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Valori Wells + Aurifil

Valori Wells possesses an incredible gift of capturing the true essence of natural beauty that surrounds her and putting those colors and and images into her art. Her background as a photographer and painter brings a unique perspective and a special quality to her fabric lines.  You can find whatever you may be looking for with blender options in Blueprint Basics or lavish colors and designs in her new fabric collection Quill.  With so many choices, you will never be disappointed with Valori’s designs.

Valori’s lovely colors are now available in Aurifil thread collections, all carefully coordinated to match her fabric lines. These collections are offered in both the large box, including 12 spools (1,422 yds each) of Aurifil 50wt. cotton thread, and the small box, including 10 spools (220 yds. each) of 50 wt. thread.

Aurifil and Robert Kaufman have teamed up once again to bring you an amazing giveaway featuring an Aurifil large spool collection and four fat quarter bundles ( the entire collection) of Blueprint Basics.

Entering  is easy for your chance to win a Valori Wells thread collection from Aurifil and the entire collection of Blueprint Basics by using the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Entries accepted until Monday, July 28 at midnight EST. Winner will be announced on or about , July 31.

There are many options to enter this giveaway through Rafflecopter!

Weekly Recap - New Kona Colors

Have you heard? Kona ® Cotton has 32 new summer colors which brings us to an incredible 303 hues! We’re unveiling a color a day on Facebook and Instagram, so we thought we’d share weekly recaps of the new colors here. Take a peek at the exciting new colors, and see how well they’d fit in your stash. They’ll be available in stores starting August 2014.  We are also hosting a Facebook/Instagram contest to win a Fat Quarter Bundle of all 32 new colors before they’re available in stores! All you have to do is follow us on Facebook or Instagram and repost each color with the hashtags #OMG303 and #konacotton. At the end of the 32 days, we’ll choose a winner.

 We hope you enjoy the colors. Check back next week for the next batch of new colors.

Fabric8's Top Eight Designs

Votes have been tallied and the top finalists in this year's Fabric8 contest are here! We started with hundreds of entries, and now just eight designers will have the chance to design and submit collections for the final selection. Designers have until July 14 to create their mini-collections. Starting on July 17, Spoonflower will showcase the collections to give you a chance to vote for your favorite.

Join us on Spoonflower.com, starting July 17th to vote for your favorite collection from these talented designers.

Ultimate Summer Hexie Coasters

If you've been sewing and crafting for a while, you might be familiar with Diane Gilleland of CraftyPod. Adept at all manner of craft, she's joining us today for a quick and easy summer project using Kona® Precut Hexies.

This is an English paper piecing project you can whip up in short order. Kona Precut Hexies, with all their pretty colors, are so much fun to work with – the Bright palette reminds me so much of the beach balls I used to play with as a kid! So I decided to use that form in these generously-sized coasters. Even though each coaster is different, they all blend together in a set. Won't they look cute at a backyard barbecue? Best of all, a single pack of Precut Hexies yields up to five coasters!

Size: 5 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Materials:

  • Downloadable hexie template
  • 1 pack Kona Precut Hexies (I'm using the Bright colorstory, but any of the six palettes would work.)
  • Washable glue stick
  • Coordinating thread (a light grey or beige works well)
  • Contrasting thread for basting
  • Hand sewing needle (a sharp or quilting needle in a size you like)
  • Low-loft cotton batting, 7" x 7" piece


Step 1: Each coaster requires eight hexies. Download the hexie template and carefully cut the eight smaller hexies out along the lines. Apply a small amount of glue stick to one side of a paper hexie, and center it glue side down over a fabric hexie. Press them together with your fingers. Repeat this process with the other hexies. Cut out the large hexie from the template, pin it to batting, and cut around its edges. Set the batting aside.


Step 2: Baste the fabric to the each of the paper hexie templates, using contrasting thread. Begin by folding one edge of the fabric over and finger pressing the fold. Bring the needle up through the fabric and paper near the center of that side. Then fold the adjacent edge of the fabric over the template and finger press. Pass the needle back down just past the little fold where those two edges of fabric meet. Your stitch should anchor the folds over the corner, as shown above. Bring the needle back up near the center of the next side. Fold the third edge of fabric over, finger press, and then pass the needle back down over the corner. Repeat this process on each of the remaining sides of the hexie.



When you've basted all the way around, don't tie a knot in the basting thread – you'll
need to remove the basting later. Instead, pass your needle through only the fabric at
the back of the patch, and then trim it with about a 2" tail. That will keep the loose end
out of your way, and make it easy to remove the stitches in Step 6.

When you're done basting, the fabric should be securely folded over the edges of the
paper and smoothly covering the front.

Step 3: Sew the hexies together with a whip stitch. Place two hexies together with right sides facing, and then take tiny stitches through the very edges of the hexies. Try to catch only a few threads from each hexie in your needle.


It's easiest to first sew hexies all around a central hexie, using one continuous seam.
Then, sew the short side seams between the hexies. When you're sewing the side
seams, feel free to fold your work in any direction you need to in order to make the
edges meet with right sides facing. (Incidentally, you'll have one hexie left over. It comes into play shortly.)

Step 4: Now, fold your finished hexie flower in half along any side seam, so it looks like the diagram above. Sew two more side seams along the edges marked in the diagram. Repeat this process two more times to sew the remaining sides.

When you've sewn all six seams, the sides of the shape will curve upward, like this.

Step 5: Take the leftover hexie and position it in the top opening, with its right side facing one of the side hexagons. Whipstitch them together along their edges. Then move this hexie so its adjacent edge lines up with the adjacent side of the opening. Whip stitch these edges. Repeat that process one more time. When you're done, three edges should be sewn in place and the other three should be open. This opening is where you'll turn the coaster right side out.

Step 6:  Remove all basting stitches with a seam ripper, and then peel
away the paper templates. Turn the coaster right side out, taking care to poke all the
points outward with your fingers.


Step 7:
Flatten the coaster and press it. Take the batting hexagon
you cut in Step 1 and fold its two vertical sides inward. Slide the rolled batting into the
coaster through the opening and then unfold it so the points of the batting nest into the
points of the coaster. Press once again.

Step 8: Close the three open edges with a ladder stitch.

Step 9: Quilt the coaster by hand or machine as you like. I decided to echo the shape of the hexagons, and place my quilting lines in different locations on each coaster.

Variation: With July 4th coming up soon, why not make up some of these coasters in reds, white, and blues?

Say Hello to the Summer of Blueprint Basics

Say Hello to the Summer of Blueprint Basics

Shipping to stores this month is the second season of Valori Well's versatile and colorful Blueprint Basics collection. Designed with quilters in mind, the 52 SKUs in the collection are being released one seasonal palette at a time.

With nine new prints and four coordinating Kona® Cotton solids, the Summer palette adds to the original 13 in Spring for 26 bright and cheerful colors.

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Lazy Daisy Baskets

Darlene Zimmerman is at it again with her delightful Lazy Daisy Baskets. The third in the series, the collection is full of all the sweet prints and blenders that make her fabrics a favorite. 

Lazy Daisy Baskets includes two panels with floral and basket designs just waiting for you to add some embroidery stitches to bring out the motifs. Using the redwork panel and seven prints from the collection, Darlene designed this great lap quilt (finished size 53" x 53"):

Fabrics are shipping to stores this month, but you can download the free pattern now.  it works perfectly with the redwork fat quarter bundle that is available, too!

Because Darlene seems to believe that bigger is better, she also designed (and made!) this beautiful Pinwheel Posies quilt (finished size 68" x 82") using the 30s colorstory fat quarter bundle.

Look for Darlene's Lazy Daisy Baskets at independent fabric retailers this month. You can find more about Darlene's patterns, books and tools at her site: FeedsackLady.com.

 

Creating Color Harmony

Creating Color Harmony

Creating color harmony is the act of putting multiple colors together to create a palette of harmony. Using different colors in different ways can greatly affect the character of your quilting projects. When I am working on a new quilt project or designing a new pattern these are the the steps I take in choosing my fabrics. I will be demonstrating these steps using my quilt pattern Concerto.

Step #1: Perception & Feelings

Consider how you want the quilt to be perceived. Perhaps you’re making a quilt for a new baby girl and you want it to invoke feelings such as fresh, new, and sophisticated. You can achieve this perception through your quilt by using colors properly.

 

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