Thursday, October 27, 2016

Houston Bound

My bags are packed and I have a flight out at an obscene hour tomorrow.  I'll be in the convention center before some of my colleagues wake.

I'll be posting photos on Instagram during the show - as will just about everyone else I know.  Between all of us, you might get an idea of the madness, fun, and inspiration.

I'm drawing back the curtain so you can see the glamorous innards of my studio.  Computer, printer, ugly cords, and chicken scratch drawings.  This is what pattern writing looks like.  This has been my life the last month.  That and sore fingers.  I'll be showing you my epic (my words) English Paper Pieced quilt for quilt market.  English Paper piecing is fun (hand piecing!!), relaxing, lovely, and because I'm doing a bit different kind of stitch that I'm used too (whip stitch) - my fingers felt the strain.   
Sadly, the quilt isn't QUITE finished.  There is a digital print of the quilt ready to show you - and my top which needs 2 more sections pieced onto it.  That's not a huge disappointment since now I can "demonstrate" English paper piecing while in Houston. I'll post those pictures on Instagram.  This is the raw material I had to work with.....
This is Snowfall.  We are showing it to shop owners this weekend in Houston at International Quilt Market.  Those of you with an astute eye will notice some similarities between this collection and our Winter collection from a few years ago.  Yes, same color palette and some identical prints - but a dozen new ones and the coordinating wovens!  The wovens are not fuzzy or flannel, but a thin weight - much like the silky wovens that Moda has done in the past.  You will love them.  

There are more quilts and stuff to show.  

What else has happened since I last wrote? I've been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack.  What can I say - it's brilliant. Love it.  Maybe someday I will win the lottery and I can see it live on Broadway.
So, tomorrow on the plane I'll be humming "The Room Where It Happens" while I fly to the convention where it happens.




Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

beautiful fabric - looking forward to trying some out - have fun at the convention!

Janet said...

I can't wait to see more of those paisley prints and the little stars too :0) looking forward to getting a peek at your epic EPP project! I hope you can catch some zzz' s on your flight.

Cheryl said...

Have fun Laurie. Can't wait to see the pictures.

Jacqueline said...

Love the fabric colors. Looking forward to seeing the quilt. I do a lot of handwork but have not given EPP a try yet.

Enjoy market.

Jenny said...

my family and I have been crazy for Hamilton too! we managed to get tickets in Chicago this summer. so excited!!

Hildy said...

Have fun at market!

Vicky said...

You're already at market and having a bunch of fun! I'm totally in love with Snowfall! I see a couple of new prints in there that are now my favorite! And I'm so glad you've done wovens. I'm a huge fan of those and love working with them, especially on applique! Never tried EPP before ... hmmm, am I too old to learn new tricks? Can't wait to hear all about Market!

Mary J. B. said...

Wow - Thank you soooo much for re-visiting this collection/color combo for winter. The earlier collection was prior to me getting into quilting; I have seen lovely quilts, runners and other photos of that collection thru the years -- always wishing you would re-print it!!! Grateful that you have done so - love it!!

Jo Ann said...

Love the new Snowfall fabric line.

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