This week has been a very busy week!–I’ve managed to get a little bit of sewing in, but not as much as I would have liked.
I love getting a “fabric-y” package in the mail–even better if they arrive on a routine basis. You’ve probably run across various Block of the Months here and there–Fat Quarter Shop always has an amazing one every year. This year they are doing “Snapshots” which promises to be another good one. I have participated in their designer mystery block of the month–FQS does BOM’s right!
It’s been a few years since I have joined in on a BOM–but this fall, I joined in on two…two different ones totally caught my eye.
First up is the Fig Tree Mystery Sampler BOM–unfortunately this one looks like it’s full but if it strikes your fancy, keep an eye out–occasionally Joanna will have a couple spaces open up.
I really have no idea what to expect with this one–it’s a 12 month program, featuring various Fig Tree fabrics and a few more thrown in. The picture above was the first teaser I saw on Facebook/IG. I’m not sure what size the blocks are and I don’t think the final size of the quilt is even decided yet. I really just couldn’t pass up a fun scrappy mix of Fig Tree & Joanna’s promise of using her favorite blocks for this quilt. The first block ships very soon so I’ll be sure to share it with you!
The 2nd one I have signed up for is Sweetwater’s Block of the Month. This one is an embroidery block of the month!–For 6 months you will receive 2 “feedsack” type blocks that you can add as much or as little to as you desire. You only receive the panels(I’m not sure what size they are)–you would need to supply all additional supplies(i.e. embroidery thread, fabrics etc.). There is an option to purchase the fabric/backing needed to complete the quilt as shown when the fabrics ship in the Spring.
I first saw this quilt in photos from Fall Quilt Market–and I immediately went to the United Notions/Moda website to see if those adorable feedsack panels where part of their Feedsack line of fabric coming out in the Spring. I was bummed when I couldn’t find them. So, when this BOM popped up over on their blog I knew I needed to hop on this bandwagon.
You can still sign up for this BOM through the 20th of this month–so a couple more days. Read more about the BOM here.
And a quick housekeeping note
As of my last post, I will be answering questions/commenting in the comment section of my blog rather than via email. I have always answered via email but decided to go the comments route to simplify things.
This week is such a busy week for me!–School is out which is always excited and we go right into frantic VBS prep. Our VBS starts on Sunday and as one of 2 VBS directors that means this week gets quite busy for me! I love it though–I have always wanted to be involved in a serious way with Vacation Bible School and am so excited to be involved every year. I could almost get a little bit teary about it–it is just so fun to plan for & exactly where I feel I am supposed to be right now at this stage in my life. I am sure that those of you who have been plugged into your perfect ministry know just what I’m talking about. =)
With that being said, I have found that as my mind gets to going 100 miles an hour, sitting down and spending some time at the computer whether it’s via blogging, designing, or just to answer emails, gives me a little bit of down time and I feel ready to tackle my to do list in a much more productive way. Whew!–That was a long sentence! =)
So this is my VBS downtime Quilt Market report round 2. =)
I wanted to kick off this round with pictures of one of my favorite booths at Quilt Market–the Fig Tree booth. I love this line of fabric–I love the new patterns–large and mini. Just beautiful!
Next up is Hatched & Patched, “Gossip in the Garden” quilt. Every time this quilt pops up somewhere I think it’s the cutest ever. This quilt has it all–embroidery, applique, great blocks, all over cuteness. I was excited to see this one in person.
This is Moda’s Modern Building Blocks quilt which is pretty stellar. Definitely caught my eye every time I walked past.
I had to snap a picture of Playful Petals in the United Notions booth! =)
I chatted a bit with Vanessa of Lella Boutique. She was debuting her first line with Moda, Into the woods. She was the sweetest ever! =) Her fabric palette is beautiful.
Next up Violet Craft’s new line, Brambleberry Ridge. Really pretty line & some great patterns coming out.
This pillow was adorable. On another note, I used the word “adorbs” to my husband last week just to see what he would say. I thought he was going to fall over laughing–I don’t think I’m an “adorbs” saying sort of person.
So, there you have it!–Some more photos to wet your fabric buying appetite! =)
It’s time for another free pattern Friday! This time featuring my Sunstruck Quilt pattern I designed for P&B Textiles featuring their Tuscan Breeze line of fabric.
The quilt at the top of this post is actually made using Lottie Da by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics. As I was designing this quilt pattern I kept picturing it in Lottie Da and knew I wanted to try it out in these fabrics.
Here it is in Tuscan Breeze:
Tuscan Breeze fabrics designed by Norman Wyatt Jr. for P&B Textiles.
Sunstruck finishes at 61″ square and is an easy quilt to piece. I used “stitch & flip” techniques for all of the triangle shaped pieces. So, even though it looks complex, the quilt is constructed using all rectangles or squares.
The free pattern is available here.
Have a wonderful Friday!
I know some of you have been waiting on my Framework pattern to be available–and here it is! =) You will find the free pattern available for download on the RJR website here.
The line of fabric the pattern showcases is called Little Friend by Yuko Hasegawa.
I actually designed two quilts for this collection, Framework and an upcoming quilt for McCall’s Quilting. The little foxes, rabbits, and mushrooms were so cute and fun to work with. I don’t very often work with “novelty” type fabrics so this was a fun change of pace.
I also really liked the blenders available in this line–in particular these little ovals which are available in 7 different colors.
Little Friend fabrics will be available in February but you can snag the Framework pattern today. It’s a pattern that works very well with many collections–you’ll remember that I tested the pattern in Winter’s Lane:
And, I did a quick mock-up of it in Mirabelle by Fig Tree Quilts–this is probably one of the lines introduced at quilt market this fall that I am most excited for. It’ll be available this spring.
Speaking of Fig Tree(I shared this with my facebook followers), did you know that Soak introduced a new line of nail polishes curated by favorite fabric designers?–and Fig Tree is one of those!–So, you can now have figgy nails!
There are actually sets from a few fave designers: Denyse Schmidt, Lizzy House, Sandi Henderson, & Fig Tree.
The only spot I’ve found so far to purchase them retail is The Workroom in Canada–but they do ship elsewhere. Wouldn’t they make great stocking stuffers for your quilty friends! Who doesn’t want nail polish to match their fave fabrics?! =p
Hope you all have a great Friday!