Flea Market Fancy

So, remember this conversation about Supply and Demand from last month?

Well, I have a confession… I did give in and bought some. I hand-picked the pieces in the collection I really liked (and never had any of from the original release) and ordered yardage from the lovely Corrie, of Quilt Taffy. Fair price, and she accommodated my request with lightening speed!

It did surprise me, I have to say, how quickly this reprinted Legacy collection sold out on many sites. But, then we quilters all know about the frenzy Flea Market Fancy brought about the first time around. Still curious to watch the market and see what happens with other designer fabric releases and reprints.

Did you buy any? Some of each, or just a few pieces…?


Meadow Sweet

My Blooming Meadow quilt is finished! Quilted it on Saturday and finished the binding last night. This is one of my first freehand free-motioned quilts…it’s a leaf and vine pattern on the rectangular blocks,and a flower blossom on the hexagonal/log-cabiny blocks,
It’s hard to see the quilting (in bone colored thread) on these busy prints, but trust me, it’s pretty neat in person, if I do say so myself!The backing is one of my favorite Sandi Henderson prints, Henna Garden in espresso brown and cream for her Meadowsweet line:

A Blooming Meadow

It’s been about three weeks since I first showed you the bright Sandi Henderson Meadowsweet fabrics for my next project. Well for about two of those weeks, the sewing studio was eerily quiet, and this was as far as I managed to get:

But then this past weekend finally arrived, along with two days of non-stop sewing (BIG happy sigh…..) The Featherweight performed like a champ:

The blocks started coming together…taking shape….

And by Sunday morning I had this to show for it:

A finished quilt top, a blooming meadow of bright colored flowers, swarmed with butterflies!

Now, I just need to find the time to quilt it….

Eat your peas and carrots

…and peaches, and bananas, and blueberries…and…. I’m calling this one my Hungry Quilt, for now anyway. It was made from my stack of Kyle’s Marketplace (RJR Fabrics) fat quarters that my Mom bought me as a gift a few years ago.

I finished this top in November at my guild retreat, but I never showed it to you! It’s made from Sarah Fielke’s Strawberry Fields pattern in the first Material Obsession book. When I saw this pattern, I knew it was perfect for showcasing these great, realistic, fruit and veggie prints that I couldn’t bear to cut up into small pieces.

I’m backing it with with a large piece of cherry themed fabric and some red and green fruit and veggie prints from the front, since I failed to buy a big enough piece of backing fabric. Again.

I love this quilt. It has to be one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see it quilted! The border is fun, I used part of the stripe from the Very Hungry Caterpillar line to fussy cut a fun border. I almost didn’t have enough of this, either, which is why the polka dot cornerstones got added!

This also makes me think of Spring and Summer, and let me tell you, I have never been so anxious to see Spring as I am this year!

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

A new bag! I made this bag over the weekend…
It’s a sample for the shop. It went together very quickly, even making coordinating piping…It’s a great size, not too small, but small enough to be an easy carry all for a day of shop-hopping, walking around a quilt show, etc.The fabric is all from the Whimsy line by Pillow & Maxfield for Michael MIller, the blues are stunning shades, and the coordinate prints are a lot of fun. Here’s the inside of the bag:
This one will be at the shop for several months on display (and kits are available!) so I may have to make another to use in the meantime!

I love the sense of accomplishment with these smaller projects. My quilts tend to be large and involved, so it takes a while to get to completion. How about you, have you made any bags? Any other smaller projects you like to do to get that sense of a “finish”, more often?

Happy Creating!


The Best of 2009

The Best of 2009, IMHO….

– Favorite Quilting Weight Cotton Collection; Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey. I’m desperately coveting this colorway (aqua, of course…):

– Favorite Sleeper Collection: Rhumba, from Windham Textiles. There are some awesome prints in that collection!

-Favorite Trend (Motifs): DOTS!

– Favorite Trend (Colors): Red and Aqua combos, Tangerine and Aqua combo, Chocolate and Aqua combo (So I guess, AQUA!!!)

– Favorite Overall Designer: Michael Miller desginer, Sandi Henderson.

– Favorite New Designer: Jessica Levitt (I’ve read her blog forever and I’m so proud of her for her new title of “fabric designer” with her soon to be released Windham Textiles collection, Timber:

– Favorite Floral Print: This lovely Memento Midnight floral from the Amy Butler “Love” line:

– Favorite Holiday Fabric or Collection: Spooktacular! by Sanae for Moda… (why didn’t I buy more?)

– Favorite Reproduction Print or Collection: American Jane and Sandy Klop will always be my fave!

– Wildcard Category: “Fabrics I’m dying to get my hands on!”: Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson, Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey.

How ’bout you…got any faves from the last year or so? Any can’t live without them fabrics? I had a hard time choosing one for lots of these categories, being as in deep as I am in the fabri-holic category… You can check out others’ list of faves, here