Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Market Discoveries

jill here....The best aspect of market is the people and the connections...its sort of like going to a quilt retreat to accomplish way-to-much quilting but it's the participants that make it memorable. 

 I met Cheryl Phillips, the creator of the "Cut A Round" slotted ruler.  I first saw Cheryl and her ruler on Alex Anderson's Simply Quilts (remember?).  We used her ruler for our Dinner Plates Sew Along tutorial. which is archived. We've enclosed a template in our pattern but you could use a slotted ruler such as Cheryl's.

 This is the ruler that was helpful in cutting multiple sized circles or arcs.  

Cheryl's redesigned rulers for even larger sized arcs and circles.
The medium and large sizes are required for the correct sizes of  "Pie".

Cheryl also gave me another did she know I had just the leftover
  scrap challenge that would be solved with her invention?

This is the arch leftover from the Pie crust background.  We give instructions in the pattern on how to piece some of the leftovers: this arc will provide the solution to use every little scrap!

The inner arc is recut to allow the pieces to fit together perfectly!

There are even notched ends to allow for the matching of seam allowances.

Pieced scraps that will be utilized in a creative backing.

Thanks, Chery.  It was great to meet you.  'Till next Tuesday...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spring Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis!

Pie, Sweet or Savory is now available in Our Shop!

Take a look at a few photos and a short video documenting our booth at Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis.
The left side of our booth...featuring Pie, Sweet or Savory. The easy, pieced Pie blocks form circles in the Sweet version to the far left, and a graphic line in the Savory versions seen on the table, and to the right. Love them both!

A Sweet in saturated pastels on the wall, another in brights in the foreground, and a third in a table runner hanging off the corner.
Our Sneak Peek display! Simple, asymmetrical, lots of negative space...sound familiar?

Our booth is quickly (10 seconds) shown here. Take a look and pass it on!
Till Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pie, Sweet or Savory, new pattern for Minneapolis Quilt Market 2015

Introducing Pie, Sweet or Savory!  

Tessellating shapes, similar to a quatrefoil, influenced our newest pattern design.  The Savory Pie reflects spicy tastes with global icons.  The Sweet Pie shapes suggest candies, pastries and of course my favorite, pie.  So pick your flavor!  
They are both easily created by piecing quarter circle shapes.  There are so many options we made 8 samples to show their versatility!  The pattern even gives instructions on how to use the leftovers for a fabulous backing insert or runner.


Sweet Pie runner in two fabulous
 Art Gallery fabrics.                           The flip side features the leftovers plus.

This baby Sweet Pie features that cute firetruck fabric from Robert Kaufman.

Sweet Pie, throw size, is made with Carolyn Friedlander's fabric 
pantograph, "Kandinsky" by Patrician Ritter is equally spectacular.

Savory Baby's fun shapes and fabrics are reminiscent of vintage
in this modern model.  The central negative space would be perfect
to quilt your baby's monogram!

And the leftovers in the backing give it twice the statement!

Stay tuned!  We'll provide more samples, discuss design options and have some pattern giveaways!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

More Market Fabric Previews

jill here...We're knee deep into market preparation.  Our book is off to the publisher this afternoon after the final proof.  We are so excited to see it come together.

So what we have to offer in our busy kitchen are some fabric'll have to wait until next week for the reveal of our great new pattern.  We have SEVEN new samples to show how wonderful and fun "Pie" it is to make!

A composite collection, mostly from Carolyn Friedlander's Doe 
(Robert Kaufman) is made into a throw sized quilt.

A collection of cheerful saturated pastels, grey and 
white is featured in another throw.

  Did we tell you we have grandsons who love Firetrucks?

Artgallery  fabrics continue to entice us with their 
beauty and wonderful "hand".  These two fabrics
are displayed  in a two color table runner.

So just a little taste.  Come back next week for the full views!  later....