Saturday, October 29, 2011

Market Day One

I'll do more comprehensive posts when I get home but just wanted to share how awesome a time I'm having here!! Everyone has be so wonderful, and sweet. I can't even think let alone tell you all the people I've met and chatted and I have to tell you I just love them even more! Today was schoolhouse, which is mostly for shop owners, but some great advice in general about retailing, how you can use whatever the teacher was hawking etc. I really feel like I have learned soooooo much!! Laine, Sha, Jacqueline and Tiff are also just so much fun, we are just a party. So glad we were all able to stay together. I will post pictures etc as soon as I find the cord. I have some yummy too show you!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

To Market I go!

Yes I am going to the insanity known as The Fall International Quilt Market in Houston! I am sooo incrediblt excited to meet so many awesome people I have only know through the internet. Which is a good thing seeing as I'm rooming with 4 women I've never met! 

 Who are the people you would most want to meet? Or what questions would you ask? Leave a comment letting me know and I'll try to get everyone favorite celeb with a mini interview!

I've had my business cards printed and I pick them you tomorrow!! Which I am so excited about! The awesome and lovely Bari J, after seeing my attempts told me they offended her and took over and designed me these amazing cards!!! I can't not say enough thank yous for them! I feel more confident and professional just having them!
 and the back is as cool!

I am so excited but also super scared! I'm going to be showing my patterns to some distribution companies, and other fabric co's in hope they'll let me design with their fabrics too!

Oh and the winner of my Thanksgiving post is....gill! Send me an email and I'll get your treat out to you soon!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Uber Fest Block, correction

I realized thanks to a few emails that I made an oopsy in the directions for the Bear Cabin Block, one was the strip was the last cabin strip is 1" too long and another came from a redesign not being updated in the instructions, meaning you made an extra set of HSTs. I've updated the instructions.
If I didn't reply to your email about the correction it is because you are set as a no-reply and I can't.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my Canadian and Canadian wannabe friends and family!

I have so much to be thankful for in my life and this last year has been especially wonderful.

I am thankful my daughter is healthy and generally happy. She is growing and improving every day.

Shane is working today and I am thankful he has a job, our city has the highest unemployment in the country.

I am thankful for being able to chat and make friends with so many people around the world, some who have become my closest friends.

I am thankful for a family that was able to help us buy our house this year, a place we can all continue to grow and improve as a family. It has solved or helped with so many issues.

I am thankful I can design and write quilt patterns, sharing my love of craft with others, making quilted wraps ( I have a few in my etsy store) to sell and hosting Talkin Tuesday, connecting with quilters and crafters all over the world. FYI  Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring tomorrow night and we're giving away 2 yards of Panier de Fluers, French General's new line!

Today the rule in our house is there is no wishing or wanting of things we don't have, only saying what we are thankful that we do have.

I am so thankful for all of the opportunities this blog has opened up for me I'm going to do a little giveaway since I can't have all of you over for dinner!
Leave me a comment on something you are grateful for and I will draw a name and give a prize later this week. Not sure what yet but it will sewing/quilting related!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Uberfest! My turn!

Welcome all of you Uber-fest Quilters! I`m incredibly excited to be able to contribute a block to Scott`s quilt along! Did you see April's block yesterday? No pressure following that! lol

We were asked to design a block using HSTs (one of my ultime fav design elements) and log cabins, the original trendy block!
One of the reasons I loved the fabric I was sent, Sleeping Beauty by Nel Whatmore, was because I got one of the pieces that is technically a strip but it is so big I could use different parts as different colour patches. The orange fabric came from there.

What I came up with is what I`ve called Bear Cabin! Can you see why?

You can download the pattern sheet here. If you have any question just sent me an e-mail! I'm happy to help!
Make sure you check out Heather's block tomorrow! She is one creative lady!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Twilight is here!

I'm am so excited to announce that I have a new pattern! Twilight, which you may recognize as originally being a pattern for Stitchin Heaven's charm school, is available at Fat Quarter Shop!
Because of delivery issues it was never used for Charm School as I re-made it in Terrain and this is my favorite quilt!
The pattern I love because with 2 charm packs of ANY line you can make it by adding your favorite solid or marble! It works with any colour!

I've included some of my fav "art" shots of the quilt. The hardest part of making a pattern for me is getting a shot of the whole quilt to use on the cover! It is so hard, and as you can tell with this one for it to work I had to chop off the outer border in the picture. And having looked at it I think the quilt doesn't really need the outer border except to give it more size, which is 61" square with it, 48" without.

What do you think?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gen Q Magazine and Uber Fest

The two are tied together by Scott of Blue Nickel Quilts!!

Today is day four of Uber-Fest and Moose on Porch Quilts is up and as the leader of both Jelly Roll and Layer Cake Quilt Alongs Konda knows how to make a block!

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Have you heard of Generation Q Magazine yet? It's an online quilt, personality, life style magazine. Remember Quilter's Home when it first came out? That kind of thing. Jake is back with several other awesome and talented, and funny people.
It's modern, contempary for quilters, crafters, sewists and creative people.
You can find them on facebook and twitter, sponsoring tonight's #talknt in fact!
One of the reason I love the attitude of this magazine is because it's irreverent yet respectful, contemporary but not exclusive.
They have some really great, in depth, and interesting interviews with various people in the quilting industry and great and useful articles about everything from made up Saints of Needlework, to app reviews for your technology.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Uberfest is a go!

Quilt Uber-fest is starting! Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios has organized a great quilt along for October with all sorts of fabulous people contributing a block, you  can download the pdf instructions from each designer's site on their day, and in the end all of us are sending our blocks to the lovely Rachel who is sewing them up into a quilt to be donated to charity!
Each block is going to be inspired by, or involve half square triangles (HSTs), log cabins or flying geese, perfect for a Autumn quilt along!

Today is the first day and everyone's favorite Quilt Dad, John, is up first with a great block using the fabrics we were provided called Sleeping Beauty by Nel Whatmore for Free Spirit Fabrics.

Scott has a great interview with Nel on his blog and you can read all about her, her designs and all those fun things that we love about designer interviews!

Tomorrow's block will be posted by Kaye Prince over on her blog, Miss Print

Make sure you check them out and be sure to come back here for my day October 9th!