WIP Wednesday: Market Aftermath

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Happy Wednesday! I’m back from Quilt Market and feeling so motivated! I saw some amazing fabric, fabulous new patterns, and I can’t wait to get sewing. And you know what? I have only a few deadlines on the horizon and I am so excited to do some fun, whatever-I-want-to-do kind of sewing this summer.

Anyway, since I spent most of the last week in Pittsburgh, how about some pictures from Market in lieu of WIPs today? Here were some of the highlights for me:

Violet Craft’s new line Brambleberry Ridge for Michael Miller. Also, she has paper-pieced animals! So there’s that.

Carolyn Friedlander‘s new book Savor Each Stitch
is uh-mazing.

Deer! So many deer. Harvey here looks pretty stylin’ in Emily Herrick‘s Rustique collection for Michael Miller.

Heather Ross‘s line Far, Far Away is being released on quilting cotton for the first time by Windham. Yay!

Indelible by Katerina Rocella for Art Gallery Fabrics.

 

Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter gave a great schoolhouse session for her book, Fabulously Fast Quilts.

A Quilter’s Mixology
by Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces—this book is such a fresh, original take on Drunkard’s Path blocks and curved piecing. Angela’s Schoolhouse session actually made me excited about curved piecing for the first time ever! For real!

Oh yeah, the Cotton + Steel collections really do live up to the hype. Everything these ladies do is just so … smart. I want to grow up to be them someday. : )

American Made Brand solids by Clothworks is a fantastic new line of solids that are made right here in the states. Gotta love that.

Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew‘s new line for Windham, Oh, Clementine.

And friends old and new. So many of my favorite people were at this Market! This is Angela of Cut to Pieces, Kaye of Miss Print, Anna of Noodlehead, Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew, Ashley of Film in the Fridge (and her crazy-cute daughter Hazel), Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts, Amanda of Crazy Mom Quilts, and Amy of Diary of a Quilter.

My WIP Wednesday Market Wrap-Up has been brought to you by Marmalade Fabrics. Marmalade is running the second year of its Around the Color Wheel monthly bundles. You can subscribe in 1/2 yards of FQs, or you can purchase the bundles individually (past bundles are still available!). Marmalade even has a special program for buyers outside the U.S. to save you on shipping. Check out all of Marmalde’s bundles right here.

Giveaway: This week Marmalde is giving away one Around the Color Wheel bundle for May, in the Ruby Red colorway. To enter, just leave a comment answering this question: “When purchasing fabric bundles, what do you consider the perfect size/amount of fabric per bundle?” a) 12 fat quarters; b) 6 fat quarters; c) 6 half yards; d) 8 half yards. I’ll draw a random winner next Wednesday!

And in the meantime, link up your WIPs! Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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  1. Sarah @ mila+cuatro
    Sarah @ mila+cuatro says:

    That's a tricky question to answer! If the bundle was for blenders that I would use occasionally I'd say 12 FQ, but if I thought I'd get more use out of them then I'd say 8 half yards. I can't wait to get my hands on the Cotton+Steel collections.

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  2. Cheri, the Quilting Nanny
    Cheri, the Quilting Nanny says:

    Since I am not a scrappy person, and more structured and organized, I'd have to go with the 8 half yards. I prefer to have fewer prints/colors, so that i can have more of each print/color. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Cheri

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  3. lalaluu
    lalaluu says:

    So EXCITED about American-made fabrics! Yay! Personally, I'm very picky about my fabric, so I would go with smaller-sized bundles, so if there was a FQ that I wasn't sure about, it's only one FQ, and maybe I can donate that to a friend who likes the print and/or color so I vote for 6-FQ bundles.

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  4. genie
    genie says:

    Lee…I loved your post this week from the fair. It was so nice getting to put current faces on the girls whose blogs I love to follow. If I were to win….and that would be a first…I would like the 12 fat quarters. I adore all those reds. The prints are awesome. Thanks for the give-away. genie

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  5. Tamie
    Tamie says:

    Six fat quarters for me. I think that it is an affordable price without feeling like you really have to think hard about spending that much money. Of course, options are helpful in case you "need" more.

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  6. Sel
    Sel says:

    I prefer 12 FQs – all the patterns and prints, and then you can add to it from your own stash to fill it out enough to make a full size quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Janarama
    Janarama says:

    I prefer at least half-yard cuts. Fat quarters are ok, but not my preference. I do, however, purchase fat quarters, but not as often as I purchase larger cuts.

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  8. Misty Bowie
    Misty Bowie says:

    Option d–eight half-yards. I love FQ bundles but always seem to pick projects that require more. I'm learning to be more discerning about what I buy so my stash doesn't spiral out of control!

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  9. Valerie
    Valerie says:

    Historically I have purchased a lot of fat quarters but it seems there's never enough of a fabric to do anything with-so I think 8 half yards is the way to go. Great photos. Market looks like a lot of fun.

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  10. KMSC
    KMSC says:

    I like 12 fat quarters, so that I have, hopefully, enough fabric for a small quilt. Thanks for the market recap!
    k(dot)castanette(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Shar
    Shar says:

    My first choice is a – 12 fat quarters. I like having a little more fabric to work with. Plus I can make a big project or more projects.

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  12. jeifner
    jeifner says:

    I would say 6 half yard are good. I prefer lots of fabric. I do also like the mini 6 fat quarter bundles as if I'm looking at fat quarters instead of half yards it's often because of budgetary reasons so the mini bundles are perfect.

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  13. Kelly Wilson
    Kelly Wilson says:

    It really depends on the project (or lack of one). 8 half yards is nice but 12 fat quarters gives more variety. Also limits the chance of having too much of a fabric I don't particularly like. Now if the line is all around fab – 24 yards (or a yard of each print in the line) whichever is larger, would be great! Oh, that wasn't one of the choices. So 4 or more 12 packs of fat quarters. Never mind, I'll just back the truck up. : )

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  14. Fran
    Fran says:

    Great post about all of the Quilt Market shenanigans. For me the perfect amount of fabric is 12 fat quarters. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely giveaway.

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