Monday, August 31, 2015

it's a big, BIG day

Well, today is a big day in my household on two counts. It's the first day of school. My oldest started high school (!!!) today. I can't even begin to tell you how funny that makes me feel inside. At this point it's pretty much "hold on for the ride!" Sigh. I may have shed a few tears....
The other big news today is the release of my new fabric line! Yep, that's right. Good Neighbors is now for sale exclusively at Connecting Threads! (You can buy it by the yard or in bundles/pre-cuts.) This has been in the works since May of 2014 and I am so excited that release day is finally here! I can sincerely say, I can not wait to see what you make!
Thank you ALL so much for your excitement and your kind comments about good neighbors so far. I never dreamed I would ever see my name on a selvage, but I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to try my hand at fabric design. I appreciate your support more than I can say. xoxo

Happy Monday to you!

73 comments:

Heidi Staples said...

So excited for your fabric release! It's a beautiful collection, and you should be so proud. And yes, my mother's heart knows exactly how you feel about today's big day for your kids. I was going through old baby clothes last night and shedding a few tears myself. Where does the time go?

Patty D from NC said...

Congrats on both accounts! Great colors in your fabric.

Kathleen RosePrairieQuilts said...

O h I so remember those first days of school and to know that one is old enough high school in mind blowing for sure. I look back and now realize how fast it goes.
Love you colors, so bright and cheery. I'll have to see what they offer. Congrats

Alisha Hemmingson said...

What a big day! Congratulations on everything, and if you do end up shedding a few tears, that's A-OK! You're amazing. xoxoxo

Suzanne said...

In this corner of the world, your name on a selvege is tantamount to your name in lights! Woohoo!

Cut&Alter said...

Wow - big news on both counts!!! Time just flies when you have children doesn't it? And congratulations on the new fabric line - what an amazing milestone. Any plans for distribution in the UK?

Salmagundi said...

Congrats on the fabric line. It looks like it will be fun to work with. I'm sure you have done your job when the kids were young -- so high school will be just fine. It's a fun few years. Sally

M-R Charbonneau said...

Congrats on the high schooler and on the fabric line! That's so exciting!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Oooh... those fabrics are simply lovely! Any chance a Canadian shop will be carrying them?

Sara said...

Gorgeous new fabrics! Congratulations!

Tubaville said...

Congratulations on the new fabric! I can't wait to order some!!

Kathy said...

OMG, I've been waiting for this fabric collection ever since you said it was coming up!! I'm going there next and ordering a fat quarter pack. I love Connecting Threads and your design is awesome!

renée said...

Bravo ! c'est super j'espère pouvoir acheter votre collection de tissus
j'adore, continuez comme ça

une quilteuse française,

Corrie H. @ Mountain Stitches said...

Wow, what an exciting day for two great reasons! I might just have to treat myself to some of your cheery fabric, it looks amazing, and so do you kids!
~Corrie

Veronica said...

Congrats on both fronts! I just ordered some fat quarters - I wish my quilting budget allowed me to order every fabric! :)

Veronica said...

Wanted to add that I SOOOOO appreciated good quality fabric that's actually affordable!

Jennifer said...

My eldest started high school this year, too! It just seems wrong that they are that old already, doesn't it? Or maybe it's wrong that we're that old... ;) I have been waiting for your fabric to be available and I'm so excited for you!

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

A happy Monday indeed! Congratulations!

Linda Rush said...

Congratulations on the fabric release. We've been waiting almost as eagerly as you. ;) I feel for you on the first high school day - mine are now 45 and 39. (How did that happen?)

Purple Quilter Queen said...

That's so awesome! When I clicked on their email link today - your fabric popped right up!! It's so cute and friendly! Can't wait to get my hands on some and create something super fun. Great job! Jennifer

Karen said...

OMG! Your kids look so grown up. Your fabric is beautiful. Today is a reflection on your success as a mother and a designer. Kuddos!

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

Your new collection is very pretty. I like the balance of lights and darker fabrics and the variety of prints, too!

Di~ said...

Oh Wow, Lady...I think I'm breaking my streak of never having order fabric on line! That sounds like a fun thing to do this lovely August 31st afternoon! LOVE the fabric and I love your kids! funny...I don't even know them!:)

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

lovely fabric and priced right too!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Congratulations!!!!

Denise Finucane said...

What a great Monday! enjoy each milestone to its fullest :) Love the new fabric line - it's making me regret my new purchases embargo for 2015!!!

Rosa said...

Those fabrics are a beautiful collection.Fabulous Monday and congrats!!

V said...

Congratulations Amanda Jean! I'm disappointed though, because I live in Australia I can't purchase your line from Connecting Threads. I'll just have to keep reading you blog and look for all the inspirational projects made from Good Neighbours. Vicki

Southern Gal said...

Congratulations! Can't wait for my new Connecting Threads catalog!

Debbie said...

What a terrific day for you! Congrats again on your fabric line. I sure have had fun working with it and am anxious to see makes from others!

Rene' said...

High school! That's a big deal! Hope all the kids had a great day back to school. Your fabric is so beautiful and I was super excited to see they released it a few days early. I have a new quilt project in mine for Good Neighbors....now to stalk the delivery man!

cityquilter grace said...

lovely collection and congrats....and yes high school can be an adventure...lol

Anne said...

Squee!! Congrats, Amanda Jean! So excited for you! The fabric is beautiful! Not sure if I'll be able to cut into it for awhile, though. ;)

Shanna said...

I have to say not only do I love the patterns in your new fabric, but I am not surprised at all that you have delivered such exceptional work with Connecting threads! You were the first I had heard of the fabric company and I have been an ardent follower and buyer from them for years after seeing what you create and share with us from their fabrics! COngratulations! I can't wait to get my hands on some of this line!

Ellen Mills said...

I am so happy for you and I LOVE the fabrics. Enjoy the kiddos while you can. It is all gone in a blink of an eye!!

tink's mom said...

Congrats on both. I just ordered your bundle and can't wait to see and feel it live and in person.

SewPsyched! said...

I ADORE your fabric line!!! I'm so thrilled for you!
It's just absurd to have a child old enough to go into high school. I cried like a baby after I dropped my son off for his first day... then I went shopping ;0
XO!!
Lori

momof3 said...

I am so excited about your fabric line that I placed an order today. Hope there will be more in the future.

Lace Faerie said...

Eek! How exciting! Your own line of fabrics! Great colors and fun prints! Congrats!

Kim with a K said...

Congratulations on such a momentous day!!! I've been so excited for your fabric line to come out! I've ordered 1\2 yard of each because I love it so much!

Frances said...

What a dream come true! You must be over the moon to have it in your hands. Well done.

Erika Balban said...

im going to ask for this for Christmas! congratulations!xx

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Kate said...

Congratulations on the fabric line, it's gorgeous.

Mine only is a junior this year and it seems like just yesterday she was a freshman. Now life is about ACT and PSAT tests, along with emails from colleges inviting her to come visit. Enjoy every minute of the craziness cause it goes fast.

Julie said...

I love the addition of the gray in your first fabric line. It is all just beautiful!

Janet Schultz said...

Your new fabric is beautiful!

My son starts school today as a junior. Hard to believe as he's my youngest. It's been an especially emotional time here for me. My mom died unexpectedly on 8/20 and then I had to drop my daughter at college for her first time on 8/29. Not sure I have any more tears left. Such an emotionally draining time. Hoping for some cool fall air to refresh and renew. Unfortunately it's still hot and humid here in SE WI ugh!!! Best wishes with your fabric line 👏

materialgirlquilts said...

First off, you have some great looking kids there :) And secondly, I am so happy your fabric is finally out...going to purchase some right now. It's so very me in style and colors. Congrats again on putting together a great line!
Amanda

Barb Tazelaar said...

You have beautiful children! Love your new fabric too! :-)

Melissa Corry said...

So, so very exciting!!! Congrats!!!

margaret said...

what a lovely photo of your 3 children.

Congratulations on the fabric range, appeals to me is it not going to be available in the UK you can`t not let us have it too.

charlotte said...

Your oldest looks so grown up. Just bought some of your fabric. Can't wait to see it in person.

Paige said...

So exciting! Congrats on your fabric line dubut! High schooler, I guess that would cause a lump in the throat! Hope they have a great school year!

Kathleen C said...

FELICIDADES, Amanda Jean! Way to go, girl! Can't wait to get my hands on some of that fabric and see it "in person". And hang in there today...emotional day with your kids. Sending good vibes your way.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

WaHoo!!! Congratulations. I really like the line . . . especially the little x's. I'm seeing that one used a lot. And the tiny dots too. You did an excellent job with the variety of prints and colors.

Lorinda said...

Congratulations on both counts! My oldest is starting high school next week- it's a whole new world, isn't it?! Unfortunately, I don't also have a fabric line coming out! (Someday!) :) I love Good Neighbors!!!!! It's rare for me to be able to say I love every single fabric in a line, but I can honestly say I love all of these. Great work!

Katherine said...

Yipee! So excited and happy for you, Amanda Jean. Can hardly wait to get my hands on some of your gorgeous fabrics! Loving those colours and sweet prints.

Wow. Totally can't get over how much your 3 have grown! Crazy how fast the years go, isn't it? Best of luck to them for a new school year - hope it's awesome.

Ioleen said...

Congrats!!! Love the colours. Will be checking Connecting Threads.

Angela said...

Congrats to you Amanda Jean. I love your fabric line and have ordered a layer cake today. I can't wait to see your hard designing work in person. As money allows I want to buy more but I will just have to be satisfied with my layer cake for now. I love your blog and all your scrappy ideas. Please keep up the good works. And thank you for being generous with your sharing. Angela M

Pieces of Time said...

I love the pure colors!

Karen said...

What a gorgeous trio of young people! Ya done good :) Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm heading over to Connecting Threads--at last!!

Daytona Damsel said...

I know how you feel when the first child enters high school. Hate to tell you it is worse when you send them off to college. They

Karen said...

I've got some Good Neighbors on the way to my house--can't wait! Maybe I can serve them coffee from that adorable new mini quilt pattern of yours! :)

Linda said...

HOW DID I MISS THIS POST!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you and so happy for you!!!!! I just can't decide which ones to buy because I want them all. LOL :)

leanne said...

the kids look happy to be going back to school !! and congratulations on your gorgeous fabrics - love the daisies and also those crosses but they're all awesome !! any chance they'll be available to purchase anywhere else ? I'd love to get my hands on some :)

Malin said...

Hi!

I'm sorry if someone already asked this, but is there anyway for us outside the US to buy your fabric? Other than getting a mail forwarding service that's suggested om the Connecting threads website. I think it sounds risky with two different shippings, it seems to double the risk of loosing the package.

Best regards,
Malin in Sweden

texas mimi said...

Beautiful children, be proud it flies by. Just placed my order for your new fabric line!! Fat quarter bundle. Love this collection

us said...

It is back to school time for my kids too.....only my youngest, my BABY.... just started his first semester of GRAD SCHOOL!!!!!!

Yeah, that makes me feel kind of funny too.

Rachel said...

I am so happy for you! Congrats on the fabric!! (You will survive the kids getting older, I PROMISE!!)

SuperMomNoCape said...

So happy for you! I'll be keeping an eye out at our local quilt shops for your fabric for sure. And keep hanging on and enjoying the ride... fabric wise and the children growing up and entering new stages of their lives. As others have mentioned... as mothers we do survive each stage. Then just when we think we've got that one all figured out, they move on to the next! :)

Manoule said...

Beautiful children and Such pretty fabrics, congratulations! It's too bad Connecting Threads does not offer international shipping :(

Deb said...

Ditto Manoule's comment.....soo disappointed no shipping to Australia : (

Deb said...

Ditto Manoule's comment.....soo disappointed no shipping to Australia : (

Claudia said...

These fabrics are fantastic! I can't wait to get my hands on these. And thank you for going with a price point that so many more of us can afford.