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Introducing: the Ultimate Liberty Lawn Bundle

Posted by Katie Remski on Feb 6, 2018 12:45:42 PM
  

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Liberty of London Tana Lawn has been in print since the 1800s, and for good reason-- the timeless prints with amazing detail, the soft cotton lawn fabric, and the gorgeous heirloom quality quilts Liberty makes. Since it can be hard to collect the hundreds of prints in the Liberty catalog, we devised a way to collect pieces of the best ones. 

The Ultimate Liberty Lawn Bundle contains 100 assorted prints in each bundle, which can include favorites such as Wiltshire, Edenham, Eloise, Betsy, Strawberry Thief, and more! The prints will be random, with no repeats, meaning each bundle will be a beautiful suprise and allows you to play around with a wide variety of colors and prints. 

Each piece is cut in a handy 6" by 13" size. This is perfect for charm square quilt patterns (each print can be cut into 2 charm squares!) or stashing if you don't have a project in mind just yet. All of the prints will be on the classic Tana Lawn substrate, which is a smooth, soft (almost silky to the touch) weave of high quality cotton printed in Italy or France. 

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If you're just getting started with collecting Liberty, this bundle will jump start your stash, and if you've been collecting for a while this bundle will give your collection a boost of classic prints. Mixed with background fabric, you could make a whole quilt with this bundle! It can be hard to cut into a stash of fabric so precious, but the end results are too amazing to keep the fabric on a shelf. 

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 The best part is, we're working with Liberty of London to make this bundle. That means you're getting a great deal-- it's a $150 value for the price of $85. Working with Liberty also means this bundle will take a little time to get to us, so right now it's available for pre-sale. With a limited supply, you'll want to pre-order to make sure you get one of these beauties. Click below to shop!

Buy the Ultimate Liberty Lawn Bundle!

Topics: Liberty of London, Tana Lawn, bundles, scrap quilts, lawn, liberty

Reversible Skirt Hack: Make it with Jersey Knit Fabric!

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 24, 2018 9:33:06 AM
  
Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern

If there's anything kids love more than outfit options, it's comfy outfit options! Soft and stretchy cotton jersey turns our sweet Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt into "secret pajamas" that still look cute and ready for school. Here's how we made a few tweaks to this easy (and free!) pattern to make it from jersey knit fabrics.

Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern

We made this sample from the new Cotton+Steel knits-- Dress Shop Moons in Orchid and Dress Shop It's a Plus in Cream. If you don't want to use two different prints, you could easily use the same one for both layers or use a solid color on one side.

Before you start, you'll need to download the free pattern here.

There's no real changes to anything in the construction of the skirt, but there are some tips and important things to keep in mind. Let's get started!


Cutting the fabric. Jersey knits are often wider width than standard quilting cotton, so be sure to cut your fabric according to the dimensions in the size chart (rather than the cutting diagram) for your desired size and pay attention to the direction of the stretch. I made the smallest size in the pattern, but kept the width of fabric to give the skirt extra fullness. Be careful of the direction of stretch--you want the most stretch to be across the width of the skirt. Use a rotary cutter and ruler for the cleanest cut of knits with the least amount of distortion. No real changes to the pattern here! Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern
Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern

Sewing Machine vs. Serger. If you have a serger, great-- you can definitely use it for this skirt! That said, some parts of the pattern will still require a regular sewing machine, and you can easily sew the entire thing on a regular machine. Use a ballpoint needle and polyester (not cotton) thread, since it won't break with repeated stretching and wear. Set your stitch length to be slightly longer than usual (setting 4 or 4.5 is good) and loosen your tension slightly. If you have a walking foot, that's also very helpful for keeping the layers evenly feeding through the machine. If you've never sewed with knits before, this is an excellent first project.

In the pattern, use a serger for step 2 (be careful about starting/stopping since you don't sew all the way to the edge,) and step 5.

Ironing Knits. When ironing knits, use a dry, medium-temperature iron. You don't want to kill the stretch or risk melting any acrylic fibers that may be blended in the fabric.If there's rayon or silk or another speciality fiber blended in the fabric, check the manufacturer's instructions before ironing. 

Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern
Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern

General Sewing Tips

  • You can use a twin needle for the hem top stitching if you have one, or skip the top stitching altogether.
  • If your two fabric colors are very different, use a thread color that matches the color of the fabric you're sewing on top and match the bobbin thread color to the fabric being sewn on the bottom layer. 
  • Use the guide bar of your walking foot (if you're using one) or a strip of washi tape on the plate of your sewing machine to help you sew the elastic casing evenly in step 7 of the pattern.

Warning: your child may only want to wear jersey knit reversible skirts from here on out! Here's the Pinterest image for this tutorial:

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Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

Topics: Cotton+Steel, kids sewing, knit fabric, knits, Free Pattern, Apparel Sewing, kids, kids clothes, Techniques, free tutorial, jersey knit, girls fully reversible skirt, cotton and steel, free

5 Different Ways to Use Solid Fabrics in a Quilt

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 22, 2018 8:45:00 AM
  

Solid fabrics are undoubtedly essential in every stash, but sometimes it's hard to know how to best utilize them in quilts. Maybe you don't like solids, or only see them as background fabric, or just aren't sure how best to incorporate them into your quilts. Here's 5 of our favorite ways to use solid fabrics!

1. Use solids as a background

Maybe the most common use for solid fabrics, a smooth, unobtrusive background lets the prints shine and provides a place for the eye to rest between blocks. For this quilt made by Brenda using Liberty of London Tana Lawn, the white offers a separation of the very detailed prints so each one can be appreciated without distraction.

Liberty of London Quilt at Pink Castle Fabrics
Chocolatier BOM at Pink Castle Fabrics

2. Make the solids your focus by using a print background

For an interesting twist on tradition, try using a print background and use solids for the feature elements in your blocks. Here in the Chocolatier quilt by AnneMarie Chany, solids make the blocks look graphic and bright while the busy print background keeps the eye moving away from pesky background seams. Look at how the custom quilting shines within the solid spaces!

3. Use a solid where you would have used a print

It can be tempting to pack as many favored prints as possible into one quilt, but adding in a few solids actually gives the prints a greater impact. In this half-square triangle quilt (made by me!) white and blush pink solids are randomly scattered throughout the blocks, allowing the subtle prints and hand quilting to pop. If you want to showcase your most precious stashed prints, adding a few solids next to them will boost their impact.

Good Hair Day Baby Quilt at Pink Castle Fabrics

Aura Quilt Kits at Pink Castle Fabrics

4. Use only solids

Without prints to distract the eye, all-solid quilts look clean and smooth. Solids give you the opportunity to play with color value, hue, and shade to create interesting shapes and even optical illusions. The Aura Quilt by Nydia Kenhle uses a balance of bright and neutral Kona Solids to make her quilt look complex (though it's contstruction is anything but) yet still modern.

5. Use solids for backing/binding

Using one solid fabric as the backing for your quilts lets you emphasize a color from the quilt top, like this stunning emerald green (similar color here.) Sometimes I use solid backings because I want to use a favorite color in a pure, unobtrusive way. Solids also help show off interesting quilting. This photo is the same quilt as #1-- now you can really see the floral quilting! You can also see the binding is the same white as the background, which prevents a hard visual outline around the quilt that can sometimes be distracting. 

Liberty of London Quilt at Pink Castle Fabrics

Thank you to all of you who contributed to our solid fabric survey. Stay tuned for more posts about how to use this essential part of every stash. 

All Solids in Stock!

Topics: Liberty of London, Gen X Quilters, Lecien, solids, Quilting, Fabric, quilt finishing, Kona solids, Robert Kaufman, solid fabric, cotton

Should I Join a Fabric Club?

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 16, 2018 11:36:08 AM
  

Maybe you've always wanted to join a fabric club but wasn't sure how it works. Or maybe you've never heard of a fabric club and want to check it out. Here's a handy guide to help you decide if joining a club is right for you, and if it is--which one!

What is a fabric club?

A fabric club is just like a magazine subscription-- you sign up, pay money, and recieve fabric regularly. For us, that means once a month you'll get a bundle in the mail, along with an email (new for 2018!) with details about your fabric and project ideas. 

"My stash is too big already-- the last thing I need is fabric delivered to my door every month!"

Believe us-- we know how a big stash can be stressful! The great part of a fabric club is having a predictable amount of fabric coming in each month. Most of our club bundles have enough coordinating fabric to make a quilt top, meaning you're going to be making and finishing projects. Some clubs are solids, such as Kona Complete and Color Inspirations, which are always needed! Others, such as Liberty Lawn, are heirloom quality and highly collectible (and I promise, you won't mind giving up a little shelf real estate for Liberty!) 

How much does it cost?

Because everyone has a different budget and fabric needs, most clubs come in different size options, such as fat eighths, fat quarters, half yards, and even full yards. Clubs are typically billed monthly, though you can also pay all upfront if it better suits your needs. 

Which club is best for me?

If you want to join a monthly fabric club but aren't sure which one is best for you, think about what kind of projects you want to make and which brands/styles of fabric you stash the most. Here's a handy guide to the fabric clubs we have!

Liberty Lawn Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Liberty Lawn Club

Starting or growing a stash of Liberty Tana Lawn can be a little overwhelming due to the large amount of gorgeous prints the company has, and getting just a small piece of it can be frustrating. Liberty Lawn Club is great for growing a collection of Liberty prints in a size you can use, such as fat quarter, fat eighth or fat sixteenth, while giving you a variety of 10 prints each month. 

Cotton+Steel Club

If you love Cotton+Steel prints, Cotton+Steel Club gives you 12 prints each month in the size of your choice, in a coordinated color palette. The club can contain prints from all 5 designers, plus Rifle Paper Co., basics, and Cotton+Steel Friends. This club is excellent for giving you a bundle you can make a quilt top or other projects from, as it contains a few different colors in blenders and feature prints. 

Cotton+Steel Club at Pink Castle Fabrics
Kona Complete Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Kona Complete Club

If you dream of owning every single Kona color (unlimited solid fabric power!) Kona Complete Club is for you. You'll get 340 colors in the size of your choice, bundled and divided over 12 months. Kona solids are smooth, soft and Oeko-Tex certified, meaning it's processed with no harmful chemicals. Each month, you'll also get an email with a free pattern using solids and a list of all the colors you've recieved so far. 

Art Gallery Club

If you want to recieve a complete collection of new fabric (including a few coordinating blenders) check out Art Gallery Club! Each month you'll get a new collection of Art Gallery fabric, occassionally two if they're small Fusion or Capsules lines. This club is perfect for making complete projects each months! 

Art Gallery Fabrics Club at Pink Castle Fabrics
Stash Stack Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Stash Stack Club

Do you never have the right color blender print for your project? Do you want a more well-rounded stash of different colors? Stash Stack Club can help! Each month you'll get 12 blender prints in a single color, so by the end of 12 months you'll have a color wheel's worth of shades.

 

Color Inspirations Club

If you're looking for a solids club that's a little smaller than Kona Complete, you may be interested in Color Inspirations Club. You'll get 10 fat quarters or half yards (your choice) of coordinated Cotton Supreme Solids, perfect for using together or mixing with other projects. 

Color Inspirations Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Other:

Quilt Now Magazine at Pink Castle Fabrics

Quilt Now Magazine

Quilt Now is a magazine for the modern quilter, written by modern quilters. This magazine comes to us from the UK, with projects from both US and British designers using the same fresh modern fabrics you can find in our store. 

Monthly Club Box

If you join more than one club, you can combine them into one monhly club box and save money on shipping. On the 30th of each month, your box of all your subscriptions will be shipped and ready to be opened and used by you in just a few days. 

Do you have any questions about fabric clubs? Let us know in the comments below! 

See all Pink Castle Fabrics Clubs!

Topics: Liberty of London, Art Gallery Fabrics Club, Color Inspirations Club, Monthly Clubs, quilt now magazine, Stash Stack Club, Kona solids, kona complete club, club

Interview with Karen Lewis about Kona Solids

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM
  

t's no secret we love sewing with solids, but sometimes choosing colors to use and how to stash them for later can be a little overwhelming. To help us learn about using and stashing Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman, we talked to some of our favorite designers! 

Karen Lewis knows Kona-- she's the designer behind the ever-popular Blueberry Park collection, printed on Kona cotton! Read on to see what she had to say about her favorite colors, how she stays organized, and why Kona is her favorite solid. 

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How do you Stash Solids? (How much do you buy when you don't have a specific project? What's the best size to stash, etc?)

I stash bolts! Mostly I buy solids to use for my screen printing and I like to have it to hand for when I do a run of a certain color.

What colors do you gravitate towards?

I enjoy greys, teals and mustards. I try and mix it up and try new colors, but I always seem to lean towards those...usually with some pale pinks, peaches and orchid thrown in.

How do you use solids in your projects? (backgrounds, main feature, binding, etc)

I mainly use solids as backgrounds in my projects.

What do you love about Kona Solids?

I love the amazing range of color available with Kona Solids. I love that I can always find the exact color I need. I love the handle of Kona too. I don't prewash fabric...I know, I'm a rebel!...and I love the crispness that Kona gives to my stitching.

What's one piece of advice you want to give about sewing with solids?

Don’t be afraid of solids. See them come to life when you piece them together and see the magic when you quilt over the top of them.

Thank you Karen for your tips and tricks! If you're interested in collecting all 340 Kona Solids, click here

Learn about our Kona Complete Club!

Topics: Kona solids, Robert Kaufman, kona complete club, solid fabric, blueberry park, karen lewis

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