Getting Excited about 2015!

This weekend was my birthday, but we didn’t really get to celebrate until today.  My sweet husband drove me three hours down south to just about San Diego so I could visit a quilt shop that’s been on my radar.  It’s called Fat Quarters Quilt Shop and it’s a great place!  The people are lovely, and it’s jam-packed with so much fabric, that sometimes you have to turn yourself just right to make it down the aisle safely (if you’re holding bolts in your hands).  They have an online presence, too. and offer free shipping in the continental United States. International orders ship for a flat $15 USD.  They have some amazing fabric!  I was so thrilled with what I found there, that I went back for more after lunch and a quick stop at the Quilt in a Day store, about 15 minutes away.  I have been eager to start collecting fabric for next year’s BOM, tentatively called “Fractur”.

Right at the beginning of our trip, we had a good omen as we stopped for breakfast at a local fast food establishment.  The colors I plan on using in Fractur were tiled on the wall.  Take a look:

Fraktur inspiration

All that’s missing is the green.  That just made me so happy, I knew today would be as wonderful as I had hoped.  By the time we arrived at the quilt store, I knew just what colors I wanted and went after them with abandon.  This is what I bought today:

Fraktur fabric

It will play very nicely with fabric from my stash.  It’s all so lovely.  I can’t wait to use it!  I’m just so excited for 2015.

Needless to say, it was a wonderful birthday, and a trip I hope to repeat every year.

Now, off to wash and iron the lot so it’s ready to use.  I don’t normally enjoy housework except at times like these.  Then, suddenly, I can stand at the iron all day with legs of steel.

I hope you’re getting excited, too, and that you’ll come back for next year’s block of the month.  I’m not quite finished designing it.  There’s a couple of blocks to tweak yet.  But it has a lovely folk art feel to it.  And I’m absolutely in love with the colors.

15 thoughts on “Getting Excited about 2015!

  1. I just discovered your Sycamore Rose BOM and have printed it out, I hope to get started on it in a week or so. I have to say that I love the way you have done your patterns. It is so nice to have the applique piece patterns separate from the placement guide. I intend to do these in fusible machine applique. I used to do needle-turn, but since suffering a detached retina a year ago, my eyesight is poor enough that I have trouble threading a needle, let alone making the small stitches I used to accomplish. I think the quilt will turn out beautifully no matter what method is used! I’m looking forward to the 2015 BOM!


    1. Welcome aboard, Marcia! I’m so excited that you found it. One of my 2015 goals is to take a class on machine applique. Frankly, the thought scares me, but I want to learn. I’ve tried it a little and liked it, but it took 200% of my concentration. Tell me that it gets easier! lol In the meantime, I’ll stick with handwork for now. Glad to have you along!


  2. Hi there, had so many great plans this year for my sewing and although I did achieve some unfortunately following this BOM was not one of them. I feel sad now looking back at the patterns they are seriously gorgeous. Look at what I missed out on. It sounds like you are going to do another BOM next year, I seriously want to commit and finish one of your beautiful designs. I kind of regret it too because you seemed to gradually get more complex with your designs (perfect for a beginner like me). Oh well I do enjoy your posts 🙂


  3. Happy Belated Birthday! Been so busy with the holiday season upon us gave up checking out the web for a while. Sounds like you had a lot of fun and I am new to your site so I will be very excited to start the 2015 BOM. Quick questions do you think it better to wash material before or after? I have gotten so many varied opinions I am lost.


    1. Hi Joni,

      For my own preference, I tend to pre-wash all my fabric so that any shrinking that they will tend to do is done before the quilt is finished. I don’t think there’s any hard and fast rule to follow, just your own preference. Some quilters are adamant about pre-washing and some are adamant about using it straight off the bolt. I’ve done both ways and over time have come to like the pre-washing better. But I think mostly it’s about what works for you and the applique method that you choose.


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