Once upon a blog lifetime ago, I found Jodie, softie toy maker/pattern writer. Her blog, Ric Rac, is fun, funny, colorful, and so so creative. It's been my favorite blog since the beginning and remains so today. Lucky for me I met her in person at Portland Quilt Market. She is her blog, in the flesh and I feel so lucky to call her my friend.
Last month these amazing fabrics landed on my doorstep. Jodie was at Minneapolis Quilt Market debuting her very first line of fabric called Backyard Circus for Ella Blue Fabrics, due out this month.
At first it wasn't easy to unbundle the stack of fun, tied up with tiny red rick rack with a green pom pom on top! But ideas for fun things kept popping into my head so I got straight to play. First up was this adorable little mat for my Hoosier Cabinet and vintage milk glass cake stand. Pom poms are the sweetest things but a bit bitchy to sew with. I love you dear pom poms!
A mini kaleidoscope quilt was a must and because there were leftover wedges, I made a pattern bucket. If you're interested in making your own kaleidoscope quilt of any size you don't need a pattern! I have a tutorial HERE.
Well the amazing selvedge should not go to waste so I added it to the bucket with some red rick rack, of course. Oh and red corduroy, a must. Don't ya love the white on white hexagons I found in my stash?
Lastly, I made a couple of "simpler" buckets using vintage trim and corduroy. I love it when a plan comes together. And each bucket has a coordinating mini. Seven projects using a fat eighth stack
and elephant tons of fun! Oh and maybe mini patterns, one day, if I ever get back to writing patterns.
Jodie's fabric is due out this month. Although Ella Blue is an Australian fabric company I have it on good authority that US shops have picked up this collection. So...go forth and search for the cutest fabric on earth! I think elephants will be flying off the shelves!!! And there are darling panels too and I have one, waiting...
Thank you, Dear Jodie!