Dec 122009
 

I couldn’t resist the siren calls of Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks Voile.  The prints all arrived and the solids are on their way.  This is how happy I was when it got here!  Seriously so excited!!!

Made with Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks Voile

(Back it up!  Back it up!  What is Voile?  It’s a light weight woven fabric (this is 100 % cotton) that is has a wonderful drape (hangs nicely) and gathers particularly well.  For this reason, it is used often in garments (such as dresses, blouses and skirts) and also curtains.  The term apparently comes from old French and means veil. (Which is derived from latin and means covering.)  The fabric is lightweight and a bit shimery and silky.  The lighter prints are somewhat transparent, so you’ll want to layer them with another fabric (such as the solid colors, once they arrive) underneath if you’re using them for garment construction.  You don’t need to do this with the darker prints, unless you want to!)

It’s true that I have a LOT to get done before Christmas – but I knew I had to test this out.  So I made myself a shirt.  I used Jennifer Paganelli‘s (Sis Boom) Meaghan Peasant pattern – but I modified it by extending the shirt top, rather than attaching a “skirt” portion at the bust line.  Hmmm – I should have taken pictures.  Anyway, I liked the pattern – so I’ll probably make it again and then I can take some pics.  I wore the shirt tonight and it was comfortable!  Oh, and the print is called  Baby Bouquet in the Meadow colorway.

What I really wanted to tell you about was sewing with the voile.  It really is so buttery soft.  I know that because this is a new substrate (Anna Maria used this term often at quilt market – so I had to throw it in there.  And by the way, Anna is not the only one introducing new substrates to the US fabric/quilting companies….more on that later!) many of you are questioning if you will be able to use it.  What changes will you need to make?  Will you need special presser feet or other tools?  For this shirt, the only change I made was to shorten my stitch length.  I started out with my machine’s normal length (which is 2.5) and felt the fabric just slipped around a little too much.  So I took the stitch down to a 2.0.  For me, this was the only change I made….well other than pinning well.  And I suppose you should always pin – I just get lazy or in a hurry or something.

I will continue to work with this and let you know any trick and tips I come up with.  I’m going to work with it on my serger as well as shirring to see what other adjustments (if any) need to be made.  And if you’re ready to take the plunge and start working with voile yourself, use the code LITTLE for 20% off the voiles in my store for the next week.

All for now – but much more voile talk coming your way!

Oct 132009
 

The Free Spirit area was one I found myself in over and over. I just couldn’t get enough of the booths. Heather Bailey won the award for Best Double booth. It was totally totally awesome.

Ahhhh - Heather Bailey

Her new line (I believe due out around January) is called Nicey Jane. She explained that when she was creating it she imagined a sweet girl going on a date to a dance. The story reminded me slightly of her own romantic story with her husband. She also has a number of new patterns coming out as well. Of course, the turtle she had revieled on her blog before quilt market. The other patterns are fantastic too!

new patterns on the way

Another Free Spirit desinger that had her own booth was Anna Maria Horner. I don’t know if I’ll ever want to sew with anything else ever again after fondling the voile. Little Folks is the name of the collection and there is also a Folksy Flannel collection being released as well. I have not carried flannel in my store – but after seeing her flannel paired with voile baby blankets, I’m considering it! (Let me know if you’re looking for and buying cool flannel often!!!)

Wonderful booth as always

Anna had samples of projects from her book that is yet to be released. After seeing some of the projects know that it is going to be exceptional.

One of the book projects

I also ordered Tanya Whelan‘s newest line Dolce. It really is very sweet and I’m excited to add Tanya as a designer I carry!

Dolce

Jenean Morrison was there with her line California Dreamin’. She was so sweet. It was fun to see her excitement about a dress she had made for herself. And she clearly loves medallions because the new line has several variations of them!

Super fun photo frame

That’ll have to do for tonight. Be back again soon with more quilt market fun!

Oct 102009
 

Just wanted to pop on and say hello from Quilt Market in Houston.  I hate to assume, cuz you know what “they” say, so just incase you don’t know – Quilt Market is a trade show for the fabric industry.  We are NOT sewing quilts all weekend!  So please don’t ask to see my newest project.   ;-)   

I’ve uploaded a few pictures to twitter and just added a few on flickr too.  Tomorrow I will work on more/better pictures with my real camera – not my phone! 

YOU WILLL DIE when you feel this new fabric

 Right now I can’t stop thinking about the new Anna Maria Horner voile fabric!  It is so supple and soft.  And it’s wider than quilting cotton too.  It is going to be absolutely perfect for clothing – but in schoolhouse, Anna showed it clearly can be use for many many applications (yes, even quilting!)

 

Later Alligator
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Over and Out
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Wham Bam, thank you ma’am.


Ah man – I’m sleep deprived.