Raw and Refined

I’m just a teeeny tiny bit obsessed with this new line of fabric from Robert Kaufman. Raw and Refined is a new line of neutrals that are a blend of textures and substrates.  From cotton to rayon to linen and silk! Some have small stripes woven in. Some are very light weight and drapey. Others are heavier weight and really slubby! My favorite is probably the 100% cotton that has a crepe texture. It’s so dreamy!!!

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In my dreams I’d stash yards and yards of all them to have on hand but in reality I started small with a few 1/4 yard cuts to play with. I whipped up this disappearing 9 patch of sorts with another textured woven for a pop of color. I LOVE how it turned out! I’m really torn on how to quilt it though. I want to incorporate machine quilting and hand quilting to add to the texture of the quilt… but that’s all I’ve got! Should I keep with the grid? Create movement with concentric circles? I’m stumped!

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How would you quilt this quilt? I’d love your input and opinions!

 

xo Liz

PS: Raw and Refined is our Bundle of the Week… get an awesome fat quarter stack for only $28 until Tuesday! I swear you’ll love it as much as I do!

Sewing Studio Organization: Thread Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time keeping my sewing space organized.  For one thing, there’s just too much stuff in there…unfinished projects, scraps I can’t bear to throw away, gadgets I thought I needed.  So the first step for me is going to be cleaning out.  Then I plan to find a place for everything I NEED to keep.

I think I’ll start easy, though, with thread.  While I do have most of it on a wall organizer,  it’s not enough to hold everything and there’s a lot of old thread on there that is probably all dried out at this point.  I need to throw those away along with the spools with very little thread left on them.  Or save them for some other crafty project??? NO!!! That’s how it got so cluttered to begin with!

Here are some inspiring thread storage ideas I found on Pinterest:

I love this shelf with a simple nail under each spool to hold the corresponding bobbin!  So smart.

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This design could work perfectly on the built-in shelves I have and with the long spool pins you can put your bobbin on top (see bottom shelf!):

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Spice drawer organizer?  Clever!

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I’ve seen several people using these  Ikea Alex cabinets.  I like the drawer idea to prevent dust.

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It is highly likely, however, that I will order a couple of these.  I mean, Martha designed them so…

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Do you have any good ideas for thread organization?  Any tips or links?  I’d appreciate your help!

xo,

Lauren

Fabric Designers…they’re not just for fabric!

 

I know that a lot of people think that if you are a successful fabric designer, you must be raking in the dough.  In reality, most make very little…like pennies per yard!  So it makes sense that they design other things as well.

Leah Duncan is one of my favorite fabric designers.  Recently, while shopping for new bedding, I found these at Schoolhouse Electric.

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This yellow floral set was on sale so I snapped some up!

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Visit Leah’s site, and you’ll find gorgeous art prints,

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pillows,

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and scarves,

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and tea towels.

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even jewelry!

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Of course, Anna Maria Horner has had dipped her toes in many ponds.
Currently, you can get a gorgeous rug or pillow,

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aprons,

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tea towels,
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Ribbons,

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Lotta Jansdotter has sticky notes,
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notebooks,

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dishware (o0h the dishware!)

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recipe boxes,

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Do you know of other fabric designers that do interesting things?  Leave us a link in the comments.  Let’s support our favorite designers!

 

xo,
Lauren