Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful for Apples

We are in apple country here in Southern Minnesota! I visited a local orchard (Fireside Orchards) this fall and had a tasting tour of their cold room. WOW....in MT I was really excited when I found Honey Crisp apples. The usual offerings in the chain grocery store were Red and Yellow Delicious and Granny Smiths.

I tasted everything in the cold room! Now I pack a local Honey Crisp with my lunch for work and this morning I made an apple pie with local Haralsons. Yum!

We are also thankful for now being closer to family, our friends (those in MT and new ones here in Northfield) and our customers!

We are offering free domestic shipping (shipping costs rebated) at ReproductionFabrics through Cyber Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving

Ron and Margo

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Movies

Part of my customer base at ReproductionFabrics.com is costumers...TV, movies, television, opera and theater companies plus Living History Museums and re enactors from around the world.

My introduction to movie costume shops...came during the filming of
A River Runs Through It on the Boulder River in Montana. I had a brick and mortar quilt shop in near by Bozeman, MT at the time.  When the production crew sets up to film...they often bring along the 'sewing shop'....costume and set designers as well as seamstresses.  Depending on the work load...they may hire local sewers.

One day...a costume designer mentioned needing a 40's style cotton print for an apron for Mrs. Mclean. One of the local sewers mentioned my store and assured them there would be a good selection. The sale was modest (1 apron!) but it opened the door to the possibilities of the movie industry.

I have sold fabric to numerous movies since then...including Return to Lonesome Dove, Cold Mountain, Appaloosa and Cowboys and Aliens and am currently working with the costume designers for a new Quentin Tarantino movie...The Hateful 8.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dargate--down memory lane

Last week I had 2 delightful house guests from Australia....Michelle Yeo and Virginia Pascall. We spent hours looking at Michelle's quilts and my fabric sample books! I now have a total of 9. Six from the 19th century and 3 from the 20th.


Dargate Book c. 1830


We all sorted through a drawer of Dargate scraps. Both Michelle and Virginia...were better than I at identifying the Dargate ranges for each print.

 
Dargate Doubles (1st line) with center from Illuminations



I have a little 'flutter' of pieced hexes using just Dargate prints for a 'someday' quilt.





Dargate Doubles (center) + Botanicals



I will have a new Dargate line printed by Andover this coming spring!
Dargate Treasury...Yes!