Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Here comes Carly! With the big Chicago Show coming up this weekend ( starting Thursday night, April 16th and running through Sunday, April 19th ), we've been cutting and packing some of the most beautiful of the new collections.The last 2-3 weeks, we have gathered and bundled some of the prettiest batiks and collections for your shopping pleasure. We actually love these shows...we get a chance to show you what we have and YOU get to see and touch it first hand. Many times, we have remarked that if only people could see this in person! Sometimes, pictures just don't do it justice!
Stop by and say hello!!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thank you for your comments. Yes, the houses are inspired by Yoko Saito’s book Houses, Houses, Houses. I bought the book years ago in Holland in the French version, long before Yoko Saito was known in the USA. Every time I see a Lecien sales person, I’m asking for translations of her book and patterns into English. So far it hasn’t happened!
The book is in America available in Japanese or French…but the pictures are pretty clear and it really isn’t that hard.
An online class in houses? O my God, no way! Do you know how long it takes me to do a few blocks? About 3 weeks at least per block, at least. I have limited time (and energy) and it’s done by hand. But doesn’t every quilter run short in time? It’s part of the hobby! Thank goodness I don’t have to do it fast and if I never finish it, no one will say anything…..
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So...you all think that Carly spends her time at shows? Planning and packing and driving and unpacking...
Not!!! here's a little insight into her hobby...with some scraps of the gorgeous LeCien fabrics (mostly Yoko Saito) here are some of her fantastic handmade houses...I can't wait to see them all finished. It should be a terrific piece!
What do YOU do with YOUR scraps??
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Even though I have plenty of tasks on my plate, it seems that writing something for BoltTalk may sometimes be easier for me. So Kerry and I are going to run it together!
I’m running around at shows! Last weekend was the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show in Hampton VA and this upcoming weekend, Webfabrics will attend the quilt show in Somerset NJ. This was kind of a last minute decision as it seems to be easy to do with the big car still being more or less packed. The Hampton show was a wonderful event with many nice customers, gorgeous quilts and yes, also great sales!
What I don’t like about the Hampton show? The rain on Sundays! Somehow it always has to rain when we have to load our vans again and this year was no exception. Cold and wet, we (that is my Mom and I) left Hampton at 7 pm. After a few miles the weather changed dramatically and we were in the middle of a heavy snowstorm. Cars slipping to the right and to the left, spinning around…it was dangerous. We managed to get in 5 hours with a speed of 15 miles per hours to Charlottesville, VA and felt grateful for a safe room with a warm bed.
On Monday we finished our way back home..and by noon we joined Cathy who was all alone in the shop as other employees were unable to drive to work! The snow held most customers away, except for some real die-hards! I hope we’re done with the snow for the rest of the year!
In Hampton, the Fusions, Dimples and Kaffe fabrics had really been “attacked” by the customers, so we cut as many as possible. There’s no way we can replenish in 2 days what usually takes 2 months, but all colors will be there at least for a little! Thank goodness we carry so many basics and have all those fat quarters precut!
I did the laundry and packed my suit case again. Come by and say Hi at booth 620!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
She brought the most gorgeous Indian silk quilts...real works of art...the beading and the stitching and the colors are magnificent...
We had them in the shop for only a day...which was time enough to examine the wonderful workmanship and see the colors close-up. They capture the flavor of India beautifully! There are also several cotton ones...with some wonderful primitive embroidery designs...(she also brought us sumptuous silk throw pillow shams in rich colors...personally, I love it when Carly travels...we always get fantastic souvenirs!!!)
Click on the photo of the Taj Mahal on our front page to see the quilts in all their glory!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Dear quilting friends,
A last note from India! This country is a quilter’s paradise. Wherever you look, at the women’s clothing, the flowers in their hair, the many temples and even at the crazy traffic, there’s an abundance in color we don’t see in the US and Europe. The designs in the silks, the famous carpets, the cashmere wools, I have never seen such a richness in fibers and I think I have travelled a lot.
Kaffe Fassett has been in this country and I can see why he fell in love with it as well. The Indians are using colors everywhere and they mix and match it with a lot of creativity. I have admired all the women in their traditional saris and the variety in styles and color combinations was so beautiful! The few cottons you can find here are all what Kaffe would call shot cottons, the loosely woven solids and hazy stripes. There are some other, but not many more options in cotton. And most of the cotton is not suitable for quilting. Prints are extremely hard to find in cotton. I have met a few quilters and they told me the Indians are very proud of their textures and find the idea of cutting a beautiful piece of textile into smaller pieces and sewing it again into a bigger piece a little weird! There are some quilts and they have been born with the same idea as the first American quilts: utility.
However I also found some quilting and patchwork techniques here that are very close to what we would call art quilts. Intense use of beads, different threads… I have purchased 2 more gorgeous quilts from local artists and also 3 quilts from the Kashmir region (Northern India), all made out of wedding dresses. Next week the pictures will finally be online and the quilts will be for sale….. Wait for the show and tell!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Hi Kerry and Bolt Talk readers,
Greetings from India!
I’ve been spending all day long looking at fabrics in Bangalore, India. Today, I visited with my fabric guide, Vassanthi the Khadi India Market 2009, a place filled with fabrics made in India. Everything related to fabrics was there. It was so wonderful and so new. In India, quilts are hardly known. As a matter of fact, cottons are not that important. Silk is the fabric of the country. I have admired all the design and colors, but can’t help to love cottons better! I was able to discover 4 all handmade Indian quilts: one of them is a quilt block in silks, very hard to find. The other three are cotton quilts with a very local flavor. I took some pictures for a later show and tell as I don’t have all the necessary cables!
So more will follow later…
Monday, February 2, 2009
That doesn't even take into account the fabric lines that have come in..Twiggy from Moda which has such lovely colors...the very classic Cambridge Square from Northcott...that and Brown Bear sold out almost before we had finished cutting it for kits and bundles! I also have been looking closely at Earth Spirit...a really unique set of fabrics. It is so hard to keep up!
I have been enjoying my free time. With all the holidays over with and weather thankfully keeping me inside near my cutting board and sewing machine, I've been having some lovely guilt-free sewing days! I have 5 quilt-tops done and started playing with printing on organza and transferring my photos to fabric for some fun and different art quilts. And the endless hours going through my quilt books and "re-organizing" my stash...what fun!
What have you all been up to? With more time for "Me", as Carly calls it...February is fast becoming my favorite month! Send us a photo or just a description of how you sew away the Winter blues (or the Summer heat, Aussie friends!)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I must say that the Dena Crain collaboration has been awesome, if not over-awesome!!! And as much as I would LOVE to discuss the Dena Crain bundles...
My dear friends, it's time for another introduction...you've met Cathy and Jane...and, you all know Carly...but here is, Nancy...
Nancy's main concern is the unbelievable inventory here at WebFabrics! Whenever you order Queen size wool batting...size 10 Bohin quilting needles...FF528/Fossil Ferns # 49 (gorgeous) Red...and it's all in stock??? You had better thank Nancy!!! Although sometimes you want 3-4 yards and we only have 1-2...it gets ordered ASAP and you don't have to wait too long!!! That is Nancy also!!! So think of her when you order!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Wow, what a feather in our cap! What a way to start the New Year!
Here's the quote from her website!
"Those of my readers who have taken my class Darned Quilts, either online at Quilt University or in actual classroom settings around the world, will be delighted to learn that WebFabrics Online Quilting Fabrics has added a page to their site to host a set of 24 hand-picked gradation fabric bundles, each one suitable for making your own beautiful Darned Quilts or other gorgeous quilts.
What a great time I’ve had putting these lovely fabric collections together! With names like Butterscotch Delight, Freshwater Shrimp and Silver Mint, these bundles present a dazzling array of colors and values displayed in some rather remarkable combinations as well as basic light to dark color sets.
Most of the fabrics I selected are not solid colors, but near solids with a few surprises. Each bundle is available in fat quarters, half yards and full yards. WebFabrics ships internationally and at very reasonable rates, too!
If you are thinking about taking Darned Quilts with me at Quilt University or elsewhere, you can select any of these bundles and know that you will be well prepared to get on with the business of having fun!
Check my current teaching schedule to see when Darned Quilts will next be offered at Quilt University and my international teaching schedule to see when and where you might meet me in an actual classroom.
See all of my gradation fabric bundles at WebFabrics, and be sure to tell them I sent you!
PS: If you haven’t yet seen the Best Darned Quilts Exhibition, you ought to!"
I just spent about half an hour looking at the quilts she has on her website...you've just got to go look!
Here's a link to her website just in case YOU'd like to check out a 'Darned Quilt' class!!!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Nouvelle année heureuse
Feliz Año Nuevo
Glückliches neues Jahr
Nuovo anno felice
С новым годом
No matter how YOU say it...Happy New Year from YOUR team at Webfabrics!!
Carly, Cathy, Nancy, Jane, Claudia, Patty, Stevii and Kerry