Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks’ Block Party Blog Tour – Their Favorite Fabrics

(Disclosure: Stash Books is also my publisher, and Kristen helped cover Spring Quilt Market for this blog.)

Today I’m excited to be hostessing a stop of the blog tour for Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee, written by Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks. In case you haven’t heard of the book yet, the project started out as a blog/virtual quilting bee amongst a like-minded group of 12 women from across the country, and about a year later became a book project with Stash Books. It is in many ways a regular quilting pattern book, covering a variety of techniques ranging in difficulty from beginner to intermediate, but it’s also a guide to running your own old-fashioned in-person or new-fangled online quilting bee. All the quilts are based on improvisational blocks, with many of them wonky and all of them modern in appeal. You can get a glimpse of all 12 quilts from the book’s great trailer:

Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee book promo from Alissa Haight Carlton on Vimeo.

Just like with Susan’s book tour, I thought it’d be fun to have Alissa and Kristen complete the same lists about their favorite fabrics — five lists of five fabrics each! (Clearly these list assemblages need a clever name, but my brain’s not offering one up today. Any suggestions?)

Alissa’s Lists

Five Favorite Fabrics in Your Stash Now

  1. Wa-Modern by Hokkoh: Such beautiful design. I love the colors and the organic nature of the dash-y stripes.
  2. Kei Honeycomb Yellow Background White Dots: I have had a longstanding love of all of the colors of these dots and have used them so much. I tend to tire of a fabric and stop using it after awhile but this dot sticks with me.
  3. Caterpillar Woven Stripe, Blue by Kaffe Fassett: There are so many of the Kaffe Fassett stripes to pick from and this is one of my favorites. A woven strip has such great texture and depth.
  4. Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton, Galvanized: This fabric is magic! The warp and weft are aqua and orange but together the fabric reads gray. Amazing what color can do sometimes. Funny, two Kaffe Fassett fabrics in a row and I don’t think I’ve ever bought a yard of any of his prints. I love his woven basics though.
  5. Raise the Roof, Bright from Habitat by Jay McCarroll: I love this whole fabric line and hope that the fabric industry starts to give us more variety like this line. It looks completely different from most of the floral and/or cute fabric lines that are released and I think it’s a breath of fresh air.


Five Fabrics on Your Wish List

  1. Yoshiko Jinzenji’s fabric: Saw this at Market and was lucky enough to have my local shop owner buy some. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
  2. Monsterz by Michele Brummer-Everett for Cloud 9 Fabrics: Also saw a bit of this at Market. I have more cute prints in my stash than I’ll ever use and stopped buying them full tilt a couple of years ago, but this one will be an exception for me. The cuteness is extreme!
  3. A lot more independently printed fabrics. I’ll admit that the prices are sometimes off putting to me because I don’t always have a lot of money to spend on fabric, but there’s so much out there that’s truly innovative and inspiring.
  4. More vintage fabrics. It’s so easy to build a quilting stash by just buying quilting cottons from fabric shops, and that’s what I’ve done. I want to take my stash to the next level and get better about digging around at flea markets and second hand places to add vintage and different weights of fabrics.
  5. Lastly, I would love it if color cards for the woven solids (like Moda Crossweave, Robert Kaufman Carolina Chambrays and the Fassett Shot Cottons) existed. It’s particularly hard to know what they look like from photos online.


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

  1. Stripe in Pond from Red Letter Day by Lizzie House: I have bound a ton of quilts in this print. I love a stripy binding so much! Something about these colors and the imperfection of the strip makes it a favorite of mine.
  2. Basketweave in Orange from Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt: I could use this basic in the aqua colorway just as much as as the orange. Luckily I realized early in the life of both of these prints that I would use them a ton so I have yardage of both.
  3. Kona Cottons Bone, Ash and Coal: These three don’t really need any explanation and are the ones that I really do consume by the bolt. I use all three as my neutrals and/or the negative space in my quilts over and over and over again.


Five Most Recent Acquisitions

  1. Pinstripe from Shades of Gray by Jan DiCintio – And another imperfect stripe! I didn’t realize I’d included so many until I typed this up. I guess I like ‘em, huh?
  2. Moda Crossweave Gold Green – Another amazing line of solids that have wonderful texture.
  3. Dogwood Diamond Chevron from Greenfield Hill by Denyse Schmidt – this print is a voile which has a lovely soft drape. It lends itself to garment sewing (which I’m scared of). It’s my favorite of all of the prints of this line though so I wish they’d also printed it on quilting cotton.
  4. Kona Cotton, Peacock: I’d be lying if I didn’t include some Kona in my recent acquisitions. I buy no single type of fabric more than Kona cottons.
  5. Picket in Dusk from Outside Oslo by Jessica Jones: Love the colors and graphic nature of this print. I use almost all of my fabrics for quilting but I’m thinking I’ll make a tote with this one which is a home dec weight.


A Five Fabric Combo

I thought I’d focus on solids here because that’s pretty much 97% of what I’m buying and using these days. I thought a nice mix would show off the range that they can have. Mixing different solids is such a lovely way to add subtle interest to a quilt.

  1. Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen Grey
  2. Kaffe Fasset Shot Cotton Terra Cotta
  3. Moda Crossweave Blue Blue
  4. Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Grass Green
  5. Welcome Road in Olive from Nicey Jane by Heather Baily – I love the idea of all solids with a little pop of patterned fabric pieced in so I included this great print.


Kristen’s Lists

Five Favorite Fabrics in Your Stash Now

  1. Alexander Henry Jonathan Livingston Seagull in Taupe
  2. American Jane “Magic Bean” in Green
  3. Heather Ross Unicorn print from Far Far Away in green
  4. This one is tricky. I know its Kokka Echino, but I bought in Japan and don’t what year it is from.
  5. Brandon Mably Jazz for Rowan


Five Fabrics on Your Wish List

  1. Demaskery in Steel, Toomuchery, by Helen Dardik for P & B Textile – I love the neutral colors combined with a complex pattern.
  2. Yellow Basketweave, Dazzle, by Melisa Averinos for Andover – just watch, this basketweave is going to be everyone’s favorite new basic.
  3. Pearl Bracelet in Green, Lizzy House for Andover- one of my all-time favorite fabrics that is now coming out in new colors.
  4. Summer Totem in Tart, Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner for Westminster- a very large scale pattern that is stunningly beautiful.
  5. Shards, Cut Out & Keep by Cloud Nine Fabrics – love the triangles.


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

  1. Park Slope Leaf Dots, by Erin McMorris for Freespirit in Orange – These leafy dots are so versatile.
  2. Kei Honeycomb Dots in Grey- another very versatile fabric in a lovely warm grey.
  3. Katie Jump Rope basketweave in aqua, by Denyse Schmidt for Westminster- an oldie but goodie.
  4. Kona in White- use this by the bolt and then some. I also use a ton of Kona in Ash.
  5. Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton in Sludge; the crossweaves on these add an enormous amount of dimension to any project.


Five Most Recent Acquisitions

  1. A stack of Kokka Echino fat quarters from sample spree at quilt market
  2. A stack of the new Art Gallery solids, also from sample spree
  3. Alexander Henry Heath in black (I also bought it in red, olive, and taupe)
  4. Scalloped stripe by Jillian Phillips for Hoffman
  5. A bunch of the new DS Quilts prints for Joann


A Favorite Five Fabric Combo

I have been really interested in working with neutrals recently, in particular, the subtle contrast that using a range of neutral can add to a project.

  1. Alexander Henry Heath in Olive
  2. Kona cotton in Ice (a pale aqua)
  3. Paint-by-number dots by Erin Michael
  4. Kona in Cactus (a medium yellow-green)
  5. Bars in Olive Oil by Vicky Payne Home Dec


Thanks so much, ladies! I love getting these glimpses into other people’s stashes and seeing how they put together fabrics, don’t you?

Oh hey, as a reward for making it to the bottom of the post, you should know that Stash Books is offering up one copy of Block Party to a True Up reader today. (Also visit the other stops on the blog tour, listed below, for more chances to win.) Just leave a comment on this post, and I’ll draw a winner randomly next Friday, July 8, 2011, around noon Central U.S. time, unless I’m in labor (that’s my due date)!

Follow the Blog Tour:

  1. Film in the Fridge
  2. A Quilt is Nice
  3. I Heart Linen
  4. Tallgrass Prairie Studio
  5. Oh, Fransson
  6. All Buttoned Up
  7. West Coast Crafty
  8. Connecting Threads Blog
  9. Crafty Girls Workshop
  10. Whip Up
  11. Pink Chalk Studio
  12. [you are here] True Up
  13. 7/5/2011: Block Party Blog
  14. 7/6/2011: Anna Maria Horner
  15. 7/7/2011: Craftzine

And more links:

Block Party blog
Facebook Page


  1. Pam says:

    Thanks for this post-very interesting to see what other people have in their stash. I started a stash when I first started quilting about 8 years ago. I was not selective-just bought and now I have a mish mash that works for my scrappy quilts but not so much for other quilts.

  2. [...] you can enjoy a great post about Block Party and our favorite fabrics over at True Up!! [...]

  3. Sequana says:

    I’m happy to see a couple fabrics up there that I own too. That was a very interesting exercise.

    Thx for the chance to win this great book.

  4. Holly says:

    Great fabrics! Added some to my wish list.

  5. Doris says:

    Fun post, and some great fabric mentions here!

  6. K*D Quilts says:

    Love all the fabric! What great eye candy.

  7. anne says:

    Thank you for such a fun look at favorite fabrics. The book is spectacular. Thank you and have a happy and safe holiday weekend. Good luck next week. I hope you have an uneventful but memorable delivery.

  8. Heather K says:

    What a great exercise: favorites, wish list, most recent, need in costco sized packages. I’m going to do that with my own stash, I think.

  9. Anne says:

    These fabric combos are great! It is always nice to see how others put fabrics together. The book sounds great too!

  10. Tong says:

    thanks for a great post! i always love seeing other people’s favourite fabric combos. thanks for the giveaway too!

  11. Mary says:

    What a fantastic post, I love to see what others are using, stashing and favourites. Thanks for the giveaway too and hoping you have a great labour (the end product will be worth it!)

  12. Rhonda says:

    Great way to be different. That was interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  13. DianeY says:

    Always fun to see what others have in their stash-gives a better idea of things going together, too, when you can’t really tell from a computer screen

  14. bruinbr says:

    What a great post! Love the variety in fabric (both in prints and material). I love to see how others pull different fabrics together! Thanks for the giveaway and have a wonderful 4th of July!

  15. LisaC says:

    Love this book! Love Kaffee Fassett fabrics! Best wishes to you on your delivery day! Thanks for your post :)

  16. Katie says:

    Wow! They picked some really great fabrics that I’ve never seen before. I might have to do a little shopping this weekend.

  17. Amber says:

    Fun – would love to win it but if not, it’s in my cart on Amazon. I tried to think of a fun name for the fabric lists but I’m stumped!

  18. PJ says:

    Would love to win this. And I loved reading through your post and seeing all the fabric choices.

  19. Tara M says:

    Very fun post! Kristen’s fave five appear to be a quilt waiting to happen. :)

  20. Allison C says:

    I can’t wait to see this book in person! Now I must go out and buy some of that Kei dot fabric!

  21. ellie says:

    Lovely fabrics!

  22. Elizabeth says:

    So great to see their picks – I had never seen the Paint-by-numbers fabric before. Great one!

    Thanks for the opportunity and best wishes for a safe delivery!!

  23. Fran says:

    Great to check out fabric selections….
    I love those shot cottons ….thanks for the peak …
    & thanks for the opportunity to win a great book !

  24. Linda says:

    I would love to win this book and see the work done by these fantastic stitchers!

  25. Bec Clarke says:

    That is a great set of questions. I love finding out what authors like.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. L says:

    Cute blog post idea–I enjoyed it!

  27. traceyp. says:

    there are some fabrics there i have been looking for!!! so wonderful to actually have a name for them. thank you! love this book, i have tried to win on every blog – hopefully this will be my lucky day! thanks ladies ;D

  28. Jennyroo says:

    All I could think while I was reading this post is that they must have great relationships with their husbands/partners.significant others. I wouldn’t want to publicly admit to my 5 most recent fabric purchases…. my husband, ahem, isn’t necessarily aware of the size of my stash!!!

  29. LisaD says:

    I love your site. I’d never heard of it until this Block Party blog tour, so that’s another benefit of the book besides the great projects. Thanks for offering a chance to win the book.

  30. Collette says:

    This favorite fabrics thing is so interesting. They have such different perspectives it’s interesting to see.

  31. Rachel D says:

    I’d love to get my hands on this book!

  32. jayne lafleur says:

    I love to see all of your fabric choices. Very eclectic. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway! Jayne

  33. Krystinajiron says:

    Love this post! I love hearing about everyone’s favorites!

  34. charlotte says:

    great fabrics…so many I like. Love this book too.

  35. Tricia C. says:

    Pretty cool to be able to see inside others’ stash. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing book!

  36. MarciaW says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to view how the authors go about selection of fabrics. The quilts in this book appeal to me – want to make some with my mother in our own version of a block party. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Elena says:

    What a superbly awesome post!!! I love seeing what other people use and how they combine things. Do more of these interviews! :)

  38. Margaret says:

    I loved reading about Alissa’s and Kristen’s favorite fabrics — it’s kind of a window into their personalities, which seem lovely. :-) Wishing you a speedy (but not too speedy) and easy delivery!

  39. Kate says:

    Great post! Lots of inspiration!

  40. PT in SC says:

    Great interview, I loved the question…What fabrics do you consume by the bolt…Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. Pam W says:

    I just discovered Kaffe fassset wovens and love them, it would be great to have a color card for those thanks for showing us some of your favorites fabrics. Yhanks for the chance to win such a great book

  42. Patti says:

    What a fabulous post. I loved finding out what others have in their stash. Now I must go shopping!

  43. Jill says:

    Great idea for you stop on the tour, really fun to see the fabric combos! And thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

  44. Deb says:

    What wonderful fabrics you posted…my favorite was the binding fabric (pond by lizzie house) as I think a beautiful binding really makes a quilt. I’d love to win this book and am enjoying the blog tour.

  45. Josée says:

    Great book! And a lot of favorite fabrics!

  46. katie r says:

    thanks for sharing their favs- even their fabric combos here are inspiring, I can only imagine the book :) Good luck on your new little one. Thank you.

  47. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I definitely want the book. And now there’s more fabric I want too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Arita says:

    Thank you for a great post, I love to see what others have in their stash.

  49. Amanda says:

    Oh goodness, every time I see a fabric post I find more and more fabric I want. What a sickness to have. And thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Sue says:

    Great post, just left the fabric shop with more fabric for my growing stash. Sending you best wishes on your delivery date. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this wonderful book.