CUSTOMERS - you can
always order on-line and tell us you're going to pick-up in the
store. That way we'll charge your credit card, but not charge
you for shipping (even though it shows on the invoice).
I know some of you have
be disappointed as we've sold out of items we're showing in this
newsletter before the store even opens. Since we fill orders in
order as they're placed, this allows you to get in on the favorites too! :)
was driving between my two stores the other day and heard this
interesting conversation on NPR's Talk of the Nation. According to Lily McCaulau, author of "Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner," "Women are one of, if not the, fastest growing demographics of hunters right now in the country."
So, I must stop being so chauvinistic
in thinking these WILDLIFE FABRICS are going to appeal to just
Check out this beautiful fabric, FIRST
LIGHT featuring beautiful DUCKS!
WASH DAY BLUES is another good collection of reproduction fabrics
based on a quilt made in the late 1800s.
DAY BLUES collection focuses on that particular color of faded indigo – indigo that wasn’t left in the dye bath as long and produced the lovely shades of medium to light blue that we love. One of the strongest dyes, Indigo was often used in utility (washday) clothing and, of course, quilts, because it would maintain its color through many washdays.
I just love using a
fabric for this, particularly a larger novelty print, that I wouldn't
have another use for! So, I tend to make lots of TRAVEL PILLOW
CASES, and since they make great gifts, I'm ahead in that department
I recently ran across a
link to this great on-line tutorial for a BAPRON - that's Baby+Apron,
on the ROBERT
KAUFMAN web site.
the pillow case nicely accommodates a larger print, this project is a
darling way to use a smaller, or medium size novelty print! And
they make great GIFTS too! :)
I do not have the
pattern to give away or sell, as it is copyright protected, even
though it is being offered for FREE. You must go to the web site for the complete tutorial and to download the pattern:
Because I anticipate
these being washed repeatedly, I did pre-shrink the fabrics before
starting. I do not always pre-shrink the fabric being used for
the bias binding because it will not really shrink the same, being on
We have loads of novelty
fabrics that will make DARLING BIBS or BAPRONS! I used a FAT
QUARTER when I just wanted to make one. You can make 3 with a
half yard or have enough to make bias for a different bib.
We've been very inspired by the latest
BOOK-AZINE called SEW
Lily has been whipping up ORNAMENTS
and more! I think they'll go with my stockings! :)
Come see for yourself or order a copy
today. Great ideas for Holiday gifts & decorating on every
We've just added the SEW
LAZY INTERFACING to our collection. Some of them are very
similar to others that we carry, but we know that patterns will start
calling for these by name, and we think they are pretty neat!
I go, I seem to spot inspiration for quilts.
Mosaics and tile are BIG
INSPIRATION, and I'm always pulling out my phone to take a shot.
Here are a few from my recent Chicago trip.
As I mentioned in last
week's newsletter, I toured the ROOKERY
Building, with an historic Frank Lloyd Wright design, in the
financial district of downtown Chicago. I highly
recommend the tour!
is a shot of one of the original ornate iron columns that Wright
encased in marble in his "make-over". They recently uncovered this one so the
original could be seen. He used the iron design work to inspire
the gold-leaf pattern on the marble! But check out this tile floor!
For many, many years,
there was a cigar store tucked in the corner of this main lobby.
When they tore it out, it had protected the original tile floor below
so the color was brilliant and unfaded. Soooo cool!
little bit later I spied this wonderful mosaic on the sidewalk outside
a retail store.
My friend Toni was so
inspired by the tile she saw in a fancy hotel that she designed an
entire line of fabric and a quilt for WING
& A PRAYER DESIGNS!