My Faves

After Quilt Market

Always in Stitches, the quilt store where I work, recently held an After Market event to introduce customers to our new offerings and it was fun!

First, refreshments were served and wish lists were passed out. Then one by one, we were introduced to the latest goodies from Fall Quilt Market. Every once in a while, the presentation was paused while another goodie from Market was given away to a delighted crowd.

So what were some of the trends? Cats seemed to be everywhere—in quilts and in fabric, including an awesome collection from Island Batik called Feline Fine.

Wovens (homespuns) are hot again, and they’ve gotten a fresh look with bright colors and gorgeous coordinates.

Deb Strain is back with a new Bee fabric collection.

Apparel fabrics and Cuddle (Minky) were once again pretty popular. You can’t believe how cute the Funky Friends patterns are in Luxe Cuddle fabric!

After the event, customers were given the chance to purchase products fresh from Market before they hit our sales floor.

Feathering My Nest

Back in the early days of my blog, I used to regularly feature handy tools, beautiful fabrics, and awesome patterns I called “My Faves.” It occurred to me that since I work at a quilt shop now, I should probably feature from time to time the things that catch my eye.

Recently at the shop, we featured this handy tool—the Your Nest Organizer.

The organizer was on sale at the shop for a short period of time, and after thinking about it for a while I finally bit and got it. The Your Nest Organizer has a troubh to hold your rotary cutter, holes in the front for small pointy things like a pencil, seam ripper, and small scissors, and grippy things for holding just about everything else such as a pack of machine needles, magnetic picker-upper, small rulers, and what have you.

I love its small footprint and its ability to corral the quilting tools I use the most right next to my machine. I also love the color I chose (purple <grin>). The tool comes in lots of colors, including lime, pink, aqua and of course purple. <grin>

I’m probably going to be tweaking what I keep in my Nest for a while until I find that perfect combination of tools. My only wish right now is that it had a few more holes in the front.

I could probably use a Your Nest Organizer in the kitchen as well to hold recipes, small knives, pen and notepad. Hmmm. I'll have to give that a try.

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Windham Fabrics Giveaway!

As most of you know, I’m privileged to design and test quilt patterns for several fabric companies. About a week ago, my friends at Windham Fabrics sent me a wonderful box filled with some of their newest fabrics and asked me to help spread the word. One of the fabric collections is called “Kashmir,” designed by Rosemarie Lavin. Immediately upon looking at it I thought of Moroccan tiles. Isn’t the collection wonderful?

I’ve already got a design going for a small wall hanging that’s perfect for the fat quarter packet. Here is the center block, already pieced. Oh my heart! The collection is available now online and in quilt stores near you. I can’t wait to show you my finished wall hanging!

Windham also sent a fat quarter pack from the “Tall Ships” collection by Whistler Studios. It’s filled with images of tall ships, sailor’s knots, anchors and the like. Wouldn’t this be cute in a quilt for an office or a little boys room?

I was privileged to test a free pattern by Hilary Bobker called How’d They Do That? that features “Tall Ships” and it’s very cute. Ever wonder how they get those ships in a bottle? They piece them in! <grin> The Tall Ships collection is available now.

Another fat quarter pack included in the box was from the “Isadora” collection, also by Rosemarie Lavin. Love these blues and creams! The Isadora collection is available in quilt stores now.

Windham also sent along this half yard group of fabrics from the awesome “Twilight” collection by Whistler Studios. My husband Scott has been wanting a new bag for his tablet and I think this will do handsomely. I might even make a bag for myself! Twilight will be available in stores beginning May, 2017.

There were also several charm packs included in the box. Two of the charm packs were designed by Lotta Jansdotter and they are so modern and fun! One is called Hemma and the other is Lilla. Hemma is available now, and Lilla will be available in stores beginning March, 2017. Love those kitties!

I tested several patterns for Maribel, a collection designed by Anabel Wrigley. I love, love the colors in this collection. The patterns are available from the stores that carry Maribel.

The final charm pack is Riverbanks, designed by Jeanne Horton. I love the richness of this collection. Riverbanks will be available in stores beginning in April, 2017.

To celebrate my generous friends at Windham Fabrics, I’m having a giveaway! Leave a comment below telling me the name of your favorite Windham fabric collection from today’s post for a chance to win this curated collection of “Tall Ships” fat quarters! If you follow me through Bloglovin’, email, Facebook, or Instagram, leave additional comments for extra chances to win (one comment for each way you follow). On Wednesday, I’ll announce the winner!

The giveaway closes at midnight EST Tuesday, February 7th and is open to US residents only since the postage is on me. Make sure that you leave an email address so I can contact you if you win! If the winner cannot be identified, I will need to choose another winner. Also, due to the expected volume of entries, I may not be able to reply to all comments. I hope you understand!

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My Faves: Recent Fabric Acquisitions

I have a large stash. A stash that lets me design and play and have fun with quilting. Still, there are holes. How does that happen? I go looking for a particular red or a certain yellow, and can’t quite find it.

Sometimes though a fabric acquisition has nothing to do with adding a particular color to my stash. It’s about love. Fabric love.

Here are some recent additions to my stash. I hope you love them. <wink>

I saw this lovely collection while on retreat and had to get it. I was sure I had written down the name, and this is one of those fabrics where they don’t print the name on the selvage. Drat! The name might Kaleidoscope or something similar, but if any of you recognize it, please let me know!

I love me a good batik, especially when they are on sale. Aren’t these beautiful?

I’m also very fond of lime, as you can see. I found this lime batik (gotta love that!) and a bunch of lime print fat quarters from the Wrens & Friends collection by Gina Martin for Moda.

Love brights, love bling! This beauty caught my eye with its light touches of gold and it said, “Take me home please!” It’s from the Basic Glitter collection by Laurel Burch for Clothworks.

I love, love the Bee Creative collection by Deb Strain for Moda, and in fact, I’ve already used some of it to make a cute quilt block zippered pouch.

Now you know I love brights, but I also love neutrals. And these two fabrics, from Sound of the Woods II by Avery Tillmon for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, are to die for!

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