Sunday, December 28, 2008

More Favourites of 2008....

Some more of my favourite fabrics, these will probably be favourites for a long time yet, some are not newly released, just old favs that will be around hopefully forever. I thought i would share some of them with you. My New Summer Arrivals are being added to my web shop and these will get a preview in my next postings.

Marimekko ~ Mini Unikko Raspberry & Red, absolutely timeless and so versatile, this must be one of my favourites. Cushions, bags and dresses look great in this too. And these designs from Maija Isola from the 60s have inspired my passion for fabrics. The Large Unikko is so fabulous, and must be one of the biggest flowers on fabric in the world. I just love it!!

Mini Unikko in Citus, so fresh and vibrant, and a real summer favourite, this just looks wonderful as a table runner.

This beautiful Woodstock Paisley design by Isadora Phoenix is too scrummy for words, i love paisley and these 2 colourways are fab as beach bags or sarongs. The blue & green is an absolute favourite, and has been a very popular purchase for quilters and dressmakers.

Barefoot roses by Tanya Whelan, is so shabby and pink, this cabbage rose comes in a cream background and a baby pink background, and makes fantastic quilts and curtains. A true classic in the shabby world.

Another collection of Tanya Whelan's is Ava Rose and i have some of these in my Shabby Roses Collection and these 2 have been my bestsellers, the aqua in this background is just beautiful, and the roses classic. These roses come in a couple of different background colourways.

Kitchen roses, from the Ava Rose Collection, so fresh and very Cath Kidston style, so would mix very well in Shabby home. this has to be one of her best.

Japanese floral in Charcoal & white, by Surface Art, these lovely large scale prints are stunning as wall art and cushions, 100% cotton drill, I discovered these designs whilst looking for something completely different whilst on holiday at the Sunshine Coast last year. And are very fresh and vibrant.

Japanese floral in Ruby Red & White, couldnt make my mind up which colourway, so have put both again. A large scale flora, these designs work well in all settings, a good friend of mine has this colourway in a large canvas wall art in her hallway which she commissioned me to make, and it does make a great statement.

Well, there we are, the remaining 9 out of 10.

Thanks for looking.

Some favourites from 2008

Tanya Whelan's Barefoot Roses are just such a pretty collection, the pinks and greens are perfect, and this particular one will always be one of my favourites.
Available in the Shabby Roses Collection in store starting at $6.00 for a fat quarter.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Rush!!

Phew! the christmas rush is over now, ive completed all my shopping, the food is in, the wine ready to be opened. Just need to help Santa wrap some pressies. I have had 5 minutes to run up a lovely pineapple apron, i have a budding Jamie Oliver in the household and he just loves these pineapples, im amazed at how lovely this fabric sews, so will be making some more lovely items in this, as it shows off the fabric beautifully. All my patterns are designed and made by me, and i have had lots of queries as to whether I make the patterns too. Well my card patterns for aprons and doorstops will be available in the new year hopefully upon request to begin with.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Summer Arrivals now available

These fresh and fun pineapple prints are now available in store at I Just Love That Fabric ~ printed with non toxic ink, on 100% linen in a slightly off white. Beautiful soft fabric, suitable for all sorts of soft furnishing projects, from table linen to cushion covers, blind and curtains.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I Just Love These Yummy Retro Pineapples

Well just look at these, yummy pineapples. I stumbled on to these quite by chance ~ I was on a surfing mission and got way layed as you do, and started looking at different totally unrelated things, then I saw them and thought of all the wonderful sewing possibilities if I had a metre or two.
I tracked the print down to a very friendly lady called Thea, from Thea & Sami and discovered that she was infact a textiles designer of limited edition fashions and homewares.

Club Tropicana drinks are free.... ~ (giving away my age there)

These pineapples are printed on a slightly off white 100% linen and non toxic water based ink. Each pineapple measures 18cm tall.

Not only are they printed in very festive colours, but once Christmas is over this design will look good all year round. Im thinking Table Runners, Table Clothes, Place Settings and Aprons, so scrummy and fresh.

I shall have this gorgeous fabric for sale in my on-line store next week, in the summer arrivals collection and the minimum cut will be 1/4 metre (thats 65cm x 50cm), which is enough for any small project, and I shall also be making a table runner for Christmas as a treat for myself, which will be posted here.

Bye for now -

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Crafty Ideas for Friday

I just love pretty ribbons, like lollies in a jar, not sure which one is my favourite!

Heres a great idea to wrap a parcel. Iv used unbleached calico at $4.95 for 1metre x 80cm, and tied with some pretty grossgrain ribbons. Then in a nice pen your greeting can be written straight onto the fabric. Its quite personalised and takes no longer than with paper ~ only that the fabric is stronger, and doest tear. I think weve all been there ~ have you ever tried wrapping a surf board with paper!!!
Another great thing with this fabric, littlies can paint on it or make hand impressions and then once dried used as colourful wrap, the gliltter and glue can come out too. My two lovelies have a ball when we get going with this ~ give it a go it puts the fun back into wrapping.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fabulous Gift Tags

I was looking for some tags to label some special pressies. I had beautifully wrapped them in brown paper with colourful ribbon ties and as usual, not totally prepared wondered what i would label them with. So out came my fabrics and i had a rummage around. I had some plain cardboard labels, which weren't very inspiring, so i cut some oilcloth and stitched it over, finished of with some more grossgrain ribbon and hey i had designer tags.
I have since parted with many more to friends and family for their suitcases, when travelling abroad so easy to recognise.
I now have 2 designs available for sale in my store, sold in sets of 4, the roses will vary in position to those shown, but I always try and get the best part of the flower in.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cushions everywhere

With Christmas fast approaching, im giving all my old cushions and makeover, out with the old tatty things and in with some nice crisp new ones.
I recently made up an order for some of these Kaffe Fassett Verbena cushions and so have now decided to have some for myself, I just absolutely love this design, pink is of course being my favourite colour, along with orange and blue and of course green, well most colours. So im going to load up my sofa this week.
I always find that cushions are a quick and reasonably priced re decorating tool. quick and easy to make up and shouldn't cost the earth.
We managed some nice sunshine today here on the Gold Coast before that horendous storm so took 5 mins to take a quick photo of a couple of them in the sun.
More great ideas for cushions later!

Monday, November 17, 2008

My First Blog - here goes

Hello, my name is Susie and welcome to my Fabric Blog page,, i have just recently launched my new on-line fabric store ~ I Just Love That Fabric ~ you probably came through it on your way here.
I have a passion for beautiful fabrics whether for sewing or for wall art, bedding or crafts. I hope to be able to show you over the coming months, some great new fabrics and ideas for gifts and home furnishings, and how simple some of these things are to make. I also hope you will find inspiration from my Fabric Blog, where my ideas will become your ideas too in your home, with loads of images to inspire your imagination.
I love mixing different fabrics and textures for a vibrant fresh look, and discovering new textiles and designs which inspire me to create and sew.

So enough about me, for now, to get started i have posted a pic of one of my beautiful Marimekko Mini Unikko doorstops, I have been making these for the past 3 years and I send them all over the world. They have been made so they can be filled once they have reached their destination, hence saving hefty postage costs.
I fill with some soft toy stuffing which helps keep their shape and then just add about 1.5kgs fo rice or stones to a zip lock bag and there you have it , a Funky Cube Doorstop, ready to let the breeze through without the creaking and banging.
Thank you for visiting,