Showing posts with label Bari J. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bari J. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Welcome to the September 2013 Giveaway !

~This giveaway is now closed.  The winners are announced in the next post! ~
Welcome to the Giveaway, with free books, a pattern, and gorgeous fabrics!  All prizes are in excellent condition, from smoke-free, pet-free homes.  Just write a brief comment below, and we'll enter your name in the contest.  The contest ends on Saturday, Sept. 7.  Winners' names will be drawn at random and will be announced on Monday Sept. 8.

Stardust Quilt Pattern by Anne Donaghy, plus 1.5 yards of Hoffman International large flower Bali fabric.

Stardust is one of the prettiest patterns we've seen in awhile! It's sewn in squares, diamonds, and half-square triangles to make a dazzling three-dimensional kaleidoscope effect. We can imagine it done in autumn colors of tangerine and apricot orange, lemon yellow, cranberry red, and grape violet -- all the fruits of the harvest. For a border, we're including 1 1/2 yards of  sparkling Hoffman large flower Bali batik. Look closely, and you'll even see the purple grapes in the print !

$10.00 Gift Card from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts

If you need sewing notions or quilting supplies in the U.S.A., Jo-Ann is the big-box place to find them ! You can use your gift card to purchase quilting goodies in person, on the phone, or over the internet.

If you win and live  outside the U.S., please let us know; and we'll arrange for you to receive one of our other very cool giveaway prizes !

Shadow Applique by Hetty van Boven plus 2 fat quarters of Hoffman Batik Fabric

64 pages of full color photographs and easy-to-follow instructions will whet your appetite for shadow applique, a technique in which a layer of organza fabric is placed over an applique blocks to produce a soft, elegant effect. We're including a fat quarter each of Hoffman "July" fabric # K2487 and "Sahara" Fabric J2387. It's still available online, should you need more to create your applique masterpiece.

Dancing Dragonfly Quilts by Sue Beevers  plus 2 fat quarters of Hoffman Batik Fabric

What an intriguing title for a 93 page book filled with vibrantly colored contemporary quilts in this beautiful geometric pattern !  Sue's book has helpful color suggestions, plus very clear directions for creating a variety of dragonfly designs. This prize includes a fat quarter of  Hoffman "July" fabric and a fat quarter of Hoffman "Sahara" fabric. We know you'll have a great time with this fascinating book.

Inspired to Sew by Bari J.  plus 2 fat quarters of Hoffman Batik Fabric.

Author, designer,  and teacher Bari J. Ackerman autographed her 2011 book to Q.I. blogger Daryl Lynn, who was indeed inspired by all the fabulous sewing projects.  You'll love Bari J's lively ideas, which are accompanied by easily understood instructions.  This cheerful book with its most creative, artistic patterns is a real day brightener !  We're including a fat quarter each of bright orange "July" Hoffman batik and rich gold and deep peach "Sahara" fabric to help you get started.

Now it's your turn !  Just leave a comment in the section below, and you'll automatically be entered in the Giveaway. Please make sure that your e-mail address is included, so we can notify you with the good news that you're a winner.  Thank you, and have fun!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Free pattern day: Aprons

Have you thought about whipping up an apron for yourself, or for a personal gift for friends and family?  There are some fabulous free patterns and tutorials out there! Here are more than 30 ideas to whet your appetite: plain or fancy; ruffled or pleated; half, full, and chef's aprons, and aprons for children! (Note:  this post has been updated; new patterns were added on October 11, 2014)

Button Top Apron with wrap around pockets by Marjolein Bastin for Free Spirit Fabrics, free tutorial at Sew 4 Home 

Everyday Party Apron by Heidi Staples of The Fabric Mutt, tutorial at Birch Fabrics

Tea 4 Two Apron, free pattern by Bethany Fuller for Windham Fabrics

Mostly Vintage Apron tutorial by Holly DeGroot at Bijou Lovely

Frilly Apron tutorial at Spotlight (Australia)(metric)

One-Yard "Use-it-all" Apron pattern and tutorial by Erika at Miss Sews It all

 Simple Apron tutorial by Bari J as seen at Vintage Image Madness

 Reversible café apron tutorial by Shelley Detton at 7 layer studio

Lined Apron Tutorial by Louise at Lululollylegs

Holiday apron how-to tutorial at Martha Stewart

Hostess Apron by Tammy Vasser for Windham Fabrics

Apron in an Hour, free pattern by Jona Giammalva of Stop Staring and Start Sewing

A Fabric Lover's Apron Tutorial at Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Berry Good cocktail apron, free pattern by Irene Berry for Windham Fabrics

One-yard, half-apron tutorial at My Byrd House

Four-fat-quarter apron tutorial at Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Christmas apron, free pattern by Phyllis Dobbs

Tea Time, pretty pockets half apron with applique, tutorial at Sew 4 Home

Dresden pocket half apron free pattern by Maureen Cracknell for Riley Blake Designs

Fushia (Fuchsia) Dot Apron tutorial at Amy Hearts It

Empire-waist apron tutorial by Shelley Detton at 7 layer studio 

Pumps and Pearls Apron tutorial by Delia Randall at Delia Creates

Romantic Cottage Style Apron tutorial, full or half apron, at Sew 4 Home

Krista Apron, free pattern by Elizabeth at Think Liz

Heirloom Apron tutorial, Free Spirit Artist Joel Dewberry, at Sew 4 Home

Moda's Vintage Modern, Pleated Apron tutorial at Sew 4 Home

Bakers Apron tutorial and downloadable template at Martha Stewart Living

Reversible summer apron, free pattern at Sew 4 Home

Marie Apron, free pattern by Elizabeth at Think Liz

Adjustable Unisex Apron tutorial at the Purl Bee

Child's Reversible Fat Quarter Apron tutorial and pattern at Aesthetic Nest

Mini Me Apron Set, free pattern by Susan at Living With Punks

Valentine Appliqued Aprons for mother and daughter by Maureen Cracknell

Kids Apron by Rin from Sew In Love, free tutorial posted at Skip To My Lou   
Image credits: All images are copyrighted by their owners. Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links.  Some of these are tutorials while others have downloadable (.pdf) patterns; we have tried to note which is which in the title above each photo.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at Quilt Inspiration.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Life is like a cup of tea

"A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Teapots make delightful collectibles. Plus, teapot quilts remind us of the joys of tea parties, tea ceremonies, and tea for two. We've been collecting tea-themed quilts and have been dying to share them with you. As they say, life is like a cup of tea... it's better when shared with friends!

China, 50 x 50, by Laurel Anderson, at Whisper Color

The "China" quilt by Laurel Anderson displays a complete tea set in Delft blues, surrounding a blue floral platter. Laurel explains that the quilt was made in honor of her grandmother, Charlotte, who loved beautiful things. The quilt is made on paper foundations except for the hand appliqued plate and platter.

TeaTime Floral III, by Holly Holderman, at LakeHouse Dry Goods

TeaTime Floral III is one of Holly Holderman's glorious designs; it has teacups in pale blue or ivory, hydrangeas, roses, and a songbird with speckled egg. The pattern for the Star Maker quilt, above, can be downloaded at the LakeHouse project page.

Cupsey Turvey, 45 x 56, by Karen Brow, at Java House Quilts

Can a quilt be both beautiful and whimsical, at the same time? If the quilt is "Cupsey Turvey", then the answer is 'yes'.  All fourteen cups are dancing, sliding and tumbling around the quilt, and some are even upside down! The cups are flanked by tossed spoons and the occasional flying teabag. "Cupsey Turvey" reminds us of this proverb: "A wise husband will buy his wife fine china, so she won't trust him to wash the dishes."

Tea With The Empress, 40 x 40, by the owners and staff of Always Quilting

We love "Tea with the Empress", above, which features 16 shapely teapots from Kay Mackenzie's bestselling and definitive book, Teapots 2 to Applique. The teapots are rendered in peacock feathers, lotus flowers and Japanese maple leaves in jewel tones of teal, purple, and garnet.  You can see the original quilt and read about the teapots at Kay Mackenzie's website, here.

Corner Tea Shop, 32.5 x 28.5, by Connie Cerdena at Jenny Creek Designs

Connie Cerdena's classic and classy "High Tea" designs are inspired by her own collection of teapots; she began collecting at age 15. "Corner Tea Shop", above, replicates the cheery windows of an English tea shop, with its chintzware-like background and checkered tablecloth... notice the steam rising from the spout of the teapot! For more inspiration, see High Tea, Sweet Violet Tea, and Tea with the Earl. All of the patterns are available at Jenny Creek Designs.

Teapots, as seen in Royal Dutch Tea, by Liz Schwartz and Stephen Seifert at eQuilt Patterns

If applique is not your cup of tea... (get it?) ...then you'll love this versatile collection of six different teapots designed by Liz Schwartz and Stephen Seifert. Use one, or mix and match them to create a teapot quilt with your own fabric stash.

Full Bloom Collection, and Garden Tea Party quilt, by Bari J™

We're smitten with the "Garden Tea Party" quilt, above, which has a border decorated with collaged teapots and flowers from Bari J's earlier fabric line.  The pattern is free at Bari J Online.

Dancin' Teapots II quilt by Virginia Anderson for In The Beginning Fabrics

"Dancin' Teapots II", above, is one of our all-time favorite teapot quilts. It won a blue ribbon in the small wall quilts category at the 2006 AQS show.  For a downloadable foundation piecing pattern, click here. Dancin' Teapots II has inspired many quilters... see the brightly colored Funky Teapot quilt with its piano keys border.

Oriental Teapot, 15 x 20, by Verona Flint and Kay Mackenzie; and Delicious Tea, 24 x 10, by Kay Mackenzie

"Oriental Teapot" reminds us of a Japanese tea house, with its hand-appliqued batik teapot, Asian-inspired fabric and decorative quilting stitches. To read about the quilt on Kay's site, click here and scroll down the page.

"Delicious Tea" features adorable apple teapots surrounded by apple fabric; it can be seen in Kay's quilt gallery. The teapots are based on the 2008 book, Teapots 2 to Applique. Kay also maintains a comprehensive site called All About Applique which is loaded with tips and tutorials.

Little Teapots by The Cloth Shop

The whimsical Little Teapots quilt, above, was an original Cloth Shop design that uses white and black fabrics for the background and lattice, and wonderful hand dyed Bali Batiks for the appliques. Teapots are shaped like a beehive, a house, and a strawberry, among others, and the teapots are surrounded by stacked teacups and little cupcakes !  A wool applique kit may be found at Out Of Hand.

Image credits and links: Quilt images are shown with the kind permission of the artists.
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