October 11, 2011

Sewing With the Underdogs


There comes a time in my designing life when i have to face the cold hard fact that some things eventually end up in the sale bin. But i learn a lot from digging around in there...like which colors didn't do as well as others, which patterns might not have resonated as i'd hoped, etc. etc. And it's really only because i try to improve what i do that i even go through the pain and agony of wanting to know about the flops and flounderers by taking a peek at what's been marked down, reduced, sniff sniff, or even slashed.

But there's a silver lining. You know how sometimes you're determined that the best things in a sale bin must be at the bottom of the pile, so you have to dig down deep to find them? That's what happened when i discovered the misfits from Fandango and made these...
Yes, i'm a little obsessed with zig zags these days. I can't help it — especially after stumbling across this clever tutorial for how to make a chevron pillow from regular ol' striped fabric. But then i thought...hmmm, why not make my own stripes first? So i did. And followed the rest of the directions as written. Well, amost...except that i made them as envelope-style pillow covers and modified the size to fit my pillow forms. As you can probably see, i made the stripes in varying widths and kinda wish i'd have made some really thick ones and really thin ones for more of a noticeable contrast — something for you to consider if you want to make any. I also pinned every zig and zag so the points lined up, which was a little time consuming but worth it in the end!

The sashing are strips from a Snow Bella Solids jelly roll (9900JR-11) that alternate with these prints:

Gold:
Castanet 27047-15
Simpatico 27050-15
Canto 27048-15

Celadon:
Seville 27052-22

Sand/Celadon:
Portico 27049-22

And here are a few online retailers that still have these prints available:

Hooray for the underdogs!


16 comments:

  1. No such thing as a misfit from Fandango - LOVE that collection! All of it! And I just happen to be into chevron stripes myself, so this post is a keeper!

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  2. I've not found any of your fabrics that are misfits - and I love finding pieces in the sale bin, as I can then justify buying them, even though my house runneth over with fabric!!!! Love the pillows, too, and I think I'll give those cute chevrons a try!!

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  3. I personally love those colors and the prints! I also feel like I need to go to those stores you mentioned to browse the selections even though I have enough fabric to clothe the Duggars. Darn you, Kate Spain! ;)

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  4. When I did my Fandango projects, I thought to myself: "There's not enough yellow in this line, I could do with one or two more prints in this color!" So much for misfits...

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  5. oh, those are some of my favs from Fandango - especially the yellows! cute pillows :)

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  6. Misfits? No way! There wasn't a misfit in that entire collection... not one. I love the yellows and greens- and so did all my customers who promptly bought every Fandango apron I made for my shop- I had the entire collection represented at one point and there isn't a single one left... It was my best seller for sure at the time.

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  7. I love these pillows!! They yellow and teal look fantastic together!! Thanks for some more wonderful inspiration :)

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  8. i love the teal fabric, oops celadon! i loved every print from that collection, too. thanks for the link. genius!

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  9. Oh its Central Park that has taken over my shelf space. did my granddaughters nursery and now have 2 more quilts for her underway. Hope Ilika loves it as much as her Mom and I do! Better QI down seat needs another pillow thoug...I'll be checking out the link!

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  10. I'm on my fourth Fandango mini moda assortment and still haven't been sent any yellow. I love all of your collections. I got a delivery of scrap bags earlier and my husband said "Hmmm. That's Kate Spain isn't it?" I cracked up. It was a bag of Good Fortune strips.

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  11. For someone relatively new to sewing, you sure do seem to be a "quick study"... love the pillows and the zigzags and the fabric!!!!!! I "came in" on "Central Park" and it is all I can do to keep up from there!

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  12. Fandango is one of my favorite lines. I made a quilt and placemats from it. I just love it. They must have overprinted it to have had any thing left. It is awesome!

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  13. Kate, I love these colors for fall. What was your approx width for the stripes? I was thinking of pillows when I saw your chevron quilt.

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  14. Hi Kate, I'm very new (only two months) to quilt making and have been looking for fabrics for my projects. I fell in love with Fandango the moment I saw the colors and patterns. It's been hard to find fabrics from this collection (I bet most places sold them out long time ago), so I was really excited to see you posted where I could find them. I ordered some yesterday right after I saw your post. I'm very excited to make a quilt with this beautiful collection!

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  15. I have to agree with everyone else singing the praises of Fandango, there's not a misfit in the bunch. I think it's just a matter or most awesome and just barely less awesome. I've recently returned to sewing actively after not doing it for about 10 years, and that is a direct result of your Fandango line. I came across a quilt made with a Fandango jelly roll on Pinterest and it was deep-seated-have-to-make-that-right-now love at first sight. Of course, this led me on a journey of discovering Moda, what a jelly rolls is, and the fact that Fandango is from last year and not that easy to get a hold of large quantities. You see, once I declared on my Facebook wall that I was making that quilt, a friend emailed and asked me to make her the same in a king size! I managed to gather enough jelly rolls from several sellers, but I have emailed eBayers, hounded Etsy sellers, and called fabric shops across the country to find enough this one perfect print to back both our quilts. It's so hard to find, that I'm not even going to say which one because I'm afraid someone else will see it, love it, and find it before I can. In summary, Kate Spain, I love your creative brain and I can't wait see what else is in there. If there's a misfit in any of your prints, then a misfit lover am I.

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