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Lets talk about the substrates

Lets talk about the substrates

So you've heard the term bandied around and it sounds kinda technical. So what is it and why should you care?

A substrate is defined as the primary material upon which other materials are applied.  In the case of fabric, substrate is the base cloth upon which ink, paint or pigment are applied to create all of the glorious printed fabrics available to us today.

An increasing number of designers are including a variety of different substrates in their fabric collections, which has opened up a wealth of different project opportunities with our favourite prints.

Rayon and lawns are perfect for garments as they have a softer hand and drape beautifully.  Double gauze is the perfect weight and softness for baby wraps and also works really well as a quilt back when you are after that extra bit of softness. Bag making is a no-brainer for the canvas weight blends with their extra body and firm feel, but I've also had a lot of success in using them for cushions and upholstery projects as well.

The latest collections from Cotton and Steel include a variety of substrates. In addition to the usual 100% cotton prints, there are lawns, double gauze, cotton/linen blends in canvas weight and rayons.

Some of my favourite prints this season are printed on the different substrates.

The flamingos shown below are from the Les Fleurs collection by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel are printed on a cotton lawn substrate and I'm thinking about whipping up a dress for a friends toddler.

Another favourite is the cicada song print in pear from Rashida Coleman Hales' Raindrop collection for Cotton and Steel.  A zipper pouch would be a quick and easy project, but I'm also sorely tempted to make a bag. Perhaps the Noodlehead 341 Tote will finally happen.   

Also a note to everyone that in the Trinket range, two of the prints are very similar, but in a different scale when reproduced on the different substrates.  The orange which I have shown here and the frost grey daisy prints are repeated on the cotton gauze and the quilting cotton. The double gauze print is a slightly smaller scale and you may even be able to make out the impressions from the needle punching which holds the two layers of gauze together.

 

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Les Fleurs Fabric by Rifle Paper Co

Les Fleurs Fabric by Rifle Paper Co

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton and Steel will be arriving next week. This is the eagerly anticipated debut collection designed by Anna Rifle Bond and Les Fleurs was the talk of Spring Quilt Market.

The collection includes whimsical travel motifs, carosel horses, birds, along with beatiful florals. And flamingos - don't forget the flamingos!

This range  is sure to ignite your imagination and inspire many exciting projects as there is something for everyone.    We are stocking all of the quilting cottons from this range as well as the flamingo  print in lawn.  How perfect is this for clothing?

 

Wendy's fingers are itching to whip up a zipper pouch from this cotton linen canvas Folk Pony print.  This cotton/linen canvas weigh fabric is just perfect for bag making.

The shipping gods have certainly smiled on us here in Australia, as this eagerly awaited collection has not even hit the stores in the US yet.

Pop on over to our collections section on the  website for our pre-sale of this fabulous range.

We have yardage as well as FQ bundles, however stock is limited. You wont want to miss out

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Make Modern Magagzine's mini mini challenge

Make Modern Magagzine's mini mini challenge

Make a minimini quilt and be in the running to win some amazing prizes in Make Modern Magazine's latest challenge.  What could be more achievable than a mini quilt no bigger than six inches? 

There are lots of amazing  prizes up for grabs, including these  two fat quarter bundles which The Next Stitch is delighted to contribute to the prize pool

We are offering 6 fat quarters of Alison Glass Handcrafted Indigoes

And 6 fat quarters from Caroline Friedlander's Carkai range in the neutral colour palette.

Carkai neutral bundle

The challenge  runs from 20 May - 20 June so thread up and get stitching everyone!  After all, you've got to be in it to win it.

The handcrafted indigoe fat quarters are available for $5.75 each plus postage and we also have yardage available.

The carkai neutrals will be back in stock in a few weeks, but we do still have some of the factory cut FQ bundles for $225.

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Highlight - Kona Cotton colour of the year 2016

Highlight - Kona Cotton colour of the year 2016

 Weare excited to announce that after being on back order, Highlight, the Kona Cotton solid colour of the year has finally arrived in store.  https://www.thenextstitch.com.au/products/kona-cotton-highlight 

The photos just don't do this colour justice and it is making our fingers itch.  Highlight looks fabulous paired with other kona cotton staples like wasabi, and pickle, but it also really pops when used with prints such as the neutrals from Caroline Friedlander's Carkai and Doe ranges  

Make sure you check out the Kona Highlight lookbook over on the Robert Kaufman website

 

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Hello Hazel

Hello Hazel

Autumn i8s my very favourite time of year.  The leaves on my maple tree have begun to turn and I found my fingers itching to stitch in a warmer colour pallet.

I needed something quick to stitch because just like just about every quilter I know, I have many more projects to I'd like to tackle than time.  Hazel Hedgehog II by Elizabeth Hartman jumped out at me as the 20" block is the perfect size for a cushion.

The first fabric I pulled was the starburst print in yarrow from Elizabeth's Pacific fabric range.  I paired this with Kona cotton solids in cedar and daffodil and our espresso chambray.  This block only required a FQ of each plus a shot cotton I pulled from my stash for Hazel's eyes and nose.

After some careful cutting, Hazel came together really well.  The only tricky bit was the side units as extra care was needed to ensure those angles were pieced correctly.  Having the pattern booklet in full colour really helped.

This espresso chambray is quickly becoming a shop favourite as it coordinates with absolutely everything.  Perhaps I need to find time to make the Fancy Forrest quilt after all.

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All about Andover Chambray

All about Andover Chambray

I have been sitting on a stash of Liberty lawns for a while now waiting for inspiration.  A number of them were really saturated colours and as a result weren't playing nicely in a scrappy EPP I have been working on.  As soon as I opened the boxes of chambray by Andover Fabrics I knew I had found the perfect foil for these oh-so refined party animals. 

The weave of the mustard and white threads gives a wonderful aged texture and was the perfect foil for the fine weave of the lawn and the vibrant colours.

In 2015 I was fortunate to spend four days in workshops with Bill Kerr from The Modern Quilt Studio.  Bill showed a wonderful Liberty quilt made in half square triangles which showcased the florals beautifully.  This quilt was very much the starting point for the quilt design which ultimately emerged.  I had no real pattern in mind, just triangles and I started cutting.

I kept making HST units and trimming for the next couple of weeks, and trimming - oh boy I was sick of trimming!  The wonderful texture kept me at it though.

I had the quilt plan sorted and the final lay out decided on my design wall, when a sudden breeze blew through my sewing room causing the blocks to rain down onto the floor.  What was incredibly annoying at the time was  the best thing that could have happened as,  with a nudge from a friend, I changed things up. I think it is a better result

 

 

I couldn't be any more pleased with the resulting quilt top.  I have decided to call this piece Epicentre as the quilt seems to vibrate out from that turquoise square.  I have intentionally  chosen to not centre the main design elements which I think adds to the overall movement.

Now to decide on the quilting. 

I am already eyeing off the other bolts of chambray.  I can see so much potential for more scrap quilts and I cant wait to chop into the espresso, or the coral or.....

 

 

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And so it begins...

And so it begins...

After the long slog going through all of the necessary, but boring stuff, fabric is starting to arrive.

It certainly has been a long hot summer here in Sydney.  The calendar has ticked over to autumn, however no sign of a cool change just yet. 

These Handcrafted Indigos by Alison Glass for Andover fabrics are fresh out of the box and those cool blues are a welcome reminder of the beach. 

We have new fabrics arriving all the time, so make sure follow us on Instagram @thenextstitch so that you don't miss out.

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