Modern Quilt Relish is keeping busy. Jill and I are just trying to keep up with it. The business has taken on a life of its own...and it doesn't allow for down time, that is for sure. One of the words I keep uttering and writing in emails is "wow" and usually it is followed by an exclamation point.
Last Thursday we had two wonderful classrooms of students participating in a mystery presentation of our upcoming pattern Market Values. Several of the students managed to cut their fabric and complete their quilt tops in under six hours. Awesome. Wow. Jill has lots of photos to share when the pattern is revealed. We received numerous really good suggestions and positive feedback to help with creating the final written version. Lots of fine tuning of the instructions has filled our days since. Photographs need to be taken for the cover the next time the sun shines and the breeze stops. Our faithful proofreading team will be called upon soon, and then off to the printer everything goes.
This Friday we are lecturing at the AQS Quilt Show in nearby Des Moines. Lecturing (except to my kids of course) is way out of my experience and my comfort zone. We are excited to share our thoughts though--we can always talk about quilts! Hope to see some of you there. Please introduce yourselves if you get a chance. Our lecture is entitled A Little Taste of Modern.
Now for some exciting bits of news leading up to the International Quilt Market in Houston at the end of October. The portion we attend is only open to the trade. Quilt Festival follows and that is open to everyone. We have been given some wonderful opportunities in Houston! Again all wows!
We are designing a pattern for a fabulous fabric designer, Jan DiCintio. If you go to her blog and her website you will see all her wonderful designs. She has a brand new line of fabric to add to her company Daisy Janie. It is called Tilly and you can see it here. We can't wait for the fabric to arrive here in Ames. Just you wait to see what we have cooked up for her! Our machines will be humming and our computers will be clicking next week. It will be another new pattern at Market. October will fly by. Wow.
A large fabric company let us know they are using one of our patterns to display a new line of fabric. How awesome is that? Wow. It was a total surprise and an absolutely delightful one at that. We will take photos and share them after market. We neglected to find out if we could share details before posting.
And yet another fabric company approached us about using some of their new fabrics in another one of our patterns. Again, WOW! We are thrilled and excited. The fabrics are perfect for the pattern they have in mind. Again pictures will appear following Quilt Market. And again, we did not ask in time for this post if we could share details. But we actually get to make up samples with their brand new line of fabric!
Thursday, 9/29/11, (in Ireland) we will be guest blogging over at Fluffy Sheep Quilting. Cindy contacted us about participating in her series of posts on Start Your Own .... In our case it is about starting our pattern business. This world is certainly shrinking in a very nice way with the use of the internet. Her questions made us pause a bit and reflect on the business of Modern Quilt Relish. Please visit her blog on Thursday to read more...
So believe me, we are sewing and writing and photographing and blogging and having a ball. Wow.