Tuesday, October 22, 2019

I Think We're Ready

Quilt Market is only 4 days away (Quilt Festival is just 8 days away) and I think I can safely say: "we are ready!" The quilts have all returned home after their glamour shots, the kits are cut and assembled, the fat quarter bundles are folded, stacked and tied, and the patterns are written and printed!The only thing left to do is load up the truck and head down to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

I thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of the quilts that will be seen at Festival. For Market, we only bring the newest quilts using Paula's collections, but for Festival we also bring the new versions of quilts that we have remade. So let's start the show.
Ancient Star features Paula's Chatham Row collection
Indigo Baskets of Plenty is a new version of our Baskets of Plenty pattern and features Mood in Blue.

Evangeline is a perfect Fall quilt. Browns, golds and blacks are featured in this re-do.
Crosstown Pavement is a great scrappy quilt using the new Companions collection
This year's Favs #7 features 3 small quilts using the Companions collection also
Jubilee Celebration is a new version and it features the Chatham Row collection
Second Hand Clothes is one of top selling patterns and it was time to bring it back in all of its scrappy glory
A patriotic version of our Simple Star
Woven Heritage offered us the opportunity to feature the elegant border stripe of the Hill Country Heritage collection
Many of you have asked when patterns and kits will be available for those of you not able to attend Festival. Patterns and kits will begin appearing on our website the week of November 11th.

If your coming to Festival, be sure to stop by Booth 1115 and say hello. We love when we get a chance to meet and visit with our loyal customers.

October 30 - November 3, 2019
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

I'll try to post some pictures as we set up and throughout Market and Festival, but it does get a little crazy!

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Market and Festival are Getting Closer

Apparently my calendar for the month of October is incorrect! I could have sworn that there was at least two weeks before Market, but I guess not!! I leave for Houston tomorrow afternoon and we set up for Market on October 24th! Where is that extra week??? Oh well, I guess we'll just have to be ready!!

I have good news to share - Blue and White Quilts by Martingale Publishing will be released December 2nd!! We are so excited to be part of the designers that were selected for this book. We had a picture of the cover and now we have a picture of our quilt, Tree of Life, that we can share. Here's the description of the book from the Martingale website:

   Crisp, calm, and captivating--experience the magic of blue & white! From the editors of the best seller Red & White Quilts comes a fresh take on another timeless color combination. Thirteen dreamy quilts from famed designers and collectors include a mix of exciting new designs and sentimental favorites, plus three antique treasures to remake using today's fabrics and techniques. From traditional Nine Patch and Album quilts to the pinnacle of patchwork, Tree of Life, enjoy spectacular blue & white quilts from:
Lissa Alexander . Lisa Bongean . Julie Hendricksen . Sherri McConnell . Camille Roskelley . Laurie Simpson . Helen Stubbings . Debbie Roberts . Jill Shaulis . Nancy Mahoney . Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison
You'll be captivated by the creations that come from this humble two-color palette, as quilters have been for generations. It's an eternal classic that never goes out of style.

Love this cover!!

Our Tree of Life quilt

We will have kits for our Tree of Life quilt on our website in mid- November and books as soon as it is released!

We've been super busy over the past 2 months with Market and Festival quilts (my sewing machine is eagerly awaiting its idle time while I am in Houston), but both Paula and I managed to get in some family travel time and a retreat. Paula traveled to Denver, CO to visit her daughter Ashley and son-in-law Robert and trips to Breckenridge for Oktoberfest and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum were some of the highlights. What a surprise it was for Paula to see our Lancaster quilt hanging in the museum shop. It is their donation/raffle quilt. If you are interested in obtaining tickets, please contact the museum: 
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Paula with Ashley and Robert

Paula and Ashley

Beautiful mountains in Breckenridge

Lancaster quilt at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

I visited my daughter Megan, son-in-law Brian and adorable grandson Adam on my trip and got to spend the weekend enjoying Louisville. It was supposed to be both Peter and I, but we were in the potential path of a hurricane, so I got out of Dodge and Peter stayed to deal with Dorian. Luckily it skipped us this time. Hurricane season is almost over and looks like we've made it through unscathed!!
Adam, my Louisville cutie!
Watch for emails and future blog posts with all of our quilts for Market and Festival. Paula has four collections that will be featured at Market and we have completed quilts with kits for all of them!! Chatham Row (Ancient Stars and Jubilee Celebration), Hill Country Heritage (BOM and Woven Heritage), Paula's Companions (Pavement and Fav's #7) and Mood in Blue (Indigo Baskets of Plenty), plus re-do versions of Simple Star and Second Hand Clothes.  Wow, when I look at this list I am amazed at how much we've accomplished! It's no wonder my sewing machine is ready for some R&R!!

I shared pictures of Second Hand Clothes as I was working on it and we received some great comments. It is one of our favorite quilts and the pattern is one of our best sellers - 110 different fabrics, what's not to love! One of the comments also came with a picture. Ruth Ann Clark shared her hand-pieced, hand-quilted Second Hand Clothes that is on the full-size bed in their A-frame tent that she and her husband share as Civil War reenacters. Great job Ruth Ann and thank you for letting me share your picture!
Second Hand Clothes

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen