posts on choosing fabric for projects, new collections and stashing

Chicopee fabric by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit, quilting
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: A Secret Crush

This Love Fabric post features a bit of a throw-back: Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt. This collection is some years old, but still available from some shops. I have always really liked it but resisted the temptation to buy it because the colors were so distinctive, the fabrics would really only coordinate within the collection. Well, I found a bundle of the blue/green color way on sale recently and I finally caved to temptation! But that is because I have some ideas for mixing it... Another favorite: Sun Prints by Alison Glass. This was a series of prints released last year...

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Aviatrix Medallion quilt pattern
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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt, Fabric

From a Quilting Sister, With Love

I got a very interesting package in the mail the other day. It was from FabricWorm, but I hadn't ordered anything....Of course, I opened it and was thrilled to find a copy of Elizabeth Hartman's Aviatrix Medallion pattern! I have wanted to make this quilt since last spring when Elizabeth started a quilt-along with it, but just never made the time. So, who was the sweet one who sent me the pattern? My wonderful sister in quilting (and genetics), Emily! Most know her as Em, and she is an original color girl/courageous quilter! Because this quilt has been on my "to-do" list,...

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Indelible fabric for quilting, by Katarina Roccella for Art Galler Fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Indelible

I first saw a peek of the "Indelible" collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics (Spring 2014) last winter in the run-up to spring market. It was pretty much love at first sight and fabric that I happily waited to buy. I am not disappointed! I would really like to start a project with it soon, so I decided to do some experimenting with mixing it with other fabrics in my stash. One of the things that I look for in an ideal fabric collection: distinct color and value ranges. Although I don't make quilts of only one designer...

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Pinwheel star quilt using tula pink fabric, mini scrappy quilt, modern patchwork
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Fox Field by Tula Pink

When I attended Camp Stitchalot last June, I was lucky enough to win a fat quarter bundle of Tula Pink's recent collection, "Fox Field". Funny thing, my mom won one, too! Em used some of Mom's bundle to make this sweet baby quilt. It is based on the pattern by Thimbleblossoms. I decided to feature this collection for my "love fabric" post this week, because it, as well as all of Tula's fabrics, contains such unique prints and real artistry. (Tula was at Camp with us, so I was lucky enough to have her sign my bundle). If you are...

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bright color scrap quilt, circles quilt by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl
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Fabric, Paper Piecing, Patchwork, Rocky Road Star Template, Work in progress

Quilts in Progress: Color, Color, Color!

  It is the middle of the week, time to see what we are working on! Starting on the non-quilting front for me: I have become a soccer mom. I spend two nights a week at soccer practice and last weekend was devoted to a tournament. This has been a learning experience, good and bad, for both my son and me. Selfishly, I am sad to miss evening time at home (soccer nights=rush dinner, rush bath, staying up too late), but it is really fun to watch him play and see his bright little pink face come off the field looking...

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modern quilting and sewing fabric by cotton and steel, cloud9, art gallery fabrics, and michael miller fabrics
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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Cotton + Steel

If you are a selvedge person, have I got the fabric for you! Most quilters have probably heard plenty about the Cotton + Steel collections, which are a new group of designer collections from RJR fabrics. They had huge hype leading up to Spring Market a few months ago and basically dominated social media during the Market. I am going to be brutally honest: when I first saw the collections, I wasn't too excited. I'm not a novelty print quilter, and most of what I saw were things like horses, arrows, buttons, cats and lions....and then I saw their basics...

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Fabric, Sponsors

For the Love of Fabric: Batik

Jackie at Canton Village Quilts Works is having a sale on her great selection of batik fabrics this weekend! Check out the batik page Here. That got me thinking. Batiks are so unique in quilting, aren't they? it seem that people either love them and use them almost exclusively, or really not at all. I think maybe their potential is under-appreciated in all styles of quilting: Color, Texture, Pattern...Beautiful!     There is no doubt that batiks look great together! I made this bargello quilt about seven years ago. I wanted both the three dimensional look of the bargello design as well as...

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Fabric, Quilting Interest

For the Love of Fabric: Primary Colors

I have the opportunity to participate in a blog hop that starts on Monday. Each stop will include a tutorial on making quilt-making quicker and/or easier. The whole thing is organized by Amy of Diary of a Quilter, so be sure and stop back on Monday.So, for my tutorial project, I need fabric! Today I started pulling fabric for my project and decided to do it with primary colors.When it comes to choosing a color scheme for your quilt, you can't go wrong with the primary colors: Red, Yellow, and Blue. They look great together as well as with neutrals...

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Fabric, Flowers

Fabric and Flowers in May

This is the time of the year when the title of my blog makes sense. I really am spending as much time as I can in my garden as well as sewing.If you were to drive around my neighborhood (I live on a large cul-de-sac), you could pick my house out right away: it's the one bursting with color, flower and texture (you wouldn't expect anything else from the Color Girl, right?).Of course, there are rainy days. And pretty fabric calling my name, so I do get some sewing in, too! This is such a busy time of year,...

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Fabric

For the Love of Fabric: “Radiant Orchid”

Do you know what color I rarely use in my quilts? Purple. I do think purple is beautiful, though. There are so many shades, but I have still found it a bit hard to work with. It's just not one I have been drawn to.And yet…Last fall I fell in love with the fabric collections "Clover Sunshine" and "Sun Prints" by Alison Glass (Andover Fabrics). They have an abundance of uncommon shades, from lavender to fuchsia.What do you know? these colors have now found their way into my stash!It's a bit surprising that I don't quilt much with purple,...

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