Friday, May 01, 2015

good neighbors fabric in hand

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
 
This has to rank right up there as one of my favorite finishes. Ever!
I received strike offs (a sample printing) of my good neighbor's fabric this week!!!! I still can't believe this is happening!!!
I found the box on my front step on Tuesday and I squealed a little bit. (Just a little. ha!) It took me an hour and 15 minutes to work up the nerve to open the box....because there is only one moment in your life when you get to see your very first line of fabric in person! I was not disappointed in the least! The colors are so vibrant and so much better than I had hoped for. I've been staring at these on the computer screen for so long--it is such a treat to see finally see them come to life in fabric form!
It was a year ago (almost exactly!) that Connecting Threads and I started discussing the idea of me designing a fabric line for them. I'm so glad that I had the chance and that I didn't chicken out. I set out to design a line of fabric that I would like to sew with. I think I did it!!!
Last night I took a little time (while I was cooking dinner!) to sew up a little pin cushion using the red dot from the line...it's got to be one of my favorites! I thought it would be hard to cut into my fabric, but it was a delight!
Good Neighbors will be available exclusively through Connecting Threads and will be released sometime this fall.

Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank for joining me for finish it up Friday!

129 comments:

Melissa Corry said...

Love, Love, Love it!!! Absolutely fabulous!! Congrats, what an amazing finish!!!

Brooke Sellmann said...

awesome, awesome, awesome!!! so happy for you!!!

Snowcatcher said...

Your fabric is gorgeous! This will be so fun to quilt with!

Mari said...

Congratulations! It looks wonderful, especially those aquas. Very festive!

Carie said...

Wow! They are all absolutely gorgeous - and so very recogniseable as your sort of fabrics - I love them (and really hope I'll be able to get them in the UK!) Congratulations!

Brigit Dermott said...

Congratulations! The collection looks beautiful and so versatile. I love the name, too!

Lorraine Montalvo said...

I can't stop ogling your fabric! It's so awesome. I cannot wait for it to come out. I'm already making my list. Great work!

tirane93 said...

these are gorgeous fabrics! congratulations on such a fine first step into fabric design. you rock!

Bernadine Kringel said...

These are lovely! I can't wait to grab a few. I love the whole collection! This is such an exciting finish :-)

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

We are all so excited for you, Amanda Jean! Congratulations!

The Stillwells said...

So happy that you love them!! It was a delight to work with you and you did an amazing job!!!

Christine @ 12,450miles said...

What a gorgeous finish you have!! Your whole line is just lovely.

SuperMomNoCape said...

This is definitely one line of fabric that I'll be looking for this fall. It's gorgeous! I would have squealed too!

I've been following you since just before your very first quilt-along and I am soooooo happy for you!

In fact, the project I linked up was made from blocks I made back during that quilt-along. I'd just started quilting and none of my blocks came out exactly the same size so rather than wrestle them into a quilt, I took the blocks that were close in size and turned them into table runners. It's taken me this long to finish the last one.

Carla said...

Congratulaions....I love your fabrics...they will "go with everything"! And, good for CT for snagging you as a designer!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

congratulations Amanda you must be so excited and congratulations on a fabric line that is a big achievement

Lorna McMahon said...

Congratulations on this milestone, Amanda Jean! Your pin cushion is sure a cutie. Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of that luscious stack!

Leanne Parsons said...

Congratulations, Amanda! It's beautiful, and I love Connecting Threads fabrics (and prices!).

Di~ said...

Wow, Amanda Jean, this is a big deal! I love it, every bit of it!

Lisa said...

I absolutely love your new line, great great colors and prints. Can't wait to get some. If you need someone to try them out, I'll be glad to help you out!

Christine Feldstein said...

Congratulations Amanda Jean, you designs are fabulous!

quiltmania said...

How exciting. Congratulations!!!!!

Mihaela said...

Congratulations!
Cheerful collection and cute name!

Svetlana said...

Congratulations!!!! How totally wonderful! Your fabric is gorgeous, you did an amazing job. Can't wait for it to hit the stores so I can get some of those dots :) Beautiful!!!

CapitolaQuilter said...

Congratulations - I can see why you would squeal at the sight of your fabric line. Fabulous!

Laura said...

Congratulations! I look forward to ordering this line. Very happy, versatile fabrics.

Michelle L. said...

Amanda,
All the warm, kind, sharing joy you have is captured in your fabric line. Congratulations are in order and well-deserved. I can't wait to buy some and CUT INTO IT!!!

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

I think your collection will be residing with me soon! It's lovely!

Hollie @ Just a Mom who Sews said...

What an exciting day! They look just beautiful!

wombatquilts.com said...

Congratulations... this looks like a wonderfully fun collection of fabric. I love your colours.

Darcy said...

These look amazing! And it would have been easy to be intimidated by such a huge new venture but yay for you for saying YES and making something great!

Heather Graves said...

Want them ALL!!

Heidi said...

Congratulations! I can't wait for this fabric to be available! I have shopped at connecting threads for years; I discovered them through your recommendation! Also, I love the red polka dot print; I have washi tape just like it!

beth s said...

So happy for you! What a great line of fabric. Be PROUD! ;)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see the fabric in the Connecting Threads catalog :-)

Christine S said...

I love it, congrats!

Sarah@123quilt said...

Your collection is beautiful!

Nicole said...

Congratulations, Amanda Jean! A great accomplishment!

JanineMarie said...

Best. Finish. Ever. They are so joyful. So you!! Congrats!

Jasmine said...

So cute! I need to save room in my quilting budget to get some when it is released. :)

Valerie Sowa said...

So very happy for you! Congratulations.

Esther said...

What happy patterns and colours! Do I detect slightly more aquas compared to the other colours?! Can't wait to see what else you make with them :)

Carie said...

Whoops - I've just realised I got my link wrong - sorry to anyone who got sent to a story about a holiday in Greece - I've sorted it now (Sculks away to blush and curse the baby brain)

Cathy L said...

Just gorgeous! Congratulations! I can't wait to buy it!

mascanlon said...

Congratulations!! So glad you walked through that open door!

Terri said...

Congratulations! It's a lovely line, and beautiful cheery colors. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs

Sarah Craig said...

It's so gorgeous, AmandaJean - I can't wait until it is available for purchase! Those colors are my happy place....

Lisa H. said...

Congrats - I'm so excited for you and can't wait to get my hands on it!

Julie Bagamary said...

Congratulations! It is beautifully fun looking.

Deb said...

I always love the fabrics you work with, so I knew the fabric you design would be awesome. I can hardly wait to get some myself.

Dorian said...

Congratulations! Your fabric line looks great. I love the colors.

Ruthann Grace said...

The fabric looks fabulous! Congrats! I especially like the low volume with the little x's....are you sure they can't release those a bit earlier? :-)

Karen said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is beautiful!

Carla said...

Congratulations!!! I can't wait to get my hands on some...

Susan Holman said...

Wow, gorgeous fabrics. I think you'd better make another Scrap Happy purse so you can carry these around with you all day. :) I would love to make another Scrap Happy purse out of these. (It would be my 3rd purse from your pattern!)

Diane said...

I am so excited for you!! The fabric looks scrumptious--can not wait to get my hands on it....in the fall!!! (Seems so long from now)
Hugs and high fives
Diane!

greeneggs said...

What a gorgeous collection! Congratulations, that's an amazing achievement!

tubakk said...

I really love those colors! And your pincushion is so sweet, I love pincushions as well.

gab said...

These are beautiful! Are you designing any patterns to go with this grouping?

Jacque. said...

Congratulations, Amanda Jean! Those fabrics and colors look like so much fun! YAY for you!

Linda said...

YAYYYYYYYY! So pretty!!!!! Congrats, friend, you've earned it. :)

Julia said...

I shop at Connecting Threads all the time but I seriously cannot wait for your fabric to come out! LOVE the color palette and the designs! Congrats!

Karen said...

This will go on my list if fabric I MUST own. I love this! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

Susanhusan said...

I look forward to being able to order your fabric!

Terri Faust said...

Awesome fabric! Can't wait to get some and use it!

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

oh my goodness! those are some happy colors, and I KNOW I would have squealed myself upon their receipt. Congrats to you!


:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Mary Marcotte said...

Awww, what love and joy! They are beautiful. I can barely wait to order!

Rachel said...

Congratulations! Awesome fabric!

lindaroo said...

Congratulations! It's so pretty!
I want to make Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage quilt, and now I know what fabric I want to use for it. It will be hard to wait!

mypiecedlife.com said...

Congratulations! That must be pretty amazing to see your own fabric!

Michelle said...

I love, love, love your new fabric line Amanda Jean!! You will not see me purchasing fabric at our retreat this summer...I will be saving up for the release of your line!! So very excited for you :-)))

Quilt n Queen said...

Congratulations!!! Your fabrics are sweet, sweet, sweet!!

SewPsyched! said...

I am so THRILLED for you!! Your designs are wonderful, I cannot wait to use them in some awesome quilts!! XX!

Gina said...

Congratulations!!!!! That is a huge finish! I love the colors and designs of your fabric!!! Looking at it makes me what to sew!!

margaret said...

congratulations what a beautiful collection, spoilt for choice they are all wanting to come home with me

Kim B. said...

Congratulations, it looks absolutely lovely!

Lee said...

Congratulations! It is just stunning and I would love to purchase some and see it in person as well! I will keep my eyes out for the release:)

morgaine said...

WoW! What a fabric collection! Congratulations! This is the first line I would buy ALL fabrics from! They are marvelous!
Sunny greetings from Tunisia
morgaine

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I KNOW you'll let us know when they are available. I have to say that these fabrics really appeal to me and I look forward to being able to select a few for my stash. Congratulations!!
xx, Carol

Meghan Firster said...

Loving this new fabric. Congrats!

myrtovl said...

Congrats Amandajean, your fabrics are beautiful and are reflecting your fabulous style!
Myrto

SarahZ said...

Awesome, Amazing and Gorgeous!!!! My question is this...what is on the selvedge? Amanda Jean...or Crazy Mom? :) Congratulations!!!!

Vicki H said...

Congrats!!! I love shopping CT. I will be looking for your fabrics soon.

CandyR said...

I love it!!!! I'll be breaking my fast with this line!

Marsha L said...

Wow! Love the clean modern look of these designs, and the colors are all my favorites. I want ALL of them!

amy smart said...

It is perfect and so YOU. So many great prints and colors that will play together nicely with everyone.

Well done!

Lace Faerie said...

Such exciting news! So pleased for you! I am looking forward to seeing your line in my favorite catalog!

Suzanne said...

I am so impressed you used your fabric right away. That says something!

diane said...

Congratulations on a beautiful Accomplishment.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Congrats on the wonderful fabric line. I will be looking for it . . . I especially want to get my hands on the little cross stitches.

the zen quilter said...

Oh they are beautiful. And so YOU. I mean, I don't know you in person, but I follow your work and these so reflect your aesthetics - they are sure to have a lot of appeal. They certainly appeal to me - I will have some, please. :) I'm glad you are having a nice moment, enjoying them. Great work.

Marla said...

Congratulations, I love the yummy, happy colors.

Helen said...

I LOVE THESE FABRICS! Can't wait til they're out...and I love Connecting Threads, too. You must be SO excited! Congratulations!

Dyann Cox said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your fabric designs! Sooo exciting for you and we get to have some too! What could be better? CONGRATULATIONS! GREAT job!!!!

carolegoldquilts said...

Congratulations! It looks fantastic, and I like the name, too. Well done!

Smultronbo said...

I'm so happy for you to have your own fabric line. I hope we get it in Sweden at some point so we can dig in to some of it. Well done! It looks awesome and so much you in it as I see it. I didnt have a finish this week but I'm working on some stuff so maybe soon. Thanks for sharing. Take care!

Within A Quarter Inch said...

It is so my type of fabric! Can't wait to get it this Fall! Congrats!

Ioleen said...

Eye candy!!!! Will be waiting and ordering as soon as this is available. Congrats on a beautiful fabric line.

Aunt TC said...

I like the colors and textures. I don't understand the process so it doesn't make sense that you have to wait until Fall. (Of course, we do, too!)

Kris said...

So cute! I want some!

lej619 said...

WOW Lucky YOU!!!! just went to the site and they don't have any, doyou know when they might be getting some in???

lej619 said...

WOW Lucky YOU!!!! just went to the site and they don't have any, doyou know when they might be getting some in???

Katherine said...

Squealing with delight and joy over this wonderful news. Congratulations, Amanda Jean!!! Very excited to get my hands on this fabulous collection of must have good neighbours. :o)

Woohoo! Doing a little happy dance for you... ;o)

suzanprincess said...

I just decided I will buy no more fabric until I can use that money saved to buy your whole line when it comes out--it's the first I've EVER seen that I like every piece!

Jessica Christensen said...

I am looking forward to hoarding some of your fabric. I mean, I don't have much time to sew right now, but I can't pass up buying it. I really love how rich the colors are. Congratulations, Amanda Jean! You have worked so diligently. You have inspired so many of us. You totally deserve the success you are having. SO happy for you!

Kate said...

Gorgeous! <3 Congratulations!!

Dorrie said...

Lovely! I'm so glad you have some "good" greens in there! I will have to add them to the stash!! Congratulations!

Barbara Gelpi said...

Many congratulations! The fabrics are just lovely!

Peta - SheQuiltsAlot said...

Your fabric line is just fantastic! Love it completely :)

Anita said...

Congratulations! Oh my goodness! I love your fabric! This is totally a line I would like to sew with. The colours are fantastic! Awesome job!

ConGhin said...

Congratulations, Amanda. The fabrics are so cheerful and happy. I love the colors and fun patterns. They will resonate with a lot of people. When the time gets closer, we will all want to be purchasers.

Thimbleanna said...

It's BEAUTIFUL CrazyMom!!! Congratulations on a beautiful line. I LOVE that print under the pin cushion. And Oh -- The. Dots!!! Wonderful!!!

Amy Johnson said...

Super Cute collection! You designed a wonderful collection. My daughter will love the color combinations and prints.

Southern Gal said...

I really love the fabric!! I receive Connecting Threads catalogs in the mail now. Can't wait to see this in there!

Anita said...

Congratulations! Beautiful fabric!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's beautiful!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Congratulations! I love every single one of them! Can't wait for them to come out. :)

Tracybug Creative said...

Amanda Jean!!! It's just lovely! I can't wait to bring them home to play with my other fabrics! Yay!!!

Neese Family said...

Congratulations! You will have to post a link when it is available. I love it! Can't wait to hoard some it myself.

Kathy said...

I'm so excited for this to become available! Beautiful!

KCquiltmexico said...

A BIG congrats to you Amanda Jean. Little did I know what an incredible talent you are when we shared dinner in Cedarburg a few weeks ago!

ashley said...

Hi I'm pretty new to quilting, so I have tons to . I love gave a ways and lots of tips and tricks. The beautiful and amazing quilter that are out their. You are wonderful.

JulieM said...

Sew happy I found you. Your fabrics are awesome and I for one can't wait for them to be available for purchase. Happy for you.

Cheryl said...

I love your new line of fabric! Congratulations!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

So exciting! They are gorgeous, Amanda Jean! I can't wait til they come out! Congratulations again!

1stteacher said...

The fabric looks lovely.

Can I just tell you that when I used to feed corn silage on the farm I used to think those colors and shapes would make an interesting fabric? (And I thought what a random job that would be - designing fabric.) Goes to show why you're designing fabric and not me!

c said...

Oh scraps!!!!! I adore scraps....I live for scraps my sewing building is called Scraphaus. For scraps of course...my shop cat was named ScrappyGirl, but she is no longer there, thank you for this chance.
aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

c said...

Oh scraps!!!!! I adore scraps....I live for scraps my sewing building is called Scraphaus. For scraps of course...my shop cat was named ScrappyGirl, but she is no longer there, thank you for this chance.
aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

Grammy said...

I LOVE your fabrics! They are so "you". I knew there would be a polka dot with red :) I can't wait to order them from Connecting Threads! Congrats on your first fabric line! I'm happy for you.

quiltnlady said...

I can't wait to buy your fabrics from connecting tnreads. I know I will bust my bank account but I really "need" these!