Carolyn Friedlander is coming to Gotham Quilts!

Today we're announcing the big guest teacher we've been teasing you about:

It's Carolyn Friedlander!!!

If you've ever met Carolyn you know she's not only a wealth of information, technique, and style, but she's also a genuinely kind and gentle human. She's a patient teacher whose passion for sharing her knowledge is obvious when you're taking a class with her. And we know this first hand, because we've been students in her classes -- Carolyn taught Ivete how to needle turn applique!

Carolyn will be visiting us from Florida in June to teach two workshops:

Precision Paper Piecing Workshop

Using Carolyn's Russell quilt pattern, explore color and fabric strategy with Carolyn in this full day workshop. Carolyn will walk students through these design possibilities while also covering precision techniques in paper piecing such as fussy cutting and working with directional fabrics.

As you can see, the Russell quilt will look completely different with different fabrics. And when you add in details like fussy cutting, you can make your quilt truly unique!

Saturday, June 1st, 10am-5pm

Limited to 15 students

Learn more and register online here

Machine Quilting & Strategy Workshop

Ready to take your home machine quilting skills to the next level? In this class, we’ll focus on free motion quilting with your home sewing machine. We’ll cover design strategy by discussing how to approach your project and what to put where. We’ll move into the technical stuff by exploring the mechanics behind making those design strategies come to life.

Each student will bring in one quilt top that will be a part of the class discussion. In looking at each student’s actual work from home, all students will gain a varied perspective of strategy and design implementation. We’ll spend time as a group looking at each student’s top and discussing different options for quilting it. Then, we’ll dive in to the technical side and explore the mechanics of how to actually make those things a reality. (Take note that while we will be looking at quilt tops from each student, students will actually quilt on practice quilt sandwiches.)

Sunday, June 2nd, 10am-5pm

Limited to 15 students

Learn more and register online here

More BIG teachers coming up...

Starting this week, we're announcing a new BIG teacher each week for 5 weeks!

Any ideas for who the next one is??

BERNINA Corner

Did you know we service BERNINA sewing machines?

Have you brought your machine in for its yearly maintenance? Getting a tech to clean, oil, and check the timing on your machine once a year is a sure way to make your sewing more fun AND keep your machine running smoothly for years to come.

Our tech is in the store on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Click here to find out more.

You’re invited: Lisa Calle quilting classes February 8 & 9

We're hosting Lisa Calle next week to teach us all about quilting on our home machines!

Lisa will be teaching two classes:

Rulers for Rookies

Have you wanted to learn to quilt using rulers?

Rulers for Rookies is comprehensive hands on class incorporating not only straight edges and circles but also some of the other ruler shapes as well. Regardless of whether you’ve never touched a ruler, or feel that your skills could use a little coaching, this class is for you!

Lisa will coach her team of temporary Rookies to victory while working on the Ohio star quilt block panel. She will have you pushing those days of feeling like a Rookie aside and have you ready for the Pros!

Friday, February 8 2-5pm

Check out some student work using skills learned in this class:

Learn more and register online here

Mastering the Mini

Mastering the Mini is Lisa's wholecloth quilt design class!

This class is for all skill levels! You too can make a beautiful whole cloth mini quilt like this! Lisa will show you her step-by-step process for creating an heirloom one-of-a-kind miniature whole cloth quilt design while covering everything from fabric selection right on through to thread. Follow her methods to transfer your design onto your fabric and you’ll be ready to astound your friends and family!

Saturday, February 9 10am-5pm

Here are two student projects from this class:

Learn more and register online here

We're about to announce more BIG teachers...

Starting next week, we're announcing a new BIG teacher each week for 5 weeks!

Who do you think the first one is? People are guessing on our Facebook page but so far, no one has guessed right... stay tuned for the first reveal NEXT WEEK!

Meow and Forever Fabric

The newest cat collection to arrive has us all repeating "aww!" multiple times a day! Riley Blake's new Meow and Forever fabric collection has everything you want in a cat group: great art, a mix of scales, and usable colors. Check out the prints in this 21-piece collection!

Click here to see the cat fabrics

BERNINA Corner

Did you know we service BERNINA sewing machines?

Have you brought your machine in for its yearly maintenance? Getting a tech to clean, oil, and check the timing on your machine once a year is a sure way to make your sewing more fun AND keep your machine running smoothly for years to come.

Our tech is in the store on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Click here to find out more.

Have you met the newest addition to the BERNINA sewing machine lineup, the 475QE?

This newest quilters edition machine features the new larger bobbin, an automatic thread cutter, and a compact size that's great for apartment living. Click here to find out more about the 475QE and come in to test drive our floor model today!

🐱 The cutest new cat fabrics just arrived

You know how much we love cat fabric around here, right? Well the newest cat collection to arrive has us all repeating "aww!" multiple times a day!

Riley Blake's new Meow and Forever fabric collection has everything you want in a cat group: great art, a mix of scales, and usable colors. Check out the prints in this 21-piece collection:

The main print is called Meow and Forever and comes in 3 colors. As you can see from the ruler, the scale is pretty small (each cat is about 1" wide and 1.5" tall).

In addition to cats, there are also fish and fish bones tossed in this print. If you look really closely, there are also sardine cans! We're pretty sure we've never seen a sardine can in a quilting cotton before 😂

In the Fish print, we get a print filled with the fish parts of the last print without the actual cats.

And those sardine cans are here again! This print's even smaller scale makes it a great blender.

With the Heads print, we get cute cat heads all lined up in a grid.

We love that some of the cats have more prominent features and whiskers, giving each of them a personality!

And speaking of facial details, check out this print called Faces. This is the most subtle print in the group as it doesn't yell CATS unless you look really closely...

Do you see the kitty features in there? This is Ivete's favorite print in the group because of its whimsy and subtlety. Sneak this one into a project to add a little secret "I'm really into cats" touch!

Click here to shop the collection

New class calendar

Have you checked out the GIANT Jan-April class calendar yet?

We're teaching everything from beginning quilting to advanced techniques like free motion quilting and foundation paper piecing. Come join Andrea, Nancy, Reyna, and our special guest teachers like Sarah Bond, Libs Elliott, and Lisa Calle to learn something new this fall!

Click here to download the class schedule

Just arrived: Moda To The North Pole designed by Stacy Iest Hsu

Moda fabrics designer Stacy Iest Hsu has done it again with her newest fabric collection To the North Pole.

The collection centers around the doll cut-n-sew panel that makes the adorable elf playset you see above!

If you're not familiar with cut-n-sew panels, here's what the panel looks like when you buy it. It's 1 yard of fabric pre-printed with all the separate pieces needed to make the playset as well as full instructions.

You'll cut out all the pieces and follow the instructions to sew them together into the dolls, their clothes, and the "babies." Everything is included except thread and stuffing. Cut-n-sew panels are a fast and easy way to make dolls, and you save money by not having to buy multiple different fabrics to make each individual piece.

Is there a kid in your life who love this playset?

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We've also got coordinating yardage that you can use to make additional gifts or other Christmas items. The 6-piece bundle contains all the fabrics you see above, and is available in fat quarter, half yard, and full yard amounts. The fabrics inside are:

Holiday Cheer is a wonderful text print with Christmas phrases printed on it. It comes in Berry and Snow.

The words are pretty small on this one, only about 1/2" tall. And don't you love the little graphics separating the words, like candy canes and ornaments?

Ivete's favorite from this group is the Santa Argyle print. Those little santas are so cute! Each measures approximately 1/2" wide. We'd love to see someone use this fabric as a backing on a Christmas quilt!

Santas Village in Snow is another adorable option. This one lends itself well to fussy cutting as it has more negative space around each drawing. Wouldn't it be cute to use this one for some Christmas hexies?

Lets Build a Snowman in Berry is a red and white polka dot where the dots are snowballs and snowmen heads. Too cute!

And Winter Wonderland in Hollyfeatures pine trees on a green background. This subtle print could also be used in a non-Christmas project..

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BERNINA 25% off MSRP Sale

During the entire month of August, we're running a HUGE sale on BERNINA machines:

Get 25% off MSRP when you bring in a used sewing machine to "trade in" for your new BERNINA. The used machine does NOT need to be a BERNINA -- any brand is eligible!

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The new class schedule is here!

Today we're releasing our fall class schedule. This is the most classes we have EVER offered, and we can't wait to show you the options!

We have everything from beginning quilting classes to design classes to embroidery classes to special guest teachers like Thomas Knauer, Keaton Quilts, Sarah Bond, and Giucy Giuce.

You can always see our classes by going to gothamquilts.com and clicking on "classes" at the top of any page. Or, download the full class schedule by clicking the button below:

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BERNINA 25% off MSRP Sale

During the entire month of August, we're running a HUGE sale on BERNINA machines:

Get 25% off MSRP when you bring in a used sewing machine to "trade in" for your new BERNINA. The used machine does NOT need to be a BERNINA -- any brand is eligible!

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Just landed: Carolyn Friedlander’s new Polk fabric collection

Carolyn Friendlander has just launched a new mini fabric collection called Polk and we just received our shipment!

This mini collection (only 8 prints) is classic Carolyn, with all subtle blender-style prints. This time around, she's used the Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Homespun as her base fabric to layer her designs on top of, and we have to say it's really cool. Check out the awesome texture:

Do you see that grid-like pattern underneath her design? That comes from the way this fabric is woven. It's a 55% linen/45% cotton base cloth that uses different color threads for the weft and warp fabrics, creating a lovely texture. If you've worked with Essex Linen before you know how wonderful its drape is and how luxurious it feels to work with!

Here are some ideas for projects to make with Polk:

One of our favorite simple garment patterns is the Grainline Studios Willow Tank. The pattern includes instructions for this easy-to-wear tank top as well as a dress version. Done in Polk, you'll have a classic, wearable basic that you're sure to reach for often.

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And we're in love with this new version of Carolyn's needle turn applique Park Quilt Pattern. The color combinations in this quilt are so surprising!

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By the way, if you want to learn the needle turn applique technique and how to make this quilt, Nancy is teaching a class on August 17th!

Aren't these accessories cases darling? Polk works beautifully for 3 dimensional items, too. We can't wait to see someone use it for a Sew Organized! Club project...

We have full collection bundles available in fat quarter, half yard, or full yard amounts if you want to get all the prints. And of course we're also selling them individually by the yard.

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BERNINA 25% off MSRP Sale

During the entire month of August, we're running a HUGE sale on BERNINA machines:

Get 25% off MSRP when you bring in a used sewing machine to "trade in" for your new BERNINA. The used machine does NOT need to be a BERNINA -- any brand is eligible!

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Check out these cute new animal fabrics!

New animal fabrics just arrived

You know we love a fun, modern animal fabrics over here! Because we're both animal lovers (Ivete has a dachshund, Arnold, and Andrea has two cats, Poly and Bobo), we try to always have a good selection of animal fabrics in stock. They work so well in everything from quilts to accessories to children's gifts! Check out the new options that just arrived:

Campsite Fox is a fun new print featuring foxes doing various camping activities. These foxes are pretty large (some are as tall as 5"), which makes this fabric a fun graphic option. It would make a fabulous quilt back!

Campsite Owls has adorable owls wearing hats and puffy vests! We love their expression. Each owl measures approximately 1.5" tall, making this a more subtle animal print.

The last campsite animal print is the Campsite Beaver print. In terms of scale, this one falls between the previous two, with the beavers measuring approximately 3" tall. We especially love that some of them are wearing glasses!

We're put all the Campsite Critters fabric together with two versatile blenders to create a 5-piece bundle. Choose from fat quarters, half yards, or full yards when ordering. Who do you know who'd dig receiving a quilt with a camping theme?

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Grazing Goats is one of Ivete's favorite prints at the moment. Each of those cute goats measures about 1/2", making this print pretty subtle and also perfect for fussy cutting into an English paper piecing project.

Tiny Dino is a fabric we've had before and it flew right off the shelves. Each of these dinosaurs is TINY (approx 1/2" long), and when you combine that with the muted color palette, you get a surprisingly versatile dinosaur fabric. We're betting no one has ever said "surprisingly versatile dinosaur fabric" ever before!

Wooley Sheep is a low volume pale grey fabric with charming little sheep all over it. Each sheep measures approximately 1" tall. They're perfect for fussy cutting into hexies 😂

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Last call for the Sew Organized! Club

Our Sew Organized! Club starts in July!

This 12-month Project of the Month Club focuses on sewing items that help us organize our daily lives. The projects go from easiest to most challenging so as to build your bag sewing skills throughout the year!

The image above shows the 12 projects we will be making.

Click below to watch Ivete's Facebook Live video showing all the samples and an in-depth look at the first project, the Stash & Dash:

When you join the Sew Organized! Club (SOC for short), you get:

  • 12 different patterns for organizers of all kinds, one each month for 12 months
  • A monthly SOC club meeting at Gotham Quilts with demos and show-and-tell
  • Discounts off the classes for each month’s project
  • Discounts off finishing kits for each month’s project
  • Access to our exclusive, invite-only Facebook Group for club members

There are two options to join for US customers:

PAY IN FULL - BEST VALUE
$194 one time payment
12 patterns
20% discount on SOC classes
20% discount on finishing kits
Monthly SOC meeting
Facebook Group membership

PAY MONTHLY
$50 + $14/month
12 patterns
10% discount on SOC classes
10% discount on finishing kits
Monthly SOC meeting
Facebook Group membership

SOC Club starts in July 2018 and runs for 12 months. You will receive your first pattern in July and then a new pattern every month for 12 months total.

If you choose the Pay in Full option, you will be charged $194 today for the full 12 months program.

If you choose the Pay Monthly option, you will be charged the $50 signup fee today and $14 each month for the 12 months of the program. After you register we will call you to get your credit card information so that we can bill it automatically each month.

Are you in the US but not local to the NYC area?

If you aren’t able to make the monthly meetings, you can still sign up for the club and we will ship your pattern to you each month. Shipping is free!

Are you outside the US?

For international customers, we have a slightly different setup: We will ship all 12 patterns together in one shipment in July, in order to save you on shipping charges. You will have access to the Facebook Group and a 20% discount on finishing kits during the course of the year.

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The new Ahoy fabric collection brings the beach to you!

The new Ahoy fabric collection by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics is here, and it's the perfect cute summery group!

Check out these turtles, whales, and crabs in Americana colors:

The turtles have a green shell and grey body on a blue background. We like how they face in all different directions, making this fabric easy to use without having to worry about directionality! Each turtle is only about 1.5" long.

The Crabs print is Ivete's favorite. These happy little crabs are marching straight across this print, as if on parade!

The Whales print comes in two different blue colors.

We think this one would work especially well for a baby quilt!

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And sometimes, the coordinating blenders are just as exciting as the main prints. This is one of those times!

This print is called Strings and we have it in three colors. We love the little dashes that look like Sashiko stitches! Wouldn't it be cute to embroider over some of them in your quilt?

Last but not least is the final coordinate, the Waves print. We've got it in blue-on-white and white-on-blue, two perfect options to complement the critter prints.

How about making a set of pieced placemats in these fabrics, with the Wave print as the backing?

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Preorders are open for Tula Pink De La Luna fabrics

July brings one of our favorite events ever: the release of a new fabric collection from Tula Pink!

This time around, Tula brings us a Halloween-inspired collection called De La Luna. If you remember her old collection Nightshade, this one will definitely remind you of those fabrics! Here's how Tula explains the world of this group:

The De la Luna Sisters are the not so distant cousins of the Von Black sisters, who made somewhat of a name for themselves a few years ago in collection called Night Shade. While the Von Black sisters drew their power from more earthly elements, the De la Luna sisters cull their magical gifts from the spirit realm. Once a year, as fall crashes into winter, the matriarchs of the De la Luna clan call on their ancestors, acting as vessels for their vast power.

There are 18 prints in this collection and they're all VERY Tula. Check them out:

There's everything in there from hidden animals, to flowers, to skulls, and the colors are gorgeously saturated yet very usable. And we're excited to have so many great purples to work with! (Why is it so hard to find purple quilting fabrics??)

De La Luna is the first collection that will ship from Free Spirit since the change of ownership and it will ship in early June. This is a highly-anticipated Tula collection and we expect it to sell out within a week of its arrival.

That's why we're starting pre-orders NOW. If you know you'll want this collection when it arrives in July, you can place your pre-order now and we will ship your bundle to you as soon as the yardage arrives.

We have full collection bundles available for pre-order -- choose fat quarters, half yard, or full yard bundles.

When you place a preorder, you will enter your billing information at checkout but you will not be charged until the order ships. Please note that Apple Pay or Amazon Checkout do not support a "pay later" option, so if you choose either of those payment methods, you will be charged when you place your order.

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May the Fourth be with you! Night Hike fabrics are here

Did you know today is Star Wars Day? You know, because it's MAY THE FOURTH?!? 😂

What better way to announce the arrival of the brand new Night Hike fabric collection designed by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics? Heather designed this outdoorsy fabric collection using the colors of the Aurora Borealis as her inspiration. We used her Constellations in Teal print to make the above graphic.

We'd like to think that even in a Galaxy Far Far Away, they have gorgeous sky phenomena like our galaxy's Aurora Borealis!

There are 25 prints in wonderful colors in this collection. Here's a glamor shot:

We love the variety in this collection. In the photo above, you can see bits of the large-scale map-style print that we're kind of obsessed with:

It looks like a hiking or camping map! The warm colorway is called Sand, while the cool is called Gravel.

This print is a large scale design that makes it a wonderful choice for a backing fabric.

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The Fireflies print comes in three great colors. Don't you love the way Heather has depicted the fireflies' light?!

Each firefly measures less than 1", making this fabric a great candidate for fussy cutting.

If you're looking for something a bit more subtle, the Trees print might be a good choice for you. It comes in 5 great colors:

Do you see how the trees aren't all exactly the same? We loved that little detail!

The Constellations print we used for the May the Fourth Be With You graphic up top comes in 4 great colors:

We're also digging the subtle Way Finding print:

It depicts a landscape and is similar to the hiking map fabric.

And last but not least, Night Flight is a lovely print featuring moths:

We love that there's one print in the group that has a more romantic feeling!

The entire 25-print collection is in stock and ready to ship now. We've also put together several bundle options for you in case you want to get a bit of many prints! As always, our bundles are available in fat quarter, half yard, or full yards.

What will you make with Night Hike?

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Paula Nadelstern is coming to Gotham Quilts!

Join world-famous quilter Paula Nadelstern for her signature workshop!

Explore the possibilities offered by complex textiles while demystifying the nature of symmetry. You will learn to draft perfect angles and sew dissimilar angles together. This class is extremely satisfying and engaging, culminating in the creation of a unique and fabulous kaleidoscope block. Often effects more wonderful than you imagine occur, making you both the one who makes the magic and the one who is surprised.

Tuesday, May 15th 10am-6p

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