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Paint Party: The Paint Fabric Collection

April 11, 2014

Parallels quilt pattern, elizabeth ancell, empty bobbin sewing studio, modern quilt pattern

Working with beautiful, vibrant fabrics is such a joy. Working with fabrics that have a clear handmade feel to them is even better. That’s the case with Carrie Bloomston’s upcoming line of fabric for Windham. It’s called Paint, and you’re going to love it! Read on for a chance to win a charm pack of the whole line! Paint arrives in stores in July/August.

If we’ve not met before…. Hi! I’m Carrie’s friend Shea. Pattern designer, author, wife, mom to three, and lover of all things sewing. Carrie and I met back in 2011 and became fast “pattern friends”. I just wish she lived closer so I could soak up her ability to get messy with kid art. Ha! In a digital world, where everything seems to be computer generated, Carrie’s painterly fabrics are such a welcome bit of fresh air.

This quilt is from a soon-to-be released Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio pattern, called Parallels. Parallels will be printed as a pattern book, full of six different quilt designs (each in sizes baby to king!) based on parallelograms. It was designed by Elizabeth Ancell (who is brilliant, by the way) and will be published with my pattern company. Keep your eyes out for it, as it will show up here and in shops all around shortly after Market in May. It was quite possibly the speediest-to-assemble quilt I’ve ever had the chance to make. (Thank you, mom, for the quick long arm quilting, too!) I can’t wait to share more about Elizabeth’s Parallels quilt designs. Soon!

What makes so many of Carrie’s Paint prints so great is that there are so many non-directional prints. When seams on a quilt match up with an identical piece of fabric, directional prints give those seams away too easily. Carrie’s fabric flows smoothly through Elizabeth’s clean, graphic design. And that red and newsprint stripe was screaming to be used as a binding!

If you want to see more of Carrie’s collection, check out the Lookbook here. Her awesome newsprint fabric is back (and even expanded), people!

Visit the other stops on the Paint Party, too:

April 9 April Rhodes
April 10 Sally Keller + Julie Goldin
April 11 Shea Henderson (that’s me!)
April 12 Ramona Burke + Jenny Kelly
April 13 Sam Hunter A Vintage Fairytale (Staci Barrett)
April 14 Rachael Gander + Erica Sage
April 15 Karen LePage + Tia Curtis
April 16 Shelly Figueroa + Fabrications2b (Bonnie Bobman)

Want to win some Paint fabric early? Leave a comment, telling me your favorite shape to see in a quilt. Squares? Parallelograms? Triangles? Circles? I’ll select a winner on April 21st! The giveaway is now closed. The winner is Margo! 

Thanks for stopping by!

72 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny H permalink
    April 11, 2014 8:27 am

    How lovely, your quilt is fantastic and I love the new Paint line! Rectangles are probably my favourite shape :)

  2. April 11, 2014 8:56 am

    I love triangles the best :)! thanks!

  3. Hannah permalink
    April 11, 2014 9:07 am

    That quilt is absolutely genius!! I’ve always loved triangles in quilts, but sometimes simple patchwork squares are great too.

  4. April 11, 2014 9:24 am

    I love squares! I always paint on square canvases and quilting with blocks came naturally to me. Most of my quilts are square too… I can’t stop thinking about that red newsprint fabric!!!!

  5. Ellen M. permalink
    April 11, 2014 12:04 pm

    I’m newer to quilting and find myself being drawn to quilts with circles. I think it’s just a nice change from all of the linear/geometric designs. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Jennifer B permalink
    April 11, 2014 12:07 pm


  7. April 11, 2014 12:23 pm

    Ooh, I looked thru. the lookbook and the patterns are magnificent. I can’t wait for it to come out. The types of look on the quilts I like are off set squares. What I meant by that are squares sitting on its corner. I think they usually end up in a square format when it is completed. I love the way it looks after the completion.

  8. Tabitha Keener permalink
    April 11, 2014 12:53 pm

    I’ve been crushing on all the triangles I’ve been seeing lately! I’m new and I haven’t made any yet, but I’m getting there. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Debbie permalink
    April 11, 2014 12:59 pm

    I am OCD enough to need symmetry and geometrically challenged enough to want the more simple squares or triangles!!

  10. Rebmara permalink
    April 11, 2014 1:47 pm

    I like parallelograms

  11. Carrie Bloomston permalink
    April 11, 2014 1:55 pm

    Love you so much! Just got the post up. Big smooch and many thanks. Can’t wait to see you at Market. xoxo

  12. Barbara permalink
    April 11, 2014 1:58 pm

    I tend to prefer squares, but I love looking at anything geometric! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Deb J permalink
    April 11, 2014 2:14 pm

    I’m partial to squares and rectangles…but I also love hexagons…I have two beautiful quilts made by my grandmothers and great grandmothers that use hexagons! To be honest, I’ve never met a quilt shape I didn’t like! Love the new Paint fabrics!

  14. April 11, 2014 3:04 pm

    HST’s are SEW much fun to design into quilts – love to keep trying a different pattern with them..

  15. Afton Warrick permalink
    April 11, 2014 3:14 pm

    I love triangles in all shapes and sizes.

  16. April 11, 2014 4:23 pm

    I love your quilt! Great to find your blog. favorite shape? hmmmm that’s hard! Lately I’ve been playing with tumblers, I do like them (today. tomorrow it could be something else!)

  17. April 11, 2014 5:08 pm

    Love the simple shapes creating a complex pattern!

  18. Joan Anderson permalink
    April 11, 2014 5:53 pm

    I really like hexagons.

  19. Michelle permalink
    April 11, 2014 6:41 pm

    Do I have to pick one shape? I love triangles, am currently obsessed with hexes, but also love circles. I feel like they all show movement really well.

  20. Daria permalink
    April 11, 2014 8:50 pm

    Love this quilt and the pattern, too! Loving the PAINT fabric is a given. ;-)

  21. Pam S permalink
    April 11, 2014 8:51 pm

    Your quilt is lovely! Thanks for sharing. I think my favorite shape is a circle.

  22. Cecilia permalink
    April 11, 2014 9:22 pm

    Cute quilt! I like diamonds.

  23. April 11, 2014 11:24 pm

    Love the simplicity of your quilt. I love plain, simple squares!

  24. April 12, 2014 3:32 am

    I’m a big fan of circles, I just love working with them. Another wonderful collection from Carrie. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  25. April 12, 2014 3:36 am

    I love circles on quilts. From large to small the all look wonderful. Another great collection from Carrie. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. Sarah permalink
    April 12, 2014 8:22 am

    Squares! I love squares in quilts and the nine patch block is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Helen Thomas permalink
    April 12, 2014 10:23 am

    Triangles are my fave but I like anything that looks hard–and isn’t!

  28. Audrey permalink
    April 12, 2014 10:23 am

    I love triangles best, especially flying geese. Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Betsy permalink
    April 12, 2014 11:04 am

    Wonky triangles and stars are my favorites these days.

  30. Teresa P permalink
    April 12, 2014 11:32 am

    I like all sorts of shapes, but a well-done appliqued circle is a beautiful thing.

  31. barbe permalink
    April 12, 2014 11:41 am

    i like triangles best, they creates some great shapes

  32. April 12, 2014 1:30 pm

    I like triangles. So much movement!

  33. Tamie permalink
    April 12, 2014 2:01 pm

    Squares are easiest but those angles just add a special something.

  34. Gill permalink
    April 12, 2014 2:50 pm

    I like triangles!

  35. Amy C permalink
    April 12, 2014 3:43 pm

    I am totally addicted to triangles at the moment! I LOVE this new fabric line :)

  36. Melody permalink
    April 12, 2014 10:25 pm

    Triangles, with the geese!

  37. Kathie Craig permalink
    April 13, 2014 12:47 am

    I like hexagons. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  38. Michele T permalink
    April 13, 2014 5:52 am

    I really love diamonds but am terrified of those biased edges and ruining fabric!! I solved this when I made a quilt with squares on point and it turned out beautifully!!

  39. Tina Short permalink
    April 13, 2014 5:55 am

    Hi, I love hexagons, so I suppose I love triangles too as they can be made into hexies.

  40. Emily C permalink
    April 13, 2014 7:37 am

    I love stars.

  41. Kathy G permalink
    April 13, 2014 8:53 am

    I love circles, but am not good at piecing them. If they cannot be made with a Drunkard’s Path pattern, I’m not interested:) Guess I need to get out of my comfort zone! Love your newest pattern with PAINT. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  42. April 13, 2014 9:52 am

    I’m loving the triangles! I have only made one quilt so far with triangles, but would love to do more! Thanks for your giveaway! What a great way to try out new fabrics that you wouldn’t normally choose. My daughter says I need to stretch my color choices a bit! Happy Quilting everyone!

  43. Patty permalink
    April 13, 2014 9:38 pm

    My favorite shape to sew with is the square. I love stars and can use only squares to get the points.

  44. Lori Morton permalink
    April 13, 2014 10:05 pm

    My favorite shape is probablt squares..or rectangles! lol I am pretty new to quilting. Would love to learn how to make Hexie’s too.

  45. Melissa Quinn permalink
    April 14, 2014 8:42 am

    I would have to say diamonds. That is next on my quilt bucket list.

  46. April 14, 2014 9:42 am

    Triangles are my favorite.

  47. Buffy permalink
    April 14, 2014 11:44 am

    I’m drawn to quilts with circles/ ovals because I’ve never been brave enough to try something like that. For me, I love working with squares and simple clean lines.

  48. Delaine permalink
    April 14, 2014 2:24 pm

    I love parallelograms. Thanks!

  49. April 14, 2014 5:42 pm

    Pinwheels are one of my favorites followed by flying geese.

  50. Linda L. permalink
    April 14, 2014 9:15 pm

    I usually favour rectangles but, having seen your parallelograms, I’m wavering!

  51. April 15, 2014 12:53 am

    Beautiful fabric! Would be so much fun to include in a quilt. Thank for the chance. My favorite shape is triangle – there can be so much flexibility in the way it is adding them in a quilt.

  52. April 15, 2014 9:39 am

    Lovely quilt! Lately, I’ve been liking stars in quilts, especially wonky stars.

  53. April 15, 2014 11:47 am

    I love to see triangles!

  54. April 15, 2014 2:32 pm

    Cute prints! I really love equilateral triangle quilts!

  55. Andrea permalink
    April 15, 2014 4:21 pm

    I love parallelograms!!

  56. Annmarie permalink
    April 15, 2014 9:23 pm

    I’m a straight line kind of gal so squares & rectangles are my thing – precuts work great with them too! Liking Paint ALOT!

  57. Karrie Smith permalink
    April 16, 2014 1:00 am

    I love to see Stars on quilts…but I’ll pick triangles! Thanks for the chance to win!

  58. Brenda permalink
    April 16, 2014 7:01 am

    The fabric line looks like quite a lot of fun. My favorite shape in a quilt is any shape that can be sewn. Inset circles, arcs, tesselations, all are fun. And this fabric would work for any of them!

  59. Brenda Hulsey permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:19 am

    I like to see triangles in quilts.

  60. April 16, 2014 12:44 pm

    I like to see Triangles! :D

  61. ProfessorQuilt permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:06 pm

    Squares & circles.

  62. Pam Raby permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:33 pm

    I’m rather in love with hexagons these days … your quilt is beautiful! So clever!

  63. Audrey permalink
    April 17, 2014 1:12 pm

    I love to see hexagons in quilts but I am also drawn to diamonds. Parallels is a great looking quilt. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway of the Paint fabric.

  64. becky permalink
    April 17, 2014 6:47 pm

    I like curvy quilts, something I need to try. I usually make quilts with straight lines(easier)

  65. Shar F permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:28 pm

    I like and block pattern that creates a spinning effect.

  66. Kimberlee permalink
    April 17, 2014 10:20 pm

    I love hexagons, I can tell I’ll be on a triangle fix next.

  67. Piroska permalink
    April 18, 2014 11:55 am

    I love hexagons, though I’ve never attempted any, yet.

  68. Karen permalink
    April 20, 2014 1:53 pm

    I like squares and rectangles as the possibilities are endless. Love your quilt!

  69. Mary permalink
    April 21, 2014 9:34 am

    Triangles are high on my list of favorite shapes but I love movement in quilts and shapes that create that movement. I really like this fabric line.

  70. April 22, 2014 3:11 am

    Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

    They are my fave… Yet as a beginner a little tricky.

    Great collection!

  71. December 17, 2014 12:42 pm

    I love your beautiful fabric .This looks like a fresh interpretation of a traditional painting.”


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