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Season 12 Project Runway Winner Receives $40,000 Sewing Studio From Brother International

Brother International, a industry-leading innovator, was pleased to present Philadephia-based designer Dom Streater with a sewing and crafting studio valued at $40,000 as part of her prize package of being crowned the winner of Project Runway Season 12. Streater sewed up this season’s competition against fellow finale contestants Alexzandria von Bromssen, Bradon McDonald and Justin LeBlanc. Her impressive, unique designs stood out among the shows’  judges. She wowed the judges with her “Retro Redux” collection at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.

The Dom Streater Collection for Project Runway

“She is a remarkably talented designer,” says Dean F. Shulman, Senior Vice President of Brother International Corporation and head of the company’s Home Appliance and Industrial Products divisions. Brother began a partnership with Project Runway in 2007.

Dom Streater - Project Runway Season 12 Winner

In addition to a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother, Streater has won a prize package worth more than half a million dollars, including $150,000 from GoBank, $50,000 of next generation

technology from HP and Intel to help enable her creativity and launch her new business;  an all-expenses paid, luxurious spa retreat for two to the Maldives and a year’s supply of natural spring water, courtesy of Resource Natural Springs Water; a chance to design and sell an exclusive collection at Belk; a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine; a 2014 Lexus IS 350; a $100,000 fabric allowance from Tide Pods; and a $50,000 styling contract with L’Oreal Paris. Streater’s model, Rayuana Aleyce, also will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire and $25,000 from L’Oreal Paris.

Remember, you can find all your sewing and quilting needs at your local independent quilt and fabric shops.



Take the COLORFUL Peppered Cottons Challenge!

Challenge yourself to create a masterpiece using Peppered Cottons by Studioe Fabrics.

The most awesome part of the COLORFUL Peppered Cotton Challenge is that the first prize is $500 cash and $250 in retail value of Studioe Fabrics! AND, even more awesomeness is that the store where you shop for your Studioe Fabric will ALSO win!  This is a win-win challenge all the way around! The only restriction is that your project does need to use Studioe Fabric and 75% of that fabric must be Peppered Cottons.


22 Tea Green Peppered Cotton


You have until March 31, 2014 to enter. So get busy. Put your thinking cap on and get creative! Read the contest rules here.

Sewing with Peppered Cottons – Part Two

Peppered Cottons is a new “shot cotton” by Pepper Cory and Studioe Fabrics. The warp and the weft threads in this fabric are different colors. For instance, # 38 Moss has a deep purple warp and a bright lime weft and together they make a very mellow green.

Sewing with Peppered Cottons: Before cutting pieces from the fabric, give it a light mist of spray starch and press to give the fabric even more body. Use a good quality #50 or #60 100% cotton sewing thread and a normal stitch length. Either match the color of thread to the fabric or choose a shade that blends well with your project.

Applique’ Tips: Spray-starch shot cotton yardage twice (once on each side) when doing applique’. A little extra body helps when doing needle-turn applique’ by hand. In most cases either #50 or #60 weight thread is a good choice for either machine or hand applique’.

Pressing: Set your iron on Wool. A too-hot iron can cause crinkling at the edges of the fabric.

Quilting: When machine-quilting, use a new slightly thinner needle and a thin strong thread. For quilt backing, choose a quilting-weight cotton fabric, rather than more shot cottons, to give more density to the quilt. FYI: you can tell when too large of a needle has been used in machine quilting–when the finished quilt is held to the light, tiny pin-holes appear and light shines through them.

Quilting by Hand: Throughly baste the three layers so they do not shift while working with them. The usual weight of hand quilting thread is #40. Consider experimenting with contrasting colors of thread or try Big Stitch quilting using a #8 or #12 perle cotton.

Finishing and Binding: After quilting, but before binding, run basting stitches completely around all sides of the quilt, especially if there are any cut bias edges that might stretch, 1/8th inch in from the cut edges. Basting can be done by either machine or hand. Leave basting stitches in place.  Binding can be cut either with the straight of grain or on the bias. If using shot cottons for the binding and cutting it on the bias, another light spray of starch will help you handle the stretchy bias strips.

Watch for new colors of Peppered Cottons coming soon to an independent quilt and fabric shop near you.

Peppered Cottons: Part One

What’s all the buzz about Peppered Cottons? Peppered Cottons is a twist on solids by Pepper Cory and Studioe Fabrics available in your independent quilt and fabric shops now. This fabric is really cool! It’s a “shot cotton” which essentially means that the threads in the warp (lengthwise threads) and the weft (crosswise threads) are different colors. This helps create an irridescent or chambray look which means that the fabric takes on different shades of color depending on the angle that you are viewing it.

What does this mean to a quilter? There is no right or wrong side to this fabric.

Peppered Cottons on the bolt. All shot cottons, after being woven, go through a finishing process where they are washed, dried, and calendared. Calendaring is a heat-plus-pressing process which imparts a subtle sheen and a soft hand to the cotton fabric. Art quilters, who do not need to wash their fabrics, can use shot cottons straight from the bolt, but most quiltmakers will want to wash the fabric prior to starting a quilt project. Calendaring disappears after washing.




Peppered Cottons by Pepper Cory for Studioe Fabrics



How to wash… If washing small pieces of fabric, put the shot cotton pieces into a lingerie bag or knotted pillow case, giving the fabric plenty of room to move. We prefer to wash in warm water with a cold water rinse. Use a mild soap or detergent that you would use to clean a quilt. If washing multiple pieces, sort into several bags by color. Make sure your wash tub is full of water and includes a Color Catcher in the load. This step captures any extra dye particles. Peppered Cottons are color fast!

After washing… Take the fabrics out of the bag and fluff. Cut any loose threads and place the damp pieces loosely back into the bag and dry about 20 minutes. Don’t overdry! Remove from the dryer and unfold the pieces and air-dry completely. You may iron small pieces at this time, or fold the dry yardage and store on a shelf until you are ready to start a project.

Washed and pressed Peppered Cottons… have a slightly different hand. The calendaring sheen rinses out and the weave firms up, giving the fabrics the hand (texture + weight) of good-quality unbleached muslin. The brilliant colors also slightly intensify when the light-reflective finish is gone.

Peppered Cottons are a higher thread weight than most shot cottons which means that they blend well with regular-weight quilting fabrics and the heaviness gives the fabric a better hand than other shot cottons in the marketplace.

Because of the difference in shot cottons in finishing between on-the-bolt and washed Peppered Cottons, the best advice is to purchase all you need for your project and to treat the entire length of fabric in the same manner. Unwashed and washed Peppered Cotton colors shouldn’t be mixed in the same project.

You can find Peppered Cottons at your local independent quilt and fabric store.

Stop by tomorrow for Part Two: Sewing with Peppered Cottons!

SoHo Bandana Blog Tour Giveaway – Another Winner Picked!

We’re giving away another prize in the SoHo Bandana Blog Tour! Some of the comments got tied up in a queue and weren’t part of our original drawing, so to be fair we’re giving away another prize of a smaller fabric and pattern pack!

We’ve accepted all of your comments and taken those that commented between 9/21 and 9/25 (minus the five in my original winning post) and generated another winner.

Congratulations Pam!

We’ll be contacting you by email so we can get your winning prize shipped to you! Please share what you make here on FabTalk!

Thanks to Indygo Junction, Amy Barickman and Red Rooster Fabrics for sponsoring this blog tour and thanks to all of you for joining in on this fun event! Remember to shop independent where you get great service, superior knowledge and you can count on quality fabric, notions, and tools!

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