Remember the field trips and vacations you took as a child? The sights, the sounds, the smells, all so grand and magical. Then you go back to those beloved places as an adult — maybe with your own children — and find that though the place is much smaller and maybe shabbier than you remember, you still love it. Penny Arcade, Kimberly Kight’s fourth fabric collection for Cotton + Steel, is about seeing the world through a child’s eyes, and about the power of nostalgia to keep old places and thi
This quilt design was inspired by 70s graphics and the excitement, sounds, and movement of bowling alleys. It’s a free PDF download available from the Cotton + Steel Patterns page. Finished size is 54″ x 72 1/2″. It’s an easy piecing project, and the circles can be appliquéd or topstitched. Photos from the Cotton + Steel Studio in Atlanta, GA.
I’ve made at least one Peanut the Wee Elephant out of each of my collections. What can I say, I love this little guy. Peanut was designed by by Hillary Lang and the pattern is in the book Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.
My Ladies’ League print, the hero print of Lucky Strikes, is actually a mashup of three different vintage prints. The original names print had groups of 5-7 names, but I rearranged them into teams of 4-5 players to fit the bowling theme. I took names from the original, but I only had a few little squares, so I had to make up the rest. Since I had decided that my fictional bowling league was in 1972, I drew from the Social Security Top Baby Names By Decade lists from the 1920s-50s, and also in
I have formative memories of watching Bowling for Dollars from our sunken den in 1970s suburban Ohio. My parents were both on bowling leagues. My mom made eight strikes in a row while super pregnant with me! So bowling is kind of in my blood. For Lucky Strikes, I thought of a fictional ladies’ league from the 60s-70s. It is a working-class league, maybe in Cincinnati or Milwaukee, including women of all ages, in the heyday of women’s lib. Like they would wear “To Hell With Housework, I’m Goin