Spring Market 2016

Well, I’m a bit late telling you about Spring Market, but better late than never, right!

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My new fabric collection for Benartex’s Contempo is called Kitchen Love and is all about the heart of the home, the kitchen, inspired by vintage appliances and delicious confections. You’ll find little aprons, delicious words, tea cups and tea pots, mixers, bowls, sweet cupcakes, cherries… in vibrant teals, aquas, greens, a touch of orange and pink, and a black that make for an awesome background print in one of the quilts. There’s even a fun and quick apron panel great for Christmas gifts this year! I created several applique patterns for this collection: Kitchen Love, the quilt in the center of the image above, is a “sweet” quilt with delicious treats, a vintage mixer, scale and clock, cherries and cupcakes, and is embellished with a small amount of hand embroidery and tiny buttons made to coordinate with the fabric. The quilt to the left is one of the quilts in the “Live Simply” pattern pack and includes the “Eat” wall hanging below and four placemats; the wall sign “Home”, the tea pots and tea cups runner, and the little aprons quilt below are part of the “Tea Time” pattern pack. All patterns are now available in my shop.

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These are a few samples for my Kitchen Love Embroidery collection, digitized by OESD; projects will be available at your local BERNINA dealer this summer (I’ll have more info soon).

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This is the free pattern I created for Kitchen Love, available this summer.

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On the left, you can see my friend Amanda’s beautiful booth… I want to make all of her new patterns!M4

Kitchen Love will ship to your local quilt shop this August/September.

Stay tuned for a Kitchen Love Giveaway next week!

Modern Elegance Coloring Book Blog Hop and Giveaway!

I’ve been having so much fun! Felt like a kid again coloring on Amanda’s beautiful Modern Elegance Coloring Book!

The book is filled with over 45 beautiful and fun designs, printed on heavy paper suitable for coloring pencils, markers, and even watercolors.

I played with my coloring pencils and fine tip markers…

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And colored these pages… it was so relaxing!

These are a few favorites I will be coloring next:

  

Did you enjoy coloring when you were a child? Would you like a copy of Modern Elegance? Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite color was as a child. I will chose a winner this Sunday, 12/13/15 by midnight. Winners in the US will receive a hard copy of the book, if you reside outside the US, you’ll win an ebook.

And don’t forget to visit the other participant in the Modern Elegance Blog Hop:

Monday, November 30 – C&T Publishing
 Tuesday, December 1st – Benartex
Wednesday, December 2nd – The Little Red Hen
Thursday, December 3rd – American Patchwork & Quilting
Friday, December 4th – Sarah Vedeler Designs
Monday, December 7th – Brewer Sewing
Tuesday, December 8th – Generation Q Magazine
Wednesday, December 9th – Quiltmaker
Thursday, December 10th – Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio you’re here
Friday, December 11th – Amanda Murphy Design
                                                                                       Hugs,

Sunday Ride…

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week and 2015 is almost over! It’s been a crazy and very busy year, but a wonderful one! Fall Market in Houston was just a few weeks ago and it was such fun visiting with friends and being surrounded by so many amazing people and their beautiful work.

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I shared Benartex’s Contempo booth with my friends Amanda and Sara. New patterns for my new line, Sunday Ride, are on the back, left side, Amanda’s beautiful Christmas line, Sparkle, is on the right, Sarah’s gorgeous line, Transformation, on the front, left side, and on the right you can see Michelle’s Fresh Bloom.

But this time it was really hard to go…

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 My sweet Emmie came home just 4 days before I had to leave for Market! She’s a miniature Schnauzer and is a whole 4.6 lbs…

Sunday Ride was inspired by bike rides with my children around our neighborhood…

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I really enjoyed making these new designs for Sunday Ride and working with this fun, vibrant line.

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Sunday Ride will be in stores in February, and since you stopped by today, would you like to make one of these quilts? They’re super easy and have a touch of hand embroidery to add a bit more detail. I’d like to give a pattern to 4 of my sweet visitors. To enter, leave a comment and tell me which one you like best and why. I’ll choose a winner on Thanksgiving, 11/26 at midnight. I’ll also include a charm pack sampler of Sunday Ride.

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Thanks everyone for stopping by and entering!

The winners are: Carol, Sue Ellen, Mello, & Ashley

The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book Blog Tour

I’m so excited to tell you about a fabulous book, The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, written by my friend Amanda, an accomplished quilter and spokesperson for the Bernina longarm.

If you’ve ever finished a quilt top and wondered how to quilt it, this book gives you 155 Mix & Match Designs, broken down by allover designs, blocks, sashing, borders, and individual motifs, beautifully illustrated with step by step samples of how to quilt 30 traditional blocks.

The book is filled with quilting tips

plus a fun table runner with several quilting versions to get you started.FMQIdeaBook_08_compact

And to top it off, there’s an index of designs by block

and by design family, making it super easy to mix and match designs.FMQIdeaBook_07b_compactLove, love the spiral binding!

The free-motion ideas can be easily quilted on both a domestic machine or a longarm, and for great practice and inspiration, you can download the companion Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler epattern made with the blocks in the book.

I joined the The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, Sampler, and App Facebook group and have started making the sampler using my Soul Blossoms fabric.FMQ Cherry-Soul Blossoms

I am a bit behind, but have cut everything and sewn my first row blocks……so, so easy to make!

 And guess what, you can win a copy of Amanda’s great book! Leave a comment and tell me what inspires you to quilt. I’ll chose a winner at midnight this Monday, 11/16

For more inspiration, visit the other blogs in the tour…