With so many great sponsors contributing to the Celestial Star QAL, I thought it would be fun to get to know each of the shops a little better, as well a the people who work so hard behind the scenes to give us such beautiful fabrics. It's so easy to forget that there is a face and a family behind these shops, and I want to give a big shout out to them and their hard work to contribute to our quilting obsessions. :) I have ordered from these shops and can attest to their fantastic service. I know most of them, or follow them closely, on Instagram and around the web and am thrilled to have wonderful people joining me and sponsoring this quilt along. Thank you!! You can check the schedule in this post to see the entire round up of sponsors and when I'll be introducing each one.
Today I would like to introduce you to Pink Castle Fabrics. If you are on instagram you can follow them @PinkCastleFabrics. They are a great shop! Every time I visit their website I end up filling my cart with hundreds of dollars and just have to walk away. There are too many beautiful fabrics to choose from. ;) They often have great sales and coupons too, so go stop by and sign up for their email list so you don't miss out. Renee was so kind to write up a little bit about Pink Castle Fabrics, as well as tell us all about the great events they have going on.
Pink Castle Fabrics is ensconced in beautiful downtown Ann Arbor (if you've never been, you should come visit us...it's especially lovely in the fall), but for the longest time we operated completely out of the basement of our owner and founder, Brenda Ratliff. In fact, Pink Castle had very practical beginnings; having discovered quilting as a nice, soothing hobby while at home taking care of her newborn son, Brenda desperately wanted a local shop that would satisfy her modern fabric obsession. Unfortunately, Ann Arbor had no such thing, so Brenda resolved to do it herself. It started innocently enough - a bolt here, a bolt there, taking what she needed and selling the rest off to her friends - but before too long she had her own Etsy shop...and not long after that, an entire online store! She hired her first full-time employees and Pink Castle was born! We've since moved to a proper brick and mortar location, where we host quilt guilds, classes, and special events of all kinds for our local quilting community, but our primary business remains online as we ship hundreds of orders a week everywhere in the world.
Our guiding philosophy remains the same as that very first day, though. We pride ourselves on variety, innovation, great prices, and the friendliest service possible. That's why you can find all the newest fabrics, lots of fun and exciting imports, tons of blenders and basics, and solids in every color of the rainbow at Pink Castle. We spend our days imagining what other quilters need and then give it to them! Just starting out or need to give your stash a jolt of life? We created the Stash Stack Club just for you. Want all the solids? We have two clubs for that - Color Inspirations and No Prints Allowed. Love Japanese fabric as much as we do? Check out Kawaii Club! In the mood for a totally unique quilting retreat featuring amazing guests like Tula Pink, Bari J, and Vanessa Christenson? Look no further than Camp Stitchalot! Do you need something color-matched, suggestions for a project, a special order, fabric by the bolt, or something similar? Just email us and we'll do our best! Need ideas for new projects? Check out the Pink Castle Blog and see what the blogging team of Amy, Jacey, and Hayley are up to!
Oh, and right now, we're doing one of our biggest promotions of the year! For every $50 you spend at Pink Castle Fabrics, you receive a Golden Ticket with your order. Every Golden Ticket is a winner, worth at least $5 in savings, but possibly as much as $100, redeemable in the month of August! Except for one, that is...the Grand Prize ticket! The lucky person to find that ticket in their order takes home a huge (144 fat quarters!) bundle valued at over $360, featuring every blender from last year's Stash Stack Club! It's our biggest giveaway of the year and we love it...it's like giving away an entire stash to someone. You can check out our blog for even more details!
Special thanks to Diane for letting me talk about Pink Castle...I love it! Good luck on the Quilt Along everyone; the Celestial Star looks amazing and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.
How to win a bundle:
- Print out the coloring page(s) from the Celestial Star pattern.
- Color your design.
- Share a picture by linking it up on this post or this post (it's the same linky and will show up in both places).
- and/OR share it on Instagram using the hashtags #CelestialStarQAL and #CelestialStarDesign.
- Take a picture of your fabric selection for your block
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 above.