Category Archives: Designer Interview

Introducing my ¡Fiesta! collection

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15 comments » Behind the Scenes, Designer Interview, fabric, fun, gifty, patterns

Last year at this time I was preparing to go on vacation to Mexico, leaving the cold Northwest for the sunny tropics of Playa del Carmen.  I had never been to Mexico but grew up in California and had always been exposed to the vibrant culture.  It instantly got my creative juices flowing; bright, fun images floating in my mind.  I absolutely love folk art and have always been drawn to Mexican folk art and embroidery in particular.  I wanted this ¡Fiesta! to be a fun, bright, vivid, cheery group that had folk art elements and that just made one smile when they saw it.

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Rest In Pieces Collection

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4 comments » catalog, Designer Interview, fabric, fun, gifty, holiday/seasonal, patterns

Last year’s Halloween collection was well received, so we were determined to do another Halloween group this year!  As many of you know by now, I try to be really versatile in my artwork, so I wanted to do a collection that was different from last year’s.  Rest In Pieces has a  rustic feel which is a contrast to last year’s All Hallows Bash that was bold in color.

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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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An Interview with Jody Houghton, designer of Circle of Family

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Jody Houghton’s illustrations and writings have warmed the hearts of dedicated gift buyers and quilters for 30 years. Her down-to-earth point of view and unique artistic style is attributed to the longevity of her successful home-based business. We talked to Jody about her art and her new fabric collection, Circle of Family. We hope that as you read along, you will begin to love Jody and her work as much as we do.

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Guest Blogger Marlene from Sipiweske Quilt Designs

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32 comments » Designer Interview, Guest Blogger, IDP, patterns

Hello everyone!  I’m thrilled to introduce my PDF patterns to all of you . . . it has been great fun working with the Anita at Connecting Threads to get these patterns loaded up and out to you.

Just a little background information about Sipiweske Quilt Designs: I started designing patterns back in 2003 and attended a couple of quilt markets in the beginning, but lately it seems that the good old career and family commitments have needed to come before my quilting career.  So I am super excited to be able to bring patterns to you through this wonderful world of technology.

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