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Moda Fabric Savannah Cozy Baby Quilt Kits!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Aug 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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I'm always looking for really cute baby quilt kits.  And I have found a really good one this time! This Cozy Quilt kit uses the Savannah collection by Gingiber for Moda. The pattern is by our friend Jessee Maloney of Art School Dropout. This quilt finishes at 42" x 50" and the kit contains everything you need to create the quilt top and binding 

This quilt kit features a really cute hand drawn critter panel (which also comes in a smaller size and black and white too!) which makes this go together so fast!  The colors work for both a boy or a girl too.  And the kit is all high quality Moda fabric. And Moda Quilt Kits always come with really cute packaging. This one comes in a cute little box.

PERFECT! A quick weekend baby quilt kit that makes the perfect gift!

Critters Galore Fabric Panel - Pink Castle FabricsThe panels in this collection are great to make cute small projects as well! The Critters Galore panel contains 60 small panels! These will look great in small bags and pillows as well!



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Topics: Quilt Kit, Baby Quilt

Noodlehead Divided Basket in Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 7, 2017 11:06:00 AM

Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co You can never have enough storage bins-- it's a scientific fact. The Divided Basket pattern by Anna Graham's Noodlehead Patterns is a soft and flexible bin with a divider panel in the middle to help you organize small items. I knew as soon as I saw the Menagerie Jungle Canvas from Cotton and Steel's latest Rifle Paper Co. collection it had to be a children's book basket. After my success with the Poolside Tote, I couldn't wait to get started! 

For the lining, I used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in the color Seafoam, which is a pale green. The stabilizer is By Annie's Soft and Stable, my go-to for all projects that need structure. I love the smooth, flawless look it gives when layered with canvas-- it's almost like it's one with the fabric. I used 1" cotton webbing for the handles, and Aurifil 50wt thread for all stitching. 

I opted for the pocketless version of the basket to best show off the large-scale print without interruption. 

Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co
Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co  I sewed the entire basket on the Janome Skyline S7, and I can't even begin to describe how much easier AccuFeed made the process-- at one point, I was sewing through canvas, 2 layers of linen, Soft and Stable, and webbing all at the same time, and the machine hummed along like it was nothing. If your machine doesn't have AccuFeed, definitely use a walking food to help keep all the layers smooth and feeding through the machine at the same rate. Wonder Clips instead of pins are also a big help for holding all layers in place. 
The Divided Basket is overall a real cinch to sew, the only complicated part being the divider-- even then, go slowly, read the directions throughly, and have a seam ripper nearby. Once you've sewn in the divider, you understand the construction and the second basket you make (trust me, you'll want dozens) will be even easier. All the instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the steps are very logical. The only part I had trouble with was keeping my topstitching straight, but changing to a 1/4" foot helped immensely. Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co
Cotton and Steel Menagerie Canvas by Rifle Paper Co

 If you're looking for a soft storage bin pattern, the Divided Basket is a great option. I'd rate the skill level for this pattern as confident beginner-- it's easy at the start and finish, and just challenging enough in the middle to build up your skills. It's really fun to get to work with some substrates like canvas and linen (the pattern works with regular quilting cotton too) and doesn't use a lot of fabric. Wouldn't this make the best gift for a child's birthday, pre-loaded with a few good books? 

Happy sewing! 

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Topics: bags, kids sewing, Noodlehead, skyline, For the Home, cotton and steel, linen, kids, cotton + steel, menagerie, divided basket, basket, tiger canvas, canvas, essex linen

Janome HD3000 Review and Specifications

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jul 31, 2017 8:22:01 PM

There's no surprise that the Janome HD3000 sewing machine is one of the most popular in their lineup! This heavy duty sewing machine is an all around workhorse with a reasonable price tag. And of course, it's made with Janome quality and a 25 year warranty!

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HD3000 - Janome's Heavy Duty sewing machine review!

What's in the Box?

The Janome HD3000 heavy duty sewing machine might be a budget friendly option but it still comes with enough presser feet to get you sewing right out of the box. Here's a rundown of what you will expect in the box:

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Click here for a complete list of optional extra accessories.

 For replacement parts call us at 877-808-8695.

 Technical Specs:

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Janome HD3000 - stitches! Review from Pink Castle

Notable Features:

  • Beginner Friendly - Easy to use! Perfect for the beginner sewist.
  • Accessory Storage Built into the machine! Easy access to presser feet!
  • Accurate stitch quality.
  • Aluminum body (doesn't jump around on table while sewing)


I was actually surprised at how lightweight the HD300 is when I took it out of the box. Even with the aluminum body and all metal interior, this machine still weighs under 20 lbs! I can easily move this around and it's small enough that I could take this with me to a friend's house to sew or a retreat.

There aren't a lot of stitches on this machine and it isn't computerized. If you like to use decorative stitches on borders of clothing or pouches this is lacking.  For garment construction and piecing a quilt, this machine will work fine. I appreciate that there is a stretch stitch (#14) for sewing with knits!

For the price tag (right now it's $429) this machine is a great value!  It will last you a long time and really, it has everything you need for quilt piecing and basic garment construction. It is heavy duty so going through home decor materials and/or denims isn't a problem. Compared to other machines in this price range (or lower) I found that this machine wasn't as wobbly. It has a sturdy feel and is a great utility machine.

Who is this machine for?

  • Beginners - EASY.  There aren't a lot of crazy computer screens or menus to have to learn. This would also be a great wedding gift for someone who is an occasional sewist.
  • Quilters - The throat space on this machine is on the smaller size so it might be difficult to quilt a large project. However, for piecing this will work great!
  • Garment Makers - This machine has all the stitches you need to sew some nice clothing.  The button hole foot is easy to use and this machine has a stretch stitch for knits!
  • Home Decor - The HD3000 will work well with home decor weight fabrics.

P.S. - Thanks for reading our Janome HD3000 review!  Please give us a call 877-808-8695 with any questions!

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Free Pattern: Girls' Fully Reversible Skirt

Posted by Katie Remski on Jul 27, 2017 11:39:33 AM


Do you know a little girl who loves to change outfits multiple times throughout the day? While expressing themselves though fashion may be fun for the kiddos, the laundry can start to pile up! Enter the Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt, a free pattern for a simple, twirly skirt that's just as much fun to sew as it is to wear. The comfy elastic waist and choice of two favorite fabrics will make it a wardrobe staple, and the ease of sewing (no pattern pieces! no interfacing! no zippers or buttons!) will make it easy to sew up a whole closet full. 

Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics


My favorite thing about this skirt is the way it is 100% reversible without the usual piping, binding, or added bands that are typical for reversible patterns. All you need is two different prints, enough elastic to fit comfortably around the child's waist, and an hour or so for cutting and sewing. 

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

Another wonderful thing about this skirt is you can customize it in so many ways. Make it shorter or longer, add fullness, stitch on some applique or pockets, whatever makes you (and the recipient) happy! The sewing is very, very easy, especially once you get the hang of sewing down and around the side seam. 

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

For the fabric for these skirts, we chose two new lines in the shop-- the skirt at left is made from "Double Dutch" by Latifah Saafir for Hoffman Fabrics. Aside from the line having the perfect name, how could we resist an ice cream bar skirt for a little girl?! Not to mention that if (ahem, when) popsicle juice drips onto her outfit and you've still got to get through the grocery store, just flip the skirt over to a clean side. The happy, colorful geometric dots on the reverse side look like something from a retro arcade game. 


For the yellow skirt on the right, we used "Supernova' by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella Fabrics. This line of science-inspired motifs, including these glasses, will appeal to the girl who would rather read books and pair her skirts with high top sneakers (how sweet would this be with a cardigan for school?) The reverse of the skirt is Dear Stella Scallop Dot, which makes for a simple basic perfect for pairing with busy shirts.  A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

 Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

Here's an image for your Pinterest boards: 

A free sewing pattern for a skirt for little girls that's fully reversible from Pink Castle Fabrics

Topics: apparel, kids sewing, latifah saafir, skirt, Free Pattern, dear stella, apparel sewing, kids, reversible skirt, girls, kids clothes

FREE Quilt Patterns using Dark and Stormy from Dear Stella Fabrics!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jul 22, 2017 10:45:01 AM
Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics!
Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics!

Another glorious fabric collection has arrived from Dear Stella fabrics! We love the nautical and whimsical Dark and Stormy collection! This small collection can be used to make the really cool FREE Chomp Quilt pattern! We are always looking for great free quilt patterns and this one we could use again and again! Wouldn't this look great in a little boys bedroom?

 Free Chomp Quilt Pattern using Dark and Stormy fabrics!

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Topics: free quilt pattern, dear stella

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