Modern Yardage: Fabric for the 21st Century

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

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Modern Yardage Fabric

Brand new fabric company Modern Yardage is changing the way fabric is bought, sold and printed. If you’ve never heard of it and love trendy, bright fabric you need to head over to their website and browse the beautiful prints they have to offer.

Their fabric is printed as it is ordered with environmentally friendly inks and their is never any waste. It’s designed and printed right in the USA, so there is very little wait time for new prints to be available, letting designers create fabric that is right on trend. They use a high quality pre-shrunk cotton that is stronger and softer than most cotton fabric. Because the fabric is printed on demand, the colors won’t be faded and will arrive vibrant and crisp.

Modern Yardage has a team of talented designers and artists to create on trend unique fabric on the spot. They are constantly posting brand new prints from this talented group of individuals. The designers are given a freedom that is unheard of in the fabric industry. Many designs are offered in multiple scales and colors, so you can get the exact print you’re looking for.

Modern Yardage Fabric Prints

A great bonus that comes with all Modern Yardage fabric is the margin on the right hand side of the order. It’s full of lots of fun extras: designer information, fabric care instructions, even patterns and project ideas like the messenger bag in the photo below.

Modern Yardage Messenger Bag

Head over to Modern Yardage now for more information about this amazing new company! While you’re over there, be sure to check out their featured collection Earth to Sky by Katie Schrader of Wild Notions. It has a unique watercolor design that can’t be replicated with normal fabric weaving. Because it’s digitally printed, each design can include thousands of colors which gives it an authentic watercolor appearance.

Earth to Sky Collection by Kate Shrader only available at Modern Yardage

Be sure to check back on Friday for your chance to win 2 yards of the Modern Yardage fabric of your choice to try it out!

Craft a Summery Tote with Therm-O-Web

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Summery Tote

Therm-O-Web’s popular Heat n’ Bond products are perfect for people who love to sew but don’t have time to fuss with pins, basting, or shifting when attaching interfacing and fleece. The fusible webbing means no pinning or basting, and perfect professional products every time! The summer tote above uses Heat n’ Bond products to give the bag extra stiffness and makes it more durable to carry everything you need!

Gather up some of our favorite Therm-O-Web products:

Heat N Bond Fusible Fleece
Spray N Bond Fusible Adhesive
Heat N Bond Craft Extra Firm

And learn the techniques used to make this fun tote over at the Therm-O-Web Blog!

Do you love Therm-O-Web as much as we do? Check back on Friday, and you could win your very own Therm-O-Web prize pack at Free Stuff Friday!

The International Quilt Market in Portland!

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Last weekend, here in Portland, quilters and manufacturers from all over the country had the opportunity to meet up and share what they love. Here are some of the highlights:

Poppy Quilt

Right when we walked in to the quilt market, there were so many beautiful quilts hanging up around the booths. I absolutely loved the watercolor appearance of this quilt, with the intricate floral stitching. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Quilts

We very quickly started to notice a theme with all of the lovely quilts hanging up, lots and lots of color! There were bright neons and rainbow quilts everywhere!

Colorful Quilt

This quilt quickly caught my eye. It is so colorful and I love the pointillism effect used with the background. I also love the fact that quilts don’t necessarily have to be about piecing together blocks of fabric anymore. You can create a scene and really tell a story with them.

Once we got into the booths, we had a lot of fun trying out the Sizzix Big Shot  and AccuQuilt Go Die they make cutting your fabric so easy and precise!

Cheep Trims

A lot of the booths had more fun notions and products than imaginable. It was so fun to look through all of the ribbons and trims that Cheep Trims has to offer.

Fairfield Batting

The award for booth creativity definitely goes to Fairfield Batting. All of the decorations are made entirely from quilt batting!

Batting
 They dyed, felted, crimped, and ironed everything together to create this beautiful forest scene. It was really inspiring to see a creative way to use batting outside of quilting. Fairfield carries natural cotton batting, which they said was the easiest to dye. It’s so hard to believe those flowers are made from felted and dyed batting.

After many hours spent looking at new products, playing with new tools, and chatting with quilters, I think this photo best sums up how we felt when we left:

Sew Happy

This decal was too cute!

 

Pattern Markers

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog Geek with Glasses.

These are more than just a book mark. They are magnetic so the stay in place and mark the line of the pattern or recipe that you are on. This is a life saver when the book has to be closed and you don’t want to write on the page to remember or if you are working on a knitting pattern with lots of row work this helps keep you on track. Simple to make with thin magnet material and ribbon, these make great gifts.

Pattern marker 1

Supplies:

First measure the width of the ribbon and cut a length of magnet to fit.

Pattern Marker 2

Peel the paper to reveal the adhesive on the magnet and stick it to the back side of the ribbon.

Cut another length of magnet, leave about half an inch of empty space of ribbon, this is for the fold, then apply the second strip of magnet. Trim the ribbon at the end.

I used the business card magnets because they were very thin but still had strong magnet hold. This makes for a thinner bookmark and will not crinkle the pages if used as a book mark.

Pattern Marker 4

There are magnet sheets available as well as thin magnet tape, for different lengths, but I just used strips cut and placed right up against each other to create the longer bookmark.

Pattern Marker 6

Plan on making these as stocking stuffers for all the knitters, crocheters, bakers and readers in your life.

 

 

Quilted Pot Holders

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By Betsy Sue Sews, a member of the CreateForLess Craft Crew, who spends her time sewing, reading about sewing, or blogging about sewing!

My kitchen has white cupboards, walls and stove top. I wanted to add some color and accessorize my oven with some fun color and prints. To start I made pot holders. You don’t need much fabric for this project, fat quarters work great to make these. You can even use fleece, an old pot holder, or a small piece of batting to line this cute and practical kitchen accessory!

Start with 4 pieces of fabric that are 6″ by 8″, and 2-4 pieces of an inside insulator material. I used 2 pieces of fleece. With RIGHT sides together sew around 3 sides leaving a small side open for turning.

After sewing around the edges, turn you pouch so your pattern is facing out. Lay down and straighten your insulator material inside.

Next press the open seems inside your pouch so there are no raw edges. You can either sew this seem shut now, or after you’ve quilted your this side of the pot holder.  I just did straight lines, be creative, quilt how’d you like.

Now for the top 2 flaps of the pot holder, repeat above stops with fabric pieces 4″ by 6″ and line, quilt and finish the edges. Make a loop to hang your pot holder by cutting a piece of fabric 1″ by 3″ and sew so right sides are out and there is a pretty seam.

I’d suggest sewing the loop to the large quilted piece first, before sewing on the small flaps. Sew the loop to a corner on a diagonal. After the loop is attached all that’s left if sewing on the top flaps so the pot holder stays on. Just match edges so the small flaps cover the bottom and top half.

Stitchin’ Post

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By Guest Blogger, Betsy Sue Sews. Look for Betsy Sue Sews on Facebook and join the fun of socializing with other crafters.

I’ve been a fan of the Stitchin’ Post since I first started sewing. I especially like their quilt kits and patterns. It’s located in Central Oregon, and most quilters are familiar with the Stitchin’ Post and their products. If you are ever in the Sisters, OR area they offer sewing and quilting classes and have a huge selection of quilting and craft notions. Plus the most quilting fabric I’ve ever seen in one place! I’m fortunate enough to have a vacation home in Central Oregon that my parents maintain year round (and the house I grew up in!) so I try to stop by to see what’s new any chance I get.

I told you the fabric selection is huge, and that’s just one corner of this store! I just got the Messenger Bag and Quilted Lap Top Pattern by the Stitchin’ Post. I’m excited to pick out fabric and get started on my bag! I’ll let you know how my bag turns out.

At the Stitchin’ Post website they have free quilt patterns to download. Additional patterns for other bags and purses, wallets, skirts and more are sold at CreateForLess.

Winners!!

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Congratulations to Judi who was randomly selected as the winner of Free Stuff Friday and the 8 Pieced Tree Tiny Patterns!

These little 3 1/2″x 5 1/2″ laminated pattern card are such a quick and easy way to start a project! Each pattern design is on the front to view and the directions are on the back. Each pattern design is on the front to view and the directions are on the back. You will love these little pattern cards to create quilt kits with fat quarters and leftover fabrics. These tiny patterns make table toppers or table runners.  

Judi’s winning answer to “What is favorite Halloween candy” was…

“Chocolate of course but not those nasty Halloween themed chocolates wrapped in foil. The real stuff like M&Ms!!”

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