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!

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    Missy Shay
    July 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Those fabrics are great, I love the rulers and those daisies!

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    Melissa Corry
    July 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I love Potluck. It was so fun to see it at Market. Do you have something special planned for this??

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      amy smart
      July 31, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Well, yes and no. 🙂 I'm going to make some Dresden Plate blocks with them, but then they will probably join the epic Sandy Klop stash.

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    Katy Cameron
    July 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Oooh, lots of prettiness there :o)

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    July 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I just used Baby Jane in a project and loved it. Such pretty colors!

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    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts
    July 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Gorgeous new fabrics! I'd love to play with them too. 🙂 Have fun!

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    Susan Owenby
    July 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Lovely!! I heart the reds and oranges!

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    July 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I love your Virtual quilt blocks – they look great.

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    July 29, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I am also infatuated with Sandy. :)<br />With most lines (even her&#39;s) there are some prints that I don&#39;t like, but I love everyone of these! I might have to order my first FQ Bundle – or 1/2 yard bundle? 🙂

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    ✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾
    July 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Those American Jane chicks are on my list! I signed. Up to be alerted when they are available on FQS

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    July 29, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Love love love these. Infatuation doesn&#39;t even describe it. :))

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    July 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    We have the same taste in fabric for certain. Potluck and Baby Jane are two of my top 5 upcoming fabric lines. All the prints and colors are great for stash-building too, not that I need any help in that area!

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    July 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I can see why you are an American Jane fan!!! WOW, that collection is incredible! You blocks look fantastic, as well!!

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    July 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I love love love American Jane. I did my trip around the world with the ABC123 collection. I can&#39;t wait to get my hands on some of the potluck collection.

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    July 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I love love love American Jane. I did my trip around the world with the ABC123 collection. I can&#39;t wait to get my hands on some of the potluck collection.

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    July 30, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Oh Amy…you are one lucky girl…I would so love to play with those fabrics also 🙂 vickilw at tpg dot com dot au

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    Molli Sparkles
    July 30, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Hey Amy! What type of Union Jack pattern are you making? I made a non-paper pieced version earlier in the year that I want to use in a quilting bee, but always looking for other options! I&#39;ve got it on my blog mollisparkles.com if you want to have a look!

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    July 30, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Hi! These fabrics are so adorable! I love happy and sunny colours and here they are all with beautiful prints! Sunny wishes from Greece!

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    July 30, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Love the colour palette in those bundles! So fresh and summery 🙂

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    Swedish Scrapper
    July 30, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Wow, good news indeed! These are fabulous, and nice to see so many faves all in one group, with such super colors!

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    July 30, 2013 at 5:10 am

    oooooh I have never owned any American Jane Fabric, though I have always wanted to. I am drooling here! I love your bee blocks!

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    Acorn to Oak
    July 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Wow! Such beautiful fabrics and colors! It&#39;s like candy for my eyes! I love your quilt blocks too! The gray one with the red and blue is especially stunning! 🙂

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    July 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I am in love with thos etwo fabric lines right now also…Love the colors and I love that tape measure print..

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    July 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Everything Sandy Klop designs makes my heart go pitter patter. I got butterflies when pictures of that fabric popped up on my screen. Enjoy!

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    Donna Phelps
    July 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Amy, I am joining you in your infatuation for POTLUCK, I absolutely Love this line.

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    Bloomerie Fabrics
    August 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Hey, we carry that gorgeous BABY JANE collection, also! :-)<br />bloomeriefabrics.com

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    Miz Karen
    August 2, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Love the colors and patterns. Such &quot;happy&quot; fabric.

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    August 3, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I love Potluck! This is my first time seeing it. I&#39;ve had a snowball quilt on my to-do list for years but haven&#39;t acquired the right fabric for my &quot;vision&quot;. I feel in love with a sample quilt made out of bright 30s repro prints in my LQS and just can&#39;t get it out of my head. This line would be perfect! Looking forward to seeing your finished Baby Jane quilt – that is a color

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    June D
    August 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Great looking fabric – the blues and oranges are calling out to me! Look forward to seeing your projects.

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    August 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Darn You Woman! I&#39;m trying NOT to want every piece of fabric I see and you&#39;re not helping LOL!!!

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    Gayle Bouters
    September 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Absolutely love the Potluck line.

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    Playing with new fabric

    I’m feeling ready to start some new projects. Over the past weeks, I’ve received some fun fabric in my mail box that I’m itching to start playing with.

    These fabrics are part of the Bijoux collection by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I’m loving the rich, warm tones here. Definitely out of my color-comfort-zone. I’m excited to make something pretty with it. And there will be a tutorial involved as well, in the near future. Bijoux is available at the Fat Quarter Shop, and will be available soon at Mad About  Patchwork in Canada.

    Another collection that I’m super excited about, is Heather Ross’s new collection Briar Rose for Windham fabrics.
    I’ve been a Heather Ross fan for a few years now – I love her whimsical details in her illustrations. Like the little frog’s overalls waiting on the blanket? So cute. Because of some licensing agreements, Heather has not been able to design on quilting cottons for a while, so it’s fun to see a new collection again on cotton!
    I love the palette in the collection. Lots of fresh, bright colors and I love that the color scheme has a little bit of a vintage sheet aura. I’m excited to make something with this collection soon, but still toying with setting ideas for the cute squares.  If you’re looking for some ideas for using BR, check out the Briar Rose Quilt Design Contest over at Threadbias. Briar Rose will be widely available by July but you can pre-order it at places like Westwood Acres and the Fat Quarter Shop.
    If you’re looking for fabric that you can get your hands on right now, let me introduce you to new sponsor, Marmalade Fabrics.  One of there specialties is a monthly monochromatic bundle of fat quarters, called Around the Color Wheel. They come in solid bundles and prints. If you’re looking to build your stash, this would be a great way to start.
    And if you’re still looking for a great gift for someone you love this Mother’s Day (including yourself. What? I totally have bought myself birthday and mother’s day gifts.) Craftsy is having a 50% off Sale today, May 11 and tomorrow May 12!  Has anyone out there taken a Craftsy class that they love? Do share.
    Happy weekend.
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    May 11, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I love Heather Ross – I have never had any but admired it from afar. I think I will have to buy some of that! Love your photography

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    Allison Hazel
    May 11, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I love the vibrancy of those fabrics

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    May 11, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I am really drawn to the top fabrics…especially love the stitchy plaid lines!<br /><br />Yes, the HR fabric does look like old sheets…in a very, very good way. They would go really well with 30s-50s prints wouldn&#39;t they?!:)<br /><br />So lady…we are going to Frederick tomorrow for Mother&#39;s day lunch….at the Lunchbox!:) I&#39;ll be thinking of you as we stroll through the Antiques

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    May 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

    There are some darling fabrics there! Happy Mother&#39;s Day!

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    May 11, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Such great fabrics to tempt us!

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    May 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

    two very anticipated fabric lines. I&#39;m ordering my Bijoux today.

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    May 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I love the picture you took of the Briar Rose fabrics they look so bright and cheerful. (lovin Bijoux)

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    May 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

    All of your fabrics are sooooo pretty! Especially those frogs. Frogs make anything better.

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    Claire Jain
    May 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Yay! Such fun fabrics 😀 I can&#39;t wait to see what all you make.

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    May 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I just wanted to say that I love Craftsy. I&#39;ve taken several classes and really learned a lot from each one. If you want to check it out before you pay for a class, there are several free mini-classes available. That way you can get a feel for it without a big financial commitment. I have paid for several classes and always found I got my money&#39;s worth. The classes usually include free

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    May 11, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I&#39;ve been taking Craftsy classes almost from the beginning. I may have heard about them sooner since they are local to Denver. Love their customer service as well! I must say that Sarah Fielke has a wonderful class as does Anita Grossman Solomon. Give yourself a class for Mother&#39;s Day and try it out!!

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    Samplings from Spring Creek
    May 12, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Love playing with new fabric!

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    Jenny Faasavalu
    May 12, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I love, love, love the strawberries!

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    May 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks so much for posting about the Crafsy class. I&#39;d vaguely heard about them but checked them out this morning…and downloaded FOUR. So thanks for the Mother&#39;s Day present 🙂 <br /><br />Hope your day has been fun too. <br /><br />Jen

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    Rebecca Grace
    May 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Ooh, I love the color combos in that collection at the top of your post — the deep brown that&#39;s somewhere in between dark chocolate and milk chocolate (cocoa?) with the deep coral/red/pink (I swear that&#39;s the color my toenails are painted at this moment!) Very cheerful and &quot;springy,&quot; but the brown grounds it just a bit and makes the mix of fabrics feel a little more

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    June 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    These are really not the kind of colors that I would pick for a quilt but I like more bold colors. If I were to do a quilt in these colors it would be of the strawberries.

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