Janet Clare, designer for Moda Fabrics, shares her inspiration on her blog behind her collection, ‘Hearty Good Wishes.’
“My ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ fabric collection and book are inspired by the English coast in the winter time and by my love of listening to the shipping forecast on BBC Radio 4 late at night whilst sewing in my studio with my boys sleeping safely upstairs… I live in the centre of town now but I grew up near the white cliffs of Dover. I’d love to live near the sea again!”
At Quilt Market last fall we met Janet Clare at Moda’s booth! She was wearing an adorable scarf made of fat quarters from her new ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ collection. We just received our shipment of fabrics and couldn’t help but create a similar look with the beautiful prints.
To make this project, use all six fat quarters from this week’s Fat Quarter Friday kit! This scarf is great for beginners or anyone looking to make a simple scarf.
How it’s made:
6 Fat Quarters – Hearty Good Wishes
1. Arrange your fat quarters in two sets: one set of lights and one of darks. Cut edges to straighten out sides.
2. Using a 1/2” seam allowance, sew three fat quarters together along the short, 18” sides. Repeat with remaining three fat quarters. Press seams. You will now have two strips approximately 18″ x 64.”
3. With the dark row on top of the light row, lay right sides together. Pin two sections offset 9″ from one another; this will create a brick effect. Sew them together length-wise, creating a tube, leaving 1/2″ unstitched at each end.
4. Press seams open. Turn the tube right side out. One light and one dark fabric will be 9″ longer on either end.
5. Sew two separate 18″ seams. Connect the dark loose end with the remaining dark fabric end on opposite side. Repeat, connecting the remaining light fabrics, end to end (make sure you are sewing right sides together). This creates a circle.
6. You will have two open side seams. Pull one side through the other and sew right sides together. Push back into place and top stitch the last side seam.
Your scarf is now complete! The following steps are optional, allowing all six fabrics to be displayed while wearing the scarf.
7. Pull light side and dark sides away from one another. Line up the seams down the center. Pin in place, careful to match the top and bottom seams. Iron.
8. Top stitch along seam to keep the scarf in the same position.
9. Wrap and wear!
Now wrap yourself up in this scarf and imagine the calming winter coast, just as Janet Clare did.