Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You’ve probably seen a lot of Cotton + Steel fabric popping up on blogs and Instagram. After being announced last Fall at Quilt Market and then unveiled last Spring at Quilt Market, it’s now arriving in shops!

Cotton + Steel : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I made an attempt to limit what I bought…really, this isn’t all of what’s for sale! I bought half yards of all the Basics – which are completely awesome. Great colors, love that some have metallics worked into them too.

Cotton + Steel : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Then I picked some of my favorites out of the designers’ different collections. The fabric lines all coordinate with each other, making it really easy to mix and match a few prints from each.

Cotton + Steel : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Many of my sponsors either have Cotton + Steel arriving now at their shops, or over the next month.

Connecting Threads (arriving August 5th)
Cuts of Cotton
Fabric Spark
Fat Quarter Shop
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Fresh Modern Fabric
The Intrepid Thread
Lark Cottons (arriving August)
LiMa Sews (arriving August)
My Modern Quilt Shop
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Southern Fabric
Stash Fabrics

I’ve already cut into mine, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else creates with these new lines. :)

Checking In

Flying Geese : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just checking in during a busy week of stitching and driving the kids to summer fun. Remember those Kona swatches I showed you not long ago? The fabric arrived and I’ve been busy cutting and piecing. Lots and lots of flying geese!

Radiant Splendor : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also made a second modified Radiant Splendor Block. Can’t wait to have more time to dive into this project and finish writing the full quilt pattern.

Sewing Room : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And in anticipation of school starting in 5 weeks, I’m getting my sewing room more organized and efficient. I just put together a new cutting table (see the back corner of the room). This is the Martha Stewart Living Craft Space Three Drawer Flat File Cabinet from Home Decorations Collection (part of Home Depot). I’ve always cut on my sewing table which I love…but it’s made of reclaimed wood and is a bit “hilly” – not an entirely flat surface and it just hasn’t been an ideal cutting area. I’m really happy with this new table which is totally flat and taller so I won’t need to hunch over anymore. The top drawer is full of my quilting rulers and the bottom 2 have some current project fabric and notions.

Ok, back to the station wagon and sewing machine! Talk to you again soon!

Five Years and Counting

Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s a funny thing, how quickly five years can fly by. Today is my blog’s 5th anniversary. I went back a couple days ago, to revisit that first post. (The image from the post lost in the shuffle during a blog transfer a few years ago.) I’m not sure how long I thought I’d be blogging back in 2009. But I’m happy to still be around and have all of you join me each week, reading and commenting and sharing tidbits and your projects with me. Thank you so much for spending a bit of your time here with me.

Much of the last two weeks has been devoted to designing and pattern writing. I can say there are some new, fun quilts and patterns coming down the pipeline. And while I can’t share those just yet, I thought I’d share some fabric and blocks and food.

Kona Cotton Solids : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m planning to use some Kona Cottons in an upcoming project. I totally copied everyone else who was cutting up their Kona Color Cards and placing them on book rings. So much easier to pull out colors and plan quilts!

Liberty of London from DuckaDilly : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also ordered an absolutely beautiful collection of Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric, cut into a roll, from DuckaDilly.

And – total accident but they were sitting next to each other on my table – doesn’t the Kona look awesome with the Liberty?

Kona Cotton Solids and Liberty of London : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love it when that happens!

Another project in the works is a pattern based on my Radiant Splendor block tutorial. Although this test block below looks the same, I did some unpicking after I took the photo as the pattern changes up the block a bit. I’m working on writing and testing and hopefully will get the new pattern finished sometime this Fall. For those that like bigger quilts, this one will be Queen sized (ok, well that’s big for me!)

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also spent a bit of time in the kitchen lately. I’ve recently discovered America’s Test Kitchen and have fallen hard. (I know, I’m the last on the planet, right?) I have had success with pretty much everything I’ve made from both Cooking for Two and The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2014.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This Cinnamon Swirl Bread is in the latter, as well as online (and I saw them make it in an episode I recorded on PBS).

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was *delicious*.

I hope those of you in the United States and Canada have a great holiday week. Yesterday was Canada Day and Friday is Independence Day here (and my husband’s birthday!) I plan on doing some relaxing and enjoying time with family. And hopefully fit at least some sewing (or more pattern writing in) too.

Welcome The Loopy Ewe!

Today I’d like to introduce you to my latest blog sponsor, The Loopy Ewe! The Loopy Ewe started as a yarn shop 8 years ago, and has recently grown to add fabric as well. I always am intrigued and love to hear how small business owners got their start, so I asked one of the owners, Sheri, to tell me a bit about their shop.

Sheri: “We started The Loopy Ewe in a little corner of our basement in St. Louis, back in the summer of 2006. At that time, we carried a few lines of sock yarn to sell online, and thought it would be great to reach a point of a few orders a day. Little did we know! We quickly outgrew our basement and moved out into a brick and mortar space a year later. With that move and extra space, came the opportunity to add in all kinds of yarn – not just sock yarn any more.

We loved St. Louis, but had always vacationed in the mountains and hoped to live in Colorado one day. So, in 2011, we sold our house and moved the shop to Fort Collins, CO. (One moving van for the household, two moving vans for the shop!) We love living here and have a pretty view of the mountains outside the shop windows.

Last summer we expanded our space once again so that we could open up the fabric side of our business. Having been a long time sewist and quilter, I was thrilled to see the space fill up with bolts of beautiful fabrics. Now we have 7000 square feet of gorgeous yarns and fabrics for people to wander through (either in person or online) for inspiration, and to find their next project! We add new yarn to the website most every Monday, and new fabric is added most every Thursday. Between the arrival of new stock and the departure of orders sent out, we keep the postal service and our UPS/Fed Ex guys busy!”

The Loopy Ewe ships most orders within 24 hours (Monday through Saturday) and offers free U.S. shipping on orders over $75.

They also have a rewards program which gives you a $25 Loopy Ewe credit, every time your orders accumulate to $250. (Plus other fun rewards – you can read about the program here.)

The Loopy Ewe sponsors Quarterly Challenges, a virtual Camp Loopy each summer, and a yearly Fall Fling retreat.

Unique to the shop: Loopy Short Stacks in the fabric shop, and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Seasonings Series, Loopy Legends, Celebrations, and Loopy Cakes in the yarn shop.

Big welcome to The Loopy Ewe, so happy to have you on board!