Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quilt Market and New Releases


So we made it to Market. Drove for 13 hours. Did Schoolhouse for my book and for my patterns.

Set up the booth.

And this is where we spent the next 3 days. It was a great market. I met a lot of new people and caught up with friends I only see at Market.  I released 8 new patterns this market. 

Camille- Layer Cake pattern
This is made with one layer cake. No additional yardage.
Sorry this is turned. 
Hospitality- Dresser Scarf Pattern. 
This is wool and velvet applique
Asters- Layer Cake pattern
Also uses only one layer cake.
Hopscotch
My token pieced pattern. This one was fun to stitch.
Abundance
This is a mix of wool and cotton applique on a cotton background.
Love Notes
All cotton applique.
Done By Me
Wool applique on a cotton background.
And as promised-
Somerset as a complete pattern.

I know that is a lot of photos and not much text but that is just how it is this time. I am exhausted but content. I will try to get the new patterns all posted in the online store by the end of the week if any of you are interested in ordering. Also if you ordered patterns while I was away for market, they will be going out ASAP. 
Happy Quilting,
Dawn










Monday, October 20, 2014

Market Prep and A Photo Shoot

I leave for Fall Quilt Market on Thursday- super early in the morning. I have been running around like crazy these last few days tying up loose ends and getting ready to go. This is a picture of the new quilts hanging on the rack patiently waiting to make their debut. I am pretty excited to show the new designs. I will have 3 largish applique quilts. One wool on cotton, one wool and cotton on cotton and one cotton on cotton. I have a new pieced pattern, two layer cake patterns, a dresser scarf pattern and for those of you have emailed me- Somerset will be available as a complete pattern. If you are heading to market, I will be in Booth #2052 and doing a book signing Saturday in the Star booth. Also be sure to check out my Schoolhouse sessions for Linen Closet Designs and Kansas City Star on Friday.

Yesterday I took a welcome break from the rush and welcomed Quiltmania into my house. Carol Veillon and Guy, the awesome photographer, came to do a shoot for the Quilts and Enchanting Homes feature in the regular issues of Quiltmania. These are my photos and are no where near the quality of what they do but just gives you an idea of our house layout. 

It was a lot of fun and I feel honored to be featured.  Our house is nothing fancy but I certainly have no shortage of quilts. I have been traveling a lot and it was nice to have all the quilts back up.

The house feels kind of bare when they are all packed up for trunkshows. Quiltmania took many more shots than the rough photos I have here but you get an idea.  The feature should be in the spring- possibly the March issue. 
So, that is really all I have to share until Market when I can finally show you all I have been working on. I just wanted to stop in for a minute so you didn't think I had given up the blog. 
Now back to packaging patterns!
Happy Quilting, 
Dawn

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ok- I Get It...

I see that I was wrong, there are plenty of blog readers out there. The interesting thing is that the blog readers seem to strictly read blogs and the Facebookers are strictly looking at Facebook. It is quite a divide. I will continue to blog and do my best to be regular. It was really good to hear from all of you. One comment really struck home with me- "you have been MIA to me". Wow! I hadn't even thought of that. So I am back to stay.
Several of you have asked for more info on the book so here are a couple of projects from it. I am posting it in the online store now for order. It retails for $24.95 and free shipping. Just click on the bird logo on the side bar. Above is Squash Patch. This is a fun quilt to make. The blocks are only 4" and the little squashes are super quick to stitch. It is a great stash buster. Below is Pathways. It is a Garden Maze pattern with an appliqued border. I love this quilt. It looks complex but is actually made of simple 6" blocks.
We just got home from Colorado yesterday afternoon and I found this.
This is a shot of my quilt Brighton from the new Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts. I was excited to see the quilt again. I finished stitching the binding on and popped it in the mail back in January so it is kind of like a new quilt to me. It was a lot of fun to make. I dug into my stash and made piles of red, green and pink and just started piecing. It is a large quilt, 92" x 92" so it is a great way to use up scraps. 
This hasn't been the most interesting post but it's all I have for you for now. I have to finish unpacking and get my self back on track. More to come!


Happy Quilting,
Dawn


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Time


Time seems to be an elusive commodity. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. As I write this I am preparing to travel for trunkshows and workshops. Monday I am in Blue Springs Mo. which is about 1 1/2 from here. Tuesday I head to Marshall Mo. which about an hour away and early Wednesday morning I will be on my way to Colorado Springs which is farrrrrr from here. I am also getting down to the last weeks of market prep. Anyway, my point is as my business has grown I have had to streamline things and determine priorities and some things just have to go. As you can see I have let the blog go. I post regularly to my Facebook page because it takes only a couple of minutes whereas a blog post does require some thought and time to write and gather photos. It seems that fewer people are reading blogs than when I first started and that maybe my time would be better spent in other areas. So the point of this post is to see if I should let the blog go to the wayside or get back in the swing of posting weekly. If you are reading this PLEASE comment- let me know if readers are still out there. If you are and you are interested in seeing blog posts here, then I will get back in gear.

In case anyone is reading this I will catch you up on what I have been doing...
If you take a look at my sidebar you will several new magazine covers have been added. I have been fortunate to be a part of Quiltmania, Simply Vintage, Quilters World and Primitive Quilts and Projects these past months. I will also have a quilt in Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts and the Nov. issue of Quiltmania.

I have been all over teaching and doing trunkshows and have been blessed to meet a lot of wonderful quilters.

AND I finished my fifth book!
I am very excited about this book. It is fall themed and there is no other time I love better than fall. The book has 6 quilts and two smaller projects. There are pieced quilts, applique quilts and combo quilts. I have my advance copies and it should be shipping to stores in the next week. 
This is Splendor, the feature quilt. 
If it looks like folks are tuning in, I will share more of the book and all the new stuff I have coming up for market.
I look forward to your comments.
Happy Quilting,
Dawn



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Vicksburg


In August of 2009 I designed a sampler quilt called Vicksburg. Prior to publishing it as a pattern and making it available for purchase, I ran it as a Free BOM on my blog. I offered it as a challenge to use only fabric from your stash- no fabric shopping. I followed the challenge as well. I even dyed several background prints to have enough that matched. It was a lot of fun to see everyone's blocks as we sewed along.
One of the quilters that sewed along was Cherie Moore. Cherie finished her quilt and had it quilted by Terri Kanyuk. 
This is Cherie's gorgeous quilt. She entered it to be juried into the AQS show in Paducah. And guess what? It was accepted! How fantastic is that?! I am so excited for her. If you go to the show in April, make sure to look for Cherie's Vicksburg. Cherie also has a blog at - quiltedjonquil.com

Happy Quilting,
Dawn

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Whew!

After 9 days and a little over 2000 miles we are home! It has been a fabulous trip. We started out in Houston for International Quilt Market. I debuted 5 new patterns. It was a fantastic Market and the new designs were well received. I can't tell you how grateful I am! It is so good to see your hard work pay off.
This is Rhapsody. It has 13 blocks of Folk Art applique. It is already popping up all over the place as a BOM.
This is Folly. I love this design- it has so much movement. The pillow hanging beside it is a block done in wool.Wool would speed up the process and add so much texture. I would love to find time to do a wool version.
This is Bristol. It is a super easy medallion that features velvet applique accents and some reproduction Dutch Chintz.
This is Ashbey. It is the first in a series of dresser scarf patterns I am doing. All of the designs will finish at 6" x 20 1/2". They all have a ruffled edge and feature wool and velvet applique with a touch of embroidery. These are fast to whip up. Great for gift giving.
The second dresser scarf is on the right. It is called Heart's Desire.
It was pretty busy and I didn't get out of the booth much but we did get to meet up with friends we only see a couple of times a year. I have to say Houston has some of the best food options around and we ate well while we were there. 
The one non- quilt related thing we did was go to the Galleria. If you have never been, it is amazing. The largest mall I have ever seen. It has an ice rink in the center, is 3 stories and features some of the priciest stores you can find. I found a lovely Vuitton bag in eggplant for only $2500. Needless to say it did not come home with me. 
After Market we headed to Rogers, Arkansas for a couple of days at the Rabbit's Lair. If you are ever in the area make sure you stop and see this store. They have a great variety of fabrics, wool, velvet and yarns. The store is in an old pharmacy and boasts all the original fixtures on both floors. The folks who run the store are very friendly and will welcome you. 
Our next stop was Grove Oklahoma where I was lucky to visit the Grand Lake of the Cherokee Quilt Guild. I did a trunk show and workshop with them. I love visiting guilds. They have some really talented quilters in their group. 
So that is what I have been up to. Now I am trying to get caught up around home. If you are interested in any of the new patterns I will have them up in the online store by tomorrow. 
Happy Quilting,
Dawn
Patterns are now posted in the online store- www.linenclosetdesigns.bigcartel.com








Monday, October 7, 2013

Where The Heck is The Winner??!!


I am sure you are all wondering where I am with the name of the winner. I have been living and breathing quilting for this quilt and pattern writing. Not much else. If you are going to be in the Rogers Arkansas area at the end of the month I will be teaching two classes on Halloween at The Rabbit's Lair. Big Stitch Quilting and a new pattern that features wool and velvet applique. I will also have all my new stuff from Quilt Market on display the day before. Anyway---- the winner of a one year subscription to Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine is- Ferne from Sew Sweet Thymes. Ferne please email me you mailing address and I will send it on to the girls at Prim. Q & P so they can get your subscription going. Thanks to all who played along. Now back to quilting. I am officially half done!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Primitive Quilts and Projects

Here we are at the end of September already! The winter issue of Prim. Quilts and Projects will be shipping out mid October. This issue will have the last part of my series quilt- Somerset in it. How many of you are making this or plan to make it?


How many of you do not have a subscription but would like one?

How many of you have a subscription but would love a renewal?

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite type of quilt- applique, pieced or a combo and you can go in the drawing for a Free Years Subscription to Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine!
The cut off date is September 28 at 8:00 pm. Tell everyone!

Happy Quilting, Dawn


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catching Up!

I have been reminded that I have not posted in a while. I have been meaning to but....

1. It has been really hot here. Highs in the upper 90's with heat index in the 100's and I found myself spending extra time in the pool. Lazy, right?

2. Our garden has been going crazy so I have had a ton of canning to do along with normal house stuff. Canning is a huge time suck. I will be happy this winter though when I can go to the pantry for peaches and tomatoes, jams and relish.

3. I spent a couple of days in Cape Girardeau with the River Heritage Quilt Guild. I did a trunk show and two workshops. Visiting guilds is one of my favorite parts of this job.  I felt like a member of the guild as soon as I walked in the door. What a friendly and welcoming group! I hope to see this group again for sure.

4. See the photo above. The airbags in my car malfunctioned last Wednesday morning. I bumped- just barely bumped a car at a stop sign. Didn't even leave a scratch on my car and the airbags deployed! Blew out the windshield and did about $5000 worth of damage- all from the airbags. It also burned my hand very badly.
Now- a week later it is looking better but is very painful to use. Which makes quilting hard to do.

5. Which leads to me my biggest task- getting ready for Market. I have been working around the clock and am not sure I will get everything done that I wanted to. I have two big quilts that are all applique and that I plan to hand quilt. Along with the other things for Market. I should have one ready for binding today. The other I still have about 1/4 of the applique to finish before the quilting starts. I have another quilt all quilted and bound and two small projects finished.  I always underestimate how long things will take. I am doing big stitch which is soooo much faster. But the hand slows things way down.


This is a peek at Rhapsody.I am quilting a 2" grid over this entire quilt. It measures 74" x 78" and is all folk art applique. The center block measures 32" x 36" and I can't wait to show you. I really love this one. I hope you will too.

Soooo now you know what has been going on with me. I will have some photos soon. As we get closer to Market I will have more to share. It's kind of hard to post when I can't show what I am working on.

Now I better get going. I have to finish the quilting with my slow hand and then I have to go car shopping!
Happy Quilting,
Dawn