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With The Elm Park Collection on shelves, we thought we’d do a quick roundup of the projects sewn from this gorgeous group.

If these DIYs get your creative buzz going, you’ll want to peruse our lists of stores carrying Laura Ashley fabrics:
in Canada
in the USA

 

Here’s what’s been made:

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08 December

We’ve had our hands full this Tuesday, convincing our in-house bulldog Roxy to pose for pictures of dog-themed DIYs. Not a bad task for a Tuesday, right? Well, it took a little coaxing but she sat for us in the end.

Pet Themed Projects in Dog-Gone It

Fortunately for us, the DIYs took no convincing. For the dog-lovers out there (and we know there are a lot of you!), here’s a couple of playful little projects for your favourite pup. The fabrics? We dug into our Dog-Gone It collection, of course! This preppy group by Jackie McFee walks the line between sartorial style and lovable doggishness. Our gal Roxy may not have been too impressed by our choice of breed, though – both the collection and the table runner feature Dachshunds, not bulldogs.

Pet Themed Projects in Dog-Gone It

We kept the bow tie classically geeky and chic in a tight gridded check. The pattern comes from Awaiting Ada, where Skylar addresses the important stuff: “how to make your dog fancy.” Spoiler: a bow tie does it. This one sits nicely on a pet’s collar, thanks to a small elastic loop mounted on the back of the bow.

You can find full instructions for the bow tie in Skyler’s post at Awaiting Ada.

The other project modelled by Roxy is a scrappy leash from Sew Can She, and for this one we mixed it all up! Houndsteeth, starbursts, darts and Dachshunds all come together here. The group’s tight colour palette and the narrow dimensions of the leash keep things calm and orderly.

Caroline walks you through the steps of making this project in her Scrappy Leash Tutorial at Sew Can She.

Pet Themed Projects in Dog-Gone It

Finally, let’s talk about that table runner. The pattern came to us from Revel Designs in the form of a beautiful little booklet for The Ziggy Quilt. The original pattern makes a 56″ x 61″ quilt, featuring five rows of Dachshunds nested head-to-tail, but we opted for a table runner made from a single row. By the way, Revel includes tips for adapting this quilt pattern to be a bolster pillow as well.

Pet Themed Projects in Dog-Gone It

Pet Themed Projects in Dog-Gone It

We love the bold look of a colour-blocked back, taking advantage of these prints’ textural qualities.

What we showed in this post:
Dog-Gone It collection by designer Jackie McFee
Dog Bow Tie from Awaiting Ada
Scrappy Pet Leash from Sew Can She
The Ziggy Quilt from Revel Designs

Like this collection? We’ll be following up with a Dog-Gone It giveaway on Instagram next week, and this time it’s your turn to share pet photos!

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08 August

 

Camelot designer Jackie McFee talks about the inspiration for her collection My Gray or the Highway (in stores now!) and offers up a tip for creative expression.

Camelot Fabrics:  Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do.

Jackie Mc Fee: Hello! I’m Jackie McFee, a surface pattern designer and a busy working mom of 3! You can read more about my story on my website.

CF: What inspired you to design the My Gray or the Highway collection?

JM: I am obsessed with color and how it permeates every aspect of our lives: from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the paint on our walls. My current color crush (and has been for a while) is gray. It is simply the best neutral with so many shades that can translate across multiple ages, products and designs.

CF: Can you tell us a bit about your creative process? What do you most enjoy?

JM: The spark. That moment when you get inspired from just one thing. The idea begins to form, then you start to sketch, then patterns start to take shape, then colorways, then you can feel it in your bones that a collection has been born. I love that feeling!


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CF:
What is your creative work space / studio like?

JM: My husband and I built my studio as an addition to our home in Charlotte, NC back in 2009. It is a large, beautiful space filled with windows, sunshine, design books, fabrics, ribbon, and inspiration from all over the world! There may be an occasional glass of wine in there too : )

CF: The title of the My Gray collection is cheeky & fun, but it also speaks to the concept of expressing your own creative voice, and being yourself. What are your tips for quilters, aspiring textile designers (and anyone who works creatively with fabric) to find and express their own creative voice?

JM: Ignore everybody. Go with your gut. There is so much “noise” out there that it is hard to literally think sometimes. Don’t listen to it. Do something creative, something, anything. Make progress. Hit road bumps. Make a mess. The magic is always, always in the mess!

  
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CF:
If you could be on a road trip anywhere in the world, where would you be driving and in what kind of car?

JM: NO ROAD TRIP FOR ME PLEASE!!! As a busy mom, I am in my car 24/7! I’m basically a glorified über driver! Put me on a beach, with a frozen drink, and a really good book. #heaven

Thanks Jackie! We’d love to hear/see what you are making with My Gray or the Highway. Tell us in the comments below or tag us #camelotfabrics in your social media posts. Follow Camelot’s Facebook page and Cora’s Quilts’ Instagram feed, for TWO (!) chances to win a fat quarter bundle of My Gray and a copy of the Flora quilt pattern by Cora’s Quilts. Giveaway details will be posted starting this Wed, August 2nd.

Happy sewing!

1- Wallet by Lins Handmade
2- Flora Quilt & Pattern by Cora’s Quilts
3-Pom-pom Tote – Camelot Fabrics Free Pattern – designer: Made by Marion

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27 July

 

 

We asked Cindy Willingham, from Revel Designs, a few questions about her work and the inspiration for her quilt pattern “The French Macaron”. See what she has to say below.

And don’t forget to enter our Winsday contest on Facebook to win a copy of Cindy’s pattern, kitted in Fresh Solids!

Camelot Fabrics:  Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do.

Cindy Willingham:  I’m Cindy Willingham, a designer located in rural Maine. I not only design sewing patterns, but am also an artist/illustrator focusing on making pretty patterns and art for commercial use. I sew, paint, collage, collect, cook… basically a creative and maker at heart. When not in my studio, I’m outside with the horses and chickens breathing in the fresh pine air, dreaming of what I’m going to make next.

CF:  What inspired you to design a quilt based on the French Macaron?

CW: How can you not be inspired by these pretty little cookies? They have such a simple beauty about them. I love the sweet, soft colors and the girly little ruffle brings such a great finishing detail.

CF: Do you have any tips or tricks for making this quilt?

CW: Having a ruffling foot can definitely make this project go quicker, but isn’t a necessity. Although, if you’ve been waiting to treat yo’ self with this fun accessory, now would be a good time!

CF: What new patterns or projects are you working on now?

CW: I’ve always got my hands in a few cookie jars at a time. I’m working on incorporating video into my sewing patterns and tutorials. New art is always blooming from my studio and I strive to see my patterns out there in the world on fabric and home decor.

CF: What is your favourite flavour of macaron, and why?

CW: STRAWBERRY, hands down. The strawberry tastes like summer, which living in a place that has winter for 6 months, I’m a sucker for.

Happy Sewing!

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12 April

In what is now a yearly event, The Modern Quilt Guild showcases the talent of modern quilters around the world via a juried exhibition, lecture and workshop series.  Modern quilters flock to admire each others’ work, learn something new and get inspired.

You know what I love about QuiltCon most of all? Passion ignited and shared.  The floor of the show (and the workshops and lectures) is abuzz with modern quilters who are truly inspired by quilting and modern design. They are passionate about discussing the finer points of techniques or fabric and colour selection and debates about hot topics in the modern quilting world.  Opinions may differ, but everyone is committed to enjoying, exploring and celebrating our craft.

The exhibition of the show never fails to inspire – so many interesting, thoughtful and exciting quilts. Some are quiet in their statement and others are powerful. The thing they all share is that the personality of the maker is inevitably stitched into the quilt, a unique result that comes from the mind, heart and hands.

Here is a roundup of some of our favourite quilts from QuiltCon East 2017 in Savannah, Georgia, including a video of the Best in Show winner Katherine Jones, talking about her quilt ‘Bling’ that won the top prize. Bask in the glory of these beautiful quilts, and then go start your own project…the weekend is waiting!

 

Congrats again to best in show winner @twocatsquilts! Hear more about her quilt bling. #quiltcon #quiltconfromhome

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Each year, Quiltcon asks member guilds to make a charity quilt, to donate to the charity of their choice.  The quilts are displayed at QuiltCon for everyone to admire before they are sent back home to be delivered to the recipients.  It’s such a good vibe to take in so much love in one location. We were happy to contribute the fabric for The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild‘s Charity quilt this year.  The result is stunning! The quilt will go to a refugee family who has recently arrived in Montreal from Syria. If you are interested in modern quilting, consider joining a guild in your area.

 

Prism Waves by Tara Faughnan

 

Say Anything by Lysa Flower

Say Anything by Lysa Flower. @lysaflower

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The Blue and Green Quilt by Shannon Page

The Blue and Green Quilt by Shannon Page. @nerdcamp Check out that trapunto quilting! “Today was a good day.” ??

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Happy sewing everyone!

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03 March