Anna Maria's Velveteen, Home Dec Sateen and Voiles are here! They join the rest of the Innocent Crush quilting cottons for a near complete collection (we're still waiting on a handful of voile prints). Pictured above are three of the eight velveteen prints in the store, and the first four voile bolts that have been received. This is truly luxury fabric-- the velveteen is super smooth and rich, perfect for coats, skirts, and pillows. It would pair beautifully with the School Picture Dress pattern from Oliver and S for a gorgeous holiday dress.
I am totally taken with the voile-- like, freaking out how-can-I-get-some-of-everything, sort of taken. I've worked with Anna Maria's version of this floaty cotton before in both quilting and garment applications, and it is a dream to sew with. We still have some left from the Little Folks line, so if you love it, get it before it's gone. You won't be disappointed!
Elizabeth Hartman's Practical Guide to Patchwork is here and ready for you to take home. It details 12 quilt projects (with palette variations for each) and gives step-by-step instructions for techniques like binding and machine quilting. This is a fantastic book for someone who would like to learn how to piece and quilt, but doesn't know where to start. It's also a great book to own for a quilter who needs some fresh inspiration-- still planning on knocking out a couple of quilts for the holidays? Start here. Or pair it with a stack of solid and print fat quarters and you've made your own quilt kit to give away (or keep!).
I used a block from the Kitchen Window quilt to sew up a pillow sham last night. The squares are all scraps of Liberty Tana Lawn purchased over the years at Bolt, and the stripe is a cotton/hemp blend that is currently on the shelves. The whole project sewed up between dinner and baths (and not because I am especially quick or wasn't being interrupted!).
Elizabeth will be celebrating the release of her book at Modern Domestic this Saturday, November 13th at 4pm. You can come, enter giveaways, chat with Elizabeth and stay for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild's open sewing night (only 10 dollars for the evening!).
A big shipment of apparel weight fabric came into the store this last week. There are some beautiful lightweight cottons, some mid-weight woven hemp/cotton blends, and the knit bin is busting full of cotton and soy blends. I am a happy camper. I am thinking about a new dress, some cozy leggings (I'm going to trace a pair I own and use it as a pattern), and long sleeve, striped, boat neck t-shirt.
For more inspiration, head over to the Bolt Neighborhood Flickr group and add your photos of your finished projects (or the fabric you bought to get them started!).