Friday, May 22, 2015

Quilt Market Recap! Introducing Five New Collections!

If you weren't able to make it this past Quilt Market in Minneapolis, we've got a little recap for you!  We were busy little bees coming up with FIVE new collections to debut at Quilt Market.  Including collections by new in-house designers Patrick and Andrea Patton, and Arleen Hillyer!  We'll have an introduction to our newest designers coming very soon!

For now let's get the ball rolling with some booth photos!

Front side of booth.

Back side of booth.


In case you didn't hear, Birch Fabrics has a lot of beautiful Organic Double Gauze prints coming very soon! Our double gauze is lovely weight, and pillowy soft.  We washed an early sample, and couldn't believe how much more the fabric softened up!  Double gauze makes luxurious quilts, and light breezy apparel.  

Houses quilt pattern by Rossie Hutchinson coming soon to the Birch Blog.  Quilt on the right made using all Birch Organic Solid Poplin fabrics.

And now for the previews!  Drumroll please...

Maritime by Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics

 Charley Harper is back, and this time his aquatic animals make their debut in Maritime! From graceful herons, to jumping orcas, to pesky seagulls, and then to flamingos in flight. Maritime has a little bit of it all for you. We've taken some of our favorite Charley Harper prints of all time and turned them into a rainbow of primary prints and playful coordinates.



Swan Lake by Patrick and Andrea Patton

Swan Lake is a place of complete serenity where I lay a blanket down on the dew-glazed grass and escape into a Hemingway novel while the dragonflies glide across the water's surface and the toads croak boldly and splash around in their aquatic home. It is a place to watch the setting sun through the weeping willows while the fireflies cast their brilliant hues on the ripples of the glassy water. Then, at the height of tranquility, the elegant swans make their entry for a graceful finale to a perfect evening at Swan Lake.

Find Swan Lake in quilt-weight poplin, knit, and double gauze.

Tall Tales by Arleen Hillyer
 
Perhaps you've heard the old time stories of jackalopes, or maybe you've crossed the sea and come back to tell the tale. Some say these are the campfire stories that have shaped our culture. Tall Tales is a collective of folklore where the sense of adventure is very much alive and well, and curiosity drives imagination to the great unknown.

 
Farm Fresh by Jay-Cyn Designs

Down in east Oklahoma, where my barn was raised, on cattle farm, where I spent most of my days. Chilling' with chickens and relaxing all cool, playing' with the birdies in the swimming pool. When a couple of dogs started barking at cats, the horses and the cows were not okay with that. If anything I could say that this Farm was Fresh, so I put it on fabric and sewed me a dress! :)

Available in quilt-weight poplin. Check back for updates about available knit options.

Mod Basics 3 // Wink Coordinate  // Birch Fabrics

Introducing our first line of true blenders in Mod Basics 3! Our Wink coordinate is softly populated in an expanse of spacial tranquility. You'll devour these coordinates. Introducing three new colors to coordinate with our upcoming collections: Charley Harper Black, Marigold, and Mint. We are offering 12 colors total.


Mod Basics 3 // Firefly Dots // Birch Fabrics

 Firefly dots are a more modern twist on a traditional blender. The densely spaced dots make it a great pairing for almost any print. Pair up with your favorite Birch Fabrics print!

Available in quilt-weight poplin and knit.

Mod Basics 3 // Pop Dots // Birch Fabrics

Pop Dots are a dreamy version of imperfect dots. Blown up in scale, each dot measures approximately one inch in diameter. The larger scale makes it perfect for curtains, children's bedding, and apparel.


And just because we here at Birch are like this crazy group of extended family, here's a little bit of behind the scenes action at Quilt Market. :)

Andrea is our all around busy gal and wearer of multiple hats.  Andrea is usually collaborating with designers and in-house staff in Creative Development, or devoting her time to directing Marketing projects.

Oh hey Tyson!  Tyson owns the pair of hands that pack your orders!  He is our Warehouse Inventory Manager and Carpenter Extraordinaire.  Tyson collaborated with Andrea to single handedly build our entire Quilt Market booth!

And here's Arleen, our resident Supervising Manager of Accounts, and now in-house Artist!  Arleen spends most of her days corresponding with customers and improving our overall procedures.  Arleen is another wearer of multiple hats and artist behind Tall Tales.

Our owner Cynthia, is in the middle of some serious business talks. :)  Cynthia is a pioneer of the organic cotton industry, bringing organic cotton to the modern quilting community.  

Busy working!

We find some time to be silly too. 

Watch out Andrea!

And last but not least, here's the guy who is usually behind the lens, Patrick Patton.  Patrick is our in-house photographer, graphic artist, videographer, and singer of songs at almost any point in time.  Andrea and Patrick Patton make up the in-house husband/wife duo behind Swan Lake.  
Thanks for reading our really long post and for catching up with us!  We hope to see you all next fall in Houston!

Cheers,
The Birch Fabrics Family

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Birch Warehouse - BTS

Being the Birch Fabrics Photographer, I always enjoy snapping photos of our beautiful organic fabrics, but sometimes I like to switch things up and surprise the rest of the Birch crew with a sneak attack - right smack dab in the middle of their busy work day.  So here's my Birch Fabrics special behind the scenes look at an ordinary day with some truly extraordinary people :)
-Patrick













Thursday, April 9, 2015

Free PDF Pattern | Basic Yoga Pants | The Crafty Kitty

Hi there lovelies!  We're welcoming back our friend Stephanie of The Crafty Kitty.  This time she's pulling out the goodies for us adults!  A free yoga pants pattern??  Yes please, and thank you!  Keep reading for the pattern and full tutorial.



Whether you are a busy mum, fitness enthusiast or just like something comfortable to wear whilst you are sewing... these yoga pants are just the thing! Exclusively for Birch Fabrics, they come in sizes XS-XL and with just 1 pattern piece, they will be even quicker to whip up!



The mod basics solids, knit fabrics are made with 5% spandex making them extra comfortable and the perfect choice for projects like these!

Supplies
*Pattern includes assembly and cutting diagram, supplies and measurements tables for different sizes as well as layers options to 'turn off' the sizes you don't need. Ever since Titchy Threads pioneered the layers option in PDF patterns, I have been meaning to include it in one of my patterns... and now I have!*

Optional:
  • 2 eyelets (or sew buttonholes instead)
  • t-shirt yarn or twill tape for ties. Cut to desired length.

Preparation

Assemble pdf pattern and cut out your size from prewashed fabric. Transfer pattern makings.

Using an overlocker/serger will definitely make the sewing process faster but instructions are also included for those using a standard sewing machine. For the best finish, a cover stitcher or double needle is preferred but you can still get a similar finish using a nice stretch stitch. 

Karen LePage has some great tips on sewing with knits, which are also worth a read!

Instructions

Seams are 1/2" unless otherwise stated.

Step 1
With right sides facing (RSF) align the centre FRONT seams and sew together with a stretch stitch or narrow zig zag and finish with an overlock or zig zag stitch.


Step 2
With RSF align the centre BACK seams and sew together with a stretch stitch or narrow zig zag and finish with an overlock or zig zag stitch.


Step 3
With RSF, align the two centre seams, and sew the inside leg seam with a stretch stitch or narrow zig zag and finish with an overlock or zig zag stitch.


Step 4
Attach eyelets or sew button holes to front of waist as marked on pattern.


Step 5
Overlap the waistband elastic by 1/2" and sew together using an elastic stitch.


Step 6
Pin waistband to wrong side of waist and sew in place using either an elastic stitch or overlock stitch.


Step 7
Thread drawstring through eyelets and around waistband.


Step 8
Fold waistband to wrong side of pants and  top stitch in place using a double needle or an elastic top stitch. Make sure you keep the drawstring above the top stitching.

Step 9
Finish leg cuff raw edge using a zig zag or overlock stitch, fold under by 1" and  top stitch in place using a double needle or an elastic top stitch.

I hope you enjoy making your yoga pants! 




Make yours in any of these beautiful colored knits!


If you have any feedback or questions, please email me or join my Facebook group!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Now Shipping | Solid Organic Knits!



Apparel sewers, we've got you covered!  You asked for a range of organic solid knits, and we have delivered you with 19 gorgeous colors to enhance and balance all of your Birch sewing projects.  Made up of 95% fine organic cotton and 5% spandex, or knits have a beautiful drape and an incredibly soft hand.

Photo by Patrick Patton Photgraphy
We went MOD with our sixties inspired photoshoot using the Francoise sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons.  Try something different by using a solid knit for the body and printed knit for the collar detail.
Photo by Patrick Patton Photography

Slash up any basic pattern, and color block it!  you'll give an old pattern an new fresh twist!


Use our solid knits to add bits of interest to your garments.  Mix with your favorite prints for a balanced and sharp look!  We used Hoodie #14 pattern from Brindille & Twig for this look.

Photo by Patrick Patton Photography
We're very excited to announce a brand new and FREE Yoga Pants pattern!  Coming very soon to this very blog! :)  We'll announce it's release very soon!


And just because we are in love with this photoshoot, here's one of my favorites.

Photo by Patrick Patton Photography.