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Such a pretty fabric.

I’ve been less and less into patterned fabric over the past few months… but occasionally I’ll come across one that is just everything I love.

Hokkoh

The colors, the random placement of the lines… the slight waviness. I just love it.

Hokkoh

I picked this up at a local fabric shop and it hadn’t been on my radar previously. Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to use it!

Monday!

Be sure to check back here on Monday to find out how you can win one of these amazing fabric bundles!

Hope that you all have wonderful weekends!

It’s Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day!

And of course I’m joining in!

Who wants a fun fat quarter pack??

Fat Quarter pack I'm giving away!

Just drop me a little comment and I’ll have the ol’ random number generator pick a winner on Thursday the 20th! I’m happy to ship internationally. Good luck!

Fat Quarter pack I'm giving away!

And be sure to check out all of the other giveaways here.  There are loads of chances to win great stuff!

Happy Monday!

African Fabrics

My older sister lives in Gabon with her husband and three kids.  They live a life in which every weekend they are here:

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Yeah, rough, right??  My twin sister, Cate, recently went for a three week visit. The country is amazingly beautiful. A good portion of it is a natural reserve and so she saw things like this:

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Not to mention the jungle goes right up to the ocean so you see animals enjoying the surf.

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But on to what we all really care about… fabric! My sisters were kind enough to gather a number of yards for their fabric addicted sister. It’s all so beautiful and inspirational!

Fabrics in Bag

Some that I think will have to be whole cloth quilts. I can’t cut into the amazing large scale designs.

Large Scale Pattens

Some home dec. weight:

Home Dec

Some great repeats:

Repeats

And check out the selvedges:

Selvedges

I have done a bit of reading on how to lock inks in fabric but if any of you have any tips I’m all ears! Definitely going to be going against my usual no prewashing laziness with these. I want them to last and the colors to hold so please do comment if you’ve got suggestions!

Scraps!

Today is Sew, Mama, Sew!‘s Giveaway Day so I thought I’d take part!

Give away

These are some of my scraps. Some are big and some are small. Drop me a comment with your two or three favorite colors (I would advise you stay clear of purple as I have no purple scraps!) and if you’re the winner I’ll put together a nice big bundle of scraps in those colors!

I’ll pick a winner on Monday morning. Good luck!

Obsessed?

You know you’re obsessed with fabric when you have a dream that your one yard of gray Kei Dots was exposed to the H1N1 virus and you’re being required to mail it to the CDC.  Yes.  I actually had that dream. It was more of a nightmare, really!  I’m sure that you readers can understand.

But I guess that the gray dots were on the brain because I’ve started a new quilt with them.  First I pulled all of the basics that I currently can’t get enough of:

Rainbow

I love a rainbow!  Notice the 100% lack of purple.  That’s not because I chose to leave it out.  That’s because I have zero.  Absolutely none.  And you know what, I’m not sure that I mind so much. Anyhow, some editing was in order so I came up with this.

Edit

And a bad photo of the very very beginnings of the next quilt:

Beginnings

I’m thinking that including gray solid is in order. We’ll see what it becomes…

Dear Kei Honeycomb,

You are perfect.

Kei

Love,  Alissa

The next quilt…

Some beautiful Lantern Bloom fat quarters for my next quilt!

Lantern Bloom FQs

A commission that will have no white included! I’m so excited to be pushed out of my comfort zone with this fabric and quilt. Can’t wait to get started.

Today is my last day on the most recent job… Oh beloved sewing machine – we are soon to be together again!

Happy weekend to you all!

What I did over my long weekend.

- Enjoyed my new and improved design wall.

Bigger & Better design wall.

Yes, I have finally moved on from the tri-colored random bits of felt! If you don’t have one of these, I can’t recommend it enough. I use a piece of batting thumb tacked to the wall. Simple and transformative for your design process… At least for me it was.

- Wished I had a friend having a baby boy so that I could use these fabrics for a quilt.

Next Quilt

Maybe I’ll make one even though I don’t. I’m liking these primary colors right now.

- And of course, I worked on quilting The Beast.

The Beast

I’m never pebble quilting a queen sized quilt again. Never. Ever. Again. I’m sure the pay off will be great but good god it’s taking freakin’ FOREVER! One more session that’s a couple of hours long and I should be done though. I’ll be happy to have this quilt behind me.

Wishing you all a great short work week!

A huge improvement.

Had a great sewing weekend. Also got my sewing room reorganized. It had gotten a bit out of hand… My fabric stash had… erm… out grown it’s storage…

Messy Stash

Yes. I hang my head in messy stash shame.

But NOW…!

Organized stash

There’s even room to grow! Had to lose a small table to fit the new book shelves in, but it’s definitely worth it.    And after I did all of that… I sewed!

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