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Spring Sale: It's the big one!

Our biannual store-wide sale is right around the corner! Just like always, ALL fabric will be marked down 10-50% and then some.  It will run Friday-Sunday, April 11-13.  All fabrics and remnants that are currently marked down 20-50% will be an additional 10% off, and we will still  have a selection of $4/yard items. This is a great time to stock up on yardage. All other (not-previously marked down) items will be 10% off. This includes patterns, books, buttons, trims, felt…Mark your calendars and come see us!

Just in: Art Gallery, Andover, Birch knits and more!

by Gina, photos by Heather

Art Gallery has wowed us again with this latest group, “Tule,” by Leah Duncan.  And, of course, their cloth is so smooth and lovely, perfect for either quilting or apparel.  Blues, peach,bold florals and geometric and they all play nice together!

Kona Bay’s pretty, pretty pieces from “Tomorrow Morning” feature large scale branches with coral-y blooms and birds.  Divine.

Some spoooooky little monsters from Moda’s “Boo Crew.”  Really, Halloween prints can be year around for some of us.

A recent trend in the quilting cotton world is groups of what they are considering basic, blender type prints with a more modern flair.  These arrows from Andover are exactly that.  Perfect for a little something contemporary, without it being a total show-stopper.  Easy breezy. 

It seems lately we just can’t keep enough knits on hand.  These beauties just arrived, including the super soft, simple prints, organic cotton knits from Birch Fabrics.  There are some new t-shirts in my future!

And, if you follow us on Instagram (boltfabricpdx) you’ll see the brand, brand new arrivals, including this great red and white printed ikat Jen over at Grainline used for a dress.  Nice dress, Jen! You can now see our Instagram feed on our newly remodeled website.  Horray!  See you soon.

Little Piece Love

by Gina

There are all sorts of sewists out there. Those who make quilts, those who make clothes, those who make anything and everything.  There are pattern followers and others who prefer to do it on their own.  One thing we all have in common is we end up with scraps.

I have limitations wiht just how small of a piece I’ll hang onto, as I imagine most of you do.  If you’ve never been a scrap keeper, I challenge you to start and offer you some guidelines to help keep it managable. 

  • Think about how small of a piece you’ll be happy to work wtih—maybe it needs to be at least 2” wide, maybe 4”.  What you like to make or want to start making if you don’t already, will influence this.
  • Have a designated space to keep them and as the collection grows you can organize them by size and/ or color, if that’s helpful.
  • Keep your eyes and imagination open for ways to use them.

Here are a few examples of ways we’ve used some small pieces we’ve loved.

I recently made a simple baby quilt for some friends and used a sample of a Liberty of London print I had from a swatch book as the focal point.

We were cleaning house around the store and I passed along the dated shot cotton color card to April and she made up this amazing bag with all those itty bitty pieces.

During our staff retreat Hannah whipped up a tank out of Liberty and used a little scrap from it as an accent on a dyed linen wrap dress she made.  A sweet addition to a lovely handmade piece. 

And, for some quilting inspiration, I continue to be drawn to the Gumdrop design in Sunday Morning Quilts.

Want more ideas?  Just ask next time you’re in.  Many of our books include great projects for small pieces and if you’re already a scrap lover, you’re in luck!  We’ll have a handful of scrap bags available starting today.  Let your imagination run wild!