Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Patterns 2009

This quilt was especially designed with boys in mind because there just isn't much of anything fun for them. It's simple, classy, and masculine using the Riley Blake Designs fabric line All Star.

This has been my top selling skirt pattern. Who would have ever guessed that this Christmas fabric "Be Merry" would sell so much fabric. It's such an adorable skirt and easy to make.

This is the snowflake skirt made out of the fabric line "Sublime" made by Riley Blake Designs and designed by Doohikey designs, a local artist I work with,who's incredibly talented and has so many great ideas.
Another skirt. I've made so many to go to different stores for trunk shows. It really is a great pattern and looks fabulous in any fabric. The cute rose is also in the instructions with the pattern.

This quilt was inspired by the "Be Merry" fabric line from Riley Blake Designs. It is a simple block put together with borders to showcase the fun snowmen and Christmas trees.

This quilt is hanging at the Quilting Cottage where I took this picture.

This is a quilt with the "Be Merry" fabric also from Riley Blake Designs. The pattern is so simple and the words are ironed on and then blanket stitched around the edges. It's a reminder of that great Christmas legend "Twas the Night Before Christmas"

This is a three tiered gathered skirt for a young from sizes 1-12 in sizes. This would be a great pattern for a teenage to make using gathering stitches. She can pick out coordinating fabrics because I know how s always love more than one fabric. The cute rose on the side is also easy to make. Instructions are all in the pattern.

This Fancy Clancy Skirt is a very simple pattern for the young teenager or woman. The pattern is for sizes 1-12 in . The waist is elastic and the instructions are very easy to read and follow. I love it because it is so versatile. You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion. I love how s and women are wearing more dresses.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ya Ya Sisterhood

Ya Ya Sisterhood at Thanksgiving point is a really fun girls night out. If you haven't been you need to go next year around the 3rd week in October. There's great food, gifts, and lots of fun women dressed in great hats and dresses. My friend Suzanne Lawrence does a quilt show during this event. It helps to warm the night. I gather from my friends a few quilts to add to the ambiance of the evening.
Look at these great costumes! Aren't they just darling?

On the left is Paula McKinnley's Noah's Ark quilt and on the right is a quilt by Annette Flygare.

Don't you just love her hat? She won the best hat award of the night.
On the left is a quilt by Moana Burgess and on the right is Jodi Jorgensen's Star Quilt.
Both quilts are from the Riley Blake Collection All Star and pieced by Moana Burgess. I machine quilted them for her.

The picture is a little dark but on the left you can see part of my #2 Polka dot Quilt and on the right is Sherry Boren's Home Sweet Home Quilt.

More cute costumes and hats.

My block of the month quilt that I will be teaching the next year 2010 in "That Alpine Quilt Group"
Sherry Boren's Oh My Gosh quilt which is spectacular. All the pieces in this quilt are not bigger than about 1/2"

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Houston Quilt Market 2009

I'm back! Houston was exhausting, exciting, exhilarating, and extremely fun! The Riley Blake Designs booth was over the top in pink and brown with projects coming out of every corner. We had lines of people waiting to try and see someone to place an order. I hardly stepped out of the booth to enjoy and meet the many people I met for the first time at the last quilt market. We launched 8 new fabric lines and a book called "Eye Candy" because we believe that all the fabric we manufacture is eye candy to everyone who sees it. The book showcases 6 lines of fabric with 2 quilts, a project, and candy recipes for each fabric line. We're hoping it will be a great marketing tool for the stores to sell Riley Blake Designs fabric because you can cut kits by looking at the fabric requirements that have the pictures of the fabric and you already have the project patterns. You could purchase more books to put in the kits. There's also a 2 page layout of the fabrics with the sku numbers for ordering.It's pouring rain as Randy and Bret are trying to unload our 31 boxes from the van into the convention center. I have not idea how they fit everything in the van. This is sample spree right before the doors open and hundreds of crazy women run through the doors. We had a great time and sold lots of Riley Blake Designs fat quarter bundles and books. You can see Bret, the owner of Riley Blake Designs in the front with his sister Kim sitting next to him. Behind Bret is Toni, me, and Cindy, Bret's wife.

Don't you love our booth? There was pink and brown everywhere. We really showcased our Wanna Be a Cowboy line knowing that Houston would love it! And they did! Do you see our candy store. We had lollipops, candy sticks and bubble gum. Cindy had bought all the candy from our local Peppermint Place in Alpine. We put Riley Blake Design stickers on everything. I made cakes out of fabric that were on clear cake stands. We had projects with Riley Blake Designs fabrics everywhere. Toni, who is our rep in St. George made all the girls the cutest aprons. And of course, we could not have done everything we did without having someone in the background doing all the running, my husband Randy, who was always loading and unloading boxes, picking up and delivering lunches, running people to the airport, and just a great moral support.

You could see our booth from the other end of the isle. It was as sweets as they come. In fact the best comment I heard was "this makes me want to sew again." Isn't that great!
This is Cindy and I in our cute aprons that Toni made for us out of Wanna be a Cowboy fabric. If you look close you can see the cute necklaces Cindy's friend made for us with our fabric in. We wore them the whole time. They are adorable.

Serendipity is the name of this quilt that I designed for our book. It's out of Bloom and Grow and Bret, the owner of Riley Blake Designs, this is his favorite quilt. He loves the colors and the design of the quilt.
This is Hip to be Square, another design from our Eye Candy book out of All Star, a very popular boy line.
More pictures of our booth. Can you see the cake slices?This is a much closer view at the cute cakes I made. Their pin cushions.

More pictures where you can see Sublime there on the far right.

The editor of Quilts gave me the January 2010 issue with my Sunny Delight Quilt Design. It was so exciting to see what a great job they had done in photographing my Ivy Trellis fabric collection. You'll have to grab the issue and look. The picture below is one taken in my yard and not quite as good as the one they took inside the magazine.

The Fat Quarter Shop has picked up my quilt "Twas the night before Christmas" So many exciting things are happening and I just can't believe that I get to be a part of this incredible fabric industry. It really is a dream come true and I love meeting all the wonderful people that have anything to do with the world of fabric.This is the quilt hanging at work. Bret and Cindy's youngest, Eli is my buddy today.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mark Lapinski

I could hardly wait to get my hands on "Home Quilter", Mark Lapinski's magazine. Right there in the table of contents is my name. He published a quilt that I designed with Just Dreamy from Riley Blake Designs. I met Mark at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh Spring 2009. He asked me to design a quilt. As soon as I got home I went to work designing something really unusual. You can see the quilt and pattern in the HQ Oct/Nov issue. This is really exciting! I had no idea I would feel this way about being published. It's one of those 100 things I wanted to do before I die. I can just check that off my list.

These are some photos of the quilt taken in my yard before I sent the quilt to Mark.
I had so much fun designing this quilt. The idea same to me as I was flying home from market in Pittsburgh.

These are a few more close up shots. The line is very spring and fresh. I love the colors. I highlighted orange the most because I think it looks so great in this line of fabric "Just Dreamy"

I have buttons on the center of the flowers, which are needle turn applique.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Trunk Show

20 years ago I started quilting with my friends in Alpine. I was homemaking leader and Paula McKinley had just moved from Loa, Utah and just started quilting. I asked her if she would teach a class. There were 8 of us and we met once a month. Our first project was a block of the month. Each month we brought our sewing machines and we actually taught each other how to quilt. 20 years later we are still going strong. I have no idea how many people come to "that alpine group" but there are usually more than 50 attending each week. Anyone is welcome to come. We meet the last Tuesday of the month in the little red chapel in Alpine.
This is my 2nd polka dot quilt I designed for my girls. I've made a different one and need to make one more. I have 3 girls and they love the polka dot quilts.
I designed this quilt for my son after he received his Eagle Award.

This is my Home Sweet Home Quilt by Black Bird Designs. I love their designs.

I was able to share my quilting journey. My sweet husband and daughter Tahmor(who just recently returned from living in New Zealand. My other daughter, Alexis, lives in Sydney, Australia) helped to carry load after load of quilts and projects. I showed some beginning quilts with darker colors and my transition to the bright bold colors. For the first 15 years all my quilts are hand quilted. Then Randy bought me a long arm machine and I now machine quilt all my quilts.

I also shared the process of taking artists design submissions from the computer screen to storyboards and then to the manufacturer who makes the fabric. I'm working my dream job at Riley Blake Designs by being the design coordinator with Cindy Cloward. I also design the quilts that help to sell the fabric to the retailers. Cindy and I work with the artists to create the fabric lines for Riley Blake Designs. We love it!

This is me at work with Cindy's youngest, Eli. I designed this quilt for Butterfly Kisses and called it "Twas the Night Before Christmas". I used the Riley Blake Designs Collection "Be Merry"