Monday, February 24, 2014

Mercer ♥ : :

In addition to the Fabric Giveaway Fridays I organize with my wonderful sponsors to share at the end of each week, this year I'm teaming up with many of our favorite fabric manufacturing companies to present, highlight, & offer special giveaways for the new collections not yet or newly released to this beautiful fabric world of ours! This week, I'm very excited to showcase & possibly introduce to you for the first time, Mercer by Dear Stella!

Mercer by Dear Stella!

This collection includes so many of my favorite classic prints! Chevrons, one simple & strong in crisp navy and one made by soft by the fine lines that create the pattern in pale peachy & grey tones, three stunning florals each with a unique pattern and scale in a dreamy palette of smoke, indigo, cream and melon, a whimsical feather print, quite possibly my most favorite among the group, and basic yet modern polka-dots and solids that fuse each print together to form a lovely and cohesive collection!

Mercer by Dear Stella!

Mercer by Dear Stella!

When these fabrics arrived I decided on making a quilt right away! My process for designing this quilt and for all of my projects, usually begins with me fanning out the fabrics, sometimes separating them into color-stories, and then I simply begin sketching out my idea onto paper.  Almost always it takes just one sketch for me to settle on an idea to use as my guide. For these I was inspired to make something traditional and sweet, with a repetitive block design and sashing!

Mercer Patches!

Winter's Garden Blocks!

I'm sixteen blocks in and am so happy with how it's coming together! I'm still a bit undecided on my sashing, but if today goes well, I'll have a finished quilt top to show you all very soon!

Winter's Garden Blocks!
 
You can find this gorgeous Dear Stella Mercer fabric collection available at both Pink Castle Fabrics here and the Fat Quarter Shop here! Be sure to visit Dear Stella Designs, to follow them on Facebook or Instagram, and to keep an eye out for a Mercer fabric giveaway right here just as soon as I finish up my quilt!

You can see a few more pretty quilt ideas for this collection right here! How about you, what would you make with Mercer?

  Maureen 

61 comments:

  1. lovely colors! The simple blocks really accent the fabric nicely.

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  2. These are SEW gorgeous!! This is the first time I'm seeing this collection. So thanks for the intro!

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  3. I agree with your choice here all the way! I think a simple nine patch or triangle quilt would be a good quilt pattern for these, too. I can't wait to see this finished and for the giveaway! =D

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    1. It's funny you mention those Sarah, for a second after I sketched out the first row for this quilt including the blocks I made above, I thought about alternating rows using triangles, and my sashing originally included four patch blocks at each enter, but in the end I just fell in love with the simplicity of these blocks combined with these pretty fabrics. I am loving it!! :)

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  4. it is gorgeous indeed! soft and feminine I adore this feather print! can't wait to see your project finisehd!

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  5. no wonder you fell in love with it.

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  6. I loved Mercer when I first saw it and gave in and bought a fat quarter bundle. Making a small quilt by adding in some stash, but undecided on a pattern.. You describe so well the reasons I love it! Your pattern works well... maybe that's what I will choose for mine :)

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    1. I'm working with a half yard bundle, but a FQ bundle could make the 16 blocks 12.5", 48" square throw quilt for sure! I'm adding in the sashing to bump it out to be a larger throw, but would be very happy with a quilt made up of just these pretty blocks, too!

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  7. I can't decide. I never met a collection I didn't like.

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  8. Loving the navy with the soft orange! Such a lovely combination!

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  9. My first time seeing this collection & I'm REALLY liking it. I've been on a navy & orange kick, so it's right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Love .. love .. love! Wouldn't the chevron look cool as a thin border?

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  11. I love the navy with peach combo! Very pretty :)

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  12. I collection is gorgeous, the color combination is one of my favorites. I love the block pattern you are using, did you make it up yourself or are you following a specific pattern?

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  13. Really love your new quilt blocks and that new fabric line is great. Such a great mix of some of my favorite colors!

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  14. Lovely! I am such a huge fan of Dear Stella - some absolutely delightful lines!

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  15. Love this fabric in part because Mercer was my father's first name.

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    1. How sweet! I love connections like that, it makes certain fabrics even more special!

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  16. Love this line ~ it has a bit of the Liberty look. But ~ if I start another project ~ I'm going to shoot myself! teehee (I sort of mean it too ~ I've got so much going on).

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  17. These are really pretty together.

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  18. I love this line. I especially love the orange and navy together. Ditsy is perfect for doll clothes :)
    I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt--they're always amazing!

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  19. Oh gosh, these color combinations, so lovely!
    I would make a small picnic quilt for my sister. Pink is more her thing.

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  20. What beautiful fabrics. I have often found Dear Stella fabrics that I love.

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  21. I can see a dress for my grand daughter out of these!

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  22. Oh, so beautiful! Such a sophisticated and classic line and I love the block design you chose, so simple but effective!

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  23. somebody else mentioned a churn dash- now i cant stop thinking about doing the same. Churn Dash is on my bucket list........

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  24. I would probably be too busy DROOLING, to make anything! The fabric is absolutely GORGEOUS!

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    1. I definitely spent sometime oohing and aahing at how gorgeous these are in person! I can't wait to snuggle underneath this quilt!!

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  25. This line is gorgeous! And I love the blocks you are creating to showcase it. Can't wait to see it all finished!

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  26. these are such pretty fabrics, cant wait to see your finished product

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  27. These are such pretty colors and prints. My daughter is decorating with orange and navy and I think I would make a throw size quilt for her with this line. I love your traditional blocks and look forward to seeing the quilt finished!!

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  28. Those are gorgeous Maureen. So pretty

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  29. Such a beautiful and elegant collection! I also fell in love with these fabrics!

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  30. Oh now I totally agree that line is stunning! Hmmmmpenny patchwork quilt jumps in mind! Ohhhhhh

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  31. Gorgeous fabric, I think I'd make your Rock and Romance Skull quilt with it! Purchased the pattern but yet to make it.

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  32. I love how it feels modern and vintage-y at the same time!

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  33. This looks like beautiful fabric and your blocks look great.

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  34. That feather print is my favorite! I love Dear Stella fabrics!

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  35. Thank you for introducing Dear Stella to me. Very pretty. I'm normally shying away from this type of print but the colour combination has changed my mind somewhat. Thanks again :)

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  36. Wow, such pretty fabrics. I love the blocks you are using. I think I'd have to make myself a quilt out of this fabric, just so I could look at the fabrics every day.
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  37. First I would like to thank you for all the new fabrics and sights we are all being introduced too. I love to learn of new designers and fabrics. I would make a quilt and tote to put it into for a gift. I love to make matching totes for the quilts to go into.

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  38. I would make a quilt with those colors. Just beautiful!

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  39. Oh, I love your blocks! And that fabric is fabulous. I can't wait to see it all done.

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  40. hi- can you also tell us what fabrics you added to Mercer? thanks

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  41. I was grabbed by the peach color right off, then with the blue what a beautiful combination. I can see some pretty little girl dresses from this. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  42. Navy and peach - yup this could be my favourite line yet!

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  43. That's a very pretty line, and I like how it has a grown up feel to it. I'd make a quilt of course, because that's all I make:)

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  44. Uh oh, somehow I am posting as my daughter. Yikes! Now I'll have that to deal with on my computer!

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  45. I love your quilts and every time you share a new "Maureen" with us, I'm truly inspired. It inspires me even when working on a totally different quilt! I hope you will continue to work in the way you've worked until now and I also hope you won't feel compelled to spend hours and hours on creating a pattern if you don't really feel like it. That's time lost for creating something new. If someone would like to make an exact copy of your Winter's Garden or Winter Herringbone, your blogs offer sufficient detailed pictures (and sometimes a tutorial) that enable us to work out these patterns for ourselves; they're not that over complex.

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  46. Great collection and lovely color collection. I appreciate your work. Keep it up...

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