One Week Left to Become a Part of Our Newest Magazine! And a little free fabric incentive...

29 Oct 2010

As many of you may know by now, the editors of Quilting Arts are thrilled to introduce the newest magazine to join our family: 101 Patchwork Projects. This super-sized issue is going to be packed with quick, easy, and contemporary patchwork projects, from bed quilts to bookmarks. And you have just one more week to submit your projects! So if you haven't yet, now's the time to check out our submission guidelines and get stitching. I know what you're thinking: one week doesn't exactly give you oodles of time. But that's even better! We're really looking for fun and fuss-free projects that can be whipped up in a day, an afternoon, or even an hour.

For a little inspiration, I though to share some of my latest patchworking endeavors. I've been particularly drawn to solids these days and having some fun with my stash of Kona cottons. I feel like the striking hues really let the patchwork take center stage, and allow me to keep the designs nice and simple, whether for a large  bed quilt or smaller wall hanging.

So to get you in the patchworky mood (and since there's something about Fridays that makes me want to share), I'm giving away a few fat quarters from my favorite Kona colors:

Just leave a comment explaining what you love about patchwork or stating what kind of item you'd love to see a patchwork version of (check out this video for inspiration) and you'll be eligible to win some colorful fabrics for your own patchworking pleasure. I'll announce the winner on my blog next Friday, November 5th, by 3 pm EST.

But don't stop there! Once you're creative juices are flowing, check out our submission guidelines and send us your ideas!

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on 29 Oct 2010 11:34 AM

I love's so much fun to create beautiful things for my home, friends, and family!  I would love to win some of these beautiful fabrics!

cjclark76 wrote
on 29 Oct 2010 11:50 AM

I am working on my submission ideas today actually. I love those solids... I am drawn to them more and more lately.

Patchwork is great because you can go simple or go crazy and get great results every time. You can make it up as you go along, or follow a pattern. It's just so versatile.

quilties wrote
on 29 Oct 2010 12:34 PM

I love scrappy patchwork projects, because I love how a wide variety of fabrics can complement each other en mass. I like patchwork totebags a lot.

Jody Johnson wrote
on 29 Oct 2010 1:11 PM

I love patchwork because of the many geometric shapes you can create. I am drawn to simple, clean lines and enjoy working with solids as well.

LisaF@12 wrote
on 29 Oct 2010 1:52 PM

I love the endless possibilities of patchwork!!! sitting in my sewing room and creating is my therapy, my escape!

on 29 Oct 2010 2:10 PM

I have been drawn to Amish Quilts for as long as I can remember.  The solid bold colors paired with a basic color just speaks to me.  I think this is why I also love Batiks so much.  I really like the look of wonky patchwork blocks.

on 29 Oct 2010 2:42 PM

I love patchwork because it is the perfect way to use up scraps from favorite fabrics.   Patchwork has a feeling of history and warmth. I would love to see patchwork car seat covers!  I love those solids - they would be perfect with my Laurel Birch Christmas fabric which has been begging for some coordinating solids!

TazzyB wrote
on 29 Oct 2010 3:29 PM

I love patchwork because you can mix up scraps from multiple different projects to create brand new looks .... favorite uses for patchwork are tote bags (of course!!) and potholders. Recently I've been expanding patchwork to walker/wheelchair bags and dog jackets.. its a great way to colors and patterns to items that people usually think of a one dimensional color or patternwise

marijka wrote
on 29 Oct 2010 6:52 PM

Even though it's not my primary love, I enjoy patchwork and quilting because it reminds me of watching my Great Grandmother piece and quilt by hand, sitting in her favorite chair in a housedress and apron. I was lucky so to have her until I was 13.

khshaker wrote
on 29 Oct 2010 7:06 PM

I love art quilting, but I also enjoy making plain old pieced quilts, and the scrappier the better.  Sometimes I just need a little mix and match, brainless sewing...  kathy

jabotquilt wrote
on 29 Oct 2010 8:52 PM

It brings me back to our past leaders of quilting and how much I can improve or change from them.

Leslie B wrote
on 30 Oct 2010 10:46 AM

There are two things that I love about patchwork quilts:

Patchwork is way to bring many different fabrics together to create something special.   I enjoy seeing a stunning quilt where I think I would never have combined those fabrics for a quilt.  But when I see them together, it works.  It's like magic.  

I love when a quilter takes traditional patchwork and brings something new to the table.  It may be color choices, layout, or presenting a block in a new way, patchwork is endless journey in possibilities.

cwlady36 wrote
on 30 Oct 2010 11:35 AM

I absolutely love to sew, make articles and fun stuff.  I try to sew every day until I use an entire bobin of thread each day as my goal.  I am currenlty working o n 4 christmas quilts and halloween figures.  Love to sew and have 7 sewing machines currenlty. all work but not room to keep them all displayed.  Anyway, sewing is my stress outlet and I love love love looking and drooling over new fabrics!!

Have a great day!


1screech wrote
on 30 Oct 2010 8:37 PM

I love patchworking and all the different images you get by just moving a block.

j5den wrote
on 30 Oct 2010 9:40 PM

I am inspired by this stash of Kona colors, and I'd love to stitch them together as a painter would create a painting. The colors are wonderfully vibrant, alive and can express any manner of emotion. I'd like my piece to visually command attention to all who enter the room, make of art the ordinary household furnishings--table linens, hand towels, ottoman slipcover, throw, window treatments, bedding...the possibilities are endless.

on 31 Oct 2010 5:11 AM

I would love to win these fabrics.  I have been doing patchwork for a long time now.  There always seems to be something I have to make.  Patchwork just speaks to me.  It's great fun rummaging through my scraps and discovering fabrics that I had forgotten about.  I can always seems to find something that's just right.

on 31 Oct 2010 10:47 AM

Patchwork is what I do between art-quilt projects. It centers me and the repetitive sewing is comforting and frees up my brain and lets my imagination wander. Love the fabrics (NEED the fabrics!!!) :-)

on 31 Oct 2010 10:50 AM

I'm not sure what happened to my comment, so I hope this doesn't show up twice! Patchwork is what I do between art-quilt projects. I find the repetitive sewing soothing, and it frees up my mind and allows my imagination to wander. I love the fabrics and have been seeking out solids lately for a large patchwork project!

pherrington wrote
on 31 Oct 2010 9:52 PM

I love textiles and patchwork is a fabulous way to showcase them. Totally unique things can be made by combining commercial fabric anyone can buy -- it's all in how it's put together. Quilting is a passion I share with my Ragdoll kitty, Silvie (short for Silvana). As my QA manager, Silvie closely inspects everything I bring home or get from my stash to work with. I'd love to cover the cushion in her basket with  kitty-designed patchwork and a little matching blanket. She loves faux fur so incorporating a bit of the fuzzy would be sure to make it her favorite. She loves colorful fabrics, too.  

Laura54 wrote
on 1 Nov 2010 9:23 AM

I would like to make the map of my town, or of a little part of it, with fabrics and threads.

firebird67 wrote
on 1 Nov 2010 3:47 PM

I love patchwork as you start out with scraps and end up with something unplanned, but full of color and interest.  One cannot ever have "too much" fabric to work with and the end result is always awesome!

on 1 Nov 2010 6:16 PM

What I love about patchwork is that it is beautiful, sometimes more beautiful, in it's simplest forms. Instead of fussing with complicated fabrics, the stitching and composition of how the pieces are sewn together becomes the true focus. Some of the best quilts I have seen have been put together instinctively, and/or because it was all that was there to sew with.  I love patchwork!

Karen Irvine

Williams Lake BC

on 2 Nov 2010 10:35 AM

Patchwork is where I started, and where I go when I want to go back to my "roots".  It can be either simple or complicated.  Right now I am working on a simple quilt, made of squares, circles and rectangles.  It's on my table and I work on it when I want to de-stress.  I have also started working on a very complicated LARGE quilt.

My submission is on its way!

Pippa's Blog wrote
on 5 Nov 2010 10:12 AM

Last week, I asked you all what you love about patchwork in exchange for some fat quarters of my favorite