Birch Fabrics uses 100% organic cotton for their fabric lines, resulting in a dreamy softness. Birch included cotton wovens, knits, canvas and double gauze in their offerings at Market this season.
The dress on the left is the Francoise pattern by Tilly and the Buttons. Birch Fabrics also has a free yoga pants pattern available on their website.
These cute bodysuits should look familiar from yesterday’s peek!
Here’s a comfy spot for toddler play – (or sleep?)
Hope there’s sewing in your weekend!
There is so much to take in at Quilt Market that I’m never sure where to start in trying to share it all. Part of the problem is that it is completely impossible to share everything! There are hundreds of exhibitors at Market. Of course there are all the wonderful quilt fabrics one would expect, but there is so much more – needle crafts, new rulers and gadgets, books, notions, machines, supplies for many textile arts, patterns… I don’t even think I saw everything when I was there, and by the end of each day I felt like I had walked for miles.
There seemed to be more clothing shown at this Market than there was at last spring’s market. And there are more fabric companies expanding their knit lines as well. Alison Glass has a new knit line coming out with Andover. Birch Fabrics showed off some of their organic knit collections in an adorable display of baby bodysuits.
Birch was also showing their organic double gauze, which is OH SO NICE.
The International Quilt Association had a special exhibit featuring some of the winners from their annual judged show in various categories. The styles ranged from traditional quilts to more contemporary designs. Some were hand quilted, others machine quilted. The work is amazing.
This quilt is called One Fine Day and it was created by Laurie Britt Piper of Bakersfield, California. The quilt uses raw-edge applique and is fused and painted. It won first place in the Art – Painted Surface category. It is even more stunning in person.
This wedding dress by Yujo Murakami took third place in the Wearable Art category. It was hand appliqued and free-motion machine quilted.
Here’s a closer look at the bottom portion:
So, next up, more from Birch! (Tomorrow.)
This is the second run at pattern #40 from Ottobre 4/2013 (the fall 2013 issue) that I made previously with a sweatshirt knit.
This is size 134 again and I added about an inch to the sleeves this time. I was going to put a kangaroo pocket on the front. However, there was some confusion about what a kangaroo pocket was and Jack thought I was suggesting there be a picture of a kangaroo on his sweatshirt. That was completely and totally unacceptable, bordering on most ridiculous for a third grader. Okay, got it, no kangaroos.
I just put a tube inside, so he’s got one nice big pocket there. The only downside is that since I didn’t want to stitch it to the front of the shirt, it is three layers of fabric where the pocket is – the shirt front, and then the two layers of pocket tube inside. It takes FOREVER to dry!
The fabric is a super soft bamboo velour that I dyed with Procion dyes. It is one solid color, but the light catches it so it doesn’t look that way in the photos. This one is definitely a winner – Jack wears it as soon as it comes out of the wash.
Here he is pondering greatness – or something…
Then I asked him to please show the back.
Yeah, that was not really what I meant, kid. And I’m pretty sure I never asked for this pose, whatever it is…
This is the Simple Plain Sweatshirt from Ottobre’s Winter 2014 issue. It is pretty much what you would expect from the name – just a basic sweatshirt.
It is fairly shapeless – boxy and oversized. This is a size 164 made in pink Malden Mills 100wt microfleece. The keen observer will notice that the grass is green in this photo. I actually made this last October. Zoe has only worn it a handful of times since, so it obviously was not a big hit with her.
She requested a zip hoodie after this, and I made her one from the 1/2014 issue. I will try to talk her into pictures this weekend with that one.
Basketball and hockey are finishing up in the next weeks, and I have been looking at the calendar trying to see when to schedule some contests and swaps here at Sewing Mamas. I thought I might trace out some patterns, but my table currently looks like this:
So, I suppose tackling that mess will have to be first on my list. How’s your sewing space look? Hopefully it was not taken over by library books and sports cones!
I do have the latest Women’s Ottobre pattern magazine here, but I just haven’t been feeling very Spring-like. My husband is hoping I will get to the Jalie men’s t-shirt pattern I picked up a month (or two? or three?) ago.
The weather is supposed to shift next week, I am hoping that will also bring a shift in my sewing!
Talk to you soon,