Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday Stack - What's all this about Low Volume Fabric?

This week's Tuesday Stack is all about Low Volume fabrics.  I get people who ask; "what do you mean by Low Volume?".  So I have attempted to explain what it means to me below, with some examples.  I am not saying this is the definition as I am sure others may interpret it differently.

The term low volume fabric is a relatively new one in the quilting world.  It refers to fabrics which have a white, cream, taupe or light grey background which when put with other fabrics in a quilt read as white or light.  Low volume fabrics can have prints on them, but the prints do not tend to have colour in them or if they do very little.  

Fashion Magazine White by Suzuko Koseki (included in this week's stack) for example features a little colour.  I love this fabric and have used it a number of times as a low volume fabric.

This Mini Quilt using Rachel Woodenspoon's Raspberry Kiss Block was made for Mrs Moog as part of a mini quilt swap.  And features low volume fabrics.


The old white on white and cream on cream fabrics were perhaps the first low volume fabrics and whilst I might use these I like to have a little bit more "going on" on my low volume fabrics.

Low volume fabrics are generally used to provide negative space in quilts and modern quilting.  To me negative space is that place where your eye can have a rest from all the colours and designs in a quilt.  The negative space helps the rest of the colours and designs to "pop" and be noticed.

I like using low volume fabrics in my quilts because they provide interest in the background. However be warned once you start using them they do become addictive and another fabric collection is born.  I have a special section in store and on line which is dedicated to Low Volume Fabrics (just in case you catch the low volume bug). 

Currently I am using low volume fabrics in a scrappy bear paw quilt.




So this week's stack is all about low volume fabric and features some of the newer low volume prints in store, as well as some old favourites.


This week's fabrics clockwise from top right are:

Whisper Shadow from Robert Kaufman
Black and White Tiger Stripes by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton and Steel
In the Jungle by Sevenberry
Kitten's Meow Toile by Heather Rosas
Pythagore from Yuwa
Fashion Magazine White by Suzuko Koseki

This week's low volume stack is available for sale on line here.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tuesday Stack - Gorgeous New Linens


These beautiful new linens are from Yuwa in Japan.  They are a generous 130 cms wide and can be used for quilting, bag making and home decor items.  The linen has a very soft and lightly washed look.

Included in this stack (left to right and then down):

Whether you are buying for a specific project or are stash building these would make great additions to the fabric collection.

You can buy a fat quarter of each of these fabrics here.  Plus as a special if you buy this Tuesday stack there is $1 off per fat quarter for a limited time.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday Stack - So Soft

There have been so many new fabrics arrive in store it is hard to know where to begin.


This week I was drawn to the soft and subtle colours of these fabrics.  The fabrics are (from left to right):

Spot on Pink -  a great spot from Robert Kaufman
Pretty in Pink Floral from Sevenberry
Spring Street Calico Grey from Dear Stella

I just want to cut some now and go and sew.

This week's stack is for sale here.

Stay warm and happy sewing.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday Stack - Tammy's Stack

This week's stack was put together by the newest member of the Stitchbird team - Tammy.  Tammy is originally from Canada, where she ran her own event management company.  She has been a quilter for a number of years and also enjoys other crafting and sewing.  Tammy works in store on Mondays and Thursdays.


Tammy could not resist the bear fabric.


Bears on Bikes from Sevenberry
Pipi Blue/Green from Echino
Medallion Bright Green by Ellen Luckett Baker

This stack is sale for here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Modern Baby Quilt Class and Peasant Top / Dress Class

I have been very bad at blogging about all the lovely things that are being made at Stitchbird recently.  

Last night was the last class of the Modern Baby Quilt tutored by Adrianne of On the Windy Side.

And here are the lovely class attendees with their beautiful quilts.


Aya, Ann and Nancy


Colleen, Rachelle and Amanda

I love how each person's fabric selections make their quilts individual to them.  

Beautiful quilts ladies!

And last Saturday saw the first Girls Peasant Top/ Dress class tutored by Trish


Lisa, Megan, Sharyn, Amanda, Gloria, Bex

Super cute!

There are more classes still available if you would like to come and sew with us.  You can check out the class listings here

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesday Stack - The Return of the Stack

Lately the stack has been looking bit like this (a bit like my sewing).


A big thank you to everyone who supported our Third Birthday Sale.  I hope you got some great bargains and are sewing up a storm.  Please feel free to share your creations, I love seeing what gets made.

Normal Tuesday stacking has resumed with this week's stack:


Cats Mice Pink from Makower
Colour Full Words Indigo by Jennifer Sampou

This stack is available for sale here.  

Happy Stitching.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Stack - Heroines and Ribbon Giveaway Winner

This week's stack is super sweet...


From top to bottom:
Kona Green Tea from Robert Kaufman
Flower Sugar Apples from Lecien
Miss Kate Sunshine Grey by Bonnie and Camille for Moda

I love these Little Red Riding Hood fabrics.  The stack is for sale over here.



And... the winer of last week's ribbon giveaway has been drawn.  Each Facebook and Blog comment was assigned a number and the Random Number Generator used.  The winning number was 

which was:


Thank you to everyone who entered.  Karyn I will be in touch about how to send your ribbons to you.