This past Wednesday we had a total of 60 ladies come to Chicken Feed Quilts for a presentation on Hoffman Batiks.
During the presentation Rob gave us a little bit of history into how Rube Hoffman started Hoffman Fabrics, and how his two sons expanded the company and also added batiks. He explained the difference between quilting cottons, and batiks, mainly that batiks have a tighter weave, are dyed, that they are preshrunk, do not fray, and are all done by hand.
We were also told about how Hoffman has installed a water treatment facility in their factory in Bali which filters and tests all water that was used in the extensive process, before they send it back out into the rivers. He also told of us how the designers and the craftsman work together to bring forth the beautiful fabrics.
Not only does Hoffman make the classic Batiks they have also brought out a modern line of batiks. These fabrics are made using the same quality of materials and craftsmanship, but just skip the step that gives the mottled colors. They also have started producing digital prints, which have been very popular at our store.
After Rob gave us all this information he had a small trunk show for us, he had several samples from Hoffman, as well as the ones the the staff at Chicken Feed Quilts have made.
At the end of the show all the ladies were given a roll of fabric, a free pattern, and a challenge: to make something with Hoffman batiks and the free pattern and to bring it in store for judging between June 15 and July 1. The winner will receive a basket of goodies courtesy of Hoffman California!
To cap off the event everyone was given the opportunity to do some shopping!
Thank you to all who were able to make it out to the event, and to Rob from Trendtex for all the information, displays of beautiful fabrics and quilts, as well as for the prizes and gifts!
For all those who were not able to attend, we do hope to do another session in the fall.
Every week at Chicken Feed Quilts we have a different unadvertised special. Some of our previous ones have included sales on flannels and specific collections of fabric, buy one get one 50% off books, patterns, precuts, gift cards and draw entries. Next week Esther is going on a vacation and leaving me in charge, so in addition to our unadvertised special we will be having daily deals!
Come in store to see what these specials are, and also to see all the new fabrics. We have received shipping confirmations from four different companies today, so there will be lots of new fabrics and notions to check out next week!