When what you really love to do involves sitting in front of a sewing machine, summer can be a tricky time. You want to be outside, but you also want to finish up the dress/quilt/bag you’ve been working on. Tie-dye is a great way to get some textiles into your summer without staying inside like a crafty hermit. I recommend Shabd Simon-Alexander’s beautiful book Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It. She shares lots of information about different techniques, working with color, and a boat load of beautiful projects that will make you change the way think about tie-dye.
I moved to Portland exactly two years ago from San Francisco, where the climate is predominantly 50-60 degrees all year. Upon moving here in June, I was very unprepared for the wonderful summer weather of 80+ degrees, and just had my trusty down blankets, some sheets, and an equally smoldering wardrobe. Adjusting to a new city and new jobs, finding new bedding was not a priority and sooner than later the weather changed, so I continued putting it off until a few months ago. Shopping for bedding can be overwhelming, and unfortunately discouraging, as it can get pricey for low quality materials and gosh aweful textile designs - so, I decided to give quilting another try. Quilts are not my forte, and after making my first quilt, the Clarity quilt last year, I had to take a break from it for a while. That was a little much for me, even though it is a very simple pattern, so I decided I needed to step it down to the simplest steps. For my new summer quilt, I decided to make a simple whole cloth, tie quilt, with no batting- easy peasy. Well, this did (I regret to say) take me several months to complete (ha!) as for some reason working with quilts is baffling, but I am very satisfied with how it turned out and it has proven its value so far!
For this quilt I used our amazing Waterford Linen in Natural color for one side, and our favorite speckled cotton chambray, both staples from Robert Kaufman. To tie it all together, I used sashiko floss, and made ties every 4 inches, with ties showing through on opposite sides every 8 inches. To bind it I used a Liberty of London print, that we unfortunately are out of, besides a few fat 1/8ths (it took me that long to finish this -__-). All these fabric combos are great for the upcoming hot months. We also recently restocked our 108” wide quilt backing fabrics in several colors and especially white, which I also used to make some new sheets and pillow cases.
Stop on in and let us help you pick out fabrics for your summer quilts!
I hope all you Portland area folks are enjoying this past little bit of rain we’ve been getting. The gray skies definitely make it easier to sit inside and sew, sew, sew! Here are some of the latest additions to our selection:
This chino fabric is fabulous, drapey, all cotton, great colors. It’s one we’ve carried in the past, so you may be familiar with it. If not, I think you may want to become acquainted! It would be great for the Grainline Moss skirt pattern that we carry.
And for those who have wanted more of that darling fox print in flannel….it’s back! Along with its elephant friend and some great dots. All organic cotton. As are the prints in the following pics—the latest arrivals from Cloud 9, “First Light.”
A sweet group by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller:
I’m loving the new range of colors of Mochi Dots from Moda, and we’ve got quite the selection at the moment!
Remember this ol’ fav, from Robert Kaufman’s chambray collection? It’s back in stock. We have a slew more Kaufman delights on their way too, which we should see in the coming week or so.
Parson Gray does a great job of providing a selection of subdued, yet intricate designs. Here’s the latest:
And, just yesterday we opened a box with our first order of the newest Merchant & Mills Workbook. It’s lovely, practical and a must have for M&M fans. You’ve got to check it out!
Happy sewing. Don’t forget to pick up your stitching kit to help us celebrate our 10th year! Just send us your address if you’d like one shipped out to you.