QKO Notebook

April 2, 2013

Serenity 18 is Here!

The new Elite Serenity Series 18 taupes by Daiwabo for EESCO have arrived, and wow is it ever beautiful!


90130 from Serenity 18

This series features 30 fabrics in 5 different prints, each with from 4 to 9 colors.  As usual, these are printed by Daiwabo of Japan on the finest long-staple 100% cotton fabric.  The color rendition and the quality of the screen printing are outstanding, as is the finish.

Serenity is widely known for the fabulous hand – we’ve been told it feels like silk. You’ll love working with these fine fabrics.

We’ve always operated under the belief that if you’re going to put a lot of effort and time into your projects, why not use the best quality fabric you can.  Serenity taupes will make your projects into heirlooms that will be treasured for many years.

Beside the fabrics themselves, we’ve also put together 7 different half-yard collections based on coordinating the colors in the various fabrics.  Even though all Serenity taupes have elements of the same color palette running through them, and will work nicely together, these groupings will give you a general idea of which fabrics are in certain color groups.  Make sure to have a look at them – just search our website for Serenity Elite and you should find all the Serenity 18 fabrics and HY collections.

Click Here to shop for all Serenity fabrics. To see only the Serenity 18 fabrics and HY collections, Put the words Serenity Elite  into the search box on our site and click on search.

You are absolutely going to love these new Serenity fabrics!

November 2, 2012

Serenity 17 and FQ Towers Here!

We’ve had the Cara Collection by Daiwabo Serenity 17 series for a couple of weeks now, and our Serenity 17 FQ towers have arrived!

This fall 2012 release contains 32 different fabrics across 6 different prints. These

Serenity 17 FQ Towers

Serenity 17 FQ Tower

are some of the most beautiful Serenity taupes we’ve yet experienced.  Screen printed in Japan by Daiwabo, these taupes are on very fine 100% cotton with fantastic finishing and printing quality.

In addition to the Serenity 17 yardage and FQ towers, we’re now offering color-coordinated half-yard collections across the Serenity 17 series, as well as coordinated half-yard collections for the full line of Serenity Basics.  Check out all these coordinated HY collections by clicking here.

Beautiful projects begin with beautiful fabrics, and successful projects begin with fabrics that are easy to work with.  Serenity fits the bill on both accounts.  If you’re not familiar with the Cara Collection Serenity taupes, you owe it to yourself to try some out in your next project.  See all our Serenity fabrics by clicking here.

June 14, 2012

New Serenity Basics!

Serenity Basics now in purple!

New Serenity Basics in purple!

We were at our Serenity distributor a few days ago, and found that they have released a bunch of new colors for some of our popular Serenity Basics by Daiwabo prints.  Since we at QKO are pleased to be your full-line Serenity dealer, we made haste to get each of the new colors to add to our stock!

Here’s a list of the new colors that have been recently released:

11081 (the small dot print) is now available in two new colors; 11081-V, which is a sand/gold background, and 11081-Z, a lavendar/purple.

11216, (the ombre) – now also available in two new colors; 11216-701, a lavendar/purple ombre, and 11216-716, a blue/gray.  We’re also, with these two new colors trying to produce better images of these fabrics using photo editing. We’ll be re-doing the photos for the other 11216 colors soon.

11928 (the new “stars” basic) is now available in three new colors;  11928-Y, again with the lavendar/purple background,  the 11928-Z, which is a white or off-white background,  and 11928-ZB, a sand/gold background.

Finally the popular 21589 (“pavers” print) is enlarged with three new colors; 21589-O blue/gray,  21589-P red, and 21589-Q purple/lavendar.

So, there you have it!  10 new Serenity basics to enlarge your color possibilities when doing your projects!

See our New Fabrics section to look at these,  or Click Here to shop our huge selection of Serenity and Serenity Basics by Daiwabo!


March 14, 2012

Serenity XVI Series is Here!

All our loyal and fantastically smart Cara  Serenity Daiwabo fans will be excited to learn that the brand new Serenity XVI series is here and in stock in our store!

The new Serenity series contains five lovely prints, in from 4 to 8 colors each, for a total of 33 new fabrics. As usual, these are EE Schenck’s premier fabrics, manufactured under exclusive contract by Daiwabo of Japan.

11955-E from Serenity 16 Series

11955-E from Serenity 16 Series

Several times a year, the Schenck executives meet with Daiwabo and decide which of their finest prints to have printed on the finest 75 square long-staple cotton fabric.  These fabrics are printed with care and finished to the highest standards for that ultra-luxurious hand.

The Serenity XVI series contains 5 very lovely prints, including two really nice non-directional (or is that omni-directional) prints. Also returning is the popular extra-large floral, this time in four different colors.

These are heirloom fabrics, printed in limited quantities, and when they’re gone, they’re usually gone.  Occasionally, EE Schenk will select one of the prints to join their “Serenity Basics” lineup and have them reprinted and kept in stock.  Two prints from the Serenity 15 series, the 90037 and the 90044 prints, have now been “promoted” to basics, and we’ve got them back in stock.  All the Serenity Basics are now flagged on our webstore as such, so you can be sure those will be in stock for the foreseeable future.

QKO is one of the few stores that keeps in stock all of the Serenity Basics. We also buy all of the limited release Serenity fabrics.  So, if they’re availab.le, we probably have what you’re looking for in Cara Serenity by Daiwabo.

We soon will have some of our popular in-line collections available (i.e. 1/2 yd of each color in a specific print) and we will also be putting the new Serenity 16 Fat Quarter Towers on our site in the next day or so.

If you haven’t tried some of these beautiful, luxurious fabrics, you owe it to yourself to do so.

See all the new Serenity 16 series fabrics now by clicking on our “New Fabrics” link, or CLICK HERE.

See our entire Serenity selection by clicking on the Serenity link under the Fabrics Pulldown on our store, or CLICK HERE.


April 4, 2011

Daiwabo XIII Prints Are Here!

The UPS guy dropped off a bunch of big boxes today, and it was our eagerly-awaited, all-new Cara Collection Serenity Daiwabo – Series XIII prints!!!   And OMG are they beautiful!

90030-G from Serenity 13

90030-G from Serenity 13

About every 6 months, our friends at EE Schenck meet with the folks at Daiwabo of Japan and pick out a half-dozen or so of their best taupe’ offerings, then contract Daiwabo to print them on the highest quality 100% quilters cotton goods.  These great Japanese screen prints always represent a true Japanese aesthetic, their muted tones work so well together you can almost mix and match at will.  This issue is  6 fabrics, in 5 or 6 colors each, for a total of 32 new fabrics.

Several of the new prints have an exciting new feature, part of the print is a “screen-door” look, like you’re looking through a screen door at the print. You could also say it looks like a loosely-woven cloth, but it’s actually part of the print! Pretty cool, and even more impressive up close.  Another great print in this issue is something we’ve never seen before, an irregular multi-stripe over a contrasting fern or floral outline print. This is a unique print, and one we haven’t seen before. It’s in 5 different color combinations.

These prints are only printed once, and when they’re gone, they’re gone, so take a look and make your selections, as we have a limited supply of these.   Unfortunately, due to the increasing cost of top-quality cotton goods and transportation, our wholesale prices on all our fabrics, including these fine Daiwabo prints, have gone up dramatically. Our supplier, like us, has made the commitment to maintain the highest quality possible even though it will cost more.

We’ve had to pass at least part of the price increases along in higher prices, but have absorbed as much as we can. Unlike many stores however, we’re only passing along part of the increases we’ve gotten, rather than adding additional markup to the increases.  Also unlike many stores, we’re not marking up our older goods either.

These Daiwabo prints are now selling most places for up to 12.95/yd.  Our price on the newest goods is 10.30/yd, which we think you’ll agree is a real bargain on these new prints.

For you fat quarter lovers, the new Serenity 13 FQ towers are on order, and we’ll let you know as soon as they arrive!

QKO is proud to be the largest dealer of fine Serenity Daiwabo Taupes on the internet, and here are 32 more reasons to shop with us!

Shop for all our Daiwabo prints by clicking here.

January 27, 2011

Serenity 12 Fat Quarters Are Here!

A couple times a year, Cara Collection issues a new limited-release FQ collection for the new Serenity prints, and we grab them as soon as they come out.  They just came in yesterday, and we’ve got the new collection up on our website now.

Serenity XII FQ Tower

Serenity XII FQ Tower

As usual, the FQ collection contains one of each new print issued in the new Serenity series, in this case series 12,  or, as the Romans would put it, XII.  The Serenity XII collection contains 31 fabrics.

Our Serenity prints are among the most beautiful, highest quality fabrics we carry, screen-printed in Japan by the Daiwabo company on 100% finest quilters cotton and finished with the highest quality processes to give it that fantastic hand.  The subtle designs represent a true Japanese esthetic and always play well together, as the muted colors blend multiple colorways into each print.

If you want to get into using Daiwabo taupes, the FQ collections are a great way to start your stash.  We also carry all the individual fabrics in the Serenity collections each time they come out, so if you see something in the collection you want more of, we can usually provide it unless, of course, it’s sold out.

We have a limited number of these FQ towers available, and usually when they’re gone we can’t get any more of them.  We also have a couple of the series 9 and series 11 towers left as well, so if you’d like them it would be wise to purchase soon as they’re almost gone.

To shop for our Serenity FQ towers, click here.

June 8, 2010

New Daiwabos

Filed under: General QKO Info — Tags: , , — Don - QKO @ 9:37 am

Just a quick note to let everyone know we added a LOT of new Cara Serenity Daiwabo Taupes over the last month or so.  We now have about all of the basics and most of the annual prints we could get our hands on.  As far as we know, we now have one of the largest selections of these beautiful fabrics available on the web.  Take a look at these beautiful fabrics!  To shop our Daiwabo Taupes, click here.

May 2, 2010

More Daiwabos Coming!

Our Customers Love Daiwabos!!!    And We Love them Too!!!  Just ask Marilyn!  We’re featuring a couple of her quilts in this post, more about them later.

Marilyns Daiwabo Quilt

Marilyn's Daiwabo Quilt

So, since we already have a large selection of Daiwabos, we decided to become the “Go-To” place for Serenity Daiwabo Taupes on the Interweb.   We currently have 68 or 69 print/color combinations in stock, and we’ve just ordered 45 more.  This will give our Daiwabo fans over 110 different fabrics to choose from, including pretty much every Daiwabo basic print and color, all the ombres. We’re also expecting our new 2010 fat quarter collections real soon, as well.

This will give you the ability to create to your hearts content, while not being limited by color or print, and not having to shop around to multiple stores to get the prints and colors you want.  We’ll have it all right here for you!

Well, I can feel that some of you are saying: “What the heck is a Daiwabo?”  The answer is, only the finest Japanese silk screens, in fantastic colors, some more muted and some brighter, on the highest quality quilter’s cotton.  These are all made by Daiwabo in Japan under contract to EESCO, owners of Maywood fabrics and Cara Collection, and the line name on these is Cara Collection Serenity.

These prints are the true Japanese aesthetic, extremely elegant prints and blenders, and each one has multiple shades so that you can literally mix and match at will across the entire line, old or new prints notwithstanding.  We really love them! Can you tell?  :-)

As an example of what you can do with them,  our friend Marilyn H. from

Marilyns Hubbys Quilt

Marilyn's Hubby's Daiwabo Quilt

Oklahoma, USA sent us some pictures of her latest Daiwabo creations.  The first is a quilt she made for herself, and the second, a more masculine quilt she made for her hubby.  Each of these quilts were made with just 3 or 4 Daiwabo prints.  In the first quilt, she used a leaf print in three different colors.  And in the second, she used  a beautiful fan-feather print in several colors.  These two quilts were both backed with one of the prints from the tops.

And we think they’re both fabulous!  Nice Work, Marilyn!

April 3, 2010

New Serenity Daiwabo Taupes!

Daiwabo 11694-B

Daiwabo 11694-B

We just got through putting all 35 of our new Daiwabo taupes up on our webstore.  Wow, are these new prints beautiful!

This expands our selection of these beautiful, highest-quality fabrics to over 70 different prints!  And the really great thing about the Daiwabos is, they all complement each other in some way.  The soft luxurious fabrics, the muted tones, the workmanship of the screen printing, and the unique dyes and color shading all scream quality.

The new prints are available in quite a few color tones and mixes, and we’ve got all of them.  If you haven’t yet looked at these fine fabrics, you really owe it to yourself to get some and try them out.

We’ve also managed to obtain a few of the collector fat quarter towers that were out of stock,  and we’re anxiously awaiting the new FQ towers as well.  You can see our entire selection of Serenity Daiwabos by clicking on this link:  Serenity Daiwabos – Click Here.

February 17, 2010

New Daiwabo Taupes!

We just got 9 new Serenity Daiwabo Taupes in the store today, and they’re up on the website now.  Many of these are the same prints as the ones we’ve had available but in additional color palettes.   This brings to 27 the number of different Daiwabo taupe prints we now have in stock.

One of our New Daiwabos

One of our New Daiwabos

There’s a reason these beautiful fabrics are selling to those in the know, and why we keep expanding our offering of these.  It’s because they’re just sooooo elegant, and because they’re soooo high quality!  These fine fabrics are addicting, once you get some, you’ll want more of them.  We plan to add another 30 or more to our lineup over this spring as soon as we can, with all new prints.  We’ve re-aligned our half-yard collections of these fabrics into two groups for now, with predominately cooler colors in one group and warmer colors in the other.  We’ll probably create more groups later when the collection gets larger.  If you want all 27 in our current collection, just buy both of the half-yard collections!

Again, all of these fabrics complement each other, that’s what makes these so fun and interesting.  If you haven’t taken a look at these lately, it’s time to take another look.  Make sure you look on our enlarged pictures of each fabric to get the true beauty of them.

We’ve also re-stocked on the Serenity Daiwabo IX fat quarter towers, and have also managed to find a small stash of the big Serenity VII towers that were hiding in the warehouse.   Those have been sold out for some time, and are one of the larger tower collections.  We’ll have all of them coming soon.

Also, check out Judy Martin’s new book, Stellar Quilts, now on our site.  She uses the Serenity Taupes in several of her new projects.

Click Here to see our growing selection of Serenity Daiwabo taupes.

Click Here to check out Judy Martin’s new book.

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