Eleanor Grosch is a green-powered designer with a new line of organic cotton prints from Cloud 9. Her Mixteca collection features the fan-favorite owls as well as a range of geometric prints. Eleanor walks the green walk: According to her web site, she composts, uses wind power, bikes instead of driving and gets her veggies from a local CSA.
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.
Being a word geek, I’m a sucker for a great title. I love the names OPI gives their nail polishes. Artist Rob Bancroft had me at “Zombie” with his new MicroMod line of certified organic cottons for Cloud 9. So here’s Zombie:
The beautiful Seaweed pattern comes in two colorways:
Rob calls this pattern from his line “Library.” Just adorable.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Amy Butler spins design gold once again in Alchemy Organic her new line from Rowan/Westminster fabric. The fresh color schemes that are Amy’s signature are there, in perked up paisleys and a full-blown floral. This line is produced with 100 percent organic cotton.