Thursday, June 23, 2016

Inspired by Bonnie Christine & Adobe Illustrator #1

If you seek you shall find. Serendipity is an incredible thing.

While at Spring Quilt Market Casey (Instagram @caseyunrein) and Brooke (Instragram - @brooke.elayyne) set off to talk to designers about fabric and the design process. They walked around several booths, somewhat nervous and unsure about how to start a conversation. After five minutes of wandering an Open Wide caught their attention. Sensing that they had a friend in the booth, they approached the professional and kind looking woman that was there.

Casey cordially said, "Hello my name is Casey & this is Brooke. Brooke is an aspiring fabric designer and we were looking to get some input from professionals in the industry."

With that simple beginning the three embarked on a conversation that lasted nearly an hour as the Spring Market crowds swirled around them. It turns out that the professional and kind looking woman was none other than Bonnie Christine (writer of Going Home to Roost & designer for Art Gallery fabric). Bonnie is a surface designer who not only is an incredibly creative spirit, she is also an inspiring and giving artist who shares her skills and experiences with others whenever she can. She has taught design in many spaces and recently partnered with Creative Live to offer a comprehensive surface design course. Check it out here: Design Surface Patterns From Scratch with Bonnie Christine

Since returning from Spring market Casey & Brooke have been watching the online course. Attached here are several of our first designs made.

These are 2 patterns Brooke is currently working on showing clouds and moon phases. I am looking forward to seeing where she goes from here.

By: @Brooke.elayyne
By: @caseyunrein

What do you think?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Roman Mosaics

Traveling is such a great way to open your eyes to the world and see new (or old) things in a new light.

Casey, Gloria and Liam have been in Spain for the past few weeks celebrating the holidays with their Spanish family and, while there, they have been visiting a few ancient Roman ruins from the region of Madrid.

Most notably, they visited the Parque Arquelogico de Carranque, which is located a short distance from Madrid. The ancient Roman villa has a number of truly stunning mosaics.

These mosaics got us interested in viewing more and we found some really amazing designs -- perhaps even some great MODERN QUILT designs!

We hope these inspire you as much as they do us, and you can add Roman art to your list of quilt inspirations.

Monday, December 14, 2015

December Special(s)

Have you been naughty or nice this year? We have two special deals for you this December. And, yes, you can be both naughty and nice! Don't worry — we won’t tell Santa.
  • Are you last minute shopping and in a crunch to get your order? On orders placed by midnight MST on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, we'll upgrade the shipping method to USPS Priority Mail.
  • Just pick the cheapest method of shipping, include the words SANTA’S SLEIGH in the purchase notes at checkout, and we'll cover the upgrade to priority.
  • Orders with the code SANTA'S SLEIGH included which are placed by midnight MST on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail no later than December 19. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas. Once your order leaves our warehouse, it is up to USPS to deliver in a timely matter.
  • Let us help you play Santa! For every pattern you purchase, we will include a second copy for you to gift to a friend. That means it is Buy One, Get One Free!
  • There are no limits, so happy shopping on all of those projects you have been wanting to make with a friend.
  • This offer is valid on all RETAIL orders placed between today and midnight MST on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.
  • There is no code required, but you must include the words SANTA’S HELPER in the purchase notes at checkout.
  • Again, the free pattern will be the same as the pattern you purchased; no substitutions allowed.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Mini Notebook Cover

Handmade for the Holidays

It's almost December and you need a project that you can do QUICK! Mini Notebook Cover is the solution for you! 
Experience the ease of working with Soft and Stable and the professional finish that it gives a project as you make this quick and easy notebook cover.
The cover protects a standard side-bound 3” x 5” notebook and has an interior pocket to hold business or credit cards.
Pen tabs add a decorative touch, provide a smart way to close the notebook, and keep a small pen always at hand. 
Quick, easy, and great for gifts! Use up your fabric scraps and make one for everyone on your list. They are sure to be a hit! 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Open Wide

Handmade for the Holidays
We are nearing the end of our Handmade for the Holidays series and we have had lots of fun! Our project for today is Open Wide!. Quick and fun to make, these handy zippered bags in three sizes open wide for easy access to all your supplies.
Binding on the easy-to-install zipper finishes the upper edges and forms a handle and grab tab.

Two inner mesh pockets keep things organized and easy to view.
These feature a new product called fold-over elastic. It currently comes in 11 colors. We use this to line our mesh pockets and it gives a fun finish to the project as well as an elastic end to the pockets so contents are secured nicely. 
Slip these classy bags in your suitcase — or use them to maximize the space on your vanity.
Be sure to make a few to have on hand for gifts. Who wouldn’t love a cute bag for cosmetics or other supplies?
Because these bags can be customized in three different sizes, you're sure to have a bag for any need for anyone.