I have shared in the past my love of making neckties for my husband and sons. I have made them probably 13 ties each at this point in time…. 🙂 My husband works a job where he likes to wear a tie every day and my boys always want to look like dad, so they get a matching tie as well.
When I saw Pure Delight fabric by Melanie Colette, I immediately saw several prints that I thought would make fabulous neckties. I let my husband pick from the prints in the collection and these ties were born from that.
I paired the light blue print with a dusty blue Blossom fabric and the dark blue grid with a gray Swiss dot. Each looks like a classic tie with a fun pop on the lining that nobody but the wearer will ever see. My tie pattern of choice is by Dana Willard of MADE Everyday. It’s easy to follow and she includes a video as well for those of us who like to see things done first.
The Pure Delight fabric collection is hitting shops this month and there are florals, text prints, the grid print in different colors, etc etc etc. It works really well for quilting as well as apparel. Melanie has done a fabulous job making a versatile collection. Look for it in your favorite local quilt shop or your favorite online quilt shop.
Let’s take a minute to talk about sewing clothing. It is something I NEVER, ever said I would do. Yet I think back on 2020 and then realize I have made literally hundreds of masks, which use pleats and different techniques than I’ve used in my quilting thus far. I’ve made ties, which are essentially clothing and also use techniques that are different than quilting.
When Riley Blake announced they were releasing cotton poplin as a basic, I jumped on the idea of making myself a shirt. Well, not just one shirt, but two. 🙂 I had heard a lot of people talk about how easy a Scout Shirt by Fancy Tiger Crafts were to make. I made myself a test shirt out of a different fabric, then heard about the updated Cordyline Shirt by Fancy Tiger Crafts. It fixed some of the fit issues I didn’t love about the Scout Shirt.
I used Riley Blake Cotton Poplin in Riley Coral and Riley Navy to make both of these Cordyline Shirts. Cotton Poplin has long been used as a fabric in garment sewing and a lot of the clothes you may already own and have purchased from stores without realizing it. It has a really lovely feel and drape and works perfectly in garment sewing.
If you are feeling up for some garment sewing, you can find the cotton poplin in your favorite LQS or online shop. RBD cotton poplin will also work beautifully in quilts. I cannot even wait to try it as a background fabric, or even in an entire quilt top. It would be just dreamy.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t just love Liberty of London fabric? Their florals are classic and so amazing. Within the last year or so, Riley Blake Designs has been printing some of their classic florals on quilting cotton! Normally Liberty is printed on Tana lawn, which is oh-so-soft, but also oh-so-expensive. It has been so fun to finally add some Liberty into my quilting life at a fraction of the cost and in a quilting cotton weight with which I am confident sewing.
I used 3 prints from their latest collection, Winterbourne, to make this fun Gingham Pillow (free pattern by Meg of Monograms for Makers). Meg has written a clever way to use strip piecing and very little yardage to come up with a modern spin on a classic gingham pattern. The Liberty florals are allowed to shine in this configuration and pattern.
Are you a Liberty fan? Look for the Winterbourne collection in your favorite local and online quilt shops!