Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spring Quilt Market 2016

Quilt Market.  
I think I grow to love this show more each time we go.  Maybe because we are getting to know more people in the fabric world and so we feel like we fit in just a little more in a industry that has deep roots.  
Today I thought I would tackle the show floor just so you can see the huge variety of what is being shown.  I'll share the Eclectic Elements booth in my next post including some of the projects that were made for show using the new Eclectic Elements fabric - Correspondence. 
Eternal Sunshine
 Amy Butler for Free Spirit

Slow and Steady
 Tula Pink for Free Spirit
Anna Maria Horner

by Sara Jane for Michael Miller
Magical Parade is a boarder fabric from the Magic collection.  The boarder was added to the center of a quilt (sorry I didn't take a picture of the entire quilt).  I just had to take a close up of the quilting detail since it really set off the center of the quilt.
Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller Fabrics
Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics
Earthy tones mixture of traditional designs and modern graphics
Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics
Inspired by the luminous colors and rich fauna perceived as the day fades away
Joie de Vivre
Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics
style with abundant vibrant gem colors
Loved the wall hanging of fabric.  If you expand the photo you can see they have stitched around the colored images making a beautiful fabric look like a work of art.
Richele and I went looking for a booth called Fiberworks owned by Laura Heine.  Laura creates very unique quilts using a "fusing" technique as well as quilting.  We got word that many of Laura's quilts have Eclectic Elements fabric included in the designs so we thought we should check it out.
We were absolutely amazed at Laura's technique, patterns and color choices.

Here is one of the quilts that used Eclectic Elements Fabric - Entomology from the Wallflower collection.
This is an up close of the quilt.  You can see that the cow is made up of random strips of fabric...even prints.  Love the mix of pink, eggplant and mustard.
There was also the much anticipated line "Les Fleurs" from Rifle Paper Co, for Cotton + Steel.  My favorites were the travel related prints!
Rashida Coleman-Hale
for Cotton + Steel
 Buttermilk Basin
Another all time favorite is Buttermilk Basin.  The booth is always dressed beautifully, with so many great ideas mixed with vintage.  Wish I had more time for stitching! They had a Christmas theme this show, with lots of Santas and old trucks.

 Love the wall hanging in the background with the trucks and trees...

Trucks for every season!
Surf Squirt
by Kathy Engle for Claudia Pfeil Designs
 Alexander Henry
I could not leave out this crazy Star Trek fabric from Camelot Fabrics!
I think my brother needs a quilt made out of this.  He is the reason I have seen every episode of Star Trek.  We had a TV with a knob on it (sadly before remote control) and as soon as Star Trek came on he would pull the knob off the TV and run down the hall to hide it so I couldn't change the channel!
This is was the one quilt I didn't get information on (darn it).  I love the design and didn't want to leave it out.  If I can find the name or the maker I will update the post.
Birch Fabrics
Birch Fabrics
This quilt hanging in the Moda booth was amazing.  Love the rainbow of colors!
Could not leave the show without a stop at Primitive Gatherings.  Oh WOOL how I love you!

by Jacqueline Savage McFee for Camelot Fabrics
I hope you have enjoyed my tour of Quilt Market Salt Lake City.  There are so many lovely fabrics out there that it's a great time to break out the sewing machine!  Or in my case maybe sew on something other than paper!
now carry on,

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Graduation Time!

I have a niece that is graduating from High School in a few weeks.  We are having a family party for her and I thought it might be fun to make a decoration for each of the place settings at the table.

The idea-ology Trophy Cups are the perfect foundation for this project.  There are 3 in a package for only $2.99 so the price is right!
The Trophy Cups come in a shiny silver but her school colors are purple and gold so I decided to change it up.  I'm using gold and mushroom alcohol ink to color the cups.  If you needed these in bulk for a larger party I would just use spray paint.  Why make it harder than it needs to be?
Next, I used a hot glue gun to add a 1" Styrofoam ball to the cup.
Using Glossy Accents, I added some reindeer moss (it never turns brown).  You can find this in the floral section of any craft store.
Since the school color is purple, I choose a couple different shades of Core'dinations Kraft Core to cut Sizzix Tiny Tattered Florals.  The quilling tool comes in the package so its super easy to roll them up to create the flowers.
Next, I thought I need something that looks like graduation!  There just happens to be a graduation hat as part of the Crazy Things stamp set.  I used Archival ink to stamp the image onto Distress Watercolor cardstock.  Again, sticking with the purple theme I grabbed a couple Distress Markers to color the images.  I colored each hat with two colors, meeting in the middle.  Then I used the Ranger Water Brush to blend the two colors together.  My tip for blending is to make sure the colors meet (don't leave white space) and then blend.  One color will flow onto the next and it will look marvelous.  Kinda magic really.
I cut out the hats and glued them to a Memo Pin.
Then I stamped the word Congratulations from the Crazy Talk stamp set onto a piece of Mixed Media cardstock.
The Memo pin was stuck into the foam ball and then I slipped the Congratulation in between. The moss and the bottom of the cap hold it in place quite securely.
Here is what the back looks like.  Just couldn't be simpler!
I needed a bow so I thought I would grab some thin gold ribbon, my favorite from the Metallic Trimmings pack to create one.
Stick the wire into the foam ball and add the Tiny Tattered Florals with hot glue.  I did add a Mirrored Star to the top just to give it a little shine!
And there you go!  One down, 9 more the go!  Of course if you were making as may as I am (or even more) it would be faster to do each step in the quantity needed and then assemble. 
I love that the idea can be adapted for any school color...because really, cardstock and Distress Markers come in A LOT of colors!

Hope the rest of your week is great!  We are off to the 2016 Quilt Market Trade Show today to show off our new Eclectic Elements Fabric line - "Correspondence".  I will be posting on Facebook and Instagram from the show (you can find me on Instagram under the name "luckyday") .  Hope you can join me!

now carry on,