We are very lucky to have Cheryl Kuczek, the mind and hands behind Paradiso Designs, right in our backyard! She has a beautiful line of bag patterns, apparel and teaches classes around the region and beyond. She is a pretty busy gal traveling to trade shows and presenting workshops for Paradiso Designs, but she was able to squeeze some sewing time in for us using our beautiful Laurel Burch Basics that just came out with Fabulous Felines. She also used our recently released Laurel Burch Signature thread set from Aurifil. She picked up on the gold flecks and used some really beautiful pleather to complement the colors. I just love what she did here. If you’d like to see this pattern, head out and pick up a copy of the Winter 2012 Quick Stuff to Sew magazine (made by the folks who do Threads magazine) And, for lots of great tutorials, head on over to Cheryl’s blog. It’s amazing how many patterns and goodies designers give away for FREE on their websites. Cheryl is truly a teacher, you can tell by how many posts show techniques and tips that she knows her stuff and wants to share what she has learned. Thanks Cheryl for sharing this with us and we look forward to more great ideas and patterns from Paradiso Designs. Her patterns are available wholesale or retail from her website.
Fabrics featured: Laurel Burch Basics Hearts
First–Thanks to Scott Hansen over at Blue Nickel Studios for coming up with this idea and putting together a crackerjack list of blogger sewers!! Scott is one of the rare quilters who works in EVERY genre. He just seems to have the eye and a deep love of quilting that translates into an appreciation for all styles. He also happens to be one of the founders of Generation Q magazine. For this Quiltalong, Scott got a kitty of European Taupe 8 by Kinkame (due out in stores soon) and he divvied it up amongst 12 bloggers who will be making blocks using three ET8 fabrics AND they have to incorporate a bar shape (a rectangle) somewhere in the block. For the next few weeks we’ll be seeing fresh bar blocks pop up all over the blogosphere. I’ll be posting links here as new blocks come up and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. What a treat. So, if you love ET8 (like me!) this is just the thing for you. And, if you feel like joining in, head to Scott’s blog post and get his link to upload your own photos! Hooray for a quiltalong–I’m ready to be inspired! For the full story, you’ll have to go to Blue Nickel Studios where Scott has got everything and everyone all linked up to make it easy for us to stay informed!
I love the name of this collection. I’m a little biased. My name is Susie, afterall, and Suzette sounds like some darling French term of endearment rolling off the tongue of a grandmother calling to her grandbaby. These photos capture the feeling I get when I look at this collection so perfectly–I hear Suzette being called and see that sweet little girl smiling. This came to me via Facebook (thanks Sue!) and the photographer is Susan Gary. After a little clicking around, I figured out that the dress can be purchased on Etsy in a store called LittleRascals3. If you want to see more about this collection, Blooms ‘n’ Bugs posted a very sweet, free dress pattern and tutorial a while back on The Works. And, the full collection by Sue Zipkin can be seen by clicking here.
This just came across my desk in the latest edition of McCall’s Quilting. Somehow I didn’t even know it was appearing so you can imagine what a pleasant surprise it was to see this darling collection in print!! Click here to get to McCalls and download this easy, free pattern using Leere Aldrich’s darling collection, Scribble Monsters. And, check out our other Halloween and fall-themed collections:
Spooky Eve by Sue Zipkin
Gone Haunting by Sue Zipkin
Forest Floor by Skipping Stones Studio
Funky Fall by Diane Knott
This little darling using City Streets is coming out with plenty of notice for back to school sewing! Check out the latest edition of Easy Quilts by Fons + Porter to get a free pattern for this quilt. The applique pattern would also make really darling pillow shams. Nice work, Jamie!
Read this post for more information on the dress, and click here to feast your eyes on more swatches from the Staples collection. I posted a little while back about the new Staples collection coming in and they are dreamy. I hadn’t yet imagined them on apparel, but I don’t need to now. That fabric looks just gorgeous and the dress is amazing. Thanks to Claire Pettibone for using Clothworks! We love it! There are a few more dresses on her couture site that feature Staples. Here’s one.
We’d thought we’d get it done before Facebook forces us! Check out our new look on Facebook and like us so you can get daily posts with new fabrics, ideas and share your own thoughts and projects. Click here. Can you guess all the fabrics you see in the banner?
Generation Q is expanding their digital presence and creating a 96-page, full-color quarterly. Hot diggity dog! We’re excited over her at Clothworks and will keep you posted on the progress. Here is some more information about the launch and check out the online mag. It is full of great project ideas, patterns and thoughtful discussions.
From the horse’s mouth:
“The time is now! We’re furiously working on the first print issue of Generation Q, which will be available in June 2012. GenQ will print quarterly, offering up 96 pages of features, news, ideas, and advertising geared to whet the stitchy appetites of modern and contemporary sewists.”
They are funding their launch with Kickstarter and there are still some swank rewards for pledgers, so check that out, too.
Check out this gorgeous quilt designed by Rochelle Martin, appearing in the March/April 2012 issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting. The fabric is from the Neutral Elegance collection by Joined at the Hip.
This lovely quilt was designed by Bev Getschel and is featured in the February/March 2012 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter. The fabric is from the European Taupe collection by Kinkame.
Quilter’s Newsletter also did a story on Kinkame’s European Taupe fabrics and included this applique piece designed and made by award-winning Japanese quilter/teacher Reiko Kato.
Have a great weekend, and Happy Sewing!