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INDIGO STAR QUILT

A big THANK YOU to Vogue for including our hand-sewn Indigo Star Quilt in this month’s issue.

With a finished size of 57” x 72”, the quilt is available for purchase from our Online Store for $3110.00. The quilt is hand-sewn from a mixture of indigo-dyed, and 100% natural organic cotton.

You can also purchase a DIY Indigo Star Quilt Kit from our Online Store, available in two options:

1) Fabrics + Notion. For $179.95, you can purchase materials that you will cut and prepare yourself. Please visit our online journal for the patterns and detailed instructions.

2) Ready-to-Sew. For $435.00, the material will be cut and sent to you ready-to-sew.


DIY THURSDAY: THANK YOU

Thank you notes are an integral part of a Southern woman’s upbringing. We are taught to be grateful, always say please and thank you, and appreciate the many gifts in life. This is how I was raised and this is how I choose to raise my daughter Maggie. I want her to grow up with a grateful manner. I want her to be thankful for all that life has to offer.

However in this busy day-and-age, I often forget or don’t seem to find time for a personal, hand-written thank you note. I plan to remedy that situation and I’m just now getting to my holiday thank you list. To those on my list, please be patient with us. We WILL make more time to sit with pen, scissors, and paper over the next weeks.

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SANDWICH WRAPS

My daughter received a sandwich wrap similar to these for her birthday two years ago and it quickly became a treasured item in our household (Thank you Carrie and Michael).  So treasured, in fact, that we have almost worn it out.  With back-to-school this year, I realized that we need many of these in our kitchen – in fact, one for every day.

We used scraps of medium-weight 100% cotton jersey in ochre, light grey, and faded leaves from our studio to make the wraps pictured here.  They are lined with a PUL fabric (found at our local fabric store), but I have also used wax paper as a liner for a particularly messy sandwich.

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STENCILED FAT EIGHTHS – QUILT OF THE MONTH #4

A “Fat Eighth” is a term that was unknown to me several years back.  It describes a bundle of 1/8 yard cuts of fabric made popular by quilters who can take small cuts and work them into their patchworks.  Our Studio Style Store began offering Fat Eighths of our organic cotton jersey a few years back after receiving  emails requesting larger pieces of the 50 colors of  fabric we offer on our two color cards.

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FRIENDSHIP – QUILT OF THE MONTH #3

Maggie’s new school is hosting their annual Fall Festival tomorrow and each of the classes was asked to make a project to donate to a silent auction.  The Class Moms are asked to help organize this and (as I am one of the two responsible) I, of course, suggested that we make a quilt. To be honest, it just seemed the path of least resistance at the time.  However, this project has become so lovely that we decided to share it as our “Quilt of the Month #3.”

We simply cut blocks of organic cotton jersey from white, cream and tea and had the class (in conjunction with their 4th grade buddies) draw pictures of “Family & Friends.” The project was spread out over a few mornings – just thirty minutes each of the mornings before the day started. The kids had a great time (were asking for more) and the results were outstanding.

We used Crayola Fabric Markers for the drawings and then added little bits of embroidery, appliqué and reverse appliqué from Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Style.

Everyone who has been in our studio is amazed.  I wish that I had been collecting Maggie’s drawings since she was born to make a quilt for her (well, myself).  And I asked Maggie to start holiday themed blocks last week with trees, presents, snow, etc.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Follow the instructions below to make your own Friendship Quilt and wish us luck tomorrow at the silent auction!

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INDIGO STAR – QUILT OF THE MONTH #2

I have always loved quilt tops and have collected them for many years from thrift stores and yard sales. The problem with these beautiful hand-sewn tops is that it is impossible to use them until they have been quilted as the delicate woven fabrics fall apart when washed. Not so with our 100% organic cotton jersey, Alabama Indigo and Faded Leaves Jersey fabrics.

Our quilt this month is inspired by one of my favorite antique quilt tops and sewn to be the perfect lightweight cover. Made with our cotton-jersey in a single layer and a range of our Indigo, the quilt is sewn with our floating seams – described in both Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Stylewhich give the effect those antique quilt tops. However, this technique eliminates the need to finish raw edges which will roll beautifully with the first washing.

The back of the is also very beautiful with the clean finished edges:

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AMERICAN FLAG QUILT – QUILT OF THE MONTH #1

I first wrote about Kaffe Fassett’s new book here – when the rains on Nashville turned our eyes to disaster. More than a month has passed and the folks of Nashville still need our help and today I am back to thinking about Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts. Inspired by the lovely geometries Kaffe illustrates – and the upcoming summer months – we have decided to begin a Quilt of the Month project – starting with our all-time favorite American Flag Quilt.

Purchase one of our DIY Flag Quilt Kits which comes cut, stenciled and ready to sew with all the needed notions or follow the instructions below using our 100% organic cotton, up-cycled t-shirts or scraps. Our DIY Flag Quilt Kit is made from a double layer of our 100% organic cotton in a mixture of Burgundy and Carmine, Storm Blue and Navy, as well as, Parchment and Sand. Cut quilt pieces are then embroidered and constructed with our Coats & Clark Button Craft thread in Navy, Maroon and Dogwood using techniques from Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Style Continue reading

GREEN ORGANIC CHAIR PILLOW

Our copies of Alabama Studio Style are arriving to our studio today and will be shipping out today and tomorrow!

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered. As a thank you, all of the pre-ordered books are being shipped with a little gift of a yard from our Green Organic cotton jacquard and inspiration for a project using both Alabama Studio Style and Alabama Stitch Book.

This Green Organic cotton jacquard is one of my favorite fabrics and the one that I used to make the Chair Pillow pictured above. Make one for your home by using the Chair Pillow instructions starting on page 152 of Alabama Studio Style along with appliqué instructions from page 62 of Alabama Stitch Book.

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ALABAMA STUDIO STYLE

I am happy to share that, due to overwhelming support of our Alabama Stitch Book, we have just
signed a contract for our follow-up book: Alabama Studio Style.

Published by Stewart Tabori Chang and due on the shelf for spring 2010, you can expect more stories, more projects, more patterns, more techniques and, this time, more recipes. I am looking forward to working again with Robert Rausch, the addition of Angie Mosier to our team and to explore all of the stories and techniques we have collected since finishing Alabama Stitch Book. It was exciting to start writing yesterday. I am inspired to imagine where we will be going, the new stories we will hear, and the people we will meet along the way.

Thank you to Melanie and all the folks at STC for believing in our work.