Monday, February 13, 2012

When I buy fabric

when.I.buy.fabric

I tend to always come home from anywhere with a pile or ten of new fabric. I often get asked whether I buy fabric since I have so much of my own. Funny. Of course. Lots. I also get asked what I like to buy. I enjoy sewing with my fabric, naturally- it really helps me design actually- but anyone wants to sew with more than one designer. I seem to almost exclusively buy Denyse, Heather, Liberty, and several Japanese prints-usually Kokka. They all tend to be so different from anything that I make that I am quite certain that is what draws me in. There is a smaller scale to most all of them, but also a similar color sensibility to my own fabrics. So both of those aspects typically means they pair really well with my own prints. Plus, I can't help but love the work of dear friends who I admire for so many reasons to begin with. (It's extra fun when you can just trade stacks, as Denyse and I did in Palm Springs).

The above curation has been gathered for quilts for the girls' beds. Its alarming how many quilts I have made, yet rarely intended for my own kids. Poor children. Anyway, I am obsessed with triangles of late, and have seen lots more triangles popping up in the quilt world, you? They have been on the brain for months, ever since I first designed my Patchwork Prism quilt for Janome- which reminds me! I should have the pattern pdf and the video uploaded to my Janome page hopefully sometime next week! So excited about it. I taught a class on this quilt in Sacramento, and it was a great experience for all involved. Though I am certain the pattern instruction would be better served if it were a two day class instead of a one day class. (I will try to get better about listing upcoming workshops around the USA this year, but often they are booked through whoever is hosting before I even get a chance.)

Busy, busy week ahead here, final video edits to oversee, new book cover shoot, lots of book writing, sewing, and photography to work on. And my very good friend Donna Wilder is coming to stay with us tonight. She offered me my first fabric designing gig in the Bohemian days, so I owe her a great deal, indeed. Tonight she'll get partial payment with chili and quesadillas.

xoxo, happy Monday! Anna

18 comments:

  1. I so enjoy seeing what fabric you like as I love yours so much. Denyse's is another favorite of mine too.

    Have a wonderful visit with your friend. Dinner sounds delish.

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  2. Anna Maria, I have got to make myself at least half as productive as you... seems like my best quilting skill is *building my fabric stash!* I am almost afraid to follow those links of temptation!

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  3. Love that guitar fabric, at least my son would. Where did that come from?

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  4. Guitar fabric is Heather's for Kokka :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing! Ok, I don't recognize that orangy-red one, the green one or the medallion-like one with black accents underneath. Where have I been? Those are drawing me...

    Also I heard you may be redoing Drawing Room/Garden Party in quilting cottons. Yay, yay, yay!!!

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  6. Oh, Anna, it's good to see some other fabric obsessed person buying fabric when on a trip. Whew. That makes me feel a lot better. People kind of look at me crazy when I tell them that I went on vacation 600 miles away from home, and came back with my bag partially loaded with fabric. Why'd I do that when I have several hundred bolts at home??
    Can't wait to see more of what you're up to!
    xo

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  7. ooh, that's a nice pile!
    and i'd love know if you end up teaching something close to home. i really enjoyed the class at the frist.

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  8. I am completely obsessed by triangles at the moment, the next quilt I make will be full of the beauties!

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  9. I'm with Erin on that one! The class at the Frist was such fun. Would love to take another sometime.

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  10. I just made a mini quilt using that guitar fabric last week after saving it for months. Looking forward to seeing what you make with it!

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  11. Mandy B6:05 PM

    Dear Anna, Rachel just mentioned Garden Party, and I too was going to ask if there was any chance it would be reprinted. I heard there was a petition to Free Spirit to reprint Denyse's Flea Market Fancy. Any need/use in making a petition?
    Many thanks for your wonderful blog
    xx

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  12. So how much yardage of any fabric do you buy? I'm finding a yard is kind of limiting, yet more feels dangerous!

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  13. Ooh, a fabric purchase is always exciting! I love pairing Denyse's fabrics with yours, too--the colors of your respective collections really do work wonderfully together. And yes, I am into triangles, too, lately! Can't wait to see "Patchwork Prism!"

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  14. I love all fabrics!! I used to work at Calico Corners and still have fabric from there to use up.

    Speaking of fabric I won a giveaway of your fabrics from Hawthorne Threads. I received approximately 10 1yd pieces from your Little Folks Voile line. Any suggestions on what to create?????

    Elise

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  15. 'trading stacks'! Ah that sounds like heaven! I too am currently making quilts for my 2 kids. They are tired of waiting...and told me so. Happy sewing!

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  16. It really wonderful crafting and creations in the blog.It look so creative.Thanx to share with us.

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  17. Folks, I really love that fabric, I really do.

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