More new arrivals!

Hello Everyone,

Our organic solids are in, more to come. We have some exciting new home dec fabrics from Alexander Henry…love these. And also, Els van Baarle sent us some tjaps, wonderful fabric packs of  batiks from Indonesia, indigo hand dyes and her fantastic hand-dyed, batiked, screenprinted fabrics.  Please see below…

Pure Organics in solids from Kaufman Fabrics.

Beverly Glen Fashion for Home Collection - Alexander Henry Fabrics.

Think of using some “original fabrics” in your projects…

Indigo hand-dyed fabrics - Els van Baarle.

Tjap (copper stamp for batiking) - Els sent us four and will be sending more.

Indonesian Batiks from Els van Baarle.

Original fabrics by Els van Baarle - dyed, over-dyed, batiked + screen printed.

Wishing you all the best,


Scraps and Timtex – and an Amy Butler Bag!

I have owned Amy Butler’s “In Stitches” for some time now and thought it would be fun to try a quilted box bag.

I selected the “Patchwork Handbag With Zipper Charm”.  I thought it would be a good use of scraps and a fun first quilting project.  The project requires a number of pieces of main fabric, lining, backing fabric and batting.  The main pieces and lining could be cut from 1/2 yard or less of fabric.  I had the luxury of selecting color coordinated scraps from the scrap bin here at Contemporary Cloth.  But you could use your stash or try  your luck with one of our scrap bags.

The pattern is written in a very descriptive style.  I stumbled during the quilting section because I did not understand that an entire piece was quilted and then cut in two for the two sides.  I had started by cutting out the dimensions listed in the book, things did not add up and I set the bag aside, convinced I would not finish it.  I later decided to simply make horizontal strips. It’s not as visually interesting, but it was simpler for this first-time quilter.  (You’d never know that I completed three years of college-level math, including differential equations!)

The pattern calls for making a cardboard insert for the bottom of the bag.  I simply couldn’t see how this would make the bag sturdy enough – at least for my taste.  So when making the lining, I attached Timtex, a fairly sturdy sew in stabilizer, that is great for bags and totes.  This added wonderful shape to the bag – so much so that I did not need to add the cardboard.  Even after adding my wallet and several other items the bag held its shape.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the bag.   I learned how to make a box-shaped bag.  And next time, I will be a bit more adventurous in my quilting!

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