Grab-A-Fab Winner!

Can you believe we're already half way done with the Grab-A-Fab giveaways!? It seems that time really does fly when you're having fun!

But anyways, we've randomly chosen our Week 3 winner, so congratulations to...

lisa, who posted this comment on May 19th:

"Thanks for a great giveaway, I love the bright colors."

We will be contacting her shortly. If you did not win this time around, make sure to check in with Lesley Grainger, who has also announced the winner of her giveaway.

Thank you for stopping by the Swatch & Stitch, and please come back for the next Grab-A-Fab giveaway this Wednesday!

Grab-A-Fab Wednesday - Week 3

Today is the third week in a six-week-long series of giveaways we're hosting in conjunction with designer Lesley Grainger. This time, we're excited to be giving away a fat quarter bundle of her Pretty Paisley Flannel!

Just leave us a comment below for a chance to win! And remember, Lesley is hosting an identical giveaway on her blog, so you will double your odds of winning if you leave a comment on both blogs.

A randomly selected winner will be announced on Monday as usual. Good luck to you all and thanks for stopping by the Swatch & Stitch!

Grab-A-Fab Winner!

It's Monday again, so that means it's time to announce the winner of Grab-A-Fab Wednesday week 2! Congratulations to...

MarciaW, who posted this comment on May 9th:

"Thanks for the chance to win this fabric prize. I am ready to Launch a new quilt project so this is a timely giveaway. I'm enjoying this grab-a-fab contest."

She has just won a fat quarter bundle of Lesley Grainger's Launch! There are still four weeks of giveaways left in the series, so all those who weren't as lucky this time around, please tune in again this Wednesday for Week 3. We'll be giving away a fat quarter bundle of another one of Lesley's adorable fabric lines.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grab-A-Fab Wednesday - Week 2

It's that time of the week again! Today is the second in a six week long series of giveaways we're hosting in conjunction with fabric designer Lesley Grainger.

This time, we're once again giving away a fat quarter bundle of Launch. Just leave a comment for a chance to win! And don't forget that Lesley is giving away the same bundle on her blog here, so visiting both blogs will double your odds of taking home the prize. Neat, huh?

The winner will be announced on Monday, so make sure to check back then to see the results. Good luck to all, and thanks for stopping by.

Grab-A-Fab Winner!

Hello there fabric lovers! We've chosen the winner for the first week of Grab-A-Fab Wednesday, so congratulations to...

Susie McKinney, who posted this comment on May 2nd:

"Beautiful fabric! I would love to win!"

Thank you everyone for participating in the first Grab-A-Fab giveaway. The second go-around will be this coming Wednesday, May 9th, so be sure to enter if you'd like to win a fat quarter bundle of Lesley Grainger's fabric! The winner will once again be announced the following Monday.

100 Blocks Giveaway Winner

Before we announce the winner of the giveaway, we just wanted to say that we are so thrilled to have had the opportunity to sponsor Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

We could only choose one winner, so congratulations to...

Cathy B, who posted this comment on May 1st:

"Oh, it is just tooooo hard to pick just one block. there are so many great ones! thanks."

Thank you all for stopping by, and please come back soon. And don't forget that the Great Big Bundle giveaway is happening now at Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures blog! 

 

Grab-A-Fab Wednesday!

Today we're excited to team up with Lesley Grainger to bring you a new six-week long series of giveaways called Grab-A-Fab!

Each Wednesday, we'll be giving away one fat quarter bundle of Lesley's awesome fabric, and she'll be giving away the same bundle on her blog here. So you can easily double your chances of winning by visiting both blogs!

This week we're giving away a bundle of Launch, so just leave a comment below for a shot at the prize. Winners will be announced on Mondays. Good luck to all participants and thank you for stopping by the Swatch & Stitch!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to the next stop on Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour! Volume 5 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks is truly a must-have, featuring an impressive array of inspirational quilt blocks brought to you by today's top designers, and all of the blocks are just waiting to be turned into beautiful quilts!

Flipping through the pages, we were thrilled to see how many of the blocks featured Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Here's just a taste of the fabulous designs you can see in the newest issue:

Block #402 - Lyric by Karen Comstock, featuring Fusions

 

Block #434 - Robox by Julie Herman, featuring Robot Factory by Caleb Gray

 

 

Block #458 - Window Panes by Jenifer Dick, featuring Kona Cotton Solids

 

Block #477 - Bingo by Jessie Kurtz, featuring Treasures and Tidbits by Piece O'Cake Designs

 

Block #488 - All Buttoned Up! by Amanda Murphy, featuring Veranda by Amanda Murphy

 

Quiltmaker is also sharing some complete quilts, including these two stunners that both use our fabrics:

Batiks in the Barn by Leanna Spanner, featuring Artisan Batiks by Lunn Studios - includes Five of Diamonds block #445 by Jina Barney, Four Gables block #475 by Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Mattingley, and Star-Crossed block #462 by Theresa Eisinger.

 

Stitching in the Garden designed by Terri Lynn Scott and quilted by Merrie Jones, featuring Stitch by Betz White - includes Heartwarming block #450 by Pam Buda, Star-Crossed block #462 by Theresa Eisinger, and Shooting Star block #461 by Deanne Eisenman.

 

Are you just itching to get your hands on a copy of 100 Blocks but don't want to wait until May 8th, when it goes on sale? If so, then you're in luck because we're giving away a free copy! Just leave us a comment (perhaps tell us what you think of the quilt blocks or which one is your favorite). On Friday May 4th, we will choose one random winner to receive this collection of awesome quilting ideas.

And as all you veteran blog-hoppers probably know, we're not the only ones doing a giveaway. Visit Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, to see the rest of the tour schedule and for a chance to win more great prizes!

 


Exciting Things Ahead!

We have some fun things planned for the next couple of days that we're just super excited about and thought we should just give you a little heads up!

First, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour makes a stop here tomorrow. You'll get a sneak peek at some of the quilt blocks featured in the fifth volume and a look at some complete quilts. There might even be a giveaway as well ;)

Then on Wednesday, we're teaming up with designer Lesley Grainger to bring you a new six-week long series of giveaways called Grab-A-Fab.

Each Wednesday, we'll be giving away some of Lesley's wonderful fabric on our blog, and she will be giving away the same fabric on hers...so you'll have double the chance to win if you visit both blogs!

As you can tell, we're pretty psyched about all this and we hope you are too! If you'd like to take part in the festivities, please check back tomorrow and Wednesday.

 

Caleb Gray Giveaway Winners!

Happy Friday, everyone!

We've randomly selected two lucky winners to receive a fat quarter bundle of Pet Park AND some 1/2 yard cuts of Cone Zone, both from Caleb Gray. So without further ado...

The first winner is...

Kimberlee, who left this comment on April 24th:

"So cute! I'd love to make something for my baby nephew with these fabrics!"

And the second winner is...

Jamie, who left this comment on April 25th:

"You guys make so many of my favorite, go-to fabrics! And lines like these that are just too cute! I have a friend pregnant with twin boys. These would make perfect baby boy quilts!"

Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the two winners! They will be hearing from us shortly. For everyone who didn't win this time around, not to worry! We've got all kinds of fun things planned for the upcoming days, so please come back soon.

New Fabrics from Caleb Gray...And a Giveaway!

Robert Kaufman is excited to announce two new fabric lines from Caleb Gray - both due in stores this May!

The first is called Pet Park, and it features all kinds of playful critters perfect for the pet-lover in all of us. Whether you prefer cats, dogs, or even hamsters or goldfish, this collection has it all! These are just some of the fun prints included in the collection:

Now, we all know how hard it can be to find the right fabric for the boys in the family. And that's what makes Caleb's other new line, Cone Zone, so great - we think young boys will absolutely love this combination of dump trucks, bulldozers, street signs, and traffic cones!

Would you like an opportunity to play with BOTH of these collections? Great! because we're giving some away! Just leave us a friendly comment below for a chance to win a Pet Park fat quarter bundle AND 1/2 yard cuts of Cone Zone. On Friday, April 27th, we will randomly select TWO winners, who will each take home both prizes.

And don't forget to stop by the Caleb Gray Studio page on Facebook or his website, www.calebgraystudio.com, to see more of Caleb's awesome designs and to show your support for one of our favorite artists!

 

Next Stop London Giveaway Winner!

Happy day! We've randomly selected a winner who will take home four half-yard cuts of Laurie Wisbrun's Next Stop London!

So congratulations to Mary Ann, who posted this comment on April 4th:

Great line, my DD went to King's college in London for a year, she'll love a qulit using these and I think I know just the pattern too! Thanks for chance to win some!

She will be contacted by us shortly. For all of you who didn't win this time around, keep checking in at the Swatch & Stitch, where there are sure to be all kinds of giveaways and other fun stuff in the near future!

London-Themed Fabric for the Olympic Season

Seeing as how the London 2012 Olympics are right around the corner, we thought this would be a perfect time to give you all a sneak peek at Laurie Wisbrun's newest line, Next Stop London!

She has delivered yet another fabulous collection and really captures the essence of London with her illustrations of Big Ben, London Bridge, red old-fashioned phone booths, and big double-decker buses.

Looks like all kinds of fun, does it not?

And the timing of its release could not be better! Next Stop London will ship out to stores later this month, giving all of you quilters out there more than enough time to make some amazing projects before the Olympics kick off in July.

And we all know that the Games will be all anyone's talking about come summertime! So get into the spirit of London, and as always, don't hesitate to share with us all the fabulous ideas you come up with!

Now to the best part: We're giving away the four half-yard cuts you see in the picture above! Just leave us a nice comment for a chance to win. And on Monday, April 9th, one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the whole set!

 

 

Fabric8 Design Contest!

Robert Kaufman Fabrics is partnering with Spoonflower to bring you the Fabric8 Design Contest! We are searching for eight talented designers looking to make a name for themselves in the industry. And one of those chosen eight will have the opportunity to begin a rewarding career as a professional fabric designer!

What's the best part of all this? The contest is open to anyone and everyone, and there is no entry fee! Just submit a single design to Spoonflower.com by April 24th to be considered by our panel of judges.

The theme of the contest is Watercolor with Pen & Ink - think modern designs rendered in the style of pen & ink drawings colored with watercolors.

Take a look at our Pinterest board for some direction and inspiration.

Between April 24th and May 1st, representatives from Robert Kaufman and Spoonflower will thin out the playing field and select their 100 favorite designs. Audiences around the world will then have the chance to vote online for their favorites, and the results will determine the final eight competitors.

Each of those eight designers will then be asked to create a collection of eight fabrics based on their original designs by June 5th, and the fabric-loving public will once again vote for their favorite collection.

The designer who receives the most votes will be offered a contract with us, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, to produce a professional fabric collection! They will also receive a $1000 advance against royalties (minimum guarantee), a professional-quality Wacom digital drawing tablet, and $250 in custom fabric printed by Spoonflower!

For more info about submission guidelines and contest dates, please visit fabric8contest.com.

Best of luck to all contestants - Can't wait to see what you come up with! 

 

The Lorax Milestone!

As March comes to a close, we thought we'd give you an update on our furry little friend The Lorax, who has been capturing the hearts of moviegoers all month. Since its release, the film has earned close to $200 million at the worldwide box office!

With that milestone fast approaching, this is as good a time as any to remind you all that our Lorax fabrics are available for purchase in shops around the country! These are just some of the designs in the collection:

The Lorax Panel in Bright

We think this collection is super cute, super vibrant, and can be used for all kinds of projects and ocassions! Do you agree? Leave us a comment! We'd love to hear from you if you've featured the Lorax in one of your projects, have an awesome idea that you want to share, or just loved the movie!

Meet Mary Lake-Thompson!

Describe your background in design. When did you start applying your artwork to fabric?

I have been involved in art my whole life. I had formal training at the San Francisco Art Institute. I started my business as a greeting card company in the early 80s. When computers and email took over the greeting card business, we shifted gears and looked for a new product to put our art on. Flour sack tea towels were perfect. We could design and print our towels locally in Northern California rather than sending them overseas to be produced.

Where do you find inspiration, and how does that translate into your work?

After creating art for so many years, the inspiration builds on itself. One design leads to another design. I really live the life that I portray in the art…gardening, cooking, etc. I live in a very rural town, we don’t even have a Starbucks. I travel a lot so it’s always nice to be here where life is easy.

Describe your design process. What usually comes to your mind first – a color palette, a particular image, or an overall theme?

An overall theme is where my design process begins. I frequently develop ideas and images while doing my normal daily tasks. I could be gardening or playing with my dogs in the orchard…the design process really can happen anywhere from anything.

You’ve managed to build quite a successful company. How much perseverance did that take?

From the beginning I had a lot of support from my family. I really believe you need this much support in order to survive, starting and building a company. It is very demanding and time consuming, but in the end it’s all worth it because I have been able to do what I always wanted to do…create.

Have you learned any valuable lessons that might be useful to other designers trying to make a name for themselves in the industry?

My advice to other designers would be to never give up. Somewhere there is a need for creativity. I always tell people to think out of the box. I really believe if you can figure out another angle you can make it work. Go down a path that hasn’t been tread upon.

What does the future look like for you? Is there anything you hope to accomplish?

Right now we are developing a whole new world for us…ceramics! It’s always fun to develop a new product that has never been done before. It’s a different kind of energy from what we are used to.

 

 

Mary's Cottage Flowers collection (left) is available now! You can see all of her designs and products at her online store.

Giveaway Winners!

Today is the day! Three random winners have been selected and will receive signed copies of Laurie Wisbrun's new book, Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design. So, congratulations to them!

The first winner is...

Dorothy, who posted this comment on March 5th:

"Always looking for inspiration, and I love Kaufman fabrics. I'm using the Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 fabric to make a Hawaiian shirt for my husband for Father's Day this year as it falls on our twin boys' birthday."

 

The second winner is...

Jessica, who posted this comment on March 7th:

"I love Laurie Wisbrun's fabric designs and I can only imagine the book is wonderful!"

 

And the third winner is...

cherly hammond, who posted this comment on March 5th:

"Just the cover alone makes me want to read this book. Fabulous!!!"

 

Congratulations to those lucky three! For those who didn't win, all hope is not lost! Laurie's blog tour is just getting started, and more copies will be given out at various stops along the way.

 

 

Our Trip to Sew Modern

Ever been to Sew Modern in L.A.? 

A few of us recently stopped by the shop to see our friend Lauren Hawley and the rest of the Sew Modern team, and we had just the most wonderful experience! They were all so nice and really made us feel right at home, taking the time to talk with us about new trends and to give much-valued suggestions about our fabric lines.

For those of you who haven't been there yet, Sew Modern is a super-hip fabric store on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles that has adopted a very innovative business strategy. Not only do they sell fabric, they also host regular in-store classes for people of all ages as well as a wide variety of events like birthday parties, baby showers, and even bachelorette parties!

Here are some pictures from our visit:

We must admit, we also snuck a pic of Lauren's beyond adorable shoes!

 

 

 

 

 

Suffice it to say that we were very impressed with the pleasant atmosphere and everything Sew Modern had to offer. To learn more about their fabric selection, classes, and events, visit the Sew Modern website or their blog!

Laurie Wisbrun Book Giveaway!

It's giveaway time again! Fabric designer Laurie Wisbrun, the creative mind behind such lines as Jack & Jenny, Tufted Tweets, and Modern Whimsy, has published a new instructional book, and we have three - I repeat, THREE - copies to give away!

The book, Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design, is a must-have for anyone with any interest in creating beautiful fabrics. Publisher Chronicle Books hails it as "a key resource for anyone looking to learn the basics, expand their skill set, or find design inspiration." Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of photos, Laurie's book contains step-by-step tutorials for designing patterns, advice on printing techniques, and insider tips for bringing your designs to the marketplace.

For a chance to win a free copy, just leave a friendly comment on this post! It's that simple! Three people with be selected at random from the comments, and the winners will be announced next Monday, March 12th.

In the event that you are not one of our lucky winners, both the US edition and UK edition are available for purchase at Amazon. And don't forget to visit Laurie's blog, Scarlet Fig, to see more of her fabulous work!

The Lorax Petition

Environmental issues are a big deal for us at Robert Kaufman, so when we heard the inspirational story about Ted Wells' fourth grade class in Brookline, Massachusetts, we just knew that we had to share it with you all.

Ted Wells' students love Dr. Seuss' classic book, The Lorax. But when they saw Universal's promos for the movie, which opens this Friday, they were disappointed to find that the advertisements lacked the strong environmentalist message that have made the book so popular. The students launched the "Lorax Petition Project" on Change.org, calling for a shift in the movie's ad campaign to include a more clearly defined stance. They never expected that their petition would receive online signatures from 57,000 people, including celebrities like Edward Norton and members of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars!

Universal Pictures also took notice and, to the students' surprise, actually changed The Lorax official website to fit their specifications as stated in the petition letter. Universal also claims that the petition has accelerated their plans to form partnerships with a number of environmentalist groups. The efforts of Ted Wells and his students have proven that, with a worthy cause, even a small group of individuals can make a big difference. You can see the rest of their story here.

Robert Kaufman Fabrics is proud to announce that is also doing its part to promote green initiatives and keep the message of Dr. Seuss' classic tale alive. Our Lorax prints are 100% organic and just one of several greenSTYLE eco-friendly fabric lines.