Okay, so maybe it sounds like a made up name for someone who has a thing for pulling together a whole bunch of fabrics that all somehow work together in a quilt, but I feel like if I’m anything lately, it’s that – a Fabric Curator.
Early this summer, as explained in my previous post, I assembled another 72- piece bundle of fabrics and cut them all into 5″ squares.
While I’m never entirely thrilled for the end of the ‘lazy’ time of year, I must admit – my brain has come to welcome the swish of a broom that fall brings for clearing out summer’s cobwebs. The time has arrived for organizing, tidying and finishing up – and I’m ready! Before Fall officially swoops in though: A big finish to share. Continue reading “Summertime’s Big Finish”→
Are you a lover of joyful little rolls of scrappy strips? We’ve got you covered.
Well, it’s officially July – and the Summertime livin’ is still easy…except now I’m filling it up with more sewing projects!
On the heals of my recent introduction of our newest Happy Scrappy Stack additions in the shop – I wonder if it’s obvious enough that I kind of have a thing for assembling fabrics that cozy up comfortably with one another. What’s more, even though it does take a little time, I kind of get a kick out of cutting fabric up and assembling it into tidy little, inspiring bundles for you (and for me!).
I feel like it was forever ago that we announced our first ever Block of the Month featuring blocks from Amy Ellis’ newly released Modern Heritage Quilts.
I’m happy to announce, first kits shipped on Thursday and I say – let the BOMING begin!
Our first block is a simple Cross block, and we’ll be making 13.
I love most that we started with this particular block because indeed cross blocks signify to me a community of people coming together for common goals. In our case – there are 22 of us participating in this project, and it’s really a remarkable gathering of women from almost every corner of the US!
One of the things I most realized as I started these blocks is how many fabrics are, in some capacity, directional. Some of us can throw caution to the wind and not give two hoots whether our prints are going in the same direction. Some of us, on the other hand, are not so lucky and we need a little directional semblance…might I suggest:
If you’re receiving your BOM kits and haven’t quite made it over to our BOM Group Page, I hope you’ll head on over and introduce yourself – it’s getting to be a pretty lively gathering for Q & A and just some great quilting chatter!
I’ve felt a bit like a broken record lately throughout social media as I’ve been sharing bits and pieces I find fascinating in the quilt world. Most prevalent in terms of my recent inspirations have been posts about English Paper Piecing, a patchwork technique which has been ebbing and flowing since the late 1700s. Currently, it seems to be flowing like crazy right about now. I must admit, I’m more than a bit hooked, so it’s only natural that our shop has recently been experiencing a surge of new products to support my habit and perhaps encourage yours.
Mostly, I’ve been doing a whole bunch of Hexagon EPP:
Then, since I’d already broken into a Floribella 10″ Stacker for the above project, I figured I may as well keep going…
Then (still fully entrenched in Floribella and hexagons) I made this little sunny beauty:
Then somewhere about the time I was all wrapped up in my Starburst project, I stumbled upon a Facebook group of (mostly) ladies that not only share photos of their hexie projects, but also exchange, by mail, 1″hexie flowers with each other. So, of course I’ve been participating with that, and sending flowers all over the world to contribute to other people’s quilts, while they graciously send me flowers to assemble into mine.
Anyway…after Monday’s mailing, I’m all caught up on my hexie mail list for the moment, which is allowing me some time to turn my attentions to a new group I’ve recently become a part of, also on Facebook. It’s for quilt makers of the Lucy Boston quilt pattern called Patchwork of the Crosses, which is also a pattern with a vast history of it’s own!
Last but not least (as far as this post is concerned), I wanted to share a new section at our shop: English Paper Piecing. Currently, it’s a bit scant of products, but never fear – I’ll keep you informed as we broaden this little corner of our shop with great EPP finds we think you’ll love.
If you’re interested in a bit more detailed explanation of the origin of English Paper Piecing, I urge you to visit WomenFolkTheArtofQuilting, a really cool website where all sorts of information can be found about the heritage of Quilting in general. Suffice to say, I’ve learned that English Paper Piecing specifically, has been one of the most enduring forms of this great art called quilting, for generations upon generations.
Today, I had every intention of sharing with you a tutorial of this great little mini quilt I just finished. I even spent a really loooong time putting it together, but to be truthful – it was so long (and still wasn’t done yet), I decided against finishing it, in exchange for just giving you the nuts and bolts of some things I learned as I made it, that are much more important than a tutorial would be in the first place.
For starters, I’ve been thinking a good deal about how attracted I am to so many little bundles when they’re all neat and tidy in their little roll or stack.
Invariably, however, as I began to sort through all the difference fabrics in the little collection, I started picking favorites. Then I started separating my favorites from my not-so-favorites.
My point is, when I first started using precuts, I was tempted to only use the ones I loved, considering that maybe I could use the ones I didn’t love in some other project. Then I realized that I’d never use them with some other project. Why? Because they’re all meant to go together. What’s more, even the fabric above that reminds me of that dated shower curtain, is really a beautiful fabric on a larger scale!
So with the mini quilt I made this week, I decided to cut in half one fabric strip each of my Chirp Chirp jelly roll, ignoring my preferences, in exchange for just trusting the designer and manufacturer of the fabrics in the collection.
Incidentally, I also threw caution to the wind and didn’t press a single block until it was finished.
Anyway – when I did get to pressing each block, one edge at a time, they all turned out straight.
My finished Chirp Chirp Mini Quilt
And there it is – my favorite quilt project to date with lots of good thing learned.