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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Quilt Market Recap

 Quilt Market Recap

Each May, Quilt Market finds us in a different city than the year before and this time it was Pittsburgh that played host with the quilting industry descending on the city for a week. We brought a crew excited to show off our newest releases to shop owners, pattern designers and other industry professionals.  Do you want a peek, too? Join us for a virtual tour of our booth, with new releases and patterns along the way. 

Ann Kelle has added to her Remix collection with new houndstooth, plus-sign and polka dot designs. Full of bright colors and happy messages, her booth was perfect for market meetings. Plus it gave us a chance to talk about her fabulous new mustache print, along with houndstooth and anchors, that are now available on our Laguna Print Jersey.

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Let the Blog Hop Begin

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!

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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 robertkaufman.com.

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

"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 robertkaufman.com.

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

"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 RobertKaufman.com

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

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

Girl Friends Quilt {free pattern}

Since Ann Kelle first introduced the Girl Friends back in the fall of 2012, she has continued making the cutest little girls available on fabric. Mermaids, ballerinas, princesses and now, with sweet little wings, there are fairies! Mixing Kona Cotton solids and Remix chevrons and dots while spotlighting the Girl Friends collection, the quilt is a cheerful burst of girliness.

Designed by Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting, the Girl Friends quilt uses paper piecing for accurate points and finishes at 55 1/2" by 68 1/2" (lap size).

You can download the free pattern from our website, as well as dozens of other quilt and project patterns. Happy quilting!