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Happy Friday! I hope you all had a lovely week – and are ready for some fun this weekend!!


Ending a great week with our Fan Friday! Today we are featuring a gorgeous bag sewn by Valerie Higgins of Eldra Ann Designs. Valerie chose Swoon Sewing Pattern‘s Vivian Traveler Diaper Bag pattern to create this wonderful bag for a friend. She included the additional pockets and one long exterior pocket for a diaper changing pad. She decided to feature our Gray Matters by Jack!e McFee collection, with its vibrant yellow and grey tones, to create a modern and feminine diaper bag. Valerie also mentioned that she “loved making this bag, mostly because [she] never got tired of looking at these beautiful fabrics”. Aww, thanks Valerie!!






Ohhhhhh, the inside lining is just as pretty and fun!!






Thank you, Valerie, for the fabric love. We are also big fans of Swoon Sewing Patterns, so it was great to see our Gray Matters made into one of her bags. We hope your friend enjoys her new bag! You can find more from Valerie on Facebook, Instagram, and at her Etsy Shop. Have a gooooooood weekend, everyone!

Happy Sewing!

21 August

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Happy Friday!! And Happy August!! So happy that it’s just about the weekend – we are wishing for a sunny and warm weekend! If you are looking for a fun and adorable project to work on this weekend, how about some super sweet elephants? We posted our Endearing Elephants Tutorial on the blog this week, and can’t resist their cuteness!! :)


To celebrate another fantastic week, we have got this week’s Fan Friday for you all. Today we are featuring a wonderful online shop, Creative Chics, who has a love for all things bright, chic, and pretty! Creative Chics is dedicated to bringing the world flirty and beautiful apron designs; floral designs, ruffles, and bows…not essentials for an apron design, but highly recommended! ;) Creative Chics is run by a wonderfully beautiful team – started by a mother-daughter duo, Debbie Pearson and Freda Meyer, and after great success, Debbie Mitchell, Yuriko Kettler, and Carol Shea joined in as designers. We love the passion and creativity between this amazing team, which is clearly showcased in all their beautiful apron designs.


Vintage-inspired with a modern twist, their apron designs are made for the women who still want to be fabulous and fashionable when cooking or cleaning. Why not look chic when you’re doing housework? :) All of their aprons are stunning, but there is one in particular that stands out. Our Gray Matters by Jackie McFee Collection was selected for one of the apron designs, the Flirty Chic Apron, and we are in love!




The beautiful selections of designs from Gray Matters are perfect, showcasing the gray and yellow colors with a ruched halter, bow waist, and ruffled skirt. Such a stunning and feminine apron!! We could definitely imagine housework to be a lot less drab wearing this apron.





We are so happy that you love our Gray Matters by Jackie McFee Collection, and the apron design that was chosen showcases the fabric & colors perfectly. You can find the Gray Matters “Flirty Chic” Apron, and all the other wonderful designs, at their Etsy Shop, as well as their Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. Have a great weekend, everyone! :)






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01 August

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Happy Friday!! It’s officially Summer tomorrow, and we are oh-so excited!! Have you seen our What We Love post yesterday? The Camelot Design Studio shared our weekly loves with you! You can check out the post here :)


It’s also time to end another great week with our Fan Friday! Today we’ve got one that is inspiring us to do some summer baking this weekend. Ruth Davis of Quilt ‘n’ Fabric shared with us two absolutely beautiful aprons created with our Gray Matters More by Jackie McFee collection…and we just had to share! Quilt ‘n’ Fabric is a quilt shop located in Maine dedicated to handmade quilts, fabrics, yarn, and other sewing, knitting, crocheting, & scrap-booking supplies. As well, sewing classes and patterns are offered!


These two GMM apron designs feature a retro-style halter, a big bow waist-tie, and a ruffled bottom…all of our favorite things!! The yellow and gray color combination works perfectly for a fresh and contemporary-looking apron, perfect for the stylish baking- or cooking-enthusiast. We absolutely adore them, and they make us want to cook up something yummy in the kitchen now!! :)


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Thank you so much, Ruth, for sharing these two gorgeous aprons with us. The bows, ruffles, and brilliant colors have made our day! Be sure to check out the Quilt ‘n’ Fabric Facebook Page and website for lots more. If you create a project with one of our fabric collections, or using one of our free projects, we would love to see! You can send your pictures to Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!! :)





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20 June

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Happy Friday! So happy that it is just about the weekend! We recently uploaded our Basics Catalog, so be sure to check it out. As well…Spring 2014 collections are coming!! 3 more days until we start launching our collections.




We have been celebrating our mums this week for Mother’s Day and are ending the week with a very suiting quilt pattern from Quilters’ Paradise for Fan Friday! Quilters’ Paradise is a wonderful quilt shop located in central California, run by 3 girls who adore fabric and all things quilting! And this definitely holds true as the shop has been around for over 37 years! Quilters’ Paradise sells a wide selection of fabrics, including wool which is hand-dyed in store, as well as patterns, notions, books, and more sewing goodies.


As well, they feature Blocks of the Month, kits, and wool projects for both beginner and advanced quilters. They also hold many quilting enthused events such as in-store sewing classes, Spring & Fall shop hops, and a yearly 4-day sewing retreat (including a mystery project, games, and door prizes) organized in the mountains!


Fan Friday | Mommy & Me Quilt by Quilter's Paradise | Gray Matters More



One of their partners, Colette Belt, is the quilt designer behind QP Designs. She has created over 60 pattern designs, her latest being Mommy & Me, using our Gray Matters More by Jackie McFee collection! Mommy & Me (how fitting and adorable is this name?! We love it!) is a lovely quilt pattern design that features an appliqued mama elephant and her baby…carrying some sweet balloons! The quilt design is a wonderful block pattern, finished with a ric-rac trim, which looks absolutely lovely with our Gray Matters More collection. This quilt is perfect for any new mommy, and Colette’s inspiration came from the birth of her first granddaughter Kensington! {Congratulations, Colette!!}


We wanted to thank Quilters’ Paradise for sharing this absolutely adorable quilt kit with us. We absolute adore it, and think Gray Matters More is the perfect fabric collection to showcase Mommy & Me. Colette, you are a fantastic designer! Be sure to check out Quilter’ ‘Paradise for even more, as well as on their Facebook and Pinterest. Have a great weekend everyone!





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09 May

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Happy Tuesday everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful, blissful, and relaxed long weekend filled with love, family time, and chocolate :) As well, Happy Earth Day! We always try to do our part to help out our planet as much as we can, and sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. For example, using a reusable tote at the grocery store, reusing fabric napkins, and a fun fabric ring stacking toy game are some ways you can “stay green” too! Any of our DIY projects are some easy ways to be crafty and use/reuse some fabric in your stash! :)


It’s time for this week’s How To’s Day! Today we are sharing another of our quilt patterns from one of our quilt designers, Christa Watson of Christa Quilts. The Herringbone Quilt, featured with our Gray Matters More by Jackie McFee Collection, is a very classic and clean design. This quilt would look spectacular with just about any fabric collection, but it features our gray- and yellow-hued collection perfectly by showcasing all the designs in a lovely uniformed manner.




Christa showcased this quilt on her blog, with a couple of really great tips, including how to work with directional fabric! We love this post because it really helps fine-tune the details of a finished quilt’s look. We are also very excited because this will be one of our featured quilts at Spring Quilt Market – we cannot wait to showcase it at the show because we know it will surely be a showstopper!


You can check out the free printable PDF of this quilt pattern on our website, but we are going to break it down for you in this post. We hope you enjoy! Click MORE to see the rest!


22 April