Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Storyboek Time, Sea Views Quilt, and Gum Drop Pillows

As you can see, it has been a lot of fun over here now that the Storyboek by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics has finally arrived.


The first project was to make a quilt using the Sea Views quilt pattern from Kate Conklin Designs. I usually don't follow quilt patterns so it was a nice change to have all the directions laid out for me.

The best part about this pattern is that calls for the "stack and slash" method to make the blocks, which means you stack three layers of fabric on top of each other and then cut those pieces into thirds. It makes for a nice balance of having the benefit of all of the directions and still having each quilt be totally unique. And I absolutely love the way this pattern works with the Storyboek line.

We chose Kona Ash for the sashing to keep the quilt gender neutral, but Kona Peach or Kona Sky work perfectly with the line if you wanted to make the quilt more gender specific.


The back is made with Seahorses Sun and a strip of Cobblestone Stripe Coral, Whale Watch Sky and Field Stroll Main Cream.


The binding is Bubble Stripe Fresh cut on the bias.



Fabricworm has put together a little kit here where you can purchase all the fabric needed to make this lovely quilt!


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The next project was to create Amy Butler's Gum Drop Pillows, which is a great way to show off more Storyboek prints. The big panels really let the fabrics shine. I made two puffs, one in each size. The larger one uses the Storyboek prints in the boy colorway and the smaller puff uses the prints in the girl colorway. The puffs are made with 8 panels so each Storyboek print gets shown off and you can repeat your favorite!


We hope you'll take a stab at one of these fabulous projects.  Each project is a great way to show off the adorable prints from the Storyboek Collection.  Thanks for catching up with us!


xoxo,

The Fabricworm Girls

Psst.... Melissa Lunden sewed up all these cute designs, and we are just so proud of all of her awesome sewing skills, that we wanted to share with you her new website: www.lundendesigns.com so that you can contact her for any special sewing projects that you might have for her:)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fabricworm Weekly Giveaway! Sew Happy Fat Quarters!


Hello Fabricworms!

It's Tuesday, so we all know that means giveaway! This week we have 5 lovely Fat Quarters from the Monaluna Sew Happy Collection we put together just for you! You can check out other prints by Monaluna/Jennifer Moore on Fabricworm. Everyone has a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the question below and you will be entered to win. The Giveaway will end at 8:30am PST, Monday, September 5th. We will announce the winner later that same day. (The winner will be chosen by random.org)


This week we wanna know:

Why does sewing make you "sew" happy? Is it just a hobby, a lifestyle, a stress reliever?

But don't forget you get 3 bonus entries by doing the following:

  • 1. Tweet the giveaway! Copy this:
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Then make sure to add an additional comment to this post with your twitter ID
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Please no more than 4 comments/entries per contest post. Also leave an email or account ID so we can contact you when if you are a winner.

Happy Sewing!
The Fabricworm Girls

Monday, August 29, 2011

Winner of the Weekly Giveaway Announced!


Congratulations to Angie!

You won Fabricworm Custom Bundle Zoo Bloom in 12 Fat Quarters
pictured above. We will be emailing you shortly for your information. Thank you everyone who entered this week's giveaway.

This week all Riley Blake and Free Spirit Fabrics are 10% off!
Tomorrow we will be posting the next giveaway.

New Hello Kitty Fabric is here!

We've just received some new Hello Kitty fabrics from Kokka!  This cute little kitty reminds us of our adolescent years, and we're so happy she's come back!  Just think how happy any Hello Kitty fan would be to have something special made from any one of these fabrics!  We even got in some new (and really cute) miscellaneous prints!  Check them all out!







And here are some more cuties for you to feast your eyes on!







Sunday, August 28, 2011

Critter Community by Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman

We just received this adorable new fabric collection by Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman called "Critter Community". The prints are all so sweet, but the panel is the cutest panel we've seen in a long time. You could make the cutest blanket by just backing the panel with some soft minky, which by the way, we just restocked! We are wishing everyone safe and sound from the storms!






Thursday, August 25, 2011

Secret Garden by Sandi Henderson is Here!



Our very breath has been swept away by these brilliant florals! Not kidding. All of us Fabricworm Girls were dropping all kinds of vowels over these gorgeous prints! And the palettes are equally stunning! These spectacular florals are printed on a really soft cotton poplin, which is a bit thinner of a cotton base then we've come to know Michael Miller for. We love the change! Bravo Sandi Henderson!

See below for all three colorways, which we are offering in yardage and in fat quarters.

Midnight Garden Bundle

Sunset Garden Bundle

Tea Time Garden Bundle

Happy Browsing Fabricworms!

10% Off Westminster, Freespirit and Riley Blake Fabrics!



Hi There Fabricworms!
We all know that sending the kids back to school can mean lots of stress. We think you deserve a break, so we've slashed some of our prices down to help out!
Linus, tell us what's on sale!


That means that Joel Dewberry, Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, Emily Taylor, Deena Rutter, Zoe Pearn, and much much more are on sale!

This sale lasts all week and ends on 9.1.11.
 
 Happy Browsing Fabricworms!

Cheers,
The Fabricworm Girls

Some New Bundles To Check Out

We've just posted these new Fabricworm Custom Bundles!  We sell all of our bundles in yardage and in fat quarters.  Enjoy!

Play Room Bundle
Camp Site Bundle

Cut to the Chase Bundle
Aye Aye Robot Bundle
Thanks for checking out our new bundles!

xoxo,
The Fabricworm Girls

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Heather Bailey Garden District!

We've just gotten in a fresh shipment of Home Decor Weight Fabrics.  Heather Bailey has released her candy coated palette of Canvases and Home Dec Weight Sateen fabrics!  We love the energy in these colors!  Make a sad and dingy chair happy by reupholstering it with this great fabric!

The sateen is 54/55" wide and the Canvas is 60/61" wide, giving you more fabric in each yard.

Check it out!

Home Dec Weight Sateen

Canvas 

Happy Browsing Fabricworms!

Fabricworm Weekly Giveaway! Zoo Blooms Custom Bundles!



Hello Fabricworms!

It's Tuesday, so we all know that means giveaway! This week we have a bundle we made just for you! You can win Fabricworm Custom Bundle Zoo Blooms in 12 Fat Quarters. Everyone has a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the question below and you will be entered to win. The Giveaway will end at 8:30am PST, Monday, August 29th. We will announce the winner later that same day. (The winner will be chosen by random.org)


This week we wanna know:
Did you visit the zoo this summer?


But don't forget you get 3 bonus entries by doing the following:

  • 1. Tweet the giveaway! Copy this:
Comment for a chance to win this weeks giveaway at @Fabricworm #giveaway #fabric: http://bit.ly/
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Then make sure to add an additional comment to this post with your twitter ID
  • 2. Facebook the giveaway! Copy this:
Comment for a chance to win this weeks giveaway at @Fabricworm:http://bit.ly/
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Then make sure to add an additional comment with your facebook ID


and post an additional comment that you joined the mailing list.

Please no more than 4 comments/entries per contest post. Also leave an email or account ID so we can contact you when if you are a winner.

Happy Sewing!
The Fabricworm Girls

Monday, August 22, 2011

Winner of the Weekly Giveaway Announced!


Congratulations to Rebecca Lynne!

You won
Fabricworm Custom Bundle Autumn Nest in 8 Fat Quarters pictured above. We will be emailing you shortly for your information. Thank you everyone who entered this week's giveaway.

This week all Japanese fabrics are 15% off until August 25th!
Tomorrow we will be posting the next giveaway.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lou Lou Thi Pinwheel Quilt Tutorial

Anna Maria Horner really did it again with her Lou Lou Thi line. I happily finished using it in a quilt to help celebrate one of my favorite three-year old's moving to a big girl bed. The bright, vibrant colors are really fun to work with.




I had been itching to make another pinwheel quilt for a while and stumbled across a fabulous tutorial for a new way of making pinwheel blocks.  This great tutorial is making its way around the internet over on An Art Nest's blog. This is definitely a new twist on an old favorite.

This tutorial uses 10 fat quarters of Anna Maria Horners Lou Lou Thi Collection.  Fabricworm has a bundle that is perfect for this quilt here:


Lou Lou Thi Pinwheel Quilt Bundle
 
I used Lou Lou Thi Isabela Pallete to make a quilt that is 78" x 78" - perfect for a big girl's new double bed.* Since most quilting cottons are 44" wide, you won't be able to cut five 8" blocks so I am also including a second way of making triangles that you will need to make the remaining blocks. I used Kona White as the contrast solid and the crisp white really makes the bright colors pop. The back is made with Hugs and Kisses Pink Lime and bound with Curated Bloom June.


* I wanted to make this quilt a little longer so I added another row of blocks to make my quilt 78" x 88" with the blocks arranged in 7 x 8 pattern. I needed a little more fabric that what came in the ten print fat quarter stack so I used a little from the binding and two extra prints from my stash. To get the size I wanted, I arranged my blocks in 7 x 8 block pattern so I used a little extra fabric from the binding and two coordinating prints from my stash.



Materials

10 print fat quarter stack of Lou Lou Thi (like this one from Fabricworm)
2 1/2 yards of Kona White
1 yard of Kona White for Border
5 yards of Hugs and Kisses Pink and Lime for backing
1 yard of Curate Bloom June for binding
85" x 90" cotton batting
Coordinating thread
Instructions

The formula for the 8" blocks is pretty easy to figure out and to adjust to whatever size quilt you want to make. Each finished block is made up for four half triangle squares. An 8" square of a print and an 8" square of a solid, when following the tutorial below, will make one 10 1/4" block.

There is enough fabric in the 10 print fat quarter stack to make a 7 x 7 block pattern. You will be able to cut four 8" squares per fat quarter following the instructions below. This will give you a total of 40 blocks. To make the above quilt in the 7 x 7 block pattern, you will need to make 9 more blocks (36 mini half triangle mini blocks) from the remaining prints. The instructions for both are below.

1. Cut one 8” square of a print and one 8” square of a solid. Lay the two pieces one on top of the other, lining up the edges.



2. Sew along all four edges of the squares with a ¼” seam allowance.

3. Cut the block in half on the diagonal.



4. Then cut the block into quarters on the other diagonal.


This is what your mini blocks will look like after you cut them.


5. Iron the blocks and be sure to press the seams open. This will make your seams look better and your blocks will look more precise. Carefully clip the extra little edges of the seams that stick out over the edge.


6. Arrange the mini blocks so the solid and the prints alternate. Be very sure that all of the mini blocks are arranged in the same direction. Otherwise, your pinwheels will be spinning in opposite directions and it will give you a big ol' headache. Don't ask me how I know this ; ) Sew two mini blocks together and then sew the other two mini blocks together. Sew those pieces together, being careful to line up the center seams. Press the seams open.


7. To make the last 9 blocks with the remaining fabric, cut 36 5 3/4" squares from what is left of your fat quarters. This works out to be between 3-4 squares per print. Cut 36 5 3/4" squares of Kona white.
8. Stack a white square on top of a print square. With a ruler and a fabric marker, draw a line diagonally across the square.
9. Using the line as your guide, sew a 1/4" on both sides of the line.
10. Using your ruler and your rotary cutter, carefully cut along the line you drew.
And here is what they look like opened up.
11. Press the seams open and repeat with the remaining squares. Arrange the mini blocks into larger blocks.

12. Place the blocks in a 7 x 7 arrangement, balancing the prints so they are evenly distributed.

13. Sew each row of 7 together and press the seams open. Then sew each of row together.

14. To make the border, cut from the yard of Kona White nine 4" strips the width of the fabric. Cut off the selvages and sew the strips together. Sew a strip to each side and press the seams open. This is what your quilt top will look like at this point.
15. Baste, quilt and bind your quilt. Check out this earlier post for tips on quilting and binding.

Congratulations! You are all done.

Have Fun!
The Fabricworm Girls