January 21, 2017

Fabric Pull- red/pink/teal/black

Hello again! For those of you who follow my Instagram, you know that I LOVE to do fabric pulls. It's an easy, fast, mess-free way to exercise creativity. I usually put them away fairly quickly. If I really like a pull, I'll let it sit out for about a week. Very rarely I decide to actually sew something with it! I'm ok with that, some days that's all there's time for. In fact, a lot of days :)

I have been doing this for a while over at #wwfabricpulls, and I get tons of questions about what fabric I've used, so I decided to just list them all here to make it simpler. I'll start with the most recent one and go backwards and fill in as I can. Also, if you notice I have any wrong, please tell me! Sound good?

Starting at the bottom:

1. Farm Fun by Stacy Lest Hsu for Moda- chicken wire print
2. Olive's Flower Market by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda- black bias stripe
3. Handmade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda- Olivia in red
4. Cotton and Steel basic for RJR- sprinkle in teal
5. Bonnie and Camille Basics for Moda- red/coral scallop
6. Swiss Dots basic by Riley Blake- white on black
7. Bonnie and Camille Basics for Moda- grey bliss dot
8. Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille for Moda- red/coral basket weave
9. Zephyr by Rashida Coleman Hale for Cotton and Steel/RJR- Breeze in Sky metallic
10. Mama Said Sew Revisited Volume II by Sweetwater for Moda- gingham in black
11. Handmade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda- Candy Stripe in red/coral
12. Playground by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics- Ring o Roses in dusty
13. Handmade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda- Olivia in black
14. Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille for Moda- gingham in red/coral
15. Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabric- blue floral

I hope this helps! Sorry if I don't use the exact correct name for the print, you get the idea! It makes me happy when people find inspiration from these, and make things that I wish I could, but can't make the time for. I'm sure all makers can relate to that. So many ideas, so little time! But the ideas are half the fun, right?

I also get a lot of questions about where I shop for fabric. I've updated a blog post I did about that here. No, I do not have a fabric shop! I really don't have a ton of the stuff, as far as quilters go. Compared to normal people, yes :) I like to buy here a little and there a little. Basically, if I like it, I buy a FQ of it. If I really like it, I buy a yard. I love shops that offer FQ and quarter yard options for every print! I've never purchased a full FQ bundle, because there are always about half of the prints that don't make my heart sing with joy. For that same reason I don't use a ton of precuts. I lose a lot on shipping this way, and cutting time, but I have a very manageable stash, and I love every piece of it. There's no right or wrong way here, just sharing what I do since many have asked :) Now, what is your favorite place to buy fabric online? I would love to know!

January 20, 2017

Full Bloom Pattern for McCall's Quilting

I'm excited to share a new quilt design featured in the upcoming March/April issue of McCall's Quilting called Full Bloom.

Image via McCall's Quilting

The sample quilt was made up in "Olive's Flower Market" by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. It was meticulously sewn by Paula Stoddard and quilted by Cindy LeBaron. Beautiful job ladies!

I just love all of Vanessa's fabric lines, and her quilt patterns too- check out her cute shop here. I was excited that several of  my favorite fabric designers included black prints in their new lines this past year, I think it provides the perfect sophisticated pop of contrast with the pretty light colors.

Image via Lella Boutique

The pattern uses one block, which is both traditionally and paper pieced. The corners of the block create a really fun secondary design in the end.

Copies will be on newsstands in just a few weeks, and can also be purchased here online.

Image via McCall's Quilts

Thanks for stopping by! If you do make a Full Bloom quilt make sure to tag me @woodberry_way on Instagram so I can see!

January 18, 2017

Just an Update

2017 has been a real doozy so far at our house. Usually I love January- I love to purge, organize, redecorate, assess and have less on the calendar. I really dig in and get control of my life. But this time around, it's been all I can do just to stay afloat. I'm sad that I haven't documented here on the blog some of the projects that have left my hands in the past 2 months, but such is life. For a little better idea of what's been going on, you can always check my Instagram.

I won't get into the sob stories here, this is my happy place. But let's just say that my baby's pediatrician has ordered me to go on vacation. Which....brings me to a very funny story!

Over a year ago now, my husband was at work trying to call someone with an LA area code. He misdialed and ended up calling a radio station that was having a contest of some sort. Well, he just so happened to be the 15th caller and won a trip to the Bahamas. Seriously. What are the odds, right!?? When he heard them talking about a cruise, he thought it was a scam and hung up. They called him back. He still didn't trust it, so he gave them his spam email account. They sent the tickets, we called, and they are totally legit. Can you believe that!!? This happened right before we had a baby, and life hasn't allowed for such a trip yet, but now I am happy that we haven't gotten around to it. I just need to get this baby weaned and buy a new swimsuit and we are out of here! I have never been anywhere tropical, nor have I been on a cruise, and I'm really excited.

Anyway, there's really no point to any of this other than to check in, and cheer myself up a bit. Hopefully things will calm down around here and I can get to some of the projects on my list. I had such fun plans for this year! I suppose all is not lost, and it's certainly not too late :) Stay tuned for some exciting announcements, including a really fun magazine feature!