Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

Cabbages & Roses visits the MODA Country Fair

September 23, 2011

It was with great pleasure that Cabbages & Roses were invited to participate in the Moda ‘blog tour’. Christina was invited to take part in the question and answer section of this world wide journey. We would like to thank Cheryl and Lissa for their interesting questions, and Christina for her interesting answers!

What’s your favorite fair food? If not fair, then just food!

The delicious roasted almonds.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Delicious roasted almonds.

What’s on your bucket list?

To paint a picture in oils.

To cross Russia in the Winter on the trans Siberian express.

To own a house overlooking the sea—any sea.

To produce a book about the life of Cabbages & Roses.

What inspires your work?

 Beautiful houses

Beautiful clothes.

The Countryside.
The past.

Women—Especially those who appreciate our style.

Tell us about the time you entered in a fair…

Our only fair is the Moda fair. Kate—my daughter—and I felt like new girls-inexperienced and rather nervous. We were overwhelmed by the scale of the exhibition but immediately, the lovely exhibitors and all the Moda staff very soon made us feel welcome and very special.

State Fairs have become known for what they can FRY?  What would you fry?

Nothing, if I can help it.

What movie do you watch again & again?

The Railway Children, Home Alone 1, Little Women, 39 Steps, The Gathering Storm, The Duchess.

Who would play you in a made for TV Lifetime movie?

Whoopie Goldberg.

What’s on your nightstand?

Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie, a copy of my first book ‘Vintage Chic’ newly published, a vase of sweet peas, a large wireless, Vintage china candle holder and matches (in case of power cut), lavender essence and old book of prayers.

Do you sing when no one else is listening? If so, what is the song or artist?

Yes—anything with a tune.

Tell us about your pet?

Walter Gilbert Strutt—A Jack Russell who looks like a cross between a fox and a Corgie. He was given to me by a customer and is wholly delightful, gentle, loving, and rather ugly.

What do you wish people would ask about you more?

Nothing.

How many quilts have you made?

Not one.

If you could be any age again for one week, what age & why?

56 and three quarters – I can’t think of a better time in my life (so far)

What shows do you TiVo?

I have no idea what TiVo is so I don’t TiVo any shows.

Are you related to anyone famous? Or infamous?

Pope Paul III who was born Alessandro Farnese in 1474, became Pope in 1534 until 1549. Unfortunately, he employed Nepotism to advance the power and fortunes of his family. Sadly, his palace and the power and fortunes of the family did not last the next six generations so all we have left is history.  

If you could go back in time and talk to yourself at the age of 12, what would it be & why?

Trust your instinct – it is there for a reason.

What question would you liked to be asked?

May I give you a lovely house overlooking the sea, health, wealth and happiness for as long as you live?

Oh yes, please do.

xx CHRISTINA

Our Giveaway

Cabbages & Roses are giving away 2 ‘fat quarter bundles’ (for those not in the know, these are delicious pre cut and beautifully wrapped bundles of quilting fabric) from our Northcote range of fabric.

All you need to do is leave a comment here on our blog, the winner will be randomly chosen, and announced on Wednesday 28th September – don’t forget to check the blog to see if it is you!

Please visit Deb tomorrow for her day on the MODA blog tour.

xx C&R

Cabbages @ Quilt Market

May 15, 2011

Northcote Range to debut at Quilt Market 2011

We are thrilled to launch our new fabric line, The Northcote Range, with MODA at the Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, UT this week.

  It has been wonderful to meet all the lovely shop owners, and to see so much creativity at the show.

As soon as our feet touch the ground we promise to post our photographs

 and tell you about

the most amazing world of quilting.

 

Written from a hotel computer so we can’t upload any of our pictures :-( 

 

xx

C&R

February 12, 2011

Please click over to Sea Angels



to see Lynn’s lovely work with some of our favorite

Cabbages & Roses fabric,

and enter to win a romantic handcrafted giveaway.

 

xx

C&R

January 20, 2011

Thank you

to

Jen

from

The Cottage Nest

for a crafty feature with Cabbages & Roses fabric.


Visit

Jen’s blog for a special surprise.

xx

C&R



January 3, 2011

Thank you

to


For a sweet post

about

Cabbages & Roses Hately print.

 

Visit Tinkered Treasures and help Elyse figure out what to do with her

Hately print fabric by commenting on her post.

xx

C & R

Tent – Craft

September 8, 2010

 

As the summer draws to a close we thought it  fun to share a craft for an adventurous child (or a child at heart) who wants to play “camping” in the garden.  One last hurrah for the little ones before schools starts!  Straight out of Christina’s Vintage Crafts book, a simple idea that creates fun childhood memories.


Child’s Play Tent

Materials:

  • approx. 2 x 4 yds (2 x 4 m) of heavy canvas fabric
  • four 12 x 9 in. (30 x 23 cm) pieces of contrasting heavy
  • canvas for pockets
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread
  • strong string or washing line
  • 4 bricks or other objects

Step 1.

Make a single miter at each corner of the tent fabric and hem all around.




Step 2.

Miter the corners of the four pieces of fabric for the pockets and hem them all.


Step 3.

Stitch one pocket to each corner of the outside of the tent, so that a brick or heavy object sits on it long side on the ground.


Step 4.

Tie the string or washing line around the two trees or strong supports at a height of about 4 ½ ft (1.4 m). Throw the canvas fabric over the string. Place a brick or other heavy object in each pocket to weight the sides down to the ground. Always supervise children when they play.


To take a closer look at the Cabbages & Roses fabrics used in the project please click on this link.  We hope you enjoy the project, and we welcome your feedback.

Best

C&R

June 17, 2010

We thought it would be nice to share some of Christina’s sewing and craft projects from her books, along with a few new ideas she will be developing on the Cabbages & Roses blog.  We are going to start with a Summer Skirt, which seems appropriate as we head into the heart of summer!

Summer Skirt

Made from a pretty floral print, these light cotton skirts are the perfect way to keep cool in the summer days.

Materials:

  • Cotton fabric:  measuring 108 in. x 42 in.
  • 26 in. of 1 in. elastic
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • 2 Safety pins

Step 1

Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, and stitch the sides.  Press open the seam.

Step 2

Hem the bottom edge of the skirt by turning over 1/2 in. and then 1 in. and stitch by hand or by machine.  Hem the top edge of the skirt by turning over 1/2 in. and stitch by hand or by machine.  Leave the edge over the seam unstitched to create an opening for the elastic.

Step 3

Attach a safety pin to each end of the elastic and feed it through the slot.  Gather the fabric to the desired size and stitch both ends of the elastic in position.

Step 4

Turn the skirt right side out.  Close the slot by folding in the raw edges and stitching by hand.

To take a closer look at the Cabbages & Roses fabrics used in the project please click on this link. We hope you enjoy the project, and we would love to hear your feedback.

Best

C&R

June 2, 2010

Thank You

to

Kathy @


for showcasing her interview with Christina.  Her readers added some lovely comments about Kathy’s super questions, and Christina’s insights into home decor and design…a must read!

Thank You Kathy, we appreciate it!

Best

Suzie

May 10, 2010

I have a brand new obsession to add to my already extensive list of obsessions which include, checking my i phone for e mails, finding sources of power to charge my i phone, the pigeons willfully destroying my seedlings, British politics, avoiding using my car, what can I eat next ….and on and on it goes.   My new obsession is checking sales of Cabbages & Roses books on Amazon, something that until a week ago, I had no idea was possible.   Our third book ‘Home Made Vintage‘ is number 60 in the top 100 books of its category (#25 in the US) and it has been there 232 days!   It is number 2,245 in books which I presume is all books??  To put this into perspective our first book is number 142,548!!   These statistics are reviewed hourly, which is an excellent distraction/obsession encourager.
The point, I think, of this endless list, is to avoid what is now becoming a pressing and worrying job, designing Cabbages & Roses collection for Spring Summer 2011.    I have started and ‘Calcutta’ (a mezzanine glass box within our lovely white barn affectionately called Calcutta because of the extreme heat in the summer months) is beginning to be furnished with drawings of the collection, jersey wear is up there, along with a tiny bit of knitwear and several woven designs – it is nearly lovely but a long way from being complete, patterns are being made, sample fabrics are awaiting beautiful shapes, and the empty boards are awaiting designs.   Sadly though, my head is crammed full of meaningless distractions and leaves no room for being creative……
The next two weeks are deliciously full of important distractions, The House & Garden Spirit of Summer Fair is taking place at Olympia in London, (see our website for details) we have a lovely space where we will be selling our collections – this takes us to Saturday, when Kate and I shall be flying to New York to fulfill many business commitments organised by our Lovely Suzie at Branding inc. culminating in a book signing party at ArchiviaBooks (933 Lexington Ave b/w 72 and 71 street) on Thursday night.
I am hoping that the eight hour flight will encourage me to concentrate on designing, where I can bannish all thoughts of pigeons, who will be our next Prime Minister, how to charge my i phone, but I have just thought of another – will that Icelandic volcano decide to fill the airspace with a million tons of ash???   I had better check……….
xxc


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