Friday, January 31, 2014

Feature Friday! Sew Together Bag

On Feature Friday today, we are focusing on the Sew Together Bag! A bag pattern by Michelle of SewDemented.

This is a fun little sewing storage bag! It has three zipper pockets and four open pockets between the pockets that act as pockets, all bundled up in a large zipper, that forms two handles on the sides.

This bag will easily hold all your on the go sewing supplies. It will amaze you how much you can put into this fun and compact bag.

Dorie of Tumbling Blocks made one with a pieced and quilted exterior for a friend. So gorgeous. Love the feather print binding!

And on the inside, more rainbow deliciousness!

Dorie reports of the pattern that it is clearly written and fun to make! They certainly are fun to look at! Let's see some more:

Jeannie of Lv2Create calls them "addictive." I love the contrast between the bright zippered pockets and the the text print outsides on this one!

And this one, with the different colored zippers, that perfectly coordinate with the fabric!

Jamie of silverbailey has made several lovely ones too:

I especially like the lime and grey combination! A bag is always a great opportunity to combine many coordinating smaller pieces of cherished fabrics into one compact project!

I hope you are inspired to try something new and challenging by these pretty bags. And maybe you'll find it not so challenging after all!

Whatever you create, be sure to show it off in our Made with Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr pool!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Japanese Fabric Sale!

Japanese Fabric is 30% off with code JAPAN30

We just got a big shipment of new fabrics from Japan!  Super cute "kawaii" fabric, super soft double gauze and geometric linens

Ellen Luckett Baker's new line Garden

And they are all 30% off this week with code JAPAN30 ! 

So much amazing fabric goodness!

Linen and linen/cotton blends from Kokka and Kiyohara. Including many favorites - Echino, Melody Miller, Ellen Luckett Baker, and these cats:

The amazing softness of double gauze, great for clothes and baby quilts (as well as any quilts, really).

In solids!
Or with penguins and ice cream sundaes!
Oxfords, lawns, and other apparel fabrics from Yuwa and Kokka... Quilting cottons from Westex and Lecien. And these quilting cotton kawaii cuties from Trans Pacific Textiles:

The newest Echino!

And much more! All at an incredible 30% off with the code Japan30 at checkout!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Skinny Bolt Sale!

Take 20% off all our almost empty bolts this week with code SKINNY20 !

This week we are running one of my favorite sales. The Skinny Bolts Sale!

We have over 500 almost empty bolts in our shop right now! Help us clear up some space! Check out the link to see everything in the shop that has 5 yards or less on the bolt.

Take 20% off anything in this section by putting SKINNY20 in the coupon code section at checkout.

The cool thing about this sale is the Skinny section changes as the sale goes on.  New fabrics are added as people buy them!  So, make sure you check back daily to see if there's anything new!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Color Inspirations Club - Fat Quarter Giveaway!

Have you heard about our newest fabric club? It's called: Color Inspirations Club!! You may have seen Maureen's post sharing the details a couple of weeks ago, but if not, here's what you need to know!

Brenda is teaming up with RJR fabrics to bring you a bundle of 10 Cotton Supreme Solids each month! As you can see in the mosaic above, every month, you will receive a coordinating bundle of TEN solid fabrics inspired by an inspirational photo. None of the colors in each month will overlap during the year so by the end of the 12 month cycle you will have 120 different solids!! As always, your new solids will come labeled so you can easily reorder favorites! This is such a great way to up your solids stash in a way that works! Finally, no more waiting to have those perfect coordinating solids!!
The club is available here, and you can choose between fat quarter (18" x 22") or half yard (18" x 44") cuts for your monthly bundle! And today, we're giving away one January fat quarter bundle, Forest Floor.

Just leave a comment (just one, please) on this post. Additionally, if you subscribe to our newsletter, please leave a comment telling us, and you'll get an additional entry. If you don't already, you can subscribe now for a second entry!

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Until the 20th of January, you can also get 20% off the first month of your new subscription by signing up with the discount code CIC20!!
We will choose a winner of the giveaway Forest Floor FQ bundle on Monday and announce it in this post. Have a great weekend!
Comments are now closed. The winner is #83, Kris!. I'll be contacting you shortly to get the January bundle in the mail. Thanks for entering!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pink Castle carries PDF patterns!

Pink Castle is pleased to announce that we have expanded our selection of PDF downloadable patterns.  This means we are carrying more patterns for you to chose from. And nothing could be simpler or more convenient! When you purchase a PDF pattern, you will be emailed a link to download it shortly after your payment.

So, what's new?

We have new toys!

Rhino Plush pattern from DIY Fluffies

Alligator pattern by Penguin and Fish
 We have new bags!
Sugar & Spice by ChrisW Designs
Peas and Corn Lunch Bags by Sew Sweetness

More quilts!

Scrappy Pinwheel Flowers by Cottage Quilt Designs

Piccadilly Circle by Sassafras Lane
And more Clothes:
Ethereal Dress by Figgy's Patterns

Weekend Getaway Blouse by Liesl and Co
And much more! Including more embroidery patterns!

Have a look around our downloadable pattern page!

Just remember to check your printing ratio when you print to be sure your pattern is printing at the right size. Sew Mama Sew has a great tutorial on using PDF patterns on their site.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Talk of the Town - Low Volume Quilts

Pale and Interesting, a pillow - by Rachel of Wooden Spoon
Low Volume fabrics are pale fabrics, mostly white and cream in background  often with accents of brighter or darker colors thrown in for interest. I love Rachel's work with low volume fabrics because she just seems to choose the right brighter prints. Sure, it's a white pillow, and it's unified by underlying color, but there's still so much to look at! That splash of red and orange! It's a puzzle! It's a riddle! (And did you notice that clever bit of Painter's Palette in the left bottom corner! I could seriously contemplate this pillow all day...)

Here is another clever project from Rachel, a doll quilt top:

Photo courtesy of Rachel of Wooden Spoon
The pattern is Night Garden, by Sarah Fielke. Here, Rachel is using a lot of text prints alongside other low volume fabrics.

Lori of Lori H. Designs made this king sized quilt for her bedroom, where it must just look fantastic!

Photo courtesy of Lori of Lori H. Designs.
I love the sparks and hints of green and red and orange... And look at that quilting!

Jen made this fabulous couch runner with three low volume bundles from Pink Castle Fabrics:

Photo courtesy of Jen
 The pattern she used is Summer by Thimble Blossoms. And the quilting! Jen free motion quilted it herself, and it looks awesome, Jen! She used Faux Bois stripe in white for binding, and I sure love a funky stripe binding!

If you are inspired to start your own low volume project by these fantastic quilts and pillows, we have two bundles to chose from, a fat quarter bundle of twelve fabrics:

The Super Awesome Low Volume Bundle!
And a fat sixteenth bundle (roughly 9" x 11") of 32 prints:

The Low Volume Scrappy 16th Pack!
Or you can build your own half yard bundle by browsing our Low Volume yardage.

I know I'm working on something a little low volume myself. Or maybe it's three different things. Whatever! When you finish your next low volume project, or any project, we'd love to see it at the Made From Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr Group!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Stash Stack Club - January 2014 Picks - PURPLE!

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Stash Stack Club


Hello, January!

As I am writing this, the weather is below zero, no school (again) and I've got sweatpants and a quilt over me to keep warm!  This little stack of purple is reminding me that all this cold and snow will melt away soon enough and we will start to see crocuses and tulips breaking through the thawed soil.  Until then, I will have to sit next to a hot iron and sew!

This month is Jeni Baker's favorite color so I hope she especially likes my picks!


Remember!  You can still get this stack when you sign up before January 10th!  Sign up today and you will start with Purple!

Here's what we've got for you this month:  

1. Dumb Dot in Amethyst - Michael Miller Fabrics2. Pearl Bracelets in Grape Jelly - Lizzy House3. Sketch in Plum - Timeless Treasures Fabric4. Wood Grain in Violet - True Colors by Joel Dewberry5. Tiny Tiles in Violet - Michael Miller Fabrics
6. Domino Dot in Jewel - Waterfront Park by Violet Craft
7. Cottage Path in Plum - Daydream by Swirly Girls Design
8. Sealing Wax in Amethyst - True Colors by Anna Maria Horner
9. Lodge Lattice in Lilac - Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry
10. Cute Plaid in Purple - Michael Miller Fabrics
11. Bike Path in Lilac - Sun Print by Alison Glass
12. Mini Confetti Dot in Lilac - Dear Stella Design

Until next month!

Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 QALs

There are several Quilt-Alongs, or QALs, happening this month.
A quilt-along is a great motivation to work on a pattern that you've always wanted to try!
I'm participating in the Feathers QAL, hosted by Nydia and Karen.

This QAL features Alison Glass' Feathers pattern.

Brenda, Katy of I'm a ginger monkey, and Rita of Red Pepper Quilts are hosting the Economy Block QAL.

As you can see from Brenda's blocks, these are great for fussy cut pieces and special scraps. You can find a great variety of fun fabrics for these blocks in the Kawaii Fabrics Club.

Also starting soon, Sukie is hosting a QAL featuring the new Vintage Quilt Revival book, by Katie of Swim Bike Quilt, Faith of Fresh Lemons, and Lee of Freshly Pieced.

Are you joining in on any of these (or other) QALs this spring?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Events at Pink Castle Fabrics for January

Happy New Year! Now, let's see what is going on in our classroom this month!

Southeast Michigan Crafters Meet Up

Thursday, January 9th, from 7-10 pm

Sewists Rae Hoekstra of Made By Rae and Karen LePage of One Girl Circus host a monthly sew in in the classroom of Pink Castle Fabrics. (It is usually the first Thursday of the month, but it was moved because of the proximity to New Years). It's a great time to hang out and work on projects, get advice from (at least) two great seamstresses, and chat, shop, and sew! It is free, but you need to register to reserve a spot, as space is limited.

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20 Popular Quilt Blocks with Rossie Hutchinson and Brenda Ratliff

Friday, January 17th, from 6:30-7:30 pm

 Rossie Hutchinson and Brenda Ratliff will be giving a free lecture in the classroom where they will focus on twenty popular quilt blocks and how they have been used by traditional and modern quilters. This lecture is open to everyone; those who are already quilters as well as those who are just getting interested in this exciting craft!

This is an RSVP only event. All RSVPs are being handled by Ann Arbor's Rec & Ed department--look for it in the Winter catalog (p. 31) or register here.

Rossie Hutchinson is the founder of the influential Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts. Her quilts have appeared in magazines, books, and quilt shows around the country. She also creates and sells custom plexiglass shapes for itajime shibori dyeing and other uses.

Brenda Ratliff is the owner of Pink Castle Fabrics, and blogs at Just a Bit Frayed. She cooks, quilts, and makes bags in her free time.

Improvisational Patchwork (Improv 101) with Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts

Monday, January 20th 6-9 PM

In this 3-hour workshop, you’ll learn to limit decision-making while continually piecing.  You’ll also learn to make decisions quickly, avoid falling in love with your answers, and accept change when it occurs.  We’re going to make new memories and form new habits that will free you up for future adventures.  You’ll leave class with perfectly imperfect quilt blocks and a the confidence to stitch into the unknown.

Here is an example of blocks created in a previous class.

Students need bring only their sewing machines, thread, and a rotary cutter and mat or pair of scissors and then just go with the flow. Fabric will be provided. We can also rent you a sewing machine.

This is one of two improv classes that Pink Castle Fabrics offers, the other - Improv Crosses, Plusses, and Cabins (Improv 201) - will build on the skills taught here.

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We hope you can join us for some new friends and skills in the new year!

If you have any questions or need help booking your class, lecturer or sew in spot, please email or stop in at the shop at 3808 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lizzy House Fabric Past... and Present: Part Two

Catnap has arrived! And we are taking the moment to feature items made with other lines of Lizzy House fabric! This post is going to be all about clothing!

The last post (a while ago now) showed some quilts, pillows, and other home goods, and you can read it here.

First we swoon over Catnap!

Now let's see some super amazing apparel patterns using older lines from Lizzy House:

Kristin from Skirt as Top made this adorable Star Star Dress from a print from Lizzy House's last collection, Constellation. The pattern is the Georgia Vintage Dress from The Cottage Mama. I love all the little details!

photo courtesy of Kirstin

Stefanie from Very, Very Fine made this wonderful baby dress in Castle Peeps fabric. The pattern is the Pretty Party Dress from Prudent Baby.

photo courtesy of Stefanie

Emily from EmmmyLizzzy made this Geranium dress (pattern from Made by Rae) from the Butterflies print from Hello Pilgrim. Catnap includes a selection of  updated butterflies prints!

photo courtesy of Emily

And speaking of Geraniums, Rae of Made by Rae made a super adorable Geranium tunic in this bright print from Lizzy House's Outfoxed line.

photo courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae

Rae also used several Pearl Bracelets to make this adorable Colorblock baby dress.

photo courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae

But what I really wanted to show you from raiding Rae's archives, is that Lizzy House makes adorable prints that can be used in clothes for both girls and for boys. And of course women - it goes without saying, though I will still link to some pictures: (Rae's butterfly washi dress! Rae's dress in Hello Pilgrim leaves!)

Constellation was a great line for everyone (see the star dress above!) and Rae used the teal moon dots to make these shorts from her Parsley Pants pattern.

photo courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae

She used this Medal print from Lizzy House's Red Letter Day line to make both a bucket hat (pattern by Oliver+S, from the book Little Things to Sew).... 

photo courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae

... and a pair of board shorts (the pattern is Board Shorts by Patterns by Figgy’s) for her son.

photo courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae

And there are several prints in Catnap that I think will look great on anyone! Unless they're afraid of mice, that is.

And now, what shall we make with Catnap? I know I'm planning a skirt for myself. Whatever you make, be sure to share it with us in our Made With Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr group!