Modern Sewing Starts Here Edition 30

Modern Sewing Starts Here is a digital publication which features articles, reviews and handy tips for anyone with an interest in contemporary sewing. In this edition ... Pick Of The Patterns … see the latest apparel pattern releases Making Grainline Studios Tamarack Jacket … Jacqui Smith uses the latest quilted fabric to make this favourite jacket. Working with pre-quilted fabrics … Julie Bonnar from The Pattern Pages discusses the best ways to work with pre-quilted fabrics. Autumn Ready ... We look at the fabrics and patterns which pair up to work well for Autumn. Seasonal Sewing ... Great ideas for Halloween and Christmas. Classic Curves ... Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts has re-designed her Classic Curves Ruler, she shares with us its versatility Focus On Fabrics ... + More ...

Modern Sewing Starts Here is a digital publication which features articles, reviews and handy tips for anyone with an interest in contemporary sewing.

In this edition ...
Pick Of The Patterns … see the latest apparel pattern releases

Making Grainline Studios Tamarack Jacket … Jacqui Smith uses the latest quilted fabric to make this favourite jacket.

Working with pre-quilted fabrics … Julie Bonnar from The Pattern Pages discusses the best ways to work with pre-quilted fabrics.

Autumn Ready ... We look at the fabrics and patterns which pair up to work well for Autumn.

Seasonal Sewing ... Great ideas for Halloween and Christmas.

Classic Curves ... Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts has re-designed her Classic Curves Ruler, she shares with us its versatility

Focus On Fabrics ...

+ More ...


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<strong>Edition</strong> <strong>30</strong> - October 2023<br />

<strong>Modern</strong><br />

sewing<br />

starts here..<br />



Halloween & Christmas<br />

Tips & tricks for<br />

working with<br />

pre-quilted fabric<br />

Quilting<br />

How to use the<br />

Classic Curve Ruler<br />

from Color Girl<br />

Quilts<br />

AUTUMN<br />

IS HERE<br />

New apparel sewing patterns<br />

& fabric collections<br />


Pattern Finder<br />

www.hantex.co.uk/patternfinder<br />

Find the perfect pattern for your next project …<br />

search by brand, garment type, fabric type, skill level or even season<br />

Pattern Finder<br />

Use the find a stockist facility to support independent retailers and designers

Editor’s Letter<br />

It’s time to think warm and cosy as we settle in for colder days and<br />

the darker nights drawing in on us!<br />

In this edition, Sharon McConnell from Color Girl Quilts shares<br />

her tips on using her new revised Classic Curve Ruler. This is such a<br />

versatile tool for cutting and sewing all your favourite curved quilt<br />

block shapes, and you’ll be surprised what it can be used for! We<br />

also look at Art Gallery Fabrics’ new 2.5 <strong>Edition</strong> Binding.<br />

Find inspiration this autumn as we pair up autumnal fabrics with<br />

sewing patterns to layer up to transcend the season with ease!<br />

The trend for sleeveless vests is everywhere, Jacqui Smith makes<br />

her version using some lovely pre-quilted fabric and the Tamarack<br />

Jacket pattern from Grainline Studio. We also look at other fabrics<br />

and patterns to make this trend.<br />

If you are thinking of sewing for Halloween or Christmas then you<br />

will want to take a look at all the lovely seasonal fabrics that we have<br />

for these special occasions too.<br />

Until next time, happy sewing!<br />

Hantex Team<br />

www.hantex.co.uk<br />

www.modernsewingstartshere.co.uk<br />

Subscribe and never miss the latest copy of <strong>Modern</strong> <strong>Sewing</strong> <strong>Starts</strong> <strong>Here</strong> - click here<br />


Liesl + Co.<br />

Liesl’s new autumn collection includes three great new patterns:<br />

The Amarena Dress makes a relaxed, classic pull-on dress with a gentle A-line shape, V-neck, and cup sizes for easy fitting.<br />

Make with cuffed short sleeves, flattering shawl collar, and shaped welt pockets or with bracelet-length sleeves and curved side<br />

pockets. This dress is easy to wear and great for layering in cooler weather. The pattern also includes a bonus cut line to make a<br />

top if you eliminate the pockets.<br />

The Antwerp Pullover is a dressy twist on the classic hoodie. Both views have a slightly cropped and boxy shape with a V-neck,<br />

front kangaroo pocket, and a curved longer back hem for extra coverage. Make with a button or snap plackets at the side seams<br />

and a lined three-piece hood, or with side seams (no buttons) and a classic one-piece collar. It can be sewn from heavier woven<br />

or stable knit fabrics.<br />

The Kyoto Dress is a body-grazing and semi-fitted with a V-neck dress that is both elegant and contemporary. Details include a<br />

curved waist seam, front and back darts for shaping, an inverted box pleat at the<br />

centre-front skirt, and short and long-sleeve options. This pattern includes cup<br />

sizes A/B, C and D and an invisible zipper at the back.<br />

All of the sewing patterns above come in sizes 0-20.<br />

To find your nearest stockist of Liesl + Co. – click here<br />

New apparel pattern releases to fill your wardrobe!<br />

Style Arc<br />

The Lodden Trousers pattern features a wide-leg elastic waist pull-on pair of<br />

trousers that sit comfortably on the natural waist with stylish angled inseam<br />

pockets. Make this pattern in washed linen, crepe, viscose and fine wool. The<br />

pattern comes in sizes 4-16 and 18-<strong>30</strong>.<br />

To find your nearest stockist of Style Arc sewing patterns – click here<br />

Check out the free-to-use resource listing of the very best Indie patterns and filter by fabric, garment, brand<br />

or skill level by visiting www.hantex.co.uk

Made By Rae<br />

The Emerald Dress is an intermediate-level pattern for a simple bias-cut<br />

shift dress or top. The garment is composed of four main panels and is<br />

finished with facings to highlight the elegant V-shaped neckline and curved<br />

hem, and is finished with pockets and an optional sash. The pattern comes<br />

in an extended size range and can comfortably fit hip measurements of 34-<br />

61 with 6-8 of ease, and chest measurements of 34-60 with 2-3 of ease.<br />

Sew in light to medium-weight woven fabric with drape, such as linen and<br />

linen blends, loose-weave cotton, cotton double gauze, rayon lawn, Tencel<br />

twill, and other rayon/viscose blends.<br />

To view this latest pattern and more from Made by Rae - click here<br />

Chalk +<br />

Notch<br />

Chalk + Notch has two new patterns available:<br />

The Shay Dress is a woven maxi dress with a<br />

wide scoop neck and fitted bodice. The skirt has<br />

three gathered tiers and its puff sleeves finish at<br />

the elbow. This pattern can also be made into<br />

a tank top, and it comes in sizes 0-<strong>30</strong>, with four<br />

bust cup options.<br />

The Isle Jeans pattern has a high-waisted<br />

stretch denim jean. The waist is fitted with six<br />

darts and finished with a waistband facing.<br />

Make as a fitted option that sits just past the<br />

knee with a flare leg or that’s fitted through the<br />

upper hips and has a relaxed through the thigh<br />

with a wide leg. Both views have front and back<br />

patch pockets. Now just choose your favourite<br />

stretch denim or stretch cord to make them! This<br />

pattern comes in sizes 0-<strong>30</strong>.<br />

To find your nearest stockist of Chalk + Notch –<br />

click here

Cashmerette<br />

Mix and match your way to a knit wardrobe with the Grafton<br />

Dress, Top, Skirt Mix and Match Pack. This curve-friendly<br />

sewing pattern comes with cup sizes C-H and multiple bodice,<br />

skirt, sleeve, and neckline options to make more than 400 knit<br />

dresses, skirts, and tops. Sew a casual skater dress, trendy<br />

asymmetrical skirt, glamorous gown, elevated tee or retro<br />

frock, and more. The pattern comes in sizes 0-16 and 12-32.<br />

To find your nearest stockist of Cashmerette sewing patterns<br />

– click here<br />

Sew<br />

Liberated<br />

We have two new patterns available from Sew Liberated:<br />

The Studio Tunic is a pinafore-style top that takes layering to<br />

a new level. The utilitarian stitching makes for a durable, weareverywhere<br />

garment that allows you to be hands-free and ready<br />

for adventure! With roomy pockets for all the treasures and tools<br />

that you need in the kitchen, studio, garden or hiking trail.<br />

The Limestone Leggings and Top are knit foundation garments<br />

that are great for every season. With multiple views and leg<br />

lengths, this activewear workhorse is perfect for lots of activities.<br />

It’s super quick to sew. Both these patterns come in sizes 0-32.<br />

To find your nearest stockist of Sew Liberat4d sewing patterns –<br />

click here


Look no sleeves<br />


Vests and waistcoats are another trend that is perfect for this time of the year and are<br />

easy to style and wear. This sleeveless style is typically worn as a layering piece to<br />

provide extra warmth but we are also seeing it as a standalone top too!<br />


Sew this pattern in light to medium-weight woven fabrics like cotton, linen,<br />

wool, corduroy, and twill.<br />

Sand and Cream<br />

Stretch Twill from the<br />

Attica Collection by<br />

Modelo Fabrics<br />

To view - click here<br />


The Pika Vest is the perfect garment<br />

for your wardrobe. Wear it over shirts,<br />

T-shirts, or alone as a top. The front hem<br />

is pointed and the back hem is slightly<br />

longer than the back, with decorative<br />

welts, princess seams, back darts, and a<br />

shaped back seam. The inside has lining<br />

and facings. Make the Pika vest with<br />

woven fabric. The pattern comes in sizes<br />

0-24 (<strong>30</strong>-54 EUR).<br />

To see more sewing patterns from<br />

Wardrobe By Me - click here<br />

Airforce Blue<br />

and Taupe<br />

Bengaline from the<br />

Murra Collection by<br />

Modelo Fabrics<br />

To view - click here<br />

Dark and Light Grey<br />

Washed Linen from<br />

the Carlow Collection<br />

by Modelo Fabrics<br />

To view - click here<br />

To view the full range of Modelo Fabrics - click here


Grainline Studio’s Tamarack Jacket<br />

Jacqui Smith<br />

Quilted vests and gilets are being featured in most retailers’ Autumn / Winter ranges this year,<br />

and why not? … they’re a perfect garment for layering in our unpredictable weather. Just as<br />

easy over a T-shirt, as they are over a woollen jumper, vests are perfect for this time of year. So<br />

which pattern to choose and what fabric to use?<br />

My pattern choice<br />

The Tamarack Jacket pattern by Grainline is a really practical<br />

jacket that includes instructions on how to quilt your own fabric.<br />

However, it can also be easily adapted to work with already<br />

quilted polyester fabrics. This jacket pattern has full-length<br />

sleeves, so to make it sleeveless, I lowered the bottom of the<br />

armsyce by 1½in and re-drew the curve. I also used the view<br />

without buttons as I wanted to make it an open front gilet<br />

without any fastenings.<br />

My fabric choice<br />

I used Modelo Fabrics’ new Macklin range from Modelo Fabrics.<br />

This quilted puffa fabric is great for making a gilet. In addition<br />

to this ready-quilted fabric, I also used one of the new 2.5-inch<br />

binding fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics. This one is from the<br />

new range called Duval that is due into retailers at the end of<br />

October. The fabric is printed in 2.5-inch strips, with cut lines in<br />

between. Each strip is printed with a different design on each<br />

side so you can choose which one to use. I opted to use the<br />

cream print as it coordinated perfectly with my jacket fabric.<br />

The pattern suggests bias binding as it has to work around<br />

quite a few curves, but I found that the straight-cut Art Gallery<br />

Fabrics binding worked perfectly and laid flat around all the<br />

curves, probably due to to high thread count of the Pima<br />

cotton (think how good Art Gallery Fabrics’ cotton is for paper<br />

piecing and you’ll appreciate why this works!).

My tips for making<br />

Depending on the fabric you use, it may be<br />

better to use clips rather than pins as the holes<br />

may show.<br />

I also found that it’s easier to do all the sewing<br />

with a walking foot.<br />

One of the features of this pattern is the welt<br />

pockets, I used the same binding for the pocket<br />

welts and cut these carefully to ensure that the<br />

pattern was lined up to match the bindings. I<br />

used the quilted fabric for the back of the pocket<br />

and a lighter cotton for the pocket lining, this<br />

meant that the pockets were not too thick, but<br />

the inside of the jacket all matched.<br />

One important key detail in the pattern which<br />

should not be missed even when using prequilted<br />

fabric is to sew around the edge of each<br />

garment piece once cut out! This should be<br />

around ¼in in from the edge, this will not be seen<br />

in the finished garment as it is inside the seam<br />

allowance but it stabilises each piece before<br />

sewing them together.<br />

I opted to overlock my seams inside but it would<br />

be a nice feature to bind them in matching<br />

binding.<br />

In total, the sleeveless vest used 1.5m of the<br />

quilted fabric and there is enough of this left over<br />

to make a tote-type bag which is also an on-trend<br />

item this year. If you do wish to make this jacket<br />

using the pattern I used, the links below will take<br />

you to the products and a list of stockists.<br />



The Tamarack Jacket is designed with the<br />

transitional seasons in mind, it’s a warm and stylish<br />

quilted coat that’s perfect for spring and autumn<br />

layering. There are two quilting designs included,<br />

or you can design your own to make your jacket<br />

totally original to you! Techniques involved include<br />

straight seams, basic quilting, sewing darts,<br />

inserting welt pockets, and applying bias binding.<br />

The pattern comes in sizes 0-18 and 14-<strong>30</strong>.<br />

To view this pattern and others from Grainline<br />

Studio – click here<br />


Jacqui chose to make her<br />

jacket in Cream Straight Satin<br />

Quilted Poly from the Macklin<br />

collection by Modelo Fabrics.<br />

This fabric is a perfect choice<br />

for jackets and coats and is<br />

available in two quilting styles<br />

(onion and straight line) and<br />

two finishes (matt and satin),<br />

To view the complete range<br />

from Modelo – click here




A quilted garment like a jacket or coat is perfect for keeping out the cold,<br />

Julie Bonnar at The Pattern Pages shares some tips for working with<br />

pre-quilted fabrics<br />

Finding fabric<br />

Buying pre-quilted fabric makes sewing these sorts of garments quicker and easier.<br />

There are also lots of colours and weights to choose from and some pre-quilted<br />

fabrics are double-sided. They are made from two layers of fabric with a layer of<br />

wadding, wool, or fleece sandwiched in the centre.<br />

Modelo has just launched a range of pre-quilted fabrics made from 65% polyester and<br />

35% polyamide. The Macklin Quilted Puffa Fabric collection is a popular choice for<br />

making lightweight jackets and gilets. It’s available in a matt and satin finish with two<br />

styles of quilting, onion and straight line.<br />

To view the full range of colours - click here<br />

Choosing a pattern<br />

It’s best to opt for a simple style that has only a few pattern pieces as using pre-quilted<br />

fabric can add extra bulk to your garment and reduce its drape. Oversized, and gilet<br />

styles work really well. Always check the finished garment measurements and make a<br />

size larger, it’s easier to make it smaller if you need to.<br />

Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio<br />

Hovea Jacket from Megan Nielsen<br />

Jacket from Basics Range from Folkwear

Walking Foot<br />

Special tools<br />

• A walking or Teflon foot is a must! It will help you keep all the layers<br />

aligned and stop the fabric from sticking to the presser foot.<br />

TIP: A strip of wash tape placed at the bottom, left and right of the lower<br />

surface of the presser will help the fabric glide through.<br />

• Start with a new Universal or Microtex needle size 80 or 90.<br />

• A damp pressing cloth is handy if you need to press the fabric. Test on a<br />

fabric scrap before pressing your garment.<br />

• Use a sew-all thread that’s similar to the fabric.<br />

Teflon Foot<br />

Scanfil Organic<br />

Low-lint Cotton<br />

Prym Microtex Needles<br />

<strong>Sewing</strong> tips<br />

Always pre-wash your fabric. Lower<br />

temperatures are best .<br />

Cut out pattern pieces on single<br />

layers of the fabric to avoid any<br />

slippage, and use quilting clips<br />

rather than pins.<br />

Test your sewing on a fabric scrap .<br />

Always pin, baste and sew only then!<br />

For thicker fabrics like this, always<br />

increase the stitch length.<br />

Hold the fabric steady at the front<br />

and back whilst sewing and gently<br />

ease it through. You will be able to<br />

feel if there is a problem very quickly.<br />

Many pre-quilted fabrics are mainly<br />

synthetic fibres so always press with<br />

the iron on the lowest heat setting.<br />

Finish all raw edges with bias<br />

binding either handmade or readymade.<br />

This can be matching or<br />

contrasting and you also can choose<br />

what width you’d like to use.

A popular choice for jackets and coats,<br />

Modelo Macklin Quilted Puffa Fabric<br />

is available with two styles of quilting,<br />

onion and straight line and both a matt<br />

and satin finish<br />

Visit www.hantexonline.co.uk/macklin<br />

for more colours & stockists

WHAT’S NEW: Elevate your binding experience!<br />


Art Gallery Fabrics has just introduced its new 2.5 edition<br />

Binding Collection. Created with quilters in mind, this new<br />

fabric type is made of pre-marked 2½in strips of fabric that run<br />

selvedge to selvedge which can be folded in half and used<br />

for binding quilts. It is available in lots of styles with different<br />

motifs on each side that quilters can use in new creative ways<br />

to do their binding and is made from the same exceptional<br />

premium cotton base that Art Gallery Fabrics are renowned for.<br />

This unique concept allows you to have fabric by the metre but<br />

the prints have been designed to allow sewers to cut bindings<br />

quickly and easily.<br />


• Ready to use as is!<br />

• 20 new and original styles and designs to choose from<br />

• 2-4 designs on each strip<br />

• Quilters can bind their quilts with the style they love<br />

• Made to match AGF’s fabric collections<br />

• Available from late October<br />

• Sold by the yard and 10 and 15 yards bolts<br />

All you have to do is cut on the pre-marked lines, fold and bind from the side you love the most. Binding has never been so much<br />

fun! It’s perfect for lots of quilting and sewing projects including piping! The big decision is which one to choose!<br />

To find out more about Art Gallery Fabrics 2.5 <strong>Edition</strong> Binding- click here

Focus on<br />


The latest fabric collections for<br />

the season ahead!<br />

The newest collections from<br />

Art Gallery Fabrics:<br />

Carolina Better in Plaid Night Wing Haven Splash<br />


This collection has been designed by Bari J who took her inspiration<br />

for this new collection from the opulent botanicals and welcoming<br />

hospitality of the charming southern city that she now calls home,<br />

Charlotte. With dramatic displays of lush blooming botanicals in<br />

vibrant shades of cornflower blue, green clover and rich violets, this<br />

collection is sure get your creative juices flowing!<br />

Snip in Style<br />

Thimble Lane Gold<br />


The name of this collection says it all. We all love to<br />

express our love of sewing and everything crafty and<br />

these fun prints from this AGF Studio fabric collection<br />

have some playful sewing details that are pictureperfect<br />

and will portray your love for sewing.<br />

Tailor Made<br />

Feminine Form<br />

Happiness is Handmade Panel

Ornate Foliage Berry<br />

Wintersweet<br />

Growing Buds Sunshine<br />

Nesting Season Night<br />


Like nature’s promise of new beginnings comes this vibrant and life-blooming collection of floral and fauna motifs. This rich range<br />

is full of alluring opulent botanicals and hues of fresh colours that hint at life starting to bloom while cool temperatures remind us<br />

there will be more days filled with sunshine ahead.<br />


This collection by Katarina Roccella will take you into an<br />

enchanted winter wonderland that’s inspired by Nordic<br />

Holiday traditions and celebrate cherished memories. Winter<br />

wishes fall like snowflakes in this nostalgic holiday collection<br />

in shades of peppermint, blushing pinks and rich shades of<br />

spruce and ruby. Get cosy with timeless prints that celebrate<br />

the merriest time of the year.<br />

To find a stockist near you of the latest Art Gallery<br />

Fabrics collections - click here<br />

All AGF collections<br />

contain 100% premium<br />

cottons but many also<br />

have rayon, flannel, knit<br />

and canvas options<br />

The latest from Fableism:<br />

Morro Bay<br />

Pan Dulce<br />

Pepper<br />

Terracotta<br />


The Sprout Wovens collection comes in a perfect earthy colour palette and is yarn-dyed 100% cotton. Picked with the naturalist in<br />

mind, the colours are inspired by the earth’s abundant natural beauty. The small woven ‘x’ gives the fabric just the right amount of<br />

texture to make any quilt or garment interesting while keeping things classic and simple at the same time.<br />

To view the 37 beautiful pastel colours in this collection from Fableism - click here


We pair up autumnal fabrics with sewing patterns to layer up and transcend<br />

the season<br />

Cambria Duster from Friday Pattern Co. - click here + Russet<br />

Boiled Wool from the Cairn collection from Modelo - click here<br />

This Russet-coloured wool is perfect to make an unlined<br />

edge-to-edge jacket or coat. The Cambria Duster is a<br />

versatile and staple autumn piece that’s ideal for throwing<br />

on to take the children to school, running errands or<br />

popping out for a coffee with friends. It has a dramatic,<br />

wide-draped shawl-style collar and is shin-length.<br />

Harrison Shirt from Cashmerette - click here + Honey Solid<br />

Rayon by AGF in House Studio OR Boteh Flourish from Kindred<br />

designed by Sharon Holland in Rayon for AGF. To see more<br />

Rayon fabric - click here<br />

A fitted shirt that’s perfect for lots of occasions, make it in<br />

a plain fabric for the office, a lovely print for a night out<br />

or even a flannel for the weekend. This button-down shirt<br />

won’t gape over curves! It features double princess seams for<br />

a curve-friendly fit but still has all the features of a classic shirt<br />

like a two-piece collar, yoke, and placket, separate button bands, and<br />

buttoned cuffs. This pattern comes in sizes 12-28 with cup sizes C-H.<br />

Autumn is a time for muted yet rich and earthy colours. <strong>Here</strong> is our autumn palette:<br />

✗<br />

Burgundy<br />

✗<br />

Cinnamon<br />

✗<br />

Honey<br />

✗<br />

Tobacco<br />

✗<br />

Patina<br />

✗<br />

Plum<br />

✗<br />

Burnt oranges<br />

✗<br />

Copper<br />

✗<br />

Mustard<br />

✗<br />

Ochre<br />

✗<br />

Rosemary<br />

✗<br />

Sage Green<br />

✗<br />

Caramel<br />

✗<br />

Corn gold<br />

✗<br />

Olive green<br />

✗<br />

Olive<br />

✗<br />

Russet<br />

✗<br />


Esme Maxi Cardigan from Named Clothing - click here + Olive<br />

Heathered Cable Jacquard Knit from the Barso Collection by Modelo<br />

Fabrics - click here<br />

Make a statement with a Jacquard knit. The Esme Maxi Cardigan<br />

is an oversized, super cosy and relaxed maxi cardigan with<br />

chunky button closure, large in-seam front pockets, dropped<br />

shoulders and rolled-up cuffs that emphasise the casual and<br />

carefree look. The pattern comes in sizes XS-XXL.<br />

The Jarrah Sweater from Megan Nielsen – click here + Amaranth<br />

and Cinnamon from Knit Solids by AGF Studio OR Wild Meadow<br />

Blush in Knit from the Botanist AGF. To view more jersey knits<br />

from Art Gallery fabrics - click here<br />

The Jarrah Sweater is a lovely drop-shoulder top with three<br />

stylish options. Choose from a crew or funnel neckline, two<br />

sleeve options and four hem styles. Make with cuffs and a hem<br />

band or a pretty curved hemline and split sleeve hem or waist<br />

tie and cuffs. This sewing pattern comes in sizes 0-20 and is<br />

ideal for plain and patterned knits.<br />

To find more sewing patterns for<br />

Autumn - click here

Time to<br />


Start sewing for your Halloween and Christmas celebrations with these<br />

fabulous fabrics designed especially for the season<br />


Trick or Treat, Peppermint is back! Along with friends,<br />

and the perfect sidekick, this favourite ghoulish squad<br />

makes a surprise visit, returning for the spookiest night<br />

of the year. Dancing bats and glowing jack-o-lanterns<br />

light the way for one last truly spooky‘‘n witchy All<br />

Hallows’ Eve.<br />


In the final tale of the spookiest of seasons, the little witch Peppermint,<br />

and her squad of ghoulish friends, set out on one more night of All<br />

Hallows’ Eve adventure. Through star and bat-filled skies, to hidden<br />

potions and a book of spells, Peppermint and friends enjoy the very<br />

spookiest of Halloween nights!<br />


Autumn is here as the temperatures start to<br />

drop, and the smells of fruit waiting to be<br />

picked, and the sound of crunchy fallen leaves<br />

beneath our shoes are here. Embrace the most<br />

wonderful things that come with this season<br />

in this collection like fall harvests, spices, and<br />

herbs.<br />

To find a stockist near you of the Art Gallery Fabrics collections - click here


Christmas has arrived in the city, and Santa is here to spread merry and<br />

cheer! This AGF Studio collection has a fresh and youthful take on the<br />

most wonderful time of the year when friends and family celebrate this<br />

joyous season with funky ice skates, freshly decorated trees, and of<br />

course, everyone’s favourite Christmas cookies!<br />


Surface Designer Maureen Cracknell brings in festive cheer with<br />

her collection, Cozy & Magical! Celebrating cherished traditions<br />

like decorating the tree with twinkling ornaments, wrapping<br />

presents, and cosy sweaters, these whimsical prints have<br />

everything you need to make holiday sewing magical.<br />


Inspired by Nordic Holiday traditions, this collection is<br />

full of wintry designs and festive cheer. Get cosy with<br />

timeless prints that celebrate the merriest time of the<br />

year. The palette is the perfect colour combination for<br />

your next project.<br />

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Curves<br />

Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts has re-designed her Classic<br />

Curves Ruler, she shares with us its versatility<br />

“The Classic Curves Ruler, designed by Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts, is one ruler<br />

that does the job of many and its versatility makes it a must-have for quilters<br />

who sew curves.”<br />

The original Classic Curves Ruler has<br />

been sold by Hantex for nearly six years<br />

and has become a favourite of quilters<br />

worldwide. The all-new 2023 version of<br />

this ruler is still as versatile, but has some<br />

upgrades and new features, too.<br />

While many quilters are accustomed to<br />

needing a new set of templates each<br />

time they make a different pattern that<br />

includes curved shapes, the Classic<br />

Curves Ruler ends the need for copying<br />

and cutting paper or purchasing a<br />

new template for every new size and<br />

shape they want to sew. The entire ruler<br />

measures 11½in square and features cutout<br />

grooves for cutting curved shapes in<br />

radius sizes ranging from 1½in to 8in.<br />

The clear non-slip backing makes cutting<br />

even easier as you position the ruler and<br />

cut without movement on the fabric.<br />

In addition to the size options (14 sizes in<br />

all), the Classic Curves Ruler can be used<br />

to cut any curved shape a quilter can<br />

imagine. Not just for quarter circles (or<br />

‘drunkards path’), you can use this ruler<br />

to make orange peels, half circles, full<br />

circles, and more.<br />

The new ruler also includes essential<br />

instructions printed directly on the<br />

ruler for quick reference. There are new<br />

graphics to make it easy to see where<br />

to align fabrics for cutting each shape<br />

and separate measurements for full<br />

circles, which require different cutting<br />

measurements than quarter circles and<br />

orange peels.<br />

For cutting shapes 4in and larger, a<br />

standard rotary cutter fits into the cut-out<br />

grooves and makes for smooth and easy<br />

cuts and perfectly accurate shapes.<br />

For the smaller sizes, the cut-out grooves<br />

are slightly wider to accommodate a<br />

marking pencil for marking quilting<br />

patterns and rounded corners, or<br />

creating templates for appliqué or<br />

hand piecing.<br />

The simple concept means almost any<br />

pattern can be adapted to use the ruler<br />

in place of paper cut-out templates.<br />

Due to the unique design and markings,<br />

pieces are cut with precision - including<br />

seam allowance - which makes the next<br />

steps easier too. Seams fit together<br />

smoothly for quick sewing and flat blocks<br />

that need minimal trimming.<br />

To find your local stockist of Color Girl<br />

Quilts – click here

New fabrics for this season<br />

Following Dreams is a<br />

celebration of joyful moments<br />

and emotions that follow once<br />

you start going after your<br />

dreams. No matter how far you<br />

still have to go, beauty and<br />

magic can be found in every<br />

little step of your journey ..…<br />

100% Organic Quilter’s Cotton<br />

Full details & stockists

New fabrics for this season<br />

PIMA Cotton & Flannel<br />

Wander through valleys of<br />

blooming wildflowers and<br />

make a wish to blow the<br />

dandelion seeds away. This<br />

nostalgic, modern vintage<br />

collection by Elizabeth<br />

Chappell features airy florals<br />

and timeless elements with<br />

tints of sweet pinks, creams,<br />

warm blues, and rustic reds.<br />

Full details & stockists

New fabrics for this season<br />

Sanctuary is a celebration of the<br />

preciousness of possessions,<br />

nature, and the concept of<br />

‘home’ - things which have<br />

become particularly important to<br />

all of us in recent years. Louise<br />

wanted the range to have a<br />

sense of calm and contentment,<br />

and she hopes this comes<br />

across.…<br />

100% Organic Quilter’s Cotton<br />

Full details & stockists

New fabrics for this season<br />

PIMA Cotton, Rayon, Flannel<br />

and Canvas<br />

Boldest indigo, cool denim and<br />

crisp cobalts create an eye<br />

catching display in this<br />

curated collection of True<br />

Blues. From cheery summer<br />

skies to tranquil sapphire seas,<br />

this balanced collection of<br />

blissful botanicals will<br />

captivate your imagination<br />

Full details & stockists

New fabrics for this season<br />

Wild Things groups the various<br />

creatures and gives them a<br />

home in their natural habitat:<br />

The arid plains of Africa, the<br />

vast and icy ocean, traditional<br />

farm life, and the cool deep<br />

woods.<br />

100% Organic Quilter’s Cotton<br />

Full details & stockists


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