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.Read More
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"):
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.
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.
"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.
"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."
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.
During the summer and fall months, Quiltworx hosts week-long workshops at a private retreat in Northwestern Montana for a group of ten and led by Judy Niemeyer and certified instructors. This year, the home/retreat was decorated beautifully with a variety of handmade items featuring the new Lumina collection of fabrics, designed by Peggy Toole.Read More
We did it! One more Quilt Market, one more chance to meet our customers, designers, reps, and those who make this industry as amazing as it is. We had a great time meeting with so many, but for those of you who couldn't make it to Houston, we wanted to make sure you got to see all the fab projects, displays and people, too!
We arrived with a team to put up the booth on Thursday and for the next two days, the booth team worked their way through crates and boxes, finding and placing the many displays that had been planned. What started as utter chaos, with the help of many hands, was transformed into a stellar booth display featuring many of our Fall 2013 releases.
We were lucky enough to have a nice roster of presenters for Schoolhouses including Michael Mrowka and Debra Lunn of Lunn Studios, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, Carolyn Friedlander, Allie Heath, Teresa Coates and Darlene Zimmerman.
The crowd went wild with their smartphones when Julie announced her new BOM, Park Bench, using Carolyn's new collection: Botanics.
There was so much cuteness in Ann Kelle's booth, eliciting squees and quick sits in the Remix-covered settee.
Loads of little projects using Remix and the new Remix Metallics, including the Pixelated Heart quilt, This and That lunch tote from Sew Sweetness, Urban Flotologie flannel footies, notebook cover, rain jacket and more. Many of these patterns will be available in the Patterns section of robertkaufman.com.
The Kona display was a favorite for many with its unique display of all 271 Kona Cotton colors: