Thursday, July 28, 2011

Giveaway: Summer House by Lily Ashbury

Good Afternoon!
This past week I've been able to ask Stephanie Carter, the designer behind the Lily Ashbury brand a few questions!  Her newest fabric collection for Moda is called Summer House.
I think these fabrics would make the best dresses for little girls and the most cheerful summer quilts. Please read on for your chance to win these fabrics so that you can make your own Summer House project!
Here's what I asked Stephanie:
How did you decide to become involved in designing fabric?

When I was little I was constantly drawing and creating and many of my creations had a very patterned feel about them.  I have been an Illustrator for many years working on projects from magazine editorials to stamp design. Textile design was attractive because it seemed to take me back to my creative roots. Color and pattern are my true passions and it just feels like a natural career progression.

What inspired you to design the "Summer House" collection?

Summer House is my expression of a perfect summer. Growing up I spent my summers on Bowen Island (an adorable island just off of Vancouver) at my Grandmother's house. I imagined the porch swing amongst her lovely hanging baskets and lazy summer afternoons, Gorgeous vintage teacups and playing cards after a long day at the beach. My sister now owns my Grandmother's house and has long since renovated but it still holds amazing memories for us all.
How did you choose the color palette for "Summer House"?

I am very passionate about color and believe it can make a huge difference in a persons outlook on life. Bright cheerful colors just make me feel great and I love to surround myself with my favorites. For Summer House I chose colors that were bright and lively and reminiscent of summer flowers, but I was also sure to include some cooling blues which can feel so refreshing when its hot outside.

What's your favorite sewing book?

Well this is a tough question as there are so many great books out there especially now with such an amazing resurgence in the DIY culture. One particular book stands out for me in  it's "The Complete Book of Soft Furnishings". Here is a link to it:

When I moved from home to my first apartment I created curtains, cushions etc. with this book as my guide. It's amazing what you can do on a limited budget with some fabric and a sewing machine. 
How do you use quilting weight fabrics in your home?

There are so many ways to use quilting weight fabrics. Of course there is quilting but wonderful light cotton is great for curtains, pillows, duvet covers etc.. I am planning to create a set of place mats, table runner and apron in the very near future.


Thanks so much to Stephanie for allowing me to learn a little more about her and the Summer House collection!
Summer House Charm Pack Giveaway by Lily Ashbury
The team at Lily Ashbury has sent me a charm pack that's packaged in this beautiful tin for one of you!


Please leave a comment on this post and tell me what you would make with this charm pack of fabrics.

I'll pick a winner by random number on Monday, August 1.
Good Luck!
~Jessica

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Courtney said...

It's so festive, I think i'd have to make some kind of bunting with it! Thanks!

MeganAnne said...

I'd want to make a quillow...

http://acuppaandacatchup.com/2011/05/quillow-tutorial/

how fun would it be in these happy fabrics?!

Mary said...

I would make half square triangles with a coordinating solid and then configure them into a lovely quilt.

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

Jennifer said...

I've actually started a quilt using this fabric. I think I would either make it larger or make a pillow to go with it. The colors are great and they make me feel like summer!

Linz said...

What a great interview!! I love that fabric! I would probably use the charm pack to make some Dresden Plates for a small quilt of some pillows! I think that would be so pretty!!

Andrea Beth said...

Would love to win this fun fabric! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Michele said...

There really are too many cute fabric collection out there. This one is no exception. I'd make a quilt and frame each charm!

craftmom said...

I would make my daughter a charm twirl skirt in this. So pretty and cheerful!

aksherry said...

I would like a quilt for my guest bedroom. It would be so pretty and happy!

Melanie said...

A quilt for my new niece, due to be here in December! Thanks for the chance.

Gidget said...

Beautiful colors I just love them...
I think I would make something cheerful for my daughter...she would love these bright colors too!

Sew and Sew said...

Gorgeous fabric. Fun interview. I'm dying to start a project with hexagons. They would be great for that.

Clumsy Chord said...

Mary stole my idea! Originally I'd thought the same - half square triangles with a solid, and then make it into a quilt, somehow - but then I remembered that I have a couple other charm packs (with ~25 charms each) in similar bright and summery colours from three other designers, which I've been sitting on for a year or two wanting to make QuiltDad's Off the Grid sliced nine-patch quilt, but don't have quite enough charms for. (I'll probably use solids, rather than a honey bun, for the lattices.) These fabrics would fit right in, I think.

liz said...

I LOVE this line. I think I would make a cheery table runner so I could look at it every day!

DianeY said...

These colors are so bright & lively! I'd definitely use them in a quilt-probably paired with a lot of white

Di~ said...

What a gorgeous line! THanks for the intro, I love it! I would make a table runner for my white table that is looking plain right now!

Robin said...

Oohh...I think I'd throw in some yardage and make a throw quilt for my bed!

quiltercaroline said...

Hi Believe it or not I have never bought or made anything with a charm pack - but would love a go. I recently watched a video from the Missouri quilt company on making a pinwheel quilt using a charm pack and would love to give their technique a go. Thank you C

Toni said...

A cute little table runner would go great on my table

Valerie said...

Fun! I would make a baby quilt for one of the zillions of pregnant mamas I know. :)

Kristen said...

I would make a beautiful baby quilt for a lucky little girl. This is such a wonderful line! Thanks for the chance to win some!

Michellekeenlyne said...

Baby Quilt for sure. Probably using HST's. Thanks for sharing!

ikceb said...

I'd like to make a table runner!

Rachel said...

OH! I think I would make something cheerful to brighten the long winter for my daughter's dorm room. Awesome giveaway! Thanks!

lori said...

A quilt for my daughter that is going away to college.

Jan said...

I'm thinkin' a quilt, of course I always thing about quilts.

Annaliese said...

The beautiful colors and happy patterns would be just the perfect line for a wall hanging to go in my sewing space. A little inspiration and color, love it!

Teje said...

Wow these are really beautiful and I would love to make A Painting = wall quilt and a bag! Thank you for a chance to win!
(nerospost@gmail.com)

Suzan said...

I would add some bright white Kona cotton and make a pinwheel quilt. I think it would be a perfect summer quilt!

bobbie23nc said...

Isn't this charm pack just pure pleasure of beautiful color? I'd use some bright orange, blue and white to make a combination of pinwheels and half square triangles to make a big splash of wow!

Lindsay said...

I would make a laptopcase andsome sort of wall adornment for my new office space in my house :)

robin said...

Oooh - that's yummy fabric! I'd make a quilt for ME! :) Thanks for the chance. :)

epban said...

Summery patchwork pillows!

Jeannette said...

Oh thanks for hosting this info...this is the first time I have seen this line....very pretty & cheery!! I would make a sweet quilt using a charm pack pattern.

Kati said...

So pretty! I'd make a simple patchwork quilt for my daughter.

Lisa N said...

I would make a few square table runners to brighten my kitchen.

Jodie said...

Beautiful fabric line! I actually just ordered some of this a few days ago - I'm hoping to make myself a quilt!

Keri said...

Love the fabric and the tin!! I would make a gorgeous doll quilt for my DD and then maybe use a few in a table runner to brighten my kitchen.

Anita said...

Sooo pretty. I would make a table runner for my new kitchen table. thanks!

Sandi P said...

I too need a summery table runner and think these fabrics would be perfect.

Alisa said...

A summery table runner or small quilt for my living room. I'd be keeping this one for myself!

diane said...

I would make some summer pillows for my patio

Jane said...

It would make a lovely pinwheel baby quilt!

Heather said...

I love that fabric! I would make a baby quilt for a friend's new baby. I have all boys so they won't want anything with this fabric :)
Thanks for the chance!
heather dot nevits at gmail dot com

Meredith said...

I would make a lovely, cheery quilt of course!! Love it!

SuzyMcQ said...

This fabric is delicious! I'd make a runner and some coordinating napkins for the table on my porch. So pretty for summer dinners.

Erica said...

I am baking a baby due in November and this would make a sweet playmat for spring! Love it!

Q @ JAQS said...

Love those colors! And the matching tin is absolutely gorgeous - I'm a sucker for containers...

If I win this charm pack I would use it to make a little quilt for a new baby my friend is having with coordinating solids.

As for the tin...I would cherish it ;).

Alli said...

I think I'd make a table runner for my parents or my sister. :)

Andra Gayle said...

I just love this fabric collection. I would bring out the schnibbles book for a project with these.

Jennifer said...

I would make a summery patchwork throw! love this line
jmistok(at)gmail(dot)com

Ashley G. said...

Love the colors, they remind me of my daughter's room! I would maybe make a couple of fun pillows for her room because it would go so well! The cute tin I would keep for myself :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I just got a fat quarter bundle from the fat quarter shop' solids that would go with this charm pack to make a beautiful quilt for me...I'm always making them for others....this would be mine....adorable fabric

thank you for the chance

roni said...

Such loveliness! My little girls have requested new doll blankets and this particular sunny charm pack would be ideal!

roni said...

P.S. My girls are 3 year old twins!

Leslie J said...

I believe I would make a beach tote or some lovely pillows. Beautiful!

Kristine said...

Love the fabric! I'd make a fun patchwork quilt (and maybe a matching pillow). Thanks for the chance!

Michelle said...

i'd make a pretty little beach blanket/picnic quilt!

Kelli said...

Oooh...I love those - I'd made a wall quilt to hang either in my sewing room or on the wall in my entryway!!

Paty Z said...

The fabric is absolutely lovely! I immediately thought of english china. I would sew some lovely pillows with it. Thank you

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Oh, I think this would make an adorable baby quilt :)

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Woo beautiful! I'd make a simple charm pack quilt, set on point, to showcase the prints! Lovely fabric.

Natalie at Our Old Southern House said...

another patchwork skirt like i made mary margaret last fall...in moda, of course!

Kelly said...

I think I would make a couple pillows. Such lovely fabric - thanks for the chance to win!

The Rx quilter said...

I would make a table topper for my home office...I have 3 boys in the house, so the only pretty girly colors I get to have are in my office! Lisa in Texas

Pamela said...

A fun table runner for me would be my project!

Joan and Kevin said...

I would make a quilted bag out of the fabric. I just love it

Amber said...

Pillow with some embroidery would be fun! Or maybe a small throw!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

The fabric is so colourful and fun! I would make some pillows to put on my outdoor chairs. Thanks for the chance to win.

kbzelazny said...

I LOVE these colors! It is so summery! I would make myself a quilt! Thanks for the giveaway

lesliesews said...

I love these designs. It reminds me of childhood, Granny's, and simpler days! Thanks!

Erica said...

I love these fabrics too! Such bright and summery colors! I would use these to make a quilt for my daughters.

Delores said...

Lovely! I'm torn between a patchwork summer dress for my granddaughter, or a table runner for my kitchen table. Love to win!

Wendi said...

Yhe begDnnings of a Saltwater Taffy quilt! didn't have to even think about it! : ) Beautiful fabric.

Kara said...

pillows, for sure! I completely agree with Stephanie that color affects your mood-and how could you not be happy looking at that beautiful fabric all the time!? Thanks!

Bethany said...

Beautiful fabrics! I'd coordinate some kona with it and make a baby quilt! Thanks :)

Abby said...

I would use a charm pack to make a small doll quilt for my girls.

CJ said...

I love this line! I would make a table runner and use it on our patio table for all of our summer meals.

Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother said...

It would make some gorgeous throw pillows for my living room!

Anamaria said...

love the fabrics, maybe i would do a baby quilt

Kathy said...

I would make a circle in a square quilt. Beautiful fabrics for a summer quilt, indeed! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway.

beanie g said...

Looks like a good charm pack for some pretty placemats.

Anonymous said...

A lap quilt for the screened porch - I love these fabrics! VermontPines@aol.com

Jennadesigns said...

Perfect fabrics for a lap quilt to snuggle under at the end of summer! Beautiful line!

Tara K. said...

I would make a pillow:)

Dawn W said...

I would make a table runner with windmills or hexagons. Fabulous line!

Jamie said...

So pretty! I'd make a tote.

Barb said...

A patchwork sleep sack for my daughter!

jeanne e. said...

so pretty and cheerful! i think i would use them in some napkins and placemats...i have been wanting to work on set recently.

stitchinpenny said...

I would make a picnic quilt, pairing it with some coordinating solids.

Eight from Three said...

Periwinkle blocks of course. I just love those colours and think they would feature well as periwinkles. Thanks J & J for the chance to enter your giveaway!

Beth said...

A nice summery bag would be wonderful with these!!

elmiller33(at)gmail(dot)com

ktquilts said...

Just made a drawstring back pack with a charm pack. Now some Lovely Littles want one of their own. This would be perfect!!!

pam Doerge said...

I'd start a new quilt and buy more fabric!

scrapseed said...

Love the vibrant colors!

ivyworis said...

beautiful colours. i'll think i'll make a patchwork tote... thanks

Lynda said...

My daughter has 3 week old triplets, my first, second and third grandchildren. She likes bright modern quilts for the babes.

Renea said...

I have never seen this fabric and now I really want some of it. I would make a wallhanging for my bathroom. The colors are perfect for that room. Thanks for the great giveaway and showing me this gorgeous fabric.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Our newest grandbaby born this week needs a quilt and Summer House would be perfect!

Tamie said...

Oh there are too many options- probably one of the quilts on my must try list. The fabric is beautiful.

Cossett said...

that fabric is so pretty! I would make a disappearing 9 patch quilt with it. I think it would really turn out so pretty.

Jill said...

I'm not sure what I would make but it wouuld have to be something that we see and use daily because I love these fabrics!

Lindsay Conner said...

I'd pair with solids for a pretty wonky stars mini quilt!

janeylulu said...

I would make a baby quilt for my cousin's new baby girl!

Sonia B said...

These would make a lovely quilt. Thanks for the chance.

roccagal said...

I think I would throw a few solids in the mix and maybe make a scruffy rag quilt for the living room!!
Thanks for the give away and an always fun to read blog!!

srocca2004@hotmail.com

Rebecca Lynne said...

I've just started seriously playing around with solids in my quilting designs and am really itching to create a quilt with white bordering featured cute patterned centered squares. This fabric would be perfect as it is so bright and cheerful! Fresh even. Thanks for the chance!

Janet said...

Oooo... I think I'd have to make a skirt for my daughter! She loves color as much as I do :)

Jen B said...

It would become part of a warm/cool HST quilt.

Luci said...

Just bought a pattern called "Pinwheel Posies Again" that I would use it on. Thanks for the chance!

The Junk-It Folk said...

I'd make a table runner to brighten up a summer buffet! Thanks for the give away!

Wendy said...

I'd make a quilted table topper for my front porch bistro table!

caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com

webmailaddress2 said...

It would make a really cute quilt!

hueisei said...

I will added it to my collection of Flowers for my GFG quilt :D
Thanks for a chance...

vturner62 said...

I've been wanting to make some summery throw pillows and the Summer House fabric line would be just perfect for those!!

Ella said...

I think pillows...since i have some forms in need of covering!

Kirsten Smith said...

I think that I would have to make a baby quilt. What a beautifully happy line to brighten a nursery!

Debbie said...

I'd most likely make a mini quilt or a table runner - beautiful fabrics!

Mary said...

Baby quilt for sure!

Rachel D said...

I would make a beautiful lap quilt!

Susanne said...

The charm pack with the box is lovely. I would sew some decoration for my kitchen. Table runner, place mats, pot holder...
Bye
Susanne

Lexi said...

I would make a lap quilt for my mother in it. It just gorgeous! lexilucas@gmail.com

Ericrazy said...

This line of fabrics is right up my alley! My absolute favorite color combinations. These would be perfect in a baby quilt for the little girl my BFF just found out she's having :D Yay!

Florence said...

Wow ! Gorgeous fabrics in a cute tin box !!!
I would make ...pillows for my daughter !

Karen said...

Oh my gosh this fabric range is to die for. I make quilts for my local retirement home and boy oh boy how much brighter would one of these ladies lives be to wake up to these beautiful fabrics and colours every day!

stacey said...

These would look lovely on the beach. I'm thinking a beach blanket! :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

Pam said...

I enjoyed the interview, ordered her favorite book and am hoping I win those delightful fat quarters. I may make a purse or add them to a quilt.

Jackie said...

Would love to make a summer wall hanging above my dining room table.

Char said...

Just beautiful! I love the colors, love the prints and have just the project already picked out in my mind. Thanks for the opportunity to.win !

Ccristinat said...

The colors and so bright and summery! They are so perfect and I would love to get my hands on them!

Shirley said...

I love those colors. They are so bright and cheery. I would make some throw pillows. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway! :)

gill said...

great colours! I'd love to make a dresden plate quilt for my daughter!

Indianna said...

They are so summery and bright, I'd make a pair of "Chubby Dresden" pillows.

SewLindaAnn said...

I would add some solid borders or sashing and make some pretty placemats for my porch.

Kathy Ryan said...

You are so generous to share the beautiful charm pack with one of your readers. I love bright colored fabrics and have been making darling baby quilts with them lately. If I win the charm pack it will become a beautiful baby quilt.

I am new to the blog scene and did not see a way to leave a comment other than to e-mail. Hope that's OK.

DEAN FAMILY said...

I just picked up some of this line and would combine them to make a fun summer quilt, such vibrant colors would make it perfect.

rhianneholmes(at)hotmail(dot)com

Shannon said...

So many of my friends are having babies these days. I think this fabric would make a great, bright, baby quilt!

Domina said...

Love the colors - this would make a great smaller quilt to wrap up in during those chilly autumn evenings. The colors and patterns would make summer last just a bit longer.

dudrear said...

I love the summer colors- I would do a table topper with the charm squares-

Peach Rainbow said...

I love charm squares :D
I think I'd make a quilt with them!

ictero said...

This would make a smashing twirly skirt for my niece.

Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely said...

I love this line. So feminine and pretty. I think I would make a mini quilt or maybe try my hand.at a dress for my daughter.

Kelli said...

I am in love with this line. I'd either use them whole mixed with solids for a large nine-patch or sudoku, or like other commenters, would combine with solids in HST to make a zig zag or some othe fun quilt. These fabrics are great and deserve a fun setting for them!

Kelly said...

These would make lovely cheery placemats w/ coordinating table runner. Very springy/summery! Love the tin...needing something pretty to put all my basting pins in :)

Kelly

Meredith Daniel said...

This charm pack would make the cutest quilt! Thanks for the giveaway and interview!

Jane said...

Love these beautiful fabrics and that tin is just the thing for storing my needlework odds and ends!
I would make a summery patchwork HST quilt!

elbarnes said...

I would make a couple of summery throw pillows for my craft room!

Allison C said...

I need an apron and this fabric would be so cute making a retro style apron.

Allison said...

Cute fabric! I would make pillows with it for my girls bedrooms.

Stephanie Simpson said...

Oh, these are so beautiful and fun! I'm torn. I'm into table linens right now and these would make such fun placemats/napkins. But a quilt would be over-the-top awesome.

nancgard said...

I think a summer table runner would be fun out of this fabric.

Nicole Daksiewicz said...

I would make a quilt for a friends new baby girl. These colors are fantastic!
Nicole d.
Thecraftytraveler.wordpress.com

tracy_a said...

Really pretty - I like the lattice and punched tin fabrics! I would love to make a HST picnic quilt.

Doris said...

I think I'd make a fun, summery baby quilt for my brand new niece!

cozy said...

this fabric is sooo beautiful!!! probably a quilt... which of course means i would buy more of it :)

Kristin said...

I would like to make a tote to carry my sketch items and or embroidery WIP.

Rica said...

Love these! I would make a summery quilted throw for my outdoor porch.

Anonymous said...

I would make a bright and cheery quilt! Those are beautiful fabrics :)
tarapage22(at)gmail(dot)com

Lauren H said...

Gorgeiouis fabrics! I would probably make a storage container with those little beauties. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

Helen said...

I think I'd have lots of fun just admiring them but I'd eventually get round to making a quilt - something simple to showcase those beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway!

Petit Design Co. said...

these lovely bright fabrics would probably find themselves into my Farmer's Wife quilt

M said...

I would so make a quilt for my sewing space....what could be happier than walking in looking at this everyday.

Bailey said...

Pinwheels! Thanks for the chance!

krista said...

Love the bright colors! I would definately make a baby quilt out of this.

Elizabeth said...

Probably a new purse! With make-up bag and such to match!

Pontos da Flávia said...

this looks so nice and colorful! I guess I would sew a quilt to warm our TV evenings... With a bit os spring flair!

Amy said...

I would make something for my nieces!

Debi said...

I would use it to make a quilt for Project Linus.

Pam in Texas said...

I have a simple but cute baby quilt pattern. I would use this charm pack (I would need to buy one more) to make the baby quilt for a friend of mine who just found out that her daughter is expecting a girl!

Anne said...

My daughter lives in Miami and has been asking for pillows. This fabric would be perfect for her pillows

Lynn said...

i'd make a patchwork pillow or runner. thanks

Kimmer said...

I would love to make some new pillows to brighten up my tired bedroom! These fabrics would be perfect!
Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

I saw this fabric elsewhere online and loved the brightness of it. I would make a simple patchwork so the colours could really show.

Julianna
jbreillatt@gmail.com

Jacey said...

I would love to win this cute charm pack. I think it would be perfect for a mini quilt or maybe a patchwork tote bag. The colors are lovely!

Anonymous said...

I'd love a runner in these colors to cheer up my kitchen!

Rebecca
onesassyquilter at gmail dot com

May said...

Wouldn't this make a darling quilt for a little girl's room?

Elena said...

It's begging to be paired with some white to really let it pop. Definitely some Farmer's Wife blocks...maybe some bunting for my sewing room? So many possibilities!

Cindy Anderson said...

I would make a baby quilt. We just found out my sister is pregnant, due in February, so I will need one for a gift.

Rachel said...

This fabric is so beautiful! I think it would make a lovely quilt for a little girl...and I know just the little girls who would like it ;)

KooKooCraft said...

I love that fabric! i would probably do a dress or two (or hundred :) for my dolls ...

Naomi said...

I would make a lovely summer quilt, for use outdoors as a picnic blanket etc. f

Alyssa Grace said...

I think these would make a fun tumbler quilt!

Sel's Quilting Blog said...

Once I'd just have said I'd make a quilt from it. But lately, I'm trying new projects and this looks like it would be a beautiful enhancement to a pillow-and-sheet set, or perhaps some cushion covers!

Karen said...

I would have to make a baby quilt!!

dorothy said...

This fabric is my current love! I would make a bag so I can admire it all the time.

dorothy said...

sorry, hit the return button before I was done.

Anonymous said...

I would make something for my 6 yr old daughter as she loves PINK!
Denise in Canada
writeright@sasktel.net

Genna said...

Perhaps the charms could be the centers of cathedral windows! I would LOVE to win these!

Karen said...

How gorgeous is this line! I already have a layer cake so a charm pack would be a great addition. I was going to keep it simple and just sash the 10 inch squares from the layer cake. If I won the charm pack I could add some 4 patch blocks. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

jemilyea said...

I would probably make a small lap quilt. I've been keeping an eye out for some bright cheerful colors to make a quilt for a coworker. jemilyea [at] gmail . com

lewmew said...

some placemats - so I could enjoy this everyday!

Lee said...

Oooh, so pretty! I would make a little quilt for one of my daughters. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lee said...

i would love to make some pillow covers with them.!

Christine said...

That is a great fabric line. I could make a thing or two with that.....

Angie said...

Ohhh what beautiful fabrics. I would make a quilt for my sofa for the summer!

Tracie M said...

I would make a lap quilt to brighten up a chair in my family room. The charm pack is cute!

Anonymous said...

I would make a sweet baby quilt. Thanks for the great giveaway.

karlie_amanda@comcast.net

Summer said...

These fabrics are precious!! My baby niece needs a pretty little quilt from a charm pack!

Karen said...

How cute the fabrics are, I would love to have a chance to win them.

I would make a cute quilt for one of the foster kids. Our small quilt group members have chosen to make quilts for the foster kids in our county.

Thank you for the chance...K
karencg@hotmail.com

Binks said...

I love Summer House. The colors are just so beautiful.

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