Join Me For a Picnic?

Remember a couple weeks ago when I was telling you about that kindness package I received from Jennifer Paganelli? I was compelled to make something right away with those fabrics, rather than hoarding them in my stash.

Inspired by the picnic quilt in this quilting book, I decided to make my own version, since I love dining al fresco.

picnic quilt in grass

I just love how it turned out! It measures to a 50 inch square, and could be used as a tablecloth as well.  I think these fabrics were destined for this project because I had just a few small scraps left, pieces that measure about 8 inches x 16 inches.

I am going to use a solid blue fabric for the backing, and I’m going to quilt it with flannel instead of batting so we can use it as a table cloth too.

backing for picnic quiltI only have a half yard of this blue Moda solid, so I guess I need to go fabric shopping.

By the way, I will be closing my giveaway on Sunday, May 31, in case you haven’t entered yet.

A Kindness Package

You know Jennifer Paganelli, right? Of course you do. She is the designer behind the Sis Boom Fabric Collections: Basics, Mod Girls, Bell Bottoms, Flower Power, Pretty Please, and Dance with Me.

But do you know what a wonderful person she is? I came to know this fact recently. You see, I follow her blog daily. I love her style, and I love her fabric designs. They speak to me and inspire me. They are saturated in colors I love and make me feel like I should be at the beach.

Jennifer is one of the kindest people I know. She always comments on my blog, and thanks me for visiting her blog. How many fabric designers do that? She is the only one I’ve ever had personal contact with. And I really appreciate that.

Sis Boom fabrics

Getting to the point, one day last week, this package of fabric showed up in my mailbox. It was a package I did not order. A kindness package, I’m calling it. From Jennifer Paganelli herself! She appreciated my support, so she sent me a few pieces of fabric from her Pretty Please and Flower Power collections.

There’s a really great interview with her at Sewing Examiner, where she talks about her company, her inspirations and influences, her design process, and most importantly, her advice on how to live: “Be good to people!”  You can also listen to a really fun podcast with Jennifer at Craft Sanity, where she talks more about how she got into the fabric design world. I love to hear the story behind creative people’s success!

I love kind people! Thank you so much, Jennifer, for being so kind and for sharing your talent with us!