Monday, May 30, 2011

market monday

This is my first post for a my new weekly posting of market monday. I want to introduce you to some of the fabrics, booths, and wonderful inspiration that is Quilt Market.

First I would like to introduce you to Lizzy of Lizzy House. Her new line of fabric is called 1001 Peeps by Andover Fabrics. Isn't that a fun quilt behind her, it looks like dancing starfish! She had such a welcoming booth, perfectly mirroring the theme of her fabrics.

It's all very Moroccan and Moorish. Lovely color ways and just whimsical! It reminds me of my favorite ride at Disneyland, It's a Small World. And I am just killing myself (not really) for not taking more pictures of her booth. Lizzy was the sweetest girl to meet! As was everyone at QM. You just can't help but be inspired by her.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

thrifty adventures

Have you missed me? I have missed you! There is a lot of busyness going on for me right now. Some changes are happening for katie jean. All good ones! But I am going to keep it to myself for just awhile longer. So you will just have to wait.

But one thing that is not changing is my love for thrifting. I found this little tin at a favorite place of mine in Auburn. When I go there I tell my hub that I am going to see Mr. Paul, my boyfriend. The kids know this too! But I suspect that Mr. Paul would blush if I told him of any of this!

But I found this tin at his shop. It has no lid, but just wonderful illustrations all the way around the sides.

Here is the tin bottom. Mrs. Leland's Master Kitchen, Chicago, 1958. Isn't it all just so sweet! I bet she made some tasty treats too!

I also found this quilt top at Mr. Paul's. It was just a few $ too. Under 5, I'm sure. It is very simply made.

And the fabric print is very tiny too and faded in a few places. I am waiting for a warm day to wash it gently in my big tub. And let it air dry inside out of the way of direct sunlight. I think I will bring it to my next Modern Quilt Guild meeting and show it to the girls there too.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

for the love of fabric

See what you miss out on when you don't go to Quilt Market? Look closely at those three girls in that bottom picture. Yeah, we got a little crazy in Salt Lake City. My sister Judith was on the roller coaster, we were just along for the ride!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

eye candy

katie, mary, judith

I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such beautiful, loving sisters. Plus they are just a blast to be with! We were just having such a great time at Spring Quilt Market, stopping at almost every booth, visiting with vendors, fabric and pattern designers.

For me, going to Quilt Market is all about the wonderful displays! This time, I took over 400 pictures. I am crazy with my camera, having to get every little thing. Soaking up all of the inspiration.

rebekah merkle

I will be posting all of my pictures to my flickr page. And I started a flickr group called Quilt Market and Festival, so you can see a ton more pictures besides just mine.

anna maria horner

I will also be starting a new Monday posting called Market Monday's. So I can share more with you about my favorites at Market. Because there is just so much to show you!

And here I am at the end of a fabulous frenzy of 4 days of eye candy! I did not want the fun to end.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

one more thing

I wanted to show you the tissue holders that I made! I love this new Sherbet Pips fabric so I made a few extra for my sisters and one for Aneela Hoey. They are truly so fun and easy to make.

And with some of the left over bits of fabric, I sewed up a little case for my business cards. I added a snap later in the day. Again it was very easy. I love using up all those fun bits and pieces of cloth!

Now, I am off to get packing.

Monday, May 9, 2011

quilt market

Sorry that you haven't heard much from me lately. I have just been a little preoccupied with my life. You know, the usual stuff of home and family.

And now I am leaving for a few days to go to Salt Lake City! My first time there, all for the love of Quilt Market. I will be meeting up with my sister Mary, shop owner of Quilter's Eden and my sister Judith.

When I get home, I will show you all the great pictures that I took. And the best part, I'm sure I will host some sort of giveaway of some sweet market loot.

See you when I get home!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


tissue box

Every year the beautiful spring weather comes that I so look forward to. But then my spring allergies also come along with the change of the weather. I sneeze, sniffle, and have watery eyes for what seem like a life time.

pocket tissue holder

So in honor of my close friend, the tissue, I wanted to share a few online tutorials with you. I hope it inspires you to a do a little fun spring sewing.

ruffled tissue holder

reversable tissue box cover

and an adorable crochet cover

Which cover will you make? I'll share mine with you soon. Maybe even tomorrow, if you behave.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

can't get enough

Do you turn on your computer every morning and are still looking at all the royal wedding pictures? I just can't seem to get enough. They just seem so sweet together. For the hugeness of it all, it did seem very personal and intimate. And real.

My sister made a smaller version of the groom's cake. She saw Oprah talking about it and decided to make it. We laughed that she needed napkins that look like the English flag. Did you have a favorite part of the festivities?