February 2017 marked my 30th year in the quilting business and to celebrate this milestone, Kallisti Quilts has created a brand new website from scratch. Although it will appear familiar to loyal customers, it now includes many interactive features, such as a search function, shopping cart and secure check out system. As always, custom orders and personal appointments in Waterloo are still welcome. Happy shopping!
Textured Japanese Solids
My selection of Japanese solids is expanding again! Better than a flat cotton fabric, the textured solids are ideal for sashings, backgrounds and backings. These recent additions include etchy reversible grey and navy, a new shade of dark purple and the popular Echino cotton/linen blend. All fabrics measure 45" wide and cost $24 per metre or $6 per fat quarter. You can find the grey, navy and purple in the Japanese Dobby Cloth section while the Echino blend is in the Japanese Yarn Dye section.
Yoko Saito Prints
Kallisti Quilts continues to receive small shipments of gorgeous Japanese fabrics, including 14 prints (some pictured on the right) and 7 yarn dyes from Yoko Saito, which are an exciting addition to the current inventory. You can take a look at the new fabrics on page 1 of the Japanese Quilting Prints and Japanese Yarn Dyes section.
South African Panels
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 Cheetah to Zebra. You can view the entire collection in the South African Panels section.
With the popularity of Yoko Saito's applique projects, especially houses, Diawabo has released this small collection of architectural prints. Four colours are available (whitewash, barnboard, charcoal and honey), each bolt including five different roofing or flooring prints across the 45" width. Fabrics are 100% cotton and cost $18 per metre. Fat quarters will not be cut, but you can request long quarters, half metres, etc. You can find these fabrics in the Japanese Quilting Prints 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.