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Guest Designer with Sarah J of Fearless with Fabric

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Sarah J. is one talented designer and I’m so excited to be introducing her to you!

The first thing you’ll love is her site- fearless with fabric….I’m a big fan of that name! It is so hard to cut and work with patterns and prints sometimes….or even to simply cut up our favorite fabric. But, the idea of being fearless is really what it should be all about. Trying new things. Exploring new techniques and being ok with our mistakes or miss-haps.  Knowing that everything that happens should be exciting and all about learning and thinking outside of the box.

You’ll find her fabric lines fresh and fun, with wonderful colors and flower prints.  Her latest prints- Prettiful Posies is a beautiful mix of flower and modern prints.  Bridging the gap of generations I kind of think.

Her pattern this month Reverb does has a back story….and was recently hung in the AQS show in Paducah in April. You can find out more information here about the pattern and story for it.

Here’s a bit more about her:

Sarah’s love of quilting stems from her college days, when her mom sent her pink dogwood quilt to grace the bed in her first apartment. The quilt was a comforting reminder of her home in the Lake of the Ozarks, where the dogwood blossoms always signaled the start of spring.

A few years later, married and expecting her first child, Sarah caught the nesting bug. Inspired by the treasured dogwood quilt, she bought a Teach Yourself to Quilt book and crafted her first quilt. She continued to improve her skills through classes at local quilt guilds, as well as learning from gifted teachers throughout the United States, fully taking advantage of modern conveniences, such as rotary cutting and computer design, as they became available.

Today, Sarah is a fabric and pattern designer for Studio 37 Fabrics, a division of Marcus Fabrics, with countless quilts to her credit. Her work has been featured regularly in both McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts for the past several years. Additionally, Sarah’s quilts have appeared in Make ModernSimply Moderne,  American Patchwork & Quilting, and Quilts & More, as well as many other magazines.

About the project for the quilt group: 

Reverb is my experiment with updating a traditional chain block. Adding negative space and ghost block elements creates a fresh take on a classic block.

Materials:

-2 yards of pale blue

-5/8 yard of light blue

-3/8 yard of medium blue

-3/8 yard dark blue

Download the Pattern:  member login here!

Scavenger Hunt BOM

(you can find all previous blocks here)

 Tell us about your quilt block for the Scavenger Hunt:

My Spinning Star blocks showcases my Prettiful Posies fabric. I love the movement created by the two sizes of triangles rotating in opposite directions.

Grab the quilt block here – member login here!

 

~ Enjoy her interview ~

How did you get your start in sewing?

I used a 1930s appliqued dogwood quilt as my bedspread in college and loved the look of the hand stitches and soft colors. A few years later, expecting my first child, I decided I needed a quilt for the baby’s room. I bought a “Learn to Quilt” book and materials and dove in.

What inspires you?

Color, nature, the ability to tell a story with needle and thread.

Do you have a favorite notion?

My Olfa Splash cutter with the new Endurance blade–I can’t believe how many layers of fabric I can cut now with no shifting. I also swear by Judy Martin’s Ultimate Point Trimmer–I love to rotary cut HST units and that trimmer nips off those points perfectly so everything lines up.

What’s coming up for you that we can check out~

My Prettiful Posies fabric line just debuted. It ships to shops in December. My Sew Sweet Sorbet batiks that match the prints will ship in February.

Quirky or fun fact about yourself?

One of my undergraduate degrees was in Russian Studies.

Where can you find her?

Blog

Website

Shop

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