Sally Keller, who made an amazing quilt with Marcia Derse's fabric for us.
Quilt designer, John Kubinec, with his quilt using
Windham Fabrics in the
Missouri Star Quilt Co booth
Designer Melissa Ybarra of Iza Pearl Design will be launching her latest
Market October 25th - 28th.
GARDEN PARTY TANGO
The fab florals, geo's and colors that make up Garden Party Tango will make
your projects shine! From quilts and pillows to gorgeous gowns, you'll have
all sorts of fun things to flaunt around town.
The prints are perfect for fabulous fashion, trendy decor, totes, handbags,
crafts and so much more!
Can't wait to see you!! Be sure to stop by and visit with us and Melissa!!
Booths # 2332 - 2333
Introducing one of Windham Fabrics newest designers, Lily Gonzales-Creed:
Here is a sneak peak of Farm to Fork, an homage to the local food movement in fabric.
HAPPY (early) HALLOWEEN from Lily! She can't wait to meet you at Quilt Market. She is sure to have a few fun surprises cooked up for you!
A quick search for "Briar Rose clothes" will turn up a fantastic selection of clothing that wonderful sewers and bloggers are making with Heather Ross' collection of playful prints. Here is a quick round-up of some of our favorites:
First up, a lot of sewing with the jersey fabric!!
Faith at Fresh Lemons Quilts has simple skirt for those of you new to sewing with jersey fabric:
And a lovely selection of dresses and shirts from the quilting cotton.
Wow, ladies! What an awesome and inspiring group of posts!! We hope this inspires you too, so Windham Fabrics and designers of these great clothes have teamed up to create a GIVEAWAY!!! The lucky winner will win the pattern of their choice from this group, plus the Briar Rose fabric of their choice to make it with (based on availability) from Windham Fabrics.
***Entries for this giveaway will be accepted until Friday, October 4th. Winner will be notified Monday, October 7th.***
This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Olga Becker.
mormor a colorful collection of 23 skus
Sylvia a black & white collection of 9 skus
Lotta's description of her collection:
"This is the fourth fabric collection I have created together with Windham Fabrics; well actually it is two collections. "Mormor" is a vibrant and bright collection of prints. I added some new colors to my palette: the purple eggplant color, the dark grays and that wonderfully sweet coral color. "Sylvia" is my first all black & white collection, which is easy and fun to combine with all the colors and designs in the Mormor collection.
While I was designing these collections last fall my grandmother passed away. My mormor Sylvia lived a full, long and rich life, and she was a true maker most every living day. She taught me pretty much everything I know about sewing, crocheting and baking cinnamon buns. She was a very inspiring person in my life and one of my biggest supporters. I want to dedicate these two collections to her."
And don't forget to visit with us at the International Quilt Market in Houston, October 26-28th.
Coming Soon: Renowned Textile Designer
Debut Collections for Windham Fabrics
Debuting October 1st, 2013
Palette::a collection of 40 tonal solids
Mosaic::a textured collection of 24 skus based on Marcia's hand-dyes
In Marcia's own words...
Editing my "Palette" collection on my living room table.
My latest collection, "Mosaic", was inspired by a project my son recently did. He created a fridge puzzle in the style of a roman mosaic. The puzzle is beautiful but insanely difficult. Looking at his little tiles on the fridge prompted me to pull together other inspiration, a book on Pompeiian mosaics, a postcard of a tiled floor that was in my studio, piles of broken pottery that I keep around long after the plate has broken. From there the collection took shape.
My house is the best part about where I live. It is an oasis. My husband and I love restoring and spending time in our cozy old cape cod hunt club house. We both have projects going on constantly, whether they are art projects or renovations.
The collection "Palette" is inspired by my cabinet full of hand-dyed fabrics that I look at everyday in my studio~an ever growing vocabulary of color to play & create with.
Sample strips flowing out of my closet storage.
In my studio, I start with a blank canvas; a bolt of muslin, fabric dyes, and the primary colors in silkscreen paints. When I mix, I gather colors, images and objects from everywhere. Anything that catches my eye outdoors or in the studio becomes an artist's tool: pine cones, spoons, brushes, homemade stamps, and bamboo pens.
Assorted root vegetables, an example of the random scenes that catch my eye for color and texture inspiration.
I apply paint with abandon, exhausting the cups of color, trying every combination. Each piece of fabric is a fresh innovative arrangement of color, form, and texture. I draw my themes from the seasons or my travels or sometimes simply a new texture found in my environment.
Van Gogh, The Bedroom painted by third graders. This was a window display at my children’s bookstore that I couldn’t bear to part with. Now I look at this gorgeous painting every day in my studio.
My textile design journey has been developing for 25 years. My sisters and I all live in different cities and as a way to spend time together, we used to take fiber art classes once a year at Arrowmont & then QSDS. Sewing was a big part of our lives growing up and it was so much fun to share the time together taking these classes and seeing what we would all create. Liz Axfore, Connie Schele & Cherie St. Cyr & Sue Benner taught the classes where I learned the techniques I continue to use and play with today. I always hoped to take away one thing that I could explore during the year in-between classes.
Make sure to visit Marcia Derse with Windham Fabrics in
our booths #2332 and #2333 at the International Quilt
Market in Houston, October 26-28, 2013.