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So while I'm hanging in my old neighborhood in Boulder Colorado (where my family lived for a while when I was little) playing in the snow and enjoying margaritas, I thought I'd share one of the quilts that didn't quite make it to Market in Houston. This beauty was made using the Gertrude Made Essentials and a few of last year's Outback Wife florals. I designed it to represent the furrows of a freshly seeded paddock. I love it. This photo was snapped in our back paddock at the farm. I'm missing home but having lots of fun catching up with all my friends here. Only a few days left and I'll be flying home and back out to my patch of Aussie bush where we certainly don't get snow! I hope you're all having a lovely week xx
#outbackwife #gertrudemadeessentials #ellabluefabrics

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All basted! πŸŽ‰
Let’s get this piecing party started... #violetcraftepp
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Cathi, farmer’s wife and the hands and heart behind Gertrude Made, continues her ode to the strength, passion and courage of rural women across Australia with another stunning Outback Wife collection.

With hand-painted designs, bold prints and striking colours, this slow fabric collection brings much meaning that resonates an authentic vintage voice woven with stories from seven rural women; all from the station country of the Gascoyne Region in Western Australia’s north-west. The collection is brought to you by @gertrudemade for @ellabluefabrics and is now available to order.
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For order details, contact customer service at Craft Project on 1300 364 422 or your local sales agent.
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#outbackwife #outbackwifefabric #gertrudemade #australianfabricdesigner #gertrudemadeessentials #ellablue #ellabluefabrics #quality #qualityfabrics #australian #australianfabrichouse #printedinjapan #internationalquiltmarket2017 #quilting #patchworkquilting #sewing #fabriclove #cotton #barkcloth #barkclothfabrics #boldprints

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Right now I'm waiting for my lift to the airport. So excited to be on my way to Rochester New York for some downtime with a dear friend. This beauty was hanging in my Market booth. I can't even begin to tell you how inlove I am with the hand-dyed solid barkcloth. They sew up to look like such expensive frocks!! It's amazing the difference the barkcloth texture makes in a solid. The hem is a delicate French Chantilly. I wish I'd made this in my size 😊
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Cathi, farmer’s wife and the hands and heart behind Gertrude Made, continues her ode to the strength, passion and courage of rural women across Australia with another stunning Outback Wife collection.
With hand-painted designs, bold prints and striking colours, this slow fabric collection brings much meaning that resonates an authentic vintage voice woven with stories from seven rural women; all from the station country of the Gascoyne Region in Western Australia’s north-west.
The collection is brought to you by @gertrudemade for @ellabluefabrics and will be exclusively launched next week at @quiltmarket Houston, booth 1148.
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#outbackwife #outbackwifefabric #gertrudemade #australianfabricdesigner #gertrudemadeessentials #ellablue #ellabluefabrics #quality #qualityfabrics #australian #australianfabrichouse #printedinjapan #internationalquiltmarket2017 #quilting #patchworkquilting #sewing #fabriclove #cotton #barkcloth #barkclothfabrics #boldprints

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Regram from @frankieandray of our beautiful Outback Wife fabrics. These fabrics are so versatile they are not just limited to making quilts. This Rockpool Smock by @frankieandray is a stunning hand-painted floral design printed on our exclusive 150cm wide 100% Cotton Barkcloth base by Cathi @gertrudemade first #outbackwifefabric for @ellabluefabrics. Be quick to get yours as this is a limited edition colour and it’s almost gone forever! 🌺
Photo: @frankieandray
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Smashing some zigzag down on the most gloriously 'outback' quilt I've ever worked on. Made with a mix of last year's Outback Wife, Gertrude Made Essentials and strike-offs from this year's Outback Wife fabrics...this quilt has all the character. I'm still eagerly awaiting my sample yardage as the fabrics have more than lived up to their title of 'slow fabrics' (😬) so while I wait I'm challenging myself to see how far I can stretch my little strike-off pieces in sampling. Happy Saturday friends 😘
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Check out this make by my gorgeous friend Robyn. She makes beaut retro frocks for juniors (you can find her over at @studiobusso) and this dress is the result of her cutting loose with some hand dyed solid barkcloth from my essentials collection. The floral details are from an old vintage barkcloth tablecloth I had in my stash which I flung her way. I love love love this so much. The fabrics work so beautifully together in her design 😍
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Wattle it be I wonder? Kylie of @wattleandloop is working her exquisite (and somewhat fiddly) magic with the tiniest of barkcloth pieces for a very special Outback Wife project. 😍😍😍🌼🌾
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Looks like a fabric shop in here 😬 The back room of our house has been taken over by studio fabric overflow. It's a jumble of my fabrics for @ellabluefabrics and vintage. They look rather pretty all together 😊
#outbackwife #gertrudemadeessentials #ellabluefabrics #vintagelove #vintagefabric

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YES!!! I just received a little care package from my boss at @ellabluefabrics and it had this in it...a little length of gold French Chantilly 😍😍😍😍 I'm feeling this has to be done. I'm serious. Gold chantilly + teal hand dyed barkcloth. I'm going to have to beg for more of this lace as I desperately want to make this dress!!
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Charlie's Wagga, bound with hundreds of little pink kisses and hand tied with the softest Australian Merino yarn. I'm crushing hard on those beautiful tickings in my Essentials collection. The weight of them is perfect and they feel amazing...like the quality of days gone by, when things were made to last generations 😊
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The other half of the Gertrude Made Essentials includes a navy and teal hand dyed barkcloth 😍 I'm so happy with this small collection, it works with the current Outback Wife florals and will work with this year's too. And most importantly (to me) they're all immaculate quality for garment sewing. Quality has always been the highest priority for me in venturing into fabric design and I've been very fortunate to have the full support of @ellabluefabrics in achieving it. Logistically, I've proved a right challenge for my boss at Ella Blue...it's taking FIVE different mills to produce my fabrics this year! I can't wait until October rolls around to show you all of them together. They're going to make beautiful frocks and quilts that last forever 😊
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A little pile of fabric goodness 😍 This is half of my Gertrude Made Essentials collection which is available for shops to order now. Exquisite hand dyed 150cm wide barkcloth and beautiful yarndyed checks and tickings. I've already used half a bolt of that tiny tea-dyed black check (the white yarn was hand dyed with tea before it was woven into the check to give it a gentle vintage-style warmth). It works so perfectly with everything and the quality is impeccable. If you would like any of these please let your local fabric store know so they can place an order. They arrive in Australia at @ellabluefabrics next week for shipping to stores 😘
#gertrudemadeessentials #comingsoon #ellabluefabrics #barkcloth

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Could that be a hand-dyed barkcloth that I'm not meant to talk about yet? 🀐 Happy Friday my beautiful friends 😘
#comingsoon #ellabluefabrics #handdyed

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Hidden details 😍 A hand-stitched floral bias hem on a hand-dyed barkcloth frock. I've had so much fun fussing over the little details on my pattern samples for Simplicity. I've got one more button to stitch then this collection of samples gets bundled up (along with some Tim Tams) to jet across the seas to @simplicity_creative_group HQ in NYC. It's been a pattern-making marathon as I double, triple...then friple check every single drawing and measurement. I can't wait to share these babies with you later in the year. Next on my To Do List...some fussing over Outback Wife 2017 fabrics πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š xxx
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Barkcloth dyed by hand 😍 @ellabluefabrics let me loose with my barkcloth in one of Japan's finest dye houses. I can't even begin to describe the exquisite artisan feel the hand dying gives the barkcloth. It's delicious. For the past few weeks I've been busily sewing quilts with them, but this week, I'll be back in my comfort zone. Frock making 😊 I've put together a little mini collection of these hand dyed barkcloths, together with a few yarn dyed checks, denims and tickings. They're called 'Gertrude Made Essentials' (my creativity abandoned me in the naming 😬) and are being shown to stores now. I'm so excited to immerse myself again in dressmaking this week AND share it with you. I don't much fancy working on things I can't share...it gets a little lonely, I've missed you all xxx
#gertrudemadeessentials #comingsoon #ellabluefabrics #pink #barkcloth #handdyed #dressmaking

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