Seek Peek at Spring 2010

We are working on 25 new lines for spring 2010!  We just can’t wait for you to take a look so here is a sneak peak at the first seven collections.

Delicate pastels and friendly faces are a delight in Flannel Bear by Foliage.  In its debut quilters flannel for baby Foliage once again proves that they are inspired by the word “adorable.”  They continue to find the balance between everyday cute and just enough modernity to attract quilters of all ages. 

Flamboyance, flair, style, élan, and elegance are all words that can easily describe Rosemarie Lavin’s newest collection; Paisley Panache.  An eclectic mix of color presents a dashing sense of spirited style.  With her use of intricate teardrop shapes and delicate line work Paisley Panache is a true modern classic.


The coming of the circus was an annual event awaited with great anticipation in 19th and early 20th century America.  Weeks before the circus was due, colorful posters appeared on barns and fences, announcing the dates and new performers.  Finally the circus arrived!  Excitement grew as wagons, elephants and clowns paraded through town and the big-top tent was raised. Traveling circuses are represented at Shelburne Museum and in a new collection by the same name. Vintage advertising posters from the museum's collection inspired this collection commerating the Golden Age of the American travelling circus (1870-1950).


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Spa_cover HankieClub_cover    


Le Poulet is designed as an eclectic blend of traditional and graphic designs.  The bold icons of poulet and coq set off in bold black, cream and red offer a complex construction juxtaposed to the charming picotage and delicate traditional designs.  Elements of pattern design in Le Poulet allow additional opportunities for both piecing and appliqué techniques.  This unique mix of pattern is sure to offer the contrast that will make any quilt pop.


Natural graphic shapes and clean colors radiate with contemporary emotion that emanates from Rosemarie Lavin’s Spa Collection.  Larger scale trees, branches and bamboo are soothingly mixed with a free form stripe and organic shapes to create a relaxing esthetic. Colors play off of one another making a subtle statement using intense hues and color comparisons.  See how the spa quilt can be at home in both contemporary and humble surroundings.


Vintage hankies from the 1930’s through the 1950’s are the building blocks for Hankie Club by Whistler Studios.  Cut out the 12 full size hankies and then the fun begins.  Use them for appliqué, corner blocks or finish them off as hankies.   


Zoo Babies by Whistler Studios offers choices for a unique baby quilt with just a touch of retro, and a bit of whimsy.  In this new collection classic dots give way to spaced dots, and maze like straight pins yield to bold stripes.  Throw in some friendly animals and some kitch color combinations and you’ve got a project that is sure to please. 


Keep an eye out for the rest of the collections for spring including more from Anna Griffin, Jessica Levitt, Bari Ackerman, Paige Stanley Miller, Jeanne Horton and Allison Jane Smith. You will marvel at the upcoming classic reproductions from Williamsburg and Nancy Gere’s inspirational Washington’s Legacy. In commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial Windham is proud to offer Gettysburg – Civil War VIII ca 1865 a new collection including documents direct from the archives of the Gettysburg Museum.  


Finally, and with great anticipation we welcome home preeminent designer, collector and quilt historian Mary Koval!  Mary will premier her newest line with Windham Fabrics in May at Quilt Market in Minneapolis!  We are delighted to welcome Mary back and look forward to bringing you collections with her unique classic signature.


Check out http://windhamfabrics.com where will be posting the full collections beginning in January 2010.







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.

Flower bucket quilt by laura copy 

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



Quilting Merchandise Manager