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September and Back to School

September begins today and for some, school has already begun, for others, it begins after this long weekend.  This Labor Day weekend for me was spent mostly in a hockey rink in San Jose, as the club travel season started.  The kids looked great and I definitely look forward to an exciting season.

 

While we were in San Jose, I had an opportunity to stop by and check out the Quilt Museum, for a very short time.  Click here for information on the current exhibits.

Quilt Museum 

This past week, we have also heard the high school marching band practice all day and into the evenings and they sound great this year!

 

All our sports and music themed fabrics are on sale this week – so be sure to check out the What’s on Sale?! Category.  Some of the patterns we like to showcase larger scale sports and music prints are Modern Living, The Big Bang and Tilted Block.  We also like Sliding Scales and the Custom Everyday Tote Kit.

 Pattern Collage

In addition to back to school, September is ovarian cancer awareness month.  In memory of my mom, all teal and shades of teal fabric will be on sale all month.

 

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August Blow Out Sale!

At Lovequilting.com we’re making room for new inventory, so we are participating in the Fab Shop’s August Blow Out Sale!  We activated the coupon to our loyal customers on Friday, but the official sale has started and fabric is flying off the shelves!

 

Enter coupon code THIRTY at checkout and receive 30% off your entire order!

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This is a great time to replenish your stash, stock up on fabric for backings, treat yourself to the fabrics you love or get started on upcoming autumn and holiday décor or gifts.  Check out some of the recently uploaded free autumn/Halloween patterns.

 

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Here’s the Scoop – There’s a Big SALE Coming!

Lovequilting.com is participating in the Fab Shop’s August Blow Out Sale from August 25th through 29thAs a loyal Lovequilting.com customer, we’re giving you the inside scoop and have activated the coupon so you can start saving right away!

 

EVERYTHING IS ON SALE!!!  Type in coupon code THIRTY at checkout and receive 30% off your entire order.

 

30 off sale

 

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Italian Vineyards and Lighthouses

This week we have new additions to the Italian Vineyards collection and a new collection of Lighthouses from Elizabeth’s Studios.  We have created a Lovequilting exclusive table runner featuring the Italian Vineyards fabrics as well as some coordinating batiks, as a free downloadable project.  This pattern is a concept that can be applied to other collections including making use of panel segments.  We also have a kit available for the table runner which includes all fabrics as shown for the top, the binding and a pre-fused, pre-cut ring and circle for the center.

 

Italian Vineyards Table Runner

 

Another pattern we love to showcase these fun prints is Nature’s Windows.  This pattern creates the illusion of depth of looking at your focal point through a window by the clever placement of light and dark fabrics.  Nature’s Windows is easy to follow and great for beginners and experienced quilter’s alike.

 

natureswindows

 

This week’s featured products are Hoffman Bali Pops, which contain 40 pre-cut 2-1/2” coordinated strips.  We have also included patterns made specifically for use with Bali Pops.

 

Click here to see all New and Featured products. 

 

As an August Fab Shop Hop special – use coupon code BATIK at checkout and receive $5 off any purchase from the Batik category, which includes the Bali Pops as well as yardage.

 

Be sure to check out the What’s On Sale?! Category for new sale items each week!

 

As always, shipping on orders over $50 is FREE!

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August Fab Shop Hoppers Special

Attention Fab Shop Hoppers – as you hop through the batik fabric in search of the bunny, consider adding some batik fabric to your cart.  Use coupon code BATIK at checkout and receive $5 off your purchase of any fabric from the batik category!

 

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Lovequilting.com recently sponsored several prizes for a sewing contest at So-Sew-Easy.com.  One of the winners wasted no time shopping and completing the Carry All Bag.  Be sure to check out so-sew-easy.com for great tutorials and free downloads, like the bag pictured below!

 

Dawn was one of the winners in the Make It Yours bag sewing contest, and chose the Carry All Bag as one of her prizes. She combined the pattern with some of the fabric she won from Lovequilting.com, and the purse hardware from 3d Hardwares, and loves her new Carry All Bag. Thanks for sharing Dawn. Want to make your own bag? – pattern here – http://so-sew-easy.com/carry-all-bag-pattern/

bag

 

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Manhattan Modern to Italian Vineyards

Manhattan Modern is one of the newest collections in the shop and it is fun, exciting and full of energy!  These larger scale prints are bold enough to stand on their own or they can be complemented  with bright solids.  How about using Carousel Bright or City Blocks, add a border and have a bright modern table runner?

 

 Manhattan Modern (1)

 

Be sure to check out the free Modern Living pattern featuring the Manhattan Modern collection shown in an alternate colorway.

 

 Modern Living

 

Also new in the shop is the Italian Vineyards collection by Elizabeth’s Studios.  This wonderful screen print fabric is absolutely gorgeous and will have you dreaming of your own escape to the hillsides of Italy.

 

An interesting thing happened as we were checking in this fabric, waiting to be put away were some of our luscious watercolor batiks alongside this fabric.  It was a real “WOW” moment when I noticed these fabrics together and realized that they are perfect for each other, so we have bundled a half yard set of all 6 fabrics.

 

Italian Vineyard Set 

 

For this collection, we like patterns that have larger pieces so we can show off the detail such as the postcards and grapes.

 

Stargazing

 

big-bang

 

Ciao Bella Market Tote Brochure

 

Other happenings – we are participating in the August Fab Shop Hop.  You can register to join the virtual shop hop by clicking here.  You may become eligible to win some wonderful prizes.  Be sure to watch for Fab Shop specials!

 

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What is your Color?

I love color.  Color is considered a form of non verbal communication.  There is a psychology of color which predicts your personality based on the color you’re drawn to.  Of course, the meaning of each color can vary by culture.  Color can even be powerful enough to alter your current mood. 

 

In quilting, we often refer to the color wheel to help find complimentary and contrasting color.  We also very often talk about value, which refers to shades of color, and the importance of having a balance of light, medium and dark.

 

Some colors have been grouped into “warm” and “cool” colors and then there are the neutrals or the “weak” colors.  And of course, each of these groups have varying shades.  The placement of color and value can add dimension and movement to a project.  The same project made in warm colors can look completely different than one made in cool colors.  Reversing the placement of lights and darks can also create a totally different look.

 

Using one of my very favorite blocks, below are some examples of a 6 x 6 layout of Storm at Sea in warm and cool colors.  The Storm at Sea block creates such exciting movement.  As you can see from these examples, the use of various colors and the placement of lights and darks can create completely different looks. 

  SAS Warm 2SAS Cool (1)

 

As we head into the second half of summer, which, where I live, is always the hotter part of summer, I’m focusing on the warm colors – red, orange and yellow and all the shades in between.  All warm color fabrics are on sale this week.  Here are our top picks for “warm color” projects.

 

Flavalicious quilt pattern

 

Fiji Tote

 

Sparks Table Runner

 

 

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What’s New and What’s on Sale?!

Christmas fabric has begun to arrive in the shop and it is oh so elegant!  Whether you need small gift ideas or wall quilts or personal quilts, we have some wonderful free project ideas.

   Pine Tree Set

 

Woodsy Winter Set

 

Silver Collage

 

Check out these and other free quilt projects by clicking here:

 

Christmas Quilts

 

Click here for Lovequilting.com exclusive projects and make sure to check back often, as we update it constantly!

 

All of the Loralie Fabrics are on sale this week which includes her very fun and whimsical panels and all the versatile coordinates.

 

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 Also be sure to check out the free bag patterns offered by Loralie Designs, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

 

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New Shades of Watercolors

I’m just back from vacation in New York City with my daughter, celebrating her birthday.  We enjoyed fabulous food, wonderful theater and created lifetime memories.  While there, we took a tour of the garment district which included a visit to some fabric shops and embellishment/accessory shops.  I came home very inspired to get back to my sewing machine. 

 

We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet up with my aunt for dinner one evening.  She was carrying this cheesy bag that contained a jacket and a change of shoes.  I told her I was going to have to make her a bag and she said what she really wants is a string backpack.  I started taking notice of these “string backpacks” as we rode the subway and I studied them, thinking about how to re-create this. 

 

Stay tuned as I focus on constructing a string backpack.  I will post instructions and pictures when it’s complete.

 

Thanks to my wonderful staff who took care of all orders in my absence! 

 

New in the shop are fresh fun colors of Hoffman Watercolor Batiks!  Who can resist such luscious fabrics named as Creamsicle and Strawberry Daiquiri?!

 Watercolors

Here are a couple of quilt patterns that we found that would be perfect to showcase the Watercolor Batiks.  We have over 50 wonderful shades of Watercolors in stock as well as over 80 coordinating batik prints.

Its Electrifying     Jewel of the Nile

 

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Independence Day

 

Happy Birthday America!  And happy birthday to my Sweet 16 teenager!!!  It’s a party week!  My daughter and I are headed to New York City to celebrate her birthday.  The rest of the staff is taking care of the shop and they’re having a party too – a beach party!  All beach/nautical fabric is on sale.  As the summer heats up, our thoughts turn to the beach and all the wonderful projects we can create with beach themed fabric.

 

New England Clambake Table Runner – perfect for your summer table or as a gift when attending a BBQ.

New-England-Clam-Bake-Table-Runner

Weekend Retreat Panel Project (free)

weekend-retreat

Poseidons Adventure (free)

Poseidons Adventure

Ocean frolic

Ocean Frolic

 

For a smaller, quicker project, our die cut kits can be made into summer pillows or table runners.

Dancing dolphins

Dancing-Dolphins-at-Sunrise     Dancing-Dolphins-at-Sunset

Customize one of our fabulous tote patterns for carrying your stuff to the beach in style:

Seashore Tote

The Bonnie Bag

 

We have some wonderful new batiks in the shop this week!  These batiks are bold and rich in color.  Perfect for your modern projects, as coordinates, backgrounds or blenders.  Here are some of our favorite modern projects.

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Winter Peaks

Urban-Cabin

Back-to-Square-One

 

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