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 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

The Year of the Sheep is coming

In a couple of weeks the Year of the Sheep will start according to Chinese zodiac. We get ready to celebrate with some of our cute sheep products.

dark blue sheep animal oxford fabric Cosmo Japan

dark blue sheep animal oxford fabric Cosmo Japan

lime green farm animal sheep fabric Farm Friends by StudioE

lime green farm animal sheep fabric Farm Friends by StudioE

blue sheep farm animal fabric Timeless Treasures Babes in Farmland

blue sheep farm animal fabric Timeless Treasures Babes in Farmland

red knitting sheep animal fabric Timeless Treasures

red knitting sheep animal fabric Timeless Treasures

black knitting sheep Timeless Treasures fabric USA

black knitting sheep Timeless Treasures fabric USA

kawaii sheep animal silicone mat coaster from Japan

kawaii sheep animal silicone mat coaster from Japan

sheep silicone baking spatula from Japan

sheep silicone baking spatula from Japan

white sheep cloverleaf Washi Masking Tape deco tape Shinzi Katoh Japan

white sheep cloverleaf Washi Masking Tape deco tape Shinzi Katoh Japan

Japanese funny sheep and cat ring binder notebook by Kamio

Japanese funny sheep and cat ring binder notebook by Kamio

turquoise sheep animal pencil case by Kamio from Japan

turquoise sheep animal pencil case by Kamio from Japan

Shaun the Sheep heart 5-pocket A4 file folder

Shaun the Sheep heart 5-pocket A4 file folder

Many new fabrics from Cosmo, Michael Miller and Robert Kaufman

In the last weeks we added many great new fabrics from different designers to our shop. From Cosmo we received the cutest animal fabrics and lots of typical Japanese designs. Michael Miller sent us wonderful new prints like the collection Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate which features really lovely animal prints in an origami style. We now have many more prints from the Robert Kaufman canvas collection Auntie’s Attac in the shop and also more fun Robert Kaufman cotton prints from several collections.

turquoise bird flower oxford fabric by Cosmo from Japan

turquoise bird flower oxford fabric by Cosmo from Japan

beige structured Japanese dragon dobby fabric Cosmo Japan

beige structured Japanese dragon dobby fabric Cosmo Japan

green fox forest animal oxford fabric Cosmo Japan

green fox forest animal oxford fabric Cosmo Japan

orange Cosmo owl oxford fabric leaf acorn Japan

orange Cosmo owl oxford fabric leaf acorn Japan

blue Cosmo owl oxford fabric leaf acorn Japan

blue Cosmo owl oxford fabric leaf acorn Japan

natural-colored pear fruit oxford fabric Cosmo Japan

natural-colored pear fruit oxford fabric Cosmo Japan

white Canvas fabric with black cats by Cosmo from Japan

white Canvas fabric with black cats by Cosmo from Japan

blue Oasis Border animal border fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

blue Oasis Border animal border fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

white Pride Primary Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

white Pride Primary Origami animal fabric Michael Miller Origami Oasis

colorful Flower Fields flower bed flower fabric Michael Miller Spring Fling

colorful Flower Fields flower bed flower fabric Michael Miller Spring Fling

black Michael Miller skull needle Halloween fabric Freak Out

black Michael Miller skull needle Halloween fabric Freak Out

white flower wave canvas fabric Robert Kaufman red-orange USA

white flower wave canvas fabric Robert Kaufman red-orange USA

white flower canvas fabric Robert Kaufman green flowers USA

white flower canvas fabric Robert Kaufman green flowers USA

blue-turquoise flower stripe canvas fabric Robert Kaufman USA

blue-turquoise flower stripe canvas fabric Robert Kaufman USA

aqua dog food animal fabric Robert Kaufman Eat Drink And Be Funny

aqua dog food animal fabric Robert Kaufman Eat Drink And Be Funny

hot pink cat food animal fabric Robert Kaufman Eat Drink And Be Funny

hot pink cat food animal fabric Robert Kaufman Eat Drink And Be Funny

New echino fabric collections online

We always love getting new echino fabric deliveries, it’s so exciting to open the boxes and see all the beautiful new prints. We couldn’t be much happier with the latest 10th anniversary collection, all the fabrics look really stunning. All of them are a cotton/linen blend and have vibrant colors. The samber line shows one of the most popular echino designs – the beautiful stag with glasses – combined with irregular polka dots. arc features birds with a nice arc pattern and parakeet has a great dotted Chevron print paired with birds. zon is a great line with safari animals and lots of geo prints that look a bit like big stripes of Masking Tape. The last new line of the collection is landscape with the abstract design of mountains and birds.

Each design is available in different colors.

We now have the beautiful 10th Anniversary echino fabric collection in our shop

We now have the beautiful 10th Anniversary echino fabric collection in our shop

natural-colored echino samber canvas fabric stag with polka dots from Japan

natural-colored echino samber canvas fabric stag with polka dots from Japan

light grey echino samber canvas fabric stag with polka dots from Japan

light grey echino samber canvas fabric stag with polka dots from Japan

teal echino samber canvas fabric stag with polka dots from Japan

teal echino samber canvas fabric stag with polka dots from Japan

yellow echino arc canvas fabric bird wave fish scale

yellow echino arc canvas fabric bird wave fish scale

hot pink echino arc canvas fabric bird wave fish scale

hot pink echino arc canvas fabric bird wave fish scale

black echino parakeet canvas fabric bird parakeet Chevron pattern

black echino parakeet canvas fabric bird parakeet Chevron pattern

blue echino parakeet canvas fabric bird parakeet Chevron pattern

blue echino parakeet canvas fabric bird parakeet Chevron pattern

green echino zon canvas fabric pattern safari animals from Japan

green echino zon canvas fabric pattern safari animals from Japan

turquoise echino zon canvas fabric pattern safari animals from Japan

turquoise echino zon canvas fabric pattern safari animals from Japan

natural-colored echino zon canvas fabric pattern safari animals from Japan

natural-colored echino zon canvas fabric pattern safari animals from Japan

echino landscape canvas fabric blue-yellow from Japan bird mountain

echino landscape canvas fabric blue-yellow from Japan bird mountain

echino landscape canvas fabric coral-grey from Japan bird mountain

echino landscape canvas fabric coral-grey from Japan bird mountain

The winner of our Pinterest Christmas Competition

What a fun contest. It was great to look through all of the Christmas crafts you pinned on Pinterest for our Pinterest Christmas competition. So who is the winner of the 100 US$ gift certificate? It’s maryelinsan (Pinterest name). Congratulations, we will contact you via email with all the information about your prize. Marelyn crafted great jewelry and accessories for which she used our stickers and fabrics. Check out our 3 favorite crafts. Really great job!

Fun Christmas charms made with our bulldog stickers

Fun Christmas charms made with our bulldog stickers

funny dog bulldog heart sweets stickers Mind Wave

funny dog bulldog heart sweets stickers Mind Wave

This great bracelet uses our Kokka dog fabric

This great bracelet is made with our Kokka dog fabric

salmon dog oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

salmon dog oxford fabric by Kokka from Japan

Don't the lucky cats from our Cosmo lucky cat fabric look gorgeous on these slippers?

Don’t the lucky cats from our Cosmo lucky cat fabric look gorgeous on these slippers?

dark red structured Lucky Cats fabric from Japan

dark red structured Lucky Cats fabric from Japan

Christmas DIY: Christmas place mats

You want to bring some Christmas atmosphere to your dinner table? How about making some quick Christmas place mats with Christmas fabrics? We have two examples to show you what Christmas place mats could look like with our Xmas fabrics. And we currently have 120 different Christmas fabrics in stock which you can use for your place mats.

Christmas place mat with our Robert Kaufman Christmas tree fabric

Christmas place mat with our Robert Kaufman Christmas tree fabric

Christmas place mat with our Robert Kaufman Merry Mustache fabric

Christmas place mat with our Robert Kaufman Merry Mustache fabric

beige Christmas fabric Alexander Henry Santa's Slippers USA

beige Christmas fabric Alexander Henry Santa’s Slippers USA

turquoise Silly Chilly Christmas Xmas fabric Alexander Henry

turquoise Silly Chilly Christmas Xmas fabric Alexander Henry

hot pink Christmas fabric Alexander Henry North Pole Ditsy

hot pink Christmas fabric Alexander Henry North Pole Ditsy

red snowflake Christmas fabric metallic Quilting Treasures

red snowflake Christmas fabric metallic Quilting Treasures

red Christmas tree deer Christmas fabric Quilting Treasures

red Christmas tree deer Christmas fabric Quilting Treasures

blue Christmas owl flannel fabric Holiday Hoot

blue Christmas owl flannel fabric Holiday Hoot

hot pink Christmas tree ornament Cosmo Christmas fabric

hot pink Christmas tree ornament Cosmo Christmas fabric

white Riley Blake Xmas flannel fabric Home for the Holidays

white Riley Blake Xmas flannel fabric Home for the Holidays

Christmas Basics Riley Blake snowman Xmas fabric blue

Christmas Basics Riley Blake snowman Xmas fabric blue

white mini cardinal bird animal fabric Timeless Treasures

white mini cardinal bird animal fabric Timeless Treasures

green candy cane Christmas fabric Believe

green candy cane Christmas fabric Believe

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

Our laminates in German Sewing magazine Näh was mit Wachstuch

Currently you can buy the special edition Näh was mit Wachstuch (Sew something with laminate fabrics) of the German sewing magazine Patchwork Spezial in German stores. We also contributed a couple of fabrics for the making of this issue and our cute Cosmo forest animal laminate fabric was actually used to make a kawaii wallet. Thanks for featuring us.

We are featured in the German magazine Näh was mit Wachstuch

We are featured in the German magazine Näh was mit Wachstuch

This cute wallet was made with our Cosmo laminate fabric

This cute wallet was made with our Cosmo laminate fabric

Our shop was also introduced a little further

Our shop was also introduced a little further

matt pink forest animal laminate fabric by Cosmo from Japan

matt pink forest animal laminate fabric by Cosmo from Japan

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