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The Pastry Shoppe

For all those of you who have been waiting patiently, it's finally here and ready to ship……In Houston a few months ago we introduced a new product at market… The Pastry Shoppe. We were a bit surprised at how well received it was, after all its just a regular booklet of patterns. However, it happens to feature 6 new patterns for the incredibly popular new cut good from MODA… the Turnover™. What on earth is a Turnover™ you might ask, come to think of it, do those wonderful folks at MODA ever name anything a non-food item?  Is a Turnover™ a breakfast yummy or a fabric goodie? Well for our purposes, it is definitely a delight of the fabric variety. Turnovers™ are the newest cut good from MODA, a 6" square that has been cut in half on the diagonal…

Gypsy Rose continued….

Speaking of other Gypsy Rose patterns, this is probably the one whose arrival back home [after trunk shows] I am longing for the most…. Inspired by a small wall hanging I saw in one of my favorite Japanese quilting magazines,appliqued by my friend Wilma, this quilt has a soft elegance to it that is exactly what I was hoping to capture when I saw it in my head [we all know that that is not always the case…. many things can go wrong from head to fabric…] It uses all the pinks, reds, creams and greens from the line [leaving out the lavenders and browns] and to add to the vintage feel of this combination, I used an aged linen as the background. I love the effect that a beautiful grey can add to a collection and wanted to try it with this grouping even though…

Gypsy Rose Love

Working on this fun little item with my daughter last week made me remember Gypsy Rose…. Gypsy Rose….. I realized the other day amidst a flurry of emails from my customers, that I haven't really talked about the fact that our latest collection hit the shelves in December and is available in quilt shops and online stores everyhere! Because I designed this during a different season, I never thought of it as a Valentine's line but it feels absolutely perfect for that purpose these days. During the Christmas season, it genuinely felt like it had wonderful holiday potential and after February, I have a feeling you will love it as a fresh, spring time line. Depending on which colors you pair together, it is turning out to be one of my most versatile collections yet.  I can't believe that I haven…

Happy 2009

Well I know that it is a few days late and that the New Year has technically come and gone but Happy New Year nonetheless!    Here in the Figueroa neck of the woods, the munchkins have just gone back to school, work has restarted full speed ahead and today is really the first routine day we've had since the second week in December. Mind you, I am not sure exactly how I managed to plan this, but somehow we had concurrent houseguests starting Dec 16 to 3 days ago. Now don't get me wrong, we enjoyed each of them from my sister and her family to my parents to some of our dearest friends, but I am DEFINITELY ready for some organizing, cleaning, planning and throwing out as much as I can find in order to create some ORDER around these here parts!&#0160…

The real Patisseries

As most of you might already know or have easily guessed, I have a thing for bakeries and pastry shoppes. Now let me be clear and tell you that I love all bakeries of any kind in every country that I have ever visited, in fact I have never been in a bakery that didn't do something for me but there seems to be something extra enchanting about some of the Parisienne bakeries that I have been to. These were the bakeries that inspired my last collection of fabric, aptly named Patisserie, that will hit stores in March, 2009. But after this trip I could easily create another 3-4 yummy  collections inspired by the sights and smells of these wonderful little shoppes…. I think maybe pictures will tell a better story than words. Little Slices of Heaven…. Look at all those lucky shoppers&#8230…

Jet Lagged, Decorated & Inspired

I am sitting here listening to the Josh Groban Christmas album, all of our Christmas decorations are finally up and even though this year we have seriously paired down the "hoopla", there were still 6 boxes that needed to come down from the attic! Its that irresistible mix of loving to decorate with the love of this time of year and Christmas itself, that makes it difficult for me to say no to one more adorable ornament or table decoration. Needless to say my poor husband has a lot of heavy lifting to do around this time of year [decoration photos will have to wait until a further post since I have so many other pics to share….] Needless to say, I have returned from my wonderful travels to Europe. Somehow I am still jetlagged and am regularly falling asleep on the couch by 9:00 and…

Going on a little trip

Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone! Somehow in the all of the family hubbub I never manage to post a "Happy Holiday" type message before the actual holiday. At first I felt bad about that, but now I am considering it a tradition. If i get a "happy holiday" message out there anytime during the weekend surrounding the holiday… well, in my mind it still counts :-)… so   Happy Thanksgiving!! I am throwing the last things in my new luggage and going off on a little trip. Well actually I am weighing every last scarf and every last sock on my special shipping scale to see what I can shove in there and be exactly at 49.99 without hitting the magic number of 50 lbs.! Its become quite an art in this house. I once again get the privilege of going to teach for MODA…

The Quilt Show

It seems like it was so long ago that Gina and I trapsed over to the far reaches of Colorado to film our episode of The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky. Well, the episode finally premieres today on Monday. I've never had a tv premiere before and its a bit exciting and kind of fun to think about. Even my kids have started to telling there friends that their mommy is even on tv… well, I have to explain to them that its not quite tv, its computer tv… but they don't care. For the time being they all think I'm pretty cool. I think I'll take that. None of them are old enough yet to think that I am a total dork and they are way too cool to be seen with me :-)! Here are a few shots…