Designer, fabric challenge, New Fabric, Patterns, Projects

Mohawk Trail: A Horizon Quilt by Natalie Crabtree

“There’s nothing more exciting to me than a quilty challenge! I have been honored to create several complex stunners for Windham/Anthology. It’s such a wonderful feeling to receive that email, think about the complexity of the pattern, and open that ultra-creative part of my brain. Sometimes I can’t wait even five minutes before hopping on the computer!

So when my friends at Windham Fabrics tasked me with creating a quilt based on one of Grant Haffner’s incredible pieces of art, I immediately thought about the logistics of this pattern, how to create a digital image of it in EQ8, and what would be the easiest path for makers. I started with deciding which of Grant’s pieces I would try to duplicate. I studied his art, searching for opportunities for straight seams, ways to assemble a quilt in sections, and simple template work. Some of this pieces would be incredible to see in fabric, but may not translate in fabric, or more importantly for me as the writer, translate to a feasible quilt pattern.

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Mohawk Trail Quilt: designed by Natalie Crabtree and quilted by Holly Seever

Finally I settled on Mohawk Trail! In order to get proportions, lines, and angles right in EQ8 I uploaded an image of Grant’s art into EQ8 and began tracing. Some angles had to be modified in order to have a straight seam, or a seam that was possible. Using the tracing feature in EQ8 allowed me to, almost exactly, mimic Grant’s art

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Detail photo of Horizon fabrics

Now the fun part, coloring the quilt! I used Grant’s awesome new line Horizon along with the stunning Artisan Cottons. Artisan Cottons blend 2 colors or tones beautifully adding depth where a simple solid fabric wouldn’t. This was the perfect pairing for Grant’s colorful fabric line. Many of the colors used in the original Mohawk Trail translated really well using Artisan Cottons and Horizon and matched the original art almost perfectly.
 

Now time to plan creating this sample! In order to begin work on this project, I had to print around 150 pages of templates. Whew! 150 pages of templates that had to be cut out, paired together and taped. Generally, when I create an intensive project like this, it never fails that I create the sample quilt before the pattern is written! I actually love that method, because I learn and write as I go based on my actual sewing experiences. Because I had to print 150 pages of templates for the large sample quilt, I knew that it would be best to create a smaller wall hanging size for the actual pattern. We were able to reduce the number of template pages greatly by making the pattern based on a 40” x 40” quilt.

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Mohawk Trail on the longarm!

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Corner detail of Mohawk Trail

I created the sample in a few days, speed sewing to ensure we met Quilt Market deadlines! The gorgeous custom quilting was done by Holly Seever.

I adored this quilty challenge and look forward to seeing what Grant creates next!”

~Natalie

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Natalie (& Joel) with Take Flight


Where it all began…

Mohawk Trail by Grant Haffner

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The original Mohawk Trail by Grant Haffner

To learn more about Grant Haffner, please visit his website (Click on the link below)

We’re so excited to announce that the Mohawk Trail quilt pattern is available for you to download! 
 

Horizon by Grant Haffner is shipping to stores now!


Get involved and enter a quilt or project in the Horizon Challenge!

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Get into the Olympic Spirit!

 

 

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Have you been watching the Olympics? Team USA is dominating the medal count and we couldn’t think of a better project to show off your team spirit in your home, than these “Freedom” placemats designed by Margaret Travis of Eazy Peazy Quilts  using interfacing from Bosal. The fabric collection is “Stars and Stripes” by Whistler Studios and can be found in your local quilt shop now!

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GO TEAM USA!

Download the pattern from our website here!

*GIVEAWAY ALERT*

You can be a lucky winner of this FQ bundle of Stars and Stripes! Contest ends Friday, August 12, 2016 at 10 am est.

To Enter :

1)Be sure you’re a follower of our blog.

2) Comment on this post with the answer to this question. “What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics ?”

Happy Sewing!

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Fabric Friday – Christmas Edition!

Hello Fellow Fabric Lovers!

We hope you’ve been following along this week with the continuation of our Christmas in July Blog hop. We have two more outstanding projects featuring “Nordic Christmas” by Rosemarie Lavin Designs.

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Make the perfect pair of Pajama Pants to get you in the holiday spirit! These pajama pants were made from a McCall’s Pattern that is no longer in print, but we found another suitable pattern that can be found here .

Also, if you are looking to update your holiday decor , perhaps a stocking made from the knit sweater stripe would fit the bill? The free pattern for this stocking can be downloaded from our website here.

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Since it is Fabric Friday, one lucky person will win a FQ Bundle of this collection! Be sure to comment on this post with your favorite food to eat during the holidays and we’ll select a winner. Contest ends on Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 10 am est.

 

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Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style Blog Hop

Welcome Fabric Lovers!

Lotta Jansdotter "Everyday Style" published by Abrams

Lotta Jansdotter “Everyday Style” published by Abrams

We hope you all had a lovely holiday. We are pleased to announce the Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style Blog Hop! Lotta Jansdotter has a brand new book  featuring beautiful designs in her signature style, that Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Designs helped her imagine.

During the course of the hop, we will be providing a lucky winner with a prize package to include a copy of the book from Abrams Publishing, a Fat Quarter bundle  of “Lucky” fabric from Windham Fabrics, Lotta temporary tattoos by Tattly, and Lotta washi tape.

See the schedule below and be sure to follow along!

Dec 1 – Lotta

Dec 2 – STC Craft

Dec 3 – Windham

Dec 4 –  Noodlehead

Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft

Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained

Dec 9 – Crimson Tate

Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama

Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes

Dec 15 – Craft Sanity

Dec 16 – Aesthetic Nest

Dec 17 – Sew Mama Sew

Dec 18 – Lish Dorset

Dec 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts

Dec 21 – Generation Q

Dec 22 – Carolyn Friedlander

Dec 23 – Crafty Planner

 

 

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Domestic Strata Rucksack in Tiger Lily by Heather Ross

Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine has made this beautiful rucksack by Domestic Strata.

Here she is guest posting for us today!

Happy Friday y’all! Tiger Lily is officially on the shelves at your favorite fabric stores and wow it’s going FAST!!! Heather Ross hit it out of the park with this new line. The playfulness and bright colors are so much fun to work with.

 

I received some yardage of Tiger Lily after Spring Market and knew exactly what I wanted to make. Backpacks are the new “it” thing it seems like and at market I was introduced to a cool new paper/leather like product and I wanted to incorporate its natural color and texture with the colors and theme of Tiger Lily. The backpack is a perfect mix of whimsical, practical, and modern. Here it is!

Domestic Strata Rucksack in Tiger Lily by Heather Ross

 

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Pattern: Budapest Rucksack by Domestic Strata

 

I hope you love the rucksack as much as I do! Now go get some Tiger Lily before it’s all gone!

 

-Kristen @TwoBlondesandaSewing Machine

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