Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope that you're enjoying your holiday weekend. We sure are. It has been a busy May and I am happy to see it come to an end. Now, I'm looking forward to the end of the school year! Yay!

We enjoyed the opening of the pool and then we headed to NYC. My hubby took Little A to the American Museum of Natural History to see the dinosaurs and live lizards. Big A and I headed to Kinokuniya for a craft book and manga book fix. I'll have to post photos of some of the books that I saw there. I'm still going through Quilt Market photos.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. I thought I'd show you this lovely Jasper Johns painting of the American flag that was adorning the Christie's window.
xo, L

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Quilt Market Snippets - Part One

The night before Quilt Market opens, there's Sample Spree. It is a crazy, frenzied pre-sale of the newest products. There are deals and there's a lot of shop owners who line up several hours early for the wonderful opportunity to preview products. Here are Larry and Scott having some fun and working hard at the Henry Glass booth.

Here are Alex and Davide from Aurifil . They were having a rare relaxing moment because the desire for Aurifil threads soon lead to pandemonium.


The next day, I stopped by their booth. Ooooh, look at the new color card!! I didn't think that things could get any better but they added new colors!!

When I'm at Quilt Market, I get to see a lot of eye candy. I'm not the typical designer who has a booth. Long story for another time. I used to have a booth but now I get to wander around and absorb all that my senses allow me to. I sit down with editors and talk about what we want to work on next and I get to see lots of new things. I thought that I'd show you some snippets of what I see. There's just so much.

Alex Anderson is a funny lady and she gives good advice on dealing with one 6-year old boy who acted up before his mommy left for MN. Have you checked out her new magazine, The Quilt Life ?

Darlene Zimmerman , gave me one of her new rulers. I am excited to used this one because I've always wanted to make a wedding ring quilt and now I can make a small one and I don't have to think!! Can you see the adorable mini wedding ring quilt right beneath the ruler?

P&B Textiles  had an awesome display of its new "Bear Essentials" line! I love all of the colors and I loved the graphic display of all of the fabrics in their booth. Well done!

xo, L

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

To Market, To Market

Oh, little blog, it has been a while.  I've been busy and playing. I'll have to update you on all of the fun. I just returned from Minneapolis where the Quilt Market was hosted this spring. What a great show! The show is full of inspiration and it is a wee vacation for me. I get to do some business, be inspired by new things and to see or meet friends.

Here's the cool second colorway.

The lovely people at Henry Glass were showing my newest line, Hugs and Kisses, and Bella Flora. I'll tell you about it in the weeks to come. The quilt above is the free pattern for Hugs and Kisses. Speaking of cool folks, here are some Henry Glass designers. Lovely, lovely ladies. From left, Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup, Carrie Nelson, Mary Ellen , me, and Heather Mulder Peterson . I had dinner with Barbara, her sister, Glenda and Karen from Henry Glass. It was at an awesome and funky restaurant, Zelo. We had such a blast and the food was seriously amazing.

The convention center is an interesting place in downtown Minneapolis.

I don't have a booth there so I am lucky because I book appointments or wander around and meet my favorite people. I get to meet with magazine and book editors, fabric people and others. Here's my fave guy, Mark Lipinski. He was very busy with presenting his fabulous new magazines. You're in for a treat this fall when the magazines make their debut.

I chatted with my friend, Amy Butler. Her booth was awesome as usual. We met a few years ago at a retreat that the terrific folks at American Patchwork and Quilting invited us to. Amy's got tons of new projects going on. Most exciting for many is the debut of her new line of yarns. The colors are very fun and very wearable. She has a new book coming out with Chronicle Books. Wait until you see it! I think that it is the best book yet because the designs are really wonderful.

She graciously signed books for her fans.

Here's a glimpse at her newest line of fabrics.

This is an image of the projects from her book.

Onward to other booths. This one from Clothworks, caught my eye. Check out these adorable little "shirts" that are hanging on the lines.

Ok, it seems that my little blog is having a fit and not letting me post my photos properly. Will be back tomorrow. [Keepin' my fingers crossed.]
xo, L

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hugs And Kisses

It's that time of year when everyone in the quilting industry is super busy. Next week,  I'm off to Minneapolis to attend Quilt Market. I love seeing old friends and meeting new ones. 

This time around, Henry Glass will present Hugs & Kisses. It's a fun and happy fabric line and I hope that you'll enjoy using.

Enjoy your day. xo, L

Sunday, May 09, 2010