Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part2

During our visit to the Quilt Market in the United States this year we were especially keen to look for new organic fabrics. Responding to our customers wish for certified organic cotton fabrics, we were able to find a range of very beautiful designs for our shop. We were very happy to have a chance to talk first hand to great suppliers like Monaluna, Birch and Cloud9 and choose from their amazing new collections.Due to the very good experience with the organic fabrics already available in our shop, we are sure to have the best partners to offer you wonderful fabrics for future children’s clothing and home sewing projects.

New Birch collection. We are always surprised how colorful organic cotton can be.

New Birch collection. We are always surprised how colorful organic fabrics can be.

We received great information and advice on organic fabrics throughout.

We received great information and advice on organic fabrics.

We can't wait for these dreamy Birch fabrics.

Some wonderful dreamy Birch fabrics.

Dream team. Together we found so many beautiful Monaluna designs.

Dream team. Together we found so many beautiful Monaluna designs.

Cute Monaluna apron and quilt blanket with charming flowers.

Cute Monaluna apron and quilt blanket with charming flowers.

Aren't colorful fruit fabrics always refreshing. Especially if they are organic.

Aren’t colorful fruit fabrics always refreshing. Especially if they are organic.

All of the booths are decorated with amazing attention to detail.

All of the booths are decorated with amazing attention to detail.

A lovely pastel colored Cloud 9 collection.

A lovely pastel colored Cloud 9 collection.

The garments on display really showed that these organic fabrics have a unique beauty.

The garments on display really showed that there is unique beauty to organic fabrics.

white 'Shine Bright' colorful bright spot Cloud 9 Voile organic cotton fabric

white ‘Shine Bright’ colorful bright spot Cloud 9 Voile organic cotton fabric

white monaluna mini flower organic fabric Jacks

white monaluna mini flower organic fabric Jacks

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part1

This year we had a wonderful experience travelling to the United States to visit the Quilt Market in Minneapolis. The international fabric exhibition was a great chance to be inspired by an abundance of amazing designs. We had the opportunity to talk to all of our favorite suppliers like Robert Kaufman, Riley BlakeAlexander Henry and many more and selected a lot of beautiful patterns to complement the great collections we already carry in our shop. While we really love all of our brands, we also found some gorgeous new fabrics of less known exhibitors like Andover that have just become available on modes4u.

Great team. Choosing the best fabric designs for our shop is a hands on job.

Great team. Choosing the best fabric designs for our shop is a hands on job.

Alexander Henry always have many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

Alexander Henry always have many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

Lovely fruit tablecloth at the Alexander Henry booth.

Lovely fruit tablecloth at the Alexander Henry booth.

We all love handbags. Especially those made from our favorite fabrics.

We all love handbags. Especially those made from our favorite fabrics.

At the  Quilt Market 2015 we had the chance to speak to many experts.

At the Quilt Market 2015 we had the chance to speak to many experts.

We can't wait for Halloween with this super cute owl quilt designs.

We can’t wait for Halloween with these super cute owl quilt designs.

Compared to other international trade fares, the Quilt Market in Minneapolis has a calm and professional feel.

Compared to other international trade fares, the Quilt Market in Minneapolis has a calm and professional feel.

Andover's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' now available in our shop.

Andover’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ now available in our shop.

A very cute caterpillar and butterfly apron.

A very cute caterpillar and butterfly apron.

white animal and dot fabric 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' Andover USA

white animal and dot fabric ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Andover USA

white Riley Blake animal forest fabric Wildflower Meadow

white Riley Blake animal forest fabric Wildflower Meadow

Introducing New Manufacturer: Andover Fabrics

Over the last few weeks we added many great fabrics from American manufacturer Andover to our shop. We’d like to introduce some of the wonderful designs this brand has to offer, such as the amazing ornament fabrics of ‘Downton Abbey -The Egyptian Collection‘ and the lovely Christmas fabrics ‘Festive’. More, we now carry the special batik fabrics ‘Handcrafted’, which are all individually stamped in Indonesia and allow for reversible sewing designs due to their highly saturated colors. Another collection we have especially grown fond of are the cute children fabrics of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas’ designed by Eric Carle. For those looking for rather alternative fabrics we have the super cool steampunk inspired collection ‘Chillingsworth’s Bicycle Race‘ featuring airships, penny farthings and skeletons with top hats. With a brand like Andover in our shop we are sure to be one step closer to have the perfect fabrics for your sewing projects.

New: Our Andover Fabrics in our Shop

New: Andover Fabrics in our Shop

charcoal Egypt gold Downton Abbey glitter fabric Andover from the USA

charcoal Egypt gold Downton Abbey glitter fabric Andover from the USA

orange labyrinth Egypt ornament fabric Andover USA

orange labyrinth Egypt ornament fabric Andover USA

cream colored autumn leaf pattern cotton fabric by Andover USA

cream colored autumn leaf pattern cotton fabric by Andover USA

dark grey teal flower double border cotton fabric by Andover USA

dark grey teal flower double border cotton fabric by Andover USA

teal blue cross circles cotton fabric by Andover USA

teal blue cross circles cotton fabric by Andover USA

black and grey 'Bel Air' blossom flower fabric by Andover USA

black and grey ‘Bel Air’ blossom flower fabric by Andover USA

white Christmas star fabric Andover from the USA

white Christmas star fabric Andover from the USA

cream Christmas reindeer fabric Andover from the USA

cream Christmas reindeer fabric Andover from the USA

white The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas fabric Andover USA

white The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas fabric Andover USA

white dot caterpillars fabric 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' Andover USA

white dot caterpillars fabric ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Andover USA

red The Very Hungry Caterpillar square Christmas fabric Andover USA

red The Very Hungry Caterpillar square Christmas fabric Andover USA

cream hot air balloon tophat fabric by Andover USA

cream hot air balloon tophat fabric by Andover USA

turquoise skeleton bicycle skulls fabric by Andover USA

turquoise skeleton bicycle skulls fabric by Andover USA

grey mustache and tophat fabric by Andover USA

grey mustache and tophat fabric by Andover USA

Our visit to Japan Hobby Show 2015: Part 2

When we went to the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo earlier this year we saw lots of new stationery and decoration we really loved. We will certainly think about getting some of the articles that we don’t carry in our shop yet. Again and again we were stunned by the attention to detail with which the creators care about even the tiniest features of their little pieces of art. Especially the clay decoration we discovered looked so sensationally realistic, it was hard to believe that those were fake sweets. With so many spectacular designs to look at, it’s no wonder it made our mouth water for more of these incredible DIYs.

Some of the amazing clay sweets at the Japan Hobby Show.

Some of the amazing clay sweets at the Japan Hobby Show.

Many of the exhibits were incredibly detailed.

Many of the exhibits were incredibly detailed.

Looking really yummy. Cute clay deserts and pastries.

Looking really yummy. Cute clay deserts and pastries.

Lots of clay sauces and crafting supplies - we carry lots of them in our shop.

Lots of clay sauces and crafting supplies.

Cute construction. A spectacular house of cookies.

Cute construction. A spectacular house of cookies.

These little bears would feel home right away at modes4u.

These little bears would feel home right away at modes4u.

Everything small. These tiny decorations are a big inspiration.

Everything small. These tiny decorations are a big inspiration to us.

'Honey I shrunk the china.' Incredibly detailed tableware.

‘Honey I shrunk the china.’ Incredibly detailed tableware.

What beautiful clay flowers we found here too.

What beautiful clay flowers we found here too.

A presentation of some clay crafting at the trade show.

A presentation of some clay crafting at the trade show.

We wonder how many people asked if they can get a slice of this cake.

We wonder how many people asked if they can get a slice of this cake.

Our visit to the Japan Hobby Show 2015 Part 1

This year a part of our team went to Tokyo again to visit the Japan Hobby Show, a great exhibition with lots of crafts products, fabrics and stationery and much more. We were very impressed by the amount of new designs and ideas of the exhibitors. We especially like about this tradeshow that it is always open to the public with lots of opportunity to try out a variety of hobby products and new equipment to learn different techniques etc. As per usual we took too many pictures to show them all, but we like to share some of our favorite and most memorable impressions with you guys.

Our visit to the Japan Hobby Show 2015 Part 1 1

Thousands of people attend the Japan Hobby Show every year.

A lot of inspiration and many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

A lot of inspiration and many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

Some beautiful Kimonos made from Japanese fabrics.

Some beautiful Kimonos made from Japanese fabrics.

This traditional Japanese handbag is worn for 'Hanabi' the summer fireworks.

This traditional Japanese handbag is worn for ‘Hanabi’, the summer fireworks.

They are all unique. The pattern really brings a Kimono to life.

They are all unique. The pattern really brings a Kimono to life.

Some women practicing cutting sewing patterns with templates.

Some women practicing cutting sewing patterns with templates.

Busy choosing the best colors and designs for our shop from thousands of products.

Busy choosing the best colors and designs for our shop from thousands of products.

Of course we could not miss out on the new Echino fabrics.

Of course we could not miss out on the new Echino fabrics.

Women making handbag decoration from wonderful Echino fabrics.

Women making handbag decoration from wonderful Echino fabrics.

We found a lot of very cute products too. Like these fabrics for handbags.

We found a lot of very cute products, like these fabrics for handbags.

You can sew your own cute designer bags too.

You can sew your own cute designer bags too.

Very interesting embroidery techniques to learn.

Very interesting embroidery techniques to learn.

Amazing embroidery. We probably need a bit more practice.

Amazing embroidery. We probably need a bit more practice.

New: Fabric collection Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate

If you are looking for beautiful and fun fabrics you should check out Tamara Kate’s collection Origami Oasis  for Michael Miller. The animal designs revolve around Safari themes and Japanese paper artwork. They are bright and eye-catching, yet natural. We think they are especially suited for some lovely home decor like cushions, curtains and more.

New: Fabric collection Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate 1

New: Fabric collection Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate 1

white Pride Primary Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

white Pride Primary Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

white Show Your Colors Origami zebra fabric pink-orange Michael Miller USA

white Show Your Colors Origami zebra fabric pink-orange Michael Miller USA

blue Oasis Border animal border fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

blue Oasis Border animal border fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

navy blue Pride Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

navy blue Pride Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

black Origami zebra fabric by Michael Miller USA

black Origami zebra fabric by Michael Miller USA

green Origami giraffe animal fabric Michael Miller Stand Tall

green Origami giraffe animal fabric Michael Miller Stand Tall

colorful Mountain & Valley Geo Print fabric Candy  by Michael Miller USA

colorful Mountain & Valley Geo Print fabric Candy by Michael Miller USA

New Robert Kaufman Fairy Tale Fabric

Once upon a time at modes4u…

All girls love listening to fairy tales and dream of meeting a prince, living in a palace, wearing beautiful dresses and arriving at the ball in a carriage. Even as grown-ups we keep dear memories of the magic of Cinderella, Elsa and co. With our enchanting Princess Life fabrics by Robert Kaufman you can now bring that childhood magic to your home again. Although we cannot guarantee your mice will sew the garments for you, with these charming designs we are sure to say.

“And they lived happily ever after.”  

light blue girl princess fabric Frost by Robert Kaufman USA

light blue girl princess fabric Frost by Robert Kaufman USA

white fairy tale frog prince carriage fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

white fairy tale frog prince carriage fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

pink purple princess palace fabric Spring by Robert Kaufman USA

pink purple princess palace fabric Spring by Robert Kaufman USA

white princess crown coronet fabric Spring by Robert Kaufman USA

white princess crown coronet fabric Spring by Robert Kaufman USA

purple princess crown coronet fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

purple princess crown coronet fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

light blue turquoise kimono doll asia flower fabric by Robert Kaufman

light blue turquoise kimono doll asia flower fabric by Robert Kaufman

pale pink asia butterfly pattern fabric by Robert Kaufman

pale pink asia butterfly pattern fabric by Robert Kaufman

navy blue owl forest animal fabric Garden by Robert Kaufman

navy blue owl forest animal fabric Garden by Robert Kaufman

Cute Snacks with Rilakkuma and friends

Who doesn’t love cute snacks like Macarons? Especially since the picnic season has started again and you can enjoy some little treats outside. We found some amazingly cute summer snack recipes on a great food tutorial site that will turn your bentos and desserts into a feast for the eyes. On a delicious date with Rilakkuma and his friends it will always be a sweet time.

Cute Snacks with Rilakkuma and friends 9

This wallpaper for you shows Rilakkuma and his friends love watermelon and other fruit.

You can almost feel how fresh this cute Kiiroitori chick rice desert tastes.

You can almost feel how fresh this cute Kiiroitori chick rice desert tastes. From Bento Monsters

Obviously irresistible Rilakkuama cookies.

Obviously irresistible Rilakkuama cookies, from Bento Monsters

Cute toast bread home with sofa and table for Rilakkuma and friends.

Cute toast bread home with sofa and table for Rilakkuma and his friends, from Bento Monsters

Rilakkuma Natural Market snacks Re-Ment miniature blind box

Rilakkuma Natural Market snacks Re-Ment miniature blind box

big grey white striped Rilakkuma yellow chick backpack charm

big grey white striped Rilakkuma yellow chick backpack charm

cute light pink macaron ice sandwich squishy cellphone charm kawaii

cute light pink macaron ice sandwich squishy cellphone charm kawaii

Rilakkuma bear sandwich bread pink squishy cellphone charm

Rilakkuma bear sandwich bread pink squishy cellphone charm

 

It’s Children’s Day in Japan

Today we celebrate Children’s Day in Japan with our lovely children’s fabrics. As always on May 5th thousands of colorful ‘Koinobori‘ windsocks fly above the roofs, carrying with them wishes for good health and success. If you too want to have your own flying fish at home, we found a great guide to sewing the sweet ‘skydivers’ and have the perfect bento accessories to carve your own cute carps. After all, taking things in our own hands surely the sky is the limit.

On May 5th colorful carps representing strength and good health take to the skies

On May 5th colorful carps representing strength and good health take to the skies

Heavenly delicious. This cute 'Koinobori' Bento

Heavenly delicious. This cute ‘Koinobori’ Bento

cat and fish bowls Bento cups rice shaper bento box

cat and fish bowls Bento cups rice shaper bento box

white fish fabric Mod Fish by Michael Miller USA

white fish fabric Mod Fish by Michael Miller USA

blue monaluna sea animal organic fabric sea life

blue monaluna sea animal organic fabric sea life

Michael Miller fabric Retro Rocket Rascals astronauts

Michael Miller fabric Retro Rocket Rascals astronauts

pink ballerina girls ballet fabric Robert Kaufman USA

pink ballerina girls ballet fabric Robert Kaufman USA

 

First Hello Kitty Dim Sum Restaurant opens in Hong Kong

You all know there are Hello Kitty inspired cafes, but you will be surprised to hear you can now feast on amazingly cute looking dumplings, steamed buns and Chinese pastries in the world’s first Hello Kitty Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong. We found many pictures on L.A. times online and culture blogs, showing that just like the little white cat, the traditional Southern Chinese dish has become increasingly popular around the world in recent years. In particular in Hong Kong the original dim sum houses are a weekly ritual family meal, usually taken on weekend mornings. For Hello Kitty fans and lovers of Asian cuisine alike, there could hardly be a better way to spend a Sunday morning than a table of delicious steamed buns and tea with friends and family. The only challenge remaining is, the food nearly looks too cute to eat.

Looking lovely. The first Hello Kitty Dim Sum restaurant opened in Hong Kong. picture from L.A. Times online

The first Hello Kitty Dim Sum restaurant opened in Hong Kong. picture from L.A. Times online

Deliciously cute. These Hello Kitty Steam buns. picture from kotaku.com

Deliciously cute. These Hello Kitty Steam buns. picture from kotaku.com

You can choose of a big variety of cute dishes.  picture from L.A. Times online

You can choose of a big variety of cute dishes. picture from L.A. Times online

Flavors of Asia. Hello Kitty blends amazingly well in. picture from ink361.com

Flavors of Asia. Hello Kitty blends amazingly well in. picture from ink361.com

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty brown donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

Hello Kitty brown donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

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