I am not a fabric-aholic, but…

… with a color palette as this:

I am extremely tempted to turn over a “new” leaf – into a fabric-aholic! All 150 swatches are from Jinny Beyer’s Palette by RJR Fabrics. Look for them at your local quilt shops!

Well, dreaming about these lovely fabrics won’t help meet those looming magazine deadlines — so, I’d better go and get my ducks in a row so that my quilts would actually happen!  What “ducks” do you have to get in order today?


More fabrics!

I received more fabrics for upcoming magazine quilts.  I love getting fabrics from fabric manufacturers.  It’s like getting Christmas parcels in the mail.  These are from RJR‘s Summer Solstice collection:

These will appear in another quilt for The Quilter:

Right about now while the snowflakes dance gaily outside the window, summer solstice can’t come soon enough!  Are you about ready for  summer yet?

Oh, I was mentioned on Diane Gaudynski‘s blog!  I feel like I am on cloud nine!  If you want to be inspired, take a jaunt over to her blog!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Temperature Gradient

While the outside is looking like this:


And then this:


It’s a bit challenging for me to get in gear for these:


The fabrics are from Wilmington Prints for a quilt appearing in “The Quilter” mid next-year. I think I am going to make me a cup of hot tea before I get started – that should warm me up to these summery fabrics!

Meanwhile, I hope you have gotten a great start to a new month! Till next time.


Missy had awarded me (Thanks, Missy!):


[From Missy’s post – the rules are not intellectual, spiritual, etc. Not really hard! All you have to do is pick up the closest book to you, turn to page 56, go to the 5th sentence and type it. Then pass the award along to 5 people!]

The book that is closest to me is: EQ5 Design Cookbook (what can I say? I am in my sewing room)

Page 56, 5th sentence: Click the Adjust Tool.

I am going to pass the award along to Ellen, Barbara, Kalianne, Michele, and Rosy!

In the company of…

… more fabrics!  ALL of these fabrics (I counted 21 total) will be cut and mixed into a queen-sized quilt.  Lovely fabrics, don’t you think?  They are from April Cornell’s “Portugal” collection made by Moda.  The quilt will be featured in “Quiltmaker” sometime in 2009:

Meanwhile, these are what I found showing forth their splendor in the yard

Autumn mums:

Scabiosa (nicknamed by me as “scabby”):

Thank you for visiting me.  I have really appreciated all the kind comments you have left regarding my winning the “Old Tippecanoe Block Challenge” — you are the sweetest bunch!  Please let me know that you’ve been here so that I can visit you back!  Happy a great Wednesday!

Family Tree

I received sample yardages for the newly released Fabric Collection “Family Tree” by Benartex. The finished quilt made with these fabrics will appear in “The Quilter Magazine” later this year. This is quite a major undertaking for me as it involves A LOT of piecing! I will give a sneak preview in a later post. But for now, don’t you like these old-fashioned looking fabrics that just scream HEIRLOOM to all who look? In my opinion, this collection is one of the prettiest from Benartex I have ever seen! Ahhhh… don’t you just love the scroll work, the heirloom blooms, the rich colors, the timeless beauty…..

I thought I would show off these fabrics with a reproduction of Rembrandt Peale’s 1829 portrait of well-known hero in the Family Tree of America – President and General George Washington. Shown also is a reproduction of a 1792 painting depicting the west front of Mount Vernon. General Washington preferred to not designate the sides of his house as “front and back sides”. Instead the “front” side was called the “west front”, and while the “back” side was called the “east front”:

Mrs. Washington, Martha, was the perfect wife of the Colonial Virginian plantation owner. Her style of entertaining and warmth in hospitality were virtually unmatched. She was also an avid rose gardener whose rose clippings even passed on to her great-granddaughter who later became Mrs. Robert E. Lee. As I am working on this quilt, my thoughts hearken back to General and Mrs. Washington and the history of Colonial and the founding of America, and it is to the memory of these two remarkable historical figures I will dedicate this quilt.

Have a wonderful week ahead, everyone!


Followup posts:

1. Piecemeal Part I

2. Piecemeal Part II

3. Piecemeal Part III