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

Win our organic birch fabrics at ChrisW Designs

Until December 7th you still have the opportunity to join a great organic fabric and Christmas fabric giveaway at Chris W Designs. We teamed up with the talented designer and are giving away a bundle of pretty organic birch fabrics and Japanese Christmas fabrics on her blog. Giveaway is open worldwide.

Win this bundle of organic birch fabrics at ChrisW Designs

Win this bundle of organic birch fabrics and Christmas fabric at ChrisW Designs

Win our Japanese fabrics on the Blog Japanese Sewing Books

We teamed up with the blog Japanese Sewing Books, so one lucky person will win an awesome Fat Quarter package with Japanese fabrics by Kokka, echino and Cosmo. You can still join the Giveaway until November 16th.

Win these cute fabrics on the Blog Japanese Sewing Books

Win these cute fabrics on the Blog Japanese Sewing Books

We are featured in a French poetry book

Our products have appeared in quite a few books already, but never in a book like that. Our photo of the funny ant gingham Timeless Treasures fabric is the cover photo of the French poetry book Haïku-Gnoni. It features Haiku poems, which is a short form of Japanese poetry, in French language. The author Mario Fulchignoni found the picture on our website and thought it would be a good title picture. Thanks for featuring our photo and congratulations on the publishing of the book.

Our fabric photo is on a French poetry book cover

Our fabric photo is on a French poetry book cover

Our website is mentioned as the source of the picture

Our website is mentioned as the source of the picture

ants on pink Gingham pattern fabric by Timeless Treasures

ants on pink Gingham pattern fabric by Timeless Treasures

 

What customers make with our fabrics: accessories & clothes

Many of our customers shared their DIY-projects on our Facebook wall again. We always love to see what people make with our products, so have a look at some of the gorgeous items:

Srta. Pizpiretta from Spain sewed a lovely handbag with our green echino fabric cherry and even offers a Sew-Along Tutorial for it on her blog.

Srta. Pizpiretta from Spain sewed a handbag with our echino fabric

Srta. Pizpiretta from Spain sewed a handbag with our echino fabric

green echino birds and berries canvas fabric cherry

green echino birds and berries canvas fabric cherry

Valérie Verdalle from France made children’s bedclothes with the Timeless Treasures Noahs Ark fabric.

Valérie Verdalle from France made funny bed linen with our cute Noahs Ark panel fabric

Valérie Verdalle from France made funny bed linen with our cute Noahs Ark panel fabric

blue Noahs Ark panel fabric by Timeless Treasures Ark Party

blue Noahs Ark panel fabric by Timeless Treasures Ark Party

Joanna Lef from Switzerland made a super sweet girl’s dress with the apple pear poplin fabric by Cosmo.

Joanna Lef from Switzerland made this kawaii girl's dress with our Cosmo apple fabric

Joanna Lef from Switzerland made this kawaii girl’s dress with our Cosmo apple fabric

natural-colored fruit apple pear poplin fabric Cosmo Japan

natural-colored fruit apple pear poplin fabric Cosmo Japan

Angela Orrù from Italy used some cute Deco tapes by San-X like the kawaii Rilakkuma strawberry deco tape to decorate her picture frames.

Angela Orrù from Italy decorated some picture frames with San-X deco tapes

Angela Orrù from Italy decorated some picture frames with San-X deco tapes

Rilakkuma bear Deco Sticky Tape strawberry rabbit

Rilakkuma bear Deco Sticky Tape strawberry rabbit

Our customer Heather May Riseborough from England sewed the coolest toddler’s shirts for her grandson with our Alexander Henry fabrics, like the Faces of Liwaza animal fabric.

Heather May Riseborough from England made super cool toddler's shirts for her grandson

Heather May Riseborough from England made super cool toddler’s shirts for her grandson

Faces of Liwaza animal fabric by Alexander Henry USA

Faces of Liwaza animal fabric by Alexander Henry USA

Ladymorgana Le Fay from Spain made fabric book covers with many of our fabrics, like the great Sugar Skull Timeless Treasures fabric you see on the picture.

Ladymorgana Le Fay from Spain made gorgeous fabric book covers

Ladymorgana Le Fay from Spain made gorgeous fabric book covers

black Folk Art skull fabric by Timeless Treasures

black Folk Art skull fabric by Timeless Treasures

Great job everyone, we totally love all your ideas. Always feel free to share your projects with us.

Happy Easter from modes4u

Have a great Easter everyone. The whole modes4u team says Happy Easter, enjoy the holidays, spend some quality time with your loved ones and have a blast with all your Easter activities and treats. We’ll take an Easter break from Friday, 18th of April, to Monday, 21st of April, and will be back in the office again on Tuesday. If you like our cute pink Easter fabric here, it’s from the adorable collection Just Hatched.

hot pink Easter bunny fabric Just Hatched Quilting Treasures

hot pink Easter bunny fabric Just Hatched Quilting Treasures

Michael Miller fabric inspirations: Les Monsieurs by Tamara Kate

Not only do we love the great fabrics from our supplier Michael Miller, but also their blog! You can always find great ideas on what to sew with Michael Miller fabrics. We found a detailed introduction of the collection Les Monsieurs by Tamara Kate with lots of inspiring pictures. You can buy lots of Tamara Kate fabrics in our shop. And if you want to go one step further: Tamara Kate even offers many sewing tutorials on her blog, for example for the awesome skirt or this cape made with fabrics from the Les Monsieurs collection.

What a fun picture! We love the cape made with the Tamara Kate fabric for Michael Miller

What a fun picture! We love the cape made with the Tamara Kate fabric for Michael Miller

Tamara Kate offers a sewing tutorial for this cape on her blog

Tamara Kate offers a sewing tutorial for this cape on her blog

Chair upholstery made with a fabric from the colelction Les Monsieurs

Chair upholstery made with a fabric from the collection Les Monsieurs

Wonderful bed linen made with fabrics from Les Monsieurs

Wonderful bed linen made with fabrics from Les Monsieurs

Cute pillow with pockets

Cute pillow with pockets

Adorable Les Monsieurs puppets

Adorable Les Monsieurs puppets

Want to sew this skirt? Tamar Kate offers a sewing tutorial

Want to sew this skirt? Tamar Kate blogged a free tutorial

Great sewing tutorial videos by Riley Blake

Do you sometimes need inspiration for your sewing projects? Or would you like some tutorials on how to sew certain things? You should definitely check out the great tutorial videos by Riley Blake. They have lots of great videos with easy sewing projects, explain certain techniques or give general sewing tips. We now selected a tutorial for an easy fabric tissue holder, but it’s worth checking out all the videos. Of course you find lots of the Riley Blake fabrics used in the tutorials in our shop.

Chevron, stripes and polka dots by Riley Blake

A couple of days ago we received lots of beautiful geometric prints by Riley Blake and really stocked up all our Chevron, stripe and polka dot fabrics. These prints come either as knit fabrics or laminate fabrics and are available in lots of different colors.

Riley Blake knit fabric with lime green Chevron pattern

Riley Blake knit fabric with lime green Chevron pattern

white Riley Blake knit fabric with aqua blue Chevron pattern

white Riley Blake knit fabric with aqua blue Chevron pattern

pink Riley Blake knit fabric with hot pink Chevron pattern

pink Riley Blake knit fabric with hot pink Chevron pattern

white Riley Blake knit fabric with orange thin stripes

white Riley Blake knit fabric with orange thin stripes

white Riley Blake knit fabric with grey thin stripes

white Riley Blake knit fabric with grey thin stripes

grey Riley Blake knit fabric with red stripes

grey Riley Blake knit fabric with red stripes

white Riley Blake knit fabric with yellow stripes

white Riley Blake knit fabric with yellow stripes

grey Riley Blake polka dot laminate fabric white dots

grey Riley Blake polka dot laminate fabric white dots

lime green Riley Blake polka dot laminate fabric white dots

lime green Riley Blake polka dot laminate fabric white dots

hot pink Riley Blake polka dot laminate fabric white dots

hot pink Riley Blake polka dot laminate fabric white dots

chevron Riley Blake laminate fabric red white

chevron Riley Blake laminate fabric red white

chevron Riley Blake laminate fabric lavender white

chevron Riley Blake laminate fabric lavender white

chevron Riley Blake laminate fabric navy white

chevron Riley Blake laminate fabric navy white

International Quilt Market: general impressions

This is the last part of our little series about the Spring Quilt Market we visited earlier this year. After we’ve shown you pictures of the booths of our suppliers already we close with some general impressions of the trade show. There were so many beautiful exhibition booths and eye candy to discover everywhere that we could have taken pictures forever.

Super cool Paul Frank fabric

Super cool Paul Frank fabric

We really loved this apron dress made with this nostalgig vintage fabric

We really loved this apron dress made with this nostalgic vintage fabric

This nbooth caught our attention with that interesting purple fabric

This booth caught our attention with that interesting purple fabric

Lovely dresses and skirts

Lovely dresses and skirts

The Clothworks booth - we carry some of their fabrics as well

The Clothworks booth – we carry some of their fabrics as well

Many booths looked like super inviting living rooms. Don't you just want to sit down and relax?

Many booths looked like super inviting living rooms. Don’t you just want to sit down and relax?

A very eye-catching designer booth

A very eye-catching designer booth

We loved the booth of Cloud 9 Fabrics and will offer some of their fabrics in our shop really soon

We loved the booth of Cloud 9 Fabrics and will offer some of their fabrics in our shop really soon

A pretty lavish evening dress - you didn't get to see too many of these

A pretty lavish evening dress – you didn’t get to see too many of these

Super cute Christmas crafting sets

Super cute Christmas crafting sets

We have seen lots of raincoats already made with laminate waterproof fabric, but never an umbrella. We loved it!

We have seen lots of raincoats  made with laminate waterproof fabric, but never an umbrella. We loved it!

Every now and then there was also a bit of men's fashion

Every now and then there was also a bit of men’s fashion

Lots and lots of sewing books and magazines

Lots and lots of sewing books and magazines