Bunches of Blooms is another crisp and fresh beauty from Jill Finley.

Star Members can watch Jill in Show 1902: A Bias for Appliqué.

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Original Photo: Jill Finley


Bunches of Blooms is another crisp and fresh beauty from Jill Finley.

Star Members can watch Jill in Show 1902: A Bias for Appliqué.

Original Photo: Jill Finley

Click here to purchase the pattern on Jill's website.


10,000 LEGO® Blocks Create First-Ever Geek Couture Gown for Host Ashley Eckstein at The Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con!

Fast Facts about Ashley's dress: with a design inspired by a sketch of Star Wars: The Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano created by Dave Filoni, the dress was made of more than 10,000 bricks and weighed in at 25 pounds!

The third annual HER UNIVERSE FASHION SHOW took place Thursday, July 21 at San Diego Comic-Con.  Host and Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein wore an original "little block dress" made of LEGO®;  and designed by 2014 Audience Award winner  Andrew MacLaine and brick artist Nathan Sawaya.

27 designers competed with haute couture designs inspired by pop culture stalwarts such as Star Wars, DC, Marvel, Harry Potter, Mad Max: Fury Road, Game of Thrones, Pokémon, Doctor Who, Sailor Moon, Labyrinth, Supernatural, 28 Days Later, Wall-E and Red Dragon / Silence of the Lambs.

Voting is now open on HerUniverse.com to allow viewers at home to choose a third winner for the series.

Dan Madsen - Her Universe Publicist - dmadsen@araca.com
Her Universe Publicist

(photo: HollyReporter.com)


 (photo: TeenVogue.com)

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Name: Fairy Ring
Designer: Ricky Tims
Show 1903: Make Your Own Kind of Fabric
Begins: July 31, 2016
Price: Free to Star members
Description: Practice your circle embroidery skills with Ricky's Fairy Ring pattern.

Star Members click here to get the pattern.

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 Jill's quilt just might remind you of springtime in your home town.

Star Members can watch in Jill in Show 1902: A Bias for Applique.

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Original Photo: Jill Finley


"Quilters do accumulate large stashes of fabric throughout their lifetime and they feel guilty about it." - Shamara Elkins, Second Chance Fabrics

Shamara has created a new kind of fabric store to help quilters with their guilt. Customers can drop off fabric from their stash and receive cash or store credit. Her store now has quite a collection of "vintage" fabrics with prices ranging from $2.99 to 6.99 per yard.  They also sell new fabrics as well.

Learn about Second Chance Fabrics  from this article and video from The Fresno Bee.  Would you like to have one of these shops in your area?


There are many reasons for the popularity of HBO's "Game of Thrones."  The first thing that comes to mind is probably not the costumes, but it should be.  The detail work in these clothes makes each one a singular masterpiece of design with unbelievable handwork, embroidery and embellishment. Click on the button to see more costumes.


(photos: smatterist.com)


With the Summer Olympics in Rio just around the corner, we thought we'd revisit the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Hoffman California Fabrics worked with designer Linda Ambrosini to create this lovely quilt, featuring 29 different batik fabrics, based on the patchwork banners and the eye-catching uniforms of the athletes. The quilt measures 50" x 74." The pattern for "When Bali Meets Sochi" is available as a free download. Please be sure to set your printer to "actual size" to ensure that your templates are accurate.



Ricky starts the show with decorative stitches and free-motion yarn stitching. He and Alex are then joined by Jane LaFazio, who came to quilting with a graphic design degree and a passion for sketching and watercolor. Jane shows you how to add surface design to your fabric and how to machine needle felt wool roving, sheer fabric and ribbon to create a stunning fabric base which can be further embellished with beads, sequins and embroidery.


Star Members can watch Show 1903:  Make Your Own Kind of Fabric.  Star Members can click here to download Ricky's pattern.

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Learn more about winner, Charlotte Newland, who made it through eight weeks of tough sewing challenges to become Britain’s best amateur sewer of 2016 on "The Great British Sewing Bee." The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) caught up with Charlotte to talk about the competition, modern quilting, QuiltCon, and the MQG. Click on "Learn More" to read the interview.

(photo: Love Productions/BBC)

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