FaveQuilts Giveaway: Madhuri Fabric Bundle from Riley Blake Designs

With summer on its way, you may be looking for ways to introduce the season into your quilting. One of the easiest ways would be with your fabric. There’s so many options to choose from; you can simply use colorful prints, something tropical, or maybe something inspired by your favorite summer spot. At FaveQuilts, we’ve been looking to the east lately because of the recent release of the gorgeous new fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs, the Madhuri collection! Everything you could hope for when it comes to summery fabrics is included here.

Madhuri Fabric Collection

This one image alone is just the beginning when it comes to what’s included in the Madhuri Fabric bundle. The collection has a little bit of everything to suit all sorts of tastes when it comes to fabric. There are standard solid fabrics that will be easy to blend in with any kind of quilt pattern, while there are also designs like “Bindi” and “Elephant” which use common eastern symbols as the inspiration for a consistent, very attention-grabbing series of patterns. The Madhuri collection was designed by The Quilted Fish, which means not only will the colors be vibrant and full of energy, but the patterns will be intricately geometric and balanced throughout the fabric.

Aside from the patterns listed above, the Madhuri collection easily stands out for its brilliant use of floral prints, as seen above in the “Madhuri Main” pattern. Just imagine how much more beautiful a bed quilt or a throw for your front room will look during the summer if you use such an energetic pattern. It’s very much like a work of art, and that quality will easily translate into any of the quilt patterns you choose to make with these fabrics.

It won’t be much longer until June, and we want to give you a head start on making something extraordinary, which is why we’re pleased to announce the Madhuri Fabric bundle giveaway that we’re hosting on FaveQuilts. Submit your entry by May 28th for your chance to win your very own fabric bundle.

FaveQuilts Giveaway: Art Kloth Foundation Cloth

Quilting isn’t the cheapest of crafts, which means that when it comes to the materials you use, you should look the best. For versatility and durability, a must-have in every quilters arsenal is the Art Kloth Foundation Cloth. Position it between layers of your quilt to make sewing easier, paint it with your kids to make a custom canvas, or use it as a support for your latest wall quilt pattern. You can do almost anything to this fabric; cut it, glue it, stitch it, and more!

Art Kloth Foundation Cloth

It’s almost too good to be true, and it can be hard to know where to start with the Art Kloth Foundation Cloth. As mentioned above, a great use quilters will find for it is to hang their wall quilts. Why damage a beautiful design with nails or staples? You may end up damaging your fabric, which can lead to some unfortunate fraying over the years. Save yourself the grief by simply adhering or stitching your quilt to the Art Kloth and then attaching the strong material to the wall. You can even add some extra embellishments or embroidery to the Art Kloth to give it a decorative look.

Another popular way to use the Art Kloth Foundation Cloth is to use it as part of a quilted tote bag pattern. Never made one? Not a problem, because each set of Art Kloth fabrics comes with a free tote bag pattern that you can make in an evening. The cloth is fusible, meaning connecting pieces of fabric within a tote bag will be much easier. Depending on your skill level, you can try adding applique or other fabrics to personalize your project. You won’t even have to think twice about supporting them if you have the foundation cloth.

Crafters of all kinds can undoubtedly see all of the potential benefits that will come out of working with the Art Kloth Foundation Cloth, and you have the chance to find out for yourself. We’re running a giveaway at FaveQuilts in which you can enter to win a prize pack of Art Kloth Foundation Cloth. You have until the 16th to enter.

FaveQuilts Giveaway: Pick Four: Easy Fabric Choices for Great Quilts

Pick Four: Easy Fabric Choices for Great Quilts by Sue Abrey is taking quilters back to the beginning of the quilt process for a closer look at one of the key parts of any pattern; the colors. Many quilters find themselves looking for a way to make their color schemes unique, and if this sounds like you, you’ll want a more in-depth look at the tutorials provided in this book. See how Abrey’s four color approach to choosing a quilt pattern can be exactly what you need to make your next quilt pattern pop.

Pick Four: Easy Fabric Choices for Great Quilts

Pick Four is accessible to all kinds of quilters, as Abrey begins this book with a series of tips regarding quilt preparation and some basics techniques. She also makes sure that quilters can apply her process from the get-go by giving examples of how you can find inspiration for a color scheme and bring this to life with a balanced color palette. For quilters who find themselves in need of patterns to start off with, you won’t have to look any further than the book itself. Included are a series of recognizable quilt patterns, each exemplifying the four color technique. Abrey also includes variations to show the versatility of the technique and encourage quilters to try incorporating their own personal tastes into these patterns.

If you’re already considering how you can apply the four color technique to your next quilting project, then you’ll want a copy of Pick Four: Easy Fabric Choices for Great Quilts. Since this book has become so popular, the editors at FaveQuilts are giving away a free copy! This giveaway runs through the 26th, so you still have plenty of time to enter for your chance to win.

Making Your Inkjet Printed Fabric Colorfast

Making photo quilts has been a passion of mine for several years now. When I found that I could print my own photos on fabric through my little ink jet printer, I was ecstatic and that is no exaggeration.  Then along came a product to enable fabric to grab the ink and make it colorfast-Bubble Jet Set. Here are a couple of family quilts I have made:

Photo Quilt

Photo Quilt

Others print their own fabric designs but so far I have been satisfied with mostly photos and maybe a label here and there for a special quilt. Oh, and there was the stuffed doll with my brother’s face on it that I made to present to him at his retirement party.

With all the time, effort and expense that goes into these, are they going to be washable? This is the question posed by clients when they are ordering these, what I call “instant heirlooms” and yes, they are.

I have a couple of blocks that were printed several years ago that I kept by the washer and put through several wash loads just to check. The fabrics are to be treated as any fine fabric-keep out of direct light and I don’t know how many washings they will endure without fading if they do fade. I also recommend spraying with one of those quilt protector sprays that will repel stains and dirt.

I have used both HP and Lexmark printers and had good success with both. I am not endorsing either, just try whatever printer you have. The HP was used for a client’s quilt that was ordered for a gift this past Christmas. From that project there were several misprints and a couple of duplicates [I was really aggravated with all this considering the price of ink] that I didn’t pitch into the trash because I thought they could be cut apart and be put into other things-a pillow, maybe, to match the quilt-something to salvage them.

Then it dawned on me that these could be tested to show their colorfastness. The first blocks that had been washed didn’t have a non washed comparison and here were enough prints to put side by side to really demonstrate  the durability of the prints.

First they were all heat set with my iron then pinned onto my design wall to photo. They had been marked with permanent Magic Marker with how many washings each would go through. Here they are before washing-all on the left row were not washed:

Photo Quilt Tutorial

placed in a laundry bag:

Photo Quilt Tutorial

after 1st wash:
unwashed block on left-no visible difference

Photo Quilt Tutorial

after 2nd wash:
unwashed block on left-still little or no visible difference

Photo Quilt Tutorial

after 3rd wash:
unwashed block on left-still little or no difference

Photo Quilt Tutorial

and after 4th wash:
unwashed block on left-little or no difference

Photo Quilt Tutorial

I am pleased with the results, I have a great example to show and I am especially pleased to be able to have the versatility of making my own fabric.

If you have been thinking about making your own fabric prints, start gathering all those old and new photos to tell your own story. A two part video tutorial is available here on Favequilts to help you getting the fabric ready to print.

For more tips and techniques on quilting including this process you can stop by  http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2011/04/making-photo-quilt

Have a great time quilting and crafting,
Carolyn Wainscott

AllFreeHolidayCrafts Giveaway: American Heroes Collection

There is no better way to show your devotion to America than by using the American Heroes Collection from Windham fabrics for your next sewing craft or quilting project. The American Heroes Collection features 17 different fabric designs that you will love to use to make a great patriotic quilt or blanket. Whether you’re crafting for Flag Day, Memorial Day, July Fourth, or simply to honor a service member, you’ll be sure to find the perfect fabric to use in this patriotic collection. From prints that depict stars and stripes to prints that feature American flags, eagles and badges, the American Heroes Collection has the perfect fabric for your next patriotic project.
American Heroes Collection
This fabric collection comes in different shades of red, white, and blue, in honor of our national colors. The American Heroes Collection offers 2 different red and white stripe patters, and 6 different star patterns that would help make a great American quilt to use on every patriotic holiday or day of remembrance. Also included in this collection are patterns that feature national symbols like, law badges, seals, officers, and more. With the variety of patriotic fabrics that you will get in the American Heroes Collection, you’ll be able to craft the perfect quilt to send to your son, friend, or grandson, who serves overseas, or a practicing military or law enforcement member you hold dear.
American Heroes Collection
This collection has been designed for the most patriotic crafters who are looking for a way to honor the heroes that serve their country. The different styles and designs will allow you to make the perfect project for any patriotic holiday including, Flag Day, Memorial Day, and July Fourth. If you’re simply looking for a way to show your appreciation to a close relative or friend that stands in service of this country, you can’t go wrong with any one of these fabrics.

AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com is giving away an American Heroes Collection to one lucky winner. You could win!

Learn more and enter to win here.

Contest ends February 26, 2013. You can enter once daily, so return often to improve your chances of winning!