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Cosmos by Laura Gunn

Painter/designer Laura Gunn has a beautiful new fabric collection coming out very soon. Cosmos features the painterly look her fabrics are known for and includes some wonderful Painters Canvas solids. She sent me a charm pack of the collection and I'm completely taken with the artistry and vibrant colors.

You can see the entire collection here: Cosmos by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics. It is expected in stores in September! 

Little Kukla by Suzy Ultman

I adore these colors for fall! The collection does take me back to my childhood in the seventies a bit, but in a 2000s sort of way! Little Kukla by Suzy Ultman should be available in stores next month! Robert Kaufman's Swatch & Stitch blog will have a tutorial put up for the quilt today, as of this posting it wasn't up yet, but do check back with their blog if you are interested.

(All photos are from Robert Kaufman's Swatch & Stitch blog.)

Book Review: Fabrics A to Z by Dana Willard

Fabrics A to Z is a fantastic little sewing reference book by Dana Willard (you may know her from her blog, MADE). I would highly recommend it to anyone who sews, especially those who sew garments, accessories and/or home decor. 

The book is really straightforward and easy to use. The fabric sections are divided between wovens, knits, specialty, blended and patterns. The reference page(s) for each fabric type not only explain what the fabric is and its properties, but (my favorite part) what type of needle, thread, interfacing, stitch length to use and more (under "working with"). Oh how I could have used this book last week when standing in front of a shelf of interfacing, trying to figure out which one to buy! Or, how about when you go to the fabric store with a certain fabric type in mind, only to fall in love with another and wonder if it will work for your project. Or, there's a really good deal for a certain fabric and you're wondering what you could use it for?

At the top of the reference pages are little symbols indicating what this type of fabric is used for (garment, home decor or craft/quilt). Very handy! 

There's another section all about notions and tools (again, who hasn't stared at a notion wall, wondering which one to buy?) 

The book is a convenient, small size so it will fit right into your purse or bag. Above, I placed it next to a typical paperback so you can get an idea of the size. 

Basically, I think this book is a perfect, little sewing reference book perfect to take along on your trip to the fabric store, at home buying online and when you're ready to sew that fabric up!

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(Full disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.)

Seaside by October Afternoon for Riley Blake

Seaside is a new fabric collection by October Afternoon for Riley Blake. I love the nostalgic, beachside feel of the collection. You can find both the Summer Sun Pillowcase Kit (upper right) and the Sandcastles Quilt Kit by Kimberly Jolly for It's Sew Emma (lower left) at Fat Quarter Shop. By The Sea (lower right) is a free quilt pattern from Riley Blake. This fabric is expected in stores any day now!

Rhapsodia Collection by Art Gallery Fabrics

Art Gallery Fabrics sent me some pictures of their gorgeous Rhapsodia fabric collection made into a variety of inspiring and beautiful clothing, quilts, bags and more. 

From Art Gallery Fabrics:

We want you to enter a world of golden sands and lustrous emeralds. Rhapsodia will take you on an exotic journey to far away destinations and places so beautiful and rich in color that you can only dream of... When you look at Rhapsodia you will experience the ethnic textures that were inspired by a world of rituals, rich foods, dance and the lights of Bollywood.

 

And they produced another fantastic video to introduce the collection!

They also have a giveaway going on right now over at The Creative Blog of Art Gallery Fabrics!

Fun Stuff, Motivational Stuff

For fun: did you see the Fat Quarter Idol contest over at Sew, Mama, Sew? If you love fabric and Pinterest, you'll want to get in on this one! Above is my entry - do you think you can beat me ;)  The theme is "Sweet Child of Mine". See details at Sew, Mama, Sew!

For motivation: I signed up for the Kids Clothes Week Challenge at elsie marley. I'm always promising the kids that I'll make them more clothes. Here's my motivation to do it! There's a ton of great inspiration at elsie marley, too - you should check it out!

(PS - I'll have more motivation for you next week with a Feather Your Nest Project at Stumbles & Stitches!)