It’s always fun to walk around and see all the new things in the store after being away. This past week was full of that for me, as we welcomed in more Liberty and Kaffe Fassett prints (see last week’s Just In post for those). And, we’ve got a whole new selection of goodies to show off this week.
Let’s start with these gorgeous heavy weight cotton yard dyed pieces, perfect for a picnic blanket to keep in the car…’tis the season, after all. I was also imaginng a very colorful Ship Shape Tote with a pair of Hannah’s leather handles out of one of these (all one, not cut up into pieces).
And more apparel fabrics, including a variety of knits (top pic), silk, rayon and cotton (middle pic) and three sweet Swiss dot in lovely shades (bottom pic):
And, some awfully cute medium weight cotton prints: foxes and hares, who can resist?
See you soon!
I always think about how quilting began from using what you have. I’ve been wanting to make a few pillow covers for our living room so I entered my fabric abyss the other evening and collected as many linen pieces as I could find and started cutting.
I decided to cut 2.5” squares so I could just do a simple patchwork pillow top.
I chose three colors to work with and arranged them just how they’d be sewn together.
Often I find myself explaining to customers how to make the perfect intersection. I remember the first time I pieced together squares and I thought it was going to be so simple, only to find that none of them intersected the way I thought they would. Two of them on the whole quilt looked right and only by chance. Here’s so you don’t make the same mistake.
Lay out four square pieces.
Stitch two together and now stitch the other two togther.
Press one seam allowance up and press one seam allowance down. This will create an interlocking that you can see in the next photo.
Place right sides together and make sure the seam allowances are going in opposite directions.
Bring the right sides of the seam allowances toward one another as tight as they’ll go, locking them in place to sew. You can use a pin if it’s easier.
I like to start sewing from the seam allowance intersection, this way the pieces don’t slip while you’re sewing and the intersection is locked (stitched) first thing. Now flip it and sew from the intersection to the raw edge on the other side.
Press the seam that you just sewed to one side and experience satisfaction.
I inserted an invisible zipper, quilted and here’s my pillow! The blue is from a linen skirt that was way too long, the white from my linen skirt smarts skirt, and the natural is from some old linen Ikea curtains that I hemmed. Use what you have!
The latest arrivals of Liberty Cotton Lawn.
Millefiore and paperweight in several color ways from the Kaffe Fassett collection.
Oil cloth for summer time. There are a few new prints in the bunch.
We made a great bunting with oilcloth that is hanging outside the shop!
We also have started to carry the latest pattern from Grainline Studios The Alder Shirt Dress.
Happy Summer! See you soon.