New Collection! Tides By Jane Dixon!

Tides by Jane DixonThis just in at Harts! The new collection Tides by Jane Dixon is a modern saltwater experience! Harts Fabric loves ocean prints and this collection is no exception! We are always excited to see classy, modern nautical-themed fabric collections. So many of the ocean prints we see are cute and childish, which is great (and adorable!) for the little ones in your life, but this collection is a bit more on the mature side.

TidesThe color palette is just lovely! Cool blue and aqua complement the cream and taupe just perfectly. These fabrics would be stunning incorporated into home decor projects; perfect for throw pillows, light curtains, and table linens. The whole collection is a perfect marriage of modern and whimsical aesthetics. We can’t wait to see what kind of quilting and apparel projects you all make from this line!

Tides by Jane DixonHarts has gotten in all 16 prints in this collection and are excited to start cutting into it! Take a peek at the prints online or come stop by the retail store to see these lovelies in person!

Happy sewing!

This Just In: Massive Fashion Fabric Shipment!

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Fashion! That’s right, we just got in a HUGE shipment of fashion and apparel fabrics! We’re talking about jersey knits, silk, rayon, cotton, and more! We are constantly bringing in new fabrics to the store, but we always get a little extra excited when a big fashion shipment shows up!

Here are some of the unique new fabrics that just arrived here at Harts:

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Denim Studio by Art Gallery Fabrics!

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Art Galley Fabrics has just released a bunch of amazing new fabric under their new Denim Studio label! Their new printed denim is a 4.5oz cotton. It is a nice, lightweight fabric that can be used for dresses, pants, bags, and even for quilting! It’s the classic American indigo denim, but with a modern printed twist- – we love it!

Art Galley DenimWe are all seriously excited about this new line! Art Galley is consistently one of our favorite brands, and their designers are always hard at work producing some of the best fabric available. All the ladies at Harts are dreaming about new denim projects!

Don’t forget to share your denim projects with us! We would love to see what you’re working on! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram!

Charley Harper Maritime Collection!

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Maritime is the new Charley Harper collection from Birch Fabrics! We fell in love with these fabrics when we saw the Birch Fabrics booth at Quilt Market last year! All of us here at Harts have a bit of a soft spot for ocean themed collections, I guess living is Santa Cruz California will do that to you!

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Maritime at fall Quilt Market 2015

These adorably sweet ocean animal prints feature illustrations by the late mid-century artist Charley Harper. Mr. Harper is well known for his modern, stylized wildlife prints and his unique views of colorization. This is the third collection that Birch has produced using his artwork. The previous collections Charlie Harper and Charley Harper Nurture were hugely popular and instant favorites!

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Charley Harper and his illustrations

The Maritime collection is printed on 100% organic cotton and comes in multiple substrates: quilting cotton, double gauze, and jersey knit! This collection is an absolute delight, perfect for children and adults! We are all so excited to start seeing projects using this line!

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Happy sewing!

Laminated Cotton Vs Oilcloth (plus an easy tablecloth tutorial!)

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Hi everyone! Alexis here, and today I want to talk a bit about laminated cotton! Over the years working at Harts one of the questions I have been frequently asked is “what is the difference between laminated cotton and oilcloth?” Since I was just about to make myself a laminated cotton tablecloth for my new apartment (pictured above!), I thought this would be a fine time to break it down for everyone! (Plus a quick tablecloth tutorial! Yay!)

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Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Hello all you crafty peeps!  Fall is finally here and it’s getting dark early!  And you know what that means?!  Time to start decorating for Thanksgiving!  I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately and have found some really cute festive Thanksgiving decorations.  My only problem is deciding which ones to make!  Here is a collection of some of my favs this season….  Enjoy!

Easy Fall table decor idea using materials you already have on hand.:

Found on  http://www.ohsolovelyblog.com

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Keeping It Classy for Halloween!

So, from my experience in the time I have been on this planet, I’ve noticed that the costumes for ladies have gotten a bit more… risqué every year. In my college days I worked for a company that sold packaged costumes and we were required to wear a costume that we sold to work every day in October.  The choices for ladies were, in my opinion, not work appropriate. I usually ended up wearing a men’s costume or a headband with ears. I feel like the options for ladies (and young girls) have just been limited to “Sexy” whatever: Sexy Nurse, Sexy Cheerleader, Sexy Coloring Crayon, Sexy Banana… You name it: there’s a “sexy” version. Now, just to be clear, if you can rock a “Sexy Carrot” costume, the more power to you! You go girl! It’s just that those costumes may not be appropriate for work or your child’s school costume carnival and here’s some ideas for a bit more modest costume.

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Sew Your Hart Out September Final Week Garment Parade!

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windham-colette-janomeThis is it you guys! Sew Your Hart Out September 2015 has come to an end! We have had so much fun this month! There have been an incredible amount of project photos that have been shared with us, thank you all so much! Be sure to check out all of the customer project photos over on our Facebook page!

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Colette Patterns 101

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windham-colette-janomeColette Patterns is the powerhouse of the indie pattern community. Started by Sarai Mitnick in 2009, whose previous jobs include working for giants YouTube and Google, both Colette’s blog and patterns have become massively popular. Currently based in Portland, Oregon, the creative minds behind Colette are constantly expanding their business ventures, including the recently added Seamwork Magazine and a brand spanking new sewing podcast!

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Windham Fabrics 101

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windham-colette-janomeBaum textile mills, the mother company of Windham fabrics, has been a family run business since 1955. As a producer of the finest quality fabrics for the home sewing industry, Baum has built their reputation for producing some of the finest fleeces and flannels on the market.

In the mid 1990s, after recognizing a need for more quality quilting and crafting fabrics, Baum decided to add quilting cottons to its collections and watched as they became immensely popular! In response to this growing market, Baum decided to focus its efforts on the needs of the independent quilt shops and introduced a new division, Windham Fabrics!

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Quilt made from fabrics from Kelly Ventura’s Flora collection.

Working extensively with quilt historians, industry experts, an in-house design studio, and well-known designers, including Harts Fabric favorites Lotta Jansdotter and Heather Ross, Windham Fabrics has become a staple in the quality fabrics marketplace. Known for its authentic reproductions of antique fabrics, Windham also offers florals, textures, retro and many more fabric collections!

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Quilt made from Heather Ross’ Tiger Lily collection.

IMG_5518A picture from 2015’s Quilt Market featuring more Tiger Lily from Heather Ross!

I always love visiting the Heather Ross booth at Quilt Market! Heather has been a favorite designer and friend of Harts Fabric for years! Heather has even visited the store for events and collection releases! Her booth is always so cute and inspirational! We recently received our shipment of her new collection Tiger Lily, and we just adore it!

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More of the Lucky collection!

Lotta Jansdotter is a Scandinavian designer known for her modern and clean designs. Her works have graced all sorts of items from dishware, rugs, home decor and, you guessed it, fabric! We at Harts really love her new Stella collection! With its soft pastel colors and sweet prints, it really lends itself well to baby and nursery projects!

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Projects made from Carrie Bloomston’s Story collection!

In addition to all these wonderful fabric collections from both up-and-coming and established designers, Windham also offers free patterns for projects such as quilts and pillows on their website!

Happy Sewing!

-Amy

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