Thursday, January 24, 2013

Inspire


We like a word. It is "inspire" and we feel that it is covers all that we are trying to do for you. We sat down and put some thoughts together about what we could do to inspire you to create and sew. First up, designer Jill Finley of Jillily Studios is excited to bring you her pdq* Club [*Pretty Darn Quick] here each month on our blog. 


Jill developed the pdq* Club [*pretty darn quick] to inspire and to ensure that you will be able to sit down and sew or craft a project in no time. We think that the idea is pretty darn cute, don't you? Her club idea will make its debut around the third week of each month. What do you have to do? Pop in, enjoy her project and send her some love by commenting.  We'd love for you to make the items and show them off to us either by Facebook or you can send them to us via our e-mail here. Please put "pdq Club" in your subject line. We will reward someone by [randomly] selecting a name from the commenters and participants who use any of our fabrics in their projects with a bundle of fabric from our collections. We'll feature some of the projects that are made from the designs. We know that will inspire you to sew your next project. Are you in? Let's get going! Have fun and let us know what your word or motto is that you live by.


This month's design is the Dish Towel Delight [Download pattern here]. It is an adorable design that uses a dish towel and some of that fabulous floral from Jill's line, Beyond The Gate. The line is in the stores now!

Here's a look at some of our favorite prints from Beyond The Gate. Which one is your favorite?




Enjoy! We look forward to hearing from you about this club and to seeing your finished projects! Have fun and let us know what your word or motto is that you live by!

-hg





82 comments:

Jan said...

Love the apron and I'm looking forward to more great projects.

Linda said...

Super project! Looks like I'll have to make two. My granddaughters would fight over who gets to wear it!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Cute apron! I saw something similar in the fall but could not find instructions. Thanks Jill!

Lee said...

Thanks for such a sweet pattern! This year my word is Simplify!

Carrie P. said...

what a fun idea!

Kathy Maulorico said...

This would make a really cute crafter's apron... can't wait to get started

Joan and Kevin said...

The pattern is just what I was looking for. I am going
to a bridal shower. It will the perfect gift.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I just love the apron~ is it too early to think about Christmas gifts? :-) I'm really looking fwd to the pdq club! Thank you!

Lisa Marie said...

Love this pattern! I try to remember "Don't sweat the small stuff". Not always easy!

Jill said...

What a great idea! This P.D.Q. project would be a prefect 4-H sewing project for my daughter to make and enter in our local fair, this summer. I can't wait to see what other projects Jill has lined up. Maybe some more items that can be made by our 4-H club's sewing members.
Honesty is a something I try to teach everyday.

Sandy D said...

I love this pattern and I can see making one for one of my daughters that has been "bugging" for me to make her an apron. No excuse now with this great pattern.

reddquilter said...

Wonderful fabric---love the red one!
Aprons, bags, quilts oh so many ways to use this fabric.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Such a cute pattern! Thanks so much. Love the new fabric line. It is so versatile I would love it in a lap quilt or summer bag. Thanks so much for sharing.

Cecilia said...

Cute apron and I love the fabric. Thanks!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My cooking wouldn't matter with a cute apron!

Linda said...

HI! SUCH A DARLING APRON!
LOVE YOUR PROJECTS!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

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Four dogs and one quilter said...

This sounds like fun, always looking for some PDQ projects when I am in between quilts.

Kathryn said...

I love quick projects to intersperse with the bigger ones. Great idea.
I like to wake up with a song on my lips and in my heart. Every day is a blessing. Kathie L in Allentown

JaneB said...

I'm not much of an apron wearer, but this one is so darn cute. I will check back for more PDQ patterns.

Lindsay Tuft said...

I'm SO excited to try this for my daughters. Thanks Jill and HG! And I'm hoping to be picked to win that DARLING fat quarter bundle. Thanks for the great ideas to make!

Judy1522 said...

I love the idea of quick projects that look as great as this apron does when it is finished. Jill's fabrics are beautiful

Martina said...

Cute apron! And lovely fabrics! My word to live by this year is: Listen.

Diane Kelsey said...

I love an apron and wear one everyday. This is a lovely pattern, looking forward to more.

hennies.pennies said...

I'm a huge fan of quick projects! I don't have lots of time to invest so, the quicker the better!! Love the apron!! Be especially blessed...

Sharon said...

Wow how cute is the apron...I love your idea and cannot wait to make one for myself....Thank you Jill

Mommarock said...

My word motto is TRY..try something new..TRY again..just TRY!! All you can do is TRY..

Renea said...

Really cute apron. I am really looking forward to all the projects.

Tammy said...

Great project. Can't wait to make it. Love the idea of all these fourth comeing PDQ projects
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Lee Peters said...

Oh the apron is so cute, can't wait to make it! Love the fabrics you used so I will be on the hunt for some.

Pat said...

Such a pretty apron. I think it would be a great hostess gift, simple, beautiful and PDQ. Love your fabrics!! Pat

Margaret said...

I love the apron and the floral is so bright and pretty. I have to get me some of that.

KMSC said...

I love this project because I love aprons and Jill's new fabric line is colorful and cheerful. My word this year is Focus (which I copied from another blog because it fit my situation. I want to focus on finishing up UFOs).

Shar said...

My daughter is into making aprons. So I think we will be making aprons with the fabric.

Carol said...

Love, love, love the fabric. So bright and cheerful. Just my style. the apron patterns will be a lot of fun. Can't wait to see which will be my favourite.

Kalynn's Creations said...

PDQ is just what I need, I thought I was going to have a little time with my machine... not, I have been kicked out of my rut with a new calling at church. But I am not giving up. Love the apron - and just in time for valentine's Day. Love the brite colors in "Beyond the Gate" Can't wait to get some.

Kalynn's Creations said...

PDQ is just what I need, a little down time with my machine in my hectic life. Love the bright colors in Beyond the Gate.

Lynda said...

what a fun apron - will have to downsize it to fit my two grandaughters...everything has to be downsized for them...

Kalynn's Creations said...

PDQ is just what I need, a little down time with my machine to escape the hectic pace of life
Love the bright colors of Beyond the Gate

Leslie said...

The apron is SO cute and my stepdaughter just asked for an apron... I bought a fat-quarter bundle from Jill at Road 2California, but I can bring myself to open it yet! I'm still deciding which fabric I like the most.

sandy said...

Love the apron pattern and the fabric line. On my to do list The Garden Gate. I love easy, quick to do projects to make for gifts. Thanks, and I'll be back for next months project.

Kay said...

I would like to make a table runner & some kitchen curtains out of your fabric. Love the big floral pribt.

Gloria said...

love the fabric and the project. thanks so much!

Pat S. said...

That apron is so my daughter's style! I'm going to make it for her using your yummy fabrics...she'll love it!

Michelle said...

I love pdq projects, its so inspirering to see the finish product. Your fabric is so cute. Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing the cute pdq projects.
Michelle

carolann said...

The apron is really cute! My favorite fabric is the black background with the large flowers - so bright and happy!

Cindy said...

I have both of your books and would love the fat quarters to make one of the quilts in the books. Love the new fabrics!

Cindy said...

Love the new fabrics and would love to use them on one of the patterns in your books that I own!

Leka Akel said...

Thank you for an interesting and poznovatelny blog

Leka Akel said...

Thank you for an interesting and poznovatelny blog

Leka Akel said...

Thank you for an interesting and poznovatelny blog

Jan Marie said...

love this fabric looks like I am going to make a snibbles.

Joy said...

Love the fabric and pattern! How fun!

patti said...

I love these fabrics! Super simple apron pattern should let me make these for all of the holidays plus everyday too!

patti said...

Love the fabric and the apron pattern! Can't wait to try it!

Unknown said...

Jill, I recently signed up for a quilt class and when thinking on the fabric I wanted I immediately selected fabric from your "Beyond the Gate" collection. I had seen it when a friend and I came down to your open house last fall. It was so fun and friendly that I knew it would be perfect. When I arrived at the class and took out my fabric to begin cutting everyone stopped and came over to look at my fabric. There were so many OOOHs and AHHHs that women became coming from other classes to see wheat was going on. Everyone loved the fabric and I am soooo happy with the way it is turning out. It will take me some time to get the quilt top finished since I am just a beginner, but I know it will be fabulous when completed. Thank you so much for your vision and creativity. You bless so many of us with your talents.

jrwork said...

Love the apron pattern...just have to make it big enough to fit my husband, he's the real cook in our family! Love to win the fabrics! I think a new table runner for my kitchen would be nice

janice said...

Super cute apron. I love Jill's fabrics, very bright and fun.

Beth said...

The motto I live by is Do What Matters Most.

Thanks for highlighting Jill's patterns and fabric. She is a real inspiration!

Laura T said...

I love the Beyond the Gate fabric line and think a pattern Baskets of Marmalade would be wonderful out of this fabric line. I've also been making dishtowel aprons and this is such a fun idea to change it up and do something just a bit different from what I've been making. Thanks for the quick pattern! Simplify is a word I've been using - make it simple and fun:)
LauraT

ritainalaska said...

thanx for the pattern! my grandaughter is newly engaged and i thought i'd make her some kitchen stuff for her hope chest. this will do nicely.

Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

Love the idea of some quick projects and your fabrics are so pretty and cheerful. I like to make quilts but there are times when I enjoy making something that goes together quickly!

Anonymous said...

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Love the fabric and pattern!!

Vivian said...

My motto is "relax". I like the calmness of life and when things get crazy I tell myself to relax and let it go. Cute apron.

Vivian said...

My motto is "relax". When things get too hectic I remind myself to relax and let it go. Cute apron!

Chookyblue...... said...

this sounds fun...........i'll be looking out for the next pattern........

Dianne Mitzel said...

Love the darling apron, you are so creative!! The floral is my favorite, beautiful fabrics..I'll download the pattern, thanks for providing this.

Mary Jordan said...

I now have my next year Christmas gift for my co-workers. Love the colors.

janice said...

I love the simple beauty of the design, and how the colors pop! Thank you for such a fun idea.

janice said...

Absolutely love the color combination. Thanks for such a fun project.

Kd Brown said...

I absolutely love Jill's new line of fabric and the apron is adorable. Both projects INSPIRE me. Her pdq club is spifariffic!

Potpourri said...

Gorgeous. I love the fabric and the apron pattern.

kshackabq said...

That is a wonderful apron. I may need to start in on some Christmas presents -- asap! I'm off to hunt for your fabric . . .

Janet said...

Love the apron and fabric. I have quite a bit of Meet Me in the Meadow fabric that I was originally going to make a small Schnibbles quilt with; however, some of your quilts in Home Sweet Quilt are calling me. Love this new club and thanks for being so creative and sharing your free pattern designs.

Janet said...

Love your apron and fabric. I have quite a bit of Meet Me in the Meadow fabric that some of your patterns in Home Sweet Quilt are calling me. Thanks for sharing your "pdq" patterns with us. I'm going to love this club.

maria celina ariza quintero said...

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dortha said...

I could see some placemats and a table runner out of your fabric line. Very pretty line.

Sunnybec said...

Love the apron. I've just got Jill Finley's book Home Sweet Quilt and can't wait to make something from it. Linda

JudyCinNC said...

I really love the pdq projects and the inspiration. I have been living downsizing - my word for the year as I continue to struggle with it. Judy C in NC

JudyCinNC said...

Love the apron and immediately I think of Christmas presents. Thanks Jill for your kindness and inspiring us all. Judy C in NC

VermontMom said...

Love the apron and the bold contrast in the floral. Looking forward to more from PDQ!

VermontMom said...

Love the apron and the bold contrast in the floral. Looking forward to more from PDQ!

Janice said...

Love the apron and love that it is
a quick & free project.
Thank you! Looking forward to more projects.
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