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Westminster Design Rolls & Quickest Quick Step Quilt

Aren’t these the bomb!

I love the fabrics from Westminster by the Kaffe Collective.

The Kaffe Collective includes Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, and Phillip Jacobs.

Incredible designers all.

The Designer Rolls are 6″ wide strips cut across the width of the fabric from selvage to selvage.

There are 20 different strips in a roll.

Each roll has a color theme.

Designer Rolls are perfect to use in the Quickest Quick Step Quilt pattern.

It uses 6″ strips of cotton on the front and back.

It’s reversible!  It also quilts as you sew.

The batting is cut in 6″ strips also.

Quilting is actually optional since the batting is secured in the seams.

Fabrics are sorted into two different looks with binding to complement both sides.

The Designer Rolls have enough strips for the lap size quilt, front and back!  Just add borders and binding.

How cool is that?  Cut and ready to sew.

What a perfect gift or a new look for the sofa or your favorite rocking chair.

The quilt pictured is made from batik (surprise!).

I have also used flannel very successfully.

Other Designer Rolls include two Designer Essentials Textures rolls by Free Spirit.

They provide some great blenders to use with the Kaffe Designer Rolls.

Designer Essentials Solids are also available in three color combinations.

The solids can be used alone or as blenders with the printed rolls.

As the Quick Step Quilt is made, extra quilting is done as you go.

This way you do not have to handle the whole quilt while doing the quilting in the rows.

The plainer the fabric, the more it begs for quilting.

This would be a good time to practice some machine quilting designs.  Choose continuous border designs 4″ – 5″ wide.

Larger quilts can be made using the Designer Rolls.

The table below shows how many rolls are needed for different size quilts.

Additional fabric needed is noted.

Coordinating fabrics are available for borders and binding online at http://www.batiks.com.

You can tip the color by the choice of borders.

To use the design rolls, the first step will be to sort the fabrics for the front and for the back of the quilt.

In the larger sizes, different rolls can be used.

Some of my favorites for borders are shown below.  More fabrics are arriving all the time.  Yummy!

The Quickest Quick Step pattern is from Cotton Dreams patterns which is Carol Britt’s pattern company.

Carol is also the owner of Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics.  I also write this blog.

I sell my patterns retail through Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics and many other quilt shops.

Quilt shops can order from Cotton Dreams by contacting Batiks Etcetera.

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Quilt Your Own History

I grew up in a Navy family and we moved many summers of my life.  I to this day get antsy in the summer because it’s time to move.

Moving was hard but my very wise Mother told us we got to reinvent ourselves when we moved.  We could change from shy to boisterous, short hair to long, girly girl to tomboy.  It was a very liberating concept.

We have these great pictures patches of all 50 states by Zebra Patterns.  They measure 6″ x 7″.  They are colorful and intriguing.  What a great way to do a memory quilt or a life story quilt.  Pick out the states you have lived in and combine them with some patchwork or borders.  This would be a great quilt for graduation or for a marriage combining their states.

We moved back to certain states multiple times so if I wanted I could repeat those states.  We lived in Newport, Rhode Island three times, Virginia three times, and spent parts of most summers in Maine.

So my history would include:  Italy, California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Virginia, Florida and Kentucky.  If I included places we spent multiple weeks between moves and yearly vacations, I could add New Jersey, New Hampshire and North Carolina.  We don’t have one for Italy so I would have to be inventive and represent my birthplace in the quilt.

Click on any picture to see all of the other states.  What would your history look like?


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My Favorite Dr – Dr. Seuss!

I loved Dr. Seuss as a kid.  And I still do!  I was happy to read the books to my siblings.  I still love the Grinch, too.

The first Dr. Seuss book I could call my own was a present in first grade for my birthday.  Billy Stufflebean gave me “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and wrote his name and the date 1906! (1960)  We lived in Newport, Rhode Island in Navy housing and shortly thereafter moved to Florida.

I have the book around here somewhere.  Small world – my best friend in high school Karin Lynn knew Billy before she moved to Virginia Beach.

My husband who is 3 years older did not have a Dr. Seuss tradition.  He just didn’t understand my excitement when Robert Kaufman Fabrics announced the new Dr. Seuss line of fabrics.  He also didn’t have younger brothers and sisters to read to.

If we had children they would be Dr. Seuss kids!

We ordered the full line of Dr. Seuss Celebration and Cat In the Hat.  Pre order yours now to get in on the first shipments.  The prints and coordinates are so much fun.  They would be great for a sofa quilt, kids room, a grandma’s house quilt.


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What is Etc?

Etc for Batiks Etcetera is lots of printed, gourmet cottons, threads, notions, Pfaff Sewing Machines, art quilt supplies, and etc!  Little by little we have been adding other items to the website so we can be a one stop shop.  If you get a chance to stop by the shop on your travels, you will be surprised at all the other fabrics we have.  Of course, the batiks are overwhelming and ever changing.

Two new groups have arrived that are really fun and great for Holiday giving ideas.  Holly Taylor’s new group, Northwoods Botanical has the greatest stripe along the edge of the panel. Robin made great use of the fabrics in our fat quarter pack adding a little more light and created all of these projects.  She used Holly Taylor’s book, Northern Botanical.  Anna arranged the goodies and took this great photo.  I love the notebook cover with the pen pocket on the outside.  I might actually be able to find a pen!

Also notice all the great rick rack used. Where do you get it?  Why right here on our website!

In town, when people ask where someone got something they say “Down to the Sew What”.  I’ve always loved that expression!    Sew What Fabrics was our first name before we bought Batiks Etcetera.

Also new is 3 Sisters, Park Avenue from Moda.  We have a beautiful kit, fabrics, jelly rolls, charm packs, and a fat 1/8 pack.  I love to do 9 patches and the way two sizes are used in this design is brilliant.  And 9 patches on point are so much more fun.