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.