Snuggle Saturday – Cuddle Cakes and Kits from Shannon Fabrics

At the most recent quilt market, Jason and I decided to take the plunge and expand our offerings. We met with the wonderful folks from Shannon Fabrics and bought two of all their Cuddle Kits and precuts. If it sells well – we’ll stock more!

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I love this quilt kit – it comes in pink and blue!

Cuddle cloth, is Shannon Fabrics’ brand name for minky fabrics. These are super soft and plush fabrics that are softer and thicker than fleece, and they make the most adorable baby quilts and blankies!!

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All of Shannon Cuddle Kits are simply adorable!!

Right now, you can purchase Cuddle Cakes (10″ squares), Cuddle Charms (5″ squares), Scarf kits, and the most adorable baby quilt kits I’ve seen. The charms and squares come in sets of 20 and the kits include fabrics for the quilt top, applique and binding.

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When we first got these, my kids begged me to make them some quilts because they are so soft and cozy!! The nice thing about the charms and cakes is that you can easily mix and match them to make a bigger project (though one set of Cuddle Cakes will make a nice sized-patchwork throw).

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The cuddle is easy enough to sew through, especially with a walking foot and you can add some basic quilting on top with no problems. In fact, depending on how bulky or lightweight you want your project to be, you can even skip the batting if desired!

Click here to see our entire line of Cuddle precuts.

I’m curious – have you ever sewn with minky before?

Fabric Friday – The Precut Store is now on Instagram! (And Some Sale News)

We are starting to do a little bit of rebranding for our online store which we lovingly call “The Precut Store.” Right now everything is still under our company name ofย  Christa Quilts but we will slowly be changing that over to reflect more about what the store is really about – Precuts!!

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I’m happy to say that as of today, we have a lot more than just 1 Instagram follower!!

As part of the changes, the first thing we did was set up an Instagram account @theprecutstore. Be sure to follow us there as that’s where will share daily eye candy pics of the latest and greatest items we get in each and every day. I say “we” because the precut store has recently become Jason’s main focus in our business, allowing me do the “fun” stuff like making quilts and writing books!

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Jason and I recently defined our roles in our business – and we have the badges to prove it!

I’m also hoping to start sharing more pictures of what you all make using our precuts. Feel free to use the hashtag #precutstore on Instagram to let us know what you are making, and how you like your goodies!!

Jason’s really got things down to a science. He knows exactly how many of each precut to buy, how often to restock the ones that are selling well, and when to discount those that aren’t doing so great.

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One of Jason’s recent acquisitions – Hoffman Batiks that will be heading our way soon!

For example, we were super excited when Michael Miller began offering precuts, then were really disappointed when they decided to bag the whole thing. So our loss is your gain – all of the Michael Miller precuts are on clearance now at 50% off the original prices. One thing we’ve learned in reatail – you’ve got to either sell it quick, or get rid of it. The rule of thumb in retail is to never let an item celebrate an anniversary in your shop!

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The Michael Miller clearance precuts won’t last long – grab yours now!

Another group of fabrics that we have on sale are the Cotton and Steel precuts. As much as I love them, they’ve stuck around a little too long (mostly because I don’t think enough people know about them yet). So be sure to add them to your stash before they go out of print (OOP).

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All Cotton and Steel Precuts are on sale, too!

Here are two links for you to follow and save: @theprecutstore and theprecutstore.com

As always, thanks for your support!

Fabric Friday – Global Shipping for Precuts and a Giveaway!

For this week’s Fabric Friday, I thought I’d do something a little different – let’s have a giveaway!!

But first, I have some great news for my international friends: most of our precuts are now available for global shipping! Whoo hoo! I believe this is a pilot program, which if successful, will hopefully mean that all items will be available for international shipping in the future.

Click here to see which precuts this applies to. ๐Ÿ™‚

PrecutsOne of you will win these precut bundles by signing up for my newsletter!

And now for the giveaway…

One lucky winner will receive the precut bundles shown above: a Skinny Strip (1 1/2″ x 40″ strips) of Valori Wells Blueprint Basics in Summer, plus a charm pack of Bella Snow.

Enter to win!

Click here to subscribe to my weekly email newsletter and you’ll be automatically entered to win! I use a double opt in system which means you’ll receive a confirmation email once you’ve added your name to the list. Be sure to find that email (check your spam box just in case) and open it to ensure you’ve been registered.

blueprint basics summerFabric swatches from Blueprint Basics – Summer

If you are already signed up for my newsletter, you don’t have to do a thing – you are already entered. Imagine that – you don’t even need to leave me a comment! Though of course you still can if you want to. ๐Ÿ™‚

The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide through Monday, January 19th at midnight PST. I’ll draw a winner’s name and announce it on the blog during the day on Tuesday.

Have a happy sewing weekend!

Fabric Friday – Shimmer and Blueprint Basics

This week I’m excited to tell you about some fun new fabrics that are just arriving in the precut store!

20140530_shimmerShimmer by Jennifer Sampou – Love it!!

First up is Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman fabrics. Thanks to social media, I learned about this line from fellow bloggers out there, even before my sales reps showed it to me! It just goes to show how word spreads quickly online. ๐Ÿ™‚

20140530_shimmer_swatchesShimmer – swatch layout by Jason Watson, (copyright Christa Quilts Inc. 2014)

Shimmer includes a beautiful assortment of neutrals with just a hint of sparkle. Modern geometrics are always a favorite of mine! The precut line includes a 25 piece fat quarter bundle (one of every fabric from the line), a regular size roll up (4o – 2 1/2″ strips), and precut 10″ squares. I just checked my inventory and these guys are selling out fast!

20140530_blueprintsBlueprint Basics by Valori Wells – a perfect set of colors!

Next is Blueprint Basics by Valori Wells for FreeSpirit. I’ve always admired Valori Wells’ work (as well as her mother Jean Wells’ quilts, too). The tagline for the collection is, “a collection of classic modern designs in glorious colors for your adventurous creative pursuits.” I think that’s a great description, don’t you?

20140530_blueprint_swatchBlueprint Basics – swatch layout by Jason Watson, (copyright Christa Quilts Inc. 2014)

Blueprint Basics precuts include half rolls (20 – 2 1/2″ strips), ten squares (layer cakes), charm packs and fat quarter bundles. As of this writing, not all of the precuts have made it to the store warehouse quite yet, so keep an eye out for them in the next couple of days!

Our goal is to add new precuts every week! Which are your favorites?