“A Friend is a Gift” is the basis of Mary Engelbreit’s newest fabric collection for Quilting Treasures in their VIP Exclusive fabric line. I designed this quilt and instructions for Quilting Treasures for a free quilt pattern download from their website. The quilt is designed around a central panel of “A Friend is a Gift to Give Yourself” tea party. Applique teapots are stitched in top and bottom borders to go with the tea party theme. The quilt size is 51″ x 57″, a perfect size for a wall hanging or to use for a throw with the cool weather arrives. (I’m down south, so the cool weather is not here yet.) To find this pattern, scroll down the selection of free quilt patterns. You may also be tempted to try some of the numerous other free patterns as there is large selection.
I designed another quilt pattern based on Mary’s Sleeping Beauty fabrics that is also available for a free download from VIP Exclusive. Read about it in my prior blog post. With this great selection of patterns, you should be busy quilting!
Ah, the romance of fairy tales! I have always loved them and especially Sleeping Beauty. Mary Engelbreit’s newest fabrics for Quilting Treasures feature her wonderful illustrations of this favorite classic for her Sleeping Beauty fabric collection.
I enjoyed working with these beautiful fabrics to create a quilt pattern for free pattern download from the Quilting Treasures website. Sized to fit a twin size bed, it will make any girl feel like a princess! I think the colors are wonderful and very feminine.
The quilt is composed of two quilt blocks, both simple so that you can easily complete your quilt.
Starting a new year off is exciting but it always seems like the first of the year is very hectic, in part due to a partial slow down in work due to holidays combined with preparation for the January shows. I’ve been working hard on new art for my agent to present at the Atlanta Gift Market held last week. In addition, I finished a book proposal for a new Quilt book that has been accepted and is on my agenda to complete in the next few months. Also on schedule this year are new fabric collections – I can’t wait until I can show you these!
Getting to Atlanta this year was pretty much a nightmare for everyone due to the ice on the roads and airports closing and delaying flights. I had to drive on very icy roads between Birmingham and Atlanta, and really scary roads in downtown Atlanta. But everyone made it in and the market was extremely busy with buyers – a great sign.
There were tons of artists signings during the show, including one by Mary Engelbreit. Here’s a picture of us with her signing one of her beautiful ornaments by Ne ‘Qwa Art. Mary’s fabrics are with Cranston Printworks (VIP, VIP Exclusive, Quilting Treasures) the same fabric company that my fabrics are with. I’ve been working with her fabrics designing quilts for free project sheets for the company website. I will let you know when the project sheets are published to the site. (Thanks Amy for taking the picture!)
You know what they say about all work and no play! A bunch of artists met up after the end of a long day to socialize and network. Shown on the front row (L to R) Debbie Cole, myself, Robin Davis, and Aaron Christensen. Back row – Terri Conrad, Jane Maday, Karen Embry, Beth Logan, Tammy Browning-Smith, Sue Zipkin, Chad Barrett, Beth Yarbrough, Paula Joeling, Robin Pickens (behind Aaron), Lynn, Brenda Pinnick and Suzanne Whitaker. A very delightful and dynamic group!
Thanks Jane Maday for loaning me the photo since I left my camera in the room (dumb move on my part!). Also to Sue Zipkin for sending me a photo.
I am now back in my studio working away and excited about lots of new things on the horizon.
Its always fun to meet someone who you really admire. At the Atlanta Gift Market last month, I had the good fortune to meet Mary Engelbreit in the showroom of Katherine’s Collections. Mary was there for a personal appearance. I have always been a fan of Mary’s as well as appreciate her as a trail-blazer for art licensing.
The past couple of months have been the most hectic of all. Preparing for two major trade show events in January required hours and hours of work. Attending the shows, Atlanta Gift Market and CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) were almost like vacations because while they were technically work, I could lay down my paint brush and ignore my computer for a few days. Plus, its always such fun to meet up with friends.
The day before the CHA show in Anaheim, Brenda Pinnick and I went to Laguna Beach for some much deserved R&R. We shopped and had a great lunch while watching the Laguna Beach surf (which was very high due to the recent rains).
Although the shows are over, work continues with work from the shows as well as the work that was still in progress before the shows.
And, I am happy to say that I just finished a new fabric collection and am really excited about it.
I hope you are all staying warm in all this cold and snowy weather.
Phyllis Dobbs Art & Design Studio
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ArtBizJam 2017 – Artist Retreat
DYNAMIC ARTIST RETREAT - Learn more about how to maximize your art business. ABJ 2017 will celebrate its 5th anniversary this year. This year's event will be held near Kansas City Oct. 3 - 8 and has an outstanding lineup.