It's everywhere this season! Color Block is the trend in home décor as well as fashion. It has a cool 60s vibe in a bold, modern style, and no prints need apply. This is all about solid, saturated color, which is why it's the perfect design theme for our newest S4H series, featuring Michael Miller Fabric's Cotton Couture collection: 90 solids in 100% quality cotton. For most of history, cotton has been a luxury fabric, something worth hauling by caravan out of the middle east and all the way to Europe. For some manufacturers, like Michael Miller, cotton is still a luxury fabric. From selecting the cotton variety to processing to dyeing, their goal isn't to make the least expensive fabric possible, but the best. We have five beautiful projects in our Cotton Couture series, including today's colorful table runner, four helpful technique tutorials to make those projects go faster and easier, and an amazing Great Giveaway, courtesy of Michael Miller.
There is something universally likable about the aqua and red color combination... or as Bonnie & Camille call it in their new Vintage Modern collection: Sky and Candy Apple. Mix in Cream, Pebble, Melon and Pear and you have a delicious blend of nostalgic warmth and romance with a whipped topping of clean, crisp and trendy sophistication. Today's tutorial in our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics is a quilted table runner with a pretty patchwork center that mixes and matches some of our favorite designs from within the 40 quilting weight prints in this delightful new collection. It coordinates perfectly with our five other tasty tutorials: placemats and napkins from this week and an apron, oven mitts and toaster cozy to come.
Paper napkins are... well... paper ! Cloth napkins are more beautiful, more absorbent, and more green. Today is the second project in our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics, featuring the new Vintage Modern collection by Bonnie & Camille. On Monday, during our debut placemats tutorial, we showed you a technique for building patchwork strips called a 'strata.' Today you get to practice the technique again to make a set of coordinating napkins. Then, hold on to your honey buns.... we have four more projects on tap as well as two super cute downloads of matching recipe cards and gift tags, and a marvelous Great Giveaway to round it all out. Our thanks for Moda for sponsoring the entire series.
Why do we love fabric? Let me count the ways. Our apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but it seemed like a good quote to emphasize what a difference fabric makes to the end result of a project. This Re-imagine & Renovate series is our way to show you how one project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims and notions. Today's set of matching placemats and napkins originally debuted as part of our Italiano Kitchen series, which had a playful, breakfast table casualness. In our new, rich tones of indigo, they're now ready for prime time as lovely dinner table linens or perhaps for a sophisticated Sunday brunch.
Yesterday you learned the basics of Heirloom Stitching by Machine. Today, it's time to put that new knowledge into action with these lovely linen placemats. Table linens are a great way to get started into the world of heirloom stitching, and a placemat (or two or four or more) is a nice, smallish format with which to practice. We'll show you two options today: hemstitching (if you are brand new to heirloom techniques) and fagoting (if you are more advanced). Both placemat designs feature beautiful borders with mitered corners and an optional monogram.
For formal occasions, I love the look of a table runner with placemats. The rich dark wood of the dining table sets off the fabric, and the individual linens act like beautiful little frames for the china and silver. Our very elegant table runner in a sparkling platinum damask with rich mahogany accents is certainly fit for a king or a queen or... your own royal family. This project was chosen to be part of our Beautiful Binding week because it shows you how to create a flush, turned corner – a wonderful technique for all kinds of square and rectangle table linens. Plus, we show you how to expertly tuck in a tassel.
It's day four of our Joel Dewberry Artist Trio Series with Free Spirit Fabrics. Today, we present a set of mix-and-match placemats that are fussy cut to make full use of the striking motifs of Joel's Heirloom collection. For those of you new to sewing, 'fussy cutting' is not pitching a fit in the barber chair when one side of your bangs is longer than the other. Although that is perfectly justifiable behavior. To fussy cut in sewing is to select and cut out a specific motif from a printed fabric or center your pattern piece directly over a design within your fabric that you want to feature. This is what we did to perfectly center the beautiful designs on each of our coordinated yet distinctive placemats.
My brother made me laugh out loud when he said a "mug rug" sounded like a bad toupee for an ugly guy. Although a great guess, a mug rug is really a mini placemat designed to be able to hold your coffee or tea cup and maybe an extra little treat, or... when placed by your sewing machine, a handy place to jab a few pins and needles as you sew. Originally, they came onto the scene as a fun excuse to use up some scraps to make an itty-bitty quilt. We took the mug rug concept a step further by turning it into a hand-sewn greeting card with the addition of our Salutation Strip through the center. Cards are a nice thought, but most eventually end up in the garbage can. Instead, create a Happy Birthday, Congratulations or I Love You message with a purpose; an every day reminder to the recipient that they have a friend in you!