Thursday, July 25, 2013

Serene Scandinavian - limited bundles!


Phew, that was a long day!  Cutting, pressing and arranging bundles is no quick task.  I have a good, healthy respect for fabric shops now.  You make it look so easy!  But, my, I do love the results!  All that tidy folded fabric is just irresistible.


So, here's the scoop.  At least a month ago a friend asked me to put together some bundles of my fabric choices for my Penny Sampler.  Sounded like a fun challenge, so off I went scouring my favorite webstores to buy up more of my picks.  Naturally, they weren't available all at one place, but eventually I had amassed a nice collection.


I've prepared 6 bundles (it was all I could manage!) of 21 fabrics each - my Serene Scandinavian bundles (now sold out!).  There are larger cuts of some of the more important prints like the cursive alphabet - that one's my favorite!  I also made sure to have enough in most cases to match what I actually used in the quilt.  For example, there's enough of the Bloomsbury Summerville Spring print to make blue flower diamonds across the top of the quilt as I did!


After some 1/2 yards, fat quarters and one fat eighth, most of the bundle is made of compact fat sixteenths (9" x 11").  It sounds small, but that's why there's 21 fabrics and I'm serious that I really used less than that of most prints.  I like to use many different fabrics, and thus don't need much of each.


My Penny Sampler bundles each contain 3 yards of fabric.  This is definitely not enough fabric to make the entire quilt, but you'd primarily need to add solids, not prints. Suggested solids: Kona Iron, Marine, Ash, Plum, Rose, Snow, White, Aqua and Glacier, as well as Essex in Natural.  You can find all these solids at Canton Village Quilt Works or at many of my sponsors (top right sidebar).

If you're out to do your own shopping, many of my prints are now hard-to-find.  But, you can definitely find the Shelburne Falls prints at Fat Quarter Shop and Glimma at Intrepid Thread.


Oh!  I also made Scrap Packs (sold out!).  At first I was saving cutting scraps from my Sampler for my own someday project, but then I decided it would be more fun to pass them onto someone who hadn't yet had the chance to play with these colors.  I have 3 one-of-a-kind scrap packs available now in my shop!

I can tell you that I won't be putting together bundles again anytime soon (did I mention my aching feet?), but I'm hoping that these will make several people very happy!!!

xo,

Rachel

18 comments:

  1. Your fabric choices are lovely Rachel! I think I'm going to try and use stash and see how far I can get that way. I can certainly relate to the aching feet and standing all day at an iron. As a school teacher I can tell you that we all feel that same way the first week of school as we adjust to the daily routine. I'll be doing that very soon :o)

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    1. Oh, my, yes I can imagine that as a school teacher. Rest your tootsies a few more weeks!

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  2. Awesome! I'm loving the little scrap packs! Thank you!

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  3. !!! Wow. I do love photos of those lovely neat stacks! I am hoping to tweak the color scheme a bit for my version, and have been thinking about how to do it all week. (Plus heh I have quite a few of those prints stashed, waiting to be used.) I am happy to read your Konas list, I ordered a few of those for the class this week! Buying fabric is WAY more fun that buying textbooks.

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    1. I think all my hard work pretty much paid off by that one image of the fat sixteenths in a circle. Liam was like "wow, Mommy, wow, wow!" And, yeah, Aria is begging for her own bundle. Hah.

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  4. Your productivity is astounding and inspiring. And I LOVE that you were so helpful for people who might want skip your bundle and do their own shopping. Very generous. (Is it weird that I want to spend more with people who are willing to send me elsewhere just to make me happy?) If I didn't have my heart set on more blues, I'd snap up one of those bundles in a heartbeat. That script print is delightful. Can't wait for class to start!

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  5. I helped a friend get ready for Quiltcon by folding fat quarters. I don't think I would last too long as a quilt shop employee. It is hard work.

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    1. I made an error that made the bundles appear to be gone. As of this morning, they are still available! Scrap packs are gone though. Sorry for the mistake!

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  7. I am absolutely SICK that I missed out on the bundle!!! Two hours too late! :( I bought a scrap bag... I think. It let me buy it but its still for sale. :/ if I missed out on that too i will be so so sad :(

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    1. Hooray for mistakes and my 8week old daughter waking me up WAY too early that allow me to snag a beautiful bundle!!! :)

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  8. I tried to find out the shipping costs for a scrap bag to Germany but the shop doesn't offer that. But the horse would be also fun in more bright colours, too, I think. Maybe a green and white and yellow quilt with wood looking fabric? Also blue maybe? Everything that reminds me of Sweden (red houses, blue water, green plants, yellow flowers, white walls and furniture, wood coloured furniture and floors, yes, that sounds fun.).
    I love the look of a nicely folded stack or arrangement of fabrics, too. That's why I love getting fabric mail. :) One of those reasons. :)

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  9. Time difference sucks! Rachel, if I give you a foot massage, would you consider cutting a bundle for the spaniard? Hahaha Joking, oh I'm so sad! I can probably get all the fabrics but just thinking of the separate shipping costs makes me tremble with fear.

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  10. Beautiful bundles! My self-control has been pushed to the limit this week! I spent the day at a quilt fair yesterday! But I've been very good. ;)

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  11. One quick comment, when trying to check out, a message pops out saying "sorry, my penny sampler nethercote does not ship to..." I hope this helps, may be its just a flaw on the web. ;)

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  12. I am hoping the sampler will be a major stash buster for me. Because we can never paint our rentals and I love bright jewel tones I am thinking of doing the sampler in jewel tones with the remainder of my "Seed Packet" in yellow as background.

    loving the bundles though and they are certainly making my fabric diet resolve twitch!

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  13. Just signed up for the class (hooray...can't wait) and I'm eyeing some delicious Lush Uptown fabrics for the quilt. Do you think I can get by with a fat eighth bundle or should I get the fat quarter bundle (24 prints)? I plan to mix in some basics and solids from my stash too.

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    1. Thanks for joining us! There are a few blocks in the quilt where I used a print that required a fat quarter (the body of the teapot and the background teal print of the ribbon square block). But, for most blocks a fat eighth would be enough for prints used. I suggest you save money with the 1/8 bundle and use stash or maybe purchase a tiny bit extra separately of your favorite 1-2 Lush prints.

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