My machine needs a good clean out. Does yours? Now through the end of May, Modern Domestic is offering 20 dollars off their Clean Oil and Adjust service for your machine. They are also offering 20% off all cleaning supplies (including needles!) during this time. Now, if you shopped at Bolt during our sale and can't spare your machine this month, you have a coupon on your receipt for the same 20 dollars off service and that one is good through the summer! This makes a great Mother's Day gift for yourself or a Mother in your life.
While your machine is being looked after, your fabric probably deserves a clean out as well. I try to do that every six months or so. Depending on how big your collection is, this can be a happy hour spent listening to The Splendid Table, or an all afternoon search and rescue mission. The most important thing I do is make sure to refold everything, switching up the crease lines. If I'm feeling especially ambitious, I'll run everything under a hot iron as well. In my case, I sort by fabric type, then colour. SInce I buy both quilt weight cottons and apparel weight cloth, I spend some time matching up new clothing patterns with their potential fabric mates or sorting quilt weights into smaller piles according to upcoming projects.
And happily, there's always a small pile of fabric on the side to donate or give to a friend. Of course, this frees up my shelves for some Spring Collecting.
Bolt is proud to among the sponsors at this Sunday's Modified Style Fashion Fundraiser. This year's beneficiaries are CHAP (Children's Healing Art Project), Sisters of the Road, and Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary. It's going to be a great time that benefits some great organizations. Tickets and info here.
While you're out on the town, stop by and peep the four new bolts of Liberty Tana Lawn!
We are really excited about these prints from Red Rooster. The art of Katagami, or Japanese paper stenciling, has been exquisitely reproduced for this quilt weight range.
Bring on the cute! Urban Chicks has come up with a fresh range for the kiddos called Hullabaloo (for Moda). I'm especially fond of the yellow tulips (very scandinavian) and the presence of both a camels and llamas on the novelty print. Bolts of the new MoMo line are on the shelves, as well as a few of the new Sherbet Pip prints. Happy May Day weekend, all!
Kristin made her first bed size quilt with fabric from Bolt-- congratulations!! It looks fantastic.
There is lots of great inspiration in the group, including more previews (by way of samples) of Figgy's new pattern line that is being released next month at Quilt Market.
What's that? A Giveaway? Of course. We've got one more Chinook Book left for a local reader (so indicate if you are one) and a charm pack of the entire line of Oliver+S City Weekend. Comment here, we'll pick a winner for each (US addresses, please) on Saturday, May 1st. What are you working on these days? Are you feeling the pull away from your sewing machine and into the garden? Let us know.