Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wee Wander by Sarah Jane

If you are a follower of Sarah Jane's, or if you were watching the reports out of Quilt Market with the upcoming to-be-released fabric collections, then you may have seen some peeks of Sarah Jane's newest fabric collection for Michael Miller called, Wee Wander.
As with all of Sarah Jane's collection, her motifs focus on the simple play and imagination of childhood. Which is why I've been a fan of her art long before she ever created fabric. But now to be able to use that art in my quilting - I just love it. 
Here are a few snippets of her fabrics. There are two colorways - one in blues and greens called Sunset.
 And one in pinks and oranges called Sunrise. Check out those cute little footprints.
  I love the fireflies motif and the horses. I predict the horses will be hugely popular.
A few weeks ago I got to create a project to go in Sarah Jane's booth at Quilt Market. Her fabric from the manufacturer arrived 7 days before she had to leave for Market! Because I'm local I often get to help with a project needed on a short deadline. I feel so lucky to get to collaborate with Sarah. She is a generous creator. (And I'll admit it's pretty fun to get a sneak peak of the fabric.) Now that she has introduced her new collection, I'm excited to get to share what I made a few weeks back.
Sarah requested a little quilt focusing on her art panel of the children catching fireflies with a scrappy border. It was fun to throw a few whimsical stars in there. This will be released as a free pattern when the fabric arrives in stores after the beginning of the new year. The quilting on this one was done by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting. I love how the design gives the sky a "Starry Night" feel - just what I'd hoped for.
 Gah. I love those sweet little drawings.

Thanks so much for the love and support from my "in a funk" post last week. I'm glad to report that I'm feeling much better. My sewing room is still in need of a major clean out, but I'm feeling like myself again. It's amazing how 'physical' ailment sure saps you emotionally too.

32 comments:

Lynn said...

Glad you are feeling better, cleaning can come whenever :0) love love love Sarah Jane collections and this one is no exception. Lucky you to get to collaborate! Love the fireflies!

Lauren Deel said...

I'm so glad that you are feeling better. I went through a "funk" about two months ago... those are rough times. I really appreciate your honesty on the blog, too. I have a hard time reconciling keeping things "happy" online all the time, when life might not be so rosy in real time.

I always love your collaborative work with Sarah, and this is no exception! This must be my favorite fabric line yet, and I love this quilt that you've done! I love the stars that you did on the border - those are great! And yes, I noticed the quilting and thought, "How perfect!" Now I'm on the edge of my seat, waiting for the fabric and for your tutorial. :)

Jodi said...

Ooooh, I can't wait to get my hands on some of those beauties! Your quilt is darling! Great idea with the little stars!

Melissa Corry said...

This is so adorable. I agree, those little stars in the border add such a fun whimsical feel!!! Great job Amy!!!

Unknown said...

Oh yes; our minds and bodies are connected, for sure. Glad you are feeling so much better. And that is one gorgeous quilt with the most beautiful fabrics. I am going to look around for some of those!

~Diana said...

Beautiful quilt! You've done a stunning job...so much thought went into this little treasure, I just love it!
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karen said...

Super cute quilt! And that gives me an idea for using up some leftover squares from Camp Firefly!

CathyK said...

Such a darling quilt! Great job, Amy. I am glad you are feeling better.

Jenny said...

So glad to know you made this -- I keep seeing it in round up pics other places, and it stood way out in the booth. Such a delightful quilt.

Anna said...

what a sweet little quilt. luv ya Amy!

trish said...

What an adorable quilt. I just adore Sarah's fabric! The children always tug at my heart. :o)

Kelsey said...

I love this line, your quilt and the fact that you're on the mend. Great post all around Amy :)

Pinspot said...

This was one of my favorite quilts from market. I love the little star detail in the border.

Hilary said...

This is a really cute quilt! I love that her line can be for boys or girls.

ChristaQuilts said...

Such a sweet quilt - it's "sew" precious!

Nicole said...

Very cute! Sarah Jane's collections are among my favorites. And yes, I think you are right on with your prediction about the horses!

Susan Owenby said...

Those fireflies are something else! Look like they actually have little LED lights. :)

Gooba Designs said...

Really cool use of the prints! I love it.

Kathy said...

This is the sweetest quilt! Just the thing to bring you out of your funk :)
Love the blue stitching.

Thimbleanna said...

I LOVE that fabric line and I can't wait to get it for my little bitty shop. Your quilt is soooo cute Amy - {Sqeeeeeeal}!!!!

Jayne said...

That is some of the most adorable fabric I have seen lately! It does bring me back to my childhood!

patti said...

This fabric and your quilt are absolutely amazing! It just draws me back to my childhood, so long ago! I can't wait for the release so that I can make this quilt for myself!

Marianne said...

What a wonderful quilt! I love these fabrics.

charlotte said...

Very cute use of fabrics. I love Sara Jane fabrics.

Irene spiezio said...

Great fabrics love the colors and whimsical prints.

DeborahGun said...

love your quilt - and those fabrics are just adorable

Laura said...

Happy you're feeling better! And I just love the fabrics and the quilt.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I really love the kids catching fireflies! There is a mason jar quilt block pattern that would go great with this. You use various novelty patterns for the inside of the jar and of course, kids love catching bugs in them!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Love the elegant mints and corals, love the forest scene, love you quilt, love the starry starry night quilting!

alejandra said...

Love the fabrics, your free motion quilting looks great, very nice quilt

Ginger said...

These fabrics are adorable. The swirl quilting really does add to the sense of a nigh time sky.
I think I have the perfect pattern in mind, I can't wait until they come out.

Katy Cameron said...

Sarah Jane always has such fun fabrics! Love what you made with them :o)