During the month of April, I’ll be sharing Anna Maria Horner’s next collection for Free Spirit, Mod Corsage. Isn’t that a beautiful stack? One of my favorite things about Anna Maria’s collections is the way they coordinate without being obvious. Something that is definitely true about this one.As usual, I gravitated towards the blues first. With the hints of coral and the dashes of gold, there is plenty to liven things up. Even those who think blues are boring will find themselves getting excited about these.Especially when they’re cut up into hexies. I wasn’t ready for a long term EPP project so I turned my thoughts to pillows. I chose a gorgeous turquoise solid (Free Spirit Designer Essential) and worked up a design for a small rectangular pillow.I used my hexies to frame a design element from the gray colorway. I appliqued it to the solid, added hexies to the corners and quilted it up. It now has pride of place on my chair. It sure makes that IKEA gray pop, don’t you think?Here’s a close up of the echo quilting.Mod Corsage ships to stores next month. You might want to make a little room in your stash for some of these. Just sayin’.
Nothing will beat those winter blues and manic Monday feelings like a chance to win some fabric. So….let’s have a giveaway. As part of Free Spirit’s One Fabric Nation program, I’ve been provided with Zandra Rhodes’ Feathered collection to share. There was a bit of a glitch in the proceedings as the warehouse ran out of the print on top of the stacks. To make up for the not-quite-fat-quarter size of the piece, I’ve added 1/8 yard of that print to each stack.
Here are the details:
- Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me one thing on your creative To Do list for 2016.
- One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, January 7, 2016 to enter.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Two winners will be selected by Random Number Generator no later than January 10, 2016. Each winner will receive one fat quarter bundle.
- Winners will be notified by email and will have 7 days to respond. If winners do not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.
Good luck! I may not have time to reply to each and every one of you who comments. So, to everyone who enters, “Thank you!” I’m looking forward to reading about your plans for the new year.
We’re nearing the start of a new year–a time for resolutions and good intentions. These often include clearing space and getting organized. What could be more inspiring than having a cute place to store some of the small stuff. It’s a win-win really. You can showcase some of your favorite prints and get a handle on some of the clutter. With this in mind, I put together a simple round organizer.To make one organizer, you will need the following:
- 1/2 yard of quilting cotton for exterior
- 1/2 yard of quilting cotton or broadcloth for lining
- 1/2 yard of Shape Flex interfacing
- 1/8 yard of coordinating quilting cotton for trim piece (or in the alternative, 1/2 yard of 1/2″ ribbon)
- two decorative buttons
- and basic sewing supplies
To prepare, cut a 17″ circle from the exterior, lining and interfacing. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, adhere the fusible side of the Shape Flex piece to the wrong side of the exterior fabric.
With circles right sides together, use a 3/8″ seam allowance to sew around the edges of the circle leaving a gap of approximately 3″ for turning. Notch the seam allowance being careful not to clip into the stitching. Turn inside out and press. Slip stitch the opening closed.
Box pleat the edge, pinning in place as you move around the edge of the circle. (The size of the pleats is up to you. For reference, my pleats are about 1 1/8″. You could gather instead of pleat if you don’t want to fuss with the pleats.)
Stitch the pleats in place approximately 1/2″ from the edge. Sew another row of stitching 1/8″ from first row.
To make the trim piece, cut a strip 2″ x 17″ from the coordinating print. Fold it in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press a crease. Fold both long raw edges towards the crease. Press. Fold the newly folded edges together to create a strip 1/2″ x 17″. Edgestitch along both sides of the strip.
Tack trim at stitching line at center front and back. Sew decorative buttons over edges to hide raw ends.And that’s it! Easy peasy.
I used fabric from my stash of Amy Butler’s Dreamweaver for Free Spirit (my OneFabricNation fabric stash) to make this little beauty. It would also look great in home decorator weight fabric. If you were to use a heavier fabric, you could leave out the Shape Flex and still achieve the same result.
Amy’s Dreamweaver will be in shops next month so get your list ready!