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An Interview with Fabric & Pattern Designers Bonnie & Camille

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 9:00

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"A fifth generation quilter." When I first heard this description of Camille Roskelly, I imagined a tiny little lady in a pillbox hat and gloves... like that precious grandma in the Tweety Bird® cartoons. Stereotype, right? Sorry about that. And, I've surely been taken to task, especially after meeting the young (26), lovely (how does she keep her hair so perfect?), and pregnant (baby boy number three) Camille at The Creative Connection conference in Minneapolis this past September. I was lucky enough to take one of her classes to create a sweet set of hot pads in the gorgeous Bliss fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. Not a pillbox hat in sight. Then, I learned the 'Bonnie' of Bonnie & Camille was her mother, Bonnie Olaveson. Also youthful and lovely, and the very proud grandma to nine (Camille's new bundle will make it an even ten). So much familial talent and beauty! I just had to find out more about this trendy yet traditional team.

Love That Fabric: November

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 9:00

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I don't need the holiday season to love the combination of hues of red and green. It's a force of nature: red and green apples, peppers, flowering plants, trees, northern lights, parrots, tree frogs, warm and cool, stop and go, and all things Christmasy. This month our four collections work alone and together just as in nature. Have some mix and match fun with these.

Noel Home: Tablecloth Set – Fringed Underlay with Pom-Pom Overlay

Monday, 29 November 2010 9:00

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The experts always recommend layers when dressing for winter; we felt this advice should extend to winter table top dressing as well. Our holiday tablecloth is actually two layers: a plain fringed underlay and a patterned flat overlay with pretty dangling pom-poms as corner accents. With the underlay made out of a neutral fabric in a simple fringed design, you can reuse it with a new overlay for a new season or holiday.


Noel Home: Classic Chair Back Covers

Monday, 22 November 2010 9:00

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Ah! Pity the naked chair. Everyone comes to the dinner table in their holiday finery and the chair pulls up without a stitch on. An elegant cover not only avoids embarrassment for your mild-mannered chair, it doubles the decorative charm of the entire room. And really... why should the table have all the fun? Our festive cover features an accent 'collar' with pretty dangling pom-poms. It's what all the best-dressed chairs are wearing this season.


Noel Home: Grand Pinwheel & Pom-Pom Tree Skirt

Friday, 19 November 2010 9:00

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Our large, lush tree skirt is over four feet square; grand enough for Christmas morning's bounty of pretty packages. The pinwheel design is a patchwork classic, simple and sweet. And, even if you've never done patchwork or quilting before, I know you'll have success with this. It's just four squares of fabric cut on a diagonal, alternated, then sewn back together into four new squares. A 'stitch-in-the-ditch' at each seam quilts it all together. Easy as that. You really don't need to read all the directions now do you? Well... maybe just a few.


Noel Home: Velvet Cuff Stockings

Thursday, 18 November 2010 9:00

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Welcome to this year's warm and cozy holiday series: Noel Home . Over the next few weeks, we have a dozen projects to add classic charm and quiet comfort to your décor. The fabric at the center of it all is the beautiful Lumiere de Noel from French General for Moda, a collection of simple yet striking toiles, stripes, plaids and florals, as well as elegant combinations of all these designs. The rich tones of red, ivory, cream, spruce and chocolate are reminiscent of a brimming basket Christmas potpourri. You can almost smell the cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove. Our series kicks off with a trio of soft stockings with handsome velvet cuffs and whimsical, dangling pom-poms.


Products We Love: Clover Pom-Pom Maker

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 9:00

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Our Noel Home series of holiday projects features a plethora of pom-poms. The fluffy, casual poms are a great juxtaposition to the elegance the Lumiere de Noel fabric by French General for Moda fabric. Kind of like wearing Converse® high-tops with a tuxedo... a little bit of levity adds just the right touch. But yikes, we needed TWENTY-SIX pom-poms in order to complete all our projects. Time for the Clover® Pom-Pom Maker. It made quick work of our baker's-two-dozen poms, and each one was as perfectly puffy as the next.

Accessories We Love: The Roller Foot For Velvet & More

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 9:00

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Roller Foot. It sounds like it could be a malady common to professional skaters. (It may be for all we know.) But the Roller Foot is a presser foot for your sewing machine that allows you to sew sticky or shifty fabrics with ease. We're talking about materials like vinyl and leather, or chiffon, organza, and especially for the holiday season and our upcoming series of projects: velvet.

Perfect Pillows From Tammy Hensley's Spoonflower Fabric

Friday, 12 November 2010 9:00

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Spoonflower allows you… yes YOU… to design your own custom-printed fabric. How enticing is that! As a designer myself, I'm almost afraid to try my hand at textile design for fear I'll never do anything else. Not only can you design your own fabric, you can buy interesting fabric designed by other people. It's easy to get caught up looking at the thousands of options. Some of it is truly fabulous, a lot is very good and of course, there are some duds. On the whole, however, I found plenty of fabric that I had to fight the urge to add to my towering stash. We gave Spoonflower a try with a set of simple pillows made from our friend, Tammy Hensley's Family Forever collection. We'll take you through the order process, the options, and what we learned.

Quick Tip: Bias Tape Cheat Sheet

Thursday, 11 November 2010 9:00

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There you stand in the fabric store, that giant display of bias tapes and bindings in front of you, its shiny cellophane packages glinting in their neat, color coordinated rows. Single fold, double fold, blanket, quilt. Geeze! What's what? Do you just throw a dart and hope for the best? No! You bring your Sew4Home Cheat Sheet with you and get exactly what you really need.



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