Sunday, May 31, 2020

Quilt Market: Island Batik

Island Batik pulls out booths of epic proportions with collection after collection at Quilt Market. With inspiration fueled by their numerous Ambassadors, it's a vibrant feast for the eyes. Here's the whirlwind tour. Put on your sneakers because we have a lot of ground to cover.

Stardust, a 9 month BOM (block of the month) took center stage in the Primo section. Crossover (top) and Fractured (bottom) are on the left. Twisted is on the right. All the patterns for the collection are by LoveBug Studios.

The quilt with a black background (surrounding the rectangular mystery box) is Explosions by Quilting Affection Designs. The flat quilt is Sweet Tooth by Living Water Quilter. The one to the left is Swivel by Cindi McCracken Designs.

Sundance, Smooch, and Prairie Skies highlight the following quilts respectively: Lyza by Stitches From Heaven & Night Owls by Fat Cat Patterns (in the bottom left corner), Sherbet Hearts by Curlique Creations, and Prairie Petals by Living Water Quilter.

Kaleidoscope by Quilt Basket and Spring by KISSed Quilts are bunched up in the Smooch section.

Forget Me Not shows beautifully in Sweet Dreams by Sew Karen-ly; Duck, Duck, Goose by Beaquilter; and Square Me Up by Cindi McCracken Designs.

Denim Daze by Purrfect Spots, In and Out by Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, and Old Favorites by KISSed Quilts are shown in Faded Blue Jeans.  

The festive hues of Nordic Nature are shown in Garden of Eden by Beaquilter, Simply Celebrate by The Quilt Rambler, and Just Blocks by PineRose Designs.

Mod Blossom, Color Ripple, Mod Fish and Waterfall by Colourwerx show off the gem tones in Jewel Box.

Square Trickster by Powered by Quilting, Starcrossed Too by Inquiring Quilter, and Goose Tails by Bound to Be Quilting are shown in Northern Lights.

Here's a broad view. Summer Splendor by Lizard Creek Quilting, Kansas Rose of Sharon by Get the Point Quilt Designs, and Table Top by Powered by Quilting are featured in the American Frontier section. More on the other collections is below.

Cobalt Classic by Purrfect Spots, Blazing Star by Cindi McCracken designs are made up in Glacier View. Wonderland is featured in Aurora Australis by Clever Cameleon, Big Dipper by Bound to Be Quilting, and Stacked Deck by Masterpiece Quilting.

Free Space by Bejeweled Quilts by Barb, Southwest Sun by Bound to Be Quilting, and Prairie Wings by PamelaQuilts hung in the Whispering Feathers section.

Cliff Dwellings by KISSed Quilts and Cliff Dreams by Pamela Quilts are shown in Mesa Verde. Log Cabin Spin by Pine Rose Designs and Stepping Stones by Cindi McCracken Designs are made up in Winter Forest.

For those in the holiday spirit, there's Season's Splendor shown in Stop N Go by Beaquilter and Twirling Trees by The Whimsical Workshop.

Batik Foundations is highlighted in Window Box Blooms by Lizard Creek Quilting. Sante Fe looks gorgeous in Santa Fe Jewel by Stitches From Heaven and Yooto Lily by Get the Point Quilt Designs. Sweetheart by Powered by Quilting and Modern Dahlia by Teri Tope share space in the Bloomers section.

The Mauna Kea BOM, Wave Runner, and Craters Road by Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs use Sunset.

Mountainpeek Creations featured Island Batik Fabrics in their new patterns.

As did Tamarinis. The booth sported Diamond Dance, After the Rain, and Fate, among other fun patterns.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

FYI: May 2020

The Moda Say It With Fabric pattern is currently free. Download it and say what you want to say --- in fabric.

Moda Spell it with Fabric! | Free PDF Pattern

The Bloom-Topia BOM benefiting Make-A-Wish is another nice project choice.

If you have little ones at home, check out Virtual Tutors Virtual School Day and Virtual Summer Camp (from the home page). The classes are free, and there's a fascinating variety of live meetings to engage the youngsters.

I discovered mini binders and sleeve protectors to store my half-page sized patterns. It's a storage revelation!

YouTube is a great resource right about now. Don't forget about Angela Walter's Echoes and Curves Free-Motion Challenge.

That's all I can think of off the top of my muddled mind. Thanks for coming by!

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Bluprint Closing

Before you purchase a subscription to Blueprint (formerly Craftsy), reconsider! According to Craft Industry Alliance, NBCUniversal will be closing Bluprint. The letter to instructors stated:

It is with profound sadness and disappointment that I write you this email. When we started the business in 2010, our goal was to provide passionate enthusiasts access to the best teachers in the world. Your classes have made people's lives better across the globe.

After 10 years and virtually millions of customers served, NBCU has made the decision to close the Bluprint business over the next few months.

On behalf of all the Craftsy/Bluprint employees, I want to express our gratitude and appreciation to you for being with us on this journey. The remarkable work you have all done is unforgettable and has made a difference; however, our business is not sustainable in the current economic climate.

We also understand that you may have questions for us, and we will share additional details as they are available in the coming weeks. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Sara Ewell or Meredith de Souza at

Thank you and please stay safe and healthy.

John Levisay
CEO, Bluprint (Craftsy)"

A note to customers has been posted on the website.

Classes can be downloaded to a tablet or phone using the app. However, classes are viewable only within the Bluprint platform, so if the app is not kept functional after the closure, access may be discontinued.

Customers who have purchased "own forever classes" are concerned that they may not be able to view the content they have purchased. Many are now discovering that forever may have meant during the duration the service is made available, rather than the lifetime of the customer.

Screen recording has been contemplated by some, but is legally a copyright violation, as the content, rather than the right to view the content on the Bluprint platform while the company remains in business, is not owned by the customer according to the terms of service.

If you bought Craftsy/Bluprint classes in the past, what are your thoughts? Will you purchase online content in the future? Are you more open to subscription models, outright purchasing a class download, or viewing a live online course that is accessible temporarily? Will you shy away from paid content? Do you invest in in-person events exclusively?


This is the latest letter on the Bluprint website:

May 24, 2020 
To our Bluprint community: 
This is not an easy letter to write. For the last ten years, my colleagues and I have worked tirelessly on Craftsy and then Bluprint. When we started the business in 2010, our goal was to provide passionate enthusiasts access to the world’s best experts and make it easier to learn new skills. Our hope was to make people’s lives better through creativity, and we’ve been honored to serve millions of customers over the last decade. 
I am disappointed to inform you that Bluprint will be closing over the next few months. Like so many customers, instructors, designers, and employees, I am devastated by this news. Please know that our team is working quickly to finalize details, and we will provide more information soon. 
For now, I wanted to let you know that we are looking at various options to allow those of you who have purchased individual classes to receive a copy of your classes. This includes individual classes purchased with own forever credits. We are also planning to issue prorated refunds for paid subscribers based on the last day our service will be available, which will be communicated when that date is finalized in the near future. 
On behalf of all the Craftsy/Bluprint employees, I want to express our gratitude and appreciation to you for being with us on this journey. 
If you have questions, please use the Contact Us feature below, and we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible. 
Thank you and please stay safe and healthy. 
John Levisay 
CEO, Bluprint (Craftsy) 

May 24, 2020
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Quilt Market: Poppie Cotton

Poppie Cotton had a sweet booth at Fall Quilt Market. On the left is Chicken Love. Flower Market is to the right.

If you want to check out their goods, check online at:

If things are getting a bit tawdry at home, check out their free project patterns. Below is the Corn Maze Quilt pattern.

I'm quite partial to the Flower Market Quilt pattern.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Quilt Market: Nerida Hansen Fabrics

Nerida Hansen debuted at Fall Quilt Market. While  they aren't strangers to surface design, they have joined the field of organic quilting cottons. Get your hands on stash packs or yardage from their website.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Quilt Market: Sew Kind of Wonderful

Sew Kind of Wonderful didn't stop with a clever way to sew gentle curves. They also continue developing brilliant patterns season after season. At Fall Quilt Market, they had a ton of clever designs with cacti, cars, and children.

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