Succulents Fabric from Crimson Tate

It’s been awhile since I last posted, but I think I was just waiting for the perfect inspiration.  I am so excited to share with everyone a couple of projects I made for Heather Givans of Crimson Tate for her new fabric collection Succulents for Windham Fabrics.

Last year Heather told us she would be showing her very first fabric collection at the October 2014 Quilt Market, and she asked if anyone would help make projects for her to display in her booth.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity to sew with her beautiful fabrics, and help out a very sweet friend.

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For my project I offered to sew up a pretty dress.  Heather picked out this beautiful gray and green print.  I think her Succulents fabrics lend themselves very well to garment sewing, especially this tiny plant print that has an almost vintage feel when sewn up as a dress or skirt. 9R1A0692

The pattern I chose was the Myrtle Dress from Colette Patterns.  The pattern is written for knits, but Sarai has a great tutorial on sewing it up with wovens.  The simple pattern is perfect for people new to garment sewing.  It has a relaxed draped neckline, elastic waist, and (my personal favorite) pockets!  This great dress works in the cool spring weather with a pair of tights and boots, and can take you into hot summer days with its sleeveless style. Our lucky friend Brook was selected as a model for Heathers look book, and her friend Eric did an amazing job taking these great photos!

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Now that Quilt Market has come and gone, I picked up some of this beautiful border print from her collection.  It is also a perfect print for garment sewing, so I decided to make a quick wrap skirt using another Colette Pattern, the Osaka Skirt, from her online publication Seamwork.

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If you can’t wait to get your hands on some Succulents comment below for a chance to win a bundle from Windham Fabrics.  Giveaway Closed. One comment will be chosen at random.  And be sure to check out all the other great stops along the blog hop for even more chances to win.  Here is the line up…

March 15: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate
March 16: Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography
March 17: Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts }
March 18: Lindsay Lefevere of ellesquare
March 19: Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio
March 20: David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate
March 21: Meghan Eschbaugh of Calvin and Carolyn You are Here!
March 22: Brooke Starnes
March 23: Matthew Wheeler of Kapa Quilts
March 24: Samantha Howard of Bobaloo Kids
March 25: Amy Garro of 13 spools
March 26: Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts
March 27: Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio
March 28: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate
Be sure to keep an eye on that Heather Givans, I anticipate many more amazing fabrics to come!  And one more photo of the Succulent Path quilt by Sarah, because I absolutely love it (and I had a blast helping her make these blocks).
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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Quilting

So, you always see those drawings on Facebook where if you like some company’s page they will pick a random person and send them free stuff.  I always think, there is no way I will ever win.  But I click that silly like button anyhow, and move on with my life resigned that I will never win.

Well not this time!  Let me start by saying that David Butler is THE MAN.  For those of you who don’t know David Butler is a fabric designer and singer for the Black Owls (awesome band, check them out) and he happens to be married to fabric designer Amy Butler.  Together they are a design power house.  I love everything both of them make.  Recently David released his newest fabric collection Seven Wonders.  I had seen it at my local quilt shop, Crimson Tate, and I needed it in my life.

And that’s when fate took an interesting turn.  David announced that if you “liked” his fabric page, Parson Gray, and his band’s page, The Black Owls, he would randomly select one person to receive his new collection of fabric and some Black Owls swag.  I though “I can do that, but I will probably never win” and went about my merry way.

Well lookie lookie what came in the mail.DB box

Inside the box was a signed card from David, three Black Owls CDs (promptly loaded into my itunes), some Black Owls stickers (one of which is now proudly displayed on my Pfaff), a Black Owls T, and this lovely stack of the new Seven Wonders collection.

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The collection comes in two colorways, cool and warm, that complement each other very nicely.  I can’t wait to get started on a project using these fabrics.  Stay tuned!