A Fabulous Fat Quarter

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29. January 2015 10:21
by CarSut

National Quilt Contests in 2015

29. January 2015 10:21 by CarSut | 0 Comments

Here are 4 National Quilt Contests in 2015 that you may be interested in

2 are from nonprofits and 2 are from fabric companies

Sacred Threads: Deadline March 9

Quilts submitted should explore themes of joy, spirituality, peace and brotherhood, inspiration, grief, or healing. Quilts must be an original design or an original execution of a traditional pattern. The perimeter of quilts entered must fall between 80” and 288”. The nonprofit organization Sacred Threads produces this exhibition every other year, and this year the quilts will be shown July 10–26. Deadline is for digital images only. Details at sacredthreadsquilts.com.

Piece and Comfort Challenge, Moda: Deadline March 31

The challenge is to make a quilt honoring a military family in one’s own community or military families in general, using the Sandy Gervais fabric collections Because of the Brave and Red, White and Free. Entry forms can be found at local quilt shops, which also have the option of displaying the finished quilts April 6–18. Digital images of the quilts sent to Moda will be eligible for prizes and online display. Quilts must be 54” by 65” or larger, and quilters may choose to donate the quilt to a military family. Details at Blog.modafabrics.com/piece-and-comfort.

Animals We Love, Quilt Alliance: Deadline May 1

This is the ninth year the nonprofit, Quilt Alliance has had a contest and auction to raise funds. The theme changes annually. Quilts must be 16” square, and the Alliance suggests the theme be widely interpreted; animals can be real or imaginary. A trio of judges will pick the grand prize winner who will receive an HQ Sweet Sixteen. Alliance members vote for all other prizes. Finished quilts are due by May 1 at the nonprofit’s headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina. Details at quiltalliance.org.

Hoffman Challenge: Deadline July 17

Although this is one of the best-known and longest-running quilt challenges, many quilters aren’t familiar with it. The fabric for the 2015 challenge is from Hoffman’s Mandalay collection, it is inspired by classic global textiles, like those seen at Interwoven Globe, the major show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. The challenge curator will pick which items will tour. Entrants can make quilts, dolls, garments and/or accessories. Details at hoffmanchallenge.com.

9. April 2013 06:52
by tbev

Fabulous Fabrics for Summer Projects

9. April 2013 06:52 by tbev | 0 Comments

4m3b Summer Inspiration

Warmer breezes seem to be blowing inspiration my way for the summer months ahead. Thoughts of lightweight quilts, patchwork tablecloths, and colorful cloth napkins sent me looking through the inventory at 4my3boyz Fabrics for this fabric fantasy. The Dots, Stripes, and Squiggles fabrics (on sale today and tomorrow) scream summer fun to me. See my inspiration photo with fabric picks below.

4m3b Quilt Inspiration

Who wouldn't want to jump right into this beautiful summer scene, cloaked in a colorful quilt with a good book tucked under your arm. I can't think of a better summer afternoon. Fabric inspiration (clockwise) are all bundles:
Polka Dots White Dots 6 Fat Quarters 
Navy Blue Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters 
Red Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters  
Black Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters 
Pink Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters 
Blue Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters  
Polka Dots White Dots 6 Fat Quarters  

4m3b Tablecloth Inspiration
A colorful, patchwork tablecloth would be perfect for a dinner on the patio, or a picnic in the park. I love the topstitching detail in the photo. Fabric inspiration (clockwise): 
Mary Engelbreit Red and Black Dots on Yellow 
Bumble Bee Black and Yellow Large 1.5" Stripes  
Rainbow Stripes of Various Sizes  
Contempo Dots Blue Green Brown on White 
Rainbow Stripes of Various Sizes 
Bumble Bee Black and Yellow Large 1.5" Stripes   
Mary Engelbreit Red and Black Dots on Yellow 

4m3b Napkin DIY Inspiration
I absolutely love the look and feel of cloth napkins. How fun would it be to open your linen drawer and see stacks of colorful polka dot napkins? The thought puts a smile on my face. Fabric inspiration (clockwise): 
Pink Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters 
Blue Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters 
Navy Blue Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters 
Red Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters 
Polka Dots White Dots 6 Fat Quarters 
Black Polka Dots 4 Fat Quarters 
Contempo Dots Blue Green Brown on White (not bundled)
P.S. Check out our DIY homemade napkins and tablecloth fabric guide for even more inspiration!

26. March 2013 06:55
by tbev

Fabulous Upcoming Quilt Shows

26. March 2013 06:55 by tbev | 0 Comments

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Some of the girls at 4my3boyz Fabrics took a day trip out to Lancaster, PA to attend the AQS Quilt Show. As you can imagine, it was an incredible showcase of talent and skill. Wow! I thought it would be fun to collect a list of upcoming quilt shows around the country to share with you. Grab a couple of friends and make a day of it. You won't regret it.

April 5-6: Katy, Texas (West Houston Quilters Guild)

April 6-7: Concord, California (Contra Costa Quilt Guild)

April 6-7: Mukwanago, Wisconson (Crazy Quilter's Quilt Guild)

April 12-13: Butte, Montana (Chateau Quilter's Guild)

April 19-20: Elizabeth City, North Carolina (Colonial Quilt Lovers Guild)

April 20-21: Santa Clara, California (Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association)

April 24-27: Paducah, Kentucky (AQS)

April 27-28: Ontario, Canada (Arnprior Quilt Guild)

Plus, even more! If you have an upcoming quilt show, share the info in the comments section! 

15. January 2013 05:16
by tbev

Fabulous Ideas for the MLK Day of Service + A New Giveaway

15. January 2013 05:16 by tbev | 0 Comments

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Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King's Day of Service. As the saying goes, make it a day ON, not a day OFF by rolling up your sleeves and doing something to help. However, there's no reason why your love of your fellow man can't be combined with your love of sewing and crafting. Here are a few fun ideas to get you started!

~Tie fleece blankets to donate to hospitals or homeless shelters. This is a great project to involve kids, teenagers, and even non-crafters. You could make and share them all in one day.

~Gather friends to tie a quilt to donate to a military widow or widower. Military families have given so much, and a tangible offering of comfort is a great way to show service and gratitude.

~Make simple fleece scarves, mittens, or hats to give to your school crossing guard for those cold, winter mornings and afternoons.

~Get involved with Project Linus in your area to help provide security blankets to kids and teens in hospitals, shelters, and hospice.

Need more inspiration? Watch this video.

In honor of this Day of Service, we are launching a new giveaway! Win $50 of free fabric from 4my3boyz Fabrics, running from 1/15 through 1/21/13. Here's how to enter:
~Share your plans for MLK Day of Service in the comments or on our Facebook page.
~Post a photo of your service on our Facebook page.
~And, of course, any purchase made at 4my3boyz.com automatically enters you to win. 

Have a wonderful day ON, everybody!

18. December 2012 07:32
by tbev

Finding Solace in Sacred Threads

18. December 2012 07:32 by tbev | 0 Comments

If this time of year hadn't already turned our thoughts to hopes for peace and comfort, certainly the events of last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut have. Today I am finding solace in a favorite gallery of quilts from Sacred Threads, an organization that recognizes quilting as an artistic medium and as a connection to the spiritual. Their exhibits have been shown around the country, and have even included a very special exhibit from women incarcerated in prison called Beyond the Barrier

From their website:

For the exhibit, quilts are divided into categories based on theme. These are Expressions of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood.  The artwork themes provide thought-provoking insights, encouragement, inspiration and healing responses to grief and human hardships. It has attracted a wide array of visitors and has proved appropriate for all ages from young teens to seniors. The exhibit is a positive influence on the human spirit, giving joy as well as addressing concerns of the soul and mind.

I've collected some of my current favorite pieces, finding solace in their incredible artistry and emotion to share with you, but I encourage you to explore the entire gallery. Below each image is a note from the artist.

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"The Last Squeeze"
Artist: Mary Beth Clark, South Elgin, IL

I was eight years old when my mother died unexpectedly. The last precious memory I have of her is sharing a tight hug. I wanted to capture that hug is a quilt design and layer in fabric some of the confusing feelings of loss and pain. Those grieving emotions have faded, but the memory of that squeeze has lasted my lifetime.

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Artist: Jennifer Day, Santa Fe, NM 

Abuela means grandmother in Spanish. This image of Abuela is a photograph of mine printed onto fabric and then stitched in intensive thread play. Her body is totally covered thread. The background is free motion embroidery. She is sitting in the window of an old adobe building near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her demeanor is one of peace and contemplation. You get the feeling that she has seen many things in her life and she is at peace with what she has seen. It was my honor to have captured this moment and have been able to express this through my art. 

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"Where Have All the Children Gone? Innocence"
Artist: Liz Berg, Castro Valley, CA

The series, “Where have All the Children Gone?”, is a lament for lost childhood.  Children the world over are being killed, tortured, turned in to killers, abused, ignored and forced to grow up before their time.  Old images, my own personal lament and other surface design elements such as discharging and foiling have been included in this piece.   

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Artist: Carol Auer, Carmel, NY 

An interpretation in fabric of one of the windows in St. James the Apostle Church, Carmel, N.Y. of "The Agony in the Garden" by stained glass artist Pierre Millous of Chartres, France. It took me seven years to complete this reverse appliqué quilt as I prayed through grieving the loss of my son, Nicholas.

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"Wish There Were More"
Artist: Mary Beth Clark, South Elgin, IL 

My mother died when I was 8 ½ years old. I have wanted to remember everything I can about her. Some memories are vivid moments suspended in time. Other memories are fragile and hard to hold, like soap bubbles. I find comfort in the memories that I have, but also wistful longing because I wish there were more.

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"Pastoral Disturbance"
Artist: Susan Polansky, Dedham, MA 

I am but a child when it comes to understanding random acts of violence. I can look at the shattered remains and know what they used to be, but what forces brought on the destruction and why? Can the pieces be re- united; what is too damaged to salvage? How do people reconcile grief and anger with forgiveness? Pastoral Disturbance focuses on a Pennsylvanian Amish schoolhouse where a massacre occurred in October, 2006. The perpetrator randomly victimized the children within, and surprisingly, even after ten girls were shot and five of them died, the community responded with forgiveness.

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"Can We Sew Peace by Morning"
Artist: Carol Bridges, Nashville, IN 

“Can We Sew Peace by Morning” came to me after thinking about the war in Iraq and the many wars that have plagued humankind. Quilters are a very compassionate people, often devoting hours of work into a quilt to be given to someone in need. This quilt depicts five women and a child, each expressing a slightly different emotion which they have embroidered into the quilt of the world as the sun begins to rise in the background. The fringe depicts that which is yet unfinished, threads of love not yet woven into the fabric of the world.

Peace and God bless to you, my friends, and to all those seeking solace.