Sew Fine Fabrics








Imagine walking into a quilt shop loaded with amazing fabrics, and having the owner walk up to you and say, "I want you to make a quilt with fabrics from my shop.  Choose anything you want."  Now that's a dream!

So that's what happened to me!  Well, basically.  Jodi from Sew Fine Fabrics offered that  I could choose an assortment of fat quarters and make something to show you, with the intent of introducing you to her lovely shop.

This is a win-win for me.  I get to choose the fabric I want, and make a quilt.  I also get to promote a family owned online quilt shop.  It makes me so happy to help support these small businesses that fellow fabric lovers are running from their own homes.

Now on to choosing the fabrics.  I find it a challenge to choose all the fabrics for a particular quilt online.  My usual process is just to buy random fabrics I love, and then pair them from my stash at home.  The reason it can be tricky to put together a bundle just from viewing online is that it's hard (for me at least) to visualize the exact colors and scale of prints and how they'll work together.

Then add in the endless selection of yummy fabrics and how to choose which direction to take?  So I decided my best bet was to make it purposely mismatched, but putting together lots of different shades.  That way, nothing looks like it doesn't fit. 

I was inspired by this quilt, so decided to choose a selection of light colored backgrounds in warm greys and tans.  Then I chose four darker fabrics to make the little diamonds that are randomly scattered throughout.

I first laid out all my 4" background squares, then sewed triangles of the darker fabrics onto the corners of the squares where I wanted my diamonds.  I wanted a random look, so had some of the diamonds disappearing off the edge.

I love this design and definitely want to revisit it again.  As far as the fabrics, I love the way they all worked together in the end!  I think some of these exact prints may be out of stock in Jodi's shop, but there's plenty more lovely ones to replace them.  I love how her aesthetic is so clear, she carefully curates the prints that she adds to make for a lovely selection. 

And she has incredible shipping rates to Canada!  I dare say I haven't seen anything better than $4.50 flat rate shipping!!

27 comments:

  1. So luscious---I love everything you make :)

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  2. I think your idea to make the fabrics purposefully mismatched worked out beautifully. Love the fabrics and this quilt!

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  3. Oh, I love this! What a cute and quirky idea...

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  4. This is great! I love those little diamonds that "pop."

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  5. Such a sweet scrappy quilt! Great design of simple patchwork to show off the fabrics.

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  6. It's always such a happy day when you post another quilt. ( but no pressure )
    This is so very charming

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  7. Love the quilt! Great idea to make it all mis-matched, but everything goes together. What color did you use for the back? It's just as awesome as the front!

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  8. $4.50? Uh oh. Love the quilt, Jolene.

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  9. I love the quilt, the fabrics and the inspiration! Also, thank you for the tip of using several tones of one colour!

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  10. This is beautiful and everything goes together so nicely. I have a hard time finding warm grays and coordinating prints online but you seemed to choose very well. Is the back a shot cotton? It's such a pretty color and looks really good with the front.

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  11. So simple but so perfect at the same time... love the colors you chose!

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  12. LOVE this quilt. Course, I love all of your quilts. You have a way of putting colors/fabrics together like no one else and it's always a delight to see another finished quilt. Quilt on!

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  13. Your quilt looks aged, worn, a bit vintage and just PERFECT!
    Robyn
    Australia

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  14. Little beauty this quilt. I'm checking out Sew Fine and seeing a bunch of fabric that I like!

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  15. Just awesome and love your fabric combo!

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  16. You always pick the perfect fabrics and your quilts have a look that is yours alone! So pretty :)

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  17. I had written a funny and smart comment but it went to web limbo... so going to the point. I always admireyour quilts, and your eye for color, but i wonder if you have any formation in this point in particular or if you make it instinctively.
    Do you think someone like me could barely understand how do you take your color decisions and doing sonething similar once? If so... any recommendations? I swear i look at fabrics and the only thing i can see is i like it or not, but could'nt go anywhere longer.

    I apreciate your help :)
    Thanks

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  18. Your style is so distinct and your color/fabric choices are your signature style. I think I could pick out one of your quilts in a pile of quilts. I absolutely love them. These are so me and I hope to make one like it. I still say the simplest designs make the best quilts. Homey and inviting. The kind you want to use and not "save". Quilts should be used and loved ;c) Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Your purposely mismatched selection worked perfect! Beautiful warm colors, Love!

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  20. Lovelovelove this quilt. You have such a good eye for putting together.

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  21. I love her shop and your quilt is so gorgeous! Just the perfect colors for a warm and cozy autumn quilt. I'm off to buy some fabric. haha.

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  22. I thoroughly enjoy your quilt. Lovely!

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  23. How is it that every one of your quilts looks so snuggly and cozy?

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  24. Love this! The surprise diamonds are wonderful!

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  25. Oh, you make it look so easy! I love how the scattered diamonds are subtle but clever.

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