Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New Art Gallery Bundle Club line up!

Art Gallery Club NEW Line Up!
New collections for the Art Gallery bundle club!  If you are fan of the soft and lovely fabrics from Art Gallery, then this is the club for you.  Each month you get 20 prints featuring one of the beautiful collections from Art Gallery!  You can choose what size you want your fabrics!

Fat Eighths (9" x 22") = $25 + shipping
Fat Quarters (18" x 22")  = $50 + shipping
Half Yards (18" x 44") = $98.00 + shipping
 
This season Art Gallery has introduced some new and exciting collection concepts.  In February we are shipping two of the new Capsules collections.  These are 10 print collections based on a theme.  Next month for March we are shipping two of Art Gallery's new Fusion collections.  These feature 10 prints from past collections.  BUT they are all recolored to match one lovely color palette!  (I REALLY love this idea!)

In April we welcome a new line from Amy Sinibaldi!  Her Charleston collection and matching Les Petits basics are part of Art Gallery's new Angles division.  This will showcase more geometric and modern fabrics than the painterly florals that are staples in the AGF lineup.  These collections will have less than 20 prints so they will have a few matching basics added in for the club.

Here is the club line up preview for the next few months:
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017 (Charleston full collection + 4 basics from Les Petits)
May 2017
June 2017

 
Art Gallery Club info and sign up!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Quicker by the Dozen Block of the Month!

Quicker by the Dozen!  I'm really excited about this new block of the month!  This lovely quilt is made with prints from the January 2017 release of Cotton+Steel.  The pattern is by Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries fame!  We have been having a great time making the sample of this quilt and I know you will love this block of the month!
This 7 month block of the month begins mid-February!  Each month you get fabric to make one block a dozen times.  It really is quicker by the dozen!  Kara and I will send you an email each month with tips and tricks that we learned while making the blocks.  You will receive all fabric you need to create this quilt top including binding!  (backing sold separately)

Just $18.50/month + shipping!
Your $20 one time set up fee is the awesome pattern booklet (it will be sent with the first month's fabric).  Lynette gives instructions to make this quilt in both lap and queen  sizes in the pattern booklet.  You will receive fabric to make the lap size (66" x 72") quilt in the club!

Sign up now!  Your pattern and first month of fabric will mail out on February 18th!
Subscribe here!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Liberty of London Tana Lawns! All new in stock!

All New Liberty of London Tana Lawn!
Thanks to our last shipment, we now have over 100 Liberty of London tana lawns in stock!  If you have never used Liberty lawns before you are missing out!  These fabrics are GORGEOUS!  Lawns are 100% cotton fabrics with a high thread count.  They feel and drape almost like silk.  These lawns were named after Lake Tana in Ethiopia where the cotton originated to create these lovely fabrics.  Liberty has been considered one of the Leaders in the fabric industry for over 100 years because of their  quality and style.

We have some bundles in stock too!   These stash boxes and extra bundles from our Liberty of London club are great to grab for patchwork!
These fabrics are wonderful for clothing AND amazing quilts and other sewing projects!  One of our favorite designers, Alexia Abegg created Liberty Love, a collection of patchwork projects featuring Liberty lawns.  This book is out of print but you can still get the Kindle edition!

Check out our Liberty of London Pinterest board for some inspiration!
 
See all Liberty in stock here!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pat Sloan's Book Tour! Teach Me to Machine Quilt!


See that smiling face on the cover?  That's my friend Pat Sloan!  AND I'm really excited that she asked me to be a part of her book tour for her awesome new book Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt: Learn the Basics of Walking Foot and Free-Motion Quilting.

This book is the third in a new "Teach Me" to quilt series that Pat is putting together.  The other two books in the series, Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique: Fusible Applique That's Soft and Simple and Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles: 13 Easy Techniques Plus 12 Fun Quilts are still available so make sure you grab those too so you can have them all!  As a quilt shop owner, I think this is a great idea.  I have customers that will come into the shop and see a quilt and say, "Oh, I could never do that.  I don't know how to _______."  I can just hand them a book with Pat's smiling face on it and say, "Now you can!"

Machine quilting on a home machine is is the most requested class in my shop.  It seems scary at first to quilters.  Here's a quilt top that took hours and hours to finish and they don't want to ruin it.  Or they don't know where to start.  AND you see all these folks who have been quilting for years (or who send their quilts out to a professional) and you compare yourself.  "My quilting could never look like that!"  Of course it can!  Get Pat's book and get practicing!

Teach Me to Machine Quilt has a lot of information.  Some quilting books you see just have a few ages of introductory quilt information and then some projects.  Not so on this book.  It's really meant to dive deep into the subject of machine quilting.  And it really does.  Pat goes over the entire process from start to finish.  She highlights different methods too.  For example, pin basting vs. spray basting. This way you can try both out and decide for yourself which you prefer.  That makes Pat's book one that you can keep as a reference and go back to over and over again.  AND it includes information for BOTH free motion quilting AND walking foot quilting!

One of my favorite things about Teach Me to Machine Quilt are the visual references.  There are a lot of pictures in this book.  Including visual references on thread weights and what that looks like quilted, different ways to piece the back of the quilt, and what your quilting should look like and how to fix issues.  PLUS there are 8 bonus videos that you can watch (information on how to see them is in the book!) so you can really get a good idea of what Pat is talking about.  That is very valuable.

The sample projects at the end of the book are great for practicing what you just learned.  Pat has included both small (nice to start with something more manageable) and larger (lap size) projects.  She also has some applique to practice after you have learned everything from Teach Me to Applique.  I fell in love with the Cherry Pie project from the book and I started a few blocks.


Pretty cool blocks huh?  My plan is to make two more (smaller than the version in Pat's book) and then quilt the baby quilt myself.  These blocks finish at 15" so they are just the right size to make a quick baby quilt.  And I'm pretty sure I can handle quilting that myself .  Especially now that I have Pat's book to walk me through it... get it, walk me... you know because of the walking foot..   Okay, bad joke.

Make sure you go to Pat's Blog and enter to win a copy of her book!  Thanks Pat for including me :)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - November

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing your quilt smoother process!

Here's the month you've all been working toward! This month, we'll prepare our background and sashing fabrics and assemble our quilt.


Following the instructions on pages 74-76 of Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany, you can see how your blocks will be combined to form a quilt with a super modern layout. Her diagram on page 76 is very helpful for sewing them all together, but you are not at all obligated to put your blocks in the same places. I would just recommend not putting two of the same blocks next to each other. A design wall would be very helpful for determining your quilt's final layout.

   

After your quilt is assembled, you can quilt it or send it to your favorite longarmer! Kathy Koch of Thread Bear Quilting did a great job quilting with overlapping circles on her longarm. I'm so happy this quilt lives at Pink Castle Fabrics!


The binding complements the fabrics very well in this quilt. Dottie in Bluebird is one of my personal favorites. I love AnneMarie's tutorials for hand- and machine-binding on pages 120-124. Even if you've been quilting and binding for years, her instructions are very clear and easy to read. I forgot how simple joining the ends of binding can be, so I'm glad I read all of the instructions!


That's all for the year! It's been so great following along with all of you. I look forward to seeing all of your finished qults on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - October

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Striped Corners

Since our blocks for this quilt are in strips placed on the bias, we need to create some triangular shapes to turn this into a square. The striped corners let us pull out some of our favorite colors from the blocks to tie the whole thing together. This is how we chose to piece our corners:


      

You can find the instructions for the Striped Corners on pages 72-73 in AnneMarie Chany's book, Sister Sampler Quilts

Since we're sewing the version of this quilt with 12" blocks, you'll need to strip piece two panels with your prints and sashing for the WOF. Be mindful of which direction you cut your diagonals! If done correctly, you should have extra fabric strip pieced to set aside and use for another project. If you're like me, and aren't paying close attention, you'll need all of that fabric to make up for a silly mistake you made.




Another thing to keep in mind is that these blocks will be trimmed on the bias so they have to potential to stretch out of shape if they're mishandled. You should be careful with these sections between cutting them and the assembly next month--just stow them away in a safe place so they won't have the potential to stretch!

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Janome Skyline Series

Janome is known for making easy-to-afford machines that last. Pink Castle Fabrics is dedicated to sell our customers only the best, and we feel that Janome is one of the best!
The Skyline Series is certainly no different! All of the Skyline Series are great machines for everyday use, no matter if you're sewing garments, home decor, or quilting.

All four models have the same body, so they are all the same weight, have the same amount of work space, and one-step needle plate conversions.

Skyline S3

The Janome Skyline S3 is the only one of the Skyline series that is able to be sold online. You can find it on our website for a very reasonable $999.00! It's a great sewing machine for beginners and intermediates that you won't have to worry about them growing out of any time soon.

The Janome Skyline S3 Features:
  • 120 Stitches
    • 7 of which are bottonholes!
  • 8.25 inches of throat space
  • One-hand Needle Threader
  • Easy-Set Bobbin
  • 7 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
Here is a video demonstrating the One-Handed Needle Threader 
that comes on the Skylines S3 and S5



In the Pink Castle Fabrics Shop in Ann Arbor, we have the rest of the Skyline Series out on display for your test driving pleasure:


Skyline S5
Skyline S5

A step-up from the Skyline S3, the S5 includes a knee lift and 2 mm more of a maximum stitch width. It's a bit more bang-for-your-buck with more stitches all around, too!

The Skyline S5 features:

  • 170 Stitches
    • 10 Buttonholes
  • 9 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
  • One-hand needle threader
  • Easy-to-navigate touch screen
  • Easy-set bobbin



Skyline S7
Skyline S7

Is one of our personal favorites here at Pink Castle Fabrics! We use it for our Glamp Stitchalot Retreats for those in attendance that wish to rent a machine. It's the perfect sewing machine for apparel and quilting with special built-in applications for zippers, quilting, and piecing,


The Skyline S7 features:

  • Colored LCD Touch Screen
  • 240 Stitches
    • Including 11 buttonholes
  • 9 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
  • Superior needle threader
  • Easy-set bobbin
  • Acufeed Flex 
  • Built-in Applications
In this video, Brenda reviews the Skyline S7 and all of its 
amazing features!






Skyline S9
Skyline S9
The Skyline S9 is the only Skyline to be capable of machine embroidery! It is brand new as of September 2016. It has all the same sewing features as the Skyline S7 and then some! Really, you're not going to want to pass up this amazing machine.

The Skyline S9 features:

This is just one of the many
AMH embroidery designs that
come already programmed into the
Skyline S9!
  • Colored LCD Touch Screen 
  • 300 Stitches
    • Including 16 buttonholes
  • 9 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
  • Superior needle threader
  • Easy-set bobbin
  • Acufeed Flex
  • Built-in Wifi capabilities
  • 250 Built-in Embroidery designs
    • 40 of which are designed exclusively by Anna Maria Horner! (Not available for individual purchase elsewhere!)
  • Comes with three sizes of embroidery hoops: 
    • 6.7" by 7.9"
    • 5.5" by 5.5" 
    • 3.9" by 1.6"
  • The ability to taper specific stitches to create beautiful borders
  • You can purchase a professional straight stitch plate to turn it into a straight stitch machine! 

Skyline S9 with Embroidery Unit Attached




*The first five people to purchase a Skyline S9 from Pink Castle Fabrics will receive a free gift worth up to $180!

Call the shop today or e-mail our Resident Janome Sales Girl, Molly, with any questions, comments, or concerns at Molly@PinkCastleFabrics.com 
We can't wait to hear from you!


Did you know that October is Embroidery Month? We'll be posting throughout October with machine embroidery tips and tricks while also highlighting many of our amazing Janome Embroidery Machines. Stay Tuned!