In mid April we hosted a wonderful event here in Hamilton! Robert Kaufman Fabrics was celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their Kona Cotton solids fabric line, so they selected 30 amazing quilters and invited them each to create an original quilt using Kona Cotton fabric. For more information on the history of Kona and a complete list of quilters contributed, Robert Kaufman created a fantastic Lookbook, which you can find here
There were so many quilts that they filled our Sewing Center as well as a couple of our shops! They are just gorgeous and we loved having them here! This photo shows just some of the quilts that were in our Sewing Center, where we host frequent quilting retreats!
This quilt by Shea Henderson is gorgeous! We love the colors and it’s such a fun, memorable pattern!
The detail and color of each quilt was so impressive and mesmerizing!
Along with these incredibly meticulous and artful quilts, we had a few great events to add to the fun! Our very own Jenny Doan was signing copies of Block Magazine and gave one of her fabulous trunk shows!
We also had book signings with Shea Henderson for her new book, School of Sewing, as well as with Angela and Cloe Walters for their new book, Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe.
We had a super fun Cars & Quilts event that weekend, where people brought in their vintage cars and lined them up all along downtown Hamilton, then went inside to view the 30 Quilts from Kona! There was nowhere to park in town!
We love to look for opportunities to serve those in need, so during Kona Days we created kits for people to come in and sew pillowcases to be donated to a local women’s shelter. We also were accepting food donations to the local food pantry! Peanut butter and jelly are a treat for those receiving assistance from the food pantry, so we asked for those specific items when attending Jenny’s trunk show and got an amazing response!
We had a blast and can’t wait for our next big event in Hamilton!! Thank you to everyone who attended, participated and donated!!!
In February and March, we had the opportunity to work with Heather Spence, who helped us in hosting a Mystery Quilt for a Cause over on the forum! This is our second time doing this event with Heather and we all just had a blast!
We love any time that a quilt can have a special significance and we love what Heather Spence has brought to this mystery quilt experience. You can find her story/experience here:
This pattern is called “Check it Out” by Heather Spence and will be available for purchase soon through Heather Spence Designs. We’re really impressed by all of the beautiful quilts that were finished!
Enjoy this gallery of quilts completed by some of the Mystery Quilt for a Cause 2015 Participants on the MSQC Forum! Thank you to Heather Spence, RJR Fabrics (who created the kits) and all who participated to make this a wonderful event!
Guess what day it is?! That’s right, it’s Thursday! Time for another throwback here at MSQC. I love looking at all of the beautiful quilts posted on Quiltsby.me, like this gorgeous Lattice Quilt done by user @NURSEAE. Isn’t it gorgeous??
For this week’s Throwback Thursday #msqctbt tutorial, we’re going back to the Exploding Block! This is one of my personal favorites and it’s so fun to make! Have you made any projects using this block?
If you have an Exploding Block quilt or project you’d like to share, go on over to Quiltsby.me and post your project using the hashtag: #msqctbt
We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful projects! Make sure to come back next week to see if your quilt was featured!
If you are new to Thowback Thursday and/or Quiltsby.me, here is a previous blog post that can help!
Happy Thursday and Happy Quilting!
Exciting things are happening here in Hamilton! It’s starting to look and feel like spring, the sun is shining (most of the time) and Downtown Hamilton is looking better than ever! Recently, our new quilt shop opened, called the Batik Boutique. That’s right, we’ve filled an entire shop with beautiful batiks!!
Batik is a special dying process for fabrics, where wax is used to resist the dye, creating a beautiful pattern and texture. We’ve found that when a customer loves batiks, she really LOVES batiks. So, now you’ve got one special spot to be surrounded by all of your favorite batiks!
Here’s a little tour of our Batik Boutique!
Gorgeous, rich colors with tons of dimension and beautiful prints!
Our shelves are almost filled up! We’re getting new fabrics every day!
Look at how rich and beautiful this batik chevron quilt is! Wow, we love those deep navy fabrics! It has so much depth and movement, which is definitely an advantage to working with batiks.
Batiks can be so fun when they are paired with a black solid fabric!
It’s amazing what can be done with this batik technique! Look at these patriotic prints that add yet another layer of interest to these fabrics!
Of course, we also have some fantastic precuts of your favorite Batik fabrics!
I especially love batiks that are bright and cheery like these ones! We have every color of the rainbow! This is a great way to add a little extra dimension and interest to your quilt instead of using a solid fabric.
Browse our entire collection of batik fabrics! On your next visit to Hamilton, we hope you’ll stop in to the Batik Boutique and say hello!