Vermont Quilt Festival 2017

We’re back from the 41st annual Vermont Quilt Festival!  It is a pleasure to attend and vend at this wonderful quilt show.  The spirited quilt enthusiasts are warm, friendly and we enjoy sharing our passion for fabric!

For those of you who were unable to attend, we wanted to bring our booth to you!  Of course, there are many vendors and even more quilts!  One of the most remarkable things about this (and many quilt shows) are the volunteers.  Here is a photo of Melissa, who has been volunteering for the VQF for many years.  Look at her great hat with memorabilia from all the shows!

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Wow!   🙂  The festival would not be possible without dedicated volunteers like Melissa!

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Here’s our booth – we wanted to showcase some of our most popular quilt patterns.  Look at these beauties!   Harmony Bargello, designed by Shannon Ownby, features our Harmony brights strip rolls…talk about stunning!  To get the pattern and some bonus tips about how to make this quilt, click on her name above.

Also, pictured above, is our Quilts of Valor friendly pattern designed by Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring.  This features our Monroe fabric from our Antiquities brand.  Visit Wendy’s blog (link above) to view her post on this gorgeous quilt!  To find out more about Quilts of Valor and the wonderful work they do, click here.

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But wait, there is more from our friend Wendy.    Her Harmony Butterfly quilt is shown above.  She uses our Harmony brights strip rolls in a completely different kind of pattern. Don’t you love how that happens?  Two people, the same fabrics and totally different points of view; so much creativity and inspiration!

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The last quilt highlighted is another beauty by Wendy Sheppard.   It is Spring on Bleecker Street and includes our Bleecker Street fabrics.  There is a Sew-Along on Wendy’s blog for this quilt. How fun!  The colors and whimsical styling of this quilt is so cheerful.  We collaborated with Wendy and Aurifil for her Marmalade Meadows embroidery floss which is incorporated throughout the Spring on Bleecker Street pattern design.

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Yay for embroidery accents and awesome quilting!

We don’t want to forget to mention our newest style of fabrics.  Junebee for Ink & Arrow Fabrics is here!  Our newest collection, Zola, is full of color, print and brings fashionable flair and fun to our fabrics!

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This fashion statement dress is the Monique by Sew Serendipity.  ❤  this pattern.  The great thing about her patterns are how customizable they are.  Different lengths, bodice types, belts or ties – anything is possible.  This is one of our favorite versions of this dress and we use this pattern all-the-time!!!

And then, there is the Road Trip bag by Sew Many Creations.  *Swoon*  This is the go-to bag when you are jetting away for the weekend!  It’s seriously roomy but so pretty and practical at the same time!  Love the handles / shoulder strap as well as the awesome hardware.

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Of course, the Vermont Quilt Festival is just that, a place to show off gorgeous quilts. Here are two examples of the many beautiful entries for this show.  To see more, make sure you like the VQF on Facebook and also check out their website for more photos to come.

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The above “Threads of Friendship” (Carol’s Gift) was best in show!  The intricate detail of the quilting and treatment of the fabrics are incredible.  Well done, Barbara K. of Maryland!

It is inspiring how the Vermont Quilt Festival embraces quilters of all experience levels and abilities.  Seasoned quilters can show off their latest challenging project and up-and-coming young quilters can share their triumphant first quilt.  The quilt below,  “Bad Kitties” by Emily D. of Vermont won the Young Quilter Award.  This is her first attempt at sewing!  How marvelous to see and this is exactly what we love to see, a new generation bringing their enthusiasm and point of view to sewing, quilting and creating!

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Extra bonus, this quilt features our collection a Tail of Two Kitties by Dan Morris for QT!

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Another year of camaraderie, laughter, learning, sharing and inspiration!  We look forward to the next Vermont Quilt Festival.  We are so thankful to have been a part of this awesome event and to committee and volunteers who make this festival come to life!

All of the fabrics featured in our booth are in shops now!  We hope you are inspired to head to your local quilt shop and check them out – what will you create?

 

 

Springtime fabrics arriving in shops!!!

We are excited to share two of our newest collections shipping to your local fabric shop this month!  Our wide variety of fabrics allow us to offer something for everyone!  As evident by these two groups that are quite different!

Mariposa is up first, a beautiful collection by Kate Follows for QT.  These fabrics offer dazzling butterflies and dragonflies fluttering along with jewel tone medallions and beaded details.   Just gorgeous… fresh and bold at the same time, this collection is unique!

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Exquisite details in vivid color…

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Imagine the projects you could create? 

We have a beautiful project for this collection designed by Sue Harvey & Sandy Boobar of Pine Tree Country Quilts.  Click the Quilt to download the project!

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Do you have a Mariposa project in mind?   What will you create?



Next up, we have So Many Fish, So Little Time it’s true!  For the fishing enthusiasts in our lives, you know they can get “lost” for hours by the pond waiting for the catch of the day!

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This collection features artwork by Jon Q. Wright for QT.

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Grab your tackle box, fishing pole and sewing machine! 🙂

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These fabrics have a lot of detail and capture the artwork beautifully!  The Fishing Advertisement print would be a terrific “Camp Shirt”

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This group presents a great opportunity to create a quilt for your favorite fisherman or woman!  We have a great project available for download designed by Theresa Romeo.

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Click on the Quilt to download the free pattern at our website!

These are quite the “catch” and we hope you head over to your local quilt shop and create a project!  Spring is almost here!  We hope you enjoyed our latest collections!

 

We love to see what you create!   You can always send a photo of your Quilting Treasures projects to us at qtsocialmedia@cpw.com!  Tell us a little about your inspiration, and we may feature you on our Facebook page!  Be sure to like us and keep up with all the great things that are happening!

 

 

 

QT @ Houston Quilt Market Recap #1

We’re back!  What a whirlwind!  Every year, summer ends and the anticipation of Quilt Market sets in,  and then POOF…it’s over!  We have two of these trade shows per year and this is our opportunity to share our newest fabric lines with shop owners, pattern makers, magazine editors, etc., etc.  It’s a great way to share our excitement for our upcoming collections!  Since this is an industry event, we wanted to share some of the experience of Market with you.

We had our main QT booth and also a booth dedicated to our Antiquities fabric brand.

First up, here’s our “Sneak Peek”  it’s a little display at the front of the convention center giving shops a peek of what they will find in the booth.  This year, we decided to have fun with yo-yos!  Who doesn’t love a fabric yo-yo?!?!?!?

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For the QT display, we featured “Bleecker Street”, a lovely little floral group featuring pretty and petite flower prints to brighten your day!  Just imagine riding your vintage bike down a cobblestone street in your favorite A-line skirt and kitten heels to grab a mochaccino with the girls!  This group coming to your favorite quilt shop in December!

From Sneak Peek to booth – here’s a few photos of the Bleecker Street display!

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Sigh… just lovely… we will talk more about this fantastic collection and our collaboration with Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Springs.  She’s one of our favorite designers who also collaborates with Aurifil!  You won’t want to miss that!!!

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Loving the pops of color and the geometric feel of these quilts & apparel.

Another important part of Quilt Market are the “Schoolhouse” events.  These classes present different topics to educate attendees on everything from using a new technique to building their business.   We were proud to offer our Schoolhouse, “I Don’t Sew, I Quilt”  which was in reference to the many shop owners who are die-hard quilting fans and, as a result,  may be missing out on capturing the sewing/diy-ing/crafting markets.  People love fabric and not just for quilting!   Our Creative Manager, Cyndi Hershey, and Regional Sales Manager, Sarah Maylath presented ideas on how to engage different types of sewists and quilters with fun projects, patterns and ideas.  It was a great way to share some of our ideas and experience!

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Attendees received a bag including a binder with class information and a selection of goodies!

Continuing the yo-yo theme, we had Yo-Yo Plinko!  Our Master of Ceremonies, Brian (aka, Marketing Brand Manager extraordinaire) brought the fun to quilt market with our game and great prizes.  We always like to share a little something with our shop friends who come to see our newest lines.  They had a chance to win fat quarter bundles, strip rolls, merchandise discounts etc., etc.

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Our friendly QT Game Show host!

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A shop owner taking a chance on a Plinko prize!

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Of course, we cannot forget our friends who also had booths at Market.  We wanted to be sure to shout out to them!

Our designers, Desiree Habicht and Janet Wecker-Frisch both had their own booths at Market and we displayed these panels in our QT booth to show off their newest lines!

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A few of our Studio 8 collections…

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These holiday collections will ship to shops in May 2017!

There you have your first look at Market.  So exciting for us to see everything come together.   Next week, we’ll show you our other booth, Antiquities.

 

 

Blog Shout Out | Helios Stitches N Stuff

If you have never been to Iowa, now is the time!  Our friends at Helios Stitches N Stuff have a charming quilt shop in Mount Vernon and the Iowa Quilt Museum is now open!  We are excited to share with you a little about the owners and their shop as well as some insight into the quilting world in Iowa!

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Leland & Kevin at their store, Helios Stitches N Stuff

Helios Stitches N Stuff is owned and operated by Leland and his husband Kevin.  They are established and active in their community of Mt. Vernon, Iowa. It is a small, private college town.  This sign sums it up…

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Our sales manager, Sarah, suggested we interview Leland and Kevin as they coordinated a quilt project which includes blocks made by various shops throughout Iowa!  It is a permanent donation to the museum!  See the picture in the interview below!

Speaking of, the Iowa Quilt Museum just had their grand opening on Saturday, June 4th. Check out this video highlighting the opening!

Onto the interview… we feel fortunate to have had the chance to learn more about Leland, Kevin, their experiences with quilting and owning a shop!

Print  How did you first get into making & quilting?


 LELAND.png I’m a mechanical engineer by trade and thus circles, triangles, and squares are in my blood. When I moved to Iowa eight years ago, I was fascinated with the quilts that I saw here. I thought to myself “I can do that!” And so, I learned how to do that.

Print  What are some of your first memories with fabric or quilting?  Or, what is your favorite memory of working with fabric?


LELAND.png My mother was an excellent seamstress. She made clothes for everyone! She taught my sister how to sew and my observation was that my sister was doing a lot of seam ripping. If the garment wasn’t perfect, my mom would make her do it over. And over. And over again until it was perfect. I never asked her to teach me as sewing just didn’t seem joyful to me.

When my mother died, it sort of gave me permission to start sewing as I knew it would be for fun and not perfection. That being said, I’m sure my mom smiles whenever I pull out the seam ripper!

Print  How do you begin when designing a quilt?


LELAND.png Because of my engineering background, I often start by coloring squares on grid paper. I have electronic quilt pattern software, but I’m old school and I like to create designs on paper and then transfer them into the software.

Print  Are you more inspired by color or pattern?


LELAND.png I’m inspired by fabric! I’ve always liked working with Quilting Treasures fabric because of the way it feels. You just want to cuddle up with it.

Color is also important to me. I like brights. I also like putting colors together in ways that are unexpected. I told a customer to add bright red to a project that had no red in it a few weeks ago. She thought I was crazy but she followed my advice and brought in a picture of the finished quilt this week. She told me that everyone who sees it thinks it’s incredible! What a great validation of our collaboration.

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Print  We see from your facebook page that you make all kinds of beautiful crafts, what is your favorite thing to make?


LELAND.pngI love making messenger bags. You won’t find one in our store as they sell as fast as I make them. For me it’s about improving the design and functionality of each bag that I make. I ask customers to give me feedback so the bags continue to improve.

I guess I can’t get away from that engineering thing. Once I went to the Ped Mall in Iowa City and took bags with varying strap lengths. I approached women of different heights and asked which bag was the most comfortable. Soon I had a crowd around me! However, this excursion really paid off: women tell me the strap length of the bags I make is perfect!

Print  What inspired you to open your shop, Helios Stitches N Stuff?


LELAND.png My husband and I were looking for a business opportunity when the owner of the local quilt shop contacted us to see if we wanted to buy her business. Heck yes! We changed the name and haven’t looked back.

I wanted a place to sell my bags and aprons and my husband thought we could expand the existing fabric business. And boy has it expanded! Quilting Treasures has been a big part of that. About 20% of our store space is currently devoted to your fabrics; they sell like crazy!

We feel blessed to be so successful at something we love to do. Not many people can say that.

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Great fat quarter display at Helios!

Print  We understand you are very active in Iowa Shop Hops, what is your favorite part of Shop Hops?


LELAND.png My husband and I run the All Iowa Shop Hop along with Jill Reicks over at Inspired to Sew in Cedar Rapids. We love meeting all the participants every year! Everyone is having fun and the atmosphere is so creative.

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Kevin, Mary and Leland.  Mary is the Southwest Central Regional Director for the All Iowa Shop Hop.  Her shop is Quilt with Us in Lucus, Iowa! – It’s so lovely to see the collaborative efforts among quilt shops – one of the best things about our industry.

Print  What advice do you give to newcomers to your store who want to start sewing and making?


LELAND.png That’s an easy answer: don’t sweat the details! Many entry-level quilters focus on their mistakes instead of their success; after all, they just completed a quilt. How many people can say that? I hold the quilt up that they are being critical about and ask them to walk across the room. Can they now see that the points are off or the binding isn’t exactly straight? No! From across the room, every quilt is perfect.

Print  How would you describe the quilting community in Iowa?


LELAND.png Generous. Really generous. Many of our sales are to quilters across the country who are making quilts for our servicemen and servicewomen.

There are lots of guilds and groups and individuals making quilts for children who are ill, families who have lost a loved one, and for people who have literally nothing but a quilt.

It is an honor to serve this community of quilters and we are mindful to give generously to local groups who are making quilts for folks who are our heroes or are in need.

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Kerri, Toni, Kevin & Leland in front of the AISH quilts from The Fabric Stasher in Tipton, Iowa – The All Iowa Shop Hop starts June 1 and lasts through June 30th!

To learn more about the All Iowa Shop Hop click here!

Print  One of your quilts will be on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum, Congratulations!  Can you explain how you got this opportunity?


Kevin We are blessed to have formed a friendship with Marianne Fons and her husband Mark Davis via our work with the All Iowa Shop Hop Magazine.

Marianne is on the Board of Directors for the new IQM and she approached us last fall to help with an IQM Quilt Shop fundraiser. Each shop that donated more than $100 was given an opportunity to create a quilt block that had the name of the shop on it. 11 Iowa quilt shops took us up on this offer and Leland designed a quilt around those blocks that will be displayed in the new IQM.

Learn more about the Iowa Quilting Museum here!

Print  What was your inspiration behind the quilt you made for the museum?


Kevin Marianne wanted the finished quilt to reflect Iowa. The colors selected for the blocks were to represent our fertile soil. Leland decided to expand that theme using the new Quilting Treasures Ombre Scroll fabric line.

He wanted the colors to represent the colors of corn while putting the quilt shop blocks against a neutral background. The idea was to have the blocks falling out of the green background. The design, while just blocks of color, really has been received well. We suspect that the Quilting Treasures fabric has something to do with that as well.

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A great collaboration using QT Ombre Scrolls Fabric!

Print  Tell us a little more about this quilt!  How collaborative was the process?


Kevin  Lots of folks had impact on this quilt! Tony Jacobson from the Piece Works quilt shop in Winterset (and another IQM Director) created the block pattern, Marianne did the color scheme for the blocks, the shop owners created the blocks using fabrics and themes from their quilt shop, and Leland put everything together.

Print  What does it mean to you to have your work hanging in a museum?


LELAND.png  Wow. Really wow. I’ve only been quilting for about six years now so it’s quite an honor. My mom would be happy as I really obsessed over the points! There was lots of seam ripping and doubt about block placement. It turned out great in the end.



 

At Quilting Treasures are so thankful to Leland and Kevin for sharing their story with us.  It is inspiring to see what happens when people enjoy what they do and are passionate about working together.  We ❤ working with our shop customers and will share more stories with you in the future!

QT Quilt Market – Salt Lake City Part 2

There was so much to see at Quilt Market, here is part 2 to share with you!

In order to offer as much variety in design as possible, we partner with several artists/designers to create their own collections for Quilting Treasures.  It’s great to be able to showcase their style in our booth.  One such designer is Desiree Habicht of Desiree’s Designs. Well-known in the industry for her whimsical, light-hearted art, her newest collection, It’s a Pond Party is absolutely adorable!  The fresh color palette and froggy fun hits stores in September!

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A great little display showing her newest collection…. but there is more!

Desiree also had her own booth which was perfectly positioned next to ours! How fabulous!

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Look at all of those great quilts and patterns… a booth full of FUN!

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Here’s Desiree’s Owl in the Family fabric  – what a Hoot!



Next up!  We have Janet Wecker Frisch of Joy Studio.  Her inspired artwork is beautifully illustrated with a vintage flair.  Quilting B’s, her latest collection, is a blend of B-word associated objects…  how creative!

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Striking black paired with pretty pastels and mid-tone color – very pretty!

Janet  blogged about her newest collection, Quilting B’s! Check it out here!

 

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One of our Sales Managers, Larry is sitting in front of Janet’s Quilt Design.



In addition to artists, we collaborate with quilt designers in the industry as well! There are so many people involved in coordinating our quilt market, it’s so fun to see it all come together.   Pictured below, is a special Block of the Month Program developed by our friend, Karen Bialik of Fabric Addict.   She is a long time quilter and loves the Antiquities collections.  She decided to develop this program to offer in her shop and through Checker distributors as a pattern booklet – we were thrilled!   Check it out!

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Canterbury & Ashford collections shown in the “Twist the Night Away” Block of the Month!

This quilt is so pretty!  You can find out more information about the “Twist the Night Away” pattern on Karen’s website, fabricaddict.net

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Here is a detail shot!




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Next to Antiquities in our booth were our ArtWorks panels.  These are digitally printed fabric panels allowing for intricate detail of the original artwork.  we worked with Mountainpeek Creations to offer some different quilt patterns.

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Reflections Quilt Pattern by Kari Nichols of Mountainpeek Creations  (pic from their booth)

This Reflections quilt above uses the City Lights Panel as the feature.   This quilt will be available for sale  here.

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The above quilt features our “Couple in Paris” panel and coordinating blender fabrics.  So pretty!  The quilt pattern is available here.

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Here’s a sneak peek of our newer ArtWork panel designs.  Hitting stores in October!



And…. we are excited to introduce our Harmony collection – it’s a wonderful program of colorful blenders to take the guess-work out of mixing and matching colors for any project!  We used a big Color Wheel as a way to show off the fabrics and create a buzz!  Here’s Brian, one of our Marketing Brand Managers… when he is in the room, you are smiling!  He was the perfect game-show host at market!!!

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Stay tuned, next week is HARMONY Week here at QT!  More to come!!!




 

QT Quilts of Valor Challenge 2016!

On the heels of last week’s patriotic themed blog and as a nod to the upcoming Memorial Day remembrance, we are proud to share with you the Quilts of Valor Challenge of 2016!

We were thrilled when HQMS approached us to sponsor this wonderful opportunity. QT is proud to show our appreciation for the Quilts of Valor organization and more importantly, for the “service members and veterans touched by war”.

This year’s challenge featured the Be Strong Be Brave fabric collection by Home Front Girl™ for QT.  The quilts will be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation and there are $800 in cash awards for the winners!

Quilts are being showcased at this week’s Home Machine & Sewing Show in Salt Lake City, Utah.   This show is a “premier consumer exhibition and educational conference for all machine quilters, embroiderers and those love to sew!”  Sounds informative & fun!

Here are images of the entries; 23 quilts were made, that means 23 quilts will be donated!  What an incredible gift and show of support by these talented quilters!

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And special shout out the winners in the different categories! Shown below.


Honorable Mention:  Waving Freedom

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Jeena Lugo

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Judge’s Choice:  Try to Be Square

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Connie Eagle

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Judge’s Choice:  Brave Hero

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Michele Noble

QT17 B Brave Hero



3rd Place: Thank You Quilt of Valor

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Marie Nelson

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2nd Place:  Salute

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Regina Bechard

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1st Place:  All Star Hero

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Kimberly Loar

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Thank you to the HQMS for coordinating and showcasing these beautiful quilts, to Quilts of Valor for their special contributions to our service people and a huge thank you to all the participants who dedicated so much time and talent to this worthy cause.  We are inspired by your generosity and we cannot wait to see more of these quilts in the future!


Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

~Lao Tzu

Introducing Antiquities

Our company history dates back to 1807 when our cotton printing plant was established by Rhode Island governor, William Sprague.  We are proud of our heritage and our place in the American Textile Industry!  Antiquities was born from our passion for embracing our rich traditions and sharing the beauty of our printed textiles throughout different decades.  As part of our library here, we have dozens and dozens of swatch books containing our cotton print samples as a record created by and used for the plant.

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Top right – notice the 1860-1883 swatch books – ❤

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Our Mini museum with little pieces of history!

To me, these are priceless pieces of history. As a textile designer, it makes my heart sing when I look through these books.  Imagine seeing the original swatch of fabric with the production details inscribed … important information such as lot number, number of cylinders (colors), machine number and supervisor, most often hand written and organized together for future generations to experience.  I love it!!!!

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Production notes…

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Our premiere collection is named Canterbury (In shops now!) It’s an assemblage of designs gathered and styled to showcase the beauty of these archival prints.   Our studio design director starts the process by making selections from the antique production books.   The studio then scans them into the computer.  As you will see, the designer’s artistic talents come into play when recreating the design and bringing it back to life as fabric for today’s market.   It is a textile designer’s dream to work with these fabrics but it does come with some challenges.  Some of the swatches measure only two to four inches.  While that isn’t a problem for the tiny prints, large feature florals or damasks can be difficult to recreate.  The integrity of the original design is the main focus of our studio.

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Once the designs are complete, the studio works carefully to color the collection. They make it cohesive and balance the range of lights to darks for the best quilting friendly assortment.   Beautiful colors of navy, creams, golds and maroon come together and evoke the traditional flair while staying current in style.  These prints are reflecting what is currently seen in apparel in places like Anthropologie .  Here’s another example from Anthropologie.  *swoon*

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Click Photo to see the entire collection and free project sheet on our website!

 

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I hope you enjoyed this small look into the process of developing our Antiquities collections.  The next line, Ashford, is coming soon (April 2016) and offers another set of archival treasures.   We will show you the original swatch and how they translated to fabric!  Antiquities collections are an eclectic blend of fabrics, inspired by the past.   Embracing tradition, while remaining relevant with magnificent color and design, Antiquities is sure to be a staple in your stash.

Looking forward, we will talk more about our history and give you some more behind-the-scenes views of Quilting Treasures!


History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~Winston Churchill


Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

Blog Shout Out! Gem Hill Quilts!

We love fabric and people who love fabric, of course!  To share the love,  as part of our Fall Quilt Market, we held a contest for a blog shout out! What fun it was to interview the winners.  Here is the first winner, Gina Gempesaw of Gem Hill Quilts!  

IandAquestion   Tell me a little about your business?

Ginal.jpg    I have been a quilter for over 18 years.  I used to do a lot of cross-stitch.  But, as soon as I discovered quilting, everything clicked in place and I hardly ever do any cross-stitch anymore.  I have been working at a local quilt shop for about 15 years now with the last 4 years at the The Round Bobbin Quilt Shop in Ambler, PA.  My husband of over 20 years is quite supportive of my fabric habit and has, only very occasionally, asked for a gift of a quilt!

IandAquestion  What is the focus of your business?

Ginal.jpg   My company is all about my original quilt designs. They appear in various magazines and books. Some of them are free pattern downloads for fabric collections. I have other patterns that we run as Block of the Month programs or as classes at the local quilt shop. Lately, I have started to make projects and write tutorial blog posts for AccuQuilt.

IandAquestion  What inspired you to start your business?

Ginal.jpg   Early on, I realized that I prefer to create my own designs. When I did pick a pattern up, I would instantly start re-writing it in my head! Clearly, I needed to create and write my own patterns.

IandAquestion  What color combinations do you find yourself using over &  over & over?

Ginal.jpg    I have quite the eclectic collection of quilts. I have designed projects using reproduction fabrics to very modern prints, from taupes to bright novelties, from 2-color quilts to scrap quilts. However, I will admit to being pretty partial to brights and fabrics with lots of color.

IandAquestion Favorite memory of working with fabric?

Ginal.jpg  There are so many to choose from!  One time, I was nervously working with a lot of curved piecing and bias edges, using the “Rob Peter to Pay Paul” block. Every completed block seemed wonky. I was so thrilled and delighted to find that all the blocks fit together and the quilt turned out beautifully!

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Bubbles Quilt:  “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” block quilt.  Photo courtesy of Annie’s Publications.  Project available here!

IandAquestion  Favorite part of your work?

Ginal.jpg  I love designing and piecing quilts.

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Sampler quilt designed for Local Shop Hop in Southeast, PA

IandAquestion  What draws you to Ink & Arrow fabrics?

Ginal.jpg  The vibrant colors, the crisp designs – it’s all just so much fun!

 

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One of Gina’s latest projects:  Bollenvelden   It appears in Quilter’s World Magazine, Spring 2016 Click photo for more information!

IandAquestion  Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

Ginal.jpg    I love math and used to compete – and sometimes win – math tournaments in school. Very nerdy of me, I know!

I&A Comments:   Math is a huge part of quilting – it must have helped you out a lot along the way!  🙂

IandAquestion  Explain an example of a “happy accident” in your work?

Ginal.jpg   When I was working on the Quilting Treasures’ Quilting Temptations collection, I so dearly wanted to used this circle motif with pieced sections. It looks a bit like a “Lifesavers” candy. However, it’s not the easiest block to make. In the meantime, I was also working on a totally different project where I had been cutting out blocks from other pieced blocks. That just opened my eyes! To simplify the circle motif, you just make a pinwheel block and cut the circle from that pinwheel! Easy-peasy!  See example below!

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Pinwheel block –> Trace Circle motif –> Easy-peasy Circle motif!

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Quilting Temptations Quilt for QT.  Click picture above for Pattern!

 

Here are a couple of great pictures from Gina of her work…  Visit her  at Gem Hill Quilts to see more!

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Surfside Quilt:  Appeared in the book “Trendy Triangles” using fabrics from QT “Lola Textures” Click Photo for more information.

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Surf & Sand Block of the Month:  Using Color Blends by QT.  Click on picture above for the instructions!

 

We are so excited to have Gina as a winner of the blog shout out!  We look forward to seeing what Gina comes up with using our Ink & Arrow fabrics!!!  Thanks Gina!


 

 

Blog Shout Out! Plum Easy Patterns Part 1

One of the best parts of working in this industry is the people you meet and the stories you hear. We all have a story; we’re excited to share some insight into some of our new friends.   As part of our Fall Quilt Market, we held a contest for a blog shout out! Our first winner is Plum Easy Patterns!  They have a wonderful website with lots of information!

I was thrilled when I heard back from Deborah (the mother), and Bethany (the daughter) a dynamic duo making patterns Plum Easy! It’s great to have both perspectives of their experiences with their company.  

 

Print  Tell me a little about you and your shop/company. What’s your focus?


 

 

 

Print  When PlumEasy Patterns began it was because I created a new way of making the infamous Folded Star Hot Pad and I felt an obligation to share it. From the first month until now, this pattern continues to be our #1 pattern. The response from customers has been overwhelming. They write me, speak to me in person and tell me how much this pattern has impacted them. I compare a new technique for doing something that’s been done only one way for many years, to finding a new version of song that touches you. People have learned a new technique for an old pattern, and in doing this it has given them a new creative outlet. One that is easy and oh so fun to make. Some call my pattern addictive.

 

PlumEasy focuses on two things: designing patterns for sewing and quilting, and providing world-class craft fillings.

We try really hard to provide patterns that explain things well, and brings sewing down to a basic level though photos, illustrations and writing. Many of our patterns have printed interfacing to help make sewing even easier. We believe that almost anyone can make one of our patterns, if they read the instructions!

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Our other focus is craft fillings. It may seem odd, but I could not find a good filling when I made my first pincushion. I was very frustrated. So I did some research and decided to start selling ground walnut shells to stores in 2-cup bags that were strong and would look nice selling in a quilt shop. Well, after two years we were selling thousands of pounds of walnut shells. We added lavender walnut shells to our catalog, and then poly pellets, and ground Turkish Emery. Finally, we added a Craft Sampler of all four items. These are four wonderful fillings that can be used in pin cushions, stuffed animals, strawberry mini-pin cushions, iron hams, door draft blockers, and more.

 

 

 Print  I think the thing that really sets us apart as a pattern company is our resources. There’s hardly anything we won’t do to help a retailer sell our products. If someone needs samples and doesn’t have time to make them, we can loan them one of ours for a time. We have curriculum written up to help guide someone through teaching our patterns in a classroom setting. I love getting to meet store-owners directly at Quilt Market because we can really take some one-on-one time to teach these owners how easy it is to get our products off their shelves and into shopper’s carts. My mom has a motto: “Kill them with kindness” and that is what we try to do for every customer.

 

Print  What is one of your favorite projects?


Print  I love the All Ways Arrows design, and have had a lot of fun with it.  It is one little arrow that is paper pieced. The arrow can go in any direction and with every move the design changes.

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To go with this pattern, we sell PlumEasy Piecing, printable interfacing sheets, and we also sell All Ways Arrows printed on interfacing in a panel of 20 blocks. 

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Print    I really enjoyed designing the Morning Star Hot Pad. 

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It was a project that we worked on for so long and had such a hard time with. It was a huge relief when it finally clicked and came together. It was really fun to play with color and shapes and learn how versatile the star really was.

Print  How did you get started in Sewing | Crafting | Making?


Print  I began quilting in 2000 and it was love at first sight. I was obsessed with it and learned very quickly, as I was taught to sew when I was a little girl. A few years later and I was entering the crafting arena, trying to make a little extra money. I saw my first folded star hot pad and thought it would be great to make and sell as a craft.  I realized I had a different way to make the folded star hot pad. My method was very fast and easy and decided I should write it down.  I began PlumEasy in 2011 with that one pattern and a package of refill templates.

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Print  When I was about 12 my mother tried teaching me now to machine sew. I had some previous experience with embroidery so I knew my way around a needle and thread, but I was completely confounded by sewing machines. My mother would have me sew together strips for nine-patches and I couldn’t sew a ¼” seam to save my life. I got so frustrated that I completely gave up trying to machine sew.

It wasn’t until I was in college that my interest in sewing was awakened. I gained a reputation on campus for being able to hand sew. I began patching jeans and backpacks, hemming pants, and repairing busted seams. When I told my mother about this she sent me some basic sewing supplies and a small hobby sewing machine she had purchased for $5 at a garage sale. With all of these goodies she also included her first pattern for the folded star hot pad. I test this pattern out on the sewing machine and something in me ignited, and I couldn’t stop sewing. I still knew nothing about quilting at this time.

When I moved back home after college PlumEasy was still in its infancy. I began working with my mother right away. When we vended at our first quilt show I was blown away by what people were able to create out of fabric and thread. I spent every dime I had on fabric and decided I better become a quilter. I let myself fall headfirst down the quilting “rabbit hole” and never bothered to try to pull myself out again.

More to come… we’ll follow up with the rest of the interview next week!


Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.                ~Mattie Stepanek


 

Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

 

 

 

 

 

Long May She Wave… Happy President’s Day!

We are proud to be Americans and at this time of year, we have President’s Day as a national holiday to celebrate our country’s history and honor our forefathers!

February 22 is George Washington’s birthday – our first President of the United States and an icon of our American history.  What better way to salute our presidents than with this patriotic collection, “Long May She Wave” by Ivy Lane for QT.  The flags are depicted in a panel that reflects the stages of our country’s progress.  This is a  great tribute to our country’s history.

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Also, we have a project on our website using these fabrics.   It was designed with the “Quilt of Valor” guidelines in mind.   For more information about this great program,  click here.

Here are a couple of pictures showing our fabric in front of the historic waterfall at our old mill building.  We love to go take a stroll over to it when we have a chance!  Great photo op!

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Brian holding our Long May She Wave fabric in front of our waterfall

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Brian & Andrea showing the flag panel in front of our waterfall.

Whenever I think of Presidents, I think of this little cutie, Macey!  She is sassy, smart and passionate (all at the age of 5!)… a perfect combination for a future president (let’s hope)  She happens to love learning and knows a lot about our Presidential history.  Enjoy this cute clip of her on the Ellen show!

Our company has been in existence since 1807 – Thomas Jefferson was President at the time we started.  How amazing is that?  I am excited to see what our future holds!


We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.         ~Thomas Jefferson


 Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!