Monthly Archives: September 2012

eCozy Palooza

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5 comments » fabric, fun, gifty, patterns, staff projects

For my second Gifty Galore project, I wanted to make a gift for someone else (go figure!). Last year, my friend’s husband bought her an e-reader and Connecting Threads just so happens to have a bunch of e-reader cover patterns from Whistlepig Creek Productions.

I’m much more traditional in the sense that I prefer my books to be actual books, but since my friend already crossed over into the other book world I figured I would give some life (and protection) to her digital monstrosity! I made up the eCozy Palooza Pattern using a combination of Technicolor Tidings prints and Bookish. The pattern calls for two coordinating fat quarters, but I used a few scraps I had and incorporated a few prints (rather than just the two).

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Wooden Spools

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8 comments » catalog, Designer Interview, fabric, fun, gifty, patterns, Quilt With Us

I absolutely LOVE bright colors on a black ground and Home Front has all that and more. OK, so what is your inspiration when you begin to create in your quilt room? Quilt magazines? Art? Fabrics? Well, I love color and the wider the range the better. Color is an interesting thing, not much more is needed when creating a work of art! Color also affects our moods, frame of mind, and even our general health! Yellow gives us energy, blue and green are restful and red gets us all fired up!

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Introducing my new collection – Home Front!

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13 comments » catalog, fabric, fun, gifty, patterns

While I was designing Home Front, I was inspired by America in the 1940′s. I pictured ladies with curls in their hair, donning floral printed dresses and cute aprons, bustling about in their quaint kitchens making homemade pies and home-cooked meals.  I was inspired by day-to-day items like rayon printed dresses which were especially popular at the time, feed sack prints, as well as everyday objects like apples and fluttering leaves. I wanted to bring in fun bright colors with touches of black, which was very common back then.

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We’ve got our winners!

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2 comments » books, contests, fun, news

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Simply Triangles blog tour contest! Using a random number generator, we have selected our three winners. The grand prize winner will take home their very own copy of Barbara’s beautiful book, Simply Triangles, courtesy of C&T Publishing.

The runner up winners will each receive a stack sampler of our beautiful fall/winter batiks.

The grand prize …

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Simply Triangles: A Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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books, fun, staff projects

This contest is now closed. We will be announcing our winners shortly.

I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to take part in a blog tour that supports Barbara Cline and her fantastic new book, Simply Triangles. Barbara has really done it again! I enjoyed her first book, Star Struck Quilts, which focused on the eight-pointed Lone Star with numerous attractive variations. She continues her exploration of geometric designs using triangles in another well-written and well-illustrated book, Simply Triangles from C&T Publishing. As the subtitle suggests, the author provides projects using triangles to make stars, daisies (with some clever machine appliqué), and tessellating pinwheels.

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