Shop ’til You Drop — One Stop Quilt Shop Hop!! We’re totes gonna be there.

1501697_240538886137917_1637939927_nThirty + Quilt Shops will be in attendance for the annual event and we are gonna be one of them!!  We’re putting wheels on Crimson Tate (I like to think of those wheels as roller skates) but nontheless, we’re making this girl mobile and heading to our friend Nancy J’s house in Kokomo for a fun event to be shared with quilt store around Indiana and Ohio.

 

You can join us for the good times by heading north (or south as the case may be) Friday July 25 or Saturday July 26 to shop at all the shops.  Wanna know who will be there besides us?! Head to here to see the complete list and to get more information!!

 

Who: Thirty Quilt Shops

What: Fabric, fun, games, prizes, lots of shopping

When: Friday, July 25, 2014 — 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday, July 26, 2014 — 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Kokomo Events Center; 1500 N Reed Road; Kokomo, IN 46901 — easy access just off of IN 931

How Much: $5.00 admission

 

 

A Big Old Thank You Annual SALE! Happy Independence!!

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25% off everything in the store! 15% off bundles!! If you shop in-store, we’ll offer you 30% off fabric when you take what is left on the bolt. For our on-line lovers, we’re giving you free shipping on orders over $100. Yay!! Thanks for being such faithful friends and customers! We crazytown have so much love for our community! xoxo

Ohhh Ellen Luckett Baker, You WON Quilt Market Fall 2013

Do you know The Long Thread?  It’s Ellen Luckett Baker’s sewing pseudonym.  I mean, sewing aliases are the best.  We obviously support them.  But if we look out over the sea of Quilt Market Fall 2013, that girl Ellen Luckett Baker wins the prize.  With her dusty tones of off beat color made only more sophisticated by the linen substrate that her Japanese manufactured designs are printed on, The Garden collection for Kokka won Best Prize at Market, according to me.

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Take a look at her space in Kokka’s booth.

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My goal is to become friends with Ellen.  Her books are FANTASTIC!  And we’ve been threatening to make the clamshell pillow found in her 1-2-3 Quilt book, which is boss.  Put that on the list of things to create!  Here’s a photo taken from Ellen’s website thelongthread.com of the clam shell pillow.  Now imagine it in these fabrics from her collection The Garden.  OH MY GOD.  So good.52

Congrats on the award, Ellen.  Let’s get to sewing!!!IMG_2634

Ohhh Voile. You’re Such a Pretty Girl.

VOILE-La! Another Substrate To Add To Your Repertoire.

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OMG! Have you seen the lil’ Boston Terriers in voile? Can you get any cuter than this?  It’s ridiculously amazing what Japanese manufacturer Kokka has come up with in this sweet new design.    I’m so curious about who is going to make a dress from these teeny pups! Or who is going to sew a set of infinity scarves to give as presents to their friends?  Who is going to start a Boston Terrier gang?!  Who wants pajama pants in grapefruit colored terriers?  All I know is that it’s begging to be made into something great.

100% cotton and 100% cute, this voile fabric is soft, sturdy, and waiting for its forever home. 

You’ve seen Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Koi voile, right?

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The Way of the Flowers in Jewel.  Organic cotton voile. Beauty.

What is this voile, you say?  Voile a lightweight fabric that has sheer qualities to it.  Because of its lightweight nature, voile is best used in situations where it can shine, move, and drape like dresses, curtains, or scarves.   Having said this, a voile quilt is not out of the question.  I’ve witnessed the beauty of a voile quilt with wool batting.  Luxurious.  Let us not be afraid to mix substrates when constructing new projects.  Add another tool to toolbox, kids.  These lightweight cottons will inspire. (Don’t forget about the hand drawn kitties in voile, too.)

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Quilt Market in Portland Spring 2013 – First Impressions – SUCH DESIGNS for the Win.

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In Portland, anything goes.  Laid back.  Hipster.  Grunge.  I’m thoroughly enjoying the culture found here.  Portlandia isn’t far off.  From funky funk doughnut shop VooDoo Doughnuts to the permanent food cart village found right next to my hotel, it’s pretty swell.

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But enough of that for now (although I have more to share and say on the topic).  What I really want to share is my very first impressions of Quilt Market Spring 2013 opening day.  I packed in a lot of appointments Friday touching base with many of the lines of fabrics I don’t get to see unless I’m at quilt market.  By far, my favorite is EVERY SINGLE PIECE of fabric found in SUCH DESIGN‘s premier line called Collage.  Carrie Bloomston is love and light.  She’s generous in spirit and inspired by painter Mark Rothko and environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, to name a few.  She’s a girl after my own heart.  I love these dudes, too, and their use of color and design.  Check out a few of the products made with her new collection for Windham Fabrics (who I also love desperately).  Note all of those vibrant turquoise and electric purples.  I’m seeing this electric color palette everywhere in more modern manufacturers.  Ohhhh man.  It’s good.

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And then I stumbled into the booth of Cloud 9 Fabrics and the home of Rashida Coleman Hale. Ohhh man. Her color choices will coordinate beautifully with COLLAGE.  Again, the color found in these guys is sophisticated electricity.  And what’s not to love of Rashida’s aesthetic?  Small patterns in rich color.  Keepers. And when paired with linen, whoa.

Rashida Coleman Hale Koi Rashida Coleman Hale Koi Rashida Coleman Hale Koi Rashida Coleman Hale Koi Rashida Coleman HaleThere is SO MUCH MORE to share. Truly, this is just a teeny tiny drop in the bucket of all of the photos and thoughts I have about what’s happening here at quilt market. I’m so happy to have found a few moments to relay my love of Windham and SUCH Designs, Rashida Coleman Hale and Cloud 9 fabrics.  I can’t wait until tomorrow!!  I can’t wait to share what I’ve seen.

xoxo Heather