Friday, January 28, 2011

2011 Hoffman Challenge fabric is here

This year the Hoffman Challenge is celebrating its 23rd Anniversary! The Challenge started with 94 enthusiastic quilters, but the number of entries has grown to more than 700. In addition to the three quilt categories (pieced, appliqué and mixed technique), new categories include clothing (wearable art), accessories, and dolls. While the majority of the entries come from the United States, a wide variety of international entries are received. Each year, the top entries are grouped into traveling collections and visit quilt and fiber shows, seminars, quilt shops and quilt- and doll-makers guilds nationwide and in Canada.
For entry forms, rules, and more information, check the website:
Hoffman Challenge
You can see 2010 winners here:
2010 winners What amazing work!
We have some beautiful coordinates from the Hanami Collection to enhance your piece. Check them out in our web store.
Are you inspired yet? The fabric is gorgeous - let your imagination run wild! Anything goes.
Let me know what you come up with, whether you enter the Challenge or not, then email photos of your project to me. I'd love to see!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Moda has my UPS man hopping!

The latest boxes on my porch from Moda included Chrysalis by Sanae. She travels through the cities of her native Japan to find inspiration. Sanae can never predict where her inspiration will come from but it yields beautiful results every time. Both natural and modern, this stunning collection is sure to take flight.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Big news!
We finally have a lease in our hands.
Our new address will be 122 N. Main Street, Porterville, CA.
For many years, this location was the Porterville Hardware Store, which closed up around ten years ago. It was divided down the middle. One side was the old fashioned hardware store, while the other was china & gifts.
I'll have the china shop side on the south side of the building.
We're really excited about this location. The front entrance will be changed to match the north side, the ceiling will be lowered, air conditioning & restroom will be added.
One of the best features is the back entrance. Downtown parking can be a challenge sometimes, but we have a nice, level, well lit back parking lot.
There will even be plenty of space for a classroom area.
And, of course, lovely front windows so the mermaid herself will have a nice place to be on display!
We can hardly wait for construction to be complete. The fabric is really stacking up around here. We came home yesterday to 17 boxes from Moda!

Friday, January 7, 2011

We're drowning in new fabric!

Boxes of fabric & patterns are being delivered daily! We're finding it a little frantic around here. My techno wizard/stock boy/bookkeeper is staying very busy, I'm learning so much about the merchandise my head is spinning! The delivery guys arrive with a big smile because I always meet them at the door with a squeal of delight. I have to tear into the boxes as quickly as they can carry them in.
There's so much fabric on the website we divided it according to price. Notice there's New Fabric & Sale Fabric now.
This is a pretty collection, Flight of Fancy by Spectrix. I love border stripes & panel prints. You'll find this group at a great price under Sale Fabric.

Keep checking the website, for new additions. We're posting it as fast as we can!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Who's thinking about Spring?

These pretties are Elizabeth Anne from P & B Textiles. It's been mentioned that I don't select very many blues, so here's my answer to that accusation!
Don't they just whisper, "Spring is right around the corner?"
My goodness. I don't even have my Christmas decor all taken down yet, & it's time to start thinking about & planning spring projects!
We're anticipating several shipments this week, so watch the website for new fabric & patterns. We'll process everything just as fast as we can.
But Christmas can stay a little longer. It's really okay.