Do you suppose she's a wildflower?

Flower shop by Alexia Abegg of Cotton + Steel is inspired by Mexican folk embroidery, amulets, and wildflowers. The little animals on an unbleached background have traditional blankets on their backs and the colours are ideal for babies or toddlers. The coordinating prints from her range, enhance the simplicity of the animals while adding a pop of gentle colour. 

A snapshot of the weekend workshop

Marg Sampson George visited Hettie's Patch this weekend, and what a hive of activity it has been. The ladies worked on the projects that inspired them the most, and so they were varied, with different applications, but all beautiful. Hexagons, 'margagons', six pointed stars, 'margstars',  bags, quilts, spots, stripes, chit, and chat, it was all happening in the classroom. Even if I've seen a quilt of Marg's before, I seem to always find something new to exclaim over. I love her work, her choice of fabric, her sense of whimsy, and her creative eye and I think it is because of these things, that people love to attend her classes.

I love the leggy flamingoes and contrast in spots. This is one of Marg's quilts.

I love the leggy flamingoes and contrast in spots. This is one of Marg's quilts.

Julie's Margagon block that includes some new Tula Pink fabric.

Julie's Margagon block that includes some new Tula Pink fabric.

Ali's Fly Away with Me in progress.

Ali's Fly Away with Me in progress.

Sue is working on a bag with lovely hexagons.

Sue is working on a bag with lovely hexagons.

Rosalie's bag has begun with meticulous stitching and contrasting colours.

Rosalie's bag has begun with meticulous stitching and contrasting colours.

Sue's bag has begun on gorgeous linen, in bold greens.

Sue's bag has begun on gorgeous linen, in bold greens.

Darilyn is working a quilt top that holds dear memories to her, and is adding some interesting 'margagons'.

Darilyn is working a quilt top that holds dear memories to her, and is adding some interesting 'margagons'.

Judith is inspired by a quilt, from Marg's Take and Element book and is using lovely Tilda.

Judith is inspired by a quilt, from Marg's Take and Element book and is using lovely Tilda.

Lisa's bag will be bold, with striking 'margstars' in beautiful blues.

Lisa's bag will be bold, with striking 'margstars' in beautiful blues.

Lynn has her piece's sorted, and ready to go. How exciting!

Lynn has her piece's sorted, and ready to go. How exciting!

Lisa's bird has beautiful movement in her wings, just from the placement of the shape on the pattern. She is making a bag too.

Lisa's bird has beautiful movement in her wings, just from the placement of the shape on the pattern. She is making a bag too.

Mary-Ann has started her 'margstars' (as well as finishing off many quilt tops recently).

Mary-Ann has started her 'margstars' (as well as finishing off many quilt tops recently).

Kathleen's 'margagon' is a wonderful mix of eclectic fabrics.

Kathleen's 'margagon' is a wonderful mix of eclectic fabrics.

Helen's bag has some beautiful colours and patterns (especially against the blue stripe).

Helen's bag has some beautiful colours and patterns (especially against the blue stripe).

The Corner of 5th & fun

Sweet bears, cats, rabbits, and squirrels in beautifully soft tones of brown, yellow, green, with a touch of blue and pale red make up the range Corner of 5th & fun. The feature fabric below has three rows of a scene with the house and trees, and bunting that says 'hello' that run the length of the fabric (rather than across the width). It's a lovely range to make something for a new baby, with characters with nonchalant faces in versatile colours. I think it is very calming and delightful at the same time. 

In the beginning

These are 2 1/2" strips x WOF of a range of beautiful florals from sunny yellow all the way to sea blues. There are thirty six strips bundled together and we think these would make a gorgeous braid quilt. You could incorporate a plain, check, or stripe and make it lean more towards a pink, yellow, or blue quilt, or you could incorporate more floral and just go all out pretty.

What do apples, raccoons, and a flock of birds have in common?

They are all a part of the new selection of Cotton + Steel that we received recently. If you like navy and red or if you like a quirky subject for your quilt, then we may have just what you're looking for. Cotton + Steel are renowned for their enjoyable subject matter and these three are no different. I hope your Monday is as much fun as a raccoon wearing a red bow.