A Week of Simply Retro

Camille Roskelley is quite the popular designer—and with good reason: her quilts are gorgeous! No matter what fabrics you print, her mix of the modern and the traditional guarantees that the quilts you make from her patterns will be timeless and beautiful, too.

So I wasn’t really surprised when I stumbled across three quilts from Simply Retro in the blogosphere last couple weeks, all from different people and all gorgeous works of art.

First was Betsy, our manufacturing manager, and her rendition of the pattern Framed. She used a layer cake of Mod Century by Jenn Ski for Moda. This cheerful view greeted us all when we walked in the office on Monday.


Next, I had a post on my personal blog about the pattern Fresh, my latest work-in-progress quilt. I used various low-volume, sorbet-colored scraps from my stash to give it a light, summery feel.


Imagine my surprise when I received a comment from Jeanette saying that she was making a Camille Roskelley quilt as well, and had posted her progress on her blog. She recognized my quilt as also being from Simply Retro on the WIP Wednesday link up post over at Freshly Pieced! She called her quilt Sweets, but I think it follows the Framed pattern Isn’t it pretty? So different from Betsy’s, but still so lovely.

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So, there you have it. A week of Simply Retro projects! Anyone else working on projects from Simply Retro? Let us know in the comments or show us your photos on our Instagram. Share the Roskelley prettiness around!

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The Possibilities Are Endless With kraft•tex

How do I love thee, kraft•tex, let me count the ways: you are durable, flexible, wash-able, paint-able, dye-able, stamp-able, TAP-able, sew-able, emboss-able, fold-able…I’m sure you get the idea.

You can make almost anything with this stuff. And that’s what you get to see in kraft•tex Style.

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For example, the Penobscot Bay Travel Journal by Normajean Brevik. It’s an easy-to-make travel journal with a painted exterior. kraft•tex takes paint beautifully, and because it is so durable, you know that this travel journal will stand up to many journeys.

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The make-up bag by Marie Z. Johansen also speaks to me. Marie used COLORHUE Instant Set Dye and Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) to make this handy little zippered pouch.

If you want to use the kraft•tex au natural, you can make any of the projects in the book without the painting or dyeing; kraft•tex has a wonderful finish all on it’s own.

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 4.58.47 PMThe Tri-Color Tote by Betsy La Honta uses all 3 available colors of kraft•tex. It’s handy, durable, and very sophisticated.

 You can easily embellish kraft•tex by hand.

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 5.01.43 PMPocket Folders by Rachel Gander (Rabbit embroidery design by Marisa Ann of Andover Fabrics and Creative Thursday)

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And it’s really easy to sew through by machine.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 5.05.06 PMIndestructible Yoga Mat Sling by Carrie Bloomston

So, you have no excuses. What are you waiting for?

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Mother’s Day Giveaway!



Are you on Instagram? Enter our Instagram giveaway! We’re giving away a special book and fabric package to one lucky winner AND their favorite mother! Simply follow us on Instagram @ctpublishing, post a photo of a mom that you admire, tag her, and use #ctpubgiveaway. Winners will both receive a copy of “A Month of Sundays”, “Fresh Family Traditions”, “Sweet Celebrations”, and a bundle of Moda Fabrics United Notions fabric. Open to US residents only. Winners will be chosen on May 9, 2014!

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Baby Boutique E-Book Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to Lynette Kaufmann on winning the Baby Boutique E-Book by Sue Kim from Jennifer Sampou‘s Shimmer Blog Tour! We’d love to see your project(s) that you’ll make from this book!

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Week In Review: Instagram Style


 From top to bottom, left to right:

1. We were so excited to see Kelly McCants on Virginia This Morning talking about At Home With Modern June, and sharing a DIY demo from her book! Check it out here.

2. The stunning “Pennsylvania Garden” quilt by Karla Menaugh from Emporia Rose Appliqué Quilts.

3. A little gremlin (design from Sock It To Me) that sits atop our Managing Editor’s desk.

4. A colorful hot pad is the perfect DIY project to add some fun to your kitchen! We love this design from Stitch ‘n Swap!

5. We were thrilled to see this shining spotlight on the fabulous Rashida Coleman-Hale in Interweave Stitch magazine!

6. Getting inspired to make a children’s quilt with this adorable elephant fabric from Robert Kaufman.

7. Preparing a big stack of Angela Walters‘ Free-Motion Quilting Workbook for her book signing at Quilt Market! Stop by the Handi Quilter booth 1827 at 2PM on 5/17/14 to have your book signed!

8. Behind the scenes: shooting some images of a beautiful necklace for Sew Can She‘s upcoming Just For You-Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers release!

9. The winning Cat Vent Quilt Along quilt project from our very first Instagram giveaway!

 Want to see more sewing, quilting, and behind the scenes projects? Follow @ctpublishing on Instagram for all of the latest C&T Publishing updates!

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