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SewMod retro fabrics Geekly chic

Retro, vintage, or fashionably nostalgic, Riley Blake has brought the Chic to Geek with old school records, cassettes, and TV’s.

SewMod retro fabrics Geekly chic

I thought we’d revisit these shop favorites at SewMod and add a few of their newest novelties to the mix. Cat eye sunglasses and 50’s style dresses have me swooning.

SewMod retro fabrics Geekly chic

I have this romanticized vision of what it would be like to buy Pyrex for my robin’s egg blue kitchen, do all my household chores in a dress and heels, and bake cakes all day.
I’m almost certain I was born in the wrong decade. I’m over 40 years late for a 50’s date! But that’s ok, a girl can still dream. I can collect my vintage Pyrex, bake cakes, and vacuum, although, it’s not as fun while I’m in my yoga pants:)

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If you’re having a tough time visualizing what modern projects can be made with the retro prints, let’s see if I can help.

How about picking two and making some Gum Drop Pillows for someone heading to college? They’d be cute in a dorm room!

SewMod gum drop pillows Amy butler

Maybe a few fabric baskets? Here is a free tutorial from Birch Fabrics.

Fabric baskets

Or a cute apron, like the one from the Etsy shop Boojiboo will have you baking sweet treats for your love in no time!

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Visit SewModDesigns for more patterns, project ideas and all of the retro Riley Blake fabrics!

The SewMod inventory sale is winding down. Don’t miss out on all the great savings going on in the shop!

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Woodland Deer in pink from Cinderberry Stitches $6/yard
Sewmod Inventory Sale

Girl Crazy fat quarter sets $10.80
SewMod inventory sale

Get your spooky on with these cute trick-or-treaters $6/yard
SewMod inventory sale

Most patterns are marked at $7.20
SewMod inventory sale

And don’t pass up the cute quilt kits we still have in stock $28
SewMod true blue baby quilt kit

Help us make room for new ideas and fabric!

We’re having an Inventory Reduction Sale! All fabrics, kits, and supplies on sale including the new arrivals! New arrivals are 20% off. All other fabrics are $6/yard. Half yards $3. Patterns & books 20% off. Select kits are up to 1/2 off.

SewMod sale

SewMod sale

SewMod sale

Two new pattern books

Art To Heart Curiosities & Mischief Check out that adorable butterfly pillow!

“Full of curiosity, mischief, wonder, energy and love. Kids are the best! These projects will make their lives more bright and fun. Children’s theme projects include: quilts (68″ x 68″), wall quilts, pillow shams, pillows, nap mats, tooth fairy pillows. Pull out section of patterns included. Uses Benartex fabric from the Mischief and Curiosities lines.”

SewMod Fabric Friday

Little Quilts 4 Little Kids by Heather Mulder Peterson is a book featuring 10 fun quilt patterns for babies on up. It contains a range of skill levels as well as traditional to modern styles. Visit Heathers blog to see all the photos of the boy quilts and girl quilts that are in this book.

SewMod Fabric Friday

Oh Boy! From Riley Blake has arrived and it’s adorable!

SewMod Fabric Friday

Kona in Lipstick is back in stock!

SewMod Fabric Friday

More new patterns…

Cape Cod Baby from Bunny Hill

SewMod Fabric Friday

Radio Way Radio Way is a great project to use pre-cut 2-1/2in strips.

SewMod Fabric Friday

And Henrietta Turtle Make a new friend in Henrietta turtle (or skip the flower corsage and make a Henry Turtle). Henrietta will gladly house your pins & needles or entertain your baby or pet – but not at the same time!

SewMod Fabric Friday

SpongeBob SquarePants ain’t got nothin’ on the cute sea creatures featured on Riley Blake’s newest fabric line. Dive In The Ocean to find octopus, squid, sea horses and schools of colorful fishes.

When a new fabric line arrives, the first thing I ask myself is…“What can I make with this?”…besides a quilt?

I think we all like different options when it comes to sewing, whether it’s making bags, skirts, or gifties for the special ones in our lives.

So I chose to make a cute accent pillow for a baby’s room!

Splash! In The Ocean SewMod

I like projects that I can embellish and use different techniques like appliqué & embroidery. A chain stitch for the Splash really made the words ‘pop’ and adding the accent French knots to the anemone gave that some extra dimension too.  

Part of the fun of embellishing is searching for the trims and buttons. I came across tiny fish buttons and dug around my scraps for the ribbon. I even had some leftover Riley Blake jumbo red rick rack! Don’t throw those extra scrap pieces away. You might be able to use them on your own pillow!

Splash! In The Ocean SewMod

And check out those little fishes swimming through the ocean stripes. My mom is the crochet artist in the family, so we have to thank her for that bit of cuteness!

Splash! In The Ocean SewMod

I couldn’t forget the back of the pillow. It deserves something just as special. I fussy cut the selvage since the fishes were representing the color codes. A simple zig zag to tack it down and now it’s done!

Splash! In The Ocean SewMod

After I finish something, I can’t wait to show it off. I didn’t hear..”It’s adorable”, or “That’s so cute”. The first thing I heard was…Who’s Alex?!?

Lol I don’t know who Alex is! I just needed a shop sample and we have no babies so Alex was a name I came up with!

Does anyone need an Alex baby pillow?…..

Splash! in The Ocean SewMod

You can find all of these ‘In The Ocean’ fabrics and many of the newer baby lines in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop!

Glimma SewMod

I promise this is my last post on Glimma. I just want to let y’all know that the cupboards looking pretty bare! Sadly but gladly, we’re almost sold out of the Glimma. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun and made so many projects from one fabric line!

A few yardage amounts are still with us. I took the pic to give you an idea of how much of each one we have on hand. $9 $6

Our pre-cuts include several half yards @$4.50 $3 and 1 fat quarter set of 18. $40 $28

We have all of the solids on the bolt and pre-cut into fat quarter sets of 4. $7.50 $5

They need a good home. So hurry and get yours before they’re completely gone! If you have any questions or need a custom listing in the SewMod shop, I’m happy to help! Convo me:)

Just think of all the fun you’ll have with your Glimma!

SewMod Glimma Sale

True Blue Baby I Love You…Tips On Cutting And Assembly

SewMod true blue baby quilt kit

“Have a whale of a good time with the fun nautical prints in the True Blue Collection featuring whimsical whales, splashing waves and fun geometrics. Anchors away!”

True Blue is designed by Ana Davis. I just love her children’s prints and Blend never, never disappoints me in the quality of their fabrics. I’ve loved every piece I’ve ever ordered from them and this is no exception! True Blue is vibrant and fun to work with.

SewMod true blue fabrics

I knew I wanted to do a strip quilt with this line. It’s perfect with the big playful whales and the baby whales in a row!

The kit is available in the Etsy shop. It includes step-by-step instructions to strip piece the quilt in no time for that special little one. Kit includes all your fabrics, binding and backing, and sews up fast for a baby shower or gift. You can easily quilt with straight lines. It’s a DIY complete project! *batting not included.

And I have some helpful tips for you if you’ve purchased the kit and are ready to start on your baby quilt.

I fussy cut the baby whales to make this quilt, but it wasn’t any trouble to do so since the fabric was printed really straight to begin with. Straighten the edge of your fabric so that the ‘white wave’ is on the cut. Line your ruler up for the 2 inches. The white wave that’s next in line should fall somewhere on that 2 inches. As you can see in the photo, my ruler lined up between the waves.

SewMod true blue baby quilt

Cut your strip out and attach to the selected fabrics, taking note of the whale directions. They swim opposite each other!

SewMod true blue whales baby quilt kit

After all these years sewing, I make the most basic mistakes:( Am I the only one out there that still does this?!? The seam ripper is my best friend..

SewMod true blue baby quilt kit

Sew the strips together in pairs and trim the edges. *When sewing rows, alternate your sewing direction right to left and left to right. Alternating will keep rows straight and help prevent stretching in one direction.

SewMod true blue quilt kit

I hope you have as much fun making this as I did! And if you have anymore questions about the True Blue baby quilt, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m happy to help!

SewMod true blue quilt kit

New fabrics are on the way! Baby & children’s prints are always popular in the shop and baby quilts and prints are always fun to work with. Find a pattern with a simple design and several cute prints and chances are you’ve got a cute shower gift or keepsake to present to the new bundle of joy. And best of all, you can say…”I made this!”

Here’s a line that just arrived in the shop called True Blue by designer Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics. A collection featuring whimsical whales, splashing waves and fun geometrics in preppy navy & red color palettes. These underwater inspired designs are perfect for quilting, children’s clothing and so much more.

SewMod true blue fabrics

Shipping to us very soon is Girl Crazy from Riley Blake. Everything a girl loves, including skates, balloons, ice cream and of course, my favorite,..bikes!

SewMod girl crazy fabrics

And Oh Boy by Lori Whitlock. Point me in the direction of a baby who wouldn’t love a new Blankie in these adorable prints! Oh Boy! Elephants, cars, whales and giraffes!

SewMod oh boy fabrics

Let’s get baby’s feet wet with In The Ocean from Riley Blake. These sea friendly fabrics also have a matching panel to add to the ease of your project. And who can resist those cute little fishes!

SewMod in the ocean fabrics

Look for these fabrics coming very soon to SewMod so that you can get started on your baby projects!

I’ve created a few more Oval Element fat quarter bundles from Art Gallery fabrics and I wanted to share them with you today. All of our bundles are available in the Etsy shop.

These are like eye candy. I just wanna eat them up!

This fat quarter bundle of 16 has a range of colors, including my new favorite, Passionate Fushia.

SewMod oval elements

A smaller bundle of 11 is also available in this range.

SewMod oval elements

Looking for something with deeper colors? This set would make a nice addition for your fall quilting projects.

SewMod oval elements

Or maybe something that reminds you of a Arizona vaca, which seems to be the only thing I can think of lately so it’s no wonder I assembled one reminiscent of the southwest!

SewMod oval elements

And lastly..a bundle of tone on tones with 2 shades of each color.

SewMod oval elements

Oval Elements make great fillers for all your sewing projects, so visit us at the shop to get yours! We have these and many more ready to ship. If you’d like to create your own fat quarter bundle, we’re also happy to help you do that too. Just convo us and we’ll help you get started.

Some of you might be looking for a wedding gift, baby shower or just wanting something quick and easy to stitch up at your next quilt retreat. If so, you’re in luck! We’ve taken the guesswork outta the process and assembled fantastic kits for you. Take a peek below and if you see something you’re interested in, click on the kit name and you’ll be whisked away to the SewMod Etsy Shop.

Summer Tweets
Welcome spring and summer in with a fresh new quilt! Brighten up your decor, add to a girls bedroom or take it on a picnic. We have designed a quilt kit with the new fabrics from designer – Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics. The fabrics feature fun fruit, flower designs and modern geometric shapes.

SewMod summer tweets

SewMod summer tweets

Little Wallets
The Little Wallet is perfect for carrying your cards and cash. A simple and fast kit…Make more for your friends or as quick gifts! Modern fabrics and a crochet flower make this wallet unique. Choose from a variety of kits.

SewMod Little wallet

Rosalie
This Artful quilt kit is assembled around the ever so popular quilt pattern, Rosalie by Valori Wells, using all quality, quilt store designer fabrics from Art Gallery. Art Gallery is known for their exceptional quality in cotton fabrics. We’ve gathered a collection of deep blues, grays and colorful prints for you to create a beautiful quilt for you to treasure.

SewMod rosalie

Boy Crazy
The focus fabric has everything boys love on it…submarines, robots, cars, baseball hats & more!
Kit includes step-by-step instructions to strip piece the quilt in no time for that special little one. Kit sews up fast for a baby shower or gift.
A great beginner quilt!

SewMod boy crazy

Owl Pals
Make these softie owls up for someone special. Makes a great gift for the little ones, whether it’s a holiday gift featuring Christmas or Halloween fabrics or to hang out with them as a room decor or an owl friend!
Owls can kitted up with any fabric combination from the shop.

SewMod owl kits

Pre-Quilted Fat Quarters
We’ve quilted fat quarters in a variety of designs and fabrics so that you could jump right in and begin working on all of those adorable Curby’s Closet patterns. Each fat quarter will make 1 pair of shoes.

Swemod curbys closet pre quilted fabric

YogaMod Yoga Mat Sling
The kit is pre-cut for you. We’ve cut the fabric and interfacing out so all you have to do is follow our step-by-step instructions complete with photos to create your own Mat Sling! Also available in a variety of kit fabrics.

SewMod yoga mat sling

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