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Entries in Alexander Henry (12)

Just In: Incredible ikats from India, Art Gallery, Alexander Henry

by Gina

I have had a rule of not reordering prints for the last, oh say, 9 years. I try to push myself to reconsider rules I’ve set and see if they should still apply. I’m tossing this one out, somewhat. I’d still say for about 95% of the prints that come through the door at Bolt, they have one go at it. After all, there are always new things ready to take their place. That said, there have been some things that have been swept right on out of here so quickly, and people have asked about the, and well, they’re just great fabrics. And, they continue to be available, that’s a necessary part of the equation. So, let’s revisit some old friends, shall we?

From top to bottom: a cotton lawn from Alexander Henry (you’ve seen the Josephine sample in the store), a gorgeous ikat from Moda, and the ledger print by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.

How can anyone resist the glittery sugar skulls and other skeleton prints so well done by the folks at Alexander Henry?

Don’t worry, we still continue to have all sorts of brand spankin’ new things coming through the door all the time! This week we’re excited to have a nice selection from Art Gallery, with their silkier-than-others cotton.

One of the groups of fabrics I’m most excited about are the gorgeous traditional ikat sarees from India. These are incredible textiles, simple as that. (They  are also pretty challenging to photograph…)

Enjoy!

Just In: Nani Iro, Cloud 9, blocky ikat!

by Gina

Well last week we received some great new things the day after putting up the last Just In post, of course! So, this week I thought I would include the fact that we received just about the complete line of Shape of Spring, organic cotton prints by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9. You can see it here. It’s pretty, pretty!

It’s back! The blocky ikat in those great, bright colors that you’ve been asking for is back in stock. It’s the one I used for the whole cloth quilt that has been hanging on the wall lately. We still have more of the three other colors of it too. A couple of classic ticking stripes too!

New, gorgeous Nani Iro prints (the top pic is double gauze, lower pic is sateen) and another Echino cotton/linen dot. These dots make the perfect bag lining, in my opinion.

The latest installment of “The Ghastlies” from the folks at Alexander Henry. Pretty amusing.

And, a little bit of science…See you soon!

simple strip quilt for baby

by Hannah

My husband has been nesting far more than I—- thus far. When I come home from work I’m likely to find him tiling the backsplash, painting the dining room over again, replacing a toilet or something of the like. The other night came my turn. I found myself awake at 2:30 a.m. thinking of how I hadn’t made anything for the baby due to arrive in a few weeks. I know my capacity is much much smaller than is normal for me. The last thing I wanted to do is start something and not finish, so my dreams lead me to a strip quilt. I’m not a fancy quilter so this was the perfect idea. 

Cameron and I chose 12 different fabrics and I cut them all into different widths so there would be plenty of variation. He arranged them and I sewed. 

 We combined cotton lawn, flannel, cotton/linen Essex, and quilting weight cotton.  

For the back I chose one of Bolt’s new Robert Kaufman linen blends because I like my quilts to have a nice weight to them. I used the wrong side of the fabric which reminded me of chambray. The right side reminded me of denim and I didn’t want this look.

I finish my quilt binding by hand. I like to spend a few final days with it bringing it everywhere and stitching when I have a few minutes or bringing it to the park when the sun is shining. 

If you would like to make this:

1 large spool of Gutermann cotton thread

12 different fabrics 1/8 yd. 44” or wider

1 package of Warm & Natural 45” x 60” batting 

1 1/4 yds of backing - I used 54” wide fabric and had enough left over for binding. 

Come see us soon at the shop!