Saturday, April 30, 2011

The clock has officially started...

As you may remember from my last post, I'm making a lap-size quilt in 2 weeks as a favor for Fabric Designer, Laura Gunn.  Those of us who signed up to make quilts using her Painter's Canvas line; which will be shown at market, stopped by her lovely home this morning.  It was tons of fun.  We met some of her family, ate yummy muffins and actually got to play in her studio selecting the fabric we needed for our quilts.

Here's what I took home. 

Hopefully the next time you see this fabric it will be cut up, as I begin my quilt.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quilt Market...or what I like to call a deadline

So are you ready to hear this crazy cool news.  A member of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild ran into Laura Gunn, Fabric Designer Extraordinaire.  Pleasantries were exchanged presumably and some time later I get an email from Laura Gunn herself.  Okay, so she sent an email to the STLMQG President...but that's Me, so it's kind of like getting mail directly from a celebrity, right?

She writes, excited to learn that there is a Modern Quilt Guild in St. Louis and to tell me that Michael Miller is showing her two newest lines Magnolia Lane and Painter's Canvas at Quilt Market in a few weeks and she has a proposition for my guild. 

Would I or some of my STLMQG members be interested in making a modern quilt using her Painter's Canvas line.  The quilts will be photographed, in the booth at market and returned afterwards?  She goes on to say that we can use a quilt pattern of our own design, or a go-to favorite...wait, that means that the quilt pattern that I've been tweaking for a few weeks can now come to life and be shown at Market.  YAY!!!

If that wasn't pressure enough, how about the realization that I have to make a lap size quilt in 2 weeks.  Yep, 2 weeks from today is when the quilt is due. 

Of course, I'm not going at this alone...4 other STLMQG members agreed to take on this mission too. 

I'll definitely share in progress photos with all of you and will be creating a tutorial for my pattern; which I'll upload eventually.

So if you see the light on and sewing machine going at know why.


For those of you who don't know who Laura Gunn is, she is the daughter of Eleanor Peace Bailey and Sister-In-Law to Heather Bailey.  Laura is Designer of such lines as Lantern Bloom, Poppy, Magnolia Lane and Painter's Canvas.

You can find her blog here, Paint in My Hair, and links to Magnolia Lane and Painter's Canvas.

If you'd like to pick up some of her fabric, I've seen it at the following locations.

Here's some photos of her Painter's Canvas line, in action

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wedding Weekend & Fabric Shopping

This past weekend I travelled up to Kansas City, MO for my Brother's wedding.  While I am biased, you could not have asked for a more adorable couple.  The wedding was spectacular and everything was perfect. 

My Sister and I had a little bit of freetime during the weekend's festivities so I dragged her along to a fabric store that I had heard about in Overland Park, KS.  Have you visited Harper's Fabric & Quilt Co.  Let me tell you, as soon as I walked through the doors I was blown away.  It was so nice to be able to see/touch/feel so many fabric lines that I could previously only view/buy online.  They had so much stuff I couldn't even begin to list the variety. 

The salesgirl even gave me one of those "Marine" types of hurrahs when I told her that I was part of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild.  I missed her name; but she is part of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and even invited me to their next meeting if I was ever in town.

Of course you knew that I couldn't walk away without buying something, so here it is...

I visited Bon Bon Atelier too, and while it was an adorable store nothing really caught my eye.  I'm just not into the Japanese Import or Liberty fabrics; which they did have quite a few of.

If you are in the Midwest and looking for a city to visit, I would highly recommend Kansas City.  Once you figured out the highway system, it was pretty easy to manuever around the city, and downtown is great.  It doesn't shut down at 6pm like St. Louis does (Boo!). 


Today as I was running a handful of errands left over from all the pre-wedding craziness, I stopped off at Hancock Fabrics (Union Rd) in St. Louis.  Let me tell you, I am NOT a fan of Hancock Fabrics, their stores are usually a mess and the quality of their merchandise hasn't always been up to speed.  Yet, I hadn't visited them in probably 6-9 months and as President of a quilting guild, I feel the need to know what is going on around town if something relates to quilting.

The store I visited while still not particularly pleasing to the eye, did look like it cleaned up it's act a bit.  Yet, I was kind of surprised to find this entire collection of fabric called Top Drawer.  It had that quilt-shop quality "hand" and the prints were actually something that I would want.  The tag says that the fabric was a division of Westminter Fibers, Inc...which I know is a good company.  I picked up some Design Rolls and Fat Quarter bundles that they had, plus a few other fabrics.  Not too shabby.  Thumbs up Hancock Fabrics!