Jackets and Pillows and Bears, Oh My!

When I introduced my Attic Treasures line at Quilt Market a few years ago, I made a Teddy Bear using a Kwik Sew pattern. The sweet floral fabrics seemed to lend themselves to a cuddly, keepsake bear. Even though I liked him, I was still a little surprised by all the compliments I received on that bear. He was such a hit that I made bears to launch the next line, and the next, and now it’s become a tradition. So when it was time to launch The Steel Collection, naturally I had to include some bears. Aren’t they handsome?

Maybe these aren’t typical teddy bear fabrics, but who says a bear has to be sweet? By changing their fabrics you can completely change their personality, so you can make the perfect bear for everyone from toddlers to college-bound young adults. It’s easy to learn how to sew a teddy bear, especially with a good pattern, and they have nearly universal appeal. Make one for someone you love (or yourself!).

We’ve been talking about the versatility of The Steel Collection. We’ve shown you quilts, bags, and now bears, but there’s so much more you can do with these fabrics. Let’s start with pillows, one of my favorite ways to freshen a room. I love making pillows that coordinate with my quilts, and I make lots of different kinds—tufted, corded, boxed… But pillows don’t have to be complicated: the very simplest styles are fast and easy to make and they add instant “pop” to any room. Here’s a basic pillow we made for Quilt Market., jazzed up with a few giant grommets.  Aren’t they fun?

And how about handmade clothes? My sister Trish made this stunning dress for her daughter, Vicki, using the “Marilyn” pattern from Serendipity Studio. Vicki’s going to look gorgeous when she wears it to accept her Ph.D. this month.

Another place to showcase favorite fabrics is on a stylish jacket.

1) Morninglory Designs San Moritz Jacket  2) Morninglory Designs Saratoga Jacket  3) Morninglory Designs J'Walker Jacket

We found some great jacket designs at Morninglory Designs. You can use a single fabric or piece fabric together into a patchwork. Be creative!

Quilt fabrics are easy to sew, comfortable to wear, carry, or snuggle under, and too beautiful to use only in quilts. I hope you’ll be inspired to let your imagination soar and explore some other great uses for these beautiful fabrics.

Besides quilts, what’s your favorite way to use quilting cottons? Tell us in the comments!