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MARKET RECAP

The whirlwind known as Portland QUILT Market has finished up and we are home digging ourselves out… literally! You would not believe the mess we create around here as we prep for Market! We have managed to unpack most of our stuff, sent out most of our orders and started to process distributor requests as we speak! We have also taken several long naps… just to be real LOL! For those of you who have been following along, we hope you enjoyed the ride! For those of you who haven't had a chance to see the craziness that is market, you can take a look at our facebook posts or follow the Fat Quarter Shop gals as they post all kinds of fun stuff about market, schoolhouse and all the other goings-on! As for us, here are a few shots of our booth. As usual…

Honeysweet Pattern Showcase: One Piece Bag

Okay… I have to rave about this bag a little bit…  I don't know if you know but some of our most popular patterns over the years have been bags. We have an EASIEST BAGS EVER series with handbags, totebags and accessory bags in them and they are basic and are accessible to make and easy to construct so that people who are afraid of bags won't be intimidated. This here back really should have been a part of that series due to its simplicity but its name was just turning out too long LOL! It really is one rectangle with a handle loop sewn to it while it is still flat. It is then folded up and the 2 side gussets are pinned in and sewn. That's it! True story.  We really think you might want to try it…

Showcase #1: Lollipops

       Some of our newest projects that went on to Market for us this year.   So I promised some sneak peeks this weekend just so we could all pretend that we are at Market sending you debuts and new pattern showcases. I know its not the same but what's a girl to do! Wow, I could get used to this "market from the couch with a diet coke" approach!  So come and pretend a bit with me!  Instead of a booth to share, we'll show off some of our brand new goodies…   Each time I share a new pattern release, I  tell you that I have a favorite and even though I am not supposed to [its kind of like having a favorite amongst your children, I mean come on!]. There is usually something about…

Introducing…..

Well…. I bet you think I am writing from Houston right about now but I'm not this year. I kinda wish I was right about now as I am thinking of all my friends and colleagues in their grubbies setting up thier booths, living on trail mix & Monster drinks, working like dogs, not getting a lunch break, running around trying to organize last minute details, worrying about product launches…. oh wait, I am not missing any of that LOL!   What I am missing, is catching up with some of my closest designer friends, seeing what wonderful new collections and designs my colleagues have dreamt up, hanging out with our wonderful MODA team and getting to say hi to some of our favorite customers! I do really miss being in the midst of it all!   Instead this year we are at home, watching Market…

More Market… can you stand it?

I know, I know. It is a bit silly showing Market photos this late in the game. But maybe you have actually managed to start missing some Market posts at this point… maybe?   MORE BOOK PROJECTS IN THE BOOTH … the Summer Soiree quilt. Mixing some of my favorite Fig Tree fabrics with Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett and other more contemporary designers was so much fun. Always happy to show people that our Fig Tree colors and contemporary colors go so well together!   … more book projects in the foreground.     … the slipper pattern from the book. Comes in every conceivable children's and women's sizes!    NEW PATTERN: MARIGOLDS   … both Marigolds and Sparkle.   NEW PATTERN: SPARKLE … pattern is done in a cream colorway, a plum colorway and even as a single table topper to show…

To Market, to Market to Make a Silly Video

I know we all say this when we hear our own voices… but I guess I will be unoriginal and say it all again…. Do I really sound like that? And is it THAT uncomfortable for everyone who sees themselves on video or is it just me? I mean, you would think that I would have gotten used to it all, with lovely Gene chasing after us with that blasted video camera year after year, Market after Market… but I don't! Every time I see a new video, I have to shut it off or at least I have to leave the room so that others can watch it. Just an odd experience that I can't seem to get used to…oh well. But, anyway, in the absence of having edited any of my Market photos [hope to start having those for…

Introducing…..

It always feel so odd for me to announce the arrival of one collection- in this case Butterscotch & Rose- while literally at the exact same moment, introduce the newest group that we are about to show. But sometimes that's just the way it turns out…. So, today we would like to introduce to you our newest collection, due out in stores in Spring, 2012!   Introducing California Girl  … a Summer Inspired Retro group reminiscent of days at the Boardwalk. … fat quarter bundle of goodness. … jelly roll of yumminess.   And the first quilt pattern that returned from the quilter…. Star Blooms. Available in two size blocks. Shown here is the 20" block. To see the rest, come visit us in Houston or check back here for more sneak peeks!    Pattern and more info will be available in November…

Tired of Market yet?

The Country Fair banners throughout all of our MODA booths tied us all together and they were easily one of my favorite little additions to this years's decorations. Something about them is so festive. And they are so simple to make, 10" long, 8" wide, cut on an angle with fusible webbing inside 2 pieces of fabric. That's it. I glue gunned mine to a twill tape but if you had the time you could of course also sew them in place. Perfect for parties of any kind, just pick a thematic fabric for that event and you've got instant atmosphere! … my favorite sign in the booth. Only some people got the joke. Do you remember BABE the pig? If you don't, then this wont' make any sense to you whatsoever. But that's okay, Eric and…