Monday, March 23, 2015

Menagerie Bag Sew Along & FREE Pattern with Anna Maria Horner!

Who doesn't need an incredible new every day bag this Spring? I know I do, so when I saw this AWESOME new bag design by Anna Maria Horner I got a little excited...and then when I realized she worked with Janome to create a sew-along video, I got  A LOT more excited! This bag is fun and interesting and you can make it super feminine or ultra modern all depending on what fabrics you pick and how you embellish! The bag construction is fairly simple, leaving you even more time to make it totally your own with embroidery or whatever fun details you want! This bag is also, like, the PERFECT size. Enough room for carrying all the essentials plus extra space for a big water bottle or your design note book!
And it's a great project to use your favorite Anna Maria Horner prints that you've been hoarding! Or a great excuse to buy some of her fabulous new collection, Folk Song!
Folk Song Minor Chords Lapis  Folk Song Diamond Mine Pomegranate  Folk Song Little Honey Gold
Folk Song Coloring Garden Dusk  Folk Song Small Gathering Azalea  Folk Song Fortune Sea

You can download the pattern and instructions here! But be sure to watch this video for helpful hints or if you're just a completely visual learn (like me).
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

20 Minute Knit Skirt with Riley Blake Designs!

Found this cool video on the Riley Blake Blog for making a cute and simple pencil skirt with one of our awesome Knit Fabrics!
Happy Flappers Owl Cream - Knit  Oh Boy Elephants Orange - Knit  Knit Solid Navy
Jungle Ave Elephant Skyline Knit  Recollection Kilim Inherit Shadow Knit  Recollection Recollection Flowered Engrams Delicate Knit

We have some awesome prints from Riley Blake as well as Art Gallery Fabrics and they're both so soft, you'll want to live in anything you make with these knits!
Happy Sewing!

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 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!