Making friends with purple

Purple is a color that's sorely lacking in my stash - and with the naming of Radiant Orchid as the Pantone color of the year, I'm slowly trying to build up my purples, and use them. My purple stash is awfully malnourished compared to, for example, my greens or blues, which I should officially put a moratorium on buying!

Purple is just a blip in my stash...

Purple's never been my favorite color in the world, so it's not surprising that I don't have much of it in my stash...but if you're an avid fabric shopper like me, you're probably aware that purple hasn't been a super popular color in modern fabric collections in recent years. Seemingly, purple doesn't sit at the cool kids table in the color cafeteria, but maybe with Pantone choosing a shade of purple for the color of the year, that may change. Personally, I love a well-rounded rainbow in my stash, so I'm open to trying to make friends with purple, so the last month or so I've tried to add some new purples to the stash.

Some new purples to be shelved in the stash

I found these purple lovelies at Hawthorne Threads recently, and when I opened them this weekend, they made me think maybe purple's not so bad. I actually felt awfully inspired to put them into a project, so I might try to work them into my second Sew Sew Modern project, which is next up to get started on, pronto, since the mailing deadline is fast approaching. I made a good bit of headway on the first project this weekend and hope to wrap it up this week.

SewSew Modern progress - a little 4" Lucky Star

If you're trying to make friends with purple and need some motivation, check out the cool Radiant Orchid challenge hosted by my friend Anne of the fab Play Crafts blog and Adrianne of the On the Windy Side blog right here. There's even a whole section at Intrepid Thread dedicated to fabrics in the color of the year to help you get started, if you too need to make friends with purple. There's definitely quite a few nice purples out there these days! You can also find some great purples at I Don't Do Dishes, Pink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Modern Fabrics, too.

Some favorite purples in the stash...

What about you? Are you a purple fan? Have a great day today!

Good old fashioned stashing

While I haven't found much time to sew lately, I sure have found some time to do some stashing! My mailbox overfloweth ;)

The most exciting thing that's made it to my mailbox is a big box of Violet Craft's new collection, Waterfront Park. I snagged it from Sew Modern, and you can also find it in stock at Pink Castle Fabrics. This is one of the lines I was most excited about after seeing it in Portland, and it definitely does not disappoint. The colors are rich and vibrant, and the basecloth is buttery soft, much like Madrona Road, Violet's previous collection for Michael Miller. I don't have a plan for these beauties just yet, but I am so glad to be giving them a home in my stash!

Waterfront Park by Violet Craft - MUST stash!


After teaching another fun free-motion quilting class at my local quilt shop, Inspire, and I couldn't resist putting together a little stack, destined to become a small shop sample. I really love the summer-y feel of these fabrics together. Now I just need to find a 25th and 26th hour in the day so that I can get some sewing done. I'll keep you posted on that ;)


I am planning on making a wooden ironing board to throw on top of my tall cutting table for pressing, and I found some fun Echino prints to cover it with from Pink Castle Fabrics. Maybe now I'll actually go to the lumber yard for the wood I need!

Echino half-yards for an ironing board cover


I also received some pretty fabrics in the mail from Modern Yardage recently. If you haven't heard of Modern Yardage yet, it's a new company somewhat similar to Spoonflower, in that they print fabric on demand, but their business model is actually quite different. They have a stable of designers creating prints for them, and then the prints are printed on fabric as they are ordered. My prints, for instance, came on one single sheet of fabric, which was kind of neat.

Some new-to-me Modern Yardage prints

I will say this: I haven't used the fabric yet, but upon first impression, the fabric seems a lot more vibrant and colorful than things I've ordered from Spoonflower in the past. I haven't washed them yet, as I haven't put them into a finished piece, so it's possible they may fade, but we'll see. I'm going to work up a really simple baby quilt tutorial using these fabrics, plus maybe a few extras from my stash, just as soon as I finish settling into the new house.

Speaking of the house, I finally finished painting yesterday, phew! I forgot how much I despise painting. I'm so glad that's over, definitely makes the house feel more "ours." Like we put our stamp on it. Now, I need to hang our art and pictures, and finish organizing my sewing room so it can be useable!


I hope you're having a great week so far. Have you been stashing wonderful fabrics lately too? What are you most excited about stashing recently? Happy Wednesday!

Dear Fat Quarters...

Many of you commented last week about my surprising rule against fat quarters, and I realized that while I wrote this post a while back, I apparently never published it. Whoops! So, here it is, my Dear John letter to fat quarters. Have a wonderful day!

Dear Fat Quarters,

It's not you, it's me. No, that's not true. It's you, it's totally you. I can't put this off anymore. I simply have to break up with you, because there's just not enough of you. Seriously, 18" x 22" is just not enough for me anymore. Because every time I make a quilt, or a pouch, or a bag, I go to reach for you, and you're just too small. Or worse yet, I cut into you, thinking I can make it work, and I can't. And then I get crabby, and there's just no need for such madness!

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So I'm calling it quits. No more fat quarters for me.

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Instead of falling for cute displays of you in quilt shops (I'm talking to you Modern Domestic!) and grabbing piles of fat quarters, I'm going to stroll right on by you. I'll pick up a bolt instead, and get a nice big half-yard cut, because a half-yard is just so much more usable in my stash than a measly, tiny fat quarter.

Preppy Sophisticate bundle from Sew Lux Fabrics

So, when I pass you by, don't look at me, Fat Quarter. Because you'll just be disappointed. There's no longer a place for you in my stash.

xoxo,
E

P.S. -  I'm talking to you too, Fat Eighths and Charm Packs and Jelly Rolls. Persona non grata!

P.P.S. - It's entirely possible probable that I will break this rule. For Oakshotts, at the very least...and maybe uber-expensive Japanese fabrics...

Spring Quilt Market 2013: Portlandia

Portland was a great place for Spring Market this year. I'd never been to Portland before, so it was exciting to get to see a new place, and to experience it with so many great people. If you haven't visited Portland before, make sure to arrive with an empty stomach - the food is unbelievable!

Mother's Bistro was a great breakfast spot, with quite possibly the best french toast I've ever had. Granted, I haven't been to Paris or anything, but I thought they were amazing. It could be in part because I haven't had the luxury of having french toast in a long time, but the ambiance in the restaurant was also really cool.

French Toast at Mothers

AnneMarie and I also walked on over to Frank's Noodle House for dinner one night, with their amazing homemade noodles and super tasty dumplings. It was a really interesting little place, and the food was just delicious. Definitely two thumbs up.

Frank's Noodle House - yum!

And who knew that Portland had awesome ice cream?!? Not me! After the Modern Domestic Happy Hour Friday night, a group of us walked over to Salt & Straw, a super fresh ice cream shop with very unique flavors, ranging from arbequina olive oil to more classic flavors like chocolate with gooey brownies. I had a mixed scoop of the chocolate with gooey brownies and the sea salt with caramel ribbon ice cream. Definitely an amazing match up! Even if it made the mild weather feel nearly arctic afterward ;)

Salt & Straw with some super fun girls
awesome photo of us in line *yes there was a line!* at Salt & Straw by Jamie
l-r: me, AnneMarie, Jen, Sukie, and Lee

Bolt - great fabric store in Portland

The other thing you'll need when you go to Portland is your wallet, because there are so many great fabric stores! On Thursday, AnneMarie and I managed to get out to a few fabric stores, thanks to our hotel shuttle and the kindness of strangers. We headed to Bolt, which was a beautiful little shop. Gorgeous fabrics, lots of modern finds, and lots of crossweaves as well. Definitely an inspiring kind of space. I picked up a few goodies there, and at the cutting counter, stumbled upon a kind stranger who was heading to Fabric Depot next. AnneMarie and I had planned to venture out to the public transit system to get out there, but our kindly new friends offered to drive us. How nice!

Stack of finds from Bolt

Fabric shopping with some good samaritans

Our new friends were Susan, the fabulous owner of The Quilt Asylum in McKinney, Texas, and her daughter, Audrey. Thanks again, girls! Fabric Depot was definitely an interesting experience - kind of Wal-Mart meets quilt shop, with loads, and loads of bolts of quilting cottons ranging from solids to popular collections. They even had a bridal fabric section! Definitely lots of variety there. I picked up some great stash builders there, as well as some fabric to put together a Super Tote for Jacquie with her signature color, orange, and a fun dark denim I found.

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Makings of a Super Tote from Fabric Depot

Quilting cottons from Fabric Depot


Last but not least, I did a bit of shopping at the Modern Domestic Happy Hour, breaking my no-fat-quarters rule, because they were too cute to pass up. If you get up to the Portland area, definitely be sure to check out the Modern Domestic class schedule, their teaching space is just breathtaking!

Haul from Modern Domestic

Don't you just love checking out quilt shops in other cities? I know it's something I look forward to when I travel to new places. Have a great day today. Happy Wednesday to you!

Spring Quilt Market 2013: Fabric sneak peeks!

Though I'm happy to be home, Portland was really wonderful. From the awesome people to the great food and gorgeous scenery, it was a great trip, not to mention all that fabric! And thankfully, I brought my camera, so I can share it all with you guys :)

Today, I'm going to share the great booths and fabrics that I saw at Market, starting with....

Violet Craft's Waterford Park

Violet Craft's booth! Violet was sharing her upcoming Waterfront Park collection for Michael Miller, which should be arriving in stores this summer. Violet has such a bubbly, infectious personality, it was fun getting to visit with her. I especially adored the bridges quilt behind her, it's really stunning in person.

Waterford Park

Also in the Michael Miller booth, I spotted a great upcoming line from Emily Herrick. I especially loved the movie theater seats that Emily recovered in her new line, Technicolor. I adore the colors in this line, it's so bright and cheerful.

Emily Herrick's Technicolor

Emily Herrick's Technicolor - circle pack


I was also really excited to see Mo Bedell's booth. Mo is such a sweetheart! She featured her newest line, Full Moon Lagoon, in her booth as well as her next line, Hothouse Flowers, shown in swatches to the right of the seahorse quilt. Mo won a ribbon for her beautiful booth, for best new exhibitor. So exciting for her!

Mo Bedell's award winning booth

Mo Bedell in her booth


Another line I was pumped to see was Denyse Schmidt's upcoming Florence line, which should be in stores at the end of the summer. No surprise here, but it's gorgeous and brimming with all of the things we love about Denyse's past collections: beautiful, rich colors, small prints that are so easy to use, gorgeous stripes, and a fantastic vintage feel. I will definitely be getting lots of this collection!

Denyse Schmidt on Florence

Denyse Schmidt - Florence fq pack

The Kokka booth was also outstanding, full of Melody Miller, Echino, and Ellen Luckett Baker fabulousness. Melody's next line even has a small cameo of the viewfinders from her first line that have been so beloved and impossible to get. Melody also wore a fabulous dress made of the arrow print while she was at Market, but I didn't manage to get a good picture.

Melody Miller's new line


Echino!

Ellen Luckett Baker's Folk Modern


I also enjoyed seeing Jeni Baker's new line, Nordika. While the colors aren't colors I would normally attribute to her, as soon as you see the fabrics, the collection is totally Jeni. I loved the embroidery hoops hanging in her booth and the mix of both fun garments and quilts showcasing the new line.

Jeni Baker's Nordika

The Cloud 9 booth was so cheerful. It's entirely possible that it's mostly due to a big dose of Pigeon. Oh yes, Mo Willems's famous Pigeon from his books has made it to fabric! I know my son would love to have a pigeon quilt on his bed.

Cloud 9 quilts

Cloud 9 Booth

The other fantastic thing I saw in the Cloud 9 booth was Rashida Coleman-Hale's upcoming line Koi. Rashida's booth featured booth Koi and her current line, Tsuru, but Koi definitely was the showstopper of the booth. With a similar color palette to her super-popular Washi line, but fresh, new prints. Rashida's sunny personality really comes through in this line, which will be available in both quilting cottons and voile.

Rashida Coleman-Hale's Koi and Tsuru

Koi sneak peek


And those are the fabric collections that I saw that really inspired and struck me. I'll write some more about the fabric shops I got to visit in Portland next in another couple of days, and I've also got lots of photos to share from an amazing trunk show by Jacquie Gering, too. First up on the lengthy To Do list I've returned to: laundry! Wish me luck! Have a great day :)

Feeding my stash and my heart

The last few days have been spent feeding my stash and my heart, quite literally. There's a few quilty drives going on to support the people of Boston after the horrific events that occurred last week, and I wanted to make sure to take part. Like so many of you, I was glued to the news last week and it left me feeling not only saddened and hurt for those affected by the violence, but it left me feeling rather helpless. Enter two wonderfully generous charity drives led by two modern quilt guilds.

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild is collecting quilt blocks made in blues, yellows, grays, and whites measuring 12 1/2" x however wide you'd like. You can read more about the drive right here: Quilts for Boston. I've made two blocks so far, and might just make another before I send them off. I made a simple Mod Nine Patch block, based on my Moda Bake Shop tutorial from last year, and then I made a Double-Flip HST block, based on my old tutorial.

Blocks for Boston

The second project I worked on for Boston was a simple bunting flag for a great project that the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has put together, called To Boston with Love. My local MQG is working on putting together several flags and I'm hoping to make a few more before we send ours off. All flags must be in Boston by May 31st. You can read more and get more inspiration right here.

Flag for Boston

In other lighter news, it seems my stash, although quite healthy in its own right, has been quite hungry lately, and I've been feeding it a steady diet of modern stash builders.

I was introduced to a great new stash basic, the tweed texture print from JennSki's Mod Century collection for Moda, by the super creative Marla of Sew Hungry at The Stash Bash. Marla used one of the tweed texture prints in her Happy Pills quilt, and after she found the selvage, I knew I had to have some.

Mod Century tweed texture fabrics

You can find the Mod Century tweed textures in stock at Marmalade Fabrics (although I'm sorry to say I bought up all the gray!).

The other modern basic I picked up is this fun print from Alice Kennedy's Matilda collection for Timeless Treasures. The chevron has a very sketchy quality to it, and I think it would not only make a great print to use in a quilt, but it would also make a great binding!

Matilda chevron fabrics

You can find Matilda in stock at Fat Quarter Shop and Hawthorne Threads.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)

A little fabric therapy

This week, I suspect my sewing machine might just collect a little bit of dust, and no, it's not because I'm going to QuiltCon, because sadly I'm not. Instead, I'm preparing for my son's fifth birthday bash, coming up this weekend, and getting my house clean for some company coming in this week. Cleaning is not my idea of fun, so I've been doing a wee bit of adding to my stash this past week in the form of some retail therapy.

I've snagged a fun stack of prints from Sweetwater's Noteworthy collection. I love the doodle-y feel of these prints, and the birds on the wire print is just gorgeous. Can't wait to use it. You can find Noteworthy in stock at Fat Quarter Shop.

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I couldn't resist picking up a few prints from Aneela Hoey's latest line, Posy. It's just perfect for low volume junkies, and there's a few fun stash builder prints in the line as well. You can find Posy in stock at Intrepid Thread.

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I also picked up 10 yards of this fantastic print from Ikea called Britten Number. I've been hunting for it ever since I saw Kelly use it in backing a quilt, and somehow my local Ikea was always out of stock. Thanks to a good quilty friend, Bree, who tipped me off to our local Ikea having some in stock, I scored big time. Now if only I could find a place to put it ;)

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I've been doing some intermittent fabric shopping on Ebay lately - hunting for out of print stuff mostly that I'm running out of, like this fun print from Wordplay. I'm going to be pretty sad when I reach the end of this print, because it's getting harder and harder to find!

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I do need to finish up this simple little applique t-shirt this week, however, so perhaps my machine will get a little bit of use. I found this super fun Lego inspired fabric on Spoonflower, and knew it was perfect to make the birthday boy a fun birthday shirt. And I've got some more fabric on its way, so stay tuned for some more stash additions later this week! Have a great Monday :)

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Friday Fun: A little bit of fabric, and a little bit of bagels

Thanks for all your lovely comments yesterday about my trek to preschool to talk about quilts - it was a lot of fun, and the children were just adorable. And they all went ga-ga over my munchkin's superhero quilt, which was really cute. Definitely put a smile on my face!

Speaking of putting a smile on my face, this little fabric bundle I put together for Sew Lux Fabrics puts a smile on my face. I'm calling it Preppy Sophisticate and it's on sale this weekend, through Sunday. I love mixing hot pink and green together, it absolutely reminds me of the preppy 80s, and also Jen Lancaster's super sarcastic memoirs. I also love the little pop of two low-volume gray prints from one of my all-time favorite collections, Half Moon Modern. What would you make with it?

Preppy Sophisticate bundle from Sew Lux Fabrics


Last but not least, I want to share a little recipe with you guys today for super easy bread machine bagels - that my friend Amber just made and has been enjoying immensely with her new bread maker. These bagels are incredibly tasty, make the house smell great, and can be customized to be whatever type of bagel flavor you like best.

photo by Amber/One Shabby Chick

Super Easy Bread Machine Bagels
source: can't remember - I've had it a long time, and I jotted it down on notebook paper, so who knows??
makes 9 bagels

you'll need:
1 cup warm water (between 108-112 degrees)
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 T white sugar
3 c bread flour
I envelope of active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp if you're measuring from a tub)
3 q boiling water
3 T white sugar
1 T cornmeal
1 egg white
toppings: Usually I turn mine into everything bagels, sprinkling them with minced onion flakes, garlic salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, etc.

1. Place warm water, salt, sugar, flour and yeast in the bread machine pan in the order your instruction manual indicates. Select Dough setting.

2. When Dough cycle is complete, take out pan and let dough rest on a lightly floured surface. Meanwhile, in a large pt, bring 3 qts of water to a boil. Stir in 3 T of sugar.

3. Cut dough into 9 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a small ball. Flatten each ball with the palm of your hand. Poke a hole in the middle of each using your thumb. Twirl the dough on your finger, or thumb, to make the hole bigger, and to even out the dough around the hole. Cover the shaped bagels with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

4. Sprinkle an ungreased baking sheet 1T cornmeal. This will prevent the bagels from sticking, so it's important, don't skip it! Start preheating the oven now, to 375. Carefully transfer the bagels, one by one, to the boiling water. Boil for 1 minute, turning halfway. Drain briefly on a clean towel. Arrange boiled bagels on baking sheet. Glaze the tops with egg white and sprinkle any toppings you'd like on top.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375, until well browned. Let cool before eating - trust me, they are super hot!

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

A little bit of fabric-related indecision...

I think it's official - I am in love with this Juki machine! I feel slightly unfaithful to my Husqvarna Viking Sapphire, but I think I have enough room in my heart (and sewing room) for both of the machines. They both have their strengths, so I have a feeling I'll be using both pretty often.

My Juki, however, is in need of a cover, both to make it pretty and to keep it relatively dust-free. I've sketched out a couple of ideas, and now I'm working on picking out some fabrics, but I'm having a really tough time deciding. Maybe you could help a girl out. Tell me which one of these fabric stacks below is your favorite. I'm all ears (or eyes, as the case may be!)!

Stack #1:
Collections from top to bottom: Luxe in Bloom, Luxe in Bloom, Salt Water, Constellations, Salt Water, Architextures



Stack #2:
Collections from top to bottom: Architextures, Simpatico, Simpatico, Simpatico



Stack #3:
Collections from top to bottom: Madrona Road, Type, Mama Said Sew, Type



Find these collections in stock at:
Architextures - Intrepid ThreadPink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Modern Fabrics
Constellations - I Don't Do Dishes, Intrepid Thread, Pink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Modern Fabrics
Luxe in Bloom - Intrepid Thread and Stash Modern Fabrics
Madrona Road - Intrepid ThreadI Don't Do DishesPink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Modern Fabrics
Mama Said Sew - Intrepid ThreadPink Castle Fabrics and Stash Modern Fabrics
Salt Water - I Don't Do DishesPink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Modern Fabrics
Simpatico - Stash Modern Fabrics
Type - I Don't Do Dishes, Intrepid Thread, and Pink Castle Fabrics

And I'm planning to pair whatever I pick with some super gorgeous yarn-dyed Essex linen in either black or flax. You can find yarn-dyed Essex linen at Intrepid Thread, Pink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Modern Fabrics. So, what do you think? Which combination is your favorite??? I just can't decide!!!

Window Shopping

Shopping is totally the last thing I ought to be doing right now, but it sure is a fun distraction! I've been doing quite a bit of window shopping at some of my favorite fabric shops this week, and I've found some gorgeous fabrics that I'm having a hard time resisting, like....

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This adorable print from Ed Emberley's new Happy Drawing collection, at Hawthorne Threads, which my son would go crazy over! Maybe I'll get some to make him a new pillowcase. The Ed Emberley prints make me smile so big, remembering how I'd pore over his drawing books as a kid.

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I am totally loving Indie by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics, at Intrepid Thread, too. I love the colors, especially the teals and yellows!

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Have you seen Oh Deer by MoMo for Moda Fabrics, at Intrepid Thread? How cute! I love MoMo's as a fabric designer. Her Wonderland collection is one of the first fabric collections I fell in love with as a new quilter, and I absolutely adore my Half Moon Modern quilt, Modern Halves. I love the bright palette in this collection. If you shop this weekend, you can use coupon code TAKE10 to take 10% off any purchase at Intrepid Thread!

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This darling print from Oliver + S's Ladies Stitching Club, perfect for a sweet little girl's dress or top, at Intrepid Thread. I'm pretty sure this print is feedsack inspired, and I love the modern feel of this deep fuschia.

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Can you ever have enough chevrons? I love this yummy bundle of tonal chevrons by Riley Blake, at I Don't Do Dishes. These are such handy stash prints!
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You can also stock up on Violet Craft's amazing Madrona Road collection at I Don't Do Dishes right now for 20% off, with coupon code MADRONAROAD. I adore this collection, and the memoir print is my current favorite, after having worked with it so much in my Mariner's Star mini for Sewing Summit (full reveal coming up this week!!)

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Jay McCarroll's newest collection, Center City, for Free Spirit Fabrics is out, and you can find it at Pink Castle Fabrics. Jay has such an amazing sense of color, and I love the modern art feel of his prints. I also love that. Pink Castle's sale fabrics are an extra 10% off this weekend, too, with coupon code SALE10.

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And I'm loving this gorgeous bundle of Berry Kona Cotton fat quarters at Pink Castle Fabrics. That purple is gorgeous! Purple is the color I have the least of in my stash, so this might just sneak its way into my shopping cart :)

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My new favorite text print from Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics, found at Pink Castle Fabrics. I adore this print, it hearkens back to the fantastic dictionary print Sweetwater did in their Authentic collection, which is amazingly hard to find now. I love this new version of the dictionary print even more. This is the kind of print I would absolutely love to own an entire bolt of!

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I also found some Half Moon Modern charm packs, still available at Christa Quilts! I adore Half Moon Modern, I wish Moda would decide to reprint it. Those little scissors put a huge smile on my face every time I use them. Today only at Christa Quilts, all Kona solids are 10% off!

I hope you're having a wonderful Saturday so far! I'm hoping to make some progress preparing templates and fabric for my trip to Salt Lake this week, and maybe even to get started on a new pattern that I've had in mind since Spring Market. Fingers crossed! Have a great day :)

My mailbox overfloweth!

Thanks for the well wishes for my computer - it's definitely still on the fritz, but I'm hoping that some customer service people will be able to help me out this week. But let's not talk about computers. Let's talk about fabric :)

I've been really good this summer, hardly buying fabric, but in the last month, there have been so many amazing new lines coming out, not to mention fantastic sales!! I resisted as long as I possibly could...and then my will completely and utterly broke.

I picked up a fat quarter bundle of Denyse Schmidt's new Chicopee line. The prints are not only rich in color but they are mostly small scale prints, which I tend to use the most often. I also love how most of the prints are tonal or just a few colors, rather than 72 different colors - the more limited the color scheme is in each print, the easier it is for me to mix it and match it with other fabrics and color schemes. I also picked up some yardage of the red dotted leaf print to possibly jump on the Washi Dress bandwagon and make a tunic for myself. I've never sewn clothes before, so it's going to take a lot of guts for me to cut into that yardage to do this, but I want to try :) You can pick up some Chicopee of your own at I Don't Do DishesIntrepid Thread and Pink Castle Fabrics.

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I also couldn't resist an amazing deal on Cloud9's Simpatico collection at Pink Chalk Fabrics. I positively adore the dreamy, sherbet-y colors in this collection, I feel some simple patchwork coming on with these gorgeous fabrics.

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These fun sale stash prints also snuck into my cart at Pink Chalk, including two beautiful Lecien Flower Sugar medallion prints in yellow and red as well as two La Dee Da floradots prints in aqua and purple.

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Have you seen the amazing new collection of chevrons in various sizes that Riley Blake has introduced? I first spotted them at Spring Market and have been stalking shops for them! I simply had to have some of the small tonal chevrons in red, orange, yellow, and gray. So fun! You can find these chevrons at I Don't Do Dishes, Intrepid Thread and Pink Castle Fabrics.

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I also picked up quite a few colors from the Timeless Treasures Sketch collection. These fabulous modern blenders give so much extra depth to a project! I practically got a rainbow of these beauties, I couldn't help myself. You can find these awesome tonal prints at Pink Castle Fabrics.

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And last but not least, I couldn't resist ordering a few fat quarters from Heather Ross's Spoonflower shop. I've missed out on a lot of her collections, so it was fun to pick up a few fat quarters without breaking the bank. I got the Kona basecloth, and the quality seems infinitely superior to past Spoonflower orders, so I am a happy camper :)

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If you're trying to hold fast to a fabric diet, let me warn you: look away!! With today being Labor Day, there are some great fabric sales you're not going to want to miss:

At The Intrepid Thread, you can take 10% off your order through the end of the day today with coupon code LABOR10 and find new arrivals like Pat Bravo's gorgeous Indie collection, Echino Decoro and MoMo's newest line, Oh Deer.

At Pink Castle Fabrics, take 20% off your order with the coupon code LABOR20. Find new fabrics, like Lotta Jansdotter's Bella collection and Heather Ross's darling Nursery Versery collection, and stock up on great sale prints as well.

Happy Labor Day to you and yours!

Bella Parade: Hello purple!

Welcome to my stash post as a part of the Bella Parade, a celebration of the new colors making their debut this year for Moda's Bella solids line.  I was given four of the new solids and asked to shop my stash for some fun pairings for these solids.

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from left to right:
Bella Wisteria, Bella Mauve, Bella Petal Pink, and Bella Sand

I love working with solids, but I realized as I attempted pairing these solids with prints that I usually work in the opposite direction - finding solids that match prints that I want to work with!  It took several auditions for my to find my final four prints to work with this solids stack.

Now, admittedly, I'm not normally much of a purple person. It's a hard color to shop for in fabric, as the options are typically quite limited, but I was able to find four really great prints in the purple section of my stash that played really nicely with all four shades in my stack.

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prints from left to right: Tula Pink Parisville Eye Drops Dot in Dusk, Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi Framed in Shadow, Pat Bravo Modernology Fashionable in Azure, and Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi Clippings in Passion

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There are lots of other great coordinates for these four Bella colors, and here's a few to make your wallet sweat...

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Poetica

Thanks for joining me today to hear about these four new colors - to learn more about the other new colors Moda has introduced, be sure to visit Shruti and Emily to read the other wonderful Bella Parade posts.  I hope you'll join me tomorrow to make a fun, easy project using some pieced chevrons! 

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Happy, happy stacks of fabric

It was a good weekend in my neck of the woods, in spite of the off-and-on rainy weather.  We got started on some spring cleaning, I conquered the laundry, and I finished reading a good book from the library. And I even managed to do some fabric shopping :)  On Saturday, I trekked over to the local quilt shop and couldn't resist picking up a couple of strong stash builders, including two fat quarters of Annie's Seed Catalogue print from Holly Holderman's Annie's Farm Stand collection for Lakehouse Dry Goods.  I also really dig those two herringbone prints, they would make awesome binding!

This weekend's loot
L-R top row: Caroline Gavin Spring Street Sketchbook Flowers in Green, Stella Dot in in Navy Blue, Caroline Gavin Spring Street Leaves in Gold, and Northcott Groovin 

L-R bottom row: MM Ta Dot, Maude Asbury Calypso Kite Tails Orange, The Quilted Fish's Apple of My Eye in Green, The Quilted Fish's Apple of My Eye Herringbone in Red, and two fat quarters of Annie's Farm Stand seed catalogue print in black

I've gotten some really fun fabric mail over the last week, including a special package from the fabulously productive and talented Thomas Knauer, who's third line for Andover Fabrics, Savanna Bop, will be shipping later this spring.  These prints are bright, fun, and perfect for a sweet quilt.  I pulled a couple of other fabrics from my stash to go with and I'm brainstorming on what I want to make with them.  I suspect there might just be some paper piecing in store for these fun fabrics.

Thank you Thomas!

I was also lucky enough to receive an advance charm pack of Lotta Jansotter's next line of fabric for Windham Fabrics, Bella, which is just as gorgeous, if not more so than her first collection, Echo!  I instantly knew what I wanted to do with these beauties, so I went straight to my sketch book and went to town.  Next thing I knew, I was pulling together some stash prints to pair with this fabulous charm pack for my next quilt pattern.  Speaking of which, are you interested in testing my new pattern?  Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email!  

Lotta's Bella!


Wonderful Bella goodness

What did you do this weekend?  Happy Monday!

My Sewing Summit recap: Best Weekend Ever!

I have to warn you: this post is going to be scatter-brained.  I spent a good bit of time going through my photos and my suitcase, trying to figure out how to blog about the super amazing Sewing Summit, but I don't know that it helped much.  I feel all over the place, so exhausted but happy all at the same time.  It's been hard to get back in the swing of real life, I'm definitely missing all of my Sewing Summit peeps.  I'm still working on unpacking and finding homes for all of my new goodies, trying to remember all of the fun we had, and catch up on everything that I missed while I was gone.

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When I got to my gate in Phoenix and saw "Salt Lake City" on the board, I almost squealed!
Despite being ridiculously overtired from hardly sleeping the night before and getting up super early, I couldn't help but grin while trudging through the airport on the way to my gate.  Even while rushing across the Phoenix airport to catch my connecting flight, I felt super excited.  As Salt Lake City came into view while I was on my plane en route to the Sewing Summit, my iPod was blaring my current favorite song, Coldplay's "Paradise." That was kind of the theme of the whole weekend.  I couldn't imagine a better way to spend a weekend :)

First view of SLC from the plane
Mountains in SLC
I roomed with Lee and AnneMarie, and it was so fabulous to finally meet them in real life.  They are just as sweet and wonderful as they seem on their blogs!  These two girls have been my support system in the blog world for pretty much the entire life of my blog, and it was so great to get to hang out in real life.  We did a little three-way roommate swap (hence the lovely pouches you saw yesterday) and AnneMarie made me a lovely pillow, using one of my favorite collections right now, Happy Mochi Mochi Yum Yum!  Isn't it adorable?

Fab pillow from AnneMarie
Gorgeous pillow from AnneMarie!
Lee's working on finishing up a super fab mini for me, she totally deserves extra time after rocking out her first fabric collection (did you see it???), so stay tuned for that. She did make me an awesome voile scarf, which I adore (and am wearing in this pic), so thank you, Lee!!  Miss you roomies already!!!

Roomies!
Amazing roommates - Lee on my left and AnneMarie on my right
Amy was fabulous, too, showed us some great fabric shops, and was an awesome friend all the way around. Amy carted me (and my ridiculously heavy bags) to and from the airport and kept us all cracking up throughout the weekend.  After our mini shop-hop, we headed to the Little America...but we had a minor problem along the way.  There was quite a thunking sound coming from the front of the car, and we all started to get a bit spooked.  We all dutifully hopped out of the car when we got off the freeway and kicked the tires, trying to track down the mystery noise...but none of us thought the front passenger tire was about to come off the car.  It later pretty much did, on her way home that night, but I'm happy to report that her car now has a clean bill of health, and she's none the worse for the stress of it.  

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Amy is even funnier in person!

My fabric loot
Um...maybe I went a little overboard with the fabric??
We had an amazing dinner with the bee girls from the {Sew} Beautiful bee - all but two of us were there at the Summit, and it was wonderful to get to meet everyone.  Here's hoping that next time around, we can all get there and get a pic of all of us together!

{Sew} Beautiful Bee - Best Bee Ever!!!

Saturday Night Dinner, photos by Faith
I also had the awesome pleasure of getting to give a swap item in person - Darci was my partner in the Pretty Little Pouch swap, and I got to hand-deliver her pouch, which was a ton of fun.  And let me just tell you, Darci is the sweetest!  She kept swinging by to tell me how much people loved her pouch throughout the weekend.  So glad she liked it!!!

Swap partners!
Me and Darci, photo by Amylouwho/Amy Webb


The fat quarter swap that Kaelin hosted on Saturday night was a boatload of fun.  I had visions in my head of chaos (think Sample Sale chaos), but we were all really civilized and grown-up about it. I got some super fab new fat quarters for my stash.  Speaking of my stash, I have often joked that SLC is quilting mecca, and their fabric shops did not disappoint in the least.  I found tons of goodies!  My suitcase was positively filled to the brim on the way home, between all of the fabulous new fabric finds and the goodies from friends.

FQ swap results

I loved all of the awesome classes at the Summit, especially Amanda's awesome Marvelous Minis class.  She has so much personality and is so passionate about fabric and sewing, you can't help but feel inspired after listening to her talk.  Jeni did an awesome talk on fabric and color as well, and I loved getting to spend some time in the Sewing Room, practicing some new FMQ stitches and trying some new improv techniques.

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Amanda is so inspiring!  Her love for mini quilts is contagious.

Rocking out with the Babylocks
Rocking out some FMQ with Lee and AnneMarie

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Colleen, Amy, and Jennifer improv-ing
All in all, it was a super fab weekend, and I'm so sorry that it's over already!!!  So happy to have met all of these wonderful people in person.  I am having so much fun watching on Flickr and Twitter and seeing all of the fabulous photos from the Summit, so much fun that I've barely unpacked!

My improv block from improv class
My work from the improv class
It's a miracle I was able to cram everything into my suitcase, not to mention for it to wind up being under 50 pounds (just barely).  My Weekender, on the other hand, was a solid 30 pounds or so.  It was so super heavy!!!  I absolutely wish I had added more padding to the straps.  Mental note, if I ever make another one, I suppose.  :)

My haul from the Sewing Summit

Here's the mail...it never fails...

My son loves singing the Blue's Clues mail song, and whenever I have a good mail day, I just can't help myself, I start singing it on my own.  I've had some awesome things in my mailbox lately and I just have to share...

I won an awesome half-yard bundle from The Sewing Summit's blog, in Alexander Henry's Larkspur.  Not sure what I'll use it for just yet, but I love the saturated, bright colors in this collection.  I got a bonus FQ from Freebird with this package, which was an awesome surprise!


I've gotten a few swap packages in the mail.  I love swaps, it's like Christmas in my mailbox.  And it's always a surprise, which is the best part.  My swap partner, Amy, for the Spicing Up the Kitchen swap did a fantastic job for me, and even made a runner loosely based on my Sliced Coins quilt along.  My other awesome goodies included a coffee mug, a mug rug, and a potholder to match the runner.


For the Urban Home Goods swap, I got seriously spoiled.  My partner, Corrie, sent me a gorgeous notebook, along with a sweet mug rug and a mini-quilt for my sewing room.  I just love the darling little mug rug, with the pennant style, I've loved some of the pennant style things I've seen on Flickr, and I'm excited to have my very own piece.




And finally, I got another Pips precut to round out my collection, although when the package came in, I was severely concerned about whether or not they made it in one piece.


Fortunately, the Pips were A-OK, despite the fumble from the postal service.  This seems to be happening more often lately with my packages, but thankfully, most of the places I shop are wrapping fabric in plastic to ensure that it's not damaged during shipping.


Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!

Sliced Coins Quilt Along: Fabric Auditions



Have you joined in the Sliced Coins Quilt Along?  We're going to start cutting next week, and everyone in the Flickr group has started to show off their fabric auditions.  Here's some highlights...

1. Sliced Coins Option 1?, 2. Possible Don't Call Me Betsy Quilt Along Choices, 3. Sliced Coins Option 2, 4. Sliced Coins Quilt-Along fabric, 5. Fabrics for quilt-along, 6. Janette's fabric choice, 7. Choice 2, 8. Sliced Coin: Option 1, 9. Sliced Coins Fabric, 10. Sliced Coins Quilt Along Fabrics, 11. Twin baby quilt #1 fabric audition, 12. Twin baby quilt #2 fabric audition

I can't wait to get started next week!  There's still to join in - grab a button and join the Flickr group.  Stay tuned next Friday for cutting instructions, and if you missed the details on the needed materials, check here.

Swap Fever

It's funny, my munchkin is big on the mail these days.  We make a big production out of going out to the mailbox every day, as a result.  Usually not the highlight of my day.  Normally, all I get are boring bills, the occasional magazine or catalog, but lately, my mailbox has been a happy place.  A happy place that holds fabric, yippee!


Ooh, what have we here?  A beautiful holiday Michael Miller fat quarter from my Ho Ho Holiday Swap partner.  Awesome!  I adore this little goody.  And that's not all!  A gorgeous drawstring gift bag full of scraps from Lesly, thanks to a fun scrap swap we did.  I just love all of these creative swaps, they're so much fun.

Speaking of swaps, I'm in the midst of sketching some mug rug designs for the big scrappy mug rug swap.   I've been making some fabric stacks, to get the creative juices flowing.  I'm still debating between what color scheme I'm going to go with...seems my partner's a big fan of the both bold color and muted color, so I'm not sure which direction I'm going to go in yet.  I foresee myself making one of each at this point...

Some Alexander Henry owls, Carolyn Gavin Wild Thyme, Michele D'Amore World Play, and some Kona solids

Carolyn Gavin Wild Thyme, Momo Freebird, Michael Miller Ta Dot, Denyse Schmidt Katie Jump Rope, and Lizzy House Red Letter Day

Have you seen some of Mary's mug rugs?  She is my mug rug hero!  She has been whipping up a boatload of Joel Dewberry mug rugs.  I'd love to be her partner!

Happy sewing!