Cotton + Steel now in stock!
Editor's note: Thanks for stopping by! This post is from 2014 so the collections are no longer available. You can shop our current selection of Cotton & Steel fabric or Ruby Star Society fabric, the new brand started by Melody Miller, Alexia Abegg, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Sarah Watts and Kimberly Kight.
Cotton + Steel is here! It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, doesn’t it? From the first announcement last October to the big reveal in May, we have had our faces pressed up against the glass. Now it’s here and we’re positively giddy! Read on for details about all the collections and all the links you need to make your shopping super easy.
ALSO: we will start cutting and shipping pre-orders tomorrow, in the order they were placed. We know how excited you are (because we are too!) and we’ll work as hard as we can to get them to you as soon as possible.
PLUS: don’t forget we are having an all day sale and late night shopping event NEXT Friday, 18 July. This is timed with the Fat Quarterly Retreat but you don’t need to be an attendee to attend our sale! Come on by and see these fabrics in real life, plus save 10% and have a glass of wine with us to get the weekend started right!
Oh and BY THE WAY: Did you see we got this collection in before the US shops? That never happens. Way to go, RJR!
Now with that business out of the way, on to the good stuff…
Mustang is the first time Melody’s designs have appeared on quilting cotton! 2014 is the year of the horse and this collection is full of them. She has also pulled in some of her favourite elements from past collections, including the arrows, stars and pixilated bees. This collection includes border prints, metallic inks and three unbleached cotton/linen prints. Each of the designers chose a personal note for their selvedges and Melody’s selvedges feature her favourite quote: “leap and the net will appear”. She says she said it over and over as she was preparing her first ideas for Cotton + Steel.
Alexia’s first fabric collection plays on vintage style and mid-century fashion. Her selvedges have a series of descriptive words: “hatbox, day dress, sideshow, california, 1955, train ride”. This brings to mind a mid-century cross-country train trip seeing amusement parks and sideshows along the way. So many of Alexia’s artistic choices on this collection were influenced by her work designing Green Bee patterns. She thinks hard about how she would use the fabric in a finished project as she chooses scale, proportion and colour for her prints. This group has playful painted tigers, a plaid inspired by antique steamer trunks, painted florals and a hand lettered print of the 50 states.
Rashida’s work is known for its modern interpretation of traditional Japanese motifs with a quirky twist. Moonlit is a gentle nod to warm summer nights and an evening stroll in Little Italy. This group is a slight departure from her typical Japanese motifs but still has the strong design and the whimsy that her fans love. Moonlit features butterflies, candles, matches and a handful of more basic prints that are great supporters for both this group and the other Cotton + Steel collections. Her notes on the selvedge read “moonlit, picnic, luminescence, starlight, sparkler”.
Sarah is known for her narrative, vintage-inspired pen and ink illustrations. Her first collection for Cotton + Steel is called August and features lions, gazelles and plenty of playful supporting prints. This collection is by far the most narrative of all the Cotton + Steel groups and Sarah’s creativity and imagination really shine. August is about going after the things that you want in life and her selvedge reads “persistence prevails”. Sarah says this is a tribute to finding the Cotton + Steel family and the collaboration and strength that it embodies.
Kim is well known in the sewing and quilting community for her blog True Up. Although True Up is about the modern fabric and quilting scene, at heart Kim is a traditional quilter and vintage fabrics and feed sacks have always been her main interest. Homebody is an assortment of feed sack and vintage reproductions that have been reassembled, recoloured and rescaled. The prints in Homebody have a quirky, cosy feel to them with motifs like buttons, stamps and thumbtacks. Kim’s fabrics are designed with timelessness in mind and are meant to appeal to many tastes. The selvedge on Hombody reads “vintage prints for the happy recluse”. Homebody also includes an awesome panel print (centre bottom of the collage).
The Cotton + Steel Basics are the cornerstone of the collections. They work with every single designer’s group and allow sewers to have a full range of supporting fabrics when designing a project. There are three designs – Netorious, Dottie and XOXO – in 34 colours, including three white on white prints and nine metallic prints. We are also stocking the five original Cotton + Steel solids.
Browse the entire Cotton + Steel Basics collection and Cotton + Steel Solids collection, pick up a Cotton + Steel Basics and Solids fat quarter bundle or build your own Cotton + Steel Basics and Solids bundle.
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