Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall Quilt Market 2015 - Into the Deep

Y'all I have a new fabric collection coming out in January!! It's called Into the Deep and it just debuted at Fall Quilt Market right here in Houston!

But, more on that later, right now I want to talk about my booth.

One word pretty much sums up this year's Market for me... wow! I was so busy I didn't get to walk around and soak it all in. I didn't eat lunch the first day until almost 3 o'clock! But, it was awesome and I'm so glad a lot of you stopped by to say hi since I wasn't able to make the rounds.

A lot of time and effort went into my booth this year, instead of hanging drape I enlisted my husband to make hard walls. I'm so glad we did. It was a ton more work, and a ton more anxiety not knowing how it was going to turn out until we actually did it, but when it was all up and in place, I couldn't have been happier!!

I'll have many more details and credit to come, but for now, here's a quick peek of how it turned out.

I was pretty proud of the shelving rack that the hubs and I had to construct from scratch because IKEA ran out of the one I had my heart set on! 

Okay, so you may have already seen this dress on IG, but here it is again in all it's mermaid-y glory. Brilliant design by Alyssa Holub!

And lastly, me with some of the lovely ladies of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, most of whom helped make samples for my booth. Seriously, folks, these guys are soooo talented.

Make sure to check back for more details and links to patterns and templates for the projects in my booth. Including a fabulous giveaway!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Birds and the Bees blog Hop - Geranium Dress

I've always wanted to combine my love of quilting with garment sewing, so when my fellow Michael Miller fabric designer, Tamara Kate, asked me if I'd like to sew something up for emma with her newest collection, I immediately said yes!

Her newest collection is called Birds & the Bees and it's just fabulous!

Look how gorgeous these colorways are.

This one's called Ladybug.

and this one is Blue Jay.

I really wanted to incorporate piecing into the garment and once I decided on the Geranium dress by MadebyRae (another one of my all time faves), the bodice seemed like the place to do it. I also decided since emma is a lot more active now, that I would make the shorter, tunic version.

(You can check out another Geranium dress I made for emma with my Les Amis fabric here.)

I spent a little bit of time deciding how I wanted to piece the bodice, and a whole lot of time picking out which of her lovely fabrics I wanted to use! Both colorways are gorgeous, but in the end, Blue Jay won out. You can see more photos of both here.

I chose a herringbone design for the pieced section, and a super luscious Cotton Couture solid on the rest of the bodice so the piecing would really stand out.

The rest of the tunic top is one of my favorite prints from the collection, "all the wee beasts" in magenta. I absolutely love how it turned out! I chose to make the sleeveless version, and with pleats instead of gathers, because it seems just a tiny bit more grown up. I mean, emma is over 2 years old, now. :)

And because I've been slack in breaking out the camera these past few months and documenting her ever changing self, I took a LOT of pics. 

With her favorite bunny-bear.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my Birds & the Bees project (and subsequent emma-fest). I can't wait to do more sewing with it.

Head on over to Tamara Kate's blog to see who else is making super cute stuff with this collection!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Olfa Designer Spotlight for June

Hello everybody! I've got a free project tutorial up on Olfa's website for their Designer Spotlight series for June and it's perfect if you're looking for a little summer refresh.

I designed a fun table runner using Michael Miller's luscious Cotton Couture solids in an ombre aztec pattern of teals and aquas, my favorite colors. Head on over there to check out the entire project and the free tutorial!

And while you're there, be sure to check out the previous designer spotlights!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Festive Forest Quilt & Free Pattern

Hello everybody! It's been awhile since my last post (understatement of the year), but I'm really happy to finally be able to share one of the projects I completed during my hiatus.

It's a holiday quilt I designed around the newest collection by my fellow Michael Miller fabric designer, Tamara Kate, called "Festive Forest.

But, first, I have to gush a bit over how cute these fabrics are... don't they make you want to start your Christmas sewing right now?

Of course I love the foxes with their charming striped shirts, but check out the partridges and ornaments hanging from those deer antlers! 

The colors are definitely christmas-y, but with a fresh twist. I've always loved lime green, pink and aqua together, and the forest greens and reds complement them perfectly.

So, what kind of quilt does one make with a fabric collection called "Festive Forest"?

Well, a tree quilt, of course. 

I designed three different paper pieced tree blocks, all the same outer dimension, that you can mix and match how you like. I used a lot of Cotton Couture solids as well, in addition to white on white polka dots which I thought were quite appropriately reminiscent of wintery snowfall .(But, I think this would be adorable in woodland fabrics, too!)

The back was the perfect place to showcase this awesome large scale forest fabric, "Winter Woods", and big chunks of my other favorites, as well.

Besides being made of just about the most darling fabric ever, this quilt is especially dear to me because it's the first example of something I've free motion quilted that was larger than 18" square. And it wasn't horrible, in fact, I quite enjoyed it. I did an overall stipple on the patchwork tree center and a sort of concentric ornament-y shape and waves along the outer borders.

Head on over to Michael Miller's website to download your own free copy of this pattern complete with paper piecing templates! 

To see more crafty goodness made with Festive Forest check out Tamara's blog for links!

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