Quilts & Magazines

I know it has been a long time since I made a post, sorry but I have a good excuse. In late April I was approached about being part of a new quilting and sewing magazine. Well, it was an opportunity I could not turn down. I accepted an Assistant Editor position with a new company Valu-Publishing (part of All-American Crafts) to work on a new, start-up magazine. Two publications will be produced, called Quilt-it Today and Sew-it Today. Deborah Hearn, the former Editor of Quilt Magazine is our Editor and I have to say it is such a pleasure to be working with Deb, we are kindred spirits and both enjoy quilting and sewing and bringing the craft to beginning quilters. I am having a lot of fun in my new career!

The first issue of Quilt-it Today will not be out till the end of September but I am busy, busy working on getting it ready right now. I will be sure to let you know when it is out and available, a lot can happen between now and then, each day is a new adventure for me, so let me keep you posted on this as we progress.

Other magazine doings: The Easy Quilts issue by Fons & Porter has my Daydreams quilt featured as a bonus quilt. This quilt features my Dilly Day collection fabrics and can be seen at: www.fonsandporter.com/daydreams.


I am pleased to be able to share with you a quilt made by one of my readers. Ana Maria Perna of Spain has been following my blog and made her own version of my Wildwood Quilt I posted in December 2011. It was so interesting to hear from Ana and about her quilt. I love how hers turned out! Very summery, fresh and fun.

Ana P quilt 1

Ana P quilt 2

Here is what Ana has to say about choosing her fabrics;

"Regarding the fabric, it's just scraps, plus some I bought, but normally we don't pay much attention to the brand here. They are known as "American Fabrics" (meaning they come from America, but I wouldn't say people know if they are Hoffman, or Kaffe Fasset, or the like) , and they are usually quite expensive so we try to make do with whatever we have at hand. We get jelly rolls, charm packs and kits, but they are usually expensive. There's still a long way to go in this aspect!"

You can see some of the other projects Ana has made using this link: http://quiltwithus.connectingthreads.com/profile/AnaMariaPerna

It is a wonderful feeling to have been able to inspire another quilter and to see the outcome. Thank you Ana for sharing your quilt with me (us)! I may not be able to make as many posts in the coming months, but I do hope to continue providing inspiration and fun projects through the new magazines. I am looking forward to all the new things I will be learning, the new projects I will be laying out in the pages and the people and designers I will meet along the way.

I would like to use the forum of my blog to extend an invitation to any quilters, sewers and/or designers who would like to submit easy to intermediate quilts or sewing projects to these new publications. We are looking for original designs geared towards beginning sewers. We are also looking for any groups or organizations that work together to create quilts for charity or personal fulfillment for a regular feature "Sharing Your Stash" that will run in our Quilt-it Today magazine.

If you are interested, please email me at Contact@sharonhollanddesigns.com and I will get you more information on how to submit your project for consideration.

What Others Are Sewing 3

I love it when readers send me pictures of projects they are working on that have been made from my projects or fabrics. I know you love seeing the projects too, so this is my third post dedicated to "What Others Are Sewing." First I would like to introduce you to Kay Harold. She is a subscriber to this blog, but also a round about friend. Our husbands happen to work for the same company but in different states and in different roles. Kay moved to a town I used to live in and has become friends with a lady in my old quilting group. Small world huh? Well, Kay and I correspond and our love of quilting and sewing have brought us together as quilt-pals, even though we have never met each other.

Kay enjoyed my Valentine's Card Project and really took the project beyond just Valentine's Day. I will be doing a separate post in the near future explaining some of Kay's techniques in making the project even easier and in some cases even into a no-sew project. With small adjustments, this card project can be adapted for other holidays or celebrations throughout the year. 

The photo below shows Kay's log cabin blocks for her Valentine's Day Cards.

Here Kay made St. Patricks Day cards with using rubber stamps on one card and no-sew method on the other. Again, I will have more detailed instructions on another post.

Yesterday, I got an email from Sally Garrison, she made this baby quilt using fabrics from my Love Grows Collection.

Sally Garrison Quilt

Sally is using the Gathers & Giggles pattern from Sew Much Ado. What a beautiful quilt Sally, thank you so much for sharing it with us. Your baby quilt is so lovely, the effect is very Shabby Chic looking, what a lucky baby!

My last What Others Are Sewing projects to share with you are by a dear friend of mine, Marianne Jensen. Marianne is an amazing women and an amazing sewer. She sent me this beautiful tote bag she made using a pattern by Penny Sturges called Bow Tucks Tote #PS008 available from many online sources.

Marianne made the tote in fabrics from my Blue Skies collection. I love it! I can carry a ton of stuff in it and love all the interior pockets!

Bow Tucks Tote 1
Bow Tucks Tote 2

How cute is that tote?

But wait, there is more! I told you Marianne is an amazing sewer, she made me a quilt top made from the Fat Quarter Shuffle pattern by Connie Barr of Constantly Stitching 'n More.  Neither Marianne or I are a great one for getting the quilting finished on quilt tops, so I already have this over to the long arm quilter to be finished. I cannot wait to be enjoying it as a throw quilt in my family room! Thank you again Marianne, I truly love the tote and the throw quilt!

Fat Quarter Shuffle

I love seeing how my fabrics and my projects help to inspire creativity. It is a wonderful feeling and your creativity inspires my creativity. Thank you very much for sharing your projects.

Keep on Sewing!

2012 International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend. The show is very inspiring and humbling. I say humbling because all the quilts on exhibit are truly works of art. The amount of creativity and craftsmanship on display is mind blowing. Many of the quilts are not the traditional type of quilt, but employ mixed media, hand-painted or printed textiles, innovative piecing techniques to only mention a few of the construction methods.  I know I will probably never "go there" with my fiber creations, but as an artist of paint and canvas, I appreciate and marvel at the amount of work and talent that goes into these wonderful pieces. Photography was not allowed in some areas of the show, but I did take many, many photos of the quilts on display. Like last years International Quilt Festival show in Cincinnati, I will post some of the quilts I took pictures of -- just a little sample of the show.

Note: The images of the quilts from the International Quilt Festival are not to be used on any goods or ordered for images from items that may be purchased. Please respect the copyrights of these artists.

To make sure I represent each artist and their quilt properly, I have taken a photo of the accompanying write up for the quilt. Sometimes the lighting at the show casts shadows on the quilts and or write up, please excuse these distortions. I have made every attempt to represent these quilt  and artists as accurately as possible.

In alphabetical order:

Aegean Memories

Aegean Memories Closeup

Aegean Memories Writeup

An Autumn Breeze

An Autumn Breeze Writeup

Central Park

Central Park (Side View)

Central Park Closeup

Central Park Writeup

Composition No. 16 - Stars
Composition No. 16 - Stars writeup
Cricket on the Radio
Cricket on the Radio writeup
Exposed writeup
Falling Sunbeam - Blue Side
Falling Sunbeam reverse side

Falling Sunbeam Writeup

Height of Tulip Season
Height of Tulip Season closeup
Height of Tulip Season writeup
Kat's Star
Kat's Star writeup
Kindergarten closeup
Kindergarten writeup
Native Weaving- Feathered Star

Native Weaving- Feathered Star Closeup

Native Weaving- Feathered Star Writeup

O Happy Day

O Happy Day Closeup

O Happy Day Writeup

Orevito Memories
Oreito Memories writeup
Spring Beauties
Spring Beauties writeup
Springtime in the Garden
Springtime in the Garden writeup
Star Medallion with 96 Baskets
Star Medallion closeup

Star Medallion Writeup

Texas Cabins, Texas Wildflowers
Texas Cabins closeup
Texas Cabins writeup
Wingin' It by Christy Meyer
Wingin' It writeup

And those were only 18 of the hundreds of quilts on display! It was a very inspiring show.

After we looked at all the competition quilts on display, we went and strolled through all the vendors booths. Again, hundreds! I have to say I was a bit over stimulated by then and not having a particular project in mind, really at loss for what to buy. I was very, very restraind, and could have gone crazy if I was looking for specific fabrics, saw plenty of fabrics that would have been great for the quilt I am currently working on and nearly finished with! Don't you just hate that!?!

Here are my meager purchases.

I really was scoping out some of the larger ticket items for my "want/need" list down the line, maybe next year.

I did have the pleasure of finding two vendors I would like to showcase that I "discovered" at the show plus a local shop that I just love that is not new to me, but one you may not know.

Check out OliveGraceStudios.com, you will find a talented young lady with loads of fun, fresh ideas. Her booth was just as adorable as she was. I bought this Jot ipad stylus pen there that a family member of hers developed and markets. I was looking for just the right stylus and have already played with it on my ipad, it is terrific. To find this product and more information on it go to: http://adonit.net/product/jot/

Another vendor that had a lovely booth filled with fresh, fun and eye-catching fabrics, books and merchandise was Craft Nectar. You will enjoy her website along with her modern take on quilts.

Then, to plug a local shop that was at the show, Sew-A-Lot Creative Sewing Centers not only has loads of quilting fabric that is a little retro, a little mod and a lot of terrific, they also carry PFAFF and Viking sewing machines. They have an online site you can check out: http://www.sewalotonline.com/

So, now my big inscentive is to finish the quilt that is currently up on my design wall so I can put some of this creative inspiration I just got from this weekends visit to the International Quilt Festival to work!