Fabric Addicts Unite – Not Your Garden Variety!

Hello friends!  It’s a rainy day here at my office but I have no worries!  Our newest collection hitting shops now, is just the thing to keep me smiling and thinking of springtime flowers!  After all, “April showers, bring May flowers” right?

Not Your Garden Variety by Cindy Sepp for Studio 8… you must add to your stash! 🙂

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Don’t you just love the swirly style?!?

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Cindy is one of our employee-owner,  in-house designers who has been with QT for over 4 years.  We are thrilled to introduce her inaugural collection for Studio 8… Not only because she is incredibly talented, but also, because Cindy is a delightfully darling person!  The bold contrast of black & white with bright & vivid color is so fabulous and fresh!  Think of the many different creative applications for this  beautiful fabric.. we’re excited to see what you all create!

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Spring has sprung!  Contemporary chic in gorgeous colors… this is Not Your Garden Variety floral collection!

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How about this “Betsy” Apron from Indygo Junction featuring Not Your Garden Variety?

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This Indygo Junction Lg. Bag from “Ruffle Trio” is so flirty and swirly for spring!

Head to your local fabric shop and ask them about this fun collection!  There are lots of possibilities, enjoy sewing|quilting |crafting with “Not Your Garden Variety”

We’ll be back with more fabrics you just have to “add to your stash!”

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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!

 

 

 

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!

COLOR – Lovely, vibrant, dazzling & wonderful color…

One of my favorite things, besides fabric (of course) and print/pattern (of course) is color.

I LOVE COLOR!

I remember opening up my new crayon box and sitting there studying the crayons as if they were color chips.  I didn’t dare use my favorite colors, and, ummmm, every color was my favorite!  🙂 Fortunately,  I was lucky enough to have multiple sets of crayons.  There was one that was dedicated for “show only”.     Kind of like your mom’s “good scissors” that were only for fabric.  I still think twice before using my scissors – every time!!!

Things haven’t changed much, I still love staring at color and I found my niche working here!  I’m so lucky!

So…when I saw this collection of “basics” or “blenders” by Dan Morris, I immediately fell in love.  This is my visual Ode to Scrollscapes and I hope you enjoy it!

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Click on the Wheel to go to the website and choose your favorite! Come back and comment with the one you love the most!!!


         This is my favorite color from Scrollscapes, Teal!  It’s so pretty!!!

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Showing the full width of the fabric and it’s repeat. Measures approximately 44″ x 24″ from selvedge to selvedge.

Below, I took samples from the fabric to show the variations within the selvedge to selvedge repeat! So many great options.  It’s really a bunch of fabrics in one!

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5″ Sections from the repeat of the fabric… pretty fabulous!

I’ll be back next week to talk a little more about colors, color stories and how to pick the perfect palette for your next project!

Next week, I’ll announce a new contest where you could be the winner of a fat quarter of each of these colors!   Come on back, we want to spoil you with fabulous, colorful, Scrollscapes fabrics!


 

Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.

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

 

 

 

What are you most thankful for???

I am thankful for…  so many things.  I make it a point before I go to bed each night to think of something I was especially grateful for that day.  Of course, there are days of sunshine and days of shadows, but there is ALWAYS something to appreciate.

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 click on the link “In Bloom” below to browse all the fabrics of this collection

The above designs are from our “In Bloom” collection by Dan Morris.   I love the rich, vivid colors and the beautiful flowers.  Color and pattern are some things that always bring me Joy, I hope you find joy in the little things today and always… Happy Thanksgiving!

 


Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

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

Must add to your stash – November

 

We have the perfect collection for those of us who are in denial that winter is coming… Floral Fantasy!  Think Spring and sophistication.  Pretty colors, on-trend watercolor styling, it’s just the touch of hope we need to remember that the flowers will bloom again!  In stores now so add it to your stash, or better yet, create something vibrant and fresh while sipping hot cocoa – a nice distraction.

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Indygo Junction Pattern : IJ941 Ruffled Trio (Large Bag Shown)

 

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Simply cut & hem! Creates a quick refresh for the table!

 


You’re only here for a short visit.  Don’t hurry, don’t worry.  And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.         

-Walter Hagen


 

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

 

We must ask you about your Stash!

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Let’s face it – we all have our fabric stash.  We will discuss this again and again.  I am unapologetic for mine – it is part of who I am as a creative person.  You never know when you will need that 6″ strip of fabric from 1978.  It’s really really really important to keep it,  just in case.

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 QT fabric stash…stock-pile…ummm hoard?

Here’s some of our QT stash… I was thinking that we should all take pictures of our “stash” and put the hashtag #MustAddtomyStash  Don’t forget to include #quiltingtreasuresfabrics Facebook is always a great way to show your stuff too!  Post a picture to our wall and/or tag us!

I still have fabric that is untouched in my “organized” plastic drawers, just screaming to be used.   Why do we do that?  For me, I know it’s because I want to be hit by the epiphany truck… just the right project for the right time…  You never know!

Having said that, here is the first of an ongoing theme to feature for our blog “Must Add to my Stash”  Take a peek, these collections are hitting the stores in September and will be a nice addition to your stash 😉

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 What do you think?… Must add to your stash??? It's a Ruff Life


If I want to calm down, I’ll buy some fabric, get a pattern, shut myself in a room and stay there for days, really happy. And at the end of it, you get a bedspread or some curtains or something to wear – it’s lovely.     Twiggy


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