Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A craving for dresses

In Houston, we experienced (or maybe endured is the better term) our first ninety-degree day this week. Perhaps that's what has me thinking about some new dresses. Or maybe Imagine Gnats' selfish sewing week is the culprit. I'm sure I'm not alone in a desire for dresses, whatever the reason! After seeing a rayon dress in person this weekend at a sewing retreat, I'm anxious to try it myself! I've also heard good things about double gauze, so maybe that's a good choice! And of course, voile would be nice and breezy for the Houston climate.

Cappuccino Dress in AMH Rayon in Cyprus. This combination seems fun!

The Date Night Dress by April Rhodes in Koi Scalloped Edge in Plum.
Are you craving a new dress?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

25% Off All Bundles All Week! Plus, We Tell You Our Favorites!

We love bundles at Pink Castle...we love picking out the fabrics, and imagining how they'll go together. It's fun, and gives us a chance to share our creativity with you. And this week we're sharing even more of that love by offering 25% off all our in-stock bundles. All you have to do to save is use our BUNDLE25 code while checking out!

To celebrate, I asked the Pink Castle team what their favorite bundles were. Here's what they told me...


Garden


Brenda's current favorite is Garden...and it's been that way for a while. It was her favorite collection at last year's Quilt Market; she loves the pleasing colors and the way the simple designs hide little animals.  







Whitney had trouble picking just one. She loves the way Surf & Sand's palette, full of cools and neutrals, makes you feel warm. At the same time, she digs Top Of The Pond because of its moody jewel tones and how nicely they can accent a low-volume color scheme. 





Lauren went with Go Blue!, which was the very first bundle she created for us here at Pink Castle. If you know Lauren, you know where her inspiration came from: She just recently graduated from dental school at the University of Michigan and her maize and blue pride is obvious!




Jason immediately pointed to the mini-bundles, like Surf & Sand, or his own Evaporation. "It has direction, but you can add in your own oranges and blues. It's like the seed of bundle. A starter bundle."





iHaus



Josh picked iHaus, because he loves hexagons! "It has like three hexagon prints!" His excitement about hexagons was palpable, and they do make a really great design accent.  







Personally, I love Japanese fabrics, particularly kawaii. The cute cartoon characters and environs tickle and excite my imagination. Currently I'm digging Minny Muu, which has probably the most adorable Big Bad Wolf character ever. 






Those are ours, so how about you? What are your favorite bundles? What might you be purchasing with the BUNDLE25 sale, and what awesome new thing are you going to make with it?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pink Castle Round-Up: Japanese Fabrics 30% Off, Win A Fat Quarter Bundle, And More!

Our schedules are busy and it's easy to miss an interesting bit of news. To help you catch-up, I've rounded up all the best for you right here.

30% Off Japanese Fabrics

Time is running out, but until 11:59 pm tonight you can still get 30% off all your Japanese fabrics. Just use the JAPAN30 promotional code when you checkout and save. 


Secret Stash Boxes!

We still have a few of our Secret Stash Boxes. Twenty random half yards for $60 means you get quality fabric for $6 a yard. This is one of our most requested items but quantities are limited! Click here to get yours now

Win An April Stash Stack Bundle!

We're giving away one of our April Stash Stack bundles, a full stack of fat quarters celebrating the color yellow. Just leave a comment over at at the original blog post and you'll be entered in the drawing! You only have until 11:59 pm tonight though, so don't delay!


Dreamin' Vintage And Other New Fabrics!

New this week is Jeni Baker's Dreamin' Vintage. Read all about on our blog, or click here to see the whole collection

Also new this week is Lori Holt's Vintage Happy! Between she and Jeni, it's been a good week for vintage. Check it out, we think you'll love it

And if you're looking for something a little different, Zombie Apocalypse is new to Pink Castle. Ghouls never looked so adorable. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pink Castle is Dreamin' Vintage


Kicking off Vintage Week at Pink Castle is Jeni Baker's Dreamin' Vintage. It's a gorgeous collection that, as Jeni talks about over on her blog, was inspired by vintage fabric from her mother's stash. I love the palettes here; the blues and purples of Sweet Meadow in Orchid soothe me, and its rosy sister just makes me happy.

Dreamin' Vintage is available from Pink Castle right now. And if you order a bundle or the Golden Afternoon Lap Quilt, you'll receive a special quilt label designed by Jeni herself just for Pink Castle!

Don't forget to check out our coordinating solids as well. And if you need more coordinating ideas, Jeni has even more suggestions (many of which are available at Pink Castle).


Thursday, April 24, 2014

30% Off All Japanese Fabric, All Weekend Long!

Do you dig Japanese fabrics? Have you wanted to grab something from the Minny Muu collection before it's all gone? Perhaps the project you're working on just cries out for some dots?  Or, if you're like me, you just can't resist the outrageous cuteness on display in so many of the Japense fabrics.

From handbags to florals to adorable woodland creatures, I could spend hours just imagining the best ways to put all these fabrics to use. From now through Sunday night, you can get 30% of all Japanese fabrics at Pink Castle! Just use our JAPAN30 coupon at checkout and save on all these wonderful prints!






Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sew Solid Sunday and all the beautiful solids

Pink Caste Fabrics loves solid fabrics! We carry many different brands so you can get a great range of colors. We list them by manufacturer and by color for your convenience, and we even carry a few you can buy by the bolt.


And our friend Debbie Grifka loves solids too! She has always been a proponent of solids. They are less expensive than prints, and they come in a much more enormous range of colors. And there's nothing like the crisp look of a solid!

Debbie Grifka loves solids so much that she's started a monthly linky party called Sew Solid Sunday! To inspire others with the possibilities of solids. It's the second Sunday of every month.

Here are some projects she's done:


Mode Mondrian is made with five colors of Kona cotton. It was inspired by the abstract paintings of Piet Mondrian.


An Economy of Red shows that the economy block (and by extension all blocks) is not exclusively the province of printed fabrics.  I love how a few pops of red in a fairly restrained color palette really bring this design to life!

If you are looking to grow your solid stash, Pink Castle has two monthly clubs that feature solid fabrics:



The No Prints Allowed club will send you 12 solids of a single color per month, either as half yards or fat quarters. We also have a few extra bundles from past months for sale if you can't wait to get started stashing them!







The Color Inspirations Club will send you 10 half yards or fat quarters of RJR cotton supreme solids, a coordinating bundle specially selected by Brenda, each month that you are a member.

We also offer a Rainbow Fat Quarter Bundle - using 32 lovely solids from our many solid manufacturers!


But if you are looking for specific colors, rather than sampling, there is no better tool than a color card! I have a few of these myself, and they are quite invaluable, especially when looking for solids to coordinate with prints, and when shopping online!

As for me, I am also quite fond of solids. I am currently working on a mini quilt I hope to get done in time to link up.  It even uses one of Debbie's patterns, Third Street Neighborhood, though I changed the scale a bit. Here's a preview:


Whatever you're working on, we'd love to see it in the Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr Pool. And if it's all solids, be sure to add it to Debbie's Sew Solid Sunday linky party! (May 11, 2014!)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Secret Stash Is Back, But Not For Long...



You've been asking for it, and now it's back! This Limited Edition Secret Stash features twenty random half yards...no repeats and no solids, just wonderful prints from amazing designers. We go through the shop and pull anything that looks interesting to us. Every package is unique and full to the brim with 100% cotton goodness. And all for just $60!


(that's just $6.00 a yard!)


The Secret Stash is great for boosting your stash, sharing with friends, or just as a surprise gift to yourself. We only have limited quantities, though, and don't expect them to stick around long. Get yours while you still can because we don't know when this deal will come around again. 



Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Fever: Win An April Stash Stack Bundle!

Every month we send out hundreds of bundles to people all across the world as part of our Monthly Clubs. Stash Stack Club is our most popular and it's easy to see why! Blenders are fundamental and each month Stash Stack members receive as many as a dozen new ones on their doorstep, always focused on one particular spoke of the color wheel. Of course, I think we're the lucky ones. After all, who wouldn't love getting to work with all that beautiful fabric?

April's color is yellow and it's one of our favorites! Bright and sunny, it's just perfect for early spring projects. This April we want to spread a little "spring fever", so we're giving away a full stack of April fat quarters to one of our lovely readers! All you have to do is leave a cheerful comment for us (maybe tell us all about the neat new projects you're working on) anytime between now and 11:59 pm Sunday, April 27th, and you'll be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced Monday, April 28th, so keep an eye on this blog!

And don't forget to check out Stash Stack Club...it's a bundle of love every month!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Pink Castle Round-Up: Giveaways, Presales, and New Fabric!

The Cotton+Steel Postcards, collect them all!
The Cotton+Steel Postcards, Collect Them All!
There was a lot going on at Pink Castle this past week! Did you look away for a moment? Here are some of the things you may have missed if you did...

Cotton+Steel Trading Cards

The biggest news of the week was, without a doubt, the arrival of our Cotton+Steel tradable postcards. These five unique postcards are exclusive to Pink Castle and feature beautiful artwork hinting at what we can expect to see from the full Cotton+Steel line this summer. We're giving these cards away with every order of $25 or more. Even better, collect all five and you could win a Cotton+Steel fat quarter collection valued at over $250! Click on through to our full Cotton+Steel article to get all the juicy details on what is certain to be one of our biggest and most unique giveaways to date.

Cotton+Steel Presale

Only slightly overshadowed by the announcement of the giveaway was the announcement of Cotton+Steel presales. You can now purchase Cotton+Steel bundles, not due to arrive in stores until July, 2014. Cotton+Steel is going to be hot and we want you to have every opportunity to get the fabric you need!

The Cotton+Steel Dream Team: Kimberly Kight, Sarah Watts, Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, and Alexia Marcelle Abegg

Zakka Workshop Giveaway

The Zakka Workshop patterns are new this week at Pink Castle and to celebrate we're giving away a full set of them! Plus an extra pattern just for fun! The original deadline was Friday but we've extended it through the weekend. So check out our Zakka Workshop post and leave a comment to win!

Modern Traditions Shop Hop

For our local customers, or anyone who happens to be in southeast Michigan June 19th-21st, there's the Modern Traditions Shop Hop. Pink Castle and five other superb local quilt shops have teamed up to offer an exciting three days of For as little as $10 you get your passport, a coupon book worth $30 at the participating shops, as well as a chance to win big prizes and lots of other free gifts. Or go big with the all-day bus tour...let someone else do the driving while enjoying food, fabric, and bonus free goodies with your friends! There's a lot of quilting goodness wrapped up in this shop hop and you can read all about it right here.
shopping and fun.

New Fabric And Bundles!

Pretty Pairings by Kristyne Czepuryk
New this week at Pink Castle is rayon! Amy tells you all about this exciting new addition right here. We also have new blogger bundles, Rossie Hutchinson's Valley Girl and Kristyne Czepuryk's Pretty Pairings! And don't forget, the Far Far Away presale is still in full swing!

Hope everyone's weekend is going great! Take care, enjoy your Sunday afternoon, and see you all at on Monday!

Best,
Renee

Friday, April 18, 2014

Modern Medallion in Constellations

Spotted in the PCF Flickr pool, BEHOLD:

. Hilary just finished this Marcelle Medallion quilt, using Lizzy House's Constellations line. You can still purchase a few of the Constellations prints here!

I won't lie: I am in love with Hilary's version. Even though I made my own Marcelle Medallion, this version kills me. Perhaps, I'll make another!

If you'd like to make your own, you can find the pattern in Alexia Abegg's book, Liberty Love (and of course, Alexia is part of the Cotton+Steel dream team!).

Be sure to add projects you've made with Pink Castle Fabrics to the flickr pool!





Thursday, April 17, 2014

Introducing Rayons!


Sinister Swarm Rayon in Tangerine by Anna Maria Horner
Rayon! It's a semi-synthetic miracle fabric. Made from wood pulp, it's washable and soft, with great drape - a great choice for garments. It's one of Rae Hoekstra's top five favorite fabrics for clothing. If you are looking for a bit more in depth information, Anna Maria Horner has some nice posts about Rayon: this one is about how it appears, and this one is about how it washes.

Coordinates Rayon in Cyprus by Anna Maria Horner

The care is easy - wash it in cold water on the delicate cycle, hang to dry, or use a low heat dryer setting, and iron at a medium setting (Anna Maria Horner recommends the wool setting.)

Flora Rayon in Berry by Annette Tatum
If you've worked with cotton voile, or lawns, it's fairly similar in its texture: silky smooth with a little bit of shine, a fairly dressy fabric. But it's a heavier weight, making it also perfect for skirts and dresses, as well as shirts. And it comes as a 58" fabric - so you get a lot for your money!

And what should we make with it? It's a fabric primarily intended for garments. Flowy, drapey garments! Here are a few suggestions from our apparel patterns:

Weekend Getaway blouse and dress by Liesl and Co.

The Date Night Dress by April Rhodes

Washi Dress by Rae Hoekstra

I hope you're inspired to try this exciting fabric in a garment for yourself!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cotton+Steel Trading Cards. Collect Them All And Win BIG!


The Postcards: Collect All Five And WIn
Cotton+Steel is one of the most anticipated (and well guarded!) lines of 2014...even we haven't seen it yet! But we've been given some hints, and now we're able to share them with you!

Only at Pink Castle Fabrics, while supplies last, with every purchase of $25 or more you'll receive a beautiful, exclusive Cotton+Steel postcard. These collectors' items offer a peek into the minds of designers Sarah Watts, Kimberly Kight, Melody Miller, Alexia Marcelle Abegg, and Rashida Coleman Hale. Each of these amazing women brings their own unique style to the Cotton+Steel line, and now you can see what inspired them. There are five cards in all, and each is a work of art intended to bring a little Cotton+Steel into your life right now, before arriving in full in July.

And here's the really great part: We're giving away Cotton+Steel to one lucky Pink Castle customer! That's every regular cotton print and blender, more than 100 fat quarters valued at over $250, and it can be yours. How? Just collect all five postcards, then send us an email at admin@pinkcastlefabrics.com showing them displayed in your sewing area and you'll be entered into the grand prize drawing. The winner will be announced in June to celebrate the launch of Cotton+Steel!

Dream Team: Kimberly Kight, Sarah Watts, Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, and Alexia Marcelle Abegg
Qualifying orders are for in-stock merchandise only. Cards are limited to one per order and are always chosen at random. No one card is more rare than any other. To help you find the ones you need, use our hashtag #pinkcastletradingcards on Instagram and all your social media! And keep an eye on theCotton+Steel InstagramPink Castle Fabrics blog, and our Facebook page too, where you can always connect with other Pink Castle customers!
And the Cotton+Steel goodness doesn't end there! Right now you can pre-order Cotton+Steel bundles from Pink Castle Fabrics. We expect these to fly off the shelves so don't miss out!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Zakka Workshop Giveaway!

It’s no secret, we here at Pink Castle love Japanese style. One of our founding principles is a commitment to awesome Japanese fabrics, and to our customers who adore them. We carry a wide range of Japanese prints and our collection grows every day! We even created the Kawaii club to make getting them easier (though not every Japanese fabric is kawaii...read all about it here).  

While “kawaii” refers to a particular look and style, there is another Japanese word that describes an even broader aesthetic philosophy: “zakka”, or “that which improves your life.” If it makes your life better or makes you feel good, it’s probably zakka. And not surprisingly, zakka is a tremendous influence upon Japanese crafts.

Pink Castle is proud to announce the addition Zakka Workshop to our already expansive collection of patterns. Zakka Workshop is an authentic series of Japanese patterns brought to us by World Book Media, who (as some of you may already know) specializes in translating and reproducing Japanese craft books for the US market.

Suitable for beginners and veterans alike, able to be completed in just a few hours with scraps or stash fabric, these Zakka Workshop projects will certainly bring betterment to your life! They're ideal for yourself, or as hand-crafted gifts for the people you love.

We love these patterns so much we're even giving away a set of them (along with a bonus pattern, Yoko Saito's Bon Apetit Tote)! All you have to do to to win is leave a comment here telling us how any of these items would bring betterment to your life. Everyone who comments before 11:59 pm Friday, April 18th, Sunday, April 20th,  will be entered into the drawing and winners will be announced on Monday, April 21rst! If you ever find yourself between projects wanting to do something small and cute, this giveaway is for you!

Be sure to check back here on Monday to see if you won!






Friday, April 11, 2014

Save The Date! Modern Traditions Shop Hop Coming in June!

Quilters mark your calendars, southeastern Michigan is where you want to be June 19th-21rst! 

Pink Castle is teaming up with five other Michigan shops to throw the best, most fun Shop Hop to hit the midwest in, well, maybe ever. Spanning three days and six stores, with countless gifts and prizes, this is one event you won’t want to miss. 

Your hostessing shops include:

Bits ‘n Pieces
Creative Quilt Kits
Lake Street Mercantile
The Quilters Garden
The Quilting Season
And, of course, Pink Castle Fabrics!


There are multiple ways for you to enjoy the Modern Traditions Shop Hop!

The Modern Traditions Passport is your ticket to fun and value. For $10 you get a passport, a cute enamel pin, and a coupon book with a $5 coupon for each shop. Sign up by may 31rst and you also get an Early Bird coupon: 20% off any single purchase at any of the shops. Get your passport stamped at each of the six shops and get another 20% coupon. On top of all that, each shop is giving away a free block and fat quarter to each passport-holder, bonus blocks to everyone who visits all six shops, door prizes, and a grand prize for one lucky shopper as well! The passport is good throughout the event so you can spread your shopping out over several days, or do it as one big shopping excursion! 

And if you want to step it up a notch, there’s the Shop Hop Bus Tour! Buses will be running each day so there’ll always be one that’s perfect for your schedule. Sign up for the Pink Castle bus and get all the same benefits of the regular passport, plus lunch at the delightful Ciao Amici’s, a special gift bag exclusive to our bus, great company, and best of all, someone does all the driving for you! Our bus begins its tour at 8:30 am Saturday at Pink Castle, with complimentary continental breakfast beforehand! 

Our theme is Quilting A to Z, so keep an eye out for special A to Z quilts in each of the shops! They feature different takes on the same idea and use the blocks and fabrics you’ll receive at each stop along the way. If you want to make these quilts yourself, each shop is offering a set of three blocks and additional fabrics for just $10 which all together, along with those you receive for visiting each store, make up the 26 blocks you need. And each store will also feature its own finishing kit, so you can choose the one you like best for your quilt! 

It’s impossible to exaggerate how cool this is going to be! Grab your passports or bus tickets now and get in on the Early Bird Special!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New blogger bundles!

Hi there! Check out these new bundles!

 Blogger Bundle at Pink Castle Fabrisc

First up, there's Valley Girl, curated by Rossie.
I am digging the shades of mustard and raspberry here!


We've also got this lovely selection, from Kristyne, called Pretty Pairings. This one is so soft and romantic.

There's lots of great bundles available right now. I consider them to be a great stash enhancement, but a bundle can also be an easy way to plan a new quilt. With just a few additions of solids and other prints, you can easily make a quilt top for you or a friend!

Either of these new bundles would look lovely in Jeni's new Florette pattern.



Or, you could make a lovely triangle quilt, like this one by Riddle and Whimsy, found in the Pink Castle flickr pool.







April Stash Stack - Cheerful Yellows


Stash Stack Club

Yellow


April is here!

We endured the winter, made it through April Fool's Day, and the last couple days have been sunny and beautiful here in Michigan. I'm crossing my fingers, but I'm sure at some point those April showers will find us. I'm tired of gray skies!

Which is why April's Stash Stack color is yellow. Like a little bit of sunshine, or a nice glass of lemonade.


(by the way, I don't know about all of you, but I've started my lemonade indulgence early this year. I guess I just couldn't wait for the summer to get here and the grills to be fired up.)


Wishing you all a happy April and lots of sunshine in your lives!


You can still get this stack when you sign up on April 10th!  Sign up today and you will start with Yellow!

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

1. Squared Elements in Citrine - Art Gallery Fabrics
2. Script in Honeycomb - Art Gallery Fabrics
3. Sketch in Daffodil - Timeless Treasures Fabric
4. Wood Grain in Straw - True Colors by Joel Dewberry
5. Pointelle in Yellow- Art Gallery Fabrics
6. Doilies in Yellow - Melissa Ybarra
7. Stitch Square in Mustard - Michael Miller Fabrics
8. Trassel in Yellow - Lotta Jansdotter
9. Petit Point in Sunny - Michael Miller Fabrics
10. Tile Pile in Canary - Michael Miller Fabrics
11. Graph Check in Yellow - Another Point Of View
12. Sand Dunes in Golden - Leah Duncan

 

Until next month!
Renee

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Garden Party Tango Quilt!

Garden Party Tango is the most recent fabric collection from Windham Fabrics by designer Melissa Ybarra of Iza Pearl Design. I made a shop sample for Pink Castle Fabrics, using a fat quarter bundle, and the coordinating solids.

The block I used is a traditional one called Antique Tile, although I switched it up a bit. I like this block (and I've made one quilt in it already, and have another planned) because it's simple to construct, but looks fantastic. I based mine off the tutorial from Quilter's Cache, but there are others out there.

On the left is the traditional block - on the right is my version. I divided the prints into two groups - 10 focus fabrics, and 6 to form the secondary pluses. The white fabric in the cartoon is where I used those solids.


Though, after cutting, there were leftovers from the first group, and I needed extra from the second. You may notice, if you look closely, that the partial pluses around the edges are sometimes made from the fabrics I chose to be focus fabrics, due to that shortage. I would suggest using a half yard bundle if you want to be strict about color placement! (Or if you want it larger...)

Made from 30 12" blocks, it's 5x6 feet.
Once it was cut, I laid it out on my design wall. And then the floor, because it was too big for my small wall.


Then I pieced it block by block, starting on the pieces on the floor. I labeled them with a letter and number, so that I would know what row and column they belonged (and which way was up!) to once they were trimmed and ready to put together again.


Easy! And having beautiful fabric to work with makes it go all the faster, right?


Now it's off to the longarm quilter for her to work her magic on it!