Month: May 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

I realize that this post is about a week and a half late, but none the less, I wanted to share my quilt market experience.  Overwhelming is the first word that comes to mind –along with amazing and inspiring.  I tried my hardest to take great photos for you all, but at times booths were too busy, or I was too distracted by all the talent around me.  Nonetheless, here are photos of my favorite booths.

The fabric I use most often:  Robert Kaufman Kona Solids

Lately, Kona solids seem to be all I use.  I sometimes use them alone, or I mix them with my favorite prints.  Either way, they are a must have!

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

My favorite new organic line:  Pick a Bunch by Nancy Mims of Mod Green Pod

I’m excited to see all the new organic fabrics that are coming out.  It seems that Robert Kaufman is behind a lot of these new and affordable organic lines.  Hopefully, one day, they will pick me up as a designer too.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

My favorite local fabric designer:  Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps

Lizzy lives just a few blocks from my house –can you believe that?  She is very talented.  I love her new line of fabric as it is unique, has great fillers, and comes in great colors.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

My newly discovered favorite designer:  Tula Pink

I’m embarrassed to say that before this years quilt market, I didn’t know who Tula Pink was.  I’m so glad that I stumbled across her fabulous booth –instantly I was drawn in.  She was incredibly nice, and her fabrics and patterns are amazing.  This is a new name I’m going to look for when I’m shopping design fabrics online.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

The kindest and most humble designer:  Amy Butler

I’ve met Amy Butler a few times now, and each time I’ve “met” her, I have been blown away by how warm and humble she is.  Her talent and success is obvious, and know by all –except her possibly.  Again this year, she has come out with more great designs.  I’m especially excited about her amazing prints on corduroy.  What a fun textile for bags, clothing, and home decor.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

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My favorite booth overall + my favorite quilt patterns:  Zen Chic by Brigitte Heitland

“Oh my word”, was all I could say when I stepped into Zen Chic’s booth.  I was absolutely stopped in my tracks.  When you are at quilt market, after a while, all the booths start to look the same.  Well, that was not the case with Brigitte’s booth.  Every aspect of her booth was perfect.  I absolutely adored her and her work!  Her patterns are unique, innovative, and completely modern.  Along with that, she also had a neat collection of fabric designs that I really liked.  She was a complete joy to talk with.  I wish her the best of luck, as this was her very first year at market –just amazing!

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

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My favorite children’s patterns:  oliver + s

My style for children’s clothing matches Liesl Gibson’s designs perfectly.  I’m always looking for patterns when it comes to clothing, and I’m happy to have stumbled across her fabulous booth at market.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Other fabulous designers and booths on my favorite list include:

Pat Bravo & Art Gallery Fabrics

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Riley Blake Designs

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Izzy & Ivy Designs

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Bari J.

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

modkid by Patty Young

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Anna Maria Horner

international quilt market salt lake city 2011

international quilt market salt lake city 2011

international quilt market salt lake city 2011

Jen Giddens

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Piece O’Cake Designs

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

Carolina Patchworks

International Quilt Market Salt Lake City 2011

So, what do you think?  Do you have a favorite?


Fabric Applique’ Greeting Cards

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2011


Blogger's Quilt FestivalLast week I shared a personal story with the blogosphere and I was touched by all the warm and encouraging comments I got both on my blog and on my Oh my! Handmade Goodness feature.  So for today’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I though I would share a more in depth story behind one of those quilts that was featured.

I made a series of Interactive Play Quilts and the Americana Appliqué Scenes was by far my favorite.  I was born in 1980, and the baby blanket I had was made up of bold primary colors, no pastels: red, blue, navy, white, yellow, and green made up the quilt.  These colors were very popular in my childhood, and I find myself still loving them today.  Along with that, the applique scenes in this quilt were also inspired from my childhood.    My favorite memories inspired the scenes in this quilt:  playing in the front yard, going to the zoo, playing “school” with my sister, along with all the other toys we had.  When making this quilt, really it was just a walk through my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

The idea behind this quilt was that kids could take a visit to a few classic locations and create their own stories with movable play patches.  Each Americana applique scene is a pocket, and each pocket is full of patches that can be moved from one scene to the next, making this quilt interactive and fun to play with.

Here are the Americana applique scenes/pockets with the patches:

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And here is what they look like without the patches:

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué ScenesInteractive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

All in all, I really love this quilt, and all the memories it brings back from my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Sharing a Personal Story

machine applique interactive play quilts and wall art

I’ve been holding onto some emotions for a while now, since December to be exact.  I decided that the best thing to do, was to share my feelings with the world, as a means to move on.  Along with emotions, I’m also sharing a handful of work that I’ve yet to reveal.  The two are connected, and you’ll see why when you read my story.  This is my moment for the week –letting go of the past!

You can read my story over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Also, check out my shop if you would like to see all the new items I listed this week.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

Everyday Napkins Published in Bridal Magazine

everyday napkins

A set of my everyday napkins were featured in a styled table-scape challenge, and were photographed by the talented Kelsy & Butch McCartney, a Wisconsin-based destination husband & wife photo duo.

They are super talented, so talented in fact, that the photos they took were published and made the cover of The Best Wedding Sites Magazine.

You can head on over and view the online edition of The Best Wedding Sites Magazine to take a look.  You can also read more about how this happened here.

Amazing, right!?

Some Good News

An entire month has passed, and I have only posted on my blog once –I wonder if I still have any readers. Well, for those of you who were about to send out a search party, there’s no need, I’m alive, and I guess I owe you an explanation. Would you like to guess where I’ve been?

Where has Angela been?
A) On Vacation  B) Sleeping & puking  C) Getting her computer fixed  D) All of the above

And the correct answer is D) All of the above.

Yes, yes, I actually have more than one excuse. My computer broke, but it’s now fixed. Also, we took a long and needed vacation to Florida, while it rained and snowed here in Utah. But the main reason for my absence is reason B) Sleeping and puking.

This brings me to my good news, I’m pregnant!

Unfortunately though, pregnancy in my world for the first four months is hell. I realize that some woman go through pregnancy without a touch of nausea, but for other woman, we aren’t so lucky. Nausea, and extreme fatigue have plagued me, all day long, for weeks. My poor daughter asks me a few times a day, “Mommy, you sick? Your belly hurt?”, as she plays in the bathroom while I hug the toilet. In the past, pre-pregnancy, I always worked from 5-7 in the morning, over Monet’s afternoon nap, and in the evenings after everyone had gone to bed.  Lately though, sleep has taken priority, and so I’ve been away.  I do hope you understand.  The good news though is that I’m starting to have good days here and there, and hopefully, this “morning” sickness too will pass.

So, what have you been up to while I’ve been away?

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