Well July with coming to a close, it’s almost time for my Morris Workshop fabric giveaway to come to a close. But, if you haven’t signed up, you have until the end of the day on August 2nd to submit your entry (see below). I’ve loved reading everyone’s ideas for using the fabric! And, I admit it! I’m gleening inspiration from all your suggestions.
The Morris Workshop fabrics (on the bolt) made their way to many stores this past week, and from what people have told me…it’s flying off the shelves. These fabrics are so beautiful that they would work in just about any project. But, if you are short on inspiration there are several books and patterns that can help you out….many of which I’ve talked about in earlier posts. But, specifically…check out Michelle Hill’s book entitled William Morris in Applique (www.amazon.com/William-Morris-Applique-Stunning-Individual/dp/1571207945), or Barbara Brackmans patterns (www.pickledishstore.com/categories.php?CID=57).
I am between applique projects at the moment (except, er….a couple of those unfinished projects that I should work on), so I’m trying to figure out what direction I’m going to go in for the next quilt. To get inspired, I often look around to see what’s out there and I’ve noticed recently that there are a lot of free patterns being offered by designers.
It seems that everyone is well aware of the block of the month pattern that you can download from the Bunny Hill Designs website. (If you are one of the few that haven’t heard of it…check it out on her website at bunnyhilldesigns.com. Just look under the tap marked “free patterns”.) For inspiration on how color choices really change a quilt, take a look at her flickr group that shows pictures of completed blocks from all over the world. A particular favorite of mine are the blocks being stitched up by the maven on the Happy Zombie website (www.happyzombie.com). It will take a little digging to see the blocks she’s put together…but, it’s worth it. Monica truly is a happy zombie with a terrific sense of humor that will have you chuckling out loud.
A free pattern that I didn’t know about until recently was one being offered by Pat Sloan called the Farmers’ Market Quilt (shown above). Pat has given me permission to show a picture of her quilt with one request. If any of you out there feel so inspired as to make this quilt…she’d love to see a picture of it. For a complete set of all the applique block patterns along with border instructions go to patsloan.typepad.com/quiltershome/farmers-market-blocks.html .
Now before you all go away happily and feel that you’ll never buy another pattern…remember that pattern designers are dependent on our purchasing their patterns for their livelihood. In this tough economy we all are tempted to just photocopy and share purchased patterns without thought of the impact of infringements. But, if we want these folks to continue their good work, we’re going to have to give them an incentive.
And I will now step down from my soapbox.