Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sewing Retreat #2- End of Summer Fun!

Back in the early Spring I posted about a retreat that I hosted for several of my sewing friends.  If you missed the details of that fun weekend, click HERE.  We had a really good time so I decided to do another retreat to celebrate the end of summer.  All of us tend to get soooo busy once Fall arrives.  I didn't have quite as much time to pull this one together but I still wanted it to be special for my friends so I put together some fun favors including a note pad for inspiration, pens and highlighters, clips for marking pages or holding patterns together and of course....some chocolate treats.

I also made quick and easy pillowcases for each of the guests and had them on their beds for an extra surprise.  The little card had a poem composed by yours truly....
As you can see, I am no Robert Frost!

Sharing is part of the fun.  We exchanged ideas, snacks and small surprises.
Monogrammed mugs filled with treats from Renee,
A clever portfolio with pockets for organizing, made from a file folder, from Ruthann
A DIY sewing table organizer kit from Karen.  We each
made one. Pattern is from The Quilt Company.                                 
  Everyone brought meals to share too.  This made it very easy for the hostess!  Look what Renee's husband dropped off on her birthday,,,,

  We worked on quite a variety of projects but there is one in particular that I wanted to share with you.  If you have not yet heard of the art quilt patterns from By MO and MIKE, you will want to check them out.  Each pattern comes with a digital image printed on cotton along with piecing instructions and free motion quilting suggestions.  If you have wanted to try art quilting but have been a bit intimidated, this is an awesome way to get started.  Check out some of these gorgeous prints.

The directions included with the digital print are well written.  My favorite part was the layering technique before quilting.  They recommend fusing Decor Bond to your cotton batting and then sandwiching as usual.  That Decor Bond really makes the finished project hang perfectly.  It also makes the quilting pop.  Such a cool idea!  Ruthann and I completed Snow Dreamin'.

I'll share some of our other projects in future posts. Stay tuned......


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Frond Designs- Fabulous Fabrics!

A few weeks ago, I visited the huge AQS Quilt Show and Festival in Syracuse, NY and discovered a design group of which I had not heard.  The fabrics were absolutely lovely!  Each one looked like a work of art.  In talking to the owner and creator of Frond Design Studios, Stephanie Brandenburg,  I learned that indeed, each fabric was printed from hand generated art work. Paintings such as these are turned into gorgeous fabrics:

The rich colors and modern designs make these fabrics uniquely individual.  Here are some of my favorites:

I just had to bring home several yards of this one..have I mentioned that my new granddaughter is named Magnolia?

As you can see, these innovative designs are truly original and so contemporary!  Check out their website at Frond Design Studio for the complete line.  I promise you will be impressed!
The talented staff at Frond Designs also has patterns, coordinated threads and kits.

To see if a shop near you carries these Frond Designs, click HERE.  Heartsong Quilts and Vogies Quilts and Treasures also sell  these super cool fabrics and patterns online.  Oh...and did I mention, there are free downloadable patterns?  Click HERE to check them out.  I will leave you with one more beauty for inspiration....