Friday, 17 April 2015

Story Collection Blog Hop

Carrie Bloomston got in touch with me a few months back.  She was contacting bloggers that she had worked with before and and needed quilts, garments, accessories- anything we fancied, making for her new fabric collection, 'Story'.  In the spirit of the collection, we were to tell our story with the fabrics.

It is such joyful, painterly collection with colour and snippets running through every print.  I love the palette with its hot and cool mix.  With posting from UK to USA the deadline was tight; my story was going to be a novella rather than 'War and Peace.  I opted for a tried and trusted skirt pattern that I had made before, an adaptation of Ivanne Soufflet's Opale Maxi skirt from Grains de Couture Homme et Femmes.  All my usual modifications to this are here

My sewing story started with making clothes.  I made clothes for my toys as a child, clothes for myself in my teens and clothes for my daughter as well as myself now.   

I chose a woven effect print for the main fabric and used it with the selvedge at the hem of the skirt to create an organic border effect.  A light newsprint was used for the pocket yoke and a red print for the pocket binding and  shaped waistband- a total of three different fabrics.

All photos were taken by Jill McNamara Photography.  My skirt along with all the other makes, travels on to Quilt Market in Minneapolis! 

There is huge variety in all the amazing makes from children's toys to more clothing and gorgeous quilts and a background narrative to each of them, check out Carrie's intro post for more info and links.  You can see them all and find all patterns and maker details in the look book.
Want to win a big, fat quarter, beautiful bundle of 'Story' and a copy of Carrie's book, 'The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity?'  Head on over to Such Designs to be in with a chance.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

April at Village Haberdashery

The weather in the UK has been Spring like with a strong hint of summer and I have already been able to get out some of last years summer dresses to wear whilst thinking ahead to what to make this year.   For my April visit to Village Haberdashery, I've put together some pattern fabric combos, plus a look at some of the other latest fabric arrivals! 
By Hand London have had to make some tough decisions and one of them is an end to paper patterns- they will instead be selling PDFs.

The  Victoria Blazer is an easy to wear casual style, great for Spring/summer and a great opportunity for those who have done a little garment sewing but haven't added a lining before.  This pattern pairs well with Cloud 9 Bark Time Warp bark cloth, Ripple in Navy.  This fabric has a bit of body to it so will make a jacket with a bit of substance. 

This pink and white narrow striped lining fabric would be perfect.  Light weight and silky so your jacket will slip on easily.

I made three Belcarra's last year (see here, here and here) and I already plan to make more for this summer. 

 It's a simple, slightly fitted shape that's easy to wear and with economical cutting and ready made bias binding, I squeezed a size 2 out of a metre of fabric.  Directional designs take more so check the pattern for quantities.  There is a detailed sew-along at Sewaholic with lots of detailed construction advice.  Double gauze works so well for this designs and I am spoilt for choice at Village Haberdashery.  

All the 'Let's Have a Party' voile prints would also make great Belcarras.  I think 'Shine Bright' is my favourite.

I cannot get enough of the Art Gallery knits.  These solids have just arrived: Sahara Sun, Deep Dark Ocean and turquoise.   I have a length of Hello Bear Adventure in Springs waiting to be transformed very soon into a Henley style top and the 95% cotton/spandex blend is great to wear.

The Modern Baby Set from Green Bee Patterns is a lovely layette style pattern set to make a selection of baby clothes in knits and wovens and only needs short lengths of fabrics.  It's be a great way to make a baby gift whilst gaining confidence sewing with knits.

Heather Moore of Skinny LaMinx has a vibrant Spring coloured collection called Yoyogi Park.  There's a mix of blender style mono prints and sketchy feature prints and it is the latter that catch my eye.  This is Tokyo Park in Turquoise.

You can build a bundle, buy a complete bundle, and match up the prints with Kona solids.

I seem to have chosen a lot of aqua/turquoise prints and solids in this post- no change there then! 
Enjoy x

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Blogger Bundle Close Up

My blogger bundle arrived from Fat Quarter Shop a few days ago- what can I say, I love it!

With this bundle I was aiming to create a balance of light/mid/dark tones, plus some text and feature prints.  I think I did it.  One print is missing- this Sweetwater print was one of my choices but supplies ran out at the shop so I think I will buy some and add it in.

The Heather Bailey ginger buttercup print is such a great colour with its yarrow gold and the graphic flowers- perfect for fussy cut English Paper piecing as it can create kaleidoscopic effects.

This made me laugh, I wasn't expecting this particular style of presentation! (picture from the Fat Quarter Shop).

And this is where the bundle is going, into my ongoing Glitter quilt.  I am fussy cutting each centre with various novelty prints in my stash and mixing this bundle along with anything else that comes to hand.  All hand pieced and a real pleasure to sew.  The variety of fabrics keeps my eyes happy when sewing the same block over and over. 

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Three Fs: Family, Fabric and Food

Family, fabric and food.  That's been my last couple weeks away from work and at home for the Easter break.  Fabric for my nephew, a hot water bottle and cover (his request) for his birthday.  He loves blankets, warmth and quilts and he always checks out the fabrics and details.

I've made a few of these covers and they make a lovely gift.  Old fashioned but welcome. 
Food, most of it cooked by my daughter or both of us cooking together.  We made Easter biscuits- recipe here,

Simnel cake, recipe here.

Trips to the beach when weather permitted.

And time with family,  local and up North.  

Back to the old routine tomorrow.
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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Fat Quarter Shop Blogger's Choice Bundle: April

A few months back, I had an email from the Fat Quarter Shop inviting me to choose a bundle for their Blogger Bundle club- quite an honour!  Blogger bundles have been running for a while and They have tweaked the bundles so they no longer include solids to make them an even better deal.

To choose the bundle, you are given a month of new releases to choose from and work from little preview pictures.  I was very lucky that Sweetwater's Feed Company collection was out that month as that kicked off my choices and I built the rest of the bundle around that.   There's a mix of Ambleside, Clementine, Elizabeth,  FantasiaFolksong, and a bonus  Daysail print as one of the Feed Company prints sold out all ready!  I haven't seen my choices in person yet, it is winging its way over to me and I can't wait to see it.  You can find the bundle here or as part of the blogger's choice club here

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Spring Cleaning in Love Patchwork and Quilting

There are so many things that I have been working on for the last few months and it feels like they are all just about to appear!  Today is a big one for Penny and I as Sew-Ichigo.  We have designed a 'Spring Clean' themed foundation paper piecing cover booklet for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine and it goes on sale in UK shops today and hits USA in around 4-6 weeks.

Part of the booklet is a detailed tutorial packed full of techniques to make your piecing easier and more accurate- construction of my radio block is explained in great details.

This is Penny's design, an atomic sparkle!

The soap bubbles was a joint design, started by Penny and finished and sewn up by me.

Shine is one of my favourites, I loved the contrast between the Oakshott blue and the Denyse Schmidt floral print. 

Penny picked the most perfect fabrics for this brush, the bristles have got so much movement!

Penny's Wash and Go block shows how effective fussy cuts can be in foundation paper pieced blocks.

This retro light was by me- I think it has the wrong name on.  Its a quick straightforward design to sew! A huge thank you to Jen and Alice and the rest of the team at LPQ for such wonderful styling and artwork, they did the best job and exceeding everything we could have imagined for this!

You can find Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 20 in Whsmiths, Supermarkets and large newsagents.  That's Lynne's beautiful Dresden style quilt on the front cover  too!  
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Monday, 30 March 2015

March at Eternal Maker

Time for my visit to Eternal Maker, I know Rachel and Anna have been busy at the Cologne textile fair over the weekend looking at future stock, so let's see what's in store at the moment.  Japanese company, Hokkoh produce beautiful prints on high quality substrates. These bird prints are on a cotton/linen blend, in blue and yellow

There is another bird print by Hokkoh on cotton canvas that is stunning- great for bags, cushions, baskets etc and in the most gorgeous shade of blue.

This print, Daisy Play in yellow from The Makers by Cori Dantini for Blend fabrics caught my eye.  A very soft pattern, it reminded me of Angie Lewin's lino cuts.

I also found this Rogue Stripe in blue from the same range and I really like it- organic and gentle with a little heat from the pink dots.

I do love that in my trips around Eternal Maker, I always catch ranges like The Makers that have passed me by on social media but I am glad to have found.  I stumbled across a print called Dairy Stripe from a   Moda collection called Milk Cow Kitchen by Mary Jane Butters.

Isn't that gorgeous!  It would be great used on an apron or even as a quilt binding.  I found this print, Utensils in blue and red that are part of the same range.  Mary Jane Butters designed the Glamping range for Moda a  couple of  which was another range that I really liked.

I do always find some old favourites at Eternal Maker.  Jane Klopp's Amercian Jane prints are always a delight.  This Little Miss Muffet print is a classic vintage style floral.

I think it would play beautifully with this larger Lecien floral, Medium Floral blue from Flower Sugar.  There is a larger version of this print available too.

For Echino fans, there is a 10th Anniversary fat quarter bundle of their newest prints.  So vibrant! Love that hot pink.

And to finish, a pattern/fabric combination which is the perfect marriage.  Christine Haynes' Marianne Dress pattern for knit fabrics (you can find the sew along posts and tutorials here).

And this blue/charcoal cotton/spandex striped knit (also available in pink and green).

You can also find jersey bias binding, newly arrived, in a large range of colours and great for necklines.

Enjoy your shopping!

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