Friday, December 21, 2012

NEW Edyta kits

We always have quilt kits in progress, and we're finishing up two great kits from Edyta Sitar's Dancing in the Rain fabric line for Moda, which includes both regular cottons and batiks.

We have a limited number of Rainy Day Trio Umbrella kits, but more are ready and just waiting for the Silhouettes, which are pre-fused and pre-cut.

We also have Dancing in the Rain kits, which include the pattern, stencil for quick tracing of umbrella parts, and the fabrics for the top and binding just like Edyta's sample.

Check these and other new items out at

Monday, December 17, 2012

Wool and Cotton

We're working on samples from the book Elegant Quilts, Country Charm by Australian designers Leonie Bateman & Deirdre Bond-Abel.  We have several in progress, but recently fused the wool appliques on this lovely quilt, called Poppy's Quilt.  The designers have several suggestions to hold the wool in place while you stitch it, including stapling the pieces, but we like to use fusible to keep the edges crisp.  We'll stitch the pieces down with our new wool thread from Aurifil.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Birthday Candle Mat

We've been having fun choosing fabrics for our candle mats.  We start with a fabric that can be fussy cut, then use the acrylic templates to determine the size of hexagon that's perfect for the fussy cut section.  Next we pick fun fabrics to coordinate, get gluing, and stitch the pieces together.  We used 1-1/2" hexies for the Birthday Candle Mat shown, and think it would be perfect to honor each person in your family on their birthday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fabric Packs

We've been selling the fabric packs for Lucy Boston blocks for several months now.  They contain one fat quarter for fussy cutting, plus 5 more 10" by 12" pieces of fabric to coordinate.  We thought you might enjoy seeing how we use them.

We took one of the packs that contains our favorite fabric, which is a burgundy floral that looks more like home dec fabric.  We found that like home dec fabric, because of the repeat, it would take more than a fat quarter to do much fussy cutting.  So we just cut the entire fat quarter up and the other coordinates as well.

We did use our acrylic templates to fussy cut one of the other pieces in the fabric pack.  Several of our girls like to arrange and reaggange the pieces until they like what they see, then take pictures with their phone and save the pictures they like best.  They can then use them for reference as they sew the pieces together.  We really enjoy how different all the blocks turn out from the same fabric packet!

Here are four of the many combinations of fabrics that you can use for the Lucy Boston block.  You can see the leftover pieces on the side. 

I guess it's time to get stitching!

Back Door Signature Fabric