On Ruby Street, we have, sadly, seen the popularity of Wildlife Panels diminish over time. Now, however, new digital fabric printing technology is breathing new life into one of our favorite fabric genres.
Traditional screen printing lays down color on fabric through screens, one color at a time. Eighteen is the maximum number of colors that can be printed before the build-up of layers causes loss of discretion in the design.
Digital printing works more like your ink jet printer. With standard CMYK profiles, up to a million color combinations can be printed! This allows larger, brighter more complex fabric designs, providing unprecedented opportunities for print artists to express themselves on fabric.
Nowhere does this enhanced print capability find a better canvas for expression than on Wildlife Panels. The results are breathtaking!
This enhanced capability comes with increased environmental sustainability. Following the traditional screen printing process, ink must be rinsed out of each screen releasing chemical waste into the environment. There is almost no waste involved with digital printing, allowing the textile industry to reduce its carbon footprint.
You can take a check out our digital panels and prints online, but we encourage you to visit us on Ruby Street (or visit your own local quilt shop) to see (and touch) these amazing works of art on fabric.
We're loving this new beach themed collection from Michael Miller Fabrics. Check it out in our "Just Arrived" Category by clicking here!
Hot August Nights: New! Evening Class Ready for Sign Up!
Three Evenings, August 14, 15 and 16, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Stars All Over - An Introduction to Paper Piecing
Do you want to have perfect corners in your quilt blocks every time or make complex pieced blocks accurately? Try paper piecing!
What is paper piecing? This technique uses paper foundations that have the sewing lines of the quilt block printed right on the paper. Pieces of fabric are sewn together on the paper following these lines, thus making a perfect block every time!
Have you wanted to try paper piecing but thought it would be difficult? No worries. The blocks in this quilt are super simple. The pattern gives you detailed instructions. You will get the opportunity to practice 25 times while making a happy star struck quilt ... and Angelina will be there to help you every step of the way. You'll have fun too! And your quilt will be perfect!
Check out the details here
We’re “Beach Bound” this summer.
Sew along with us in our Eight Week Program
Join our eight week program: BEACH BOUND
Our program includes all the fabric you need for the top and binding of a generously sized throw quilt (66 x 78 inches) and the patterns for 7 summertime fun blocks and setting instructions. The entire program price is just $135. We’ll include some construction notes from our Ruby Street Sample Makers to help you navigate through any stormy patches.
Starting Friday, July 6th: Each week, for eight weeks you’ll receive a kit with all the fabric you need and instructions for making one of the design elements. We believe in Ice Cream first! You can elect to pick up your kits in the store or we’ll ship them to you with FREE SHIPPING! Sign up in the shop on Ruby Street or ONLINE HERE.
The Row by Row Experience
Starting June 21st and rambling through the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer!
Travel the world, visit quilt shops, collect free patterns, make a unique vacation souvenir quilt, maybe win a prize! The theme this year is “Sew Musical.”
This year instead of rows, shops may offer blocks of varying shapes and sizes. Our block is the “Short and Sassy" and measures 12 x 27 inches finished.
Stop by Ruby Street Quiltworks this Summer and pick up a free pattern for our block “Aria.” We’ll also be offering a kit which includes all the fabric we used in our sample, a full sized layout pattern and real Jasper stone beads
Dear Cotton + Steel Fans (both avid and evolving),
It was a sad day in May when we learned that the five designers at the heart of Cotton + Steel were leaving the brand.
The original designers: Melody Miller, Rashida Hale-Coleman, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kite and Sarah Watts worked collaboratively to create modern fabric collections that mixed and matched the differing styles of the individual designers, loosely pulling them together with a shared color palette and theme. A key feature of the fabric is the highly collectable selvedge.
If you are a fan of this edgy, ground breaking group of fabric designers you have already heard the news. If you are just hearing the buzz and want to learn more about how this group of five revolutionized the fabric industry, I highly recommend this article from the Bitter Southerner: http://bittersoutherner.com/cotton-and-steel/#.WxkvuS_MyIE
The Cotton + Steel brand is a subsidiary of California based RJR Fabrics and remains wholly owned by RJR. The company has announced its intention to continue the Cotton + Steel brand with a new roster of designers. At this point it is unknown what the future has in store for the ultra-talented original designers.
Fortunately for Cotton + Steel fans, we still have a lovely collection of fabric from the founding designers. The original designers showcased their last Cotton + Steel collections at the Spring Quilt Market in Portland. We’ll have selections of the newest (and last) designs arriving in July. Also, we still have several of the fun Cotton + Steel Collector’s boxes (40 unique FQs from the original designers) at a per FQ price just a tad less than $2.50! Each box is unique mini-retrospective of past Cotton + Steel designs.
Thank you to everyone who hopped by Ruby Street Quiltworks and made it a successful event for us. We sold every single kit and only have a couple of bolts of fabric left. We hope to see you next year.
If you're still looking for fabric to complete your Shop Hop project we still have some of the lovely intense rain, and the light gray clouds shown at right. (Note the clouds are gray not blue and a little more intense than shown in the image. It's a great low volume blender!
You can also still purchase the pattern for our block “Splashdown.” Shop Here!
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