Me and My Sister Designs Book + GIVEAWAY

Do you have a new Rainy Day Fat Quarter Bundle stashed away that you’ve been wondering what to do with? Barb and Mary from Me and My Sister Designs have brought you the perfect solution! New and experienced quilters alike will love 12-Pack Quilts, packed full of 12 fat quarter pattern designs that are both simple and stunning!

Itching to get your hands on a copy?! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be entered to win one of two copies signed by Barb and Mary! Contest ends January 27, 2017!

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Flash Back Friday: Green Calicoes

We’re back with Flashback Friday featuring Barbara Brackman! We’ve talked about oranges, blues, and reds, and today we’re going to touch on some green hues! Read on to learn more from the master!

Green Calicoes

Quilt dated 1848

Reproduction print designers know that applique artists looking to create red and green masterpieces are on the lookout for greens. Not just any green. We hope to find a green with a slight yellow cast.
Sunflower quilt from about 1860

That classic look came about more by accident than design. Mid-19th-century green cottons were usually over-dyed — dyed once with a blue and once with a yellow dye. Results: medium green. But the blue dye was not so colorfast as the yellow and a little laundering could shift that green towards yellow. A little more laundering and the green becomes lime green as the blue dye fades away.

The mills and the customers just called these prints “Green.” Quilters sometimes call these Poison Green, but the real poison green was a more minty shade, a single-step green dyed with arsenic — bad idea!
Well-washed applique – about 1850 
Today’s greens aren’t over-dyed and they don’t fade away. You can go with a medium green to echo the quilt just off the frame or a yellow-green to capture a time-worn look. Check out a few in stock at Fat Quarter Shop that are accurately colored to reflect an old-fashioned look!

Applique All Day Series: #5 – Teapot

We’re onto block five of the Applique All Day series with Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs! This week, Anne designed a darling block that reminds us of a popular nursery rhyme! The Teapot block and the rest of the blocks in this six-part applique series are exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop and are free to download from our free pattern page!

This block design is perfectly composed of a fabric collection that reminds us to cherish handmade items — Handmade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. The variety of large and small prints makes the Handmade collection extremely versatile for projects, and adds so much charm!
We secured the teapot with the Bedazzle Aurifil Applique Thread Set featuring six stunning hues!

Ready to start appliqueing? If you haven’t, download the free pattern here! Don’t forget to check out the new Applique Basics Kit, and stock up on our latest obsession – Aurifil 80 wt!

Be sure to share your Teapot block with us on social media so that we can admire your work! #appliqueallday We love sharing all of your projects on our pages!

Did you miss the first four blocks? Check them out now!

Button Lovers’ Club: Plum plus a FREE pattern!

It’s time for our first Button Lovers’ Club of 2017! If you’re not already a member, you’re missing out! The club features a monthly present of 86 hand-dyed buttons in a variety of shapes and styles! No matter what project you have, you’ll always have the perfect button embellishment to finish your piece!
January’s Button Lovers’ Club color is a stunning plum!
We’ve whipped up a charming project to showcase these gems, and Pat Sloan has stitched along with us! We’ll walk you through it step-by-step, and you’ll come out with the cutest Butterfly Mini Quilt!
Butterfly Mini Quilt
Finished size: 12 1/2″ by 12 1/2″

To start, download the free Butterfly Mini Quilt template! Next, select your fabric! We used Grunge Basics by Moda, and Latitude Batiks by Kate Spain for Moda! We finished the antennae details with Aurifil 40 wt.

Fabric Specifics

Cutting Directions

  • 1 – 8 ½” white square – use Grunge Snow White fabric
  • 10 – 3” white squares – use Grunge Snow White fabric
  • 10 – 3” aqua squares – use Latitude Batiks fabric
  • – 2 ¼” x width of fabric strips for binding – use Latitude Batiks fabric
  • – 16 ½” square for backing – use Latitude Batiks fabric
  • Cut the butterfly body from the Grunge Hot Cocoa fabric
  • Cut the butterfly wings from the Grunge Grape fabric

Directions

  1. Applique the butterfly body and wings to the 8 ½” white square.
  2. Using the 3” white and aqua squares, make 20 HST using the 2 at a time method. Trim to 2 ½”.
  3. Assemble the mini quilt.
  4. Add buttons and embroidery floss.
  5. Piece the binding strips ends to end. Quilt and bind as desired.
Pat used the fun prints in the Manderley collection by Franny & Jane to bring her butterfly to life!

Will you stick with basics, or opt for a print? We can’t wait to see what you create! Be sure to tag us on social media with the hashtag #buttonloversclub.

If you aren’t already a member, sign up for the Button Lovers’ Club today. You won’t want to miss all of our free patterns and fun ideas!

      A handmade Valentine from Me & My Sister Designs

      Barb and Mary from Me and My Sister Designs are back in the studio with another Makin’ It Cute tutorial focused on – you guessed it, Valentine’s Day!
      Wear your heart on your sleeve (or your purse, desk, or front door) with this easy-to-make craft! These little hearts are completely custom and can be used to decorate anything your heart desires! 
      Are you ready to sew along with us? We’re going to use the brand new Rainy Day collection by Me & My Sister Designs! This collection is sure to bring a smile to your Valentine’s face, no matter what the weather man has in store!
      Do you have some people in mind who deserve this special Valentine? Leave a comment on this blog and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be entered to win the Heart’s Delight pattern! We can’t wait to see how cute your Makin’ It Cute project turns out! Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram! #makinitcute
      Contest closed! Congratulation to our winner Alesha!

      Fresh Finds from Fat Quarter Shop

      It’s 2017! Do you have a New Year’s resolution to sew more? Or maybe to finish up some projects that you’ve been hanging on to? Say no more! We have a HUGE list of fresh finds this week, and we are sure that something will catch your eye and get your creative juices flowing! Check out just a few of our new favorites below, and find them all on our what’s new page!

      Flash Back Friday: Prussian Blues

       Barbara Brackman is back to discuss Prussian Blues in today’s Flashback Friday series!

      Prussian Blues

      Prussian blue figures and rainbow stripes from about 1850
      Cotton dyers and calico printers had two natural blue dyes to work with for much of the 19th century. Reliable indigo produced lovely blues better for backgrounds than figures. Mills were able to print figures like blue florals and geometrics or shaded stripes and plaids with Prussian blue, a vivid blue mineral dye.

      Rev. Nadal’s Quilt from the Smithsonian Institution
      Quilt lovers are most familiar with Prussian blue in the details of Baltimore Album quilts from the 1840s and ’50s when these vibrant blues were also fashionable for women’s dresses.
      Today’s reproduction quilt makers are always on the lookout for a bright blue to echo mid-19th-century taste. Here are a few blue prints from Fat Quarter Shop, including a couple from Barbara’s Baltimore Blues collection.

      We’ll be back on Friday, January 13 with our next segment of Flashback Friday with Barbara Brackman!

      Starburst Jewel Series: Project 3

      The Starburst Ruler by Creative Grids, designed by It’s Sew Emma, is designed to create unique blocks with zero paper piecing or fancy sewing skills needed.  With this ruler, you’ll be able to create beautiful blocks every time!

      Today, we’re going to show you just how great the Starburst Ruler is to use for the Flurry Pillow pattern! This pattern may look intimidating, but the Starburst Ruler makes it such a breeze!

      Look at the middle detail! How fun!
      Grab your Flurry Pillow Kit and click here to download your free pattern! Here’s a video showcasing the Starburst Ruler to walk you through using your new ruler!
      We can’t wait to see your creations! Be sure to tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #showusyourstarburst.

      Classic & Vintage featuring Tree of Life Quilt

      We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Christmas shared with your loved ones! Even though Christmas is over, we have another little gift for you! Today, we’re back with another Classic & Vintage quilt block!  If you’re unfamiliar with our Classic & Vintage Series, we take traditional blocks that you know and love and update them with a modern twist.

      We selected the fun and classic Freedom collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics to spice up the Tree of Life block! You can download this FREE quilt block on our free quilt patterns page, or download the whole quilt pattern right to your computer here!

      We have put together a Tree of Life Quilt Kit and Backing Set to make your quilt complete!

      Ready to get started? Here are a few of Kimberly’s essential picks to help you complete this stunning quilt with ease!

      Triangles on a Roll for precise, easy cutting guides!
      Creative Grids Ruler to make sure your lines are straight.
      Olfa Rotary Cutter for crisp fabric edges.
      Alphabitties for easy fabric marking!
      Washi Tape to seal your Triangles on a Roll.