Fabulous Fabric Friday: September Blue

Perhaps it is my longing for Spring, but I am smitten by Dashwood Studios’ new range, September Blue.

It’s designed by Susan Driscoll of The Print Tree, and it is just so pretty.

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I have not yet found an Australian fabric shop that stocks it, but you can get it shipped online from The Homemakery.

If you know a local place that sells it – please let me know!

Happy Friday, y’all.

jf

Clever Camille’s Australian tour

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Camille Roskelley’s talk at the Quilters’ Store in Salisbury, Queensland.  Such a lovely evening!

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It was the first time I had attended an event for Quilters other than a quilt show.  I was surprised by a few things:

1. the sheer number of attendees.  I thought I was one of only a few fabric nerds in my home city!

2. the average age of attendees – younger than I expected.  Quite a few people in my age group, 25-35 ish.  I’m so pleased to see that traditional crafts still have a lot of young practitioners.

3.  the level of excitement.  I swear I heard a few squeals that would have rivalled those of a teen One Direction fan.

So there you are.  Camille, it turns out you have groupies.  Who would have thought?

On the night there was a great selection of Bonnie and Camille goods for sale, but the most enjoyable part was being able to see and touch, up close, the quilts Camille brought with her from home, and hearing about the process by which she and her mother design fabric.

I restrained myself, and only bought these:

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I had been eyeing Camille’s books off for a while, but had hesitated because I don’t like to spend a lot of money on shipping, and books are heavy (and usually expensive) to post.  I can’t wait to get into them.

The evening was a lovely one, full of pleasant surprises.

jf

Fabulous Fabric Friday: “Color me Happy”

I’m a big fan of the combination of navy, green and grey.  That meant I was delighted when I saw V and Co’s new line, “Color me Happy”.

Look at those beautiful greens, greys, teals, emeralds, navy… ahhh!

Add some white or grey, and this really is a favourite palette of mine.

As with all good Moda products, you can get the fat quarter bundle, layer cakes, charm squares, jelly rolls or candy squares.  The yardage is also available, great for when it comes to doing your borders or backing.

Here’s the whole collection:

If you have a love of pink and green together, you will have some fun with this collection.  That’s not my favourite, but I have seen it done very well.  I’ll just use the pinks on something else.

You can see more at the designer’s blog, here.

I hope this gets your creativity cranking for the weekend!  Happy Friday, everyone!

jf

Fabulous Fabric Friday: Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille

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I’m very happy to have got my hands on the new Bonnie and Camille fabric range, Miss Kate.  I was so excited when my parcel from the Quilters and Embroiderer’s Store arrived!

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Bonnie and Camille always make such wonderful, vintage-inspired designs.

I thought I’d crack open the pack and take some pics of the different colour themes inside, so that you can get an idea of the different looks you can achieve with it, by focussing on one or a few of the colours used.  Sometimes it’s great to throw every colour in the pack at one project, but as I learned with April Showers, sometimes holding one or two of the colours on their own can be even better.

Here’s the reds:

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The blues:

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The aquas:

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The greys, which I particularly like in this range:

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The oranges… the colour of them hasn’t shown up perfectly in my pic.  They have a peachy tone to them.

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And finally, the greens.

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I’m going to have some fun with these.  They have also been made in flannel… perfect for a winter snuggle.  I’m thinking of a project with the red, blue and grey tones.

These seem to be hitting quilt stores in Australia about now, but if you want flannel, then you had better move fast.  For some reason, it is always harder to get!

Happy Friday everyone!

jf

Fabulous Fabric Friday: Roald Dahl

As a child I loved Roald Dahl’s books.   Truth be told, I still think they are pretty good now!

You can imagine how excited I was to find that Wortley Group was distributing in Australia a range of fabrics by Ashley Wilde based on the illustrated versions of some of Roald’s best books.

A gorgeous room decorated for a child with Road Dahl fabrics

Quentin Blake is the illustrator responsible for so much of the magic in these fabrics.

I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Here’s my favourite of bit of the range:

From kidsfabrics.co.uk

It’s James and the Giant Peach prints!  Who wouldn’t love that?

Happy Friday.

jf

Image courtesy of truffleshuffle.co.uk

Fabulous Fabric Friday

Hello there!

Here’s something new from me – a regular post on the fabrics that have caught my eye this week.

It’s Fabulous Fabric Friday!

I apologise in advance if it means you end up spending your weekend fabric shopping.

This week I noticed for the first time the Lotta Jansdotter fabric range.  It’s got a Swedish/Nordic feel to it, and I think it would be useful for a wide range of homewares, not just quilting.  Here it is.  I couldn’t get it at my local fabric shop, but you can order it online from Honeybee Cloths.  If you like KikkiK stationery, you are going to LOVE this fabric.

I also noticed the Bartholo-meow’s Reef range of children’s fabrics.  With pretty shades of blue and aqua, it’ll be a nice range to use on a project for a boy, or a girl that loves all things oceanic.  It’s by Tim and Beck for Moda.  Here’s a link to the range.  It’s on the cover of the Piece catalogue, too!

Here’s a great example of how they can be used from Sister’s Quilts:

They’re hard to find in Australia at the moment, but I’m told that they will become available soon.  They were released in March in the US.  I’ll either have to be patient, or shop online.

Happy Fabulous Fabric Friday!

jf

 

Favourite fabrics

I confess that I spend too much money on fabric.  But the way I look at it is, if I am going to spend as much time as I do making quilts, then it doesn’t make sense to then be stingy about the materials with which I will make that time investment.

Some of my early (like, early 1990’s) attempts at quilting were made with a blend of high-quality prints and cheaper basic dyed fabrics.  The cheaper ones have not gone the distance.  They’re faded, and in some cases, now bucked and bubbly.  Granted, if they had been edge-to-edge quilted, that might have helped prevent some of the buckling, but it wouldn’t have prevented the fading.

Take a look at this one.  The solids have faded in the areas where the quilt was folded, and there’s bubbling throughout.  It’s a terrible shame!

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When I use the very best quilter’s fabric, I get results that take my breath away, long after the project is complete.  I can (and do) treat them roughly.  They are machine washed, line dried (often in the sun), chewed by children and spread on the ground as picnic blankets or play rugs.  The best materials withstand all of this abuse beautifully.

The moral of the story is, use the good stuff.

Any fabrics by Moda never let me down.  It’s worth using the bella solids too.  They are made to blend well with Moda’s current designs and the quality is top-shelf.

My favourite Moda designer is Bonnie and Camille.  Camille Roskelley’s blog is full of great inspiration!  I’ve had great results with the Bonnie and Camille happy-go-lucky and April Showers ranges.  It’s a pity they can be hard to get in Australia.  The pre-cuts Moda produces make quick quilting possible, and make the craft so accessible for beginners.

Camille is coming to Australia soon.  I’m a little bit too excited.

I like the children’s fabrics made by Robert Kaufman.  Dr Seuss is always in style!

My all-time favourite is, however, anything by Liberty of London.  Since they started making their classic designs in quilting-grade fabric, I have been enjoying them immensely.  You can get the Liberty Lifestyle range in Brisbane at The Quilters and Embroiderer’s Store.

As an aside, I stay away from any of the pre-cut fat quarters that you can get in Lincraft or Spotlight.  I just don’t think the quality stacks up.  Better to go to a proper quilt shop (and you’ll be supporting small business – yay!) or buy the good stuff online from Etsy or elsewhere.

jf