Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hard to resist!

Have you heard about the wonderful Kinkame fabrics coming from Japan?
The Clothworks Fabric company has been working with designer Reiko Kato to bring these to us, now available here! These are not your typical geisha girl designs, but the very soft and subtle hues that have been a signature of fine Japanese fabrics. Shades of taupe, grey, rose, green and brown all combine to give a very sophisticated look. The prints feature tiny flowers and geometric designs. The textured yarn-dyed wovens are exceptional. We have the European Taupe II collection on hand and have ordered the European Taupe III group.
Debbie just finished making a great small quilt from this fabric, this pattern is Appomattox by Blue Underground. Well, the binding isn't done yet, but "finished" is a relative term open to interpretation! It will be on display very soon! If you visit the Clothworks website, you can view the fabrics and even download some free patterns. I quilted this project for Debbie and it is an example of a good use of a simple all-over design that I like to use instead of the usual meandering design. Actually, this quilting design is kind of ingrained in my brain now because it is what I used on the miles of tablerunners that I made for my daughter's wedding earlier this month!
And here's a little teaser for you--if we can make it work, we hope to have Reiko Kato here in our store in the spring! No confirmed details yet, but this would be a very special event not to be missed!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Minnesota State Fair Ribbons

We are so very proud of 15 year old Mikayla and 11 year old Elise! Mikayla came to the shop with her grandmother Marion ( a great customer!) and picked out these great fabrics for her quilt. She sewed it up, entered it in the fair and won a ribbon! 11 year old Elise sewed her capris while taking our Kids Sew Camp this summer with Jeanne. Elise and mom came back to the shop to pick out fabric for a matching top. She entered her top and capris along with a quilt and afghan and won ribbons on all. Congratulations you two!

Friday Craft Crawl

We had a great time sewing quick and easy aprons from tea towels. The project took all of ten minutes. The hardest part was choosing your towel! Join us every 3rd Friday of the month for other fun and easy projects. These make great gifts!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Very Important News!

We have prepared a bounty of beautiful handcrafted items for our silent auction now on display in the store and on the web--just click here to go to the website and then click on the banner about the Susan G. Komen fundraiser. You will find a picture of each of the 17 items, allowing you to participate in the auction even if you can't visit the store! Just call or email us and we will update you on what the current bid is and add your own bid to the list. Couldn't be easier! All the money collected goes directly to the foundation to help research and prevention of breast cancer. Don't hesitate! We need your help!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sale Fabrics- also known as Bob's Bargains

The Sale Wall is full! Lots of new fabric and nowhere to put it so we got our red pens out and marked down lots of fabric. These are great bolts for adding to your stash or for quilt backs. Come check it out!

Amy Butler Love

Making room for new fabrics is an endless challenge around here! Just when I think everything has a place of its own, our Man in Brown delivers more boxes, and we are like kids in a candy store opening up the flaps to peak at what's inside. This time it is 26 bolts of new Amy Butlers new line named Love. Lime, tangerine, periwinkle and turquoise are a few of the featured colors, very bright and cheery. It could probably help you make it through the winter to just have a bundle of these lovely fabrics to fondle when the going gets tough around mid-February!
Also just received a good assortment of vinyl fabrics from Moda and some Kaffe Fassett prints. These are soft and supple, good for bags, bibs, book covers, tablecloths, or whatever your imagination can come up with! These are in addition to our ~20 designs of oilcloth in great prints with a retro/vintage style. Plenty of design possibilities!