Thursday, June 2, 2016

Eclectic Elements Correspondence

Hi all! I promised you a post about our Eclectic Elements samples- so here it is!  First of all, Tim wrote a great post last week about the fabric and the show.  He has some great pictures of the set up and the finished booth.  You can see that here if you missed it.
If you have followed our fabric journey you might notice that our little clipboard wall keeps getting bigger!  In fact in the fall we will add 8 more to the Correspondence collection so we're going to need 8 more clipboards!
Our wood pallet wall that Art built was just amazing...Tim and I were able to junk it up, because you know... that's our specialty.
We had many great samples made for the show, including the Envelope Tote and the "Fly" stretched block by Amy Friend.  Amy has a new book called Intentional Piecing which includes the Transatlantic Quilt that these two blocks are based on. 
This is a great little carry all bag.  It has pockets inside that can hold a notebook or Kindle.  Don't you love that airmail stripe as the binding?
Jen made a couple of clothing items for us...this boys vest and bow tie was a show favorite.
She also made a toddler size dress.  How cute is that?  Again, that airmail stripe is a winner!
We had some great pillows made...instructions for the Special Delivery Pillow will be posted on the Coats website soon.
The woven pillow Richele made had many people asking "how'd she do that?".  If you want to see how she created it and the tool she used, you can check it out here.
Craft Thread
We released craft thread or as I like to call it, hand stitching thread.  The photo below shows standard cotton thread that you would use in a sewing machine on the right and the new craft thread on the left.  It's 100% cotton with a glace finish for smooth tangle free stitching.
I thought I'd share a few projects that show the thread in action like these pieced pincushions made by Richele.
Richele also made this darling stitched purse.  Such great details with the little french knot flowers, vintage buttons and lace. 
This purse made by Patty was created by piecing multiple fabrics together and adding blue linen to the bottom as well as the strap.  Patty used fussy cut pieces of the fabric to add patches at the top of the bag.  She also cut tiny round fabric pieces and made them into flowers with french knots as the center.  If you are interested in the base pattern you can find it at The Fat Quarter Shop.
click on the picture to see the stitching details
One of the things she added was this cute fabric patch on the inside of the bag.  Love that kind of detail!
The thread will be available in 3 assortments with 4 spools of 50yds each.  I know there has already been a lot of talk about the thread so as soon as I know the release date I will let everyone know. 
We introduced metal hardware in both gunmetal and a tarnished brass finished.
This Padded Camera Pouch (from Michele's Patterns) was made by Sharon.  Super cute with the added d-ring and small swivel clip on the side.
A small size buckle and soft leather strapping was used to create a closure on this idea-ology Worn Cover that has been covered in fabric.
This cute bag made by Sharon is also from Michele's Patterns (Idea pouch).  We changed it up a bit to add leather strapping and hardware to the front.
Heavyweight Zippers
The gunmetal zippers come in 3 sizes, 9", 14", 24" with 9" having the most color choice. 
Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the samples made for Quilt Market.  I hope this is the inspiration you need to break out the sewing machine this summer and sew! 
now carry on,


  1. such gorgeousness! I love layers in paper crafting and I am loving the layers in many of these stitched pieces as well!
    I LOVE the metal hardware! I am soooo going to have to do a purse up in some of Tim's delicious fabrics and metals! TFS :D

  2. Love seeing the projects up close. Excited about the thread. Makes me want to brush up on my embroidery skills. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Beautiful ! Thanks for sharing. That postal stripe is so sharp. Love it.

  4. So impressive! I just love to see your booths. They are so very inspiring. And yes, it makes me want to pull out the sewing machine and make something other than a Halloween costume!!

  5. Everything is so perfect! It's always fun seeing what everyone creates, so thank you for sharing the pics. See you Saturday!

  6. thanks for all the pictures! You guys do great work. I was hoping to find a big picture of that beautiful quilt that graced one of the wall of the book with all the points. Did anyone have a good picture of it or did I miss where the pattern might be? I think it might be too complicated for me but OMGee it was gorgeous!!

    1. Here is the pattern

  7. How heavenly! Loving browsing through all those gorgeous and varied samples. The hand stitching has me drooling xx

  8. stunning samples Paula...a stitching wonderland...hugs kath xxx

  9. What a gorgeous fabric line, love that airmail stripe! Fabulous new additions with the hand sewing thread, hardware and zippers and what amazing creations from all of the very talented seamstresses, I can only dream of being able to sew like that! Thanks so much for sharing all of these wonderful pictures Paula, Deb xo

  10. Thanks for the link in the comment above to the large quilt sample (I was curious, too). The detail on Patty's purse just makes my heart sing! All of the show samples are terrific but your lampshade was missing. Some years ago, it was possible to purchase new, old-fashioned (think Victorian), lampshade frames and I covered a number of them with fabric and long, flapper-style fringe. What I remember most was the difficulty measuring, stretching and pinning the fabric to get it nice and taut. Thank goodness for thimbles!

    I also have to say how I cherish my spool of Hy-Mark 25 heavy-duty and very thick cotton thread that came from my great aunt's sewing stash. It's quite old but in like-new condition and perfect for hand-sewn details plus a lot of other things. It's truly brilliant to add thread with these qualities to the collection this year.

  11. some truly beautiful makes - a feast for the eyes x

  12. Such stunning samples! Love them all the the new fabrics are wonderful. What a great idea to add thread to the line too.