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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

If you’ve read my Moody Monday blog featuring our Disney•Pixar Cars Collection last June than you know how much I love the movies.  Now you were probably wondering why it wasn’t followed by a How To Tuesday right?  That’s simply because I had to make it!  It’s now ready and the timing couldn’t be more perfect since we have to get these kids ready for back to school!  So without further ado, here is a cute pencil case!

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16 August

When I first joined Camelot Fabrics, they asked if I could help by making one of the DIY projects for Spring Quilt Market.  Of course I said yes!  I have another excuse to go in my quilt cave and leave my husband alone with the three kids: This is for work!

Imagine my surprise when I saw that the pattern was designed for templates!  I am not a template enthusiast.  As a matter of fact I am more the lazy quilter type who enjoys simple strip piecing projects.  So I put my thinking cap on and figured out how to make this project without using templates.  And I thought: Why not share this on a How To’s Day post? The pattern is called Saybrook Island Pillow by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter .

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02 August

We have made many projects with the Rose Quartz & Serenity collection for the Spring Quilt Market not to mention the ties and handkerchiefs that look stunning (You have to look at the picture Fave Quilts took).  So it is difficult to pick out just one project to feature.  But I am opting for the great Butterfly quilt pattern as it’s a relatively easy Queen Size quilt to make.

Please remember that I DO NOT recommend you starting your quilting journey by making a Queen size quilt!  Although I have heard many stories starting like this.  The fact is that quilting is not necessary the easiest hobby to have.  And starting on a big project might mean a very short lived dream of becoming a quilter.  Quilting combines many disciplines: the cutting, the piecing, the sandwiching, the quilting and the binding.  All very challenging!  I tend to call them pitfalls.  So ensure that you kind of master all of these before contemplating a Queen Size quilt.

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You can download the free pattern on our website AND you will be happy to know that the pattern has been tested and all corrections have been made to ensure that you really enjoy making the quilt.

Please do send us photos or simply link us up on your social media by adding #camelotfabrics

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

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26 July