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Entries in Moda Fabric (8)

Sunday
Oct272013

Molly's Sketchbook: Running Stitch Napkins

I love Thanksgiving traditions! Every year I need to turn on the parade and the dog show for background ambience as I make my requisite three pies (pumpkin, apple, and a chocolate truffle tart). And every year I need to dress up in something semi fancy and take a walk in the crisp fall air on the nearly empty streets of Brooklyn. I need to have turkey, even though I dont really like it except in sandwiches the next day. Oh, and those sandwiches have to be made on white bread with cranberry sauce, iceberg lettuce, and mayonnaise. And finally, I need to make a set of napkins for the Purl Bee!
 
This years set is close to my heart because it uses three of the most beautiful Liberty of London Tana Lawn Seasonal prints that Ive ever seen. Together they make such a handsome autumnal mix! I chose to keep the sewing simple with a straightforward set of muslin-lined napkins, although at the last minute I couldnt resist hand sewing the top stitching just to make each napkin extra special. You could certainly do a quick machine-sewn running stitch if the timers about to pop on the turkey!
 
With or without the hand stitching, these Thanksgiving Napkins will dress up the table nicely,  really adding to the richness of your Thanksgiving traditions. If youd like to see all of my previous Thanksgiving napkin projects you can browse our archive here! And Happy Turkey Day! --Molly

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Thursday
Oct242013

Page's Hostess Lap Duvets

The goal of a handmade gift is to make something lovely and unique that lets the recipient know just how much he or she means to you. Of course, this is a great idea, but it can go wrong so easily! The project can end up taking forever, or it might hit a technical snag, or worst of all, it might end up banished to the back of a drawer.  Lap Duvets have become our go-to handmade gift precisiely because they avoid these pitfalls. They are quick and fun to make, super useable and easy to love!

Page and her friend Alexa recently whipped up a set of Lap Duvets as a hostess gift for some close friends, and we all fell in love with the serene palette that she picked out. The mix of big Pocho Dot with pretty yarn dyed Veronica Voile and sweet Indigo Dot seems like it would be appreciated by anyone. They are all backed with cool, soft muslin, giving this stack a timeless and perfectly classic feel.

Lap Duvets are really quick to sew without sacrificing thoughtfulness or beauty.  And theyre a great way to celebrate a favorite fabric and a favorite friend!
 
Here's a list of the materials we used for these special Hostess Lap Duvets. If youd like to make your own you can find the full pattern here!

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Sunday
Jun232013

Polka Dot Lap Duvets!

We’re seeing spots! Thanks to Nani Iro’s Summer 2013 collection of Double Gauze, we’re hypnotized by the delicate whimsy and classic timelessness of polka dots!

In love with these quirky prints, we’ve whipped up a new set of Molly’s fantastic Lap Duvets. Originally made from Nani Iro’s Spring 2011 collection, our Lap Duvets were later resurrected for a cuddly winter version in Ecrulet’s Flannel Stripes. 

And now we bring you a summer-fresh palette of polka dotted blues and greens that perfectly reflect June skies, refreshing lakes, and splendid seas. Nothing beats these simple, lofty blankets! Polka dots and carefree florals, be sure to check out Nani Iro's entire collection of Double Gauzes right here!

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Thursday
May162013

Molly's Sketchbook: Simple Four Square Quilt

I’m not a painter, but I have always imagined that quilt making is a lot like oil painting. Both involve a detailed setup and complex series of steps, yet both tap into a deep well of freedom and creativity.  My sewing projects tend towards the quick, easy and practical, but every once in a while I like to slow down and explore big gestures using the refined techniques of quilting.

This Simple Four Square Quilt crystallizes everything I love about quilt making! It uses traditional block patterns in a decidedly unorthodox way, exploring color and proportionality much like a striking modern painting. I used Robert Kaufman’s Architextures prints, whose simple mechanical drawings I love for their clean freshness. I anchored the prints with a cool gray solid, and for fun, added a hot pop of neon orange dots.

With a project like this, it is important to do all of the steps, from the cutting to the piecing to the pressing, with care. Savor this deliberate process; it is well worth the extra time! The finished quilt is truly something special, an heirloom that is modern, elegant and simply beautiful! --Molly

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Wednesday
Mar062013

Molly's Sketchbook: Liberty Tea Towels

One of the many reasons I love Liberty of London fabric is that it evokes an English countryside fantasy I’ve always harbored. As a child, I would get lost in the worlds of Beatrix Potter, The Secret Garden, and Brambly Hedge. I was captivated by the soft colors of their illustrations, their images of teatime and frilly frocks.  My favorite Liberty of London florals all remind me of those charming books!

Recently, Purl Soho received Liberty of London’s new Tana Lawn Seasonal prints, many of which were beautiful florals! What better way to use this fabric than in a set of soft tea towels straight from my childhood daydreams!


For strength and absorbency, I used creamy porcelain Prairie Cloth as the base and added the incredible Irma print to one end. These simple tea towels are put together in a novel way that encases the end in a pure swath of Liberty. With only one visible seam, it’s as if they were dipped in the pretty print!

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