New Blocks + New Fabric

I’ve been finishing a few blocks that I started at the Sewing Summit. This block was from Elizabeth and Lee’s paper-piecing class.  I’ve done some foundation paper-piecing in the past, but it was really good to have a refresher. You can find the tutorial and pattern for this block here.

Another block using partial seams taught by Faith. Wow – pretty slick. This will probably become a throw pillow of sorts. The colors are my happy colors – rainbow brights. Most of them came from my stash drawers, but I pulled a few from some new FQ’s.

I love a good royal blue, but usually have a really hard time finding them. I found a couple of good ones in Dear Stella’s Maasai Mara collection. The same prints are also available in some good, warm grays and neutrals. I used one of them in the block at the top. (Both colorways are available from Fat Quarter Shop.)

In other recent fabric acquisitions a few new pieces of Sarah Jane’s Out to Sea collection. I love the nautical blues (dot is from Children at Play) and couldn’t pass up the cute little Narwhals. Out to Sea is available here, here and here.
Finally, a piece of yardage that I found at a local quilt shop this week that I could not pass up because it was calling my name.  Loudly. It’s a Japanese import, so it was a bit pricey, but I still bought a yard. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but who really cares. It’s the perfect combination of two of my favorite things: Japanese kitschy design and London! The Union Jack umbrella, the postage stamp with the queen, the tube sign, post box, double-decker bus… the cuteness never ends. It’s printed by Cosmo Textiles of Japan.  I searched online to find a link to share, but wasn’t successful. Sorry to sorely tempt you with no help for relief.
There have been a lot of fantastic British-themed prints this past year. I’ve been collecting a bunch to make a London quilt (to go with my Union Jack quilt), but it’s not very high-up on the priority list right now, so it will probably happen in the future. I like to think that I sparked the UK-themed resurgence this year, but it probably had something to do with the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics too.

Finally a couple of quilts that are almost finished.  They went off to the quilters this week. I love the color combo on these ones – I can say that without bragging because I didn’t pick the colors myself. They’re for a friend’s baby nursery. So stay tuned. Lots of sewing in the works here. But I need to set some of it aside to make black Harry Potter robes for Halloween. (sigh) I much prefer working with the pretty colors.

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    October 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    That first block is out of sight. I love it. I never think I want those Denyse Schmidt prints (any of them); but after I see them sewn, I decide they're my favorite prints ever.

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    October 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I love the paper pieced block! The british fabric is really cute and isn't quilting rewarding fun???

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    October 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Beautiful block, thanks for the link to the tutorial. Also love the British themed fabric. Brings back memories of when I was living in the UK.

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    Funky Kim
    October 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Beautiful blocks! And what fun London fabric!

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    October 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Amy – I saw that Japanese import print at the shop at Gardner Village last week and thought of you! I'm glad you found it too 🙂

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    October 21, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Those blocks you made are so well put together , colorwise. Very nice. Also that British themed fabric is so cute 🙂

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    October 21, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I love your blocks – I am going to need to give foundation piecing a red hot go I think.

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    October 21, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Lots of great sewing and ery nice additions to your stash. Can't wait to hear more about your SS trip.

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    Lucy @ Charm About You
    October 21, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Fabulous blocks and I love the dear Stella!

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    Rebecca Grace
    October 21, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Beautiful! I love the color combinations in the first paper pieced block, and that Japanese import fabric is adorable. I hope you post photos of those quilts when they come back from the quilter — showing them to us all folded up is such a TEASE! 😉

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    October 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

    SCORE! Love that Japanese British fabric!

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    October 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    No, your responsible for my Unon Jack quilt! My sewing buddy and I are having a Jack stitching night tonight! Can't wait for youto start the London one!! Lol

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    Three Sisterz
    October 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Your paper pieced block is gorgeous! Wow. Love your partial seam blocks. I&#39;m still working on more of them and adding sashing. Love your bright colors!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Courtenay

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    Erin McSweeney
    October 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I love the london fabric thats awesome I so would have had to buy some myself if I saw it..great choice.

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    October 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    The star block is gorgeous, Amy!! So glad you took our class and enjoyed it! : )

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    October 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    The star block is so pretty. I need to work on finishing my sewing summit class projects this week.

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    October 22, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Don&#39;t mind a bit about the British themes 🙂 Very cute fabric!

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    October 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    It&#39;s all beautiful!! I haven&#39;t worked on any quilts for 2 weeks. Your blocks have inspired me, thanks! Hope you had a lovely weekend. Smiles-Beth

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    Katy Cameron
    October 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Well done for getting those blocks done so quickly – I never even got to start mine as it was my first class and the fabric was in the missing luggage (of course!) Still, Rachael got extra bits done for her instead lol<br /><br />Love the Japanese Brit fabric, I may never be able to look at the queen the same way again though ;o)

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    Faith Jones
    October 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Love how your blocks turned out!

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    October 24, 2012 at 1:34 am

    DYING over that japanese british print. WHERE did you find it?<br /><br />hollylesue[at]gmail[dot]com

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    November 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Amy, you do such beautiful work! <br />Holly, I found some of the London fabric on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/107737765/london-design-japanese-fabric-white-110<br />It&#39;s sold by 1/2 yard.

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      amy smart
      November 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Awesome Alice! Thanks so much for the link!

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