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Finished Umbrella Print quilt

heart_closeHave you discovered Umbrella Prints from Australia? I first read about them on Anna Graham’s fantastic blog Noodlehead and was immediately smitten. The patterns are cheerful without being too cutesy and the colors are gorgeous. I’m always on the lookout for fun prints that will appeal to kids and adults alike–so I ordered a set of fat quarters from their Elephants Love Water collection knowing I’d find a project for them in no time.

umbrellaprintOnce I had them in hand, I knew I wanted to make a baby quilt. I had some leftover melon and peach Kona from making my daughter’s quilt, and I really liked how they worked with the deep orange in the heart print. Because I usually work in all solids, when I use a print I like to give it room to shine. I decided on a really simple design that centers on the print–and added a few little scrappy pieces on the sides.

hearts_fullMy favorite part of this quilt is the quilting itself. I used a straight-line quilting pattern that echoes the small frame of cocoa that surround the main block of the print. I really love the window pane effect, and the spacing of the lines makes the finished quilting really soft and cozy.

heart-foldedThis quilt has been added to my Etsy shop.

Linen quilt in yellow (!)

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I finally used some yellow (almost) in a quilt and I love it. When I started working on the design I was planning to use the yellow print (from the Olympus Soleil collection) along with a citron yellow. Then I noticed the print’s selvage colors (the little colored circles at the edge of the fabric that show what inks are used in the print) and I was surprised that there wasn’t a true yellow. Even though the overall effect is yellow–the actual colors are chartreuse, lavender, peach, mint, and ecru. I had ordered some Wasabi Kona cotton (one of the new colors) for another project and it was a perfect match for with the yellow-green in the print.

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Wasabi is one of those colors that really changes depending on the light–sometimes it looks green and sometimes yellow. The linen is handkerchief weight in natural from fabrics-store.com.  It has a really beautiful drapy-ness. I used gray gingham for the back–I love how the yellow-green contrasts with the gray. This quilt is added to my Etsy shop.

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Linen and Liberty quilt–finish

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I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out! I think the best part is the texture; it’s really light and lofty and the linen is so soft. I bought the linen from fabrics-store.com and the quality is really wonderful. I know it will improve with age, too, which is really nice for a baby quilt. The backing is Kokka large gingham in gray. This is a beautiful lightweight, silky cotton. I’m so glad I bought five yards–I want to back all my quilts with it!

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I added a small section of Liberty to the binding and I really like how it looks. It kind of breaks the frame of the binding, so the design doesn’t feel too boxy.

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I’m excited to try another linen quilt–this time with a yellow floral and bright citrus. I’m really interested in yellow at the moment!

I’ve added this quilt to my Etsy shop.

Marmalade fabrics and design inspiration

marmalade_logoI just wanted to take a moment to sing the praises of the lovely people at Marmalade Fabrics. I ordered some Kona Solids from Marmalade a few months ago when one of the new colors I was looking for was sold out at my usual suppliers. Of course, I couldn’t order just one color so I ordered a a handful of yards and half yards.

kona28_310pxMy package arrived promptly and was beautifully packaged. I especially loved that each cut of fabric had a label with the color name. Tammy, the shop owner, also enclosed swatches of two new Kona colors that she thought I might like. Can it be that she is not only prompt and thoughtful but also psychic? Perhaps, because I really did love those colors.

OK, so this level of service would be enough to make Marmalade a great choice for an online fabric provider, but here’s the best part: Marmalade offers loyalty points. Last night I succumbed to temptation and ordered some Kona Solids in yellow (more on why yellow below). I was so pleased to be told that I had earned more than $14 in points that I could apply to my purchase. While I could admit that there is some sort of cycle going on here that involves fabric purchases leading to more fabric purchases, I think it’s safe to admit that I will be buying fabric no matter what and how great is it to be rewarded for it?

So why yellow? I almost never use yellow. I see lovely examples of yellow in other quilters’ work (check out my Quilt board on Pinterest, and you’ll see lots of yellow) but I always seem to edit it out of my own designs. Not this time. I spied a piece of art tucked in the corner of a photo from the most recent DWR catalog that jumped out at me as a great quilt design. I plan to make a throw with a big center square in Kona Snow surrounded by thin squares in shades of bright yellow and maybe a little chartreuse. I am so looking forward to my package from Marmalade!