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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Keepin' It Simple!

Today we are sharing an idea that we use when we have some great fabric in a collection, and we want a way to show it off to our customers.  We try to find ways that are quick and simple to display for you.  Sometime you might just sense that a fabric is calling your name, but you don't have any notion about what you would do with it.  We can help you with that!

This little lap quilt was made using 6 fat quarters plus a fabric for the vertical spacer strips and another for the horizontal sashing strips.  Pretty easy picking even when working with a small group of coordinates.  The fabrics for all the blocks were Forest Floor from Art Gallery Fabrics.  They are sorta sweet, sorta funky - especially that bunny who looks like he came from Alice in Wonderland!

Happy Child by Villa Rosa Designs
 The horizontal sashing strips are a great basic print from Cotton and Steel, and it has a little glimmer or "pearlescence".


Villa Rosa Designs prints a multitude of uncomplicated patterns that can be soooo convenient to use!
They are printed on a glossy "postcard", finished picture on one side and directions on the reverse side.  They make great collector's items!  And they don't break the bank!  You can purchase 4 or 5 of these for the price of one standard quilt pattern.


Here's a portion of the back of the card, showing a diagram and some printed instructions.
The directions are brief and to the point.  There isn't room on the back of a 4x6 card for many details!  Many, maybe most, of the patterns make use of standard pre-cut fabric sizes (5" squares, 2 1/2" strips, 10" squares, etc.).  Or you can cut yardage to the recommended sizes.

This Heirloom pattern is a great pick to feature a focus print in the large rectangle.  Those fabrics that you love, but have a hard time cutting into because then the design will be chopped up?  I think you know what I mean, and you probably have a few!  Well, now you can actually put that gorgeous or unique or whimsical print into an actual quilt and it can be of some good to someone, not just occupying space in your fabric collection.
We used the Heirloom pattern to feature the Quilt MN fabric--



So go ahead, indulge yourself in something fresh and new!  Won't be long before you have it all stitched up and warming someone you love!

1 comment:

MissesStitches said...

Great ideas for using special fabrics! I just may have to try something like this for some special fabrics I bought for a baby quilt. Thanks for the ideas!