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Today completes our January Countdown to a New You series! For a lot of us, the New Year means a commitment to learn something new. We can all agree that trying new things is a hallmark of being a maker, constantly challenging ourselves to learn something new and expanding our skills.

 

 

Have you tried English Paper Piecing yet? Our Fabriflair™ kits are the perfect introduction if you haven't - they're smaller than that grandmother's garden quilt you've always hoped to make, but they still pack a big punch in that wow-factor category that we all strive for. And, if you're already a seasoned Paper-Piecing expert, these are dimensional and that is definitely new in the paper-piecing category!

 

 

The Radiant Star is one of our most popular patterns right now. It's a great way for fabric lovers to display every print in their favorite lines of fabric, and you can use pre-cuts to accomplish that, too! You can read more about how it came to be on Indygo Junction founder Amy Barickman's blog. The Brio Sphere can be made into a functional bowl, or a dimensional art piece-perfect for displaying on shelves. We love both of these Fabriflair kits displayed above in Amy's new Vintage Made Modern: Kyoto line of fabric from RJR Fabrics! (Do you have spaces that are on your list for organizing and beautifying this year? See our recent Countdown to A New You post for organization pattern ideas, and we love this post from Bari J. Designs on shelf styling too!)

 

 

And the Navette Needlecase, which gives us textile lovers a way to have our hands on favorite vintage textiles or our favorite prints every time we create with needle and thread. If you make them in textiles with history-dad's ties or grandma's vintage table linens, they're an incredibly meaningful gift, perfect for a stitching friend or family member.

 

 

Our Fabriflair™ collection rounds out with the Trilliant Ornament kit which comes with three in every kit--one for you, one to gift, one to exchange. Perfect for celebrating life's moments. These all come as downloadable PDF patterns, so if you've got mat board and scissors, you can be making one as quickly as you can buy one. Or you can order a ready-to-sew kit, and focus your attention on pulling fabric for your fun new project! How about Embroidery?

 

 

 

If embroidery is on your list of things to learn in 2017, you're in the right place! We have a great selection of embroidery resources to help you with this goal. Whether you are new to embroidery, or an experienced pro, Amy recently released a Crossroads Embroidery Video series with Sew Mama Sew teaching the basics of embroidery and several stitches, and sharing a free downloadable embroidery pattern with each one. The first video in the series is shown above, and you can also watch the whole Crossroads Embroidery Series here, and don't forget to subscribe to our channel to be the first to see our videos!

 

 

Land that I Love celebrates each state with two options--a simple state outline, and whatever details make home special to you--birds, flowers, schools, state resources. Or a more detailed state outline that features those flowers and birds beautifully intertwined with the outline. You can pick and choose from all the options to make each project uniquely yours.

 

 

Folk Art Motifs is our new embroidery resource book that has over 400 designs to hand embroider. It comes with patterns for two different styles of quilts perfect for telling your story with needle and thread. You can read more about Folk Art Motifs here. For a lot of us, the goal for this year is to recycle more textiles in our work. This has always been something that makers are passionate about, and Indygo Junction's recycling pattern selection is the perfect place to get started. We've all spotted that beautiful tie before, and wished we could have the fabric for our very own, right? Our Tie-to-Go Purse is a great way to step into textile recycling and have an incredible one of a kind purse when you're done!

 

 

We have a great selection of patterns for reusing ties, denim and menswear! Watch our denim video to be inspired, and then shop all of our recycling patterns here!

 

 

Is learning to applique on your list for this year? Alphabet Applique is a great way to start! This book is a quilt pattern that was originally released in 1930... but it is so much more than that. It's also a beautiful piece of American history featuring a continuing story from the syndicated Nancy Page newspaper column, written by home economist Florence La Ganke. A heartwarming picture of years gone by and a pattern that creates an heirloom!

 

 

What's on your list to try this year? We'd love to hear about it! And, if you make one of our patterns, tag us @indygo_junction on social media! We love to see! Save

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Joan M. Lamoureux on

Do you have anything on DIY rugs?

Jona on

I could not resist commenting. Well written!

Indygo Junction Staff on

We don’t currently have any DIY rug projects. Thank you for thinking of us!

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