|image from Jackie’s blog|
Vanessa’s latest collection, Color Me Happy, is hitting stores right now. I’ve sewn quilts for Vanessa to use at Quilt Market a few times and she super-generously sent me this bundle as a thank you. (whoa.)
This is another cheerful, colorful collection of prints and some great basics and blenders. I’m especially smitten with this micro-dots. I think this is one I need to stock up on for sure.
The bundle looks so pretty the way it is, I can’t bring myself to break it open. I’m going to have to get really courageous to do it at some point. (Why is it so hard??) Color Me Happy is available from the Fat Quarter Shop, Green Fairy Quilts, and coming soon to Pink Castle Fabrics.
I’m piecing them with my growing little collection of Liberty tana lawns. (I got them from Westwood Acres.) This is my first time sewing with tana lawns. It’s like sewing through silk. Tana lawns are cotton, but they’re different from regular quilting cottons in that they’re a tighter weave and lighter weight with more drape.
Usually I baste my fabric over the cardstock templates with thread, but the tana laws are a little more slippery. With only 4 corners on the diamonds I found that the templates easily slipped out of the fabric diamonds. So I decided to try glue-basting for the first time. Not only was it so much faster, but it worked REALLY well holding the templates in place. I’m hooked. I bought this little glue pen at my local quilt shop. (With my own hard-earned cash. I was not asked to review this product.) I haven’t tried a regular glue stick, but I assume it could work too as long as it’s water soluble.
Post edit: More details: I like knowing that this product is specifically for fabric use. I put the glue on the cardstock template and then stick the fabric. It is plenty strong enough to baste the fabric to the template and hold it in place while I sew that pieces together, but the fabric releases cleaning from the template when I’m ready to remove it. I’m totally sold. I also like that the glue stick is thin – less mess.
I started another project last week using Jennifer Sampou’s latest collection (for Robert Kaufman) called Shimmer. The collection is made up of metallic or iridescent prints and they’re so pretty. And different from my usual go-to fabrics. I really loved this colorway because it reminds me of mercury glass, which I’m recently digging (along with the rest of the design world, I guess.) I’m excited to see this one come together. I’ll share it in a few weeks when it’s done.
Finally, one more upcoming project includes a Quilt-along for this quilt next month on the We All Sew blog. It’s a good basic quilting pattern, but I think there are some good tricks for making it efficient and fast. I’m looking forward to sharing it!
Other new collections at JAQS include Lotta Jansdotter’s latest collection, Mormor,