Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pattern Review - Simplicity 4243 Baby Dress/Romper

Bug Jars Romper
So, I thought it would be fun to share some of the patterns I used for the samples in my Quilt Market booth. The little girl's dresses were super easy and quick, but the boy's romper was definitely a bit more challenging!

I used Simplicity Pattern #4243, which is labeled "easy-to-sew", but as a beginner, I did hit a few snags (again, probably due to my novice-ness). I found the hidden zipper a bit of a challenge to sew in after the back seam was already sewn together, and the instructions for the turned up sleeves were a bit hard to follow. But in the end, after a day's worth of work, I think it turned out rather cute and I love, love, love the pleating details on the front.

I had a much easier time with the dresses. I used a Pink Poodle Bows Pattern with and without the bottom ruffle, I could make these all day! I have three more Pink Poodle Bow Patterns just waiting to be made up into sweet dresses when I get a spare moment. Definitely check out her etsy shop, it's chocked full of great patterns!

Peasant Dresses

Friday, November 18, 2011

2012 Wildflowers Calendar

With the new year quickly approaching it's time to roll out some new calendar designs! First up my Wildflowers Calendar in two colorways, shown here framed and available in my Society6 shop.

Cornflower Colorway

Fresh Picked Colorway

There's a fabric version in my Spoonflower shop, which should be be available by middle of next week, just in time for Spoonflower's annual BOGO FQ Promotion. More on that here, you won't want to miss it!

I've also had some requests for a 2012 version of last year's Tandem Calendar, so it's available on Society6 and Spoonflower as well.

...and (there's more) I'm working on a brand spankin' new Tandem calendar design to continue the series. Look for that in a couple of weeks! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

FQ Bundle Giveaway on SF of my Backyard Baby Collection

Backyard Baby Collection

Check out this link to Spoonflower's blog where they're hosting a giveaway of a Fat Quarter bundle of each design in my Backyard Baby fabric collection for Michael Miller, plus 6 more fat quarters of designs hand picked from my Spoonflower shop. If you're counting, that's 21 fat quarters! Get on over there.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Spoonflower Cut & Sew Giveaway - Softies for Mirabel

I just got in the fabric I won from Spoonflower's cut & sew pattern give-a-way to benefit Softies for Mirabel and look what I got... Samarra Khaja's "Toothy"! I've loved these little guys from the moment I saw them on Spoonflower and am ecstatic to sew them up. They're even funnier and awesomer in person.

Best part is each one fits on a fat quarter and I got a whole yard of them. That means I can sew a bunch to donate to Softies for Mirabel and still keep one for myself. And they're printed on one of my favorite fabrics, linen-cotton canvas. Happy day indeed! 

I'll post finished pics for you to drool over soon.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

More on Quilt Market 2011

Okay, so I got some sleep and am ready to spill! Yes, it was total sensory overload, but in an exhaustingly good way. It was such a whirlwind I didn't really take a lot of photos or Market itself, so I'm including lots of links and other images to fill in the big picture. And you can see the pics I previously posted here.

Here's a pic of my mom and I, she was a huge help preparing my
samples for market, and setting up. (Big thanks to you too, dad!)

It was a crazy wonderful feeling to see my very own little space come to life in Michael Miller's booth. Up to this point, my experience has been from in front of a computer screen so getting to see people's reactions firsthand was pretty rewarding. Not to mention finally getting to meet a lot of people I've only known through the internet.

And what a treat to meet some of the other Michael Miller designers: Mark Hordyszynski, Sandi Henderson, Patty Young, Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies, Sarah Jane, the ladies from Pillow & Maxfield, the ladies from Swirly Girls and Laura Gunn (who's watercolory style I adore)... what a fun-loving, hard working, creative group of folks. It's going to be hard to not use an exclamation point at the end of every sentence!

Most of the highlights, apart from the excitement of just being there, seemed to revolve around food (as is usually the case with me). The first night of Market, my husband and I enjoyed a Michael Miller family dinner at a hoppin' Houston hotspot... live music, divine food and great company! It was a good opportunity to get to know some more of the crew. Then the next day, my husband and I had the pleasure of eating lunch with Stephen Fraser, Mr. Spoonflower himself, and then getting to meet Darci Moyers, also from Spoonflower. I really can't tell you how much I love this company, if you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of them yet, you really must go right over and check out their custom, print-on-demand fabric site, you won't be disappointed!

One of the designers I'd been wanting to meet and actually slipped away from my booth long enough to do so was Jenean Morrison whose new fabric line "Power Pop" is being produced with Free Spirit. She's really on a roll as her fabulous booth won the Creativity award for the second time in a row!

You can see more photos on her blog.

I also stopped by the Timeless Treasures booth to see fellow Spoonflowerer, Samarra Khaja's debut fabrics! What a creative powerhouse, I wasn't able to take any of my own photos, but here's a pic that I borrowed from the Spoonflower blog that shows two designs from her Alphabet collection, Sign Language and Braille... how cool!

The creativity and talent at this show abounds and the enormity of it is eye-popping. I was pretty much focused on just taking it all in while trying to keep straight who everybody was. Now of course, after the fact, I can think of a million things I wanted to ask, and as many people that I wanted to meet... note to self: next time, ask more questions and definitely take more photos!

Thanks so much to everybody who stopped by my booth to say hi!
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