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!

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.


October 21, 2011

New Serenity 15 Series is Here!

90066-D from Cara Serenity 15 by Daiwabo

90066-D from Cara Serenity 15 by Daiwabo

We’ve just put on our website the latest Cara Serenity series by Daiwabo – Serenity 15.

This edition consists of 5 prints each in multiple colorations, 29 fabrics in all, and they’re as lovely as ever. We think these are some of the nicest Serenity’s we’ve seen in awhile, many of them hearkening back to the more traditional Japanese look.

Serenity 15 marks a change in the fabric that Serenity is printed on, as well. Due to a shortage of the fine 60-square goods that it has been printed on in the past, EE Schenck was forced to change base goods.  Rather than cheapen the quality as so many manufacturers have done, they opted to change to an even higher quality 75-square goods and keep the prices the same as the two previous releases.  EESCO’s commitment to quality is one of the reasons we’ve become one of their largest Serenity dealers, and we admire the way they are maintaining and even improving quality in the face of shortages and rising prices.

We love the new fabric, it has a somewhat silkier feel to it, and we know it will work as easily and be as beautiful in your projects as Serenity has always been.

We have the new Serenity fabrics on our website now, check either in the “new fabrics” area or in the Fabrics by Collection under Serenity.  We’ll be putting up our popular single print half-yard collections soon, and hopefully we’ll be receiving our fat quarter towers any day now as well.

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.

December 29, 2010

New Daiwabos!

For all you Daiwabo Taupe lovers out there, (and if you’re not, you should be),  we have just received and put on site 31 new prints of our fabulous Cara Serenity fabrics.   This brings our current offering to over 180 of these fine Japanese screen print fabrics, possibly the largest selection on the interweb.

90044-A from Serenity XII

90044-A from Serenity XII

For those of you not familiar with these fine fabrics, a little background.  Daiwabo has been making traditional Japanese taupes for many years. Taupe in this case refers not to a specific color, but a style of fabric that uses a soft color palette and subtle designs.  These prized fabrics have a subdued look, with multiple colors and shades blending together. With the taupes, you can mix and match almost at will as most of the fabrics will work well with all others, since the fabrics, although typically having a dominant color, have shades of many other colors involved in them.   Truly, these fabrics demonstrate the genuine Japanese aesthetic, bringing that culture’s love of harmony to fine fabric.

Traditional taupes were made in many materials, but for the past few  years, EE Shenck, the parent company to Maywood Studios, Cara Collection and other lines has contracted exclusively with Daiwabo of Japan, originator of fine taupes, to print Daiwabo’s lovely designs on the finest quilter’s cotton. Daiwabos lovely designs and stunning quality, combined with the fine highest-quality yard goods selected by Schenck have produced some of the most stunning fabrics we’ve experienced.  We’ve gradually stocked more and more of these fine fabrics to where we can now offer you all the newer prints plus all of the basics.

And even though the prices on these fabrics continue, like all fine cotton goods, to rise, our prices continue to be most reasonable on these fine fabrics.   If you haven’t experienced these treasured, heirloom quality fabrics, you owe it to yourself to try them.

The newest prints include some lovely soft florals as well as some very nice new fern, leaf and even feather patterns. Pattern numbers on the new Serenity XII offerings are 11813, 90037, 90041, 90044, 90046, and 90050 and as usual, we offer each of these patterns in multiple dominant colors.  We also have the new Serenity XII fat quarter towers on order and they should be available soon.  Additionally, pattern 90032 has now been made a Serenity basic and 6 new colors have been added to this print, so make sure you take a look at those as well.

Shop all of our Daiwabo taupes by clicking here.

October 17, 2010

New Serenity Daiwabo Taupes!

Continuing in our quest to become “the” place to go for Maywood Cara Collection Serenity Daiwabo Taupes,  we continue to add to our collection of the elegant and fine fabrics.  We’ve assembled what we think is one of the larges collections of these available on the internet, or anywhere.

We now have available all of the Serenity basics as well as all available Serenity prints, and we intend to get new ones, all of them, as quickly as they become available.

We recently added the 32 new prints belonging to the Serenity XI series, which brought our total available offerings to over 175 different prints.  We also have in stock the Serenity XI fat quarter tower collection as well as a few of the Serenity X, and Serenity 9 FQ towers.  Each of these collections contains one FQ of the appropriate collection.

We briefly had the Asian Autumn kit, as published in Quiltmaker Magazine, available, but it sold out quickly as a couple of the fabrics in that are no longer available.  We do intend to re-issue that kit in a couple of different color combinations that we think will be equally as pleasing as the original.

If you haven’t yet tried these wonderful, highest-quality Japanese screen print fabrics, you really do owe it to yourself to get some for your next project.  They’re simply wonderful!

One other thing,  we have the Serenity XII collection coming in the next couple of months. We’ve seen it, and it’s breathtaking! Stay tuned!

June 8, 2010

New Daiwabos

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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!

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