Free Pattern – The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings

This Lord of the Rings/Hobbit collection will soon be collector items, so if you’ve been trying to decide what to do with these digital-printed movie poster panels, now is the time to snap them up!

Your Tolkien fan will love either (or both!) of these 57″ x 64″ quilts, and you will love that they are very quick and simple projects for fast gift-giving.

Start with the central panel – incredibly detailed with high quality digital printing. Finish up the simple pieced borders and then if you have time, add special effects like metallic threads.

We can hear Howard Shore’s iconic theme music playing when we look at these stunning panels – don’t wait until they are discontinued and gone forever!

Available in these two spectacular versions:

The Lord of the Rings Quilt
and
The Hobbit Quilt

… from ‘The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings’ collection by Camelot Fabrics and Warner Bros.

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.

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eQuilter’s Classroom in 2018

Today is my 59th birthday but I’ve caught a flu bug so we’ll have to celebrate in a couple days. Many thanks for all the sweet birthday wishes! We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at home celebrating Mason’s birthday, and there’s plenty of leftover pumpkin pie in the frig! We hope you had a wonderful holiday as well.

I’m excited about the launch of our 2018 eQuilter Workshop schedule, and we are busy putting together teachers, contracts, and details. If you’ve wanted an excuse to visit Boulder, watch the newsletter for these announcements. We have a beautiful new-ish Hampton Inn one block away, and we are bringing in National and International teachers to teach a variety of workshops. I’ve received so many requests for a space to rent for local events, and also for national teachers to come to our area. You are going to be excited too!

We have put up a project page for the Hurricane and Earthquake Comfort Quilt projects.
Please click through here for all the details, and we will update in the future as needed.

Our next Sewing Day will be Saturday Dec 9, from 9 am to 4 pm. Many thanks to Blakeman Sewing for providing beautiful BERNINA machines for this day! We will have Christmas cookies, coffee and tea, and of course lots of fabric to make your own comfort quilt for someone in need.

This will be our last Sewing Day of this year, so please RSVP to Dana in Customer Service if you are coming, so we can be sure to have enough machines!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

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Free Pattern – Hatters Tea Party

Happy Thanksgiving from eQuilter! What is the opposite of a table laden with holiday goodies?
A table with dainty teacups, a shapely teapot, and maybe some tiny cucumber sandwiches.

This week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern takes us to J. Wecker Frisch’s Tea Party with antique Hats, Teabags, and lots of vintage Teatime details.

This 56″ x 66″ quilt pattern starts with a panel full of illustrated blocks, then sets them in a 3-D windowpane effect with Hoffman Hand-Dyes. Add the border using the coordinating stripe, for a charming story about having Tea and Hats.

… from the ‘Hatters Tea Party’ collection by J. Wecker Frisch 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.

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Creative Nudge – An Autumn Garden

As you may know, I lived in Hong Kong for 3 years, and continued to travel to Asia (including China) for many years while working in the garment industry in New York. Eventually my love of Chinese art and culture led us to adopt a baby girl from China – our daughter Sophie who is now 15!

During those years, I immersed myself in the language, the music, the colors and the textile arts of China. In those days I was working with all different kinds of silks, and I was fascinated by the deep rich history of textile arts in the Middle Kingdom.

While visiting Portland Oregon for the Color Marketing Group symposium, I had an extra day to meet with family in Chinatown. We had a very authentic Chinese meal, and then went to the Lan Su Chinese Gardens which were awash in the colors of Autumn. Red maple leaves reflected in the Koi pond, and a their annual “Mumvember” Chrysanthemum colors were scattered like jewels among the pagodas and teahouse. The compound was also hosting a Floral Designer Showcase, which made the whole experience even more exciting.

When I travel, I have a short list of places to visit, which includes museums, galleries, and botanic gardens. This summer when I attended Sacred Threads, I also spent a day at the Lotus Blossom Festival in Washington DC. These opportunities for design and color inspiration are often right under our noses when we are taking business or family trips…it is worth taking a few hours to slip away with a camera!

If you or your quilt guild have been making quilts for hurricane and earthquake victims, you can either drop them off in person at eQuilter, or ship them directly to Mission of Love (MOL) at:

Kathy Price
Mission of Love
2054 Hemlock Ct.
Youngstown, Ohio 44515

We are also collecting a few more quilts to go to Nepal earthquake survivors with Engineers Without Borders – deadline for drop-off at eQuilter is Dec 10.

Our next Charity Sewing Day in the eQuilter classroom will be Sat Dec 9, from 9 am to 4 pm. We will have BERNINA machines for you to work on, but PLEASE RSVP at service@equilter.com or 303-527-0856 if you plan to join us, so we can plan for the right amount of machines. (Thank you Blakeman Sewing!)

We will provide the Christmas cookies, coffee, and the FABRIC to make the quilts! Come and join our wonderful group of quilters, and we’ll celebrate the season and our love of sewing.

All of us at eQuilter wish you a warm holiday with family and friends, as we share our gratitude for the things we value most in life…that’s LOVE, right?

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Event Calendar:
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Mar 1 – May 15 – Registration for ‘Love Your Mother‘ Quilt Challenge
Apr 14-15 – Lisa Walton @ eQuilter.com
May 11 – eQuilter Chromazone – Color Marketing Group
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill

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Free Pattern – Wilderness Wolves

This week’s Free Quilt Pattern takes you to a wintery mountaintop in a pristine wilderness…for a closeup with a pair of beautiful Wolves surveying their forest territory.

Start with a gorgeous detailed illustration in a Digital-printed panel, then add Hoffman Hand-dyes to piece the borders and the mountain peaks in the lower section.

This 49″ x 52″ wall-hanging commands a presence in any room, blending the deep rich colors of the North Woods in this Hoffman Fabrics project.

… from the ‘Call of the Wild’ collection by Hoffman 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.

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Getting into a Holiday Mood

Today we had another group of generous quilters show up to work on finishing the quilt tops made last month for hurricane survivors. There was lots of sandwiching, quilting and binding going on! We also had some quilters from previous groups, who stopped by to drop off quilts they had finished at home.

We are now making and collecting comfort quilts for Island of Dominica, Puerto Rico, Port Aransas TX, (Hurricane) and Nepal.(Earthquake) We are working with Mission of Love for the first 3 locations, and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has requested quilts to take over the holiday break for Nepal.

The EWB students will hand-carry the quilts to a remote mountain-top village where people are still living in tents post-earthquake. Drop off or ship to arrive by Dec 15.

Mission of Love quilts can be dropped off at eQuilter, but otherwise ship directly to MOL at:

Kathy Price
Mission of Love
2054 Hemlock Ct.
Youngstown, Ohio 44515

Our next Sewing Day will be Saturday Dec 9, from 9 am to 4 pm. We will be making new quilt tops (eQuilter will supply the Fabric!) and also sandwiching/quilting/binding the existing quilt tops here. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this effort, here and around the country! XOXO

At the end of the day today, there were smiles all around, and we all felt so happy to have spent the day together making quilts for those in need. So if you need a little group quilt therapy please join us on Dec 9th.

We hope all your travels and meal planning goes well over the next few days…as we begin the season of joy and gratitude.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul 

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Event Calendar:
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Mar 1 – May 15 – Registration for
‘Love Your Mother’ Quilt Challenge
April 14-15 – Lisa Walton workshop @ eQuilter.com
May 11 – eQuilter Chromazone – Color Marketing Group
Nov 14-20, 2018 –
POLAR BEAR Tour РJoin me in Churchill! 

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Free Pattern – Fairy Firefly Wishes

Enter a magical realm of an enchanted forest in this week’s Exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern.

Start with this exquisitely detailed central panel, then add layers of Stonehenge textures to frame the digital-printed fantasy scene.

This is a quick and easy project and makes a great holiday gift for someone who loves Fairies and Unicorns! The 47″ x 58″ size makes a beautiful wallhanging or a dreamy lap quilt.

If you are making a wallhanging, consider adding some sparkle with metallic threads, beads, or other shimmering embellishments.

… from the ‘Magic’ collection 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.

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 – Many Ways to See

Tonight we are marking the passing of Nancy Zieman, who lost her battle with cancer Tuesday. She was a gracious and generous lady…a true icon of our industry. Gone too soon.

As you may know, I have recently been to TWO quilt festivals, and I can’t help but think about parallels between quilts in Houston, and quilts in New Zealand.

Here are two Owl quilts with two very different perspectives, but both are very effective at communicating the artist’s vision.

The top left corner is “Whooo” by Mimi Ghauri Young, and was seen in the Houston exhibit.

The top right corner was the winner of the Hoffman challenge in New Zealand, and was made by Hayley Scott. Notice the surfboards that make up the feathers!

The bottom half is a collage of owl fabrics we have in stock now, with more artist/illustrator interpretations of Owls. There are SO many owl fabrics available in the market now – both realistic and pop/whimsical. Something for everyone!

This is a reminder that whatever vision you have for your next project, follow your own ideas and it will result in a more successful piece.

In case you missed the big announcement last week, the first prize for the Love Your Mother Quilt Challenge will be a brand new model machine from BERNINA –
the 570 QE which was just introduced in Houston at the Quilt Festival! You can purchase the challenge panel here, but read over the guidelines first.

If you or your quilt guild have been making quilts for hurricane and earthquake victims, you can either drop them off in person at eQuilter, or ship them directly to Mission of Love (MOL) at:

Kathy Price
Mission of Love
2054 Hemlock Ct.
Youngstown, Ohio 44515

Do NOT ship to eQuilter: ship directly to MOL so they will reach those in need faster. Otherwise they have to be shipped twice. MOL is our trusted partner and will distribute them to those most in need. Together we have distributed over 12,000 of your donated comfort quilts. The next container of hurricane relief supplies is going to the Island of Dominica and will be loaded this Friday.

We are having another Sewing Day in the eQuilter classroom this Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. We have many quilt tops that need to be sandwiched and quilted, and we have a roll of batting for this purpose. Please call Customer Service if you plan to join us, so we can plan for the right amount of quilters. Thank you.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

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Event Calendar:
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Apr 14-15 – Lisa Walton @ eQuilter.com
May 11 – eQuilter Chromazone – Color Marketing Group
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill

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Free Pattern – Flight of Fancy

The centerpiece of this week’s Free Quilt Pattern is a richly hued and ornately detailed Winged Trio panel, featuring two brilliant butterflies and a sparkling dragonfly.

The panel features a tonal, ombre wings background that complements and highlights the shimmering wings of these dazzling creatures. Four coordinating borders complete this 41″ x 60″ quilt, which is both easy to construct and delightful to view.

Plus you can customize it with any one of three colorways of this winged trio panel.

… from the ‘Artisan Spirit Shimmer Flight Of Fancy’ collection
by Deborah Edwards for Northcott 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.

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A Passion for Color

Hello from Portland Oregon.
I am here over the weekend for the International Summit of the Color Marketing Group, sharing my passion for color with other trend forecasters and designers from around the world.

This is a working conference, so we spend time talking about world events and changes in societal attitudes, so we can forecast design and color trends. It is fascinating to see how chaos can be translated into color trends, but it is also heartening to hear how people around the world are waking up to the challenges of climate change and pollution. The trend forecasts include urban trends and technological developments to respond to a changing world, and it gives me hope. This morning we learned that Adidas is making shoes from plastic that is re-constituted from gill nets and plastic trash that is scooped up in the ocean, for instance.

One of our speakers today was Lee Eiseman, who chooses and announces the Pantone Color of the Year. She has a new book out – ‘Color Harmony’ – and a group of us had lunch with her after her massive (!) book signing. She flies all over the world giving color trend presentations for Pantone, at the biggest fashion and design trade shows…you just might have one of her many books on your shelves! (by Leatrice Eiseman)

Portland is its usual Gray and Drizzly self, but the downtown area is hopping with coffeehouses and restaurants. I am going to head on over to Powell’s Books in my spare time, where my stepbrother has been a buyer for many years. My other stepbro’ and his family had to evacuate their kids and animals during the recent fires, so I will hear yet another tale of disaster evacuation while I am here.

We have a very small group coming to sew next Saturday the 18th, so if you are planning to come please RSVP right away. If we don’t have enough people coming, we will need to reschedule. I know it is pre-Thanksgiving…but we will open up if we have a group to sew comfort quilts for hurricane victims.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

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