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First Blocks - couldn't resist cutting!

Just call me Faith, collector of quilt tops. Seriously though, I have the fronts and backs finished for my last two quilts I’ve shown you, so I let myself cut into my new Denyse Schmidt fabric Just.This.Once. I had the itch, I’ve scratched it, and now I will go back to finishing my other two before continuing this one. :)

April 14, 2011   10 Comments

Denyse Schmidt – Picnic and Fairgrounds

DS Flickr Favs!

1. kosews, 2. DS Prints, 3. DS fabric + AB pattern = JOY!, 4. DS Quilts, 5. Stars, 6. Denyse Schmidt in Orem, Utah, 7. kosews, 8. denyse schmidt at joann’s!, 9. Providence Handmade

The Flickr and Blog universe are positively in a frenzy over the discovery of a new line of fabric by Denyse Schmidt available at JoAnn Fabrics of all places. It was first found by Stephanie and posted on Flickr. Since then, photos and fabric have been popping up all across the country. A Flickr group has been created. FQ sets and handmade jelly rolls are already selling on Etsy. There is definitely excitement in the air from Denyse fans, as this line looks like a perfect combination of Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope.

With no formal announcement yet from Denyse or JoAnns, the fabric line is being referred to as “Picnic” and “Fairgrounds”, which has been found on the receipt of the purchases. There appear to be 21 prints.

If you haven’t found the fabric yet at your local store, do not despair. It is not in the Chicagoland area either, but there are trucks delivering today so I have my fingers crossed that it is on board. Until then, I can just stare at everyone else’s beautiful photos and dream.

I also contacted JoAnn Fabric and they told me the fabric will be available on their website mid-May! For readers in Australia, True Up says you can also expect to see the fabric in your Spotlight stores.

Update! After trips to a couple stores, I found the prints I wanted! If anyone is in the Chicagoland area, Fox Valley in Aurora has at least 18 of the prints. They were bringing them from the back, so it’s possible they have all 21.

Denyse Schmidt Picnic and Fairgrounds

Also, if you shop this week, Denyse’s McCall’s quilt pattern is on sale for $.99. McCall’s pattern number M6341.

April 13, 2011   16 Comments

Munki in the Middle

Munki in the Middle Front

Monday I finished my latest quilt using Heather Ross’s Munki Munki fabric as well as other designs from her collections. Munki Munki is a company that sells clothing/pajamas made from Heather’s designs. Crazy people like me buy pieces of the pajamas, cut them up more, and use them in quilts. Lots of people sell pieces of Munki Munki pjs on Etsy as well as trade it on Flickr. You can also find it at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Munki in the Middle Front Top

For this quilt, I used the Heather Ross fabric for the center of each block. I included lots of whimsical prints – VW vans, campers, bikes, goldfish, tennis, the princess and the pea, mushrooms, gnomes, sushi….and more! Then I framed that in a coordinating solid. I used shot cottons and Moda cross weaves for these solids. Finally I completed the block in some of my favorite bright prints. The squares are 12″ each.

Munki in the Middle Front Bottom

I quilted this one with straight lines, 1/4″ on each side of the block seams (horizontal and vertical). Then I also added diagonal quilting through all the blocks.

Munki in the Middle Back

The back is a really fun print from Cosmo Cricket’s Snorkel collection. I have been saving it for a backing on just the right quilt and I think this was it. I love how the bright squares mirror the bright squares on the front. The binding is Kona Peacock.

Munki in the Middle Hangs

This one came together fairly quickly and it was great fun to cut into my Munki stash that I feel like I’ve been hoarding. It’s listed in the shop!

March 30, 2011   14 Comments

March – Twice Around the Block VQB

Crosses for Katie

March was Katie’s month for our Twice Around the Block virtual quilting bee. She sent us some great fabric and asked us to make crosses in sizes from 3″ to 7″. She said wonky or regular was ok, so I made a few of both. I’ve never made crosses before, so I read this tutorial and was quickly on my way.

I hope you like them Katie!

March 23, 2011   1 Comment