June 27, 2016

Monday Mockup 6

I chose a summery fabric line for today, which also happens to be one of my all-time favorites- Avalon. Oh Avalon! It's so lovely.

This isn't an official pattern, but I've given the specifics for it below should you wish to make one just like it.

Pattern: 1" hexie flowers + 1/2" inner border + 3" main border = one cute 42" x 52" baby quilt!
Fabric: Avalon by Fig Tree and Co. 

June 24, 2016

Rise Quilt- Block 4

Welcome to round 4! We're almost halfway done and everyone's blocks are looking so cute. Today's balloon is the last super simple one- horizontal stripes. Enjoy!

It is usually at this point in a project that I think I hate my blocks. I think- they don't go together, what have I done, what a mess. But I've learned that if I carry on, I usually always love it in the end. For the record, I am feeling that way about my blocks this round. But I know it will come together nicely. And some of the blocks coming up are super fun. See you then!

June 20, 2016

Monday Mockup 5

I'm quite enamored with this quilt pattern, as well as its designer- Samantha at Aqua Paisley Studio. Samantha is one of the first quilters I found on Instagram, and I really look up to her as a person and a creator. Her pattern "At the Crossroads" has a beautiful story behind it. 

Pattern: At the Crossroads by Samantha Dorn
Fabric: mix of Vintage Picnic and Little Ruby by Bonnie and Camille

I sometimes find that the quilts I enjoy making are different than the quilts I enjoy having in my home, but I feel like this pattern satisfies both. I hope to make it one day!

June 15, 2016

Sweet Tea Potholder

I am excited to be an ambassador for KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms' new fabric line "Sweet Tea" for Hoffman Fabrics. I will be sharing projects with her fabric throughout the summer, and here is my first.

Pattern: Pretty Little Potholder by the amazing Amy Sinibaldi

Isn't the fabric so fresh and pretty? I've always wanted to make this pattern and this was the perfect excuse. I'm in love with the little ruffle!

Now I feel I need to re-think my kitchen colors and get some blue and white dinnerware to match :)

Since that is unrealistic, I'd love to send this to one of you. Leave a comment telling me about your dream kitchen colors and I'll pick a winner on Friday at noon.

Thanks for sending me your pretty fabric KariAnne!

*UPDATE: The giveaway winner is Jennifer Fulton! Please email me at woodberrywayblog@gmail.com with your address. Thanks to all for your comments! 

**Another update! This prize has gone unclaimed, so I've donated it to the Tulsa Quilt Guild as a prize at their fall retreat :)

June 13, 2016

New Quilt Bloggers- Blog Hop

Since I am brand new to quilt blogging, I recently joined the 2016 New Quilt Blogger group, and today is my day to share. Hello new blogger friends!

I'm Allison, or Alli, and I fell in love with quilting 3 years ago. Most of the time I am taking care of my 3 wild, precious little boys, but I squeeze in fabric fun whenever I can. I love to design, sew, use, look at, and talk about quilts. I'm pretty sure my family is sick of it, so starting this blog has helped me find people who actually want to talk about quilts too :)

Woodberry Way is the street in London where my mother grew up, and where my grandparents still live. It is a magical place for me, full of inspiration and beauty.

I'm currently hosting a sew along for a hot air balloon quilt I designed called "Rise". Every two weeks I post a new block pattern for the different balloons. It's not to late to start- come join the fun!

hot air balloon quilt block
As a part of the New Bloggers group, we were challenged to make a button for our hive, and my fellow members voted mine to represent our group. Thank you friends! I have loved learning from you and am grateful for your help and advice. I'm also very grateful to the hosts for organizing such a helpful forum.

 (P.s. Thanks Erin Jensen for the quilt inspiration for the background!) 

Alright, now for the good stuff. Here's my blog hop info:
  • Blogging tip: Do what you love! Don't worry about what's in style or what you think people want to see. Use your very favorite colors and designs, and write about the things you love most. That way it will be your happy place, you won't get sick of looking at it, and people will sense your passion for it.
  • Quilting Tip: Try not to be a fabric hoarder. I know it's hard! Be a fabric user- that's what it's meant for, after all. Plus if you accumulate too much, it gets discouraging and overwhelming. I think that creativity increases when you have a manageable, organized stash.
  • My question: I know there's a way to make vertical pictures even wider than "extra large" on Blogger. Anyone know how to do that? I'm also struggling with the Pinterest hover button...where do I put that code in? Oh code, how I dislike you.
  • Fun facts about me: I used to speak Italian and Russian, once upon a time. That was before I had kids and stopped sleeping, now I barely speak English :) Besides quilting, my current interests are baking way too many chocolate things, playing the organ at my church, and going on walks and other outside adventures with my boys.
That concludes my portion of the blog hop. I can't wait to learn more about you all.

Here are my fellow new bloggers who have posted today, go have a look!

Jodie @ Persimmon + Pear
Sarah @ 123Quilt 
Mary @ Strip Quilts

June 11, 2016

Monday Mockup 4

The weekly mockup is a few days early this time as I'll be participating in a blog hop on Monday.

I'm pretty sure Swoon looks good in any and every fabric line, but isn't it just over-the-top gorgeous in Olive's Flower Market? Seriously, I die! Vanessa has a way of making me love colors that I don't usually pick, like brown. How does she make brown so pretty??

Pattern: Swoon by Camille Roskelley
Fabric: Olive's Flower Market by Vanessa Goertzen

I started this little series so I'd get these quilts out of my system, but I think it just makes me want to sew them even more.

June 9, 2016

Rise Quilt- Block 3 Pattern

Welcome back to the "Rise" quilt along! I have absolutely loved seeing your cute balloons so far. Some of the fabric combos you've chosen are just to die for, I love them so much!

I've added a handy little tab to the top right of the blog to quickly access the patterns, FYI :)

Here's my block for this round.

If you're just joining, Pattern Info can be found here. The blocks don't take long, you'll be caught up in no time!

June 6, 2016

Monday Mockup 3

For today's mockup I've joined forces with my friend Sterling at Sterling Quilt Co.  She wrote this pattern "Cake Blossoms" and I think it is so darling, especially in Little Ruby. The wonderful news is- she's selling kits for it starting today! AND there's going to be a sew along!

Pattern: Cake Blossoms by Sterling Quilt Co.
Fabric: Little Ruby by Bonnie and Camille

Sterling is offering an amazing deal on this quilt kit, you won't want to miss it! You can purchase it here. Just $40 for a layer cake of Little Ruby, binding, and the pattern. I can't wait to see this sew along develop, it really is such a cute pattern.

*If you are a designer in need of mockups or other graphics for your patterns, I am happy to help. You can contact me at woodberrywayblog@gmail.com. 

June 4, 2016

Fabric Shopping Guide

Ooooh fabric. How I love it. I shop mostly online because of the life phase I'm in. I had a poor experience taking my kids to a quilt shop a few years ago, but am starting to see that maybe that is the exception, not the rule. The quilt shop I went to today was amazing! Nevertheless, the kids don't really allow me the kind of time in the shop I need to really think over such important purchases :) So, here are a few places I like to shop online, though I am completely in favor of supporting one's local fabric shops!

I generally buy 1/4 yards of things I like, and 1 yard of things I love or think I will use for binding. Here are my favorite places to do so.

1. Etsy- I value selection, price, and yardage options for each print, that way I can easily create my own fat quarter bundle.
  • Starlit Quilts- My favorite! I love her selection, her colors and designers are just my cup of tea. She is also my go-to longarmer, with edge to edge and custom.
  • Fresh Modern Fabric- I love their modern selection, and the orders come packaged to perfection. Seriously, I don't know how she folds and stacks fabric SO perfectly. Also, I have to admit that I have a little crush on the owner's name- Alice Essinger. I mean how classy is that? 
  • Stitches n' Giggles- You can't beat the prices in this shop, and they have a wide selection of all my favorites. Good Aurifil prices too.
  • Simply Love Fabrics- I have vexed these poor ladies (mother/daughter duo) with complicated custom orders a time or two :) They have been very patient and helpful, and have even been known to sneak in cute little buttons and mints! Happy mail at its finest.
  • Uberstitch- woooonderful selection, I've found some real beauties here that were outside my normal designer choices.
  • Sterling Quilt Co.- Sterling is a dear friend who has recently expanded her longarm services to include amazing custom quilting as well! Pick a backing from her shop and you're set to go.
  • Handmade is Heartmade- always has great taste in things to carry, and has an ever growing selection!
  • Catching Stitches- often has $35 five yard backing sales. The best!
  • KiwiFabric- a local-to-me shop with fun colors, great low volumes, and a wide modern selection. She also carries my Folk Stitches kits!
  • SewStitchingHappy- a newer shop with impeccable taste for custom bundles. Seriously, such pretties there, you will be delighted with what you see!
  • Janum Fabrics- I've shopped here many times, and sadly, they are closing! Go take advantage of the great sales going on.  
2. #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. This is a great way to get some bargains, as well as older lines. I've only been sewing for 3 years, but I've gotten some beautiful older lines on the destash. It's addicting, watch out! If you haven't used it before, usually you just leave you PayPal address on the listing to claim it, and they will send you an invoice to pay.

3. Fabric Bubb- gorgeous modern selection, and they carry every Kona color, I love that. Her custom bundles can be really fun too!

4. Cottoneer- this is an absolutely beautiful, new-ish shop. Curated bundles, modern basics, and some fun different substrates like linens and wovens, etc.

5. Fabric.com- They have some Kona solids, great prices if you buy a lot (good for backings), Aurifil thread, Cotton and Steel, and free shipping over $35, gotta love that. It does take a while to ship so plan ahead. There's so much on this site, it can get overwhelming, so you kind of have to know what you're looking for and put it in the search bar, otherwise you'll be scrolling for days.
Those places consist of 99% of my fabric shopping. I hope that is helpful to someone.

Where do you like to shop for fabric?