Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sail Away! with Smooth Sailing by Barbara Weiland Talbert

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Years ago, I clipped a page from a favorite magazine that featured a vintage 1920s crib quilt made of little blue-and-white striped sailboats. It was the inspiration for my updated version of that quilt–Sail Away!  The first quilt I made from my pattern was done in crayon brights—perfect for a child’s room—but when I saw the designs for the Smooth Sailing prints from Connecting Threads, I knew my pattern was their perfect “sailing” mate! I chose my favorites from the nice variety of nautical prints in the line and filled in with solid basics to stitch up a patriotic salute to seafaring adventurers. The rectangular blocks are set with sashing strips and cornerstones, then set off with half-square triangles that are reminiscent of boaters’ signal flags.

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The perfect nautical lover’s quilt!

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I volunteered to make the Mainsail Set quilt because the fabrics are going to be just perfect in the new addition we’ve added to our beach house. This quilt, with all of its nautical appliques and great colors, will be absolutely perfect! I’ve already measured the wall that it will eventually hang on, and I have enough of the border fabric left to make the matching valance for the window. I …

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The Mainsail Set Quilt Kit

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I love the ocean with its salty air, hearing the water slapping against the rocks and seagulls squawking.  Mainsail Set is reminiscent of all things sailing that takes me back to those lovely memories of visiting lighthouses and rides on sailboats.  There’s nothing better than seeing the crisp whites, bold blues and true reds to solicit experiences at sea.

Smooth Sailing is a group of beautiful fabrics depicting images of seafaring paraphernalia.  Sailboats, anchors, nautical stripes and water waves cover luscious fabric in colors of sea breeze blue, silver gray and cherry.

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Set your sights on Smooth Sailing

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When I first saw Jenni’s Smooth Sailing collection, I instantly fell in love. The way she brought so much variety to a red, white and blue color scheme, and the adorable graphics really make this a gorgeous collection. I can’t get enough of the focal print and find myself dreaming of many different projects to use it with. This collection makes up some beautiful quilts, but also has many other wonderful uses.

One of the first ideas given to us was by Anita, who dreamed up the great idea to put together a quilt block and frame it. What a fun way to update your bathroom! Just look at how cute this block looks from the Sail Away pattern download by Jo-Lydia’s Attic

 

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Winners of our Matsuri giveaway!

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Happy Monday! Thank you so much for all of your comments on our Matsuri giveaway post. We had a blast reading through all of your comments, and really liked the ideas you had for projects using lawn. 
Using a random number generator, we have selected our winners. As a reminder, each of our winners will receive a Fat Quarter sampler of our beautiful Matsuri lawn.
Our first winner is #19 – Mary Alice. Mary Alice’s comment …

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Cotton Lawn Tunic for Alice

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My daughter is extremely sensitive when it comes to her clothing. She flatly refuses to wear anything remotely scratchy or stiff, so she pretty much lives in cotton knits. She also runs hot, like most kids her age, and is always running around in shirt sleeves (or just undies) when the rest of us are wearing warm sweaters and jackets. When I felt our new cotton lawn fabric, I knew it would be perfect for something special for Alice. It is so whispery soft and lightweight. My new favorite sewing book, Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders had the perfect pattern, The ‘O’ Tunic.

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Guest Blogger, Kiera, talks about Matsuri!

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Hi! I’m Kiera and I blog at It’s Sew Kiki. I want to tell you about my sewing experience with Connecting Threads new fabric line Matsuri. First off, it’s just so beautiful. It’s soft and feminine and has a Japanese feel and look to it. It’s 100% Cotton Lawn, which I had never heard of before, but I really like it. It’s much lighter weight than quilting cotton, but I had no problem sewing with it and I like the versatility it gave me to make different projects with it. The first thing I made was this 36″ Table Topper that I’m calling Spring Breeze. You can get the pattern for this as a FREE download here! I was a little concerned that I would have a problem with stretching on the bias of the triangles, but I didn’t. It was a breeze to sew with.

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