Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How do you stash your stash?

When you purchase fabric, do you have a particular project or pattern in mind? Or do you shop based on what strikes you at the moment, and then add it to your stash to use at a later date?  What amount of a particular fabric do you buy? Fat quarters? Half yards? Multiple yard cuts?

Perhaps it's a mix of both. When I started sewing more in earnest a few years ago, I didn't know what a "stash" was.  I shopped for fabric as I needed it.  Over time, however,  I realized the benefits of purchasing fabrics for later use, as well as good times to buy multiple prints or multiple yard cuts. 

Shopping during markdowns and sales can be a great opportunity to stock up on multiple yard cuts for use in larger projects such as quilt backings, garments, and bags or bag linings. Right now we have nearly 400 fabrics on sale for $8/yard or under.

Remember, for every $50 spent receive a golden ticket while supplies last! Golden tickets will be packaged with your order.  See all the giveaway details here.
Photo: Golden Tickets are going out! 600 prizes available!
When you receive your order, check your golden ticket to see if you won $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 off your next order OR the grand prize, a full year of Stash Stack Club: 144 fat quarters of stash building blenders!

Happy stashing!

Anna

Friday, July 26, 2013

Feature Friday: Christmas in July

Today I'm excited to feature.... my very first, finished quilted project!

It's hard not to catch the quilting bug when you are working in a fabric store every week.

I had sewn some clothes and bags before, but never tried a quilt.  Good thing I work at Pink Castle Fabrics and I live almost next door to Lynn of The Little Red Hen, right?

In the fall I started an ambitious star quilt which I have not finished yet.  But I got a lot of practice making liberated star blocks, so when Brenda suggested I make Happy Zombie's star-covered Tree Pants, I jumped on it!  

(What are tree pants?!  It's a square-shaped Christmas tree skirt).  



For the ultimate in Christmas-ness, Brenda asked me to use Kate Spain's In From the Cold line.  There are all sorts of prints in this line - from cute gingerbread men, to tone-on-tone blenders, and a beautiful songbird print.  I tried to arrange them all fairly randomly across the quilt.  To separate the blocks I used strips of Rain in Red and Tiny Dot in Grass.  The wonky stars are Kona White.  


Cutting & piecing this quilt was easy-peasy because I used two of the In From the Cold charm packs for the square star background.  The charm squares are a little bigger than the pattern asks for and I had to make other adjustments for that, but really --- it just means you have more surface area on which to place presents under your tree, and there can't be anything wrong with that.


I was able to piece this quilt together myself, but it wouldn't look anything like a quilt if it weren't for Lynn's help and teaching and my boyfriend finishing the straight-line quilting for me when I got too frustrated.  Oh, P.S. they both took all the photos for this post as well, because I had to go out of town.  They're such helpers!

Check out other great projects made from Pink Castle Fabrics in the flickr pool!

- Megan


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Camp Stitchalot! It's Almost Time!

Camp Stitchalot - Modern Quilting Retreat

I looked at the calendar the other day and realized it's almost time to go to Camp again!  Camp Stitchalot Summer 2013 is August 9-11th!  And we will be learning amazing modern quilting techniques from some really talented teachers:

      Jacquie Gering - Tallgrass Prairie Studio
     Amanda Jean Nyberg - Crazy Mom Quilts
     Dan Rouse - Piece and Press
     Rossie Hutchinson - Fresh Modern Quilts
     Brenda Ratliff (your host) - Just a Bit Frayed / Pink Castle Fabrics
We will be learning all the techniques to make this sampler quilt.  My hope is that when you are successful in making this quilt that you'll be able to take these techniques and mix them together in future projects!  

I have to say that even before we arrive at camp I'm impressed with the enthusiasm and professionalism of the teachers (not just from this camp either).  The best part about Camp is really getting a chance to get to know the teachers.  Everyone sews, eats, laughs and relaxes together.  I'm truly excited to meet some new friends in a few weeks!  I hope you are coming too.  
There are a few tickets left, email me at brenda@pinkcastlefabrics.com if you have any questions.  If you are signed up you should have gotten an email with the supplies list and schedule!  Let me know if you didn't get it!



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I've Got a Golden Ticket! - A One Year of Stash Stack Club Giveaway!



It seems like it was just yesterday, but we have now completed a full year of our popular Stash Stack Club!  Jeni Baker from In Color Order and I hatched this club based upon her awesome Art of Choosing series on her blog.  She talks about best "stash builder" fabrics and how to use them with your other prints to create amazing color schemes for quilting.  After reading her series, I looked through my own stash and started refolding and arranging it in color order.  I realized that I had a lot of "main prints" and novelty prints but nothing to go with them!  Every time I wanted to start a new project, I had to go out and buy stash builder or coordinating prints to round out my bundle.  Then when I would go online to shop (my local shops really don't have a ton of modern fabrics available) I would have to sift through all the new lines of fabrics (because that's how shops online buy and arrange their shops) to find the stash builders within collections and hope they match.  By then the inspiration might have passed me by!  

I rearranged my shop and tagged everything that I consider a "stash builder".  A stash builder is a fabric that has only one color or one color and white.  Then I tagged them by color family and Jason helped me set up a section on the right sidebar of Pink Castle Fabrics so you can easily shop all the stash builders that we have in stock:


We now have over 400 stash builders in stock!  I keep searching and reordering all your favorites so you can come to my shop and find just the right color to finish your projects!

I have saved a fat quarter (18" x 22") of every print from the last year!  Here is what one year in Stash Stack Club gets you. Pretty amazing, huh?


Now, I'm going to be giving them all away to one lucky person!  You will win 36 yards of stash builders!  This is an instant stash!  Are you getting excited?  I am.  Oh, yeah!  I should tell you how to win!  All you have to do is get the Grand Prize GOLDEN TICKET!   Starting this Friday, July 19th all orders at Pink Castle Fabrics (in store and online) over $50 will get you a Golden Ticket.  EVERY GOLDEN TICKET IS A WINNER!  You will win a Gift Certificate for Pink Castle Fabrics in one of these amounts: $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or the Grand Prize of 144 Stash Builder fat quarters!  
Giveaway Details: 
1.  Golden Tickets are only good on orders after July 19th 2013 and until supplies last (over 550 prizes available).  We cannot issue Golden Tickets for orders placed before July 19th, 2013.
2.   One Golden Ticket is issued for every $50 spent (before shipping) in one order.  For example, if you order $134 you will get 2 tickets.  If you have two orders of $25 you get no tickets.   Stash Stack Club and/or No Prints Allowed do not count for the Golden Ticket contest.  This is only for orders placed online at http://PinkCastleFabrics.com or at our in store location in Ann Arbor, MI.
3.   To find out the amount of your gift certificate, input the coupon code on the Golden Ticket at checkout on your next order.  Don't forget, every ticket is a winner!  Your prize could be $5-$100 off your next order!  The Grand Prize ticket will say "Grand Prize" and have information on how to claim your prize.
4.   All Golden tickets will expire August 31st, 2013.
 There are at least 3 $100 Gift Certificates and 6 $50 Gift Certificates available as well as the one Grand Prize.  

We just started a new year of Stash Stack Club so make sure to sign up!  This year we are taking out Navy for the month of August (navy will be mixed in with Blue) and adding in Low Volume!  Low Volume prints are becoming a necessity of the modern stash and the popularity won't be going away any time soon.

Get your orders ready for this weekend!  Good Luck!

Brenda






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Stash Stack Club Pinks

 

1.  Moorish Tile in Fuschia 
2.  RJR Basics Dot in Hot Pink 
3.  Ikat Diamond in Hot Pink from Simply Color
4.  Summer from Summersville
6.  Nordic Diamond in Fuschia 
7.  So Stitchy French Knots in Carnation
9.  Lizzy House Illusion from Castle Peeps
10.  RJR Home Essentials 
11. Oh Dear Dots in Pink 
12. Dash Stripe in Pink from A Walk in the Woods 

Stash Stack Club subscribers, some pink fabrics are coming your way this month!  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wallflowers Winners

It's time to announce the winners of the Wallflowers Quilt Design Contest we held with Windham Fabrics, Threadbias, & Stash Books...


Thanks to all of your voting, 5 winners were selected.  Those 5 winners were then sent on to Allison Harris, designer of Wallflowers... She picked the Grand Prize Winner!  The remaining four are the runners-up.  Congratulations to all! 

The Grand Prize winner is Cristina who designed this Small Town Girl quilt.  She will win all the Wallflowers fabric needed to make her quilt design, a signed copy of Allison's book Growing Up Modern, and a $25 gift certificate to Pink Castle Fabrics! 

The four runners-up will each receive an e-book copy of Growing Up Modern and a $15 gift certificate to Pink Castle Fabrics.



Such great designs all around!  Have a look at the other entries over on Threadbias.

The Wallflowers line will be available on September 1st and is available for presale now at our Pink Castle store.  






The Weekly Stack: Garden At Dusk


The Weekly Stack:  Garden at Dusk








Friday, July 12, 2013

Feature Friday: Strawberry Jam Quilt from Little & Lots

How perfectly summer-ish is this quilt?  A strawberry jam quilt from Laura at Little & Lots.


Laura made a great Washi dress out of strawberry-printed Kokka linen she bought from us, and used the scraps from cutting out the dress to make this quilt.  

  

There are also some ArchitexturesPearl Bracelets, and Comma prints in there.  I really like how the Sketch print in Lipstick pops and brings out the pink strawberries scattered throughout the quilt.  

Read more about the Strawberry Jam quilt on the Little & Lots blog!  

Friday, July 5, 2013

Feature Friday: Giveaway Winner - Knotty Gnome Crafts!

Congrats to our June Made With Pink Castle Fabrics Giveaway winner - Knotty Gnome Crafts!

She entered this log cabin pillow that looks like it features some Stash Stack grays... 


Beautiful quilting, too!  Check out the great crafts and quilts Knotty Gnome is making over at her blog, Knotty Gnome Crafts.

Thanks for entering, everyone.

Knotty Gnome, send your mailing address along to megan@pinkcastlefabrics.com and we'll get some fat eighth bundles on their way to you!  

It's July 4th! Independence Day Sale!

It's July 4th!  

Happy Independence Day!

In honor of the holiday, we're holding a 25% off everything sale, beginning today and running through the weekend.  Just use the coupon code FOURTH at checkout.