Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic by Melody Miller

I have the best friends. A few weeks ago during Quilt Market, Lee from Freshly Pieced picked up a fat quarter bundle for me that I’ve been drooling over since the sneak peeks were shown on Instagram. This is Picnic by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.

Picnic by Melody Miller

As soon as I saw the red apples, I was sold on this line. I’m already planning teacher gifts for next year! Maybe some Noodlehead Divided Baskets or tote bags.

Picnic by Melody Miller

I also just love these picnic baskets. Two additional colors will be available in a cotton linen canvas.

Picnic by Melody Miller

For those that love collecting and sewing with selvedges, these have little ants and say “I sewed something pretty for you!” Adorable!

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic will be out this summer (I think around July). Perfect timing for summer sewing!

Saturday Sales ~ Memorial Day Edition

Saturday Sales : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! In the USA, this weekend honors those that lost their lives serving our country. It also marks the unofficial start of summer. I am spending time with family, celebrating my nephew’s high school graduation. (I was there when he was born…feeling quite old!)

If your weekend plans also are filled with stitching and planning and fabric shopping…my sponsors have a some great sales for you!

Connecting Threads ~ Tool sale going on right now! Savings apply to select thimbles, pins, needles, and sewing machine accessories.

Love Quilting ~ Final day of our HUGE MAY BLOWOUT SALE at www.LoveQuilting.com! Save 30% off your entire order with coupon code THIRTY at checkout. Coupon expires Saturday 5/23/15. Great time to stock up on backings or treat yourself to a luscious new fabric! Check back each week for weekly sales/specials.

Gotham Quilts ~ Gotham Quilts is having a Memorial Day sale, with tons of fabric collections on sale for 30% off! Check out the sale page to see all the deals. No coupon code necessary. And as always, US shipping is free on orders over $75! Sale ends Monday, May 25th.

Discover Fabric ~ Memorial Day Weekend Sales, Deals and Special Offers. Use Our Coupon Code: MEMORIALDAY for $10.00 off your order of $50.00. On sale all Sewing Threads and Patterns. Enter our Discover Fabric Giveaway today! Giveaway ends Saturday May 30th. Follow on Facebook for all details on New Arrivals and upcoming Giveaways.

Fanciful Fabrics ~ 20% off for orders $50 and over with the code MEMDAY (includes free shipping — shipping charges will be refunded), expires 9:00 am Central Time, Tuesday, May 26

Dragonfly Fabrics ~ Save 25% off all items in the store with code MemorialSale25 at checkout! The sale will be going on through Monday, May 25th.

Lark Cottons ~ Save 10% on Zen Chic’s new collection Reel Time (applied automatically) and save 30% on all other fabric by Moda, Alexander Henry, Blend, Cloud 9, and Riley Blake with discount code 15may entered on the shopping cart page. Sale runs through Wednesday May 27th. Includes designers Bonnie and Camille, Fig Tree Quilts, Basic Grey, Cori Dantini, and many more!

Southern Fabric ~ 25% off storewide on all full priced in stock items. Does not apply to items on sale or on back order. Best sale since Black Friday! Code: memorial

My Modern Quilt Shop ~ 15% off site-wide through Memorial Day 5/25. Clearance items are excluded. Shop a wide selection from Art Gallery, Cotton+Steel, Kaffe Fassett, Carolyn Friedlander. All 15% off with coupon code FRESH15.

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This past weekend was Quilt Market up in Minneapolis. I didn’t go this time around, but I had so much fun watching everything unfold on Instagram. As usual, Anna Maria Horner’s booth made my jaw drop. And seeing her woven Loominous display made me very, very happy that I just splurged on a fat quarter bundle! Which happened to arrive last Friday!

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Loominous is described as yarn dyes, and most of the fabrics feel more soft and drapey than traditional quilting cottons. Some of the designs have metallics in them – very cool. This isn’t “the usual” fabric I work with – but as always Anna Maria knows what I want before I even do. I think they would be awesome for quilts or clothing – I’m starting with a quilt.

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I find it pretty much impossible to resist buying her full collections. But if I had to pick favorites, it would be these two pieces.

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Loominous is just starting to pop up in shops (and I’ve noticed, selling out just as quickly!) You can currently find some at a couple of my sponsors:

Sew Modern
Fabric Spark

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now to figure out the perfect design to showcase these designs!

Two Steps Forward…

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve spent the week in a bit of a holding pattern. I have both gift quilt tops finished and have been waiting for my kids to embroider some labels for them. Only to realize I had no batting. I spent early this week on quilt backs and catching up on some other sewing commitments. Yesterday, I decided to work a bit on a quilt that I planned out just before Sewtopia.

I cut many, many tiny squares. I just love this palette, mainly inspired by Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric lines. The more I work with Carolyn’s fabrics, the more I am convinced she is a quiet design genius. The small scale and color of her prints…they just inspire me lately. There’s some Cotton + Steel basics and a few others from my stash mixed in there as well, coordinating nicely.

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So I have this block planned out (which I’ll share later), and I thought I knew how I was going to assemble it. Well, you know the old saying “two steps forward, one step back” right?

While I was mindlessly stitching away, I glanced at my sample and realized there was a better (and easier!) way to accomplish it. Sometimes I just break things down to such a small level that I fail to stand back and look at the bigger picture. I stopped everything, made a new test block, and realized that yes, this was the new and better way to go. It’s a bit discouraging to know that I wasted all my time so far. I called it a day and let myself mope, but today I’m going to go back into the sewing room and start fresh.

Oh – and I now have one kiddie quilt label finished and batting ready, so I will also be basting and maybe wrapping up a quilt today. Wish me luck!