Saturday, May 31, 2014

Through Sunday, All Japanese Fabric 30% Off!

At Pink Castle, we love our Japanese fabrics and we love sharing them with others! From now through Sunday, June 1st, use the code JAPAN30 while checking out and save 30% on all Japanese fabrics! Grab yourself some delightful double gauze, beautiful echino, a fabulous bundle, or any of our many, many Japanese prints.

New Japanese Fabrics!

The perfect accompaniment to our JAPAN30 sale, we have brand new Japanese fabrics in stock this week!

Check out the Old New 30s collection for a variety of colorful florals!

Also new entries in our Nico Nico Land collection. Plus, re-stocks of Flower Sugar and so much more!

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Tiffany Quilt

Just before quilt market, we embarked on a special project of our own: The Tiffany Quilt. A scrappy low-volume quilt whose sole guiding principle was, "What would Rita do?"

Rita, of course, is Rita Hodges of Red Pepper Quilts, designer of the Tiffany Quilt pattern and whose iconic style was to be our blueprint! Hayley chose the fabric and with that in hand, Brenda and Ronit (of Two Hippos fame) turned to their cutters and sewing machines.

After it was all done, I asked Ronit what she liked best about the Tiffany Quilt.

"It's a great pattern to piece for beginners, but also opens up possibilities for experienced quilters. You can chain piece it. For experienced quilters, you can do this while watching TV. You can really get into a nice rhythm."

Over a period of several days, Brenda and Ronit worked furiously to complete our Tiffany Quilt, occasionally enduring setbacks along the way. One morning, they came in to find the design wall on the floor of the shop, all of their hard work from the night before scattered across the tile. But they turned disaster into inspiration.

"Even when the design wall falls, it works out fine. Ours did and that's when we decided to piece it randomly!"

We had so much fun with the Tiffany Quilt that we put together a kit for it, as well as an accompanying backing kit! We took everything we used and put it into these kits, so you'll have everything you need to make this easy, fun, scrappy quilt. And what if you want to add your own personal flair to it? Ronit has an answer for that too!

"It's a kit, but with a lot of room to play. It's very open-ended."

Open-ended indeed! Just make sure your design wall is securely fasten down!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spring Quilt Market Trends

For the last installment of spring Quilt Market posts, we’ll share some trends we saw on the market floor! We had a lot of new lines and new products to look at so we’re going to break down the whole lot to a few key things you’ll be seeing quite a bit in the coming months.There was so much to soak in but a few elements were everywhere.

First off, the deer is the animal of the year. From Tula Pink's feature print in her new collection "Moonshine" to Violet Craft's "Brambleberry Ridge", fabric lines and booth decor alike showcased deer.

From "Moonshine" by Tula Pink

From Joel Dewberry's "Birch Farm"

From Joel Dewbery's booth

From Dear Stella

From Violet Craft's "Forest Abstraction" pattern using fabric from "Brambleberry Ridge"

Sateen Echino prints

Wool appliqué from Heidi Boyd

The infamous Harvey the Deer from Emily Herrick's booth

Second, metallics have arrived. We’ve seen metallic inks slowly work their way into the occasional collection but many designers will be featuring hints of metallic in upcoming lines not only in feature prints, but in basics and blenders. 

Cotton + Steel

Echino sateen

Violet Craft's "Brambleberry Ridge"

Another trend we’re noticing is that designers and manufacturers are including more diversity in substrates. Collections are more often including options in knit, lawn, sateen, linen, voile, and even wool. 

Hand dyed, hand stamped fabrics by Alison Glass for Andover

Wool bundle from Alison Glass

Garment sewers rejoice! But garments aren’t the only uses for these textures. Lots of project display quilts featured varying textures to bring a new dimension to quilting.

Art Gallery booths showcasing voiles and knits

Sew Caroline's Caroline Hulse with a project made with voile from her new collection "Gleeful"

Next, among the many pastels, there were a couple key colors in multiple lines coming out this year— peach and aqua. Across the board, we saw countless subtle variations of a fresh, light peach or coral shade and clean and dreamy aqua.

Michael Miller Modern Basics

Cotton + Steel

"Fanfare" by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud 9 

Michael Miller booth inspiration wall

Cotton + Steel

Kenzie Mac booth decor and bags

Finally, let’s look at blenders. We saw lots of geometric prints, like plus signs or triangles (think back to those gold metallic triangles from Violet Craft), placed in a sparse print with lots of negative space.

Zen Chic by Brigitte Heitland from Moda

Hand dyed, hand stamped fabrics by Alison Glass for Andover

Cotton + Steel basics

What trends are you loving? Which ones will you pass on?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

From the flickr pool

Hello! I'm just dropping in to share a few fun things from the Pink Castle Fabrics flickr pool. Be sure to add the projects you make with your PCF stash to the pool, and we might feature you!

First up, I love this table runner, made by Kelly. She used a Word Up bundle (currently sold out, but I bet Brenda would make a new one, if you ask nicely!). Or, you could use this new bundle! The 32 Rainbow Way bundle would be a great choice for the brights. You could use the same bundles to make a pillow like this one from Pretty Bobbins:

You can read more about her pillow here.
And finally, look at this adorable oven mitt, made by Lucy. She used this Lecien Yummy Lunchtime print. You can read more about the oven mitt here! I think I might need to make one, too!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cotton + Steel: A collaborative collection (and a new club!)

We’ve been hearing the hype surrounding Cotton + Steel for months and we're sure you have too. The new designer collaboration finally premiered their debut collection at spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh with retail release set for July. Presale for bundles are available here.

So what is Cotton + Steel? This new project is made up of five established designers, pattern makers, and bloggers with the help of RJR Fabrics. Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Kimberly Kight, Sarah Watts, and Alexia Marcelle Abegg have each designed individual collections within a common color palette and with one collection of basics that play well with all the feature prints. Here's a short film on the story behind the company:

So what exactly are we getting with this first release? Let's take a closer look.

First, we can start with the basics. The basics line is a selection of blenders that can be paired with any individual designer's collection that utilize three simple prints in 34 colors with a selection of nine metallic prints.

Melody Miller's collection "Mustang" features a few favorite prints from her past collections, some resized, as well as border prints, metallics, and prints on an unbleached cotton/linen blend. 

Alexia Abegg's "Hatbox" was inspired by vintage fashion and midcentury style. Many of her prints have a hand drawn and retro feel with sketch and watercolor florals, a penned text print, and mod tartan inspired geometric print.

"Moonlit" by Rashida Coleman-Hale has a modern, Japanese inspired flair. Clean geometrics, matchsticks, and butterflies round out this collection inspired by picnics on warm summer nights.

Kim Kight's "Homebody" collection pulls more vintage and even reproduction prints. Stamp, button, and thumbtack prints give this collection a cozy, quirky feel. 

"August", designed by Sarah Watts, showcases the designer's pen and ink illustrations and storytelling. Lions and gazelles drawn with great detail are complimented by graphic florals and soft rain drops.

With 102 prints in its entirety, this collection is pretty all-encompassing. Small and large prints, organic and geometric, and colors across the board make this line accessible and useable for all tastes.

If the mass and dynamic of individual yardage from this line leaves you feeling overwhelmed by the possibilities, we bring you another option: the Cotton + Steel Club.

Beginning this August, we'll be offering a unique remix of 12 prints each month from all of the Cotton + Steel collections, comprised mostly of feature prints but with a few basics thrown in. By combining prints from all the different lines and adding basics, we'll help you reimagine the possibilities of combinations with these gorgeous prints.

Lists of the prints included will be available about two weeks before shipping out. Sign up between now and August 5th in order to receive the bundle for the month of August.

A fat quarter bundle subscription will be $30 per month, with half yard and full yard bundles selling for $60 and $120 respectively. Sign up here!