navy and yellow


I spent a little time picking out fabrics for a new quilt. I always love that part. I haven’t had a chance to start too many new quilts so far this summer, so it was fun to dream about something new. This color combo isn’t one I’d normally be drawn to, but I really wanted to use some of those great new Cotton + Steel prints in navy and that yellowy-green I love so much, and when I went looking for more, I discovered that I might actually have enough of this color combo to make something.

navyandyellow2(this Posy print is a favorite from Alexia Abegg’s upcoming Paper Bandana line)

It’s always hard to chop fabrics up when you’re not totally sure about what you’re making, especially when you’re chopping up fat quarters of prints that haven’t been released yet!


I went for it though, and made up these simple 9 patch blocks. (I don’t think I’ve made a 9 patch block since way back here, in 2009!) I’m waiting on a few additional fabrics I ordered to round this out, then hopefully should be able to add in the yellow and get this one completed!

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a Friday giveaway, thanks to Lady Belle Fabric

Happy Friday to you! Today I have a great giveaway for you, thanks to one of my sponsors, Lady Belle Fabric. You might remember my earlier post about their shop, but if not, let me give you a quick introduction!

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This great online shop is owned and operated by husband and wife, Rob and Brooke Becker. They offer a great variety of modern fabrics, offered by the yard and by a variety of bundle sizes – fat eighth, fat quarter, half yard, as well as loads of precuts.


Their site is easy to navigate, which is so important when shopping for fabric! It’s easy to shop by designer, manufacturer, or by type of bundle.

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Today Rob and Brooke are generously giving away a beautiful 34 fat quarter bundle of the Cotton + Steel basics. These are some of my favorite basics, and I think I add at least one to every fabric pull!

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Good news! This giveaway is open to all! To enter, please leave one comment here. If you’d like, maybe you’d tell me your favorite summer activity. I’ll select a winner on Sunday evening and will update this post.

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Update! We have a winner! Good old selected comment #150, Pam S. who said “Swoon! What a wonderful collection of fabric! Thanks for the giveaway Ashley and Lady Belle! This summer I am teaching summer school, sewing with my granddaughter, and going to a Rolling Stones concert!” Congrats, Pam!

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I hope you’ll take a minute to browse the lovely fabrics at Lady Belle Fabric. As a bonus, right now you’ll find a great sale going on with most bundles marked down by 15%, as well as sale yardage starting at just $3/half yard. Use code FITF to receive free shipping on orders over $50! Code expires at the end of the day on Monday, June 22nd.


You can follow Lady Belle Fabric on Instagram @becker1210 and on Facebook as Lady Belle Fabric.

Thanks, Rob and Brooke, for a great giveaway!


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just a bit of patchwork…

Well, well! Every year around this time I start exclaiming because it’s suddenly green and pretty outside – perfect for taking photos of quilts, but then I find myself without any quilts to photograph because it’s too nice outside to be inside sewing… I have to keep reminding myself that there will be time for quilting again, and until then, I’ve been satisfying myself with little bits of simple patchwork. I’ve made a number of these kinds of baby quilts, and luckily I never seem to tire of them. I love the mix of solids and Liberty prints, and it’s always fun to be able to find a few other prints that coordinate (sometimes I feel it can be hard to pair Liberty with any other prints).


I finished this one up with a great Nani Iro double gauze print on the back. I almost couldn’t believe how well it paired with all those prints on the front (you’ll have to take my word for it though, as it seems I failed to get a photo!). It’s quilted with simple straight lines on either side of all the seams, and finished up with a fun striped binding. I think I say this every time, but I sure wish it was more adult-sized!


I have fabrics picked out for another one in another set of colors, but I’m also feeling tempted to make another all Liberty patchwork quilt… I can’t quite pull the trigger though, as I realize that two bed sized Liberty patchwork quilts might not be necessary!

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