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Just in: Japanese designs, Otter Wax and Make It Perfect

by Gina, photo help from April

The past week we’ve been busy receiving some great new items. The first part of our latest Japanese order has arrived, including a couple of Echino dots on cotton / linen, a very sweet floral double gauze and a super cool sprirograph, geometric, optical illusion sort of print. The photo really doesn’t do it justice, these are ones you’ve just got to come in to see!

More of the fantastically drapey Robert Kaufman Brussels linen rayon blend has arrived too! You know the one, Heather sewed it up into that gorgeous Go Anywhere Dress here.

Also in this past week are new patterns (for us) from Make It Perfect.

Some more fantastic wardrobe staples! The hat pattern is for both children and adults. We’ve featured other MIP patterns in the past: the Poppy Tunic, the Honey Blouse, and the Little Sprout Dress.

Lastly, we are very excited to be able to offer you another Portland made product—Otter Wax!

We currently have in store the regular size Otter Wax bar, Fabric Dressing and Canvas Cleaner. The wax and dressing offer all natural protection from the elements for all your canvas goodies. The cleaner, well, it helps keep your waxed goodies clean! Come check them out.

simple strip quilt for baby

by Hannah

My husband has been nesting far more than I—- thus far. When I come home from work I’m likely to find him tiling the backsplash, painting the dining room over again, replacing a toilet or something of the like. The other night came my turn. I found myself awake at 2:30 a.m. thinking of how I hadn’t made anything for the baby due to arrive in a few weeks. I know my capacity is much much smaller than is normal for me. The last thing I wanted to do is start something and not finish, so my dreams lead me to a strip quilt. I’m not a fancy quilter so this was the perfect idea. 

Cameron and I chose 12 different fabrics and I cut them all into different widths so there would be plenty of variation. He arranged them and I sewed. 

 We combined cotton lawn, flannel, cotton/linen Essex, and quilting weight cotton.  

For the back I chose one of Bolt’s new Robert Kaufman linen blends because I like my quilts to have a nice weight to them. I used the wrong side of the fabric which reminded me of chambray. The right side reminded me of denim and I didn’t want this look.

I finish my quilt binding by hand. I like to spend a few final days with it bringing it everywhere and stitching when I have a few minutes or bringing it to the park when the sun is shining. 

If you would like to make this:

1 large spool of Gutermann cotton thread

12 different fabrics 1/8 yd. 44” or wider

1 package of Warm & Natural 45” x 60” batting 

1 1/4 yds of backing - I used 54” wide fabric and had enough left over for binding. 

Come see us soon at the shop! 

 

 

 

Just in: Dear Stella, Camelot, double gauze, bamboo and more

by Gina

Great summery colors and prints from Dear Stella and Camelot. The Dear Stella line (the top dot and lower blue/orchid zig zag) also includes a group of lush cotton flannel.

More new cotton prints:

Sisters, Oregon designer Valori Wells has a new group out through Robert Kaufman, including these cotton/linen blend prints below. I love that yellow, so full of summer. (Is it obvious I’m ready for the sun to stick around?!)

We’re also pleased to let you know we’re restocked with more of that fine blue polka dot double gauze that has come and gone from the store a few times now in past couple of months. You know the one, you can see it made up in the Hazel dress by Victory Patterns here. A classic black and white stripe bamboo knit arrived in that shipment too! Perfect for the Moneta.

See you soon!