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The Pink Castle Fabrics Round-Up: Giveaways, Presales, and New Fabric!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Apr 20, 2014 5:00:00 PM
The Cotton+Steel Postcards, collect them all!
The Cotton+Steel Postcards, Collect Them All!

There was a lot going on at Pink Castle this past week! Did you look away for a moment? Here are some of the things you may have missed if you did...

Cotton+Steel Trading Cards

The biggest news of the week was, without a doubt, the arrival of our Cotton+Steel tradable postcards. These five unique postcards are exclusive to Pink Castle and feature beautiful artwork hinting at what we can expect to see from the full Cotton+Steel line this summer. We're giving these cards away with every order of $25 or more. Even better, collect all five and you could win a Cotton+Steel fat quarter collection valued at over $250! Click on through to our full Cotton+Steel article to get all the juicy details on what is certain to be one of our biggest and most unique giveaways to date.

Cotton+Steel Presale

Only slightly overshadowed by the announcement of the giveaway was the announcement of Cotton+Steel presales. You can now purchase Cotton+Steel bundles, not due to arrive in stores until July, 2014. Cotton+Steel is going to be hot and we want you to have every opportunity to get the fabric you need!

The Cotton+Steel Dream Team: Kimberly Kight, Sarah Watts, Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, and Alexia Marcelle Abegg

Zakka Workshop Giveaway

The Zakka Workshop patterns are new this week at Pink Castle and to celebrate we're giving away a full set of them! Plus an extra pattern just for fun! The original deadline was Friday but we've extended it through the weekend. So check out our Zakka Workshop post and leave a comment to win!

Modern Traditions Shop Hop

Shop HopFor our local customers, or anyone who happens to be in southeast Michigan June 19th-21st, there's the Modern Traditions Shop Hop. Pink Castle and five other superb local quilt shops have teamed up to offer an exciting three days of For as little as $10 you get your passport, a coupon book worth $30 at the participating shops, as well as a chance to win big prizes and lots of other free gifts. Or go big with the all-day bus tour...let someone else do the driving while enjoying food, fabric, and bonus free goodies with your friends! There's a lot of quilting goodness wrapped up in this shop hop and you can read all about it right here.
shopping and fun.

New Fabric And Bundles!

Pretty Pairings by Kristyne Czepuryk

New this week at Pink Castle is rayon! Amy tells you all about this exciting new addition right here. We also have new blogger bundles, Rossie Hutchinson's Valley Girl and Kristyne Czepuryk's Pretty Pairings! And don't forget, the Far Far Away presale is still in full swing!

Hope everyone's weekend is going great! Take care, enjoy your Sunday afternoon, and see you all at on Monday!


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Try Aurifil Thread for FREE This Weekend at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Oct 10, 2013 1:19:00 PM

This weekend (October 10th- October 13th, 2013) get a FREE large spool of Aurifil #2021 white with all orders over $75 (before shipping) at Pink Castle Fabrics!  No coupon code required!  

Aurifil thread at Pink Castle Fabrics
Photo Credit: Whitney Kane
Have you tried Aurifil thread, yet?  When I first started quilting, I had no idea that the thread you use made any difference at all.  While talking with one of the ladies at my local quilt shop, she handed me a spool of Aurifil.  "Use this." she said.  "It's the best thread on the market."  I did, I loved it, and I've never gone back.
That was many years ago.  Since then, I have learned a lot more about quilting and sewing and thread.  I've learned that the thread you use DOES matter in sewing.  You are going to spend hours and hours of time creating beautiful quilts.  You want your hard work to last!  This is why you buy quality fabrics and thread for your projects.
What makes Aurifil so special?  First of all, strength!   Aurifil thread is made with extra-long staple Egyptian Mako cotton.  Egyptian cotton is known for it's quality.  The climate and soil there produces a plant with superior fibers.  The cotton used to make Aurifil is extra-long staple.  This means that longer pieces of fiber are woven together to make their thread.  Imagine braiding your hair with only tiny short hairs.  That braid is more likely to come apart than if you have long hair.  
Let's talk a little about thread weight.   Aurifil has superior strength in a very fine thread.   Aurifil comes in 252 colors in four different weights.  I personally use the 50 weight (the thinnest) for all my quilt piecing on a machine and hand binding and English Paper Piecing.  Your seams will lay flatter and you will have more accuracy in your seam allowance.  I use either the 50 weight or the 40 weight for quilting.  I prefer the 40 weight thread for quilting because it is a little thicker.  I like to be able to see the quilting on my project.  For times when I want the quilting thread to disappear, I use the 50 weight.  I like the 12 weight for decorative top stitching on my machine and for hand embroidery.  Bari J has a great post on using 12 weight Aurifil for embroidery!
The amazing Pat Sloan has this great video on Aurifil thread weight.  It's one thing for me to tell you all about it but quite another to actually get to SEE the difference!  
By the way, Pat is right, you need the Aurifil color card!  The large spools have more thread than the other leading brands which make them an excellent value (in most cases, Aurifil costs less per meter than competitors!).  The 50 weight thread comes with 1300 meters!  It lasts me about a month, and I do a lot of sewing.  
Lastly, let's talk lint.   Aurifil goes through a mercerization process.  This process removes extra lint from the thread before it's dyed.  This means less lint in your sewing machine!  I still regularly clean my Bernina but there is a noticeable reduction in the amount of lint.  
But don't take MY word for it!  Try some yourself!  This weekend (October 10th- October 13th, 2013) I am giving you a FREE large spool (1300 meters) of the 50 weight Aurifil in white #2021 if you buy $75 (before shipping) at Pink Castle Fabrics!
Over the next few months, we will be getting more and more Aurifil in stock at Pink Castle fabrics!  I hope you love your free spool of Aurifil!
~ Brenda

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Learn to Improv with Rossie Hutchinson

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 19, 2013 5:09:00 PM

Modern quilter Rossie Hutchinson is teaching Improvisational Patchwork (Improv 101) this weekend.  Students need bring only their sewing machines and a rotary cutter and mat or pair of scissors and then just go with the flow.

In this 3-hour workshop, you’ll learn to limit decision-making while continually piecing.  You’ll also learn to make decisions quickly, avoid falling in love with your answers, and accept change when it occurs.  We’re going to make new memories and form new habits that will free you up for future adventures.  You’ll leave class with perfectly imperfect quilt blocks and a the confidence to stitch into the unknown.

Here is an example of blocks created in a previous class.

Rossie Hutchinson is the founder of the influential Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts. Her quilts have appeared in magazines, books, and quilt shows around the country. She also creates and sells custom plexiglass shapes for itajime shibori dyeing and other uses.

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Fabric scraps are perfect for improv.
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