The Magic Pattern Challenge – Deadline Extended!

BIG NEWS! The deadline for submissions to the BurdaStyle Magic Pattern Design Challenge has been extended to 10/6. So you have 6 more days to create a project from The Magic Pattern Book (Find the Francesca and Adelaide pattern here for FREE) and enter to win a Baby Lock serger. Get sewing!

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One Week Left for The Magic Pattern Design Challenge!


BurdaStyle Magic Fashion Contest – have you entered yet?

You have one week left to enter to win a Baby Lock Imagine Serger! Use any pattern from The Magic Pattern Book, and enter your project on BurdaStyle. We are also offering free downloads of the Adelaide top and Francesca bag, in case you are unable to get the book.
You can submit your entries until September 30th, then voting will run from October 1st thru the 7th. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on the 8th. Good luck!

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Halloween Home Decor

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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Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour

Hello and Welcome!
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!


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Witchy Weekend

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!

A001A8125Whether 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!



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Enter to Win 8 yards of Crossroads Denim!


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! CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

Need some inspiration for the challenge? Check out our Magic Fashion grid  below!

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The Magic Pattern Design Challenge Idea

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!



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New Pattern! The Pumpkin Trio

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!


I love seeing them stacked – they would be so cute in an urn by a front door, don’t you think?PIJ997CR-6T

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!

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Fabric Friday! Crossroads Denim

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.


We are using another new color, Wisteria on the Evangeline. This swing-like jacket would be great with skinny pants. -1

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BurdaStyle Magic Pattern Challenge

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!


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