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How to Read a Fabric Bolt

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 1:00

When you walk into a fabric store, you'll notice most fabric is wrapped around cardboard bolts that stand upright on shelves or racks. What you may not notice is that at the end each bolt is a label that provides important information about the fabric. If you want 100% cotton, read the label so you don't accidentally come home with a poly-cotton blend. But, there's a lot more good information on that little label.

Love That Fabric! Two New Moda Collections

Friday, 08 January 2016 1:00

Love That Fabric is our periodic review of some of the freshest, most fabulous fabrics we've spotted. The series was always a fan favorite, but had been on a bit of a hiatus. Now, thanks to visitor and sponsor requests, it's back and we're ready to fall in love all over again! The Series returns with two new collections from Moda fabrics. One is a mix of modern essentials, the other a nostalgic beauty in creamy, sweet-dreamy colors.

Sewing with Specialty Fabrics

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 1:00

The holiday sewing season will be on top of us before we know it, which is always a great time to pull out the specialty fabrics for both garments and home décor items. However, working with these fabrics does require a little special handling; they aren't always as user-friendly as good ol' cotton. We picked four of the most common categories: netting and tulle, organza, taffeta, and burlap; and provide some tips and techniques to make preparing, cutting, and sewing with them easier, faster and frustration-free. 

A Lesson in Pre-Cut Bundles: Common Names, Sizes and Shapes

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 1:00

Scanning the list of materials for your next project tutorial, you suddenly come across a term or two that causes you to stop and scratch your head: Fat Quarters, Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Honey Buns, Dessert Rolls. Have you accidentally clicked from a sewing site to a recipe site? All these items sound so delicious, but what the heck do they have to do with sewing? They are the names of various types of fabric pre-cuts. And though not edible, they are great time and money savers, and the perfect way to play with all the pretty pieces from your favorite quilting cotton collections. 

Love That Fabric: Riley Blake Designs & Andover Fabrics

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 1:00

One perks you up, one calms you down. Ahh, fabric… our drug of choice. Today's two pretty picks are both new collections perfect for warmer weather, and available right now. Hipster by Holli Zollinger and Shannon Lamden for Riley Blake Designs came out this month. It's an energizing set of prints that range from bold retro graphics to funky Cross Stitch and Scallop Knit prints. These two concepts (the bold retro graphics with the cross stitch and scallop) seem at odds, and yet they work together fantastically – I want it on pillows and a "hipster" summer dress. Linen Closet by Renee Nanneman of Need'l Love for Andover Fabrics is the epitome of fresh, crisp fabric. Envision a pretty set of bed pillows and a softly colored quilt; add an open window with a morning breeze blowing through... a silver tray with coffee, scones and strawberry jam... a kitty at the foot of the bed and nothing pressing to do. I want to go there.

A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics: How to Mix and Match Designer Fabric Collections

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 3:00

I often tell people fabric collections are kind of like the "Garanimals" (remember them?!) of the sewing world. If you stay within a designer's collection, you can be more confident everything will look great together. Many sewers mix between collections all the time, especially quilters. However, it can be intimidating, and the results can be less than stellar without a rationale for making choices. But, when done successfully, it is certainly possible to combine designers and collections to come up with a wonderfully unique look. In fact, our Romantic Bedroom Retreat series with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics bends and perhaps breaks a few "rules" of mixing patterns and color. For an eclectic room like we've built, this is not only okay, it may be the only way to reach your goal. In fact, it's okay on many levels. If you have the belief and courage to do this successfully, you can create something that far exceeds what you would get if you strictly followed all the rules. From an entire room to an individual project, whatever you're working on, having the confidence to look at all the possibilities gives you wide-open potential for creativity.


Love That Fabric: March 2011

Thursday, 17 March 2011 9:00

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Spring officially begins in three days, conveying with it the anticipation of sunshine, flowers, baby birds, spotted fawns and lush green fields. I look out the window and see none of that. Spring has its work cut out for it. Seems like a good time to give spring a nudge with a field of enchantingly fresh prints guaranteed to bring a little ray of sun to your day. 

Love That Fabric: February

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 9:00

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Last month we showed all girlie fabrics in shades of Honeysuckle Pink, the Pantone Color of the Year. This month we found something for everyone: a retro cool collection from Birch Organic Fabrics, extreme prints for boys from Michael Miller Fabrics, a striking new collection from Ty Pennington, and cotton linen gorgeousness from Valori Wells.

Love That Fabric: December

Tuesday, 28 December 2010 9:00

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I got my first peek at Amy Butler's newest collection, Soul Blossoms, in early May and have been drumming my fingers waiting for the day when I could get my hands on it. I've been dreaming of exotic billowy curtains for the master bedroom, an eclectic patchwork quilt for the bed where my two little kitties could snooze against a pile of throw pillows blooming in colorways of Bliss, Joy and Passion. Amy says she was influenced by her travels to India. "It's impossible to spend time in such a soulful place and not be inspired by the culture, rich colors, amazing textiles, and ornate architecture. I was instantly consumed by the heartbeat of everyday life and smitten with the beautiful way people expressed themselves. This collection is my interpretation of an enchanted, modern passage through the floral delights of India. Dreamy jewel toned prints in multi-hued flowers and designs - uplifting and passionate - weave together my ethnic inspired story."