Monday, March 28, 2011

P2 Modern Solids Quilt Along - Week 1










P2 Glacier Cactus Quilt Along
 P2 Cardinal Banana Quilt Along P2 Mango Azure Quilt Along


Week one of the Patchwork Squared Modern Solids Quilt Along has been posted!

Welcome everyone!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Animal Party Too WINNERS Post!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments on Amy's post. I'm so happy you all like the interviews and giveaways I post here.

I'm working on trying to fill up the rest of the schedule for the year. With all the wonderful lines coming out in the next few months, I'm having a hard time picking who to feature. There are only so many weeks in a month!!

Animal Party Too by Amy Schimler

Here goes ... the winner of the Animal Party Too fat quarter bundles are:

Comment #159, Whipstitch!



Comment #81, Melissa!



Comment #311, Sallie!



Comment #348, Mom N Mia Quilts!



Congratulations to all the winners! Please contact me with your address' so I can ship these bundles off to you STAT!

Thanks again to Amy Schimler for chatting with us and to Robert Kaufman for donating the giveaway fabrics!

Look what arrived yesterday in the mail! New stash from Cynthia at FabricWorm! Some awesome Kona ORGANIC cotton in my favorite colors along with some Essex Linen, Jay McCarroll's Habitat, Moda Robotics, and a neat Timeless Treasures grid print.

Fabrics from Sponsor FabricWorm

Don't forget to enter the Sherbet Pips giveaway! And P2's Modern Solids Quilt Along starts Monday! Have you joined the flickr group to follow along?

Strawberry Fields

Some Strawberry Fields precuts arrived from Moda on Friday! Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts will be stopping by in a few weeks to tell us all about them! Due in stores May 2011.

Happy quilting,

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey { Fat Quarter Shop Fridays Sponsored Post }

It's Friday once again and you all know what that means! It's time for Fat Quarter Shop Fridays! Let's get this party started...

Every once in a while a fabric line is released that completely takes everyone by surprise. You know, a breath of fresh air in the quilting world. That's how I interpret Aneela Hoey's April 2011 release from Moda Fabrics, Sherbet Pips. I can still feel the buzz in the air from 2010 fall Market where everyone was raving about the designs. ME included! From what I saw, Pips were the first to sell out at the Moda booth during Sample Spree.

Aneela stopped by earlier in the week and chatted with me about her background and what inspired her to name her fabric Pips.


Thanks for being here today Aneela! Please introduce yourself:

RWQ: How long have you been designing fabric? What is your design background?

I'm an avid quilter, embroidery pattern designer and now new fabric designer with Moda. I graduated with a degree in printed textile design from Winchester School of Art in the early 90's, then worked in studios in London and New York as well as freelance. After getting married and raising my two daughters (now aged 7 and 10) I developed a serious quilting habit and started keeping a blog. About a year and a half ago, I began printing designs through Spoonflower and selling them in my etsy shop which led me to start designing for Moda.

RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing in general?

I draw all my inspiration from what is happening around me, which happens to be spending time with my daughters and also from my sketches and doodles. All my work seems to stem from my doodles which are really just idea's I am jotting down in picture form for later use. The doodles get turned into applique's, embroidery designs and fabric designs.

RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell my readers about your inspiration for Sherbet Pips (ie: your color choice inspiration, a trip that may have inspired the line, etc.)? Do you have a favorite print in the collection?

The two lead designs in the pips began life as embroideries inspired by my daughters playing which I later worked into fabric designs. I like to work with imagery that is happy and kind of nostalgic and describes the personality of my daughters which is mostly playful and dreamy. I really wanted the playfulness and dreaminess to come across in the fabric. The colours really just came from the shades I like to work with when making my own quilts. My favourite print just has to be the girl on the tree swing one, though I love all my fabric babies!







Sherbet Pips
Sherbet Pips


RWQ: Is this your first design to be licensed on fabric? If no, can you briefly tell us about your other lines?

I designed prints for fabric about 10 years ago but I have no clue as to who they sold to or what kinds of fabric they were made into. I did all kinds of prints from conversationals to florals and very arty prints too.

RWQ: How would you describe your quilting "style"?

I am completely obsessed with quilting. No matter how many I make, I always have plans to make more. I love scrappy quilts, crazy piecing and also very simple quilts just made out of squares. I love doing traditional blocks in modern fabrics and also like to throw a lot of fussy cut pieces into my designs.

RWQ: One of the hardest parts of designing for me is coming up with the names for my patterns. How do you pick the names for your fabrics?

For each of the fabric prints, I name them for what they are, i.e. 'girl on a tree swing' or 'scarf stripe'. There is no point in thinking up fancy names as people will just call them by whatever imagery they see in there. Naming the fabric line though is fun, as it forms an identity for the fabrics.

'Sherbet pips' are tiny little hard boiled sweets that are sold in old fashioned sweet shops which you purchase by weight. I just love everything that the name conjures up which is nostalgia, sweetness, childhood, the good old days.....

RWQ: How can my readers find more information about you and your company?

My blog: http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk/
My shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/comfortstitching
My fabric: http://www.unitednotions.com/un_main.nsf/aneela-hoey
My flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aneelahoey/


Oh wow! Thanks for giving us a peek into your world Aneela! I would have never guessed that Pips were a candy.

Speaking of candy, how about a little fabric candy for everyone!?! We've got some Sherbet Pips precuts to give away. That's right... I have a jelly roll, and 2 charm packs available out of my own personal collection!

**!!GIVEAWAY UPDATE!!** Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop has just informed me that one winner will also receive 5 yards of Pips! (in a combination of their own choosing!!) Thanks Kimberly!!

To enter for your chance to win any of the giveaway prizes, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

I will draw three winners using the Random Number Generator on Friday, April 1, 2011!

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Bookworm to Debut in Fat Quarterly Issue 5!

Hi Folks! We have a special sneak peek for you all today. P2's latest quilt, named Bookworm, is set to make its debut in the pages of the fabulous quilting e-magazine, Fat Quarterly! Look for the complete instructions and a personal interview of Charlie and Ryan on or around April 25th in issue 5!

Bookworm in Hullabaloo by Urban Chiks

This quilt was quilted by the wonderful Angela Walters!

This quilt and another version in Momo's Just Wing It will be donated to {Modern} Relief Japan!

If you are a shop owner and are interested in kitting Bookworm, please email us directly at patchworksquared@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bon Vivant Winners Post!

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Here's the post you've all been waiting for! Mr. RNG picked the following lucky ducks out of all 203 of you who entered ...

Bon Vivant Accessory Set

The winner of the accessory set is, comment #170 Wendy Walker Cushing.



Bon Vivant Wine & Cheese Tote

The winner of the wine and cheese tote is, comment #159 Sharon.



AND the following visitors each win a FQ bundle of Bon Vivant ...

Comment #49, jednoiglec.



Comment #108, Lee.



Thanks for playing along everyone! I will email the winners If I can find the info. Please email me if your email isn't listed in your blogger profile.

BIG THANKS to Paige Stanley Miller for talking with us and offering samples and fabric to give away! If you make projects or quilts using Bon Viviant fabric, please add them to the flickr group Paige recently set up here!

There's still time to enter the Animal Party Too giveaway.

Talk to you soon,

Friday, March 18, 2011

Animal Party Too by Amy Schimler { Fat Quarter Shop Fridays Sponsored Post }

I hope everyone is having a great Friday. Spring is certainly in the air around these parts. The birds have slowly been returning and a few Robins have been reported in the back yard. I'm really looking forward to all the natural colors resurfacing. The bright yellow daffodils and purple crocus are already peeking through the ground.

And speaking of bright colors ...

Amy Schimler is here today to talk with me about her new line with Robert Kaufman Fabrics called Animal Party Too! This fun collection is due to hit stores in April 2011 and a portion of the sales will benefit Quilts For Kids.

Animal Party Too

Thanks for being here today Amy! Please tell us about your designs:

RWQ: How long have you been designing fabric? What is your design background?

I returned to college in Boston to study painting and fiber arts and wound up taking a course in pattern design at RISD in Providence RI. I was immediately hooked. This was many years ago and after many starts and stops I picked it back up about twelve years ago. I worked in house at Carters and then found a studio to rep my work. My first fabric collection with Robert Kaufman came out in the fall of ‘07.

RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing in general?

Inspiration comes from many places – nature, people watching, vintage children’s books, flea markets. Color inspires me, many times a design starts with a color collection.

RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell my readers about your inspiration for Animal Party Too (ie: your color choice inspiration, a trip that may have inspired the line, etc.)? Do you have a favorite print in the collection?

Because Animal Party Too will benefit Quilts for Kids the design process was a little bit different than how I usually approach a collection. First and foremost the prints needed to be kid friendly and needed to appeal to boys and girls. My original colors changed a bit to fit the needs of the organization and to coordinate with other fabrics for the kid’s quilts . My favorite print in the collection is the floral – I don’t have a lot of floral print fabrics in my collections and I am pleased with the happy mood of this print.







Animal Party Too
Animal Party Too


RWQ: Is this your first design to be licensed on fabric? If no, can you briefly tell us about your other lines?

I have had numerous collections with Robert Kaufman – On A Whim, On A Whim 2, The Cow Says Moo, Confections, All My Heart, Creatures and Critters, Animal Party, and a new collection coming in October called “Fly Away”.










On A Whim
On A Whim
Creatures and CrittersOn A Whim


RWQ: Are you a quilter? How would you describe your quilting "style"? If you’re not a quilter are there any forms of crafting or general creativity you enjoy?

I have actually designed quilts and am a quilter “in my head” but I fear I lack the discipline and patience to physically assemble the quilts. I wish that wasn’t so. I work as an illustrator as well as designing fabrics so it may just be that I am too busy to have the time it requires. Never say never, there may be quilts in my future. I started sewing in middle school and used to sew all of my outfits. I don’t sew as much now, again I think it is more of a time issue. I love printmaking and painting when I have the time. I also illustrate children’s books and have a new book coming out this month called “Splish Splash” with Little Simon.

RWQ: One of the hardest parts of designing for me is coming up with the names for my patterns. How do you pick the names for your fabrics?

I try to think of the mood of the collection. I agree it can be really challenging. So far the names just seem to pop up. It is also a collaboration with Robert Kaufman, as they do have a lot of experience naming their collections.

RWQ: How can my readers find more information about you and your company?

I have a blog where I post information about my fabrics and links to stores that carry my collections as well as information about the other illustration work I do:

http://redfishcircle.blogspot.com

Animal Party Too

Thanks for being here today Amy! And thanks for bringing along some fabric bundles to share with my readers!

Animal Party Too by Amy Schimler

4 lucky winners will each win a bundle of Animal Party Too!

To enter for your chance to win any of the giveaway prizes, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

I will draw the winners using the Random Number Generator on Friday, March 25, 2011!

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