New Design and a Visit to Ann Arbor Sewing Center

It’s been awhile!

I was fooling around on EQ7 and was really getting in to some very colorful designs. Well, I came up with a quick and easy jelly roll design that I absolutely loved! Check it out:

Sunset on the Water

This would be a great quilt for someone who has a stash to get rid of or someone who has a bunch of batik (or Kona) jelly roll/bali pops. In my head it looks like a sunset reflecting off a lake or large river. Someday I will definitely have to make this quilt!

Also, even though it has been awhile (roughly two weeks… oops!) since I visited this store, I wanted to let everyone know about one of the most fantastic sewing stores I have ever been to. (Not that I’ve been to a ton, but this one was beyond cool!)

Its the Ann Arbor Sewing Center, which is located- you guessed it- in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The building was originally the area’s schoolhouse, and has since been expanded a number of times as the business grew. It is a fantastic place that has plenty of wonderful quilt samples around, but also many, MANY different fabrics, from Civil War-era reproductions, to the whole Kona Solids collection, to Kaffe Fassett fabrics and other prints. Take a look at some of the pictures I snapped!

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IMG_0088 This was some of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics they had, as well as a few others.

Here are some of my favorite display quilts I saw there; I wanted to buy all the rainbow ones! (Their kits, I mean). Luckily for me, my husband was with me and he helped me keep control of my wallet! You can always click on the image to see it blown up. 

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This was a fabulous store, and I still can’t get some of the quilts I saw there out of my mind (or off my wish-list!). If you are ever in the area, or even passing by, this is a MUST visit store!

I also picked up their row by row, but forgot to grab a picture of it, so you will have to wait until I am all done. Unfortunately, due to a death in the family, I will be back in Michigan over the weekend. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Work in Progress and a visit to Quilt-n-Bee

Even though I have been away from home for almost three weeks by now, I have managed to keep working on a Farfalle quilt that I brought with me. As you know, my stepmother-mother-in-law is the one who got me into quilting, and she was kind enough to let me use her sewing machine to put together all the blocks I had.

IMG_0104I am very excited about this quit. When it is finally done, it will be the first ever Queen-sized quilt that I have made. The orginal Farfalle pattern is smaller than this – it is 6 blocks square, and measures about 48”x48”. It calls for two charm packs. For me, I purchased one Ambleside layer cake and cut it up into 5” squares so I could double the pattern. Currently, it measures 64” x 72”.

I’m going to add two borders to this- one 2” one in one of the Ambleside fabrics, and one 5” border in white to help tie it all together. Does anyone have a thought about what fabric I should choose?

I picked out this pattern because I looked at it and I could see the blocks and assumed “Well, this should be fast and easy!” …Yeah… It was relatively easy, but cutting and piecing together 84 blocks was not at all fast. But it was relatively easy for a beginner like me, so that’s good, I guess.

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Also, while up in Traverse City, we stopped by one other quilt store that was absolutely darling. It is a mother and daughter owned store called Quilt-n-Bee. They are an absolutely adorable quilt store.

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The store is a beautiful, clean space that I especially like because of how clean and open the store is. Unlike a lot of quilt stores, there isn’t a lot of stuff in there, and while it does mean that the fabric selection isn’t as extensive as some stores, it also isn’t overwhelming. It is very easy to see from one side of the store to the other side, and its a more restful feeling than some stores you walk into.

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Although their fabric selection wasn’t quite as impressive as other places, it did have quite a few kits available. They had quilts, some bags, and even some doll clothes.

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One thing I liked was that they had quite a few alternatives to just shelves for displaying their product. They had items like a rocking chair, a fireplace, a dresser… all of these I thought were adorable and brought a sense of being “home” instead of being at a store.

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I’d definitely recommend stopping by if you ever find yourself up in the Traverse City area; I also picked up their row-by-row for my Michigan Row by row quilt. (It doesn’t have the cherry border, but all the rest is there.)

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Have a great week!