Monday, June 25, 2012

Quilt Market Recap - Tula Pink's Booth

It isn't a secret that I'm a big fan of Tula Pink's work. Her booths at Quilt Market have always been impressive and this was no exception. She did a double booth this time to show off two new lines. Night Shade on the left is her Halloween inspired line. The Birds & the Bees on the right is a nature inspired line due in shops this summer.


Side Note
I asked on Facebook earlier this month...
"Question: Do you want more Quilt Market photos & recap or have you seen enough? I have more photos to process and share, but I've been busy working at my full-time job and haven't had the chance to post them. Before I take the time to process them I wanted to know if you want more Quilt Market recap or if you have had enough! Thanks!"

All but one comment said... Yes, more.  So last week I gave you more, and the post has one comment. I don't blog for comments, but I was just a bit surprised. 

Did you read it & just not comment? Are you sick of market posts?

I'm working on some very exciting things... its just that nothing is at a point where I have anything to show yet. As soon as it is... you'll be the first to see it!!


My other Spring 2012 Quilt Market Posts

What is Quilt Market? - In case you are not familiar with Quilt Market, this post I did in Fall 2012 will explain!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Quilt Market Recap - The Booths

Exhibiting at Market often means that I don't get much time out of my booth to look at other booths. There were over 550 exhibitors at Market, so I didn't get to see them all! Below are a few snapshots I captured early one morning before the show had opened.

My Dance Floor & Chopsticks quilts in Dear Stella

Denyse Schmidt

Denyse Schmidt

Detail of quilting on Lizzy House's quilt - Quilting by Angela Walters

Kona Modern Quilts - Robert Kaufman

Kona Modern Quilts - Robert Kaufman


My other Spring 2012 Quilt Market Posts

What is Quilt Market? - In case you are not familiar with Quilt Market, this post I did in Fall 2012 will explain!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Instagram is easier than blogging.

Instagram is easier than blogging.
Yes, I said it.

Instagram is easy.
Instagram is manageable.
Instagram is mobile.
Instagram is pretty great.
It isn't perfect, but it is very handy.

Don't get me wrong, I love my blog.
I'm not leaving my blog, but if you want to know what I'm working on then following me on Instagram is the way to go. I know not everyone has a smart phone or wants to add more apps if they have one. Because of this I also post most of my Instagram photos to Twitter and to Facebook.

Instagram is also fun because of all the cool effects you can do. I also use Camera Awesome and a few other apps too.

What is the best feature of Instagram for me?
It's mobile.
I have yet to find a good app that I can use on my iPad or iPhone for blogging. I'm often not at my computer when I want to be blogging, which makes this all very complicated. I didn't mean to go a week without blogging, it just was a busy week and it happened. Sorry! Instagram allowed me to easily post 20+ photos this week.  Here are a few to give you a quick recap.

Backing selected & pieced for Gamer quilt. Coin strip made from leftovers of the quilt top.

Cutting up some Pick a Bunch fabrics

Making a miniature Four Patch Shift, the quilt from the cover of my book!

Making progress with the tiny blocks. Each one finishes at 2" x 2"!!

Miniature quilt done! Here is is with the original and the book cover.

My 3 minis. I made the Radio Way & Come What May ones back in February.

I asked on Instagram which quilt I should make miniature next. Chopsticks got a few votes so I went for it. The pieces were so tiny that I had to convert my pattern into a paper pieced one. {The original is just traditional piecing.}

I took this photo with the machine & rotary cutter to help show the scale.
More progress.

3 rows done...

Finished! It measures 12" wide and 14 1/2" tall. Fabrics are all Kona solids from Robert Kaufman. The  silent film set & school bus orange.

I finally decided on a binding for my miniature Radio Way. I went with a single fold 1/8" finished after trimming an 1/8" off the quilted piece first. Result is a miniature binding that fits better to the scale of the miniature quilt. (regular tan binding shown behind on green sample to give scale.)

Here it is finished!

My updated collection of minis.
About the miniature quilts
1. What quilts are they? Radio Way, Come What May, Four Patch Shift, & Chopsticks. 
2. What fabrics are they? 
Come What May = Tula Pink & Lizzy House
Four Patch Shift = Pick a Bunch by Nancy Mims for Robert Kaufman
Chopsticks = Kona solids - Silent film set & school bus orange
3. What size are they? They are all approximately 1/4 scale to the originals. Largest one is 16" x 20" and the smallest is 12" x 14 1/2"
4. Will I be making patterns for them? Not at this time. I've been making these for my studio walls since many of my quilts are usually gone on trunk shows. I really appreciate how much everyone likes them but hadn't anticipated the desire for patterns. Right now this isn't a part of my plan for Jaybird Quilts, but I have a few other exciting things in the works that I'll share soon!!


Sewing with Knits for the first time! 

Dress progress...

Raglan sleeve inspired maxi dress from laguna jersey heather knits by Robert Kaufman. It's the third dress I have ever made and the first from knits. I have already had a lot of questions about it. 
1. What pattern is it?  I didn't use a pattern. 
2. Will I make a pattern for it. Maybe? I hadn't planned on it, but that doesn't mean no. I'll let you know if I decide to do it.


Next post is more Market recap!

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