Amy Barickman is an RJR fabric designer and founder of the pattern company Indygo Junction and AmyBarickman.com. Today she shares her new brand Fabriflair™ - material amusements for needle and thread! Think English paper piecing in 3-D! Here is a video that explains the product and creative process.
Cotton & Steel fabrics are some of my favorites! We have featured their prints in both our apparel and purse patterns. When we were scouting fabric for our Fabriflair™ Radiant Star, I was immediately drawn to this Rifle Paper Co. collection Les Fleurs. I love the small scale floral and novelty prints, not to mention the fabulous metallic flora print. The 5” square precut is ideal because you can cut 2 diamonds from one square. Another precut option is using the 2.5“ strip, which can be cut on the diagonal. Keep in mind with the strips you will have lots leftover.
I am happy to share some tips and tricks for making the Radiant Star with you. We offer both a kit with pre-cut mat board templates as well as a PDF pattern. You need 60 diamonds to create the star, so the kit is a great short cut and provides precise pieces for a guaranteed fit. I also like to add a layer of batting between the fabric and template. Not only does it provide a nice visual effect, but it also makes it easier to sew the templates together when the batting is sandwiched in between. This instructional information is included in both the pattern and kit.
Keep in mind the Fabriflair™ Star is a wonderful project to showcase buttons. The buttons are sewn in once the 12 facets of the star are finished but before they are sewn together one half at a time. I collect all things vintage and sewing so you can imagine my button stash. We debated between gold and mother-of-pearl—a tough decision!
Now on to some options for sewing the 12 facets of the star together. You can try stitching edges together with a whip or ladder stitch. We also like using no. 10 crochet thread and the blanket stitch. You will need about 5 stitches on each edge of the diamond. Both stitch options are ideal for finishing the Radiant Star.
The Fabriflair™ Radiant Star comes in a small and large- a 5” and a 10” version. There are currently six kits available in the line including the Brio Sphere/Bowl in 2 sizes, the Trilliant Ornament and the Navette Needlecase. Fabriflair™ is a perfect way to display your favorite designer prints in a practical project or a geometric work of art! AND pre-cuts that are available make it easy to get small cuts of a variety of prints to work with!
Visit this RJR blog post for more Fabriflair™ inspiration.
If you're interested in buying a kit, you can visit IndygoJunction.com and use code FFCS5 to take 10% off your Fabriflair™ order. There is also a giveaway going on on the Indygo Junction blog, which you can check out here.
Remember we would love for you to share what you make! Use hashtag #Fabriflair
Happy 2017! The new year means our brand new (first ever!) official Block of the Month, Quicker by the Dozen, is shipping out to stores this month. Woohoo! (For more details about the BOM, see this post.)
Shops carrying Quicker by the Dozen will be running it themselves, so you should check with them for details about how to buy and when it starts.
Many stores sell online and over the phone, so don't be discouraged if you don't see one close to you! All the store's websites are linked below so you can click and shop around.
Outside the U.S.:
UPDATE: See this post for U.S. stores carrying Quicker by the Dozen.
We have a brand new project that we are so excited to announce!
Cotton+Steel is honored to be collaborating with Lynette Jensen, one of RJR Fabrics’ most prolific and successful designers, to release a Block of the Month pattern called “Quicker By The Dozen.” This quilt pattern is made up of twelve blocks that use twelve different fabrics, and can be easily modified to be either a throw or a queen. Makers can use fabrics from Lynette’s new Thimbleberries line Riversong, or they can choose a selection of Cotton+Steel Fabrics - either works!
Lynette Jensen is a pioneer in our industry. She was one of the first pattern designers to partner with a fabric company to create fabrics and projects that coordinated. She was also one of the first to create a Block of the Month program for quilt shops, and her Thimbleberries BOM ran for 22 years with over 300,000 quilters participating. Thimbleberries changed the face of the quilt pattern industry, becoming the benchmark for easy to follow and clear quilt patterns. Lynette has always felt that she wants every person who picks up one of her patterns to be successful.
Cotton+Steel shares the belief that sewing should be accessible and inclusive. Clear instructions and well written patterns are timeless. They transcend taste and trend, and they offer a reliable resource for passing techniques on to those less experienced, regardless of anyone’s individual fabric preferences.
Because really, what is quilting? No matter the genre, quilting is the interaction of shapes and patterns, of colors and prints, of beauty and utility. It can be a study in geometry, or making the most of scraps, or both. It is humble, it is grand.
And it’s fun.
We hope you'll enjoy creating this quilt and feel united by the community making it with you, whether you use Thimbleberries or Cotton+Steel.
Because either way, it’s the same craft, same pattern, just a different stash.
The Quicker by the Dozen BOM will be available for shops to order at Fall '16 Quilt Market, and will be available to buy in stores starting in 2017.
The first month of #cottonandsteelcloset was awesome! We had over 600 entries and there are so many amazing C+S garments to browse on the hashtag. Thanks to everyone that posted! Remember, this is an ongoing giveaway that we'll be doing every month, so keep on a'posting!
It was a tough choice, but for our first winner we chose this dress from @peneloping. She made her own version of a RTW (ready-to-wear) dress out of a navy and gold metallic cotton lawn from Alexia Abegg's Mesa collection:
Ping will be getting a 3-yard cut of any C+S fabric for winning. Woohoo!
We had to share some of our other favorites as well: