Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Fabric Fix: Strawberry Moon by Sandi Henderson

For today's Friday Fabric Fix, I'm sharing one of the lines I've been most excited about since I heard about it earlier this year. Sandi Henderson's newest collection brought back some of my most favorite fabric ever-Henna Garden! I started quilting in earnest about 11 years ago. But I didn't realize that quality quilting cotton lines only have a limited life span. I bought some of the original Henna garden as part of a Meadowsweet scrap bag from a LQS and I was hooked. I went back for more and Henna Garden was one of those lines that I bought at least 1/2 yard of each color-a first for me on a student budget. It was like that favorite sweater you live in. When you find the perfect fit, you buy it in every color. That was Henna Garden. 

Sadly, I didn't realize how valuable that fabric was and how much I loved it. I made a skirt for my then 2 year old, a quilt (which I sold on Etsy!!), and a plastic bag holder. And I've used every little piece of it since then in scrap projects here and there (see this post for a peek at some old Henna garden mixed into a new project). But by last year, my stash of henna was dwindling. To say I was excited for more henna was an understatement!

This Strawberry Moon line is stunning. I'm planning on using some of the other prints to make some dresses for my girls. My girls both love flowers, but they also like to mix prints, so I'll be mixing up some of the bigger florals with that beautiful crown print. But the rest is all mine!

Isn't this Petit Henna Garden so perfect? The colors are vibrant and rich without being overbearing. 

I did a quick comparison immediately after opening up my bundle. Only a couple differences that I noticed: Original HG prints have more tone on tone options and are obviously bigger. But one thing I absolutely love about the new Petit HG is that detail within the Henna design. See all those sweet dots inside the petals and chains? I think they're just perfect. And because the overall repeat is smaller, it will be easier to use in smaller piecing!

I originally ordered a 1/2 yard bundle of this line, but I'm definitely getting more! And maybe if we ask nicely, Sandi will add more colors with her next line (and by more colors, I mean an Aqua!!). 

Happy Friday!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Acreage blog tour

I've had the opportunity to sew with some of Shannon's first fabric line with Moda. Isn't it so happy and gorgeous? 

I wanted make sure I made something that would showcase as much of the fabric as I could. So, of course I made a quilt. I've wanted to make a Greek Cross quilt and this was the perfect project to show off this sunny fabric. 

I used Moda Bella Solids Bleached White (98) for the sashing, Pink (61) for the border, and Sprout (267) for the binding. 

Look at these gorgeous prints! I'll be stocking up on this, especially those bicycles. 

Because I wanted to really show off this fabric, I had to have Nicole Christofferson  ( quilt the "pretty paisley" design on this fun, happy, bright quilt. Nicole was amazing to work with and so fast! Make sure you check out her amazing work (Instagram: @kwilter100). 

To see all of the amazing projects made with this new line, check out these talented makers:

Monday July 4th Sally Keller of Sally’s Angelworks
Monday July 11th Anna Marks of Crazy8Farms
Monday  July 18 Brooke Sellmann of  Silly Mama Quilts
Monday July 25th Melissa Shields of Quilting Room with Mel
Monday August 1 Michelle of Island Life Quilts
Monday August 8 Jayme Christensen of Finding Sweetland
Monday August 15 Briawna Hugh of Purple Poppy Quilts   <--------------- you are here!
Monday October 3rd Blog Tour wrap up by Shannon Gillman Orr of Eva Blake’s Makery

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Color BLOCK Swap Fall 1 (Orange, Black, Purple)

It's time! The sign up is LIVE for the round 1 of our Color Block Swap! We're starting with Halloween colors-purple, black, and orange.

Make sure check out this post for all the details of the swap.

To help get your creative juices flowing, here are some good examples of basic blender fabrics that work for our swap. Because we're doing Halloween colors, for this round I'll accept blenders that have a Halloween theme, if you choose. They still should read dominantly one color and have a small scale pattern. As always, they must be QUILTING QUALITY 100% COTTON. 

The oranges can range from light peach to dark pumpkin. Just make sure they don't read pink or red. 

Purples can range from dark plum to lavender. 

Blacks are pretty self-explanatory. You can range from the grunge black to black with a small scale print. Stay away from overly bold pattern or large scale repeats. 

Remember to post your fabric choices on Instagram by August 19th. Make sure you include the pattern name/designer and the appropriate hashtag (#colorblockswap, #orangeblockswap1, #purpleblockswap1, #blackblockswap1). 

Don't forget to check out our sponsor (@quilterssquare on Instagram)! Participants of the Color Block Swap will receive a coupon code for 25% off their swap fabric purchases. I can't wait to see what fabrics you choose!

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