Bounce

Bounce, by Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham fabrics

I finally get to share Bounce with you today!   

This is my 6th (!) fabric collection with Windham Fabrics.  I actually sketched out the art for this line way back in 2012, but the timing just never worked to release it.  After my last fabric line I took a longer and much needed break from designing, and afterwards it just felt right to try something different and new!   I’m always sewing and quilting for kids, so it was so fun to actually design a fabric line more geared to them.  

Bounce, by Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham fabrics

When we lived in Ohio I found a vintage Jacks game at a swap meet.  The packaging was pretty beat up, but it was adorable with faded primary colors, big block letters, with a red and blue striped bouncy ball inside.  I bought the set for the ball inside, but forgot about it until a couple of years later when we moved again and I found it in a box of random junk.  I kept the ball, threw away the packaging and jacks, then wouldn’t you know it….later that year it was the inspiration for this line (and I was kicking myself for throwing away that package!).  

Bounce by Windham Fabrics

I wanted this line to feel playful and light, but still in my favorite colors that blend seamlessly with my other collections.  There are bouncy balls, jacks, clouds, a few flowers, and my favorite block letter print.  Even though I designed this line with kids in mind, it still has some great colors and prints that work for everyone.  

Rainy Day Jr. Free Pattern in Bounce

Rainy Day Jr.  pattern by Pen+Paper Patterns found here.  

Free fabric beach balls pattern found here.  

Off Track Pattern in Bounce Fabrics

Off Track Pattern in Bounce Fabrics

Off Track jelly roll pattern found here.  

Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern in Bounce

Geranium Dress Pattern by Made By Rae found here.  The sucker was bribery.

Ziggy Baby Quilt in Bounce Fabrics

Ziggy Baby pattern found here. 

Drawstring Bag Pattern in Bounce

Drawstring Backpack tutorial by Sew Can She found here. 

Libby Quilt Pattern in Bounce Fabrics

Libby Quilt Pattern by Kitchen Table Quilting found here. 

Libby Quilt Pattern in Bounce Fabrics

Many of the photos were taken by Brianne Serrano Photography.    All of these projects and quilts were made with the help of caffeine, pizza for dinner on repeat, my Mom babysitting, no clean laundry, and me not sleeping for a week.  For reals. 

Bounce by Windham Fabrics

 

Bounce is on sale to quilt shops now through Windham Fabrics.  It comes out to stores in March 2019 (it will be here before we know it!).  

You can see my whole Look book for this collection HERE, and I’ll share more of my other projects next week in another post so I don’t put you to sleep reading this one.

As always, thank you for your support, kindness, and encouragement.  I wouldn’t be able to do anything I do without this wonderful community!  

 

 

 

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Why I Quilt

Cluck Cluck Sew Quilts

Last week I went through my many bins of quilts and made a large pile to donate.  I love going through my quilts and remembering when I made them and looking at the fabrics, but also I love giving away quilts to make room for new.  I gave away some favorites this time…but if I love them I know someone else will love them too.   I met the sweet lady from the charity at a local quilt shop, and I loaded quilts and more quilts into her car.  

“You made all of these?” she asked me in a nice but also a you are crazy tone.   I just smiled, said “yep! I love to quilt!”, and drove home.  It got me thinking though about why I quilt. 

For a long time I struggled (and still do) with the idea of making quilts for no reason.  The frugal side of me argues that it’s wasteful to buy fabric and spend hours to make a quilt with no specific purpose.   Frequently I make quilts for new patterns, or to showcase a fabric line…but other than that I have no real reason to make as many quilts as I do. 

On the other hand, making quilts is what I love to do.  It brings me joy, and nurtures my creativity.  It allows me to quiet my busy mind and just make something.  I think it makes me a better Mom. So I keep quilting. 

Why do you quilt?  Do you quilt just for fun, or only when you have specific reason?  

Simplify Quilt Pattern

I finished up a large deadline last week and pulled these half finished Simplify blocks out of my closet.  They were my test blocks when I was making the Simplify pattern.  The fabric was a jelly roll of a fabric line called Tucker Prairie by 1 Canoe 2 (it’s probably hard to find now!).  It looked so pretty on my shelf I couldn’t bear to unroll it for 3 years. 

It was a fun, easy sew…and even though I have no use for this quilt, it sure does make me happy to look at it! 

Simplify Quilt Pattern

I get to show you new fabric next week!  This line is totally different, and something I’ve been wanting to do since I started designing fabric.  I’m super nervous to share it…eek!

Bounce

It seems fitting at the end of this post to share one of my favorite thoughts about creativity…and a reason why I just keep on quilting!  

“Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.  The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”   Dieter F. Uchtdorf

 

Happy creating! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ombre Cascade

Cascade Quilt Pattern download

When I have a long demanding to-do list….I like to ignore all of my responsibilities and make a baby quilt for no reason.   :)

Cascade Quilt Pattern download

Pinks and purples are one of those colors I love buying, but I rarely sew with unless I’m making a baby quilt.  So I have a big pile of fat quarters and random pieces that needed to be used up, and this quilt was perfect! 

Although I think it hardly made a dent in my fabric stack.  

Cascade Quilt Pattern download

(That spool wreath that Keera made me is one of my most favorite things.  She has a tutorial here…I always get questions about it!)

I decided to only quilt the white and leave the triangles unquilted and a bit puffy.  I couldn’t decided how to quilt them at the time,  but I might still go back and quilt through the triangles with a pink thread. 

Cascade Quilt Pattern download

The fabrics in this quilt are a big mix, but if you want to know the name of a particular print ask me in the comments. 

The pattern is Cascade (paper version can be found here, PDF version here).  

Happy October!! 

 

 

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