Saturday, May 30, 2009

Picture This!



The Picture This top is complete. AND I LOVE IT!!!!! It was such an easy pattern! Designed by Ann Hansen of Pixiegirl Quilts (featured several times in Quilters Home magazine), Picture This took a total of 10 fat quarters plus an additional 2 yards total of fabric to finish the top. It's the perfect pattern to showcase those beautiful large prints...ideal for my new line of Heather Bailey. This will hang in our booth at our next two shows. Then I think I will donate it to my sisters auction for the Breast Cancer Three-Day Walk in San Diego. Cross your fingers, it needs to bring a bunch of money!! (You can find the pattern and fabric in my store, I may be offering this as a kit soon. If you'd like a kit, just shoot me an email and I'll cut one for you!)


Friday, May 29, 2009

One More Designer

I've been meaning to introduce you to Jenn of JennJohn Handbags for quite some time. I've had her on my design wall (well, not literally "her" but her name and so on) for a while. This is another designer who uses all of my favorite fabrics! She makes original handbag designs and has her own web site. The coolest thing are her bag names. They are all named after cocktails! How cool is that!? Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not an alcoholic or anything. I can count on one hand (okay maybe two) the amount of cocktails I have in a month (does wine count?). But there is something so cool about carrying a bag named "Pomegranate Martini" or "Hot Sake". The concept is so fun! Her new line of bags have taken on "Tea" persona's such as "Darjeeling" and "Earl Grey". I am going to order one for myself but I can't choose! I've been stalking her web site for months trying decide which one I want.



Sapphire Martini

Red Rooibos Tea

Aren't they pretty? Go to her site and check it out. She has the "Top Ten Reasons to Buy a JennJohn" on her homepage. Number 5 is my favorite!

JennJohn Handbags

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Designer Showcase

Hi there! It's almost 10:00 PM and I finally have some time to introduce you to these great designers I promised!


First, I'd like you to meet Raquel with Bag Z Girl Designs. Raquel is a fellow fabric addict. We met at the Dallas Quilt Celebration when she stopped by our booth. I noticed the purse she was carrying immediately! So cute! Here is a link to her etsy shop:



Check out her gorgeous handbags, aprons and cosmetic bags. Not only is she a creative designer, she's such a cool person! If I could only bottle a portion of her energy, I'd be good to go!
Next, I want to introduce you to Deanna with Pretty In Pink 320. Deanna is a friend of my very good friend Stacy who left me in Texas to go live the high lifeAlign Left in California, thanks for that. (Just kidding!) Deanna's bags are gorgeous as well! She uses a lot of Heather Bailey and Amy Butler in her designs so of course I love them all! She makes one of a kind purses, wristlets and pillows using new and vintage textiles which I think is so cool! Check out her etsy store at:
She also has a beautiful blog: Pretty In Pink 320 Blog
Yeah! Have fun looking at these two fabulous designers!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

It was like Christmas in May....

Really! As I drove around the corner the UPS truck was sitting in my driveway. I love the UPS truck. Even though it's big and bulky and....well, brown, it always brings a smile to my face when I hear the low, sweet rumble of that truck turn the corner to my street. I am reminded of that scene in The Music Man (one of my most fave musicals!) where a little Ron Howard sings..."Ooh the Wellths Fargo Wagon iith a-comin' down the sthreet, oh pleasthe let it be for me!" Spit flying everywhere! I know, it's so silly. But isn't it cool that something so simple can still bring a smile to someone's face?


So what does all this reminiscing of UPS trucks mean? Yes, the Heather Bailey arrived! That is why you haven't heard from me in a while! I've been sewing all week! Have I been a happy little camper! Emme has a new bathroom now.












This was a fun project. She picked all of her fabrics and I sewed for three days straight! This is the wall hanging I made to go in the bathroom but it hasn't been hung up yet.





This is an easy applique technique that I discovered at the quilt show in Arlington. The pattern is called "Flutterby" by Another by Anita. I was really intrigued by her booth which was full of awesome applique patterns. At first glance, I was scared because I like easy, and this didn't look easy to me, until I looked a bit closer. Anita had a fabulous story board explaining the process. I quickly realized, I could totally do this!! It was as easy as she said it was! The hardest part was finding the right fabrics to go in each design element. Not really hard but fun and challenging! If you want to try applique, this is really the easiest way to go. A little Wonder Under, some invisible thread and your zig zag stitch and you are set. Check out the link to her web site and tell her Joy from A Joyful Soul Fabrics sent you!!




And for my last trick.....



The Marlo Bloom Handbag by Heather Bailey. This is the pattern that hooked me for life on Heather Bailey. Love the bag, love the fabric, I even love the scrappy flower pin. So, of course I had to make it!



I can't wait to carry this little gem around town and soak up all the compliments!
So, that's what I've been up to this week. I have another project I am starting tomorrow. Another quilt, out of Heather Bailey of course!
Let me know what you all have been up to! I know you're creating something fabulous! I will be having a designer showcase on the blog next week. I have two designers that I can't wait to introduce you to. They use Amy Butler and Heather Bailey fabrics in their original creations! So gorgeous. You'll love to meet these beautiful entrepreneurial women!
Good night, time to sew in my dreams!




















Monday, May 11, 2009

You Gotta See This!



We arrived home from Arlington yesterday. I am very happy to be home however we are knee deep in term papers and final exams. Not mine but my husbands. It's a group effort!
Arlington was great! I knew it would be. Not only were the people in the Guild fabulous and produce an excellent show, the quilts were AMAZING! They all should have had ribbons hanging on them! I know, I know...only in my sugar-coated world!




I always try and get away from the booth so I can walk around and look at the quilts. Just so I have something to aspire to. Every now and then, I'll find a quilt with a piece of Amy Butler somewhere in it. That is so exciting! Well, I found one that was entirely Amy Butler fabric so it holds a special place in my heart! Not only was it beautiful fabric, the pattern she chose was so cool! And I apologize, she told me the pattern and I knew I should have written it down when she was telling me but I am definately going to figure this one out. It was simply beautiful! The placement of the fabrics were perfect. The quilting was gorgeous! Okay, so here it is:


Maker: Kathy Kaju


Quilter: Janice Tilley



Kathy made this quilt for her sister Patty who loves Amy Butler fabrics...she has fabulous taste! Thanks to Kathy for her permission to oooo and aahhh over her gorgeous quilt!



Isn't it beautiful!? She used strips from the Daisy Chain line and her solid Fuchsia Quilting Solid. So pretty! I'm about to email it to Amy's studio right now. She needs to see this!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I did it! WooHoo!

"What did she do?" you may be asking yourself.


Those of you who have known me for a while know that my little business is a huge dream come true for me. It's something I've always wanted to do but never had the guts to do it. The past three months have seen some pretty amazing growth in our business so we decided now was the time to expand! We have now added Heather Bailey's fabric lines, Pop Garden and Bijoux to the store. If you aren't familiar with her fabrics, look to the left and you'll see a link to Heather's blog. You'll see her design inspiration there. So bright and beautiful! It should arrive some time next week. Just in time to take with us to Abilene and Oklahoma City! (Where in the world am I going to store 63 more bolts of fabric?)


Do you TWEET?? I just started tweeting on Twitter. It is so addictive! But I have made a few new friends who are extremely creative and talented artists. Check it out! I know, I barely have enough time to do everything I need to do now so I had no business joining yet another social network but this one is streamlined, quick and easy. There is a link to my profile to the left. I better get my rear in motion. So much to do, so little time to do it!!

Have an amazing day!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

OMG! Look what I found!!

Okay, the "OMG" was said with a bit of sarcasm. I am not a "texter", I don't even know how to use that function on my phone. It would take me longer to text someone than it would to walk to their house and talk to them face to face. Anyway...

A while back, my friend Kathy from The Enchanted Quilt in Wichita Falls, Texas told me about a new EQ software coming out by Amy Butler. I, of course, had no idea what she was talking about. Nice, right? I, who specializes in Amy Butler, had no idea she was coming out with an EQ software package. That is a discussion I will be having with my rep's shortly. I wanted to find out more about it and did some research. I cannot wait to get my order in! Those of you who aren't familiar with EQ: EQ is The Electric Quilt Company. They make and sell software for quilters that allow you to access quilt patterns on your computer, customize them and they even have swatches of the actual fabric you use so you can see your project put together before you even start sewing. That is just the tip of the iceberg with this software. I am certain it does more than that but I do not have a whole lot of experience with it so I am super excited to get this! Now, my supplier said the ship date was 4/15 but the EQ company said it's 5/15. I rather imagine EQ is correct so look for it by the middle of May. The price is somewhere around $30 to $32 and it has "22 stylish NEW projects for the home: 8 quilts, 3 table runners, 7 pillows, 1 floor cushion and 3 bags. Plus 9 bonus projects. All with clear, step-by-step illustrated sewing instructions for all skill levels. Sew as designed -- or customize in thousands of possible ways using the software's design tools and virtual swatches of Amy's vibrant fabrics. Then print patterns, yardage charts, and sew." AMAZING, right? I can't wait!!








BROWNWOOD:


We made it back from Brownwood with absolutely no trouble with weather. I was a bit worried about that as we were expecting thunder storms but we had clear sailing all the way home. What a fabulous show! Everyone loved my Amy Butler and I had such a great time. These small town shows are so much fun. The people are so nice. Now, they may not think that is such a big deal, but I grew up in California then promptly moved to DC after getting married and having my baby. Not that CA and DC are bad places, they are just so busy that people have a hard time slowing down and practicing kindness. You would think it wouldn't be so hard. After all, being kind takes so much less energy than being rude and self-absorbed. And no, not everyone in those places are like that but you get my drift. It's a slower pace out here and I have come to really enjoy that about this area. I am really looking forward to next year. God willing, if we are still in this area, we will be at the Brownwood show! The local shop in Brownwood was a vendor at this show as well as all of our good friends who travel the same show circuit as we do. Now, I met these girls in Abilene last year and instantly loved them! They are huge Amy Butler fans (including the owner/Mom). I just know that if I was ever lucky enough to live in Brownwood, their shop would be my hangout! They are a cool bunch of ladies! Here is their website: http://www.susiesquiltinquarters.com/.


Em of course came with us to this show and was a HUGE help. She is my marketing guru. I have a little entrepreneur on my hands!



It was a great show! Now...ON TO ARLINGTON, TEXAS!! If you are in the Arlington, Texas area, come to the Bob Duncan Community Center (2800 South Center Street) May 8 and May 9 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM) for The Quilters' Guild of Arlington Annual Festival of Quilts. Admission is $6.00 and parking is free. There is a silent auction of miniature quilts to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This is a group of some amazing quilters. If you enjoy looking at gorgeous quilts you need to come to this show. There are over 175 quilts in this judged show and 20 vendors including the Scissor Guy, so bring your scissors/knives for sharpening!! See you there!