City Weekend by Oliver + S + FUN!

We have a newbie in the house today, well a newbie at least for designing fabrics for Moda... it's Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S.  She's been around our world for a bit now, more specifically designing children's patterns.  Turns out she's a natural at designing fabric also, as her new line City Weekend turned out to be a real hit... well definitely not rock and roll type hit, but you'll know what I mean in just one second...  

Do you ever imagine your perfect weekend? City Weekend is about my perfect weekend here in New York, where I live. I would wake up on Saturday morning in my make-believe downtown loft, roll out of bed, and pop down to the corner bakery for a pastry and a coffee. Then I would decide what to do with the rest of my day: maybe take a stroll through the neighborhood park before stopping into a bookstore to browse the titles, meet a friend for lunch, take a nap on the sofa with the newspaper, or go for a bike ride along the river.

The color palette for the fabrics features clear, vibrant colors like blue, turquoise, red, and yellow-orange, with supporting shades of pink and green. The prints are intentionally relaxed and calm to suit the inspiration, ranging from the large Park Ramble branch pattern with plenty of open space (the kind of space you can only find in a park when you’re in the city); to Corner Florist, a scattered bouquet of blossoms; to the more orderly but still wild Treetop with its graphic pattern of autumn leaves.

Ice Cream Dress Pattern

City Weekend includes plenty of smaller patterns, too, since it’s much easier to mix patterns when some of them work more like solids. The Roundabout Dots print works beautifully with many of the patterns, as do the simple and tiny Cafe Dots, picking up the colors in the patterns without grabbing too much attention for themselves. The Urban Grid and Street Stripe work equally well for boys and girls and lend a quiet calm to the collection.

City Weekend Moda Quilt Kit

The quality of the fabric itself is very luxurious: light, smooth, and soft, suiting the fabrics beautifully to clothing (of course), quilts, and all sorts of projects. I designed the City Weekend quilt pattern specifically to feature these fabrics, and Moda has produced a quilt kit for the pattern.

City Weekend also includes interlock knits. This is a wonderful quality of knit that is unlike any other currently in the market. It’s substantial and soft. If you’ve felt the hand on knit fabrics before and haven’t been impressed, I encourage you to try this quality. It will change your mind about sewing with knits.

If you’re looking for things to make from the knits. I recommend our new Hopscotch Dress or Top, the Nature Walk Pants (more about these later), and the Bedtime Story Pajamas, which were actually written for woven fabrics but make up beautifully in knits as well.

I hope you’ll enjoy these fabrics! And may your ideal weekend come true for you.

- Liesl Gibson


So apparently everyone gets another chance at the Red Rose Farm giveaway!  One of the FQB's was not claimed...

so the new winner is....

Barb in Mi

"For Red Rose Farm
I'd give my arm.

Some dots and some flowers
Will release quilting powers

To create and design
The quilt will be mine.

I need to succeed
Or I will delete

This attempt of a rhyme
That makes you all whine...

What fun - Thanks for the opportunity!"

Congratulations!  To claim your prize email "Stephanie[at]fatquartershop[dot]com with your shipping information.  You have till Monday Oct. 18 @ midnight CST.


Of course not to mention the candy bars of fabrics inside... Well remember how I told everyone to keep their eyes open, because we just might do another giveaway with it.. 

Well today's your lucky day! With Halloween coming up we have not one, but TWO more tins to play with... thats a total of 4 candy bars!  One tin has two candy bars of City Weekend..

and the other- two bars of Bliss!

So given the holiday, the contest will revolve around it..  

Pick which of these two lines you would like... AND tell me what kind of costume you would make/design out of it.  

Creativity matters here! :-)

This contest will close Tuesday Oct. 19 @ midnight CST. 

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