you better watch out!

Look what I got yesterday! It is just the best. It makes me think that it won't be long now until the fat man shows up and I don't mean my husband! I am so excited.

There were a couple of questions regarding Bad Dad lately. I have posted clarifications on our website but wanted to show you a picture of the size of the vehicle border. Notice that there is only about 1/2" above the bus.

We have updated our website and wonder what you think of the changes. Let me know.

Bubblegum Basics

The strike offs of Bubblegum Basics have all arrived! Most of you know that strike-offs are little test samples for each fabric in a collection that the textile mill prepares. The textile mill sends strike-offs to the design director (in my case it is Karen..see her in our market photos) at the fabric company (Henry Glass & Co). This person looks the fabric over carefully to be certain there are no problems with the printing and they send a set of strike-offs back to the designer(me)for review. It is always an exciting time because this is the first time I see the designs on actual fabric! There can be some surprises and sometimes there are minor changes that need to be made before the mill makes goodles of yards of a particular design.

Bubblegum Basics has a really cute hanky panel included in the line. They aren't really hankies but that panel reminds me of them. We have 7 1/2" pre-printed squares with sayings for today's teen girls (and their moms and grandmas) like "Oh my Gosh", "Laugh out Loud", etc. (read these with a valley girl totally, you know!) Our Mall Doll quilt pattern (free with purchse of the fabric) uses these squares in a quick and easy quilt pattern designed for "hip chicks!"

More on the fabric on the next post... If you can't wait till then, you can see them all online at Henry Glass & Company at

But I digress...

I have taken up knitting again! Kris Gianetti of Cozy Cottage in Brea was my "go-to-girl" for this adventure. She carries yarn in her quilt shop and we see her at market everytime we go. I asked her to bring me a surprise package of yarn so I could have something fun to do in the evenings while were in Houston. She brought me a couple of different yarns and a cute headband pattern to knit. True to form, I started the project and then thought "what if I were to .......". It has been an adventure ever since. I thought I would show you what I was working on so I can keep you updated on my progress.

And, as I promised, here are a few of the gifts I got before and during market. Clock wise from upper left. Penny Sturgess of Quilts Illustrated gave me this beautiful bag she made from Lakehouse fabric. The workmanship is impeccable both inside and out. What means the most to me about this bag is that Penny made it herself and gave it to me. MaryAnne brought me beautiful new earrings to wear at market. They were handmade by glass artist Sarinda Jones and are lovely. Next is my reading material for the next little (long???)while. My friend and helper Mary gave me this new translation of Les Miserables as I have never read it. Hope my glasses hold out. This is a big book!! And then there is my knitting. I am making very feminine fingerless gloves from pink cashmere yarn! The yarn is called Pashmina and feels like you would like have to have your underwear made from it which made me wonder "What if I were to....."!!!!!

Home again 3

A couple more famous folks…..
First, Anne 2 of Bunny Hill. Anne (on the right) is Anne Sutton’s (on the left) best friend and helps her make all the lovely quilts she makes. Anne 2 is very kind and easy to be around. The first time I went to market I was terrified. I had signed us up to work sample spree and we had no idea what sample spree was, much less how to run the credit card machine, display the products, etc. Anne 2 sort of took us under her wing a little bit and I will always appreciate her kindness.

Next, Cindy Lammon stopped by. She is an author for That Patchwork Place books and makes some lovely quilts. She always has a big smile on her face and I am always thrilled to see her. She said we can look for another wonderful book from her. I can hardly wait! You can visit her at Hyacinth Quilt Designs.

Lastly, I met bloggers and lurkers of all varieties. Thanks to Jackie, Bronwyn and others who identified themselves at our booth. It was so fun to meet you in person.

Tomorrow’s post is market gifts, before and after, so stay tuned……

Home again... Part 2

Now that you have met the neighbors let me tell you about the celebs that we ran into. The effervescent Pam Kitty Morning came by and mugged with our new fabric line. She is as funny and terrific in person as you would expect her to be from her blog. I took the pic with my camera so the lighting isn’t the very best. It was that or nothing!

Next I ran into Holly Lakehouse and her attention seeking puppy! She had two of these cute little dogs at market and they were, of course, attired in little collars from her terrific new fabric line called Doll Dresses. Holly was concerned that you might not be able to see the puppy collar against the red carpet.
She was right……as usual. Again, the picture was taken with the phone and the color is a little goofy. But look how limber she is!!!! Her booth was smashing as always and was the best in my opinion. I am certain she will be blogging about it.

One of my very favorite designers is Glenna Haley. You will never meet a sweeter and funnier person in your life. She and Karen Snyder stopped by and I laughed until I cried. Glenna and her husband Bill sprung us from captivity and took us out for a delicious dinner and a buggy ride through town. Bill had the limo all polished up and he waiting for us just outside the convention center. If you knew how big the convention center was, you would appreciate what that means to folks with tired and aching feet. What a guy! So kind of them and so fun for us.

I don’t have picture of the most exciting celebrity I met. You will have to take my word for it. I have wanted to meet the elusive Mr. Mark Lipinski for quite some time now and it has just never worked out. He is Mr. Big Deal and getting an audience with him is like getting an audience with Oprah herself. I was standing in line to check my bags at the Contintental Airlines counter early Tuesday morning and who should happen to get in line behind me? None other, I swear to God. I promptly introduced myself and chatted him up a bit.

The photo is from the cover of his mag , Quilter’s Home. He is even prettier in person. He is just one of those people who breeze through a room and stir things up. You find yourself wishing you were going with him no matter where he is headed. Energetic, fun and wears GREAT glasses. Sarah Palin pales in comparison (forgive me Mark!).
Only a day or two of the market round up left. Stay tuned……..

Home Again

We have been to Mecca for quilters and are home safe and sound. We are introducing you to our market neighbors first….

Here is Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill with Karen Junquet. Anne’s booth was as lovely as ever. Anne’s new block of the month was terrific in person. You can also steal a peek at Anne’s new fabric line in the lower left corner. Karen is a design director at Henry Glass & Co.

Deborah Ann Hobbs and Mr. Hobbs of TaDah Quilt Designs. Did you know that the Dah in TaDah were her initials? How clever! Deborah is a machine quilter amongst all her other talents and her fabric line was definitely influenced by her quilting. She also pieced and covered the chairs in her booth. Anything she doesn’t do? Sleep!!!

Lynette Anderson and her terrific son. Talk about charming…these two definitely are. Lynette has had a presence in the market place for a number of years and her work is delightful in person. Her son traveled with her to market and he is the kind of young man would we all hope for in a son.

More tomorrow.

I thank you for joining us on the sneak peek tour this week. Next week we travel “for real” and are heading to Houston for International Quilt Market. I can’t wait to show you the quilts in their entirety and pictures from the market floor. Stay tuned…..

Peek Week 5

First come loves, then comes marriage, then comes a beauty in a baby carriage!!! These “Doll Babies” were made mostly with Lakehouse fabric. We have done 2 versions of this little quilt ‘cause they were so much fun to make. The second is made from their wonderful “Doll Dress” collection.

I thank you for joining us on the sneak peek tour this week. Next week we travel “for real” and are heading to Houston for International Quilt Market. I can’t wait to show you the quilts in their entirety and pictures from the market floor. Stay tuned…..

Peek Week 4

Thought we would show you what the well appointed woman has been wearing on our travels this week. Remember the rose block we clued you in about a few days ago? She was wearing this when she was given the rose!!!

Peek Week 3

So far this week we have been to Paris for dessert, played a game of tiddlywinks and now we are off to the rural America. Oklahoma Pop-Ups was made from Glenna Haley’s new line of fabric called Rise ‘N Shine for Maywood. Glenna happens to be from Oklahoma so I named these flowers for her. I loved her chicken wire fabric!

Peek Week 2

Speaking of Lecien fabrics, today’s offering is also done in their fabrics. The quilt is called Tiddlywinks and works up quickly. I happen to like color by itself and sometimes find that pattern detracts from the “bones” of the quilt. But I also know that richness of pattern and texture can really knock your socks off. We are making a second version in funkier fabric to show you other possibilities. Stay tuned…….

Sneak Peek Week- First Day

It Is Sneak Peek Week here at the Soup (say that 3 times fast)! Join us for a tour of each of our new quilts. We are traveling to France today and sampling Parisian Pastries made from Lecien fabrics. How do you feel about chocolate, vanilla pastry crème, pale peach and strawberry pink? The panels in the centers of the log cabin blocks have little Eiffel towers, airplanes and “Bon Jour” in some of them and churches and trees in others. We will have to straighten out how the quilt is hanging once we get to market. Our time is very limited right now so this photo was snapped quickly without too much fussing. I know for sure that I am ordering dessert first when I visit Paris!! How about you?

Heaven Scent

My quilter is also my friend and a member of my quilt group. She stopped by on Saturday to deliver a completed quilt and brought me something special. She has the most beautiful rosebush in her garden named Heaven Scent. I smell the roses and drool over the color every time I see it. She brought me one of those roses and a snowman cookie. We had rain and snow that day so the combination couldn’t be more appropriate. Thanks Kate!!


We were delighted when Holly Lakehouse (aka Holly Holderman of Lakehouse Dry Goods) invited us participate in the Doll Dress design event. We have used Lakehouse fabrics for quite some time. What I love most about their fabrics is the colors. Holly is a master colorist and you can always expect the pieces in her collections to work together beautifully. She also had the foresight to blend one collection into the next. What this means for quilters is that you can get the new stuff and mix it with the older stuff and it all works perfectly. “Doll Dresses” is no exception.

Our doll dress block is very, very simple. I like jumpers. I like red, pink, green and white in almost any proportion! Stir it all together with ReNee’s cute pattern and viola, you have our block. We cut our jumper from red, sewed a green 1 " piece to the bottom of it and covered the seam with lace that was top stitched in place. We cut the blouse from my favorite pink and lined it up with the edges of the jumper. We then hand appliquéd the blouse and jumper in place on the center of a 12" background square. I think you could easily get away with a square cut at 10 1/2". After the appliqué was complete, we pressed and added 2 little red buttons. The block was trimmed to 9 1/2" square.

I loved this new collection so much that QuiltSoup is offering a new quilt from this line that will debut at Houston Quilt Market. I am telling you that it is cute, cute, cute! It is called All Dolled Up and it is one of my favorites. Here’s a sneak peek at a one of the blocks:

Our blog is also brand new and I am still fine tuning it. I can tell you that we have tons of exciting news and will be giving you the scoop the first minute that we can.