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If you are looking for patterns that are quick, easy and versatile - our Easy Quilts issues are always a sure bet for fun projects starring the latest in fabric colors and designs. If you are a member of the Quilters Club of America, the new spring issue of Easy Quilts is already on its way to your mailbox, or you can pick one up on newsstands in just a couple weeks.
This latest issue shows a wide variety of projects with several of them showing just how easy it is to take simple square blocks and shake things up with bold complimentary colors; mix things up with fun stripes and accents; or frame things up with zigzag borders; or customize and personalize those simple squares with cowgirls, posies or maybe a chorus of musical notes.
As always, we keep the directions simple and precise and teach you new skills and shortcuts through Sew Easy lessons, or through convenient on-line instructional Sew Easy videos.
From our readers
My stash just keeps growing …
Submitted by Starr Rose of Sierra Vista, AZ.
I've told my family that I want to be wrapped in my material like a mummy to take into the next life!
Submitted by Nancy Lesko, Tempe, AZ.
I retired in March and began to go through all my quilting magazines that had piled up in the last year or two when I came across Big Diggers (Jan/Feb 08) and I knew I had found the pattern for the quilt for the last of my neighbor kids---he is 12 and is really "into" surfing and the ocean. It didn't look like it would take a lot of my time, so I began. I ended up using my embroidery machine (Bernina 640) and quilting it myself. I thought I would share my interpretation.
Unique memory quilts…
Submitted by Gudrun Reichert, Lucknow, Ontario Canada.
I heard of a very ingenious grandmother who made unique memory quilts for her granddaughters in the following way. When the girls outgrew their dresses, she would ask their mother for them and she would design a quilt using the good parts of the dresses. I saw such a quilt which was given to each girl on her wedding day. Even though grandma was gone she had left a gift they will always treasure. My friend who showed me the quilt pointed to several patches and said I remember wearing that dress. Apparently it's a Canadian tradition.
I am planning to do this too.
Submitted by Susan Bender, Collinsville, IL.
Here is my version of "Lizzy's Parade" from "Easy Quilts" Winter 2009. As soon as I saw this pattern I knew it was perfect for a fabric bundle I had purchased. I quilted feathers in the strips of the triangle blocks to soften the angles of the plaids and triangles. I'm pleased with the way it turned out.
Submitted by Linda Carson.
Just a note to let you see the results of my quilting for my three kids and myself for Christmas. I used the Holiday Cheer pattern from your Nov/Dec 2009 cover quilt.
My son Chris is to the left, next is my Grandson Cole (with little brother Chad peeking over the top), my son Kelly is in the background and I am to the far right.
You can see that we are in the process of remodeling, but I hung some quilts to cover the mess and make it seem more like home.
Make 2010 the Best Year for Your Projects
by Baby Lock Quilting and Sewing Machines
If you'd like to take your quilting and sewing up a notch in the new year but aren't sure how, we've created some great New Year's Resolutions to get you started! Get organized, get thrifty and get inspired today! Here are some of our favorites:
Other resolutions can be found here.
- Organize your stash by color – whether it’s thread, fabric, trim or buttons – to save time looking for these items later.
- When cutting your fabric, use washers, canned goods or fabric weights instead of pinning your fabric – this really saves a lot of time!
- Regardless of how much we paid for our sewing machines, they are a very important piece of machinery to us. So why not protect them? Plug your sewing machines in a surge protector to prevent a power surge.
- Try something new. Visit our Quilting Projects Page for new ideas - all these projects are FREE!
SPRINGS CREATIVE PRODUCTS GROUP, LLC (SCPG) ANNOUNCES “BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL DESIGN CHALLENGE” WINNER
In Honor of the Challenge, Springs Creative Products Group Donates $10,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure
January 6, 2010, Rock Hill, S.C. – Representatives from Springs Creative Products Group, LLC (SCPG) today announced that Mary Buckley Sutton from Johnson City, Tenn. has won first place in the “Brave and Beautiful Design Challenge”. In honor of the “Brave and Beautiful Design Challenge”, SCPG donated $10,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
SCPG, in conjunction with Hancock Fabrics, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Creative Home Arts, launched the “Brave and Beautiful Design Challenge” in October 2009. To participate, crafters purchased an Anne’s Collection cloche hat from Hancock Fabrics and then personalized the hat using a variety of embellishments. Hats were judged on originality, creativity and workmanship.
Sutton’s design, which won her $500, is adorned in shades of hot pink and black and features a zebra motif with more than 60 hand-sewn aurora borealis rhinestones, vintage feathers and veiling. Linda Gorrick, from Brooklyn Park, Maryland, received the second place prize of $250 for her hat which features a large pink breast cancer awareness ribbon adorned with pink chiffon, sequins, pearl accents and a pale pink feather. Six participants – Yvette Lynette Lax from Dallas; Heather Poer from Concord, N.C., Katrina and Alexis Spangler from Charlotte, N.C.; Elise Dee Beraru from Lynchburg, Virginia; Sharon Panozzo from Peotone, Ill.; and Judy Janes from Greer, S.C. – were each awarded a $25 honorable mention prize.
“We were blown away by the level of creativity shown by the ‘Brave and Beautiful Challenge’ participants,” said Cynthia McCloskey, merchandising director of Springs Creative Products Group, LLC. “This competition was an excellent opportunity for crafters across the country to showcase their creative talents by personalizing a hat from Anne’s Collection for a friend or family member affected by cancer. We would like to thank all of those who participated in this great event and congratulate the winners.”
Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
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This fun-filled booklet contains 15 SUPER quick-and-easy gift ideas you can stitch in no time. The experts at Paintbrush Studio™ teamed up with Marianne Fons and Liz Porter to bring you some of their favorite patterns for any occasion. Each project contains color photos, diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions to make assembly a snap. Each design has alternate fabric options to suit your tastes. We'll give you tips and easy techniques to help you achieve success. Best of all? This booklet is FREE with your subscription!
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