Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Takin' a Break From All That Market Chatter...

I hope you're not too tired of hearing about market but, just in case, how about a little strip club fun?
Did you go to the Quilter's Retreat last month? It was Karen's birthday and we celebrated it with the quilter's choir singing Happy Birthday and homemade cupcakes! She's such a cute birthday girl.

Also cute is Lynn's quilt block! It reminds me of those drawings we did in art class when I was in elementary school. You know, the ones where you color the page then color over the whole thing with black crayon and then scratch away the top layer to create a design. This is much better!

Lynn has also been channeling her creative energy to create an original quilt for her daughter. I see a frog in there, do you?

Angie gathered all of her scraps and made a pineapple quilt using the Pineapple Tool. (I love that ruler!) This quilt is amazing!

Judy made this adorable quilt using a charm pack and the Off Kilter pattern by Jelly Jar Quilts, which happens to be me. (Pardon the tooting of my own horn here- this was my first printed pattern!) She says it is her go-to pattern for charm packs! Thank you so much, Judy!

Terri finished her Paradise Found quilt and it is gorgeous! It's a great pattern and the colors are fab!

Diane shows off her Equinox quilt. It is framed perfectly in that dark green, and

a double wedding ring quilt that she made for her son. I left out the photo of where the dog ate a portion of it. Poor quilt! And maybe poor dog.

Lisa Marie has been "quilting" with a crochet hook. Can't you just see her snuggled up in this on a cold winter's night?

And, she's making one for company! I need to get out my yarn.....

Colleen has been applique crazy! These little banners are from the beginning applique class with Sherrie. They are so adorable!

Mandy brought in a Quilts of Valor quilt that she made for one of our military heroes. Thank you, Mandy, from the families of our brave soldiers. You are a hero!

Karen was at it again, making a teeny-weeny little quilt to hang on the wall of her doll house. This one is a whole cloth quilt, a nice easy project when Amara's cute little hands are there to help!

Laura has done it again! This time her Splendor quilt is in the Nov-Dec McCall's Quick Quilts!

The editor's renamed the quilt Jelly Roll Jingle, but it's the same pattern that you can see hanging in the man cave at the shop! Congratulations, Laura!

This is another of Laura's patterns, yet to be named. It's gorgeous!

Marcia tackled the incredible Diamond Jubilee by Nancy Smith and it came out trumps.

And this little gem is a quilt in progress.

If that weren't enough, she made this stunning quilt using the Drunkard's Path template. Whew! Such a busy girl!

Linda has also been busy making these

super-cute baby quilts

for the Christians Women's Center.

I am sure they will be much appreciated and loved!

Liz has out her shoulder to the wheel and whipped up pyjama pants and

pillow cases for her entire family!

No one gets bored at strip club. :)

Cookie made the Bali Island Hobo bag from Auntie's Two. The colors are luscious and she still has all of her hair after stitching together all of those little strips!

Karen had an idea to make a modern Quilts of Valor quilt. She picked the fabrics and had Harriette put it together using our Mary's Bundle of Joy pattern. It is gorgeous! Subtle, masculine and modern, just like she envisioned. Yep, it's a good one!

So, here we are again, at next months' quilting project! The pattern is Gridlock and the fabrics are from Lida Enche's Painted Summer and September Light collections. I have mine on the cutting table, how about you?

Are you coming to Market Review? If you do, remember this word- Yosemite.

We'll tell you why when you get there!

Saturday, November 17, 10:00 am. If you don't come, you won't get the inside scoop!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Goin' to School (House)

One of my favorite things about market is school house. Now, some of you might not think that attending classes from 10:30 in the morning until 6:00 at night is fun but, trust me, it is.
School house is where you get to listen to designers talk about what inspires them,

see new quilt designs,

new patterns (and revisit some classics),

learn about new products....

and see some just really cute stuff!

Don't you want to make a cute felt pom pom tree?

How about Christmas trees made from found objects like old stove burners and vintage sprinklers?

This is Dawn Farrier, owner of the Creation Station and the creative genius behind these projects and...

a rag strip Christmas tree that folds up into a suitcase for storage! This was awesome!

You feel the excitement that people have for their work, large

or small.

We came away with lots of great ideas for merchandising the shop, what the next generation of quilters will be making and what gadget you will want to have in your sewing rooms!
Want to get a bird's eye view of some of our favorites? Well, come to the AST Fall Market Review on Saturday, November 17 at 10:00 am! It'll be a mini market just for you, kind of like being there but without the aching feet. :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tripping the Quilt Shops Fantastic!

It started out a bit dodgy. Angela flew on a different airline from Karen and me, and our flight was delayed! It was all good though. We got to chat with Donny Brandon, our Michael Miller rep, who was on our flight! We finally got into the air, landed and found Angela waiting for us in the car rental section of Houston-Hobby. We hopped the shuttle to the car rental, packed ourselves into the little red rental car and took off for parts unknown- aka quilt shops in Houston!

The first shop we saw was Tea Time Quilts. This is not Tea Time Quilts, this is the house across the street which caught my eye. Mostly because it had a sign out front that read "New Construction". I highly doubt that. Really.

This is Tea Time Quilting.  It's a cute shop that is tucked up in behind a flower shop, owned by the same people. It's a cute little place, full  of big ole Texas charm!

We all loved this Texas quilt! How fun is that?

I think we all picked up a little treat and then headed off to Lola for lunch. It was delicious! Such a neat place, too. It had lots of industrial elements that played nicely with the very highly-polished shuffleboard counters! Cool.

With our tummies full, we drove to The Hen House in Spring, an adorable shop that was decorated with all things chicken related. Coops, nesting boxes, feeders- lots of really fun things.

Loved all of these patriotic samples. Three cheers for the red, white and blue!

Our thanks to the shop owner, Stephanie, for allowing us to take a few photos. She was the sweetest girl and so helpful! (And also her trusty sidekick, Rayma, pictyured here.)

Who wouldn't want to pick a quilt kit out of a vintage nest box? It's like gathering eggs for breakfast. Soft, comfy, quilty eggs.

So, Angela and I both took a deep breath when we turned the corner and found that they also carry yarn! Skein after skein after skein of woolly lusciousness! It was heaven- the best of both worlds!

Our next stop was at Quilter's Crossing. It's a darling shop located in a little "Main Street" type area in Tomball. We loved it!

It felt like home walking into the batik room. The whole shop, while not very big in size, was full of fun and the friendliest shop owner, Deb. She was awesome!

This is the brickwork leading to the classroom, which is located behind the shop. Who wouldn't want to go and spend some time there? Such a nice setting.

Hope  you enjoyed this little virtual shop hop! If you ever get to the Houston area, be sure to stop by and visit them for yourself. You will be glad that you did!

Once we finished poking about the shops we headed to our hotel but not before making a Target run to stock up on snacks and water for market. Ya gotta love Target!

Next up- Schoolhouse, it's a blast!