Hello Everyone and Happy 4th of July Weekend for my US friends! I hope you are able to spend time with family and friends this long weekend. We are planning on attending a local parade on the 4th which should be fun.
I’ve had a busy week, but was able to get in some decent sewing time and add to my stash, too.
I finally finished all five of the Moda Blockhead 4 blocks I had cut. I’m really pleased with the way they are turning out. I haven’t used my Bonnie and Camille fabrics in a while, and they are such happy colors. I am especially happy with my piecing on the Ohio Star block (lower right). Those points all matched so well.
As I was making the MBH4 blocks, I was able to get all the blocks made for the Jelly Roll Sizzle quilt. Next I’ll lay them out and sew them together in sets of four to form a star in the center.
One of the main things I wanted to find on our trip to the Lancaster, PA area was a backing for this quilt. I finally did at the last stop, Zook’s. It’s the striped fabric in the upper left. My goal was not to pay a lot for it since this is a picnic quilt and may be on the ground. I wanted the colors to be darker, too. This is an Andover Solstice – Weave Stripe. The dot fabric on the right will be the outer border and the Navy stripe by Bonnie and Camille will be a small inner border. I got the Navy stripe from The Old Country Store.
Our first stop was Burkholder’s Fabrics in Denver, PA. I was totally overwhelmed when I walked inside. The fabric aisles went on and on and on! They had it organized by manufacturer, which I really liked.
One of the things I was hoping to find was some of the Coriander Seeds fabric by Moda. The fabric is a white on white collection from Corey Yoder. I was lucky that the fabric just arrived in shops last week. Both Burkholder’s and The Old Country Store had it. I picked up a couple of yards of two of them and then two yards of my favorite Grunge – White Paper. They had every color of Grunge and Spotted and most of the basics from Moda and all the main manufacturers.
I kept passing by the Fig Tree fabric and this flower print from Stitched just kept saying, “take me home with you”! So I did and a charm pack, too. The only negative about Burkholder’s is that they didn’t have a lot of individual fat quarters cut and they wouldn’t cut them. If they did, I would have a lot more fabric in a lot of different lines. I picked up the red essential dot fabric to use in a cross stitch finish. I wasn’t sure which color would work, so I got both.
I just couldn’t resist getting a little Nantucket Summer by Camille. I purchased the charm pack at Burkholder’s and the fabric at The Old Country Store. After finishing the Jelly Roll Sizzle quilt, I’m going to concentrate on making a mini with it for the door going into the garage. It will be a perfect mini for after the 4th of July and through August. I will be perusing my patterns and magazines for ideas this week.
I haven’t been in a fabric store that has fabrics that I really like in over a year. Unfortunately, it was almost a 3 1/2 hour drive to get to the area. It’s not something I will do very often, but maybe once a year wouldn’t be out of the question. Next time I go, I’ll take my husband and we’ll either camp or at least go for an overnight trip. There was so much more to see and do than shop for fabric.
I hope you all have a great week and thanks for stopping by.