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WIP Wednesday: I Need a Nap!

Well, Quilt Market was great, and insane, and exhausting, and I’m still in recovery mode, but I wanted to get the WIP Wednesday linky up for you anyway! I’ll be back in the next few days with a full Market wrap-up, plus the release of my new patterns, one of which you can see in the photo of my booth below! Right now I’m slating that one for release on Thursday, so be sure to come back then!

What are you working on? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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WIP Wednesday: To Minneapolis!

Good morning! I’m going to make this a quick one since I’m leaving for Quilt Market in Minneapolis in just a few hours. The car is packed and I think I’m ready! (Gulp.)

Follow me on Instagram for shots from the show, and I’ll have a full report when I return! In the meantime, what are you all working on? Let’s see it!

LINK-UP RULES:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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WIP Wednesday: Market Aftermath

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—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 Angela Pingel, 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.

 

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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WIP Wednesday: IG-ing It

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Since I’m in the middle of the mad rush to get ready for Spring Quilt Market, let’s do this week’s WIP Wednesday Instagram style

I’ve been finishing quilt tops ….

Quilting them and getting them ready for binding …

Shipping off patterns for Sample Spree …. (if you’ll be at Sample Spree, come pick up a sampler pack of all 7 of my patterns!)

And hand-stitching binding. Everywhere. Even in the preschool parking lot while waiting for pick-up. : )

Want to see lots of eye candy from Quilt Market over the next few days? Then follow me on Instagram—I will share and share and share some more!

 

What are you working on this week? 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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WIP Wednesday: Nursing My Quilt Market Hangover

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
When people say they have a Market hangover, they aren’t kidding—that’s really what it feels like. Between the sensory overload, the sleep deprivation, the constant socializing, and the walking mile after mile, the full experience can make you not want to leave your couch for days. I’m tired, you guys—physically, mentally, all of it! The one difference from a real hangover: I’m not swearing off Market forever and ever. In fact, I’m already thinking ahead to Spring Market in Pittsburg!

At any rate, this means that I’ve been, um, easing back into my sewing since my return, so how about a few pictures from Market instead of WIPs?

Anna Maria Horner True Colors quilt

A whole line of blenders by Anna Maria Horner? Yes, please!

Carolyn Friedlander Botanics

Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line is going to be huge. Huge, I tell you.

Cotton+Steel logo

Can hardly contain my excitement about this one: Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts have joined forces to create an “epic” new brand. Although there were no designs to see at this Market, with all that talent, I guarantee you’ll be hearing a lot more about Cotton + Steel! Click to watch a video about their story.

Kona Solids modern clamshell quilt

This Kona clamshell quilt by Latifah Saafir was to die for.

Elizabeth Dackson Becoming a Confident Quilter

I caught the Schoolhouse session for Elizabeth Dackson’s new book, Becoming a Confident Quilter, and got to see beauties like this in person.

Faith Jones Katie Blakesley Lee Heinrich Vintage Quilt Revival
Photo courtesy of Tracy Mooney/Generation Q Magazine

Oh, and I’m happy to report that Faith, Katie, and I survived our Vintage Quilt Revival
Schoolhouse session. It seemed to go over well, and I’m just soooo relieved that it’s over. : )

Okay, so what have you been up to this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab the WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
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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Spring Quilt Market: The Obligatory Ginormous Fabric Post

Okay, let’s do this thing! Here’s a sampling of some of my fave fabric sightings at Market. (Looking for my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day post? It’s here.)

Liberty of London is introducing their first-ever “lifestyle collection” on 100% quilting cotton! I admit, I haven’t been a huge Liberty fan in the past, but I was pleasantly surprised by this collection, called Bloomsbury Gardens. The prints are a bit brighter, bolder, and more graphic than what I’ve come to expect from Liberty. We met the designer in the Liberty booth, and he told us that was a deliberate choice, made with higher-contrast quilt designs in mind. I love that Liberty really thought about it! They didn’t just slap their usual prints onto quilting fabric. You can check out some of the prints here.

Madrona Road by Violet Craft/Michael Miller. These colors really hit the spot for me right now—I’m starting to yearn for blues that aren’t aqua, and Madrona Road has some beautiful blues! You can see the prints here, and while you’re at it, check out Violet’s Giveaway Day post—she’s giving away two bundles of her new line! (This quilt, by the way, is from Elizabeth Hartman’s fantastic new book, Modern Patchwork, now available on Amazon.)

And here is Madrona Road’s large-scale floral used in a dress. How cute is this? It’s from Sew Serendipity patterns.

Bella by Lotta Jansdotter/Windham. This was the fabric line I most wanted to get at Sample Spree (and yes, I succeeded!). So it’s safe to say that it’s one of my absolute favorites from Market. I fell hard for this quilt, which uses only the grays and oranges from Bella. It’s amazing how different a line can look when you pull out only one or two colors like this. Bella ships in August. You can learn more here.

Storybook Lane by Ever Kelly/Andover. My favorite line from a new designer would have to be this one, shipping very soon from Andover. Such clear, bright colors—just what I like. Designer Kelly Lee-Creel also took one of the booth display prizes at Market this year. I predict we’ll be hearing a lot more about her in the coming months. You can take a closer look at her prints right here.

Here’s another quilt featuring Storybook Lane. Love that dresden cuckoo clock!

Chevrons by Riley Blake. I haven’t been a huge Riley Blake fan in the past, but I came away from their Market displays thinking that their offerings are improving. There’s a whole new range of chevrons coming from them in the next few months—larger chevrons, multi-colored chevrons, tone-on-tone chevrons, teeny chevrons, laminated chevrons … they have got the chevron market so covered! I love it! Most of these will be shipping in July. Click here to see more.

Millie’s Closet by Lori Holt/Riley Blake. That check/houndstooth pattern is fabulous. There’s also a great dot in this collection, and a couple of nice florals as well.

Dear Stella just keeps churning out winners. I love love love the Fez print from their Bukhara collection. And the British-themed Town and Country is perfection.

The Birds and the Bees by Tula Pink/Free Spirit. Of course I’m dying to get my hands on some of this collection, which is due in July. Those colors! Be still my heart!

Winterkist by Monica Solorio-Snow/Lecien. Winterkist is the new holiday line by Monica of Happy Zombie fame. The Gnomas are back, and I scored a bundle of ’em at Sample Spree! This line is so bright and fun I’d just like to eat it up. But instead I’ll probably sew something with it. : ) Click here to see more.

Echino by Kokka. As always, Kokka has some fab Echino prints coming out—I’m really digging those zebras.

Nursery Versery by Heather Ross/Kokka. Sure, those mice are cute, but hello, have you seen the Itsy Bitsy Spider prints??? I must have them! Click here for a closer look.

Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater/Moda. Lots of people are excited about this one, including me! Text prints are hot and Mama Said Sew has them in spades. I tried to nab some of this at Sample Spree, but it was completely gone in the first 10 minutes, so I was out of luck. This collection ships in August—get a closer look at their prints here.

Out to Sea by Sarah Jane/Michael Miller. There are mermaids and narwhals in this line!! Enough said. : ) Click here for a better look.

And there’s more, of course—these were only some of the highlights for me. I’ll be back soon with another Market post covering all the wonderful people I met and spent time with at Market. What an amazing experience to meet so many of my quilty idols! I tried really really hard not to act like a dorky fangirl around some of my favorites, though I’m not sure I always succeeded. : ) But everybody was super nice anyway and I can’t wait to fill you all in.