Thursday, May 26, 2016

Art Gallery Fabrics Club! Lineup for Summer and Fall 2016

Art Gallery Fabrics Club

We love the fabrics that Pat Bravo and the AGF team put out and we know you do too! The hand and drape of the fabric is second to none and makes great garments and quilts!  With the Pink Castle Fabrics monthly club, you can choose Fat Quarter (18" x 22") or Half Yard (18" x 44") cuts of 20 prints, a complete collection from Art Gallery Fabrics!

This month we are adding in some of the great Art Gallery Elements to coordinate with all the monthly collections. These are perfect to reorder and are a part of my stash personally as well as a staple in the shop. We are excited about the collections that are coming this Summer and Fall as well! Here is the line up for months to come!

Happy Sewing!

JUNE – Tapestry by Sharon Holland
 Tapestry Fabrics by Sharon Holland

JULY – Joie de Vivre by Bari J
 Joie de Vivre fabrics by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. Sold at Pink Castle Fabrics.

AUGUST – Playground by Amy Sinibaldi

SEPTEMBER – Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell

OCTOBER – Heartland by Pat Bravo

Friday, May 20, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - May

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Rising Star

Everyone loves a star block. While this block is traditionally only a two-color block, changing around color placement and playing with positive and negative space creates a totally new block that's super versatile. Let's have a look at our Rising Star blocks:

The tutorial for this block can be found on pages 50-53 of the Sister Sampler Quilts book. Again, you can find AnneMarie's tutorial for two-at-a-time HSTs at the back of the book on pages 108-109.

This block has lots of small seams meeting up so it's really important to be precise with your cutting and seam allowances! If things shift around, you miss the really clean, sharp points in this star which give this star its impressive look. Plus, when you have lots of seams meeting like that, it's easy for your block to finish at an inaccurate size if something is stitched up wrong!

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,