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Quilt Market After Shocks

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We are back from Quilt Market in Salt Lake City! I am not exaggerating when I say that we will be inundated with beautiful fabric this summer and fall. We're also expecting some wonderful new clothing and quilt patterns with those shipments-- including some Gina was able to bring back with her from Carolina Patchwork. In celebration of all this incoming newness, the sale section at the store just got a whole lot bigger!


While we were gone all of Patterns by Figgy's new line arrived in the store. Shelly and Karen put up a fantastic looking booth at market (pictures to follow soon!). Here are a few sneak peeks:


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Lightweight linen blend (almost a lawn!) 60" wide fabric from Kokka


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Organic quilt weight from Birch Fabric


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Light weight (apparel) cottons from Hokkoh


Keep in mind that the fabric companies show at Spring market but release ship lines from now up until the next market which happens at the end of October. It is going to make for some excellent sewing this summer.

The Candy Aisle

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--Melissa


We stock all of our ribbon right up under the cutting table close to the register. Looking through those bins while your fabric is being cut, is a little like cruising the chocolate bars at the grocery store checkout: so tempting and so many to chose from! Thankfully, this an impulse buy that won't rot your teeth.


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We just got a box of very reasonably priced grosgrain, perfect for ribbon belts and headbands (we've got your d-rings, too!).


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These are some of my favourites. I love those folky flowers. They would look so sweet edging a chambray shirt or skirt. Ribbons are perfect for those of us who want to make our clothes unique without the time or know-how to sew our own.


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There are dozens and dozens more to look through, including rick racks and pompom trims. We've also got a sale bin-- nice!

True Cuts

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(New apparel fabric-- cottons! There are so many breezy Spring and Summer prints out right now.)


--Melissa


Have you read the post on truing up that Kim put together? The comments and discussions within it are fascinating. To "true up" your fabric, means to square it to the grain. This is something you want to do after you've washed it and before you sit down to use it. It's often assumed that when a fabric store cuts fabric, that it's always exactly to the grain, but that is not always so! When we cut your fabric we do it one of two ways: cut it, or snip and rip. We always measure slightly more than you request to account for any cutting that happens off the grain. Often the apparel fabric is easier to cut and rip and the quilting fabric is easier to just cut. Unfortunately, lots of quilting fabric is printed off the grain, so try as we might, it's not always possible to get it perfectly straight.


Gina and I are heading to Quilt Market this weekend in Salt Lake City! Quilt Market is a to-the-trade show where companies and designers release their new fabric lines, patterns and notions. I'm going to try to do some real-time blogging, but if that doesn't work, next week I'll start rolling out sneak peeks of some of what you might be seeing in the shop this Spring and Summer.