Just In: Apparel edition and Erin Dollar's Arroyo

While looking through the swatches and making choices, I didn't realize how well all the pieces in the latest order of apparel goods go together. A lovely capsule wardrobe could be worked up in these textured wovens, bottom weights, and knits. Let's take a look, shall we?

Textured cotton solids, cotton boucle, cotton jacquard.

Textured cotton solids, cotton boucle, cotton jacquard.

(L to R): Metallic knit, two low loop cotton terry knits with incredible drape and stretch, cotton woven stripe, two wools.

(L to R): Metallic knit, two low loop cotton terry knits with incredible drape and stretch, cotton woven stripe, two wools.

(L to R): light weight cotton subtle stripe, linen blend dark stripe, cotton stripe with metallic accent, cotton slub solid

(L to R): light weight cotton subtle stripe, linen blend dark stripe, cotton stripe with metallic accent, cotton slub solid

The other collection we're super excited to welcome in is Erin Dollar's Arroyo, for Robert Kaufman. In the past year or so, Kaufman has released a couple of designer lines printed on their beloved Essex cotton linen blend. This is another one. Such a great base for these modern, wearable designs. The Essex blend works well for a wide range of projects, including clothing, home and personal accessories, quilts/ bedding....napkins and dish towels too! Enjoy!

Summer Reading - Wise Craft Quilts

by Cameron

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Summer always makes me want to quilt. Maybe it's the feeling of play that comes along with making a quilt or the longer days make a big project seem more approachable. Or maybe I'm a masochist who wants to spend hours with a blanket draped across my lap during hot, hot days... Either way, summer and quilts just seem to go together.

This summer I've been very inspired by Blair Stocker's newish book, Wisecraft Quilts. Like many quilt books, it's beautiful with lots of pictures of quilts in stylish interiors. I'm a real sucker for quilt photos. But more than that, Wisecraft Quilts focuses on using upcycled fabrics - old jeans, baby clothes, dress shirts, vintage hankies, a wedding dress, tyvek racing numbers - lots of different materials, many of which might by imbued with memories that you want to protect. Blair gently encourages you to dive in and make the most of your treasured fabrics. I know that I've been sitting on some precious fabrics, like a collection of Liberty fat eighths and a big bag of vintage yo-yos a friend rescued from a (clean) dumpster that I'd really like use, and this book gives me the courage I need. If you don't have a stack of special fabrics, there's no reason you can't go trolling at your favorite thrift shop and start making a quilt out of someone else's discards.

Here are some of my favorite quilts from the book.

Made from a suit salesman's sample selection

Made from a suit salesman's sample selection

Baby clothes

Baby clothes

Old jeans

Old jeans

Made from our friend Melissa Frantz's wedding dress and silk scraps - my very favorite!

Made from our friend Melissa Frantz's wedding dress and silk scraps - my very favorite!

A muumuu! Can you believe it? 

A muumuu! Can you believe it? 

Paper piecing with precious Liberty

Paper piecing with precious Liberty

A cynotype quilt

A cynotype quilt

Come by and take a look! We're chock full of inspiration these days!

New in the Online Store!

by Cameron

I feel a little bit like a kid in candy store at work these days. We've been getting in so many beautiful fabrics! And we've been working hard to get the cream of the crop available online for all of you out-of-towners. We're usually pretty good about mentioning new online goodies over on Instagram, but for those of you that follow us primarily on the blog, I wanted to put together a run down of what's new online.

First up, lots and lots and lots of new Liberty Tana Lawns for summer sewing.

royal oak

royal oak

earthly delights

earthly delights

hedgerow

hedgerow

Many times, customers new to our store will comment on our selection of knits so I've been working on getting more of those into the online store. We have some really lovely florals right now that would be beautiful as comfy maxi dress for summer lounging. We've also gotten our favorite soy/organic cotton jersey and french terry up in the only store. They're really great all season fabrics. They're so soft, yet some how they still seem to last forever! We regularly get new colors in, so check back next time you're in need of a new t-shirt.

We now have a selection of lingerie elastic available online. It's great for fancy underwear or bra making or even just using as lovely lacy trim.

We're one of just a handful of stores in the US stocking Republique du Chiffon patterns. They're lovely and feel very French to me - interesting without verging into wacky (not that I have anything against wacky!), fun, and chic. We just got in a handful of summer dresses and blouses. Please take a look!

adele Dress

adele Dress

Josie dress

Josie dress

suzon blouse

suzon blouse

And of course everything you see here is available in the store, too. However you're shopping, we're excited to help you pick out your next project!