Thursday, April 16, 2015

Summer on my mind new patterns and sale

 Well the time has finally come to release these two new patterns to go with my Simply Colorful RED, ORANGE, YELLOW line with Moda Fabrics (due to come to a store near you July 2015)
And what better day than today! The weather projected here in eastern Iowa is 75 degrees of pure awesomeness. This weather makes me so happy! And it is making me so excited for SUMMER!!! we have around 30 days left of school and then it's my happy place of vacation time and the POOL! So looking forward to the pool. So in celebration of these two new patterns and school being out for summer in 30ish days…lets do a 30% off discount on all PDF patterns including these two new ones I'm showing today! Just enter SUMMER30 at the checkout and get 30% off all your pdf patterns. :)

Okay well, Lets introduce these two new patterns.
As most of you already know, I was born and raised in southern California by the beach. I miss that beach, and I think these two quilt patterns had San Diego/Los Angeles Beach written all over them! Lets talk about the first pattern:
Endless Summer: 

 This quilt is such a fun quilt with great colors. We paired up the Simply Colorful Prints with some much loved Bella Solids.
 The quilt measures at 64''x70''
This booklet pattern includes color images and diagrams, step by step instructions on cutting and piecing, and pressing. It's a fantastic quilt and has already become a favorite of mine. The Fat Quarter Shop has pre orders of the Endless Summer Kit for sale here
 Cat not included... that's not the first time she's made it on the cover of one of my quilt patterns remember her here?:
this was when I took pictures of my Hopscotch pattern she seems to think I need to have her be a part of the whole picture taking experience I guess. Still as judgey as ever she seems to be looking at me like "seriously, another picture of this quilt? don't you have like a bazillion?" Why yes judgey cat I do, but I really like this quilt so back off."
We talk like that to each other all the time, it's not healthy.



 When we made this fabric line of red, orange, yellow to be part of the Simply Color Book Series, I knew I would have to make a couple of patterns as well to display the versatility of this color option. And what screams Sunrise more than RED, ORANGE, and YELLOW? Nothing that's what!

 This quilt measures 48'' x 60'' (perfect little lap size) to snuggle under while you watch the sunrise over the mountain, skyline, ocean, lake, field, trees…wherever you may find yourself enjoying the view.

This quilt uses each one of the mini fat quarter bundles color ways.
The pattern includes detailed color diagrams of each block in the quilt, and step by step instructions. 

both of these patterns include my Simply Colorful RED, ORANGE, YELLOW fabric line that is due to come out JULY 2015. 

Make sure you enter SUMMER30 to get your discount on all your PDF patterns. SEE YOU SOON! I have more news next month but for now this will do.
Discount ends Sunday April 19th at Midnight. Happy almost summer! We'll talk soon

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

And then there were three.

Lemonade Stand from the YELLOW book available in May 
This last week was very eventful (in my private life with my first child needing to be hospitalized for kidney issues again he's doing better now thank you and we are working with great doctors) we also were having spring break, which mother natures settings went bipolar giving us one day at 81 degrees and rounding it out to the 50's and 40's and then yesterday giving us freezing rain and snow. And even though we are still heating up our houses and wearing puffy coats over here in the midwest, my advance copy of Simply Color Book YELLOW arrived at my doorstep (due to arrive on your doorstep in May) and it made for a very warm and happy time. Here is a picture of my YELLOW Book, my YELLOW fabric  (Simply Colorful RED, ORANGE, YELLOW is due out in July 2015 please ask your Moda rep to show it to you!) with Moda and yes even my YELLOW thread found in my first thread box with Aurifil goes quite nicely!
And to answer the some questions about Simply Colorful: Yes, each color comes individually in it's own pre-cut. They are available in fat quarter bundles (of the 10 different SKU's of that color) Mini Jelly Rolls, and Layer Cakes. The charm packs carry all three colors together. YES, some of the fabric used in the book can be found in the new fabric line, BUT it's a new fabric line so it includes many that are not in the book but can be substituted quite nicely! 
Katie's yellow quilt from the Yellow book available in May

Creamsicle from the ORANGE book available now

YES! There are Ombre's that go with this line. As a matter of fact this project in the ORANGE book called Cheese Crackers would look fantabulous in Ombre and I'm planning on making one again using the orange ombre next time! 
Cheese Cracker from the ORANGE book available now

Queen of Hearts from the RED book available now

AND YES! There will be fabric to go with the rest of the books in the series, the next three books are GREEN, BLUE, and PURPLE. And I can't wait to show you those books and fabric! But not yet, right now lets savor these three! 
XOXO from the RED book available now

Purchase your RED book here
Purchase your ORANGE book here
Be alerted when YELLOW book goes on sale here
Be alerted when Simply Colorful RED, ORANGE, YELLOW half yard bundles goes on sale here.

Publisher of the Simply Color Books is Lucky Spool.
Simply Colorful Fabric Lines are By V and Co for Moda Fabrics

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happenings of the last couple of weeks

Ombre wall in the ombre class at Quilt Con
 Hello! Well, I've crawled back out of my hole after Quilt Con. WHAT A BLAST THAT WAS! It was entirely too fast and too quick, but man it totally tired me out! I was there a total 4 days, and I felt that I didn't even have a chance to take a breath. Two of the days were spent all day teaching classes, and interviews, and book signings and conversing with friends in the passing by. Occasionally I would be able to meet up for dinner with friends and we would talk about how fun everything was.
Triangle class at Quilt Con
 My Classes were amazing. So kind and fun. Our triangle class was first and we learned wonky, flying geese, HST, hour glass, just to name a few. It was fun if I do say so myself. I loved talking and joking and teaching and learning from my students. Such a fun give and take group of individuals.
my Ombre Flying Geese was used for both classes :)
Me in front of the Wall of Ombre. We didn't even put up all the projects up! They cranked them out like rockstars
ombre class students totally rocking the ombre fabric

The second day was spent teaching the Ombre gradient class. These ladies knocked out learning tons of techniques using my ombre gradient fabric. WE HAD A FUN TIME. we learned how to piece randomly and how to piece purposely with gradients, how to appliqué, how to pleat, and how to make rosettes jut to name a few. Much thanks to both of my classes it was so much fun getting to know you in our time together.

my favorite quilt please don't ask me who made it because it was a walk by taking picture and I didn't get the maker's name, but it was amazing, the different shades in the circles were made by the color of thread
During my classes and interviews and book signings, there was a common comment I got a lot of: "You're a lot shorter in person." and "You are very animated when you talk."
Case in point here's me at the BERNINA booth signing books. WHAT? This was a freak accident picture taken at just the right time…I don 't know what people are talking about…wait…

Okay fine. I blame the hispanic in me. So I flail my arms and make a lot of facial expressions. Sue me. I make life interesting. ;) (just kidding I know I'm animated, just as my sunday school kids in primary…half the time they just sit there staring at me with wide eyes and open mouths as I teach because I make so many faces and try to take flight half the time…)

Once I got home, I took a break of a day or so because my voice was all but gone and I was delirious from hardly any sleep and stress of the weeks prior. So I took to folding all yardage of all my fabric collections with Moda, it was relaxing for a minute. I still have just gray left to go. But i've made lots of room on my shelves so that's fantastic news. :)

This last Sunday after church I brought out my EPP from last year that I started at Camp Stitch A Lot and worked on it for a little. It was a nice little side distraction from all deadlines.
BUT, I did get one step closer to having our two new patterns for Simply Colorful RED, ORANGE, YELLOW ready for release!
My beautiful Endless Summer Quilt (pattern coming later this month) came back from being quilted by Melissa Corry. (who also pieced it for me while I was gone at Quilt Con! Thank you!!!)
Now back to reality of deadlines to be met, children to usher to activities, and dirty dishes. Life is a wonderful thing, I love my "crazy normal" and I love being home for a little bit. (HELLO SPRING MARKET COMING IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS!) One thing at a time.

We'll talk soon. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015


kind of like it's Hammer Time only better

If we don't connect in one of my classes make sure you come and see me in:
 Booth 306 on Thursday the 19th at 5pm, I'll be signing my first book with Martingale "Make It Sew Modern: Gather, Twist, Pleat, Texture

Booth 516 on Friday at 5 pm and get a signed copy of my newest book with Lucky Spool Simply Color: Red: A Crayon Box for Quilters , and get a glimpse of Simply Color: Orange: A Crayon Box for Quilters . :) See you there or be square.

Take 5 Fat Quarters

Little Miss Kathy Brown and I go way back. Well not really we only go about a year back because that's when we met, but we HIT IT OFF like we had known each other for decades. We belly laughed and laughed and laughed in a little town in Indiana when we did the Shipshewana Quilt Festival. So yes I feel that Kathy and I go way back because of who she is a person. I'm pretty darn lucky to know her in real life, but enough kissy-kissy brown nosing Miss Brown(ha did you see what I did there?) …Lets talk about this new book of hers. 
In this book you will take 5 fat quarters and add background fabric to create some fun quilts. Kathy is the author of many other books as well. She's kind of good at it! And she's the master at showing you how to do it fast and fun and with some great tips along the way.
These two are a couple of my favorite quilts in her book! 
look at these lovely flying geese! :) I want to make this one as soon as I get a moment to breathe (so in like a bazillion years…but maybe this summer) Please go check out Kathy's blog, give her a sweet note of which one of her quilts is your favorite. It'll make her day. Make sure you tell her I sent you. ;)

PS: thank you so much for the lovely response on the new fabric line! :) and the books! :)!! mwua!
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