Thursday, March 24, 2011

Riley Blake Contest

I love Riley Blake fabric.  They have awesome designers that come up with the best fabric - colors, designs, etc.  I especially love their fabrics because I think that they go so well with my sewing pattern designs.  If you have been to your local fabric store lately I can guarentee that some of your favorite fabrics were from Riley Blake Designs.  Right now they have an awesome contest going on.  It is called "Cruisin' with Riley Blake."  Here is the link to the contest:

Cruise on over and read about the details of their contest and the awesome prized that they are giving away!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Quilt Market in Salt Lake City

Ever since I started getting into the quilting industry I have heard of the Quilt Market.  When people talk about it they get so excited like it is the funnest thing on earth for people that love fabric, sewing and quilting.  The Quilt Market happens twice a year - once in the Fall and once in the Sping.  In the Spring, it travels to different cities each year and the Fall market is always in Houston.  This May it is coming to Salt Lake City.  I'm so happy because this makes it so much easier me to be a vendor since I live here.  This will be my first year and I am so excited because I think that it will be great exposure for my business.  It is not open to the public.  Quilt store owners from over the world travel to see all the new fabric and pattern designs.  Keep your fingers crossed for me and hope they like my designs!

Right now I am frantically getting ready for my booth.  I still have 9 weeks, but time keeps flying by.  It seems like just yesterday I had 20 weeks left.  I have to design my booth and think of a good way to display the samples I am making to show people.  I am sewing like a maniac and writing 2 new patterns.  It is all very nerve wracking but I am loving every minute of it.

There is a great contest and booth hop that will be going on at the Quilt Market this year.  It is called "All Dolled Up in Salt Lake City."  Many of the designers in Utah have designed a quilt block from a "paper doll" template.  We all received the template of the doll and designed her clothes. The fabric was donated by Riley Blake Designs.  They have the CUTEST fabric.  I love it because almost all of their lines are perfect for my patterns.  Their fabric is bright and fun - just what kids love.  All of the quilt blocks have been made into two quilts that will be given away to two lucky winners at the market. There will be a booth hop where people will go to each designers booth and get a stamp to be entered into a drawing for the quilts.  Also, each designer will be giving something away whether it be a pattern, fabric or sample of one of their patterns.  All of the block instructions will be posted on the blog dedicated to this event.  It is going to be so fun and a great way to meet many new friends.  To learn more about the event and to get the quilt pattern here is the blog link:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My little Olive

That is what I call him.  My first born.  Actually, my only born.  I love him so much and he lights up my life more than I ever thought anything could.  I named my first original pattern after him - "Olive the Owl."  It doesn't bother him one bit that my owls are made out of "girly" fabric. 

I think the best part of designing new patterns and sewing up the prototypes is how excited he gets when he sees them.  He wants one of everything.  I love it and he keeps me going.  He also loves fabric and can't wait to start sewing lessons.  Don't get me wrong - he is pure boy but is very creative and artistic.  When we go to the fabric store he always wants a fat quarter to add to his fabric colletion.  He is my partner in all things creative and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Here are a few more pictures of my little man: