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Friday, November 18, 2011

Scrub-a-dub-dub


We love to try new products so we can honestly tell you, our customer, what our experience is. We have a new laundry soap from Mary Ellen's Products on the shelf -- Best Wash for Precious Fabrics. We have loved using their Best Press for our pressing and ironing. So we sent Debbie home on a mission to test it out in her own washing machine. When we had performed the sniff test it seemed like a very concentrated lavender scent, and we were leery that it would be too scented for the wash. But Debbie came back with the proof that it only left a faint scent on the clothing that was washed. The information below is from the product website:

Mary Ellen's Best Wash is the safest stain removing laundry detergent! Best Wash is a tested formula that has been proven to be the safest cleaner and stain remover in the textile industry.

  • Neutral pH
  • No bleach, caustics or phosphates
  • Low-sudsing
  • Safe for virtually every fabric

This high efficiency laundry detergent and safe stain remover removes ink, food, blood, grease, and most mystery stains.

  • Use a capful for hand washing
  • 2 ounces for all washing machines

Debbie used it on her sheets and liked the results. She did use slightly less than the 2 oz. recommended, she felt that was adequate. It retails for $13.99 for the 16 oz. container. You might want to try it out on some of your delicate or precious fabric. But then, isn't it all precious?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Item

We found a new type of rick rack when we were cruising the aisles of Quilt Market. It is not the traditional woven rick rack, it looks and feels more like grosgrain ribbon.



We were intrigued, so of course, we had to purchase a selection of colors! It is about 1" wide, and will be fun to use in some of the patterns calling for a special trim. I know of one upcoming class that will use rick rack, and with this many colors, there is probably one to fit your style!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Beautiful Batiks


One of our favorites in fabrics are the wonderful batik prints. We have collected some of our quilts using batik fabrics to display in the front window.

We have all of the patterns on-hand or on order, so please look them over. We don't have these exact fabrics on hand, since the nature of printing batiks makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain reprints. Debbie and I saw a very informational video at Quilt Market about the process, and we have asked to have access to it to share with you soon. It brings a whole new appreciation for these one-of-a-kind hand printed and dyed fabrics. But you don't have to go through hours and hours of labor with wax and ink and dye to get beautiful batiks! Just walk in our door and you can admire every color of the rainbow in fine batik fabric, and choose your bolt(s)!