Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fun Stuff!

So as you know, spring quilt market this year is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah...which happens to be basically my back yard.
One of the things that is going on to celebrate that fact is a huge quilt that is being put together by all of the Utah based designers; designers of textiles, sewing patterns, quilts, etc.
The theme of the quilt is: All Dolled Up in Salt Lake City

Each of us has been asked to design a quilt block based on a doll...which we have been supplied with in template form. We were also supplied with colorful fabric to make her with.

We each were asked to dress her up as we desired, and create a quilt block featuring her, that will be put together into a large quilt that will be given away, or raffled, or auctioned off or something like that.

In addition, each of the blocks with their templates and directions to make them will be available at each of the designer's personal booths. People can stop in at each booth to pick up each of the block patterns, so they can create something similar, either as a group project, or for one very ambitious, very tenacious person to create on their own!

So I decided it would be fun to show you a little bit of what I ended up doing for this assignment.

First of all, true to my nature...I procrastinated it till just a few days ago. The deadline is Feb. 28th.

Second, I took a look at the doll template.

(You don't have to do the hair the way they's just an idea.)

Then I drew a design that I wanted to do for her clothes. Maybe you can see's a little light.

I decided to put her into a little skirt with a "V" neck top, covered with a longer fur-trimmed coat. She has boots too, which I personally love to wear.

Next, I began to work on the hair I wanted her to have. BIG. WILD. STRAWBERRY BLOND. I decided to use some of my vast silk collection for the hair. I love the sheen of it.

Once I had the design elements on paper, I proceeded to cut out each little piece from the appropriate fabric, which had been backed with a paper-back adhesive. (I never said I was a pro at needle turn applique' I cheated.)
Then I ironed all those pieces onto my background fabric, and began stitching, stitching, stitching. I used embroidery floss in matching shades.

I love doing's tons of therapy for me.

Now here is what the finished product looked like.
This fabric is from Riley Blake, the Sweet Divinity line, By Amanda Herring (Quilted Fish).

Also true to my nature, I had to bang it out with a giant over-sized flower. (Simply had to.)

FACES are tricky! I think that left eye is bigger than the right. Darn!
Do I fix it?

So wouldn't it be fun to see all the other blocks that have been done or are currently in the process? I think so.
I promise to get some fabulous pictures of the final quilt at market so everyone can see all that creative deliciousness when it's all done.

That's it for today...thanks for always coming to visit!
Love ya,

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello to all my blogworld friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Valentine's Day today in your part of the world!
Thought I'd share a couple of adorable Valentines with you...these were sent to me by Laura Leanne Johnson, a pattern designer @ Ellie Inspired. She used some of my Isabella fabric in the hot pink colorway, which is a perfect choice for a Valentine's Day outfit!

Aren't they adorable? And the outfits are cute too:)
You can't say Happy Valentine's Day any cuter than that!

Hope you have a "Lovely" one!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sneak Peek: New patterns coming in May!

Hello! I am so enjoying the bit of sunshine we are getting here right now...if I don't go outside, and I only look at the sky, I might think it was April or May! It's bright and blue and looks like spring is here. But I know better. Haha. It's like 2 degrees with a wind chill factor of minus 20.

So anyway....
I thought I would send you a little snippet of what I made during my little hotel getaway. These are ideas for patterns that I am busy working up for the spring International Quilt Market in May. These are all sewn up in my Spirit collection, but they will all be redone in my new and upcoming collection, called Lola's Posies. I may even show you a bit of that as well!

They will be available in a size range of 6 months to 6 years. So here we go:
First up: the pinks and greens: This is the peasant style top with the super twirly skirt. I made all these pieces to fit my little Lola girl:) Size 12 months.

This floppy hat goes with the set.

Notice the cute contrasting fabric covered button and loop closure.

This skirt is super fun and flouncy! (But this is a weird angle)

Next up: The Kimono-style jacket and pants, with the beanie-style cap. All of these pieces are completely reversible!!

Turn-back cuffs make them fit for an extra long time.

as I said, reversible.

Last but not least, the super sweet paneled sundress, and that same floppy hat. Perfect for a day at the beach, or at the park, or anywhere!

Now for the blue/coral combo: this is the same peasant blouse, only with short sleeves this time. I made all these pieces in this colorway to fit my little Halle Rose! (Size 3)

And here's the twirly skirt with the Kimono Jacket and Beanie cap in this color combination!

I love this can combine it so many ways!

And...the Jacket with the reversible capris.

... can't wait to see them all in their sweet little clothes! I'm sending the package today, so Britt can test drive them. (They have to stand up to those two little bundles of energy to make the cut:)

Oh...I did say I would show you a little Lola's Posies.
This is the Rose colorway. Just a little collection of snips so you can see how it works.

That large cut is 24" wide! It's a nice large scale design...perfect for clothing and home decor.
This collection debuts in May at Quilt market, and hits the shelves just after that!

So that's all she wrote, and all I made, but I'm nowhere close to done. I haven't even gotten dressed yet today. (Now that's embarrassing!)
Having too much fun with the blog.

Hope you have lots of fun things planned for yourself this weekend...even if it's just 'stay at home and veg'.