Wednesday, April 15, 2015

getting Playful

Thanks so much for your feedback on my last post about the quarter log cabin quilt!  Some of the comments you made encouraged me to follow a tiny little hint of an idea I'd had about using negative space.  It always helps to hear from you!  I've decided to take some risks with this quilt because, really, I've got nothing to lose.  Will look forward to sharing the top with you sometime soon!

Playful picnic blanket

But not today.  I've had a couple of sleep-deprived nights in a row, and you know what that means - major brain fog.  Best to keep things simple.  I just received this stack of fabrics from Fabric Spot, a Canadian-based store with a fantastic selection of modern fabrics.  With the Canadian dollar kind of low and Fabric Spot's $12.99 flat rate U.S. shipping, you should be tempted too.

Playful picnic blanket

Oooooh, these fabrics so, SO much fun!  I put together this custom bundle for a very special project.  First I gathered my favorite Playful prints from the new Cotton & Steel collection.  Then, I added pops of color and fun design from other Cotton & Steel lines, a little Mesa, a little Mochi, a basic here and there.  It's so easy to mix and match with Cotton & Steel since everything's color-related.  And luckily, Fabric Spot has a nice, big selection of Cotton & Steel to pull from.

Playful picnic blanket

Wednesday is one of my "work days," a chance to catch up on computer work and sew in a mostly quiet house.  Today, I'm going to cut and sew simple squares for a new picnic quilt.  This one's for wonderful nurse Sally and her little girl!  Yay for little girls who can appreciate pink ponies, purple butterflies and honeybees made up of tiny hearts!

Hey, they do it for me too.

Playful picnic blanket

I've even already chosen fabrics for the back of the work.  I have this huge floral Ikea print that I bought eons ago, before I even knew how to sew.  It looks made to play with my bundle!  Plus, a cut of Heather Ross princesses and some polka dots to fill out the large picnic square.

All decisions made?  Check, check.  Time to get cutting!

15 comments:

  1. oh... I love the fabrics! Some of them, I've already have some of them and they are so much fun - espeacially the bunny in the moon-fabric (I don't know the real name, but it's the dark blue one with the pink moon). :D
    Greetings, Rike

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    1. Oh, I just cut that bunny print. It's one of my favs! So glad to have an excuse to use it =)

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  2. A picnic quilt is perfect for these, oh so very fun colorful prints!

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  3. Hmmm! All so pretty. Love the pink butterflies and that moon bunny is sweet.

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  4. This fabric is so pretty. I am getting psyched too!
    Happy work day

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  5. Rachel,
    I just made a picnic quilt for my little grandbabies!! I made mine out of bandana prints and super soft old denim! Sweet!

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  6. Pretty fabrics! Unfortunately, the exchange rate for the Euro is miserable at the moment!

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  7. Those fabrics Rachel... I could eat them up I love them so! Jewel colours are my absolute favourites. It's so good to see you coming back to your sewing and finding it therapeutic and settling. I can only imagine what a tough time you're going through. Every time I read one of your posts that isn't about Eleni I still think of her, you, and all your family. Thank goodness you're a woman so loved and so full of love to give. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Katie. I will definitely have to keep you all updated about Eleni. Thanks for your love! I feel it is tricky balancing the desire to share news with keeping the tone of the blog from suddenly being all about our baby's journey. Hopefully I'll find that balance =) Today she is having a full hearing test after failing the one in the hospital. I am so nervous, but glad the test date is finally here.

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  8. What an awesome combination! It is always great to find things in my stash that have been hiding out on me for a while. The ikea print is awesome.

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  9. Such pretty color/print combination - as always you have an excellent eye. I took your color intensive course and actually went to Kinkos and printed out the entire materials for future reference. I struggle with online buying as I tend to get thrown by the color as represented on the computer. But since we are down from 4 to 2 brick and mortar modern fabric stores in town I best get over it and dive in. You are an inspiration.

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    1. Oh, my, losing half your stores must be rough! Yes, online stores to the rescue though =)

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  10. Another bonus to buying Canadian is a lot of the businesses sell by the meter so you get another 3" for your cut. There are some great Canadian online fabric shops, Hamels Fabrics in B.C. Is great. I love their bricks and mortar store.

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  11. I've beem waiting rathrr impatiently for the C +S black and white myself.

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  12. Love your fabric selection! My sister came for a visit this past week and brought her adorable traveling ironing table that just so happens to be covered in that same adorable Ikea fabric ; )

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