Monday, December 30, 2019

Quilt Market: Blend

With four kids at home, I'm a sucker for cute novelty prints, and Blend has got it going on. I checked out their upcoming lines at Quilt Market from the likes of Maude Asbury, Elizabeth Grubaugh, Brenda Walton, Katy Tanis, Mia Charro, and Stacy Peterson.

Dinosaurs may be prehistoric, but they do make timeless prints. Maude Asbury presented Dino Mite, as well as Picadilly, which is a taste of the circus---full of elephants and bunting.

Just to the right was Elizabeth Grubaugh's Out to Sea.

Katy Tanis has Congo Hippos, and Brenda Walton unveiled Storytime with sweet whales and the alphabet.

Maybe I just need a vacation, but I do adore Anne Keenan Higgins' Going in Style. It's a trip ranging from Chicago, Venice, and New York to Paris. This collection with pink, peach, green, blue and grey is out in quilt shops now. Get yours before it takes off!

Other collections include Chasing Rainbows by Maude Asbury, Lions and Tigers and More! by Katy Tanis, Enchanted by Elizabeth Grubaugh, and Forest Friends by Mia Charro.

Stacy Peterson has a charming agrarian-themed collection called On This Farm, while Maude Asbury encourages you to Pucker Up with a fresh take on lemons (coming in February).

Bloom & Grow is by Cori Dantini, while koala and sloth-filled Tree Huggers is from Maude Asbury.

Thanks for coming. I'll be back with more fabric collection enabling very soon. Happy Holidays!

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Monday, December 23, 2019

#2020 Planning Party

You know those folks who are consistently organized and engage in intentional planning regularly? Welp, that's not me. I'm one of the folks that doesn't know what's happening unless I'm looking at the calendar right this second. However, that does describe Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl, who is a good influence on my prospects for accomplishment in the new year. Today I'll be joining the #2020 Planning Party. Here are a my preliminary quilt-related goals. I'm skipping over the usual SAHM things like laundry, keeping the kids alive, and trying to write 2020 instead of 2019 before February hits.

2019 Planning Party

Ongoing Goals:

  • I'm enjoying sewing Project Linus quilts with the ladies at the "Quilt Office" at Sandia Baptist Church every Friday. They have childcare so I can drop the two littles off downstairs and know they'll be looked after well in my absence.
  • I'll be exploring the latest and greatest Odif products as an ambassador for 2020.
  • I want to further explore and share my experiences with Schiffer books, Oliso's Mini Project Iron, and Bloc_Loc rulers.
  • I will be covering Spring and Fall Quilt Market as a representative for online media.
  • I'm scheduled to teach several classes through UNM Continuing Education.

Top of the List Goals:

Wishful Thinking Goals:

So what am I forgetting? What are you planning for 2020?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Quilt Market: Windham

Windham is always the hub of booth events and brilliant fabric lines at Quilt Market in Houston. One of my favorite designers at Windham is Heather Givans, the ever-jubiliant owner of Crimson Tate. Her new line, Pencil Club, is all sugar and spice and all things pointy pencil.

She took a page out of her Jot and Literary playbook (healthy use of puns completely intended) to create this office supply-esque collection.

Of course, all of Heather's patterns can be done up in the new lines.

As much as I'm a quilter with no notable seamstress skills or aspirations, these prints are fantastic for clothing. Isn't this dress everything? I love it, and want to put my daughter in it, but swear I didn't steal it. It's not a size 6, right? Nah, I left it right there on the wee little headless figure who taunted me for my limited sewing skills. even without a mouth. That is what a responsible, non-klepto person does. Adulting...I tell you!

Sometimes I don't feel like being an adult. Instead, I want to wear this dress. I'd settle for a tiny person to put in it, but four kids is all I can keep track of at the moment.

Speaking of little, adorable things, this backpack qualifies.

The sewing applications just go on and on --- each one so stinkin' cute.

While Pencil Club is so much art class, Bungalow by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock is so much homey comforts.

Awwww! You can't beat eyelets with a sweet print.

Playground by Dylan M has a soft, pastel palette (with a hint of retro tones) and whimsical childhood memories captured in fabric.

Carrie Bloomston is back with big, bold colors and elephants in Wish. Zings of hot pink, red and limey yellow demand attention.

So what's your fabric mood: artistic, comforting, whimsical, or vibrant? Are these Windham lines speaking to your style?

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Monday, December 2, 2019


If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've seen my tour of quilt shops that carry Jaftex brands including FreeSpirit, Henry Glass, Blank, Studio E, and 3 Wishes as part of the #scottsentme2019 challenge. In case you missed the posts, and would like to check out some of the shops, here's a directory. Click on any image to see the Instagram post with further pictures and details.

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