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Fluttering

Flutter and Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn; Fresh Lemons Quilts

Remember that awesome fabric I showed you before I left for Quilt Market? Well I cut into it today. I was really inspired to make something with the butterflies from Flutter first. I cut a couple of rows of them out, and then some 1-1/2″ strips of Laura Gunn’s Painter’s Canvas. My plan was to make a pillow from a bunch of log cabins with the butterflies in the middle.

Flutter and Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn; Fresh Lemons Quilts

But something about Laura’s fabric always makes me want to appliqué. I say that sort of as a joke, but I think the last time I appliquéd something was also with her fabric! Hmmmm, something magical in those threads I think…

Once I completely changed my plan for this fabric, I recut fabric strips to 2″ and sewed those together in a rainbow gradient. I fused Heat n Bond Ultra on the back of the butterflies and cut those out as well.

Flutter and Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn; Fresh Lemons Quilts

I spray basted the rainbow stripes, batting and backing. Then I placed the butterflies on the pillow top and ironed them down (final step of the Heat n Bond). I used my Blindstitch Bernina Foot #5 to follow the edge of the butterfly, and moved the needle to the left a bit to stitch the butterfly down.

Flutter and Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn; Fresh Lemons Quilts

I didn’t worry too much about it being perfect because 1) I love the frayed looked of raw edge appliqué, 2) this is a decorative pillow that won’t get hard use, and 3) I used Heat n Bond Ultra for the fusing. After stitching around the butterflies, I started quilting in a loop de loop design.

It’s not finished – almost! But I wanted to share my progress. I’m trying to decide if I should add piping around the pillow. What do you think? Hopefully I’ll have more time to work on it tomorrow!

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Welcome DuckaDilly – and a Coupon Code

DuckaDilly

Today I’m very excited to share my newest blog sponsor, DuckaDilly! I think you all are really, really, really going to love this shop. I asked owner Lesley to tell me a little about her shop, and how she got started.

DuckaDilly, which specializes in Liberty of London fabric, is a boutique fabric studio located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Owner Lesley started DuckaDilly just over two years ago out of a love for the luxurious and whimsical prints of Liberty. Lesley has been surrounded by Liberty fabrics her entire life. She watched her mother sew beautiful clothing with Tana Lawn, and she even took Lesley to the Liberty store in London to see the amazing display of fabrics.”

Monthly Fabric Bundle at Duckadilly

“Loving everything English, Lesley named her studio DuckaDilly, which was the sweet nickname Winston Churchill called his daughter, Marigold. The marigold is also their logo.”

If you are purchasing quarter yards, just leave a note in the comments during checkout and Lesley will cut your fabric into Fat Quarters if desired. She also cuts all Tana Lawn as Fat Quarters.

Duckadilly carries yardage, bundles, Liberty of London Lifestyle fabrics and even monthly subscription clubs.

Duckadilly Subscription Club

Duckadilly has set up a special coupon code for my readers. You can enjoy 15% off the shop using coupon code Fresh15. It applies to everything except Gift Certificates and Subscriptions. The coupon is good through Monday, May 26th.

You can keep in touch with DuckaDilly online at Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and on their blog. You can also sign up for their Newsletter on the bottom right corner of their shop.

Please join me in welcoming Duckadilly and thank you for supporting my sponsors!

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Back and Busy!

Quilting Bloggers photo from Amy Smart
Photo from Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter

Phew! What a busy past week! I was lucky enough to spend 3 days in Pittsburgh for Quilt Market and there was just so much to see. Besides the amazing new lines – which hopefully I will blog about soon! – it was great to just see friends in the industry. At one moment on Friday, several of us just happened to run into each other right outside Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s booth. If you read a lot of quilting blogs, you probably recognize many of these ladies. From left to right: Melissa (The Polka Dot Chair), Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter), Angela Pingel (Cut to Pieces), Kaye Prince (Miss Print), Anna Graham (Noodlehead), Allison Harris (Cluck Cluck Sew) Ashley (Film in the Fridge, there with her ADORABLE daughter!), me :), Amanda Jean (Crazy Mom Quilts), and Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced). Such a great moment!


Image from Fat Quarter Shop Twitter Feed

Friday morning was the Vintage Quilt Revival book signing. It was so great to meet fellow quilters and shop owners who were excited about the book. The only think missing – and she was SO missed! – was our coauthor Katie who couldn’t be there due to her big news. She is expecting a baby in the fall, but quite sick and unable to travel.

It was so cold in Pittsburgh, but I arrived home Sunday to absolutely perfect weather. My daughter and her friend sat outside on the string quilt, and rainbow loomed. I love seeing that quilt being loved.

Faith Jones Fresh Lemons Quilts fabric bundle from Fat Quarter Shop

I also arrived home to this awesome bundle of fabrics! These are a custom collection of prints and solids I put together for Fat Quarter Shop. You can buy your own bundle in their shop!

And finally, over the last several days I’ve been sewing like a mad woman to get ready for a quilt along I’ll be hosting beginning June 2nd on Bernina’s We All Sew blog.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along

I’ll be posting reminders along the way here too, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything, be sure to sign up to my email notifications on the right column of my blog by clicking on Email Subscribe.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along

Ok, gotta run to Preschool Graduation!! Happy sewing everyone!

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Headed to Market

Flutter by Laura Gunn

This afternoon I head to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. If you are attending, I hope you will stop by the F+W booth Friday at 11:45. I’ll be there signing copies of Vintage Quilt Revival! For those of you not able to go, I thought I’d post some pretty fabric here for you today. :)

Flutter by Laura Gunn

I received this fabric last week from designer Laura Gunn – her latest line Flutter for Michael Miller Fabrics. Last Winter I bought some of Laura’s bird prints from her Etsy Shop. I used them to decorate my guest room, so she knew I was going to be excited when I saw her new line. I can’t wait to use these to make some coordinating pillows!

Flutter by Laura Gunn

I am planning on pairing them with some of Laura’s Painter’s Canvas that I have on hand. Most likely I’ll keep in simple with either log cabins or just squares.

I also wanted to share that I officially have two more patterns available in print.

Patterns by Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find those in my pattern shop, along with PDF downloads. Any printed patterns purchased this week will ship once I’m back from market on Monday. If you are a shop and would like wholesale information, just email me!

Creativebug : Basic Line Drawing class

Finally, I started Lisa Congdon’s Creativebug class this week. I decided it would be fun to do some drawing with my 7 year old daughter. That’s hers up top with all the colors. She is loving it! I’m not sure she has ever spent so much time on one picture. And I am not someone comfortable with drawing, but Lisa really breaks it down into simple idea and shapes. I highly recommend it!

See you all next week!

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