After lots of experimenting, trial-and-error, editing, revising, testing, deciding, naming, designing, cutting, pasting, assembling.... We are proud to announce:
Each color is painstakingly cut and assembled into strips that are ironed on to a heavy cardstock paper. The 7-page ColorCard includes all of our 4-step, 8-step and 12-step gradations (collections sold as bundles), 40 Yardage Colors (individual colors you can order in 1 or 2-yards lengths), an informational coversheet, washing instructions, and color theory notes.
The $25 Swatch Card has actual fabric samples attached.
The $5 printed version is a Hi-resolutions color copy of the Swatch Card.
Since we now have a 12-step Color Wheel bundle, I took the opportunity to add some Color Theory notes as a handy reference:
Since computer monitors just cannot do justice to these colors, it is highly recommended to purchase a ColorCard for a more accurate representation of The Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric Collection. It looks great on the wall, or organized in a binder to keep track of your collection and projects. Enjoy!
Let our luscious hand-dyed fabric tempt you into creating something wicked! Maybe you are influenced by the Broadway hit musical WICKED™, or maybe you just have something wicked inside you that needs to come out... just have fun with it and express your wicked self!
Deadline: August 1st, 2014
Grand Prize: $650 worth of Cherrywood!
First Place: $200 of Cherrywood!
Second Place: $100 of Cherrywood!
Viewers Choice Ribbons will be awarded at each venue.
The WICKED Challenge Exhibit will be displayed at The Gershwin Theater (home of WICKED™) on Broadway in New York City! The quilts will hang from September 18 thru November 3, 2014. This will be inconjunction with the 11th Anniversary Celebration of WICKED™ on October 30th. Wicked awesome!
• Entry Fee: $35.00 - Includes registration form AND Cherrywood WICKED Greens and Black totaling one yard to get you started. Click here to get registered.
• Finished quilt size: 20″ x 20″
• Theme: Anything related to the word "wicked" or the musical "WICKED™." Some images might include Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, flying monkeys, The Emerald City, Glinda, etc. Haven't seen the show? That's ok - just think about what the word wicked means to you. Is it wicked awesome?
• Quilts must be made completely from Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric, using mainly the WICKED Greens and Black. Additional accent colors and embellishments may be added.
• Mail quilt & signed registration form to:
Cherrywood Fabrics, PO Box 486, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
• 24 finalists and two winners will be chosen and notified by August 8, 2014. These names and images will also be announced on Facebook. Finalist Quilts will travel with Cherrywood for at least a year. Non-winning quilts will be photographed for use by Cherrywood and returned to owner, unless donated.
Other possible venues for displaying the WICKED Exhibit:
The Q Gallery, Brainerd, MN
So come join the fun! It's gonna be WICKED awesome!!
Things are cooking at Cherrywood Fabrics. I always have such fun coming up with new colorways and thought I would share just a little of my process here. (Without revealing TOO much of my secretive process!)
I am trying to match a printed fabric line that was designed for the Minnesota Shop Hop coming up this summer. It has a very interesting palette so I have been trying to decide which way to go with my 8-step so as not to duplicate any solids in the line, but add something to it. I often study the ink references on the selvedge.
I start with formulas that I have used in the past so I am not re-inventing the wheel. Then I figure out how to blend the steps on paper, changing things as I go to make the steps for cohesive. This is the MATH part of the process. Ugh. But after 12 years, I have a pretty good idea how much the color will change when the amount of a procion dye is doubled or halved... But nothing is used straight from the manufacturer of the dye. I mix all my own formulas.
So even when a formula looks good on paper, it may not always look good when the rubber hits the road... or when the dye hits the fabric. A little trick I use is to rip up strips of paper towel to dip into the dye bath. When wet, this is amazingly accurate to how the finished fabric will look.
Yes, we do use washing machines. We are not bent over witches cauldrens over a fire. (hee-hee) We have 8 machines so we can dye a full 8-step batch in a day. This particular formula was not going the way I wanted, so I had to change the order of my dyebaths. I add small amounts of dye at a time (you can always go darker, but can never go lighter!) to get the darkness I was going after. I must have full concentration and keep good notes so that I can repeat what I have changed. This is the ARTISTRY part of the process. When my gut and eye tell me it's ready, I add the fabric and cross my fingers and toes.
The BEST part is when I take out one piece of each batch at the end of the day, iron them dry, and lay them out. (those are the formulas stuck to each colors)
Smoothing out the fabric with my hands is a very emotional experience for me. Either I have a smile on my face, or a furrow in my brow. I will stare at these fabrics over the course of days to decided if one step is too dark, too light, too yellow, too muddy, too bright, too brown, etc. etc. etc. I will also look at it from different angles. I will change the order. I will throw other colors on top to see how well the gradation "plays" with others. I will also leave the room to do something else for awhile, then walk back in to "surprise" myself with the colors. Changes that need to be made usually whack me in the head at this moment of clarity.
If those eight colors hold up to THAT test, then I know I've got my next 8-step gradation!! *smile*
I was asked to review this e-book by Fons and Porter called "Build Your Best Log Cabin." It is a FREE e-book that you can download at
When you sign up, you will also get the e-newletter and Deal-of-the-week offers.
I have always loved the Log Cabin block, but have only made one quilt using it. I gotta change that! There are several projects in the book that are just SCREAMING for Cherrywood! Like this one:
This book is very informative and covers projects from Beginners to Challenging. The photos are colorful and inspiring. Not only do you learn several versions of the traditional log cabin, but you also learn some techniques along the way like trapunto and piping in your binding. If you are like me and lake to put a twist on tradition, this book gives you the know-how to do this. And the best part? The MATH is all figured out for you! (I hate that part!).
I am all ready to start cutting strips to make my own Log Cabin. This is a classic block that everybody should re-visit every so often to remember where our roots are from.
It really feels official now that the sign is on the door! I have to pinch myself. Ever since I started with Cherrywood 11 years ago, I had wondered if we would ever have a store front. There have been COUNTLESS requests and phone calls for the address to Cherrywood so that our customers could come see us! We never got through a show without hearing "oh I can stop at your place on my way up to my cabin this summer!" And we always had to explain: "we are not open to the public. We are too busy (and messy) dyeing fabric to have a retail store. We only sell online and at quilt shows..."
Well, that has all changed with the official opening of "The Cherrywood Store!" Here is how it all came about.... "Colorz for Quilts" is one of the two shops in Brainerd, Minnesota (our hometown). Colorz has carried a small amount of Cherrywood in the shop since they opened. Well, a few months ago, Susan Lommen (the shop's owner) found a better location with more space. She asked if we would be interested in renting some of that space and setting up a store-within-a-store. We quickly said "YES!!" Her friendly staff will provide customer service and expertise, and Dee and I will keep it stocked with colorful Inspiration! We won't actually be working at the store, but we are close enough that we can get there quickly if needed. We will still be spending our time at the studio dyeing, shipping, packing and traveling to shows, etc.
And no, the Cherrywood studio is still not open to the public. :-( BUT if you and your friends want to schedule a road trip to Brainerd to come see us, we can now meet you at The Store! And if you have LOTS of friends, you could plan a bus trip to Brainerd! Start out at Colorz, spend a few hours shopping and visiting. Then run over to China Buffet or Pizza Hut for lunch. Then check out The Hearth Room next door for beautiful home decor and get a pedicure down the way. Then you can visit "Country Fabrics and Quilts" on 6th street (turn south at the historic water tower). We are so lucky to have two quilt shops in town with totally different styles!
Downtown Brainerd has several interesting shops such as "The Old Open Window" (one-of-a-kind gifts and vintage inspired clothing) and "Glaze to Amaze" (paint your own ceramics). There is an endless supply of restaurants and hotels to choose from. Or you could stay at one if the resorts in the area (Craguns, Breezy Point, Ruttgers...) Boating, golfing, fishing and Brainerd International Raceway in the summer... Snowmobiling, cross country skiing and ice fishing this time of year (The world's largest fishing tournament is happening here in just 2 weeks!)
Okay, now I sound like a travel agent, but I am really just excited to invite you all to our neck of the woods. I love it here and I know you will too. It is so so wonderful to see the whole Cherrywood Collection in one spot. We even have a little table and chairs set up so you can sit and plan projects (or collapse in amazement when you see all the color!!). Color, inspiration, ideas, color, texture, color.... Yummmm!
Colorz Quilt Shop/ The Cherrywood Store
14091 Baxter Drive
Baxter, Minnesota 56425
See you there!
Karla and Dee