Today I’m very pleased to share a beautiful fabric shop with you, and the newest sponsor of my blog, Dragonfly Fabrics! I asked owner Amy Murray to tell me a little bit about how she started her business:
Amy: Dragonfly Fabrics began as a side project for my baby bedding business. A few bolts turned into a few more and soon I realized I wasn’t just buying the fabric for my business. I was feeding an obsession! I looked around my fabric room and realized I had more fabric than I could ever sew in a lifetime. And I still kept ordering because it was so darn pretty! So, Dragonfly Fabrics was born. When the fabric began selling, I put away my sewing machine (sort of) and now run Dragonfly Fabrics exclusively. We purchase what we love, so we know you will love it, too!
I spent some time looking around Dragonfly Fabrics and I can wholeheartedly agree that I love the fabrics. I am a huge fan of Leah Duncan’s artwork. In fact, I have one of her prints hanging in my foyer. Dragonfly Fabrics has her newest collection in stock, Meadow for Art Gallery Fabrics.
I’m also a big fan of basics like these Honeycomb Dots from Riley Blake.
Dragonfly Fabrics offers a new collection on sale every one to two weeks. This week (until the 22nd) the Perrymint collection is on sale, 10% off. They also have bulk discounts on fabric purchases and repeat customer discounts. You can keep in touch with Dragonfly Fabrics on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for their newsletter directly on the top of the shop home page.
So who’s ready to shop? To celebrate coming on board here, Amy is offering all of you 15% off regular priced fabric with coupon code 15FreshLemons. (It excludes all sale fabric including her sale of the week fabric.) The coupon is good through February 22nd.
Happy shopping everyone and thank you for supporting my sponsors!
I may have set a record in amount of time to make a small wall hanging, but I’ve finally finished my Stardust quilt! This quilt is a small version (9 blocks) of the Stardust quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival. Several, several months ago, my aunt asked me to make a quilt to hang on the wall in her home. She gave me some size requirements and some colors she liked – golds, yellows, teals, browns. She loves flowers and nature. I didn’t really know of a lot of fabrics that fit those particular wishes until I saw Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line at Fall Quilt Market. I sent her a few design ideas from my new book and she told me to surprise her. Well….surprise!
Normally I like to take my quilts outside for photos in natural light, but since this is a gift and I absolutely did not want it to get dirty…and outside is covered in snow, mud and sludge…I decided to duct tape the quilt to the wall in our guest room for photos.
This quilt took me some time to put together, despite it’s small size. Since I knew this quilt would hang on a wall and people would probably look at it quite closely, I really worked hard to get things just perfect. I am so happy I took the time. These may be two of the harder blocks in the book but practice certainly makes perfect.
I wanted the design to pop and I also wanted this quilt to hang nicely (not too loosely), so I quilted a dense meandering design with thread to match the individual fabrics. I purchased Aurifil #2132, #4182, #2835, #1148 plus used the white I always use. This meant a lot of starting and stopping. I followed Amanda Jean’s great tutorial for burying knots during quilting.
I still need to attach a hanging sleeve, but this one will be off to it’s new home in the next week!
I have some very fun news to share with you today! Last December, just after Christmas, Katie, Lee and I received an email that was probably one of the most exciting things to land in my inbox in a very long time. Someone from Pottery Barn’s corporate office had seen Vintage Quilt Revival and wanted to know if we were interested in sharing our quilts in some local stores as an event. I think all three of us were in shock. Seriously, I thought maybe someone was pranking us! But it was true!
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our quilts and ideas on design with a larger and potentially new-to-quilting audience. I really hope that if you live in the area, you will stop by. I also think this might be a great opportunity to introduce your friends to the world of quilting and handmade, in a familiar and comfortable atmosphere. Plus, the Chicago and Arlington events are serving wine – if that motivates anyone!
Lee and I will be sharing our quilts together in both the Chicago western suburbs and Milwaukee area on the following dates:
Pottery Barn, Downtown Naperville – Naperville, IL
Saturday, March 8th 4:00-5:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Oakbrook Center – Oak Brook, IL
Phone: 630. 572.3307
Saturday, March 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Mayfair Mall – Wauwatosa, WI
Katie will be sharing her quilts in Arlington, Virginia on the following date:
Pottery Barn, Market Common at Clarendon – Arlington, VA
I hope to see some of you there! And I’d love for you to spread the word if you know of anyone in our area.
It’s been a whirlwind around here over the last several days. I spent the end of last week in Rockford, Illinois, visiting with the lovely Sinnissippi Quilters Guild. What a great group, I’m so happy to have had the chance to talk with them about modern quilting, modern traditionalism and improvisational piecing. I arrived home to a package of this beautiful fabric – Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
I met Jennifer last fall at Quilt Market. (This is by far the best part of having the opportunity to travel to market – meeting SO many new people!) Jennifer had some little sample packs of her newest line and asked if I was interested in designing something with it for her blog hop. Working with metallics is something very new to me, so I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait to start cutting and share my design with you all.
This afternoon I’m heading to my daughter’s first grade class to talk quilts! I’m pretty excited to share why we make quilts, how we make quilts and then let them create their own quilt block design with fabric scraps, paper and a glue stick. Wish me luck!