Feb 072013
 

We’ve been waiting for this fabric collection for quite some time!

Type by Julia Rothman

Type by Julia Rothman is a playful collection with a soothing color combination and a cool retro vibe. The collection is filled with patterns of vintage typewriters, tossed paper clips, typewriter keys and notepads. Put your thinking cap on, grab a pencil and paper and whip up the perfect project for your home or office.

Type_Collage

If you are not familiar with the talented Ms. Rothman, you’ve got to check out her website. Her designs can be found on everything from wallpaper to temporary tattoos!

There’s also a great free pattern that uses these fabrics. The pattern was designed by the lovely Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie. We’ve got a kit made up and ready to go. As an added bonus, the price marked is 10% off retail!

Typeface Quilt Kit

You’ll definitely be seeing this fabric made in to tote bags, iPhone/iPad cases, and zippered pouches very soon!

Happy Sewing!

Jen

Jul 192012
 

I love a solids only quilt and this one is a favorite! I found it over on the Robert Kaufman website while picking more colors to add to our collection. Such a great use of the Kona Cotton Solids!

The pattern is free over on the All People Quilts website. If you haven’t been to their site, you should! They’ve got a ton of great projects that are free to download. We’ve made 2 quilts now with their patterns and they’ve both turned out super cute.

This quilt is definitely on my “Make One Day” list … along with about 50 more quilts ;)

Jul 182012
 

It’s Kona week here at Lola Pink Fabrics and we’ve got 2 great dresses to show you. Both are made by one of our super, sweet customers. She’s been sewing for years and years  and absolutely raves about the Kona cotton solids.

I just love how you can take something as plain as a piece of solid fabric and turn it into something so pretty!Kona Dress - Lola Pink FabricsSo why does she love Konas so much? She loves how bold and saturated the colors are. She also loves the weight of the material saying that pleats hold their shape making Konas a dream to smock with. Kona Dress - Lola Pink Fabrics

I wish I had a fraction of this woman’s talent and skill. I keep hoping that if she comes in to the shop often enough maybe some of her skill will brush off onto me :D

Jul 172012
 

Robert Kaufman recently released 28 new KONA solid colors and we have 14 of them now in stock. The new colors are so saturated and gorgeous!

New Kona Cotton Solids at Lola Pink Fabrics

 

I’ve got several projects in mind for these new colors. I’m such a fan of solids only quilts! Though I do love my prints too .. so much to do and so little time to do it!

The colors we got in stock include ..

New Kona Solids Melanie picked Kumquat and Wisteria as her favorites yesterday. I shall go with Azalea and Water .. just yummy! So if you had to pick .. which one would you chose as your favorite??

Added bonus:  They are on sale right now too!  20% off!!!  You can find them all right here!

Jul 102012
 

We’ve got a ton of new fabric coming in and it’s time to say goodbye to the old. Yep, we’ve refreshed our Sale section again which means incredibly savings for you!

New Markdowns at Lola Pink Fabrics

Hundreds of bolts of fabric are now on sale including Summersville, Monsterz, Alegria, Walk in the Woods, and Flea Market Fancy. We’ve been emptying bolts and making room on the shelves. Don’t miss out on a chance to snag some great fabric at really low prices!

Happy Sewing!

Jen & Janet

Jul 092012
 

You should know that I feel guilty about not sewing more often for my boys – so when I see a pattern that they would actually like (and that I actually want to make), I grab it up!  The Long Board shorts pattern from Make It Perfect was no exception.  These looked like comfortable shorts that even my 10 year old would wear!!!

 

So I grabbed the pattern as soon as I could.  There are two sizes to the pattern – I opted for the “big” (6-10) since my boys fit in that age range.  They do have a “small” available as well for sizes 0-5!  The pattern hung on my peg board, just waiting because I had to wait patiently for Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater to be released.  Taylor wanted “Hawaiian” shorts and their Aloha print would be exactly right for his long board shorts.

 

Once I had the fabric in hand, I got to work tracing the pattern onto freezer paper.  The pattern sheets are heavy white paper which makes tracing them SO much easier.  It only took about 30 minutes to get everything traced and ready to cut.  I found the pattern fabric requirements to be generous but I was happy to have some of this navy blue left over to go in my stash (which is heavy on aquas and light on darker blues.)  I opted to go up to a size 7 but keep the length of the short at a size 6.  The shorts are plenty long and the fit is generous enough that he’ll be able to wear them for a good amount of time.  (And since we can usually still wear shorts until about Thanksgiving, that is a good thing.)

The hardest part in making these shorts was finding ribbed knit for the waistband.  I have plenty of regular interlock on hand, and because you add elastic to the waistband, I considered using it instead….but I just really wanted that ribbed look at the waist (even if it’s covered by a shirt!)  I considered hacking apart a very large waistband from a thrift store or Walmart but decided to drive down to Joann’s first….and they had ribbed knit.  I bought 1/3 yard – which is actually enough for 4 waistband for my boys.

Anyway, back to the making of the shorts.  The pattern was really easy to follow and well written.  All the pieces worked together just like they are supposed to and there was no guessing as to what to do next.  The shorts also went together very quickly – I’d say about an hour the first time and even faster the second – which makes me much more likely to make them again.  My favorite detail is the angled pockets on the front.  Although I think the knee patches are fun also (and practical because my boys do wear their knees out first!)  I was pleased when I finish.  Even my husband said they are good shorts.

Long Board Shorts

The real test would be if Taylor liked them….and he more than likes them, he LOVES them.  He wore them 4 days straight before I made him pick something else to wear so I could wash them!  And best of all, when my ten year old boy saw them, he liked them and requested a pair of his own…only without Hawaiian fabric.  :-)

The Long Board shorts from Make It Perfect gets my highest recommendation!  Haley has even requested a pair.  And I think made in girly fabric and cut just a couple inches shorter so it’s at the knee (with no knee patch) they will be perfect for her also!  I’m also thinking that next summer I can use them for swim shorts (if I can find the right fabric!)  Anyway I hope to get a few more made before school starts. How do you think they’d be in grey corduroy for school?

 

-Melanie

Jun 222012
 

TGIF!! What a week it’s been around Lola Pink. BERNINAs, Block of the Month pickup parties, quilt classes, birthdays! So much fun packed into one week!

Have you stopped by the shop lately? Just wanted to remind you that we have a sale going on through Sunday. We’ve been clearing lots of bolts left and right! Don’t miss out on some serious bargains on your favorite fabrics PLUS use the codes below to save more!

JuneSale at Lola Pink Fabrics

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