Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Witty Tradition with Denyse Schmidt

 
We just got some of the awesome new fabrics from Franklin by Denyse Schmidt. For those of you who don't yet know (and LOVE her), Denyse's design sensibility is rich with tradition and topped off with the right balance of modern and all of her prints work great for quilting or even cool tops. Let's see a little more of her inspiring work...
 
 
 

A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has changed the way we think about quilts. Intrigued by the rich historical nature of quilts and inspired by beauty born of necessity, Denyse adds her distinctive aesthetic sensibility – clean, spare lines, rich color and bold graphics – to this rich art form.
 

 
 
 
 
Though firmly rooted in the techniques of traditional American quilt-making, Denyse Schmidt is renowned for her fresh, offbeat approach to design and color and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft. We just love the elegance her pieces bring to a space.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 As an author, fabric designer and teacher, Denyse continues to inspire us all with her witty take on tradition. Denyse’s studio is located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport, Connecticut. That delicious picture of her up top was taken there...talk about work space jealousy.
 
 Want more? We still have lots of her fabulous prints from Free Spirit Fabrics right here!


Monday, March 2, 2015

And the Winner Is...

 
So sorry we didn't announce the winner on Friday! The crazy weather has had us all sorts of behind!Congratulations to our winner, Christi Brazile Matthews! Be sure to message us your mailing address to receive your prize!
 
Thanks to everyone who participated!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cotton + Steel Basics Fat Quarters Giveaway!

 
In case you haven't seen on Facebook already, we're giving away 8 gorgeous Cotton + Steel Basics Fat Quarters this week! These pretty and simple geometric prints in the perfect shades are so versatile, you can add them to practically any project! And all you have to do to enter to win is hop on over and Like our Facebook Fan Page, then comment on the Giveaway Post by Thursday night!
 
We'll select a winner on Friday! Good Luck Y'all!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

QuiltCon LOVE!

 
Well we had such a fun time over this weekend at QuiltCon and enjoyed meeting everyone so much! Thanks to all those who stopped by the booth to hang out with us! We hope you all had an inspiring and fun time too!
 
Say hi to some of our amazing friends from Riley Blake Designs! And just look at that gorgeous butterfly dress they created. Talk about magical!
 
 

 
Nothing says modern like solids and Robert Kaufman was serving 'em up in true modern quilt style! Just look at all those amazing designs and not a print in sight! You can get some of their gorgeous Kona Cottons right here. I know you're thinking you're next project is gonna be all SOLIDS.
 


 
This booth is nothing short of a FIESTA of color! Michael Miller Fabrics has been putting out some of my most favorite prints as of lately and their booth certainly did not disappoint! I'm really just bananas over that all solids quilt. It reminds me of the Eduardo print from the Fiesta Collection and I really love the tribal feel of both! Keeping the design simple gives it the modern edge.
 


 
Loved the simplicity and industrial touches in the Moda Bake Shop Booth! Seriously serving some fresh ideas for interior design along with cool project ideas and Moda's signature Pre-Cuts. I mean, how cool are those light fixtures?
 
 
 
Windham Fabrics is looking as modern as ever with that mosaic of quilt blocks in drawn frames statement wall! I kind of LOVE this idea. Quilt block design looks so much like abstract art already, so you can add some serious look to your space with a wall of blocks of your own creation! Want even more ideas for using quilts in modern décor? This post has some incredibly inspiring spaces featuring quilts.
 
 

Prints can be modern too! It's all about the color palette. And this one is working. Great neutrals with pops of lavender, soft teal and chartreuse...dreamy!
 
 
 
Looks like everyone was having a blast! If you didn't get a chance to go, I hope you enjoyed our little peak into the show! Luckily for everyone, QuiltCon is becoming a yearly happening and will be held in different cities each year so check if one is coming to a city near you. 2016 & 2017 dates are confirmed!
 


Friday, February 20, 2015

Let's Have a Fiesta!!

 
 
It's a PARTY OF COLOR in the new Fiesta Collection from Michael Miller Fabrics! If you love bright and rich colors intermingled with intricate and inspired prints, this line will get your engines going!
 
 
I am really feeling this chocolate colorway! Create a rich new bedroom full of these gorgeous prints or decorate tables for a Cinco de Mayo party!
 
 
 
 
And of course these fabrics are awesome for creating bohemian handmade clothing! A tunic in one or two prints with accented with little embroidery floss made tassels would look fabulous over some skinny jeans and desert boots! Skirts and dresses will look amazing in these standout prints too.
 
 
 
 
Use these prints to make this cute and modern FREE QUILT PATTERN, Caja de Colores designed by Rob Appell. The brights against a light, neutral background really pops. But can you imagine how rich this would look with a chocolate background? Delicious!

 

 
Grab a few 1/2 yards of your favorites from the collection and create some cool, boho accessories for this Summer! You can keep your outfits simple and modern in clean neutrals and add fun pops of color with a few bold accessories! Make a cool fold over clutch with a print and a matching solid or two prints. Or create a fabric statement necklace! There are lots of fun fabric bauble diy's out there!
 

 

 
Recognize this adorable quilt design? We shared this exact design in cute Valentine's themed fabrics here and it was created by Tamara Kate! This is a really versatile quilt pattern and looks amazing in tons of different fabrics!
 
 

 
Now we have this amazing Eduardo print in all the colors and I'm SEW EXCITED about it. They are just so fresh and on trend and they can totally look modern and bohemian at the same time! I love these cool floor pillows made with burlap on the back and twine tassels!
 
 

 
What a festive table! Make a gorgeous table cloth and coordinating tablemats or cloth napkins and throw a dinner party to share a Farmer's Market haul this Summer! Or if you're a gardener, invite your neighbors over for a barbeque featuring your home grown grilled veggies and handmade décor!


Fiesta Forever is another fabulous Free Quilt Pattern designed by Heidi Pridemore! This quilt is super versatile that will look amazing in any collection you choose, but it's SO much fun in this line!


Get the party started this season with Fiesta!!
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NEW Jane Austen Quilt Club!!

 
 
Have you heard about our BRAND NEW Jane Austen Quilt Club led by Sally Brown? We are stating a new quilt club for those of you who aren't afraid of handwork! If you enjoy stitching with a group of wonderful ladies, learning history, sharing new tips and techniques, enjoying the fun of sharing our created treasures, and building life long friendships, then this is the group for you and you can be a Charter Member!

We'll be learning about the quilt Jane Austen made so many years ago and how we can hand piece diamonds, or hexagons, or stars, or crosses, and how to piece dreaded “Y” seams with great precision. Or, if you've always wanted to make a Dear Jane Quilt, this is your opportunity to make that happen. And, besides all that….we're going to have a lot of fun! There will be door prizes and giveaways and who knows what else will come down the pike?!
 
The Jane Austen Club will be held at the Cabbage Rose from 10:00am until 12:00pm on the 4th Saturday of each month beginning Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Cabbage Rose. The membership fee will be $7 per month payable yearly. So grab some of your handwork-loving friends and come join us on this journey to Austenland!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Catch a Wave with Sea Buddies!


 
I feel like I'm on vacation just looking at these fun inspiration shots using NEW Sea Buddies fabrics from Michael Miller. Everything from the fish to the sea turtles to the umbrella stripes, these prints are cheery and happy and perfect for Summer!
 
 

 
Have you ever done this too a shirt? Its SEW easy! You can either print off the word you want to use with a thick font (in a REALLY large size) and trace them onto your fabric. Cut them out, pin them to the t-shirt and stitch around by hand or machine. Super simple and looks really cool!
 
 
 
These little patchwork shorts are just the sweetest!!! You could even work in some coordinating solids to add bigger pops of color!


 
Update your beach towels with a fun fabric stripe accent and maybe some cute pom poms! Cute new stuff can be made with very little fabric, just think outside the box!
 
 
 
 

 
But if you're wanting to go big and create an adorable sea themed quilt, there are 2 FREE PATTERNS you can download on the Michael Miller Fabrics website. Here and here.
 
Enjoy! And Happy Sewing!