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Should I Join a Fabric Club?

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 16, 2018 11:36:08 AM
  

Maybe you've always wanted to join a fabric club but wasn't sure how it works. Or maybe you've never heard of a fabric club and want to check it out. Here's a handy guide to help you decide if joining a club is right for you, and if it is--which one!

What is a fabric club?

A fabric club is just like a magazine subscription-- you sign up, pay money, and recieve fabric regularly. For us, that means once a month you'll get a bundle in the mail, along with an email (new for 2018!) with details about your fabric and project ideas. 

"My stash is too big already-- the last thing I need is fabric delivered to my door every month!"

Believe us-- we know how a big stash can be stressful! The great part of a fabric club is having a predictable amount of fabric coming in each month. Most of our club bundles have enough coordinating fabric to make a quilt top, meaning you're going to be making and finishing projects. Some clubs are solids, such as Kona Complete and Color Inspirations, which are always needed! Others, such as Liberty Lawn, are heirloom quality and highly collectible (and I promise, you won't mind giving up a little shelf real estate for Liberty!) 

How much does it cost?

Because everyone has a different budget and fabric needs, most clubs come in different size options, such as fat eighths, fat quarters, half yards, and even full yards. Clubs are typically billed monthly, though you can also pay all upfront if it better suits your needs. 

Which club is best for me?

If you want to join a monthly fabric club but aren't sure which one is best for you, think about what kind of projects you want to make and which brands/styles of fabric you stash the most. Here's a handy guide to the fabric clubs we have!

Liberty Lawn Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Liberty Lawn Club

Starting or growing a stash of Liberty Tana Lawn can be a little overwhelming due to the large amount of gorgeous prints the company has, and getting just a small piece of it can be frustrating. Liberty Lawn Club is great for growing a collection of Liberty prints in a size you can use, such as fat quarter, fat eighth or fat sixteenth, while giving you a variety of 10 prints each month. 

Cotton+Steel Club

If you love Cotton+Steel prints, Cotton+Steel Club gives you 12 prints each month in the size of your choice, in a coordinated color palette. The club can contain prints from all 5 designers, plus Rifle Paper Co., basics, and Cotton+Steel Friends. This club is excellent for giving you a bundle you can make a quilt top or other projects from, as it contains a few different colors in blenders and feature prints. 

Cotton+Steel Club at Pink Castle Fabrics
Kona Complete Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Kona Complete Club

If you dream of owning every single Kona color (unlimited solid fabric power!) Kona Complete Club is for you. You'll get 340 colors in the size of your choice, bundled and divided over 12 months. Kona solids are smooth, soft and Oeko-Tex certified, meaning it's processed with no harmful chemicals. Each month, you'll also get an email with a free pattern using solids and a list of all the colors you've recieved so far. 

Art Gallery Club

If you want to recieve a complete collection of new fabric (including a few coordinating blenders) check out Art Gallery Club! Each month you'll get a new collection of Art Gallery fabric, occassionally two if they're small Fusion or Capsules lines. This club is perfect for making complete projects each months! 

Art Gallery Fabrics Club at Pink Castle Fabrics
Stash Stack Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Stash Stack Club

Do you never have the right color blender print for your project? Do you want a more well-rounded stash of different colors? Stash Stack Club can help! Each month you'll get 12 blender prints in a single color, so by the end of 12 months you'll have a color wheel's worth of shades.

 

Color Inspirations Club

If you're looking for a solids club that's a little smaller than Kona Complete, you may be interested in Color Inspirations Club. You'll get 10 fat quarters or half yards (your choice) of coordinated Cotton Supreme Solids, perfect for using together or mixing with other projects. 

Color Inspirations Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

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Quilt Now Magazine at Pink Castle Fabrics

Quilt Now Magazine

Quilt Now is a magazine for the modern quilter, written by modern quilters. This magazine comes to us from the UK, with projects from both US and British designers using the same fresh modern fabrics you can find in our store. 

Monthly Club Box

If you join more than one club, you can combine them into one monhly club box and save money on shipping. On the 30th of each month, your box of all your subscriptions will be shipped and ready to be opened and used by you in just a few days. 

Do you have any questions about fabric clubs? Let us know in the comments below! 

See all Pink Castle Fabrics Clubs!

Topics: Liberty of London, Art Gallery Fabrics Club, Color Inspirations Club, Monthly Clubs, quilt now magazine, Stash Stack Club, Kona solids, kona complete club, club

Interview with Karen Lewis about Kona Solids

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM
  

t's no secret we love sewing with solids, but sometimes choosing colors to use and how to stash them for later can be a little overwhelming. To help us learn about using and stashing Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman, we talked to some of our favorite designers! 

Karen Lewis knows Kona-- she's the designer behind the ever-popular Blueberry Park collection, printed on Kona cotton! Read on to see what she had to say about her favorite colors, how she stays organized, and why Kona is her favorite solid. 

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How do you Stash Solids? (How much do you buy when you don't have a specific project? What's the best size to stash, etc?)

I stash bolts! Mostly I buy solids to use for my screen printing and I like to have it to hand for when I do a run of a certain color.

What colors do you gravitate towards?

I enjoy greys, teals and mustards. I try and mix it up and try new colors, but I always seem to lean towards those...usually with some pale pinks, peaches and orchid thrown in.

How do you use solids in your projects? (backgrounds, main feature, binding, etc)

I mainly use solids as backgrounds in my projects.

What do you love about Kona Solids?

I love the amazing range of color available with Kona Solids. I love that I can always find the exact color I need. I love the handle of Kona too. I don't prewash fabric...I know, I'm a rebel!...and I love the crispness that Kona gives to my stitching.

What's one piece of advice you want to give about sewing with solids?

Don’t be afraid of solids. See them come to life when you piece them together and see the magic when you quilt over the top of them.

Thank you Karen for your tips and tricks! If you're interested in collecting all 340 Kona Solids, click here

Learn about our Kona Complete Club!

Topics: Kona solids, Robert Kaufman, kona complete club, solid fabric, blueberry park, karen lewis

Which Batting is Best?

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 8, 2018 11:28:27 AM
  

Your quilt top is done (hooray!) and it's time to pick the middle layer for your quilt sandwich-- batting! With so many options out there, choosing the right one for your quilt can be overwhelming. It's great if you already have a favorite, but knowing how different batting weights and fibers affect the look and feel of the quilt can make a big difference in your next project. Let's take a look at the most popular varieties. 

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Cotton

Cotton batting is made from natural cotton fibers, sometimes bleached and sometimes not, and is typically thinner and more dense (it has very little loft) than polyester or wool. Cotton batting is a popular choice for quilts that will be used in multiple seasons, as cotton isn't too warm for summer, and is also popular for heirloom quilts that will be stored and used for many years. Cotton has the benefit of being the same fiber as quilting fabric, meaning it will wash nicely, though can suffer some shrinkage. Since cotton batting is thinner and not as puffy as other fibers, it doesn't always "fill out" wide spaces between quilting stitches, making for more crinkly quilts after washing, which can be a benefit or a disadvantage depending on the look you want. 

Cotton is sometimes blended with other fibers such as polyester (which lightens it and reduces shrinkage) or bamboo, silk, or wool for added warmth. 

Wool

If you're looking to make your quilt both puffy and warm, wool batting is for you! Wool has a high, springy loft and makes quilts surprisingly light. Made from processed and combed sheep's wool, wool batting is an excellent insulator making for warm quilts with longevity. You'll want to make certain to only gently wash your wool batted quilts in cold water, as wool has a tendency to felt under agitation and heat (and it may smell a little "sheepy" during the first wash-- no worries, it will be gone once it's dry.) Wool batting's high loft makes for excellent stitch definition in your quilting, making it perfect for closely placed quilting, and looks pleasantly puffy if you choose sparse quilting. Wool is sometimes blended with cotton, silk, or bamboo for added qualities. 

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Polyester

Polyester batting is a man made synthetic fiber and is most often what's found in mass produced duvet covers and quilts due to it's low cost and ability to make quilts both light and puffy with variable lofts (it can be as thin or thick as desired and comes in multiple lofts.) It's also reasonably comfortable in a variety of climates, being warm or cool depending on said loft and doesn't shrink. While these are qualities that are desirable, polyester is not very durable due to the loosely connected fibers in the batt and has the tendency to break and clump inside the quilt with subsequent washings. Polyester batting is still an ok choice for some quilts, but is often better blended with cotton or wool to make it more durable. 

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Topics: machine quilting, Quilting, quilt finishing, free motion quilting, cotton, batting, wool

Interview with Violet Craft about Kona Solids

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM
  
 

t's no secret we love sewing with solids, but sometimes choosing colors to use and how to stash them for later can be a little overwhelming. To help us learn about using and stashing Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman, we talked to some of our favorite designers! 

Violet Craft uses solids for her amazing Animal Abstractions quilts, with varying shades creating facets of color and bringing the creature to life. Read on to see what she had to say about her favorite colors, how she stays organized, and why Kona is her favorite solid.

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How do you Stash Solids? (How much do you buy when you don't have a specific project? What's the best size to stash, etc?)

It completely depends on what is in front of me. I often buy fat quarter bundles of colors because I love the way they've been used together. If I'm stocking up on a color just because I see it and have to have that particular color I will buy one to three yards. If it's just REALLY YUMMY, I'll have to get at least 3 yards.

What colors do you gravitate towards?

I like saturated pastels, like Pink, Coral, Mint, Aqua and Petunia

How do you use solids in your projects? (backgrounds, main feature, binding, etc)

All the ways!

What do you love about Kona Solids?

Kona solids come in such a wonderfully diverse amount of colors and have a great hand for piecing. They're sturdy enough that I'm not scared to slice them up and use them in all sorts of projects, but they have a beautiful finish that just feels great too.

What's one piece of advice you want to give about sewing with solids?

You need the colors you don't think you need. That beige-y cream-pink might not look so exciting on the bolt all by itself, but you pair it into your more saturated colors and it just makes them POP! Don't be afraid to get a good range of things and just start mixing and matching them up in piles to find the palette that works. This is why I love fat quarter bundles so much. You can get a smaller piece of a LOT of colors to play with.

Thank you Violet for your tips and tricks! If you're interested in collecting all 340 Kona Solids, click here

Learn about our Kona Complete Club!

Topics: solids, Fabric, Kona solids, kona complete club, solid fabric, violet craft

Interview with Jennifer Sampou about Kona Solids

Posted by Katie Remski on Dec 29, 2017 8:00:00 AM
  
 

t's no secret we love sewing with solids, but sometimes choosing colors to use and how to stash them for later can be a little overwhelming. To help us learn about using and stashing Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman, we talked to some of our favorite designers! 

Jennifer Sampou knows the perfect balance of intricate, artistic prints and simple solids! Read on to see what she had to say about her favorite colors, how she stays organized, and why Kona is her favorite solid

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How do you Stash Solids? (How much do you buy when you don't have a specific project? What's the best size to stash, etc?)

I use large, stackable see through bins from the container store, then fold my Kona colors and arrange by color families. They look like books on a shelf and I can see a spine of every color.

What colors do you gravitate towards?

I love all the colors, it just depends on my mood and the season. But I always incorporate neutrals and muddies. I'm not a rainbow palette only girl.

How do you use solids in your projects? (backgrounds, main feature, binding, etc)

I use solids everywhere. I mix them with my prints and yarn dyes as both a feature and as backgrounds.

What do you love about Kona Solids?

I absolutely love the consistency in color from lot to lot and of course, the expansive palette.

What's one piece of advice you want to give about sewing with solids?

Try to use wide range of colors and values, because you can! Kona Cottons are stocked more than prints ever will be!

Thank you Jennifer for your tips and tricks! If you're interested in collecting all 340 Kona Solids, click here

Learn about our Kona Complete Club!

Topics: solids, Kona solids, Robert Kaufman, kona complete club, solid fabric, jennifer sampou

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