Those who know me, know I love texture. To me texture can be as powerful in a project as color and pattern. I love working with the texture that chenille brings to a project and I use it as often as I can. But lately finding chenille in good colors has gotten more and more difficult.
Look what came today
Oh be still my heart.
A proverbial treasure trove of bumpy bliss!
If you know me, you also know that I'm prone to horde chenille like a squirrel stashing nuts away for the winter.
These colors are amazing (natch, they're from Moda) and right after I cut a half a yard of each for myself I will be more than happy to share. = )
After finishing several quilts recently I was in the mood for something quick and simple to sew this weekend. I've made each of these projects dozens of times, but I never seem to tire of putting fun fabric combinations together.
When Michael Miller came out with these new fabrics I knew I wanted to make something with them and because everything coordinates so beautifully, putting them all together was a breeze.
Here's our Luvs and Huggs diaper and wipes holder in the Orchid colorway
with matching Burpee Blankeetrimmed with Michael Miller's coordinating ruffled ric rac.
I love the way the colors blend with some of the textures we already had in the store
and of course Minkee on the back makes our Drag Alongsoft and huggable.
I have to confess that my blankets seemed a little plain and boring compared to these, these and these.
Davi was a new sewer when I first met her a few years ago and I'll never forget how she agonized over her fabric choices and their placement. (She was fastidious to say the least). Little did I know then the extent of her talent and creativity. Davi learned to sew by making Drag Alongs for her friends and family and quickly took our little idea to new extraordinary heights.
I developed these simple patterns with hopes that they would encourage women to express their creativity through sewing. No matter how simple the project, there is something so personal and special about a hand sewn gift.
I would love to think I played some small part in encouraging young talented women like Davi to discover the joy that sewing can bring.
Whether I'm buying fabric at a trade show or from a salesman in the store, I always look forward to my appointments with optimistic anticipation. It's like before I go shopping for the perfect outfit; I'm always hopeful and excited about what I might find. But, just like finding the perfect outfit, perfect fabric can be illusive.
Thursday was such a day. I had two salesman coming to see me. Two salesmen with suitcase after suitcase full of samples representing six big companies and dozens of very well known designers.
I was excited. I had visions of buying fabulous lines to restock our ever emptying shelves.
I wanted to love what I was about to see. I wanted to order fabulous fabric with reckless abandon.
While there were a few bright spots among the offerings, most were disappointing at best. After going through a huge stack of samples and not feeling the love for what I had just seen I scooped up the whole pile and plopped it in front of Amanda for a second opinion, thinking maybe it was just me. Amanda was even more underwhelmed than I was.
I do have a reputation for being picky. My salesman know it. My employees know it. My customers know it. I know it, but this was just ridiculous!
Anyway, here is one of the collections that Amanda and I liked and bought from Clothworks
and some great roosters that many of you have been asking for (fabulous).
There were a few others that I'll share as they arrive over the next months.
In the meantime I'll just keep looking and continue to be picky I'm afraid.
who came to play with my toys today while her mommy, Jenni shopped for more fabric.
Jenni bought fabric for this outfit on Tuesday and three days later Ashley has this adorable new outfit which was accessorized perfectly with pink sneakers,
an appliqued pink tee, super cute haircut and matching puppy paw tattoo!
Ashley's mom is just learning to sew and is already dazzling her friends and family (and Strawberry Patches ladies) with her new found skills. (Doesn't hurt to have such a beautiful and willing model in the family, either.)
Thank you Ashley for coming to play today and for letting me take all of these pictures.
I can't wait to see what you wear next time you come to play!
This 63"x79" beauty was made with a roll of AviaryHoney Buns and although these strip pieced blocks look complicated, they were surprisingly easy. A word of warning though. Watch your seam allowances or your blocks won't lay flat (ask me how I know). I started casually sewing my strips together, not paying enough attention to seam allowances and whoa baby they ended up needing some serious help. (Even my two personal assistants and Best Press spray starch couldn't fix them completely).
You may remember when I showed you this last month...
Well look at it now!
A 30's inspired border, fun striped binding and some quilting magic by longarm quilter Nancy Keown and I'm ready for a summer day in the park.
I asked Nancy how she found such a perfect template for our quilt (the pattern fit in the muslin blocks so perfectly).
She set me straight.
No templates here silly girl, it's all free hand! And beautiful I might add.
This was such a fun quilt to make using Moda's precut Honey Buns from the Snippets collection and a pattern from Pieces from my Heart, Dutch Treat. Since the fabric was precut I easily pieced it in just one weekend.