Monthly Archives: November 2011

Home to Roost: Winners!

Thank you to all the fabulous store managers/owners who entered our Home to Roost kit drawing.

Home to Roost Kit

A Home to Roost kit will be going to these three winners:

  • Jodie Heinold, Fort Worth Fabric Studio
  • Linda Schiffer, Seminole Sampler
  • Angela van Nistelrooy, Atelier Quilt Puzzel

I’ve emailed the winners, so if you see your name (and shop) here, please go check your inbox!

~Wendy

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Introducing: Better Gnomes & Gardens

Here’s one of the new collections that we just introduced at Quilt Market:

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Blue)

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Blue)

It’s Better Gnomes & Gardens by Heather DuPont.

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Pink)

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Pink)

I think it’s just the most fun ever! (I love putting together these simple little collages of the prints. It’s like making a quilt.)

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Green)

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Green)

Looking for a simple project? The panel print shown here is about 36″ x 44″…perfect for a crib quilt. (It’s also available in pink and green.) Just add borders to bring it to a size suitable for older kids.

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Panel: 8HDB1)

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Panel: 8HDB1)

You can check out the whole collection here. It should be available in quilt shops in April, 2012. Can’t wait!

~Wendy

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Musings Strike-Offs Are Here!

The strike-offs for Jason Yenter’s Musings collection arrived recently, and we’ve all been admiring them!

Musings Strike-Offs

Musings Strike-Offs

Musings will be shipping to stores in December…just when you might be yearning for springtime again, and might welcome the sight of some birds and flowers. The pink colorway is great for friendship quilts. The quotes from memorable women are, well, memorable! My favorite for today is from Carol Leifer, “I’m not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.”

~Wendy

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Fall Quilt Market 2011 Reflections

Right now I am flying over a lovely landscape somewhere between Texas and Washington state.  Jason, Becca, and I were in Houston to attend the International Quilt Market held each fall at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Besides having a lot of fun and good food, we were there to show off our latest fabric collections and connect with our wonderful sales reps, distributors, and of course our customers.

The first two days were spent putting up a booth featuring our latest fabrics and books. The booth has a simple design and we have a good formula for getting it set up in a timely manner so it was easy work.

Below is a photo of what we started with:

starting out

This is what we started with.

And this is what it ended up looking like:

finished

Our In The Beginning booth is ready!

The next three days we spent working with customers showing our new things and helping them find the perfect prints to fit their shop.

Becca and customers

Becca is showing our new collections to customers.

This was the fun part. I am very excited about our new collections from four of the most creative fabric designers in the business. There’s definitely something for everyone and I can’t wait to get this fabric in my hands and start playing with it. We are so fortunate to be working in this industry where creativity abounds and our only constraint is time.

Leah and Lida

Leah and designer Lida Enche

Three of our licensed designers were able to make their way to Houston as well. They are not only creative artists but also a heck of a lot of fun. We learn a lot about trends of the industry and concerns of our customers each market. We are always looking to improve the process and are inspired by the competition.

Jane and Jason

Sales Rep Jane Hager and Jason

One thing is for sure – quilting is a good business to be in. I’ll be home in a few hours and tomorrow I will be back in the office producing samples of fabric that will show up in your local quilt shop in a few months. I know when you see it you will want it as quickly as you can get some. By then we will be gearing up for spring and another set of inspiration on fabric. Until then take a look at our four new collections and start dreaming up ideas.

~Leah

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