posts on choosing fabric for projects, new collections and stashing

Pixie medallion quilt star with Bountiful fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics
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Fabric, Finished Quilts

Bountiful Beauty Quilt

This month Sharon Holland is having a little inspiration tour for her new fabric collection, Bountiful, with Art Gallery Fabrics. She sent me some of the prints to play with and join her group of makers. I decide to make a mini quilt from my Pixie Medallion pattern. I made just the center star and first border. It makes a beautiful little wall hanging or baby size quilt. If you follow Sharon, you know her fabrics are a consistent mix of soft color and artistic prints. Many of the prints feature motifs Sharon draws. For Bountiful, there is a landscape print...

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wonderful things fabrics by art gallery fabrics. choosing fabric for quilt
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Fabric

For the Love of Fabric: Wonderful Things

Goodness! Doesn't it just seem like there is always so much beautiful fabric available and we just can't create quickly enough to use it all? I have been feeling that way lately (maybe that's why I have suddenly started making small quilts). The new fabric collection, Wonderful Things, designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics, is truly a wonderful thing. The collection comes in two color ways...the prints on the left in the photo above are the soft pastel palette of Wonderful Things: light pink, mint green and periwinkle blue are whisper soft. These colors get me even more eager...

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Garden Dreamer fabric by Art Gallery fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Garden Dreamer

Have you seen the new Garden Dreamer fabrics by Maureen Cracknell (Art Gallery Fabrics)? I am loving the jewel tone colors and basic prints in this one. Just plain beautiful. The collection is pretty well rounded with a set of darker prints in fuchsia, teal and indigo, plus a bit of mustard. Then there is a group of light prints that offer a nice contrast to the deeper colors...soft powder pink, cream and seafoam green. Mixed in with all is an unexpected touch of orange. The color mix makes for a versatile grouping that doesn't scream matchy-matchy. As I searched through...

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Here comes the fun fabric by Art Gallery fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest, Work in progress

Here Comes the Fun!

A brand new collection has landed from Art Gallery Fabrics! Here Comes the Fun, designed by Caroline Hulse (@sewcaroline) is pretty much irresistible to a color lover like me. These are my kind of fabrics: basic prints, a few with text, lots of clear colors and geometric designs. The scale of the prints is ideal for quilting, with a good mix and lots of contrast. There are lots of options for these pretties...perfect just as they are, you could easily use a bundle of fat quarters and pair them up with a solid color, white or black (or all three!)...

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how to choose fabric for quilt, lagom fabric by Art Gallery fabrics
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Fabric, Favorites

For the Love of Fabric: Lagom

When I saw the Lagom fabric collection at Spring Quilt Market in May, I instantly loved the minimal prints and colors! Lagom is a Swedish word meaning, "just the right amount". That pretty much sums up the perfect fabrics! Lagom is the latest collection from the designers at Art Gallery Fabrics...a perfect combination of black and white with pale blue and pink. The colors might evoke nursery decor, but the black and white makes it totally hip and very versatile. The shades of blue in Lagom coordinate perfectly with several recent prints from other Art Gallery Fabrics collections, making the fabrics ideal to fit...

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Uppercase fabrics by Windham fabrics, basics quilting fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Uppercase

Some fabrics just grab you. I subscribe to the Uppercase magazine, so I saw early last spring that Janine Vangool had designed a fabric collection for Windham. This news made me very excited! The colors and prints are so fresh and basic, I knew from the pictures that I would want this collection. It does not disappoint! You know I love colorful fabric, but my favorites are basic tone-on-tone prints...so easy to mix and match for scrappy looks and great for piecing because the the pattern doesn't interfere with the patchwork design. When I thought about my stash, I immediately knew...

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Lavish fabrics by Katarina Rocella for Art Gallery Fabrics
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For the Love of Fabric: Lavish

Last week I told you about a quilt top I just finished using primarily the new Lavish collection fabrics (see it here). This week I want to tell you a little more about the fabric and look at some ideas for mixing them up with others in your stash. If you have been reading here for a while, you know I am a big fan of Katarina Roccella's fabric designs. Her use of color and artistic layering of images, painterly touches and unique prints make her fabrics a favorite of mine, and Lavish is her latest masterpiece fabric collection. What first...

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Essentials 2 fabrics by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
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For the Love of Fabric: Essentials 2

Pat Bravo (Art Gallery Fabrics) has a new basics fabric collection out, and it is perfection! As you may know, basics are my favorite to work with: prints with simple patterns, tone on tone, and small scales. Add to that Pat's color sense, and Essentials has my name all over it! The collection consists of prints in three color ways: pink, yellow and blue, but they still offer a good variety due to the variations in shade and scale of the prints. I decided to look through my stash and see what might pair well with these lovelies for future...

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Paperie Fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics for quilting
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Paperie

In my humble opinion, the new fabric collection, Paperie, by designer Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics, is pretty much pure perfection. The soft colors and sweet prints make these a must have for any project you want to be ultra feminine, light and spring-y. Above I have them mixed with some linens, cream and white on white fabrics from my stash. This would make such a pretty baby quilt! While it is tempting to keep the look really soft and sweet, I think the Paperie prints also look great with some zippy solid colors. This combination would make a...

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For You fabrics by Zen Chic for Moda fabrics
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Fabric, Favorites, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: “For You”

One of my all time favorite quilting fabric collections is "For You" by designer Brigitte Heitland (Zen Chic) for Moda. These fabrics came out last summer, and I was lucky enough to get a layer cake (10" square precuts) of them right away, which I made a quilt with...I can't wait to show you that later this year...but kind of wished I had some more. Last weekend I managed to snag some pieces on sale while traveling. You see, the colors and prints in this are so "me", I think, and so useful. They are bright without being crazy, just...

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