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Adorn Fabric by Alison Glass is Here!

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 10, 2017 9:20:36 AM
  

Adorn by Alison Glass

New in the shop this week is Adorn fabrics by Alison Glass! Alison is exploring new substrates with Adorn, including double gauze, tailor's cloth, and lawn, all of which can be used for both quilts and garments.

Adorn by Alison Glass Adorn by Alison Glass
Adorn by Alison Glass Adorn by Alison Glass

There are seven lawn prints in Adorn, four with a double border print and three with a scattered floral. Lawns make light, smooth quilts and garments with the perfect balance of softeness and structure. Like quilting cotton, it's a 100% cotton woven, making for simple washing and care of lawn quilts and apparel. 

Adorn by Alison Glass Adorn by Alison Glass

The line has two double gauze prints, both the same scattered floral in either charcoal gray or blush pink. Double gauze is soft and light, almost plush and airy from the two very light plys woven together. Double gauze makes garments that are amazingly soft and comfortable in all seasons (cool and absorbent in summer, warm in colder weather) and after snuggling under a double gauze quilt you may have difficultly returning to plain cotton. Double gauze also shows off quilting stitches like no other fabric. 

Adorn by Alison Glass

 The last substrate is tailor's cloth, which is similar to a cotton canvas but lighter and thinner. It's perfect for garments and accessories that need a little structure, like fitted dresses, jackets, and purses, and would also make beautiful home goods like toss pillows and storage bins. "Adorn Symbolic Tailor Cloth" comes in two colorways -- warm and cool-- which is also great for those who like to choose fabric  that best coordinates with their closets and homes. 

 

Adorn by Alison Glass

 

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Topics: garments, Alison Glass, double gauze, canvas, garment fabric, lawn, adorn, adorn fabric, andover

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

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