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I’ve been participating in Angela’s Fabric Diet – and all January, I was really good, and stuck to my diet.


Then I went away last weekend, and there was an LQS (well, sort of, it was only 20-30 minutes out of my way), and I try to support support local shops. So I stopped in to look around,  and well, they had some Kaffe shot cottons I’d been wanting to play with, and I’m always looking for good yellows (I have ayellow bedroom, a growing appreciation of the color, and a heck of a time finding good yellow fabric), and the dots coordinate perfectly with the blue-grays I’ve been working with.  Really, it was totally justified. *nods seriously*



Besides, I was on vacation – and diets don’t go on vacation, right?  Too bad that justification doesn’t hold for the stack of fabric I ordered online afterwards.   Oops!

How are you doing with your own fabric goals?


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I did some fabric sorting and organizing recently — And found a bunch of fabric that I’ve got more than I really need.

modern designer quilting cotton fabrics - destash etsy shop

It’s the excess I get from buying yardage, with 1/2 yard or yard minimums. I’m keeping some of each of these fabrics, but putting the extra fat quarters in my shop. Some is already listed, some is coming over the next couple of days as I have time.

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Art Deco Inspirations…

Just because I haven’t had time to sew much lately, doesn’t mean I haven’t had time for fabric shopping…

Has anyone else noticed a group of new art-deco inspired fabrics?

I love art deco motif’s, so I’m quickly acquiring a pile of them in both warm and cool colors.

I haven’t decided what I’m doing with them yet, fussy cut somehow, I think, to show off the flourishes. Any ideas?

ETA – The fabrics are from Perch, by Alice Kennedy (on the left here – I think it’s my favorite of them all), and two from Filigree, by Art Gallery Fabrics (the whole collection has an Art Deco feel). The yellow is “Garden Tile” from Clothworks.

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I doubt I’m alone in this, but I’ve been thinking about solids alot lately. My “Daydreaming” quilt – inspired by City Quilts –  still needs to be quilted – but I’ve been doodling more solids quilt ideas on envelop backs and the like. And, then, look what landed in my mail box for my Fresh Modern Bee II – some gorgeous colors and some black and white dots.

folded solid cottons and black and white polka dot fabrics for fresh modern bee II

And, did you know there’s a group on flickr that’s all solid quilts ? Here are a few inspiring examples:

mosaic of modern quilts with solid fabric

(Click through to flickr for the links to individual photos)

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Getting Ahead of Myself

I have four active projects as I type, not to mention my monthly bee blocks, that all really need my attention.

folded fabric stack - gray, green and lavender

This is not one of those projects – I don’t need another project, but I went and pulled this stack of fabric from my stash anyways.

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I’ve been shopping lately….

stack of folded quilting cotton fabric

stack of folded quilting cotton fabric - neutrals and reds

And, the donation blocks to go with them…

stack of folded quilting cotton fabric with blue donation block

stack of folded modern designer quilting cotton in neurals and reds with donation block for Anna Maria Horner's Rainbow Around the Block

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I’m planning a gift quilt for a family birthday in September.  I love making things for people I love, but gift quilts are often the hardest to plan, since the recipients often have a more traditional style than I do, and I want the gift to reflect their tastes and mesh with their home.

fabric for quilt - heather bailey nicey jane pink roses, gingham, soft green kona solid and coordinating stripe

Nicey Jane’s vintage feel, though, should bridge the gap. I’m planning a simple quilt with fussy cut roses framed by the green kona and pink tiny-gingham, with the stripes for the backing. I think we’ll both be happy with the result.

How do you reconcile your style with those of recipients?

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Lagniappe:  a little something special.

My new vocabulary from the DQS9 discussion board — I really like that there’s a word for this. And I really like the lagniappe I’m including with my quilt this time: note cards with fabric patchwork swatches.

blue/green/aqua fabric patchwork notecards

I’m unusually matchy with this project, so these are made from the same line of fabric as the quilt – and a coordinating fabric from the same designer. But these were fun, I think I’ll be making more with different combinations.

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As I said here, new fabric = charity block. So a couple of yards of Alexander Henry geometric prints, and a sunny yellow block for Rainbow Around the Block

Yellow block for Rainbow Around the Block with new folded fabric

Anna Maria Horner's Rainbow Around the Block

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This is the danger of shopping online, I was hunting for a particular fabric for my Doll Quilt Swap project — and since I was already paying the shipping, and I’d been eyeing Tufted Tweets for months, added a bunch more fabric to the order and told myself it was completely justified. :)folded pile of fabric tufted tweets in red and purple

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