This week is my turn on the blog tour to showcase the new collection, Windsor Garden, by Kelly Parker Smith for Sweet Bee Fabric Company. It’s always fun to discover (or be introduced to) new-to-me fabric designers and companies. Sweet Bee is a new face in the quilting fabric crowd, and they are already producing some really beautiful collections! Kelly invited me to sew something to show off her first fabric collection called Windsor Garden.
As soon as I saw the prints, I couldn’t resist saying “yes” to the chance to make a quilt. This collection is so pretty: part candy color sweetness, part retro geometric, all really cute prints. I will definitely be watching to see what Kelly creates next.
I admit that I was super indecisive about what to make. The fabric sat for most of June while I though about what to make and I was on my finishing streak. Then all of a sudden it dawned on me that this date was coming soon and I better get sewing…of course, I never have to be pushed too hard to start something new with pretty fabrics! I started making the orange peel blocks with the Classic Curves Ruler. There was a design planned. Then I changed my mind. Then thought a bunch more. I think I was indecisive because I wanted to make something really GOOD, so it was hard to commit to any one design. Too many ideas. (-:
In the end I settled on this pattern that lets the fabrics be the star. I try to do that in all my quilts…piecing is fun and I love the design challenge, but in the end, it feels so good to enjoy pretty fabrics in a pattern that compliments them. I did the 1 1/2″ grid quilting on my home sewing machine with a golden yellow shade of 50 wt Aurifil thread. I don’t often quilt with color thread, my go-to is the invisible thread so it creates texture but doesn’t stand out. I am really happy I went with the yellow for this one…it’s just the right amount of added color.
The fabulous texture comes from a new batting from Hobbs called Tuscany Supreme, 100% cotton. I love that it has a bit of loft so that the quilting really stands out. It’s also super soft (kind of too bad it has to be inside so you can’t snuggle it).
Here’s the good part! If you like the Windsor Garden fabrics as much as I do, you have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle. Kelly is generously giving one away to a Color Girl reader. All you have to do to enter:
- sign up to receive email from me. Click Here
- leave a comment here and tell me which color in Windsor Garden is your favorite (mine is the light seagreen-blue)
- sign up for Kelly’s email list. She has an adorable shop of print and paper goods, Click Here to sign up.
I will choose a winner next week. Feel free to share with quilting friends you think might want to enter. You can post on Instagram (I am @colorgirlquilts, Kelly is @kellyparkersmith ) or on Facebook (copy the URL link to to this page and paste it on your timeline post)
UPDATE: Giveaway is closed and the name drawn is Kandra Flavell. Wahoo! thanks so much for all the love on this quilt and the fabrics!
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