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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

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

Happy Monday everyone!

We hope you are all having a beautiful start to the week.

On to our Moody Monday!

This week we are featuring our Hello my Deer Collection by Camelot Design Studio.  I love how this collection looks overall. The taupe and olive colors blend in perfectly with the pink.  It adds a feminine feel to the outdoor theme that is so trendy right now.

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I had a chance to play with this fabric line and you can see my tips and tricks to make the Saybrook Island quilted pillow in an earlier How To blog.  Now don’t forget to look at our mixology grouping to find matching taupe, zinc and white colors.   And spruce it up with a touch of Mixology Woven in Cotton Candy!  You’d be surprised how it makes it all work!

Be sure to check out the full collection of Hello My Deer in your local quilt shop. Click here to find the one nearest your home.

 

Happy Sewing!

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22 August