The Epic Fabric Trip

For two Christmases now, I’ve asked for fabric money to spend at Thread Bear Fabrics at their end-of-year sale. Between my gift money and the great sale prices, I come home with more than I typically would find reasonable.

Hence, this!

Oh. Heavenly Fabric. Several of these are for projects in the 2018 lineup. I feel justified. Perfectly justified, right?

Eight yards of each of these happened (and if Anna ever re-releases the teal, I’m getting the whole bolt and eating ramen for six months):

Anna Maria Horner, Social Climber, Floral Retrospective
Social Climber by Anna Maria Horner in Ice and Perfume

And five yards of each of these. DE-LISH. Hello, Backings! 

The pink: Hot Couturier by Robert Kaufman. The blue: Brooklyn Heights by Kitty Yoshida for Benartex

I found more of that 30s Playtime black squares print! (Actually, my partner in crime, Jennifer, found it. And we both bought some.)

30's Playtime, Chloe's Closet, Moda
30s Playtime by Chloe’s Closet for Moda

I have some sneak peeks at current projects coming soon (lots and LOTS of half square triangles!)… And in other news, I’m jumping in on the 2018 New Quilt  Bloggers Blog Hop. Registration opens February 1, and I’m excited to exercise my New Blogger Muscles for it! Big thanks to the hosts: Jennifer of Dizzy Quilter, Beth of Cooking Up Quilts, Tish of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Sandra of MMM! Quilts.

There’s still time to sign up for the Kaffe Fassett Mystery quilt! Registration is open through January 15th. I hope you’ll join me!

Here’s a shot my aforementioned partner in crime, Jennifer. She also tests for me and is my best sewing buddy. Everyone, say Hi to Jennifer!

Quilt Your Hearts Out,
~~ Tara
P.S. I’ve decided to call these Friday fabric posts FABric Friday instead of Full Fabric Friday. A bit more to the point, don’t you think?

Polka Dots and Geese with Hats

Welcome to another installment of Full Fabric Friday! … where I chat a bit about a fabric line, a shop, or offer some other such fabric musings.

Mr. District is originally from South Bend, Indiana, and we go up to visit with his Mom and extended family for the holidays about once a year. When we’re up there, I like to stop into Erica’s Craft and Sewing Center. Funny enough, I found their online shop when I was on the hunt for a particular fabric a few years ago, and I ordered from them before I noticed they were in South Bend! Small world.

And now, some geese with hats! And shawls! Gah!

reproduction fabric
Toy Box Miniatures by Sara Morgan for Washington Street Studio

I mean, for real. How stinkin’ cute is that?!

Erica’s has a sweet section of 30s repros, and I also picked up every last bit they had of this sharp squares print. Hello, snazzy future binding!

30s Playtime by Chloe’s Closet for Moda

On every visit, I hit the rummage bin for deals on fat eights and fat quarters because I like to have a stash with lots of variety.

On this visit last Saturday, I went in looking particularly for polka dots for a pattern I’m working up to submit to a magazine, and I found EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Spoiler alert: think grape, orange, apple, and strawberry!

polka dot fabric
Kimberbell Basics by Kim Christopherson for Maywood Studio

Erica’s is family run and has been in business for over 40 years! They have a solid selection of quilt fabrics, wools, and yarn. They also deal Handi Quilter, Baby Lock, and Husqvarna Viking machines!

Nice folks to do business with. Be sure to check out the virtual tour of their shop on their website!

Until next time,
~ Tara

Modern Marks Blog Hop – (& Giveaway!)

Welcome to the first edition of Full Fabric Friday here at The District — today it’s also the Modern Marks Blog Hop, featuring Christa Watson’s new line Modern Marks for Benartex!

The Project – Churned Up with Modern Marks

When Christa offered me the opportunity to work with her debut line full of vibrant, saturated color and groovy prints, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. Immediately. I had been playing around with the concept of a deconstructed, tossed-up churn dash block for a few months, but hadn’t quite settled on a design. Modern Marks came along and it just clicked — Churned Up came together and all those bits fell into place. I love how it turned out with all that color!


Get the pattern for 30% off through December 10!


Y’all, this fabric feels wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I have been sleeping with and cuddling with my finished quilt for a couple of weeks now without washing it first! I always give my quilts a wash after they’re finished, but this one is just so soft already that I might not for a long, long time. This was the first time I’d worked with Benartex fabrics exclusively on a quilt top, and I very much look forward to doing it again. I’ve worked with a lot of fabric lines, and this one is definitely in the top of its class.

And now, I have a confession: I have a favorite. My favorite print and colorway is the Half Ovals in Fuchsia. *swoon* She had me at pink and orange together. I bound Churned Up in it, and you can bet you’ll see it again in another quilt I make. The ideas are already swarming around.


Which is your favorite? Seriously. If you love color and crisp, fresh prints, you are going to lose it over this line when you get it in person.

Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts
Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts

Where to Buy

I picked up this list from Christa’s site, because I know you’ll want to get your hands on Modern Marks! You can also request your local quilt shop carry it!

And now for the giveaway details! Benartex is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 prints here at The Quilt District (and all the other 10 stops in the hop).

To enter, simply comment on this post and leave your email address (your address will not be displayed, but I’ll need it to contact you), and have a US address where Benartex can send your bundle.

And an EXTRA Giveaway!

To enter to win a free copy of Churned Up plus a pack of 10x10s of Modern Marks on Instagram:
If you’re new to me on IG, follow me there between now and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 6th. If you already follow me there, comment on today’s IG Blog Hop post and tag a friend! (US only)

All entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST, Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

The winners will be selected using a random generator and announced on Thursday the 7th.

If you haven’t already, make sure you pop in and visit each of the ladies on the hop — they have all made some beautiful things with Modern Marks!

Jen @Patterns by Jen
HollyAnne @String & Story

Kristin @Simple. Handmade. Everyday.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Vicki @My Creative Corner3

Hilary @Aurifil
Pam @The Stitch TV Show

Heather @Quiltachusetts
Andrea @3rd Story Workshop

HERE @The Quilt District
Stephanie @Modern Sewciety

Happy Quilting!
~~ Tara

~~ With Gratitude ~~

First, I want to thank Christa for the opportunity to work with her and with Benartex. You made my year, Christa.

Second, HUGE thanks to my dear friend Jennifer Digiovanni, who proofed and tested her heart out. She rocks!

Third, this is the first quilt I have ever made that I did not quilt myself. (I know, somewhat blasphemous given Christa is the Queen of Quilting on the domestic machine!) I just didn’t have the time to do it justice. It needed to shine, and Kathy Nesler really made that happen. She gave this quilt beautiful movement!

And, last but not least, to my husband (should we call him Mr. District?) for wrestling with the quilt at the park on photo day!