Monday, June 11, 2012

Will Prints Vanish From Your Local Quilt Shop?

I was on Facebook the other day and I happened upon someones post.  She had been to her local quilt shop and the owner had just returned from Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City.  The quilt shop owner told this lady that quilts shops would likely stop carrying prints because the Modern Quilt Guild only used solids and blenders.  What are your thoughts on this.  Can a single guild affect your quilting style? Please, post your comments.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wedding Wishes - A Quilt for the Modern Couple

Well, I came to the realization that I needed to create a wedding quilt for a young couple.  This couple (that will remain nameless until the get the said quilt) have been renovating an older house. I knew I wanted to make a Wedding Ring Quilt, but I knew I did not want to make it using "traditional" fabrics.

I have been collecting Shot Cottons for quite a while (I used 47 fat quarters for the quilt), and I knew I wanted to use those fabrics for the "rings".  My challenge was, what to choose for the background fabric. Not wanting to use a solid, I went with a "dot" from the Reunion line by Moda.

I wanted a "scrappy" look, so I threw all the pieces in a bag.  It didn't matter what color I pulled, I just did not want the same fabric in the arc.

The "scrap" bag


The Arcs assembled


Making the melon

Next was assembling the "melon" pieces.  Again, I did not care what colors were in each, I just did not want the same fabrics in each melon unit.



I am still constructing these units (don't know if I will ever make one of these again).  Check back next week to see an update on my progress.

Monday, June 4, 2012

It's Time for a Block Exchange!

I have always wanted to do a block exchange, but have never been able to find one to participate in.  So, I have decided to create my own.  This will be a Fabric Designers Challenge.  You will make your favorite 12 inch block using Tula Pink's Nightshade Fabric.  The complete rules and sign up are on my website.  I will take the first 23 people that sign up.  Please, do not sign up for this Exchange if you cannot commit to the time and complete your blocks as required.

Follow this link to register.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Spring Quilt Market 2012

What an awesome event.  This was my first time for attending Quilt Market.  My adventure started out with the Sample Spree.  A hectic evening to scramble to get samples of up coming fabrics by many fabric companies.  I scored a lot of great fabric (and probably spent way more that I should have).  I am looking forward to using these fabrics in upcoming projects.
I was also able to meet with the publisher for my upcoming book.  I will have the cover photo and release date in August.  I was also to meet with many fabric companies and designers.  One great outcome of the meetings; I will be designing a quilt for one major manufacture to use in their booth at Fall Market in Houston. 
Also released were two fabric lines from one of my favorite designers, Tula Pink.  Her just released Nightshades and upcoming Birds and the Bees are fabulous lines.  I can't wait to see what she has in store for Fall Market.
I also had the chance to meet with many of the Quilt magazine publishing companies and I will begin submitting patterns to them also.
All in all, it was a great weekend here in Kansas City and the Spring Quilt Market.  I am looking forward to Fall Market in Houston.