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Well it's that time of year again. Time for a fresh start. To reevaluate our lives and see where we are headed. Course correct as necessary, or even change direction. For me, I'm setting myself a goal to be healthier this year. To eat better, exercise more and just feel better. After turning 40 this past year, I realized that I no longer have youth on my side. I have to be more careful about how I treat my body in order to make sure it's going to last as long as I want. If we all had more time in a day, we would have the time to get everything we want done, and I've always chosen other things (like family or hobbies) over taking care of myself. So this year, I'm going to take time out for me. In order to be the best me I can be, I need to be the healthiest me I can be. This means taking the time to cook nutritious meals from scratch, rather than prepackaged foods full of chemicals and additives. Getting back to the basics in life. It's so easy for little things to change into big things, one step at a time. I'm cutting out the excess and getting rid of the extra. So, join me this year on my sojourn to Sanitas (Latin for Good Health), and while we're going we'll share a laugh or two, while doing something we love: quilting. So, I raise a glass to your health and happiness. Let's make 2013 the best year yet! Salud!
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Finally settled back into the normal routine after the International Quilt Market in Houston. Had a great time, just like last year. This time though, I knew to make sure to take frequent breaks, and to make sure to stay hydrated. If you have never been to Market or Festival, it can be quite overwhelming. So much to see and do. I've posted some more of the pictures in an album on my Facebook page for anyone to look at, if you want to see some of the things that were at Market.
Dad and I had our picture taken with Marianne Fons while at Market. I had done a quilt for them in their Fall 2012 issue of Scrap Quilts called The Stripes of Summer. Dad had done the longarming for me, so he was also mentioned in the article. It was a really fun day!
Moda had the largest booth (of course) and also won first place for the multibooth exhibit. They always have great things to look at.
I introduced a new pattern at Market. My Small Holdall. It's the same style as my Quilter's Holdall, except half the size. It's still perfect for storing and organizing your fat quarters, half yards and even whole yard pieces, but the Small Holdall is also for carrying your tools to class, for small projects, knitting, crocheting and tatting. Or even for none craft related items, like carrying shoes in your luggage, makeup and toiletries, or even Barbie dolls and Legos. You can check them out in more detail on the Small Holdall page under Projects.
In other news, the magazine article is out. Boy, that was fun! :) Hoping to do another one soon. If you haven't seen the article, it's 6 pages, full color, in Fons and Porter's Scrap Quilts. The quilt is labeled as The Stripes of Summer. Take a look and then let me know if you like it.
Market preparations are currently underway and I'm working like a house elf ;) Tons to do, sewing and hand stitching, ironing, printing, labeling, and packing. Just 2 weeks from tomorrow we'll be heading down to the show. Can't wait!
More news to come on new products- and I promise it won't be another year gone by before I blog again!
For all of you quilters who watch QNNtv.com, Lilac Cottage Designs was shown on a recent episode of Quilt Out Loud! with Mark Lipinski and Jodie Davis. Jodie presented a Quilter's Holdall that I had made for Mark and given to Jodie at the International Quilt Market in Houston last fall. That was my first time being mentioned on TV, and what a rush it was! Pretty Cool! Anyway, check out the Quilter's Holdall page under projects for more information on the Quilter's Holdall. If you missed the episode and would like to see it, you will need a QNNtv.com subscription, but you can find the episode under the March 1st week episode or the full episode about 4 min. and 40 seconds into the show. Hope you all enjoy it, I know I did! :)
I must admit, I was a bit star struck during Quilt Market. All of a sudden I'm face to face with so many of the names that are so famous in the quilting world! My market experience started when I got off the plane in Houston. I met Valerie who invited me to share their ride to the hotel (we were both staying at the Hyatt Regency). Valerie was wonderful and charming, and we went to meet her business partner and best friend Linda Taylor! So, I got a ride to my hotel with a TV star of the quilting world! Thanks again to both Valerie and Linda!
While at market, I went on to see many other familiar faces, Nancy Ziemann, Ricky Tims, Marianne Fons, Amy Butler, Patrick Lose, Margaret Miller and more. There were so many wonderful people there and everyone was so helpful and supportive to a new designer, it made the experience one to remember.
As far as market itself, it's overwhelming! When you first get there and see the endless aisles of booth after booth, it's a little b it daunting. So much to see and take in. There were so many wonderful displays; from traditional quilt patterns and fabrics, to whimsical, to contemporary. Something for every taste. There are tools, and fabrics, new machines and patterns to see, so many people and things, vying for the attention of the prospective shop owners. Luckily I was able to sneak in between the shop owners and get business cards and make contacts for my business, so hopefully in 2012 everyone will get to see Lilac Cottage Designs in their local quilt shop as well!
Overall though, market was a blast. It was so energizing to be among such creative and inspiring people who love quilting and sewing. I'm so glad I went, and I can't wait to go again in Spring!
Well, summer is here everywhere in the country. Heatwise, it's been summer in Phoenix since early May. But just like the cold in the rest of the country in winter, in the summer in Phoenix, it's time to stay inside. So when we aren't in the pool, it's a great time to hunker down in the sewing room and get some quilting done while enjoying the air conditioning. I've got the kids home with me for the summer, so I don't get quite as much time for designing as I would like, but I do get lots of inspiration.
Ahh Summer. It's the time of picnics, vacations, spending time at the beach (when we're in CA), and just taking it easy. Hopefully all of you out there enjoy it as much as we do (though as Phoenicians, we'd like it to be 20 degrees cooler). It's a time for quilting with bright colors that reflect the season, and all of the beauty that's surrounding us. From the turquoise blues, lemon yellows, lime greens and citrus oranges that tend to be reflective of the season, now is a great time to make a quilt top that will brighten those dreary winter months that are right around the corner. So, raid your stash and see what wonderful summer quilts that you can create!
This is the time of year that I love. The cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves, those brilliant blue skies. All seem to rejoice in those wonderful rich colors of Autumn. There is an anticipation in the air, not only of the colder weather, but of the upcoming holidays and seeing friends and family again. This also begins the sewing season for many parts of the country. As the weather outside gets colder, we all enjoy staying in and working on those UFOs that constantly seem to pile up. While here in Phoenix, this is the time we all emerge from our air conditioned cocoons after surviving another hot summer and begin spending time outdoors. Look for new projects coming over the next few months. We are going to have lots of fun wonderful things to keep you busy over these long fall and winter months.
One of my favorite designers is Patrick Lose, who I got a chance to meet last weekend. He has a studio here in Phoenix that is full of some of his wonderful designs. You can get copies of his patterns, or even buy some of his fabric, both current and some discontinued.
Why do I like Patrick's designs? I think it's his sense of whimsy that he instills in his patterns. The patterns are always applique, but the piecing tends to be pretty simple. Patrick loves bold colors (as do I), and isn't afraid for his work to be colorful.
If you haven't checked out Patrick's work. You can find him at www.PatrickLose.net.