October Review

October was such a busy month! In the previous blog post, I shared images of my Fall 2015 Quilt Market booth showcasing my newest fabric Coastline for Art Gallery Fabrics.  The fall show is always held in Houston, TX during October. Visit the AGF Blog to see more images and videos from the show.

Photos courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics

Photos courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics

Last month two quilting and sewing publications hit the newsstands with Sketchbook fabric projects. I love seeing the projects in print and finally being able to share them with you.

2015-1016 International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene magazine

2015-1016 International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene magazine

It's an honor to be included in the Quilt Scene magazine. This issue is a feast for the eyes with amazing art quilts, luscious fabrics, and designs. My project is definitely the easiest one in the magazine but is a great project if you're looking for a quick gift idea for your favorite artist. 

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Use a store-bought dish towel and turn it into a work apron. Use your favorite scrap prints to customize the look. I love how Quilt Scene photographed this for the magazine. 

 

Winter 2015 Stitch magazine

Winter 2015 Stitch magazine

This beautiful issue of Stitch magazine is their final issue. After seven years the magazine will no longer be printed. I had always wanted to have a project in this magazine. One of my most favorite quilts was made for my Sketchbook fabrics Spring 2015 Quilt Market booth. Kilim Quilt was inspired by kilim rugs and was so much fun to create. 

Last up for the October Review it's time to revisit October's Sharon Holland Nature Study photos. I have given myself a personal challenge to photograph a flat lay image each week for a year. The parameters I set for myself is the contents of the photo must be of natural origins. So far, I have also included a color mood for the photo as a way to further categorize and connect the objects.

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 12

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 12

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 13

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 13

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 14

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 14

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 15

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 15

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 16

Sharon Holland Nature Study no. 16

Fall 2015 Quilt Market Recap

Just eight days ago I was flying to Houston and getting my booth set up. Months of planning, sewing, and anticipation are now over. I am so happy with how everything turned out as well as the chance to meet many of my social media friends in person. 

Coastline is my third fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. This nautical-inspired textile line will be available in quilt shops and online in January 2016--just in time for spring sewing!

As part of the Art Gallery Fabrics large booth, I had a 12 foot long wall so I could display quilts and projects made with my fabrics. 

The quilt above the table is called "Cross Sea" and is designed, made, and quilted by me. The 72" square quilt and is very easy to make. Once this fabric line is available in January, Art Gallery Fabrics will have the instructions posted for this quilt on their free pattern page

Here I am on Friday (set up day) before the show. We just finished putting the booth together and I am standing in front of my painted seascape mural and my handmade sign.

I did a painterly loose brushstroke mural onto a painter's drop cloth. Not having the mural rigid or on traditional stretched canvas allowed me to roll it like a rug and ship it to Houston.

The sign I made is a hollow foam core board base covered with homemade paper mache clay. Once the paper mache clay was dry I painted it to look like driftwood. The lettering for Coastline is made from mod podged and painted clothesline. The logo rectangles are foam core board covered with Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Element solid fabrics then glued in place. My name is cut out using a Silhouette Cameo cutter. I used their thin chipboard and glued 10 layers of cutout letters together to get that amount of relief. 

The most exciting part of going to Market is getting to spend time with other designers, shop owners, and bloggers. Art Gallery Fabrics designers pictured from left to right: Maureen Cracknell, Bari J., Pat Bravo, Amy Sinibaldi, and Sharon Holland.

My decorator Shorebird will appear in an upcoming Quilt Mania magazine. I had some fun with mixed media crafts and sewing this time!

Home decor weight canvas is now available in selected prints from each AGF fabric collection. Sandbar Lagoon is the canvas print for Coastline. I made a rug from the canvas as well as the thongs on the sandals. When the Coastline LookBook comes out sometime in January I will have instructions for how to make a canvas rug and post it here on the blog.

Art Gallery Fabrics knits are so soft and luxurious to wear. Pictured below are items made with prints from my Coastline collection. 

If you want to see more of what goes on at Market and see the displays in the other Art Gallery Fabrics boothes, follow the AGF blog to see videos and more Market recaps. 

Quilt Market Week!

That's right, it's Quilt Market week! All my projects are done and I am just putting the finishing touches on last minute details, checking my to-do lists, and packing things up. Something tells me I have forgotten something, but that might just be nerves. I need to trust in all my prep work and planning and let it all go now. Time for some fun!

This is my third time at Market with a booth. I will be displaying quilts and sewing projects made from my newest Art Gallery Fabrics fabric line--Coastline

This is just a little sneak peek into some of the projects I made with Coastline fabrics for my Quilt Market booth. Be watching my social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Periscope) for updates and full reveals during Quilt Market. It's gonna be pretty exciting!

A lot of exhibitors and attendees of the show have buttons to give and collect. Personally I haven't gotten into collecting buttons so I did not have any made. I still wanted to have a takeaway from my booth (other than promotional postcards) and came up with a fun Take & Make packet that attendees can takeaway from my booth. 

I have a glassine envelope takeaway that contains 7 English paper-piecing paper templates and 7 fabric rectangles to take and make either a Hexie Doilie or Hexie Clutch project. Once you English paper-piece the hexies together you can decide which project to complete. A fun little project for traveling and I have 72 envelopes prepared with either Gossamer or Sketchbook fabric swatches in each of the colorways. Supplies are limited so if you are going to Quilt Market, stop by booth #1322 and pick one up as a token of my appreciation. 

Not going to the Market? Well, because I love you too, I have made a free PDF pattern download of this project. You of course will have to cut out your templates from the full-size paper-piece pattern provided and supply your own materials, but you can also enjoy a bit of handi-work paper-piecing as well. Find the pattern on my Free Patterns page.

Stop by the booth and say "hi" if you're going to Market. If not, keep watching on social media for Market updates.


Interview by June McCrary Jacobs

Quilt Market is a week and a half away! Most of the sample projects I planned to make for my booth are done. I will finish the last items this week and have a couple days to pack and double check the to-do lists before I head to Houston. 

These upcycled flip-flops are made over using Art Gallery Fabrics Oval Elements for the soles and Coastline canvas for the thongs. This is just one of the many sewn items that will be part of my booth at Market. Next week I will show you some more and also have a new free project to share with you!

For a closer look at my newest Art Gallery Fabrics fabric collection, Coastline, I invite you to visit author June McCrary Jacobs on her writing and sewing blog. June interviews me about being a textile designer and my latest collection. Peek into the inspiration behind the prints for these fabrics and learn a little bit more about me and being a designer. June is an award-winning author who is also involved in sewing, quilting, and hand-embroidery. She has many talents and is also just a wonderful person. I am so pleased she asked to interview me for her blog. 

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