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8 Days a Week Collection in Stores and Giveaway

 Ampersand Design's latest collection for Windham Fabrics

 

8 Days a Week 

 

is funky, bold and modern—and in a LQS near you!  With touches of bright

color, word and number patterns, bold strips and dots, this collection has

all the elements modern quilters and sewists crave!

 

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The ladies at Ampersand Design employed the sewing skills of some mad-

talented sewers, wouldn't you say??  Read more about their sewing friends

here, here and here.

 

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This awesome quilt pattern is for sale from Windham Fabrics for wholesale

customers, here.  

 

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We love that this collection has so many customizable elements to make the

special keepsake for your favorite person!  Do you have any big events coming

up to celebrate?  

Enter to win a FQ bundle by leaving a comment.

 Winners will be chosen Friday, March 21.

This giveaway is now closed.  The winners are Sherry, Charlotte and Sandy—congratulations, ladies!

 

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Heather Ross’ FAR, FAR AWAY Re-print

 

Coming in July 2014 to a quilt shop near you:

 

HEATHER ROSS

Far, Far Away (re-print)

 

Heather's incredibly popular line of fairy tale inspired fabrics will now

available on quilting weight cotton! Look for the full line of 16 SKUs 

in your favorite LQS in July of 2014.

 

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Far, Far Away will be available for order by wholesale customers on

April 1st, 2014.  Contact your local Sales Representative or

see Windham Fabrics website for more information.

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Jenny Haskin’s When Dreams Flower

What a delight it is to be working with Jenny Haskins.  JHD Logo copy[1] Windham Fabrics now has the pleasure of bringing you the premier quilting collection from this imaganitive and talented innovator from the world of embroidery.  Jenny Haskins delights us with "When Dreams Flower," her first fabric collection based on her stunning quilt and book by the same name.Cover_home[1]   Jenny's book will be available in May, and the new quilting line in July. 

Those of you who are familiar with Jenny's work will delight in the intricate nature of this new collection.  Beautiful roses abound paying the same attention to fine detail as in Jenny's embroidery motifs.  31783-1 PINK[1]  

Follow trailing vines, and flitting butterflies as they delight us in a delicate color pallete that only Jenny can dream of.  You can plan on lots of opportunities for applique using  motifs from "When Dreams Flower."  31778-3 WHITE[1] You can let them stand alone in your project, or combine them with Jenny's unique embroidery tecniques.  

For more information on Jenny Haskins visit her website www.jennyhaskins.com/home.php or her blog.    

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Celebrating The Civil War Sesquicentennial

Windham Fabric's Nancy Gere is proud to honor the Civil War sesquicentennial with Gettysburg – Civil War VIII.  We traveled to Gettysburg PA, and had the rare privilege to visit the archives of The Gettysburg Museum which house some of our nation's greatest treasures.  The archives in this facility truly blew us away.  We saw rows and rows of immaculately preserved, and carefully cataloged Civil War objects.  Everything from canon balls to uniforms were there for us to marvel at. Gettysburg July 2009_0169
We could have spent days looking, and nearly did!  Some of the most fascinating textile objects were the collection of battle flags and commemorative flags.  We know the museum's curator was happy to help us, as we "forced" him to unfurl flags that have been packed away, and not seen for years.   

Laura enjoyed examining this beautiful commemorative flag.  When we look at items such as this not only do we revel in their beauty, but we study them as to how they will fit within the collections.  Gettysburg July 2009_0192 Some objects are more difficult to fit in then others, but as you will see, these stunning flags were no problem.  Flags along with a scenic toile based on a commemorative Civil War scarf and countless delicate period florals, stripes, shirtings and geometrics make up one of Nancy's most memorable Civil War collections to date.

We know that you will be equally impressed with the collections at The Gettysburg National Military Park and Museum.  You will not only marvel at what you see, but gain insight by talking with the park rangers, and museum staff.  These men and women are easily some of the greatest civil war scholars we have ever met.

So celebrate with Nancy Gere, and Gettysburg, the 150th anniversary of this crucial moment in American History.  Gettysburg – Civil War VIII will be available in quilt shops starting June 2010.

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My First Quilt…Again

I have always had a love and appreciation for quilting.  When I was in college I spent one of my winter sessions researching the different quilt patterns and designs across the United States and England. For my final presentation I actually made a quilt. I wanted to do it all by hand because that was what the original quilt makers used to do.

 

Now that  my job allows me to work with so many creative quilt makers I have been inspired to make a quilt for myself. I don’t think I will be able to master the art of quilt making or even impress most of you but will attempt my first quilt by machine. I hope my project will inspire the novices out there to take the plunge and make something for themselves.

 

I chose Windham’s Flower Bucket fabric collection by Genevieve Gail and decided to make a small quilt for a wall hanging. The colors are happy and playful and this will keep my mood upbeat. With advanced quilting tools, aka sewing machine, fabric bonding material and rotary cutter, the project started. Making the overall quilt top design was easy as the layout was created first on the computer. Free hand drawing of the shapes went well but always had to remember to add seam allowance. Assembling the blocks required concentration (no talking or TV) as you really have to pay attention to the direction you want to place the pattern. I ripped a few seams muttering to myself to be more careful. Why do I always manage to sew the longest seams with the fabrics facing the wrong direction so I have to rip them out? Checking each stage of progress by laying the pieces out on the floor was helpful but found it taken over by my cat and to get back with out some frisky play. Sigh

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It is surprising how easy it was to do the appliqué work. With the Lite steam-a-seam 2 paper you can attach it to the fabric, cut out, peel the backing and stick to the top of the quilt. It will stay in place as you sew. AMAZING! OK I am not telling a veteran anything they don’t already know. I still remember the old days when you had to baste all the pieces down and hope they did not crawl when you sewed them on the machine – especially around curves. Thank you advanced technology!  I have to credit Beth Hayes at McCall's Quilting for inspiring my border design after seeing her beautiful quilt in the McCall’s Quilting ‘America Makes Fast Quilts’ Autumn 2009 issue. www.mccallsquilting.com  Thank you Beth!

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A few minor mishaps and a few evenings later the top was assembled. I basted the top, batting and backing together. I admit I cheated by sending the top to my good friend Jean Ann Wright to long arm quilt it all together for me but I am not THAT skilled yet with drawing beautiful stitch work with my Bernina. When it was done she sent it back and I applied the binding.

Walla! Done! I had my first quilt in decades.

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The Flower Bucket Quilt
 

Time spend on small project like this – a few evenings after work and all day Saturday

Hassles and cat interference – annoying

Looking at something that was accomplished by my own hands – priceless

 

Now I understand how the quilt lovers around the world feel when they finish that last bit of binding and stand back and admire their handiwork. But more importantly I have greater appreciation for all of you that are masters at the art of quilting. The work is beautiful and awe inspiring. The International Quilt Market is one of the best places to showcase all the creativity and talent. I can't wait to go. If you are there don’t forget to stop by the Windham Fabrics booth #900 – 905 and see all the new fabric collections we have to inspire you to create your next masterpiece.

 

If you cannot make the show, please be sure to visit our website: www.windhamfabrics.com

 

Laura

Quilting Merchandise Manager

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