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Katie made this darling pencil skirt with Authentic Barkcloth from our "Outback Wife" collection by Gertrude Made (Ella Blue Fabrics. The well designed, easy to follow Colette pattern includes sizes 0 - 24.

Barkcloth is a textured cotton fabric, with a lovely drape and enough weight for a skirt. Shown above is another barkcloth from the "Outback Wife" collection, Bindi in blue. See the entire Outback Wife collection here

We also have some lovely, neutral solid barkcloth, great for garments and quilts where you want a little texture and weight. They make great backgrounds! Find these easily with a search for "Barkcloth."

"Gypsy Wife" Meets ...

Our love affair with Jen Kingwell's "Gypsy Wife" Quilt has never really been over. The longing to return to it has been there, in the background, smoldering, while other quilts caught our fancy. But now (and this is the fault of Angie, the Gnome Angel, who is hosting a Gypsy Wife Quilt Sew Along) the romance has flared anew!

But in this flare-up of our Gypsy Wife romance, another, exciting, new love is in the picture (see below) and, happily, all parties are amenable to a threesome!

We (well some of us) are smittem with a rule-breaking, way-outside-the-lines, new collection from Cathi Bessell-Browne, designing under the label "Gertrude Made," called "Outback Wife." This exuberant scrappy mix of fabrics is a melange of color and texture. Authentic Bark Cloth mingles with woven textures, plaids, heady grandma inspired florals and a riot of color. The design esthetic is exotic. It has a Pacific Rim flair (a taste of the orient, the gentle whisper of tradewinds, the rhythm of the islands) grounded in plain, outback farmhand, work-a-day practicality. If you're not seeing it from my description, just click here (or on one of the images below) to see the entire collection. Yeah. Not for everyone ... but if you have dirt underneath your fingernails, a soft spot for grandma's big blowsy blooms and a bit of the "Outback" in you ...

..."Outback Wife"
      Join the Sew Along

We will be joining the Gnome Angel Sew Along and sharing our progress on Instagram @rubystreetquiltworks. The "Gypsy Wife Quilt" Sew Along is just gearing up. The event has a slow build up (It runs through January 3, 2018) and there are no immediate posting requirements, so there is plenty of time to join in. Find all the information about the event here.
Purchase the Gypsy Wife Pattern Here

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Charley Harper's "Western Birds" ... has arrived on Ruby Street!

Charley Harper, a 50's era American Modernist was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. He termed his style "minimal realism" and captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements.

We love these prints for the simple, retro, color palette, the movement, the keen nature observations and most of all the pure sense of joy, the whimsy. They make us smile.

Even more, we love this collection from Birch Fabrics because it is printed with low impact dyes on 100% organic cotton. Shop for Western Birds with our other Modern Collections here.

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