Introducing | Enchanted by Michelle Engel Bencsko

This past summer, designer and co-owner of Cloud9 Fabrics, Michelle Engel Bencsko spent 10 blissful days in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas. She left with some indelible imagery which she’s translated graphically into Enchanted. A clean, stylized take on southwestern motifs that give it a light feel. Shipping March ’14.

Mad Mend | Retro Spools Quilt

Retro Spools Quilt
Pieced and quilted by Linda Spiridon.
Retro-inspired prints need a retro-inspired quilt.
Funky color and form couple to make this a pretty perky quilt!Get the free download here.

Retro Spools Quilt {and pillow}

Unfortunately we don’t have the pillow pattern available at this time but if you’r interested, it’s the same block, smaller size to fit a pillow and no sashing between spools.
Retro Spools Quilt
Check out Linda’s little details!

Press | Pretty Patches (UK) and Modern Quilts Unltd

Lots of love in the Nov/Dec 13 issue of Pretty Patches, including a giveaway promotion for new subscriptions featuring Elizabeth Olwen’s upcoming Grey Abbey. Also nods to Goodnight Moon and Fanfare. {really a lovely magazine}
In the Fall 13 issue of Modern Quilts Unltd there’s a super mod patchwork project for GeoCentric as well as a Mad Mend highlight. Lots of wonderful project ideas within.

Old Favorites | Spaced Out Quilt

Spaced Out Quilt

We challenged our designer to come up with a fast project using some of our best selling prints, which we’ve recently reprinted. Mission Accomplished!

Quilt designer Melanie Shortman Tuazon called this modern baby quilt “Spaced Out” because of the gaps between blocks and the dreaminess of the fabric. It reminds her of a relaxing day at the beach, watching the sandpipers and the clouds, letting her mind wander: Spacing Out!

Spaced Out Quilt 

This fat quarter friendly quilt pattern is great for showing off the fabric you love, because the shapes are big and beautiful. The negative space gives plenty of opportunity for creative quilting and let the eye have some room to soak up the colors and prints. Choose a dark background to make the elongated hexagons pop, or keep it light and sweet for a lovely baby quilt. The big blocks come together quickly. The finished size is 42″ x 50″.

Spaced Out Quilt Closeup

Click through for the printable PDF or visit our Downloads Page for this and many other free projects.

Sew Mama Sew :: GeoCentric Bag Challenge

It was great fun to see the array of inventive and beautiful projects by the participants in the Sew Mama Sew GeoCentric Bag Challenge.

Here’s a wrap up and easy linkage to all the inspiring work. Well done, Ladies!

From Top Right, counter-clockwise to Lower Right:
  1. Leah from Sew Spoiled – Sew Spoiled Bag
  2. Stephanie from The Crafty Kitty – The Nature Explorer Bag
  3. Amanda from The Craft Junky – Snap Tote
  4. Cherie from Studio Cherie – Departure Satchel
  5. Kelly from Kelby Sews – Summer Totes
  6. Sherri from Rebecca Mae Designs Victoria Tote
  7. Mary from Mary on Lake Pulaski – Noodlehead’s Super Tote
  8. Emily from Mommy’s Nap Time The Long Thread Pleated Tote
  9. Melissa from A Happy Stitch Reversible Hobo
  10. Anjeanette from By Anjeanette – Pieced Tote

Tutorial | Tote with Zip Pouch


There’s a million ways to make a shopping tote, but we’re partial to this one! The little zipper pouch keeps things tidy in your purse or car while making it convenient to carry these essential little bags around.

Using only 1 yd of fabric, this is an affordable project – excellent for gifting, too. The tote hardly takes any time at all to stitch together. The zipper pouch, a little more – but worth the effort. Do it assembly-line style and you can have 3 totes in a day (like these eye-catching ones in iHaus).

Here’s the link to the project download – the pattern pieces are included (pages 14-22).

Introducing | Cloud9 Fabrics for Jo-ann Fabrics | House & Garden

We’re excited to see ourselves on the Premium Fabrics page of Jo-Ann Fabrics this morning featuring House & Garden, a collection of 12 prints designed exclusively for Jo-Ann Fabrics. As always, it is 100% certified organic cotton, marking this as the first premium organic cotton range for the retailer.

The fabrics should be in stores, or just about hitting stores soon!
Pillow and quilt designed and created by Linda Spiridon. Free projects will be available online.