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 Klopinfatuation, 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.
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 Bloomerie, Fat 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!
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.
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