Memorial Day and a winner

It’s a holiday weekend around here so not much computer time. We’ve been visiting family a lot this weekend so I have had some good hexi time in the car.

Outside the weather feels like early March instead of the first day of summer. (boo.) We had a neighborhood breakfast this morning which had to be moved inside a neighboring church. Since we’ve been home I’ve been on a cleaning rampage.  Now I’m off to tackle my sewing room/disaster area.

But first, a winner of the SewObsessed Fabrics giveaway:
Jodi said…

N Jane, of course, and the MM Poppy line

Happy Memorial Day to those in the States.
And wherever you are, I hope your weather is more pleasant than ours.

Giveaway winner and Help for tornado victims

Before we get to the winner I just want to share a way we can help those in the US affected by the horrific tornadoes and storms in the mid-west and the south.  Jane shared with me this site, ‘Bama Bound Quilts, where they are taking donations for those who were made homeless by the round of storms in April.  If you are aware of other groups taking donations, please share in the comments. I will add them to the post.  You can also make donations through LDS Charities where 100% of your donation goes directly to those in need (none of your donation goes to administrative overhead) or to the Red Cross.

For more opportunities to help or contribute check here:
Old Red Barn Co.
Patchwork Times

I’m continually amazed by the generosity and the difference made by the blogging community coming together in service.

And now the Sew Mama Sew giveaway. Holy guacamole. I think that’s the biggest response I’ve ever had. I’m really sorry I don’t have something to give each of you. And now, the winner of the Robert Kaufman roll-up is #549:
Jess said…

drool… this is awesome!
Congratulations Jess, you lucky duck! But do not despair if you didn’t win this time – I have another sweet giveaway tomorrow!
(And because a post is not complete without a picture, I finally pulled out these blocks and laid them out for a quilt last night. I think it’s going to be a good one.)

New Fabric: Sarah Jane’s Children at Play

I hope you won’t mind indulging me in one final Quilt Market post. This booth belongs to Sarah Jane Wright, illustrator extraordinaire, who just released her first fabric collection with Michael Miller, Children at Play. Her booth was wonderful. But I’m a little bit biased.

Sarah’s collection is fabulous with 4 color ways. I especially love this color way for boys – so fresh and contemporary, but very boyish.  And I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the fabric itself as I got to be one of Sarah’s sewers in prep for her booth. 
Here are a couple of projects I got to work on from the above color way. The quilt is Sarah’s design – I love the paper airplane motif which is a big part of this color collection. Below is a pillow I made using Allison’s Sprockets tutorial. (I need to make a bunch of these – they’re so fast and fun.)
If you can believe it Sarah didn’t get her fabric in her possession until Tuesday, May 3 and had to have her booth complete and set up on Thursday, May 12. Just over one week to sew everything, can you imagine?! I seriously don’t know if she and her husband slept that week.
Another fun project I got to help with was Sarah’s family tree quilt. The panel in pink is SO darling. Sarah embroidered her family names, including her children’s names next to the three children, I helped with the piecing and a friend, Monica, did the quilting. (Monica did the quilting on the paper airplane quilt too.)
Doesn’t that floral look like a sweet little Liberty print?

Love the navy, red and green boy color way as well.  Goes with a great navy novelty print of little boys building rockets.

And you know I loved the red, pink and turquoise color way for the girls. I hand quilted this little pillow – the first hand-quilting project I’ve done in a while. I forgot how much I enjoy it – especially when it’s a little portable project like this one.
Sarah and her husband pulled off a beautiful first-Market booth! You can see more of Sarah’s pictures and details on her blog.It was so much fun to be able to attend Market in person and see some of my projects as part of the whole ensemble. 

 I think this fabric is going to be a hit. I’m already excited to see what she comes up with next!

Thanks again, Sarah Jane, for letting me play with your fabric!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Don’t you love Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day? So much fun and good stuff to see and try to win all over blogland. Well I have a little something to give away myself:

The nice folks at Robert Kaufman let me take home a brand-new roll-up of Robert Kaufman’s O Tinsel Tree line for helping at Sample Spree last week. It contains 42 2.5″ strips of this very cheerful, retro-inspired Christmas collection.  And I’m going to randomly give it away to some lucky soul.

Just leave a comment (only one per person) if you can provide this little roll-up with a loving home.  Be sure to provide a way I can contact you if you win. I can’t tell you how often I’ve had someone win and had no way to contact them, so I always re-draw. (You may want to see if you’re a No-Reply Blogger.)

Giveaway closes Wednesday, May 25 at midnight MST. I’ll post the winner Thursday.  Have fun and may the force be with you.

Quilt Market Eye Candy

A little more Quilt Market eye candy to share.  Man, I took so many pictures -enough for multiple posts. But rather than dragging this out forever I decided to just overload you all at once and get it over with!  So without further ado, let’s go. I loved the quilt booth above by Zen Chic– I thought the subtle colors and design of that modern quilt were so soothing.
Some Michael Miller love. Designer Sandi Henderson’s award winning both full of thrift store finds. Her new collection Secret Garden is lovely.  Also new Michael Miller designer Emily Herrick and her collection Going Coastal. Fun, bright and cute. Emily’s booth was also an award winner. Both girls were so lovely and yes, nice. :)

Moda favorites new and old: First my perennial favorite and new BFF (i wish!) Sandy Klop. Actually, Sandy is so real and genuine she really does make you feel like one of her old friends.  And she didn’t even treat me like some lunatic stalker (which I totally am). And then new favorite Cabbages and Roses. I’d bought the Fat 1/8th pack  of their new collection the night before at sample spree and then, low and behold, Union Jacks! We are destined to get along well.

Bonnie and Camille’s new collection for fall, Ruby. Super cute. (As I look at this picture, I am kicking myself for not snatching one of those little sample packs!)

More Moda designers: Aneela Hoey and her new collection Little Apples, lovely Liesl from Oliver + S, Joanna Figueroa (I didn’t ask for pictures with many designers just because I felt like a geek, but I did ask for one with Joanna because it was the same day I was on Moda Bake Shop using her fabric, a cosmic coincidence. But I still felt like a geek), and Kaari Meng from French General who was, you guessed it, so nice.

The Kona booth and meeting Katy! (Katy sent me a lovely parcel once and I’ve loved her ever since. Plus, she’s hilarious. And I just wanted to stand next to her all day, just so I could hear her lovely British accent.) And Joel Dewberry’s gorgeous booth. Very impressed with Joel and his lovely wife Laurie.  My favorite touch of their fabulous booth was the family picture. Love it. (I think I take special pride in the Dewberrys because we share the same alma mater. As does Heather Bailey, btw.)

 Check out these amazing designs by Don’t Look Now.  Blows my mind.
 I love all this inspiration and ideas from the Basic Grey booth. Cool stuff!

Beautiful color at the Anna Maria Horner booth. Love the colorwheel made of floss. Lots of great stitching going on – literally – in the AMH booth.

 Ahh! Japanese imports – my absolute favorites! The Kokka’s and Echino’s prints including Heather Ross’s Far Far Away prints. Wonderful. I wanted to just sit and rifle through all their samples.

 Here’s a tiny bit of the Riley Blake displays. Above is Lori Holt’s new line Oh Cherry. Lori’s quilts are amazing.  It almost made me sad to see them have to be folded up and squished together instead of spread out in their glory.  Lori is local so I’m hoping to get another peak at them in full some time. Also Deena Rutter’s Happier line and the quilts I made for her. woot! Finally, I loved that Riley Blake had a Man Cave complete with flat screen TV playing the movie Hoosiers
Next Lizzy House. Her new collection 1001 Peeps is great – esp if you are a Castle Peeps fan. And my favorite? The pearl bracelet print in green. And it is the perfect shade of green, no less. I can’t wait to get my hands on some.  Lizzy was beyond nice to share with me one of her coveted 1001 Peeps bags from Schoolhouse. (I need to get a picture.)

Speaking of young designers, there were some fabulous new designers with their first booths at Market. Wow – I am impressed with these girls. Some great designs! Clockwise starting top left: April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns, Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew, Amber of Gigi’s Thimble and Julie of Jaybird Quilts. Good luck girls! I think you’re amazing!  Perhaps one of them is the Eleanor Burns of tomorrow. (Speaking of EB – I’m totally kicking myself for not getting of picture of her in her astronaut costume.)

And finally, the award for nicest person at Quilt Market (okay maybe it’s a tie with Sandy Klop) is Jennifer Paganelli. Talk about real and down to earth and super, super fun. She’s a gem and she makes everyone feel like they’re her funnest friend on the planet.

If you’re looking for some more inspiration and insight into Quilt Market, check out these talented girls: Kim and Kris of the DIY Dish or Daria of Boutique Cafe. Daria will soon have video interview with lots of your favorite designers on Boutique Cafe, so stay tuned.

Okay, you are probably totally Marketed-out by now, as am I. But if you’re somehow not, be sure to check KPKM for more Market hoopla.