April 2012

A Block for Cindy

In the Journal Round Robin Bee, Cindy of Boulder, Colorado sent out this starter block:

Cindy likes soft, feminine colors and asked for a block of any size that would complement her block. She also added that she really loves red, so would like some red-toned fabric in the block, if possible.
This is the block I made for Cindy:

I love this block pattern and even though there are lots of seams to line up, it’s worth the trouble. I received a charm pack of five-inch squares as a gift last year and I was not sure how I would use them. They were perfect for this project. Don’t you love it when that happens?

I have to finish writing in Cindy’s journal and then it’s off to the post office to send this package to its next stop in Southern California.

I hope the weather is as wonderful where you live as it is here today in Northern California!

Until next time,
   Joan

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Anna Maria Horner’s Patchwork Prism

I am a fan of Anna Maria Horner’s beautiful fabrics. She designed a quilt for Janome called Patchwork Prism.

Isn’t this beautiful? I love the hexagons that are created as a secondary design and the colors sing. You can download the pattern for this quilt here.

Bianca over at SweetDieselDesigns.com is hosting a quilt-along making this quilt and it is just getting started. The prizes in this quilt-along are very nice, including a new Janome sewing machine. Click on over and check it out! I am looking forward to seeing the progress in the Flickr group.


Until next time,
    Joan

Update on the Llamas

I am happy to report that the three fabrics I wrote about in my last post have arrived! And, yes, they are just as cute as they look in the photo.

This is my first experience with digitally printed fabric. I have washed the fabric in cold water. I am happy to say that there was very, very limited loss of color after the wash. I was also happy to see that the quality of the cotton the designs are printed on is of quilt shop quality and there was minimal shrinkage.

The fabric was, indeed, designed by Laurie Wisbrun of Scarlet Fig (Etsy). She has some wonderful new fabric that has just been released that celebrates the Olympics in England this summer. (You might also know her as the designer of the “Tufted Tweets” line!) So please do visit her shop on Etsy and take a look at what this very talented designer has to offer!

Today I settled on a design for the block and I hope to get started on the quilt tomorrow.

Until next time,

     Joan

Llook at these Llamas!

How cute are these llamas?  And the Peruvian hats? Double cute.

I saw a photo posted by Donna (Seahorse Quilts) on Flicker yesterday and had to find out where she found this fabric. The answer: Laurie Wisbruns’ Scarletfig shop on Etsy.

I ordered all three of these fabrics today and saw that they are original designs and are digitally printed. I have inquired if Laurie is the talented designer behind these prints (I suspect she is). I have not yet worked with a digitally printed fabric so I am very interested to see how it reacts to washing and how the quality compares to what we find in the local quilt shop.

I have been working all afternoon on a quilt pattern that will feature these darling llamas. Cannot wait to see the fabric.  🙂

Until next time,

      Joan