Friday, December 12, 2014

New clubs with Pink Castle!

Hello, friends!! I know our blog has been a little quiet in the past few weeks. We've been at Camp Stitchalot (which I'll tell you more about another day) and we've been working on some really cool new things which I'm happy to share with you guys now!

First, we're adding a block of the month club! Starting in January, we'll have the new Moccasin BOM from GenX quilters!

Block of the Month clubs are pretty simple and we're happy to introduce the first from us! Each month, members of the Moccasin BOM Club will receive a pattern and all the pieces of fabric they'll need to create that month's designated 9 1/2" square block. The club lasts for 12 months so you'll get a block from us each month through all of 2015! By the end of the year, you'll have 12 finished blocks and all the fabric to finish your 65" x 65" quilt top plus binding. We'll have backing kits ready for you too as the year comes to a close. 

The Moccasin quilt is a really great way to expand your repertoire with traditional techniques like half square triangles, flying geese, nine patches, and rail fences as well as some more challenging piecing with curves, strings, and appliqué for a Dresden plate. 

The cost is $11.25 per month (plus shipping). Your club membership will bill on the 18th every month and ship on the 23rd. You can head to the Moccasin BOM page here to sign up and keep an eye out for a quilt along with the other Pink Castle Hayley blogger.

Next, something I'm really excited about, is our new Notions Club! This club is basically a subscription service for notions you use on a regular basis-- rotary blades, Aurifil thread (we have a few options for colors in either 50wt or 40wt), sewing machine needles, Sewline glue pen refills, and our favorite Soak products like Flatter, Soak Wash, and Handmaid. 

For the notions club, you simply click a little check box for each product you want included in your box and we ship it to you at the end of each month. Never worry about running out of your essentials again! We'll make sure you're always well stocked on the notions you need. You can read more about the Notions Club and sign up over here.

Last, but certainly not least, we're offering a new Monthly Club Box. If you subscribe to more than one of our clubs (which I know many of you do), this will make shipping much simpler for everyone. Rather than paying shipping on each club bundle that gets mailed to you, the Club Box will let you pay one flat fee for shipping and all your bundles sent out in one big parcel each month.

Shipping for the club box will be $5.75 in the US, $11.00 for our Canadian friends, and $15.00 everywhere else internationally. It's only a buck (for the US, three bucks for everyone else) per club to add it to your box and we'll ship it out to you on the 30th of each month! Check out the Monthly Club Box page for more info on simplifying your club shipping.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Priory Square is here!!

Art Gallery hinted around for a while this summer before finally announcing who their new Limited Edition designers would be. You can imagine how excited we were to hear it was our lovely dear friend, Katy Jones. It feels like ages since this announcement was made and we've been ever so patiently waiting the arrival of her prints. I am so happy to say that day has finally come!

Katy's collection has eight prints on quilting weight cotton plus two knits (Cottagely Posy and Clover Field) and her feature print, Sunday Clippings, in voile. Her booth at market was so gorgeous and had lots of projects made up with all the different substrates.

Cute dresses and things made up in knit, voile, and quilting cotton!
Katy's new Aurifil thread box and an Open Wide Pouch (free tutorial here!)
with Sunday Clippings on top and that gorgeous map print on the bottom
Love this Sew Together Bag! And that rose print in metallic ink is killer.
And of course a cute Katy pattern (also seen in issue #1 of Quilt Now)
How cute is this booth?! I want Priory Square bunting in every corner of my home!

And of course a few copies of Quilt Now in the booth!
Yardage and bundles are listed on our site here for you to order. If you ordered from our pre-sale, we'll be getting all these beauties to you as soon as possible! I loved all of the projects I got to see from Katy in Houston and I look forward to seeing what all you whip up!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

318 Patchwork Quilt Along!

The very awesome Allegory at A Thousand Needles has been hosting a quilt along for the 318 Patchwork Patterns book! She started in mid October and each week, she'll feature four blocks with a guest quilter and a giveaway. Her inaugural post with all those details can be found here (along with weeks one and two).

This week (or rather last week but given our shop move, it's been pretty chaotic around here) the guest on Al's blog is our very own Brenda Ratliff! She owns Pink Castle Fabrics, in case you were not already aware. She rules.

Brenda made block #5 from the book, this sweet ice cream cone. I told her she should make all the sweet treat blocks into a pillow set because how cute would that be?! Brenda put the time into nice finishing techniques too like a hidden zipper and contrast binding. You can read more about her experience working from this book and making the pillow over on her blog.

There have been a bunch of cute blocks stitched together so far-- mugs, apples, ducks, shooting stars, hearts, and this super cute little tulip!

This tulip, a shooting star, and heart featured in week 1!

A duck (block #95) pieced by Allegory
A chicken (block #99) pieced by guest blogger from week 2, Penny from SewTakeAHike

The 318 Patchwork Patterns book uses the freezer paper method of paper piecing which some of you may not be familiar with (I know I'm not). Al was also kind enough to put together a great tutorial on how to do this method of paper piecing!

I was really excited to get this book in the shop as soon as I found out we'd be carrying it and now seeing all these blocks worked up in pretty fabrics is so awesome. They're even cuter than I thought they'd be! If you're interested in seeing more projects made with some of these adorable paper pieced blocks, Zakka Workshop is also organizing a blog hop to show off all the things you can make from the book! Here's the full schedule for that:

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's Beginning to Look (somewhat) Like Christmas!

We’re getting closer and closer to the holiday season…Target has lights and ornaments on display next to the Halloween decorations. My friends’ kids are already telling me what they want for Christmas. In Michigan, the cold weather is beginning to creep up on us. And I still haven’t gotten around to quilting the Christmas quilt I made in July.

Let’s be honest, it’s hard to think about a holiday so far in advance. But I’m here to tell you that there are only 63 days until Christmas. 63?! That’s too soon! 

I figured I’d help you out with some fun ideas for Christmas projects.

First, I put together a fun blogger bundle with some fun Christmas colors, Yuletide Fruitcake.

Then I found some awesome patterns we have in the shop and online.

Empty Bobbin has a pattern for a super cute, stocking-themed Advent Calendar! The little advent cards for each slot are included in the pattern, too.

To The Point, a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern, only needs eight fat quarters for the throw-sized quilt. That’s a perfect way to put this whole bundle to use and even have some extra fabric!

John Q. Adams’ book, Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays, is perfect for any seasonal bundles!

What about the Nite Owl Quilting Hexagon Tree Skirt?

And while you’re planning some Christmas projects for the year, you might as well start putting together your Christmas list. We have some great bundles and quilt kits in the shop that would make excellent stocking stuffers (and stash fillers).

Even though Christmas is just around the corner, don't forget to enjoy the rest of your Autumn season

Monday, October 20, 2014

Handcrafted by Alison Glass has arrived!!

Alison Glass has been working with Andover on this new collection of fabrics for a while now and we're so excited to finally get them in stock. Let's take a closer look at Alison Glass Handcrafted.

Plus in Teal, Chartreuse, and Lagoon (more on prints below)
Handcrafted is a collection of hand dyed and hand stamped prints (hence the name). It's no surprise that Alison's color choices are all absolutely stunning and the prints are a modern, minimalistic, and clean take on a traditional batik processed fabrics. Take note though, these are nothing like any batik you've seen before. I feel like these prints really redefine how modern quilters see batik-processed/hand dyed fabrics.

The batik process is a really labor intensive and fascinating thing. Basically, batiks are any fabrics that are hand dyed and printed with a wax resist (so wax is applied to the fabric and then it's dyed and the spots that had wax on them don't absorb the dye-- salts are often applied too to give that textured crackly look). The batiks many of us think of are hand dyed with a really improvisational method and it's almost random how the wax and dye lie. Alison worked with Andover to take these ancient techniques for fabric dyeing and create something completely new and modern. Each of these fabrics is meticulously stamped to convey exactly the look and feel Alison has imagined.

Handcrafted includes five prints: Bouquet, Plus, Geese, Penny, and Petal (a gorgeous border print).

Bouquet in Duck Egg. Also in Ruby and Yarrow

Plus in Shortbread. Also in Chartreuse,  Lagoon, Strawberry, and Teal.
Geese in Lichen. Also in Storm, Graphite, and Tomato.
Penny in Fossil. Also in Beet, Peacock, and Navy.
Petal in Charcoal. Also in Eggplant.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Get up and Go skirt

You might have heard that Deborah of Whipstitch is introducing a new series of sewing patterns. The 'Learn As You Go' patterns are great, whether you're a beginner or a more experienced sewist.
I had the opportunity to test out the Get Up and Go Skirt last week, with wonderful results!

Let me start by saying, this is really more than a pattern. Deborah provides videos for each step of the way, which can help you through any difficulties. You can ignore them, but if you are sewing your very first thing ever, the videos will guide you on your journey! I consider my self an intermediate garment sewer, but I watched most of the videos, and learned a few new things.

Deborah also provides a checklist as part of the pattern. For list-loving people (like myself), I enjoyed checking off each step as I went. Oh, and Deborah gives you an option to print ONLY your size. It is so much cleaner than multi-size patterns, and helps to prevent cutting (or tracing) the wrong size.
The skirt came together pretty quickly. I always recommend cutting/prepping fabric one day, and start sewing after a break. I tend to rush through the sewing if I'm tired from the prep!

For my first version, I chose a voile fabric, and I just cut out a second skirt from this fun Jeni Baker Geometric Bliss print.

I see myself making many more Get Up and Go skirts in the near future!

I really recommend that you check out the Get Up and Go skirt, and keep an eye out for future Learn as You Go patterns from Whipstitch!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Classes are starting again at Pink Castle!

This post will cater a little more specifically to our local friends but I wanted to share with all of you anyway!

We have a new class coming to our shop (hopefully in our new location) featuring a new teacher! Anke Trampler will be joining us starting later this month for an introductory sewing class.

This class will be a six-week long course that will cover the basics of machine sewing including fabric selection, reading and understanding patterns, pressing/pinning, interfacing, zippers, buttonholes, and all those other important steps required for successful sewing projects. It's a really great course covering tons of material!

Anke will walk students through all the steps of the sewing process from prep work to finishing and in the process will help students complete four projects: an infinity scarf, a throw pillow with tassels, and a cute sleep set with lounge pants and an eye mask!

You can save a spot for yourself or a budding sewist in our Modern Sewing Essentials class by clicking here under "General Sewing".

Feel free to share our flyer for the class too, if you know of some folks who may be interested in trying their hand at sewing!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Wardrobes and a Pattern Sale!

As the seasons are already starting to change here in Michigan (we're already experiencing temperatures below 60, it's rough) we've got fall wardrobes on the brain. I'm excited for cozy layers and not having to worry about boiling to death outside. So I've uncovered patterns for some awesome pieces I'd love to add to my wardrobe this fall!

Liesel & Co's Metro T-Shirt

First, Liesel & Co's Metro T-Shirt is a great staple year round. With a super simple fit and options for short or long sleeves, the Metro tee is something you could wear every single day. There's even a pattern for a men's cut!

And a men's version!

The Meridian cardigan by Imagine Gnats is exactly the kind of cardigan I want to cocoon myself in for the duration of the long cold season up here. The pattern suggests medium weight jersey (like all these yummy jersey knits or gorgeous Anna Maria Horner overlock knits). Plus it's reversible so it's practically like sewing one garment and walking away with two.

Ah yes, the perfect cardigan cocoon for fall.

This Late Lunch Tunic is the perfect top to pair with leggings-- for days when real pants just aren't going to make the cut. I love the look of the sample made up with chambray. This would look and feel awesome in Peppered Cotton for a similar heathered solid look! If that's not your thing, or maybe your seasons are not quite as harsh as they are here in Michigan, this would be awesome made out of lawn or voile (like how gorgeous would it be in this Gramercy voile?)

With leggings or jeans, this tunic is perfect cozy for fall weather!

Let's not leave out the kiddos! Blank Slate's Basic Blazer and Figgy's Nituna swing line coat are adorable staples for stylish little ones. These would be great made out of a bit heavier substrate like a cotton-linen blend or oxford. That Nituna coat would be adorable with one of the Alice in Wonderland oxfords!

The perfect little boy's blazer
For the fashionable little ladies in your life!

Now through the weekend you can take 10% off all pattern orders with the code PATTERN10! Time to start stitching!