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May 24, 2017

Soulful HOOP QUILT Dreamcatcher

May 24, 2017
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Every once in a while, a project really Wows you.  I mean, yes... I love almost every project I sew for one reason or another.  And, sure, I always fuss over everything saying "I love it!". But when sewing becomes your work, it takes something really special to knock your socks off.

Well, guys, this is the one.
 When Maureen Cracknell emailed me saying her new line, Soulful, had a mandala theme, I was suuuuuuuuper excited.  We get comfy in our comfort zones (right?) and I have been tending to stick with vibrant, saturated tone-on-tone fabrics lately.  I knew that Maureen's collection would be softer, more muted and completely bohemian.  Something completely different from my norm lately.
 A HOOP QUILT with the Soulful collection would be perfect.  And when I saw the main mandala rich raisin colored print, I was hook, line and sinker.
I arranged the center HSTs in yet another of the endless possibilities for 16 HSTs.  This one a nice block X.  Then I debated adding some extras for accents.  I had some lovely cotton crochet lace and a few small cotton crochet doilies.  I couldn't decide for the life of me which one looked better.  In the end, I decided to appliqué the doilies.  I was worried the lace would not curve properly and lie flat - and since this hoop was being displayed at spring Quilt Market (trade show), I didn't want to take any chances.
But I couldn't give up on that lace.  Don't worry!  The tiny voice in my head told me to take this HOOP QUILT to the next level with the cotton crochet lace.  I wrapped the hoop in the Deepest Purpose Soulful print.  Then I used the left over binding, combined with the lace and some Pure Elements solid to complete the streamers hanging below the hoop to make the dreamiest of dreamcatchers.
Here she is hanging in Maureen's booth at Quilt Market.  (Don't mind the yellow lighting - it was impossible to get good lighting in that convention hall!)
 So beautiful!  Don't you want to take a nap in that little dream world?
So I know I say this every time... but I am completely in love with this HOOP QUILT.  Soulful and the hoop concept married for the perfect combo.  Dream on!


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May 11, 2017

Picnic 2 HOOP QUILT

May 11, 2017
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If you follow me on Instagram, you've been seeing all the Hoop Quilts I've been making over the past few weeks.  I've been churning them out to prepare for Spring Quilt Market (an industry trade show) in St. Louis in a couple weeks.  Lucky for me, Hoop Quilts are fun and fast to put together.  I made a companion hoop to the original Picnic Hoop Quilt.

Remember the original?  This is it below.  I really can't tell you how much I love this little Add It Up print from Cotton + Steele.  It's such a great background print and highlights the feature fabrics.
Booth HOOPS use HSTs made from set of Melody Miller's Picnic 5" squares and they look great together.  Especially hung on this massive tree at our hometown ball park.  These two hoops will hang together as a set at Quilt Market.  They are the 18" and 23" size.
Picnic 2 hoop uses yet another arrangement of 16 HSTs.  There are so many possible combinations to play with.  

Stay tuned for a few more HOOPs to show!

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May 8, 2017

HOOP QUILTS Patterns are shipping!

May 8, 2017
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HOOP QUILTS printed patterns have arrived and are shipping!  If you've been waiting for the paper version of my new HOOP QUILTS pattern, you'll be happy to hear that the pattern includes detailed instructions, full color photos & illustrations, and an 11"x17" template sheet insert with full size templates.  Yay!

SHOPS:  Printed patterns are also available in the Wholesale Shop.  Please send me an email [annemarie@genxquilters.com] to create an account.  If you're not already on my Shop Newsletter list, sign up here - I am getting ready to send out a newsletter with class suggestions for teaching HOOP QUILTS in your shop.  It makes a super unique mini quilt.

My patterns are also available through Checker Distributors, Brewer Sewing and E.E. Schenck. Pin It
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