Jacqueline Quilt-along! Week 2

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Did you gather your  Jacqueline fabrics and this  Pine Tree Country Quilts’ pattern, Bargello Star?

It’s never too late to start with this blog quilt-along!  Click here to see the supply list and intro to this great project!

We hope you are ready to get started with this great video quilt-along with Mike Flynn, our QT Sewing Salesman!

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Here, Mike explains a bit about cutting, right and wrong sides of fabric tips and keeping things organized!

If only it was as fast as the video – the magic of “TV” as they say!

Go at your own pace, that’s the best part of blog quilt-alongs!  Mike is here in his videos whenever you’re ready – and there is more to come!!!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

We’ll be back next week with some more tips from our Sewing Salesman!

Jacqueline Quilt-along! Week 1

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He’s at it again!  Our Sales Manager, Mike, is ready to tackle another amazing quilt project and help you along the way!

This quilt, featuring our Jacqueline collection, is just stunning with Pine Tree Country Quilts’ pattern, Bargello Star!

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Talk about a show-stopper!  Bargello quilts never disappoint and this Jacqueline version is just lovely with the very trendy purples and lilac colors of our fabrics!  Speaking purple and color, check out Pantone’s Color of the Year – 2018 – Ultraviolet!

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Let’s get started! You’ll need to buy your fabrics and pattern (available at your favorite independent quilt shop OR at pinetreecountryquilts.com   Here is a link to our shop locator on our website.  Here you can find online shops carrying QT Fabrics or brick & mortar shops near you!  Please call ahead to see if the shop carries these fabrics as not every shop carries every collection!

Here is a PDF download to print/reference for the fabric requirements.

Jacqueline Quilt Along Sewing Salesman PDF

Jacqueline Quilt Along Sewing Salesman

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

We’ll be back in 2 weeks to start cutting!  Gather your supplies!!!

Lazy Girl Designs – Sew Inspired!

The best part of working in this industry is meeting creative, like-minded friends.  We are thrilled to work with Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs.  Get to know this lovely lady; you’ll definitely want to become a Lazy Girl!

We hope you enjoy this peek into the super-creative, fun and sew-inspired world of Lazy Girl Designs!

QT:  Tell us a little about you and your company

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Joan in her happy place!

Lazy Girl Designs is absolutely an extension of me and my rocky, semi-successful, journey as a sewist. It’s not that I’m not accomplished. It’s that I learned different things from my sewing experience. Being tall, I made my own work wardrobe for years. I even made a wedding dress for a friend. That was all great. But I love to sew for sewing’s sake. And I no longer need a closet full of office attire. I think fabric crafting should be fun. So now I like to make things. They aren’t quilts, apparel, or home-dec. It’s the in-between stuff like bags, accessories, etc. Little, fun, functional, gifty, easy-to-make, feel-good creations.

 

QT:  How did you get started in sewing/crafting/making?

A Home-Ec class in the 7th grade started my sewing passion. I remember the feeling of excitement when I was at the store picking out my first pattern and fabrics/supplies. It was like building my own puzzle. Working my way around the store, selecting fabric first, then trim/notions, and finally thread. It was like a scavenger hunt in which I decide what to collect or find. I was building something as I shopped. As the contents of my shopping cart grew, I could see the finished project in my mind. I was working my way toward bringing that project to life with each acquisition from around the store. What was this first project that set me on a course to today? It was a two-piece, red, terry jogging suit (pants and a zip jacket) with white trim on the pants and sleeves. I made it. It fit. I loved it. I was proud and empowered…and also very red.

QT:  What inspires you most?

I am like a dog with a bone when something inspires me. It’s all I can think about. I forget to eat, I can’t sleep, I’m stuck until it’s done. I love this pursuit of the final creation. For me, inspiration and intrigue are everywhere.

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Where the Lazy Girl magic happens!

QT:  What’s the worst sewing experience you’ve ever had?

Oh, let me tell you! I call these sewing scars. The worst was a project that stopped me in my tracks – after I bought everything needed. It was a two-piece suit. The pattern had 19 pieces for the jacket, and suddenly, every seam felt like an opportunity for me to fail. That sounds awful, I know. But when you’ve argued with projects and broken up before finishing, you don’t want to go down that road again. We invest time, love, and money and don’t want to be crushed. And for me, those negative feelings become attached to that project. I can’t bring myself to go back, pick it up again and finish.

QT:  Have your ‘sewing scars’ shaped your pattern line?

Yes, absolutely. Due to my own sewing tragedies, I keep my projects within a safe playground. And I think the journey should be as enjoyable as getting there.

Here’s my framework:
– No binding, piecing, or hand work
– No more than five fabrics
– Require supplies found in your basic fabric shop
– One new tip, trick, or technique to build your skills
– If you can cut and sew a straight line, you can make anything I design.

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A place for everything….

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…and everything in its place!  🙂

QT:  How do you decide on a project for a new pattern?

When designing or considering a pattern, I ask myself: Do I need it? Can I make it? Can I innovate the construction? Can I teach something in the project? Is it fun? Will my Lazies enjoy the journey as much as the finish?

QT: What drives your passion for designing patterns:  color, print or silhouette?

I’m completely driven by the symphony of where function, construction, beauty, and learning meet to create an enjoyable journey. It’s like a really good movie that has strong characters, great acting, an amazing story line, and beautiful scenery. I love when something hits all the high notes and draws me in.

QT:  Sewing sounds like a philosophical pursuit for you…

Yes! My extra big nerdy-ness is showing. I find it fascinating that our daily lives are filled with stitched things. Shoes, furniture, car interiors, clothes, accessories, books, etc. Everywhere you see (or don’t see) a stitch – it was sewn. The world is humming with the whirl of needle and thread, everywhere, all the time, making things for us. Stitching is a universally basic building block. Something is being stitched right now.

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QT:  Do you speak another language?

I’m fluent in fabric-crafting as a language. Fabric, thread, buttons, zippers, interfacing, etc are our words. It’s up to us to construct sentences and dialogue with these components. When I see something interesting that sparks question marks, I see it in my fabric crafting ‘words’. I ask myself if I can do that in fabric. What does that look like? Can I build it? How would that work? Could it be a launching point for something else?

QT:  Give an example of your fabric-speak…

My Button Boats project is a perfect example. I follow food bloggers and saw an interesting food tray on Instagram. It didn’t speak to me, it yelled at me. The blogger was showcasing sushi but all I saw was the architecture of the food tray. I thought the structure was really cool and I just knew I could think of fabric as architectural components (Lego blocks, Lincoln Logs, Jenga). I combined my fabric and interfacing to create firm sheets as building materials. They had fabric on both sides, like a sandwich. Simply cut the size and shape needed, then combine to make things. Cut, stack, sew, embellish. It’s a new building block. I designed a whole collection of patterns made using these sandwiches. All of that came from a picture of sushi yelling at me.

QT:  What types of stitching do you like to do?

There is a great big buffet of fun awaiting every sewing adventure, whether you are dreaming, buying, making, collecting, sharing, or learning. The universe of sewing is a 24/7 non-stop party. Grab a big plate, belly up to the buffet and discover what makes your soul sing. From time to time as a stitchy person, you’ll wear different hats or experience different elements of sewing.

QT:  What type of sewist are you?

I call myself a ‘thinger’. I make things. I’m a little sew-y, a little quilt-y, but mostly I make things. I started Lazy Girl because there weren’t any projects for people like me. I felt there must be others looking to play in the areas between apparel sewing, home dec, and quilting.

QT:  What else has your love and attention?

I love testing a new recipe or cooking tool. If there’s a dog nearby, I need to smooch on it and that usually happens. All the neighborhood dogs know where Aunt Joanie lives. When dogs get loose in the neighborhood, they often end up at my door.

QT: What advice would you give to a newbie to sewing/crafting?

Don’t be shy, find your sewing community, decide what brings you joy and run toward it. Find your local quilt shop, go in and say ‘Hi’. Tell them you are new and ask for tour of the store. Find out about projects, classes, supplies. Ask friends if they sew and let them know you want some guidance. When deciding on a project, I usually ask myself ‘How wrong can I go?’ What’s the worst that can happen? It’s just fabric and time.

QT:  What’s your biggest fear?

Running out of the supply I need. I’ve been there. It’s not fun!

QT:  Finish this statement:  To me, success is…

…enjoyment. That says it all.


We just love everything about Lazy Girl Designs!

Introducing, the newest pattern from Lazy Girl Designs:  Banana Bag

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This will become your new sewing obsession! Who doesn’t love a little grab & go bag?

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So pretty – featuring our QT Fabrics – Hayden!

We want you to be able to make these pretties yourself!

Head over to our Facebook Page tomorrow, Friday, April 13, and look for the Hayden/Lazy Girl Designs Giveaway!  

You’re one step away!

Saturday with QT’s Sewing Salesman! Week 8 – Finale!

It’s been a great 7 weeks, we took last week off for the holiday but we’re back with the finale of the Mustang Sunset Cowboy Memories II Quilt-Along with Mike!

This is the last week – we are so excited to finish!  Don’t worry, if you’re just joining us, it’s never too late to start!  Click here to go to the 1st video/blog!

The Whimsical Workshop designed this quilt and we think you should check out their site and see what other whimsical quilts you can create!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Click the image to go to the 1st blog in this series.  It’s never too late to start!

Off we go to the big finish!

Please be sure to share your project with us on Instagram  #QTFabrics #QTSewingSalesman

For Facebook – you can join our Fan Page – click here and click JOIN to submit your request – we will approve you.

Tag us with @QTFabrics and show off your finished masterpiece!!!

Happy sewing friends, we’ll be back with more great projects!

A world of Color – Debi Payne Designs

Who doesn’t love a burst of color?   Someone who definitely shows her passion for color and design is our QT Fabrics designer, Debi Payne.

We were fortunate enough to interview Debi to share some insight into her world of color and we hope you enjoy!

The Carnivale collection has been a huge hit!  We know why – because our quilting and sewing friends enjoy a little color and WOW does Carnivale deliver!

Check out the entire collection here.

Onto the interview – enjoy getting to know our friend Debi!


Tell us a little about you and your work…

I am an artist and designer that creates whimsical art with bright, bold colors.  Even as a very little girl I always wanted to be an artist.  At age twelve I painted a large sunflower oil painting that was hung on display in the local public library.  As I stood in that library with its massively tall walls and saw my artwork hanging on the wall I knew in that moment, at that very young age, that my art was meant to be shared with others in as many was as possible.

How did you get started?

Once I decided that I wanted to license my art I first started reading anything and everything that I could find that talked about art licensing.  Today, there are so many classes and resources available today on the internet that I wish was available when I first started.

What inspires you most?

I am inspired by so many different things is so many different ways, however if I had to choose just one, I think it would have to be other artists because it is through them that I can see what is possible. Because, to me, once I really believe that something is possible, then I know that I am able to actually achieve it.

Are you more motivated by color or print?

Definitely color!  I love color and I love finding ways to shape color and have it make sense.

What’s one of your favorite projects? Why?

I have to admit that the Carnival collection has truly been one of my most favorite projects for two reasons, First, seeing the amazing response that everyone has had for the collection and second is seeing what people are creating from the collection. 

What advice would you give to a newbie to design?

  1. Don’t second guess yourself or your work. Go with your gut!
  2. Read and learn everything that you can about the business.
  3. Be patient because nothing happens over night and most things take years.
  4. I recently saw a documentary about Bob Hope. In it they said that Bob Hope woke up every morning asking himself, “how can I  promote Bob Hope today?”  I think that is a very good philosophy for all professional artists to adopt. 

Finish this statement: To me, success is…

 …other people finding joy in my art.

Three words that best describe you…

  1. Positive
  2. Imaginative
  3. Happy

Biggest challenge in your business

Just simply keeping up with everything that needs to done on a daily basis.  I have said many times that I could probably hire three full-time people and I would have plenty of work to keep them busy.

Rapid fire questions………………………………………………………………………………………………

Favorite color:   That’s like asking a mother which of her children is her favorite – they are all her favorite!  But if I have to choose just one, it would be red. 

Favorite food:   Mexican food/tacos

Favorite movie:  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Most interesting place you’ve ever been:   Las Vegas.  My husband Tim and I lived there for 8 years and I loved it.  It was always changing and I was so inspired by the                     imagination and creativity of Vegas.

Favorite book:  “The Velveteen Rabbit”

Best gift you ever received:  Other than my children and my husband, the best physical    object gift I ever received was my wedding ring.

You have a whole day to yourself with no worries or obligations – what would you most want to do?   I would probably find a new art class that I could take where I            could learn something new and hang out with other artists.

Fun fact about you:  I can play the piano and I know how to ride a horse (but not at            the same time.)

You’re in a time machine – what year do you visit & why?  I know I wouldn’t go back in time because I have been there,  done that!  I think I would like to go to the year 2118.  I would like to see how long my art lasted and how well it stood up to time.  I might also see what I should be doing now to make that happen.

Favorite genre of music:  When I am in my studio working I listen to a mix of oldies and    jazz.


Here are some fabulous projects created with Carnivale!

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This pattern is available at your favorite independent shop and at Lazy Girl Designs

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Pattern available at your favorite independent fabric shop and at The Whimsical Workshop

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Dresden Pouf Concept – So chic! Pattern available at Indygo Junction

Here is a creation from our lovely shop customer 35th Ave Sew & Vac in Phoenix, AZ  They created kits of this beautiful quilt – it features the fabrics so well and the black sashing really helps the color POP!

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A QT Facebook friend created this gorgeous quilt and explained the process.  Becky explains…

Sending you some photos of our Stack and Whack (8 layer) that was made by me and my husband. He picked the fabrics, did the cutting and designing and I assembled. I’m sending these because the quilt is made with Carnival Floral Geometric JX. In fact, when we walked into J&B Fabrics in Sunset, LA, Belinda had just received her bolt. That Day (my husband) and another customer split the bolt! So, I fully understand how popular this fabric is! We really enjoyed making this quilt and will be hopefully be submitting it for competition soon. We’ve named her Champagne Carnival, because of all the bubbles! Did a Mardi Gras mask motif in center and fleurdelis on the borders.

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It’s great to learn more about our designer friends, we love how Debi’s passion for color and design has inspired so many other people.  What will you make???

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the complete Carnivale Collection by commenting here on this blog post or Facebook post with your favorite fabric from Carnivale!

We’ll announce the winners next week on 2/22 at 3pm!  

 

 

Shout out – Ryco Creative Sewing Center!

You know that question people ask at cocktail parties, “If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?”  Well, my latest answer, is Pat from Ryco!  Not only is her shop wonderful, her personality, zest for life, for her business and for the industry is so inspiring!  Head over to our Facebook page to see Pat talking about Ink & Arrow fabrics!

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The view as you walk in!  This place is huge…great layout, lots of room to explore and shop!

My colleague and I visited Ryco’s Creative Sewing Center in early April, and we were so impressed with the shop and it’s offering, the staff and the overall approach in this unique store!   It is not just a shop, it’s an experience.  Ryco is a place to visit, get inspired, hang out, chat… and for some, a place to do their charity work and longarm quilting.  It’s appropriately named,  a “Creative Sewing Center”.

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It’s so awesome to see our Ink & Arrow fabric section… lots of fun fabric!

I asked Pat about her history, how she got her start in the business and the shop itself. I was thrilled to learn more, and even more excited to return to the shop for a class or to find the latest patterns and notions…  Here’s what Pat had to say:

I have sewn since I was a little girl.  My Mother made all of my clothes.  We would go shopping for school clothes, she made sketches of the things we liked, then she went home and made them for us.  She also knitted the sweaters. It was a rare time when we purchased a dress.

Our home was the same, my Dad built and repaired everything and my Mom made the slipcovers, curtains , bedspreads etc.  You get the idea.  Because my Grandmother was blind, every season, my Mom would move everything around and have a “seasonal” set of slipcovers and drapes. ( Grandma raised 3 kids and so things had to stay in the same spots all the time)

It was natural that I would learn to sew and I started with Doll Clothes.

Then when it came time to go to college, my major was Home Economics ( another sign of the times).  I worked for Sears all the way through school and when I graduated, they offered me a job in the NYC buying offices – the fabric departments.

So, you can see that sewing carried me to a lot of wonderful places personally and professionally.

I made most of my clothes as I was climbing the corporate ladder. I used to love to come home on a Friday night with a sewing project. I would sew until the wee hours of the night and start again when I woke.  If you look at some of the pictures in the store with Claude Offray (Offray Ribbon),  John Wright (Wm E. Wright Co.) you will see I made all those outfits.  There is a great thrill to someone asking where you got something ….and you made it.  I decorated my apartments and, eventually, when I was married, my house by making the bed spreads, curtains, table linens, the fabric on the walls for wall paper and on and on.  My skills made it so I could dream what I wanted and then get it.

My first quilting experience – I was visiting my parents in California after my divorce.  My parents had a new king size bed and Mom wanted a country-look quilt. A quilt that had 6” squares, in a random pattern, so we did it.  ( P.S. it was tied, not quilted)

I started a new career in NYC at Talon ( the largest notion company at the time and now part of Coats and Clark).  More sewing, but now developing products for sewers.   Now I met Don, and when we were married, it broke company policy as a married couple could not work in same division and the other closest division was London.

That lead to us starting our own business – Ryco Trimming Co., and we were very successful, selling all the majors and then purchasing an old mill for production.  Again this ole’ sewer was sewing developing products for Fabric and Craft Stores.

The 90’s  were a whirl wind  of change as the business world changed – NAFTA, Sewing Retailers disappearing, and  then in 2005, a devastating  flood, and all that we built was destroyed.

So what you see in our store was born out of all of that.  Sewing has been a constant thread in my life.  I have supported it professionally, in my career, and in my personal life.  I wanted more people to have that same peace, passion and fulfillment that I have received from sewing.  I felt that retailers needed to show more passion for what they sell to encourage more people to sew.  We need to change the perception of educators that somehow believe sewing is a negative influence upon women.  We need to change the perception that we only sew to save money (even if it might be a factor).  We need to tell new sewers that you don’t have to be perfect to start having fun.

Everyone sews for different reasons, and throughout your life those reasons change.  It also is such a large hobby that it satisfies many artistic needs….like, I love the puzzles of quilting and definitely dislike any applique hand work.  When I have time, I love perfecting a technique.  When I am in a hurry ( like making a store display) I could care less about making the hidden side perfect.  My thrill comes when I see someone discover “their” side of sewing.

You asked what motivates a project. I am a believer that the fabric talks to you. You see it and it tells you what it wants you to make out of it.  After a super beginner class, I love speaking with the students as they find a fabric that told them “ me, me ME!”

Patterns are like the big special signs on the highway…..they tease you into visiting a new place along the road.  You learn and explore with patterns.

Now how does this all relate to Ink and Arrow?   We have a large section for Ink And Arrow fabrics in our store.  The fabric quality is worthy of our investment.  It is good for all types of sewing, not just quilting.  The designs relate to many types of sewers – modern and traditional.  It evokes happy thoughts when you look at it and the customers like that.

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Great modern quilt, usually made with solids – swapped out with Pixie Dots!  Sew Cute! 🙂

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Speaking of solids… Ryco carries a few colors… 😉

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I spy our QT Bleecker Street fabrics along with Sunkissed…

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This beautiful quilt was made for a Raffle to support the URI Women’s Athletics Department

I was impressed to learn that Ryco also hosts a charity quilting group.   Working with donated fabrics and organized by “Queen Bee” Sue, the quilters involved in this group get together once a week to create quilts for various charities and organizations in the area.  Sue, who was a social worker in her main career (since retired) has a lot of connections to the community.  What a wonderful way to connect with people, work together on a fun project and then to donate to someone.   The actual (physical) warmth and warmth of spirit of sharing your passion for quilting and giving it to another is an invaluable gesture.  Kudos to Sue and her friends who provide smiles and comfort to those in their time of need.  There were over 20 quilt tops in-progress… it filled my heart with joy to see… ❤ ❤ ❤

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Samples are super important and Ryco has them!   It’s great to see the variety of styles, fabrics, colors, trims, notions and patterns in this shop – sew much to see!

I hope you enjoyed this look at Ryco Creative Sewing Center.  I enjoyed meeting with Pat and her wonderful staff.  I was inspired to make a project and I am hoping to sign up for an upcoming class!  If you are in the Rhode Island area, stop into this gem of a shop!

 

 

Gnome Matter What! Winner!

We are THRILLED to announce our winner for the Gnome Matter What! Blog recap prize!  This awesome collection by Alicia Jacobs Dujets for Ink & Arrow Fabrics is so much fun!

By random selector, Cecilia has won the floor pouf and fabric bundle!  Woohoo!

Cecilia, we’ve replied to your comment and ask that you send us an email!  This pouf will be on it’s way to you very soon!

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Thanks to everyone who participated.  Even if you didn’t win this time, there are always more chances to win.  If you ❤ this fabric, never fear, head to your local quilt shop and tell them we sent you!   Explore our website, and the blogs of our friends from the Gnome Matter What! Blog Tour, there are so many gorgeous inspiring projects out there!

Thanks again to all of our friends, especially Izzy & Ivy Designs who hosted the tour.  We’ll be back with more soon!

Of course, we would LOVE to see what you make!   Tag your project photos on facebook with @inkandarrowfabrics or hashtag #gnomematterwhatfabrics  #inkandarrowfabrics

Have a FABULOUS weekend…. Gnome what I’m saying?  🙂

 

Oh GNOME we didn’t!

WE DID!!!!!  We had an amazing time working with Izzy & Ivy Designs as our host of our Gnome Matter What! Blog Tour.   We had GNOME idea (ok, I’ll stop) how much we could adore each and every one of these projects.  Even better, we made new friends along the way.  Isn’t that the icing on the cake when working in a creative industry?  It’s so awesome to collaborate and share ideas and spread the enthusiasm for our fabric obsession!  🙂

Our current line, Gnome Matter What! by Alicia Jacobs Dujets for I&A, (in shops now) has inspired so many beautiful creations already.   Check out these projects, our new friends and their wonderful blogs to see how they brought these fabrics to life!   What will you create???

First up… our blog tour hostess:   Izzy & Ivy Designs


My Sweet Sunshine 

 

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Evelyn Pattern Violette Field Threads


Pear Berry Lane 


Lily Shine Creates




Pattern Revolution

 


 That’s Sew Kari

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Left: Versailles Dress Pattern and Right:  Monet Dress (modified without ruffles) both from Little Lizard King


Click here to check out ALL of the fabrics in this collection: 


Here’s a project or two we had sewn up!!!

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Our Graphic Designer, Autumn, with her Pixie Dots fabric flower and showing off the Monique dress pattern by Serendipity Studios


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And… the GIVEAWAY!!!!!

A bonus!  Please follow and comment on this blog with your favorite project or fabric from this collection  (I know, I know, so hard to pick!)

One lucky winner will be selected from the blog comments next Friday, April 21st to receive our Floor Pouf Sample (all ready to take out to the garden…) and 1 yard cuts of the fabrics in this springy collection!  🙂

It’s a little “gnome” fact….

We’re super excited!   Not only is it almost April… but… our Gnome Matter What!  blog tour, hosted by our friends at Izzy & Ivy Designs, is starting on Monday, April 3rd –

❤  WOOHOO!!!! ❤ 

This awesome fabric collection by Alicia Jacobs Dujets for Ink & Arrow Fabrics is a breath of fresh air.   Available in your local fabric shop now,  we would ❤ to see what you make with this fabulous fabric!

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We have a little treat for you all… a fun project sheet for a lounge pillow featuring Gnome Matter What!   This beauty has a handle; you can take it with you when you want to explore the garden.   Visiting your lawn ornament flamingos?  No problem!  Have a seat, sit back and relax…  maybe you’ll find a little snail friend!

<— Click on the image to visit our Idea Gallery on our website and download the instructions!

 

 

Check out the schedule for the blog tour below!  

Monday, April 3- Izzy & Ivy Designs

Tuesday, April 4- My Sweet Sunshine

Wednesday, April 5- Pear Berry Lane

Thursday, April 6- Lily Shine Creates

Friday, April 7- Pattern Revolution

Monday, April 10- That’s Sew Kari

Tuesday, April 11- Recap- Izzy & Ivy Designs

…………………………………………………………See you next week!!!!

Think Spring…Gnome Matter What!

While preparing for QuiltCon, it was clear we wanted to have a fabulous grand prize basket of fabric!  Of course, we wanted to feature Gnome Matter What, our newest collection in shops now!  Fabric flowers came to mind… I mean, who doesn’t love flowers?

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We love how these blossomed 🙂

Our friend, Jane Headley, designed these quick and easy flowers that really make a statement!  There was so much ❤ for these beauties,  we decided to make a free project download to share on our website!    Click here to check out our Inspiration page on our website with instructions to create these flowers and a variety of other projects!

These flowers could be fantastic in almost any fabric but we simply adore the Pixies and Gnome Matter What featured here…

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No need to water!

Because we love this collection so much.. here’s another glimpse of the different fabrics designed by Alicia Jacobs Dujets for Ink & Arrow Fabrics!

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Gnomes and pinwheels and flamingos oh my!

Alicia’s illustrative style lends a whimsical flair to this very on-trend group!  We are seeing flamingos everywhere…and… where else can you find flamingos, mushrooms, gnomes and snails in the same fabric?  🙂  It’s the quirky spin on a subject, fabulous color and lighthearted approach that make Ink & Arrow Fabrics perfect for so many projects!  Because fabric should be fun!   What will you create?

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Before we go, here is another project that is in-the-works… a Gnome Matter What floor pouf!   We will release this free project in the next couple of weeks, check back on our website at the Inspiration page to find out how to make this super cute home decor accessory!

Designed by Theresa Romeo, this project is fun and the perfect pillow to sit and sketch in the garden!  Keep an eye out for a little gnome or snail friend… don’t worry, they are super friendly!