The kids in my neighborhood went back to school today. Goodness, they must feel that the summer flew by! Between trips to Alaska, Montana, and California, I think my summer went as fast.
In July I enjoyed demonstrating Texture Magic at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach.
We had several new Texture Magic patterns to share:
Café Vienna is made with fabrics from the Vienna line from Timeless Treasures.
We texturized the nutmeg fabric in the background of the star blocks to add an eye-catching accent to these rich, bold quilts.
Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts machine quilted Café Vienna. She did a marvelous job!
I especially enjoyed designing and making Little Charmers. The engaging little block and matching blankie are made using a charm pack and Texture Magic. One package will make more than one set.
Babies will love the textured blocks on front and the soft, plush back. Colorful, playing, textured ribbons and trims around the edge will give baby something to grab, chew, and explore.
I have to confess that I'd never worked with a charm pack before. I liked it! In one little pack I had over 40 different fabrics, all precut into 5" squares. That really made things go fast.
I separated the fabrics into lights, mediums, and darks. Then I texturized some of the squares using Texture Magic, cut a few into various shapes, and quickly assembled the block and the blankie.
Little Charmers will stimulate babies with textures, colors, patterns, and sounds. (There's a jingle bell inside the block.) Wouldn't this set make a great shower gift?
We introduced another new quilt and pattern at Long Beach. Wild Game Chase was made by Heather Purcell (aka Mother Superior) using her great collection of animal print fabrics.
What's fun about this quilt is that the sashing does the work. Flying Geese blocks in the sashing surround plain blocks. How easy is that?
Judi Madsen also quilted Wild Game Chase. You can see pictures of the process on her blog. Great job, Judi!
One last "new" pattern has been available for a while but I just got it on the website. Sweet Little Buttercup is a simple quilt to make. It uses three different 6" blocks and features time-saving techniques for cutting and piecing.
We're busy working on other new patterns to have ready for Market and Festival in Houston in October. Watch for more info soon!
Until then, happy stitching,