Thursday, October 29, 2015

Miss Scarlet

We are swimming in red and white possibilities.  These are the cap sets from International Quilt Market of Miss Scarlet.  Miss Scarlet is posing on top of our quilt Glad Tidings.

Are you in the mood for a give-away?  Comment about Miss Scarlet, red and white, possible quilts, or anything at all, and this Miss Scarlet cap set could be yours.  How much fabric is here? I would say way more than a Layer Cake  Some of these pieces are bigger than a fat quarter and some are smaller, but I would guess that total yardage would be about the same as a Fat Quarter Bundle.

Along with Miss Scarlet I will send you a Moda tote bag and some other goodies stuffed inside.  Make your comment before midnight Sunday November 1st and you could win.

Some other things are starting to arrive from Quilt Market.  You know we stock notions that we love and we found a couple more that I think you cannot live without.

 This is an OLFA rotary cutting mat that folds in half.  It's just the right size for travel or quilt retreats.    It will fit perfectly into a tote bag or carry-on bag.  We love it!  You can find it HERE.

We also found these tiny travel ready lamps.  You know you need one.  There is never enough light in your hotel room - or for that matter in the airport.  It's battery operated and has a USB cord.
It will fold up to fit in your purse.  Hooray! You can find it HERE.

Let us know what you think of Miss Scarlet - she will be in shops in March of 2016.



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

After The Storm

It takes more than a hurricane to stop the quilt industry.  We came, we bought, we sold, we networked.  Fall Quilt Market 2015 was a success.

We even had a celebration.  Congratulations to the Dunn Family and to our extended Moda Family - for 40 great years!

And now - let us introduce Miss Scarlet

The applique quilt with the triangle center is called Patty's Posies.  It is now available for sale in our Etsy store. The little quilt on the bottom is called Polly's Stars and Stripes. It's there too!
This quilt is called Fitzgerald.  Last, but not least is Glad Tidings.
All 4 are available in paper form - and here are the links to the downloads - Patty's Posies Download   Polly's Stars and Stripes Download     Fitzgerald Download    Glad Tidings Download

Also fresh from Houston are 2 more patterns that we re-stocked - Mrs. Billings is now in stock as is Star A Day - both from Somerset Patchwork.

Thanks for stopping by.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Final Prep

The last binding has been sewn on a new batch of quilts.
As you can see I rely on the old school method of throwing the binding onto the floor, just to my right, as I stitch it on the quilt.  

My bags will be packed again tomorrow and I anxiously await my alter ego "Quilt Show Laurie" to arrive.  She is less of a hermit than regular Laurie and she likes to wear new shoes.

My trip to Southern California was great fun and the charming ladies of the Flying Geese Quilt Guild sure know how to make someone feel welcome.  After a great day teaching, we did a little road trip and saw these beauties at Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop.

Polka Dots and Paisleys mixing all up with lots of other luscious fabric! 

Next we headed to Temecula and visited The Wool Lady......
and the Temecula Quilt Company.  Fine establishments all around and I ended up buying lovely things.
The last stop of the day was the Fat Quarter Quilt Shop.  I wish I had a good photo.... but just take my word for it - it's a wonderful shop.

Soon I was back home finishing up all the new quilts for International Quilt Market.  This was in my quilting hoop 2 nights ago.  It's finished and ready to pack.

Can I say it's my favorite group so far? Really.  

I hope to post from Houston.  I'll have an honest-to-god, real laptop with me and the internet better watch out!  As always, follow me on Instagram for more immediate fabric thrills.  



Friday, October 9, 2015

Have Quilts - Will Travel

The 3 suitcases on the floor are packed with quilts.  The little suitcase on the cutting table will hold my clothes.  I'm packing for a little jaunt to the west coast this weekend.  I'll be at the Flying Geese Quilt Guild in Irvine California for a class and a trunk show.  Maybe I'll see you there!

The pre-market work goes on.  Fabric has been received and it is being transformed into quilts.  I can't show a lot yet - but here is a hint.....

 This is the selvedge from one of the fabrics

It won't be long before you get to see it all....

What else has been taking up my time here?  Shoe shopping.  I succumbed to these.  I did need boots - and these called out to me.
 They are functional, well made boots.  As for the rest,  I guess I'm not handling middle age as well as I should. My inner pre-teen is enjoying the heck out of these boots. The Michigan weather is doing it's part too. Very soon it will be boots all day long.

And Quilt Market means new shoes too - and the next couple of weeks I will break these in.  You never want to go to Market in BRAND NEW shoes.  Long days on your feet need well broken in shoes.

This arrived this week - the new issue of Simply Moderne - the Quiltmania magazine dedicated to modern quilting.  I was honored they chose Polka Dot Garden to be in the magazine and they published a lovely photograph.  I hope to have more of these kits available soon.  I am still waiting for some fabric to ship - and when I get back from Quilt Market at the end of the month they should be in our Etsy shop.

This is what the cover looks like.  You can find it at quilt shops and book stores.



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