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Front and Back of my new quilt

Things have been quiet on my blog for the last few weeks because J, Simon and I were busy packing up our lives in Ann Arbor and making the move to Boston. Leaving Ann Arbor was bittersweet for us, because while we were excited to move on to the next steps in our lives, we really, really loved living in Ann Arbor. Not only was it a great little town, we were lucky to make some amazing friends while we were there.

A closeup of the blocks

For me, leaving the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild (or A2MQG) was something I dreaded. I found such a home there, both within the guild, where I was constantly and generously inspired by my fellow members, and within the individual friendships that grew out of a shared love of fabric and sewing. So you can imagine the emotion I was feeling when I was surprised with the most amazing gift just before our move– my friends had coordinated the guild to have members contribute blocks made from Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy fabric (so generously donated by Brenda from her shop scraps– and I use the term scraps lightly, as you can see this is a formidable amount of fabric!), and put together a quilt for me to take with me on my move. I also appreciated the other fabrics that made their way into this quilt; Brenda added a bit of hope valley as she knows how much I love it. Emily added some DS quilts fabric, and Rossie and Dorie added some original Flea Market Fancy, which was such a sweet addition!

Quilt by the A2MQG

When I opened the box, I was speechless. Well, I may have actually said “are you fucking kidding me?!?!!” which was meant to convey how surprised and floored I was by this gift. It could not possibly be more perfect. And the more I learned about the quilt, the more I knew I will treasure it forever.

My new quilt made by the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild

My dear friend Anna set up a flickr group to coordinate the block making, and a number of members of the guild took time to make blocks. Emily took the time to quilt it, and Anna hand finished the binding. Jenna’s contribution takes the cake– she hand stitched the label, which is our A2MQG logo. Look at those french knots on the trees! Brilliant, and so unexpected. It really completes the quilt, and puts all other quilt labels to shame.

Best Quilt Label Ever.

I want to thank the entire guild, and every person that contributed to this quilt:
Anna, Emily, Brenda, Ashley, Rossie, Dorie, Jen, Lynn, Jenna, Ronit, and Ginia
You guys are amazing, and I can’t begin to thank you enough for this amazing gift.

The back of my A2MQG quilt

I couldn’t bear to take it out of my sight as we packed up and left Ann Arbor, and it rode next to me in the car on our way to Boston. I still can’t believe it– no one has ever made me a quilt before, and I know exactly how much time and energy it takes to make such a meaningful gift. It makes the transition to a new town a little less scary, as I can see in front of me what great friends I have every time I look at my quilt. Thank you all, so, so much.

My new quilt

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*** This Giveaway is Now Closed**

Fabric for my giveaway!

Today is giveaway day at Sew Mama Sew! Twice a year Sew Mama Sew hosts a coordinated giveaway, where anyone who is hosting a giveaway on their blog can link up, creating a huge selection of blogs to visit to enter to win all sorts of good stuff! If you’re visiting from Sew Mama Sew, thanks for stopping by!

Denyse Schmidt charm squares!

I thought I’d share some of my *favorite* goodies today. Nothing gets me more excited to sew than a gorgeous pile of fabric, and my absolute favorites are from Denyse Schmidt. She was the first quilt and fabric designer I recognized by name when I took up sewing a couple of years ago, and I love pretty much every fabric she has designed! Today I’m giving away a 2 charm squares of each print pictured here, including fabric from her lines of Flea Market Fancy (the original!), Katie Jump Rope, and Hope Valley. I made sure there were a range of colors so any sort of project or color scheme would be possible with these prints!

DS Charm Squares

One possibility would be to make a quilt like my Flea Market Fancy Colorful Squares. Pairing prints with coordinating or complementary solids can stretch them quite a bit, and can highlight your favorite prints!

FMF detail

Flea Market Fancy quilt

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment! And if you have a favorite fabric designer or line of fabrics you’d recommend, I’d love to know what it is! This giveaway is open to everyone, and I will ship internationally.

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little folks + pastry line

I love fabric. Love love lovelovelovelove it. Even if I have a moment (it’s rare, but it happens) that I don’t feel like sewing, I still want to look at fabric. I love looking at it in person and online, and I love imagining what I’d do with it all!

fabric from Pink Castle

However (believe it or not), I’m on a budget, and so I have to be strategic about my purchases. I have quite a stash, and I like having my favorite fabrics on hand because it helps me think about possible projects.

I often buy fabric on sale, and don’t necessarily bite right away when a new line comes out. I like to wait and see what people are doing with prints before I decide about some of them. In fact, my favorite fabric line (at the moment) is hope valley, however, I didn’t buy any of it for a long time until I had seen it used in other projects and came to love it. I really love how well it plays with so many other fabrics. I’ve been keeping my eye on this line, because I knew I wanted to stock up before it was out of print.

Lucky for me, I have a friend who keeps me posted on these important matters– Brenda runs the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild, and also runs her own fabric shop on esty! Pink Castle Fabric has been one of my favorite places to shop for fabric because I LOVE the lines Brenda orders, and she has really reasonable prices (it also helps that I can pick up my fabric in person!). If you’re thinking about getting some Hope Valley before it’s gone, Brenda’s shop would be a good place to do so– she still has a lot of the prints in stock!

pink castle fabric headquarters

cutting mat

A little while ago I was over at Pink Castle Headquarters (aka, Brenda’s house), and snapped a few photos. Brenda has SO much good stuff in her shop, and will continue to get more… in fact, she’s taking preorders for the Flea Market Fancy re-release this spring! I’m excited to see how it pairs with Hope Valley, I’m imagining a big patchwork quilt.

solids

Brenda also often snaps up fabric as it’s going out of print, like the Anna Maria Horner pastry line voiles and Folksy Flannels. I took the opportunity to stock up! I’m always a sucker for Anna Maria Horner prints, and when I know they’re going out of print and are on sale, it seems crazy not to get some! I had a fat quarter stack of little folks voile prints, and I was really excited to get the pastry line voiles to go with them!

pink castle precuts

1001 Peeps

Loulouthi

It’s been really interesting to see the “behind the scenes” at Brenda’s shop, so I thought I’d share it with you all! Plus, if you’re looking for a place to buy some great fabric, you know where I’m going for mine!

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Amy'sCreativeSide

It’s that time again– twice a year, coinciding with the quilt market events taking place where designers and authors and everyone else involved in the quilt industry get together to introduce their new products, Amy hosts a virtual quilt festival, where anyone wanting to join in the fun can link up to share their work! Follow the link above over to Amy’s blog if you’d like to be seriously inspired.

FMF detail

I had trouble picking which quilt I wanted to share this time around, because I’ve really been branching out in my quilting style lately, and my projects have begun to look more like “me.” But, the one that takes the cake for me is still the first queen sized quilt I made, the one I sleep under every night– my flea market fancy quilt.

Flea Market Fancy quilt

FMF quilt back

This quilt uses one of my favorite techniques of pairing prints with coordinating solids to highlight the colors in the fabric. I tend to make quilts for others and have given away many more than I’ve kept, so making this one for myself was meaningful.

FMF quilt hanging out

FMF quilt on the porch

on the ground

And, using it every day makes me very happy, and makes Simon, my black lab/daschund mix happy too!

Simon on my FMF quilt

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Flea Market Fancy quilt

My flea market fancy quilt is done, and I couldn’t be happier with it!! Like so many others, I loved this line of fabric (before I even knew who designed it or what it was named!) so much, and when I had a chance to scoop some up last year I didn’t hesitate.

FMF detail

ready for a picnic

I wanted to highlight each print, and I think that part of the beauty of this line is in the colors used for the prints, so I went to my local quilt shop (which, luckily for me, stocks all 220 colors of Kona cotton solids) and picked out 4 colors that coordinated with each print. Once I had the squares done, I had a dilemma about sashing color, and I got such good input from my blog readers! Ultimately, I decided to sash in white, but I still wanted a touch of gray, so I added a border to frame the quilt.

on the porch

FMF quilt on the bridge

For the back, I used a chevron print I had in my stash, along with some grays and leftover strips of solids. For the binding, I used the Kona cotton color raisin.

FMF quilt back

This is the first queen sized quilt I’ve made, and it took quite a while to quilt! I did it all on my trusty little Husquvarna, and I broke the quilting up into a few different sessions so I didn’t get burned out. Also, it involved a lot of binding– I think it took me longer to hand finish the binding than it did to quilt! I really enjoyed the process, though, and now I get to sleep under this baby every night! When I bought the fabric I said that this was my plan for it– I wanted it to be something I enjoyed every day, and I’m so glad I took the time to make this quilt for myself.

FMF quilt hanging out

FMF quilt hanging out

on the ground

Also, thanks so much to my sisters who helped me take photos of the quilt– it was so big it took both of them to hold it up. It’s a good thing they’re both tall!

My sisters

FMF quilt on the porch

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FMF quilt top

I’m excited about this work-in-progress Wednesday report because I’m in the middle of finishing up one of my favorite quilts ever! I’ve been working on this queen sized quilt using flea market fancy prints mixed with solid colors, and I plan to put it on my bed when it’s done. I’ve made many quilts, but not one for my own bed! I’m currently quilting this one, and it’s really making me appreciate smaller quilts!

Also, taking a tally of my projects helps keep things real. I’m definitely a little behind on posting about finished quilts (I think I’ve been doing more sewing than blogging lately), and I have some fun stuff to share here in the next couple of weeks!

I also should note– I finished up and sent my bee block to Rachel this week. Here it is:

August bee block

I also pulled a stack of fabric and started sewing for the flickr swap I’m in. I’m excited with how this stuff is turning out!

Solid fabrics for swap

Stay tuned, I have a few finished quilts I’ll be revealing soon!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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I thought I would do a quick check-in with my projects this Wednesday so I can keep track of everything! First up, this past week I took the time to organize ALL my scraps– which was no small feat! As I had finished projects in the past, the scraps ended up getting tucked somewhere, and not always in the same place. I pulled everything out, ironed them all (yes, and that took a while!) and organized by color.
My motivation? Starting this quilt.

Scrappy green squares

My newest work in progress (WIP) is a quilt I’ve been calling scrappy greens. I’m about halfway done with the sashing for this one, and I’m hoping to finish it up in the next couple of weeks!

Also in progress– I’m sashing my flea market fancy blocks, and need to add a border to the quilt top when it’s done. Hoping to finish this up soon, too!

White background

Sadly I haven’t touched my single girl quilt in a while. But I’ll come back to it! I’d like to finish it by this fall.

first finished single girl ring

And, last night I finished cutting and interfacing pieces for a new Birdie Sling Bag. Can’t wait to finish (and use!) this!

I also am wanting to begin the summer sampler series quilt along, and I picked out some fabrics and plan to start those blocks as soon as I can. I’m excited to start another new project!

If you want to see what others are working on, head over to Lee’s blog!

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Fabric for my giveaway!

Today is my birthday! And to celebrate, I though I’d share the love by giving away some of my favorite fabric! I love hearing from all my blog readers, and I wanted to show my appreciation today!

I'm giving away these charm squares!

I’ve had so much fun working on my Flea Market Fancy quilt, and I wanted to give someone else a shot at playing with some of these gorgeous fabrics, so I raided my stash and came up with this selection of charm squares from my one of my favorite fabric designers, Denyse Schmidt!

This includes 2 charm squares of each print pictured here, including fabric from her lines of Flea Market Fancy, Katie Jump Rope, and Hope Valley. I made sure there were a range of colors so any sort of project or color scheme would be possible with these prints!

DS Charm Squares

The giveaway will be open until this Thursday night, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday. To enter, leave me a comment and tell me your favorite or funniest or best birthday story! Or, if your birthdays have been uneventful, let me know who your fabric designer is and what fabric lines you have your eye on this summer!

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FMF blocks

I’m in love!

I decided last week that it was time to cut into my very small stash of flea market fancy, and I can’t sop gazing at the first set of blocks I made. Although I had a little trepidation about cutting into these prints, I figure that fabric is meant to be used, right? Plus, I think it would make me super happy to have all of these bright colors on my bed in a lightweight summer quilt.

FMF blocks closeup

I still have a number of blocks to make, but I can already tell that this quilt is going to be one of my all time faves!

FMF blocks closeup

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