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Quilt Market and New Book Release

Hello All!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by during the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour! Billie Kretzschmar and Deborah DeBerry were the winners of the issue of Vol. 11. It was really sweet to read the comments, thank you for sharing so many touching, fun things about your mom! My heart ached a little for some of you when you talked about loss and missing your mom. On my day of the blog tour it was my moms birthday but, it's been just over 6 years since my mom died, and I miss her every day. So, thank you again for sharing. :-)

Since my last post, my heads been spinning a little in the last few weeks. I released my first book, One Block Remix, which I'm really excited about, and I had a booth at Quilt Market for the first time. Lots off stuff going on in the last couple of weeks. 

First, some things to share with you about Quilt Market. If you're not familiar with Quilt Market here's a little background. Twice a year Quilts, Inc holds an industry trade show. It's closed to the general public but filled with fabric companies, pattern designers, distributors, publishers, and notion companies. It's a showcase for new products and new fabric lines. Shop owners are there to order new fabric for their shops and check out all the other new products being released by pattern designers, publishers, notion companies. It's a whirlwind couple of days! The amount of work and creativity that goes into the booths is amazing! 

Camelot Fabrics had a sample of our Crossroads quilt hanging in there booth. The quilt was made with a very cool metallic fabric line, Heavy Metal by Jackie Mcfee. I made the sample and then sent it to Kristi Ryan to work here quilting magic on it. It looked great! The photo below is courtesy of the Camleot Fabrics blog, check out their market recap here for a look at some of the other collections they were showcasing.

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Heavy Metal Collection - Camelot Fabrics

I didn't keep a formal tally or count but I noticed a lot of indigo in new fabric collections being showcased. Robert Kaufman, Alexander Henry, Cotton and Steel, Art Gallery all had lots of indigo going on...and it all looked great!

The main reason I was at Quilt Market was for the release of my new book, One Block Remix - 10 Fresh Quilts from One Traditional Block.

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Harding Hill Designs - One Block Remix

I'll write more about the book over the next week, including lots of pictures of the quilts. Im really excited about it, and really excited about the quilts in the book. There are 10 different patterns that originate from one strip pieced block. Great projects for all types of quilters, and all styles! 

Until next time....

Cheers!

 


2013 Color of the Year + a Giveaway

 

Hello!

If you are here for the Quilting Gallery Bog Hop welcome! I'm glad you have stopped by!

We have been working on A LOT of new things in the sewing studio but have been sidetracked here and there. First there was a back injury and then the flu knocked us down for a while. But, things are back on track and now we are playing catch up to get our new patterns ready to go. If you want to keep tabs on our projects you can like us on Facebook. That is where we will share anything new first. :-)

I've been looking at a lot of color boards, color combinations, and new fabric for new projects and something stuck out to me when checking out several new lines. It wasn't the Pantone color of the year for 2013, which is emerald, but instead blue stuck out to be a focal color in several of new collections.

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I thought navy or indigo would be the Pantone color of the year for 2013 because it seemed to be popping up all over the place in late 2012. Quilting fabric, home dec fabric and accessories, and clothes.

Here are just a few of the new or upcoming fabric lines I spotted with navy or ingido blue as a main color aspect.

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BasicGrey, PB and J for Moda

 

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BasicGrey, PB and J for Moda

 

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BasicGrey, PB and J for Moda

 

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Kate Spain, Honey Honey for Moda

 

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Kate Spain, Honey Honey for Moda

 

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Kate Spain, Honey Honey for Moda

 

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V and CO., Simply Style for Moda

 

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V and CO., Simply Style for Moda

 

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Cynthia Rowley, Paintbox for Michael Miller

 

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Cynthia Rowley, Paintbox for Michael Miller

 

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Cynthia Rowley, Paintbox for Michael Miller

 

Laura Gunn Edges for Michael Miller
Laura Gunn, Edges for Michael Miller


Rashida Coleman-Hale Tsuru for Cloud 9
Rashida Coleman-Hale, Tsuru for Cloud 9


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Rashida Coleman-Hale, Tsuru for Cloud 9


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Rashida Coleman-Hale, Tsuru for Cloud 9

I also spotted navy in a lot of the new spring clothes and shoes. Peplums are on all the spring 2013 trend lists...are you a fan? I'm on the fence about them myself. 

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Target Spring 2013 Navy Peplum


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Target Spring 2013 Dress

 

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Old Navy Spring 2013 Scoop Neck


 
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Old Navy Spring 2013 Flats

I LOVE the navy trend for spring! One trend bandwagon I won't be hopping on anytime soon is the supposed hot, new crop top that is going to be a big hit this spring. Props to anyone that can wear one. I'm just not sure how great they would look on me with my spanx underneath. ;-)

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Spring 2013 Crop Tops

I hope you enjoyed this collection of blue, blue, blue! For this blog hop I am giving away 2 patterns to 2 winners.

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Simply leave me comment before 6:00 PM (CST) on March 15th. The comment can be about anything. Some ideas are how do you feel about the new crop top trend, do you like using navy in your quilts, what do you think about emerald as the color of the year for 2013, do you have a favorite fabric from the images in this post....anything you'd like to share. You can also like us on facebook for a second entry. If you are already a fan on facebook just leave us a comment there for your second entry. 

Thanks again for stopping by-- Happy Quilting!

 


Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party!

Welcome!

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If you are new here for the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party thank you for stopping by! We are busy sewing and enjoying the first hints of spring. Spring is such a great time of year...the days are longer and things start to bud and come alive around us. But, spring can be a drag when it comes to those pesky allergies, right?

Along with sewing in the studio we are also gearing up for a trunk show at the end of March. We will be heading to Hannah Johnson Fabrics in Duluth, MN on March 28th. Stop by and say hello if you are nearby....It will be a fun night!

We are giving away 2 copies of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol.4, which includes Harding Hill Designs B Squared block, for this fun blog hop party! 

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To be entered in the giveaway simply leave us a comment here on the blog. You can tell us anything in the comments! You can also hop over and like our facebook page for an additional entry. The giveaway will be open until March 23rd. Good luck and thanks again for dropping by!


With the Best Intentions

I woke up this morning motivated to get outside and go for a wonderful spring run. I looked forward to the crisp spring air and sunshine on my face while listening to the birds sing their morning songs...Then I looked out the window and saw this! A fresh blanket of snow was on the ground which very quickly deflated my highly motivated intentions! As I pulled up the blinds and spotted this landscape, although beautiful to look at, in my head I heard the loud screeching noise that is made when a needle is  aggressively moved and scratched off the morning motivation record playing in my head.

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I tried to stick with it though. I made my way to the running trail but just couldn't do it. It looks like I need to work on my commitment to running, but snow on the ground on April 20th was just too much for me today.

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Today the snow won I guess, but tomorrow's a new day and I am ready for a sunny, spring run!