Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part3

Although the Quilt Market in Minneapolis is first of all a fabric exhibition for suppliers from the United States, there are also very beautiful Asia fabrics on display. We were able to find amazing new collections from popular brands like Echino and Kokka that will be a great choice for anyone with a soft spot for Japanese designs. We are happy to say that many of the fabrics we chose are already available on modes4u and we are sure that you will love using them to sew wonderful bags, garments and other creative things.

Hokusai's 'Great wave' is a timeless masterpiece and unmistakably Japanese.

Hokusai’s ‘Great wave’ is a timeless masterpiece and unmistakably Japanese.

Many of the designs are colorful and have traditional patterns.

Many of the designs are colorful and have traditional patterns.

Easily carried away. Echino fabrics are perfect for sewing bags and pouches.

Easily carried away. Echino fabrics are perfect for sewing bags and pouches.

A unique style and outstanding quality make Echino one of our favorite suppliers.

A unique style and outstanding quality make Echino one of our favorite suppliers.

Many Asia fabrics depict flowers and animals, but it's really the art style that makes them so special.

Many Asia fabrics depict flowers and animals, but it’s really the art style that makes them so special.

Adorable apple bags and a bear made from cute fruit fabric.

Adorable apple bags and a bear made from cute fruit fabric.

Some of the colorful designs that can be found in our shop.

Some of the colorful designs that can be found in our shop.

We look forwards to see many of the sewing projects made from the cute fabics we carry in our shop now.

We look forwards to see many of the sewing projects made from the cute fabics we carry in our shop now.

colorful polar bear flower rain twill fabric from Japan

colorful polar bear flower rain twill fabric from Japan

colorful town houses canvas fabric from Japan

colorful town houses canvas fabric from Japan

light blue animal sailor oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

light blue animal sailor oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

navy blue Asia fabric with purple and pink cherry blossom from Japan

navy blue Asia fabric with purple and pink cherry blossom from Japan

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

Our amazing modes4u Christmas dinner

This year we had an amazing Christmas dinner with the whole modes4u team. We got to have an awesome Christmas dinner buffet at the very nice Cafe of Hyatt Regency Hotel in the district Sha Tin. The whole buffet area was decorated with snowmen, Santas, gingerbread houses, Christmas trees and lots of other Christmas symbols. The food was delicious too, it was a great selection of foods from all over the world, but of course there were some special Christmas treats like turkey and lots of wonderful Christmas desserts. They even had a chocolate fondue and you could dip biscuits and fruit into hot chocolate. So yummy.

We had a great Christmas dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sha Tin

We had a great Christmas dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sha Tin

The Christmas decoration was amazing

The Christmas decoration was amazing

Everyone loved the dessert section of the buffet area

Everyone loved the dessert section of the buffet area

There even was a gingerbread house

There even was a gingerbread house

A chocolate fondue - so christmassy

A chocolate fondue – so christmassy

Fun Christmas figurines

Fun Christmas figurines

Lots of Santa Claus decorations

Lots of Santa Claus decorations

The modes4u team at the restaurant - still with empty plates

The modes4u team at the restaurant – still with empty plates

There was a great selection of food with lots of different cuisines

There was a great selection of food with lots of different cuisines

The food was delicious!

The food was delicious!

Rilakkuma and our office box Christmas Tree

We can’t think about anything but Christmas. Why? Because our warehouse and office are getting stocked with products for Christmas season 2014 nearly every day. So our big office Rilakkuma made a small Christmas tree with the cute San-X boxes. Isn’t that a great Christmas tree for a warehouse?

Our big office Rilakkuma built an office box Christmas tree

Our big office Rilakkuma built an office box Christmas tree

Introducing our new San-X plush team members

Welcome our new team members! You already know our gigantic office Rilakkuma mascot that is like 165cm tall. He now has many brothers and sisters, because we received big plush mascots of many San-X characters. We do not sell them in our shop, they will guard the modes4u office and you will see them a lot on our blog and Facebook. They are not as big as the 165cm Rilakkuma bear, but still pretty big! We have mascots of Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori, Kutusita Nyanko, Mamegoma, the shy cat and penguin of Sumikkogurashi and rabbit Shappo of Sentimental Circus. Which one is your favourite?

Welcome our big new San-X office mascots!

Welcome our big new San-X office mascots!

Kawaii Miffy cake during our company lunch

We had a couple of reasons to celebrate lately so the whole modes4u team - including baby Mason - went to have a company Dim Sum lunch together a couple of weeks ago. We officially welcomed our new team members Sita and Iris who support our warehouse staff. Our team members Ho, Maggie and Dave all had their birthdays in the last weeks. And for every birthday there should be cake. We got a super kawaii Miffy cake that looked almost too cute to eat. It was a delicious chocolate sponge filled with yummy custard.

After a yummy DimSum lunch we had delicious Miffy chocolate cake

After a yummy Dim Sum lunch we had delicious Miffy chocolate cake

Our team members Maggie, Ho and Dave all celebrated their birthdays lately - we made them little Washi Tape name flags

Our team members Maggie, Ho and Dave all celebrated their birthdays lately – we made them little Washi Tape name flags

Ho is cutting the Miffy cake

Ho is cutting the Miffy cake

The whole modes4u team including baby Mason

The whole modes4u team including baby Mason

The kawaii Miffy cake was almost too cute to eat

The kawaii Miffy cake was almost too cute to eat

Our second modes4u baby

It’s baby time again at modes4u. Last year our former customer service manager Gabi had the first modes4u baby. Now the second super sweet baby boy is born. Little Mason is the adorable son of Sandra and Alan – the modes4u founders and bosses.

The whole team got to meet little Mason a couple of weeks after his birth, and as we already knew that our big soft office Rilakkuma makes a great baby bed of course Mason had to nap on his comfortable belly too. He seemed to enjoy it very much. Congratulations Sandra and Alan and welcome Mason!

Our second modes4 baby - Mason is the son of Sandra and Alan

Our second modes4u baby – Mason is the son of Sandra and Alan

Sandra and little Mason in the modes4u warehouse

Sandra and little Mason in the modes4u warehouse

The bosses' son enjoys his nap on our big office Rilakkuma

The bosses’ son enjoys his nap on our big office Rilakkuma

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Burton

Burton has been working in our warehouse for a while now, we just never got around to introducing him properly. So let’s get to know him better.

Hello, who are you by the way?
Hi, my name is Burton. I am 27 years old and come from Hong Kong. I did not always live here though; I spent 8 years of my live in England. I started to go to school there in year 9 and stayed until I finished university with a degree in interior design. Before I worked at modes4u I was employed by the Hong Kong government in an administrative position in the lands department.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am part of the packing staff in the warehouse, so I pick products, wrap and pack orders, cut fabrics, stick stamps and take the packages to the post office. The warehouse team is growing constantly, but we try to keep a concept of rotation, so that you work in a different position every week and really stay in touch with all tasks there are.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I think the Sumikkogurashi characters are cool. I like the story behind them and the fact that they are designed in a very simple, minimalistic way. Usually the kawaii things in our shop have very loud and bright colors, so the products with these characters stand out. They are really likeable.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
It’s great to work with the people here; we are a young team and get along very well. Everybody has a different background. Some employees are from other countries, but also all Hong Kongers are from very different jobs and fields. It’s very interesting to share experiences and learn from each other.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
It’s definitely not part of my everyday life, but if there is a special occasion or a special person I can be very creative, craft things myself or organise surprises.

A lot of Rilakkuma and a little bit of Burton

A lot of Rilakkuma and a little bit of Burton

Birthday celebration with a solid ice cream cake

What an unforgettable birthday cake! Last week we celebrated the birthday of our team member Bianca. As she loves ice cream so much she got an incredible mango ice cream cake. Of course the whole team wanted to share the cake and that’s when the trouble began. It was made of solid ice cream so it was impossible to cut, as it was almost hard as stone. Still we tried and it took like 30 minutes and many knifes dipped in hot water to get the 15 pieces necessary. But it was worth it, it tasted great. Thanks everybody who took turns in cutting the cake! Happy Birthday Bianca!

Bianca with the ice cream cake

Bianca with the ice cream cake

The mango ice cream cake tasted divine but was hard as stone

The mango ice cream cake tasted divine but was hard as stone

Everybodey of the modes4u team wanted to have a piece of the ice cream cake

Everybody of the modes4u team wanted to have a piece of the ice cream cake

Bianca tries to cut the cake... she gave up after a minute

Bianca tries to cut the cake… she gave up after a minute

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