Our quilt guild organized a tour of Hoffman Fabrics this past Monday. I jumped at the chance to go, as I’d passed up several other opportunities. I decided that it was summer and it was time for some fun. So I left the sewing chores behind and drove down to Orange County to meet up with the rest of the ladies.
We were ushered into a seating area, where a Hoffman employee gave a sneak peak at some of the lines coming out soon. The one above is a digitally printed fabric, which allows for greater color variation than screen printing, and is done in Pakistan.
I love their screen printing, which is done in Japan.
They printed all their batik basic colors onto fabric, which someone cut up, interspersing with gray to create this quilt (below):
I liked a lot of their Christmasy Momento line.
This hedgehog is from the Forest Friends line. Very cute.
We watched a video on how they make their batiks, which all starts with a design being translated into a chop (above). This is then dipped in wax, applied to the fabric, then overdyed.
Sometimes the fabric is dyed first, then stamped, then they remove the dye, as in the case above.
I went gaga for their new Me + You line of batiks–so modern looking. Here’s another view:
Our group saw a lot of samples; here they are stacked up at the end of the presentation.
Then over to the receiving section, where all these bolts come wrapped in plastic.
One woman said she’d like to sneak out one of these scrap bags, maybe by stuffing it into her bra.
Wherever you look there is beautiful fabric.
I laughed when I saw this: fabric draped over shelves, hiding the mess from the world, like just I’ve done more than once.
Lisa and I were on the tour together. Here we are walking from the loading dock area down to the front of the warehouse.
Such beautiful prints!
The company’s batik lines got their start by a couple of the sons who were surfers, and who wanted to proudly wear their surf fashion. The surfboards decorate their offices now.
We all could have watched this all day long, but it was time to go.
In other summer fun, I finished my block for my Mid-Century Modern bee-mate Susan, of Patchwork’n’Play. She chose the Stepping Stone block. All of the links to the tutorial, plus tips are on our group’s blog, The Mid-Century Modern Bee.
It was waaaaay past time for a new nightgown, as you can see by the vintage pattern above (the last time I made this was 18 years ago!).
Instead of tucks, I like to add braid. This is also a vintage braid from my stash, with embroidered edelweiss flowers — a reminder of Austria, where my husband and I went on our honeymoon many years ago. We’re coming up on twenty-six years of wedded bliss next month.
We had our reception after the honeymoon, at a friend’s home. If we look tired, we are, as we arrived home the day before from Austria and are majorly jet-lagged. I still think he is the most handsome man around. And yes, I did make my wedding dress, although it is not at all like the fashion today–it was made of French laces with entredeaux and ribbons and insertions. I still have it and love to look at it and think of the girl who made it, so many years ago.
And then I had another quilty issue that had stumped me for a while: why didn’t I like rosette #3 of the New Hexagon Millefiore Quiltalong? The above photo is someone else’s beautiful rendition, but somehow it just didn’t “work” for me. I couldn’t figure it out.
I went online and looked at lots and lots of other Rosettes on our Facebook group, and still just didn’t like it. Then I found this photo:
These were made by the woman who makes samples for Katja’s shop in Canada, and look what she did with hers (on the right, above). She simplified those outer blocks. Bingo.
So in the papers for Rosette #2, I found the shapes, and used them and loved what I saw. Here’s the first version, above.
Second version, with darker “middles.” And below, in all its cluttered glory, is the design wall with the full shape. I’m still not too sure about those far right-hand hexagons, but I’m withholding my judgement on those until I see how they fit with the rosette next to it. . . which is still a long way off.
I’ll work on getting these stitched together over the next few weeks. Katja will be releasing Rosette # 8 in about a week. That means that, wow, I’m only five behind!
Our Four-in-Art Challenge Reveal is coming up also in a week, and I’m not at all behind on this one. I also have another tutorial for Circles Block #14 coming up as well. So even though summer is a relaxing time, the quilting calls my name and brings an order to my life and to my days. I feel fortunate to have some “summer” time with cloth and thread and design and stitching–hope you feel the same!