Announcing Fabric8 2014!

Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman are partnering once again for Fabric8 with Cosmic Voyage as the this year's design theme.

If you were to hop on a spaceship and travel the galaxies, what would you find? A city of aliens on a distant planet? A colony of human space-immigrants? Distant rainbow colored nebulae, or a floating space garden?

We are looking for designers who are ready to gas up their jet-packs and discover the best fabric designs in the universe for our "Cosmic Voyage" Fabric8 design challenge.

Fabric8 is an annual contest to discover eight bold and modern fabric collections from new and emerging designers. The winner of the contest will be offered a contract to design a fabric collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, a $1000 advance against royalties, and a Wacom professional digital drawing tablet. Each of the eight finalists will receive $150 in Spoonflower credit.

Check out the official Fabric8 website for details and information on how to enter. 

New fabrics coming your way!

It's time once again for new fabrics and we've got quite the array to share with you. Sports, fashion, astrology, dolls, flowers, houndstooth, painting, travel, animals and much more are coming your way this season.


We're thrilled to offer another round of Pointillist Palette, twenty years after Michael Mrowka and Debra Lunn introduced the versatile collection.


There are new Artisan Batiks, adding to Asian Legacy, Concerto, Elementals, Graphic Elements, Nature's Textures and Sorrento collections.

Adding to our cotton lawns, including London Calling and Cambridge, we are introducing Lennox Gardens.


We're  also releasing Carried Away, the first collection from Zoe Ingram, the winner of Lilla Roger's Global Talent Search


Jennifer Sampou is back with another beautiful collection. Inspired by the bright colors of international markets, Color:FULL is bright, varied and full of opportunity.


Ann Kelle fans are sure to be delighted by the array of her new prints in both quilting cotton and Laguna Jersey. Look for additions to the Urban Zoologie, This and That, Confections and Remix collections.


We're so excited about this new release and happy to share a handful of the new collections and prints available this season. Keep your eye on the blog for more project ideas, collection previews and tips on using the various substrates! 

Let the Blog Hop Begin

It's time! Jennifer Sampou's newest collection, Shimmer, is shipping out and to give you a jumpstart on using it, she has organized a blog hop with your favorite quilters and sewists.

Over the next two weeks, you can visit the participating blogs (see below for the schedule) to see the amazing quilts and sewing projects that have been made with Shimmer. We've had a sneak peek of a few and they are amazing!


We are joining Jennifer Sampou to kick off the blog tour today, so make sure to take a look at her blog to see what she's doing as well.

She'll be giving away a great prize package at the end of the hop, but along the way, each blog stop will be giving away a custom-made charm square of all the Shimmer fabrics. Visit each day for a chance to win!

BLOG HOP Schedule:
April 1- Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2- Janice Ryan- Better off Thread
April 3- Alissa Haight Carlton- Handmade by Alissa
April 4- Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5- Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6- Stash Books- C&T Publishing
April 7- Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8- Lee Heinrich- Freshly Pieced 
April 9- Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10- Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11- Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson
April 12- Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13- Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14- Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15- Amy Smart-Diary of a Quilter
April 16- Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson- See How We Sew
April 17- Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18- Jennifer Sampou-Wrap Up
April 21- Jennifer Sampou- Announce Winner of Giveaway


And one more thing just for you:

Featuring Jennifer’s projects from Shimmer Lookbook.

3/28 Dawn & Dusk Pillows
4/25 FLY pillow
5/2   Ten Square Quilt
5/9   Gemstone Pillow
5/23 Sitting Pretty

Thanks for joining us to kick off the Shimmer blog hop! We can't wait to see what beauties you all create.

Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou

Jennifer Sampou is back with a beautiful new collection, Shimmer, characterized by delicate pearlescent accents. It is availabe in three color stories: Stone, Vintage and Steel. 

Stone color story

Vintage color story

Steel color story 

Jennifer shared her inspiration for Shimmer along with a variety of quilts, clothing and projects that use the collection in her video introduction: 

We're excited to begin shipping the fabric to independent quilt retailers soon and next week, Jennifer will be joining us to kick off her Shimmer blog hop. Come back on April 1st (no joke!) and see what she has in store for fans, find out who'll be showing off their Shimmer projects and see inspiration galore! For a sneak peek, check out her lookbook below.

See you next Tuesday! 

View the Shimmer lookbook at

View the Shimmer lookbook at

Modern Quilt Perspectives + Linens Winner!


Congratulations to

Deb P.

the 124th commenter! 

Look for an email from us telling you how to claim your prize! 

We love this new book from Thomas Knauer and his quilt work using our Essex Linen, including the cover quilt of Modern Quilt Perspectives (KP Craft, 2014).  We liked it so much we wanted give away both the book and enough linen to make the "You Are Here" quilt for one lucky fan. 

With more than 200 entries, with many of you eager to give quilting with linens a first try, we were happy to let pick a winner for us: 


Special thanks to Thomas Knauer for donating a copy of his book for the prize and to everyone who left a comment. It's great to see all the excitement about quilting with linens and we hope you will give it a try, too! 


Classic Minis from Darlene Zimmerman

Darlene Zimmerman

Darlene Zimmerman

Known for her variety of reproduction fabrics, Darlene Zimmerman is back with another collection, this time pulling prints from the late 1800s and early 1900s. We wanted to find out more about the colors and designs she chose for Classic Minis, so we asked her to fill us in. And that she did! Full of information, we thought maybe you'd like to hear about Darlene's inspiration, too.

"These are designs from the turn of the century (late 1800s, early 1900s). The colors and designs are typical of that period of time.

"Indigo blue prints were very popular all through the 1800s as they were a fairly colorfast dye. Indigo is a native US plant, and one of our first exports! Indigo is still used today to dye our blue jeans. And just like our blue jeans eventually fade, they still stay a nice true blue. Quilters knew they could rely upon the indigo blues to keep their color. Usually the blueprints have a reverse printed white design; only occasionally were other colors used with indigo.
"The black and gray prints from the late 1800s were also popular for quilt-making. They weren't as colorfast as the indigo dyes, but could be relied upon. At this period of time, Queen Victoria had lost her beloved husband and went into mourning; wearing black and gray. It seems the whole world went into mourning with her, as wearing black or gray became very fashionable. Black is usually combined with white to make the gray "mourning prints" which were so popular during this time.
"There are two different reds in this collection. The bright red is referred to as "Turkey Red", as this particular dye process (which was very involved and time-consuming) originated in the country of Turkey. It was also prized by quilters as Turkey red could be relied upon to be both color-fast and would not bleed. It often cost double the price, but the cost was worth it.

"Classic Colors" quilt (51" x 60") Download the FREE pattern, designed by Darlene Zimmerman, from our Patterns section at

"Classic Colors" quilt (51" x 60") Download the FREE pattern, designed by Darlene Zimmerman, from our Patterns section at

"The second red is a burgundy red, and that color wasn't seen until the last quarter of the 1800s. It became quite fashionable then, and it's not uncommon to see both colors of reds being used in the same quilt.
"The light prints are called "shirtings" and were popular backgrounds for quilt blocks at this period of time-- used much more frequently than muslin or plain white fabric. Shirtings are white prints with a sprinkle of color. They would have been used for making "waists" for women (we call them blouses now), and shirts for men, or clothing for children.

"Broad Stripes, Bright Star" quilt (76" x 76") Download the FREE pattern, designed by Darlene Zimmerman, from our Patterns section at

"Broad Stripes, Bright Star" quilt (76" x 76") Download the FREE pattern, designed by Darlene Zimmerman, from our Patterns section at

"The indigo blue, the red and burgundy prints and the black and gray prints would have also been used for clothing. Men, women and children mostly wore dark clothing for everyday use as it was the most practical. Back then, they didn't have automatic washing machines, so laundry was done on a monthly basis, and the same outfit would have been worn for a week! This was also during a time when one only took a bath on Sat. night (in the wash tub) whether one needed it or not. So, as you can see, dark clothing was very practical.
"The indigo blue and white quilts or quilts made with Turkey red and white are classics, and never go out of style. They will coordinate nicely into any decor from country to modern to shabby chic. Combine the red, white and blue prints and you have a patriotic look, or another type of classic quilt. These prints can also work into other collections nicely as they are truly 'Classic' prints."

Darlene designed several quilts that use her Classic Minis, all are freedownloads and can be found in the patterns section of

'Bursting In Air' quilt (62.5" x 72") Download the FREE pattern, designed by Darlene Zimmerman, from our Patterns section at

'Bursting In Air' quilt (62.5" x 72") Download the FREE pattern, designed by Darlene Zimmerman, from our Patterns section at

Modern Quilt Perspectives {new book}

Modern Quilt Perspectives {new book}

Welcome to our stop on the Modern Quilt Perspectives blog tour! This month, KP Craft has released Thomas Knauer's first quilting book Modern Quilt Perspectives: 12 Patterns for Meaningful Quilts, a collection of patterns and essays with a wonderful introduction to the tools of the trade. 

In case you missed it, be sure to read Thomas' post about the book, how it came to be with the help of many, especially the quilter extraordinaire Lisa Sipes. Check out her amazing quilting in her post about Modern Quilt Perspectives yesterday. 

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