Posts Tagged ‘Asian Fabrics’

Kaleidoscope with Sue Wells: Simple and Stunning!

Saturday, January 21st, 2012


I just spent half an hour looking at the class sample for Sue Well’s “Kaleidoscope” class. Wow!

My photos can’t do justice to this luscious and lively quilt. The quilt has 30 blocks, each with a unique pattern, and all cut from ONE stunning Asian print fabric. The same fabric  becomes the quilt’s border.

The method is similar to, but simpler and more controlled than, a “One-Block Wonder”. Your fabric choice will strongly effect your result.

Sue says her favorite part of making this quilt is the sense of excitement and wonder  she gets opening each and every block — when each one turns out to be different, and lovely.

The Kaleidoscope class will be held on Tuesday February 28 and March 13, from 2-4:00pm. A few spaces remain as of today.

Extra-wide Fabric (We Have Your Back!)

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

With the latest arrivals, we now have a wonderful selection of extra-wide fabrics for quilt backs, comforter covers or anything else for which you need stunning 100% cottons in widths from 106″ to 112″.

  Amazing and easy — and less costly than piecing a comparable back!

Interrupting our Regular Progamming for This Important Message!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

All 10 of your local quilt shops are offering a “Customer Appreciation” sale this Friday and Saturday:

Quilter’s Quest

Customer Appreciation Weekend

May 20-21, 2011

Friday & Saturday

Regular Store Hours

Ten shops in the San Francisco Bay Area have joined together to show you, our loyal customers, how

much we appreciate you!

Enjoy 20% off on-bolt fabric (half-yard cut minimum), And enter to win a $100 gift certificate at each


Mark your calendars for this fun-filled weekend

Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe (707) 438-2969

1001 W. Texas St. Ste. A

Fairfield, Ca. 94533


Cotton Patch                  (925) 284-1177

1025 Brown Avenue

Lafayette, Ca. 94549


Main Street Quilts         (925) 372-3700

533 Main Street

Martinez, Ca 94553


New Pieces                    (510) 527-6779

766 Gilman & 4th St.

Berkeley, Ca. 94710


Picket Fence Quilts        (415) 892-8380

6090 Redwood Blvd.

Novato, Ca.  94945


Queen B’s Quilt Shop     (925) 9784587

720 W 2nd Street

Antioch, Ca. 94509


Quilt Fans                     (510) 749-6717

2205 Harbor Bay Pkwy

Alameda, Ca. 94502


Quilted Vine                  (707) 546-0750

1591 Farmers Lane

Santa Rosa, Ca.  95405


Quiltmaker                    (707) 252-6793

1275 Napa Town Center

Napa, Ca. 94559


ThimbleCreek                 (925) 676-5522

1150 Burnett Ave. #D

Concord, Ca.  94520



Two Classes with Carol Lee

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

New Pieces is pleased to announce that our beloved Carol Lee is back on the class schedule in June, teaching two great classes on Thursday evenings.

On June 2nd she will reprise her perennial “Zen of Hand-Quilting” . Those of us who learned hand-quilting the hard way (trial & error, or from a book) can vouch for the wisdom of learning this skill from someone who knows all the tricks and tips.

While you practice your stitching Carol Lee will answer your questions and discuss supplies and resources for hand quilters.

If hand quilting is a meditation, Carol Lee is our guru.

On the following three Thursdays (June 9th, 16th and 23rd)  Carol Lee will teach a class that’s good for beginners, but appropriate and valuable for students at all skill levels —  “Begin with the Bento Box” .

This Bento Box pattern is a New Pieces tradition when pieced with dark and bright Asian fabrics (available in kit form in the Store).

The pattern is equally wonderful when done in batiks, or prints, or…..whatever you can imagine.

If you’re looking for a next project that looks harder than it really is, has straightforward construction and color combinations that sparkle, Bento Box is the class for you.


Meet the Mystery Quilter! Stacey Tunteri

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Today’s “Mystery Quilter” talk featured Stacey Tunteri (both the e‘s are silent), and her stunning fan quilt. Stacey’s 12:30pm talk was a cheerful counterpoint to the gloomy day outside. A dozen quilters braved the rain, on the promise of a good story and a chance to learn something new. They weren’t disappointed!

The Story Behind the Quilt: Stacey made this fan quilt for a dear friend who was leaving a 10 year marriage. Stacey’s friend said she’d realized while moving out of her soon-to-be-ex house that everything there, from the furnishings to silverware to curtains, etc. had been chosen by her soon-to-be-ex husband. Nothing in the house was “hers”.  None of the choices were hers, nothing really belonged to her.  Stacey’s response was to design a quilt for her friend’s new home that would capture her personality and be a thing of beauty — and would belong only to her.

Stacey chose a wide range of wonderful prints that reminded her of her friend, “I tried to select, but I wanted to use ALL of them”, she said. She wanted an Asian influence overall, and took some pattern ideas from Jinny Beyer, drafting patterns for each fan full-size on graph paper. She practiced the ancient art of trial and error — remaking a block or two and replacing a couple as well. She learned by doing things the hard way how to do them the best way next time.  Like many quilters she expressed some satisfaction that every step reminded her of her friend, and that knowing for whom the quilt was being made simplified every decision. Making a quilt for a friend involves channeling that person’s energy and listening for the right answers to design problems – for that person.























One thing Stacey said that resonated with many around the table was that she had to  fight against “perfection,” because it’s   a goal that just wears you down. Its so much better to look at “creating”, a process that turns our mistakes into learning opportunities.

Thanks Stacey, for sharing your story with all of us. It was a treat!

Next month’s “Mystery Quilter” talk will be on April 19th, from 12:30-1:30pm, and is free to all. Hope to see you there!




Tips for New Piecers – Take Pictures!

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Last week I finished a jacket that was intended as a birthday present for my wonderful mother-in-law.

Caroline is a gardener and bird-watcher, living in the cold, cold Midwest. The jacket was meant to give her a warm hug on her February birthday —  when we couldn’t be there to do it in person. I was thrilled with the fabrics I found — and, since I only have one jacket pattern,  I was set! Having procrastinated far too effectively, I laid the jacket out and sewed it up over the course of two or three days.  I made some truly creative fixes to my mistakes, a la Lisa’s quilt.  I hemmed the jacket on birthday-minus-3 day; then affixed two silk frog fasteners and mailed it off.

No picture. Oops! I can show you the fabrics — and I can remind you to always take pictures before mailing gifts to your loved ones. Most of us stop short of carrying those little “brag” books in our purses, but I’ve yet to meet a quilter who doesn’t want to see what you’re working on!

See you at the Store. And please, bring pictures!  — Heather

Worth A Thousand Words….and more!

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

This is the top of Kari’s Wedding Quilt as seen at a recent Tuesday drop-in (Tea with Carol Lee – February 1).  We met Kari while she was planning this quilt on paper, a couple of months before her wedding.  She will probably have it finished well before her first wedding anniversary.

Every inch of Kari’s quilt has been carefully planned and considered — it really teems with intention. She did a lovely job on this, her very first quilt. The circle with the fletched arrow feathers is the family crest for her husband’s family — which is now her family too!

Just another wonderful quilt tale.

We wish Kari and her Groom the very best — and many more, happy, quilts to come!


Friday, February 4th, 2011

Many New Pieces customers and staff are originally from colder climes — and almost all of us are grateful not to be traveling anywhere east of Pleasant Hill this week.  New Pieces has also had many wonderful and dynamic out-of-town visitors this week.  They seem happy to be missing the weather they left behind, and to really enjoy the cool, clear February weather we earned after all last week’s foggy gray.

That said – We’ve been having a blizzard of sorts at New Pieces, too.  Between the extra visitors and our usual, busy schedule, Staff has barely been able to keep up with the flow of bolts of new fabric coming in the door. Its been overwhelming and wonderful.

It’s hard to capture the excitement in words, or even pictures, but here’s a quick peek at this year’s February Blizzard.

There are Free Spirit fabrics, from Jane Sassaman and Jay McCarroll; there are amazing Asian prints including adorable lions, elephants and bears. There are more bunnies….

A huge order from Trans – Pacific  included these bolts of lava cloth. Brilliant colors, 100% cotton – but with a slight texture.

Among the arrivals in “juvenile” fabrics were these few, including additions to our turtle, owl and bug offerings.

And finally…

To round out today’s peek at the “symphony of color”, there’s a jazz combo in blacks and white.

Stay tuned, or come in  — there is more to show!

…Worth a Thousand Words, and More!

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

This is what arrived in the Store on Thursday afternoon. Not much more to say!

Don’t yet have pictures of the beautiful beige tone-on-tones which arrived earlier the same day. Will post as soon as we do!

See Our Amazing Asian Block… of the Months Gone By….

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I (Heather – you can find me at New Pieces on Monday and Thursday mornings) stopped by the final meeting of the Amazing Asian Block of the Month group last night and found a very relaxed group, in the care of Cindi Cossen. They had gathered to learn how to piece the December BOM block and also to celebrate the first completed quilt of the series.

Susan’s quilt is a stunning blend of unusual Asian fabrics, in a green/orange/plummy palette. It is machine-quilted in the Ginko pattern, by Mary Anne Gayhartt (also of New Pieces). When I arrived, Cindi was showing Susan how to miter the  corners of her purple binding.  It was exciting to see (nearly) finished work out of this series, and there were blocks from last month’s meeting.

There were more blocks, but my pictures didn’t do them justice. Apologies.

Once everyone had had a chance to ooh and ah, Cindi presented the new December Block.

Cindi says it’s pretty straight forward, but it doesn’t look that way to me!  The striped fabric creates amazing chevron patterns and the lattice effect is really lovely.

Samples for the January, 2011 BOM block were on hand, and very tempting...

The Amazing Asian BOM group will meet for an hour on the second Wednesday evening of each month in 2011. There is a Saturday morning BOM at New Pieces as well. Either one could be a great gateway to quilting classes or a minigroup for newer quilters.  The time spent in “class” is minimal, but supplies some structure;  you also get support from the group and from an experienced teacher.  Asian BOM is taught by several different New Pieces teachers, so it is a chance to learn  skills and different styles.

At least one BOM member said her ritual involves dinner out with her husband  after the meeting each month. Priceless!