Quilt Market Samples for Cloud 9 Fabrics

Cloud 9 Knits

I am not at Quilt Market but it’s roaring along right now in Salt Lake City and shots from this massive quilting fabric market are clogging my IG feed.  I have such mixed feelings about Quilt Market, part of me would love to attend but the smart part of me realizes that I would hate it.  Big crowds, tons of things to see.  It’s the worst kind of sensory overload for an introvert of my stripe. Either way, I get really jealous of everyone attending every time it comes around.   I am consoled by the fact that I usually have some of my stitches in attendance.  The lovely people at Cloud 9 Fabric have their office about a half an hour from my house and I’m so honored that they frequently hire me to sew samples for them.

For this weekends Quilt Market I got to sew in their new line of knit fabrics, designed by the crazy-talented Made by Rae. I mean who couldn’t fall in love with these flamingos!

Cloud 9 Organic Knits_ Flamingo Marianne Dress | a happy stitch

This dress is a Marrianne from Christine Haynes.  Versatile and adorable, I’ve seen so many people making the Marianne. I think it’s especially fun in flamingo!

Pink Flamingo Knit from Cloud 9 Marianne Dress sewn by a happy stitch

I made a second Marianne for Cloud 9 in this lovely green floral print.  it’s also knit fabric, also by Rae.

Organic Knit from Cloud 9_ Marianne Dress | sewn by a happy stitch

Cloud 9 Knits Marianne Dress | a happy stitch

The Cloud 9 knits are 100% cotton interlock so they don’t have tons of stretch to them but they have lots of structure. It works so beautifully for these Marianne dresses.  You wouldn’t want them too clingy and the interlock drapes with more shape.

I also made a tank top, from MY forthcoming pattern with Cloud 9.  I’m so excited for this pattern to come out into the real world.  Quite a few people have asked me when exactly it will be released.  Truth is, I don’t yet know but rest assured I will be shouting from the rooftops when it does.  In the meantime, they have lots of lovely free patterns on their blog.  Be sure to peruse.

Cloud 9 Knit Tank Top a happy stitch

If you are at Quilt Market, stop by the Cloud 9 booth and say hi to my knits! I’m hounding Instagram for pictures of them.

Wiksten Origami Tank

Wiksten Tank | a happy stitch

Springtime is really messing with my head.  One day it’s warm and sunny so I dig out my flip flops just in time for a batch of cold, rainy weather that makes me want to sit by the fire.  Ah! So schizophrenic! It makes my Me Made May mission more difficult, too, since I have more warm weather handmade clothes in my closet and fewer that work when it is cold.  When that warm sun does decide to come back around you had better believe I’m going to toss on this Wiksten Origami tank. (more…)

What Kid’s Clothes Week Means to Me

I feel that right now is a bit of a transition point for a lot of the sewing/blogging/DIY world.  For me that change-point is partially marked by the recent announcement that Meg and Dorie, the hard-working mamas behind Kid’s Clothes Week are moving on.  Of course, the super talented Julie from Our Chez Nous is taking over and that is indeed wonderful news! A whole new phase for the phenomenon that is KCW.  In honor of this change they asked many long-time participants, such as myself, to reflect back on what KCW means to me. Be sure to check out my post over on their site (as well as the beautiful thoughts put down by Kristin and Maartje).

Kid's Clothes Week and Me

In looking back on KCW, I realized that I started participating in KCW in 2011.  That’s five years ago! I have learned so much since then and well, thinking back over all of it got me a little emotional.  This sewing/crafting/DIY world is such a good place with such good people.  My real-life Facebook feed is full of vitriol and disagreements but my sewing groups are full of “Wow! Great job!”, “You look amazing in that!”, “Impressive skills.” and dozens more like that.  KCW has often been at the center of that happy world for me.  I get more into it in my post on the KCW blog.

Kid's Clothes Week Memories a happy stitch

The long and short of it is this, KCW is a place of joy and camaraderie; acceptance and understanding.  Can’t wait to see where it all goes from here. Read more of my thoughts here. Yay for KCW and their new leader Julie!

BTW, the next KCW is coming up! May 23-29th and the theme is…The Future! Isn’t that perfect?!

Cupcake Party for Betz White!

Cupcake Celebration | a happy stitch

Did you know that the amazing Betz White has been blogging for 10 years?! Amazing, isn’t it!  She launched herself into the sewing/crafting world with her iconic cupcake decoration made out of felted, re-purposed sweaters from the thrift store ten whole years ago.  I’ve been so lucky to get to know her in that time and it’s been such fun to be a part of her sewing collective this past year.  So, I was really excited when she asked me to help her celebrate the anniversary and I decided to throw her a cupcake party of the real variety (no felt in these bad boys!).

Cool Whip Icing | Cupcake CelebrationBetz is the queen of the repurposed DIY world and she deserves serious accolades.  Now, I’m not much of a baker nor do I have the disposition for fussy recipes but I do have a secret up my sleeve and that is a family recipe for the most scrumptious icing of all time!  As a bonus it only take three minutes to make it. Do check it out on her blog.  Warning: It’s a little naughty!  While you are visiting her, make sure and congratulate her.

Esme Top in Nani Iro fabric

Esme Boatneck Top | a happy stitch

I’m a complete sucker for a good sewing book.  I like the feel of books, the heft and the promise of lots and lots of projects.  So, I was really excited to see that Lotta Jansdotter’s latest, Everyday Style* was at my local bookstore. I love Lotta’s fabric and her organic, fresh fabric prints and the book is as inventive and stunning as she is. (more…)

Craftcation : Overview of a Creative Person’s Business Conference

Craftcation

A few weeks ago I attended Craftcation, a business and makers conference in Ventura, California.  I try to attend a creative retreat of some kind most years, mostly to nurture my creative juices and to connect with other makers. I honestly don’t expect too much beyond the ability to get away and come home revived. Craftcation, however, completely exceeded my expectations.  Honestly, it has left me on fire! I’m already planning to attend again next year. (more…)

Handmade Fashion Revolution Week

Fashion Revolution | a happy stitch

Happy Earth Day everybody! This week is Handmade Fashion Revolution Week hosted by Celina at Petit a Petit and Family. It’s the hand-makers response to the Fashion Revolution Organization, which was started to commemorate the terrible garment factory collapse in Bangladesh three years ago this week.

Bangladesh has one of the lowest wages in the world for its garment makers and over a thousand of these workers died, nearly all women, in one day.  Around 2,500 workers were injured.  Just to repeat, in one day, doing work for some of the lowest wages in the entire world, 1,134 people died. Thousands of families changed forever.  Bangladesh makes a lot of our t-shirts and if you have ever had a t-shirt flung at you through a t-shirt gun at a sporting event, you already know just how much care we take of their work. If you have seen any images from this tragedy, you know that it’s impossible to forget them. The ecological damage and human danger of fast fashion is something that is often on my mind.  It’s a world so removed and so unseen that we are hardly to blame for forgetting it even exists.  (more…)

Sewing Happiness :: Book Review and Giveaway!

It is no secret that I love Sanae Ishida.  Her elegant style, thoughtful prose and intense awareness are a constant source of inspiration for me.  She is the kind of blogger that I visit in order to “draw from the well”, so to speak.  So it is not an understatement to say that I am quite literally thrilled to be a part of the book launch tour for her new book Sewing Happiness*.  (P.S. feel free to scroll to the bottom for giveaway information, there is no shame in that game!)

SewingHappiness

[Photo by Michelle Porter]

This book is more than a collection of projects.  It’s the story of Sanae’s path back to health after a debilitating disease and work exhaustion and the role that sewing played in re-finding her balance and happiness.  She honestly stitched her way back to health.  The book is an open, honest, raw and vulnerable conversation about how making things can heal us. (more…)

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