Coffee, ice cream, and fabric

It’s a celebration here today. New fabrics have arrived in the mail. This calls for coffee and ice cream. (Please not that there is no way I could take this picture without sampling the ice cream first. Impossible.)


ice cream, coffee, and new fabric

It all started with this pretty yellow floral by Marcus Brothers’ “Come Quilt with Me”. I noticed it and I needed to buy it immediately. I’ve had a thing for yellow these days.

But, of course, as I scanned the Etsy shop of Mineymo, I realized I needed more, more, more! These things spiral out of control sometimes.

Heather Ross Mendocino Seahorse in Orange & Heather Bailey Bijoux Mod Beads in Tangerine

Heather Bailey Bijoux Tiled Primrose in Red, Erin McMorris Park Slope Pebbles in Ivory, & Erin McMorris Park Slope Birds in Ivory

NOW. Here is my dilemma, and I hope someone can help me decide. I originally bought these to use for spring coffee sleeves in my Etsy shop. Should I stick to the original plan or go ahead and use them now? I mean, new fabric just sitting there is so hard to resist. I need some opinions please!


Fly Brain Fabric

My printed fabric from Spoonflower arrived last week. I wanted to test it out first by getting a swatch. I decided on an image that my friend, a scientist, had made from one of her experiments – A Fly Brain!

color brain

I thought the darkness of the image would really test the limits of the printed fabric. And besides, the fly brain is so cool looking that if it came out well enough then it might be nice to make stuff with it. What stuff, you ask? I have no clue, yet. That’s why I took so long to post this. I wanted to make something and post all stages of the project, but that will have to wait.

fly fabric brain from Spoonflower

It’s pretty amazing looking, but this might not be the best use of Spoonflower. I think the colors are too dark. You can tell from the close up below that you lose some details compared with the original.

fly brain close up

All in all, it’s pretty amazing to order your own fabric, so I would definitely use them again… As soon as I come up with a great design. There are certainly people out there who have used Spoonflower in amazing ways, one of my favorites being The Small Object who made a letter to her niece on a quilt.

Hello Yellow.

You’ve been oh so patient. Waiting on your little shelf. Hoping for that special day.

hello yellow

But, you were so tricky. So delicate and thin. What could possibly become of you?

so thin

Well, yellow fabric… your destiny has been revealed. I hope you live up to it.


To be continued….

Kauai fabrics and patterns

 I just came back from Kauai. It’s so beautiful there.

ke'e beach
I went to this fabric/quilting store there called Kapaia Stitchery. They had so much stuff to choose from and you could tell that the continual growth of so many flowers all over the island have definitely influenced the fabric designers there.

I wanted to get some local fabrics so, this is what I chose:


Bright colorful and fun.


The turtle print is exclusive to the shop.


my favorites

And these are my absolute favorites. I love them so much! I am not sure what these will be used for yet, but perhaps a quilt would be nice mixed with some white fabric, of course.


hawaiian patterns

At the last minute, I picked these two pattern books up at the airport. I’m sure they had them at the quilting store, but I just didn’t think of it then.

I want this sooooo bad.

one.dress.finished, originally uploaded by annamariahorner.

This dress is gorgeous. I love it and I want it.

Anna Maria Horner designed the fabric and her daughter (the model, I believe) designed the dress. Maybe the 90 comments or so on her blog will convince her to sell the pattern to us all. The fabric, called Drawing Room, is not on sale yet, but I’ll be sure to get some as soon as it’s ready! Maybe I can find a pattern simple enough to test it out on. Although, with my record, it might take me 5 years or so to get up the courage to try it out.


Fabric storage… and coffee.

Ahh. I finally have some things organized.

Fabric storage... and coffee.

It took quite a bit of time to put all of this stuff away, but it does feel good. It’s so nice to be able to see all of your fabric choices at one time. The three bins are filled with scarf supplies: 1. silk kimono pieces, 2. brown wool fabric from old suits, and 3. gray wool fabric from old suits. On the two shelves that are out of view are batting & interfacing and then a long bin for random things like purse handles, etc.

The coffee. I had to move it off the cutting table because I kept finding little threads in it whenever I took a sip.

possible coffee sleeve fabrics

What to use first? hmmm….

fabric #1

fabric #2

fabric #3