Category — Fabric
Remember that awesome fabric I showed you before I left for Quilt Market? Well I cut into it today. I was really inspired to make something with the butterflies from Flutter first. I cut a couple of rows of them out, and then some 1-1/2″ strips of Laura Gunn’s Painter’s Canvas. My plan was to make a pillow from a bunch of log cabins with the butterflies in the middle.
But something about Laura’s fabric always makes me want to appliqué. I say that sort of as a joke, but I think the last time I appliquéd something was also with her fabric! Hmmmm, something magical in those threads I think…
Once I completely changed my plan for this fabric, I recut fabric strips to 2″ and sewed those together in a rainbow gradient. I fused Heat n Bond Ultra on the back of the butterflies and cut those out as well.
I spray basted the rainbow stripes, batting and backing. Then I placed the butterflies on the pillow top and ironed them down (final step of the Heat n Bond). I used my Blindstitch Bernina Foot #5 to follow the edge of the butterfly, and moved the needle to the left a bit to stitch the butterfly down.
I didn’t worry too much about it being perfect because 1) I love the frayed looked of raw edge appliqué, 2) this is a decorative pillow that won’t get hard use, and 3) I used Heat n Bond Ultra for the fusing. After stitching around the butterflies, I started quilting in a loop de loop design.
It’s not finished – almost! But I wanted to share my progress. I’m trying to decide if I should add piping around the pillow. What do you think? Hopefully I’ll have more time to work on it tomorrow!
May 28, 2014 36 Comments
Today I’m very excited to share my newest blog sponsor, DuckaDilly! I think you all are really, really, really going to love this shop. I asked owner Lesley to tell me a little about her shop, and how she got started.
“DuckaDilly, which specializes in Liberty of London fabric, is a boutique fabric studio located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Owner Lesley started DuckaDilly just over two years ago out of a love for the luxurious and whimsical prints of Liberty. Lesley has been surrounded by Liberty fabrics her entire life. She watched her mother sew beautiful clothing with Tana Lawn, and she even took Lesley to the Liberty store in London to see the amazing display of fabrics.”
“Loving everything English, Lesley named her studio DuckaDilly, which was the sweet nickname Winston Churchill called his daughter, Marigold. The marigold is also their logo.”
If you are purchasing quarter yards, just leave a note in the comments during checkout and Lesley will cut your fabric into Fat Quarters if desired. She also cuts all Tana Lawn as Fat Quarters.
Duckadilly has set up a special coupon code for my readers. You can enjoy 15% off the shop using coupon code Fresh15. It applies to everything except Gift Certificates and Subscriptions. The coupon is good through Monday, May 26th.
Please join me in welcoming Duckadilly and thank you for supporting my sponsors!
May 23, 2014 3 Comments
This afternoon I head to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. If you are attending, I hope you will stop by the F+W booth Friday at 11:45. I’ll be there signing copies of Vintage Quilt Revival! For those of you not able to go, I thought I’d post some pretty fabric here for you today.
I received this fabric last week from designer Laura Gunn – her latest line Flutter for Michael Miller Fabrics. Last Winter I bought some of Laura’s bird prints from her Etsy Shop. I used them to decorate my guest room, so she knew I was going to be excited when I saw her new line. I can’t wait to use these to make some coordinating pillows!
I am planning on pairing them with some of Laura’s Painter’s Canvas that I have on hand. Most likely I’ll keep in simple with either log cabins or just squares.
I also wanted to share that I officially have two more patterns available in print.
You can find those in my pattern shop, along with PDF downloads. Any printed patterns purchased this week will ship once I’m back from market on Monday. If you are a shop and would like wholesale information, just email me!
Finally, I started Lisa Congdon’s Creativebug class this week. I decided it would be fun to do some drawing with my 7 year old daughter. That’s hers up top with all the colors. She is loving it! I’m not sure she has ever spent so much time on one picture. And I am not someone comfortable with drawing, but Lisa really breaks it down into simple idea and shapes. I highly recommend it!
See you all next week!
May 15, 2014 9 Comments
Over the last few months, I’ve started to feel a bit suffocated by the amount of fabric I’ve accumulated. I love it all, and it’s awesome to have options on hand when I’m working on a projects, but let’s be honest – there is no way I am going to use all the fabric in my sewing room. On Monday I decided to lighten my load a bit and send some fabric to new homes.
In some cases, the decisions were hard. I love so many of these prints.
I thought I would share a bit about how I ran my destash in case anyone was interested in doing the same. I got a lot of great tips from my friend Katie. (Hi Katie!)
I decided to run my destash on Instagram. Instagram is a App on smartphones where you can take pictures and share them with others. There is a huge quilting community there, it’s a lot of fun!
First, I spent some time going through all my fabric. I store my fabric in tubs (you can see a picture on my FAQ page). I sorted through one color at a time and pulled anything I thought I could destash. My criteria were:
1. Fabric I had already used in several projects (I was ready to move on).
2. Fabric that was same shade of color as several other fabrics I planned on keeping.
3. Fabric that had been in my stash for 1+ years and I had never used.
Once I had pulled everything, I made bundles. Some were sets of matching designs (Sketch or Mono Pez for example). Others were based on color. And a few were based on type of fabric, like linen. I tried to size the stacks to fit in a USPS Flat Rate Envelope. I ended up with over 40(!!) stacks.
I went through and weighed all my stacks with a postal scale. I placed a notecard on top of each stack with a unique stack number, the weight, the approximate yardage based on weight (I used 6 ounces per yard), and a price that I thought was fair (and most importantly, would sell).
Then I took a photo of each stack and posted the information on Instagram. I included the hashtag #thegreatfabricdestash on each post. The first person to leave a comment with their email address (or “ME!”) got the stack.
Katie suggested I make a spreadsheet to track everything and that was the best advice. I opened Excel and had a column for: Stack Number, Price, Description, Winner Email, Winner Instagram Id, Invoice Number, Paid Flag, and Shipped Flag. This made it so much easier to track 40+ sales and packages.
Once the sale was over, I used PayPal’s invoicing tool to send invoices to all my winners. It’s very easy to use, just keep in mind you do have to pay PayPal fees. I also used PayPal to print shipping labels. I shipped everything USPS Priority Mail.
I’m not going to lie. It was tough. (Mentally and physically – this process took me an entire day). But it was also surprisingly therapeutic and freeing. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. And don’t worry, I still have a ton of fabric. But less than I did a week ago.
April 23, 2014 46 Comments