Sunday, November 25, 2012

Arrows Mini Quilt

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I actually had two this year, lucky me. Once with my husband's family in Tyler, TX, and then again at our house with my parents who were visitng from out of town. You have to have Thanksgiving at home so you can have leftovers!!
Anyhow, thought I would share a little mini quilt I made a couple weeks ago for a Houston Modern Quilt Guild challenge. I missed the original deadline because I was wrapped up in Quilt Market details, but I finished it anyway because I really wanted to see how it would turn out.
I love it!





Working in small scale was fun, but surprisingly more difficult and time consuming than I had thought. Maybe a bigger quilt with larger half square triangles would actually be easier.

I dont know how other people lay out their quilt designs, but here's a look at how I lay out my designs on the computer first. That way I can alter colors and placement easily when figuring out my design. It also comes in handy when assembling all the little pieces and the bigger negative space pieces. You can see I had to remeasure quite a few before I got them right.





I use either Illustrator or InDesign, but graph paper works wonder too, infact, most all of my designs actually start on graph paper before I build them on the computer.

Here are some pics of what's currently on my drawing board...

First stage is pencil (with lots of eraser action)

Then once I'm happy with the pencil rough, I go over it with a black pen (this is a different design).


Sometimes I'll use color pencils at this stage to rough in the color, but mostly I just go straight to building it on the computer because it' so much easier to adjust both color and scale.

I'd love to hear how other people design their quilts and sewing projects, if you have a technique that works really great for you I hope you'll share it.

I'll leave you with a pic of one of my little helpers.


Mama Bear.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall Quilt Market 2012 - Part 3

Last post on Market! Here are a few more of my faves which are undoubtedly already plastered all over the web because they're so fantastic...

Melody Miller's booth and her new fabric collection, "Ruby Star Rising".




Ha, I love those sneaker roller skates under the tree.

Jenean Morrison didn't have a booth, but Westminster had a nifty little corner set up for her fabric collection, I believe it's called "In My Room". 


I'm a sucker for little dresses, and these by Emily Taylor are dreamy, as is her charming booth.




I'm really lovin' this color palette and sweet little end display for Natalie Lymer's collection, "Folk Tale".


Those little collared shirts are too stinkin' cute! Use them to put whatever you want in them, and I think they're going to be a free downloadable pattern eventually (but don't quote me on that, Market was crazy and it's completely possible I misunderstood!)


The Moda booth for "Glamping" by Mary Jane Butters...


While Anna Maria Horner did have her own stunning booth, I was super excited to see her spectacular feather skirt in person in a little corner nook in the Westminster booth. I saw pics of it from last Spring Market, and was pretty much drooling all over it.


I thought I'd close with Tula Pink. Her booth and quilts for her new line, "Salt Water" were amazing. She also has coordinating ribbons and a clever hexagon quilt kit, including the fabric already pre-cut!


Her pixelated anchor quilt blew me away. I wish you could see the quilting better in this photo, but it's truly stunning. 


All in all, a completely inspiring experience.

If you've not yet attended Quilt Market, hope you get the chance soon, I highly recommend it!!



Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fall Quilt Market 2012 - Part 2

While at Quilt Market I took some photos of some really killer fabrics from emerging designers like myself that started on Spoonflower. First up... Samarra Khaja!

Samarra (aka sammyk on Spoonflower), does much more than just design fabric, dipping her fingers into all kinds of graphic design, large scale murals, illustrated recipes and sculptural finger puppets to name just a few of her talents. Here are some of her fabrics for Timeless Treasures.


Look closer at the red and black polka dot fabric for a clever surprise! In fact, all of Samarra's work is infused with humor that is both clever and whimsical, never taking itself too seriously. Check out her hilarious blog for a good dose of laughter.

Next up is Greta Songe (gsonge on Spoonflower), who I got to meet when she stopped by my booth to chat. I'm so glad she did, it was nice to put a face to a name, and what a sweet and down to earth person. I stopped by the Marcus Fabrics booth to see her new collections and what a feast for the eyes! You can see them in all their glory here.



I love the graphic, retro vibe in her designs, super saturated and full of energy. Her blog is fabulous too, you can see how she incorporated one of her new fabrics into a completely charming dress here. After seeing hers I want to immediately buy myself a Tova dress pattern and get to work!

Another designer that just blew me away was Sarah Watson. This was her very first fabric collection, "Luxe in Bloom" for Art Gallery Fabrics and it was a stunner! Not to mention her killer booth, full of sketches and concepts tacked to one wall and drawn directly on to another wall painted with chalkboard paint. In fact, she won Best Booth for a First Time Exhibitor.



Then there's all the talented designers at Michael Miller. Right next to me was Laura Gunn whose phenomenal watercolors make such striking fabrics. Her new collection, "Cosmos" has dresses and skirts written all over it!



Next to Laura was Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies Quilts. This Market she introduced a bunch of really modern and graphic quilt patterns for solids, specially designed to use Michael Miller's fabulous Cotton Couture Solids line. I actually met Emily last Fall Market, but since that was all one big blur, I really enjoyed getting to chat with her more this go 'round, she's super funny and really, really nice. Aren't her quilts and booth fun?


I love how she displayed the patterns in coordinating paint cans.


Patty Young's booth was just exploding with color happiness! Her new line, "Textured Basics" is so fun and her ModKid line of children's patterns shows them off so well. If you have little ones, definitely check out her ModKid Boutique for the newest pattern releases.



Trenna Travis was on the other corner, introducing her first collection for Michael Miller, "Bekko". An interior decorator and talented photographer, her fabrics are perfect for home dec and, of course, I see more dresses. Stylish and smart, her collection is perfect for a wide range of projects. Hope we get to see some soon!


Across the aisle was Swirly Girls, whose Clubhouse programs have a devoted following. Here's a peek at their sweet double booth.


And here's Christine demonstrating their new Circle Savvy Ruler from Creative Grids, I definitely need to get me one of those!


Then there's the other side of the Michael Miller Booth, where all the selling action happens. Look how gorgeous all those bright colored quilts look displayed against all that white. And that fountain of fabulous fabric strips on the far right was really eye catching and seemed to defy gravity.



Not one to waste space, both outer corner niches were staged as well, does anyone else want that couch in their bedroom?


Phew, that's a lot of photos! If you can believe it, there's still more to come. I haven't gotten to the booths and fabrics of some of my favorite designers. But, all this bloggin' is exhaustin'! So, I'm gonna' call it quits for tonight, go pet my cats which have been ignored long enough, maybe unload the dishwasher if I feel guilty enough, and continue at a later date...  Good night all!  



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