A New Work in Progress

Palette by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics

Wednesday night a rather lovely package of fabric arrive at my door. This fabric line is called Palette, part of the upcoming collection by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics.

I first met Marcia several years ago at International Quilt Festival. She is so genuine and kind and obviously talented. Each year since, my mom and I go to her booth and visit when we are at the show. I’m thrilled to now be working on a quilt for her for Fall Quilt Market. Here’s a start…with the reds.

Lighthouse Quilt Block by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I’m thinking of developing a quilt along with this pattern sometime early Fall. Any interest?

Things will be a bit quiet around here next week while I enjoy the last official week of Summer Vacation with my family. School starts in just over a week ~ 1st Grade, here we come!



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    August 9, 2013

    Love the reds. This pattern would be irresistible!

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    August 9, 2013

    I think this pattern would sell with your hands tied behind your back! Just don’t do that until you are finished 😉

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    August 9, 2013

    It’s a great pattern, and lovely colors

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    The Patchsmith

    August 9, 2013

    That is a lovely block – the colours work so well.

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    Rebecca Bird

    August 9, 2013

    Love this pattern…quilt a long? …yes please

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    August 9, 2013

    I have loved everyone of your patterns…..sure hope you offer this very interesting new look for us. Thank you for all that you do! I reduced your great prism pattern to 62% to make a 16 block pillow for my niece who is recovering from breast cancer. It was my very first attempt at paper piecing & I just loved the procedure.

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    August 9, 2013

    Love those corals and your pattern looks great so far! Also working on a prism quilt 🙂

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    August 9, 2013

    Looks like peppermint candy! I love it for Christmas!

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    Sarah @ FairyFace Designs

    August 9, 2013

    Looks really striking, can’t wait to see more!

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    Patricia L. Clayton

    August 9, 2013

    I’m in….looks stunning! Let’s get cracking and get that pattern finished. Your quilting followers await your success!

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    Betty Ayers

    August 9, 2013

    I’m also a huge Marcia Derse fan and have been anxious to see how her fabrics will go with Windham. Love, love this pattern! And I could be interested in a quilt along.

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    August 9, 2013

    I have to say my first reaction was peppermint candy and Christmas this would be fantastic in an all over in ever color of the rainbow!

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    August 9, 2013

    I love the idea of a quilt along with these gorgeous solids. Are these paper pieced?

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      August 9, 2013

      Hi Britt – Yes, these are paper pieced. But before I scare anyone off – it’s the easiest paper piecing you could do. Only 2 pieces! And I’d provide step-by-step directions.

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        August 9, 2013

        Promise? I’m not too good at paper piecing but love this pattern!

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          August 10, 2013

          I promise! 🙂

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    August 9, 2013

    What beautiful fabrics.

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    August 9, 2013

    I love quilt-alongs….it’s how I’ve gotten most of my quilts done – bloggie quilt alongs are so fun! I LOVE that block you made! Except…I’m not good at paper piecing IF that’s what it takes.

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    Lubna Bazzy

    August 9, 2013

    I’m in LOVE with it already!! Please don’t take too long!! ; ))))

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    Ginny Worden

    August 9, 2013

    Eye catching block, and love the idea of a quilt along.

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    August 9, 2013

    Hi Faith! That looks beautiful and eciting! I haven’t had time for QAL’s but I hope to join yours because I love your design. That fabric bundle is adorable! x Teje

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    Sharon T

    August 9, 2013

    Yes, please! Can’t wait!

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    August 9, 2013

    Beautiful design and love the red and white! And you received the fabric Wednesday evening and got all this done the next day???? WOW is all I can say!

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    August 9, 2013

    These blocks are beautiful! I have bought three of your patterns: prism, poinsettia mini quilt, and Garden trellis. I love your precise and easy-to-follow instructions. Of course, I haven’t MADE them yet!! Fabric selection takes a long time for me…but am very anxious to get started, especially on a paper pieced project. I’m hoping to get to work once my four kids are back in school! I’d love to do a quilt along!

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    August 9, 2013

    I really like this block a lot. I was wondering if it could be adapted to a precut? Charm packs or layer cake? I can see it in a collection of solids with a white ground. Do you think a tutorial using precuts would be possible.

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      August 9, 2013

      Hi Lauren – Yes, this is precut friendly. The prints (or red solids here) can be cut from charmpacks or a jelly roll and the background can come from yardage or charmpacks.

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    Dana Harris

    August 9, 2013

    I love everything you make! YOU AND YOU ALONE, took the fear out of paper piecing for me. I am off and running in paper piecing quilts. I would love to follow along in the quilt a long. Love the colors and the pattern looks super fast.

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    Eileen DiPietro

    August 9, 2013

    Just beautiful. I would love to quilt along with you, I admire your work !!

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    August 9, 2013

    I met Marcia at he Chicago Qujilt show in June and bought some fat quarters. This would be a great way to use them. I think you have a winner here. What size are the squares?

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      August 9, 2013

      Thanks Darlene! The squares are 8″ finished.

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    August 9, 2013

    I like this pattern … Can’t wait to see a large quilt with it !

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    August 9, 2013

    Love this pattern and the colors are striking. I have two pieces of Marcia Derse fabric I purchased at quilt show two years ago…I love the fabric and have been waiting for inspiration…this could be it!

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    August 9, 2013

    Love your work….please can you advise where I can buy Marcia Derse fabrics online? thanx Susan

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      August 10, 2013

      Hi Susan – This fabric hasn’t been released yet, but you can buy her old lines still (while supplies last, I believe they are now out of print). My best advice is to http://www.quiltshops.com/ and search “Marcia Derse”. You will find a lot of results. 🙂

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    Rebecca Grace

    August 9, 2013

    Ooh, this is very inspiring! I’ve admired a lot of vintage or antique two-color quilts, especially red and white or red, green and white. But I really love the added depth, interest, and contemporary flair you’ve got going on here by using a variety of shades of solid reds rather than just one. Very cool — I’ll look forward to seeing this once it’s finished!

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    August 9, 2013

    That pattern is lovely! Definitely interested in a QAL if I can work it into my school schedule. If not, I’ll cheer from the sidelines.

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    sarah schraw

    August 9, 2013

    Really really cool. Thank you for showing multiple blocks so we can see what a quilt would look like! Single blocks are a pet peeve of mine. 🙂

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    August 9, 2013

    Oooooooh, magnificent. I can’t wait to see where you take this. I’m in, providing the remodel gets done in time and I at last have a place to set up my machine…!

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    August 9, 2013

    I would love to see a pattern from you based on this block. Love it!

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    Tonya Albers

    August 9, 2013

    I’ve never paper-pieced before, but I’d be willing to try it for this pattern! love it! 🙂

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    August 10, 2013

    Very cool! Would love to see it made up as a pattern 🙂

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    August 10, 2013

    I love the block, adore the fabric and I will have no doubt in joining your quilt along!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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    August 10, 2013

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh! please. Love your PP designs.

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    August 10, 2013

    Very adorable block. A quilt along would be awesome!

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    August 10, 2013

    A quilt-along with this pattern sounds great! I’m in!

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    Audrey M

    August 10, 2013

    I’m new to this and have never done a quilt along, but your pattern tells me it’s time to jump in! Love it 😉

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    Heather Z

    August 10, 2013

    Quilt along please! Just starting to paper piece and am in love with the precision.

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    August 11, 2013

    Would love to try a quilt along and really like the look of this one. I’m in!

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    August 12, 2013

    Love these blocks and definitely interested in a QAL!

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    August 12, 2013

    Absolutely a quilt pattern…..very awesome block! Can hardly wait to see more of them 🙂

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    August 12, 2013

    Love paper piecing and would love this! 🙂

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    Rachel Washburn

    August 12, 2013

    This block is so pretty, and I loooooove quilt-a-longs!!

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    August 13, 2013

    I’d be interested in a new quilt along!

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    August 14, 2013

    I have returned to sewing after a long break and am just completing my 3rd baby quilt. I’m inspired by your blog and appreciate all the time you put into it. I’ve never paper pieced or participated in a quilt-a-long. I’m in for both!

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    August 14, 2013

    Whoa – that’s a beautiful stack and a beautiful block, too!

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    August 14, 2013

    Definitely up for a quilt along! Keep me posted! 😉

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    Elana Goldberg

    August 15, 2013

    i would love a quilt along with this pattern. It has a nice simple feel which is both traditional and modern at the same time. I’m sure your sample quilt is going to be gorgeous.

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    August 15, 2013

    the pattern looks interesting!

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    Melody A.

    August 25, 2013

    Those are fantastic blocks, will be looking for your start date for the quilt along!!

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    Jeanne Marie

    August 26, 2013

    Love what I have seen, I do have a patten that I made long time ago for my Light House, I uses my stach material at the time, it was easier then to get done that way due to lake of money then and also time,,still have it hanging in my room, yours is going to look lovely and would love to attempt this pattern, Cheers angeljeanne (jeanne)

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    August 26, 2013

    I love this pattern. I’ve never heard of a quilt along before. Can you explain it to me?

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      August 26, 2013

      Hi Paula! A Quilt Along is just a series of blog posts, where I post directions and guide you through making the quilt top. Everyone works together (or not, you can work at your own pace as well). It’s a lot of fun!

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    Gayle Grier

    August 26, 2013

    I would love to participate in the sew along!

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    Pat Lucas

    August 27, 2013

    Marcia Derse’s fabrics shine. I would love to try this pattern with the Pallette collection.

    Thanks, Pat Lucas

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    Robin W

    August 29, 2013

    This is one quilt along I would be all over!

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    Diana Nelson

    September 2, 2013

    Marcia Derse has some fabulous fabrics. Using her fabrics would a lot of fun. I’d love to participate in the quilt along.