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Planning Projects for a Retreat

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jun 4, 2014 10:56:00 AM

As you may know, there's another Camp Stitchalot this weekend! I wish I could attend, as I know it will be lots of fun.

I thought it might be fun to talk about the types of projects that you might pack for a weekend retreat.

I'm currently working on some English Paper Piecing, and this would be a great, portable project for Camp. If you'd like to start your own EPP project, just make sure you pack a pile of scraps (or maybe a Fat-Eighth Bundle, some paper pieces, small scissors, a needle and thread. That's all you'll need!
Embroidery would be another great idea!


It's always nice to feel like you finish something when you're on a retreat. So pick a WIP that you are nearly done with, or maybe something you've been avoiding (picking out stitches, binding, HST trimming) that you can do that as you chat with your friends. The task you're dreading will probably fly by when you're in good company!

Something New

It's likely that you will feel inspired to start something new, and I say give in to that desire! It's nice to have a new project already cut before you arrive so you can quickly piece it together (or at least start).

Something challenging

You may have a project that is challenging you, and bringing it to a room full of sewists is a smart idea. You can probably find some assistance from one of your fellow campers!

I like to bring at least three projects to a weekend retreat. It's important to have options, and also, you might be surprised at your productivity level!

In case you're interested, there are two more Camp Stitchalot sessions planned for later this year: Fall 2014 and Winter 2014!

Topics: bundles, Camp Stitchalot, English Paper Piecing, Events, precuts

All the pretty bundles and precut fabric!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Feb 5, 2014 7:43:00 PM

It's probably no secret that I love scraps. I love them. I love piecing things that sort of coordinate but don't exactly match. Which is why I am so drawn to low volume fabrics and projects. I would love to have a quilt without duplicate fabrics anywhere, each print it's own unique little snowflake. This is where precut fabric comes in handy!

And Pink Castle sells scrap packs! 11 ounces of fabric - which is about 2 yards, roughly 4-9" wide by 44" long, and randomly assembled.

But maybe that is too mysterious for you. The next best thing to scraps is precuts!

Charm squares are 5" squares, from a single line of fabric, with all the fabrics represented.

The next size up is the fat sixteenth, a 9x11" cut. We stock several fat 16th packs, each with 32 unique prints. These are chosen by Brenda and the staff of Pink Castle!

PCF Bundles

Currently, there are four: 32 Rainbow Way (pictured), Citrus Sunrise, Low Volume, and Scrappy Jewels.  32 Rainbow Way is also available as a Fat Quarter and a Half Yard Bundle.

The next larger size is the layer cake, a 10x 10 precut, like the charm square, it comes from one line of fabric.

Confetti Dots PCF
Mini Confetti Dots fat eight bundle, 30 prints!

The next size, and my favorite, is the fat eighth! A fat eighth is 9 inches by 22 inches. Some of these are assembled by the Pink Castle staff, and some of these are precuts from entire fabric lines that come to us from the companies. Or you can go for the mystery bundle, fat eighth packs - 8 fat eighths for $8 - come in Rainbow, Warm, and Cool flavors.

Catnap Solids
Catnap Coordinating Solids Fat Quarter Bundle

Fat Quarters are next! Fat Quarters are 18" x 21".  And many of these have recently been marked down, no coupon needed. We have solid bundles, fabric line bundles, and blogger bundles - which are bundles put together by quilters and sewists, local and from around the world.

Monaluna Bundle
Urban Patch Organic Half Yard Bundle from Monaluna

We also carry half yard bundles and jelly rolls ( which are 2.5" x 44" strips)

Take a look through our bundles pages!

Topics: bundles, precuts, Fabric

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