LOOKBOOK FALL 2016
FALL 2016 COLLECTIONS For Fall '16, we are proud to be releasing our sixth collections for Cotton+Steel, as well as our second collection with guest designer Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Company. We also have a few new collaborative collections and some new Basics to play with. As always, we are continuing to offer a variety of substrates throughout all our collections, and everything is designed to be easily mixed and matched. This year, our world is expanding beyond fabric. We are partnering with renowned manufacturer Sulky Threads to create and produce a brand new line of 50 wt cotton all purpose thread in 100 luscious colors. We also designed both 2017 BERNINA 350 Special Edition sewing machines. It's so exciting to say that in 2017, you will be able to sew Cotton+Steel fabric with Cotton+Steel thread on a Cotton+Steel machine. In this lookbook, you will find complete guides and descriptions for all our latest fabric releases and other endeavors. We've also included tons of sewn-up samples to help kickstart your sewing mojo. We can't wait to see what you make! Love, Cotton+Steel
WONDERLAND RIFLE PAPER CO.
SLEEP TIGHT SARAH WAT TS
Y O U R S T R U LY KIM KIGHT
K U J I R A & S TA R RASHIDA COLEMAN-HALE
FLOWER SHOP JUBILEE MELODY MILLER
BLOCK OF THE MONTH
C O L L A B O R AT I V E
PG.54 PG.44 PG.34 PG.24 PG.14 PG.4
JUBILEE JUBILEE QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG
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MELODY MILLER | JUBILEE 2 0 TOTA L PIEC ES | 20 UNBLEAC HED COT TO N DE L I V E R Y IN JANUARY 2017 In Jubilee, Melody Miller imagined what it would be like to get ready for a fun summery block party. She painted and drew watercolor balloons, tall city buildings, and retro makeup, including elements like halftone dots and offset registration as a nod to vintage screenprinting. She also used layered painterly transparencies, neons and metallics for added texture, and included some of her much-loved vintage motifs.
In The City depicts illustrations of timeless tall buildings and houses, the perfect place for a neighborhood block party. Melody added some of her favorite vintage motifs that also appear in other prints in the collection.
Part of going to a party is getting ready! All Made Up is like looking into a vintage drawer filled with the most adorable retro makeup. Like many prints in the collection, this one features the look of purposely offset registration as a nod to the look of vintage screen printed fabrics.
To create Balloons, Melody sketched ladies in dresses inspired by looking through a vintage catalogue. Then she painted watercolor balloons and layered them on top for extra dimensionality.
Each of the three Confetti colorways features an ombre wash across the width of the fabric with a contrast color band at one end. The gradient of color could be cut up in a myriad of ways for endless project possibilities, and the contrast color could be strategically placed along garment features like zippers. Metallic gold ink adds shimmer and extra interest. 6
FABRIC (TOP): OO44-01 ( M A I N ) , 5 0 9 3 -2 ( T R I M )
(NO PATTERN) FABRIC (MIDDLE): 0049-01, 0045-01
(NO PATTERN) FABRIC (BOTTOM): 0046-02, 0045-01, 0044-02, 0047-04 (SQUARES), 0049-03 (BOT TOM)
FABRIC: 0048-02 PATTERN: VOGUE V8789
FABRICS: 0045-02 (MAIN), 0047-03 (POCKETS)
PATTERN: SIMPLICIT Y 4924 (VINTAGE)
JUBILEE QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG
This dramatic Jubilee triangle quilt might look complicated, but looks can be deceiving - a few blocks are repeated and rotated in a way that creates a totally random look. The ombre wash Confetti print adds depth with subtle variations in color, and pops of gold metallic ink contribute a little shimmer and dimensionality.
FLOWER SHOP MARKET QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG 14
4049-12 (C) (C) = CANVAS (R) = RAYON S O C IA L M EDI A H A SH TAGS
@alexiamarcelleabegg #flowershopfabric #cottonandsteel
ALEXIA ABEGG | FLOWER SHOP 2 4 TOTA L PI EC E S | 19 U N B LE AC H E D COT TO N, 3 R AYO N, 2 CAN VASES DEL IVERY IN J A N UA R Y 2017
Alexia draws inspiration from a Mexican flower market in her newest collection, Flower Shop. In a perfect follow-up to her previous collection, Alexia once again uses hand painting, stamping and drawing to achieve the richness and depth of a handcrafted look, then combines it with the watercolor paintings she is known for. Featured motifs include folk embroidery, amulets, and wildflowers.
In Flowers For Sale, little handpainted cats are selling all different kinds of sweet wildflowers at the flower market. The varying blooms become repeated motifs throughout the rest of the collection. This print is offered in two colorways on our unbleached cotton.
In Dala Friends, little animals dot an unbleached ground, all wearing traditional blankets on their backs. When creating this print, Alexia used a soft and gentle color palette, imagining that it would be the perfect fabric for baby and toddler sewing projects.
Alexia carved many different stamps and hand printed with them to create Charms. Half moons, tiny owls, dots and other abstract shapes are all reminiscent of traditional amulets that might be worn to keep one safe.
This print, inspired by traditional Mexican embroidery, is a collaboration between Alexia and Rashida. After drawing the flowers together, Alexia created a watercolor wash for the background, which was achieved in production by using multiple screens to stack translucent layers of ink on top of one another.
F A B R I C S : 4049-12 ( M A I N ), 4048-02 ( H A N D L E S ), 5093-7 ( T R I M )
PATTERN: BOXCAR TOTE BY GREEN BEE PAT TERNS
FABRIC: 4048-02 PATTERN: FEN DRESS BY FANCY TIGER CRAFTS
FABRICS: 4047-03 (LEFT), 4044-01 (RIGHT) P A T T E R N : M O D E R N L AY E T T E S E T B Y GREEN BEE PAT TERNS
MARKET QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG
Half square triangles and flying geese radiate out from square centers like petals on a flower, and the subdued blues and greens are reminiscent of desert flora.
WHALE PATTERN: FREE TUTORIAL FROM
ALLMYFRIENDSAREFLOWERS.COM FISH PATTERN: FREE TUTORIAL FROM MYCRAFTS.COM 23
K U J I R A & S TA R
1947-03 S O C IA L M EDI A H A SH TAGS
(C) = CANVAS
@rashida_coleman_hale #kujiraandstarfabric #rashidacolemanhale #cottonandsteel
RASHIDA COLEMAN-HALE | KUJIRA & STAR 2 1 TOTA L PI ECE S | 6 COT TON, 13 UN BLE ACHE D COT TON, 2 CANVASES D EL I VER Y I N JAN UARY 2017
In a story that Rashida created, ‘Kujira and Star’ tells the tale of a baby whale named Kujira (which means whale in Japanese) and his best friend, a starfish named Star. Star is so sad that he has only traveled around his little reef and longs to see more of the ocean and what wonders exist in the world above him. Kujira decides to take his best friend on a little tour around the waters of Japan! We wonder what they’ll see!
Introducing, Kujira! The star of Rashida’s little story does a little victory dance all over unbleached cotton. This print is perfect for everything from tiny fussy cutting to entire quilt backings.
Rashida achieved this print by hand carving a stamp with an unconventional wave motif. The textures from the stamp combined with unbleached cotton make this simple print bold and exciting.
In collaboration with Melody, Rashida created an illustrated map of the wonderful sights our daring duo traveled to see, including some iconic Japanese landmarks. Hand drawn illustrations, vintage Japanese stamps and magazine ads bring this story to life on our 100% unbleached cotton.
Who knew whales didn’t wear shirts? A fun array of folded up shirts with sweet, quirky prints make for a fun and off beat coordinating print to the collection.
F A B R I C S : 1 9 5 3 -2 2 ( T O P ) , 1953-12 ( B O T T O M )
PATTERN: TRAIL TOTE BY NOODLEHEAD (MODIFIED) 27
FABRIC (ABOVE): 1948-01 ( M A I N ), 5023-12 ( T R I M )
PATTERN: SKIPPER DRESS BY MERCHANT & MILLS
FABRIC (RIGHT): 1948-03 (MAIN,) 1951-02 (TRIM)
PATTERN: MCCALLS 3142 (VINTAGE) 28
FABRICS: 1950-02 (LEFT), 1949-02 (RIGHT)
PATTERN: FREE TUTORIAL FROM W O M A N S W E E K LY.C O M
FABRICS: 1946-01, 1948-02, 1948-03, 1952-02, 1951-02, 1947-01, 1948-01, 1947-03
PATTERN: ROLLIE POLLIE ORGANIZER BY COZY NEST DESIGN
PAPER BOAT QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG
Cute little paper boats bob in soft waves across this quilt. Maybe Kujira and Star are under these waters, looking at our paper boats from down below. This quilt would be equally adorable as a living room throw or in a nursery.
Y O U R S T R U LY PATTERN: ENVELOPE CLUTCH BY SEE KATE SEW 34
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KIM KIGHT | YOURS TRULY 1 8 TOTA L PIEC ES | 14 COT TO N, 4 UNBLEAC HED COT TO N DE L I V E R Y IN JANUARY 2017 Sewing is fundamentally an act of love. Starting with heart-motif dresses and feedsacks from her extensive personal vintage fabric stash, Kim Kight created a collection that offers a chance to literally sew love into your creations. A sweet poem along the selvage is perfect for quilt backings, garment tags, or anywhere you might want to leave a little love note.
Tanuki is a raccoon-like critter who appears in Japanese folklore. They are shapeshifters but also are known for being gullible and absentminded. Kim imagined this silly tanuki falling in love with a flower as it blooms in spring.
Strawberries are an enduring symbol of love and courtship, and they are a timeless motif for fabric. Kim adapted this print from a vintage apron.
This vintage dress fabric, with its rose-like flowers and loop-de-loops, is a perfect abstract representation of being head-over-heels in love.
What would a love-themed collection be without hearts? Heartburst was adapted from a vintage dress fabric. This modern version is printed with neon pink ink on unbleached cotton, and the other colorway uses gold ink on navy. 36
FABRICS: 3046-02, 3045-01, 3047-01, 3044-01
(NO PATTERN) 37
FABRICS (ABOVE): 3046-02, 3045-01 ( F O X FA C E ), 5093-7 (STRAPS), 3041-02 (SKIRT)
PATTERN: FOX FACE DRESS BY HELLO DEAR KIDS
FABRIC (RIGHT): 3040-03 PATTERN: SIMPLICIT Y 1587 (VINTAGE) 38
FABRIC: 3044-01 PATTERN: FREE PAT TERN FROM PURL SOHO
FABRICS: 3042-01, 3042-02, 3043-01, 3043-02, 3045-02, 3 0 4 0 -0 3 , 5 0 9 3 -3 , 5 0 9 3 -6 , 5 0 9 3 -8 , 5 02 3 -3 , 5 0 1 9 -1 2 , 5 0 0 1 -1 7
TRIP AROUND THE WORLD QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG
TheTrip Around the World quilt will literally let you wrap yourself in love. Tiny vintage hearts and flowers lend sweetness to a traditional-inspired pattern that gets fun updates with neon pink. This would be the perfect picnic quilt to keep stashed in the trunk of your car for those impromptu trips to the park!
WHOLECLOTH QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG
2051-02 (C) = CANVAS SO C I A L M EDI A H A SH TAGS
@wattsalot #sleeptightfabric #cottonandsteel
SARAH WAT TS | SLEEP TIGHT 2 3 TOTA L PI EC E S | 25 COT TO N, 6 U N B LE AC H E D COT TO N, 1 CAN VAS DEL IVERY IN J A N UA R Y 2017
Sleep Tight is a fun exploration of what babies might dream about. Sarahâ€™s signature illustrations of animals come to life as bunnies, owls, tigers and more, and the neutral color palette is on point with the current trend of modern nurseries. Supporting prints feature gold and pearlescent metallic inks and have a versatility that extends well beyond sewing for babies.
Sarah created a large panel print with a 24â€? repeat that is perfect for wholecloth quilts and other bedding. It can also be cut apart to make mobiles or softies, and it comes in two colorways on our quilting cotton.
In Night Owl, stylized, whimsical birds fly sweetly across the sky, undoubtedly singing lullabyes to dreamers below. This print features gold metallic ink, which adds a nice dimensionality to the limited color palette.
Prickles features another dreamland character - a friendly little hedgehog! This print comes in two colorways, one unbleached and one regular quilting cotton, and in a larger scale on our cotton-linen canvas.
Stardust is a strong and versatile supporting print with a little something extra. Four colorways of scattered dots are printed in gold and pearlescent inks, imparting a shimmer and texture that makes this print a great choice for practically any project imaginable. 46
FABRIC: 2042-02 PATTERN: SLEEP TIGHT M O B I L E (AVA I L A B L E AT C R A F TO F Q U I LT I N G.C O M)
FABRIC (RIGHT): 2046-01 PATTERN: MODERN L AY E T T E S E T B Y G R E E N BEE PAT TERNS
F A B R I C ( B T M L F T ) : 2052-12 PATTERN: SUPER TOTE BY NOODLEHEAD
FABRIC (BTM RGT): 2042-02
FABRIC: 2045-02 PATTERN: GERANIUM DRESS BY MADE BY RAE
FABRICS (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): 2045-02, 2043-01, 2042-02, 2043-02
WHOLECLOTH Q U I LT FR EE D OWN LOA D O N C+S B LO G
The neutral tones of Sleep Tight create a soothing, subdued baby quilt. This whole cloth quilt comes together in a snap, making it the perfect project for new and experienced sewists alike.
BREAD AND BUTTERFLIES QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG (COMING SOON)
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(C) = CANVAS (L) = LAWN (R) = RAYON
#wonderlandfabric #cottonandsteel #riflepaperco
RIFLE PAPER CO. | WOND ERL AND 32 TOTAL PIECE S: 19 COT TO N, 3 U NB L EAC H E D COT TO N, 2 L AWN, 3 R AYO N, 5 C A N VAS D EL I V E RY IN E N D O F FEB RUA R Y 2017/M A R C H 2017
Wonderland is the second collection from guest designer Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Company. Anna was asked by Puffin Books to hand-illustrate the 150th anniversary edition of Lewis Carrollâ€™s Alice in Wonderland, and it is from this stack of roughly 80 original hand paintings that the fabric collection derives. With signature Rifle Paper Co. style, Annaâ€™s painted illustrations jump off the page and onto 32 high quality Cotton+Steel fabrics, including a healthy dose of lawns, canvases and Rifle floral rayons that were so successful in her previous collection. In Wonderland, Alice falls through the rabbit hole to a world of tea parties and enchanted forests, meeting a curious cast of characters along the way. The collection perfectly captures the playful magic and mystery that make any rendition of this literary classic a perennial favorite.
The Wonderland print comes from the book's cover art. It's offered in two colorways on quilting cotton, and it is also blown up to twice the size on two canvas colorways. Metallic gold accents add to the rich, tapestry-like fabric.
Wonderland features four soft and drapey rayon prints. The two Enchanted Forest rayon colorways feature a map of Wonderland that comes from the book's end papers; the two other rayons are signature Rifle florals.
Procession is a parade of some of Wonderland's favorite characters. This is the first time Anna is incorporating unbleached cotton into her range of fabrics; it was a perfect choice for this collection because the creamy color is the exact shade of a much-loved book page.
You can't visit Wonderland without a tea party. Mad Tea Party is offered in two colorways and features precarious stacks of teacups and delicious cakes, ready for the Mad Hatter's next soiree. 56
F A B R I C : 8 02 1 -2 1 PATTERN: SADIE DRESS BY GREEN BEE PAT TERNS (COMING SOON)
F A B R I C : 8 024 -2 5 PATTERN: VOGUE V1344
BREAD AND BUTTERFLIES QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG (COMING SOON)
The rows of blocks on the Bread and Butterflies quilt remind us of the magical Wonderland insects with buttered wings and sugary heads. This quilt features all the most well known Wonderland characters set against a soft creamy background of metallic lawn, and it would be right at home at your next enchanted tea party.
C O L L A B O R AT I V E SIGNAL QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG (COMING SOON) 62
CO L L ABORATIV E | S.S. B LUEB I R D 2 1 TOTAL PIECES | 1 COT TON, 18 UNBLEACHED COT TON, 2 CANVAS DELIVERY IN FEBRUARY 2017
S.S. Bluebird is the second collaborative blue and white collection from Cotton+Steel. With a vintage naval flair, the group is inspired by airmail envelopes, womenâ€™s dresses of the 1940â€™s, and traditional Japanese fabric techniques like shibori dyeing. You can almost see ladies in cotton dresses picnicking on a windswept beach, watching ships sail out to sea. The restricted palette of blue and white features pops of red here and there, adding a fun dimensionality while preserving the complete cohesiveness of the collection. As always, S.S. Bluebird will mix and match effortlessly with our previous blue and white collection, Bluebird.
S.S. Bluebird also offers two durable canvas prints featuring a timeless anchor motif. This fabric is perfect for pillows, totes, cushions, bottomweight garments, curtains - you name it!
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CO L L ABORATIV E | B L AC K & WH I T E 2017 1 6 TOTAL PIECES | 16 UNBLEACHED COT TON DELIVERY IN MARCH 2017
Black and White 2017 is the third black and white collection from Cotton+Steel. As with previous Black and White collections, this one features a group of collaborative prints, many which have seen the hand of multiple designers. The entire group is printed on unbleached cotton, and the designs feature specific, non-white neutrals of varying creamy shades that lend an extra depth and texture to the limited palette. Pops of neon pink and metallic inks give a little extra zing to several of the designs. As with all Cotton+Steel fabrics, Black and White 2017 will mix and match effortlessly with previous black and white collections.
S O C IAL MEDIA H AS H TAG S
F A B R I C S : 51 0 4 -2 2 ( M A I N ) , 5099-01 (POCKETS)
PATTERN: FEN DRESS BY FANCY TIGER CRAFTS
SIGNAL QUILT FREE DOWNLOAD ON C+S BLOG (COMING SOON)
*unbleached cotton **metallic +neon pigment
COT TON+S T E E L | B A S I C S **
74 TOTAL PIECES (INCLUDING 11 NEW BASICS ADDED THIS FALL) DELIVERY I N DECEMBER 2016
Basics are the cornerstone for the entire Cotton+Steel collection, including our new Fall collections. They work with every single designerâ€™s group, and allow quilters to have a full range of support fabrics when designing a project. Our basics are printed in Japan along with the rest of the Cotton+Steel collection. They are the highest quality goods on the market; they would fit perfectly in both traditional and modern shops. NEW BASICS - ADD IT UP
For the first time since Spring 2015, Cotton+Steel is adding a new basics print: Add It Up. Designed by Alexia Abegg, this print features tiny plus signs on a contrast background, and is initially being offered in 8 unbleached and 3 regular cotton colorways. The increased number of unbleached basics are being offered to support the wide variety of unbleached prints in current and recent collections.
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#cottonandsteelbasics #cottonandsteel #additupfabric 68
QUICKER BY THE DOZEN 69
BLOCK OF THE MONTH
DEVELOPED BY THIMBLEBERRIES, INC. SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS
Cotton + Steel is honored to be collaborating with Lynette Jensen, one of RJR Fabrics’ most prolific and successful designers, to release a Block of the Month pattern called “Quicker By The Dozen.” Lynette Jensen is a pioneer in our industry. She was one of the first to create a Block of the Month program for quilt shops, and her Thimbleberries BOM ran for 22 years with over 300,000 quilters participating. Thimbleberries changed the face of the quilt pattern industry, becoming the benchmark for easy to follow and clear quilt patterns. Lynette has always felt that she wants every person who picks up one of her patterns to be successful. Cotton+Steel shares the belief that sewing should be accessible and inclusive. Clear instructions and well written patterns are timeless. They transcend taste and trend, and they offer a reliable resource for passing techniques on to those less experienced, regardless of anyone’s individual fabric preferences, regardless of if it’s Cotton+Steel or Thimbleberries. Because either way, it’s the same craft, same project, just a different stash.
THROW QUILT 70
C+S T HREAD BY S UL K Y 100 T O TA L P I E C E S D E L I V E R Y I N M A R C H 20 1 7
Cotton+Steel is thrilled to be partnering with Sulky to develop and release a brand new line of thread. Cotton+Steel Thread is 50wt 100% long-staple Egyptian grown cotton, spun in Egypt and dyed in Italy. It will be available in 100 gorgeous shades that were specifically chosen to coordinate with any sewing project, especially those using Cotton+Steel fabrics. The thread was rigorously tested both in the lab and by consumers to be sure itâ€™s of the highest quality. The brightly colored spools combine with an assortment of fun and quirky labels to create a major dose of retail eye candy. Stores will have the option of ordering a 50-pc display or a 100-pc display. Cotton+Steel Thread will be available to order beginning with Fall 2016 Quilt Market in Houston and will ship in March 2017.
S O CIAL MEDIA H AS H TAG S
AVAILABLE EARLY 2017 Cotton+Steel is thrilled to have designed both 2017 BERNINA 350 Special Edition sewing machines. We are honored to be collaborating with a company known for its quality, design innovation, and heritage. During the design process, we combined many well-loved C+S motifs from multiple seasons and multiple designers to create two unique but complimentary machines. The first design is called ‘I Sewing’ (top left). It features an assortment of sewing accessories in fun and bright colors, including the well known and wise saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” The second machine design is called ‘Hello Lovely’ (bottom left). It showcases two beautiful birds (we like to think of them as lovebirds) flitting through vibrant vintage-inspired flowers. Both machines will be available at BERNINA stores in early 2017.
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