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Simpatico by Michelle Engel Bencsko

Simpatico is a beautiful, organic fabric collection by Cloud9 Fabrics' Michelle Engel Bencsko. I think that the soft colors perfectly balance the bold geometrics. See an interview with Michelle about Simpatico on Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber blog


Wiksten Patterns and Nani Iro

Frances of Miss Matatabi posted these photos of her summer uniform. Nani Iro fabrics and Wiksten patterns - a perfect match! I wish this was my summer uniform! Details are on her Miss Matatabi blog.


Winner! Oh Deer Jelly Roll from Southern Fabric

The winner of Oh Deer Jelly Roll from Southern Fabric is:


I love Southern Fabrics. I especially love two of their new fabric collections...Vintage Modern in Aqua and Crab Apple Red and Lucy's Crab Shack. Their collection of quilt patterns is outstanding also.

Congratulations! Southern Fabric will be in touch soon!

Thank you to all who entered!

DEBBIE! You didn't leave an email address! Please email me at asewingjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize!!!


Monday Flickr Inspiration


Giveaway: Oh Deer Jelly Roll from Southern Fabric

Southern Fabric is generously offering a Jelly Roll of the Oh Deer to one lucky commenter on this blog post. Designed by MoMo for Moda Fabrics, this assortment includes 40 - 2.5" x 44.00" fabric strips from the Oh Deer collection.

From Moda: 

Momo is back and Oh Deer! She has created another wonderland of whimsy and modern Japanese style. Nestled among a psychedelic rainbow of forestry are playful deer and fluttering freebirds. Pom poms of candy colored flowers pop alongside bold, graphic dots and streams of stripes while silhouettes of tiny deer are Super Kawaii! (That’s Japanese for Super CUTE!!!)  

To enter, simply hop over to Southern Fabric and browse for a bit. Come back here and let us know in the comments about something you really like about the shop.

Comments close Sunday, July 29. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday. Good luck!


Pattern Review: Sandpiper Top by Clever Charlotte

The Sandpiper Top is a cute pinafore-style shirt by Clever Charlotte. This reversible top is perfect for pretty quilting cotton fabrics. I used fabric from the Coquette collection by Art Gallery Fabrics on one side and Honeycomb Dots by Kei on the reverse.

It goes together very quickly, there are only two pattern pieces! The most difficult part (for me) was the buttonhole and buttons. But it was high time I learned how to do them. I followed the directions in my sewing machine manual word-for-word and everything turned out just fine. I would definitely recommend this pattern to any beginners ready to tackle buttonholes.

I made a size 4T for my 7-year-old. I was torn about whether to go the next size up because she was barely in the 4T size, but after reading the review for the Sandpiper Top on no big dill (she says the sizes are generous), I decided to stick with the 4T. I'm glad I did, because it fits perfectly snug without any gaping below the armpits.

The pattern also includes the Sandpiper Capris, which I hope to tackle in a few weeks. Stay tuned!


(Full disclosure: Clever Charlotte provided me with a copy of the pattern for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.)