Posted in Fabric Collections, Knits, sewing, Uncategorized

Knits – Do you sew with them?

2-18-15_showgrid_01_smwebLook what the UPS driver brought today – new knit patterns and colors! Also testing the set-up for the Sew Expo next week. I like it! A compact 2′ x 2′ but holds a decent number of bolts; notions will hang on the sides.

I love knits – they are easy to sew with, comfortable to wear, and NO ironing! Yeah! It seems that some folks think knits are difficult to sew. If you are new to sewing with knits, you do need to practice so that you select the proper stitch type and length if sewing on a regular sewing machine. If sewing with a serger, it’s not difficult to get the proper stitch configuration.

Here are several articles on the types of knits and sewing with knits –

I loved Serger Pepper’s suggestion to use spray starch to prevent the cut edges of  jersey knits from rolling while you work with them!

Our knits come from Riley Blake and are a jersey knit, 95% cotton/ 5% spandex. The spandex gives them good recovery so they don’t stretch out of shape; the cotton is comfortable and breathable. Browse out entire knit selection here – Riley Blake Knits

Enter our rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to our shop – good for any purchase, not just knits! The winner will be selected on Wed Feb 25th. Prize Drawing Entry

Posted in Fabric Collections, Sewing projects

Crossroads Denim – Versatile and Beautiful

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Indygo Junction Modern Silhouette Vest Pattern

I am in love with Crossroads denim! Unlike the usual stiff blue denim fabric, this fabric is buttery soft and is the same color on both sides since both warp and weft threads have been dyed. This makes it perfect for unlined jackets or patterns where both sides of the fabric are visible. This fabric washes beautifully and retains that buttery soft “hand” making it a comfortable fabric to wear. Plus the fabric is wide (54″) so you get more bang for your buck! Consider pants, skirts, coats, jackets, purses & bags, as well as the featured vest. Crossroads denim was specifically designed by Amy Barickman to use with several of the Indygo Junction patterns.

Crossroads Denim color cardThere are some gorgeous colors that make this a perfect fabric for transition seasons. The Soft Aqua or Moss Green would be spectacular in a little girls (or big girls!) jacket for Spring. If you love to embroider, consider adding your own special touches to this vest pattern which comes in two lengths and sizes Small – 3XL.

If you are intimidated by sewing with denim, which is heavier than the lightweight cottons we usually sew with, consider these Tips to Sew Denim (from Melly Sews blog). You can shop for several colors of Crossroads denim as well as the Indygo Junction patterns on the UnbiasedFabrics.com website.

 

Posted in General Info, Sale Announcements, Sales, Uncategorized

Internet issues, grrr

Okay, so, I’ve had internet connectivity issues for a while, but this week just took the cake. Up, down, up, down, down for a while, up for two minutes, etc. Called customer service Wednesday after a morning full of continually intermittent, unstable internet connection. So they sent a guy out to change the modem. Fine. Continue reading “Internet issues, grrr”

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Busy, happy week

We were happily surprised by the response to our recent giveaway done in conjunction with the lovely SewCanShe.com website and blog. Most of this past week was spent entering email addresses into our website and trying to figure out how to get the website to behave the way I thought it should! Oh well, our web hosting service received a lot of suggestions this week . . . .

Color Theory
Color Theory by In the Beginning Fabrics

Because of the overwhelming response, we decided to give away three additional FQ bundles to our Facebook fans as a “Thank You”. I think everyone was happy with the unexpected bonus prizes.  All of them have been shipped to the winners. Well,  except one. Just heard back from the lovely lady in Australia that won and it was too late to post.  But, it’s all packed and ready to go to the post office for a little adventure down under!

Honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting by sponsoring the giveaway, but we were floored by how many new visitors the Facebook page received.  After all, that is the point of doing promos like that! Anyway, now we can resume the previously scheduled program of sample sewing and the like.

We’ve had a few nice sunny days this week, so have been able to walk Mitzi. So nice to be able to get a little dose of sunshine and exercise after staring at the computer screen so much!

 

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Loose in a fabric candy store!

Earlier this week I went to my local fabric distributor’s warehouse. Yes, I’m very lucky to have one VERY nearby! Everyone seemed pretty happy to be shopping – the parking lot was full and all the customers acted like they had been having fabric withdrawals. LOL! It had only been closed a few days for inventory but with the recent holidays, it had been a month or so since my last visit.

Ragamuffin04One of the best things about visiting (shopping, drooling, petting the fabric) the warehouse is that you never know who you will meet. This week it was a wonderful mother-daughter team that designs and creates Depression style aprons and reversible bags. After visiting their website (http://www.ragamuffinpursedesign.com/), I fell in love with their design sensibility. Anne and Marcia make great fabric choices and put together combinations that are fun, modern and pretty!

Robot-Marilyn-450x600Best of all,  they are generous and give back to the community through multiple local outreach programs.

Here’s to new friends!

Posted in Sewing projects, Soft Toys

Springtime thoughts

I know, I know, we’ve barely cleaned up the wrapping paper and Christmas tree needles from the living room floor and already we are thinking about other holidays! Well, if you sew or do embroidery for other people, believe me – they are already thinking about it! I’ve already seen lots of comments in discussion groups where embroiderers are working on samples and looking for designs to show their customers.

Next up – Valentine’s Day –  It’s in less than 6 weeks, so now’s the time to start looking for cute fabrics and patterns to make those little darlin’s cute outfits!

Easter is early April, so we have a little more time for those projects. How about making a basket or soft toys to go in Easter baskets? There’s so many cute patterns out there for soft toys! I know because there’s a ton of them on my to do list!

Melly and Me Baby Bunnies pattern First project up on the cutting table – Baby Bunnies from Melly & Me. (Pattern Link) Sew something fun today!

Baby Bunnies project

Posted in General Info

Goodbye 2014 – Hello 2015!

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Where did 2014 go?

We’ve spent most of the year adding all of our product to the website and to our Etsy sites. Advertising and Social media outreach was new – this blog, the  Facebook page , Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter pages. A couple of buying trips each in the spring and fall. Toss in a couple of cross country trips from Vancouver, WA to Mississippi and Texas for shows, and that takes care of the rest of the year!

In the summer, Miss Audrey and her family moved close by. Yeah! Miss_Audrey_72dpiWe are so happy to have them. Doesn’t her attitude come through when she’s modeling? She’s a pistol in “Whitney’s Ruffle Neck Romper” by Create Kids Couture. Expect to see more of her in 2015!

What went wrong – oh boy, there were some doozies!

A large spring show turned into a non-event and our entrance fee went the way of the dodo bird. We stepped out of our comfort zone and booked ads in a couple of quilting magazines but the first drop date came and went,  Fall Quilt market came and went, no ads, no magazines…. The publishing company had gone out of business!  Well, let me just say those two events really knocked us for a loop! Finally, with all the travel time and show prep, social media, newsletters, blog postings were all just a little too sporadic.

BUT, we’ve met wonderful people at the events we have done this year, had wonderful customer feedback, and learned scads while setting up the website!

Hopes and goals for 2015 –

Develop and stick to a schedule for regular blog posts, newsletters and other social media.

LOTS more samples and pictures of the sample making process!

Maybe an open house in the Spring or Fall.

Going with our gut feeling more!

Adding more cute fabrics beyond basics (dots, stripes, solids) to expand our lines and inspire children’s apparel, crafts and quilts. What would YOU like to see? Types of fabrics – whole collections? new designers? new manufacturers? more bundles? new pattern lines? Please let us know!

Thank you for sharing our year. Please join us in 2015!

Vivian and Rebecca

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