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Oct 31 14

Quilt Market Houston – Day 3 + a giveaway!

Phoebe

The last day of Quilt Market is always a bit shorter for us – this time it was because we felt like we’d caught up on everything so we went to look at the quilts instead of working (ha!). As we were running around we caught a picture of one of the new lines we have coming soon (maybe in November? or December? or January or February? If you like it, call the shop and ask). This is ReCollection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics:

quilt market houston 2014 - recollection katarina roccella art gallery fabrics

quilt market houston 2014 - recollection katarina roccella art gallery fabrics

 

We also found some amazing patterns to make these beautiful quilts from the famous Charlie Harper’s designs:

quilt market houston 2014 - charlie harper elephant ladybug giraffe cat rainbow quilt

quilt market houston 2014 - charlie harper elephant ladybug giraffe cat rainbow quilt

quilt market houston 2014 - charlie harper elephant ladybug giraffe cat rainbow quilt

quilt market houston 2014 - charlie harper elephant ladybug giraffe cat rainbow quilt

quilt market houston 2014 - charlie harper elephant ladybug giraffe cat rainbow quilt

 

And, I’ve been saving the best for last, these amazing cross stitch necklaces and thread keepers! The thread keepers come in two different designs, the bee and the butterfly, and are perfect for organizing all the floss for your current project. You can stitch the designs in whatever color you want! The necklaces come in 3 different designs and two different color stories. The round and flower shaped necklace kits include a variety of thread colors as well as 3 different designs from which to choose. We were very excited that we were able to bring one home so that we can stitch a sample, but because they are so popular the rest of our order will not be in for a few weeks. I’ll be back in a few weeks to show off my stitched necklace as well as give you information on how you can pre-order (+ a coupon code!).

quilt market houston 2014 - cross stitch necklaces thread keepers wood acrylic modern arrow medalion bee

quilt market houston 2014 - cross stitch necklaces thread keepers wood acrylic modern arrow medalion bee

quilt market houston 2014 - cross stitch necklaces thread keepers wood acrylic modern arrow medalion bee

quilt market houston 2014 - cross stitch necklaces thread keepers wood acrylic modern arrow medalion bee

quilt market houston 2014 - cross stitch necklaces thread keepers wood acrylic modern arrow medalion bee

quilt market houston 2014 - cross stitch necklaces thread keepers wood acrylic modern arrow medalion bee

quilt market houston 2014 - cross stitch necklaces thread keepers wood acrylic modern arrow medalion bee

 

We had a lot of trouble getting home Monday night, so please bear with us if we don’t get our act together quickly. We did bring some stuff home with us, but it may still take us a few days to process everything. If you saw anything in any of our blog entries that you want – please let us know and we’ll write you a special order card and let you know when they come in!

 

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Want to win the stack of Quilt Market loot pictured above? It includes a fun tote featuring one of next year’s Halloween lines that we love, a new Emma Jean Janson pattern, a few Villa Rosa sewing cards, a Christmas project booklet, and a mini-charm pack of Carolyn Friedlander’s new line Doe! Leave a comment below telling me what you’ve seen online from Market (from us or elsewhere) that you want us to order and we’ll pick one winner using random.org.  The deadline for comments is 8AM EST on Friday, November 7. (If you are reading this on Facebook, please click here to leave your comment on the original blog post; Facebook comments aren’t counted towards the free drawing.)

 

Thanks,

Phoebe

P.S. – Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend!

Oct 26 14

Quilt Market Houston – Day 2

Phoebe

It’s late and we’re tired, so Phoebe and I (Joyce) are tag-teaming this quilt market blog entry. She’s working on editing pictures while I’m typing text to go with them. So hopefully in the end this will make sense (and if it doesn’t, well, just enjoy the pictures). ;-)

We had to get up extra early this morning to meet one of our reps at 8AM. The show doesn’t officially open until 9:30, but if you have an appointment your sale rep can meet you at the door and sign you in. To say that we aren’t morning people is a bit of an understatement, but it was SO worth it for all the cool fabric we saw this morning! And so, in no particular order (and my apologies for all the lines that I forget or get the names wrong!) -

Here’s some Makower Christmas fabric, including a fun advent calendar panel, that we ordered for NEXT Christmas, meaning 2015 (yes, I mean FIFTEEN):

quilt market houston 2014 - makower christmas advent calendar

quilt market houston 2014 - makower christmas advent calendar

quilt market houston 2014 - makower christmas advent calendar

From Andover, new mini Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House – Phoebe said to say that the colors in this picture are really skewed:

quilt market houston 2014 - lizzie house mini pearl bracelet

Also from Andover, new Alison Glass:

quilt market houston 2014 - alison glass ex libris

quilt market houston 2014 - alison glass ex libris

quilt market houston 2014 - ex libris alison glass

At the Michael Miller booth, we couldn’t resist these fun Sea Buddies, which will arrive in late winter/early spring:

quilt market houston 2014 - sea buddies michael miller

Also from Michael Miller, here’s a quilt made from Tamara Kate’s Origami Oasis. This line is due in the shop in the next few weeks!

quilt market houston 2014 - tamara kate origami oasis

At Windham, we fell in love with these adorable camping mice in Mouse Camp.  What you can’t see in the picture is that the camping trailer is made from a tin can – too cute!

quilt market houston 2014 - camp mouse windham fabric

Also at Windham, Succulents by Heather Givans. The quilt in the photo will be a free download from Windham (and Phoebe apologizes for the photo – the lighting in the convention center is often challenging).

quilt market houston 2014 - succulents heather givans windham

quilt market houston 2014 - heather givans succulent windham

quilt market houston 2014 - succulents heather givans windham

Ella Blue’s booth was probably our favorite for the day. We ordered the Linen Cupboard by Emma Jean Jansen and Chirpy Lola by Rosalie Quinlan. We’ve been friends with Rosie for years, and she introduced us to Emma Jean, who is also delightful!

quilt market houston 2014 - linen cupboard ella blue emma jean janson

quilt market houston 2014 - linen cupboard ella blue emma jean janson

quilt market houston 2014 - linen cupboard ella blue emma jean janson

quilt market houston 2014 - linen cupboard ella blue emma jean janson

quilt market houston 2014 - chirpy lola rosalie rosie quinlan ella blue

Rosie is also the designer of some our favorite embroidery patterns, and we’re bringing home just a few copies of Millie’s Garden Walk:

quilt market houston 2014 - rosalie rosie quinlan millie's garden walk hand embroidery

We also picked up a few copies of a new book called “Simply Strings” – here are some of the quilts from the book:

quilt market houston 2014 - sewn into the fabric simply strings rana heredia

quilt market houston 2014 - sewn into the fabric simply strings rana heredia

They also had these cute table toppers:

quilt market houston 2014 - sewn into the fabric simply strings rana heredia

We also did go back and get the beach embroidery pattern Phoebe showed in yesterday’s blog post, along with some other cute hand embroidery patterns. We’ve got a few new gadgets we’re excited about, and many more patterns and fabric! Near the end of the day we were able to sneak over to the quilts and this is what was there to greet us – a replication of the red & white quilt show that hung in the Armory in New York City a few years ago:

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We have lots of other great patterns, books and other goodies that we’re bringing home with us, and we still have another day of shopping. We fly home late tomorrow so we won’t be posting to the blog, but keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for updates (and check back here later this week for a final follow-up post).

~Joyce & Phoebe

 

 

Oct 25 14

Quilt Market Houston – Day 1

Phoebe

We’ve had a wonderful Quilt Market so far – lots of opportunities to catch up with old friends and see some of the pretty new fabric, gadgets, and patterns! Just so you know, some of the things you’ll see are on order and some of these things have yet to be ordered (please share your opinions!). Some of them will show up this coming week and some of them will show up next June. So…

First up are some new (and old!) patterns from Marcia Layton. She’s expanded her yo-yo tea towel pattern offerings to 4 patterns (3 are new!):

quilt market houston 2014 - marcia layton yo yo tea towel

quilt market houston 2014 - marcia layton yo yo tea towel

quilt market houston 2014 - marcia layton yo yo tea towel

quilt market houston 2014 - marcia layton yo yo tea towel

quilt market houston 2014 - marcia layton yo yo tea towel

quilt market houston 2014 - marcia layton yo yo tea towel

quilt market houston 2014 - marcia layton yo yo tea towel

 

We got to see some of our favorite Jaybird Quilts patterns made up in one of our new lines, Bumble:

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We stumbled upon this new design team called Ike & Donkey who do hand embroidery patterns. This beach-themed one caught my eye because it reminded me so much of the Outer Banks. What do you think – should we order it?

quilt market houston 2014 - ike and donkey hand embriodery life's a beach outer banks

quilt market houston 2014 - ike and donkey hand embriodery life's a beach outer banks

quilt market houston 2014 - ike and donkey hand embriodery life's a beach outer banks

 

Carolyn Friedlander’s booth featured her new line Doe for Robert Kaufman along with her two new patterns. We have some of Doe on order and should have the patterns in soon. Make sure to check out Carolyn’s big stitch – I taught her (she told me to say that)!!! :D

quilt market houston 2014 - carolyn friedlander doe outhouses big stitch robert kaufman cantenary

quilt market houston 2014 - carolyn friedlander doe outhouses big stitch robert kaufman cantenary

quilt market houston 2014 - carolyn friedlander doe outhouses big stitch robert kaufman cantenary

quilt market houston 2014 - carolyn friedlander doe outhouses big stitch robert kaufman cantenary

quilt market houston 2014 - carolyn friedlander doe outhouses big stitch robert kaufman cantenary

quilt market houston 2014 - carolyn friedlander doe outhouses big stitch robert kaufman cantenary

 

We stumbled into the booth of a newcomer (to the fabric design world), Lynn Krawczyk. She’s debuting a new line called Inked! from Red Rooster Fabrics, as well as showing off her new book Intentional Printing. I got a copy of her book for myself so that I can drool over read through it. We haven’t actually had the chance to order her fabric yet, but I can’t wait to do so!

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Another one of our favorite pattern designers, Jen Kingwell was here to debut 4 new patterns as well as a new book and a new fabric line. We scored half of the new patterns to bring home with us and the rest + the new book should be at the shop in the next month or so – please let us know if you would like us to set one aside for you! The fabric will be shipping next spring.

Hexie Kisses:

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Below left: Genepool
Below right: Bring Me Flowers book

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Below center: Bring Me Flowers book
Below right: Gardenvale Stars

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Not pictured: Smitten (which is one of the prettiest!)

Jen Kingwell’s Gardenvale fabric:

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We had so much fun ordering fabric today! Our favorite, so far, is Kate Spain’s new line Pardiso. We had a chance to talk to Kate which was awesome since we’re such big fans at QA! I don’t have any close-up pictures, but you can see the beautiful, vibrant colors of the fabrics in these quilts:

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We also ordered some fun novelty-type holiday fabrics including:

Casper the friendly ghost:

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Janet Wecker-Frisch’s new Halloween line (see more pictures of this on our instagram feed:

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Rudolf:

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And Frosty the Snowman!

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Make sure and follow us on instagram, facebook, or twitter for other updates from Market! Also, please let us know if there’s anything you want us to look for or if there’s anything that you’ve seen that you want us to set aside for you! Tomorrow morning we have an 8am appointment with our Andover/Michael Miller/Robert Kaufman/Windham rep and we are really looking forward to it (well, seeing the fabric and hanging out with one of our favorite reps, but not the 8am!). I’m sure we’ll have plenty of fabric purchases to show off tomorrow!

Phoebe

 

Oct 21 14

Holiday Sewing

Phoebe

While I’m sure many of you have started on your big holiday sewing projects, I hope there is still room in your schedule to accommodate some smaller handmade gifts this year. In that vein, I thought I’d give you starting place for all of those gifts that you want to make this year. I went looking for small/quick-ish projects that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes and techniques – the kind of thing that looks like it took longer than it actually did! I was also looking for things that are fun to make in big quantities in case you have a large group of friends or grandchildren for whom you need similar-but-not-the-same gifts. Hopefully this list will get you going!

 

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First off, I went back through some of our recent tutorials, and any one of these might be a fun gift:

- Minky Baby Blankets
- Mason Jar Cozies
- English Paper Pieced pincushion (seen above)
- Snappy Mani Pouch
- And our classic fabric pillowcases tutorial

 

holiday sewing - sundae scallop sewing by camille roskelley for thimble blossoms

I also went back through my recent Working On entries and came up with some awesome gift suggestions there:

- Sundae Scallop Sewing (seen above)
- 241 Tote
- Bridget’s Bagettes

 

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Our fabric companies often have some cool free patterns including:

- The Cargo Duffle from Robert Kaufman
- These cute girls’ aprons from Robert Kaufman
- Journal covers from Dear Stella
- The Dubstepper bag from Robert Kaufman
- The Snappy Mani Pouch from Robert Kaufman (shown above)
- And a whole assortment of fun projects from Art Gallery Fabrics

 

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Last, but not least, I went through some of our patterns and looked specifically for things that would either A) be amazing and specialized gifts, or B) be quick and easy – some were both!

- The Inessa Jane infinity scarf
- The classic Cash & Carry pattern from Atkinson Designs
- Bucket Brigade, also from Atkinson Designs – these are great for storing yarn or toys!
- Knit, Purl, & Roll, by Atkinson Designs
- Pockets to Go by Atkinson Designs – these are perfect for all your sewing stuff (or knitting, crochet, etc). You can use them at home to organize, and when you’re ready to go to a class, just slide them in your tote bag! I also have had an employee point out that they are perfect for an assortment of remotes with the beer can in the middle. ;-)
- Bridget’s Bagettes (shown above) – I recently received one of these in a swap and I love it! You can adapt the sizes once you’ve made a few, but even the sizes that come with the pattern are useful for carrying your embroidery, English paper piecing, Wonderclips, or a million other things.
- All You Need is Love embroidery
- Candy & Gift Bowls – these are perfect for teachers!
- And if you’re looking for a quick and easy quilt, check out the Villa Rosa patterns!

I’ve also created a Pinterest board just for your holiday sewing. It’s called Sewing Gifts and you can find it here. I will be adding more to it over the next few weeks, so follow us on Pinterest or keep checking back to see more! There are even more tutorials on our blog that would make great gifts, along with some pattern recommendations, too! There’s also many back-to-basics articles that cover a wide variety of topics in case you run into any trouble. So, tell me, what is on your holiday sewing list? What are your favorite patterns or tutorials? Have any more questions or requests? Just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Phoebe

Oct 17 14

Elephant Stuffed Animals – Working On

Phoebe

elephant stuffed animal - effie and ollie by heather bailey

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I will say it again – I love making stuffed animals. They’re one of my favorite things to sew. There’s just something about the cuteness that makes them so appealing. That, and I like tiny things. So, to give myself the chance to make yet another stuffed animal, I thought I would bring back an old favorite of mine – the Effie & Ollie elephant stuffed animal. The pattern is by Heather Bailey and is just so cute!

elephant stuffed animal - effie and ollie by heather bailey

elephant stuffed animal - effie and ollie by heather bailey

I made my elephant using the scallop print in orange from Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille and I think it’s perfect! I could also see this elephant stuffed animal made out of batiks, 30s reproductions, or even large floral prints! The one thing I will tell you is that I was seriously not paying attention when I cut out the pieces, so I now have an extra elephant side and the print faces different directions on the ears. Whoops! So the lesson learned there is to pay attention. I love that the elephant stuffed animals only call for 1 fat quarter of fabric per elephant, and, if you are careful, you could probably get 2 from each fat quarter. You’ll note that the pattern calls for Woven Fusible Interfacing to stabilize the fabric when working with such small pieces, however I must confess that I made mine without the interfacing. I think that if you have experience with small stuffed animals or dolls, you’d be fine without it, but if you’re feeling insecure, add the interfacing. I also think that the interfacing gives the stuffed animal a different feeling, so I think it would depend on whether you were going to give this to a child or use it as a pincushion, etc.

elephant stuffed animal - effie and ollie by heather bailey

elephant stuffed animal - effie and ollie by heather bailey

You’ll also notice that the Effie & Ollie elephant stuffed animal pattern has a few additional embellishment options – you can add a heart or a star to the side of the elephant or give the elephant a little flower behind his or her ear using wool felt. I’ve done the star applique before, but this time I thought it would be fun for my elephant to have a little flower. Instead of going with the flower pattern included in the pattern I decided to give her a morning glory (yes, I know this is not a realistic flower to have behind her ear and yes, I know it isn’t to scale, but it makes me happy!). To do this I cut out a circle and just added a bit of embroidery using the back stitch to give detail to the flower. I then cut 2 leaves using the pattern and attached all of it above my elephant’s ear!

elephant stuffed animal - effie and ollie by heather bailey

elephant stuffed animal - effie and ollie by heather bailey

So, tell me, have you ever sewn a stuffed animal before? If so, what are your favorite patterns? If not, let me know if you have any questions in the comments section, and I’ll see if I can get you started on your very own elephant stuffed animal (or at least headed in that direction)!

 

Phoebe