Around the Bend Inspiration

Today I’m sharing the backstory and inspiration of my newest fabric collection, Around the Bend.

Around the Bend Inspiration
Around the Bend (shown in folded fat quarters)

July is here! That also means my newest fabric collection, Around the Bend, starts shipping to stores! Be sure to ask your local quilt shop if they’ve ordered it! All of my hand-drawn designs are overprinted on Essex, Essex Yarn Dyed, and Essex Homespun! It’s 23 prints available in yardage as well as a 10-Square, fat quarter bundle, and a coordinating Palette Picks fat quarter bundle! I hope you find them inspiring!

Around the Bend Fat Quarter Bundle & Palette Picks Coordinate Fat Quarter Bundle

And of course I’m so excited to show you all the projects I’ve made using the collection. Around the Bend projects are starting their little tour to quilt shops (so maybe you’ll get to see some in person if you visit your local quilt shop when it’s safe to do so!). I sewed my heart out last fall and then my whole family helped me venture around our area to get the samples photographed!

Design Inspiration

Around the Bend Inspiration

Inspiration for Around the Bend came to me while out at a local park, Sidie Hollow. We’re always out and about seeking the next adventure with my dog, Frida. I spend so much time looking at the amazing things nature creates and I love witnessing the change of the seasons. Over the years we’ve spent a lot of time doing different activities at Sidie Hollow including mountain biking, hiking, cook outs, and even a summer concert. It holds a special place in our hearts. There’s a great little trail that goes around the lake and along a trout stream – and that’s where Around the Bend started!

Around the Bend Inspiration

Each design in Around the Bend plays with the different features of the park. Ripples off the lake, wildflowers including Asters, Coreopsis, and Goldenrod are all prints in the collection. My abstract print is based loosely on shelf fungus found on the local hardwood trees.

I’ll be sharing all of my projects using Around the Bend over the next few weeks so stay tuned! For now you can find Around the Bend starting to arrive at your local quilt shop. It comes in yardage, fat quarter bundles, and a ten-square. I need to make a ten-square quilt using it (here’s my FREE tutorial for making the quilt)!

Our dog, Frida (she’s a Border Collie/Heeler mix)

I hope you’ll enjoy using Around the Bend in your next project! Thank you so much for all of your encouraging support.


Camellia Making Backpack

I couldn’t resist this fabric combination when I spotted it on my cutting table! This is the regular size Making Backpack featuring Camellia by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society!

I’ve been using canvas prints designed by Melody for at least 10 years now! This Super Tote showcases her viewfinder print (back when she designed for Kokka Fabrics). I still love it (and kinda wish I had hoarded some, hahaha)!

When I spotted the canvas designs from the Camellia collection (this design is called Chamomile) I ordered it right away! The colors are beautiful and the canvas substrate is perfect as always. I paired it with this dry oilskin from Zipper Zoo. It’s one of those combinations that I wouldn’t have chosen, but after seeing it, I got to cutting and sewing right away!

I thought this was the perfect way to use a bold print on the Making Backpack. Of course you can make the whole backpack using a print (which is gorgeous!!!, I have one on my cutting table now), but this is a great option if you have a precious Fat Quarter or larger scrap laying around! Use it on that front pocket!!!

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Bronze Mini Making Backpack

I just love how this one turned out! I had so many piles of different fabric combinations, but this one found its way to the top! This beautiful bronze mini Making Backpack might be my fave.

bronze mini Making Backpack

Sewing up samples is always my favorite part of a new pattern! I love picking through my stash (and maybe ordering a few new ones) and pulling all the notions together. My cutting table is usually piled very high with different combinations and sometimes when they topple over I find a new combo that jumps out at me.

I’m so glad I went with my gut on this one. The bronze color is just amazing in person. I know everything was gray for so long, so it’s really refreshing to see more warm browns out there. I especially love how the tone on tone version looks. Don’t get me wrong, I love all sorts of pairings, but I’m definitely into this look.

Summer Sewing

What’s everyone up to this summer (or winter for our southern hemisphere friends)? I talked about doing a smallish sew-along for the Making Backpack, but I also considered doing a blog post or two (including a video) instead of doing an email based version.

I think I mentioned it before, but my friend Jess of Oklaroots has a full on video tutorial featuring the Regular size Making Backpack. Check that out if you’re itching to get going.

If you have any opinions on what you’d like to see from me, I’d love to hear.

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