Thursday, April 28, 2011

Colorful fun!

Emily Taylor is a designer that loves bold color! That would explain the robin egg blue walls in her new office, a recent project in her home. Speaking of home, that is the best part of being a designer for Riley Blake Designs says Emily. She loves being a mother to her 3 children, and wants to be accessible to them. With that in mind, Emily has created a nook in her basement studio for her daughter's scrapbook projects, allowing them to spend creative time together. As you can see from the recent photos of her studio, it is getting used frequently (and not cleaned up) as Emily gets ready for the quilt market.

Her new fabric line that Riley Blake Designs will be introducing is "Pirates!"-- a tribute to her son who is mad about pirates. In addition to fabric design, Emily is now offering her own quilt and sewing patterns, including this "Pirate Pack", and "X Marks the Spot" quilt/growth chart.

She also designs digital scrapbook kits for MyMemories. The great part of that work is that her daughter is her best customer and advisor in the scrapbook world, and helps by giving feedback on designs as well as using the designs for her own projects!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Are YOU biased?

I'm Amber Johnson. I've been quilting for about 13 years now. Right after I got married in '98, I spontaneously asked my grandma to teach me how to quilt. She was ecstatic (as I was the only other person in the entire family who ever showed any interest in it). She taught me all of the basics, from finding good quality fabrics, to making my corners match, to doing a proper binding with mitered corners. It seemed like it took FOREVER (probably 3 years), but I finally finished that quilt! After that, it was smooth sailing, and I've been quilting like crazy ever since! In 2009, I started my pattern business, Gigi's Thimble (which is named after her). I've been blogging about my quilting journey along the way, too. I'd love for you to stop by and visit at:

On a little more of a personal level ~ I'm a thirtysomething gal filled with lots of sugar and lots of spice. I grew up in the Northwest and attended school out here in Utah, where I met my cute husband and we now have two cute kids. I work at a fabric store, I'm completely addicted to quilting, I have a major sweet tooth (I try to run 12-15 miles a week to curb off all of the sweets), I love God and church, family, decorating and my guilty pleasure is watching The Bachelor every Monday night with my hubby (we haven't missed an episode since it started!).
I'd say my quilting, style is traditional with a fresh twist. I hope to appeal to new and old quilters alike with my patterns.
My latest creation, Mod Meadow, combines simple piecing with easy machine applique:

This is the first Market I will have ever been to, so I am SUPER excited. I'm freaking out (almost to the point of anxiety) but really excited all the same! I think the part I'm the most excited about is meeting some of my idols in the biz, like Joanna Figueroa and Camille Roskelley (and going to Sample Spree ~ I can't wait to witness the madness first hand!). It's going to be a blast and it's such a privilege to go. I hope to meet many more of you in May!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Who doesn't like pie?

Pie Plate Patterns Design Company started kind of by accident. Brenda was teaching a community ed. quilting class. One of her students got really into it and they started teaching classes together. Some of their students asked if they could design a wall hanging and table runner for each month of the year. This small request turned into a two year endeavor. They decided from there that they should market these patterns and that's how it all began. About two years later, Brenda's partner had some changes in her life and Brenda's daughter, Bonnie, became Brenda's new partner. Since then, they've published two books of layer cake friendly patterns, four seasonal books that include the original wall hanging and table runner patterns, a No-Sew booklet fe
aturing a new technique, and several other individual patterns. They've traveled to all parts of the state of Utah, to Wyoming, Indiana and Ohio doing trunk shows, book signings and teaching classes.

Brenda is a mother of 7 and grandmother of 15. She is the ultimate homemaker as she can do EVERYTHING! She truly has made do with what she's had for the past 38+ years of married life and is always eager to serve others. She enjoys watching sports, detective shows, playing games and spending time with her family.
Bonnie is the 4th of Alan and Brenda's children, and likes being the 'middle child'. She enjoys playing piano, guitar and singing. She also likes sports and loves to play volleyball with her sisters.

Bonnie and Brenda love what they do and are eager to help others in their quilting endeavors. Because of this desire, they started doing video tutorials called "Tutorial Tuesdays" that are available on their website. Each week they add a new one to 'facilitate the success of others'.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ingrid and Freddie's Friends

Hello! My name is Ingrid Pinto and I design sewing patterns for softie toys. I am brand new to this industry and I can’t tell you how many wonderful, kind people I have met that have welcomed me and showed me the ropes. Thank you!! I had no idea how big this world of quilting, fabric and sewing was. I am so happy and excited to be here! Needless to say, this is my first Quilt Market. I have heard so many exciting and fun things and feel privileged to be a part of this wonderful event.

A little about me… I work as a Dental Hygienist and love it but let me tell ya’ that there is not an ounce of creativity that goes into my repetitive day scraping teeth. As an outlet I started sewing up fun little friends for my son. I have always loved fabric, color, design and sewing. It is such a relief to be able to have a creative outlet after my long days at work. I also love seeing my son and his excitement when I finish something new for him. Since I started doing this I have written and designed four patterns that I love and hope other people will love making for their favorite little people. I can’t wait to meet you all at Market!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Do you have a creative side?

Here's Amy from Amy's Creative Side!

I'm a wife and mom first, and so when I started blogging and realized the fast pace of the creative community, and my family life, I started designing my own quilts! My quilts are simple and interesting, and perfect for all the modern, bold fabrics that I am drawn too.Most notable work to date, is my new book Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space and Style. Modern Basics is chalk full with 14 patterns great for new quilters, or the more experienced quilter looking to try something new. I also included tips to help the busiest quilter to find time to quilt!
My blog, Amy's Creative Side is my daily outlet for inspiration, fabric and my current projects. I also love to encourage the online quilting community and host the Bloggers' Quilt Festival twice a year. This is a free, online festival available to anyone that wants to participate, and it can easily be enjoyed in jammies! The next one is coming up mid-May, I hope you will stop by and be inspired by all the quilters!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sew Thankful!

Thankfully Sew, LLC is a pattern company owned by Terry Griffin and was born a little over a year ago.
Our designs currently focus on unique quilts, wall hangings & hand bags. We have a range of quilt and wall hanging patterns from the most simplistic piecing and appliqué to the somewhat challenging applications. Our hand bags are really fun, yet very functional and make an attractive statement. All of our patterns are one-of-a-kind and will give any quilter a fun and impressive project.
Terry's love for fabric and quilting began long before Thankfully Sew, LLC was started. She was raised in a small town in southern New Mexico where the lone-church cultural hall was always filled with quilts (unless there was a square dance or May Pole) as well as the area's wonderful women who loved quilting and sharing their life stories. Her grandmother, great-grandmother and a village of “aunts" patiently gave much of their time and talents teaching the younger generation to ‘thankfully sew’! She spent many hours in her younger years sitting in a 4-H class or getting ready for the "Cotton Extravaganza", for which she is now very thankful. She was one of the lucky ones who actually enjoyed the challenge and learning process and also loved the feeling of accomplishment she got from each project she completed. Since then, she has sewn many, many miles on her machine for children, family, friends, and now grandchildren.

In 2005 her son Ryan was critically injured resulting in a move to Utah. Since he needs 24/7 care, she needed something to keep herself engaged so she started sharing her love of quilting thru Thankfully Sew, LLC. She is the very proud wife of a fantastic husband, mother of four beautiful children (two sons, two daughters), two magnificent son in laws, one suburb daughter in law, and seven (with two more on the way) wonderful and brilliant grandchildren. It has been wonderful for her to share one of her greatest joys and she hopes to continue doing so for a very long time. So you can see why she is continually “Thankfully Sew"ing!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Want to hear a story?

Hi everyone! We are so excited to be participating in this great event from Riley Blake and the great Amanda Herring!! It is really an honor and so fun to be with all these great Utah designers, we are looking forward to meeting so many of you in person at our very first market in just a handful of weeks, eek!

Heather and I (Megan) are sisters. A few years ago we were both pregnant, due just one week apart and we just discovered Nadine's shop Material Girls Quilts in Sandy Utah. That opened our eyes to a whole new world of actually cute quilts!! We become obsessed, quickly seeking the help of our quilting aunt. Not too long after we decided we wanted to design quilt patterns and we finally got bold enough to try for market when it was in our home state.

Our approach with our quilt patterns is using a lot of traditional designs, paired with modern fabrics and applique. We love to design for baby and for the home. You can see some of our patterns here, and we also have quite a few that will be premiering at market!

This HST quilt we offer a free tutorial for on our blog, Quilt Story.

We also have a tutorial for this darling Dutch Pinwheel Quilt.

Mod Tweet Quilt PDF Pattern, bird and tree

Mod Tweet is one of our newest patterns, perfect for baby, and easily can work for boy or girl.

Gaggle of Geese PDF Quilt Pattern

Gaggle of Geese is a great example of traditionally piecing with a modern flair.

We have two blogs, Quilt Story and Fresh Poppy Design and we'd love for you to stop by and say hi. We have about 7 or 8 new patterns that we'll be offering first through our blogs for a discounted rate. We'd love for you to follow us so you can see all the great new stuff!

Thanks for having us :)


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ready for more?

We are so excited to introduce you to our next designer, Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup!

“I am the luckiest girl on the planet! I am Barbara Jones of the QuiltSoup pattern company and I love what I do! I design fabric collections and patterns for original quilts that even beginners can make. I love appliqué and what it does for a quilt. I think it softens a quilt and provides a place for self expression when combined with traditional piecing.

You may have guessed that QuiltSoup specializes in appliqué for beginners. We use the needle turn method to make most of our samples but also carry several machine appliqué quilt patterns. We find that one can use any method of appliqué they prefer to make our quilts.

Some say our style is whimsical. That’s true, but I also think our quilts are clean. They are all original and, I hope, recognizable as QuiltSoup products. We like to have a little fun and to me, that means doing a block of the month. We have written 2 project books published by Kansas City Star that lend themselves nicely to a block of the month format.

Please enjoy our block design with our best wishes. And, by all means, stop by and say hello! We already have something in common….we all love quilts!”

The is a flower block made from our latest fabric line called “Cherry Fizz” for Henry Glass & Co (

Here are some images from her upcoming line of fabric called "Over the River"

You can visit Barbara here:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

We are so excited to introduce our first designer. Kristin is one of our fantastic designers. We are so excited to have her as part of our event. Here is a little bit about her:

Cute Quilt Patterns is just that…cute quilt patterns! I am obsessed with babies, flowers, rick rack, and all things cute. I try to focus on smaller projects, such as table runners and baby quilts, because with five young children, that is about all I can manage to complete.

All of the patterns I design are fun and quick to finish. Many of the patterns include “cheater methods” (please don’t pass that along to my kids…I always try to emphasize honesty with them) that make them go together quickly. My focus is on creating designs with dimension and embellishments that set them apart from other patterns…something that stands out! I have been feverishly working on some cute new patterns for Market, and I am excited to be able to share them with you!

You can see more about Kristin and Cute Quilt Patterns on her website

and you can visit her at market at booth #236.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Designer spotlights

For the next little while we will be highlighting each designer that is participating in our event. This will give you a chance to get to know them and get you excited to meet them! The spotlights will start tomorrow, so be sure to come back and see!