A little bit of quilt market

I dutifully haul the camera to market with me every time I go. I put it in my purse so it won't get stolen. Then I usually leave it in my purse the entire time and end up with no pictures! Minneapolis was really no exception. We only have three pictures this time that are worth showing.

This is our new quilt "Social Networking" behind Michelle D'Amore and I. She designed this wonderful fabric collection entitled "Wordplay" for Benartex and I chose to make this quilt from her line. She had been a textile designer for about 25 years and knocks it out of the park with every collection she does.

The funnest part about market is seeing old friends and making new ones. That's probably why I take no pictures. I like to catch up and hear what's new with everyone. One of my favorite people is Cindy Lammon. She makes the MOST beautiful quilts that I always love. She has a new book out called Flowers All Around for That Patchwork Place. Can you see how lovely her quilts are?

I am truly embarrassed and I will tell you why. I got to have my picture taken with a great group of women who design fabrics for Henry Glass. I stood next to this friendly and funny lady, whom I didn't know but liked immediately. It turns out that she was non other than Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. I could have died! I sent her a note with egg all over my face. I was pretty surprised to find out who she was and had to read it on Linda Lum DeBono's blog! Left to right we are me, Carrie, Mary Ellen of Little Quilts, Linda and Heather Mulder-Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures. I was honored to be included with these talented women. Speaking of Linda, she was one of the brightest spots for me at market. We had a chance to go to dinner with her and she is just delightful and way too funny!

We flew home on Monday and there was tons of weather that day. We were re-routed from Denver to Chicago (makes sense doesn't it?)! All I knew about Chicago is that it is in the United States and Oprah thinks its fine there. Here is Glenda (my sister) posing with Jake and Elwood at the airport in Chicago. She just kept saying "Hurry up and take the picture! People are looking at me!" We are happy to have been in Minneapolis and happy to be back home. I have a few new things to show you next time.

Hip Holidays tutuorial-2

The next thing you need to make the Hip Holidays quilt is fabric requirements and paper piecing patterns. You can find both in the free pattern download at QuiltSoup. The fabric has just barely arrived and it way cute if I don't say so myself! All the fabrics are posted at QuiltSoup too. Just click on the Hip Holidays link. The pattern is full of detailed photos and is quite long. My hope is that the photos will help you see what is going on the paper piecing part of this adventure.

I will meet you back here on Monday and we will continue with the quilt. I also got something else from the UPS guy this week that I will show you then!

New winners!

The new winners for tickets to the HMQS show are Kristen Kimber and the Wallins. You have each won 2 tickets so you and a friend can enjoy the show together. Please email your name and the name of your guest and I will have the tickets ready and waiting for you.

You snooze, you lose!

I haven't heard from all the winners of the Home Machine Quilting Show tickets and I hate to see any of them go to waste. If you won, please send me your name and the name of your guest by midnight, Tuesday, May 4th (tomorrow)! I will be drawing winners for any unclaimed tickets and posting the winners on Wednesday. So....if you snooze, you lose! And if you didn't win yet, there is still hope!

You meet the nicest people

One of the perks of working in the quilt industry is that you meet the nicest people. For example, we struck up an online friendship with Liz Johnson over at Sew4Home. They have a beautiful website with outstanding photography. They do just what they say they do...Sew4Home. They have the cutest and most creative quick projects I have seen in awhile.We were lucky enough for them to use our "Simply Sweet" line of fabric in a post they were doing about retro fabrics. They made this darling table cloth with flounced corners. Check out all the cute stuff they do. It will take you awhile!!!