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We asked Cindy Willingham, from Revel Designs, a few questions about her work and the inspiration for her quilt pattern “The French Macaron”. See what she has to say below.

And don’t forget to enter our Winsday contest on Facebook to win a copy of Cindy’s pattern, kitted in Fresh Solids!

Camelot Fabrics:  Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do.

Cindy Willingham:  I’m Cindy Willingham, a designer located in rural Maine. I not only design sewing patterns, but am also an artist/illustrator focusing on making pretty patterns and art for commercial use. I sew, paint, collage, collect, cook… basically a creative and maker at heart. When not in my studio, I’m outside with the horses and chickens breathing in the fresh pine air, dreaming of what I’m going to make next.

CF:  What inspired you to design a quilt based on the French Macaron?

CW: How can you not be inspired by these pretty little cookies? They have such a simple beauty about them. I love the sweet, soft colors and the girly little ruffle brings such a great finishing detail.

CF: Do you have any tips or tricks for making this quilt?

CW: Having a ruffling foot can definitely make this project go quicker, but isn’t a necessity. Although, if you’ve been waiting to treat yo’ self with this fun accessory, now would be a good time!

CF: What new patterns or projects are you working on now?

CW: I’ve always got my hands in a few cookie jars at a time. I’m working on incorporating video into my sewing patterns and tutorials. New art is always blooming from my studio and I strive to see my patterns out there in the world on fabric and home decor.

CF: What is your favourite flavour of macaron, and why?

CW: STRAWBERRY, hands down. The strawberry tastes like summer, which living in a place that has winter for 6 months, I’m a sucker for.

Happy Sewing!

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12 April

In what is now a yearly event, The Modern Quilt Guild showcases the talent of modern quilters around the world via a juried exhibition, lecture and workshop series.  Modern quilters flock to admire each others’ work, learn something new and get inspired.

You know what I love about QuiltCon most of all? Passion ignited and shared.  The floor of the show (and the workshops and lectures) is abuzz with modern quilters who are truly inspired by quilting and modern design. They are passionate about discussing the finer points of techniques or fabric and colour selection and debates about hot topics in the modern quilting world.  Opinions may differ, but everyone is committed to enjoying, exploring and celebrating our craft.

The exhibition of the show never fails to inspire – so many interesting, thoughtful and exciting quilts. Some are quiet in their statement and others are powerful. The thing they all share is that the personality of the maker is inevitably stitched into the quilt, a unique result that comes from the mind, heart and hands.

Here is a roundup of some of our favourite quilts from QuiltCon East 2017 in Savannah, Georgia, including a video of the Best in Show winner Katherine Jones, talking about her quilt ‘Bling’ that won the top prize. Bask in the glory of these beautiful quilts, and then go start your own project…the weekend is waiting!

 

Congrats again to best in show winner @twocatsquilts! Hear more about her quilt bling. #quiltcon #quiltconfromhome

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Each year, Quiltcon asks member guilds to make a charity quilt, to donate to the charity of their choice.  The quilts are displayed at QuiltCon for everyone to admire before they are sent back home to be delivered to the recipients.  It’s such a good vibe to take in so much love in one location. We were happy to contribute the fabric for The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild‘s Charity quilt this year.  The result is stunning! The quilt will go to a refugee family who has recently arrived in Montreal from Syria. If you are interested in modern quilting, consider joining a guild in your area.

 

Prism Waves by Tara Faughnan

 

Say Anything by Lysa Flower

Say Anything by Lysa Flower. @lysaflower

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The Blue and Green Quilt by Shannon Page

The Blue and Green Quilt by Shannon Page. @nerdcamp Check out that trapunto quilting! “Today was a good day.” 💙💚

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Happy sewing everyone!

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03 March

A few fabrics from the Bright Side collection by Alisse Courter, and the Bright Side Quilt – available as a kit.

 

Have you pinned a million quilt inspiration images? Or maybe you’re dreaming of making a quilt for someone you love, but aren’t sure where to start? Creating a quilt might seem a little overwhelming if you’ve never done it before.  Today I sat down with Camelot’s in-house quilting expert, Cinzia, to ask her for some tips for beginner quilters.  She had these six tips to make the process less daunting:

1-START SMALL. If you are new to quilting, Cinzia suggests choosing a small project to start.  By choosing a small project, you are able to work through all the steps of creating a quilt, but without a huge time or cost commitment.  If it doesn’t work out as well as you’d hoped, you haven’t lost much time or money, but you’ve gained experience.  A small project also helps you feel the reward of completion.  And as a bonus, it generates a quick feedback loop, helping you understand what works and what doesn’t more quickly (therefore improving your skill).

2- CUT WITH A SPIDER HAND.  One challenge for beginning quilters is learning how to use an acrylic quilting ruler and rotary cutter to cut fabric precisely. Quilting rulers are notoriously slippery when you apply pressure with a flat hand, palm pressed against the ruler.  Instead try using a ‘spider hand’, where only the tips of your fingers and thumb press firmly on the ruler to hold it in place.  Slipping is greatly reduced with this method.

3- STITCH ACCURATE SEAMS WITH POST-IT NOTES.  To accurately sew all of your seams at a scant ¼” you can create a simple seam allowance guide with a block of post it notes about 1/8” high.  Measure ¼” to the left of the sewing machine needle and affix the block of post-it notes at this exact mark.  When you sew, you can simply align the edge of your fabric to this guide to get accurate seams every time.  The height of the Post-It note block helps you do this by feel as well as by sight.  And finally, because the Post-It’s are sticky on one side, they will hold in place without leaving a sticky residue behind.

4- USE MASKING TAPE FOR A WRINKLE-FREE QUILT BACK.  Once your quilt top and back are complete, you’ll need to make your quilt sandwich (the layering of quilt back, batting, and quilt top).  The quilt back goes down first, wrong side up. When you build your quilt sandwich, you can use masking tape to keep the back wrinkle free and facilitate the process. To tape the back in place:
1- Lay the back down on your work surface, wrong side up.  2- Tape the back to the table in the middle of the top edge.  Gently pull the back at on the opposite side (middle bottom edge).  There should be enough tension that there are no wrinkles, but not so much tension that if you were to let go, the back would spring back more than about a ½ an inch. 3- Tape the middle bottom edge.  4- Repeat this process with the sides, taping first at the middle of one side, and then the next.  5-Tape the corners by gently pulling one corner just taut enough to remove the wrinkles, and tape. 6- Proceed to tape all corners, always working diagonally opposite to the previous corner. When you are done you can easily lay down your batting, smooth it out to remove any wrinkles, and then lay down your quilt top (seams down), once again smoothing out any wrinkles and ensuring the top is centered on the batting and quilt back.

5- HIDE QUILTING IMPERFECTIONS.  Quilting your project is a skill that is developed over time, and by working on different kinds of projects. When starting out, there are a few tricks to get the best results.  Choosing a busy pattern for the backing fabric and choosing a thread colour that matches or disappears into your quilt top and bottom hides imperfections in quilting. Straight line quilting or outlining the piecing pattern are probably the easiest quilting patterns to use for your first projects. Using a walking foot for quilting  prevents pulling of the fabric.

6-WALKING FOOT BINDING.  Use your walking foot to attach the binding to the quilt.  The walking motion of the foot helps prevent any pulling of the multiple layers you are stitching through.  Don’t forget to start attaching your binding away from a corner.  And to get neat and clean corners, there are many tutorials on the web to help.  Try a few of them to see what you like.

One final tip for beginning quilters:  If you find the process of choosing fabric and coordinating colours and prints overwhelming, or you like to have an idea of what your project will look like before you start, a kit, like the Bright Side Quilt Kit, is a great way to solve those challenges.  And sometimes you just happen upon a kit that you really love, so why not?

We’d love to hear about your first quilting project in the comments, or any questions you have as a beginner quilter.
Happy sewing!

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01 March

Here in Montreal we are up to our necks (almost literally) in snow. A typical February. While the white stuff is pretty, and fun to play in, those of us who are not escaping to warmer climates for a little mid-winter break are dreaming of sun-drenched, grassy meadows and al fresco dining. Perfect time, if you ask me, to make the Meadow Star table runner!

Once the weather warms up, I love to eat outside with pretty linens, my favourite dishes, delicious food and of course, great company. The bright and cheery florals of the Meadow collection make me think of brunch with friends or an afternoon tea in the garden. Thinking ahead to spring, Meadow would also be great for a handmade Mother’s Day gift (check out some of our free projects featuring the collection).

Enter this week’s #WINSDAY contest for a chance to win the Meadow Star Table Runner Kit! All you have to do is head on over to Instagram and 1. Follow us 2. Share this post. 3.Tag/mention us in your post. 4. Use #camelotmeadow  Good luck! Winner will be notified via Instagram DM on 2017/02/22.  Full contest rules are listed at the end of this post.

Happy Sewing!

            

Winsday Contest 2017/02/15 Complete Rules:  

To win the Meadow Star Table Runner Kit, head on over to Instagram and 1. Follow us 2. Share this post. 3.Tag/mention us in your post. 4. Use #camelotmeadow

Once you have followed these steps, you have completed your entry! Please remember you must complete all of the steps to qualify. All entries must be submitted by 2017/02/22 12pm EST. We ask that PRIVATE accounts are made PUBLIC during the giveaway in order to be entered. The winner will be notified via Instagram DM on 2017/02/22. Once confirmed, we will announce the winner on Instagram. Good luck!

As per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

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15 February

Hi everyone!  We’re starting off February with a blog hop organized by Tricia Maloney to celebrate her newest book I Love Precut Quilts! published by C & T Publishing.  And it’s not just a blog hop, but there is a giveaway of Tricia’s book too! More about that in a bit…

We love to thumb through new quilting books and love the easy to follow instructions in Tricia’s book – perfect for beginner quilters. More seasoned quilters too will find some fun projects to stitch up in a moment’s notice.

Two of our favourite patterns in the book are:  Paper Lanterns (show left below, would be fun in Camelot Fresh Solids and Mixology), and the Serenity Table Set (shown right, we envision this place setting in Do What You Love).

Tricia is no stranger to Camelot Fabrics.  She has designed and created beautiful quilts for us to showcase our collections at Quilt Market. Pictured below are the quilts she made for our You Are Dino-Mite collection (left, arriving in stores June 2017) and Meadow collection (right, in stores this month!).  Not coincidentally, many of the quilts Tricia has created for us are well suited to precuts :).

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LEFT: You Are Dino-Mite by Heather Rosas for Camelot Fabrics, RIGHT: Meadow by Camelot Design Studio

And now for the giveaway!

The giveaway starts today (February 1st) and ends on Sunday, February 5th at midnight, EST.  We’ll choose a random winner Monday morning, February 6th, and announce the winner here on the blog. To qualify for the draw, follow the instructions below.

 

To win a copy of I Love Precut Quilts by Tricia Maloney:

1- Sign up to the Camelot Fabrics Newsletter (the sign-up form is on the right side bar of the blog) AND
2- Tell us in a comment below about your favourite projects to make with precuts.
You can follow our Blog,Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to stay connected!
Good luck! 
The blog hop continues tomorrow. Check out the dates below to keep reading about I Love Precut Quilts and for more chances to win!

MONDAY, JAN 30: 
C&T Publishing (Tricia will be the guest blogger on C&T’s blog to kick off the Blog Hop)     TUESDAY, JAN 31: Mark Lipinskis BlogJulie Cefalu — The Crafty QuilterBea Lee — Beaquilter     WEDNESDAY, FEB 1: Sandy Whitelaw — Upstairs Hobby RoomCamelot Fabrics — THAT’S US!, Cheryl Parker — Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting     THURSDAY, FEB 2: Joy Lamphere — Am I Shouting Yet?Bernie Kringel — Needle and FootGeneration Q Magazine (Teri Lucas)     FRIDAY, FEB 2: Tricia Maloney — Quilt With a View

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01 February