Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bento Box Quilt for Modern Patchwork Summer 2015

 Modern Patchwork Magazine


I can finally show off a quilt that I have been holding onto a while!  The new Summer edition of Modern Patchwork is on newsstands now.  I have my new Bento Box quilt pattern in this issue!  This finishes at lap size and is a great way to use up your scraps if you wanted.  



I really love the way this quilt turned out!  Teal is one of my favorite colors and I love the texty-low volume prints too.  This quilt incorporates both!  This is a beginner friendly quilt and it has a unique way to put the blocks together.

We have some magazines for sale at Pink Castle if you can't find it locally.  This will look great using the Word Up bundles and Low Volume bundles that we have in stock as well.  And of course we have all the aqua and teal stash builders in stock that will work with this pattern too.

I'm glad to finally be able to hang this quilt up in the shop!  It's nice and bright hanging up on the wall.  I've been so busy lately at Pink Castle.  We are participating in the Row by Row this summer.  I've been really pleased with the turnout so far!  It's fun having folks stop in from other states while they are on vacation.  And so many women have been telling me that their husbands have been mapping out all the quilt shops to stop at on their road trips...what great husbands!  If you find yourself in Ann Arbor, MI this summer make sure to stop in at Pink Castle!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pie Making Day! My very first fabric collection!

 Pie Making Day Fabric

Some of you may already be aware of this but I now am able to add "Fabric Designer" to my CV!  I'm happy to start telling everyone about my very first fabric line!  I've been working with RJR Fabrics for a few years now with their Cotton Supreme Solids collection and working on the Color Inspirations Club.  And now I have a line of vintage inspired prints!

We have called the line Pie Making Day.  It's inspired by fabrics from the 30s, 40s and 50s with an updated color palette.  For me, making pies and eating with my family has always been a fun tradition.  Now I'm always the one in charge of pie at Thanksgiving and picnics but I really learned from the best!  My pies are nowhere near as perfect as my mom's though.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be showing you projects made with my collection and pictures from our booth at Quilt Market.  The Pie Making Day collection is shipping to shops in July (just a few more weeks)!  We have it on pre-order at Pink Castle Fabrics now.  I'm very excited!  Make sure to tell your local quilt shop that you like my line!  They can contact their RJR representative or RJR directly Phone: (800) 422-5426 Email: info@rjrfabrics.com.


 My brother Matthew J Ratliff is an awesome pastry chef! He studied pastry at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and now works at a resort in West Palm Beach, FL. He has been on the Food Network Challenge three times and also on the show Sweet Genius! I'm really happy to share with you some pie recipes that he came up with to go along with my new line!


Everything he makes is really great!  I'm excited to try making these this summer!