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So ... what's the deal? Why is Ruby Street Quiltworks having a Black Friday on every Friday in November?

That’s because Ruby Street Quiltworks will be closed on the commercial Black Friday … you know the day of retail mayhem that occurs on the day after Thanksgiving … and the staff will be opting out and sewing in. That means we will skip the after Thanksgiving sales and, instead, retreat to our creative sanctuary to create.

We encourage you to do the same thing. Invite some friends or family members to #optoutsewin with you or give yourself the gift of solitude. Dream your handmade holiday. Start a special handmade gift. Take fabric and tools in hand: find inspiration in the infinite inventions of the rain, let an idea drift in on a happy note of laughter, let the creative magic of the winter holidays blow in your door and out through your needle in a happy conspiracy with thread.

Start planning your #optoutsewin projects now! Share the experience. Post photos to your Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook album with our #optoutsewin hashtag so we can take a peek. Skip the line! Enjoy! 

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Skill Level: Confident Beginner. This class is perfect for beginners, who have made small projects and want to dive into something a little more complex, with help from two skilled and supportive instructors. 

Stargazer Class 
(Out There, Just Beyond the Basics)

Come have fun with Angelina and Beth. Complete this 48 x 48 inch quilt top during class. The pattern has classic bones making it wonderfully versatile. It’s a great size for a holiday wall hanging, lap quilt or baby quilt. Your fabric choices will make it unique to you. Depending on your starting skill set and pace, you may be able to begin quilting in class with guidance from the Beth and Angelina.

Save on your ruler purchase: You may want to add a 6 ½ in square ruler to your ruler rack for this project. This will be your go-to square up ruler for years to come. Omnigrid is a brand that has been trusted by quilters for years. It’s what I have on my ruler rack and it’s recommended by your instructors. Right now we have a 6 ½ inch square Omnigrid Ruler, 20% off, just in time to save on one for your class! Purchase a ruler (or just check out the details) here!

If you have taken our “Beginner’s Luck” class, this is a great way to build on your skills. It’s also a great refresher for more experienced quilters. It’s great fun, whatever your skill level!

Harvest Time!

It’s official! Fall has fallen. We're still enjoying the lingering light of the Harvest Moon! Lets make the most of our remaining lunar loveliness and enjoy the moonshine while we sew into the late moonlit nights! 

Here’s a recipe for a quick harvest of placemats, table runners and/or snack mats. Give them as gifts, deck the table for Fall Feasts or just make petite daily celebrations of the season:

  1. Pick a lovely fall themed fabric for the back of your project. Cut it a little larger than the size you want you want your mat, runner or placemat to be. Plant it face down on your work surface.
  2. Lay a patch of batting on top of it (a little larger than your lovely back).
  3. Lay down a plot of dirt (maybe a patch of brown solid or textured fabric, oh oh a grunge would be perfect here!) in the same size and shape as your lovely fall back.
  4. Cut some strips of our lovely, harvest-themed ribbon and plant them in rows across your patch of dirt. Glue baste them in place.
  5. Pin your layers together.
  6. Stitch your ribbons in place (you’ll be quilting your tableware item at the same time!)
  7. Bind your project and enjoy a fall treat! 

Digital Printing

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.

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.

Check out our entire Cotton + Steel collection here:

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