Friday, March 30, 2012

Lucky winners of FreeSpirit Fresh Cut are . . .

We randomly selected our winners for FreeSpirit Fresh Cut fabrics, by Heather Bailey. The winners of Fresh Cut Flannel are DanaK-WaterPenny, Columbus, OH; Rebeckah Austin, Orange County, CA; Jennie P, North Carolina.  Winners of Fresh Cut Laminate fabrics Missy from Missy Stitches; Meredith and SueSmileAlot.  Round of applause please!

Watch in April for our installment from Valori Wells who will talk about her new FreeSpirit Collection, Cocoon.  Happy Sewing! Best Blogger TipsShare/Bookmark

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Be a McCall's Quilting Design Star!

"Hey, hey ya' wanna be a big quilt star?" Sounds like lyrics from a Nickelback song but really here is your opportunity to shine.  McCall's Quilting just launched its 2012 Quilt Design Star contest. This year there are two categories; amateur and professional.  There are three rounds of voting by your peers, with fabulous gifts and prizes every step of the way including some fabric from FreeSpirit and RowanClick here to read more.  Best Blogger TipsShare/Bookmark

Monday, March 26, 2012

Week 3; Heather Bailey Fresh Cut

Fresh Cut by Heather Bailey,  Laminate OCHB005Brown
As promised, each month we will feature a designer post, project tutorial and a giveaway. Last week we celebrated all things Spring. This week, we return to Fresh Cut by Heather Bailey, a relaunch of her original FreeSpirit fabric with new colorations; a real breath of fresh air.  To continue our March "Madness," and I don't mean basketball, we want to share the wealth.  We want you to experience our Flannel and Laminate substrates by offering three randomly selected commentators a chance to win six, one yard cuts of Fresh Cut Flannel and another three randomly selected commenators a chance to win six, one yard cuts of Fresh Cut Laminates. That is six total winners!

So comment away.  You have between now and Thursday, March 29.  Winners will be announced here on Friday.
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Thanks for Playing Along in our 4 Days of Spring has Sprung Celebration!

FreeSpirit Classica Sateen by Annette Tatum

Phew, what a week. So many beautiful new collections, it is hard to decide where to begin creating.  We hope you enjoyed our 4 days of Spring has Sprung giveaway.  More importantly we hope you enjoyed getting a sneak peak of some our artist's new collections and that you have tons of new projects in mind for each one.

Rowan Gypsy Caravan by Amy Butler Stash

The winner of the six, one yard cuts of Farmington by Martha Negley is Jan from Southern California.  She lives in a town called Murrieta, surrounded by light and nature. Wonderful for creativity, according to Jan.

Rowan Farmington by Martha Negley

Come back next week when we get back to our Designer postings.  We will finish our FreeSpirit Fresh Cut by Heather Bailey trilogy.  Next month, we will hear from Valorie Wells herself.  Happy sewing!
FreeSpirit Cocoon by Valori Wells

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Last Day of our Spring Celebration . . . One Last Chance Comment to Win!

This is our last day of celebrating the beginning of Spring. Karen at Birdsong Cabin is the winner of our Day 3 Giveaway, six one yard cuts of Classica by Annette Tatum!

Rowan Farmington by Martha Negley

Last but not least, we want to again talk about our sister brand Rowan and the beautiful prints in Farmington by Martha Negley, 33, 100% cotton SKUs available now. According to Martha, her father's family was from Farmington, Illinois. This new collection is inspired by that small town and, in a way, his memory. Herringbone brick paths, iron gates, crabapple trees, spring flowers and the feathers for the fly fishing enthusiasm he passed on to her

Farmington says Spring all over with its beautiful flowers and very usable all over prints.  To get your creativity started, make this table runner using her Crocus and Iron Gate prints.

To add a little Farmington to your life, tell us about your home town and how it inspires your creativity, much like Farmington, IL inspired Martha. Comment today only and we will select one random winner to receive six, one yard cuts of Martha's Farmington.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 3 Spring has Sprung Giveaway . . . Classica by Annette Tatum

Wooo Hoo.  Congratulations to SewLindaAnn who was randomly selected to receive six, one yard cuts of Rowan Gypsy Caravan by Amy Butler.  Now, day 3 of our Spring has Sprung Giveaway.

FreeSpirit Classic by Annette Tatum, Cotton Sateen
FreeSpirit Annette Tatum’s Classica in Cotton Sateen and Rayon (available in May) are full of colorful mosaics, damasks and ikats perfect to bedeck your patio furniture and outdoor living space.
The designs are inspired by timeless patterns and motifs familiar to a classic style, all with a twist of trend.  Reaquaint yourself with the classics and add your own personal 'monogram.'

With Spring springing up all over, have you considered a do-over in your home or even adding to your outdoor living space with beautiful fabrics. The quickest way to change the look of room is with fabric and  Cotton Sateens are the perfect, offering a soft and comforting drape. Sew, or so, tell us about your own room makeover using fabric. How would FreeSpirit Classica work in your creativity.
 Day 3, go . . .  comment to win six, one yard cuts of Classica Cotton Sateen.  One random commentor will be selected and posted on our blog tomorrow.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Winner of Cocoon and our next Spring feature is . . .

Our Spring has sprung four days of giveaways continues.  Today is day 2.  Congratulations to Sue of Springfield, IL who was randomly selected as the winner of six, one yard cuts of FreeSpirit Cocoon Voile by Valori Wells.

Rowan Gypsy by Amy Butler Stash

Now, today let's take a look at one of our sister brands, Rowan.  We know this is a FreeSpirit blog, but we gotta' brag a bit about our Rowan brand and the re-launch of Gypsy Caravan from Amy Butler's Stash (Cottons, available mid-April).  Amy dug into her own stash and re-released 24 original prints from her very first fabric collection, Gypsy.

Perhaps your stash is already overflowing, or maybe you can make room for a little Gypsy in your life. Amy's hope is that Gypsy will awaken the gypsy in your creativity . . .  much like Spring awakens so many beautiful things.
It's your turn.  Again comment today only to be randomly selected to win six, one yard cuts of Rowan Gypsy Caravan by Amy Butler Stash. Come back tomorrow to see if you are the winner and our next featured fabric. 
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Monday, March 19, 2012

A Spring Time Giveaway Now through March 22!

FreeSpirit Cocoon by Val Wells, available April
Spring is springing up all over. With the newness of spring comes many new fabric collections just arriving or soon to be at your local quilt shops.  Take a look at FreeSpirit Cocoon by Valori Wells in Cotton, voile and Cotton linen blend, available in April.

To celebrate the springing up of Spring, stop by our blog everyday between now and March 22 to view some of our newest collections and comment to win.  Today, one random winner will be selected to win six, one yard cuts of Val's Cocoon voile fabric.

So, take a look around.  Revel in the newness of Spring and beautiful new fabrics and make a statement. Is Spring your favorite season and will you come out of your Cocoon and Celebrate the Freshness of Spring with FreeSpirit! Best Blogger TipsShare/Bookmark

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Make Your Own Catch All Cutey!

The Catch All Cutey is a great project for all of those threads that end up all over your floor! This tutorial allows you to make a little thread bag so you can cut and stuff right beside your machine! It was designed and written by Mrs. Melissa P that creates some awesome things over here.

This project uses Heather Bailey's Freshcut cottons. Along with the cotton fabrics are Flannel and Laminate. A very pretty line that also brings out the fun Spring colors that we are all excited about with the warmer weather coming!

So go on, make those Catch All Cuteys for a thread free sewing area! Best Blogger TipsShare/Bookmark

Monday, March 05, 2012

Quilt Along with our friends and Jenean Morrison's Power Pop

Our friends at Coats & Clark are celebrating their 200th Anniversary this year.  To mark this momentus occassion they have developed a virtual history museum.  Of course, it would not be a celebration without sewing so to get things started they are hosting a Quilt Along featuring FreeSpirit Artist's Jenean Morrison's Power Pop fabric.  Join in the fun, quilt along and make a Spool quilt . . . very befitting for a company who for generations has kept the world's sewing and quilting together with thread.
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Friday, March 02, 2012

Freshcut is back!

Editor's Note: It's March. March represents an awakening of all things fresh and beautiful. This month our Designer's post is from Heather Bailey featuring the relaunch of her very popular Freshcut. Enjoy, from Heather.

Boy does time fly. My new baby boy just reached 6-months-old—that's him up above. And the much-anticipated re-release of my popular Freshcut™ collection is shipping out to stores, now including laminated cottons and super-soft flannels. If you are one of those who has been begging for these fabrics to be produced again, Freshcut is here!
To celebrate the delicious new variety of substrates available, I put together a new free sewing pattern which works wonderfully for any combination of cotton fabrics, laminates, and flannels: the Slobber Monkey Baby Bib. We sewed up samples in every combination and our favorite bib is laminate on one side and flannel on the reverse, though the other options aren't far behind.

These bibs are easy-to-sew and they make great presents too. They're a perfect project for moms, aunties, grandmas, and daddies too.

Behind the scenes, I'm working away on a new print collection for later in the year, along with many new products to be introduced this summer. I'm not sure which is growing faster, my baby or my business—both bring me delightful, new adventures every week.

For more Freshcut projects and inspiration, visit Heather's blog, HELLOmynameisHeather.com Also available now is Heather's debut home-decor collection, Garden District™, along with luxurious Nicey Jane™ microfleece.

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