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giveaway day!


For everyone that's visiting today as part of Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day, welcome! My name is Caitlin, and I'm a quilter and owner of a small fabric shop specializing in fabrics from independent designers from around the world. A few random things about me:
  • I love working on English paper-piecing, especially when I travel, and am excited about an improv hexagonproject I started while visiting the...
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honeycombs wall quilt

For a dear friend's birthday this month, I stitched up a small wall quilt, using prints by Umbrella Prints from my fabric shop and some scraps of chambray.

Inspired by Betsy's honeycombs, I stitched up my own by hand, using an English paper-piecing technique.

I then machine-appliquéd the honeycombs to my quilt top and did echo quilting around the edges.

I stuck with my now-favorite rounded corners, and used up the rest of the binding I had made for this quilt. I used a coordinating vintage blue print for the backing, and I added both a label and a hanging sleeve.

I loved having the chance to work with these prints (they're among my favorites) and I'm happy to report that the birthday girl loved her gift.
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fold-over clutch class


This Saturday, October 5,  I'll be teaching in the classroom space at Gather in downtown Cary. I'll walk students through the steps of making a fold-over clutch based on one of my favorite patterns, by Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business, using a gorgeous large-scale heart print by Umbrella Prints.

All supplies (including outer and inner fabrics, binding, a metal zipper, and leather zipper pull) will be provided. All you need to bring is your sewing machine, thread, and pins.

Interested in signing up? You can register for the class over here. Questions? Shoot me an email. Hope to see you this weekend!
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2013 umbrella prints trimmings competition

These days, I'm pretty much smitten with screen-printed fabrics. I love the look of one and two-color prints and I love being able to support independent designers who produce their work by hand. One of my goals for the year is to incorporate more screen-printed fabric into my work, so when I saw the posting for this year's Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition, I decided to enter for the second...
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2012 umbrella prints trimmings competition

After the rush of getting ready for this month's craft fair was over, I finally had a chance to sit down and work on my entry for the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition. [Umbrella Printsis an Australian textile house, specializing in hand-printed fabrics.] After staring at the neutral scraps I was sent (pictured above), and rejecting a number of ideas, I finally decided to try out Elizabeth...
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