Free Pattern – Artworks Mermaid

Enter the enchanting world of Mermaids with this week’s Free Quilt Pattern, as this mermaid perches on a rock reading…. perhaps the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale “The Little Mermaid”?

Start with a lovely central panel, beautifully detailed in this digital printed scene. Then add blue and aqua tonal scrolls for the pieced border.

This 37″ x 57″ quilt could be a nap quilt, a lap quilt, or a magical wallhanging in a special room. The soothing colors evoke splashing waves, and you can almost hear the seagulls overhead. Perhaps you will hear the mermaid humming her spellbinding song of the ocean…?

… from the ‘Artworks’ collection by Liz Dillon for Quilting Treasures.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Creative Catalysts

This weekend Sophie and I went to her high school’s production of RENT, which is set in the East Village in New York, during the same time when I lived there. During the years after I left the Garment Industry, I had a business on 10th St and Ave B, next to the Life CafĂ©. We had a gallery around the corner on Avenue B. I lived in the first renovated buildings in the neighborhood: first on 10th St next to the Russian/Turkish Bath & Sauna (our shared brick wall was always HOT) and later on 7th and Ave B.

That was back in the 80s when the Punk Scene was flourishing in the East Village. As depicted in RENT, it was also the time that artists we knew were dying of HIV, and many lived as squatters in abandoned buildings. When 250 homeless people were living (and sometimes rioting) in Tompkins Square Park across the street, it was time for me to go.

Boulder was a very tame and safe place and I was happy to return to my home town in 1990. However creativity often flourishes in the most extreme adversity, and those of us who have survived great challenges and gone on to have a creative career….we are forever changed and enriched by those challenges, aren’t we?

I was just reading about the Quiet Room at the Guggenheim Museum, where you can go experience absolute silence for 10 minutes. Then I heard something on the radio about how a certain level of background noise statistically makes people more creative. That could be music, the buzz of a coffee shop, or having colored background noise such as “pink” or “brown” noise. Who knew?

I really enjoy these stories about how tweaking our work environment can stimulate more creativity. Scientists and researchers are motivated to measure and prove these creativity catalysts, because human creativity is so valuable.

What is your reliable way of setting the mood for a creative session?

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Luana

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Free Pattern – Alexandria

This week we are inspired by the flowering of the Egyptian Arts, and the riches of Cleopatra’s era, in our exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern.

Egyptian-themed collections are very Rare, and we’ve combined designs from 2 of our suppliers, to create this exclusive quilt design in a larger 74″ x 74″ bed-sized quilt.

Cool Blue and Turquoise is heavily enriched with luxurious Gold Metallic, and the colors really ‘pop’ with a black background. This gorgeous quilt kit will sell out so if this is the one you’ve been waiting for, jump on it now.

… from the ‘Alexandria’ collection by Chong-A Hwang for Timeless Treasures,
and the ‘Valley of the Kings’ collection by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Creative Nudge – Yellow Rose Garden

The row of pink crab apples are blooming in front of eQuilter this week…and tonight they are covered with snow!

That doesn’t stop us from dreaming of lush flower gardens, buzzing with honeybees, and fluttering with delicate butterflies.

We’ve seen an uptick in the popularity of fabrics with bees and butterflies, especially honeybees. As bee colonies have been crashing, more quilters are thinking about planting gardens for pollinators. The bees used to come to our gardens to help us, but now it is our turn to research plants that are not pre-soaked with pesticides, to fill our gardens with welcoming blossoms.

I have been seeing more quilts with bees too, and here is a detail from a lovely garden quilt from the Tokyo Quilt Festival, with yellow roses, butterflies and bees. It is by Keiko Miyauchi, and is titled “Yellow Roses”. It is hand-appliqued, and the blue background is hand-quilted.

I have added some of our rose, butterfly and bee fabrics in a collage at the top and bottom. There is something so comforting about floral fabrics, particularly rose prints, perhaps because we learned about quilting and sewing from our grandmothers who also tended summer rose gardens. Anyway, that’s my family story about sewing and flowers….they always seemed to go together.

If you live in the Boulder area and would like to enjoy our abundant pink crab-apple trees, you can place an order for “Retail Pickup” and then come pick it up in a couple days. By then the snow will be melted and you can have a picnic on our front lawn under the fluttering pink petals. It is going to be 68 degrees on Friday!

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Luana

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Free Pattern – Open Road

This week’s Free Quilt Pattern is for a very special group of people – (You know who you are!) – featuring vintage motorcycles and the love of the open road.

We’ve loaded this awesome quilt with fabrics that will make your Inner Biker Babe giggle, with Route 66 and Hot Rods, Tattoos and brilliant Flames. Maybe your Biker sidekick will get a kick out of this too!

The 59″ x 73″ quilt pattern makes a great lap quilt, wall hanging, small coverlet for a bed, or maybe a picnic blanket when you are out… on the Open Road. There’s still plenty of time to make this for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.

… from the ‘Open Road Vintage Motorcycles’ collection by Exclusively Quilters.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Spring Break

Sophie and I managed to salvage the last few days of our Spring Break plans, so I am writing to you from New York today. The wind and rain was so extreme Friday that it ripped our umbrella to shreds and then whipped it out of our hands. The rain soaked clear through our coats. We kept our sense of humor because the same thing was happening to people all around us, and there were piles of shredded and twisted umbrellas littering the sidewalks.

You may recall that I am involved in another SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) fundraiser project with Andover Fabrics, so I dropped by their office on Friday to see how things are progressing. “The Golden Hour” artwork has been developed into repeats for fabric, and there are some truly stunning designs there, so we will be thrilled to carry this line later this year!

Sophie and I love opera and classical music (we play violin and cello) so we met our Australian quilter friend Pam Holland to go to Carnegie Hall Thursday night. We heard Mitsuko Uchida give a beautiful piano concert there. Earlier in the day the 3 of us enjoyed the new Chinese exhibit “Age of Empires” at the Metropolitan Art Museum, which was fascinating to Sophie of course!

Yesterday we saw the most awesome costume extravaganza at the Metropolitan Opera House in the Lincoln Center. We just could not believe the huge cast, the amazing sets, and even live horses on stage for “AIDA”! If you are in the NYC area and can get tickets – go! Plus it is fun to see what everyone in the audience wears to the opera. The young Italian conductor was very energetic so that added to the visual and musical feast. I am doing my best to turn Sophie into an opera nerd….

Our son Sam is still not well but he has stabilized so that is good news. Thanks for your prayers!

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Luana

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Free Pattern – Wild Animal Sanctuary

Wild animals from around the globe gather together in this week’s Exclusive Free Pattern, inspiring us to care for all creatures of the Earth.

This magnificent 60″ x 41″ quilt glows with vibrant color, accented by the clever border design using Timeless Treasures’ Studio Ombre textured color blend, and can be used equally well as a wall hanging or bed throw.

Order your Wild Animal Sanctuary quilt today; your children and grandchildren will love this enchanting wildlife quilt design.

‘Wild Animal Sanctuary’ is an exceptionally detailed Designer Digital print,
by the Rubin Design Studio, designed exclusively for eQuilter.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Creative Nudge – Long Ago and Far Away … in Tokyo

For the last few weeks I’ve been showing you Modern Quilts from QuiltCon, so I thought I’d do something completely different this week!

Here is an incredibly detailed applique quilt by a Japanese quilter (her name in Kanji characters in the bottom left corner) which I saw at the Tokyo Quilt Festival in January.

I’ve uploaded several detail shots on my photo page, so you can have a closer look at some of the incredible details.

The quilt artist has illustrated several fairy tales here, including Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, The Pied Piper, Hansel & Gretel, Puss ‘n Boots, and St George and the Dragon. What fun!

When you take a look at the detail shots, you will see that she has not only appliqued teeny tiny pieces of leaves and mice, etc…but has also used embroidery and hand-quilted grids to tell the stories and give this a Medieval feel. There seems to be an indirect reference to the style of the Bayeaux Tapestry here also. I love to think about how the history of textiles continues to feed and inspire us centuries later.

Speaking of the Bayeaux Tapestry…our son Sam is feeling a little better so Sophie and I rescheduled our flight and will take the last half of our spring break in NYC…and guess who happens to be staying in the same hotel there? My buddy Pam Holland!… who is recreating the Bayeaux Tapestry in applique. That is totally serendipitous so I guess the quilting angels are at work again.

Please note that I always include the image of the Japanese quiltmaker’s name in the Kanji characters, if the Romaji spelling of their name is not available during the show. This way every Quiltmaker gets credit where it is due. In these days of wild social media, this is still important when posting another artist’s images.

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Luana

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Free Pattern – Where The Buffalo Roam

Take a trip to the rugged Western outdoors with this week’s Free Quilt Pattern – featuring a stunning central panel with a herd of Bison in a dramatic wilderness landscape.

If you happen to know a CU Buffs Fan here in Boulder Colorado, they would be thrilled to have this 64″ x 46″ quilt for a wall hanging or maybe even a stadium lap quilt! Because the CU Mascot is a Bison.

If you’ve been to Yellowstone National Park then no doubt you have your own special memories of a Bison encounter. It is estimated that 20 to 30 million Bison roamed North America once, but were reduced to only 1090 animals by 1889. Now about 500,000 Bison live on our continent, with under 30,000 wild Bison in conservation herds…a true vestige of the Wild West when our land was still a wild place.

… from the ‘Where the Buffalo Roam’ collection by Cynthie Fisher for Quilting Treasures.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Fresh Quilting

We are headed into Spring Break here in Boulder Colorado, and the trees are bursting into bloom. We were supposed to have a snow storm last week but it missed Boulder, so maybe our early Spring blossoms will be ok after all!

Sophie and I were supposed to go to Washington DC this week, but our musician son Sam has been ill and I’ve had to cancel our flight. For those of you who believe in the healing power of prayer (I do) would you please send him some prayers? Thank you.

Both of my segments on the new Modern Quilting PBS show ‘Fresh Quilting‘ are now posted on our Video page… on Charity Quilt Projects, and Colors of Cuba. Enjoy!

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Luana

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