Sunday Stash, Large-Scale Prints

I added a few new pieces of fabric to my stash recently for the first time in months. How could I resist when there was a shop quilt with over 10,000 bolts across the street from our retreat center, complete with a sale section, and coupons.

(my sewing friends confirmed that those prints above are definitely me!)

I like to make bags. I know, there’s a surprise! I’ve been making bigger bags these days, so I started to buy larger cuts of large-scale prints. I love the artsy, hand-drawn look of Alexander Henry fabrics.

It’s a whole new way of fabric shopping.

We stopped at a craft shop that had some great fabrics on sale ($3.00 a yard! 62 cents for 1/4-yard cuts!) I think some of these will make great sketchbook covers and shopping totes, especially if I decide to do a craft fair or two.

Now I need to save as many pennies as possible to stock up on the upcoming Field Study collection.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Fabric Talk – Keeping Up

Anyone get any new fabrics lately?

I have been stocking up on the fabulous Innocent Crush collections.

I love that you can get different colors of the same print in different fabrics, from the cotton to the voile to the home dec collections.

I love buying scrap bags because you get a little taste of a nice variety!

I jumped at a chance to get an early-release Sherbet Pips jelly roll from Randi’s shop. These are THE sweetest prints ever! I haven’t decided what to make with these fun fabrics, so I might wait until charm squares (packs of 5-inch squares) or layer cakes (packs of 10-inch squares) are available and to make a quilt.

Speaking of sweet prints, I did a little trade with Dana over the Christmas holiday. She sent me some Heather Ross charm squares and I shared with her a couple of my treasured Bohemian prints. Not sure yet what to make with these squares, but they scream to be fussy cut so you can appreciate the sketches.

Next up, I thought it would be fun to buy a couple Flea Market Fancy scraps, since I never bought any of that infamous collection. They are so cheerful to look at. I would love to make a wallet or a notebook cover with this small collection.

Here are some new collections I have on my shopping list:

Greenfield Hill fabrics by Denyse Schmidt. I love this collection because it’s dark and it’s light, it’s more geometric than I’ve seen lately, it’s less wallpaper looking that what I’ve seen lately, and it feels modern and original.

Central Park fabrics by Kate Spain. I have seen so many of the images that inspired her, and I love the fresh colors she used in that collection.

Bonjour fabrics by Diane Kappa. I love that Bright Buds print in Chocolate. Each colorway has a nice variety of color.

Bryant Park by Khristian Howell has some cool prints coming out in February. I especially love that Chelsea Blooms print, with the transparent graphic flowers. I also love her Byrant Glass designs. I’ve been to the real Bryant Park a few times, so I love imagining her sitting there sketching and dreaming.

There are always so many new fabrics to keep up with and catch up on, aren’t there? Plus, there are all those beloved fabrics in my stash to continue to love and use. What’s on your shopping list?

From My Stash – Meadowsweet 2

I have tried to resist buying every new fabric collection this year. But there was something about Sandi Henderson‘s new Meadowsweet 2 collection that I loved, especially that print on the right with the mix of berry and salmon colors. They remind me of the fall colors we are starting to see as our gardens and landscapes change. I have always adored her Henna prints too (sneak peaks here in raspberry and grey).

I try not to blabber on too much around here about patchwork projects for my shop, but I’m so excited about all the new products I’ve been making lately.

I made several patchwork bags with these gorgeous fabrics, along with a few other fabrics from my stash just to stretch the stash further.

I thought a new party purse would be nice to offer. That’s the bag in the front of each of these photos.

I named it a party purse because everytime we go to a party or a concert or a festival, and I don’t want to carry my day purse, I end up filling my pockets and my husband’s pockets with my stuff! I really don’t like doing that, so I decided to make one to fit my needs, thinking there might be others out there with my same issues.

It measures about 10 inches wide and 6 inches tall, has a pocket inside to hide your id and money, and a strap for slinging over your shoulder, just long enough to tuck under your arm. Notice the little embroidery details? (see close-up here)

I also made new project bags (that’s the version in the back of these photos), similar to those clear plastic ones you get from quilt shops and quilt retreats, but prettier, in my opinion. I’m just saying.

These project bags measure about 10 inches wide and 7 inches tall, perfect to hold your needle case, scissors, hand sewing supplies, rotary cutter or whatever you travel with,  and have a pocket inside to store your small, loose items like a box of pins or stitch markers for knitting.

I am happy these are finally listed since I think they will be nice additions to my collection for Fall.

I used up almost all of these fat quarters, so I’m debating on whether I need to order a few more, you know, just in case another idea comes up. (wink wink)

Fabric Wish-List

It’s that time of year when we start seeing previews of the new fabric collections being released this fall.

So far, I love these collections:

Tula Pink’s Parisville – I adore the pomegranate colorway, which looks so rich and luxurious. I also love how she always shares her sketching process and her inspiration board.

Jennifer Paganelli’s Queen Street – I love the beachy colors Jennifer uses, and the beautiful tone-on-tone prints, which work well as solids too.

Denyse Schmidt’s Greenfield Hill – I love how much more modern these prints feel than her previous collection. I especially love the geometric prints and the cranberry colorway.

Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush – I finally saw a preview – can’t wait to get that collection too, especially the velveteen prints, which will be perfect for my bag experiments!

I would love to expand the range of my solid stash, so those remain on my wish-list too.

What’s on your fabric wish-list? Any new collections you’re drooling over that I should check out?

Sunday Stash – Mystery Box

A mystery big box showed up on my door step recently. This is what I found inside.

Piles and piles of fabulous, beautiful Sis Boom fabrics from Jennifer!

My husband has claimed this print for a pillowcase he wants me to make for him.

In the meantime, I will be dreaming up ideas for the rest of these treasured additions to my stash. And, counting my lucky stars at having such a wonderful friend, who is also amazing fabric designer! Thank you, my friend!

Sunday Stash – Little Folks

I haven’t posted anything for the Sunday Stash show-and-tell in awhile.

I thought it would be fun to share my latest acquisitions.

It seems like these Little Folks voile fabrics are getting harder to find. Many shops are sold out of many prints, so I thought I should stock up on this set of fat quarters. I am thinking about making either simple patchwork quilt of squares pieced together and framed with a solid binding, or maybe I will get brave and make this dress pattern, but in a shorter length. I bet this stack would make another great dresden plate color wheel quilt too! Until then, I am going to enjoy just looking at this beautiful stack of fabrics.

Fall Decorating

The temperatures turned cool around here last week, making it feel like Fall, so I decided it was time to decorate our front porch for the season.

Fall CenterpieceWe had an early frost last week, so I had to pull the flowers out of the containers and replace them with little splashes of color.

Welcome FallIt was also a good weekend to stock up on pumpkins, while the selection is still good.

We usually don’t carve our pumpkins until right before Halloween, but it’s fun to have them lining the front sidewalk and porch.

pumpkins and black cat

I also ordered these fun Halloween fabrics, which I hope to make into trick-or-treat stuff sacks for my shop. (I know, I better get my act together!)

Spooktacular FabricsHope you found some Fall color in your life this weekend!

I Love Nice People!

A yard of this charming fabric came in the mail the other day:

VW van fabricMy friend Dorrie decided to share from her stash when I commented on her blog recently. What a nice friend she is!  Now I have to come up with a really fabulous project to make with this treasure, using some matching scraps I found in my stash.

fabrics matching the VW vans

I have a small stash of vintage fabrics (from sheets, I think) that I want to share with a friend who will love them.

vintage fabric stash

Paying it forward feels so good!

Sunday Stash – The Garden

Time to share from my fabric stash.


I found this fabric on my shelves and remembered how much I loved it when I first purchased it. Designed by Felicity Miller, it reminds me of a painting. I especially like the whimsical feeling of this scene.

The Garden fabric

It’s planting season, one of my favorites times of year, so I feel like I need to use this fabric to make something garden-related. I don’t really want to cut it up for a patchwork project because there is so much charm in this print. I’m thinking about making the adorable Jane Market Bag by Alicia Paulson. I just need to find a couple more fabrics in my stash for the pockets, lining and handles. I’m sure I have something in my stash that will work.matching fabrics for market tote

This and all of my other sewing projects no longer have to wait because I finished my final projects for design class! You will find me in the sewing room or the garden from now on.

view of backyard

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Check out everyone else’s stash at the flickr group.  It’s fun to see the variety of fabrics out there, many of which are new to me.