I’m so happy to share Jamie Fingal’s latest fabric line with you! And, at the end of this long post is info about TWO giveaways!!!
Jaime and I met in the green room of Quilting Arts TV years ago, and have been friends on Facebook ever since. Although I usually work only with my own hand dyed fabrics, I was more than happy to agree to help her launch her new fabric line “Autumn is for Birds”, produced by Hoffman Fabrics:
What’s cool is that she made these designs starting with Hoffman’s line of hand dyed fabrics, cutting and fusing designs that ended up being the fabric design, a totally different method that how I usually have seen fabric designed, she it explains it all in her post here. She’s designed a main “feature fabric” (the houses on blue), then a fun birds on branches print, a large leaves print and 2 smaller leaf prints. Hoffman has a line of striped and dotted companions that go along with her fabric designs because they’re all based on a larger color palette:
I wasn’t sure WHAT I was going to make until a package arrived with a half yard of each of the fabrics shown above! I knew I wanted to allow Jaime’s fabric designs to sing, so I decided that I would use my “Modulating Squares” pattern I’ve been developing, as it is designed to let beautiful fabric speak for itself!
I cut 2 large squares of each fabric, making sure to fussy cut the fun house on her feature fabric so it was intact, and then chose to always pair one of her fabric designs with one of the companion prints. I had some fun figuring out just which fabric should be paired with which:
I then cut a square out of each pair, always keeping the Jaimie design on top and fussy cutting out a bird, or a pretty branch or that awesome house, then I swapped out the inner squares and sewed them back together, creating pairs of blocks that were reverse images of each other. (I will say that this part was quite stressful, I’m used to being able to always dye more fabric when I need it, while in this case I only had what I had – which was plenty, but I’d committed to wanting to cut 2 big squares out of each half yard, if I’d screwed up some of the cutting, what would I do??? Not to worry, I just didn’t mess up the cutting!)
Then the fun began, trying to arrange all the squares so the distribution of busy-ness and calm was relatively even, all while trying to distribute values so the quilt top wasn’t too unbalanced. I also wanted to keep the fussy cut house towards the center as I wanted to feature it, and I tried to keep all the directional motifs going in the same direction. Phew! There were lots of different criteria to balance, and I was bound and determined to use ALL the squares.
I had my older son Liam help with this part, and took pictures of my design wall along the way to see where it was headed. I find that turning a color picture into greyscale can help with value balance:
We stopped at 5 and decided that this was as good as it was going to get! Then I stitched the columns together and used my Quilt as You Go with no sashing technique. I chose a variegated green thread that blended into the background with all the fun, busy fabrics, but added some interest to the calmer fabrics. I quilted a combo of loops and leaves meandering all over. I also would occasionally stitch a larger, fancier leaf or bird based on Jaime’s designs, and I would outline quilt some of the stronger motifs.
Jaime sent me extra blue stripes for the binding, I love a good striped binding! Here’s the whole quilt:
I dyed some tonal hues to use on the back:
Here are my quilt holder helpers, always happy to help their mom…….hah!
So I had a lot of fun working with Jamie’s fabric, and the boys did too, they’ve claimed the quilt as their own.
I had a great test piece of quilted fabric I made to try out my quilting patterns that I turned into a cool zip bag, so I’m going to give that away!
And Hoffman is going to give away a stack of Jamie’s fabrics:
How to enter:
Leave a comment on this post telling me which of Jamie’s fabrics you like the best by Wednesday, February 25th at midnight PST. I’ll use random.org to choose the winner of the zip bag from folks that comment here and send all the commenter names to Jamie who will be choosing the winner of the fabrics from all the folks commenting at every stop along the blog hop. (I moderate comments, so don’t worry if yours doesn’t show up right away!)
So for more chances to win the fabric, make sure and stop by the rest of the blogs, see what awesome creations were made with Jaime’s fabric and comment for another chance to win:
- Feb 16 – Leslie Tucker Jenison
- Feb 17 – Lisa Chin
- Feb 18 – Cheryl Sleboda
- Feb 19 – Stacy Hurt
- Feb 20 – Candy Glendening
- Feb 21 – Sue Bleiweiss
- Feb 22 – Jamie Fingal
We’ll only be able to send to winners in the US, so sorry to my farther afield blog readers!