Friday, June 8, 2012

New book + new fabric

In the past week I've had some very fun surprises in my mail box.  (I still love getting stuff in the mail.) First, Elizabeth Hartman's new book Modern Patchwork.  As with everything Elizabeth does, this book is beautiful. The quilts, photos, color inspiration, and meticulous instructions.  Gorgeous.
When I first started reading quilting blogs, Oh Fransson was a favorite. I love Elizabeth's eye for color and fabric combinations. Just looking at her quilts always inspires me and gets me in the mood to pull out fabric and try something new.
I love the Neighborhood quilt on the left. I want to play with those blocks.  If you love modern quilting, then you will love this book.  Gorgeous inspiration.
Another very fun surprise was this bundle of fat quarters from Monaluna's newest upcoming collection, Fox Hollow.  Oh my, words can not describe how much I love this collection.  The drawings are so sweet and beautiful without being 'cutesy'.  Same with the color palette.
There's an adorable squares 'cheater' print - you could just get that and quilt it up and have a ready to go baby gift. I also love this woodland alphabet. Oh my heavens.  Adorable.
Coincidentally, I ordered some Moda crossweaves from Pink Castle Fabrics and they arrived as well.  They are SO soft (and they are still on sale!) I bought red and white, apple, and aqua. (I think the red and white is all gone.) They have a subtle texture and are a nice alternative to other solids.
Look how perfectly they play together with the Fox Hollow. Hmmm... I feel a project coming on.  Fox Hollow should be available at retailers later this summer.
And finally, we have survived - and even enjoyed - our first official week of summer vacation with a little bit of help from 79 cent dipped ice cream cones at the grocery store, tennis lessons that actually wear out my normally indefatigable 8-yr-old, and a new Slip 'n' Slide. I even snuck in some sewing time during So You Think You Can Dance. So far so good.

18 comments:

Becky said...

Looks like a book I need to get my hands on...and that fabric is really adorable!

Carol said...

I also love "Oh Fransson!" Just last night I started compiling scraps to try and do a "Paintbox Quilt" -- I thought maybe you showed one like this at your Scrap Class last March. Is it somewhere on your site? Or did you show some other rainbow color type quilt?

Ashley Bores said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands on some of that Fox Hollow!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Those are some seriously yummy looking fabrics!

Linda said...

That's a beautiful collection! It would be so much fun to work with!

Dayna at Precut Paradise said...

I really love the fabrics, very cute!

Heidi Staples said...

You're right...that Fox Hollow alphabet is pure cuteness!

CathyK said...

I need some Fox Hollow!!!! I love it!

Mary said...

Nice new Book and Fabrics. Glad you survived the 1st week of Summer Vacation. It's so rainy here we think we have moved to the "Wet-side" of our State. I'll have to check out that book. I have Elizabeth's last book and got to meet her and have it signed at Trends in Portland, Oregon.

Michele said...

Glad to hear you survived the first week of summer and I'm betting there is a lot more fun in the works for the coming days. Enjoy it all. It goes by way too fast.

Debby said...

That is the cutiest fabric ever, need to start saving my $$ to pick up a bundle of it

Shankevia said...

I want that book so badly. I wonder if some one is willing to do a book swap with me. Cant wait to see your creations with the fabric.

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Brenda - justabitfrayed said...

Fox Hollow is going to be a big hit. I got a little charm pack of it ! :) I can't wait!! :D

bethanndodd said...

I took that book with me on our trip to Orlando (for the plane ride). I am adding Escape Artist and Honey to my "hope to make soon" list. Cute fabric! Hope those 79 cent ice cream cones keep everyone happy the rest of the summer ;) Smiles~Beth

dolores said...

Hey girlie....love the photo of the boy....have you ever heard of a "Slush Mug"? It is a plastic mug with a insert that comes out and you put it in the freezer...once frozen you put it back in the mug and add your fav fruit juice or even milk concoction and it will immediately start freezing on the sides so you start scrapping it down and enjoy a lovely Slushie!! THAT is a great summer thing and you can be totally healthy with your ingredients...kids could even come up with some great combos!:)

Tracy T said...

I follow your blog on my Google RSS reader - is there a way you can set your rss feed settings to display pictures? I don't think it's on my end and I'd love to see pictures in the feeds! :)

amy smart said...

HI Carol. Yes! I have started some paint box blocks and I did bring them to the class. I've only made 5, but you can see them here: http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2012/03/eye-candy-business-items.html I need to make more.

And I did show a rainbow scrap quilt. Here is the link: http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2012/04/finished-scrappy-rainbow-quilt.html