Saturday with QT’s Sewing Salesman! Week 6

Howdy!  We’re getting closer to the finish of this great quilt pattern.  Mike really knows how to add fun to your quilt project!

This is the 6th week of an 8 week series – but, it’s never too late to start!  Click here to go to the 1st video/blog!

The Whimsical Workshop designed this quilt and we think you should check out their site and see what other whimsical quilts you can create!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Click the image to go to the 1st blog in this series.  It’s never too late to start!

Here is Mike in the 6th segment of this 8 part series.

Saturday with QT’s Sewing Salesman! Week 5

Howdy!  How’s your quilt coming along?

This is the 5th week of an 8 week series – but, it’s never too late to start!  Click here to go to the 1st video/blog!

The Whimsical Workshop designed this quilt and we think you should check out their site and see what other whimsical quilts you can create!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Click the image to go to the 1st blog in this series.  It’s never too late to start!

Here is Mike in the 5th segment of this 8 part series.

Saturday with QT’s Sewing Salesman! Week 4

Mike’s back with another fun segment on making this awesome quilt!  This is the 4th week of an 8 week series – but, it’s never too late to start!  Click here to go to the 1st video/blog!

If you love a cowboy or have a cowgirl in your life and want to make the perfect gift, look no further!  These awesome fabrics by Dan Morris for QT celebrate the beauty of horses and this quilt kicks it up a notch with some cowboy boots!  🙂  The Whimsical Workshop designed this quilt and we think you should check out their site and see what other whimsical quilts you can create!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Click the image to go to the 1st blog in this series.  It’s never too late to start!

Here is Mike in the 4th segment of this 8 part series.

Sunday with QT’s Sewing Salesman! Week 3

Hello again, here we are with Mike for the 3rd week with QT’s Sewing Salesman!

Have you started this project yet?  Let us know!  We hope you enjoy this new series with Mike.  This fabric collection and quilt are just sew much fun!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Click the image to go to the 1st blog in this series.  It’s never too late to start!

Here is Mike in the 3rd segment of this 8 part series.

Saturday with QT’s Sewing Salesman!

Hello again, here we are with Mike for the 2nd week of Saturday with QT’s Sewing Salesman!  Mike is ready to show you how to start off with this great quilt pattern.

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Click the image to go to the 1st blog in this series.  It’s never too late to start!

Here is Mike in the 2nd segment of this 8 part series.

A world of Color – Debi Payne Designs

Who doesn’t love a burst of color?   Someone who definitely shows her passion for color and design is our QT Fabrics designer, Debi Payne.

We were fortunate enough to interview Debi to share some insight into her world of color and we hope you enjoy!

The Carnivale collection has been a huge hit!  We know why – because our quilting and sewing friends enjoy a little color and WOW does Carnivale deliver!

Check out the entire collection here.

Onto the interview – enjoy getting to know our friend Debi!


Tell us a little about you and your work…

I am an artist and designer that creates whimsical art with bright, bold colors.  Even as a very little girl I always wanted to be an artist.  At age twelve I painted a large sunflower oil painting that was hung on display in the local public library.  As I stood in that library with its massively tall walls and saw my artwork hanging on the wall I knew in that moment, at that very young age, that my art was meant to be shared with others in as many was as possible.

How did you get started?

Once I decided that I wanted to license my art I first started reading anything and everything that I could find that talked about art licensing.  Today, there are so many classes and resources available today on the internet that I wish was available when I first started.

What inspires you most?

I am inspired by so many different things is so many different ways, however if I had to choose just one, I think it would have to be other artists because it is through them that I can see what is possible. Because, to me, once I really believe that something is possible, then I know that I am able to actually achieve it.

Are you more motivated by color or print?

Definitely color!  I love color and I love finding ways to shape color and have it make sense.

What’s one of your favorite projects? Why?

I have to admit that the Carnival collection has truly been one of my most favorite projects for two reasons, First, seeing the amazing response that everyone has had for the collection and second is seeing what people are creating from the collection. 

What advice would you give to a newbie to design?

  1. Don’t second guess yourself or your work. Go with your gut!
  2. Read and learn everything that you can about the business.
  3. Be patient because nothing happens over night and most things take years.
  4. I recently saw a documentary about Bob Hope. In it they said that Bob Hope woke up every morning asking himself, “how can I  promote Bob Hope today?”  I think that is a very good philosophy for all professional artists to adopt. 

Finish this statement: To me, success is…

 …other people finding joy in my art.

Three words that best describe you…

  1. Positive
  2. Imaginative
  3. Happy

Biggest challenge in your business

Just simply keeping up with everything that needs to done on a daily basis.  I have said many times that I could probably hire three full-time people and I would have plenty of work to keep them busy.

Rapid fire questions………………………………………………………………………………………………

Favorite color:   That’s like asking a mother which of her children is her favorite – they are all her favorite!  But if I have to choose just one, it would be red. 

Favorite food:   Mexican food/tacos

Favorite movie:  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Most interesting place you’ve ever been:   Las Vegas.  My husband Tim and I lived there for 8 years and I loved it.  It was always changing and I was so inspired by the                     imagination and creativity of Vegas.

Favorite book:  “The Velveteen Rabbit”

Best gift you ever received:  Other than my children and my husband, the best physical    object gift I ever received was my wedding ring.

You have a whole day to yourself with no worries or obligations – what would you most want to do?   I would probably find a new art class that I could take where I            could learn something new and hang out with other artists.

Fun fact about you:  I can play the piano and I know how to ride a horse (but not at            the same time.)

You’re in a time machine – what year do you visit & why?  I know I wouldn’t go back in time because I have been there,  done that!  I think I would like to go to the year 2118.  I would like to see how long my art lasted and how well it stood up to time.  I might also see what I should be doing now to make that happen.

Favorite genre of music:  When I am in my studio working I listen to a mix of oldies and    jazz.


Here are some fabulous projects created with Carnivale!

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This pattern is available at your favorite independent shop and at Lazy Girl Designs

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Pattern available at your favorite independent fabric shop and at The Whimsical Workshop

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Dresden Pouf Concept – So chic! Pattern available at Indygo Junction

Here is a creation from our lovely shop customer 35th Ave Sew & Vac in Phoenix, AZ  They created kits of this beautiful quilt – it features the fabrics so well and the black sashing really helps the color POP!

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A QT Facebook friend created this gorgeous quilt and explained the process.  Becky explains…

Sending you some photos of our Stack and Whack (8 layer) that was made by me and my husband. He picked the fabrics, did the cutting and designing and I assembled. I’m sending these because the quilt is made with Carnival Floral Geometric JX. In fact, when we walked into J&B Fabrics in Sunset, LA, Belinda had just received her bolt. That Day (my husband) and another customer split the bolt! So, I fully understand how popular this fabric is! We really enjoyed making this quilt and will be hopefully be submitting it for competition soon. We’ve named her Champagne Carnival, because of all the bubbles! Did a Mardi Gras mask motif in center and fleurdelis on the borders.

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It’s great to learn more about our designer friends, we love how Debi’s passion for color and design has inspired so many other people.  What will you make???

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the complete Carnivale Collection by commenting here on this blog post or Facebook post with your favorite fabric from Carnivale!

We’ll announce the winners next week on 2/22 at 3pm!  

 

 

Introducing… QT’s Sewing Salesman!

We are excited to introduce to you a new series on our blog, QT’s Sewing Salesman!  That’s right, Regional Sales Manager Mike Flynn, is creating videos while making the quilt projects we offer with our fabric collections.   Mike is one of those 24/7, on-the-go, never stops kind of people… We think he’s funny and has a lot of good tips!  Check it out!

Sew along with our Sewing Salesman!  Laugh, learn and create…


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I’m Mike Flynn, the Southern Retail Sales Manager for QT Fabrics.  When I started 6 years ago, I was a garment sewer only, making fun shirts for myself.  But selling fabric to quilt shops got me interested in trying to make a quilt, and once I made one, I was hooked!  I learned how to make quilts by asking my quilt shop owners/customers, and learned from many different experts.  Now I hope to pass some of this vast store of southern quilting knowledge on to you.  Enjoy!


The first project up features our Mustang Sunset collection by Dan Morris.  The quilt pattern is Cowboy Memories II by The Whimsical Workshop – available for-sale here! 

This quilt-along blog will be sent out in 8 segments.  Go at your own pace! We will post these videos each Saturday and you can follow along – be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Here is a handy list for the supplies needed to make this quilt – click here:  MustangSunset_FabricRequirement to download and save!  Fabrics are available at your favorite independent fabric shop – here is our shop locator!  You can now search both brick & mortar AND online shops!

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Gather your supplies and check out this introductory video with Mike!  We’ll be back next Saturday for another segment of QT’s Sewing Salesman!

Ombre Stitches / Aurifil

We were thrilled to partner with Aurifil for a wonderful thread collection.  Check out the Auribuzz blog featuring Ombre Stitches!

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We first met the fine folks at QT Fabrics through Aurifil Designer Wendy Sheppard. Her Marmalade Meadows floss collection was released in the Fall of 2016 in partner with QT’s Bleecker Street collection. We loved working together and QT Fabrics approached us shortly after about putting together a new thread collection to coordinate with one of their in-stock programs, Ombre Stitches. We immediately fell in love with the line, simple, colorful, and sweet. The 12 coordinating thread colors are the perfect match to the fabric line, but also represent a delightfully colorful selection, a wonderful addition to any sewing room!

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Ombre Stitches
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
Colors included:
2710 – 2735 – 2515 – 2540 – 5017 – 2870
4654 – 2810 – 4660 – 4670 – 2150 – 3920

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Brooke Quilt-Along Project

We hope you enjoyed the Brooke Quilt-Along… we definitely loved seeing the bright colors during some of our snow storms!

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CLICK HERE for a formatted version of the instructions for this quilt designed by Shannon Ownby.   It’s easy to download and print so you are ready-to-go and sew – – – –

If you followed along and made the quilt already – awesome!  Share your photos on Facebook @QTFabrics or Instagram #QTFabrics so we can see your beautiful results!

If you have this project on your to-do list, that’s great… can’t wait to see the flowers bloom in your Brooke Quilt!

Happy Sewing Everyone – we’ll be back next week with new fun & fabrics!

 

New Year & Quilt-Along Winner!!!

We hope you enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends!  As we look forward to 2018, we are excited for new opportunities, new friendships and a lot more fun, fabric and inspiration to share with you!

Congratulations to Theresa R., our Brooke Quilt-Along winner!  One of the best parts of our work is sharing projects and great fabric designs with our friends!  Theresa, you will receive an email from our QTsocialmedia@cpw.com address.  Please reply with your shipping address so we may send you your prize!

Thank you all for being friends of QT Fabrics!

Cheers2018