Now In Stores | Holding Pattern by Jessica Jones

Betty Bowler pattern by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Holding Pattern treats classic motifs—birds, flowers, and geometrics — with graphic style. Printed on always-mod barkcloth in olive and clementine, these punchy patterns morph into nifty jackets, skirts, bags, and pillows.

Barkcloth is a versatile fabric, perfect for apparel, home dec, accessories, and so much more. Check out these projects for some inspiration!

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Harriet Expandable Tote pattern by Swoon Patterns

Cleo Skirt pattern by Made By Rae

Heidi Foldover Clutch & Wristlet pattern by Swoon Sewing Patterns

The Essential Wristlet pattern by Dog Under My Desk

Chunky Wee Bag pattern by Hunter’s Design Studio

Sidewalk Showcase Part 1

Rae Hoekstra is holding a Sidewalk Showcase, and we just can’t get enough of these adorable prints! Take a look at some of the projects that the participants have been posting. Visit their blogs for more information on the projects!

Natalie at HungryHippie Sews made these cozy Bug’s Life PJs!

Flashback Skinny Tee (Made By Rae)

To prepare for the arrival of her sister’s twins, Caitlin at Fancy Tiger Crafts made some adorable rompers! How exciting!

Modern Baby Set (Green Bee Patterns)

Just in time for Spring! Teri at Fa Sew La whipped up a comfortable and cute Heather Dress.

Heather Dress (Sew Over It)

More baby things! Anna at Noodlehead made this baby gift set. We could all use a plush blanket like this one!

Modern Baby Set (Green Bee Patterns)

Check out this awesome hoodie that Meg at Mama Libearated made for her son!

Rowan Tee (Titchy Threads)

Now in Stores | Underwater by Elizabeth Olwen

Market Tote pattern by Noodlehead and Bermuda Shorts Butterick 6061

Underwater is inspired by a love of the ocean and the world that exists under its surface.

This is a tightly balanced range of cool pink, blue and citron – with a nice patternly mix of what we’ve come to love from Elizabeth. They mix well with a number of our Cirrus Solids and We Are All Stars, too!

Underwater is sure to be a spring and summer favorite and as winter hails upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, working on a project with this pretty bunch will get you readied for the warmer days.

Poolside Tote pattern by Noodlehead

Fish Pouches – Free pattern and Tutorial!

Emery Dress pattern by Christine Haynes

Sea Glass Quilt – Download this free project! Visit the COLLECTION PAGE for details.

Charlie Dress pattern by Olive Ann Designs

Waves Quilt based on Lily’s Quilts “Out on the Ocean”

Starfish Pillows pattern by Sew4Home

Now in Stores | Frolic by Sarah York

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Frolic is Sarah York’s debut collection with us and we felt that her soft feminine style suited our latest substrate, batiste, perfectly. Batiste is a very light and semi sheer cotton fabric. It is ideal for airy blouses and flowing skirts. Take a look at the inspiration we’ve stitched up for you and be inspired! Available in 7 wearable prints and a warm white solid for lining if needed.

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Avila in Alice Top by Tessuti Fabrics

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Bonny in Rosie Dress by Cotton and Chalk

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Broadway in McCalls M7361

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Camarillo in Burda 6592

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Wilder in Vogue V8857

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Filoli in McCalls M7325

 

Make it Sew | Drawstring Fish Bag

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Sweetly paired with Underwater by Elizabeth Olwen, these little drawstring bags are really handy for holding smaller things, gift bags or even as a little purse for the littles. Here’s how to make your own.

Print out the PDF pattern pieces here.

Outer body:

Tail – cut 2 (solid)
Body – cut 2 (print)
Head – cut 2 (solid)
Batting for tail – cut 1
Lining – cut 2 (contrast solid)
2 buttons for eyes
2 18” drawstrings (1yd total)

Directions:

Use 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

Outer body

  1. Sew tail to body, and body to head to make two full outer sides of the bag. Press all seams towards tail.
  2. Sew button to head in area located in diagram.
  3. Topstitch along the lower edge of the body/head seam.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-49-48-pm
  4. With right sides together and laying the tail/batting on top of tail and sew along outer edge, sides and tail, keeping the “mouth” of fish open. Snip corners of tail and curves, turn inside out and press.screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-54-48-pm
  5. Topstitch at the tail/body seam. through all thicknesses (sealing off the tail).
  6. For tail details, stitch along the lines, or create your own stitched design.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-08-31-pm
  7. At mouth, turn edge 1/2” inside and press.

Lining

  1. Sew sides and bottom, except for the area between the 2 marked points. Press seams open.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-41-31-pm
  2. Turn right side out in order to topstitch around the holes as shown – this keeps the seam allowance tacked down. Then turn it back to wrong side out.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-43-44-pm
  3. Fold on the line noted on pattern toward wrong (currently the outside) side and press.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-46-49-pm

Assembly

  1. Slip the lining into the outer shell. Line up the opening of the holes on the sides so they meet the folded edge of the outer head. The “lips” should be exposed about 1/2”
  2. Pin around and ease any excess of the outer body to the lining.
  3. Topstitch at the top edge of the outer body.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-50-18-pm
  4. Take one of the drawstrings and enter/exit for the right and tie a knot. Take the other and enter/exit from the left and knot. Pull both drawstrings to close.

Now in Stores | Sidewalk by Rae Hoekstra

There’s still a little time for holiday making! Sidewalk, by Rae Hoekstra, is an ode to the sunny afternoon walk home from school, when the weather is warm and the air smells of freshly cut grass. This colorful collection of interlock prints depicts the sights of a carefree amble through the neighborhood.

Here’s a whole lot of inspiration from the Made by Rae team – check out her blog for details and pattern info.

Art Class in Astoria Top (Seamwork Magazine)

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Lawn Ornament in Skinny Flashback Tee with Skirt (Made by Rae)

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Prize Garden in Isla Dress (Made by Rae)

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Bugs Life jammies

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Red Rover in Just Hatched Baby Leggings (Made by Rae)

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Fancy Steps in Isla Top (Made by Rae)

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Lawn Ornament in Just Hatched Baby Leggings (Made by Rae)

Now In Stores | Bird’s Eye View by Sarah Watson

Indulge in Sarah Watson’s exotic new collection, Bird’s Eye View, full of intricate patterns and vivid color.

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Geranium Dress by Made by Rae

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Butterick B6390 (coupled here with our Tinted Denim)

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Pleated Tote – tutorial by The Long Thread

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Download this free project! Visit the collection page for details.

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Full skirt

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Maker’s Tote by Noodlehead

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Improv wall hanging

Now in Stores | Laminates

You asked, we listened! We’ve had so many requests for laminated cottons and we’re finally delivering the goods. Our laminates are organic cotton based with a supple and glossy PU coating. We’ve chosen 6 of our most popular kids prints from Ed Emberley, Rae Hoekstra and Little Cube – it’s a fun, colorful and, most importantly, water-resistant assortment that meets all your young {and maybe not so young} people’s desires.

Visit our website for a list of retailers. Not in your area? Tell your local quilt shop about us!

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Singin’ in the Rain print by Rae Hoekstra. Rain jacket pattern by Elegance & Elephants

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Woodland Critters print by Little Cube

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Fox print by Ed Emberley

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Red Rover print by Rae Hoekstra and Elephants print by Ed Emberley

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Alligator print by Ed Emberley

Now In Stores | Around the Block by Skinny laMinx

Around the Block is a flower-filled walk around some of Heather Moore’s favourite block prints, made in her studio after a trip to India, where she learned about traditional Indian woodblock printing. We’ve been stitching up lots of inspiration for you, too!

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The Around the Block quilt – free project – click for download.

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Clockwise starting top left: Zip Pouch from Weekend Sewing book by Heather Ross, Roll Up Placemats from Simple Sewing book by Lotta Jansdotter, Half and Half pouch free tutorial Skinny laMinx (website), Geranium Dress by Made by Rae.

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Vintage Simplicity halter dress #6385 and top #1365.

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Variation on our Secret Garden quilt – pattern available on our Projects page.