Calico Cat Fabrics: Our new blog sponsor!

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July 13, 2015 by tessaraewilliams

(If you’re here for the #finishedblockswap, click here.)

I am so happy and excited to announce that I have a blog sponsor! Can you believe it?! :p

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Tanya from Calico Cat Fabrics is so awesome to work with. Before becoming my sponsor, I bought some half yards of Tula Pink’s Elizabeth from her for a recent giveaway for the #MuppetCraftSwap. BTDubs, Elizabeth is only $4/HY at CCF. 😉

Calico Cat Fabrics is an independent fabric retail who has been is business for almost 9 years, owned and operated by Tanya Dale. In the beginning it was a part time job for her. She was a stay at home mom and quilter….. then, 3 years ago, she became a single mom who was faced with supporting her son. She took the leap and went full time in fabric retail. “Best decision I have ever made – Following my heart and passion!”

She prides herself on her customer service: IF Calico Cat Fabrics doesn’t have an item in stock that you’re looking for, she will tirelessly hunt it down for you. And if she can order items from a wholesaler for you, she is always glad to do it (it’s cheaper!).  Calico Cat Fabrics is always glad to fill any special requests for something not currently in stock if it is at all possible, and that if for some reason she can’t (i.e. it’s out of print) she will try to find your item online and direct you to someone who has what you need.  Even if its not from Calico Cat Fabrics!

Calico Cat Fabrics shipping policy is simple… Actual cost for postage. If your order is a large order, whenever possible, we will ship in a flat rate envelope for maximum savings for you. we do love making the post office ship as much as we can fit in those envelopes and boxes for the flat rate! In addition, Calico Cat Fabrics tries, once a month, to offer a free shipping coupon code for US addresses and a discount on shipping for international addresses… because,  “Who wants to pay for shipping when there is so much fabric to buy!!!” It is also our policy that when you check out, if your shipping costs don’t calculate correctly and are too high, the overage is promptly refunded. We usually ship same day if an order comes in before 2pm (Eastern time) Monday through Friday. Saturday orders are shipped on Mondays. So give us a try for your fabric needs..we think you will be very pleased!!

Tanya sent me the Kona “Not That White Palette” Fat Quarter bundle to review. I was so excited to receive this bundle! I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for skin-tone fabrics. It’s a hard color to match, but this bundle has a few options that would work great! I haven’t seen a bundle like this before. I have always said if I ever become a fabric designer, my first line would just be a rainbow collection of skin tones! But now I don’t have to! This bundle would be great for light skin-tones, but Tanya also carries a Kona fat quarter bundle that would be great for dark skin-tones.

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What’s also great about this bundle is that it gives you background options other than stark white. Some of these colors lean toward a taupe color. There’s also a speckled cream a la muslin, but higher quality fabric of course.

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So far I have used one fat quarter as a skin tone for a current swap project. This “Hey Arnold” A is part of my #80s90sCraftSwap craft. I can’t give any other letters away, or it’ll spoil the surprise!

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On top of sponsoring my blog, Calico Cat Fabrics is also sponsoring the #finishedblockswap, opening today! Everyone who joins the swap is automatically entered to win a Kona fat quarter bundle of their choice! konabundlegiveawayParticipants in the swap will also get a coupon code to her shop! Coupon code and giveaway winner will be included in your partner emails. 🙂

Thank you Tanya for sponsoring Half Square Quilts. I can’t wait to see all the great things that can come from this!


Open Swaps!

  • #finishedblockswap – hosted by ME (@tessaraewilliams)! Each month, you will send a new partner a finished (top, batting, backing, quilted) 18″ block. At the end of 12 months you will combine your blocks into a throw quilt! Information and sign-up here.
  • #winningloveminiswap – hosted by @ihavepurplehair. Marriage equality mini-quilt swap. Ships in January. Sign up here.
  • #supernaturalcraftswap – hosted by @little_fox_nerdy_knits. Open to any crafts based on the show “Supernatural”. Ships in January. Sign-up here.
  • #TrueColoursSwap – hosted by @sugarndspice77. You will be making a medium-sized craft using Tula Pink’s True Colours fabric line. Ships in November. Sign-up here.
  • #4kidschristmasswap – hosted by @mara_makes. You are making a sewn item for your partner’s kid(s) for Christmas. Ships in November/December. Info and sign-up here.
  • #comicbookswap15 – hosted by @kindoflikestitching. Must be willing to ship internationally. Ships in October. To sign-up, email kindoflikestitching@gmail.com, and include your name, country, and IG username.
  • #ROYGBIVcharmswap – hosted by @justjoshinkids. Send a yard’s worth of charm squares, get back a rainbow of charms. Ships in August. Sign-up here.
  • #classwithsassswap – hosted by @dmarielong. Cute office supplies swap. Ships in August. Sign-up here.
  • #tbmqs2 – hosted by sugarndspice77. Miniquilt swap using patterns from Thimble Blossoms. Ships in February. Sign-up here.

Announced swaps

  • #despicablemecraftswap2016 – hosted by @ninjadesigns. Sign-up opens July 31. Ships in January/February.
  • #VeryNerdyHolidaySwap – hosted by @mamabice_makes. Sign-up opens July 31st. Ships in November.

If you know of any open craft swaps that aren’t on the list, let me know so I can add them!

NOTICE

#theanonswap2015 is CANCELLED! After being MIA for weeks, the swap host deleted her account. Which is really unfortunate, especially in this case, since NO ONE KNOWS WHO THEY WERE MAKING FOR! I’m so sorry to the people who have already worked so hard on their packages. :/

Just as a side-note to this, I want all craft swap participants to be optimistic, but careful when joining swaps. LOTS of swaps have opened recently with LOTS of new hosts (there’s nothing wrong with that. We all start somewhere). But I’m getting the feeling many “hosts” underestimate the time and effort that goes into running swaps, and a few swaps lately have spontaneously combusted because of this. I’m planning a blog series about hosting swaps, and my hope is that people will look to the series to decide if hosting is right for them and to really put a lot of thought into it before deciding to take on the responsibility.

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5 thoughts on “Calico Cat Fabrics: Our new blog sponsor!

  1. Diana h says:

    I really enjoy your blog! I read ALL of it. I also appreciate all the work you do.
    Diana

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  2. Sara says:

    Thanks so much for all this helpful information! I just stumbled upon a mug rug swap on instagram this morning and was hellbent on finding a swap to get in on, so thank you for making it easy on a newcomer like myself. 🙂

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