Mendocino log cabins


Look, look! I (finally!) finished a quilt top. This was probably the biggest reason for the lack of productivity this summer (by the way, it’s another boy!). I finally feel interested in sewing again, and there’s even a bit of time for it now that Max is back in preschool, but then we started a construction project at our house which displaced my sewing space. This one was finished up at the dining room table amid the plastic walls and construction noise.


I received a surprise fat quarter bundle from Windham Fabrics a while ago of the reissue of Heather Ross’s Mendocino. It seems I just can’t resist Heather’s prints, because even though I still wasn’t really feeling up for sewing, I found myself diving into my stash for coordinating prints and cutting them all up into strips for this log cabin quilt.


I like the mix of prints in this line – lots of bold colors but then also a number of low volume prints on white or peachy-colored backgrounds. I opted to use the orange, gold, fuchsia and plum colored prints from this line for this quilt (though don’t worry, the reissue does include those great aquas and browns too!)


I’ve always been intrigued by this type of log cabin quilt, but have always shied away as I find log cabin blocks a bit slow to construct. I opted to make 10-15 at at a time and chain pieced them and was pleased to find that they came together rather quickly.


I thought I’d make it baby sized, but then realized I should really up the number of blocks and make it more of a bed sized quilt for Hazel. It should end up about 60″ x 75″ or so, which should work well in a toddler bed (and hey, should she decide she’s not into it, I’ll gladly put it to use myself as a nice lap quilt!)


It was really fun to get to sew with Heather’s fabulous Mendocino line again! Thanks, Windham Fabrics, for giving me the opportunity to do so! The reissue of Mendocino will be available next March, I believe.

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baby boy triangles


I always love making quilts when I know who the recipient will be, and it’s especially fun when said recipient is a new baby, so this quilt for a neighbor and friend’s brand new baby boy was a joy to make!


I had it in mind keep it pretty modern and thought shades of grays would be appropriate. Though after cutting a bunch of gray triangles I was afraid it might be looking a bit depressing for a little baby. Rather than scrapping the idea, I decided to try adding a few more fabrics and added in some more black and white prints and the blue and red solids. I think it added enough color and bit of whimsy to make it feel appropriate for a little one.


There are a lot of favorite prints in there, and it was fun to actually use them! The black heart on white print is a favorite from Maze & Vale, which I purchased from Salty Oat (looks like it’s gone now, but this bundle would be a great substitution!). I also got to use this Umbrella Prints print, an old Yoshiko Jinzenji print, and a bit of Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe fabric.


The pattern is one I’ve made a couple times previously. I never came up with a catchy name for this pattern, so I always refer to it as ‘pointy triangles’, but really it deserves better than that! I first made it out of Cotton + Steel, then again in Lotta Jansdotter’s Follie. Windham Fabrics calls it Carnival, and has a free pattern for it on their site, in case you’re interested!


I used Robert Kaufman’s Essex linen in black for the backing, which gives it a nice weight, and kept the quilting simple with straight lines on either side of all seams.


Wrapped and gifted! I hope this one will be well-loved!

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a Friday giveaway from Stash Fabrics

Hello there! I’m here today with a generous giveaway from Stash Fabrics. Stash Fabrics is a somewhat new advertiser here, so I thought we should spend some time getting to know them!

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Stash Fabrics is a small online business out of Georgia, owned and operated by Beth, who like so many of us, has a love of modern fabrics. Stash Fabrics sell modern quilting cotton, apparel fabric and home decor fabrics by the yard (with a minimum of a 1/4 yard cut), but also offer bundles and precuts by collection as well as custom curated bundles. They even carry all 303 colors of Kona Cotton!


And speaking of Kona, their newest fabric club is a Kona Club and starts shipping in September (they also offer other fabric clubs, which you can see here!) This club will take a trip around the color wheel each month and at the end of the year, participants will have amassed a selection of nearly half of the Kona colors in either fat quarters or half yards. Plus if you sign up before September 1st and stay in the club for the full 12 months, they will send a color card along for free with your 12th shipment! (They will also be randomly selecting someone to receive a color card with their first shipment if you sign up before September 1) You can find more information about the Kona club here.

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As far as shopping goes, there are a few things that are important to me, and Stash Fabrics has them nailed – free shipping over $50, great photos of the fabrics, and a site that’s easy to navigate. I love how clean their site is, and I think it’s fabulous that there are so many different ways to search for fabrics, since we all have our favorite way of browsing! One feature I particularly like is the ability to search by color, and the option to find coordinating prints by color. I don’t always search this way, but it sure is helpful when you’re looking for other prints in a specific hue.


So, want to know the giveaway prize? There are two prizes, actually! Beth was so generous to offer up a second prize so we could have two winners (more winners, yay!). The first prize is a $40 gift card (who doesn’t love selecting exactly what they want?!) and the second is a fat quarter bundle of their first month of the Kona club starting in September.

This giveaway is open to all and it’s easy to enter – just leave one comment here. If you’d like, let us know your current favorite Kona color (if you don’t know off the top of your head, take a peek here at all 303 colors!) I’m afraid I haven’t kept up very well on all the new colors and I’m quite sure there are several I need to add to my stash – tell me what they are! I’ll select two winners on Sunday evening and will update this post. Giveaway is closed. I’ll update with the winners shortly!


Can’t wait to get shopping? Beth is also offering a coupon code good for 10%your entire purchase through September 6th to further celebrate their Kona selection and encourage people to give their site a try. The coupon code is “WOW303″.

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Welcome, Stash Fabrics, and thanks for a fun giveaway!

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Update! We have two winners, as selected by –

$40 Gift Certificate –

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Pam says:

Hi Ashley! My favorite Kona color is Blue Jay. Thanks for the great giveaway and thanks for your inspiring blog! I really enjoy looking at your quilts.

September Kona fat quarter bundle –

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Donna W says:

Jade Green is my favorite. But, I also love their black and use it all of the time.

Congratulations, ladies! Look for an email from me shortly. Thanks to everyone who played along, and a big thanks to Stash Fabrics!

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