Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wood Block prints

Winter's Work....Broken Dishes using Wood Block prints combined with Essex in Linen (the color). I prewashed both the Wood Blocks which are printed with vegetable dyes and the Essex which is a cotton/linen blend and does shrink a touch resulting in a great texture!

I really enjoy working with the Wood Blocks but have had some customer resistance....'they don't go with my stash'. So...the next project will combine 'regular' prints and Wood Block ones.

The Move

We are going to do this in three stages. Not as young as we were when we moved West! Ron and I are leaving next Sunday with some racks and computers to begin set up in the new store. We close on the NF house June 24, the moving van arrives on the 25th.  Thanks to our wonderful employees the store will continue operating in Bozeman until late June. Friends of Ron's have offered to drive the loaded U Haul truck across South Dakota to Northfield. We hope to have 'the wires twisted back together'...and begin shipping July 8-10.

 Yes I started blogging again because of something else going on in my life. Last winter I signed a contract with Andover Fabrics and made my first presentation to the Art Director this May at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. I hope to keep you informed about progress...Northfield and new Dargate prints!!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

In the style of

Dutch Chintz.


Quilt Market in Pittsburgh last month was good although Peg and I were buying cautiously...not knowing when the store would be moving.( That date is now set for late June. Our house sold very quickly. Ron and I are leaving mid June.)  I did find some wonderful Dutch Style Chintzes. They could be the first arrivals in our new location, Northfield, MN.

A new experience scanning for the website. Sadly, I am leaving behind in MT three wonderful employees! Two of them, Lois and Lauren, have each been with me for more than 20 years. It is Lauren's job to teach me how to scan before I go!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Minnesota Bound

A little announcement! Ron and I will be relocating Reproduction Fabrics.com to Northfield, MN some time this summer. We have leased retail space in the First National Bank Building....right on the downtown square. The move is inspired by the historic town of Northfield plus the proximity of our daughter, son-in-law and three little grandsons in the Minneapolis area.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bus man's Holiday

I recently spent a week in Minneapolis caring care for my youngest grandson while the rest of the family went on Spring Break. One day I went to lunch with a friend there...and then onto the Flower Show at Macy's. What a delight. Susan told me I would smell the flowers once we got off the elevator...and she was so right! The 'layout' of the flowers/shrubs was wonderful and it was being enjoyed by multiple generations. Very nice.

We then visited Glad Creations. It is always good, as a shop owner, to visit other stores. I got a chance to met Nancy, learn about their line of patterns (see Union Star) and see some of her mother's quilts. So...a Bus man's Holiday. The tricky part was explaining this term to the Spanish speaking exchange teacher staying with my daughter!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Peanut Butter and Honey

 
 
I am working on 2 Halloween quilts for my older grandsons. The first one is finished and will hang in the store all summer. Now...can I keep working on the second one?

Gathering the fabrics has been fun. We have FQ bundles of blacks (Licorice) and oranges (Honey) as well as a great background (#MF214F). I am going to use a flannel plaid (each different) for the backing. The pattern is by Painted Pony.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Francophile


A little spring house cleaning....and a pile of French textile history books for sale. Contact staff@reproductionfabrics.com for a complete list with pricing.



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Of Needle, Thread and Thimble

A new book by Michelle Yeo, Of Needle, Thread and Thimble, features our Black Octagon Chintz Center Panel. We have reproduced this, with permission, from a quilt in the collection of the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE.