Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spring Quilt Market 2012, part 3

Finally, here is my last installment on Spring Quilt Market. Thanks for sticking with me through all of the posts! Above is a quilt made by Thomas Knauer with his new line, Savanna Bop for Andover.

Angela Walters did a demonstration of her amazing quilting techniques at the HandiQuilter booth. Seriously, her work is amazing.

Heather Ross's new line for Kokka is called Nursery-Versery and I think it may be my favorite of hers yet. 

These little mice are too cute!!

Katy Jones from I'm A Ginger Monkey and Fat Quarterly helped Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics pick fabrics in the Kokka booth. I can't wait to see all of what she ordered for her shop!

Next up is the Kona Cotton Solids booth from Robert Kaufman. You know how much I love solid fabrics, so their booth is always a favorite of mine. 

They are releasing 28 new colors of Kona and there are some really gorgeous colors in the group.

And here's my "you + me" quilt in the GenerationQ booth. As I said the other day, it was so fun to see it again after its whirlwind design and construction.

And I was so tickled when someone asked me to sign her copy of the magazine.

Of course I had to take a photo of my first autograph!

Two of my favorite people, Amy Butler and Denyse Schmidt. 

Saturday night was the Modern Meet-Up, which was a huge success. It was so crowded, and the group I was with didn't stay too long because we were all starving, so we left early for dinner. We ate an amazing restaurant called Tannin, and if you're ever in Kansas City, you must go. And you must ask for Barry.

Next up is Monica Solario-Snow's new line for Lecien called Winterkist. It is adorable and it features her cute little gnoma.

Isn't he adorable??

Next up is the Empty Bobbin booth. I roomed with Shea Henderson, the designer behind the brand, for a few days during market, and I was so exited to experience her first booth with her. 

I really think her quilt patterns are amazing.

And every market I always take photos of Katy's tattoos. It's kind of my tradition. 

They are amazing!

And one of my most amazing experiences at Market was improv quilting with Denyse Schmidt. Denyse had a box of fabric scraps in her booth and she would periodically hand sew blocks together. One time when I was walking past her booth, I stopped to talk with her, and she asked me if I wanted to join her. I of course said yes, and we sat together for a bit and stitched. The little block on the right is mine, and the large one on the left was made by Denyse. So amazing.

Next up is the Oliver + S booth. I'm such a big fan of their work and Liesl's designs are always full of the most amazing attention to detail. If I had more time, I'd make Olivia an entire wardrobe out of Oliver + S patterns. 

And I think Aidan and Olivia need a pair of coordinating raincoats like these. 

And next up is the Riley Blake booth. I think they always do a great job with their displays, and this QR Code quilt was a fun addition this year.  

And here is Shari of Doohikey Designs part of the booth. Her new line is called Dress Up Days and she and Kristi of Schnitzel and Boo have teamed up to produce some children's clothing patterns, which are really sweet. 

And finally, here is Carina Gardner's booth, which was really fresh and pretty.  Her new line is called Song Bird and it's beautiful!

And that's it, at least in terms of my photos! It really was an amazing experience for me, and I'm still trying to take it all in. I hope you enjoyed my recaps!

you + me and a giveaway

I'm so excited to finally be able to show this quilt to you! This is my you + me quilt, which I designed and made for the first issue of GenerationQ Magazine. Instructions and the pattern for you + me is in the magazine, and I must say we are in pretty good company. Just check out the cover. 

And I've got an extra copy to share with one of my readers, so keep reading to find out how you can win it!

I was so honored when my friend Scott Hansen asked me to design something for their inaugural issue last fall. He had originally asked for it to be made in other colors, but as the magazine got closer to print, Scott asked me if I could make the quilt in orange, navy, and white. It was a bit of a stretch for me to do that because those are not normally my "go to" colors, but I was excited to challenge myself with the design. 

I started by drawing the design, to scale, in my sketchbook like I always do with my patterns.

When I sketch out designs, I use these Pitt markers by Faber-Castell. I really love them because they have such great, bright colors, and the brush tips make filling in large sections of color really easy, but they are also tapered enough to allow for smaller, detailed work.

This was the first mock up that I finished. I liked it, but I felt like the blue was a bit overpowering, so I drew it again, and changed the layout of the colors. 

I liked this version better, so this is how I made the final quilt. The fabrics I used are all Kona solids by Robert Kaufman, who generously donated everything to me for the project. The orange is their Tangerine, the blue is Windsor, and the white is Snow. 

There was such a tight deadline with this project, so as soon as I received the fabrics from Robert Kaufman, I went to work. I took a few shots of it in progress on my design wall.

It was really fun to see it come together and compare it to my design in my sketchbook.

For the back, I used some bits and pieces of leftover fabric and improvised their placement, surrounded by lots of Kona Snow.

As soon as the quilt top and back were finished, they went off to the amazing Angela Walters to be quilted. She worked her magic with lighting speed, and sent the quilt back to me in record time. I quickly finished the binding, and you + me went with me to my taping of Quilting Arts TV in early March. If you look closely at the photo above, you can see it folded on the table to the right.

And then it was off to Jake Finch, publisher extraordinaire of GenerationQ,  in California to be photographed for the magazine. I'm telling you, it was a whirlwind! It was so great to finally see the quilt again at the GenerationQ booth at Quilt Market last week, and I can't wait to get some more photos of it myself, so I can show you more of Angela's amazing quilting.

And now for the giveaway...The pattern for you + me is in the first issue of GenerationQ magazine, which you'll be able to buy from their website and selected retailers very soon. But, I picked up an extra copy to giveaway to one of my readers at Quilt Market. 

To enter, leave a comment on this post letting me know what colors you would make you + me in. Would you use solids or would you use printed fabrics? Please be sure that your email address is either in the comment or connected to your blogger profile so I can contact you if you are the winner. I'll use the random number generator to choose one winner and the giveaway will be open until Tuesday June 5 at midnight ET. International entries are welcome! Good luck!!

** Comments are now closed. The winner will be announced tomorrow. Thank you to all who entered! **

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Spring Quilt Market 2012, part 2

More fun from Spring 2012 Quilt Market! I had the chance to spend some time with two of my dear friends, Pat Sloan, who has a great new line of fabric with Moda called Eat Your Fruits and Veggies, and Liz Johnson from Sew4Home, one of the gurus behind awesome site. I wish we could have spent more time together!

Denyse Schmidt's booth was one of my favorites. Denyse was there to show her new line of fabric for FreeSpirit called Chicopee and it is so lovely. It's got this 70s Americana theme in two colorways, and in addition to quilting weight cotton, there will be six fine-wale corduroys. Denyse showed me a swatch of one of them--it's super soft and has a gorgeous hand.

Denyse's booth was constructed to look like her studio, complete with design wall and inspiration board, and plenty of quilts hung on antique ladders. The quilts were from her new book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration and it was such a treat to see them in person.

And I loved this detail in Denyse's booth, which was number 1913.

Next up is Amy Butler's gorgeous booth featuring her new line of fabric called Cameo. So stunning. I just love how sophisticated her booth was. Cameo is full of lovely blues and greens with some fun pops of coral and pink. Five prints from Cameo will also be available in voile but at a smaller scale than the quilting cottons, and there are four laminated prints. 

I love how Amy incorporates so much ephemera in her booth to help tell the story of her designs. From the huge printed backdrops to the tiniest vase on the table, no detail is missed. 

Next up is Cocoon by Valori Wells. I think this is my favorite line of hers yet. It's full of gorgeous florals and butterflies that I think will certainly appeal to girls of any age. I know my Olivia will love it and I need need to pick up some soon. Valori also produced prints on a linen cotton blend which has a gorgeous drape. She made a skirt out of the yellow butterfly print and it was amazing!

And speaking of amazing, here is Anna Maria Horner's booth, featuring her new line, Field Study. The scientist in me (I started college as a pre-med major and ended up with a minor in Chemistry before switching to Art History) loves the fact that it was influenced by things like swarming moths, global bird migration, and plant DNA slides. How cool is that?

And, as usual, Anna Maria's use of color is stunning.

Next up is Melody Miller's booth, which was so adorable. I love Melody's sense of style and she does it again with Ruby Star Vinyl for Kokka. The records are so fun! Melody was kind enough to share some of her typewriter fabric with me too and I can't wait to use it!

One of the best parts of being at Market is the random things that happen, like this impromptu book signing by Jacquie Gehring of Tallgrass Prairie Studio of her new book, Modern Quilting, for Rashisa Coleman-Hale of I Heart Linen (and using Rashida's back to steady herself), right on the convention room floor.

And of course, the fun continues late into the night...Here's Scott of BlueNickel Studios and GenQ, Debbie of Esch House Quilts, and Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics

And back to the floor! Bari J, whom I love, one an award for best booth which features her LillyBelle, her new line for Art Gallery fabrics. We just happened to be walking by Bari's booth when they announced that she had won, so I snapped a few photos of her with her blue ribbon.

LillyBelle is such a gorgeous line of fabric, and I really think it's Bari's best work yet. There are beautiful florals that are her signature style, and also some really nice graphic prints including a chevron and a rattan print, which is one my favorites. Bari has also released a new line of patterns, including some adorable children's wear patterns that were designed by Suzy of Suzy-Homemaker. I can't wait to see what else those two come up with!

There was a lot of buzz about the new quilting weight fabrics by Liberty of London. They are so gorgeous and I can't wait to work with them. I picked up a fine-wale corduroy tote from them at the show, and they were kind enough to send me a charm pack of all of their new line as well, so I'll be sharing more about them soon. 

And I was so glad to finally get the chance to meet Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Patterns at Market. Her patterns are adorable and her booth was so cute and bright!

And I really loved her button covered sewing machine!

Michael Miller's booth was circus themed this year. If you look closely at the photo above you can see tents, and if you look even closer, you'll see some elephants way in the distance. They never go half-way in their designs!

I loved this quilt that was made by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, using Michel Miller's new line of Couture Cottons. 

And I'm so bummed that I didn't get more photos for you. Things were crazy at Market, but in a great way, but I realized after I got home that there were a  bunch of things I missed. That gorgeous yellow fabric above is by Violet Craft from her second line for MM called Madrona Road. It's beautiful!

Here is Sarah Jane's new collection for Michael Miller. It's called Out To Sea and it's full of sweet little mermaids, pirates, narwhals, and even pirate girls. It's completely adorable!

And last, but not least, for today, here are some shots of Cloud 9 Fabric's booth. I especially love their new line Happy Drawing by Ed Emberley. It's so fun!

Whew! And that's still not all! I'll have even more to share from Market in the next couple of days.

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