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Lotta Jansdotter fabrics & summer sewing

Recently the nice people from Windham fabrics sent me a sample charm collection of Lotta Jansdotter’s upcoming collection called Bella.  I love Lotta’s clean, modern-scandinavian-inspired designs in bright, current colors.

I really have a thing for chartreuse right now, so I love it in this collection. I’m on the hunt to find a cute chartreuse cardigan. I have to laugh though, because growing up in the 80’s/early 90’s we would make fun of chartreuse. Maybe because it’s just a fun word to say. Now I hear ‘chartreuse’ said in an elegant ‘Martha Stewart’ voice, and it sounds so much cooler, right?  And instead I make fun of other colors from my past. I’m so fickle.

I going to Quilt Market a week from today. (eek.) That ‘eek’ is a mixture between total excitement and feeling scared to death.  I decided I need to make a new bag to take and Bella is the perfect base for a charming, modern looking bag.  I’m pulling in some other gray’s and chartreuse’s from my stash, plus some linen-y fabric for the body of the bag.  I’m going to use Anna’s Go Anywhere Bag Pattern and piece the outside pockets using the charm squares. We’ll see how it turns out! And if I actually finish it on top of everything else for Market.

Ellison Lane Quilts
If (when!) I finish, I’ll share it next week for my inspiring summer-project post as part of Ellison Lane’s Summer Sewing Contest!  You can read all of the details here and learn how you could enter to win prizes like a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. And who wouldn’t like that?
And finally, if you’re looking for a great deal, Quilting in the Rain is offering a 15% discount on your entire order this week with the code FABRICFRENZY. Lots of good Moda and Riley Blake pre-cuts. I’m just saying. 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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17 Comments

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    Melissa Corry
    May 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I love Bella!! What a fabulous line 🙂 How do I get the nice folks at Windham Fabrics to send me a Charm pack, tee hee hee 🙂 I am so jealous you are going to market. (although I think it is totally awesome you are going!!) I wish I was going. Maybe someday. Are you showcasing work in any booths??

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    Live a Colorful Life
    May 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Beautiful line of fabric. I hope we get a chance to meet next week!

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    Kelli H
    May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    The link for the bag pattern doesnt work 🙁

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      amy smart
      May 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Kelli,<br /><br />Thanks for the heads up and sorry about the bad link. D&#39;oh. <br /><br />It&#39;s fixed. 🙂

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    bethanndodd
    May 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your bag! Are you headed to quilt market in KC? You are sure to have a blast!!! Smiles~Beth

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    Katy Cameron
    May 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Oh I&#39;m loving the look of Bella, looking forward to seeing what you do with it :o)

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    vintage grey
    May 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, what a fun summer line!! Love the colors!! Look forward to seeing your new bag!! xo Heather

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    notes of sincerity
    May 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    You are going to have so much fun at Market! And look so cute <br />carrying about your new adorable bag! :o) Can&#39;t wait to see it!

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    Ronan's Grandma
    May 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I love all this fabric. Can&#39;t wait till August and I can get my hands on some.

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    dolores
    May 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Hahaha! I was looking for a chartreuse cardigan the other day too! I heart chartreuse!! Are you sure you aren&#39;t my better half?:)

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    lifeinredshoes
    May 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    That&#39;s a whole lotta love 🙂

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    Liz Hunter
    May 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I have made rag quilts before but never a real quilt. I was so happy to find your blog, as I am about to try my hand at a real quilt. Your post on quilts are so helpful. Thank you for being so helpful and clear in your directions in making quilts.

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    Nanette Merrill
    May 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    this collection reminds me of vintage sheets, at least a few of the prints. Have fun at market. I look forward to a FULL report.

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    Lucy @ Charm About You
    May 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    ohhh that fabric is lush! The bag will be gorgeous 🙂

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    sewfrench.com
    May 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Yum Yum! Love Lotta&#39;s new color way!

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    Shankevia
    May 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I love your fabric picks. The colors are very refreshing.

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    The Sewing Chick
    May 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I have a feeling this is going to be a very popular fabric and will sell out fast! I&#39;ll be on the lookout or its release. Have fun at Quilt Market – it is my dream to go one year (yeah, I&#39;m that nerdy) 🙂

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