Monday, May 13, 2013

The one about the really big box...

I am sure many of you read Tim's announcement Friday about his new venture.  If you have followed his career, you know he is not one to rest on his laurels, so I wasn't surprised when he told me his venture would be taking him into uncharted territory.
Speed ahead to April when a giant box showed up on my doorstep (please excuse the garden hose in the background).  The poor FedEx boy looked at me in despair when I said I wanted the box hoisted up the two brick steps to the porch.  To be honest, it took the two of us, him pushing and me pulling to get the big box even close the front door.  
Since the box was so heavy, I had no choice but to get a box cutter and open it right there on the porch to reveal the what we had been anxiously waiting for.

Fabric.  Twenty Four rolls of beautiful fabric.
So one by one, I hauled each roll of fabric into the house and laid it on the kitchen table.  Wow, that's a lot of fabric!
You might wonder why I got the big box and not Tim.  That answer is easy.  Part of my job is to work with artists that will take the product and create fabulous things.  That means the next step was unwrapping each bolt, cutting pieces of fabric, packing it up and shipping it out.  All in all, nine packages went out to some very creative people.  The exciting part is that very soon, we will be able to finally share what we have been working on all month long.
 
Here are a few snippets of the pieces I worked on -

Three of the artists will be sharing their fabric adventures this week so be sure to visit their blogs on the days listed below.

Tuesday, May 14th - Tammy Tutterow
Wednesday, May 15th - Richele Christensen
Thursday, May 16th - Chelle Fowler
Friday, May 17th - me! (I'll be back to share the first of my projects)

UPDATE: many of you are wondering when the fabric will be available...it will be released this week at the Quilt Market show in Portland (to the trade only) and should start shipping to stores in July.

If you would like to see fabric samples up close you can visit the Coats website.
Time to start thinking, FABRIC!
cheers for a great week!
paula

71 comments:

  1. Oh be still my heart! Fabric has always been my go-to creative medium... paper crafting is more relatively new in comparison. Seeing all that beautiful fabric made my heart skip a beat. Looking forward to seeing everyone's fabric adventures!

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  2. omg..I am breathless about this venture and to see what you create....congrats to Tim...a must say a match made in heaven...you rock it with your sewing skills...
    My mind in spinning with all the new possibilities..waiting on pins and needles!


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  3. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I would have just fallen over and passed out. Then after I hauled it all in the house I would have unrolled it all on the floor and rolled around in it. Then passed out again! What! Tim Holtz fabric? This must be heaven! Oh...sorry....I got a little lost there! I cannot wait to see what everyone create AND to get my hands on it!

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    1. SueB that is the funniest image in my mind! hilarious!
      paula

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  4. What! Tim Holtz fabric? This must be heaven! Oh...sorry....I got a little lost there!Seeing all that beautiful fabric made my heart skip a beat!!! I cannot wait to see what everyone create ... your sneaks are looking inspirational.
    CU hellerlittle

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  5. I see many, many fabric art journals in my future! Love!

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  6. It definately was ONE LUCKY DAY when that box showed up on your doorstep! I can't wait to see what you have created along with the other talented ladies that have been so fortunate to play with Tim's new fabric line.

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  7. wow.. loving these fabrics and I know you will seriously rock with your examples and work using them....

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  8. Amazing! I am so envious of all the artists who got to play with this fabric but I might have had a problem cutting into it!

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  9. Oh my, that is a beautiful sight

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  10. I can't wait ... loooooovvvvvve the paper so can't wait to quilt with the fabric!

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  11. That is some pure cotton heaven right there. That delivery would have been like Christmas Day for you. I can't wait to see what everyone has created because this fabric looks absolutely amazing. Seeing this in person(through your pics) is even better than seeing it on the website when it was first announced. Thank you for sharing your BTSs.Oh the wheels are turning here.

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  12. Oh my! i for one can see an apron coming along! have fun

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  13. What weight is the fabric? Upholstery,clothing construction, quilting cotton? I can barely contain my joy? Running off to the Coats website....

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    1. Anne, it is 100% cotton made for quilters.

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  14. I'm not a fabric user, but if that box of gorgeousness turned up at my door, I wouldn't be able to resist!

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  15. Can't wait to get my hands on this yummy fabric line!!!

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  16. What exciting news, I'll be looking forward to seeing these projects you lucky women have created !!

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  17. How utterly fantastic! I am a collector of fabric and this kind of surprise would see me in 7th heaven. Really look,forward to seeing some of the projects you all come up with xx

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  18. Oh how awesome! it looks fabulous just in the rolls but I can't wait to see what wonderful creations you all made up!

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  19. I am just sitting quietly with a smile on my face and a tiny tear of joy rolling down my cheek. :)

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  20. I am so excited to see what everyone comes up with!

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  21. Wow, what a box full of delights! I love your little sneak peeks too. So much texture and gorgeous attention to detail. Can't wait to see what you and your band of merry fabric friends do with these!
    Juliax

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  22. Oh wow that is gorgeous fabric! And perfect timing as I have just taken up quilting! :)

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  23. Is this fabric available in the fabric stores now?

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  24. Oh My...this is even more amazing than the photos Tim shared. I absolutely CAN'T wait to see it in person!! Looking forward to seeing the projects done with these.

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  25. Oh wow, this is like Christmas!!!!

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  26. Looking forward to seeing all the awesome creations judging by the peek!

    Dusting off my old Kenmore!

    Carmen L

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  27. You lead the most interesting life! How absolutely exciting!!!

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  28. How cool! can't wait to see what everyone creates from the fabric! i predict wall hangings in my future... welll... as soon as i get my hands on some of that!

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  29. Such beautiful fabrics... can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
    Alison x

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  30. QUE BIEN¡¡¡¡NOS ENCANTARÁ VER SUS CREACIONES CON TELA.:)

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  31. I think I just drooled on my keyboard. *looks down* Yep, I definitely did. How fun would (fill in the blank with pretty much everything) look in those fabrics??!!

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  32. thinking I'm seeing some handquilting in my future. Amazing pics. Can't wait to see them in person. I'm the type that likes to touch and feel my fabric

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  33. Ooh...drooling! Lucky you indeed!

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  34. Sigh! That is quite the package. Such an exciting development. Not much of a seamstress but might have to dust off the machine for this. I do like Dina's idea of fabric journals. Looking forward to seeing the creations.

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  35. Oh my I am drooling and soo excited. I think this is the most exciting thing in ages. I have been thinking for ages if only we could get the fabric from the printed panels but this is even better. I am itching to make wee bears out of each of those yummmy fabrics.

    How awesome it must have felt to be the one to get them first!!!

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  36. Golly!!! it has all been said, I can only add they look absolutely delicious and can hardly wait to get my hands (scissors, needle, glue) on them!

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  37. LOVE, LOVE the new fabrics...hmmmm...tote bags, messenger bags, book covers, pillows...and art journals...so many ideas and I know there are a zillion more that I haven't even thought about.

    Did I mention I bought a sewing machine 2 weeks ago...I am READY!!!

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  38. super snippets can't wait till Friday. BJ

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  39. looking forward to seeing these in the stores, and adding to my stash. I see a beautiful quilt in the near future.

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  40. What a fun delivery! I am looking forward to seeing what you and the other's create using the fabric. I have ideas in my head, but none of them require sewing as I can't. But gosh, this makes me wish I could!

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  41. How exciting! I can't wait to see what everyone creates.

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  42. You must have heard my intake of breath all the way in CA......followed by uncontrollable drooling. Can't wait for all your show and tells. What a treasure. Do hope he does wallpaper next. So glad you require so little sleep.....
    Hugs.

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  43. Wow, looks awesome. Can't wait to get my hands on that fabric. Looking forward to seeing what each of you creates with it. Lucky Day indeed!

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  44. oh yes I saw tim's announcement about fabric! I have such great plans for some of that I just can not wait!

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  45. This is a very exciting new venture! Can't wait to see them in the shops.

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  46. Wow, wow, wow, they look amazing - looking forward to seeing what you all create - I am already planning a journal and a wall hanging.....

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  47. Oh wow wow wow wow can't wait to get my hands on this fabulous material and to see your creations.

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  48. Ohhh what pretty fabric. I can't wait to touch it!!

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  49. I don't know where you get all your creative ideas but we all are glad you do - And that you share!!! Thank you!!! Keep it coming! KW

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  50. Whoa! If I got that fabric, I'd kick my husband out of the bed and sleep with it just to make sure it was not a dream. But, "a dream is a wish your heart makes...." Got to wait to get it but hey......

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    1. Ro that might just be the funniest comment even posted on this blog. Thanks for the humor.
      paula

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  51. These are so wonderful-can't wait to see them in person

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  52. I can't wait to start using this fabric in my art projects and my "repurposed" home decor projects!

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  53. Oh dear, bad news for my bank account. they look just fabulous, roll on delivery to the UK

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  54. How exciting is this!! What a creative adventure you have sent us on!

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  55. It's time to get the sewing machine out!!

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  56. Fabric is my all time favorite medium. And...Everything T!M is uber fabulous. I'll be wanting lots of these.

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  57. Paula I can't even imagine how excited you must have been when that delivery showed up. I can just imagine ripping the carton apart, at great speed I might add, trying to get it all in the house. Pull, push or drag, whatever it takes! I look forward to seeing your creations; oh, how fun it would be to be in the same room with you and all that fabric!

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  58. So Thrilled and anxious to see what you have made. Tammy's book is a great start and I"m excited to see what everyone has made.

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  59. Thrilled to see what will be revealed in the coming weeks! Can hardly wait to see, touch, play with the fabrics myself!

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  60. Omgosh i think i'm psychic! I've been incorporating fabric on fabric for gifts i've made but this fabric is by far the best idea i've seen yet! i can't wait to get my little hands on some of this!! and all the tutorials ya'll are going to share with us!so excited!!

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  61. What an amazing box of goodness to arrive on your doorstep!!! I just cannot wait to see what your creative mind produces! The fabrics look fabulous and I can't wait to get my hands on them!

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