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fall 2013 quilt market recap

Monday, November 4th, 2013

It takes a few days to recover from the quilt market hangover before I can rustle up the strength to go throw all the photos and write about it, but I’ve managed it and you’ve got to see what is coming out of all the quilting geniuses lately. Let’s tell this story through pictures. Though oddly somehow I got no pictures of Lizzy House, which is a shame because every day she wore an adorable dress made of her upcoming fabric line Catnap, which you can probably see on Instagram. Anyway, on with the show.

There are some great fresh voices in fabric these days, like Carolyn Friedlander. She really has a unique voice and we are so excited to get her Botanics collection in soon.

Botanics booth

Sarah Jane is another standout among fabric designers. Her lines always evoke the charming carefree happiness of childhood without being childish. Her upcoming line Wee Wander depicts tree-climbing, horse-riding, lightning bug-chasing days that are so irresistable, I sure hope people aren’t scared to use these fabrics for things other than just kids’ quilts.

Sarah Jane's booth

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pendleton is here!

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

This week we are excited to introduce Pendleton wools at Suppose! You can’t how imagine how excited I was at Spring quilt market choosing the first wools to carry and chatting with Stacy & Mimi from the Pendleton factory. I grew up always having a Pendleton blanket on the couch to snuggle up with and love their iconic Native American Designs. Their wool is just the softest; it’s raised & woven in the U.S. and the 150 year-old company is still family run!

pendleton boothWe have both lightweight and heavyweight reversible jacquards in 64″ width, just like you might see in the Pendleton blankets. And get this. We’ve got their wool binding too, so with just 2 yards of wool and 8 yards of binding, you can recreate a blanket like theirs at a fraction of the price. I see a lot of these in my future. The Pendleton designs have a rich heritage, dating to 19th century Native American trading. An excerpt from the Pendleton history:

A study of the color and design preferences of local and Southwest Native Americans resulted in vivid colors and intricate patterns. Trade expanded from the Nez Perce nation near Pendleton to the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni nations. These Pendleton blankets were used as basic wearing apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit among Native Americans. The blankets also became prized for ceremonial use.

pendleton fabric arrives!These wools would also be incredible for custom outerwear, perhaps I need a cape like this in San Miguel (the grey crosses). In addition to the yardage in stock, we have swatches of the Pendleton 2013 collection, and can take special orders.

You may have noticed the quilt on the right in the top photo of the Pendleton booth, which was actually made with wool fat quarters. These fat quarter bundles end up being an incredible deal at $55 since you get 2 yards worth of fabric at less than the price of 1 yard. The quilt pattern is included with each bundle. Don’t you want to just squeeze those?pendleton fq bundlesOur Pendleton fabrics will not be sold online, but we can answer questions and take orders by phone or email. You’ll find our contact info in the column to the right.

quilt sampler preview

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Anyone who visited the shop at the right time on a certain day last September was probably a bit confused to find the lights off and cords all over. They camera crew were mostly pretty stealth and quiet, but the lighting was the giveaway. Some may have figured out that those shots were going to be for Quilt Sampler magazine! The crew was a blast, we even got to go out and celebrate with them at the end of the long day.
photo shoot
Part of our feature in the magazine will include a quilt pattern we designed. The quilt itself is actually in Iowa right now so they can style & shoot it. So Monday when we had our big live announcement we unveiled a miniature version. Right now we’re calling it Pencilmania, and for this version we used a bunch of polka dots that are in the original, larger version.
mini pencilmania

Kathy and I have both always loved school supplies. Back-to-school shopping was so exciting, and we still love picking out new pens or getting markers in every single color. So this quilt really suits us, and is sort of the patchwork version of neurotically arranging your writing utensils in color order. Personally, I think it would make a really adorable gift for a child’s teacher. We’ll be making several versions of the pattern, who knows what form it might take next!

secret keepers

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

One great thing about 2012 is that we don’t have to keep our secret any longer. We found out last Summer that we would be featured in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine! The catch was that we couldn’t tell anybody, all while being interviewed, having photo shoots, and designing and making the quilt that would be featured in the magazine. Well we’re thrilled to finally be able to share this exciting news!

Quilt Sampler comes out twice a year, from American Patchwork & Quilting, published by Better Homes & Gardens, and features the top quilt shops in the country. What an honor to be chosen after only being open 2 years! The issue is released May 8, so mark the calendar for a big celebration in our shop that day. We’ll be counting down till then with some fun stuff that we’ll be updating you on.  In the mean time, we made the big announcement on Monday in our store by drawing for some prizes, and unveiling a miniature version of the quilt pattern we designed for the magazine.

The American Patchwork & Quilting ladies gave us this bag to give away, and Ann won!

ann winsJulie was the winner of the $100 Moda bundle. Lucky!

julie wins

Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate our big announcement! We’re so lucky to have the supportive customers and staff who make our jobs not just possible but so much fun.

sewing clothing with loulouthi needleworks

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

How’s that for a self-explanatory post title? Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi Needleworks prints are so cool you have to hardly do anything to them to turn them into something pretty and useful. Just sew up the sides and cut a boatneck like Ashley did for a cute new shift dress!

loulouthi needleworks dress
I followed our Exposed Waistband Skirt instructions but left out the pleating for this one.

loulouthi needleworks skirt

The added twist was that I used black mini-ball fringe to trim the hem! Seemed to add to the gypsy feel of the skirt without being too crazy.

mini-ball fringe!I dare you to try it with regular sized pom pom fringe. Not really. Wait, there probably is someone who could pull that off without looking silly. Just not me.

spring quilt market ’10: anticipaaation

Monday, May 24th, 2010

As we were leaving quilt market yesterday, we realized we hadn’t taken a single photo of ourselves during the trip. But really, aren’t we just interested in the fabric?  A lot of great things are happening in the fabric world. Here is just a bit of upcoming awesomeness we saw at market.

More and more patterns are becoming available from Australia, including designs from Don’t Look Now! This is a close-up of the Lilly Pilly quilt. We’ll have this pattern and more available soon.

lilly pilly

Some of the best fabric we saw at market was City Weekend, the upcoming line from Oliver+S for Moda, available in September. The prints are on the softest cotton, and there will be some lovely interlock knits in the collection too! Here, Oliver+S have their children’s clothing patterns made up in the new collection. Plus, new patterns coming this fall, including some great designs for knits. Boy oh boy.

o+s

Here’s a closer look at the prints, in a sweet quilt that we will have available in kits.

o+s quilt

The new Ice Cream Dress pattern made up in the new fabric.  Don’t you want one in your size?

ice cream dress

There was a lot of talk at market about Liberty of London. Lots of fabric coming out made to have a similar hand to Liberty’s smooth & drapey Tana Lawn. Like Alexander Henry’s cotton lawns, of which we can hardly wait for the arrival.  And of course, there are the classic Liberty prints in new colors by Kaffe Fasset, on quilting weight cotton.  Always love Kaffe’s edgy color combinations made up in classic quilt patterns.  We’ll have these prints in soon!

kaffe liberty churn dash

And of course, we are always excited to see what Anna Maria Horner’s been up to. Her new book, Handmade Beginnings, is just out and it has so many fun things to make!

anna maria booties

Here Anna Maria shows of lots of fun projects in the book, and some upcoming patterns–stay tuned for news on that.

anna maria schoolhouse

This one makes me want to get embroidering.  And another exciting thing to look forward to: new fabric from Anna Maria later this year! (No sneak peeks yet. Can’t hardly stand it.)

knotty

That was just a tiny smidgen of what we saw, but don’t worry, there’s always more to come.

nicey jane

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

There’s so much to be excited about lately, you’d think we would hit overload, but not possible.  Just like it’s always possible to love another friend or another child, there is always enough love in our hearts for more fabric.  Like Nicey Jane.  Check out this sweet little slideshow Heather Bailey put together to show off her new line, then check out the complete collection here.

shrinky dink

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Everyone’s been all a buzz about Texture Magic, the stuff that shrinks your fabric to give it a gathered, puckered texture.  I experimented with it recently and every time I give it that first burst of steam and it starts to shrink it’s a bit of a thrill, especially if someone who hasn’t seen it before is there to shout in surprise when they watch it.

Out of the package, the Texture Magic feels like a synthetic satiny lining type material, but after the heat of the steam has shrunk it, it takes on a more plasticy feel, so you’d probably want a lining in whatever you’re making with your Texture  Magic.  Next we want to try putting batting between the layers to see how that feels.  On this piece I sewed the TM to the back of my fabric in a grid pattern, 3/4″ apart.

magic

Based on the chart that comes with the TM, I calculated how big to cut my rectangle to get the finished size I wanted, but it didn’t shrink quite as much as it could have.  I sewed a second piece just like it but increased the stitch length to see what would happen and that one shrunk a little better.  I used those first textured pieces to make a handy little pouch (with fabrics from the Hushabye collection).  Haven’t decided yet whether it’s for lip glosses or pens.  This was just a quick little project to see what the TM looked like in something instead of just on a piece of fabric, but people are doing some really interesting things out there like using it as a substitute for smocking on the bodice of little girls’ dresses, or for visual and tactile interest in applique.

zipper pouch with  texture magic

Here you can see a visual of the shrink rate. The piece on the right started out the same size as the piece on the left.  I sewed the Texture Magic to it with wavy lines that curve around the circles on the fabric.

before & after

You can create great effects depending on how you sew the Texture Magic and fabric together, for example straight lines can make it look similar to simple gathers.  Everyone around here thinks this one with stippling looks like brains. I’d like to try sewing it to a Kaffe Fassett print by following the design on the fabric and see how that looks.  Some have even tried quilting it into their entire quilt!  Surely there will be more Texture Magic experiments to follow.  Some of us started as skeptics but things are getting curiouser and curiouser.