Tuesday, June 1, 2010

International Quilt Market Fun—Spring 2010













Another great Quilt Market!

Just a week ago, the staff and I were in Minneapolis for the semi-annual International Quilt Market. We always look forward to the chance to see old friends and make new ones. The three days of Market leave us inspired and grateful to be part of the warm and creative quilting industry.

We had a wall of amazing projects on display (shown here). Four stunning quilts were created by our celebrated Quilt Designer, Georgie Gerl. Patterns for these projects were included in Issue #19 of Asian Fabric magazine. The magazine was handed out at Quilt Market along with the ever-popular, mouthwatering chocolate macadamia nuts from Hawaii Kona Bay has become known for having at our booth.

Some of the other contributors you see represented in the photos include Cheryl Kuczek, Sheryl Mycroft and Kari Nichols. The skirt and quilt patterns will be in the upcoming issue of Asian Fabric. Leesa Chandler, Helene Knott and Kristen Wright contributed the bag, the children’s wear and the quilt we had on display that was also in Issue #19.

The new collections and several new tone-on-tone groups were well received. The catalog featured in Issue #19 displayed the art for these so shops were anxious to see the new group and place their orders.


Just before Fall Market 2009 in Houston, I set up our Kona Bay Facebook page. Now, just a few short months later, we enjoy over 4600 friends and counting. Every day, I spend time visiting with fabric fans from around the world. It was so much fun to meet and visit with many of my Facebook friends in person. If you haven’t hooked up with us yet, I’d love to have you join us! You can find us here on Facebook.

The last week we’ve been busy filling orders and as always—planning for the future. The fun never stops at Kona Bay Fabrics!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Asian Fabric Magazine Cover


Yeah!!! The cover of the next Asian Fabric Magazine (mid-May) is done and it is super!! Hope you like it as much as we do!!


Back to Blogging and Asian Fabric Magazine

Have been negligent in posting on the Kona Bay Fabrics blog as I have been Facebooking and Twittering as I try to be multi-talented with the different social networks. Just not sure how so many of you successfully manage all of your social networks and still have time to do all the things you do in life. My hat is off to you!!!

The upcoming issue of our Asian Fabric Magazine is coming along nicely and it is scheduled to be released in time for the upcoming Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis, MN.

This next issue is going to have a FREE BONUS included!!

Our next issue will have the Kona Bay Fabrics Catalog showcasing many of our newest fabrics -- both Asian designs and non-Asian cotton fabrics. It is going to be one thick issue and I hope the post office people won't be angry with us.

You can purchase Asian Fabric Magazine at your local quilt shop or you may also subscribe on the Kona Bay Fabrics web site at http://www.konabay.com

The next issue will also have its super assortment of projects (at least 14), recipes, travel article and other features.

If you want to join the fun on our Kona Bay Facebook Fan Page, then toodle over and join us at http://tinyurl.com/konabayfabrics

Hope everyone having a super Spring with lots of great quilting and sewing!!

Mahalo and Aloha!!!



Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Asian Fabric Magazine Available Now!


Come February 14, millions around the world will welcome in the 2010 Chinese Year of the Tiger. Tigers are known for their multi-faceted characteristics and remarkable beauty.
Asian Fabric magazine, the latest issue number 18 just out and on the stands of your local quilt shop, shares many qualities of the Tiger. Over five years ago now, it leapt out of nowhere, surprising Asian fabric enthusiasts with its beauty and strength of purpose.

The cover of this latest issue pays honor to the Tiger, showcasing Kona Bay’s Year of the Tiger fabric from the Asa Collection. Inside, is where the real fun begins, though. Georgie Gerl, nationally acclaimed award winning quilter and Asian Fabric’s Quilt Designer and Editor, has once again created a stunning array of unique projects and thoughtful patterns that will carry you into Spring.

In addition, we have four guest contributors whose patterns you will love. Lidia Froehler, of Canada, offers a lovely table runner you can make up quickly for that last minute gift. Cary FlaniCome February 14, millions around the world will welcome in the 2010 Chinese Year of the Tiger. Tigers are known for their multi-faceted characteristics and remarkable beauty.
Asian Fabric magazine, the latest issue number 18 just out and on the stands of your local quilt shop, shares many qualities of the Tiger. Over five years ago now, it leapt out of nowhere, surprising Asian fabric enthusiasts with its beauty and strength of purpose.

The cover of this latest issue pays honor to the Tiger, showcasing Kona Bay’s Year of the Tiger fabric from the Asa Collection. Inside, is where the real fun begins, though. Georgie Gerl, nationally acclaimed award winning quilter and Asian Fabric’s Quilt Designer and Editor, has once again created a stunning array of unique projects and thoughtful patterns that will carry you into Spring.

In addition, we have four guest contributors whose patterns you will love. Lidia Froehler, of Canada, offers a lovely table runner you can make up quickly for that last minute gift. Cary Flanigan showcases the artful Japanese technique of asymmetry to produce a striking wall quilt with regal gold accents.

Delightful little handbags by Elayne West show you a fun way to recycle those old ties hanging in the closet. Make up one to cover every occasion! And last but not least, Lacey Hill is back with another visual wonder using a large scale appliqu├ęd Japanese Heraldry Wisteria Crest.

For the second time, Kona Bay Fabrics has included a special bonus section to give you an up close and personal showing of our latest and greatest new fabric releases. You’ll be awed and inspired by twenty pages of gorgeous fabric swatch images. Use them to plan your next quilt and show your favorite quilt shop just what you need.

Issue 17, which included the first bonus catalog, sold out quickly—don’t delay in getting a copy of Issue 18. There should be one waiting for you at your local quilt shop or visit www.konabay.com to subscribe today!

Kona Bay Releases Yuko Collection


Kona Bay continuing to roll out new designs for the year. Next up is a superb Asian floral print from the YUKO COLLECTION. Here's the black colorway. Enjoy and hope you like. Mahalo!!



Monday, February 1, 2010

Japan Quilt Grand Prix Winners Announced

Just posted on the Kona Bay Fabrics Facebook fan page the link to see the winners of the recently held Japan Quilt Grand Prix. Amazing quilts and bags. Please sign up as Kona Bay Facebook Fan while you're there. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Redmond-WA/Kona-Bay-Fabrics-Seattle-Bay-Fabrics-and-Asian-Fabric-Magazine/106593046936?ref=ts