Rail Fence Tote Pattern

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Head over to Chronicle Books’ facebook page to see the free pattern for my Rail Fence Tote, excerpted from 1, 2, 3 Quilt. A super-quick and easy bag to make as a gift or for yourself! The rail fence pattern is a good introduction to quilting.

Tiny Quilting

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Now that I’m finished with Quilt Market, it’s been so good to just get in my sewing room and make something.

This is what I worked on over the weekend and I think my work might be getting a lot smaller! This piece is 9″ x 9 1/2″. I have no idea what I’ll do with this — maybe just frame it. But I think I’m going to be making many more tiny textured quilts, as I really love the improvisational process and small-scale. And I love monochromatic white, but it’s very difficult to photograph.

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Quilt Market Wrap-Up

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Here’s a quick Quilt Market wrap-up with photos. If you are familiar with the fabric world, you know that Quilt Market is a wholesale market for shops around the world to select fabric and supplies.

Here are some photos of my booth with Kokka. I made patchwork and quilted samples from 1, 2, 3 Quilt and Kokka made some amazing bags and pillows. This was my first time meeting the people from Kokka in person and they were incredibly gracious and accommodating. I also met many of you that I’ve only known online and it was so great to finally put a twitter handle with a real face!

You can see in the photos below a Geranium Dress and Ruby Dress designed by Rae Hoekstra (made by her talented assistant Jessica) and a Staple Dress designed and made by April Rhodes. I made some fluffy fabric ball flowers (fabric circles poked into a styrofoam ball, inspired by my friend Erin). I had the embroidery that I made for the cover of 1, 2, 3 Quilt on display, butterfly buttons, Dresden flowers, embroidery hoops and paper butterflies, along with bags and cute little snap pouches made by Kokka.

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Here were some highlights from the show. Of course I loved the other Japanese fabrics (top below) in the Kokka booth, including the Fujiyoshi Brothers (print with the panda) and Echino (other two photos below).

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Then there were many other amazing booths. Below are a few (clockwise from top left): Monaluna organic fabrics, the Botanics collection from Carolyn Friedlander, three of the designers from the new division of RJR, Cotton + Steel, Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics, and Cloud 9 Fabrics.

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You can see more of my photos over on Instagram, including the bizarre animals of Quilt Market, which I found to be very entertaining when I got bored of sitting in my booth at the back of the convention floor. If you talked with me at Quilt Market, I’m sure I shared my enthusiasm about doing some new things with my next collection! So I left feeling inspired (and tired).

Garden Collection

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More of my Garden collection for Kokka. If you’re in Houston this weekend for Quilt Market, please stop by booth #1062! These are a couple of pillows I made from patterns in 1, 2, 3 Quilt.

 

Circle Coasters How-To

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I posted about the Quarter Circle Coasters project from 1, 2, 3 Quilt last week. Now you can head over to Craft Foxes and follow the instructions to make your own!

Photo above by Laura Malek.

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