Fabric Fives: Ayumi Mills

My block ~ Ringo Pie Bee

{ Ringo Pie Bee Block by Ayumi Mills }

I’ve gotten such a great response to the Fabric Fives posts I’ve been doing with authors on blog tours, I thought I would expand it to include everyone whose sewing, quilting, or tastes in fabric I admire. Ayumi Mills of Pink Penguin was one of the first people I thought of to ask, and I was thrilled she accepted. (I hope she is on a blog tour with a book someday, but I couldn’t wait!) She loves vintage reproductions, retro fabrics, Japanese kawaii, and text prints, and has an amazing knack for actually *using* them. I look to her for inspiration, because as irresistible as they are, all those cute novelty prints can be difficult to use.

Ayumi is a genius with quilt blocks, as you can see from her Ringo Pie Bee block above, and also here and here (and that’s just a start). She offers a free teapot pattern on her blog as well as several other tutorials, so you can try on a bit of Ayumi style for yourself.

And now, Ayumi’s picks …

Five Favorite Fabrics in Your Stash Right Now

It was too hard to pick just five, so I squeezed in the sixth one – I hope that’s ok..! From the left:

Sew Cherry by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs (Just perfect in every way!)
Cosmo Textile (My lucky find!)
Kei (Love the soft and simple colors)
Toy Poodle by Kinkame (Lucky find at Yuzawaya)
Kumiko Fujita for Yuwa (I can’t have enough of it!)
Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa (I can’t have enough of it!)

Five Fabrics on Your Wish List

Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa – all of them
(As you can see I have a very little bit of each! I would love to have more of these!)

Five Fabrics You Could (or Do) Consume by the Bolt


From the left:
Denyse Schmidt
Sugar and Salt Collection for Lecien
Jay-Cyn designs for Birch Fabrics
Sew Cherry by Lori Holt
(I picked these prints because they are perfect for large projects. I keep wanting to make curtains and these would be great for my curtain projects.)

Five Most Recent Acquisitions

From the left:
Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa (Maybe some patchwork pouches to put sewing goodies together?)
Kei (A little girl’s skirt for my friend’s new born baby girl?)
Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa (Linen towel?)
Mrs. March’s Collection in pop by Lecien (Maybe Farmer’s Wife blocks?)
Kei (I already made a towel with this being binding tape for the bathroom, so maybe I’ll make something matchy)

A Favorite Five Fabric Combo

From the left:
Heather Ross
Mrs. March’s Collection by Yuwa
Unknown – (sorry I threw away the selvage a long time ago!)
Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa
(I don’t really have a favorite fabric combo, but I love these together :) )


Thanks so much, Ayumi!

P.S. Ayumi often offers fabric bundles in her Etsy shop.


  1. MarciaW says:

    Different style and very cute.

  2. anna says:

    love ayumi, she’s truly amazing!

  3. Katarina says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I love the fabrics Ayumi uses in her great projects!

  4. ayumills says:

    Thank you so much Kim!