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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stash- Elvis On Tour

I bought this fabric collection titled "Elvis On Tour" for my stash. Love this fabric- my mom is the biggest Elvis fan. Maybe I should have said was because
she's pretty hooked on George Strait too.
But I saw it and had to have it. We grew up on Elvis music and I like to listen to Sirius channel 13 when I'm on the road.

Great fabric.

Friday, February 24, 2012

New Fabric- MM Botanika Wing Study by Paula Prass

This is our new fabric in the etsy store. It is also by Michael Miller. To see the full collection of the Botanika fabrics go here. This is the Wing Study Meadows colorway and it has oranges, yellows, greens and reds. The Pastille colorway has pastels in pink, yellow, green and such. It is one of several new fabrics that we have seen that have a strong "nature journal" type feel.

This Chevron stripe is one of the coordinates with this fabric but I don't know-- I would have a hard time using them together.

This the pattern called Lattice.

These are the 2 chevrons that I have in my own stash and the top one is the same colorway as the Wing Study shown above. It is not shown on their website. The lower Chevron is from the Pastille Colorway and was great to edge my mom's quilt for Christmas.

We have a whole bolt of the Wing Study just waiting for you.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Fabric- MM Yule Trees

I know it seems wayyyyyy to early to be thinking about Christmas Holidays Fabric but you gotta get while you can. This is Michael Miller's Yule Trees. 100%cotton. There are a lot of fabrics that blend and coordinate with this one. The dots shown are a few we have in our etsy shop.
These are also Michael Miller prints so the colors will match up.

Red- That's it Dot

Santa Play Dot- Our #1 fabric for the holidays last year so we are stocking up early.

Candy Pink Dumb Dot

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fabric Frenzy

From time to time I go on a fabric frenzy. Buying fabrics for my stash. It could be most anything.
For example this combo. The purple wiener dog- I just had to have it and the other fabric is a purple fleece. Purple is not my color but I like the combination.

And who can resist a purple wiener dog?

Cupcake Love!

This is a cupcake bundle listing for etsy. This is to celebrate our 100th sale that
we had yesterday. Yippee!
I like coordinating fabrics to work together with other notions so we put this colorful
and yummy combination together.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Sock Monkey

A few posts back I posted about a sock monkey pattern for free. So I went and got some socks.
This is actually 1 of each of 2 different pairs.
I followed the directions and tried not to stray off in my own little world- as I am prone to do at times and not read the directions.

And it took a while- probably about 1 hour to cut and sew since I was learning as I went and then about 1 hour to stuff- but I did it while watching tv- so maybe not that long. It was frustrating because I could not get the fluff to be smooth. I understand the concept of a thick work sock now.

I think "she's" cute. But as I was working on her I was thinking of ways to change the pattern. I cannot help myself it is something I always do.

So I have already cut another one and will post it when I get it finished up. If you have made a sock monkey (by any pattern or your own) please send us photos and we will post.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

100th Sale Celebration

We have just listed a special listing in our Etsy shop in honor of our 100th Sale!

If you make the purchase of the 100th sale you will receive a special BONUS with your purchase!

Hurry on over and maybe you will be the lucky buyer :-)

Thanks for all of your business and for referring all of your friends....

We have just listed several new fabrics -- Check it out :-)

Meadow Wing Study by Michael Miller

Yule Trees Multi by Michael Miller

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Follow-up with Customcutees

We previously posted some photos of a dress our customer customcutees had made using a selection of Christmas Fabrics from the shop. She since bought a new camera and wanted to show off her skills. Again, the dress is amazing and photos are great too.

If you have anything made you'd like to share with us, just send a photo and we'd love to share it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

New Fabric- MM Frieda Frill Mud

This is our newest fabric in our etsy shop. It is from Michael Miller's new line of fabrics called Urban Grit. This is Frieda Frill Mud. We have it listed for $8.25 a yard and we have 15 yards available. You can see the entire collection here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A New Color? Citrine

Things change from time to time and I am always curious as to what happened. I noted before that the process is actually as interesting to me as the result. I started seeing the word Citrine used in regards to fabric color. So I was curious about this-- Citrine is a rare variety of quartz. The color ranges from a pale yellow to brownish. The name "Citrina" is derived from Latin which means yellow. Here's the stone. Very nice.
And here are some examples of fabric with the descriptive as having "citrine" as one of the colors. This is just me but I think that it is a gimmick to get around using yellow. I mean yellow is much more "common". I checked on etsy today and there were 23,959 items for citrine and 583,131 for yellow.

I actually like the color- yellow or citrine- either way. I especially like it paired with grey and we are seeing this combo on alot of new fabrics.

So when you are searching for yellow and can't find what you want- add citrine to your search and see what you get.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Go With The Flow #2

Our next customer to share some skills was Trinketsandtutus. Here are some of the fun and colorful tutus available in her shop. These can be ordered for infants to adults. I'm loving the pirate skirt. Wonder if Jack Sparrow would like it? A girl can daydream can't she?

And here is the one she made using our Santa Play Dot (our #1 fabric during the holidays).

Thank you to our customers for sharing their projects and we will be sharing too as soon as we can get some good photos ;-) . Visit Trinketsandtutus and give up some love.

Go With The Flow

We were going to post some photos of quilts and other goodies we've made but the weather is yucky and rainy and there isn't good natural light for photography (not that we are pros by any means) but we wanted to try to have decent photos.

So we decided to highlight two of our customers that purchased fabric from us for projects and sent us photos. We were excited to see what was being created.

First we have Customcutees and you can see her etsy shop here. She has some serious skills going on and 2 cute live models. Here are some things you can find in her shop-

And she was looking for something over-the-top for her daughter's Christmas dress (she stated everyone always expects something WOW from her) that coordinated. M'Liss Christmas fabric fit the bill for that and this is what she came up with-- we can definitely see the WOW!!

Visit her and give up some love.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Goal: 100 Friends

The 100th person to like our facebook page will get a personalized gift. AND if you refer the 100th person - you will also get a prize. Click here to help us reach our first goal.

Crazy Sock Monkey Love

What is all this crazy sock monkey love about? When we looked at our stats from our etsy shop we were surprised to see that Sock Monkey Fabric in cotton and fleece was our most searched and had our highest sales. We have sold it everywhere and even to Canada (twice). So I decided to do a little looking about these cuties.

These stuffed animals are a mixture of folk art and kitsch in the culture of the US and Canada. Wikipedia states that the most direct predecessor for the sock monkey was in the Victorian era, when there was a craze for stuffed animals from exotic species in Africa.

(Here's the history part- which you can skip if you yawn) In 1869, John Nelson patented the sock-knitting machine and began to manufacture work socks in Rockford, Illinois in 1890. The iconic sock monkeys, made from red-heeled socks, emerged on 1932. What happened in 1932 you may ask? Well it goes like this- Nelson figured out a way to make a seamless heel in his work socks and it was so popular everyone stole his idea. So they came up with the red heel to distinguish their Rockford work sock as the "Original Rockford". During the depression, crafters made sock monkeys out of wornout socks. As always something happens to spoil the fun and in 1951, Nelson discovered their socks were being used to make monkey dolls. They disputed the design patent and in 1955 gained the patent on the sock monkey pattern. They started including a free sock monkey pattern in every purchase of socks.

Time ticks away and in 1980 a company called Marketing Tide of Willoughby Hills, Ohio sold kits with the original Rockfords. In 1992, ABC-TV Network Home Show featured the kit and the sock monkey was back in American Culture.

And now you know.

Not all sock monkeys today are made from Rockfords. A Google search for images reveals 2,100,000 images of sock monkeys in all colors, shapes and sizes. Or check out "The Original Sock Monkey Blog" for sock monkeys from around the world.

And if you want some of your own sock monkey love- visit here for a free sock monkey pattern and instructions. If you make one - share it.

And here is our shameless tie-in......
Our sock monkey fleece and quilters cotton available on etsy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How it Started....

I have always been interested in "The Process". So I thought the first blog post should be about how 2GirlsFabric came to be. Actually it was pretty simple- I (Joy) have always been around a great crafter, artist, seamstress, crochet queen and so on....... my mom. I got my skills from her. But this specific adventure with my best friend (Kim) started with a quilt and a conversation from Debbie Samuelson. Love it!

This wonderful quilt is a rag quilt with wonderful colors. And for some reason, it just was the inspiration to start to sew again. Kim and I are both hoarders of fabric. Joann's is the craft mecca and coupons are like gold. We spend hours on etsy browsing fabric and trends. So that is the short and sweet of it. And the adventure continues..........