It’s time to get going on the Christmas decor! Give one of these top five Christmas patterns a try this year.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get sewing!
Whether you’re looking for something whimsical or more tradition, we have just the pattern for you this fall.
Fun & Whimsical
Our fun “I Love My Mummy” doll & pillow pattern adds just the right amount of fun into your seasonal decor. Create using our Crossroads Denim or muslin strips. The pattern includes instructions for the mummy doll, two sizes of pillows as well as the fun signage to print & add to your display.
Don’t you love this one? The “Legs Celebrate” pattern lets you create fun inside and out. Create the witch legs to add to a pot or stick under the edge of your house as an extra “treat” for your trick-or-treaters this year. This pattern also includes elf legs so you can get into the Christmas spirit too.
Traditional Autumn Decor
Add a touch of fall to the house with our Pumpkin Trio pattern. The three sizes allow you to put just the right decor in just the right spot around your home. Create in traditional orange (such as our Crossroads Denim Sweet Potato or Cream shown here in the small & medium) or try a flannel plaid (shown here in the large). We’ve also used real stems for a rustic look or you can use the instructions to create your own stem & leaves (as below).
I’m so excited to share with you a new program we were able to be a part of called Quilty Box! Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage and this one was created just for the sewing community.
What is Quilty Box?
Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box of fun quilting supplies curated by a different designer each month. This month – August 2016 – our founder Amy Barickman was the designer selected to curate the new box!
Each box is unique because the designer gets to pick a selection of their favorite 4 (or more) products including fabric, patterns, thread, or notions. The retail value of the products in the box is always more than $60 (subscriptions range from $44-$48/month).
Amy’s box contained two Indygo Junction patterns (The Quilted Kitchen and Quilted Cook & Carry), a bundle of her Crossroads Denim pre-cuts fabric (Fall Collection), a set of her Crossroads Decorative Thread -Fall Collection from Sulky, & a set of denim sewing machine needles from Schmetz.
PLUS, 5% of the profits of every multi-month subscriptions to Quilty Box is donated to Quilts for Kids – a non-profit which donates quilts to children in need!
Order today to get September’s Quilty Box
The next Quilty Box will feature Artist and fabric designer Kaari Meng with FrenchGeneral.com. Be sure to sign up by September 10th to start your subscription in time to receive this box which ships on Sept. 11th.
Did you miss Amy’s August Quilty Box? Don’t worry – you can still get it! Just search for the August Quilty Box under SHOP on their website here.
Last week I attended an event that I always look forward to, Common Threads. The event is sponsored by Baby Lock and takes place in their hometown of St. Louis, which, luckily is just a hop, skip and a jump away from my home in Kansas City. Speaking of skip, I traveled with my friend Cindy aka Skip To My Lou aka “Skippy”. We had a great time at the conference, exploring and shopping in the city (see more on my Amy Barickman Studio blog).
This was the second time I have attended this inspiring and educational retreat. We were treated to classes with some amazing instructors like Sara Gallegos, Lindsay Wilkes and Evy Hawkins – all while working on the fabulous Baby Lock machines. One of my favorite classes was Lindsay, who taught us how to make pillowcase dresses for the Little Dresses for Africa organization. In the picture above you can see Cindy and I posing in front a wall of finished dresses.
The best part of the meeting is connecting with the of wonderful community bloggers, magazine editors, publishers, and the fabulous Baby Lock staff. It is a chance to really get to know each other and discuss the challenges and rewards this industry offers. Below you can see the full Common Threads group, as well as a picture of me, Jenny Doan and her daughters Sarah and Natalie from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Recently, I filmed a tutorial with Jenny on how to create a Crossroads Quilt – see it here.
I also enjoy getting a chance to learn more about the “magic” of the Baby Lock machines. They are amazing tools and also offer the BEST in customer support— both on the technical as well as inspirational side. Cindy and I loved the time we had together at the event learning and laughing. A special thanks goes out to to Carla, the Baby Lock educator who was always there to help us out on the projects.
Visit my Amy Barickman Studio blog and see inspiring photos from our St. Louis shopping expedition.
Jump over to Baby Lock’s Common Threads link party to see more posts about this fabulous event. Also, you will have a chance to enter to win your own swag bag full of sewing & quilting products.
We finally recovered from our annual event, Spring Quilt Market! This year, we flew to beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah for a week. There is always a mad rush in spring to get our products ready for market, but this year we were especially busy as we developed 22 new patterns, including our Indygo Essentials garment line, three coloring books, two embroidery books, and a new line of dimensional English paper piecing kits called Fabriflair!
Below is our Indygo group in our booth. Amy is wearing our new Shift Dress, Betsy is wearing the Sidekick Skirt (made out of Amy’s new fabric line, Stitcher’s Garden. See more about the fabric on Amy’s blog), Cheryl is wearing the Asymmetrical Top and Donna has on the Mandarin Vest.
Below, check out the sneak peek video we created for shop owners to preview our new products before Quilt Market. Many of the new products featured in the video is available now, and everything will be shipping by July 1st.
We launched two new brands this year, the first being Indygo Essentials. Essentials is our chic and simple garment line, created for those sewers who want to create simple, classic styles. We have launched the line with 6 styles, two tops, a vest, a jacket, a dress and pants.
The other exciting brand we launched is Fabriflair! Inspired by a vintage piece of Amy’s, we created six dimensional paper piecing kits. The process is similar to English paper piecing, but instead of basting the fabric to the paper and later removing them, you glue the fabric to the matboard templates and leave them in. Fabriflair received a great reception at market – store owners were loving it. See the full line of kits here.
Lately it seems like everyone is on board with the coloring craze – we definitely are! Amy has such an amazing library of vintage illustrations, which we thought would be perfect for coloring books. The images featured in Fashion Therapy, Pattern Play and Quilting Therapy are all original illustrations found in sewing patterns, books and Amy’s collection of Woman’s Institute materials, which inspired her book Vintage Notions.
Last but certainly not least are the two embroidery books, Folk Art Motifs and Land That I Love. These books are truly Vintage Made Modern, as they use vintage embroidery designs updated for modern sewists! Folk Art Motifs has over 400 designs to hand embroider, plus two quilt patterns. Land That I Love features fun designs for each of the 50 states. Combine designs to show your hometown pride!
Check out all our great new arrivals here!
NOTE: CONTEST HAD ENDED. THANKS SO MUCH!!