Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sunday Stash Report

What does one do when a spring snowstorm hits, and the quilt shop closes early? One plays with one's stash additions for the month, that's what!

I am so lucky to have a boss at Ruth's Stitchery who is willing to order any little thing staffers admire. When the Moda fabric rep came by, I raved and raved about the new Jen Kingwell lines. So Cathy ordered not only the complete line of "Just a Speck," but also the complete line of Jen's backgrounds, "Behind the Scenes."

I made the June Jelly Roll Party sample using "Just a Speck." But I bought a quarter-yard of every one of the "Behind the Scenes" fabrics just for my low-volume stash!

Friend Teresa owned the Denver shop, "Treelotta." The brick-and-mortar shop has closed, but Teresa occasionally has a pop-up shop in her home. I was over the moon when I saw that she had the newest Tula Pink collection, "Chipper." 

And she also had Denyse Schmidt's "Hadley." Sharp followers will point out that I already owned quarter-yard cuts of this line. I'm thinking maybe 2017 should be the year of DS! All Denyse Schmidt, all the time!

I added a few scraps of Anna Maria Horner to my stash, preparing for a shop sample. Ruth's has the complete new AMH "True Colors" line, but none of the older fabrics. Some friends from Front Range Modern Quilt Guild are doing a QAL using AMH's "Color Dive" pattern. I could probably provide AMH  fabrics for all who want to participate!

I also picked up these adorable vintage notecards featuring McCall's pattern illustrations at Ruth's Stitchery. I can't decide if I want to use them for birthday cards for special quilty friends, or frame them!

And my bedtime reading is now Amy Butler's Blossom -- Vols. 1 & 2, now available in print.

Last weekend was the Springtime in the Rockies Shop Hop and the Pueblo Quilt and Stitch Expo -- I'll share some stash enhancement from the two show next time!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Some Friday Finishes

Just because I haven't been posting, doesn't mean I haven't been piecing!

Here are some finishes from this month:

1.  The very first "modern" quilt I made was pieced several years ago. I finally had it quilted by Vivian at Ruth's Stitchery.

The fabrics are all Kona cottons. The greens are from a FQ bundle, "Poseidon." The pattern is from Northcott.

Sorry I forgot to take a photo before Anne hung the quilt in the shop! The colors are much more intense in person.

2.  Robert Kaufman fabrics chose their own "color of the year" for 2016. It's "Highlight," a vivid yellow reminiscent of the first highlighter pens -- remember those?

I used Tula Pink's "Houndstooth" pattern from her book, "Quilts from the House of Tula Pink." The single black block is a Hoffman batik called Raven. I call this quilt "Crow in the Wheatfield."

3.  The third finish is the sample for the May Jelly Roll Party.

It's called "Vintage Tulips" and I used Bonnie and Camille's "Vintage Picnic" jelly roll, along with a few older Bonnie and Camille fabrics. 

Snow predicted for Colorado this weekend -- 
maybe it will be a "sew day!"

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What's on the Design Wall?

I absolutely love the quilt that's on the design wall this week. 

Not only is the design named for my co-author and Younger Son -- Jacob's Ladder -- the fabric is by one of my favorite designers, Jen Kingwell.

Jen's fabric line is called "Just a Speck." You can see why in these close-ups of the quilt top:

Isn't that the most fun? I'll use a fabric from her Lollies line for the backing. The fabric has eight different prints -- great for scrappy piecing!

I've made several Jacob's ladder quilts in my day. In fact, one of the very first quilts I ever made was a Jacob's Ladder -- for Jacob! This one uses 2½" strips. The pattern is from Cozy Quilts.

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This quilt will be the June Jelly Roll Party project at Ruth's Stitchery.

What's on your design wall this week?

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