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Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

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2136 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
503.287.bolt

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Gazing Material

by Gina.


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I just opened a box of books and was soon struggling to pull myself away and get on with the tasks at hand.  Kaffe Fassett does it again with Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts.  And Jane Brocket's The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking is equally gorgeous.  They are similar in the sense that they both show how patterns seen in our surroundings can be translated into stunning quilts.  The designs are straightforward and the fabric is full of color.  I want to sit here all day and slowly turn the pages, taking in all the lovely little details.  The staging of their work is amusing as well--over the banister in an old house's stairway, laid over an elegant classic car, or hanging next to a gorgeous cathedral.  Great books to cozy up with while we wait for the coming of summer.  Whether you're curious about piecework, or a seasoned quilter, both books will surely inspire. 


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In other shop news, Castle Peeps from Lizzy House just arrived.  It's pretty darn cute.

Money Saving Events!

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The Shop Hop details are being finalized for this week's Etsy Craft Party and there are loads of vendors involved all over Portland and Vancouver (and the world!).  If you pick up a passport at the store, or download one online (info here with passports coming soon!), Bolt will honor it as a coupon for 15% off all Notions, this Friday, June 18th.  MD is having machine maintenance demos all day and will be offering their own specials. 

This event is being held on the last day of the Summit of Awesome (are you going?!  Please come by and say hello-- and don't forget: we carry Maxi-Lock serger thread now).  The Show of Awesome is on Saturday, the 19th-- it's open to everyone and is being held at the Doug Fir Lounge.


In other good news: the two new Marimekko prints are here and they are all still 25% off (print by Erja Hirvi pictured) until the end of the month.


And...!  Gina just marked down the following magazines 20%:



  • Ottobre Kids: 4/2009 and 6/2009

  • Ottobre Woman: 5/2009

  • Fiber Arts: Jan/Feb 2010

  • Burda Style: 1/2010 and 2/2010


Get ready for a pretty big set of giveaways this month... are you feeling lucky? 

Weekend Inspiration: Bolt's Flickr Group

Do you have something you've made or bought from Bolt that you'd like to share?  Join our Flickr Group.  You'll find pics of new inventory, the shop, but most importantly, pictures from our customers! 

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I really like Melissa's version of Anna Maria Horner's Evening Empire Dress out of navy and white silk.   It's the perfect length for a summer going-to-wedding or party dress.  

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Obvious adorable pointsKaren and Shelley's kiddos.  The dress is made from Kaffe's shot cotton (the store has a great range right now) using a pattern from a Japanese craft book.  It appears we're also getting a sneak peak at a potential new pattern from Figgy's .  

You'll also find a whole bunch of Colette patterns made up, some sweet quilts, and loads of cute kids. 

*(Are you confused about sewing from Japanese patterns?  Crafting Japanese is an excellent place to start.  You might also inquire about Daniela Caine's class at Modern Domestic.)