Aaaah the great outdoors. We’re seeing more and more research that says spending time outside is good for your mental health. It’s a lot like quilting, in that way! 😉 So, on those days when it’s just too hot to fire up the iron and sewing machine, we stay get outside and have fun walking, tending to your garden, or just basking in the glorious (hot) sun!
The great outdoors are what inspired the this hop’s theme. Throughout the month of August, our Ambassadors will be featuring Island Batik’s newest fabrics, appearing on shop shelves NOW! See something you like? Ask for it at your local quilt shop, or request it if you don’t yet see it.
Find the hop schedule below! And, what’s a hop without a great giveaway?! 😉 Find giveaway details at the end of this post. Thanks for joining us for The Great Outdoors Blog Hop!
Welcome, welcome, welcome, to the Northern Woods Blog Hop! We can’t wait to share the delicious Northern Woods fabrics and projects with you this week! This collection was designed by Kathy Engle for Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots Designs.
Imagine a sweet momma bear preparing for the winter in the pretty Northern Woods. She tidys up her space, and before she cozies up to hibernate for the season, she bakes up her sweetest treats to share with her woodland friends! The imaginative Nan dreamed up this charming back story as she designed quilts for her Signature Collection!
This earthy fabric collection features natural browns, greens and creams in outdoorsy designs such as trees, pine sprigs, and leaves. Pops of Baja, Bermuda, Celery and Copper add just the right amount of color.
Nan featured these fabrics in quite a few delicious projects! With names like “Blueberry Cheesecake”, “Chocolate Caramel Swirl” and “Butterscotch Ripple”, they are nearly impossible to resist! The best part, you can indulge in each and every one guilt free – they are all zero calorie treats! 😉 You can find all of the Northern Woods Purrfect Spots Designs patterns here on the Purrfect Spots website.
Chocolate Caramel Swirl (54″ x 66″) is a wonderfully approachable design, and would make a fantastic first set-on-point piece! Look for quilt kits of this design at Hancock’s of Paducah (KY)!
Butterscotch Ripple (54″ x 66″) takes the earthy Northern Woods palette and makes it ultra-modern with tons of negative space to show off some stunning quilting.
Fruit Salad (66″ x 78″) looks like it could be set on point, but it’s not! This design offers lots of movement with its friendly blocks – squares in squares and half-square triangles! Look for kits of this quilt at Quilter’s Haven (IL)!
Morels & More (56″ x 69″) offers a tasty appliqué treat for fungi-loving woodland creatures (and quilters)! 😉
Mint Chocolate Chip by The Quilt Rambler (48″ x 58″) shows the Northern Woods collection in a whole new way! This project can be cut with the help of the AccuQuilt #55070 GO! Drunkard’s Path 3 1/2″ Finished and #55034 GO! Drunkard’s Path 7″ Finished dies.
Prisms by Maria Michaels Designs (32″ x 32″) is a project for the foundation paper piecers among us and a great size for your wall or table.
Yorkshire Pudding Table Linens by Eye of the Beholder Quilt Designs (Runner 14″ x 32″, Placemats 10″ x 15″, Napkins [not pictured] 18″ x 19″) feature Margaret’s signature style in reverse appliqué blocks.
Nan built a recommended thread palette of Aurifil threads that you can pick up and use with your Northern Woods fabrics. Hop on over to the Aurifil blog to read more about the threads she selected!
Look for Northern Woods precuts in your local quilt shop!
Phew!! That was a LOT of Northern Woods love! And now, a treat for you! Enter to win a Northern Woods Fat Eighth bundle via the Rafflecopter widget below! Don’t miss our Facebook page and Instagram too – both will have additional Northern Woods giveaways happening this week. Be sure you “Follow” both so you don’t miss your chances to win!
This colorful collection was inspired the unique cultures found in different spots, often found within a single city! Four color groupings speak to these places: Marketplace is full of floral peachs, pinks, plums and greens, Waterfront shimmers with blues and teals, Uptown‘s sophisticated palette consists of plum and purple with a touch of blue, and Industrial District features steel greys, blacks, and neutrals. Combined, these fabric offer the perfect palette for your next project!
Speaking of projects, there are some wonderful designer pieces highlighting these fabrics from the fabric designers, Jayme Crow and Megan Cook, the Mother-Daughter team behind Bella Nonna. See them below!
The Hostas Block of the Month (73″ x 87″) was inspired by one of Jayme’s favorite plants, which can be found blooming all over her back yard! The 6 month program features raw edge fusible appliqué and lots of gorgeous green and plum colors. Look for this quilt kit or the BOM program at Lori’s Country Cottage (Canada), Sew What Fabrics/Batiks Etc. (VA), Sew With Me (MN), and Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).
The 42 Fat Quarter Quilt (80″ x 86″) uses every single SKU in the City Culture 2 collection! The braided border adds the perfect finishing touch.
These happy pillow duets, Haute Dog and Happy Camper, are a great way to use some of your scraps from the other City Culture 2 projects you’ll be making! 😉 Use them on your bed, sofa, or on a bench under a covered porch.
What would a Bella Nonna pattern release be without some must-have bags?! The Saturday Satchel bag (left) unzips down the center, giving you an extra five inches for market veggies and fresh baked goodies! The sleek Ashlynn Bag features an accent zipper and leather and metal details.
Bonnie Blue (30″ x 120″ Runner, 90″ x 90″ Quilt) began as a runner, but quilters needed MORE of it! Thankfully, Ebony was OK with that! 😉 This pattern includes instructions for both a runner and a quilt! Look for quilt kits for Bonnie Blue at Fabric Art Shop (FL) and Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).
The Sweet Jessamine Throw (63″ x 63″) really is as sweet as can be, with soft pinks, yellow and greens, paired with approachable flying geese, quarter-square triangles, and X blocks. It reminds us of sipping lemonade on the front porch on a warm summer night! Look for kits of this quilt at Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).
The Tennessee Waltz Table Runner (26″ x 58″) features the cooler colors in the Southern Blooms collection in it’s three pieced blocks and unifying borders.
Georgiazalea (65″ x 77.5″) is a modern quilt where “missing” blocks help to create a fantastic secondary pattern!
Ebony worked with Aurifil to curate a perfectly coordinating thread collection of 100% Cotton Mako, 50wt threads! Aren’t they a beautiful bouquet of color? We’ll take two boxes, please! 😉
Be sure to look for these fabrics, threads, and all of the LoveBug Studios patterns in your local quilt shop! If you don’t see them, ask about them! 🙂
Fall Festival (47″ x 47″) by KISSed Quilts is a quintessential fall quilt featuring falling leaves and of course, pumpkins!! This design can be made as a block or row of the month. You will be able to find Fall Festival kits at All About Quilting (NC) soon!
Mountain Peaks (45″ x 66″) by Christine Quilts sings “fall” with a modern spin. Stacked flying geese paired with abundant negative space gives you the chance to show off some fabulous custom quilting, like the pumpkins and vines stitched into this piece! You’ll be able to find kits for this quilt at Quintessential Quilts (WI) soon!
We may be (finally!) starting to see the first signs of Spring but we’re secretly still dreaming of autumn! This week, we’re featuring the warm and spicy Autumn’s Grace collection by Kathy Engle!
These fabrics have been featured in designer quilts we know you’ll want to curl up with! Just add a cup of tea and a good book!
Bird Watching (60″ x 60″) by Beaquilter is a one block quilt with so much movement! Golden accents add just the right amount of sparkle.
Colour Me Autumn Table Runner (16″ x 40″) by Bill Locke Designs features three classic Churn Dash blocks in essential fall colors.
Entangled Paths (64″ x 76″) by Quilting Affection Designs is a delicious mix of curved and straight piecing paired with crisp cool colors and a dash of dark salmon. The Drunkard’s Path blocks can be cut with the optional Bloc_Loc Drunkard’s Path system. You can find this kit at Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).
Ravenwoods (54″ x 70″) by Stitches from Heaven showcases the Autumn’s Grace collection beautifully with simple framed blocks and raw-edge appliqué trees and bird silhouettes. This pattern includes bonus patterns for a runner and place mats – how perfect for your next fall table!
Welcome welcome welcome!! Tamarinis has put together another fabulous blog hop for us! This time, we’re featuring her latest and greatest collection – Elementz! This seriously BOLD collection is hard to miss with it’s highlighter colors and grey and black accents.
In this post, we’re going showcasing the graphic fabrics that make up the Elementz collection and all of Tammy’s projects. Then we’ll share the full blog hop schedule (don’t miss posts from Aurifil, Sew Many Creations, and Tamarinis today, too!) and of course, some giveaway details!!
Tammy’s quilts are just as bold and graphic as her fabrics. Check them out below, beginning with the Elementz BOM!
Elementz Block of the Month • 48″ x 70″
A project for the foundation paper piecers among us! Get those perfect points with Tammy’s Elementz BOM. The neon blocks POP against a grey and black background.
Sound Waves • 46″ x 67″
Pieced with Tammy’s Guided Improv technique, this project can be made without paper piecing or templates!
Ins and Outs Runner, Mats and Mug Rugs • 21.5″ x 42.5″
A complicated looking (but very simple!) table topper project with woven fabric accents! This will add some serious color to your next tablescape!
Cyclone • 68″ x 85″
We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto! Cut and piece these tornado-inspired blocks with the Creative Grids 60 Degree Triangle 12.5″ Ruler and the 30 Degree Triangle Rulers.
Bright Blocks (60″ x 84″), Showcase (54″ x 72″), and Tile and Trouble (48″ x 60″)
The Triple Play pattern has two block designs and three layout options!
Don’t miss Infuse Joy (64″ x 64″) from Lizard Creek Quilting! This fantastic quilt has one repeating block accented with white sashing and black cornerstones and is bursting with color!
And last but definitely not least, who can resist these friendly Funky Friends Factory animals, Patch the Pussy Cat and Silly Scrap Snake!
It’s hard to pick a favorite, we know! Which piece will YOU make first?! Tell us in the comments!
If precuts are your thing, you can find Elements Strips and Stacks at your local quilt shop. Watch out – these beauties are so full of energy they might just jump into your shopping basket when you walk by! 😉
Visit each of these bloggers throughout the hop to see more Elementz projects and enter to win lots and LOTS of giveaways!!
Enter to win an Elementz Fat Eighth bundle! There are many ways to enter – see the Rafflecopter widget below for details. We will ALSO be giving away additional Elementz bundles on Instagram, so be sure you’re following us there to participate!
We highlighted this collection last week along with Kari’s classic quilt designs. Check out the post right here! Take a peek at some of our favorites below!
Shadow Box • 68″ x 81″
Slats • 50.5″ x 60″
Zig Zag • 64.5″ x 78.5″
Kari has worked with Aurifil to build a list of recommended thread colors to perfectly coordinate with her Signature Collection. Visit the Aurifil blog to read Kari’s interview and see her thread recommendations! Don’t miss those giveaway details, too! 😉
Ask for Mountain’s Majesty fabrics and Mountainpeek Creations patterns at your local quilt shop today!
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