Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December Quilt Group

If any of you know Amanda Herring  http://www.thequiltedfish.typepad.com everything she does is over the top and fabulous. So of course, when she has her diet coke it's not in a normal cup it's in this really cute and adorable cup all decked out in jewels. Isn't it perfect for a princess.
Nanette Merrill of Freda's Hive designed this quilt out of Sweet Divinity by Amanda of the Quilted Fish. It has little princess crowns and Nanette is going to embellish each one. I can't wait to see it.

This is Janice Mickelson and she was asked by Flora (the sheriff) to talk about "What inspires her" Janice has a fabulous eye for color and design and she shares some of her quilts and ideas behind why she chooses the fabrics and patterns that she does.

This is a fun pinwheel quilt using a variety of medium toned fabrics. This would be a great quilt to use up your left overs.

This quilt shows the way medium and light fabrics can play against each other to create a 3 dimensional effect that is eye catching. This is a simple square in a square pattern and is also great for using left overs.

A cute baby quilt. Love the red.

Look how effective the snails trail block is going around cute Olivia the pig. The stripe border is great with the words on the bottom. Janice shared that she likes to pop in a gold stop border to break up the monotony of color. The gold makes other colors pop.

Simple basket quilt.Big blocks are easy to piece and the large baskets would be quick to applique. Very cute.

This is another basket quilt with large flowers appliqued. A great quilt to show off big bold prints in the baskets and border.

A simple pastel quilt with a log cabin effect in the blocks and a vine with flowers and leaves for a finishing touch on the border.

This quilt had a lot of intricate pieces. Lots of triangles and points. It is beautifully crafted.

This was a block of the month quilt we did in our quilt group many years ago. Paula McKinnley shared her many basket patterns and we made this row of baskets quilt.
This quilt is fabulous and was the shop hop quilt for Broadbents. It was to celebrate their theme and I think it is just gorgeous. The workmanship is spectacular. It was a joint effort by the employees but Lauel pieced everything together which is no easy feat since there were many hands helping which would mean many different seam allowances and block sizes.

This strip quilt looks easy but it was very difficult as Janice explained to keep everything squared up. Of course this quilt looked great and was perfectly squared.
Another beautiful quilt showcasing how well Janice puts colors together to contrast and give an overall great effect. Love this quilt.
A simple quilt bordered with a fabulous large floral. notice the fussy cut border. It really makes this quilt.
Another simple quilt but very cute.

This is one of my favorites. Each one of the circles that is a flower is pieced. I didn't get a close enough photo to show you the detail of each pieced flower. It is a beautiful quilt. I always love a splash of black to pop other colors. The baskets do that.

Cute little Valentines quilt. The stripes on the sides are ribbon.

You can see Janice put her gold border in again and it really does pop the reds and blacks. This is a great quilt to showcase a large print in the middle.

Another unique quilt. I know it has a story but I can't remember.
This is the girl gang quilt that they do at Broadbents for a block of the month. Each block tells a story.

Another fabulous quilt. As you can see I live in an area with beautiful quilters who are truly inspired by everything around them. I always come home from my quilt group "in the mood" for quilting.They inspire me to pick up a needle and thread and get behind my machine and just enjoy playing with my fabrics to create a masterpiece. I challenge everyone to give a homemade gift this Christmas. There is nothing better. Now get sewing!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

100 Block Tour

I am so excited to be part of the 100 Blocks Tour. This is my block design called, "Sew Little Time", in a fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called "Bloom and Grow" by My Mind's Eye. I was asked if I would submit a design and I was working on this block at the time for another project and thought I would get 2 projects out of one design. The design idea behind this block came from my quilt group in Alpine. Generically we call ourselves "That Alpine Quilt Group" Last Year was our 20th year together and in celebrating the years  we decided to have several people each month design a block representing our 20 years together. 20 years ago when there were only 8 of us (now there are so many I don't even know half of our quilt group, anyone is welcome to come) we used to bring our sewing machines to the little red church in Alpine and teach each other how to quilt. This is a representation of my sewing machine that I brought to my little quilt group all those many years ago.

This is my 20 year quilt finished with the sewing machine block. Each block in this quilt represents something from my quilt group experience. You can see the little red church that we meet in, the sheriffs in town block (the sheriff represents who is in charge of the group activities for the year), everyone is welcome block, delectable mountains, Alpine pine trees, the beautiful Alpine flowers, and many more. As you can see this sewing machine block can be used in various ways. It works great as a block of the month, maybe even a great block gift for your favorite quilting friend or I can see it in the middle of a quilt with some fabulous border.

I work for Riley Blake Designs as the Design Director. This is a picture of our booth from a few weeks ago at the Fall Houston Quilt Market 2010.

Another view of our booth showcasing the fabric line by The Quilted Fish called "Sweet Divinity."
We won the merchandising award. As you can see, Cindy and I are so proud. Cindy and I work with the artists to bring their designs to fabric. The process of manufacturing fabric is long and tedious and the rewards of seeing the artwork come to life on the best quality fabric there is, can truly be satisfying. We just launched a new line of trim products called "Sew Together" which includes, fabric labels, ric rac, pom poms, ribbon, lace, embroidered flowers, cherries and strawberries and buttons. We are working on a lot of other fun ideas to add to these as we continue to grow Riley Blake Designs.
I also have a pattern company called Butterfly Kisses where I design and create anything extra I might have floating around in my head. I love what I do and truly feel grateful for the opportunity to be working in the rapidly growing fabric industry. I hope you enjoy your blog tour and have fun taking these block designs from this 100 Blocks Quilt book to create something extraordinary.

Thanks for visiting my website. Have a wonderful day!!!

Find My Shower Curtain in International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene magazine!

What an exciting surprise!  There I was sitting in the airport waiting to leave Houston after an exhausting week at Quilt Market.  I opened my "International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene" magazine that  was given to me by Interweave press and right on page 92 was my Quilted Shower Curtain.  It is so much fun to have my projects published, and of course it's not bad to see your name published in a magazine either.

If you don't have your copy yet, run out and buy one.  This is the special 2nd annual issue and there are 140 pages of projects inside.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Houston Fall Quilt Market 2010

School House was a new addition for Cindy and I at Quilt Market. We taught how to embellish and use trims. We have added a new line of trims to Riley Blake Designs called "Sew Together." This trim line includes ric rac, pom poms, lace ribbon, designer ribbons, buttons and embroidered flowers, cherries and strawberries.
This is Riley Blake Designs getting ready for sample spree. If you have attended you know how crazy this place gets. It is a lot of fun to see all the buyers going nuts over the new fabrics.

This is the front of the Riley Blake Designs booth. This showcases "Isabella" A line designed by Lila Tueller. It has beautiful corals, periwinkle and a multi colorway that beautifully coordinates to make elegant quilts, bags and clothing.

This picture is fuzzy but  it is the only one I took. It showcases "Sweet Divinity." This line is designed by The Quilted Fish, better known as Amanda Herring. It's a very sweet line that shows well in quilts, crowns, slippers, pajamas and baby bags.

Here is a better picture of the cute blues, pinks, reds and greens in this fabric line.

"Love Birds" is designed by My Mind's Eye. It has bright, bold reds, greens and blues. It  shows well in quilts and projects also.

This section of the booth shows our "Sew Together" trims and embellishments. Our booth is open and inviting. We love people to come in and look and view all our new lines that we have to offer while they wait to place their orders.

"Domestic Diva" is designed by Emily Taylor. It has wonderful retro reds, greens and browns. We had designers design new bags and quilts to showcase here in the booth.

  "Be Merry" is a design by My Mind's Eye. It is this years christmas fabric line. There were fun christmas stockings and quilts and pajamas.

This line is "All star 2" A followup to All Star 1 which was so successful last year that we wanted to keep our customers happy by having another successful boys line by My Mind's Eye.

"Quite Contrary" is a line designed by My Mind's Eye and is so darling for so many projects. It has great reds, pinks and greens. It's a very sweet fabric line.

On the right is "Daydream" by Cyndi Walker. Cyndi is a new designer for Riley Blake Designs and brings with her a wonderful warm and inviting line of fabric. Her colors are unique and beautiful and she designs fabulous quilts that showcase this line beautifully. On the left is "Hooty Hoot Kangaroo" designed by Doohikey Designs, better know as Shari Butler, who is also our graphic artist. She is a very talented local artist with a great flair for color and design.

Another look at our new buttons and trims in our "Sew Together" trim line. All of the trims match the colors in our fabric lines.

"Enchanted Garden" is designed by Samantha Walker. This line has a beautiful big bold main print with lots of fun coordinates. The colors are vibrant with oranges, pinks and blues. It looks great in clothing and quilts.

A view of the booth from the front looking through to the back.

Cindy and I were surprised and so excited to receive the Merchandising Award for Quilt Market in Houston Fall Market 2010. All that hard work seems worth it now. We were so thrilled.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Quiltmakers Blog Tour

 Even though I am frantically working to get ready for Quilt Market,  I thought I had better post something about Quiltmaker's "100 Blocks volume 2" "100 Blocks volume 2".  Many of you know about this great publication started last year, and many of you even had blocks featured.  Volume 2 will hit the newsstands around November 16th, 2010.  So be on the lookout!  I was fortunate enough to have a block featured in the book.  It will be exciting to see the finished product.

To compliment the arrival of the 100 Blocks book, Quiltmaker's is sponsoring their "100 Block Blog Tour" which runs from November 8th - 12th.  For more information, just click on the link above.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Quilt Market

I wanted to show a quick peak of some quilts I am working on for market. This one I designed from Isabella from Lila Tueller's new line with Riley Blake Designs. The fabric and colors are really beautiful.

Lila has such a great eye for color and detail. Her work is really beautiful. What makes her even better is that she is a really a fun person and I love working with her.

This fabric line is called Enchanted Garden and is designed by Samantha Walker who is another local artist.

Samantha is also really fun and I enjoy working with her too. I designed this quilt using a butterfly image which is similar to the main print. Chris did a fabulous job of making these quilts look beautiful. Her handwork is perfection. The colors in this collection are vibrant and fun and will make beautiful quilts and clothing.

This line of fabric is called Quite Contrary and is designed by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs. We love working with My Mind's Eye also. Their designs are always great!

It's hard to see but there are really cute strawberries on one of the prints. Riley Blake Designs has some crocheted strawberries that go with this line and they are adorable.

Market is just around the corner but as I finish projects I'll try to show you the fun things we will be taking to market this fall in Houston. That is next week. I better get back to work!!!