Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New to me fabric substrates

I'm a quilter. And, as a quilter, I use quilting cotton fabrics when making a quilt. I use cotton fabrics for the quilt top, backing, and binding and always use 100% cotton batting sandwiched inside of the quilt. Quilting cotton is a light to medium weight woven fabric that usually has a print on one side and, you guessed it, is made of cotton. It doesn't stretch. It's drapey and has a smooth texture.  That being said, however, I am aware that other fabric substrates exist on the market. Jersey, lawn, voile, corduroy, poplin, batik (like quilting cotton but with a denser weave,) gauze, silks, taffeta, organza, flannel, velveteen and canvas just to name a few.

Fabrics from the new Wonderland line by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery. From left to right: Cheshire Feathers in canvas,  X Your Heart Pure in knit and Enchanted Leaves in Plum in voile. 

I have voiles, knits and canvas prints in my stash. Voile makes for a lovely, silky smooth quilt backing. Knits are perfect for clothing (think t-shirts and yoga pants!) And canvas makes great tote bags. I had never had any voile, knit or canvas from Art Gallery Fabrics so I chose some prints from one of my favorite designer's, Katarina Roccella, new line Wonderland to test them.

The whole tone of this post is cracking me up because I'm suggesting that I'm doing this as a service to humanity to test out some new substrates. Like I'm taking it on as an important and serious job and reporting to you on my findings. Ha! I think we all know that any excuse for new fabric is good enough for me. The fact that these are truly quite lovely is just icing on the cake. The canvas is hefty like you'd expect canvas to be but more fluid than any other brand I've ever purchased. I don't know . . . it's hefty like a canvas but drapey and loose if that makes sense. The knit is soft and stretchy  . . . um . . . so kind of like the weight and soft texture of footie pajamas made for infants and newborns as opposed to the knit used by Old Navy for a long sleeved t-shirt. Are you getting me?  And the voile is very similar to any other voile I've ever bought . . . smooth like buttah.

I really took one for the team here. I got new fabric all in the name of research. I did it for you.


P.S. If you're interested in seeing more of this beautiful Wonderland fabric line, be sure to visit all the stops on the blog tour.

1. ERICA TOOLE - October 5th
3. DANA BOLYARD - October 7th
4. RACHAEL GANDER - October 8th
5. HEATHER and MEG of QUILT STORY - October 9th
8. ERICA JACKMAN - October 12th
9. KATHLEEN RIGGINS - October 13th
10. MARIJA VUJČIĆ - October 14th
11. SVETLANA SOTAK - October 15th
14. MICHELLE WILKIE - October 18th
15. HEMAMALINI October 19th
16. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY - October 20th

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Winner, winner chicken dinner!

Thanks for all the entries into the contest to win the Tokyo Fat Quarter Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop. The smirky cows mooed twelve times as I approached to ask them to choose a winner. Comment number twelve belongs to Megan.  Shoot me an email with your mailing address Megan.

It seems like an overwhelming majority of you are inspired by the colors of autumn this time of year. Me too!

Happy Tuesday.

Friday, September 25, 2015

AGF Stitched with Kimberley - Welded Quilt

Fat Quarter Shop asked if I'd be interested in sewing up their newest design as part of their AGF Stitched with Kimberly series. The quilt is called Welded and is super simple in it's construction but packs a real visual punch. I chose to work with all solids and took my color inspiration from the Fat Quarter Shop Tokyo Solid Fat Quarter Bundle.  Tokyo bundle kind of cracked me up because have I mentioned that I live in the sticks? Like, I couldn't be further from Tokyo if I tried. I think the cows were even smirking and saying, "Tokyo? Whatever!" in their minds. 


I loved how quickly this Welded Quilt sewed up. Fat Quarter Shop has a video tutorial  to show you how to make the blocks and includes great tips and tricks on how to trim it perfectly at the end. If you want to make their exact version of the quilt you can find quilt top kits and backing kits available in their shop too.

And, because Fat Quarter Shop is awesome (and I think they secretly want the cows to laugh at me harder,) they have offered up a Tokyo Solid Fat Quarter Bundle for one lucky winner here today. Please note that the bundle will not contain enough yardage to make the Welded Quilt but it will certainly get you headed in the right direction.

Leave a comment here telling me what colors and or fabrics are your favorites to use this time of year for your chance to win the fabric bundle. I'll close the contest and pick a winner on Monday, September 28, 2015. Winner will be selected by smirky cow. Not really. Just checking to see if you're still reading.

Thanks for the great pattern and giveaway Fat Quarter Shop!

Friday, September 18, 2015

January Quilt


If you follow me on Instagram  then you've seen bits and pieces of this quilt during the making process. It's a pattern called January Quilt from Lady Harvatine and I'm pretty much in love with it. 

So in love with it that it will probably go everywhere I go. That's not weird, right? I mean, you travel with your favorite quilts too, right?


What if my luggage gets lost?

Maybe it will stay home.

Maybe not.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The 24 hour jelly channel

It's all jelly all the time around here. This year I've made raspberry jam, grape jelly and just this week I made three batches of hot pepper jelly. I was talking to a friend in the midst of steaming pots and bubbling sugar yesterday. She mentioned how she wished she knew how to make jelly.

And I said, "Well get here and I'll teach you how!"

And she said, "I wish."

And wouldn't jelly camp be fun? Or canning camp?


P.S. I used this recipe for the hot pepper jelly. Except I don't use any bell peppers (just a mix of red and green hot peppers) and I use Bragg's Cider Vinegar. Never heard of hot pepper jelly? It's wonderful poured over a block of cream cheese and spread on crackers. It's really good with other fruits mixed into the jelly too . . . pineapple hot pepper jelly and raspberry hot pepper jelly are especially yummy.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Sometimes I have a plan in mind when I sit down to sew. I will have sketched an idea and figured out how much fabric I will need. I say sometimes, but if I think about it, I really mean most of the time that's how I work. I like having a plan and then seeing it take shape. However, with this quilt I didn't have a preconceived plan. I just started cutting 3.5" squares and started sewing. In order to get the gradation of color, I did eventually have to put a plan into place. But it was so nice to just start. I just started sewing and explored where it took me.

I enjoyed the journey.

And the result.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Juice to jelly

We make grape juice and jelly each year around this time. Though our vines didn't produce near as much as they have in the past, we will have enough jelly for a good while.

These little jewels are sitting on my counter cooling and making me forget all about the pesky, purple stains all over my hands and kitchen sink.

Cause making grape jelly is messy ya'll.