I’m excited to start a new series with you this year – Fabric Friday! I will try to keep up a regular schedule of posting about a few of my new fabric finds every other week.
Here’s a little background before I get into the meat of this post. Although I’ve been selling fabrics online in some form or another for 10 Years (yes – 10!) I’ve always shied away from being too marketing-driven on my blog.
For years I’ve tried to keep a separation between quilting for business and quilting for pleasure. But after getting hit over the head with the “modern” stick, I’ve realized that often times, they are one and the same for me.
Since quilting is my business and business is my pleasure, I’ve decided it’s okay to talk fabric with you all. After all, without fabric, how would we ever make quilts?!
So I’ll start off this series by gushing about Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics. This collection first caught my eye when everyone was blogging about their trips to last fall’s quilt market.
I love how Carolyn furnished her booth with a simple splattering of color and design. I think these fabrics are universally appealing because of their rich tone-on-tone color with a nod to elements of nature. Botanics is only her second line for Robert Kaufman, and I hope she sticks around with them for a long time!
Botanics precuts are available as 31 piece fat quater bundles, 42 square layer cakes, and 40 strip roll ups (Kaufman’s version of jelly rolls). Aren’t they lovely? And just itching for the right project, too! I love it when a collection includes both rich colorful focus prints and soft background (low-volume) colors.
Kaufman was also clever enough to put together a roll up of Kona solids that coordinate with the line.
I have a healthy number of these precuts available in my store right now, but I recently checked the manufacturer’s website and not-surprisingly, they are no longer available for stores to re-stock once we sell out.
It’s always a guessing game for stores, trying to figure out how many of a certain item to purchase, and balancing that with your business budget while predicting what will be a smart purchase. But that’s also part of the fun of running a shop – keeping my eyes and ears tuned to what’s trending in blog-land. It’s all good!