Shimmer Dress 671x1024 Shimmer Blog Hop + Giveaway

I’m so happy to be part of the blog hop for Jennifer Sampou’s fabric line, Shimmer. I first met Jennifer at Quilt Market last fall, and had such a great time getting to know her a little bit better.  Jennifer has put together a beautiful Look Book for Shimmer, available here.

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 I really enjoyed working with Shimmer–the name describes the fabric so well–it has a slight pearlescent sheen that is really pretty.  I was happy to find that the shimmer wasn’t altered by either washing/drying the fabric or ironing/stitching through it. It has a nice drape, and my daughter was very happy with her new Easter dress!

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A special thanks to my mom for doing the majority of the sewing on this Geranium dress (it is such a great pattern! I made one out of rayon earlier this year).

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This photo shows a bit of the “shimmer” in the sunshine

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I’m giving away a charm pack of Shimmer courtesy of Robert Kaufman. Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about Spring and you will be entered to win the charm pack. Thanks! Shimmer CHS LoRes Shimmer Blog Hop + GiveawayCheck out the rest of the blog hop for more inspiration and chances to win charm packs. Jennifer will also be giving away a full fat-quarter bundle at the end of the party!

April 1: Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2: Janice Ryan – Better off Thread
April 3: Alissa Haight Carlton – Handmade by Alissa
April 4: Julie Herman – JayBird Quilts
April 5: Natalie Barnes – Beyond the Reef
April 6: Stash Books – C&T Publishing
April 7: Amanda Jean Nyberg – Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8: Lee Heinrich – Freshly Pieced
April 9: Cheryl Arkinson – Naptime Quilter
April 10: Christina Cameli – A Few Scraps
April 11: Elizabeth Hartman – Oh Fransson
April 12: Faith Jones – Fresh Lemon Quilts 
April 13: Gemma Jackson – Pretty Bobbins
April 14: Katie Blakesley – Swim Bike Quilt ME!!
April 15: Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
April 16: Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson – See How We Sew
April 17: Holly DeGroot – Bijou Lovely
April 18: Jennifer Sampou – Wrap Up

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potterybarnkatie Pottery Barn Event this Saturday in Arlington

I have to say, it was pretty exciting to have this email show up in my inbox from Pottery Barn!  Just a reminder for anyone who is local to the DC area that I will be at the Clarendon Pottery Barn this Saturday from 1-3pm. It will be a really informal event–a chance to see quilts, talk modern quilting–more of a meet and greet than a formal event. Also, I will have some books for sale. You know, in case you want to buy one or three.

Faith and Lee have an event on Saturday as well.

Saturday, March 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Mayfair Mall – Wauwatosa, WI
Phone: 414.771.1402

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photo1 1024x821 Try It Tuesday #12: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, oh my!


I finally bit the bullet. I have been saving my teaching/lecturing/book sales money for a long time to purchase a new computer and the Adobe Creative Suite.  And last week, I finally did it!!

My kids think the new Mac with the giant screen is exclusively for watching Amazon Instant Videos, of course. They think it is fantastic.

This blog may be quieter than usual over the next few weeks/months while I am figuring this out. Thanks to a recommendation by Lee, I’m starting here: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a Book Try It Tuesday #12: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, oh my!

It should be a wild ride!


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Just a reminder that the Anacostia Arts Center is the place to be this Saturday starting at 1pm!

Laura Gunn and Color This Saturday: Talking about Quilts, Color, & Pop Up Shops!

Laura Gunn will be talking about fabric design, painting, and especially, color! I think that color is usually the first thing people see when they look at a quilt, or a painting, or a photograph. I can’t wait to hear what Laura has to say. I believe she will also have art prints for sale after–I think you will love them.

VintageQuiltRevival2 This Saturday: Talking about Quilts, Color, & Pop Up Shops!

I will be showing the quilts Vintage Quilt Revival This Saturday: Talking about Quilts, Color, & Pop Up Shops! (and will have books for sale). I will talk some about the book, but will also be talking about vintage quilts, modern + traditional quilts, and contemporary quilt designs. A bit of history, a bit of block design–it should be fun.

You can purchase tickets here.

pop up shop This Saturday: Talking about Quilts, Color, & Pop Up Shops!

Then, starting at 3, the two premier modern shops within 60+ miles of DC will each have a pop up shop. Think Nani Iro, great clothing and quilt patterns, yarn, Anna Maria Horner–you don’t want to miss Finch Sewing Studio and Delray Fabrics’ shops!

More information here!

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