Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Modern Quilts Unlimited

Have you heard of Modern Quilts Unlimited?

They are a new quilting magazine coming this Fall.  I had the opportunity to meet them at Quilt Market in Kansas City a few weeks ago and was very interested to learn about all of the exciting things they are cooking up.

Their site just went live a few weeks ago, and Angela Walters is their resident Blogger.  I got to meet her too at the Modern Meet-Up....Eeeeee!!!

Angela was asking about "Inspiration" a week or so ago on Twitter and I shared with her the inspiration for my "Chocolate Covered Strawberries Quilt" as seen below.

You might remember me mentioning that I saw a commericial on TV late last year that was the inspiration for the above quilt.  I never had my camera near me it seemed; but FINALLY a month or so ago, I was able to take a quick shot albeit it way after inspiration first hit.  It was an updated commercial; but the inspiration was still the same.

Well, back to Twitter for a second...Angela wrote me back to let me know that I'd be included in her blog post titled "When Inspiration Strikes" that she was writing for Modern Quilts Unlimited.  This afternoon, I saw the tweet and immediately hopped online to check out the blog post.  YAY!!!!  Thanks Angela!!!

So, go check it out and while you are there take a few minutes to read some of the other posts she has written too.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Pretty Pleats Reversible Tote

I've been a subscriber to Michelle's (i like orange) blog for a while now and always admired her Metro Link Quilt and all the lovely versions I had seen on Flickr. 

When I saw her Pretty Pleats Reversible Tote pattern that she debuted earlier this month, I thought it was Adorable.  Yet, being someone who has a background in Design and Patternmaking, I usually don't buy many patterns. 

This past Saturday at our STLMQG meeting, Cara and Mary Claire both brought a tote that they had made from Michelle's pattern.  Cara was one of the pattern-testers and Mary Claire whipped one up in no time the previous evening.  Seeing these totes in real life immediately changed my mind...that afternoon when I got home, I hopped on Etsy and bought the pattern.  This was actually my first Etsy purchase :-)

Let me tell you, the pattern is well-written, simple enough for a beginner; but with enough options for a more experienced sewer too.  The sky's the limit.

Here's my 1st Pretty Little Tote...I say first; because I can see myself making these in lots of prints/patterns.

Fabric purchased from Jo-Ann's

So, if you are looking for a tote pattern, definately give this one a try.  You can buy the PDF pattern at Michelle's Etsy shop.