Friday, July 29, 2011

Flower Garden Strip Quilt

Here's a quick and easy idea for using some of those beautiful large panels that have several coordinating fabrics like these from Free Spirit Fabrics.

We made a simple strip quilt with the panel centered. Here's how:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kona Cotton Giveaway!

We're giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of beautiful Kona Cottons!

The bundle inclues one 18" X 21" square of each of the following:  Black, Medium Grey, White, Red, Pacific, Canary, Mulberry, Fern, Orange, Turquiose, Bright Pink, and Chocolate.

Here's how to enter the drawing:

** Be or become a follower of this blog AND leave a comment saying you already are a follower or just became one. **

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Please be sure your email address is linked to your comment or added to the body of the comment so we have a way to get in touch with you.

We'll draw a winner on Monday, August 1.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kona Cottons!!

It seems everywhere you turn in the quilting world today, you see solid colored fabrics! Almost everyone has at least one project made with solids in the works . . . including us! :)

So we're building up our inventory of beautiful Kona Cotton solids. We have bundles in a rainbow of colors that can be purchased in 1-yard packs, 1/2-yard packs, 1/4-yard packs, or fat quarter packs. What a great way to get started on your stash of solids!

We also have Kona Cotton in 2-1/2" rolls. Try a roll-up of Kona White or Black to use as sashing that will make your prints "pop". Or pick up a couple of rolls in Classic or Bright colors.

These rolls would make a fantastic, modern quilt with this pattern:

Perhaps a colorway of fat quarters is more your thing! Then you're sure to love Kona Cotton's Colorstory - we have three varieties in stock now: Cotton Candy, Evergreen and Hot Spice. Wouldn't they be fabulous in one of the City Quilts projects?!!!

Oh yeah - we also have Kona Cotton by the yard!. Or should we say, "by the $7 yard!" Visit our website, click on Fabric by the Yard and then click Robert Kaufman. Or just click here for a super speedy ride straight to the Kaufman section!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Binding 60 degree corners

I've always had problems binding around a 60 degree corner, like on this hexagon pot holder. (These corners are on a lot of table runners, too.) Yesterday, I decided to figure out what I was doing wrong! This is how I got my corners from this:

to this:

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mug Rug Inspiration

I love these little mugs rugs - I could have dozens for summer! Our patio table has a sort of faux rock top on it and when I set a glass down, it feels rough. These are so much more convenient than a big place mat and unlike a napkin, they don't blow away when I pick my glass up!

These fun and easy mug rugs were inspired by the fabulous Mod Mosaic Floor Pillow designed by super-talented Elizabeth Hartman ("Oh, Fransson!" in the blog world). We made ours approximately 7-1/2" X 9-1/2", but of course you can make yours any size you like!

For how-to details, click here to go to Elizabeth's tutorial:

And follow our blog for lots more Mug Rug inspiration this summer!