October 23, 2008

To Market, To Market and other Exciting News!

Hello Everyone!

We are off to Quilt Market in Houston tomorrow morning, bright (or should I say dark) and early in the morning! We will be slaving all day to get the booth put together with all the new designs displayed "just so". We are looking forward to a wonderful market and all the inspiration it brings. It never fails to amaze me how I can come home so exhausted, yet so energized. There's just something about having so many people together with the same type of enthusiasm...those of you who have attended know exactly what I mean! We will be taking lots of photos so you can share in the excitement as well after we return.

Thanks to the tireless work of my wonderful husband, the new designs will be available for purchase on our website as of Saturday, but orders will not start going out until Tuesday of next week, since we will be attending market.

And what is the exciting news?? Well, it looks like I am going to be writing a book!!! I can't believe it either! It will be a sewing book with many wonderful designs and is scheduled at this point to be out in the summer of 2010. It looks like 2009 is going to be a busy year! I will be sure to keep you posted on the progress and maybe a sneak peek here and there as the book comes along. I want to thank all of you who have purchased my designs over the years....your support has made it possible for this dream to come true!

October 7, 2008

The Final Two

Hey Everyone! How did it get to be October so soon? This year has simply flown by. The temps are finally beginning to cool here in Texas, so I know that sometime soon the weather will really be changing around here. See, here in Texas, our leaves usually go from green to brown and then promptly fall right off....none of that "Autumn Color"....so we will probably go from mild summer temps right into mild winter. The fall is a great time though, even if we don't have the beauty of other parts of the country....hey, you take what you can get around here!

In today's post, I will show the final photos for the last two designs, of which you have seen to some degree in older posts, which is why I saved these for last. The Juliet Tunic is the next installment in the tunic line of patterns. It has what I like to call a "bust enhancing" bodice with an Empire waist and A-line skirt, so it will look great on everyone! This one is wonderful on its own or you can wear a shorter version with jeans. The shortest version is great under a jacket with some nice pants. The important thing is it is super fast to sew and gives you a lot of opportunities with fabric choices.

The last design is the Francesca Skirt. This one is based off our other yoked skirts, only this time, I split up the skirt portion into panels and gathered them. Then I added some great little details like an optional belt, ruffles, fabric flowers, and last but certainly not least, little fabric inserts between the panels. We all have Jona from Fabritopia to thank for that! You can hop on over to her GREAT blog and fabric website over there on the right hand side where I have her blog (Stop Staring and Start Sewing) and website (Fabritopia) listed. There will be a little surprise for her in that pattern! Hey Jona, if you are reading this, you will know very soon what that little surprise is (you probably can already guess anyway)! This is an easy skirt and again lets you play with lots of fabrics!

If you would like to see photos that give you a little more detail, check out the post when I first introduced these two designs on July 15th. Well, I have some more sewing to do today....then I should be finished by the end of the week....I think my machines will enjoy a small vacation. I know my hands will! Happy sewing and we'll talk again next week!