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Briar Rose Challenge WINNERS! July 16 2014, 3 Comments

Hi everyone! We're so excited to announce the winners for our Briar Rose Challenge! But before we do, THANK YOU to everyone who participated! We are so impressed by the creativity shown in all of the projects, so good work everyone. And thank you if you voted! It was fun to read everyone's comments, and all of the projects got a mention. 

Without further ado, the People's Choice winner of the Briar Rose Challenge is.... Shirley! Shirley's adorable Strawberry Fields Hat was picked the favorite - commenters loved how fun and summer-ey it is and noted that it is perfect for the fabric collection. So Congratulations Shirley! You are the winner of a $25 gift card to Quilt Sandwich Fabrics!

Kris and I decided to pick a winner too, because we knew there would be so many great projects that it would be hard for our voters to decide. So the other winner is Jenelle Clark! Jenelle made this gorgeous little sewing and embroidery kit - we love all the detail she put into it! Congratulations, Jenelle! You also win a $25 Quilt Sandwich Fabric gift card! 

Thanks again to everyone who made a fun project with Briar Rose by Heather Ross, and thank you for tuning into the challenge! We think it was a success so we're already planning on doing another challenge later this year. Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest news on challenges, sales and more. (Newsletter sign-up link is on our main website page at the bottom right.) 

Becca

 


Briar Rose Challenge Projects!!! July 08 2014, 83 Comments

Hello! It's time to show off the AMAZING submissions we got in our first ever fabric challenge! We chose Briar Rose, designed by Heather Ross, because it has such a fun, summer-ey feel and we have the entire collection! To recap, we sent two fat eighths to everyone on our sign-up list, and all they had to do was sew anything they wanted! You can vote for your favorite by commenting on this post. The "People's Choice" winner and a winner chosen by Quilt Sandwich Fabrics will receive a prize! The deadline to comment is Tuesday, July 15 at midnight PST. 

Without further ado, let's see the projects! 

Here's a fun and funky tote bag from Kristen Ballou! We love how scrappy it is. 

Here's a beautiful quilt called "Fluttering" by Paula Baumann. We love how the butterflies look a little bit geometric! You can read more about it on Paula's blog here

Next is an adorable little dress by Kathryn Brady! So colorful and fun. You can see more of Kathryn's work on her Pinterest Page. 

Here's a fun ball by Polly Carlson of Pieces by Polly (where Quilt Sandwich Fabrics advertises!). I have always wanted to make one of these groovy balls and we like that Polly used one of her quilts as a backdrop!

Here's something fun from Jenelle Clark! We love her pretty sewing and embroidery kit and she did this nice photo layout too. Jenelle says she started with a pattern from Lots of Pink Here, and then modified it to make it just right for her sewing and embroidery notions. Jenelle has a blog too! 

Next up is a sweet little zipper pouch from Marci Debetez. We love the little details like the buttons and pretty lace trim, and the rounded shape is lovely! Plus, the zipper is the perfect shade of green. Visit Marci's website here

Here is another fun zipper pouch from Allison Dutton! Allison did paper piecing for the tree shapes and the cloud fabric is a great choice for the background. Allison used more Briar Rose for the pretty lining. 

Now we have this adorable headband from Karrie Hadfield. She did a great job shaping the pretty flower petals! 

Here's a groovy pillow from Anita LaHay. You may recognize this from a previous blog post - it was the first submission we received so we were excited! We always love ric-rac, and the burlap backing is great too. 

Next is a fun mobile by Nesta Sangermano! We love how she complimented the nature theme of the fabric with a stick to hang these cute hexies form. The little frog lounging in front of the tree stump is super cute, too. Check out Nesta's blog here

Here's a sweet little sunhat by Shirley Tener! Shirley calls it the Strawberry Fields hat and we agree that is the perfect name. We love how one side is pinned up by a strawberry-covered button!

Here is very stylin' bag from Erica Toole! Erica made this little pouch for notions, and we love how fun it is! Lots of cute motifs and she did some neat quilting in a bright pink thread. The strawberry is paper-pieced and Erica got the pattern from Kerry and Penny's Sew-ichigo Shop

Finally, we have a pretty baby quilt from Shannon Wall. Shannon and her husband are expecting their first baby in a couple of weeks (maybe he's even here now!) so she wanted to make a little quilt for him. She kept it simple because it was harder than she expected to quilt while pregnant, but it turns out she had already made this cute crib sheet out of Briar Rose so this simple quilt is the perfect addition! Congrats on your baby, Shannon! 

Okay! Well, what do you think? Comment below with your favorite project by Tuesday, July 15, midnight PST and let us know! We are so thrilled with all of them, so I'm not sure how we'll pick our favorite. I also really love the variety we got - way to get creative everyone! 

Thanks! 

Becca

Quilt Sandwich Fabrics 

 

 


Practice makes better May 26 2014, 0 Comments

Who enjoys free-motion quilting? I have been doing quite a bit of quilting lately and I am really starting to love it but it wasn't always that way. I have taken a fair amount of free-motion quilting classes (with good instructors!) but I was always hesitant to actually start quilting on a quilt top in case it wasn't perfect. (Or at least REALLY good.) If you've ever taken a quilting class, no doubt you've heard that it just takes practice! Now in your head you know it's true. But it's hard to take a quilt top you've worked so long on and just go for it on the quilting. I've decided that life is too short (and my sewing room way too full) to keep unfinished quilt tops laying around, so I've just started quilting them. Not only has it made me feel better to mark something off my list of things to do, but my quilting skills have improved and I even have a little stash of finished baby quilts just in case I need a gift! 

If you are interested in improving your quilting skills start out by making a quilt sandwich with some muslin or old fabric. I made two for a class that were both 1 yard by about 42" which is a good size. Just lower the feed dogs on your machine (look in your machine manual if you don't know how to do it - most machines nowadays should be able to do this), and start quilting!

Here's some practice quilting - I just used whatever thread was in the machine and tried out patterns from books (recommendations below). Now, some of it's not great, but I could see improvement even after working on a particular design for just a few minutes. Having a spare quilt sandwich like this is a great idea so that when you do want to try a new quilting design for a quilt you're getting ready to finish, you can do a little practicing. Sometimes I'll even draw the block shape on the muslin with a disappearing pen to practice different ideas. 

Once I decided to just do it (TM Nike), I found a baby quilt top I made a long time ago and decided on a super cute quilting pattern that I learned in a class with the awesome Elizabeth Hartman. This adorable flower design was actually pretty easy and didn't even take that long once I got going. And people LOVE it! 

I was so inspired when I finished it that I got out another small quilt top. For this one I used a zig zag-ey line with a loop that is from Christina Cameli's book First Steps to Free Motion Quilting. As you can see, some of the rows are closer together than other ones, and sometimes the loops are farther apart than other times, but when you look at the quilt as a whole, it's not really noticeable. 

I most recently took a class with Angela Walters who is, of course, awesome. She had tons of great ideas, including some that I was able to use in this quilt. Angela taught the basic clamshell design plus these fun variations, and I love the ribbon candy motif! That one definitely took some practice, but it turned out good on this quilt. It helps to do this design in rectangular sections of the quilt so that you have guidelines for the top and bottom of the design. 

There are lots of books and tutorials out there on quilting. I highly recommend these books: 

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli

Free-Motion Quilting With Angela Walters by Angela Walters (or any of Angela's books, but this one has a lot of great designs with instructions on how to do all of them, so it is a good reference)

Machine Quilting Made Easy! by Maurine Noble (this is an older book but a standard!) 

I also love Elizabeth Hartman's books for quilting ideas even though their focus is on making the quilt tops and not as much on quilting. 

And if you ever get the opportunity to take classes with any of these authors, do it! 

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration to try quilting is you've been worried. In my experience, I've noticed that when I show a finished quilt to someone they all think it's pretty awesome. Of course I know where I made a weird shape, or where my stitches got way too long, or I ran into a corner and didn't know how to get out of it. But if you don't point out those "mistakes" to people, they won't find them. So don't be so hard on yourself, and just have fun with it! 

Got any quilting advice or challenges you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments! 

Becca

 


Briar Rose Challenge finished project! May 20 2014, 5 Comments

Hey, all! If you're participating in our Briar Rose Challenge, no pressure but Anita of Daydreams of Quilts has already finished her challenge project! And it's super cute, if we do say so! She made this adorable pillow: 

Aww! We LOVE it! I'm a huge fan of ric-rac, so you can't go wrong with that! And the burlap makes such a great accent for these pretty fabrics. And hexagons! It's just got something for everyone. Way to go, Anita!!! Make sure to check out her blog, too! 

Not to worry, there's still plenty of time and we are going to extend the deadline just a bit too - stay tuned for a new deadline soon. 

And if you missed out on this challenge, we are definitely going to do another one so find us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter (at the bottom right corner of our website) to keep up-to-date on future challenges! 

Peace out, 

Becca
Quilt Sandwich HQ


Giveaway Day Winner! May 17 2014, 0 Comments

Hi everyone, 

Thank you all for visiting our blog and commenting with your favorite summer activity for Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day! We loved reading all of your comments - you all have fun summer plans!  We randomly chose a winner, and the lucky lady is Cindy, who said her favorite summer activity is being able to spend more time with her grandkids. That's a great plan, Cindy! We'll email you to find out where to mail these fun fabrics. 

Becca
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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!! May 12 2014, 300 Comments

Hey there! We're so excited to participate in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day! Let's get right to the fun: We're giving away this groovy collection of fabric! 

These retro-inspired farm prints are from the Gladys collection by Anna Griffin. As soon as we saw that funky rooster on the pink background we knew we had to get it! You'll get half-yard cuts of all five of the Gladys prints, plus three fat quarters of these Lecien dots that coordinate perfectly! 

 

To enter, leave a comment telling us your favorite summer activity! (If your comment isn't approved right away, don't worry - we'll be checking them frequently.)

 

Thanks and GOOD LUCK! The giveaway will end Friday, May 16th at 5:00 PM PST, and then we'll randomly choose a winner! Please make sure to leave your email address when you leave your comment so we can contact you. 

 

And don't forget to check out Sew Mama Sew for more giveaways! 

 


Beautiful Bohemia Bag! May 11 2014, 3 Comments

Hello! We hope you've had a great weekend! Here's a fun project I'm excited to share - a beautiful bag made from beautiful fabric! My manager Paula made this pretty tote bag using one of our favorite fabric lines - Bohemia by Julie Paschkis. This pretty collection features lovely flora and fauna prints in sunny yellow, vibrant aqua, black and more. 

 

 

One of the fabrics in the collection is a pretty border stripe of flowers on black. Paula used the stripe for the bottom part of the bag, and made it into a pocket too. Paula also loves cats, so she used the groovy black and ivory cat collage for the top of the bag. The small black and ivory dot is perfect for the handles. 

How cute is that?! I really love how it turned out! Paula did a great job in the craftsmanship of the bag too. It is soft but holds it's shape well, and the handles are sturdy but not stiff. And check out the awesome zip top! I love being able to zip up the top of a bag so that if it falls upside down (this seems to happen to me in my car all the time), everything's contained. 

The flowers on that stripe are just so pretty. We really love Julie's artwork and we have a lot of fabric by her. Check out our entire selection of Julie's fabric here!

Julie Paschkis on Quilt Sandwich Fabrics 

See you later! 

Becca

 

 

 

 

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Briar Rose Challenge! April 25 2014, 1 Comment

We are doing a fun challenge for our sewing friends and we hope you'll join us! We are featuring the adorable Heather Ross collection Briar Rose, and you can make whatever you want with it! You can choose to use other Briar Rose fabric, or any other fabric from your stash. The only guidelines for your project are that it must be sewn and you must use both of the Briar Rose fabrics we sent, but other than that the sky's the limit! We'll post pictures of the finished projects on our blog and ask everyone to vote on their favorites. And of course, there will be prizes! 
Here are the details: 
1. Each participant will receive two fat eighths of Briar Rose fabric (we'll choose two for you, and everyone will be receiving different pairs.) 
2. To sign up, email us at quilt-sandwich@hotmail.com. We're providing the fabric to you, but we'll ask you to help us cover shipping charges. When you email us to sign up, we'll send you a PayPal invoice for shipping. Shipping amounts are: 
US: $3
Canada: $7
Everywhere else: $9
3. The first 20 people who email us and send us the shipping amount via PayPal will get to do the challenge! 
4. Use both of the Briar Rose fabrics we send you, plus any other fabrics you want! We will give you a code to receive 15% off at Quilt Sandwich Fabric for any other fabric you might want to get! (It doesn't have to be for the challenge either - stock up if you want!)
5. Take a picture of your finished project and send it to us! You can either email your photo to us at quilt-sandwich@hotmail.com, or put it on Flickr or Pinterest and then make sure to let us know where it is. (By participating in the challenge, you are giving us permission to post your photo on our all of our social media accounts - our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram.) 
6. DEADLINE: Send your pictures to us by June 2nd! EDITED TO ADD:  Deadline is now June 15th! 
6. There will be two winners - a "Viewer's Choice" winner and a winner chosen by Quilt Sandwich Fabrics. Winners will receive a fun prize from Quilt Sandwich! Don't forget to ask your friends to vote for your project! 
Happy sewing! 

The low-down on the Sew Down! April 22 2014, 1 Comment

Hello! Last week I attended the Modern Quilt Guild's most recent Sew Down in lovely Nashville, Tennessee! If you are not familiar with the Sew Downs, they are a fun all-inclusive weekend of awesome classes, delicious food, swanky hotel rooms and fun with other quilters. The Nashville Sew Down became a must-attend as soon as I heard that Anna Maria Horner was an instructor, but the entire line-up was amazing. Plus, Nashville! Home of the Bluebird Cafe, Country Music and Highway 65 Records (for you fans of the TV show). 

So our Sew Down started on Friday afternoon, with registration at the super-cool Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel. We got pretty great swag bags, with goodies from Michael Miller, Riley Blake and Dear Stella plus a dvd called Perfect Binding, but of course the highlight of said swag bags was the nifty-gifty from Quilt Sandwich Fabrics! 

After checking in, we had perhaps the most highly-anticipated event of the weekend - the home studio tour at Anna Maria's house!!! Yes, the do-it-all mother of SEVEN invited 80 strangers to her house and let us wander around. For real, she had the door to her bedroom open in case we wanted to take a peek. Do I need to tell you her house is amazing? I don't think I do. She had a room with tons of her paintings along one wall, lots of quilts, embroidered and cross-stitched wall hangings and her online fabric store! We were warned ahead of time to bring money, and I think everyone indulged. 

Here are a few pics from Anna Maria's house! The next two are from AM's online store. 

Here's a cool couch in Anna Maria's attic studio. 

 

AHEM. This was on the top of AM's to-do list in the studio. 

That's just a small sampling of the prettiness of Anna Maria's house! The whole thing was awesome, and she walked around holding her adorable 10-month old baby, not at all frazzled at entertaining a gaggle of obsessed quilters. 

The next two days were packed with classes, lectures, sewing time, and fun! We had four three-hour classes that we rotated through during the event, and we also had three lectures during meals. The MQG packed the activities in! 

My first class was with Carolyn Friedlander, fabric and pattern designer and brain child of the popular Architextures line of fabric. We worked on her pattern called Aerial, which is a cool modern pattern that uses paper-piecing, a technique I haven't had much practice with. Carolyn was really easy going and cool and she was very encouraging too. She brought a few great samples of the quilt in, and had fabric and thread for sale! (She has a coveted set with Aurifil.) 

Here's a wall-sized version of the Aerial quilt that Carolyn did. Isn't her quilting awesome? 

Here are the two blocks I managed to finish in class. They are fun to make! 

My next class was with Anna Maria Horner. Here's the sample of the block we worked on, called Mod Corsage. 

Okay, it is sideways. I don't know why. ANYWAY. I didn't get much done on it but it was fun to think about how to make a bouquet seem pixelated, so I'm going to work on it more at home. Anna Maria was a lot of fun, and she also had fabric for sale! 

Here I am with AM! Her outfit was so cute. 

Our Saturday night dinner was a feast of southern favorites that included CORN PUDDING, fried chicken and short ribs. As you can probably tell, I am quite excited about the corn pudding. We also had a lecture by Alexia Abegg, who wrote a great book called Liberty Love and is one of the designers of Cotton and Steel, which we at Quilt Sandwich are super excited about. Alexia talked about inspiration, creation and motivation and she had a lot of good things to say. We also had a great lunchtime lecture from Elizabeth Dackson, a MQG board member, about making traditional quilts more modern. 

On Sunday, we had another full day of classes! My first class was with Angela Walters, quilter to the stars! I loved Angela's class! Her theme was "Small Changes, Big Variety". Angela started by showing us a basic quilting design, then she showed us simple ways to make changes so that we ended up with a lot of ideas. Angela brought in TONS of quilts and samples of all her ideas and let us take pictures. Here's one of my favorite samples, featuring variations on spirals. 

Here I am with Angela after class. You can see a lot of her drawings on the wall behind us.

Here's some of my quilting practice from class! 

At lunch we had one more lecture, this one from Maddie Kertay. Maddie is a quilter, quilt-store owner, and founder of the group Bad-Ass quilters! She was really funny and just cool. She introduced us to the phrase "quilt famous", which is helpful when you're trying to tell your non-quilting friends how awesome a fabric designer or quilter is and they just don't get it. 

Finally, my last class was with Victoria Findlay-Wolfe, author of the book 15 Minutes of Play and winner of Best In Show at last year's QuiltCon! (Seriously, could the instructor line-up for the Sew Down be any better?!) Victoria was also really fun and inspiring. She showed us how to make "new" fabric with our scraps (she chopped up a bunch of Anna Maria fat quarters like it was no big deal) and then fun ways to use the made fabric. She also taught us the importance of Y-seams! Here's just one of the samples that Victoria brought. This one uses TINY squares from her made fabric - it was so cute! 

After Victoria's class it was time to leave! It was a whirl-wind 48 hours, let me tell you. Of course, I did get to Nashville a few days early to check it out and I had a great time. I went to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, which also houses the Hatch Show Print gallery and store, which was the main reason I wanted to go. Hatch Show Print is of course awesome, and is totally worth your time! Unfortunately I was not able to take a tour, but I enjoyed the posters and other fun stuff for sale. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed the CMHF Museum! I am not a huge fan of country music, but I like some of it, and I like music in general, so it was interesting to see old instruments and read about the history of country music. They also had a lot of costumes, and the older ones are kind of awesome. I also went to the Johnny Cash Museum, which is equally awesome in a different way. It's much smaller the the Hall of Fame Museum, but still really great. Lots of mementos from Johnny, like hand-written notes and song lyrics, plus videos of performances and other cool things. 

Finally, no trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to BOOT WORLD! Boot World is right downtown on Broadway and their special offer is buy one pair of boots, get TWO PAIRS FREE!!!! That is crazy! I didn't do it because what Seattle girl needs three pairs of cowboy boots? Plus, they're spendy. But cool! 

 

YEEHAW! 

Becca

Quilt Sandwich HQ


The heat is on! (AKA Riley Blake Basics Challenge!) February 14 2014, 2 Comments

Heyo, everybody! Happy Friday to you! Also, Facebook is telling me that today is Valentine's Day, so there's that. 

ANYWAY. Here's a little project I recently completed that I thought I'd share with you. First, I am a member of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild (holla!) which is awesome, and also means that we can participate in challenges that the national guild presents to us. The MQG's most recent challenge was the Riley Blake Basics Challenge, so we all got six fat eighths of Riley Blake fabric and we could make whatever we wanted with it! In true Becca fashion, I put it off until pretty much the last minute so I figured I'd better make something small. I've also been wanting to try a Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) project, so I decided to make a new cover for my heating pad. I am very pleased with how it turned out! 

So, here's the fabrics we got as part of the challenge. 

Lots of fun patterns and bright colors! The challenge rules allowed you to add any solid fabrics or other Riley Blake prints. I added some lighter gray, orange and yellow solids and then I chose an owl fabric for the focal point (which was not Riley Blake, so I cheated. Oops!)

To do a QAYG log cabin, you need to start out with strips, so I cut the fabrics into random-width strips and also cut a square of batting a bit bigger than my heating pad (1" bigger on all sides). 

To do QAYG, start with your first two pieces, lay them right sides together, one on top of the other, smack dab in the center of the batting (or wherever you want the center of your log cabin to be). Then you stitch along one side, using a 1/4" seam. You flip over the top piece and you should have both pieces of fabric right side up. Then you can quilt! I decided to just do straight lines, about 1/4" apart, and I didn't worry if they were perfect. Once you've done the quilting, you add another piece in the same way along the bottom. After you quilt that new piece, add another piece to the opposite side as your original piece. Then you just keep on going! 

Aww, I love that owl. As I continued adding pieces and quilting, my log cabin started to get a little crooked but I am okay with that. It's just a heating pad cover! But if you like yours perfectly straight, you will probably want to cut all of your strips with nice even edges and make sure to line them up carefully. After I finished the top, I added a back and a lining, using instructions for a basic tote bag from one of my sewing books, and I even put a little velcro along the top to hold it together. 

Before: UGLY.

After: ADORBS!

Did you make anything for the Riley Blake Challenge? We'd love to see them, or if you just want to see some fun projects, Google it - there are lots of pictures out there! 

 

Becca

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Time for a Catnap! January 26 2014, 0 Comments

We just love Lizzy House! Every time she comes out with a new collection we know it's going to be great. Something about her funky style and groovy color choices is just fun, and she has a unique way of looking at things, whether it's constellations, animals, or people. Her new line is called Catnap and is just adorable! Check it out! 

Don't you love it?! We loved all of the colors so much we finally just decided to get our three of our favorite prints in two colorways each. The little tiny mice, called Mousey Mouse, are so cute, and we loved the cat faces, especially the purple version. The main print has cats and other little critters and is so pretty on the dark eggplant or the white too! We love the whole collection with Lizzy's famous Pearl Bracelet design in silver or chocolate. 

We think Catnap would be perfect for a cat bed, or a quilt for your favorite cat person! 

 


Go Seahawks! January 19 2014, 1 Comment

Well, you can't live in the Seattle area without feeling the excitement of the Seahawks! They are doing awesome, and we are excited to see the Big Game today! In the meantime, we've chosen some of our favorite blue and green fabrics for our favorite team. (12, of course!)

1. Denyse Schmidt Florence Multi Plaid in Malachite 

2. Riley Blake Madhuri Stripe in Green 

3. Clothworks Toy Poodle Stars in Dark Aqua

4. Northcott Jive Cats Leopard in Green  

5. Free Spirit Charleston Farmhouse B'Dotted in Night

6. Dear Stella Ziggy Stripe in Charcoal

7. In The Beginning Fabrics A Garden For Olivia Flower Ogee in Blue

8. Lizzy House Diamonds and Circles in Grass Green

9. Lotta Jansdotter Glimma Little Kita in Blueberry 

10. Denyse Schmidt Chicopee Heatwave Stripe in Lime

11. In The Beginning Fabrics Painted Summer Stripe in Blue

12. Amy Butler Lark Chinese Lanterns in Grass

 

There you have it! GO SEAHAWKS!!!

 

 


Radiant Orchid Roundup January 10 2014, 2 Comments

By now you've probably heard that Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid! As a former graphic designer I always enjoy hearing Pantone's prediction for color trends and so far I've liked their choices. They always go something bright and I'm a fan of bright! (As an aside, a few months ago I got to attend a lecture by Pantone's Executive Director, Lee Eiseman, and she was great! I recommend checking out her site.) 

ANYWAY, what do you think of the color? Not everyone is a purple person, but if it's good enough for Prince it's good enough for me. I do love pretty purples, though. Here are a few of my favorite fabrics in the shop, in all shades of orchid! 

1. Dear Stella Piper Zig Zag in Punch 

2. Michael Miller Ta Dot in Orchid

3. Sun Print X & + in Dusty Pink 

4. Habitat West River Drive in Blue

5. Geekly Chic Glasses in Lavender

6. Collage Newspaper Stripe in Magenta

7. Garden Joy Small Dots in Pink

8. Briar Rose Calico in Lilac

9. Brandon Mably Wrinkle in Pink

10. Dear Stella Piper Queen Anne's Lace in Purple 

11. Briar Rose Hex Bee in Lilac

12. Makower Polka Dot in Violet

13. Sun Print Party Streamer in Eggplant 

14. Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton in Lavender

15. Shelburne Falls Complex Plaid in Lilac

 

Well, there you have it! I don't think I can pick a favorite - I'm always into dots but that little calico from Heather Ross' Briar Rose just gets me every time! 

 

See you soon, 

Becca

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Groovy Graphics! January 03 2014, 0 Comments

Welcome to 2014! We hope you are enjoying the year so far! What's on your sewing and quilting agenda for the year? We are planning on making Quilt Sandwich Fabrics even better for you, and as for me, I'm hoping to get started on some sort of challenging quilt project. I have my eye on many quilts from Sarah Fielke's awesome books (Material Obsession 1 and 2, Hand Quilted with Love and Quilting From Little Things). She uses lots of scraps and puts some weird fabric combinations together, but somehow it all works! So this year I'm hoping to improve my sewing skills a bit with one of her more difficult patterns. 

Anyway, I decided to start off the New Year with some of our favorite graphic prints from the shop! We have always loved dots and stripes but more and more lately, it seems that groovy graphic prints are becoming popular and we just can't get enough! From a great chevron to funky geometrics to something abstract, here are just a few of the awesome graphic fabrics we have. 

To start us off, how about Denyse Schmidt? You can't go wrong with Denyse! This is Jagged Stripe in Malachite from the Florence collection. 

Next up, from Lizzy House, she of the famed Pearl Bracelet design. Lizzy's Constellations collection was full of groovy graphics and space motifs, all in pretty shades of blue. This Prism design is super pretty. 

Another designer with a flair for the groovy is Joel Dewberry. His Bungalow collection is full of prints straight out of the sixties. These two fabrics, in gold, coral and brown, are definitely groovy! 

2013 brought us the fabulous line called Sun Print by Alison Glass. These are great basics that come in coordinating colors and can be used in just about any quilt project! We have oodles of them, but here's a little sampling. 

Last year I started to get pretty obsessed with mint green. I have no idea why, it just was popping up all over and I started to go a little crazy. I think it looks pretty great with a lot of colors, but it's especially interesting with these royal blue, peach and yellow accents, like in these two fabrics from Tule by Art Gallery Fabrics. Say it with me: Groovy! 

We couldn't have a "favorites" list without two of our all-time favorites: Tula Pink and Anna Maria Horner! These two amazing ladies just keep on cranking out the fabric hits and every time they do, we swoon! We also noticed recently that their fabrics really complement each other nicely. Something about their unique color stories and funky patterns just seem to work together. Here we have this awesome Arrowhead print from Tula Pink's Acacia coordinated with Anna Maria's Going Up from Free Spirit's True Colors collection. 

Finally, a graphics list just wouldn't be complete without a chevron! Technically, this is called Herringbone from Camelot's Design Studio line, but it will satisfy your love of chevrons. Gray and white is stylish and classic! A can't-miss fabric for quilts, home dec, fashion and more. 

You can find all of these and more in our dots, stripes and graphics section of our shop! 

See you soon! 

Becca


Isn't it good Norwegian Wood! October 18 2013, 1 Comment

Happy Friday! 

Let's get down to business: we just got Norwegian Woods Too from Michael Miller and it was so darn cute we posted it immediately! We just can't get enough of adorable woodland creatures and we love Michael Miller so we knew we had to get this collection! It has hedgehogs, squirrels, owls and other woodsy images in a groovy, bright palette of colors. 

This fun collage print gives you a good idea of what the collection is all about - acorns, leaves, foxes and graphic patterns in fall colors accented with jewel tones.

Here's a cute panel with big woodland animals! 

Sometimes panels can be tricky to use, but the Michael Miller website has some great inspiration ideas, and they have a very cute and simple quilt with these panel images and images from the collage print. The panel images would be cute throw pillows too! 

We also have a ridiculously cute border stripe with squirrels, hedgehogs and funky trees called Nuts to You! I kind of can't handle it how cute it is. This pattern runs along both sides of the fabric. 

Here's another really interesting quilt from Michael Miller using this border stripe. I love the jagged edges at the top and bottom! 

And here's another great quilt idea for this print. 

Finally, we have a great assortment of little woodland coordinates from this collection. FIrst, who doesn't love hedgehogs?! I know I do. And this two-tone forest print is super pretty. We also really loved this cute acorn pattern, and these fall leaves are pretty too! 

One more super cute project idea from Michael Miller! Stuffed owl, anyone? 

Well, there you go - perfect fabric for fall! We think it would be great for kids' projects, but we wouldn't judge you if you wanted something for yourself. It's just too cute! 


Happy Friday! October 11 2013, 1 Comment

Hi all, 

I feel like I keep repeating this, but welcome to our new blog and shop! FYI - you can now shop from our site, so after you read this blog why don't you check it out? And we're still adding more fabrics so keep checking back. 

Here's some of our new Halloween fabric - we know, Halloween is right around the corner, but it's not too late to whip something up (or just wait for next year!). This new collection from Cloud 9 is called Dem Bones, and we love it! Just black, gray and white with skulls and bones in stylish patterns. We saw this at Spring Quilt Market and they had the cutest samples made out of it - little kids' button down shirts and awesome neckties! Plus, it's organic! 

Happy Friday, everyone! 

 

Becca


Coming soon... September 27 2013, 0 Comments

Hello! 

If you're new here you may notice that there is some awesome fabric available on this site! Well, hold on to your hats because more is a-comin'! We haven't officially launched yet because we're still posting lots of great fabric, but you can still shop what's currently available. (Although maybe you want to wait - it's gonna be GOOD!) 

 

In the meantime, you can check out our old blog which is available here: quiltsandwich.typepad.com.

See ya! 

Becca


Testing...testing... August 22 2013, 0 Comments

Welcome to the first blog post of our new blog! We are getting super close to opening up this here shop on our new website and when we do, it's gonna be off the charts if I may. We have TONS of fabric that is just waiting to go up so it will be a shopping paradise! Check back soon for your favorites from Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Ross, Lotta Jansdotter, Art Gallery Fabrics, Alexander Henry, Dear Stella, Moda, Riley Blake and more! 

 

See you soon! 

Becca


First Post April 08 2013, 0 Comments

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