Friday, April 2, 2010

Twinkle! It's here! And Happy Bunny Day!

Since the beginning of this year it seems time has accelerated triple-fold. Not a day goes by without having one more UrbanAmish thought pop up in my head. But do I tell you about them?
No, not at all! I looked and was aghast that my last post was three months ago! All that time I had been talking to you in my head but never got around to actually posting. So I feel a bit ashamed and hoping you will be kind and forgive me.
And I also need to confess that I really don't have another lesson fully ready to upload and share.
However I'm very excited about my new Twinkle line and wanted to share it. Playing with it does make me very happy. I'm hoping that spreads right out to you wherever you are.
The Twinkle is a hybrid of sorts. It's a novelty-blender-fabric stash.
Each Twinkle sku is a star-filled blender offering four coordinated shades on one fabric.
Here is an overview of what the entire width of the fabric looks likes (This is the blue colorway.)

And the transitions from one color to another let you create interesting effects with little sewing such as faux half-square triangles.
Here are close-ups of the three transition areas starting from dark to light.

Take all ten fabrics in the line together and with just a minimum of fabric from each you end up with all these colors. A rainbow of rollicking Twinkle fabric fun!

And Twinkle does have it's quiet contemplative side. It works great in a supporting role as a blender with a bit of sparkle.
Here's a sneak preview of a project to be published in a coming issue of The Quilter that uses twinkle with another one of my coming new lines, Avignon, to make a very elegant little tabletopper or wall banner with a bit of a bargello effect. (I'll keep you posted when that quilt pattern is published.)

This design is called Heavenly Blues and it's in honor of my beloved morning glories that get to grow rampant around my porch in late summer. Here's a pix of one of the best seasons ever. That blue makes my colorheart sing. And calms me too. Nice hue to have around if you are in a quiet mood.

But back to fun and rollicking wild times and let the colors flow! The wonderful folk at Blank Quilting commissioned me to design not just one but three gifts for you in the form of three free downloadable quilt patterns.

And here they are for your convenience all gathered in one place.
First is Twinkle Rainbow Sampler.

Next is Twinkle Fiesta Ware, really lively fusible applique projects.

Or check out these Twinkle Cottage lap quilts with matching placemats to keep your beach or lakehouse comfy and spruced up.

By now Twinkle should be showing up in independent quilts shops everywhere. Please support them. We need them! They are at the heart of our quilting lifes. If you can't find these fabrics locally, you can also get them from me at Check out the Rainbow sampler packs.

And also just published two of my Twinkle pattern designs.
Great little gift banners. Quick and easy! You can make two up in a day. There are two designs per pattern. 

So quilting UrbanAmish bunnies everywhere! Have a very happy Easter holiday with all your bunny loved ones!
Take good care. And may your chocolate Easter Egg come in the flavor you like best!