I love bright colors as you can see here with my new fabric collection “Wild Flowers”! And to go with the fabrics, I designed this quilt pattern for a free download from Quilting Treasures. (You will most likely find many other free patterns on the Quilting Treasures website that you would like to give a try.)
The “Wild Flower” fabric collection combines zebra skin print with flowers and several coordinating fabrics to give a wide choice for your sewing and quilt projects. I love to combine pink and orange with a splash of yellow. This quilt is 71″ inches square, a great size for a throw quilt. In addition to the quilt pattern, there are free patterns for a tote bag and placemats in this download. The tote bag is a roomy 18″ x 16 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. The placemats are 18 1/4″ x 15″.
You can see the fabric selection for this collecion in my prior Wild Flower post. Another post shows a different Wild Flower quilt pattern that illustrates how different combinations of the same fabric can yield a variety of looks, based on the dominant color used. These two quilts use the same fabrics but are so completely different.
To go with the Wild Flower fabrics, I created a wide selection of products in my online store with some variations of this art. These items can customized with your name, monogram or other information and are available in several (13 to 14) color combinations and have a little leopard/cheeta skin art combined with the zebra skin. With these designs, you have a choice between an emblem to customize with your name or monogram initials or with a bright colored flower. (If you buy anything from a Zazzle store, I recommend purchasing Zazzle Black shipping – you its only $9.95 and you can buy all year long in any quantity or weight without a shipping charge, which is a fabulous deal – many times its hard to buy something considering the cost of shipping and this solves that problem.) I love the cell phone cases and have bought and customized several. Another favorite product of mine, among many, are the luggage tags made with a thick lucite type material.
Join the Quilt Block Dash, starting Monday June 3 – 13, to receive a free quilt pattern for this Watermelon Crawl quilt, designed by Tammy K. Harrison.
Watermelon Crawl is shown here as how it would look with 3 fabrics. It could also be made with your scraps for a gorgeous scrappy look. Or just make the “watermelons” in the block with an assortment of pink/red fabrics for some scrappiness.
Quilt Block Dash is a fun online shop hop where you receive parts of this free pattern and instructions from each shop that you hop to. While in the shops, you will find some favorite fabrics and notions. You will also be entered into a free drawing at the end of the Quilt Block Dash for prizes from the shops you visit.
Quilt and fabric shops – join in with the Quilt Block Dash to get more visitors into your stores. Its also a great way to showcase your sales! Its easy for all.
Meanwhile, I’m going through all my images of exciting things I saw at the International Quilt Market in Portland, OR and will be posting them soon! With my iPhone, it is so easy to keep snapping away, so I end up with tons of pictures to go through.
Check out the Quilt Block Dash and be a part of some quilting fun!
“Bee Yourself” fabrics that I designed for Quilting Treasures shows bees in their favorite hobbies. There is a bee for everyone! I’ve talked about the fabric collection in prior posts, but want to let you know about some free patterns for “Bee Yourself”. Quilting Treasures has several patterns that I designed with this fabric collection, available for free download on their website. With these 4 patterns, there is plenty of inspiration and sewing for you.
This “Bee Yourself” quilt is 53″ x 65″ inches in size with multi borders. The blocks are pieced using the bee blocks in the panel fabric, surrounded by the black “words” fabric to make the blocks “pop”.
This table runner will add a delightful touch to your table or chest. The finished size is 66″ x 18″.
Create a tote bag to carry your quilt or sewing projects to your guild meetings or classes, or use for shopping to show off which “bee” you are. This free tote bag pattern is a great size – 16″ w x 10 1/2″ h x 5 1/2″ d. In addition, this placemat can add some fun as well as color to your table setting. The size is 19 1/2″ x 14 3/4″ and has instructions and yardage for making in sets of 2.
These patterns are in 2 downloadable pdf’s – one with the quilt instructions and the other with the instructions for the placemat, table runner, and tote bag.
To see these projects on display at the 2012 Fall International Quilt Market in Houston last October, read about it on my prior post about Quilt Market. But this is not all – you can see some other “Bee Yourself” projects that were displayed at Quilt Market. I will have the decorative pillow, apron, pot holders and smaller tote bag posted here shortly.
“Sew,” while the weather is cold and chilly, you can have fun sewing and quilting with these patterns!
I just love these fabrics! Sunshine Resort fabrics by Loralie for Quilting Treasures are just adorable with Loralie’s ladies at the beach. The colors and motifs of ice cream, sun and surf all make for fun summer memories. And flip flops are definitely a summer wardrobe staple although in the south, we wear them for a while longer.
I designed this fun quilt pattern for Quilting Treasures website . It’s available for free download from their site with just a quick click – Loralie Sunshine Resort Quilt. The pattern is very easy and can be sewn quickly.
So check it out and create a fun quilt to enjoy for years to come!
Here’s to a great summer and fun quilting!