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Driftless Fabric Inspiration

So this month is finally when my new fabric collection, Driftless starts shipping to stores! Be sure to ask your local quilt shop if they’ve ordered it! It’s a collection of my hand drawn designs overprinted on Essex, Essex Yarn Dye, and Essex Homespun!

I’m so excited to show you what I made using the collection. I’ve been busy photographing each project and then sending it back on it’s way to make a little tour (so maybe you’ll get to see some in person if you visit your local quilt shop!). All the samples were made at the very beginning of summer and I kind of love the reason to sew things and having an excuse to finish them quickly!

I figured I’d share a little about the collection today and show off a few pictures of the fabrics themselves! The inspiration for Driftless came from a spillway on the Mississippi just a few miles south down the river from where I live. I grew up along the Mississippi and it always feels right to honor that. I spent many summers on the beaches of the river and have lots of memories involving the plants! I used to love rattling the old water lily casings (I’m sure there’s a proper term for it, I just don’t know it!). There’s something mysterious about the plants that grow along the water’s edge. When it was time to sit down and design the collection it happened to be the perfect time of year, the end of summer (2018!), and we met up as a family with my mom and dad for a little hike along the water. I snapped a ton of photos and even found the water lily pod! It’s one of the main florals of the collection.

Upper Mississippi River

Other inspiration for the designs came from algea, loons, the clouds and their reflections on the water, grasses along the edge, butterfly weed, and water lilies floating along the water’s surface. The designs felt like they took on a life of their own and I feel like it was just was I was looking for.

The name of the collection, Driftless, felt appropriate because where I live is part of what is known as the Driftless area. It’s a very special place in southwestern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and the extreme northwestern corner of Illinois where the glaciers of the last ice age did NOT affect the landscape. In fact, the glaciers missed the area entirely, leaving steep, forested bluffs, deep river valleys, spring-fed waterfalls and cold-water trout streams. Some of the kinds of qualities you might not know about when you’re growing up here, it’s a unique area!

Driftless Kona Coordinates Bundle

I’ll be sharing my projects using Driftless over the next few posts. For now you can find Driftless starting to arrive at your local quilt shop. It comes in yardage and fat quarter bundles. I’ve also coordinated a fat quarter bundle of Kona coordinates! I’m just about to start a project using those!

I hope you can envision using Driftless in your next project! Thank you for coming along on the journey.

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Pendleton Hillside Totes

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

(Tote Back) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

(Tote Front) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

(Interior View) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

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(Tote Base) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

(Tote Back) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

I sat down a couple weeks ago determine to finish a couple samples of my new pattern, the Hillside Tote, using Pendleton Wool. I knew as soon as I was making my initial samples of the Hillside that I would definitely need to make a few using some wool. The fabric sat and waiting patiently while I got the pattern ready and got the other samples made. My friend Brienne made a Hillside using some and it was all I needed to carve out enough time to sew up two, one for me and one for my mom.

On my trip to Denver a couple years ago I was lucky enough to be able to shop in person at the Fancy Tiger Crafts store! It was delightful! I wish I had more room in my small suitcase at the time, because of course they have so many great fabrics and supplies. I spent as long as I could touching all the fabrics and made my way home with some favorites. Two in the stack were Pendleton wools which promptly went into the ‘set aside for a future important project’ area of my stash. I would pull it out from time to time, but it took me a little over two years to commit. Feels a little crazy because it is!

I sent my mom a few pics of choices and let her decide what colors she liked best. The wool is two sided, so each side is the opposite on the reverse side – two fabrics in one! These are the mini size of the pattern. And I should note that if you have a super special fabric, you can cut the two exterior pockets from a fat quarter for the mini size. Yay for that! I also decided to add a rivet to the top of the divided part of the back pocket, just a fun little detail. Not necessary for function, but pretty.

Well, these beauties came together quickly with a few scraps of waxed canvas and leather straps. I’m so excited to use mine! I’ve been waiting!

Pattern: Hillside Tote (mini size)
Fabrics: Pendleton from Fancy Tiger Crafts (I believe you have to call in to buy yardage, they don’t offer it on the website), waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles

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Thankful Sale 2019

Thankful Sale 2019! All PDFs and leather 20% off!

Just a quick hello and a huge thank you to every single one of you! I certainly wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for YOU and this awesome sewing community! Thank you! I’m having my 8th annual sale on all my PDF patterns and leather straps in my shop! Wahoo! I’ve also put my booklet, Everyday Essentials on sale! It makes a great gift. From now through Monday, December 2nd (11:59pm CDT) 2019 all PDF patterns and leather items are 20% off. No coupon code necessary, all prices reflect the discount.

This is the first time the Redwood Tote and Crescent Tote patterns have been on sale! Yippy!

For the leather please know that the discount applies while supplies last. The leather is fully stocked, but if the item you want is out of stock please check back the following day. If you’re looking at getting a certain color/length be sure to stop by early!

No coupon code necessary, all prices in shop reflect discount.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Oh, and the fabric stack includes Carolyn Friedlander’s Instead collection and Cotton + Steel’s Grumpy Whale and In Bloom canvas.

Thank you so much from my family to yours!

Photo credit: Jessica Sands Photography