Playing with new fabric

I have a few new fabric crushes. If you’ve been a long-time reader, this first one will come as no surprise: Sandy Klop’s (aka American Jane) latest collection, Potluck for Moda Fabrics. (I have long-documented my Sandy Klop infatuation, borderline-fettish. She’s one of my all-time fave’s.) 

Whether you too are a Sandy-stalker, or not, this is a great new collection full of primary colors and good, basic prints. I’m so excited to see the tone-on-tone ginghams back from her Peas and Carrots collection. And if you were part of the Pez craze, you will be happy to see the return of those too.

 As well as those awesome ruler prints!
There are also some adorable new prints, such as those baby chicks! I’m thinking of making some colorful Dresden blocks to take with me on our end-of-summer road trip later this summer.  
Potluck yardage will hit stores in October, but precuts will start appearing sooner. (Fresh Squeezed fabric has a few on hand.) You can also preorder Potluck precuts from Green Fairy Quilts.
One of my favorite collections that is available in stores is Baby Jane by Moda. I am SO smitten with this color palette right now (red, aqua, and mustard yellow) – they’re some of the same colors of those vintage tea-cups I found recently. 
The prints in this collection are retro-inspired and so, so cute. How I love those bias-stripes. Also some great low-volume prints. I’m currently sewing a baby quilt with these jelly-roll strips. I’ll share the final outcome in the next few weeks. Baby Jane is available now from the BloomerieFat Quarter Shop, Fabricworm, and Southern Fabrics.

As further proof that I love bias stripes and that I’m digging the red/aqua/yellow color palette, my recent order from JAQS Fabrics looks coincidentally similar! I ordered a bunch of the red and gray bias stripes from Tasha Noel’s Little Red Riding Hood collection for Riley Blake. Perfect for future bindings. Plus some Moda aqua stripes and a bit of yellow Seaside. (Such a good print and color.)

And finally, I even sat down to sew with a friend this weekend. I’m working on a Union Jack pattern, and she was my guinea pig. While I cracked the whip, I also caught up a little on my Virtual Quilting Bee blocks #9 and #11.

One more and then I’ll be caught up. It’s kind of exciting (and fun) to see them all together!

Virtual Quilting Bee Block #11

It’s time again for a new block in the Virtual Quilting Bee! Man, this summer is flying!  Today’s block is by the talented Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side. I LOVE this lock! I can’t wait to make it! Maybe today! (I’m still not caught up. But hopefully this weekend it will happen…)

If you’re looking for more details or links to past blocks for the Virtual Quilting Bee go here.
VQBQA--Half Way Point!
And don’t forget, if you’re looking for inspiration and other versions of the the blocks from this series, check out the Virtual Quilting Bee group on Flickr for pictures of lots of other colors and fabric choices. I’m loving this collection by The Confused Quilter
Have fun! (And NO stress. This is supposed to be a stress-reliever, not stress-adder.) If you have questions, leave a comment and I will answer them there.

I’m teaching + sewing bee blocks

A quick little head’s up today: I’m going to be teaching a class at the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City in September! 
I’ll be teaching a class where we’ll make a super-easy quilt top and finish it in class! There are lots of options for the design, so you’ll be able to personalize it and make it your own. I’ve had fun playing with the design for this project.

In other news, I’m hoping to catch-up on my Virtual Quilting Bee blocks before we get Block #11 tomorrow. I’ve fallen behind a tiny bit this summer, but I’m planning to get back on track this weekend.

In case this happened to you too, when making Block 10 my block ended up small, but one simple fix worked. Instead of cutting my corner triangles from two 2 7/8″ blocks, I cut two 3 1/8″ squares and cut them on the diagonal. Voila. My block was bigger. If this one, or any of your blocks, end up smaller than 8 1/2″ unfinished, don’t panic. The layout for this quilt will solve any block sizing woes.

I also finished a few more scrappy-trip-along blocks, this time Christmas ones for a bee-swap for Sherri. Any little bit of sewing finishes count, right?

Giant Indie Star Quilt

Guess what friends? I actually sewed. And I even finished a project. Finally something to share!

The story of this quilt began last Christmas when I made a paper-pieced star pillow for my Grandma using a few pieces of Pat Bravo’s Indie collection for Art Gallery Studios. My sister really liked the pillow, so I decided to use the rest of my Indie pieces to make her family a quilt.  I’ve always wanted to try Jeni Baker’s Giant Star Tutorial, and this turned out to be the perfect project. I made one modification, and that was the scrappy, pieced-border so that I could make the quilt just slightly bigger and use up the rest of the scraps in the process.

I love the rich colors of this Indie collection. The patterns and colors are so gorgeous together.Very outside of my usual primary-color comfort zone, but I think that’s what made me love it even more. I felt more exotic. :) The Indie collection came out last year at this time, but it’s still available from the Fat Quarter Shop and Moona Fabrics.
This project was quilted by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. Because there is so much ‘negative space’, I wanted I busy-ish pattern that would create some texture in the background of the star. This “swirls” pattern turned out so awesome. Melissa is great! I used Robert Kaufman’s Quilter’s Linen (not real linen, but subtle printed lines to create the look of linen) for the background. I think it’s one of my new favorite neutral fabrics. It “reads solid”, but the subtle lines create more depth to the fabric. I want to stock-up in a bunch of shades and colors.
Yay. Feels so good to finally take something out of the work-in-progress pile. Also, thanks for the well-wishes on my epic fall last week. I’m happy, and relived, to report that my hand continues to improve daily. Whew.