Fantastic Fabric Friday again

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I love to sew. As do many of you. And I've found my niche in making quilts. So it is only natural that I am drawn to sewing fabric. Two loves in one. Fabric and sewing. Novelty fabric gives me so much to look at and enjoy. It inspires me to think of fun ways to use the fabric.
And it is fun to have the sewing fabric in different weights and colors. I am drawn to the beautiful shape of a sewing machine.Of course I like buttons and notions and scissors and thread. This fabric has it all.This set of 3 colors is probably my favorite. I really like dress forms too. Even though I don't sew clothes very often any more. This one has words, bolts of fabric, thimbles (see that Thimbleanna), pins, pincushions, and irons. I really like the little irons here on this fabric. And the measuring tape adds whimsy. Have you seen the new Jennifer Paganelli hexagon cheater cloth? I've been hearing a lot about the return of "whole cloth" quilts. This would make a fabulous whole cloth quilt. The fabric and colors are vibrant and lovely. The shape of a hexagon is really "in" right now and this fabric couldn't be more perfect to showcase that trend.Our local quilt group is making a sampler quilt this year to celebrate the 20th birthday of the group. Every month we make 2-4 new blocks for the sampler. One of the blocks this month comes from my friend Kim. Kim has a fabulous blog. I mean fabulous. She is extremely talented soI was excited to make her block.
It was a joy to make. Don't you love blocks that have taken into consideration that you might not be a perfect sew-er and they allow some fudge room to trim off? I was so happy to piece these small blocks and then be able to trim them to almost perfection. I admit I must have admired and played with them for a bit before sewing them together in the finished block.I am very happy how my block turned out and loved using this darling fabric in 3 color ways with the little unexpected blue rose middle stripe and then a fussy cut beehive. I just may have to make more than one of these Kim blocks. I could make this block over and over. If you are interested to see what blocks we are making this year in our sampler. You can go to my google web page here for the patterns. I'm really enjoying the challenge of the sampler blocks. My contribution will be a block in September. And I've come up with a few ideas . . .we'll see how it goes.

It has rained almost every day this week here in Alpine Utah. I love it. The late spring rain reminds me of Pennsylvania. It has been cool and lovely. I could really do with more days like today sprinkled throughout the summer.

Happy Weekend Sewing.

-nanette



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35 comments

Thimbleanna said...

Eeek! Not only do you have thimbles on fabric (those three are my favorites too -- sooo cute!) but you've put a beehive in the middle of Kim's block! I LOVE it! Very, very clever, Ms. Hive!!!

Patricia said...

I love your block! I just got my quilt with the black border back from the quilters. It is so cute. I'll bring it to the Alpine group. Thanks for telling me to use the black. It really made the dresden plates POP. Love you. Tricia

Trisha said...

I love sewing fabric and I have bought some but I have never known what to do with it. Maybe an apron? Or a little basket? I just don't know if I want to use it in a quilt.

Love that block! It is so cute with the way you used the fabrics. Love the little beehive!

Nedra said...

The Beehive in the middle is perfect! It's so "You". Kim really does a wonderful job, I agree.

MichelleB said...

Your block is just adorable! You have such a way with colors and fabrics.

Lynn said...

I really enjoy when you share your fabric with us on Fridays'. But each week I grow more curious - how big is your stash? I think your daughters called it 'terrifying' in a previous post. How long have you been building your stash? So many interesting, cute, unique fabrics . So aside from my nosiness - thanks for sharing with us.

Betty aka Fudgie said...

Love your blog! Could use your help too. Where/how can I find the "Cotton Time" magazine?

em's scrapbag said...

What a cute block. Love your bee hive in the middle. I also love the three prints with the sewing notions. How awesome is that?

Living on the Spit said...

You always show the best fabric!!! That block is really adorable...I am going to check those out. Thanks for always sharing!

Michelle said...

I "sew" love the fabric. I have some sewing fabric too, and I am really not sure what to do with it. The block is so nice. I like the ones who can cut down. Now I want to make one too.

dotti white said...

Nanette...I love your fabrics. Thank you so much for sharing! I would love to download and make that pattern. I love sewing fabric, too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Jenny said...

I love seeing all the great fabrics that you pick out.

We have enjoyed to rain so much the last few days.

Darlene said...

Wonderful fabrics and your block is adorable!

Darlene said...

Wonderful fabrics and your block is adorable!

Nan said...

Once again I'm drooling (too much info?) over the Friday fabrics! They are just too cute. I love the block you created - your fabric choices are wonderful. I'm going to try my hand at that block - I love patterns where they have the 'fudge' room for trimming. I'm definitely NOT a perfect piecer, but I do try.
The beehive in the center is the perfect touch!

Sherri said...

I love the fabrics and your block...and I've ordered some of that Jennifer Paganelli hexagon print! And thanks so much for the link to the blocks...I'll have to go see what blocks you are all using!

Purple and Paisley said...

oh i love the sewing fabric! can you do me a favor? the next time you go on vacation, leave your doors unlocked? i'd love to get a hold of some of your stash! ☺

Kaaren said...

I just love that block, especially with the fabrics that you used.

The whimsical, vintage-looking fabrics always make me smile. There's nothing boring or predictable about them.

Thanks again for more 'Fantastic Friday Fantasy Fabrics'.

KSedlak said...

I love it when you show your fabrics. You always seem to find the unique ones. Your block is so cute. Your piecing is always so perfect.

Gwendie said...

Where do you find all these fun fabrics? I must not be looking in the right places!

I love the block you made from the three colorways. And that little hive in the center - perfect touch!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh I love that block the fabrics are perfect and the blue just the right touch. Also, who would not want a Nanette block with a Hive!!!

Julie said...

I'm jealous with how pointed your points are in that block! You are fabulous!! I keep practicing though....:) Julie

Catherine said...

Your block is fabulous! I love the pattern and the fabrics you used!

Eileen said...

That block is adorable.. the three colorways of roses.. I love that! And the hexagon cheater fabric looks so vintage. I could swear I have an actual vintage piece just like that blue and green one there with the little rows of diamonds.

Glad you are having some nice cool rainy weather. It's like that here too right now. :-)

w&v said...

V. here... I really love your fabrics. I just need a little push with ideas to know how to use them. Be sure and show how you use the 3 color ways with dress forms and tape measure, etc. I would love to have your creativity. I like your hive in the middle of Kim's block. Cute contribution to the anniversary quilt. V.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I enjoyed reading your blog....

I am new to the blog world and loving it.

Hope you will stop by and read about out latest Disney trip.

Kim said...

What a sweet surprise to come to your blog and see that you spotlighted me. Thank you Nanette! Your block turned out perfect and I love what you did with it. That little hive is so YOU! Perfect!

Micki said...

I love the block and what fabrics you used for it. It is just perfect!
Micki

Jackie said...

I always look forward to your fabric Fridays. You have such fantastic fabric to show. I just love the block you are working on, really cute and the colors you chose are terrific.

madrekarin said...

I am never disappointed with Fantastic Fabric Friday!! And how much do I love that block? It's beautiful!
Your package is on its way to you. :)

XUE said...

Hey Nanette! I collect these too & I have 2 of the same here!!! The first one "Fabric sewing book" & yr set of 3, "Dress forms & measuring tape!. That one I have in 4 colours.

Susan said...

Nanette, you always have the sweetest novelty fabrics. Your block for the sampler is very nicely done. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us. I *heart* FFF!

oodlesandoodles said...

I love everything you make, but the colors in that block are spectacular. Barbara

sarahmurray said...

What great fabrics! I love the hexagon cheater. I need a huge quilt out of that. And your sampler block looks great in the fabrics you chose! xo

Simone de Klerk said...

I love the block and the fabrics you used!