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Quilt Show bits

Last weekend I got the great opportunity to literally “pop in” to the Long Beach show, look around at all the wonderful booths [a lot of whom where using my fabric here and there… I think that I will always get a kick out of that no matter how long I have been a designer…] and have some fun time with some colleagues from MODA. Now there is a pair of fun gals… in case you’re reading ladies! I was there for such a short time that after a quick walk through of the show, I pretty much buried myself in the vintage quilt and fabric booths, which the show placed all together for our viewing convenience. OOOHHHH I could have spent the whole weekend there, sifting through the bins of vintage fabric, fondling the antique quilts and imagining the hundreds of things…

Summertime….

I’m still here, working the summer away, daydreaming about what it was like when I had summers off. What was  that like anyway? I keep telling my kids, “back when I was a little girl….” kinds of stories until their eyes roll up into the back of their heads and they run screaming from the room :-)… hey, if you can’t use your kids for entertainment then why have them at all?? 🙂 I haven’t gotten a chance to see the movie yet, but have been listening to the soundtrack of Mamma Mia non stop in my studio this past week. Those are some truly fun songs I tell ya! Somehow it makes me want to run through the grass barefoot with a billowing skirt behind me [I don’t wear billowing skirts, but bear with me, its a mental image…

Dreamy Displays

A trip wouldn’t be a trip for me if I didn’t show you a tiny bit of what I saw inside the shops. Just a few sweet displays here…. these definitely work with my next line of fabric… in theme and in color… more on that a bit later…. Talk to you soon…

I did go with my kids after all….

I did go on vacation with my kids after all…. I usually shy away from posting a lot of pics of my munchkins. But our time wouldn’t be completely chronicled without at least 2 or 3 shots of the littles…. Don’t they look like they fit in?  A bit too brown to fit in completely in the British countryside… but pretty cute nonetheless! Talk to you soon…

Figgy Pudding

This is one of the favorites from Spring Market in Portland. Called Figgy Pudding and named by many of you in our blog naming contest a few months back. It is a great scrappy quilt that can be started with any of your favorite collections. I recommend using 1 Layer Cake of your favorite grouping, this one was started with Dandelion Girl. Then for the extra fabrics you will need, I recommend using a selection of fabrics completely different from what you started with. That way when you look at your finished product, you will never even know that it started with one pre-coordinated collection. It will truly look like a scrappy creation from your stash or from your Grandma’s attic.  I just love that look!I do want to mention that we have discovered a small error in this pattern. Even after 2 people, pieced it…

A bit more of the British countryside

I just can’t seem to find one good descriptive word in the English language that describes what the Cotswolds look, smell and feel like. Storybook. Lush. Romantic. Cottage. Provincial. Charming. Inspiring. Childlike. Green. Earthy. Here are just a few of my favorite shots from our wanderings…. our favorite cafe, our hotel, traditional thatched cottages, houses on the street, village scene. Talk to you soon…

Felt Like I needed to add a Quilt….

Felt like I wanted to add in a quilt or two… here are 2 of the patterns we released at Spring Quilt Market. My drifted back to these colors over and over as I walked around the Cottswalds. Fresh, saturated and yet nostalgic…. Made with Fig & Plum which will be out in September… stay tuned for more. Plum Rose [in Fresh Vintage #9] and French Quarter made with a fat quarter bundle…  Talk to you soon…

A mini walk through the Cottswalds

As I walked around the British countryside known as the Cottswalds, I kept thinking about how I was going to capture what I was seeing. I mean I took 5 cards worth of pictures, many of them of my family, many of them of the traditional thatched roof cottages prevalant in that part of the country… but yet somehow I wasn’t sure that I could explain what I was seeing. So I thought I would take a short late afternoon walk, after our traditional tea [now there is a custom I could get seriously used to… tea with scones covered in clotted cream… uuummmmmmm] and take as many small shots as I could. Here is the result of my walk and the hope that at least you might be able to imagine a tiny bit of what I saw…. Talk to you soon…