FreeSpirit Essentials

I’m working hard this week on a quilt for FreeSpirit Fabrics. I wanted to share photos of the fabrics they sent me, all part of their Essentials lines. I will be honest, I didn’t know they offered anything like this, other than the solids! Besides the Designer Solids, I’m working with some of the Instincts, Rhinestones, Houndstooth and Beads.

I’m seriously crushing on the black and white Houndstooth!

So…if it’s quiet around here over the next few days, you know what I’m doing! :)

Lots of New Fabric in the House!

Flea Market Fancy

This has been a good week for fabric delivery (unless you are my mailman)! I’m sure you’ve seen Flea Market Fancy popping up all over blogland. The reprint shipped this week. I didn’t order all the prints, but there were several that I loved. Obviously it would have been nice to see some additional prints…blue seeds and green bouquet. But I’m very grateful to even have these prints. I know a lot of the preorders for this line sold out fast, but you can still find prints at Lark Cottons, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics and hopefully your local quilt shop!

Sketch

I have been really loving using crosshatch prints lately, so I splurged on a bundle of Sketch by Timeless Treasures from Pink Castle Fabrics.

Sketch

Brenda is sold out of bundles at the moment (out of 1 color) but she will be adding them again soon. You can also pick by the color.

Sketch

Another option if you like this look are these linen texture prints at Fresh Modern Fabric.

Happy Kids

Finally I picked up this adorable Happy Kids fat quarter. I don’t have an immediate plan for this print, but it was just too cute to pass up.

I’m finishing up the binding on another quilt today and hopefully will have something to share this weekend or Monday. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Cosmic Burst Patchwork Skirt

Patchwork Skirt Front

Happy March everyone! I can’t believe we are nearing Spring. I’m going to go ahead and say it – I think we officially cheated winter here in Chicago. And I’m pretty darn happy about it!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive some fabric squares from FreeSpirit designer Mark Cesarik of his uncoming line, Cosmic Burst. I knew right away they would be perfect for a patchwork skirt for my daughter. I don’t sew a ton of clothing, but when you have a little girl who wants to wear dresses and skirts everyday, you learn a few basics. I really love the Lazy Day skirt pattern from Oliver + S (free on their blog). All you need is about 1/3 to 1/2 yard of fabric and some elastic. I’ve made it several times, but this was the first time I decided to go patchwork with it.

Patchwork Skirt Back

I separated the fabric squares into thirds and sewed them together in long strips, about 42″ long. Then I sewed those strips together, staggered a bit for a scrappier look. There are a lot of seams and I didn’t want them fraying all over the place in the wash, so I did serge them and then also top stitched the rows down so the seams wouldn’t bother her. You could also use your zigzag stitch to finish the seams to help prevent fraying.

Jump

As you can see, it has passed the “hop and spin” test. My daughter didn’t want to take it off after we took these pictures, so I predict we will be getting a lot of use out of this skirt.

Cosmic Burst will be available mid April 2012.