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Welcome to Quilt Blocks Garden Trellis! The new block of the month style program at JoAnn stores started in June! The fabrics – beautiful florals, crisp white, trendy navy and mint, accents of pink and purple. The design – columns of blocks set on point, separated by stripes and modern flowers.

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To make this 86” X 90” quilt, you’ll need 12 block kits and one Setting Kit. The Setting Kit ‘sets’ the blocks together. In this design. It has precut triangles to set the columns of blocks on point, the stripe and floral columns, and the inner and outer borders.

Something special about this year’s quilt is that these borders are cut in one piece. We’ve had customers asking for 1-piece borders, so Janet, our product manager worked with our cutting partners until she was satisfied that every piece would be perfect. I hope you’ll let us know if you like this change.

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We also want to let you know a change JoAnn’s is making to the Quilt Blocks program:  there will be one quilt at a time. I hope this gives you a chance to finish your project before you start another. Our Quilt Blocks team is happy with this. To develop three quilts a year, design over 30 new original fabrics, write 39 instructions, test, print, cut and ship kept us very busy!

The limited edition kits, Quilt Block Quarters and yardage are expected to be in the stores until January. Visit Joann.com for kits, or the backing and binding sets too. We hope you’ll stop in soon to get started on your own Garden Trellis quilt! Also, don’t forget you can win all the blocks, setting kit and binding in this month’s giveaway!

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Show your state pride – with our denim and faux suede fat quarter pillows.  If you’re traveling, make one for all the states you enjoyed on your trip!  At only 12″ square, it’s a small pillow to keep in the car or rv, or stacked on a chair.

They work up quickly! Find a state silhouette online, map book, or from an atlas. Trace in REVERSE onto paper backed fusible web, fuse to the wrong side of the faux suede, and cut out.

Use a pressing cloth to tack the edges to the background, then do the final pressing and fusing from the denim side. Top stitch around the state edges with a matching thread. The suede doesn’t ravel as much as most wovens.

The back is a simple fold over closure, so you can slip out the pillow form. See our tutorial how to make the pillow back closure.

A state pillow would be a great souvenir to remind you of your summer vacation. Leave one as a hostess gift. Set the guest bedroom with a few as toss pillows, but be ready to part with one as they leave with a thoughtful parting gift. Happy Summer! Safe Travels!

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We have an adorable new project available for Fabric Palette! This BFF scarf project is a perfect project to create with your child and their best friend. It would also make a great Christmas present for sisters. The tutorial uses one fat quarter and three half yards to create the two scarves. The final scarf measures 4″ by 31″. Scroll to view the cute photo of the finished scarves using the Hootenanny collection and click the link below to download the project.

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Fabric Covered Boxes

If you prefer to reduce the amount of trash you use, re-purposing items is a great away to avoid a quickly filling trash bin. Today we wanted to show you how to re-purpose cereal boxes since they seem to be one of those foods children go through incredibly quickly. This no-sew project takes 30 minutes max and gives you a new place to store papers and notebooks.

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Supplies:

  • Cereal box
  • Pen or marker
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (fat quarter for standard size boxes and smaller)
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Start by marking your box with the shape you would like to cut to. For one box we drew sharp square lines and we used curved lines for a second box. The curved lines are more difficult to fold your fabric over and will require a few extra cuts, but are not much more difficult than straight lines. Once your lines are drawn, use scissors to cut along the line.
  2. Test wrap your fabric around the box to make sure it will fit completely around. You also want to be sure to iron your fabric well to avoid creases showing. Position the fabric so it overlaps on the tallest side of the box, or whichever side you expect to show the least.
  3. After your fabric is ironed and you’ve decided placement, add glue to one side of the box and lay your fabric on it. Use your fingers or preferred tool to smooth out any bumps. Continue for each side of the box. Let dry. Allowing the glue to dry will prevent the fabric from shifting in the next step.
  4. At the bottom of the box, fold the fabric down as you would if you were wrapping a present. Cut off excess fabric as needed.
  5. For the top of the box. Cut the fabric in a straight line from the top to where it meets the box. This will allow you to fold and glue the fabric down inside the box without any creases. Let dry.
  6. Ta-dah! You’re finished!

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The binding on your quilt needs to be a hard working accent, not just a pretty picture frame. The binding will get a lot of tugging and rubbing over the years, so let’s make it to last. We like the French-fold binding, or double-fold French binding. Here’s a quick review of the steps to make your binding:

1. Cut strips 2 1/2″.

2. To sew them together at an angle – cut the 45 degree angle first, or pencil mark the angle.  Beginners may want to sew them end to end, but you’ll have a little lump in the binding.
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3. Press the seams open and clip the little bunny ears.

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4. Fold wrong sides together and press. Don’t use starch, but a little steam will help keep it crisp.

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Tips for picking the perfect binding:

Match your border fabric if you are just learning or your machine has difficulty sewing a straight line, it won’t be noticed if you wave a little.

Pick a dark tonal to frame the quilt design. A bright pop of color will keep your eye moving around the edges.  A stripe will add a little whimsy.

For a scrappy quilt, an economical binding would be to seam together short lengths. Use up odd  2 1/2″ strips or fat quarters.

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For your Garden Trellis Quilt Blocks quilt, we sell an already prepared binding in a length to go around the queen/king-size version – that’s over 11 1/2 yards of binding!

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For small quilts, table runners or art quilts, Quiltologie’s Kristin will show you how to do a faux, or ‘self’ binding in this YouTube video.  Small quilts can use a 2 1/4″ binding, but you should plan to hand stitch the turn. It will wrap tighter around the edges and show less on the front.

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We hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! We’ve been waiting until after the holiday to share with you something new. Instead of weekly giveaways launched every Friday, we’ve decided to host a HUGE monthly giveaway. The giveaway will start the first Monday of the month and run through the end of the month. To kick off this awesome new giveaway trend, we are giving away ALL of the QuiltBlock blocks AND the setting kit AND the binding. Wouldn’t you want to win the pieces to create this beautiful quilt?

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Karen shared more about the beautiful Garden Trellis quilt earlier in May, so be sure to visit her post for all the details on the latest QuiltBlocks program. If you’re too anxious to wait and see if you’ve won this prize, or if you’d like to grab some of the coordinating fat quarters, you can visit your local JoAnns.

You can enter the giveaway through the Gleam widget below. Be sure to continue to follow us on social media, because we will be hosting a few surprise flash giveaways throughout the month.
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Choosing your backing

Traditionally, quilt backing is a print used in the quilt top, a simple muslin, or a 108″ extra-wide fabric.  Today, fun novelties or pieced backs are common.  Here are some ways to narrow down your choices.

Hand quilting is usually quilted with cream, natural color thread. To show off your beautiful hand stitches, think about a solid or tone on tone backing. If your quilt is large, an extra wide back is good so you won’t have uneven stitches when quilting into the extra layers of fabric in the seams.

If you plan to machine quilt, you may change thread colors to match the patchwork. If you match the bobbin and top thread, a multi-color design backing will camouflage the changes. A busy backing will also hide some of the starts and stops.

If you choose a long arm quilter to cover your quilt with intricate feathers or custom work, a simple design backing will show off the quilting.  Discuss the backing size with your quilter, because some need extra inches to load into the machine.

Here are some other ideas to make your quilt back as special as the front.

If you have a large collection of fat quarters, cut them to a standard size, about 17″ x 20″. Sew together for a scrappy backing.

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Do you have extra pieces left over from the front of the quilt? If so, create a simple patchwork panel in the center. Our Land of Whimzie flannel squares were used here, with borders from our Fabric Palette,  1-yard precut solid grey.  The soft texture will be cuddly and warm.

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A pieced insert works well for larger quilts, when you need to piece in a section. To back a 90″ quilt, use two widths, about 42″  and insert a 12″ or 15″ row of patchwork blocks or strip piecing.  You’ll have the extra wide backing you need. If you insert the row in the bottom quarter, instead of center, it creates a bed-runner look.

Other ideas:  use an unfinished quilt top – just add wide borders to make it to size. Sew together odd blocks, don’t worry about centering them, just add different width borders, log cabin style.  Pick something whimsical – if a bolt of dancing flamingos makes you smile, back your next quilt with it!

Ask to see the backing of some of the quilts at the next quilt show you visit. You may be surprised at what you see.  For more ideas, keep a Pinterest board of backings. Traditional or funky, your backing choice will get you one step closer to finishing!

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The excited for our Little Dress Boutique line continues another week as we’re giving away another full collection! If you’re just now hearing about this product, it is a line of 6 pre-cut pillowcase dress collections named after our favorite little girls. (And we mean that, the collections are named after daughters and granddaughters of Fabric Editions employees.) Each collection has coordinating one yard cuts, fat quarters, and strip pieces to help you embellish your dress to match your little girl’s personality. This product is exclusively available in Jo-Ann’s stores and is there waiting for you to go pick out the perfect collection!

This week, one lucky winner will receive the full Abby collection, which includes one pre-cut dress, two fat quarters, 1 one-yard cut and 6 five-inch strips. You can view this adorable collection below and enter through the Gleam box at the bottom of this post. If you’d like to see all of the collections, click here to visit the Little Dress Boutique Look Book.  If you would like to see all the coordinating project tutorials, visit the Little Dress Boutique page.

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Little Dress Boutique Abby Collection Giveaway

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