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?

In the Ditch, Literally

We finally broke down and bought a new mattress last night. I can’t even tell you how old our current mattress is, so we are excited to have the new set delivered next week.

On the way home from the store, I was following Dave in my car since we met at the store, and he slid into the ditch! I didn’t see it happen because he was turning a corner while I was still approaching the corner. No damage and no injuries, but his car was just a tad too far into the ditch to back it out. So we came home, changed into our boots and winter clothes (ski clothes), and went back to get his car out ourselves, since he really didn’t want to pay for a tow truck. He tied a heavy duty rope to the rear axle of each car, and I slowly pulled him out with my Subaru.

While we were getting ready to do this, a Sheriff pulled up to see if we were okay. She waited to make sure we got out, or she was going to help us get a tow truck. I’m sure she was probably also checking to make sure we hadn’t been drinking.

It snowed a couple inches so the roads were slippery. It was quite nerve-wracking to me, not the sheriff part, but having to pull Dave’s car out of the ditch. I’m such a girl! Not a big deal in the end, just a little drama.

I hear we’re supposed to get another snow storm on Saturday (4 to 10 inches predicted), so I think we will be hibernating for most of the weekend. I will be finishing up some final homework projects, and if there’s time, squeeze in some sewing and baking. As you can see, I have some new fabrics calling my name, which made me feel better while telling this little story!

Sunday Stash – Need a New Shelf!

As soon as I saw a couple shops had received an early shipment of Innocent Crush quilting cottons, I placed my initial orders.

Two days later, these lovely fabrics arrived at my doorstep.

I love the youth and whimsy of the story behind the collection, something I always love learning from designers and makers. I love the vibrant color range. And I love the artsy-look of many of the prints because they don’t look so digital or computerized.

The voile, velveteen, and home decor prints aren’t due to be shipped until November. I think I’m going to need a new shelf in my sewing room for this collection!

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?