2014 Quilting Cruise

2014 Quilting Cruise

Take a cruise with the Swirly Girls to the Western Caribbean. We set sail April 12, 2014!

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Perfect Ten – Our #1 Selling Pattern

Perfect Ten – Our #1 Selling Pattern

Made with 10 fat quarters, Perfect Ten is the perfect quilt to make with solids, florals, novelties or your favorite designer fabrics. This pattern works with directional prints and sews up quickly, making it ideal for gifts or holidays!

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Got Circles??

Got Circles??

Use our Circle Savvy Ruler from Creative Grids to cut perfect circles in 26 sizes, from 3” – 15-1/2” in half-inch increments. Great for arcs, half-circles and full circles with instructions for pieced-in circles and appliqué.

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Quilting Patterns

Quilting Patterns

Check out our patterns for your next quilting project. Our clear, well-illustrated instructions make quilting fun!

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Monogram Buttons

Monogram Buttons

Perfect for quilters and crafters, the new Monogram Buttons by Swirly Girls Design for Dill Buttons come in 2 shapes, 3 sizes and 12 fresh colors!

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Life in the Swirly World

February Achievements

I’m the first to admit that I can be a total workaholic!  I’ve decided that each month I will celebrate my efforts to work on my personal projects and finish up some UFO’s by sharing them with you here. I also think I’ll be more accountable if you’re checking up on me!

I joined the PHD Program at Kelly Ann’s Quilting. Kelly Ann asked us to make a list of 6 PHD’s (Project Half Done) and each month she will draw a number from the list which we need to complete that month. It’s a great idea and six projects didn’t seem too daunting…  Here is my list:

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Don’t miss the Sassy Quilter’s Triangle Quilt ALong!

I’m proud to be a sponsor of The Sassy Quilter’s Triangle Quilt Along. Check out her blog for details!

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sew sweet spotlight: side effects

We started featuring individual patterns from our book “Sew Sweet” last month. Today we’re showing “Side Effects” – a quick quilt to make in both the baby and lap sizes. It’s made from fat quarters and a background – easy to shop for, either at a store or from your stash!

Here’s the lap size, using Cotton Couture solids from Michael Miller Fabrics:

Side Effects Lap

And look at the quilting in this close-up:

Side Effects Lap Close Up

We used Patty Sloniger’s “Les Amis” collection with a gray background for our baby version:

Side Effects Baby

You can tell in this close-up that the pattern works well with directional prints:

Side effects Close Up 1

I’d say this is the most “modern” pattern in “Sew Sweet”, and you can see where you can really feature your quilting in all the negative space in the quilt.…

Stars at Sea – a Quilt Cruise with the Swirly Girls!

We had such a good time on our “Swimming in Circles” cruise with Kelly Ann’s Quilting and Quilt Retreat at Sea, that before we were back to our home port we started planning our 2014 cruise, “Stars at Sea“! We’re sailing out of New Orleans, on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas, for seven fun and quilt-filled days next April. So now you’re wondering, what will we be making? How about this beauty, designed just for the cruise?

 

Batik 2

 

Here’s a close-up of a few of the batiks and the quilting:

 

Batik 3

 

We’ll have enough of the pieces pre-cut so you can finish the quilt top during our sewing days at sea.…

Organization Adoration

I’m a big fan of Sew Daily and recently discovered their free instructions for Stitch-and-Stash Labels. This quick project combines two of my favorite things: hand embroidery and canning jars.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to make them when my friend, Trish, came to visit.  We got right to work (and by “right to work”, I mean we got right in the car and headed to the quilt shop).  After we picked up some prints with cute motifs and lots of white background we actually got to work. Once we finished our first jar we couldn’t stop. Here are our creations:

jars 2

This little jar is perfect for thimbles:

thimbles

We gave some of the jars cute lids!…

And the votes are in….

Do you remember the contest American Patchwork & Quilting started to mark the halfway point in reaching their goal of 1 MILLION pillowcases for charity? They posted 20 different pillowcase patterns on Pinterest, and the one that had the most re-pins is the “winner”. Unlike many of the cases which had pieced bands, the “winner” is a simple pillowcase with adorable applique:

 

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We agreed to promote this cause (because we love it!!), and make our own version of the winner. Here it is in the Raspberry colorway of our “Delightful” line from Michael Miller Fabrics:

 

Delightful Pillowcase

The black Garden Path fabric lets the bright train cars shine.…

Sew Sweet Spotlight: “Jack in the Box”

Our second book, “Sew Sweet”, was released in May at Spring Market. You’ll find 8 new patterns, each one with Baby and Lap size instructions. We made multiple versions of each quilt, and not all of them ended up in the final draft of the book. So, to give you a more in-depth look at the patterns, we decided to feature each of the designs.

Today’s focus is “Jack in the Box”! This is a fun quilt, where the Baby and Lap sizes complement each other, yet look different. The Baby size is centered on one “box”. Here’s a pink and gray version from Michael Miller’s “It’s a Girl Thing” collection.…

Pillowcase Challenge – Go Vote!

Do you know about American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge? This is an ongoing event, with pillowcases going to local charities. Whether you send your pillowcases to a charity yourself, or drop it at a collection point, the numbers add up – and now APQ has reached the halfway point. 500,000 is a lot of pillowcases!

To mark that milestone, there is a contest on Pinterest. APQ has boards with 20 of their free pillowcase patterns.  We are participating in a blog hop that will showcase the pillowcase with the most “repins” by the end of July. That means you’ll see the favorite pillowcase in all sorts of fabrics.…

Hear us on APQ Radio today

We are thrilled to be guests on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan today at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.  Click here to listen: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html

Pat+Sloan+American+Patchwork+and+Quilting+radio+Swirly+Girls+july+guest …

Poppy Love Challenge Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win the Poppy Love Challenge!  Click here if you missed the challenge details.

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The Winners Are….

Quilts category: Marcia K. with this wonderful heart quilt…

Marcia K

Clothing category: Jennifer S. and her amazing dress…

Jennifer S  Jennifer S 3

Small Projects category: Karin S. with her fun cat and mini-quilt…

Karin Smith

Marcia, Jennifer and Karin will receive 8 large spools (1422 yds.) of Aurifil 50 wt. thread,
a copy of our new book, Sew Sweet, and a fat quarter bundle of Delightful, our new fabric line.  Congratulations!

BONUS WINNER!
Because all of the Swirlettes had a favorite, we are sending our new book, Sew Sweet, to a bonus winner, Jill B., with this super-cute outfit…

Jill Bott

Thank you again to all of the talented people who entered our contest.…

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