Now in Stores | Wildlife by Ophelia Pang

Mountains, Plants and creatures – bits and elements Ophelia imagines she would see in wildlife. This collection consists of large scaled prints on cotton duck fabric.

We used Sarah Kirsten patterns for many of our projects, and they could not have been more perfect with this new heavy weight substrate.

Raspberry Rucksack by Sarah Kirsten
Willow Duffle Bag by Sarah Kirsten
Fennel Fanny Pack by Sarah Kirsten
Adjustable Apron pattern from Molly’s Sketchbook
Blazer Pattern – New Look 6035
Pillow Cases

Now In Stores | Birds & Branches by Kirsten Sevig

Birds & Branches started out as a fun, monochromatic exercise one April afternoon and blossomed into a celebration of avian splendor in every color of the rainbow. As I paint, I imagine the secret lives of these jewel-toned birds, because just like us, each one is an individual. Has Sergio alighted on this branch on his way to aerial tango lessons? Does Olga question the wisdom of indulging in one last juicy, golden berry? Henri is clearly going to a poetry reading in his jaunty beret, and as for the rest, I guess we’ll never know for sure—but we can always have fun imagining their colorful lives! 

Sleep Shorts pattern by Melly Sews
Weebraw Bags pattern by Zuckerkuss
Girl’s Dress Pattern (variation) Simplicity 2377
Birds and Branches Quilt
Patchwork Pillows

Now in Stores | Underwood Stories by Esther Nariyoshi

Pillow Cases

This collection illustrates a beautiful early morning walk in the woods, when the newly damp air is greeted by waves of dancing mushroom blooms and graceful garden snails. The collection was named after the small wonders under the timber trees.

Stuffed Snails pattern by DIY Tutorials Collection

Girl’s Pinafore pattern by Indygo Junction

Underwood Stories Quilt

Diagonal Zip Pouch pattern by Cloud9 Fabrics

Look Book | Quilt Market Booth Tour October 2014

Be inspired! Take a tour of our October ’14 Quilt Market booth.

In the Forest | Book Nook – Cozy Corner

A pile of pillows is all that’s required. Milk and cookies is just icing on the cake!

In the Forest | Book Nook

This jumbo square (the green variety of foam) which measures 24″ x 24″ x 6″ was a find at Joann’s and with the discount coupon was a great bargain. It’s light enough for a little guy to tug around – especially with the help of a handle on the side. Double sided in Moon & Sun with Midnight Sky around the edges and Branches as handles and piping, it just invites the kiddies to dive on it.

In the Forest | Book Nook

Catherine, who sewed all these wonderful items, said it was a struggle to get the cushion into the case, which is hand sewn on  (not removable)- but perhaps a nice long hidden zip the full width of a side would have made it much simpler- and certainly easier to clean should the need arise.

In the Forest | Book Nook

We topped it with a couple of pillows in Branches and Woolen Blanket. The ruffles add a touch of whimsy… even this little action hero dude can’t deny they’re fun.

In the Forest | Book Nook

Tutorial | Ruffled Fan Pillow

Jaclyn sent over some sketches and general directions to help you make your own Ruffled Fan Pillow.

Ruffled Fan Pillow
1. Start with a base fabric that is the dimensions of your pillow, plus 1/2″ for seam allowance. We used a black solid for contrast.
2. Mark with pins where you want the ruffles to end. For ours, we went nearly to the top right corner and about midway along the bottom. This will give the background a chance to peek through without it being too top heavy with ruffles.
3. Our ruffles are made using a pinked edge only. They are not clean finished and so, yes, they’ll fray a bit, but that’s part of the look for this project.
3a. Cut ruffle strips 2″ wide and approximately 2 1/2x the length that you will need in the end (so if you need 1 ft of ruffle, then make the strip 2 1/2 ft). You may need to join strips together to get to your desired length.
3b. Jaclyn used a ruffler attachment (lucky gal for having one!), but it’s fairly easy to make ruffles using this simple method below.

Making ruffles without a gathering foot: Cut your pre-measured strips. Set your machine to baste- or hand baste- 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric, leaving about 3-4″ of loose ends. Then go back and baste another row about 3/8″ from edge of fabric. While holding the end of the loose threads, pull the other ends (at same time) and using your fingers of the same hand, push the fabric back to create gathers until you’ve reached your desired length. Once there, tie off the ends so the ruffle doesn’t undo itself. Evenly distribute the gathers and pin every few inches to keep it from sliding around. Go back to your machine with a regular stitch and sew through all the puckers 1/4″ from edge, over the basting. Then go back and stitch again on the 3/8″ mark.

4. Starting at the points marked on the base fabric, arrange the ruffle in a curve and stitch to base fabric 1/4″ from ruffle edge. Be sure to leave 1/4″ extension of the ruffle over the edge of the base fabric for catching into seams when sewing pillow top to back.

5. Arrange your next ruffle over the first sewn ruffle, covering the stitches of the first ruffle.

6. Continuing layering ruffles on top of one another, stitching each as you go until you reach the left corner.
NOT PICTURED: If you want to add an embellishment such as the little pennants like Jaclyn did, add them in as you go stitching them to one of the ruffles (one that is not too close to the edge is best)
7. Pin up the bottom two ruffles so that they do not get caught in the bottoms seam of the pillow. *The ends will get sewn into the left side of the pillow
8. We used a simple envelope closure by using two panels of overlapping fabric with finished edges on the interior. Arrange them face down on the right side of the ruffled panel. Sew all along the edge of pillow using 1/4″ seam allowance.

9. Turn right side out and press ruffles with iron to flatten them down a bit.

Project Idea | Pocket Full of Love Pillow project

Last minute projects are nothing new in my world. However, I’m pleased as punch to have made this with enough time to spare that I can give you a tutorial- and if you’re a last-minute doer like myself, you’ll find you can make this up in no time at all. This little Pocket Full of Love Pillow project will sure to please, especially if filled with your loved one’s favorite goodies.

Download the heart template HERE. Please note, this is to printed on tabloid 11×17 paper.
1. Cut pieces as shown below. I used the same fabric (Moss | Crimson) of the front accent, pocket and back. You can use any combination of fabrics and hopefully you can find a little treasure of a print to put in the center square. I used Leaves | Crimson as horizontal accent and a tree from Grove | Straw for the highlight.

2. Assemble the horizontal strip. Press seams away from the center square.
3. Assemble the other strips of fabric as shown.
4. Fold the pocket fabric in half and press. The folded edge should be on top.
5. With the front panel face up, lay pocket so it sits at the bottom edge of the vertical stripe. Last, lay the backing fabric face down.
6. Position the heart template – be sure to keep the horizontal stripe perpendicular and within the widest part of the heart. Pin well- especially around the pocket- and cut through all thicknesses.
7. Remove pattern piece and re-pin. Sew all around heart leaving about 2″ opening in the straight area at the bottom edge for stuffing. Pivot cleanly at the “v” at the top of the heart. Snip the tip of the bottom of the heart. Also snip the “v” but be very careful not to snip too close to the stitching as it may pull apart. Reinforcing this area with another pass of the sewing machine would be helpful.
8. Turn inside out, press open seams, making a nice smooth curve along the top and top sides of the heart. Stuff with your fiber fill of choice and hand sew close. *Don’t over-stuff as is may contort your pillow- also making it hard to slip things in the pocket.
9. Add your love notes, some sweets, a card and rest on the bed waiting for your true love to happen upon it.
Happy Valentines Day!