Friday, March 30, 2012

Giveaway winners!!

I have had a wonderful week and every response to the giveaway post earlier this week has made me smile. I love all the enthusiasm for textiles and fabric design and I'm thrilled to be able to share what I've learned (and continue to keep learning more about every day!)

Here's a list of the lucky winners of the 3 signed copies of my book, Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design.

And as a quick side note, make sure you either have your email address available in your blogger profile or that you leave an email address in your comment. I want to make sure I can contact you if you win!! :) 

Michelle # 86
being an absolute fabric nut, I've always been fascinated in the process of fabric design and making and how they evolve. This is the sort of book I would love to own! Congratulations!

amy dame # 95:
i've always been a sewer, but it's only in recent years that i've been so obsessed with quilting. before quilting i did a lot more "art" - that is, printing, silkscreening, mixed media, etc. i keep thinking that designing my own fabric would be a great way to bring the art side back into my life, and i think the book would be a great motivation. i've been eyeing it since it was first announced!

in terms of something specific to learn, i already know that i need to learn more about repeats, positioning, etc. it seems mathy to me, and therefore scary to my right-brained self!

kayajoy # 104: Please email me with your shipping information :) 
Your book looks fabulous. I'd love to find out more about established designers' experiences in the field as well as other printing techniques. It is so inspiring to read the story of someone who started where I am now & has had such success.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Book giveaway!

Thank you so much for everyone's tremendously supportive emails about my book, Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design. It was such fun to follow along on the book tour the last 2 weeks and I hope you were able to catch a few of the posts! (And if you missed any of the tour, here's a list...) Writing the book was such a labor of love and its been so heart warming that the book has been well received! Thank you so much again for all of your support. 

As promised, I'm bringing up the rear for the book tour and hosting a giveaway! This coming Friday 3/30,  I'll be drawing three names from the comments on this post and sending off signed copies to the winners. To be entered to win, just leave me a comment here and let me know why you'd like the book and if there's anything specific you're hoping to learn from it. Good luck!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lloving these llamas... and the llama quilt too!

Eeeee!!! Squeal!!! That's what I did this morning when I hopped online and spied the pictures of the finished llama quilt that Ashley over at Film in the Fridge posted today. She let me know that I would be excited when I saw the pictures, but I don't think she really fully prepared me. How totally perfect are these pictures?! I mean, come on!!

Thank you so much Ashley for showcasing your lovely llama quilt with such an adorable bunch of onlookers. I just love the finished quilt and it looks like the llamas do too :)

The llama fabric is available in my store here.

All photography by Film in the Fridge
Well, hello llovely llama quilt!

I simply cannot stop laughing at this shot. 

Hey lady... Who are you? What are you doing? What is that?!?

I think the one with its ears back is less than pleased!
And the back of the quilt is just as awesome as the front isn't it? 

Peek a boo!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New in the shop | Accordion Books!

Yea! New goodies in the shop! I've been wanting to have some fabric covered Accordion Books made to add to the shop for a while, so I'm super excited to get them listed today.

There are 2 patterns from my Modern Whimsy collection (the blue bunnies and the green lambs) and they'd be perfect for Easter or Spring. I worked with the amazing team at Rag and Bone Bindery, so they're top of the line and the most beautiful quality.

Suggested uses:
*a mini scrapbook
*love letter
*baby announcement
*photos for grandparents
*mini albums for special occasions (Easter is coming!!)
*combine photos, drawings and written notes to make your own unique creation
They're only available in my shop here.

Clara dog on the Brooklyn Bridge! :)

Each book is hand bound and contains a single sheet of heavy weight acid-free paper, folded and feature a silk cord and button closure. Can be displayed as a standing set of frames or as a two-sided book.

Book size: 8 inches high x 6 inches wide
10 folded pages (holds up to 10 4x6" or 5x7" photos)
Page size: 7.5 inches by 5.5 inches

I've only produced a small number of these books and I'm not sure if/when I will have anymore.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Book Blog Tour!

I am so excited that its finally here! Yipee! The blog tour for my book, Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design is starting on Monday! I can hardly believe it! There are some folks who I really, really admire from blogland who will be part of the tour and I'm just tickled beyond belief and so thankful for their participation. Some of them will even have copies of the book to giveaway so mark your calendars and make sure you visit them over the next 2 weeks :)

Here's the Blog Tour line up! I'll also be posting reminders on Facebook.

Monday, March 12 – A Creative Mint
Tuesday, March 13 – Lena Corwin and Handmade Charlotte
Wednesday, March 14 – Spoonflower and; Print and Pattern
Thursday, March 15 – Centsational Girl
Friday, March 16 – A Stitch in Dye

Monday, March 19 – The Long Thread
Tuesday, March 20 – Fat Quarterly
Wednesday, March 21 – papernstitch
Thursday, March 22 – Julia Rothman
Friday, March 23 – Simply Grove

And I'll be bringing up the rear with a giveaway here on my blog on Monday, March 26 when I'll be giving away a few signed copies!

Indulge me while I get gushy for a second will you? I want to send out so many heartfelt thank yous to all of my blog readers for all of your support and encouragement. You all are just simply the best-est. Its been such an amazing journey for me. I can hardly believe that its only been a few years since this first blog post to having my designs licensed and actually getting a book published. Your support has been so inspiring and unwavering. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. xoxo

And now for a bit of eye candy! Not sure if you spied the phenomenal quilt top over at Film in the Fridge last week? I sent Ashley some of my Llook! Llamas! fabrics (which I self produce and print using Spoonflower) and she created the most outstanding quilt. One of the things that I just adore about Ashley's work is the way she pairs fabric and colors. From these 3 Llook! Llamas! prints:

She created this! Never in a million years would my mind have gone towards that pairing but I think it's genius. So rich a lovely and just perfect for the Llamas, Flapdoodle Hats and the Peruvian Blanekt don't you think?? And I got such a kick out of seeing some of my Circles print in yellow that is produced by Robert Kaufman included in there too! (Such a simple print but so much fun!!)

 Photo by Film in the Fridge

Photo by Film in the Fridge

Photo by Film in the Fridge

The 3 Llook! Llamas! prints are available in my store here. And the coordinating DIY pillow panels are available as well :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sneak peek | Next Stop London

Who's ready for a sneak peek of Next Stop London?! I designed these two patterns about a year ago after a super fun trip to Greece and London. It was my first time to visit London and I had such a wonderful time. I'd love to get back and visit again soon.

It was such a thrill when the team at Robert Kaufman decided to pick up the London-themed designs that I created after my return. Its a small collection of 2 designs each in two bright and cheery colors which I hope you will love. I have so many projects planned for it! Top of the list is a picnic quilt that will remind me of my afternoon sitting next to the Thames River and enjoying the sunshine (and perhaps there was an adult beverage or two involved!) And with the Olympics looming, who knows what fun projects might spring to mind. Any suggestions?

Next Stop London will start shipping this coming April and I'll have some FQs to giveaway as we get closer to the ship date. Can't wait to hear what you think!

And look at the super cute cars on the selvage!! Beep beep!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

My very own Brrr! Rocket Ship

I'm not sure how many of you spied this phenomenally creative and cute pillow out in Flickr/Pinterest/Blog land this past month...But I simply fell in love with it. I mean, seriously? Is this not one of the most adorable things you have ever seen. Ever??

Brrr! quilt and pillow by Alex of Teaginny Designs

A few months ago, Robert Kaufman and I sent Alex over at Teaginny Designs some advance cuts of Brrr! to play with and giveaway to one of her blog readers.  And when she sent me a picture of what she had created, I just nearly fell out of my chair. I've been following Alex's work on Flickr for a long time and her creativity is really just boundless. But this was over-the-top amazing as far as I was concerned.

When I posted a peek at her project on my Facebook page and on my Pinterest boards, I think everyone I ran into that week here in Austin commented on how cute the rocket ship was. I'm still not sure why on earth she agreed, but the amazingly sweet and talented Alex agreed to make me a rocket ship of my very own. Eeee!!!! It arrived here last week and I've been impatiently waiting for a sunny day so I could snap some pictures of it living in my studio.

Look at the pebble quilting!

The way she used the selvage simply slays me. And the hand work on the windows! So cute!

And the thank you note she made me. As if I needed a thank you!? 

The rocket ship happily living in my studio :)  
Do you spy Dexter kitty under the step stool under my cutting table?

Alex: Thank you so much for such an amazing gift. I'm inspired by your creativity and kindness! I just love it beyond measure. Thank you!!

Brrr! will start shipping this coming June which will be here before we know it!