Sew Fine Fabrics

Imagine walking into a quilt shop loaded with amazing fabrics, and having the owner walk up to you and say, "I want you to make a quilt with fabrics from my shop.  Choose anything you want."  Now that's a dream!

So that's what happened to me!  Well, basically.  Jodi from Sew Fine Fabrics offered that  I could choose an assortment of fat quarters and make something to show you, with the intent of introducing you to her lovely shop.

This is a win-win for me.  I get to choose the fabric I want, and make a quilt.  I also get to promote a family owned online quilt shop.  It makes me so happy to help support these small businesses that fellow fabric lovers are running from their own homes.

Now on to choosing the fabrics.  I find it a challenge to choose all the fabrics for a particular quilt online.  My usual process is just to buy random fabrics I love, and then pair them from my stash at home.  The reason it can be tricky to put together a bundle just from viewing online is that it's hard (for me at least) to visualize the exact colors and scale of prints and how they'll work together.

Then add in the endless selection of yummy fabrics and how to choose which direction to take?  So I decided my best bet was to make it purposely mismatched, but putting together lots of different shades.  That way, nothing looks like it doesn't fit. 

I was inspired by this quilt, so decided to choose a selection of light colored backgrounds in warm greys and tans.  Then I chose four darker fabrics to make the little diamonds that are randomly scattered throughout.

I first laid out all my 4" background squares, then sewed triangles of the darker fabrics onto the corners of the squares where I wanted my diamonds.  I wanted a random look, so had some of the diamonds disappearing off the edge.

I love this design and definitely want to revisit it again.  As far as the fabrics, I love the way they all worked together in the end!  I think some of these exact prints may be out of stock in Jodi's shop, but there's plenty more lovely ones to replace them.  I love how her aesthetic is so clear, she carefully curates the prints that she adds to make for a lovely selection. 

And she has incredible shipping rates to Canada!  I dare say I haven't seen anything better than $4.50 flat rate shipping!!

A Big Heart

It's a funny feeling.  I've got so many finished projects to show you right now that I'm just randomly choosing quilts to blog about.  Finishing up all these UFO's has a double benefit, since it fits in with my nesting syndrome as well as giving me something to blog about once the baby is born.  (any time now!)

I made this quilt top almost a year ago now, and then I later decided to add more cream colored squares around the edges to make it a queen size.  It's destined for someone special but she hasn't received it yet because I want to add an embroidered label. 

This is one of the three quilts that I splurged and got quilted at a long arm quilter.  What an awesome experience!  Only thing is that I really can't afford to quilt if I get into the habit of this, so I guess it's reserved for special occasions or special quilts!  I really do enjoy quilting my own quilts, but when I see the beautiful even stitches and designs... This time I found a quilter in Calgary who I will definitely be using again. 

So what more should I say about this quilt?  The squares were 5"x5".  It ended up approximately queen size, although I haven't measured it after I washed it.

A Tale of Three Quilts #3

The last of the three quilts!  This one is so NOT trendy colors, I secretly feel like it's the underdog of the three:)

As a child I was always drawn to the 'ugly' or unwanted (by my own perception) and loved the various teddy bears and other items just because no one else liked them.  I often chose the ugly one because I thought it's 'feelings' would be hurt!

I suppose I still have remnants of that outlook which makes me defend this quilt against my own accusations of it!

What it lacks in trendy though, it makes up for in bright puffy softness.  I hope some little girl somewhere thinks it's the cutest.  Or maybe the ugliest!

Ansonia and Pretty Potent

I've been such a good girl, finishing up all my ufo's.  I've got a pile of finished quilts to show you!  In between though, I had a few of those irrational moments where I just had to start something new. 

I'm so excited I just had to show it to you first.  So, awhile back I ordered a fat eighth bundle each of Ansonia by Denyse Schmidt and Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner.  When they came in the mail, I immediately thought that the two collections complimented each other very well.

Anna Maria Horner's collections are full of big bold and colorful prints.  Denyse's collections are vintage inspired with mostly smaller geometric prints.  This is always a happy combo, and the colors of the two groups worked together fairly well.

I set them on my shelf and eyed them for a few months.  And then one day I just pulled them off the shelf and started making a scrappy trip quilt with them.  I made nine blocks, and am planning to add a really wide border around them.  I can't decide if I should order one of the floral prints from Pretty Potent as a border, or else the gray and black polka dot from this post

Let me say though, that my hunch was right on this one!  These two collection look so great together.  I'm feeling so tempted to buy more of each because I can think of more quilts I'd like to make with these two collections together!

And the bottom photo?  More craziness, since I'm not even done my baby's official quilt (it's in the hand quilting stage right now) but I'm already making him a second quilt!  The first one is more muted and dressy looking, so I wanted one that was bright and fun.  I think the background for this doggy will be bright orange but I'll let you know more about it soon!  You may have noticed, but this dog is made up of all the scraps from the blues, greens, and browns of Ansonia and Pretty Potent.