Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Travel


Summer is a great time to rejuvenate, to be outdoors and to look for inspiration among the bright colors and patterns that surround us.

That’s exactly what I did this summer with an eagerly anticipated trip to France.

It can be very motivational to visit a new place.  One appreciates things that are often overlooked if they are part of your every day environment.

I am always looking for inspiration and ideas for new fabric designs and there was no shortage of these in France.

This tiny shop was tucked into a passageway in the medieval center of Annecy.  Just imagine if your favorite fabric store was in a stone fortress built hundreds of years ago!



Not everyone likes fun patterns and colors. Not too many quilters in this shop:



Shown below, is the picturesque town of Honfleur. 

Closer inspection reveals a color combination in the making.



And check out these café chairs for a delightful burst of color.


I will leave you with a few of my travel photos. I hope you had an inspirational summer too.
The View from Notre Dame

Annecy at Night
Flower Shop in Paris
Annecy
Mont Saint-Michel





Friday, May 2, 2014

Winners Announced


Thanks to everyone who visited my blog and participated in the tour. If you use my block in a project I would love to see a photo of what you create. 

I randomly selected three winners from the list of comments I received. Each will receive a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 9.


Congratulations to:


Paula Robinson, Kathy H and TheStylishHome.





Monday, April 28, 2014

I'm included in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 9!

I am thrilled that my block is included in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 9! Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks will be available at newsstands by May 6th. Welcome to my portion of the 100 Blocks blog tour.    


I used Cold Spring Dreams in the yellow and violet color combination to create my block named Watch Your Step, number 884:

Here it is in pink and blue.

One of the fun things about this block is that by rotating it in various directions you can achieve different quilt patterns. Here is an example of one way the blocks could be arranged to form a quilt.

Quiltmaker is running the blog tour on their Quilty Pleasures Blog starting today, April 28th through May 2nd. Throughout the week they will be featuring designers and having daily giveaways including two fat quarter bundles of Cold Spring Dreams.


Now for the exciting news: Quiltmaker has generously donated one copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks for me to give away. Just leave a comment here, on my blog and at the end of the week, I will randomly select a winner.

Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the tour.

Mary


Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary


Once again, The Orchid Show is underway at The New York Botanical Garden but just for another week, through April 21st. This year, the theme is Key West Contemporary, “a living design inspiration taking its cues from a modernist Key West estate garden”.  In case you are unable to get to the show, here are some photos.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Star Squared Quilt

Corey Yoder has designed a new quilt featuring Grace. Her quilt pattern, named Star Squared, was quilted by Angela Walters and is featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting. The quilt is available as a kit and the pattern is offered as a free download on the Fons and Porter website. To see more photos of the quilt and Angela’s amazing quilting visit Corey’s blog, www.littlemissshabby.com.

Photo from LittleMissShabby.com


Friday, March 7, 2014

Wearing Grace


These are my muses, Grace Evelyn and Emma Grace. The girls inspired Grace, my most recent line of fabrics, so I thought it only fitting to make them each a garment using fabrics from the collection.

For both looks I selected fabrics from the Caribbean color group. I paired the hearts with a small tossed floral for Grace’s dress. For Emma’s blouse, I used the larger floral for the yoke and the butterfly motif for the main part of the top.

Both styles are the Ice Cream Dress pattern, designed by Liesl Gibson of oliver + s. The instructions were easy to follow, clever really, and we were all pleased with the results!




Sunday, February 23, 2014

Folk Couture



One of my favorite museums in New York City is the American Folk Art Museum. The current exhibit is Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art. It is a wonderful show, comprised of garments inspired by the museum’s permanent collection of folk art, including quilts, textiles, paintings, photographs, drawings, and sculptures.  Thirteen fashion designers were asked to create a garment that would capture the essence of a folk art piece. On display is the finished garment alongside the inspirational folk art. Of course I had my favorites.

Among them was a dress by threeASFOUR, a group of three fashion designers, Gabi Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil. threeASFOUR were drawn to the six sided star in the Friendship Star Quilt made by Elizabeth Hooton Savery and others in 1844. The dress is made from layers of laser cut patent leather with cut outs in the shape of three religious symbols; the Jewish, Islamic and Christian stars.


Fabio Costa’s ensemble, Agnus Dame was inspired by two art pieces; Sacred Heart of Jesus, a religious woodcarving of a bleeding heart surrounded by arrows, as well as Tree of Life Whitework Quilt, both folk artists are unknown.

Koos van den Akker made his garment from a colorful fabric, which he made by incorporating five different artworks. The gown is embellished with a layer of transparent sequins, which makes the whole piece shimmer.

Yeohlee Teng used four wood carved animals for this unique dress. Teng photographed the sculptures then printed the images onto Kraft paper.  The Kraft paper was sewn together in a circular manner to create the form of the dress.

If you are going to be in NYC, you might want to head over to Lincoln Square and check out the show. It runs through April 23, 2014 and the admission is free, however they recommend a donation.