Wednesday, August 25

French Lesson

Bonjour!
We've been having such a fun week here in the shop with new fabric arrivals and the wonderful opportunity to sit down and sew up some new shop samples which were are very excited to share! So let's begin with a trip to France.

During the hop we got in this unique chicken fabric titled "Le Poulet" (pronounced like: lay- poo-lay)

Now...how much fun is that word to say?! Le Poulet, a word that rolls off the tongue rather nicely and for the way it sounds must have some exquisite meaning. . . but the word Le Poulet means. . .

...chicken...

A fun and pretty sounding word to say a chicken. I guess French really is a Romantic language!


Aside from having a lot of fun saying "Le Poulet" we have had equal amounts of fun sewing with it.
The above is an apron pattern that we jazzed up with the fun chicken pockets on the bottom and chicken patch and "Le Poulet" title on the top. This apron was really quite simple to make and has absolutely wonderful draw strings (one long string) that gives you a lot of freedom for adjusting the neck and waist bands to fit any person
Now, leaving our French lesson on chicken for the day, we head back here where Summer is coming to an end and the school year is upon us . . . so the arrival of Punctuation by Moda's American Jane was perfect and festive. The above shows our coordinating pieces as well as one focal of the ABC's . . .

. . .and this is also the other focal that would make a wonderful strip quilt.






Speaking of Summer's End . . .

The new Kansas Troubles fabrics came in and is called- as you could have guessed-
Summer's End
We have beautiful coordinates as well as honey buns and charm packs.

Darci has been very busy working with her favorite designers fabrics and stepped out of the box and sewed with a honey bun. (for those of you unfamiliar with that term a honey bun is one 1 1/2" strip of each fabric in the line)

The sample above (although not quite finished) is part of Darci's upcoming monthly program called "Prairie Women's Sewing Circle" which features wonderful projects that get you making do with the fabrics you have at home each month. More samples are in the works so more info will be shared later. . .

The "bag lady" also dipped her toes into the Summer's End fabric and sewed up a new bag using the Steel Ball handles. If you haven't seen these before they are kind of unique and clever in that you can buy one set of steel ball handles, and sew different bag bottoms to change for any occasion. The bag was fun and quite easy to do.

Also in, is the new fabrics by BasicGrey called Origins featuring wonderful browns, blacks and yellows.

Lacey has had her eye on making the "Frenchy Bag" by Amy Butler (pattern in photo above) out of some of these fabrics. But until the pattern arrived she settled for sewing on a table runner . . .

. . .and by the looks of it has just the quilting left in the border to do before it's finished.

Guess she must have gotten side-tracked with the steel ball bag . . .


Luna Notte, a quaint and beautiful new line by Moda's 3 Sisters has also arrived this month.


The bag lady was also out pickin' berries and came home with a new kind!
This cute bag has 3-D leaves and wool felt flower and was created by Fig Tree & Co.
It's a very quick bag to sew up and would be perfect for a little girl or big girls who are young at heart!

While we were out hopping with our bus of ladies during the hop we defiantly noticed that kids clothing is a big deal. We continue to slowly but surly add more ideas for ya'll and this is the newest called "Pokadots & Summer" and too is by Fig Tree & Co.
If you are interested in sewing that special little one something I would suggest Fig Tree's patterns. I will be honest in that this is really one of the few and only companies I've sewed with but like the simplicity and good directions that Joanna gives.

Until next time~ Au Revoir ~ Good Bye!






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