Friday, October 21, 2011

So much news to share!!!

Hey everyone!  I'm sorry I haven't posted in quite a while, but I have been BUSY!!! Since I last posted, my scratchboard has earned me a membership in the North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society.  I also showed one of my scratchboards in the Bring Us Your Best VIII Show in Hendersonville, NC. Although I didn't win any prizes, it was still an honor to be juried into this exhibition.

Even more has happened in my quilting career!!!  In the past couple of months I have designed seven new quilt patterns.  These can be seen at my pattern website Primrose Lane. I had them displayed at the Asheville Quilt Guild's Annual Show and was very pleased with the response. 

By far, the biggest seller and most popular quilt was my "Appalachian Memories Quilt".  This quilt features 12 hand embroidered barn blocks with quilt blocks on them.  You can purchase this quilt pattern on my website at Primrose Lane.

48 hours after the quilt show was over, I was in Ohio and West Virginia promoting my barn fabric that I drew for the Mystery Harvest Shop Hop group.  (Last January I was commissioned by this group to design a special fabric for their shop hop that featured 12 drawings of barns with quilt blocks on them.)  The shop hop was a smashing success, and it was great to see all the different ways that the shops were using the fabric.  Of course, everyone made quilts, but some made purses, tote bags, table runners, wallhangings, pillows, aprons, pot holders, T-shirts, window valances, and used them as appliques on dish towels. One even had them applied to the backs of clear plates, making matching dishware.  It was a fun and exhausting trip.  I got to meet a lot of wonderful ladies and visited some really great quilt shops.

By the way, if you are interested in purchasing the fabric, please go to their link above, and you can order directly from the shops.  Although they gave me a few yards, I don't have extra to sell.  Here are a couple of my favorite items the shops created...

I wish I had the time and room to post all the pictures I took during this shop hop.  The creativity of the different shopowners and their employees was amazing.

I have already started designing some more quilt patterns and am eager to get busy sewing next week.

By the way... they have already commissioned me to design another fabric for them for next year's shop hop.  I can't tell you what the topic will be, but I know it will inspire as much or more creativity than this year's fabric.  Guess you will all have to just wait and see...

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