Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Peppermint Place Quilt and Kaffe Fassett

 Here we are, Saturday at the Houston Quilt Market, all fresh and bright, raring to go.

Here we are 10 hours later, pack mules every one. It was a terrific day filled with great ideas and new things to bring back to the shop!

If you know me, (and I think you do!) you know what a fan I am of the fabrics from Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably. We have been stocking our shelves from Day One with a great selection of their colorful designs and add to them with every new release. Nothing changes this year either!

We have carried most of his quilt books as well and this year, Pearl brought back a limited number of signed books from the new publication, "Dreaming in Color". This is an autobiography of the man himself. It's a trip through the decades and eyes of the master of saturated color. If you have ever been curious to know from where Fassett drew his inspiration, you should check out this book. It is a steal at $40.00

 You may recall our cute Halloween "Sew Spooky" quilt and the "Little Red Barn" quilt patterns we have had for a few months from The Quilt Company. This is their new "Peppermint Place" Christmas quilt and we brought back these patterns from Market. This 6-part pattern makes a 64" square quilt, embellished with a printed panel and adorable buttons.  Everything included in our pattern bundle for $55.00.

Here you can see Pearl with the quilt itself to give you a good idea of the actual size.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

More Quilts from Houston

I have a few more quilts from the Houston Quilt Festival for you to enjoy.... in no particular order. 
Having just made a couple of Lone Stars myself lately, this one caught my eye. It is huge, pieced and appliqued exquisitely on shaded fabric and made by Mayumi Watanabe from Japan. 

"Color My World.... With Quilts!" by Sharon Schlotzhauer.  Now, this is tiny, approximately 9" x 12", probably smaller and I tried to see how it was done so I speak with no authority here. I think it's painted and quilted but I can't say with certainty. All I know is it drew me in.

I found it interesting that when I went to download the images in the camera, the one that immediately followed that tiny one was this: "Berne House Quilt", made by members of the Bernese Quilters in Switzerland. It was not near the last quilt I showed; it was just the next one that struck my fancy. Again, I don't have the dimensions but let me say, it is HUGE. HUGE!! and beautifully constructed. 

"Fifteen", by Camilla Watson from New Zealand. Techniques include photo-transfer, hand and machine piecing, fabric pens, applique and machine embroidery. It is stunningly, achingly beautiful.

"Cantilevers" by Jessica Levitt in New Jersey. This one just makes me smile a big grin. I love the illusions of transparency, the simplicity and cleanliness. The quilting is super!

Here is Gloria Hansen with her "It's Time". She had just arrived from New Jersey to find her abstract photo-transfer on silk quilt hanging upside down. (This was being dealt with with the organizers as we were conversing.)  When you read her description, the insights might strike you as familiar.

I hope all the attendees from the area affected by Hurricane Sandy come through safely and suffer the minimum of damage. Living on the Gulf, I feel your pain and worry. Thank you for sharing your work and time.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Oh man..... Keiko Hasegawa Made This Quilt

Having attended to all things mundane, I am now ready to Show You This.

I wrote that in caps and u to underscore that, what you are about to see is, to me and in one word, remarkable. It warrants one separate post.

The woman who quilted this is Keiko Hasegawa. IF you are going to the Houston Quilt Show, you will see it along the wall adjacent to the Festival side. If you aren't....... go, if just to see this quilt.

 This is what Keiko Hasegawa wrote to accompany her quilt:

"I've made a series of hexagon quilts. We had a baby named Canon in 2011 and this is for her. Listening to music, canons and singing along, I sewed this quilt."

Okay, now that we have gotten the details out of the way, let me show you this quilt.

I'm right, right? It's remarkable. It's amazing. It's fussy-cut, y'all. 
You see the center?
Go on.... look again.

Let's get up-close and personal.


So, the pieces, these hexagons, are smaller than a dime, fussy-cut and and and and heart-breakingly beautifully sewn and it's quilted. Oh yes. It's quilted...... but I can't see the stitches. Please, once again, feast your eyes on the flower-rows along the left and right upper-corners. Look at these brown flowers with the fussy vines... now, bounce back up to the large view!

I'm not even going to discuss the applique!!! You Must See This Amazing Quilt!

Keiko Hasegawa, wherever you are, thank you for sharing this with us. 

In the Presence of Rock Stars!

Just back from the 2012 Houston Quilt Market and I want to post some quick photos.

This time was a total blast because, having been there once before in 2009, I had a better idea of what to expect. And having had the pleasure of working with Georgia Farnet every Thursday for the past many years, I have learned even more about the quilting world.

Basically, I was a groupie at a concert this year. 


It started with Day One and strolling past Ty Pennington and attempting to be nonchalant about it. You try to keep a cool demeanor and not throw a fit (but let's face it, y'all. A celebrity in your midst is startling.)  This lasted approximately one second, when I turned nonchalantly around and saw Mona elbow Georgia and heard her say, "Georgia! Look!" They sidled up to me and said, "Did you see who that is!?" as if.

First of all, there are not as many men at the Geo. R. Brown Convention Hall as women, so they sort of stand out in the crowd. Then you add the fact that he stands tall and lean and rugged like a Ralph Lauren male model. Oh, yeah, then there's the throng of women surrounding him, looking upward, as, did I mention he is rather tall?

So being the shameless groupie that I am, I shoved Mona and Georgia over to him and said, "I want to get your photo with Ty. P!" He charmingly obliged.

Sadly, the lighting in the Hall obliterated the beautiful quilt and photos behind him but......nevermind! Look! He's got his arms around 'em! Ty (we're on first-name basis now) was very kind and I truly regret you can't see that quilt of his fabrics because it's a happy thing!

During Schoolhouse on Friday, I sat in on a session with Bill Kerr, Modern Quilt Workshop author (along with his wife, Weeks Ringle) as he discussed my current obsession, combining the modern quilt movement with the traditional and he showcased his new fabric line from Andover Fabrics, "Victorian Modern". You may have seen any of his Modern Quilts Illustrated magazines at Bright Hopes and samples from them hanging on our walls. Here he is with Pearl, as sweet as he looks in the photo. A gentleman in the truest sense of the word.

Jason Yenter. Full Stop.
Just before we left for Market, Georgia brought in her new sample of Jason Yenter's Deco quilt. It's hanging in the shop, glowing off the wall and we have the line and kit ready to go. So, when I spotted the man himself, I marched right up and blurted out, "That woman over there made your Deco quilt and it's gorgeous! Her name is Georgia!" 
"Really!? Wow! that was fast! I haven't seen it made up yet. When we designed it, we did it digitally so I am impressed." 
me- "She fussy-cut so many pieces and really did a marvelous job. It glows." 

Now all this while, Georgia is speaking with Mike Daecher with Craftsy just on the other side of the aisle and has no idea how close Jason Yenter is so after she has finished, we spin her around and point over to Jason. The photo speaks for itself. I don't know which of them is more impressed with the other.

Jinny Beyer, absolutely beautiful woman...... this photo was taken at Schoolhouse as she was discussing a specific pattern. I simply could not muster the courage to approach her directly.

Four years ago, Eleanor Burns published her Victory Quilts book, hardback, which spoke to me (yes, I pieced that one, no, it's not quilted) (yet) and I carted that heavy tome around for three days, in hopes of seeing the lady herself. That didn't happen. And I learned a valuable lession: Don't Carry the Unnecessary.

This year, I signed up for her Tales of the First Ladies Quilt for Monday. Our schedules for market changed and happily, I was able to change that class for one on Sunday. However, I assumed it was a lecture. Never assume. I didn't come to class with supplies!

Now, let me back up one day. The class I had for Saturday DID require supplies and I dutifully carried them to class, and it was a lecture instead. A good one! don't misunderstand, but now afterwards, I am carting around a bunch of tools and cutting mat, weighing me down and basically throwing off my groove.

So in I breeze, expecting a room full of chairs and instead I see tables littered with Babylocks and Eleanor Burns standing at the front, ready and fired up to do some sewing. Thank God, I was not the only one to show up empty-handed! I slunk into my seat like a naughty schoolgirl who left her (unfinished) homework assignment on the bus.

However, being the Pro she is, Ms. Burns brushed aside the bumps in the road, made everyone of us who arrived unprepared welcome and went to work introducing her new book, Tales of the First Ladies. The block you see featured behind us, Double T, was the block we constructed using the Quilt in a Day method. It works perfectly.

After the class, she signed our books and graciously posed for my ZOMG! photo. When she realized what I was doing, she responded in kind and said through her smile, "What are we doing?"    She has a great smile and as I hugged her, I whispered :You changed my world" but I don't think she heard me.     Acolytes can be tiring.

 Pearl, thank you for taking me to Market. I had, obviously, a BLAST!

Check back for more cool photos of quilts

Thursday, October 18, 2012

November - December Class Newsletter

Here is the new list of classes coming up in November and December . 

If it is slow to load, give it a minute... it's a big file and no, you still cannot view it on an iPad or iPhone (go figure! technology....)

As always, you can zoom in with the bar at the upper left half of that window or print it out, all the pages or just the ones you want, by clicking the upper- left most icon/button that sort of looks like a printer.

Call early to book your classes! They fill fast.

We are heading to Market next week in Houston and I hope to keep you informed here on the blog of the cool goings-on. Otherwise, you can 'friend' us on Facebook and see the up-dates there.

If you are going to the Houston Quilt Festival at the end of October, have a fabulous time and enjoy all the gorgeous quilts!

See you on the other side!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Flash Sale!

This time with a twist.

We have these Snap Sack kits in three patterns available at a great sale price. 

Open House, Patriot Stars and Sweet Hearts. Each small quilt kit is complete with pattern, fabric, backing and binding. All you need is batting and a little time. 
These would make a terrific gift either as it is or made to hang. 
Regularly priced at $15.99, these are on sale for only $9.99, while supplies last.

We mail anywhere in the USA.

October Surprise

In a few weeks, four of us from Bright Hopes Quilting will be heading to the Houston Quilt Market to see all the new and exciting fabric lines coming out in the Spring. Market is both exhilarating and exhausting a week but attendees always return with a carload of new patterns, notions and techniques to share with our customers.

We can't wait to show n tell it all but until then, here is something from us to you.

This is a downloadable pattern using charm squares and yardage to make this fast modern quilt, Charmed Blocks. It measures 56" x 62" and if using juvenile prints, this would make a quick baby quilt or toddler's nap blanket.

As with our class schedules, you can print the 2 page instructions by clicking on the print icon at the upper left of that window.