Fabric Salad

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Archive of ‘Feature designer’ category

Super scrap buster

This sparkly project grows as you go. It’s the Twinkle Coverlet from Malka Dubrawsky, and it’s hand-stitched. Just add circles until you have the size you prefer. In this cold weather, I love having  a project I can work on while I’m snuggled up on the sofa. How about you? Grab the pattern and start going round and round! You can see more photos here on Malka’s blog.

Twinkle coverlet pattern

Leaf it to Janie

The leaves are turning gorgeous colors here, but how cool would it be to see trees decked out in the luscious colors of Daisy Janie’s new line, New Leaf?

New Leaf from Daisy Janie


Raking leaves would be so much better if they fell in hot hues of lemon, berry and tangerine.
Designer Jan Dicintio crafted the line of 100 percent organic cotton and included Festoon, a  selvedge-to-selvedge repeat pattern pictured in the middle of the photo. You could cut strips parallel to the selvedge and use for borders or sashing, use it as a cheater panel or just enjoy the happy jumble of colors in a whole cloth quilt.
Jan (who blogs here) previews this line at Quilt Market next week, and expects it in stores this winter.

Use ’em up!

For our first family pet, naming rights went to my daughter. After trying out several options (Butterscotch and Nemo), she settled on “Squiggles.” It is pretty perfect for our sweet orange boy.

But, if another cat falls into our lap (being very careful of what I wish for), I’d name him or her “Scraps.” That’s how much I love my scraps. I save every bit of fabric. I save long bits of thread. I almost started saving empty plastic thread spools the other day.

So is my inability to toss any fabric scrap larger than a postage stamp thrift or the first sign of a deep disorder? Debatable, but in the “Yea for thriftiness!”  column, I’d place this runner I made from bits and pieces I had in my scrap bin.

scrappy runner


Add to the scrap happiness this project from Sandi Henderson’s book, Sewing Bits and Pieces. The instructions for this adorable pinwheel project are on her web site. Sandi blogs about sewing, crafts and the stuff of life.

Sandi Henderson pinwheel project