Giggle & Squeak!

I have been sitting on my hands and my hat for months, but I can finally show you what I have been working on—the Giggle & Squeak™ quilt and pillow pattern! This adorable quilt for boys or girls whips up so easily using simple fusible appliqué techniques. You are sure to giggle and squeak as you are creating these friendly animals for the kiddos you love. Also included in the pattern are instructions for creating a piped pillow in two sizes and guidelines for making the pattern as a twin quilt. read more

Hurrah for Quilt Market

A little puppet show in the booth.
Well, Quilt Market was loads of fun. I am feeling rather grateful and very joyful about the warm welcome we received at Quilt Market 2011. The whole thing was crazy humbling. I mean, there I was surrounded by all the designers, fabric houses, writers, bloggers, and shop owners who have been inspiring me along my journey–and they were telling me they liked my work!!! (omg.) So, we have new friends from all over the world. Thanks to my newest and favorite friend, Shea, the booth was set up quickly. And it looked super cute. Shea designs fabulous sewing patterns for her company, Empty Bobbin Sewing. And I was happy to have her calm, steady energy and friendship. See her adorable stuff here.  I can’t wait to share all the new things I found in the few moments that I could steal away from the booth. By far the award for nicest rock star couple goes to Amy and David Butler. I started sewing (for real) when I was pregnant with my little girl and the first thing I made was Amy’s Nappy Bag to use as my diaper bag. So really, her patterns were my beginning. She is so talented and lovely and truly kind. Her fabrics are eternally gorgeous and timeless, yet modern. And her funny rocker husband has just debuted his first line of fabrics, Parson Gray–I can’t wait to sew stuff for my husband with his new line. Check out that palette–muy, muy manly! I must say, I didn’t realize how much the quilting industry needed a big dose of testosterone until I saw it. Yay for Y chromosomes.
David Butler in his man cave.
Parson Gray fabrics by David Butler

New Lark fabrics from Amy Butler

Amy’s beautiful booth

My favorite single thing at the whole show was this incredible bag made with the Nakaniwa line at the Kiyohara booth. Ya’ll know I am a total Japanophile–but look at the scale of this print–huge apples and tiny trees!   
Nakaniwa by Yusuke Yonezu

And I had the chance to meet Marcia Derse. She is as lovely as her painterly fabrics. I used all her fabrics in my two new yoga mat patterns, so it was nice to meet her and show her the mats. I very much relate to her palette and use of tonal marks. 
Marcia Derse for Troy. Look at this lovely Rothko-esque display!
There is so much to share but I will have to do it later…time for a massage!