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A Word to Your Mother

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(new prints from the line Papillon for Red Rooster)


This Sunday is Mother's day and if you are one or need to honor a mom in your life, we have got you covered. First off, there is a lot to like about a Gift Certificate and a couple of free hours with which to spend it. I know that lots of folks are down on the GC, but if you know someone who loves sewing or fabric, then TRUST ME-- they are great. Of course, if you take pleasure in picking out the perfect *tangible* gift, then here's a couple of ideas:



  • Bundle a pack of fat quarters (we have tons of colour combos to choose from!) and a new book on quilting or fat quarter projects for inspiration and how-tos.

  • Pair a Colette pattern and Gift Certificate for the apparel sewist in your life. Or maybe a new pair of Gingher lightweight sheers? She will thank you.

  • Pick a colorful bundle of embroidery thread and Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray or A Rainbow of Stitches by Agnes Delage-Calvet, Anne Sohier-Fournel, Muriel Brunet and Francoise Ritz. We also carry themed pattern sets from Sublime Stitching, Tigerpup and Sew Lovely (to name a few).


And if you have some time this week, there are lots of handmade gifts that come together quickly with stunning results. I'm sure you've seen the Liberty Scarves from Purl. There's still plenty of time to make a Farmer's Market Tote or a couple of personalized tea towels. And don't forget scrappy about throw pillows.


And if you're angling for a specific gift for yourself, go ahead and drop your hints and send the gift buyer in to have a look around. We're happy to point them in the right direction.


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(SUMMERTIME for Henry Glass and Co.)

Spring Cleaning

once upon a time, ann helped me fold these (and much more)


--Melissa


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.


 

Modified Style and Other Reasons to Get Out the Door

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.


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While you're out on the town, stop by and peep the four new bolts of Liberty Tana Lawn!


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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.


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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!