Such an interesting combination of goodies have arrived in the last couple of days. Pictured are the latest addition to our precut bundle selection. These are gorgeous silk/cotton blend half yard cuts from Robert Kaufman. Perfect for piecework, home dec projects....or? Stay tuned for more of those lovelies. Also in this week are cool new closures: nickel plated belt buckles (real belt buckles, just add eyelets to your fabric and you've got yourself a belt!), different colored parachute clips, nickle plated parachute clips and jingle bells. Yep, jingle bells. Our ever-popular sock monkey kits have expanded to include stuffing and other necessary items for the completed project, all contained in one fine, gift-ready box.
New fabric on the bolt too--a few more pieces from Remix and some of Moda's Dream On line from Urban Chiks. We are full, full, full right now. Remember every day (thru Oct 21st) your purchase is $50 or more, you'll receive a 20% off coupon from us for a future purchase, good through next September! And, of course, our big ol' sale is right around the corner, October 22nd through October 24th. Great time to pick up all sorts of deals including some give aways from Modern Domestic. Speaking of Modern Domestic, they have a slew of new classes up! Check out their schedule here.
I am a big fan of Lecien, the Japanese manufacturer of beautiful quilt and apparel weight prints. The top photo shows off some of the new medium weight blend (cotton/linen) prints and the bottom is a sampling of some of the new quilt weight cottons from Hokkoh. The medium weight prints would sew up beautifully into a new autumn skirt or a lighweight coat. And since I can't stop thinking about that book, the quilt weight cotton is especially appealing to me right now-- especially the tiny florals. There's more from Lecien in the store, but you'll have to come in and check it out.
*Colette's hot-of-the-presses wrap dress, Crepe, pattern is here and it's beautiful. This pattern is especially geared to the beginner apparel sewists among us. They are running a part 2 of their extremely informative "Before You Sew" blog series this month as well. Check out previous posts on sewing with silk and prewashing-- I'm looking forward to some more pattern cutting tips.
*Betz White, queen repurposer and author, has come out with a line of "Make New or Make Do" patterns. Are you seeing the tree stump-turned-pin cushion?! Cute. Check the pattern bins for more.
This book has me all weak-in-the-knees and wobbly for good quilting. You should have heard Amy and I in the store the other day, "did you see...? I mean really!??! What in the...?". Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke have outdone themselves with their second book, Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts With Traditional Roots (published in the US by STC). The book contains patterns and instructions for 21 amazing quilts. They built their patterns around ten concepts, with all but one quilt having been interpreted and designed separately.
For example, Kathy's Over the Border (left) and Sarah's Sunday (right) are both derived from the traditional Lone Star pattern. The cover quilt (which makes me crazy with happiness) is Charlotte Sometimes and was inspired by an antique quilt in Sarah's collection.
Another one from Sarah Fielke, Gypsy Kisses, employs foundation piecing. Kathy Doughty's Fruit Tingles uses the same method with equally stunning results (not pictured but awesome).
This is a beautiful, soft cover book (pull-out pattern insert in the back) with loads of full colour photos, diagrams and how-tos. They cover block buildilng, foundation piecing and applique with projects ranging from straight-foward piecing (one star) to complex piecing (four stars). The Seasons (above) is a three star.
I still love the first Material Obsession and either book would be a beautiful gift for yourself or the quilter (or would-be quilter) in your life. Pair it with a stack of Kaufman solid fat quarters, and get crazy with your stash. I can't think of a better welcome to October.