May 27, 2016

Girl Charlee Fabrics Knitty News :: BOLT by Girl Charlee Spring Quilt Market Recap

BOLT by Girl Charlee has returned from Spring International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City!  With the release of our newest BOLT Collection Modern Reflection, BOLT by Girl Charlee was a hit with shop owners and designers alike.  Below are the highlights of our Quilt Market trip in Salt Lake City. Enjoy!

On Wednesday evening BOLT by Girl Charlee was a Premier Sponsor of The Fabric Shop Network’s Spring Quilt Market Dinner, where Girl Charlee founder Heather Peterson is shown wearing her Pure Vintage Penn Dutch Dress while setting up the BOLT table outside of the dinner.  Heather and Marketing Manager Nicole handed out bags to all attendees and had a great time showing off our amazing knit fabrics to so many store owners before dinner.   
After a long day of setting up the booth on Thursday, it was time for Sample Spree! This is Quilt Market attendees one opportunity to shop samples of fabrics and notions at wholesale, discounted prices. The BOLT by Girl Charlee table had fabric bundles available from all four of our collections, and our newest Modern Reflection Collection was first to sell out.
Friday morning and let Quilt Market begin!  Heather wears her new Modern Reflection Fox Dress in the booth and the team is ready to meet and talk with shop owners, bloggers, designers and many more amazing people.
Everyone loved the booth design.  From a garment rack full of beautiful clothes to touch and admire in the mirror, to stuffed animals from Lucy Blaire, signage and displays for each of the four BOLT collections, there was a lot for everyone to see. A big thank you to the Girl Charlee Team for putting so much hard work into the design and execution of the booth.
As always, it is so fun to see and meet many people that we "meet" in the virtual world through blogs and Social Media at Quilt Market.  Pictured (from left to right) is Vanessa of Crafty Gemini, Erin of Sewbon, and Melissa of Create Kids Couture. Thank you ladies for stopping by to visit with us!
EE Schenck and Girl Charlee Fabrics (pictured left to right):  Adrian Smith, Barbara Norin, Heather Peterson, Laura Tiedeman, and Brittany Gray
The most exciting part of the Quilt Market show was the official launch of BOLT by Girl Charlee with our amazing distributors EE Schenck!  If you are currently purchasing from EE Schenck you can now also stock the entire BOLT by Girl Charlee knits collections.  Just ask your rep or visit their website here.  The EE Schenck team stopped by for a group photo opp with Heather, and both companies are very excited as this new partnership.

A big thank you to all the hard working Quilt Market organizers and volunteers for making this event happen. We are beyond thrilled to have met so many wonderful people and we look forward to seeing more and more BOLT fabrics in global retailers soon. If you did not attend Quilt Market and would like more information about becoming a BOLT retailer please contact BOLT sales and support at bolt@girlcharlee.com or call 877-475-2427 x 103.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

May 26, 2016

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: May Knit Picks

Welcome to our May Knit Picks Collection! We love seeing what our customers sew up and this month we are featuring all sorts of cute creations, with dresses, skirts, tops, pants, and accessories! Thank you to everyone who submitted for this month's Knit Picks, and for a chance to be featured, be sure to send pictures of your finished creations to gcblog@girlcharlee.com. Enjoy!

Item: Santa Fe Top

By: Cyrstal Pelkey

Blog: Crissybell's Musings



Item: Women's Dress

By: Heather Coulter


Item: Mommy and Me Dresses

By: Chruszet Ledesma

Instagram: Beebs & Buttons


Item: High Waisted Ginger Jeans

By: Lindsey Wilt

Instagram: Seam Machine



Item: Women's Top

By: Kathleen Noltensmeyer

Blog: Saint Nolt Sews


Item: Toddler Shirt

By: Erin Wilson



Item: Lane Raglan Shirt

By: Jennifer Banyay

Blog: Monkey See, Monkey Do




Thank you all for the submissions! If you did not see yours posted here never fear it will be up in a future feature. If you have not sent us a pic we would love to feature it! Just email 1 to 2 images of your projects to gcblog(at)girlcharlee(dot)com along with your name for a chance to see it on our next Knit Picks.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

May 24, 2016

Tutorial Tuesday :: Baby Leggings & Shorts with FREE Sewing Pattern from Small + Friendly

For this weeks Tutorial Tuesday, we have this adorable Baby Leggings and Shorts Tutorial from Carla of Small + Friendly. As an added bonus, Carla even includes a FREE Sewing Pattern in size 6m-12m, which can easily be adjusted to make it slightly larger or smaller. This tutorial is so easy, that after you finish your first pair of leggings, I am sure you will be sewing many more in no time at all! Enjoy!


Carla's tutorial is full of wonderful tips for sewing up these adorable baby leggings! For example, she teaches readers her super easy "lazy gal's way" for attaching cuffs/ribbing, and also links to her post about attaching a waistband to leggings for more detailed instructions.
For these baby shorts and leggings, you'll need a knit fabric with some stretch to it, like a super soft cotton jersey or cotton lycra knit! A few of my picks from the store: 
 
  

We hope you enjoy this tutorial! We love to see what you sew up so please send 1-2 images of any project you make with Girl Charlee Fabrics to gcblog@girlcharlee.com and you might see your creation featured in our next KnitPicks!

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

May 17, 2016

Tutorial Tuesday :: Wrap Maxi Skirt from The Sewing Rabbit

Everyone needs a good maxi skirt in their life! They are both chic and stylish while still remaining comfortable to wear. Jessica Abbot of The Sewing Rabbit gives readers this amazing Wrap Maxi Skirt DIY tutorial that is sure to keep you looking fabulous all summer long. Happy Sewing!


Jessica walks you through every step of the way from drafting and sewing up this easy skirt with a mix of simple illustrations and thorough written direction, so that you will be ready to wear it out in no time at all!
Maxi skirts are perfect to sew up in just about any stretch knit fabric! Try making yours in a Cotton Jersey, Cotton LycraPonte de Roma, or Specialty Knit! A few of my picks from the store: 
We hope you enjoy this tutorial! We love to see what you sew up so please send 1-2 images of any project you make with Girl Charlee Fabrics to gcblog@girlcharlee.com and you might see your creation featured in our next KnitPicks!

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team