Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou

Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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!


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    Good luck, Faith!! I was a children’s librarian, now adult. You will have so much fun as they will, especially when you share your enthusiasm for quilting and it’s history. Your daughter will be very proud of you, maybe not directly. Hope you share more about your visit.


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    What pretty fabrics. I am not a ‘blue’ person, but I like these. Have lots of fun with the kids. I am a former educator and have done a similar project with my students. We had a blast and the results were stunning!!

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      It’s cotton fabric. I’m not entirely sure about the process but I think maybe the metallic is applied afterwards. (Don’t quote me on that yet, I just remember someone saying that’s how the metallic on the Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman was made). So that adds a bit of stiffness to it.

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    Carolyn Loewen says

    As a former teacher, there is so much learning focussed around quilts that can happen in the classroom. That topic touches, not only the artistic end, but math, language, and history. So many wonderful children’s books have been written around the topic of quilts. I know you’re going to enjoy your time in the classroom.

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    Leeanne says


    I am so glad that you are going to the first grade class! They will love it! Maybe you can hop over a classroom to my daughter’s class and talk to them! 🙂

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    Ooh, having them glue fabric scraps instead of sewing them is BRILLIANT! That sounds like a fantastic introduction to quilting for first graders! Have a blast, Faith. Post pictures of what the kids come up with!

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    Kristyn says

    Rockford Illinois- home of the best rock band ever! One of my quilts was in the Burpee Museum when Rick’s Picks was on display last year!

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      Suzy Quilter says

      Sorry I missed Kristyn’s quilt at Burpee Museum in Rockford last spring. What was the exhibit? I was there to catch Cheap Trick-Rick Nielsen’s awesome collection of guitars and more….
      and was glad to catch Faith at the Sinnissippi Quilters meeting.
      Your work is so refreshing and so was your presentation.
      My goal is to add more solids, whites and purples to freshen up my work…. and to have some fun with it.

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    Cindy Larsen says

    Thank you Faith for coming to Sinnissippi Quilters guild. It was great meeting you, seeing your beautiful quilts in person, and taking your workshop!

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    What a fabulous way to introduce quilting to a new generation. I love it. Please post pictures of what the class comes up with. Children are so free in their thinking and design concepts. They can only produce wonderful work!

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    Marianne says

    I taught second grade for years and then worked as assistant children’s librarian for awhile. I love the little ones. They are so much fun! Can’t wait to see what you come up with with those new fabrics.

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    These are really beautiful fabrics. Although I’m really not a “blue” person, I could definitely use these colors! They look so silky and shimmery! Have fun creating something gorgeous!

    How fun….your going to your little girl’s classroom to talk about quilts.

    Take care, Karen

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