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Mary Kerr Book Signing!

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A Quilted Memory by Mary KerrJoin us on Sunday, April 22, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, as we host Mary Kerr for an author’s reception (light refreshments will be served). Mary will be signing copies of her book, A Quilted Memory — Ideas and Inspiration for Reusing Vintage Textiles. In her book Kerr, an award-winning quilter, shares tips and ideas on how family memories can live on by creating contemporary quilts from vintage textiles. Repurpose rather than purchase is Kerr’s focus, encouraging quilters to breathe new life into objects that otherwise stay in the trunk or the dresser drawer. A Quilted Memory features more than 100 photos showing feed sacks, doilies, and vintage clothes with meaning and stories turned into lovely modern quilts. Enjoy this complimentary invitation to have your copy signed and to mingle with old and new quilting friends!

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Vintage Tjaps

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floral design tjap
turtle tjap
triangular flourish tjap

Batik Tambal, purchased by Artistic Artifacts in January, has been importing vintage, collectible copper tjaps (pronounced “chops”), used in producing batik fabric, for more than 11 years — please visit both our online stores, Artistic Artifacts and Batik Tambal, to view our extensive selection. Our vintage tjaps, having nobly served their life of batik textile production, are now available as a standalone piece of art, or used for stamping or rubbings on fabric with Shiva Paintstiks. Check back frequently as we add additional unique tjaps direct from our Indonesian suppliers.

        Please note: while all Batik Tambal products are handcrafted and individually unique, certain panels and tjaps are genuinely one-of-a-kind items and once sold, cannot be reordered. We ask for your patience as we process orders on a first-come, first-served basis and update our websites — if the item you ordered is no longer available, we will provide you with images of similar items, if possible, that may interest you as a replacement.

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New Store Products

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Modern Patchwork magazineBooks and Magazines

We’ve updated the book and magazine listings in our store (and online), including Modern Patchwork 2012 , a special issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, and the newly published Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. Modern Patchwork 2012 pays tribute to the modern revival of patchwork, integrating traditional and innovative techniques to create 37 original contemporary patchwork projects made in the latest fabrics. And from two pioneers of today’s modern quilting movement, Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen, Quilting Modern teaches readers how to use improvisational techniques to make graphic contemporary quilts and quilted projects.

Derwent 24 Inktense Watersoluble Ink Pencils

Set of 24 water-soluble, non-toxic colored pencils in vibrant, pure colors can be applied to paper dry and then washed out with water to leave a translucent, ink-like effect. Once dry, the color is permanent and can be worked over with other media, wet or dry. Inktense pencils can also be used on fabric to create interesting silk paintings and unique quilting projects.

Koi Water Colors Pocket Sketch Box

Document the beauties of spring with this lightweight, sleek but durable case of 18 colors, ready to accompany you on trips to the country, the city or even just your backyard. On-site watercolor painting is simple with a studio right at your fingertips!

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Register for Our Workshops

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Has your spring cleaning unearthed forgotten supplies and inspired your creativity? We’re working to update our class calendar, but in the meantime, join us for these exclusive events:

  • Beaded Wire Work Bracelet by Elizabeth WoodfordSaturday, April 14 — Beaded Wire Work Bracelet with Elizabeth Woodford. Twist and coil wire and beads into a wonderful and unique piece of jewelry — no stitching, no thread and no glue! Your favorite medium and large beads and bits, some wire and several pairs of pliers are the only requirements.
  • Studio Tech Art Quilt Journey: Part 1 new rescheduled dates: July 14, August 11, [Skip September], October 13 and November 17. Are you an art quilter looking to learn or brush up on the basics of design, or are you a traditional or new quilter wondering what all the “art quilt” fuss is all about? In this ongoing Art Quilt class, we’ll talk about design and composition, critique and color, concept and experimentation. Remember, registering for this Part 1 class doesn’t mean you’re a beginner; it means we all start together, form group bonds, and create a safe place to share our work. (Note: We require 15 participants for this class, so spread the word and register now with a friend!)
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Sale Items!

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Visit our sale section for savings on quality products, including the Hobbico Custom Sealing Iron. This small craft iron (non-stick sole plate measures 4.75" x 2.8") with a tapered tip is great for appliqué, paper piecing, or a quick press “as you go” while sewing.

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