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New Fabric: Newbury & Meadow Garden

January 13, 2011

Newbury by Blank Quilting, with free pattern download: 

Click on pictures for close-ups.

Newbury, by Blank Quilting

 

 

Meadow Garden by Blank Quilting with free pattern download:

 
 
 
 
 

Meadow Garden by Blank Quilting

 

 

Strip Therapy 6, Bali Pop Fascination:

Brenda Henning’s  latest book in the Strip Therapy series includes patterns for six quilts that use 2 1/2″ strips.   She uses Bali Pops, but you could use any jelly roll strips or cut your own.   (Price $20)

Here are pictures of the other five patterns in the book:

Cassini has a very modern look - masculine and geometric.

Curved Log Cabin puts a whole new twist on Trip Around the World

Electric Fan is striking and simple - a perfect pattern to explore color

Spinning looks complicated but is easy to piece with stripped units.

Seeing Stars will make any room sparkle!

 

LAST TWO DAYS OF SALE:

Friday and Saturday (Jan 14-15) are the last days for you to take advantage of the $5.50/yd sale (and $2.50/yd in Bargain Corner).  Don’t miss out  — it may be awhile before this sale returns!   

 

Quilting Tips:

It’s Flannel Season, so here are some tips from designer Jean Ann Wright on how to quilt with flannels successfully. 

  • Select flannels manufactured especially for quilting. They usually have a tighter weave than flannels produced for sleepwear and other end uses.
  • Pre-wash your flannels – they will shrink! To safely calculate your yardage for a project, base your cutting plans on a yard reducing to 33″, and the width (from selvedge to selvedge) reducing to 40″.
  • After pre-washing, flannels will be soft and wrinkled. Use a heavy duty spray starch or fabric sizing as you press your flannels to restore them to a crisp, firm fabric for sewing.
  • Flannels sew up into bulky seams. Avoid quilt patterns with triangles, and keep the number of small pieces to a minimum as well. Look for a quilt pattern with large squares and rectangles; there are hundreds to choose from online, and in books and magazines.
  • Machine quilting is recommended for flannel quilts. The fabrics are heavier and difficult to stitch through by hand.
  • Cotton batting in a medium or low loft weight works best in a flannel quilt. Wool batting also works well and will add extra warmth.
  • Flannel fabrics make the best backing fabric for a flannel quilt.
  • Another backing option for flannel quilts is fleece, which eliminates the need for the batting altogether as the loft of the fleece acts as both batting and backing.
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One comment

  1. Thanks Pam,the information on flannel fabric is something I can use,and the new fabrics are beautiful.



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