Introducing One Room Schoolhouse !

July 8, 2016

It’s funny.  Fabric designers work on new lines so far in advance that when it’s time for them to finally hit the shops, you are really quite used to them!  My new collection, One Room Schoolhouse is shipping to shops this week!  I’ve been working on this line for over a year now and I’m REALLY excited that it’s finally here! Just like with Pie Making Day (my first collection with RJR Fabrics) I got inspiration from my vintage fabric collection.  But this time, I really wanted a more late Spring/early Summer feel to the colors.  I still looked for prints that were smaller for quilting.  There are so many great quilting patterns out there that use small pieces and One Room Schoolhouse will work well with those types of patterns.  Samplers like The Farmer’s Wife or Pony Club finish at a 6″ block!  You can still see some of the pattern on the fabric even at that small of..

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A Chat About Sew Pro! How you can make a living as a Sewing Professional.

June 10, 2016

We are a part of a very interesting industry.  Sewing and Quilting business are unlike most other industries.  Sewing is a craft and not just a product.  For many people, there is a lot of nostalgia attached to handsewn items.  I think this gives sewing a different feel than other small business categories.  It’s also an industry where you can have your hands in many different pots.  There’s not just one way to make a living with sewing.  You could be a blogger, pattern designer, author, ghost writer (patterns or blogs), fabric designer, stunt sewer, teacher, pattern tester… the list goes on.  And there are new categories opening up all the time.  Many of the people that are considered “industry professionals” are not just focusing on one of these jobs either, they are making a living by making income from several different places.   Now let’s say you are interested in taking your sewing to a professional level.  Where do..

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Winter Quilting Book Recommendations 2016

March 2, 2016

Hello friends! Owning a quilting shop has a lot of perks.  I get to choose pretty fabrics to sell and see all the great projects that people are making at Quilt Market and meet fabric designers and other awesome folks who work in the industry.  But I think above all that fun stuff, it’s great to just help quilters when they come into my shop.  I don’t get to work on the floor every day (or else the bills would never get sent out) but when I do I get a chance to connect with our customers.  It’s a lot of fun to help someone choose fabrics for a project or give great recommendations to someone who has an issue with a quilt.  I get a lot of customers ask me for book recommendations as well.  I can’t carry everything at Pink Castle Fabrics and one of the things we don’t carry a lot of are books.  So, I decided that..

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Sister Sampler Quilts – A new book from Gen X Quilters!

January 19, 2016

I’m pretty excited about a new book by my friend AnneMarie from Gen X Quilters!  Sister Sampler Quilts: 3 Modern Sampler Quilts with Paired Sister Blocks is a really cool concept.  AnneMarie shows you how to make 25 blocks (which have a modern flair to them) and then 3 different layouts for the blocks.  Of course you can use these blocks in any way that you would like (pillows, quilts on their own, your own layout) but I really like that AnneMarie has given us some non-traditional  quilt layouts.  We ran her Moccasin block of the month at our shop, Pink Castle Fabrics, for 2015 and it got a great turnout and good reviews!  It’s inspiring to see quilts that aren’t just blocks all lined up in a row with sashing. When we received the Sister Sampler quilt book I was so excited that the girls and the shop and I went to work and made up an entire quilt top!..

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Janome Skyline S7 Sewing Machine Review and FREE Mini Quilt Pattern!

October 15, 2015

Hi everyone! I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a sewing machine.  Oh sure, I get excited about new sewing tools.  But a new machine is really the most exciting, isn’t it?  When I was asked to review the new Janome Skyline S7 I was all for it!  I got a chance before agreeing to test drive one of these babies at Janome Impact Institute, a convention for Janome Dealers (we are now Janome dealers at Pink Castle Fabrics!), and I really love this machine.  It has ALL the features that I personally want in a sewing machine.  SO, from my quilting point of view I want to tell you why you also need a Skyline S7. Who is the Janome S7 for ? This machine has a power needed for a sewist who likes to create bags, garments or quilts.  It really is a versatile machine.  You will have no problem going through several layers of fabric..

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Modern Sewciety Podcast #69 – Featuring Me!

July 1, 2015

Hi everyone! Check it out!  I’m on the Modern Sewciety podcast!  I was lucky enough to meet Stephanie at Quilt Market last year and we got to talking about everything I have going on. I apparently talk a lot because I’m the only one on this episode!  So you can hop over to her blog and hear me talk for an hour about me, my fabric line Pie Making Day, Pink Castle Fabrics, Sew Pro, and Camp Stitchlaotand just quilting in general.   This is the first time that I’ve really talked about Sew Pro.  I will have a post soon with a lot more details but I spill the beans about this new venture that Sara from Sew Sweetness and I are putting together. Anyway, go over and listen to me chat with Stephanie!  Let me know what you think! Brenda

Bento Box Quilt for Modern Patchwork Summer 2015

June 30, 2015

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..

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Pie Making Day! My very first fabric collection!

June 17, 2015

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..

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Sunset Strips – Alison Glass Handcrafted Lap Quilt

April 8, 2015

I’m really pleased with the way this quilt turned out!  I was so excited when I first saw the Alison Glass Handcrafted line at Quilt Market a year ago.  Alison does such a great job with color.  It’s all handmade (like a batik) so you get small variations in the print.  The line is really great to work with! I started this quilt last Fall at Camp Stitchalot.  All the Campers were oohing and ahhing over the colors in this project.  I decided to use my Sunset Strips pattern and break up the bold colors with some bars of Cotton Supreme Solids in French Vanilla. This quilt is lap sized (54″ x 66″).  I used the French Vanilla as the binding as well and it’s all hand sewn to the back. This pattern is quick and easy to put together.  It was nice to have a project to take to the sewing retreat that I could actually finish in the weekend!..

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Dorie’s Diamonds! Quilt in the QuiltCon Magazine!

March 9, 2015

I know, I know, QuiltCon is everywhere.  We all went and had an amazing time and it’s all over social media and blogs too.  Well, here’s another blog for you.   I had an awesome time at QuiltCon.  I love seeing all my friends in one place and I met A LOT of new and really cool people too.  The show was amazing this year.  There were SO many great quilts.  I really loved it.  Heather and all the ladies and gents that helped put this event on did a wonderful job.  I didn’t vend this year and I’m really glad I didn’t.  I got a chance to take a break from work (sort of) and really enjoy the show.  And now I’m home and back to work.  Luckily, the snow is starting to melt.  After that taste of warm weather in Austin I really became done with winter.   If you haven’t already picked up a copy of the..

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