International Quilt Market is in Houston this weekend, starting on Oct, 27. It is a major trade show for fabrics, notions, embellishments and anything for quilting and sewing. Kreinik Manufacuring Co., Inc is a manufacturer of gorgeous silk and metallic fibers to use for needlework, scrapbooking, quilting and sewing. They are decorating their Quilt Market booth with individual blocks created by designers and embellished with their fibers. Kreinik asked me to create a block, which I was delighted to do. I want to show it to you. I used my Sweetheart Ballerina fabric that I recently designed for Quilting Treasures by Cranston. The block, which I named “Flowers Dance is an embroidery design of flowers swaying in dance to go along with the Ballerina theme. I used all metallic fibers to stitch the design with the chain stitch, stem stitch and colonial knots. The block size is 12″ x 12”. I told you in a recent blog that I loved color and this block is definitely colorful.
If any of you are attending Quilt Market, which is open to the trade only, be sure to visit Kreinik’s booth to see the blocks from all the other designers. International Quilt Festival follows Quilt Market and is open to the public.
I had such an awesome time on my trip to Memphis. Elvis Week started Saturday. August 11 and continues all week to honor the 30th anniversary of his passing. People were there from all over the US and the world for events planned throughout the city each day.
I taught 2 classes on Saturday, but started the day with a tour of Graceland. It is currently extremely hot throughout the south and more so in Memphis. The temperatures were in excess of 100 F with no clouds to block the sun. We waited in line for the tour, but the line wasn’t as long as I expected. They are very organized with the tours, picking everyone up in buses across the street then driving up the driveway to the entrance to Graceland. We did get to wait a few minutes in the air conditioned bus before we had to get off and wait in line (in the sun). Most of the wait time was waiting to get on the bus initially but fortunately, it was in the shade. This is Donna (left) and Jodi (right) from Cranston with me waiting out front.
This was my first tour of Graceland and it was very impressive, to say the least. Just being in the Mansion after years of hearing about it and seeing where Elvis lived was remarkable. Throughout the Mansion were TV sets showing Elvis in various concerts as well as home movies taken at Graceland. Its also a reminder of how fast time flies.
The mansion sits on 14 acres. This shot is the grounds behind Graceland. If you look close, there are 2 horses grazing.
The last stop on the Graceland Mansion tour was the Serenity Gardens. This is the walkway to the Gardens.
This photo shows just a small sampling of floral arrangements that were sent from all over the world. Â
Later that afternoon, we toured Elvis’ jet, the Lisa Marie, as well as “Elvis After Dark” and the auto museum featuring his cars and motorcycles. My favorite car was the Pink Cadillac, which I was thrilled to see.
After the Mansion tour, it was time for the first class to begin. The Elvis fabrics are really gorgeous and unique. New fabrics have also been added this week, although I don’t know when these will be available online for viewing. You can see the Elvis fabrics as well as buy some online at Shop Elvis.
The class was a “Make and Take” class creating an Elvis fabric frame. The finished frame is hanging on the right. The panel with 3 pockets is from the “Jailhouse” blocks.
These other models were shown to illustrate the a few of the many items that can be created with Elvis fabrics, such as a sundress, vest and pillowcase.
Althought I am back home, I can still hear the Elvis songs that were played everywhere throughout the day. And with all the songs he recorded, there’s no way to pick just one favorite…they all are.
I have taken a blog break. Not long after starting my blog, I had several design deadlines and had to work on getting these finished. Its great that I love my “job”.
Over the years, my career as a designer for needlework, quilting and textiles has offered some fantastic work opportunities that I call “perks”. They are jobs, but fun and unusual jobs that just don’t occur every day.
Tomorrow, I’m going to Memphis, TN, and more specifically, to Graceland to teach a class. This month is the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ passing. How time flies – I still remember where I was and the time of day when I heard the news about Elvis. August 11 starts Elvis Week in Memphis. They have a full week of activities planned. Check this website for the activities.
The class I’m teaching is a “Make and Take” workshop by Cranston Fabrics. I will be teaching a no-sew project, a photo frame, using some wonderful new Elvis fabrics. You can use it to frame your favorite photo of your trip. If you are in Memphis Saturday, I hope you sign up for the class. I would love to meet you.
Cranston has some fabulous Elvis fabrics. So all of you sewers and quilters who are Elvis fans, you can make a wonderful quilt or other sewing item.
As I said, some of my jobs are “perks” and I consider this one of them – I’m very excited. I will take photos and post them next week after I return. And…..I hope to meet some of you.
Today I’m sitting in my studio working on my next fabric collection for Quilting Treasures. I can’t say much about the next collection yet, but it will be really fabulous and in wonderful colors and will be out at the end of the year.
I wanted to show you my newly released Sweetheart Ballerinas fabricsin the pink color range since my previous postings had shown a lot of the aqua colors. The fabrics come in a lot more colors for the coordinating fabrics. I made a rollup-naptime for children to use for their naps from this fabric. In the filming last week for Martha Pullen’s TV show Martha’s Sewing Room, I showed how to make it.I’m showing the top half. The bottom is made the same but is reversed in sewing the borders.
My time for writing is short today as I’m also getting ready to leave for New York. I am exhibiting in a surface and textile design show (SURTEX), where manufacturers come to find art images to use for their product design. Wish me luck!
I love New York and will post some photos from there. Its a fabulous place for spotting trends and sparking unique ideas. I have my favorite places that I go each trip for that….stay tuned!!! Of course, I have to throw in a little shopping! What fun would it be if I couldn’t do that?? My husband Danny would think something was wrong with me if I didn’t come back with my suitcase stuffed to the max with my finds.
Hi, welcome to my blog and my first entry. To introduce myself, I am a mother, wife, and pet owner. I spend my days being creative as a professional artist and designer in textile and surface design (that’s basically anything you can put a design on). I have also designed mountains of needlework and quilts and have written quilt books.
My latest design venture was creating a fabric collection of 20 fabrics, Sweetheart Ballerinas with Quilting Treasures. These fabrics debuted last week at the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and had me floating above the ground for several days. That’s me in the Quilting Treasures booth standing in front of a quilt designed with Sweetheart Ballerinas. It is such fun to me, designing, sewing and quilting items with my fabrics, although I didn’t design the one above.
This is a snapshot of part of the Sweetheart Ballerinas fabric collection. The entire collection can be viewed on my website.
I love creating things to use in home decor, especially with fabrics and a sewing machine. My home is always a work in progress as I am always changing things. There’s nothing like a new color paint to completely change the way a room looks. Add some great fabrics and you’ve redecorated so easily with such things as window swags or throw pillows. I have so many pillows that they have to be moved before you can sit or sleep. I don’t know what it is about pillows, but I just love them. This pillow is for sleeping, covered with a pillowcase I made with the aqua colors of the Sweetheart Ballerinas.
I guess its time for me to quit writing as Kitty Kat is sitting in my lap wanting to help me type. Thank you for joining me and I hope you are back again very soon!
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