Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Paper Obsessed Blog Tour

Greetings, all!

I'm thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Heather Givans of Crimson Tate to share her new line of fabrics, Paper Obsessed from Windham fabrics.

Special thanks to Eric Lubrick for all photos used.

I love paper and stamps . . . and blues and whites and grays sprinkled with a bit of yellow and red. . . and a brand new notebook with crisp, clean lined pages. 

There is something about getting REAL mail plastered with lots of fun stamps that makes me weak in the knees! 

So, my heart started going pitter-pat as soon as I saw Heather's designs for Paper Obsessed! I couldn't wait to use those crisp, clean colors and too-fun designs in a project. 

I was especially thrilled to see the paper airlines, the stamps featuring Heather's "eyeglass-girl-logo", and even a few succulents on the "stamps". I LOVED Heather's Succulents line of fabrics so this brought back lots of sweet memories!

Our samples of Paper Obsessed arrived just as we were releasing our new pattern, Open Wide! Time was limited as we were headed to Market and these were small projects that would allow us to use LOTS of the fun fabrics. So what to make with these awesome fabrics was an easy decision!

Quick and fun to make, these handy zippered bags in three sizes open wide for easy access to all your supplies. 

We used a variety of the fun fabrics to make the set of bags and added fun colors of handbag zippers for a little pop of color on each. 

And, of course, we used ByAnnie's Soft and Stable when quilting the fabric so that the bags really stand up and hold their shape.

The bags feature two inner mesh pockets to keep things organized and easy to view. Binding on the easy-to-install zipper finishes the upper edges and forms a handle and grab tab.

Perfect for travel, you can slip these classy bags in your suitcase — or use them to maximize the space on your vanity.

Our friends at Windham Fabrics will be giving away fabric at every stop on the tour, so you've got lots of chances to win.

We've also partnered with them to provide a kit so that one lucky winner can make their own Open Wide! bag. 

The kit will include everything needed to make an Open Wide! bag in your choice of size (small, medium, or large): 
To enter this post's drawing, please comment on this post telling us how you would use your Open Wide! bag. Tell us, too, what color of mesh, zipper, and fold-over elastic you'd like. If you are the lucky winner, we'll make a customized kit just for you! We'll pick a winner at the end of the blog tour on July 26. Hope you win!

Be sure to check out all stops on this blog tour to see the amazing projects made by Heather and her friends. From awesome quilts to fun wearables, you are sure to find something that you'd love to make today. 

Again, to be entered to win, just follow the instructions on each blog post. It's SO easy! 

So what are you going to make with Paper Obsessed? Any fun patterns come to mind? 

Let me know . . . leave your comment below!

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.