Sunday Stash – FQ Swap

I read the  fat quarter swap hosted by Sew,Mama,Sew had 450 participants, which is just fabulous.  Imagine the variety of fabrics that are being shared all over the world!

I received a couple packages so far, and I had to convince my husband these packages were part of a trade, not fabrics I ordered! (he thinks I get a package of fabric A DAY, which I don’t!)

This first package was from Regan in California:

Swap Fabrics from ReganAren’t they lovely? The fat quarter is the brown piece on top.  She included the other two scrap size pieces as a bonus! The middle piece is a cheerful, summery piece, and the bottom piece reminds me of redwork.

This fat quarter came from Maren in Tennessee:

Fat Quarter from Maren

This fat quarter came from Jacqui all the way from New Zealand:

Swap Fabric from JacquiI love how it coordinates with the other swap fabrics so far.

I also did a side swap with Rebecca of Lula Dahl, who also works part-time at Sew,Mama,Sew.  She prepares their fat quarter sets, and she also coordinated the swap.  After spending hours sorting out the participants and sending out all the emails, she had forgotten to put her name on the list. So she called out for others who might be interested in doing another swap. She sent me these goodies:

Swap from RebeccaRebecca sells her adorable aprons in her etsy shop, and she was so generous to share one with me (it’s the purple fabric on the far left in the photo above).  She also sent along those pretty ribbons and adorable fabric-covered buttons. 

Here’s a close-up of those fabrics (notice the Heather Ross gnomes!):

fabrics from Rebecca

I’m thinking about making a couple drawstring bags with these fabrics for a trip I have coming up.

Thank you so much for your generosity, ladies!

 

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Share some of the fabrics from your stash by joining the Sunday Stash group.

Check out everyone else’s stash at the flickr group.  It’s fun to see the variety of fabrics out there, many of which I have not seen anywhere else.

Sunday Stash – Metro Market

I can’t believe I found these prints at my local quilting store!  These fabrics are from the Metro Market, About Town, and Mingle collections by Monaluna for Robert Kaufman.  Our local quilting store is huge, and carries a lot of country-style and batik fabrics, but not too many of the modern designers I like.

Metro Markets Stash

These are from the summer color palettes.  I was most attracted to the adorable birds with their big bodies and skinny legs, so I picked out four more fat quarters to go with those silly birds.  

Metro market birds

Aren’t they fun?  I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to do with these fat quarters, but I’m leaning toward either something for the kitchen, like potholders, or something for our backyard patio, like placemats and napkins, for when the weather warms up.

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Share some of the fabrics from your stash by joining the Sunday Stash group.

Check out everyone else’s stash at the flickr group.  It’s fun to see the variety of fabrics out there, many of which I have not seen anywhere else.

Sunday Stash – Orange Dahlia

I found four more of the retro, organic prints in my stash from the Midwest Modern collection by Amy Butler.

AB-Midwest Modern in Orange dahlia

These are from the Orange Dahlia color palette, making me think of sherbet, further making me think of summer, which is a nice feeling after the snowy day we just had.  

Orange Dahlia patchwork

With these four fabrics, I have decided to do more patchwork bags, but I’m tweaking the size and shape into a slightly different style this time.

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Share some of the fabrics from your stash by joining the Sunday Stash group.

Check out everyone else’s stash at the flickr group.  It’s fun to see the variety of fabrics out there, many of which I (one who collects fabrics) have not seen!

Sunday Stash – Midwest Modern

I love the fresh, crisp colors and retro, organic prints of these fabrics from the Midwest Modern collection by Amy Butler.

AB-MM Ohio Sky fabrics

They are from the Ohio Sky color palette, making me think of spring, my favorite season.  I can’t wait to see all the bulbs come up when the days start to get warmer and sunnier.  

Midwest Modern in Ohio Sky

I never bought much of any of Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern fabrics, so I’m not sure what to make with these four fat quarters.  I could make a zippered bag, a couple napkins with rick-rack trim, or a patchwork pillow cover.  Any other suggestions?

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Want to share some fabrics from your stash? Join the Sunday Stash at 1/4 of an inch.

Wanna see more stash? Check out the Sunday Stash flickr group.

Sunday Stash – Park Slope

I forgot I had these two fabrics in my stash.  They are part of Erin McMorris’s Park Slope fabric collection, which she describes as “springtime walk in a modern garden.”  I read somewhere that she designed this collection when she was living in Park Slope, which is a beautiful neighborhood in Brooklyn.  I think I ordered them from an etsy fabric shop, but I don’t remember which one or what project I had in mind.

orange fabrics in stash

I love all the whimsical bird fabric on the market now, and the floral dots fabric on the left compliments these particular birds quite nicely.  I especially like the mix of spring colors with these fabrics – peach, purple and pink.  After ready Amy’s post about her cozy camera case tutorial, and finding inspiration by the cute bird fabric she used, I knew that was exactly the project these fabrics were destined for.  I got started right away!

orange camera case

Here’s the pocket on the back, which holds an extra memory card:

pocket on back of camera case

I don’t have many orange fabrics in my stash, but I love how this camera case turned out.  (It looks a little misshapen in these photos because I couldn’t put my camera inside while taking a picture. Trust me!)  I definitely need to find something else fun to make with the extra fabric I have left.

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Want to share some fabrics from your stash? Join the Sunday Stash at 1/4 of an inch.

Wanna see more stash? Check out the Sunday Stash flickr group.

Sunday Stash – Mid Mod 2

These six fat quarters are the only amount of Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern 2 in my fabric stash.  The more I look at them the more I wish I had more!

Midwest Modern 2 stash

I also have this pretty My Folklore by Lecien in my stash, which matches the Midwest Modern 2 fabrics quite nicely.

My Folklore by Lecien

So I think I’m going to make this adorable hexagon table runner from the cover of the March 2009 issue of Sew Hip magazine.

Hexagon table runner project

Want to share some fabrics from your Stash? Join the Sunday Stash at 1/4 of an inch.

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Sunday Stash – Feathered Friends

Have you seen these adorable fabrics by Wendy Slotboom? This collection is called Feathered Friends, and I just love it.

Feathered Friends Stash

I love bird watching, but there aren’t too many birds around here this time of year.  I just see cardinals and chickadees.  I have been practicing drawing birds and trees like this – so adorable!

Feathered Friends stash-birds!

I don’t have a lot of these six fabrics so I’m thinking I could combine some quilting solids to make a tablecloth for our patio table or maybe some cushions.

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Want to share some fabrics from your Stash? Join the Sunday Stash at 1/4 of an inch.

Wanna see more stash? Check out the Sunday Stash flickr group.

Sunday Stash – Bohemian

While we all wait patiently for the release of the upcoming fabric collection from Anna Maria Horner called Good Folks, I thought I would share my stash of Anna Maria’s first line of fabric – Bohemian.

Bohemian stash

A couple years ago, when I first discovered the world of blogging, online fabric shopping, and fabric designers who gave us a glimpse into their creative process, Chocolate Lollipop was already out, which I think is my all-time favorite fabric collection.  Anyway, I started researching what else Anna Maria had produced, and I found Bohemian!

Bohemian fat quarter stash

As you know, after about a year from the release of a new fabric collection, you may be out of luck if you want to buy it.  Then I discovered all sorts of etsy shops that sell fabric, and I started buying more Bohemian fabric.

Bohemian stash-larger pieces

I have had these fabric on my shelves for awhile now, and I haven’t decided what to make, although I did make this whimsical house ornament with some scraps. (I was lucky enough to get some scraps of Bohemian in one of my earliest scrap bag purchases.)

You know I will be stocking up on the Good Folks fabric line, given the similarities to some fabrics from the Bohemian collection.

Sunday Stash – Solids

This is my first Sunday participating in Sunday Stash, where you take the time to feature some fabrics in your stash.  There is a button for this group but I can’t get it to work, so I’ll just share the link here for now.

I decided I need more solids in my fabric stash because, well, just because!  Also because a lot of the fabric in my stash is from various collections, so not a very broad stash.  Therefore, I ordered this varied fat quarter pack of Amy Butler’s quilting solids from Sew,Mama,Sew

stash of solidsI like the mixture of rich and soft colors in this set, although the fat quarters aren’t quite big enough to use for borders on a quilt, but it’s good for stash-building and color-building. Maybe I will come up with an idea to make something with just these solids; that would look cool!

I found some warm and some neutral quilting solids in my stash too, which might be more versatile to use in my current project in the works.

quilting solids - neutrals

I think I will definitely use more of the ivory and white solids, so that’s on my fabric stash-building list.