New Heirloom Pattern in the 2018 Quilter’s Planner

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We are so excited to share our newest pattern, Heirloom, with you! It’s only available in the 2018 Quilter’s Planner along with 13 other sewing and quilting patterns from some amazing designers! Preorders are now open for the 2018 planner and they always sell out, so if you’re thinking about picking one up for yourself or for a gift, now is the time to do it! They begin shipping the first month of November, with plenty of time for gift giving.

You can preorder the full size 2018 planner here or you can preorder the full size planner and mini planner bundle here.

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If you’re not familiar with the Quilter’s Planner, here is a little bit about what it includes:

  • 8″ x 10″ planner, 240 pages
  • Weekly and monthly calendar pages
  • Project planning pages and project at-a-glance pages
  • 12 monthly blocks featured in a new Quilter’s Planner Sampler Quilt pattern by Cheryl Brickey NEW!
  • A companion full-color glossy magazine with 13 quilting and sewing patterns by top designers NEW!
  • 4 pages of planner stickers by 2018 Featured Artist Alison Glass  NEW!
  • Laminated cover and colorful tabs designed by Alison Glass  NEW!
  • 15 coloring pages designed by Alison Glass  NEW!
  • To-do lists galore
  • Deadline planning pages
  • Bee block & swap projects planner
  • Yearly goals planning page
  • In-depth reference section with cutting measurements and yardage planner
  • Fabric chart from Andover Fabrics featuring Alison Glass fabrics  NEW!
  • Measurement chart for personal garment sewing  NEW!
  • Lots of graph paper and blank drawing paper
  • Pocket on the inside back cover

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Our mutual love for the southwest, particularly New Mexico, brought forth our Heirloom Quilt Pattern. The rich Navajo culture and influence in the area is beautiful beyond words and full of inspiration. Our Heirloom Quilt is a modern interpretation of an ancient weaving design. We chose to create our sample using our favorite southwest palette of turquoise, coral and tan, but we can’t wait to see how everyone else interprets this pattern for themselves.

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It is beginner friendly and sews up super quick with simple strip piecing. The pattern also translates really well to other projects such as pillows and table runners.

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For our Heirloom quilt, we used our some of our favorite Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements solids mixed with The Denim Studio. We used:
Pure Elements Cozumel Blue, Fresh Water, Coral Reef, and Grapefruit
Solid Smooth Denim Adobe Clay and Indigo Shadow
Outland Yarn Dyes Vanilla Mist

We hope you love this pattern as much as we do! We’ll be cooking up some different color schemes, variations and pattern hacks over the next few months, so keep an eye out here!

You can see the other awesome patterns included in the 2018 Quilter’s Planner here!

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Say Hello to Cleo, Ginger & Peggy!

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Say hello to the newest additions in the family of Butterfly Charm Blocks — Cleo, Ginger and Peggy! These appliqué versions of Nikki’s original paper piecing patterns were designed with Sari’s doodles and are created with a foundation paper pieced body/background and appliqué wings.

They measure 5.5” after piecing and can be used as a 5” finished block or trimmed to 5” for a 4.5” finished square, making them perfect for mixing with 5” charms.

Click here to download the free PDF pattern!

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We created our butterflies using Tula Pink True Colors and our SARIELLA Aurifil thread collection. Though we used a zig zag satin stitch, you can create these blocks with a raw edge appliqué method or any other method you prefer.

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And while we’re on the topic of our Aurifil Thread Collectionwould you like a chance to win a box set for yourself? Aurifil is giving one away to one lucky winner! All you have to do is create a butterfly charm block and share it on Instagtam or through Linky Post for a chance to win!

You can find all the nitty gritty on how to enter on the Auribuzz Blog post here!

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And here’s an example of the ladies in action! This is a Sewing Date Traveler (free pattern from Robert Kaufman) that Nikki stitched up. She used the new appliqué butterflies on one pocket and her original patterns on the other side. Isn’t it the cutest?!

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We hope you love this fun little, free pattern and we can’t wait to see what you make! Please be sure to use the hashtag #butterflycharmblocks on social media and tag us @sariellastudios so we can see all your creations!

happy stitching!
~ nikki & sari

 

ABQ Saki Quilt Workshop Recap

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Last month we traveled to one of our favorite places, The Land of Enchantment, to teach a Saki Butterfly Quilt Workshop at Hip Stitch in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We had such an amazing time with some of the nicest people! We all worked hard, but there was plenty of fun, many dozens of donuts and so many pretty butterfly wings! We wanted to share a little recap, mostly in the way of photos, so you’ll be sure to find your way to the next one! 😉

Speaking of which, we’ll be booking workshop dates for 2018 in early Spring and are currently looking at Atlanta, Columbus, D.C., California and Tennessee. If you’d like us to come to your city, shop, or guild, just contact us here!

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We kicked off the weekend with a Trunk Show on Friday night at Hip Stitch. I really can’t believe we fit ALL THOSE QUILTS in our luggage. Thank goodness for that Mary Poppins bag…

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If you’re wondering what that quilt shown above is, you get the first full peek at our newest pattern, Heirloom, which will be included in the 2018 Quilter’s Planner! Stay tuned for a full blog post about it later this month and be sure to preorder your 2018 Quilter’s Planner NOW before they sell out! Also, we can’t remember what the heck we were laughing about in that picture!

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The quilt workshop was all day Saturday and Sunday. We made sure to start each day with plenty of donuts, in true SARIELLA style. The classroom also happened to look like a Patchwork Threads advertisement!

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On day one we covered paper piecing and on the second day we covered appliqué and assembly. It was so fun seeing all the variation in fabric selections and watching all the beautiful butterflies come together!

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The lovely team at Hip Stitch asked us to curate a few custom fabric bundles while we were there and it was so much fun! There’s really nothing like running around an awesome modern fabric shop and getting to see all the fabrics up close and personal. Neither of us have one nearby and have to primarily shop online, so it really is like being in a candy store!

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The first bundle we created is a set of Art Gallery Fabrics Oval Elements that coordinates with our Aurifil Thread Collection!

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Next we put together a bundle of Moda Grunge solids in the palette of our Heirloom quilt. Nikki is going to be making a lap size version of the Heirloom quilt using these, so stay tuned to see that!

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And last but not least, we curated a mixed bundle made up of various fabric lines and designers. We’ll both be working with ours soon and will share more about it! All of these are available from Hip Stitch if you’re interested!

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It’s always wonderful for the two of us to share airpsace since we are normally two time zones apart. We managed to cram plenty of adventures into the few days we had together, including getting stuck in a torrential downpour and spending a little time inside of creepy serial killer drums somewhere on the side of the highway. Don’t we make the cutest little drowned rats?!

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We will share our upcoming Saki Workshop dates here and on our Social Media pages as we schedule them, so just keep an eye out for those! We hope to see you there!

~ Nikki & Sari

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Up Close and Personal, Preorders, and a Giveaway!

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Today we’re giving you a closer look at our Aurifil SARIELLA thread collection and all the beautiful things you can do with it! You can also read more over on the Aurifil Auribuzz Blog here including a little interview with us 🙂

The SARIELLA set contains 11 large spools of 50 weight 100% cotton thread in ten luscious colors plus white, and one large spool of clear monofilament, all in a handy (and pretty!) storage case.

Our SARIELLA collection is now available from retailers and we are also doing a discounted preorder for those who would like to order directly from us. Preorders will be open here through August 28 and boxes will ship out a few weeks after.

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If you’ve never used Aurifil thread, you don’t know what you’re missing. Just a few of the major highlights are that it is made from high quality Egyptian cotton so it’s smooth and seamless, it’s completely lint free (they literally singe all the lint off!), it does not contain any toxic chemicals (perfect for baby quilts and those thread lickers, like me!), it comes in a wide variety of thread weights and 270 consistent colors.

We’re going to show you all the colors in the set and then share some projects and a super awesome giveaway! Aurifil colors have an assigned color number, but we also gave them our own fun names 🙂

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Aurifil #2435 – Flamingo Sherbet!

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Aurifil #2277 – Bloody Mary!

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Aurifil #1133 – Valencia!

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Aurifil #1135 – Canary!

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Aurifil #1231 – Mojito!

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Aurifil #2884 – Snap Pea!

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Aurifil #4662 – Jamaica!

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Aurifil #5006 – Acid Wash!

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Aurifil #2810 – Curaçao!

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Aurifil #2535 – Barney!

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Aurifil #2021 (our favorite white) and Clear Monofilament

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The colors in our collection were inspired from our logo and matching Saki Butterfly quilt. We taught a Saki workshop in New Mexico last weekend and it was so fun to see everyone using the thread sets on their quilts!

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There are so many things to love about this collection, but at the top for us is versatility. The 50 wt threads and monofilament can be used for piecing, top stitching, quilting, binding, hand sewing, and appliqué. The colors blend with an endless number of modern fabric collections, while the white and monofilament spools cover all your basic needs.

We still have so many fun projects in the works that really show off the beauty and versatility of this collection, but here are a few we’ve been working on…

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This is a rainbowlicious version of our Neotric quilt made with gorgeous Me + You Fabrics Indah Batiks. It was pieced and quilted by Sari using all the colors in our collection. See how beautifully they work together? We sure do love us some Indah Batiks!

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Another fun project we’ve been working on is a set of appliqué Butterfly Charm Blocks to coordinate with Nikki’s original paper pieced versions.

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We used the white thread to pieces the bodies and all the colors for the appliqué satin stitching. The fabrics used here are Tula Pink True Colors, another gorgeous pairing!

These patterns will be available as a free download at the end of the month, so stay tuned!

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Nikki will be using these blocks as a pocket on a Sewing Date Traveler she is working on. The body will be the adorable snails shown below from Tula Pink’s Slow & Steady line and she’s using the variegated spool from our collection for the quilting. The colors are just perfect!

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A couple more amazing quilting projects that Sari recently completed include the quilt shown above for Rebecca Bryan quilted with clear monofilament and the quilt below for a personal friend quilted using all ten colors in ourcollection plus clear monofilament in the background. Both quilts were pieced with Kona solids.

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While at our Saki Workshop at Hipstitch last weekend, they asked us to curate a bundle of Art Gallery Fabrics Oval Elements, so we decided to match our thread collection because… well… so pretty! Right?!

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We have so much more in the works and so much more to share, but let’s wrap this up for now with a GIVEAWAY! Who would like to win a Sariella Thread Collection for themselves?!

You can enter once per day through August 25 on Instagram and/or Facebook.

Find all the details for entering on Instagram here and on Facebook here!

If you do not use social media, please leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite color in the collection or what you would like to use the set on!

The winner will be drawn randomly on Monday, August 28.

Just a note, if you preorder a thread box and win the giveaway, we will refund your preorder.

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SARIELLA Aurifil Thread Collection

We are beyond excited to share our first Aurifil Thread collection, SARIELLA! We’re sure it’s no surprise that our debut is based on our fluttering friend, Saki the Butterfly! 🦋

We’ve curated 11 vibrant spools of 50wt thread (including one beautiful variegated spool) and one spool of clear monofilament (which is a favorite of ours!). This collection is not only fun, but versatile. It’s sure to take you through all walks of stitchery fun — from machine and hand piecing to top stitching, appliqué, and quilting.

The SARIELLA collection is now available for retailer ordering from Aurifil and will be in shops next month.

If you’re a consumer, be sure to ask your favorite shop to stock it!

Stay tuned for a closer look at the colors in our box, some sample projects, and a fun giveaway!

Saki Quilt Workshop in Albuquerque · August 12 & 13

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Calling all our Southwest friends in or around New Mexico! (Or anywhere in the world who may want to get away for a couple days!)

We’re so excited to announce that our first Saki Butterfly Quilt Workshop will be at Hip Stitch in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 12 & 13. During this two-day class, you will learn all the basics of Foundation Paper Piecing and Appliqué, as well as how to tackle these techniques on a large scale, while you make a Saki butterfly quilt of your own. Basic knowledge of quilt piecing is required, all skill levels welcome. The class runs from 9am – 5pm both days. The finished quilt measures 76″ x 54″.

In addition to the workshop, we will also be doing a Trunk Show at Hip Stitch on Friday, August 11 at 6pm. All are welcome! Admission is $10. We will be sharing some of our work, as well as talking about our favorite modern quilting tips, tricks and techniques. There will also be some amazing door prizes!

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The cost of the Saki Quilt Workshop is $200 and space is limited to 20 participants. Cost includes paper pattern, pattern templates, and admission to the trunk show. A materials list will be supplied upon registration. Sign ups are now open and you can register by calling the shop, visiting their website, emailing them, or just stopping in!

HIP STITCH
2320 Wisconsin St., NE, Albuquerque
505-821-2739
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Email: HipStitchABQ@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or contact us here. We hope to see you there!

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Fabric.com Summer Block Party!

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Summer is in full swing and we’re rounding out the Fabric.com Summer Block Party today with our contribution, Half Square Gingham (ya, we’re all about the half squares lately)!

You can download the free pattern from the Fabric.com blog by clicking here.

Have you been sewing along with the other blocks on the tour? If you’re just learning about it, you can download all the blocks shown above for free on the fabric.com blog and through the participants’ websites, which are linked at the end of this post.

There are a few things that really scream summer to us. Amongst them are watermelon, flamingos, and… gingham!

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We love all the possibilities for this easy-to-sew block. It finishes at 12″ (along with all the other blocks on the tour), so you can sew up a mini, pillow, or quilt in no time.

Sure, you can buy some gingham fabric, but making it yourself with little patchwork squares means not only can you use any color combinations you want, but you can also use prints, which makes it that much better!

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We couldn’t resist the adorable Flamingos from the line, Flamingos, by Melissa Ybarra for our block. The Flamingo Floral Multi was just what we were looking for for the focal half of the block, while the Mini Flamingos were just perfect for the medium value in our gingham. We used Kona cotton solids in Punch and Snow for the dark and light blocks in the gingham.

Make a single block into an adorable potholder, or combine four for a pillow, mini quilt, table runner or table topper. We have plans for a full quilt using the upcoming line Charley Harper Western Birds for Birch Fabrics and think it will be totally adorable! We also think this block would be darling for Christmas projects.

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The pattern includes some multiple block layout ideas along with notes about altering the gingham placement to achieve different looks.

We also have some fun variations we’re working on that we’ll be sharing here soon, so stay tuned!

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Please share your project pics with the hashtags #halfsquaregingham, #fabricdotcomblockparty and #sariella on social media so we can see what you make!

We hope you enjoy this block and all the others on the Fabric.com Summer Block Party Tour!

June 5 – “Candied Pineapple”
Eye Candy Quilts

June 8 – “Nautical Stripes”
Initial K Studio

June 12 – “Camp Out”
Love You Sew

June 19 – “Argyle”
Sassafras Lane Designs

June 22 – “Popsicle Party”
Elise & Emelie

June 26 – “Sunshine Days”
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June 29 – “Fishy Fish”
the tattooed quilter

July 5 – “Half Square Gingham”
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Patriotic Banner Project

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Happy Independence Day! We wanted to share a fun holiday weekend sewing project with you using our Half Square America pattern (available here). This banner is quick and easy to make and perfect for hanging on a door, wall or gate, outside or in. It finishes at about 16″ x 24″ as shown.

To create this banner, first make the HST star portion of the block as written in the pattern and trim it on the left and right sides to the quarter inch dashed line. Next, cut a solid blue HST triangle using the dimensions in the pattern and cut it in half. Piece these smaller triangles to the sides of your star and trim along the bottom, if needed. If you’d like a little extra wiggle room for trimming, you can cut your solid triangle with 13″ edges, instead of the dimension in the pattern. This will give you a little extra to trim off for squaring up (that is what we did below).

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Next, piece the stripes as written in the pattern, but make them at least 17.5″ long, rather than the various lengths specified in the pattern. Note: you will trim these at an angle as shown in the diagram below, so can make the outer strips shorter if you prefer a little less waste, or are using smaller scraps. However, if you prefer to keep your banner with a straight bottom edge, versus the point, make all your stripes the same length. Piece your strips to the top star portion.

You can now trim your piece to shape or you can quilt it first. We decided not to bind our finished piece, so at this point we layered the top with batting and did a little quilting. We then cut the top to shape.

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You can adjust the length of your stripes to fit your preference, but the diagram above shows the dimensions we used. Mark a line in the center of the stripes 16.5″ down from the top of the stripes. Mark lines 9.75″ down on the the left and right sides. Connect these points and trim along this line (this includes a 1/4″ seam allowance for finishing).

Since we were not binding our piece, we then laid the top RST on a backing fabric cut oversized. We sewed using a 1/4″ seam allowance around all the edges leaving a 3″ gap on a bottom angle for turning. We trimmed the backing to the edges, turned the piece right side out, pressed, and stitched the gap closed.

We chose to make tabs and use a dowel to hang our banner, but you can hang it like a mini quilt, or make a solid pocket at the top or on the back to use a rod for hanging also. To make each tab, use two pieces of fabric cut to the stripe width specified in the pattern x 6″. Sew them RST along the 6″ edges using a 1/4″ seam, turn right side out. We made five tabs for our banner.

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To sew the tabs into the seam, fold them in half matching up the raw ends so they measure 3″ tall and place them along the top edge of the banner aligning the raw edges with the top of the banner, having the folded edge at the bottom. Starting 1/4″ inch from the left and right edges to account for seam allowance, space the tabs evenly across and glue baste in place right along the top edge. You can then layer your backing fabric and sew together as instructed above.

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We used a dowel rod and laundry line to hang our banner, but think that an old yardstick or even a tree branch would be adorable! You can find dowel rods in a variety of sizes at most home improvement and craft stores.

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We aged ours a bit using this technique with black tea, steel wool and vinegar. You can also use some wood stain or paint.

We hope you enjoy this little project! Please share your projects with the tags #halfsquareamerica and #sariella. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or contact us here. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Half Square America Sew A Long Prizes

We’re so excited you’re sewing along with us and are loving all your Half Square America blocks so far! There’s still plenty of time to sew along if you’re just joining us. We’ll be hosting the SAL and collecting blocks for the Wounded Warrior donation quilt through the end of July (You can read all the details in the original post here).

As mentioned before, we have a few prizes up for grabs and will choose winners at random at the end of the sew a long. We may have a few more surprised along the way, so keep an eye here and on our Instagram feed!

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Since we’re both dog lovers and are donating pattern profits to Service Dogs for Heroes, the first prize up for grabs is a Fat Quarter bundle of Doglandia fabric by Blend. Isn’t it adorable?!

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Next up is an EPP kit with a 40 piece mini charm pack of Caroyln Friedlander favorites fabrics, paper hexie templates, and a pair of Nikki’s favorite snips!

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Next we have two bundles of Fancy and Fabulous from Riley Blake – one Fat Eighth bundle and a Charm Pack bundle with pins and seam ripper.

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And last but not least, three additional winners will win a pattern of their choice from the ones shown above.

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Below are a few posts from the SAL thus far, aren’t they awesome?! Remember, your blocks don’t have to be red, white and blue to join in. You can see some other flag variations under the tags #halfsquareamerica and #halfsquareamericaSAL.

You can find the Half Square America pattern on Craftsy and Payhip.
Fifty percent of every sale is donated to Service Dogs for Heroes.

All the RW&B and Half Square America Quilt Kits

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Good Morning, friends! Thank you for all the love on our new Half Square America pattern, we’re excited for you to sew along with us! We wanted to mention that your blocks do not have to be red, white and blue themed to join in the sew along. You can see another version that Nikki created here. Be creative! Perhaps even a rainbow flag for pride month?

If you are working on some RW&B flag blocks, we wanted to share some resources for all our favorite red, white, and blue fabrics.

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First, Pink Door Fabrics has created some quilt kits, look how cute! They include the fabrics needed to make the Fireworks or Chevron layouts, or any other layout of your choice with 6×6 blocks plus a border. There is a limited quantity and you can find them here.

They have such an amazing variety of fun kits (and yardage!) aside from this one, so poke around a bit while you are there! Plus, Chelsea is so sweet!

If you’re wanting a smaller bundle or just some yardage, we have some resources for that, too. Stash Fabrics has the cutest cotton + steel patriotic remix bundle (shown above), and they also have some excellent Kona solid bundles. These would be perfect for a mini, pillow or runner project.

We picked up some of that amazing Mammoth Flannel plaid shown above to back our quilt – isn’t it perfect!

If you would like to make your own mic of fabrics, Stash offers 1/4 yard cuts (and up) which I LOVE, and are perfect for cutting strips for this project. Below is a shot of our Design Wall from their website showing some of the fabrics we used, plus oodles more. You can click here or on the image below to link to our design wall. From there you can click on any of the images for a direct link to that fabric. Isn’t that a fun feature?

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We hope this post has been helpful and we cannot wait to see all your blocks! Stay tuned for info about all the fun prizes we’ll have for the sew a long and remember to tag your photos with #halfsquareamerica and #halfsquareamericaSAL.

Bye for now!
~ nikki & sari

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