It is quilt market and quilt festival this week in Houston for fabric and sewing lovers! What a fun time of year, seeing all the new products coming to us from fabric companies and designers. Since I am not at market or festival, I joined the #missingmarket party on Instagram. You can follow along for a series of fun photo challenges and giveaways.
My giveaway on Instagram this weekend is a 10" Layer Cake of Regent Street lawn fabrics (Moda Fabrics) and a copy of my Jewel Box pattern (quilt above). Visit me on Instagram to enter: @ColorGirlQuilts
But there is...
I've been away recently attending Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. Quilt Market is a twice-yearly gathering of wholesale venders to showcase their products and sell to the owners of quilt shops and such.
This year, I decided to go and try to give my patterns and cards out to shop owners to introduce myself and patterns, and to (hopefully!) increase my wholesale sales. I also met with some magazine editors I am hoping to do some projects with. All in all, the event is super big, super exciting, and a bit exhausting. I can only imagine how it must...
Happy November! Just popping in quickly to say thank you for all the sweet comments on my new quilt pattern, Sparkle, and also on my little Bikini quilt in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. I have not been organized enough lately to answer individual comments, but I do read and appreciate each one.
I can't believe my Bikini quilt was nominated for viewers' choice in the quilt festival over at Amy's Creative Side. I've never really had success with my quilts in competitions and stuff, so that is pretty flattering... You can vote this week for you favorites (including viewers' choice),...
It is my turn to write about the new book, Machine Quilting with Style, by Christa Watson and the quilt I made using one of the patterns, Broken V. The book was just released by Martingale and is for sale, Here (signed copy from Christa).
I met Christa last November at Sewtopia in Salt Lake City. We sat at the same table and really hit it off. I was excited when she asked if I wanted to preview her first book and take part in the blog tour showing off some of the projects featured. Regular readers of my blog have...
Things are crazy busy in my world right now, so let's do something just for fun: a giveaway!
I have six fat eights (9" x 21") of prints by Joel Dewberry plus a copy of my Dutch Windmill pattern.
These are prints from the collection that I used a great deal in my Eclipse quilt. I love the retro-style florals and geometrics in my favorite complimentary combo: blue and orange.
Dutch Windmill is a quick-make quilt, with instructions for three sizes. It is a great design for showing off your favorite prints. In addition to the quilt on the pattern cover, I...
Last month I had the opportunity to sew with this beautiful new fabric collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics, Skopelos. For the blog tour to roll out the collection and give some inspiration for using the fabrics, I made a variation on my Jumping Jacks pattern. Read full post, Here.
In the original pattern, I used lots of scraps in bright primary colors with black and white as the secondary design.
For my quilt with the Skopelos fabric, you can see it looks completely different just by turning the blocks in a different orientation. This is a versatile pattern,...
Giveaway is now closed! thanks for all the comments, I love reading them and learning more about what quilters and sewers are doing.
The Winner is Christy and she was notified by email. Thanks!
It's a great day for a fabric giveaway! Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the quilting world. If you are a regular reader, I thank you for the kind comments. If you are visiting for the first time from the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day: I am glad you found me and I hope you will come back again soon.
For my giveaway, I have seven...
I am feeling really charged up about quilting. I know that sounds silly because quilting is pretty much my life outside of family and home, but I do have moments when the excitement waxes and wanes. It is definitely on an upswing at the moment!
I think I am really excited about my sewing at the moment because I feel really fresh! I stopped taking on magazine projects a couple months ago in preparation for starting school, so I am now wrapping up all of my previously-made obligations. This means I am waiting (impatiently) to share some great quilts, but...
Thanks for all the comments last week about trying new things....the winner of the Simple Home book is Dawn! I sent you an email to get your mailing address. Speaking of trying new things: last month on one of my giveaway posts I asked readers what, if anything, they wanted to learn or try in 2015. By far the most popular response was to practice free motion quilting, which is also something I need to do. But many of you also chose new skills within sewing and piecing, including sewing curves in quilts. (if you're interested, I have tutorial...
What's New? The biggest thing for me right now is starting college classes...I am studying art with the hope of improving my skills as a designer. The idea of going back to college at my age is really daunting, especially now that I have two kids and I'm in charge of a household. The past week I have spent frantically (in a good way) working to finish up outside project commitments and "clear my plate" in preparation for dedicating my time to my classes. It has felt wonderful to drop huge loads of stuff at Goodwill and finish a...