February 2018 marks my 31st year in the quilting business! Kallisti Quilts has seen a lot of changes in the industry over the years, including a dramatic rise in mail order through Etsy (just hit 4000 sales!) and my new interactive website, complete with search function, shopping cart and secure check out system. As always, you also can shop in person at the upcoming shows listed on my Events page or by appointment in Waterloo. Custom orders for fabrics, quilt kits and finished quilts are still welcome.
Kallisti Quilts is now on Facebook! You can find me by clicking on the Facebook icon at the bottom of this page . . .
Yoko Saito's Latest Prints - March 2018
The new line of Yoko Saito prints is finally here and they are gorgeous! This is my favourite line yet, including pretty pinks and vibrant spring greens. The RARE tree prints often seen as backgrounds in her quilt projects are now completely sold out, but you can check out the other fabrics on page 1 of the Japanese Quilting Prints section.
Tanzanian Batiks - February 2018
Kallisti Quilts was fortunate to receive a second very large shipment of wax batiks from Tanzania late last fall. These cotton fabrics are hand printed and dyed using wood blocks and are fairly traded in support of individual artists. Dozens of new batiks are now posted to the website, but they are already selling quickly at my winter trunk shows!
New Dobby Prints - February 2018
Part of a new series, these large scale dobby prints are the first group to arrive. Unlike the usual dark and elegant prints, these ones are bright and bold - perfect for perking up your winter sewing plans! While smaller scale coordinates are on their way, this shipment contains 3 colours of Parasols in a standard dobby cloth weight and 5 colours of Circles in a slightly lighter weight. You can find them on Page 1 of the Japanese Dobby Cloth section.
Yarn Dyed Taupe for Winter - January 2018
As snow blankets the land, all we want to do is hide out in our sewing rooms with piles of fabric and keep our machines humming! This most recent collection of 12 yarn dyed Taupes from Diawabo, including very popular aquas and greys, certainly inspires cosy quilt making. They are all posted on Page 1 of the Japanese Yarn Dyes section.
New Yarn Dye Colour - November 2017
Adding to an earlier fall shipment, these fabrics are a rare shade of brownish pink, reminiscent of the Pantone Color of the Year 2015: Marsala. It's warm and rich and blends perfectly with the more standard beige, brown and burgundy colour ways in this collection - perfect for cosy fall quilts! You can find all of these new fabrics on page 1 of the Japanese Yarn Dyes section.
South African Panels - June 2017
A small but stunning selection of South African panels is here! Along with many popular designs, Kallisti requested African Woman and Gazelles in several custom colours. All fabrics are 100% cotton, measure approximately 10" square and cost $3 each. For easy shopping, panels are now listed alphabetically from African Woman to Zebra. You can view the entire collection in the South African Panels section.
A Twist on Tradition
At first glance, these new dobby prints appear to be a variation on a standard theme, but they are actually a fresh take on two ancient designs. Both the Seigaiha (Ocean Waves) and the Asanoha (Hemp Leaves) patterns were developed centuries ago and have been reimagined many times over by textile designers, among others. In the last fifteen years or so, Kallisti Quilts has seen and sold dozens of variations . . . You probably have more of these fabrics in your stash than you realize! Why keep collecting? This particular line features some unusual tones of the most popular Japanese colours and is more modern than most with the bold polka dot in the Asanoha and a welcome hint of secondary colour in both, creating movement and visual appeal. The added bonus is that this line is printed on light weight, textured dobby cloth. All fabrics are 100% cotton, measure approximately 45" wide and cost $24 per metre and $6 per fat quarter. You can find these fabrics in the Japanese Dobby Cloth section.
Established in November 2000, Kallisti Quilts is passionate about providing a diverse collection of imported fabrics for the discerning and innovative quiltmakers of Ontario and beyond. I specialize in Japanese and African cotton fabrics, including fairly traded handmade batiks, but I continually endeavour to find new suppliers and refresh your quilting vision. For a tactile experience, you may visit Kallisti Quilts at the shows listed on the Events page. I attend over a dozen shows each year, host two Open Houses in Waterloo and squeeze in as many trunk shows as my schedule allows.