Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sea Squared | A New FREE Quilt Pattern | by Belén Sabi

Hi Everyone!  Today we are so excited to share another FREE Quilt Pattern from our very own sewing studio.  This time we introduce you to Sea Squared, a simple beginner friendly quilt pattern by Belén Sabi.  Sea Squared perfectly utilizes a the beautiful prints from the Beyond The Sea collection by Jay-Cyn Designs plus some of our buttery cream solid for sashing.

Click here to get the full PDF pattern.

Oh the mermaids and the divers just steal your heart don't they?!  Correct Answer... YES!

We used Kelp Stripe Coral for the binding, and we love the small pop it gives to the frame of the quilt.  We recommend fussy cutting your fat quarters to really frame up the prints, it really makes a huge difference in the overall appearance.

Let us know if you made this quilt!  We'd love to see it on Instagram!  Just tag us @birchfabrics or use hashtags #birchfabrics or #seasquaredquilt.  Thanks for checking out our latest free pattern!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Beyond The Sea!

We are beyond excited for our newest collection: "Beyond the Sea" by Jay-Cyn Designs!
This adorable modern take on underwater enchantment will be underway and available mid-July.
Get your fins wet with a sneak peak of the sea-faring sweetness!

Make sure to get your preorders in for Beyond The Sea, available in both Quilt-Weight Poplin and Knit.

Birch Fabrics

Monday, June 29, 2015

Free PDF Pattern | The Happy Houses Quilt | by Rossie Hutchinson

If you attended the last quilt market in Minneapolis, you may have noticed this fetching quilt hanging up in our booth.  This lovely work was designed and created by Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts.  Rossie has shared her process with us, and we're happy to offer this incredible pattern as a free download!

The Happy Houses quilt is great for mid level quilters and it's just too darn cute.  Rossie's fool proof instructions leave you many options to customize your quilt too!  Featuring fabrics from the Happy Town collection by Emily Isabella and coordinating Mod Basics Solids!

So what are you waiting for?  Go download that pattern, and get yourself wrapped up in a stunning organic quilt!

Your Friends,
The Birch Fabrics Family

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Free PDF Pattern | Knit Shorts for Kids | by The Crafty Kitty

Hi all, if you're a faithful reader of the Birch Blog, then you are familiar with Stephanie of The Crafty Kitty and her ongoing AMAZING guest posts!  Stephanie is practically part of our Birch family at this point, and today we're just as excited as ever to introduce her newest pattern for Birch Fabrics!  Check out the free pattern for these Kid's Knit Shorts!  

Using fun modern prints, combined with detailed top stitching, helps these unisex shorts, to keep your child cool, comfortable and stylish, whilst they run around enjoying the summer! They are pretty quick to sew up so you could even manage to squeeze in an entry for Shorts on the Line before the end of the month!

*Pattern includes assembly diagram, supplies and measurements tables for different sizes as well as layers options to 'turn off' the sizes you don't need.

  • Pre-wash/shrink your fabrics.
  • Print and assemble your pdf pattern
  • Cut out required size from fabric
Unless stated otherwise, seam allowances are 1/2" and seams should be sewn together using either an overlocker, or with a regular sewing machine using: overlock stitch, stretch stitch or narrow zig zag stitch. Topstitching should be done using a double needle if possible or a stretch stitch/narrow zigzag sitch.


Step 1
Sew pocket facing RSF to shorts front.

Step 2
Press pocket facing to wrong side of shorts front and top stitch using 2 parallel lines of stitching/double needle

Step 3
Finish the curved edge of the side piece.

Step 4
Line up the edges of the side piece with the pocket, and stitch in place.

Step 5
Line up the assembled pocket with the pocket facing (RSF) and overlock the outside edge.

Step 6
Baste the pocket in place along the waist and side seam and top stitch along the finished edge of the pocket. Repeat for other pocket.

Step 7
Place back of shorts RSF and sew centre back seam. Press to one side.

Step 8
Place front of shorts RSF and sew centre front seam. Sew around raw edges of fly facing, press to right or left and then top stitch in place.

Step 9
Place shorts front and back RSF, with centre seams aligned sew inside leg seam and side seams.

Step 10
Cut elastic to your child's waist measurement (minus 2") and stitch together by abutting the raw ends and using an elastic stitch to join.

Step 11
Pin elastic to waist of shorts and then Sew in place.

Step 12
Press Waistband to wrong side of shorts and top stitch in place.

Step 13

Overlock raw edges of cuff, press 1/2" to wrong side of fabric and top stitch in place.

Thanks so much for having a look at our newest PDF pattern in collaboration with The Crafty Kitty! Please feel free to share your project and tag us on instagram @birchfabrics!  

The Birch Fabrics Crew

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Birch Thread Box

Introducing a neat new assortment from Auriful hand picked to coordinate with the Birch color palette! 

Offered in two sizes, these premium cotton threads are 40 wt. 

Large Box:
  • 12 colors
  • 1094 yards each

Small Box:
  • 10 colors
  • 164 yards each

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Free Pattern + A Giveaway | The Bear Necessities Quilt

So by now you may have seen Bear Camp arrive in your favorite local and online quilt shops.  We whipped up this cute and beginner friendly quilt showcasing the lovely colors of Bear Camp!  We used the Flight Multi from the Just For Fun collection as the sashing and we love the way it cuts up so you can just see bits and parts of the birds in flight.   This quilt is perfect for beginning sewers, in fact it's a great pattern to learn a couple tricks too!

To celebrate the release of this pattern we're giving away a half yard bundle of all Bear Camp Poplins!  Read on for more details!

Your Friends,
The Birch Fabrics Team

Friday, May 22, 2015

Quilt Market Recap! Introducing Five New Collections!

If you weren't able to make it this past Quilt Market in Minneapolis, we've got a little recap for you!  We were busy little bees coming up with FIVE new collections to debut at Quilt Market.  Including collections by new in-house designers Patrick and Andrea Patton, and Arleen Hillyer!  We'll have an introduction to our newest designers coming very soon!

For now let's get the ball rolling with some booth photos!

Front side of booth.

Back side of booth.

In case you didn't hear, Birch Fabrics has a lot of beautiful Organic Double Gauze prints coming very soon! Our double gauze is lovely weight, and pillowy soft.  We washed an early sample, and couldn't believe how much more the fabric softened up!  Double gauze makes luxurious quilts, and light breezy apparel.  

Houses quilt pattern by Rossie Hutchinson coming soon to the Birch Blog.  Quilt on the right made using all Birch Organic Solid Poplin fabrics.

And now for the previews!  Drumroll please...

Maritime by Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics

 Charley Harper is back, and this time his aquatic animals make their debut in Maritime! From graceful herons, to jumping orcas, to pesky seagulls, and then to flamingos in flight. Maritime has a little bit of it all for you. We've taken some of our favorite Charley Harper prints of all time and turned them into a rainbow of primary prints and playful coordinates.

Swan Lake by Patrick and Andrea Patton

Swan Lake is a place of complete serenity where I lay a blanket down on the dew-glazed grass and escape into a Hemingway novel while the dragonflies glide across the water's surface and the toads croak boldly and splash around in their aquatic home. It is a place to watch the setting sun through the weeping willows while the fireflies cast their brilliant hues on the ripples of the glassy water. Then, at the height of tranquility, the elegant swans make their entry for a graceful finale to a perfect evening at Swan Lake.

Find Swan Lake in quilt-weight poplin, knit, and double gauze.

Tall Tales by Arleen Hillyer
Perhaps you've heard the old time stories of jackalopes, or maybe you've crossed the sea and come back to tell the tale. Some say these are the campfire stories that have shaped our culture. Tall Tales is a collective of folklore where the sense of adventure is very much alive and well, and curiosity drives imagination to the great unknown.

Farm Fresh by Jay-Cyn Designs

Down in east Oklahoma, where my barn was raised, on cattle farm, where I spent most of my days. Chilling' with chickens and relaxing all cool, playing' with the birdies in the swimming pool. When a couple of dogs started barking at cats, the horses and the cows were not okay with that. If anything I could say that this Farm was Fresh, so I put it on fabric and sewed me a dress! :)

Available in quilt-weight poplin. Check back for updates about available knit options.

Mod Basics 3 // Wink Coordinate  // Birch Fabrics

Introducing our first line of true blenders in Mod Basics 3! Our Wink coordinate is softly populated in an expanse of spacial tranquility. You'll devour these coordinates. Introducing three new colors to coordinate with our upcoming collections: Charley Harper Black, Marigold, and Mint. We are offering 12 colors total.

Mod Basics 3 // Firefly Dots // Birch Fabrics

 Firefly dots are a more modern twist on a traditional blender. The densely spaced dots make it a great pairing for almost any print. Pair up with your favorite Birch Fabrics print!

Available in quilt-weight poplin and knit.

Mod Basics 3 // Pop Dots // Birch Fabrics

Pop Dots are a dreamy version of imperfect dots. Blown up in scale, each dot measures approximately one inch in diameter. The larger scale makes it perfect for curtains, children's bedding, and apparel.

And just because we here at Birch are like this crazy group of extended family, here's a little bit of behind the scenes action at Quilt Market. :)

Andrea is our all around busy gal and wearer of multiple hats.  Andrea is usually collaborating with designers and in-house staff in Creative Development, or devoting her time to directing Marketing projects.

Oh hey Tyson!  Tyson owns the pair of hands that pack your orders!  He is our Warehouse Inventory Manager and Carpenter Extraordinaire.  Tyson collaborated with Andrea to single handedly build our entire Quilt Market booth!

And here's Arleen, our resident Supervising Manager of Accounts, and now in-house Artist!  Arleen spends most of her days corresponding with customers and improving our overall procedures.  Arleen is another wearer of multiple hats and artist behind Tall Tales.

Our owner Cynthia, is in the middle of some serious business talks. :)  Cynthia is a pioneer of the organic cotton industry, bringing organic cotton to the modern quilting community.  

Busy working!

We find some time to be silly too. 

Watch out Andrea!

And last but not least, here's the guy who is usually behind the lens, Patrick Patton.  Patrick is our in-house photographer, graphic artist, videographer, and singer of songs at almost any point in time.  Andrea and Patrick Patton make up the in-house husband/wife duo behind Swan Lake.  
Thanks for reading our really long post and for catching up with us!  We hope to see you all next fall in Houston!

The Birch Fabrics Family