Am SO GEEKED about my new fabric line for Cloud9, Lotus Pond! The strike-offs (test fabrics to check colors) came the other day in the mail and I am really really happy with how these came out.
We’ve got some small tweaks to make to the color yet, but I’m really happy with how close these are to what I had imagined. I can’t stop putting them in rainbow order. DORK.
And rearranging them to see which prints go with which…
I think these large scale florals are really stunning.
And here’s just a small glimpse at the color-picking process; this fall I sent Michelle at Cloud 9 some paper printouts of what I had in mind, since the colors we see on…
It’s time for a peek at my new spring collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics, Lotus Pond!!! Woot Woot!! *Kermit arms*
This line will be printed on organic quilting cottons (so not flannels, like my first line, Fanfare), and I’m really geeked about how this turned out. I wanted to do something completely different from Fanfare, since it wasn’t intended to be a kid’s flannel line, so I went in a totally different direction. Flowers, lily pads, snails, butterflies. Inspired by my summers growing up in the midwest. With plenty of color thrown in of course.
When I say “peek,” you can see that this is literally just a peek at the buyer’s boards from Quilt Market a few weeks ago,…
My line of flannels for Cloud9 Fabrics is finally here! It’s hitting shops this week, so you can pick some lovely organic flannel loveliness up for yourself. I’m so excited to be able to start sewing with it!!!
Here’s a list of stores (both online and brick-and-mortar) where you can find Fanfare:
Aurora Sewing Center
Bolt Fabric Boutique
Fabric Spot — Online shop in Canada!
Fancy Tiger Crafts
Fat Quarter Shop
Fiddlehead Artisan Supply
Five Eighth Seams
Honey Be Good
I think about fabric a lot–probably more than is healthy or normal. I love how nice fabric looks and feels, and I love sewing clothes with it that I can wear over and over. I like looking at fabric just sitting on my shelf. It’s true, I am a hopeless FABRIC NERD.
When it comes to sewing clothing, I’ve tried just about every kind of fabric you can imagine; silk, rayon, knits, chambray, tulle, corduroy, you name it, I’ve tried it. The fabric I have the most experience with (hands down) is definitely quilting cotton, which I have tried on many occasions to beat into submission to produce clothing, with some successes and some failures (more on that later). But like many, I find…
It’s time for shameless promotion of my new fabric line, you guys! I’m so excited that I finally get to show it off!! Yaaaaaaaaay!!! *kermit arms*
All organic. All flannels. Super soft. Super lovely. Coming in August, but it’s already being ordered by shops, so tell your favorite shops all about it, m’kay? You can head over to the Cloud 9 website to see the whole line on the Fanfare page (you get closeups of the prints if you click on any of the images). You’ll also get a better idea of the true colors, which are looking a bit bright in the top image.
There are three colorways (aqua, gold, and pink) that each have a fox print,…
RAE-dar? You like that? Eh?? Oh, you are in for a world of Rae puns, you guys. You won’t even know what happened. Besides, the only other name that seemed appropriate for this post was “Hey, here’s what’s happening!” and this seemed so much better.
The point is, so many exciting things are going on that I can hardly keep up with all of them (besides the Spring Top Sewalong, which is supposed to wrap up this week — durrr…ummmm…can I have an extension? — and my new children’s pant pattern that Elli and I have been toiling on relentlessly for the past couple months to get JUST right), so in no particular order…
Exciting thing #1: Last week Cloud 9 gave a…
This week, as part of my personal countdown to KCWC, I’m throwing pictures at the blog of things I’ve made for the kids this year that never got blogged. It’s my own little challenge, to try and “clean out the virtual closet” before I go and make more clothes for them next week. I’ll even show you some of the new kids patterns I’ve been working on. Fun Fun!
This skirt was made with a fat quarter of cotton sateen fabric from Spoonflower that I designed (previously blogged about here) and some white linen for the band at the bottom and the elastic casing. The top is a flashback tee, upcycled from one of Mr Rae’s old shirts.
After I posted gratuitous post-fabric-purchase photos the other day, Nancy wrote to ask me how I decide how much fabric to buy:
“Hi Rae, When you are looking at fabric and you may or may not have an idea in mind at the time for what you are going to use it for, how much of the fabric do you purchase? That is always the hardest decision for me b/c I don’t want to not have enough for when I decide what I’m going to use it for but then can you get too much? I was just wondering if you have a system that you use or a minimum yardage purchase, etc? Thanks. I’m loving the summersville prints.”
Warning: This post is pretty stream-of-consciousness. Brace yourselves.
I just had the most amazing weekend! I feel like I always say that every time I come back from somewheres, but man, Quilt Market was intense. Now to process all of it. I need to make a list of all the people I met so I can remember everyone and everything. SO COOL.
I have about a bajillion pictures to upload and I’ll put those up on Flickr today, but for now I need to regroup and pull myself back together. For now I want to show you the fantastic stack of fabric that arrived while I was in Kansas City, from Fabricworm and show you what’s in my head for sewing projects…
After the tee-making-frenzy settled down around here last week, I found myself with a dwindling, pathetic little knit fabric stash. A problem that is quickly remedied, I say!!! There is little I approach so enthusiastically as fabric shopping. I’ve talked already about my proclivity towards using thrifted knits, and while I am always a fan of the upcycled garment, thrifting has some obvious limitations that purchasing knits can overcome (yardage being the main one). Unfortunately for me, the only fabric shop within an hour’s drive that carries knits is Joann, and my experiences with their knits has been pretty bad — of the maybe 10-15 jersey knits I have ever purchased there, all but two ended up super-pilly. I do want to…
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