May 21, 2015/Julie

Summer Placemats

Summer Placemats{Placemat : free tutorial from The Crafty Quilter}

Placemats can be a really fun way to spruce up your table and set a certain mood. In this case, we’re setting the mood for long-awaited SUMMER with flip flops, seashells, and fish! Mom and I stitched up two placemat options that would be perfect for your indoor dining table or outdoor picnic table.

Summer Placemats{Pocket Placemats : free tutorial from Coats}

The first placemat option involves quilting techniques like cutting and piecing coordinating prints, quilting your placemat and securing your binding as you would with a quilt or using the tutorial’s mitered binding technique. Placemats are a great project for new quilters to practice their techniques because it’s much less of a time and labor investment than your typical quilt. You can find that tutorial here.

The second is really just a combination of cutting and sewing rectangles — perfect for the beginner sewist. To stiffen up our fabric a bit, we used a medium-weight interfacing on regular quilting cottons (not outdoor fabric as directed). You can find that tutorial here.

Whichever pattern you choose, you can find your all your fabric, interfacing, batting and thread at Home Made! Once you decide how many placemats you’d like to make for your table, we’ll help you figure out how much fabric you’ll need for your project.

 

Get your sewing supplies at Home Made. And, if you don’t live nearby but are eyeing up those fun fabrics, just call 609.536.2940 to put together a mail order.

 

 

 

May 17, 2015/Julie

Tidal Lace Fabrics

Tidal Lace from Windham Fabrics{Select prints from Kim Andersson’s Tidal Lace collection for Windham Fabrics}

I’m excited to announce another new batch of fabrics for the Home Made shop. Starfish, shells and fishing net patterns make up Kim Andersson’s Tidal Lace collection for Windham Fabrics. The soft color palette of teals, sand yellows, and blues evoke the mellow and melodic sounds of waves crashing on the beach. Don’t you think? *sigh*

Tidal Lace from Windham Fabrics

While Tidal Lace fabrics would be perfect for making a quilt like this, this, or this, I can also imagine sewing a beautiful sea-inspired table runner, shower curtain, or even a new Summer skirt. Check out the Tidal Lace Look Book here for loads more inspiration.

What will you sew???

 

The Tidal Lace collection of quilting cottons, along with other designer fabrics and quality sewing patterns and supplies are sold at Home Made. Don’t live nearby? Call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.

 

 

May 16, 2015/Julie

Flip Flops, Shells + Citrus Fabrics

Blend Fabrics' Flip Flops + Seashells{Select prints from Blend Fabrics Sun-Sational collection : Life’s a Beach in Taupe Beachcomber in Coral}

Fun new fabrics have arrived to the Home Made shop, just in time for Summer. Let these cheerful new prints from Blend Fabrics Sun-Sational collection of quilting cottons shine by stitching up placemats like these or these, throw pillows like these or these, or even a beach tote like this or this!

Windham Fabrics' Citrus{Select colors from Windham Fabrics’ Citrus collection}

We’ve also added two new geometic basics from Windham Fabrics’ Citrus collection that work great as blenders and lining fabric. These are also sharp as binding, adding a fun splash of color to your quilt projects.

What will you sew???

 

Get these fabrics along with lots of other designer fabric, sewing and quilting patterns, and all your other craft supplies at Home Made! Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.

 

 

 

May 9, 2015/Julie

Indigo Blue Textile Kits

{Indigo Blue Textile Kit : kit and photograph by Yellow Owl Workshop}

Have you ever wanted to dye your own fabric? Well, Yellow Owl Workshop recently released a kit that makes it SUPER easy to try — an Indigo Blue Textile Kit which you can now purchase at Home Made! :)

Everything you need to create your own hand dyed scarf is included in the kit — a plain white scarf, instruction booklet, indigo blue textile ink in dripless applicator, and protective gloves. You could wear your finished scarf as, well, a scarf or use it as fabric to stitch up . . . → Read More

May 6, 2015/Julie

Time Warp Poolside Tote

{Poolside Tote sewing pattern by Noodlehead + Time Warp fabric from Cloud9 Fabrics, sold at Home Made}

Enter my new Poolside Tote made with our Time Warp bark cloth fabric. Insert “ooOOooh.” Call it the extra vitamin D or too much coffee (or just regular me), but I’m particularly excited about this tote. The fabric, the bag style and size, the cool bag construction — if those don’t catch you, then let’s get you some vitamin D and some coffee this morning!

First off, I’m a huge fan of Noodlehead sewing patterns. Anna Graham has terrific style and a knack for . . . → Read More

Apr 30, 2015/Julie

Togue Pond

Ezra is scared of the vacuum. I can’t blame him. It’s super loud and weird looking. But, this means that to actually be able to vacuum without causing mass hysteria, I have to carry my beautiful 24 lb. babe on one arm/hip while I use the other arm to operate the raucous thing. Even then he is NOT pleased so I try to make it quick. It also means that on days like today, where the temperatures are approaching 70 (hallejulah!), I can work up a sweat for an activity that really shouldn’t be all that physically taxing. At least he is . . . → Read More

Apr 21, 2015/Julie

Ezra and his Triangularity Quilt

It’s been a few weeks since I finished the my Triangularity Quilt top. It still needs to be quilted (or tied?) but this gorgeous day seemed like the perfect opportunity to capture a few photos to share. The pattern, by Jeni Baker, turned out to be a super fun project. Even though the thought of quilting with 60 degree triangles might sound intimidating, it’s really not that hard. Promise! Jeni has excellent instructions in her pattern for cutting and piecing your quilt, including recommendations for getting those perfect points. So, if you have some basic quilting skills and are thinking . . . → Read More

Apr 16, 2015/Julie

Quince & Co. Sparrow

{Quince & Co. Sparrow in Pigeon, Maize, Pink Grapefruit, Moon, Paprika + Citron – Sans + Banyon arriving soon}

Here’s the second post showing off another of our new-to-us yarns from Quince & Co. — Sparrow. Just like Kestrel, Sparrow is made of organic linen but it’s a fingering weight. This smooth yarn is a bit crisp as you’re knitting and becomes super soft with wash and wear. And, like all linen fabric — woven or knit — your finished project will have a beautiful drape, perfect for warmer weather accessories and garments.

My knitting needles are currently occupied with Togue Pond, but I . . . → Read More

Apr 16, 2015/Julie

Quince & Co. Kestrel

{Quince & Co. Kestrel in Porpoise, Rosehip, Senza, Pebble, Aegean, Minos, Anemone, Yarrow + Cove}

Now HERE is a yarn that summer wardrobe dreams are made of. As soon as Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow yarns arrived last week, I couldn’t help but imagine myself sporting a few new tops and accessories made of this gorgeous linen. With warm weather fast approaching, I knew I had to get started on my first project with linen over the weekend.

This is the first of two posts introducing you to the latest yarn to join the Home Made shop. Let’s start with Quince & . . . → Read More

Apr 11, 2015/Julie

Saturday Breakfast Swatching

Did you see what arrived the other day? I’ll be introducing you to Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow more formally on the blog soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d show you a little of what I was up to on this sunny Saturday morning. While Ezra ate breakfast and I sipped coffee, I was able to snag a few minutes to start a gauge swatch for my next knitting project.

Would you ever try linen yarn and knit yourself a Togue Pond tank?

 

{Quince & Co. Kestrel and Sparrow organic linen yarns and knitting patterns are . . . → Read More

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