This and That from the Fabric Shack

Fabric Shack Loot

Over the weekend we traveled to Cincinnati to celebrate my daughter’s 4th birthday with her cousins. FOUR! I can’t believe it, where does the time go? She is growing into such a sweet little girl, I’m very proud of her. And I know this isn’t a personal blog, but I plan on working in some birthday weekend photos into this post. :)

This was the second trip back home that I was able to squeeze in a visit to the Fabric Shack. I just love that place. This time I brought my husband because I knew the kids wouldn’t last for even half the amount of time I planned looking around. My son actually never even went in to look and my daughter lasted about 50% of the time before getting sent out to daddy. :)

Mommy and A at the pumpkin patch

Every time we visit I just can’t get over how nice everyone is that works there and how well run the store must be to have THAT much fabric, have THAT many customers inside, AND run a very successful web front as well.

When we arrived I met Amanda who I had emailed earlier in the week about if they would be getting AMH’s new line, Innocent Crush. (no luck :() But she came back and gave my daughter the sweetest little 1″ charm pack of Moda’s Hoot line. How sweet is that?! Really, I think that’s the nicest thing to ever happen to me in a fabric store!

I can do it!

My mom bought me the fabrics and Fig Tree pattern in the photo up top for my upcoming birthday. The bottom pattern and fabric are for a dress for my daughter. You can’t tell, but the coral solid has a really nice pintuck to it. The bottom print is from Erin McMorris’s Weekends collection.

The top fabric is Michael Miller’s Hedgehog Heaven and the blue/gray fabric is a basic that I just love and had been running low on in my stash at home.

Hammel House Inn

Even though the little town seemed quite empty, the store was packed. Lots of people buying fabric, a family looking for something special for a graduation quilt. Afterwards we went to lunch at the Hammel House (along with everyone else from the store I think!) Overall a great trip. Can’t wait to go back – in the meantime, I’ll keep ordering online!

Four!

Mini Patchwork

Mini Patchwork

I was itching for some instant gratification today, so I decided to make a little patchwork mini quilt. Well, just the top was finished before the kids woke up from their naps. The star of the show is an adorable Japanese fabric I’ve been stashing for quite a long time. I added some of my favorite coordinating prints and I just think it really pops.

Anyone else enjoy the smaller projects? I love making larger quilts, but sometimes these minis are just so fun and make me feel like I’m not taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r to finish everything.

Lazy Days

My daughter is starting preschool in a month and informed me that she *only* wants to wear skirts when she goes to class. Okay…I haven’t had the heart to tell her that most of the time it will be during the freezing Chicago winter. But I figure for Fall and Spring, skirts will be a good option.

I went back to probably the easiest pattern, the Oliver + S Lazy Days skirt. I had first made this skirt a few months ago. Less than 3/4 a yard of fabric, a bit of elastic, and an hours time and you have a comfortable, playable, and adorable piece of clothing that doesn’t cost much.

I really had to buy the Halloween fabric after I saw it in use during the Ice Cream Dress Sew Along. It’s from Alexander Henry’s The Ghastlies line. The fabric on the right is one of my new favorites by Erin McMorris – Weekends. The little bikes on the bottom trim are too cute.

My daughter approves!

Lemon Squares Quilt

I am in love with this quilt. It reminds me of a bowl of citrus, which I love. I have been wanting to make a quilt with oranges and yellows ever since I saw this beauty – Sunshine Squares by Susan Weinroth. It is such a happy quilt. I decided to add in pink and actually follow a plan for once. {Normally I tend to cut first and think later.}

After coming up with the piece sizes on paper, I tested each block out and verified my dimensions before cutting everything. It’s a good thing I did, because I had a few mistakes with my math. :) After a couple corrections, I was actually able to cut everything out and sew these in bulk. Wow, what a difference that makes! I was done with my squares a lot faster than usual.

I used a variety of fabrics from my stash to create a scrappy look. The usual suspects – Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Lizzy House, Heather Ross to name a few.

I’ve always loved the look of those patchwork backings, so I used several coordinating prints on the back. I just randomly laid them out and sewed them together.

The binding is one of my all time favorites prints, Amy Butler’s Pink Coriander. It is out of print and I had almost used all of mine up. I was pretty bummed out about it, when Megan over at Lucy & Norman sent me a hot tip about some at a little shop in the Pacific Northwest. I called and had them send me everything they had. Oh the shame! Now I’m set for a while. :)

The final size is about 51″ x 60″. I quilted it free motion with Quilters Dream Request Loft batting. I was debating whether or not to keep this one. For now, it’s available in the shop.

And as promised! The quilt pattern is available for free here. I hope you enjoy it!