Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Four Square Fun at Connecting Threads


I created this Four Square Fun pattern a couple of years ago. 
It's a super easy large block quilt that launched the idea for my Large Block Quilts book. 

I was over the moon when I found out that Connecting Threads
 has recreated the pattern as a kit in their NEW fabric line
Animals ABC by Alyssa Thompson of Penguin and Fish.
It's an organic quilt cotton fabric line for kids.

Isn't it adorable?
And quite a change from the original
 made with Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater for Moda.

Do you ever order from Connecting threads?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Blog Hop - Farm Fresh Flower

I am so happy to be sewing a bit again.

I have been struggling to find the motivation to sew with all the changes still happening in my life.
In the last 60 days I've sold my office, my office real estate, the school year ended and we have our house in contract.  I spend 4 nights a week in Ohio and hours and hours in airports each week. 
While I wait, I do english paper piecing,
games on my i-pad if I don't feel the itch to stitch
or swoon over friends' Instagram accounts.
I have been drooling over Lori's instagram
Beelori1 showing her new book, blocks, projects and retreats.

As soon as I had a copy of her book Farm Girl Vintage in my hands, 
I was instantly smitten with every - single - project. 
There are many simple blocks made extra special with the fabric choices.

I think that the fabric choices are the key to a real farm girl vintage look. I love the way that Lori keeps with a theme and changes the sizes, making bed sized quilts and table runners from the same block designs. I have made 5 of the 12" blocks and all of them sewed together lickety split.

Here is my version of the week 8 block
 Farm Fresh Flower.

I used several different low volume ( aka background ) fabrics 
with some 1930's reproduction fabrics by Yuwa Japanese designer Atsuko Matsuyama.
 You can get these fabrics HERE on sale today 25% off!

It's not too late to join #farmgirlfridays on instagram
 and the Fat Quarter Shop has bundles of fat quarters chosen
by Lori to get you started.
Plus there are alphabitties , Lori's new fabric line Modern Mini's 

and a copy of Farm Girl Vintage available as well.
If you would like to check out the other blogger participating in the sew along,
they are listed here with all the gorgeous blocks

well I'm off the pack orders, clean bathrooms 
and IF I am lucky...
sew more on the farm girl friday ;)