Monday, May 28, 2012


Sorry I'm a day late! We went camping so I didn't have internet! The winner of the Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway day is number 269!

Jeana said,

JeanaMay 22, 2012 6:28 PM
thanks for the chance - this is so generous!

Thanks to everyone that entered!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Quilt Market: Tula Pink

So I'm a big Tula Pink fan... who's not? I bought Parisville as a gift for myself when I graduated with my masters. I bought some Prince Charming when I passed a CPA exam section. I just ordered more (I decided I needed a bag from it). We'll see if that is a congratulations or condolences gift when I get another score this week. This was my first time getting to meet Tula. (She wasn't in Houston in October, but was there at my first market. I was just tardy to the Tula party and didn't talk to her then.) She is so nice! All the designers are, I just get nervous before I talk to them... and then end up usually not. She reminds me of my friend Molly that I made these for.

We went to both of her schoolhouse sessions. One was for her book that is out and the other was for her fabric lines. Both were great. I really like hearing about the inspiration behind the lines. Here are pictures from both schoolhouses.

She also has super cool fabric labels printed for her lines.

Nightshade quilt backs.

Quilt with Voiles from the new Birds and the Bees line

Here are a couple in her booth.

I didn't take the camera off manual before I gave it to Mom :(

Can you tell I like this quilt? Quilting by Angela Walters, of course!
Aaaaand... we stalked her first book signing on Friday and got copies of her book! It's ah-mazing. Go buy it. Now. I'll wait.

We went by the publisher's booth a little early (we didn't want to miss out and not get one) and made it in time for the book signing before hers, so we got two books :) More on the other later. We also made Tula's Instagram feed!

Me and Tula... BFF.

I love getting to meet fun people! It makes me all that more ok with the ridiculous amount of money I spend on fabric to know that I'm supporting all these great people who do what they love!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Quilt Market: Schoolhouse

This was my 3rd time to go to Market, but the first time we've done the Schoolhouse Series.

Side note/Back story: We usually just go to fall market in Houston so we can drive and save some money, however we are not going to be able to go in October. My sister is pregnant with my second niece and is due in October. Initially, they were thinking the due date would be around the 13th, which is no problem since Market is the last weekend of the month. After their first doctor visit and sonogram, her due date was changed to officially be October 21st, but she was measuring to be due October 27, which is the day market opens. With my first niece, she went a week past her due date, so we were pretty sure we'd be missing market. We were pretty bummed because it's been a fun mother/daughter thing the last couple years (well... mother/daughter/other business partners thing). But that week Southwest was having an airfare sale and we found one hotel room for the Thursday night of market, so we booked it! My mom's co-owners skipped out since we were flying and they could still go in October, so it ended up being an actual mother/daughter trip!

Back to reality... We always drive to Houston the day of Schoolhouse, so we hadn't ever gone before, but I think it was well worth it! Yes, it is kind of a sales pitch, but you get to pick which ones you want to hear and the sales pitch is more by the Author/Designer/Etc., and about how you can use their book/fabric/product in your shop. And they show you new stuff that's not out yet :) We knew of a few we for sure wanted to go to and just randomly picked others where nothing really stood out. My favorites were Tula Pink (we went to both of hers) and Angela Walters. These next couple posts, I'm probably going to sound like a rabid stalker/fan of both of them, but how can you not be?!?

Other side note: I did a horrible job taking pictures of almost everything. A lot of these were with my iphone because I was too lazy to get out the real camera, and then once I did I was either far away or there was horrible lighting or I just don't know how to work it. That's what I get for not listening to my husband every time he tries to show me, but I wasn't about to call and ask him again :)

Back to pictures.

The first schoolhouse we went to was for the new book by Emily Herrick, Geared for Guys. This has been going around the bloggy world for the last few weeks, so I had heard of it, but didn't really pay that much attention. Her quilts were great!

This was my fave! The picture really doesn't do it justice. I think this would look awesome as a color wheel!

This pattern was designed by John at Quilt Dad.

Like I said, horrible pictures. But anyways, I think these are great, simple designs to use for quilts that aren't fussy and girly.

Next, we went to the class for a book called Simply Triangles by Barbara Cline. All of her quilts looked so complicated, which is so not my thing, but they really aren't. The are all based on a triangle pattern and a lot of them were strip pieced. She also used a netting overlay to add some of her color variations, which I never would have thought of. I would have just bought different fabric.

We also went to Angela Walter's session for her new book, Free-Motion Quilting with Angel Walters. This is definitely going on my to-buy list when it comes out next month. FMQ terrifies me. Especially on my tiny Bernina. Here are some of the quilts she brought.

I want to be her when I grow up.... I'll be back soon with more pictures! After looking through the rest of them, I'm going to break this out into a couple of posts. I think Tula Pink may be getting her own!

One last picture before I go... Eleanor Burns was handing out bags while we were waiting in line to go to sample spree. We thought they were pretty funny :)

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway day!

Hello! Long time, no see :) It's been the usualy craziness around here, but I did just get back from a whirlwind trip to Quilt Market this weekend with my mom! As soon as I get some time, I'll be doing a couple of posts about all the gorgeous new fabric and patterns that are out. We just did a quick trip, with our flight to KC leaving at 6 am Thursday and getting home at midnight on Friday. Needless to say, all I did was sleep this weekend!

So, here's what I have for you guys today.... (pardon my bad pictures, I forgot to do this until tonight and wanted to get it up asap!)

I have 6 Art Gallery fat quarters. (The colors are the best in the first picture.)

The 3 on bottom are from the Modernology line, the stripe is Bespoken, and I can't find the other two on their website now :( I'm sorry. These were extras from my swoon quilt that I'm, of course, still working on. Also, there is a Raspberry Ripple pattern from Melly & me and the very first issue of Generation Q Magazine that I picked up at market.

These will all come in a bag by Green Bag Lady that was handed out by Amy Butler at her schoolhouse on Thursday!

Please just leave a comment to enter the giveaway and make sure I have an email address for you. The giveaway is open until May 25th, 7 pm CST and is open to international readers :). I'll use Random Generator to pick the winner. Make sure you check out Sew, Mama, Sew! for more great giveaways!

Also, feel free to become a follower if you want (you don't have to for the giveaway). I'll have some market posts coming soon!