Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Welcome, Sew Modern!

Way back when I was a babe in the woods on Flickr, I came across an image that stopped me in my tracks.  This image told me a number of things

1) I wanted to make quilts for my children
2) It didn't have to be hard
3) They would love it!

And, it just so happens that the image in question was of a quilt made by Lauren Hawley for her daughter:

Mira's Patchwork Pillow

I fell in love with the gorgeous colors, simple piecing and over-sized cuts of fabric.  In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make a quilt just like hers.  When I asked Lauren for measurements and such, she was so, so helpful!  I guess that was the first of many such friendly meetings with sewists through Flickr and blogland.    My Fairytale Patchwork quilt for Aria came to be in large part because of her inspiration.

Fast forward a few years and Lauren is now the proud owner of a modern fabrics store, located in Los Angeles and also online at Sew Modern.  I'm so proud of her for taking this huge step and I'm just terribly excited to welcome her as a new sponsor! 

If you haven't already been shopping at Sew Modern, take a moment to give it a look.  I like how Lauren's designed her storefront with some unique features that feel very fresh and... modern.  Dragging products to an always-visible shopping cart feels more like shopping in person, and allows you to compare the colors in your cart with fabrics you're currently browsing.

Lauren and I share similar taste, so she's got a lot of what I've stashed and a lot more that I've wanted to stash.  Just today I started with the new arrivals on her homepage and turned up several new finds that I haven't seen elswhere...

Like ribbons, by Anna Maria Horner, Kaffe Fasset and others.

Plus new Remix prints from Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman

And, these Bright Lights, Big City prints from Timeless Treasures.

Sew Modern is a full scale fabric store with more than just designer quilting cottons.  She has a lovely collection of wovens like shot cottons and cross weaves, linen, laminates and every color of Kona cotton!

One last thing, today I was looking at some stacks of flannel that are due to become new pajamas for Aria and Liam by Christmas.  If I didn't already have flannels on hand, I'd be easily convinced to snap up some of this organic Forest Friends flannel at such a good price.  They're so cute!

Maybe you have some pjs to make or a baby quilt to back?  This is definitely the right time of year to be working with flannel.  Mmmm.... I'm going to want to start those pjs soon!

OK, I'll be back tomorrow with a new finished project in honor of Celebrate Color.  There's just 10 more days to enter your projects into our last round of totally awesome prizes.   Good luck everyone!


  1. How funny, I was looking at the first picture and reading the text and agreeing that it was a great quilt and then I thought, "I bet something like that would look really great with the Heather Ross Far Far Away fabrics I've had stashed for like ever because I'm too scared to cut into them to start the quilt for Hazel" and I scroll down and voila! you have had the same thought and it does look great! I have to ask though, double gauze and what looks like linen - a difficult combo?

    Sew Modern looks lovely - and oh the Lotta Jansdotter. I think I'm going to give myself some for Christmas :)

  2. i was lucky enough to live in california, and be a part of the LAMQG until just a few months ago. lauren is fabulous, and her store is awesome, and i miss it lots. glad to see she's your new sponsor!

  3. Jacqui - you're exactly right on the linen/double gauze combo. If I were to do it again, I'd reinforce the double gauze (maybe with muslin) to help them stand up to the linen. I've shared on another post how the seams of that quilt had to be reinforced later on, because the double gauze unraveled. We still enjoy the quilt though!

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  5. Can't wait to visit the shop! In fact, going there directly. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for the link. It's impossible to find modern fabrics in my area, so online sources are great to have.


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