New fabric collection! Riverbend

Hello! I am excited to share a new project that I worked on for most of 2022! It’s finally time to share a glimpse of my next fabric collection with Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Riverbend & Riverbend Big Sur!

New fabric collection! Riverbend
Riverbend fabric collection, Essex and Big Sur Canvas

About the Collection

Riverbend is a collection of 18 prints overprinted on Essex, Essex Yarn Dyed, and Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun as the base cloth. And NEW!!!! with this collection is a group of designs overprinted on Big Sur Canvas! All are printed in the USA which is awesome!!! I’m pretty pleased with how the fabric turned out and excited to finally be able to share it with you.

New fabric collection! Riverbend
Riverbend Essex Collection

Here’s the super important part – it’ll be shipping to stores in August of ’23! Yep, it IS a ways off, but I hope it’ll be worth the wait! If you’re interested in any of these fabrics, please share this with your local quilt shop and ask if they’ve ordered. That way they can be sure to get some!

New fabric collection! Riverbend
Riverbend Big Sur Canvas collection

I hope this quick glimpse of the collection will stir up some inspiration and get you excited about sewing with it – when it does arrive in shops.

I’ll be writing more about my inspiration and sharing some fun pictures, too. In the meantime, here’s a little hint. I’ll be posting about the individual projects when it gets a bit closer to the release date (so maybe sometime starting in July?!). I know it’s hard to be inspired to make something yet not have the fabric available, so please hang in there!

Thanks so much for your support and encouragement! These past few years especially! I’m so excited for this collection! It is always an honor to see my fabric designs being used in your projects. Thank you so much for joining along in this journey. I love being able to share sewing with YOU!!!

Looking for past collections?

If you’d like, my past fabric collections might be available still at your local shop. Around the Bend should be available at most shops as of right now. You might even be able to snag some Quarry Trail or Driftless (if some is left)! Or try searching Etsy or google “Around the Bend Robert Kaufman” or “Quarry Trail Robert Kaufman” or Quarry Trail Anna Graham” or “Driftless Robert Kaufman” or “Driftless Anna Graham”.

I hope your new year has started off well. We’ve got a full schedule for our family, but I’ve been plugging away at a new pattern that will be available in a few short weeks. Thanks as always for reading.


Sketchbook Pencil Pouch

This Sketchbook pencil pouch was the last gift I sewed up last year. It was a fun one, too! I hadn’t made a Canvas Pencil Pouch in a bit. The project is nice and quick!

I made it even speedier by cutting the exterior using the lining template so it’s one solid fabric (instead of pieced). And you might be thinking, hmmm is that quilting cotton? Yes it is. I added a layer of a mid-weight fusible woven (EB woven fuse medium to be exact) over the SF101 (plus SF101 on the lining pieces). I think it turned out pretty good. There were a few wrinkles on the exterior, but they mostly ironed out. The Ruby Star Society base cloth is fairly thin (beautiful of course!), so it’s nice to be able to beef it up a bit and still get to use it for bag making.

Sketchbook Pencil Pouch
Sketchbook Pencil Pouch

My niece sweetly asked me to maker her this pouch and I was so happy to do it! She said one of her favorite colors was green. This Cutouts print from Alexia’s newest collection for Ruby Star Society, called Sketchbook, is absolutely perfect! I bought almost the whole collection when I visited Ann at Stitch Supply Co. last month. Couldn’t resist another gorgeous collection from Alexia.

Sketchbook Pencil Pouch

Project Details:

Sketchbook Pencil Pouch

Pictures featuring mini skeins of yarn from Hypothesis Yarns.


2022 was a good year

2022 was actually pretty fun! Again this year I had to take a scroll through my pictures to figure out what exactly happened this year.

On the personal side of things, my family had a fun year as well. We had cross country skiing fun, show choir competitions, lots of visits with family and friends to our new house, decorating the new house, landscaping, basketball, downhill skiing, hiking, a driver!, new friends!!!, a family trip to Chincoteague, a new sport for the girls – tennis!, so much soccer, and more.

I’m truly grateful to be able to watch my children grow and be there for them.

2022 was a good year

2022 Recap

A quick recap on the year would include releasing three new patterns. The year started off with a blast!

My Yarrow Wristlet + Pouch pattern took off even though there were a few bumps along the way. Your excitement for it was contagious!

The Making Backpack got a huge new addition of a new mini size as well as a new alternate pocket design for both sizes. It was another pattern with lots of moving parts, but I think looking back that it went really well!

I also snuck in my Wood Carrier Pattern that was previously only available in Making Magazine!

I hosted a video sew-along for the Yarrow Wristlet + Pouch, it was fun! This pattern definitely benefitted from having video support.

My fabric collection, Around the Bend, made its way to shops. It was amazing to see all the creative things you make with it (and continue to make with it!). Being able to share all the projects on my blog is always a highlight, too.

2022 was a good year

In the shop, I added lots of fun supplies. I added lots of colorful webbing and webbing kits (and will continue to add more colors in the next month). More hardware kits were added for the new patterns as well as their supporting supplies like zippers and leather pieces.

Webbing kit for Making Backpack (Acorn)

2022 was another year full of growth! Thankfully with the help of my studio assistant I felt far more organized. There’s always something we’re shuffling around here, and it’ll be more of the same this year. Always growing, always changing. And most of all – always learning something new!

Lastly, I will again be offering a scholarship for our local high school. I’m excited to award that to a local aspiring artist/entrepreneur in the Spring!

Lookin’ Onward

As for my plans for Noodlehead this year, I feel like I’ve got a good grasp on what my goals are. I continue to strive to do my best to help you create the projects that you want to create!

I’m hoping to do at least a sew-along or two. I know a lot of you enjoy videos for learning, so I’m going to continue with that. Also, my goal is to release three new patterns this year. In just a few weeks I’ll have the first one ready! I also plan to continue to add items to the shop to help you find the supplies you need.

Yes! There will be a new fabric collection coming up with a fun new addition. I can’t reveal anything until the release, but it’s a fun one. The release day is January 13th, that’s the date that shops get view the new collection!

And if you made it this far, thank you for reading. I appreciate you more than you know! Your comments help keep me motivated to share in this space.

It is with the deepest gratitude that I give thanks for the sewing (and knitting!) community we have ALL built. To be a small part of YOUR creative work is something I’m constantly in awe of. Thank you for your support, comments and encouragement over these past 13 years that I’ve been in business. THIRTEEN! It truly means everything!

If you’re new here, stop by and check out my previous year-end posts from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20142015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Hope you enjoyed the look back on this year! Excited for what’s to come in 2023!