Modern Nutcracker Panel Quilt + Tutorial

From Frida to flamingos, fabric company Alexander Henry has earned its title as the reigning king of novelty fabric. Incorporating their quirky prints into my everyday projects is always a fun task, but, for me, using their unique holiday prints is always a treat. Recently, fabric panels have been immensely popular in the sewing industry… Continue reading Modern Nutcracker Panel Quilt + Tutorial

Book Review

Not your Grandma’s Gingerbread Man Garland

Every year, without fail, the holiday season barrels through our lives like a hurricane of lights, ornaments, and festivities. Whether you’re someone who strives for a 100% handmade holiday or someone who sprinkles sewing creativity into a select number of decorations and gifts, it can be hard to meet self-imposed goals starting only a month… Continue reading Not your Grandma’s Gingerbread Man Garland

Pattern Review

A Farrow Dress in Euclid

Here at Urban Spools, we’re huge fans of every pattern that comes out of the powerhouse pattern company, Grainline Studio. Their patterns always feature a simple wearable silhouette  with clever design elements that elevate the garment with details that can’t be found in store-bought garments. Their latest pattern, the Farrow dress, is no exception to the amazing… Continue reading A Farrow Dress in Euclid

Fabric Review · Pattern Review

Lightning Strikes Quilt

If you’ve followed Urban Spools for a while now,  you’ll notice that we’re huge fans of anything produced by designer Carolyn Friedlander. We’ve featured her fabrics and patterns in our store since she ventured into the world of quilting a couple years ago. This  month marks the release of her sixth fabric collection for Robert Kaufman, Friedlander… Continue reading Lightning Strikes Quilt

Pattern Review

Sleepy Sloth Quilt

Portland based quilter and pattern maker Elizabeth Hartman has been making her mark on the modern quilting industry with her adorable and eye-catching animal quilts. Constantly expanding her repertoire, she now has quilt patterns for any animal enthusiast, from foxes to kittens and even the Yeti! I’ve always admired these clever patterns and thought it would… Continue reading Sleepy Sloth Quilt

Book Review

Southwestern Desert Medallion Quilt

I’ll admit that one of my favorite parts about working at Urban Spools is the moment when a box of new fabric or notions arrives at the store. About a year ago, I opened one of these packages and discovered Nancy Purvis’s debut book Quilting from Every Angle.  Flipping through the pages, I was struck by the beautiful… Continue reading Southwestern Desert Medallion Quilt