Spring Quilt Market for me? Giveaway for you!

Spring Quilt Market

In lieu of writing this week’s regularly scheduled post, tomorrow I’m flying to Salt Lake City for this year’s Spring Quilt Market. While I’m sure you’re heartbroken at missing a pithy yet enlightening tutorial or treatise on the state of the craft industry, I plan to make it up to you.

I’ll be going to Sample Spree on Thursday night, and shortly thereafter I’ll be giving away my best piece of plunder to one lucky and creative person on Instagram (@rightsidestogether). It will be a contest of sorts, but super easy to enter. Head on over there on Thursday evening for the details of the giveaway and for your mission (should you choose to accept it).

What new fabric line or product are you most excited to see this season? To whose table should I hustle at breakneck speed?

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Monday Fabric Deals: 5/16

Welcome to Right Sides Together’s Monday fabric deals roundup, where we present you with the Internet’s best fabric deals, sales, and coupons!


Fabric Depot: New markdowns — clearance and sale starting at $6/yard

Fabric Shoppe: 25% off bundles and 20% off quilt patterns

Fabricworm: 15% off all Michael Miller fabrics through Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.

Fat Quarter Shop: All this month, save 20% on Mini Pearl Bracelets blenders

Intrepid Thread: Mondays in May sale! All this month, hundreds of fabrics $4-8/yard each Monday.


HEY YOU! Where do you like to shop online? Which shops offer the best online deals and promo codes? If you frequent (or own) a shop that sells awesome fabric at ethical, sustainable prices, we want to hear about it so we can pass it on to our readers. Shoot us an e-mail or let us know in comments. Thanks so much!

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Under the Cover: Lines by Design Quilts by Debbie Grifka

After you’ve been quilting for a while, there are certain designers whose work you always identify right away. For me, one of those people is Debbie Grifka, owner and designer at Esch House Quilts. I’ve always admired Grifka’s aesthetic: geometric yet simple, her designs tend toward the “less is more” philosophy, yet incorporate techniques that require a bit of work. It takes practice to make quilting look easy.

Under the Cover: Lines by Design Quilts by Debbie Grifka | Right Sides Together

Her new book Lines by Design Quilts, from Fons & Porter, is really a master class in making lines, either by stitching together thin strips of fabric or by applying bias-tape applique or fusible appliqué. This is the perfect offering from an Esch House book, because these techniques feature prominently in Grifka’s quilts already. There is typically a large amount of negative space, punctuated by clean lines or shapes that pop. Some of her designs have a distinctly Frank-Lloyd-Wright or Mies-van-der-Rohe feel about them, something fabulously architectural and Modern in the artistic sense of the word. I love how Grifka is unafraid to offer up truly minimalist designs, particularly as I’m a quilter who probably adds one too many design elements. Her simplicity is refreshing.

But as I intimated above, these quilts do require learning methods that aren’t necessarily beginner level. (That’s a good thing.) I loved Grifka’s stories of how she had to experiment with her different line-making techniques to find just the right approach (or even mix of approaches). That’s how design works, people! Clerestory, for example, features both pieced and appliqué “lines” to make the mid-century modern houses. There is a healthy collection of templates in the back of the book to make many of the quilted projects, and those needing some skill-building projects for appliqué will find Lines by Design Quilts to be a perfect dose of instruction there.

Under the Cover: Lines by Design Quilts by Debbie Grifka | Right Sides Together

It was also refreshing to see how a book that is so uniquely reflective of one designer could also be really diverse in terms of the projects that it offers. From Grifka’s super minimalist Slats pillows to her bias-tape take on a Double Wedding Ring to her more graphic designs inspired by fish and coffee cups, there are a lot of opportunities in Lines by Design Quilts to find a project that fits each need. Personally, I gravitated more toward the pieces toward the beginning of the book, which tend to incorporate “pure lines” and “squares and rectangles” with lots of piecing… but I could see someone else loving the challenge of incorporating curved lines and pictorial appliqué just as much.

Under the Cover: Lines by Design Quilts by Debbie Grifka | Right Sides Together

I’m looking forward to sewing up a bold pillow or quilt from this book. Now I just need an uber-modern penthouse to go with it. Can anyone help me with that?

 

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Monday Fabric Deals: 5/9

Welcome to Right Sides Together’s Monday fabric deals roundup, where we present you with the Internet’s best fabric deals, sales, and coupons!


Bloomerie Fabrics: Spring cleaning sale! Save 15-30%; no code needed

Ecosewn: ENDS TODAY! 15% off everything in stock

Fabric Depot: ENDS TODAY! 15% off fashion fabrics and faux fur, and sale on select scissors.

Fabricworm: Save 5% off all orders of $50+ with code linus5

Fat Quarter Shop: All this month, save 20% on Mini Pearl Bracelets blenders

Missouri Star Quilt Company: ENDS TODAY! Get a Michael Miller “Top 40” solids charm pack for $1.25. You read that right.


HEY YOU! Where do you like to shop online? Which shops offer the best online deals and promo codes? If you frequent (or own) a shop that sells awesome fabric at ethical, sustainable prices, we want to hear about it so we can pass it on to our readers. Shoot us an e-mail or let us know in comments. Thanks so much!

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