I thought you could use a little Friday sewing inspiration…why not get a jumpstart on your Halloween decor today? All three of these patterns are available as an instant download. You can be sewing in just a few minutes!
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We are so happy to be a part of the celebration for our friend Nancy Zieman’s new book, Quick Column Quilts. This book is a great new take on modern patchwork. Most quilt designs are based on squares, triangles, circles, or a combination of those tricky geometric shapes. That can be incredibly intimidating for beginner quilters. Nancy has come up with an alternative – quilting with columns! This patchwork method is much faster and less complicated, while still giving you a clean, modern design which will look striking on your bed or wall. Modern. Streamlined. Quick. That says it all, doesn’t it?
When reading the book, the Hit and Miss Table Runner really caught my eye. How could it not, with those large-scale hexies. I know what you’re thinking – hexies mean the dreaded Y-seams. Nope, not with this pattern. Here you will create hexagon halves stitched columns. So much easier. Another aspect of this quilt hit me – it’s Crossroads colors! Do you see it? You could recreate this using Midtown Moss, Soft Aqua, Downtown Teal, Metal Grey, Mustard Seed and Weathered Indygo. Solid quilting projects are perfect venues for our Crossroads Denim, especially a table runner that gets a lot of use.
The Tumbling Tumblers Column Quilt is another good project for Crossroads. I love the use of negative space in this design. To recreate the quilt as close to the original as possible, you would use Mustard Seed as the background with French Vanilla, Periwinkle, Cactus Pink, Eggplant and Soft Aqua.
But wouldn’t it be fun to switch it up a little with Soft Aqua in the back combined with White, Charcoal Black, Metal Grey, Downtown Teal, French Vanilla and Sweet Potato? How pretty would that be?
Are you loving these patterns as much as we are? Want to get your hands on a copy of this book – along with a Baby Lock Tempo Sewing Machine, as well as a whole slew of notions, tools and fabrics?? Of course you do! To enter to win this fabulous prize, hop on over to Nancy’s blog and follow the contest instructions. Good Luck!
Yesterday I saw a pumpkin on one porch and a skeleton hanging on another. I guess it’s time to start decorating for Halloween! I have the perfect project for this upcoming weekend; Witch legs from our new pattern Legs Celebrate!
Whether you display your witch in an urn or she has had a terrible broomstick accident, the legs are a fun addition to your Halloween scene. You can get started on them right now by ordering our digital pattern! Or, they are also available as a classic paper pattern, if you prefer. Send us pics of your lovely legs!
You all know that you can enter to win a Baby Lock serger from the BurdaStyle Magic Pattern Design challenge, but did you also know that they are having weekly fabric and pattern giveaways? Oh yes! And this week the lucky winner will receive 8 yards of Crossroads Denim! The winner will be chosen on Friday, so head over and enter now.
Need some inspiration for the challenge? Check out our Magic Fashion grid below!
Are you working on your project for The BurdaStyle Magic Pattern Design Challenge yet? Here is an idea for you, how about making the Estelle Coat out of a pink wool check? How cute would that be?
Get The Magic Pattern Book here and start sewing today – after all, you might win a new serger! Also, every Friday Burda is hosting a Magic Pattern Giveaway of fabric and patterns. Enter to win to win today!
Since it is September now, it seems a perfect time to introduce you to our new autumnal pattern, The Pumpkin Trio.
These are the perfect pumpkins: you can create them in 3 different sizes and leave them out as long as you wish – without having to worry about the dreaded pumpkin rot!
The pumpkins not only come in three sizes, but they also have two different finishing techniques. Above you can see the outer seam option, and below the classic seam finish.
The pumpkins also come with leaf and vine instructions. As for the stems, either make your own stem to match, or save the dried stems off of your old pumpkins and glue them on!
Don’t just feel like you have to stick with a classic orange solid (we used all Crossroads for our solids – Sweet Potato Orange, French Vanilla, and Midtown Moss Green)- mix it up with some fun plaids and prints (these plaids came from Marcus Bros.)! What do you think about the Pumpkin Trio? Which is your favorite finish? Where will you display your pumpkins? We would love to know!
Since the launch of The Magic Pattern Book we have been having a blast picking out fabrics to make new samples. Of course we had to try some of the pieces in Crossroads Denim. Here are some mock-ups of what to come. I can’t wait to show you the finished garments!
We are making the Abigail dress out of the Soft Aqua Crossroads. In the denim weight this dress will be perfect for year round wear!
We are making the Delia out of the new Cactus Pink Crossroads color. Perfect as a throw on jacket for spring and summer.
Introducing the BurdaStyle Magic Pattern Challenge!
Create a project from The Magic Pattern Book and upload it to BurdaStyle during the month of September. Check back to see other entries and get new ideas and inspiration! September 30th is the last day to enter the contest before voting begins on October 1st and the grand prize winner is announced on October 8th. And what does the grand prize winner get?? A Baby Lock Imagine Serger! Woo Hoo! There will also be weekly fabric and pattern prizes from Robert Kaufman and Indygo Junction. What are you waiting for? Make a Magic Pattern today!
Is your jewelry box a jumbled mess of earrings, rings and tangled necklaces? Mine is. I rarely wear any of my jewelry just because I don’t want to mess with the mess! It turns out that a lot of people have a similarly messy jewelry box, so we decided to get everyone organized – in the cutest way possible. Enter the Store In Style organizer.
This hanging organizer is shaped like an A-line dress, or if you need something smaller, a shirt. The organizer slides onto a hangar for everyday storage, but you can also roll it up for traveling.The constructions is simple – don’t let all that vinyl scare you! This project goes together surprisingly quickly. The pockets are different sizes for versatility in storage.
5 velcro tabs around the neck provide storage for long hanging items like necklaces.
Would you like to win a copy of the Store In Style pattern? Simply leave a comment telling us what you would use it for and you’ll be entered! The contest runs through 12:00 PM Friday, September 12th. For US residents only. Good Luck!
We are so excited to introduce you to Amy’s new book, The Magic Pattern Book!
The Magic Pattern Book features 6 magic patterns that can be transformed into 216 different looks. Complete with beautiful full-color photos, step-by-step instructions and a CD of printable patterns, this easy-to-follow guide shows how 6 patterns x 6 looks x 6 fabric suggestions for each look results in a complete wardrobe.
So what is a magic pattern? It is a single master pattern that can be transformed into many different styles—for example, a single basic skirt pattern can create an A-line skirt, a maxi skirt, a pleated hem skirt, a pencil wrap skirt, a flared bias skirt, and a ruffled mini. Below, see all the different styles in the tank top family.
Each pattern comes with six fabric suggestions and can be made to fit sizes S – 2XL. Many can even be crafted with re-purposed fabrics such as menswear or denim jeans. Overviews of fabric types and preparation, plus basic sewing, alteration, and finishing techniques are also included, making The Magic Pattern Book a reference that readers will turn to again & again.
Inspired by the first lady of fashion Mary Brooks Picken’s belief that each design is like a different woman, Amy has playfully named each pattern variation and given it distinct personality – that is, until you stitch your own identity into it! And as fashions evolve, each design can easily be tweaked and changed – all you need is a little creativity.
The book includes six chapters: The Tank, The Skirt, The Dress, The Cardigan, The Coat, & The Accessories. Six different fashion styles are included in each chapter, each style with another six suggested fabrics. So many options!
Learn more about Amy’s journey writing The Magic Pattern Book over on her blog. While you are there, enter to win a copy of The Magic Pattern & Vintage Notions! And stay tuned for information on our upcoming BurdaStyle Magic Pattern challenge – September 2014!
Upcoming Magic Pattern Events & Activities:
Sewing with Nancy – two-part PBS series titled Magic Patterns. Episodes begin airing September 2014. Check your local listings.
BurdaStyle Design Challenge – Create one of Amy’s Magic Patterns & you could win a Baby Lock Imagine Serger. Challenge begins September 2014. Sign up for our newsletter or check back here for further details as they become available.
The American Sewing Show - September 26 – 18, 2014 – Novi, MI
Quiltcon – February 19 – 22, 2015 – Austin, TX
Traveling Fashion Show – Original Sewing & Quilt Expo events across the country will feature fashions from The Magic Pattern Book in their runway shows, with Amy Barickman emceeing in select cities (starred below):