Thursday, November 11, 2010

100 Block Tour

I am so excited to be part of the 100 Blocks Tour. This is my block design called, "Sew Little Time", in a fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called "Bloom and Grow" by My Mind's Eye. I was asked if I would submit a design and I was working on this block at the time for another project and thought I would get 2 projects out of one design. The design idea behind this block came from my quilt group in Alpine. Generically we call ourselves "That Alpine Quilt Group" Last Year was our 20th year together and in celebrating the years  we decided to have several people each month design a block representing our 20 years together. 20 years ago when there were only 8 of us (now there are so many I don't even know half of our quilt group, anyone is welcome to come) we used to bring our sewing machines to the little red church in Alpine and teach each other how to quilt. This is a representation of my sewing machine that I brought to my little quilt group all those many years ago.

This is my 20 year quilt finished with the sewing machine block. Each block in this quilt represents something from my quilt group experience. You can see the little red church that we meet in, the sheriffs in town block (the sheriff represents who is in charge of the group activities for the year), everyone is welcome block, delectable mountains, Alpine pine trees, the beautiful Alpine flowers, and many more. As you can see this sewing machine block can be used in various ways. It works great as a block of the month, maybe even a great block gift for your favorite quilting friend or I can see it in the middle of a quilt with some fabulous border.

I work for Riley Blake Designs as the Design Director. This is a picture of our booth from a few weeks ago at the Fall Houston Quilt Market 2010.

Another view of our booth showcasing the fabric line by The Quilted Fish called "Sweet Divinity."
We won the merchandising award. As you can see, Cindy and I are so proud. Cindy and I work with the artists to bring their designs to fabric. The process of manufacturing fabric is long and tedious and the rewards of seeing the artwork come to life on the best quality fabric there is, can truly be satisfying. We just launched a new line of trim products called "Sew Together" which includes, fabric labels, ric rac, pom poms, ribbon, lace, embroidered flowers, cherries and strawberries and buttons. We are working on a lot of other fun ideas to add to these as we continue to grow Riley Blake Designs.
I also have a pattern company called Butterfly Kisses where I design and create anything extra I might have floating around in my head. I love what I do and truly feel grateful for the opportunity to be working in the rapidly growing fabric industry. I hope you enjoy your blog tour and have fun taking these block designs from this 100 Blocks Quilt book to create something extraordinary.

Thanks for visiting my website. Have a wonderful day!!!

Find My Shower Curtain in International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene magazine!

What an exciting surprise!  There I was sitting in the airport waiting to leave Houston after an exhausting week at Quilt Market.  I opened my "International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene" magazine that  was given to me by Interweave press and right on page 92 was my Quilted Shower Curtain.  It is so much fun to have my projects published, and of course it's not bad to see your name published in a magazine either.

If you don't have your copy yet, run out and buy one.  This is the special 2nd annual issue and there are 140 pages of projects inside.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Houston Fall Quilt Market 2010

School House was a new addition for Cindy and I at Quilt Market. We taught how to embellish and use trims. We have added a new line of trims to Riley Blake Designs called "Sew Together." This trim line includes ric rac, pom poms, lace ribbon, designer ribbons, buttons and embroidered flowers, cherries and strawberries.
This is Riley Blake Designs getting ready for sample spree. If you have attended you know how crazy this place gets. It is a lot of fun to see all the buyers going nuts over the new fabrics.

This is the front of the Riley Blake Designs booth. This showcases "Isabella" A line designed by Lila Tueller. It has beautiful corals, periwinkle and a multi colorway that beautifully coordinates to make elegant quilts, bags and clothing.

This picture is fuzzy but  it is the only one I took. It showcases "Sweet Divinity." This line is designed by The Quilted Fish, better known as Amanda Herring. It's a very sweet line that shows well in quilts, crowns, slippers, pajamas and baby bags.

Here is a better picture of the cute blues, pinks, reds and greens in this fabric line.

"Love Birds" is designed by My Mind's Eye. It has bright, bold reds, greens and blues. It  shows well in quilts and projects also.

This section of the booth shows our "Sew Together" trims and embellishments. Our booth is open and inviting. We love people to come in and look and view all our new lines that we have to offer while they wait to place their orders.

"Domestic Diva" is designed by Emily Taylor. It has wonderful retro reds, greens and browns. We had designers design new bags and quilts to showcase here in the booth.

  "Be Merry" is a design by My Mind's Eye. It is this years christmas fabric line. There were fun christmas stockings and quilts and pajamas.

This line is "All star 2" A followup to All Star 1 which was so successful last year that we wanted to keep our customers happy by having another successful boys line by My Mind's Eye.

"Quite Contrary" is a line designed by My Mind's Eye and is so darling for so many projects. It has great reds, pinks and greens. It's a very sweet fabric line.

On the right is "Daydream" by Cyndi Walker. Cyndi is a new designer for Riley Blake Designs and brings with her a wonderful warm and inviting line of fabric. Her colors are unique and beautiful and she designs fabulous quilts that showcase this line beautifully. On the left is "Hooty Hoot Kangaroo" designed by Doohikey Designs, better know as Shari Butler, who is also our graphic artist. She is a very talented local artist with a great flair for color and design.

Another look at our new buttons and trims in our "Sew Together" trim line. All of the trims match the colors in our fabric lines.

"Enchanted Garden" is designed by Samantha Walker. This line has a beautiful big bold main print with lots of fun coordinates. The colors are vibrant with oranges, pinks and blues. It looks great in clothing and quilts.

A view of the booth from the front looking through to the back.

Cindy and I were surprised and so excited to receive the Merchandising Award for Quilt Market in Houston Fall Market 2010. All that hard work seems worth it now. We were so thrilled.