So, guys! It sounds like Pop Garden & Bijoux are starting to hit stores. Several shops have emailed me about how their phones are ringing off the hook with calls from you blog-readers -- just pacing for these fabrics. Nadine, from Material Girls Quilting in Utah, emailed me with news that many of my fabrics were delivered today and that before she even had them unpacked, one customer purchased 28 yards of Pop Garden alone. Nadine says she's been receiving several calls a day in anticipation of my new collections. I think I might just have to make my way up there & meet these girls sometime. Sounds like there's some wild-sewing taking place in South Jordan, Utah.
I can't say how important it is to support your neighbor- hood fabric shops, like Nadine's. They are your best source for technical help, for fabric & supplies, and for the cheerleading we all need to get through our projects sometimes. Fabric and quilt shops are a great hub for finding comradery with women who share the same interests as you, and can help provide the community that we, as women, thrive on.
I've started a list of shops that will be carrying my new fabric collections. Free Spirit doesn't have an easy way to deliver store info until after orders have been shipped, so it will likely be another week or two before we receive the full list of stores. If you have a local shop that's expecting my fabrics, please drop us a note with their name, address, phone #, etc., so we can add them to the list. (The link is in my sidebar.) Who knows, perhaps you'll discover a new shop in your area. I just recently found a quilt shop near me that I had no idea was there.
Let me know about your favorite online stores as well! Have you seen the collections for pre-sale anywhere else? With Freshcut, there were a number of online stores allowing pre-orders.
Pop Garden & Bijoux are currently Free Spirit's best-selling collections -- yes! As such, these fabrics shouldn't be too hard to track down here soon. Not like Freshcut -- which is growing more & more scarce now that it's no longer in production.
As soon as we're able to photograph some fat-quarter packs and designer doses for the HB store, we're going to move the individual fabric swatches of Pop Garden & Bijoux to a free-standing page for project-planning and whatnot. Maybe I can get Jenny B to teach me how to code the page so you can move the swatches around -- wouldn't that be too cool? At that point, we'll only be selling Freshcut by the yard and select combinations of Pop Garden & Bijoux. I expect we should have those fat-quarter stacks in place by the end of next week.
Anyhow. I'm hoping a comprehensive store list will help address those of you who have emailed about having a hard time finding what you need. Please let us know who we're missing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can always wait for the info from Free Spirit, but would love to get the store list fleshed out sooner, if possible, so you'll know which stores will have the collections here soon.