I’ve been trying to get in at least one post per week, and all of a sudden a week and a half has gone by!!! I don’t even have the excuse of being at quilt market (which is starting in about an hour). For those of you who don’t know what quilt market it, it’s a wholesale trade show where all the pattern, notion, fabric designers, and assorted other related businesses set up booths and the quilt shop owners come and buy for their stores. It happens twice a year – every fall in Houston, TX and every spring in different location. I usually only do the spring show. It’s actually quite a relief, as the show is SO MUCH WORK!!! I do have several distributors displaying my things and guess what?? Thee Heather Bailey contacted me and asked to use one of my quilts for her Schoolhouse demo at market! I’m a big fan, so it was fun to get that request from her. (I’ll get to more Heather Bailey later in this post). I mentioned it is a relief not to go, as far as all the work is concerned, but I will miss seeing all the fun new creative things at market. It’s such a creative industry, that it is quite overwhelming to see all the great ideas. In fact, by the second day, I’m usually feeling quite overwhelmed that I am trying to make it in this industry! I look around and wish this pattern or that fabric line was my idea, and feeling like your own ideas are no good. I’ve heard that other designers suffer from these feelings as well. In fact, I had a conversation at market last time that went something like this – “Yeah, I feel like such a loser” – then the other person – “No way, no I feel like such a loser.” My husband just shakes his head at all these female emotions. Either way, I will still miss seeing all the fun things – but I will have to rely on all the blogs to keep me up to date. In the meantime, I have been busy finishing up things. I was gone teaching last weekend, and I even had time to make pies and applesauce at my mom’s house. If I were going to market, that would be the last thing on my mind!!!
I finished up a sweater that I have been working on all summer – the red one that I’m wearing. I also finished up a sweater for Addi to go with the hat I showed in an earlier post. My sweater is from the “Make it Modern” book by CEY (Classic Elite Yarns).
Addi’s sweater is from the Summer edition on www.knitty.com. It’s a free pattern and was really fun to make. The yarn is Wool BamBoo by Classic Elite – my new favorite yarn. The quilt in the background is a large version of one of the table runners in my Little Charmers 2 pattern.
I also cleaned up my stash -
You can now open the closet doors without fabric falling all over. Actually this is just part of my stash – these are my “regular” fabrics. I also have a Moda stash and a large scale prints stash and a “my designs” stash. But, I don’t have nearly the stash people think I would. I’m finding that fabrics are changing SO fast, that I can’t get too deep into one look. I like to buy the new and trendy prints as they come out and as I have a project for them. Here’s part of the stash of my fabrics:
These are my bolts of Cottage Charm that came the other day. What more could a girl ask for? Bolts as tall as I am!!! That’s 5’7″ of fabric with my name on the selvage! Oh, back to what I’ve been working on -
I just finished a table runner. I started yesterday morning and 8:30 and had the binding on by 10:30. That time includes taking a shower and getting ready, as I had to go to a funeral. I stitched the binding on the way to the funeral and shipped the runner out in the afternoon. It’s so quick because you quilt it as you stitch the strips in place. You may remember this runner from an earlier post – I showed it in dark fabrics when I introduced my new book, “Livin’ Large.”
The fabric is Fresh Cut by Heather Bailey. I got it here: http://www.heatherbaileystore.com/?Click=25
Remember when I said that I was on a mission to decorate with large scale prints in my house? This is part of that mission. I’m starting by redecorating my room and this will be my bed quilt.
The pattern is from the new book – “Livin’ Large” and I’ll show more on this later, as I get more finished.
I almost forgot – I need to announce the winners of the new patterns, chosen at random:
#8 – Moneik S, posted on Oct 16 at 4:27
#24 – Carol, posted on on Oct 16 at 9:18
#47 – Julia, posted on Oct 17 at 8:52
#88 – Sharon Dimberg, posted on OCt 24 at 3:13
Congrats to the winners and just e-mail your shipping address to firstname.lastname@example.org
One last photo of the woods around our house – Aren’t the colors pretty?