Fabric lovers, rejoice — new colors, patterns and prints are on their way with the new year right around the corner.
“Twice a year we go to quilt markets, and this last one is the biggest one,” said Amy Logan, owner of That Old Sew and Sew. “It’s in Houston. It’s every fall. We spend three days doing classes, seeing what all the new fabrics are going to be for the next year.”
That Old Sew and Sew is a quilt shop located on First Avenue. It held a quilt market show and tell Thursday night. The store has been open for 2 1/2 years.
“We do parties almost every month, so it just depends on what the occasion is. This is just our market party, so it’s just specifically for things that we found out in Houston or we brought back from,” Logan said.
During the stay in Houston, according to Logan, store staff made orders for six to eight months out. This year Logan brought back four 50-pound suitcases and shipped back 15 boxes: that’s not including what other store staff brought with them. Some products are still arriving. What they brought back was piled into the back half of the store, where people could take a look at what they can look forward to in the coming quilting season during this month’s store party.
About 20 people packed into the front of the store by 6 p.m. and more came as the night went on. In the back, swatches of fabric swirled together in medleys of color. Boxes of thread stood side by side and floral patterned cloths were bundled together and bound with ribbon.
Logan addressed the store crowd by updating them on some store happenings. They have a bigger classroom in the shop now and the store is offering layaway for the Christmas season, as well as letting people start up wish lists.
People held up swathes of fabric and boxes of thread as Logan introduced items. A night for the real fabric aficionados of Fairbanks, That Old Sew and Sew brought out a rainbow of options for local crafters. Between fabric designs from Kaffe Fassett, new thread clubs and some smaller make and take items, the store owner appears pretty excited herself.
“Oh my gosh, crazy fun, crazy fun colors for next year,” Logan said.
“Everything is really bright, and exciting and vibrant.”
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